May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description: Joyner Library seeks a forward-thinking and professionally engaged Conservator to work collaboratively and productively in a team-based environment in order to better position the preservation/conservation unit's ability to meet the mission, vision, and goals of the university. The successful candidate will have: current and demonstrated knowledge of conservation theory; technical skills; organizational, analytical, and time management skills; problem solving and decision making skills; the ability to interact and communicate effectively with library staff; and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a dynamic environment. As part of the Collections and Scholarly Communications Division the Preservation and Conservation Unit ensures continued accessibility of library and archival materials by performing a variety of treatments on circulating, reference, reserve, rare and special collections materials. In addition to this position, the unit is comprised of a two full-time staff members. One is responsible for general collection materials, lab management, and bindery. The other is responsible for manuscript materials and has a specialization in photograph conservation. There are also a number of student assistants. Reporting to the Head, Monographic Acquisitions and Preservation/Conservation the conservator will perform a broad range of conservation treatments and repairs on items from the Special Collections Division. S/He will evaluate incoming items, establish a treatment plan, and ensure that treatments and repairs are performed in compliance with accepted standards and in accordance with established codes of ethics. The Conservator will proficiently perform: creation of protective enclosures; tape removal; encapsulation; mending tears with soft-paper tissue; cleaning soiled paper; flattening rolled materials; stitching; sewing; rebinding; rebacking; recasing; mold removal; additional techniques as warranted. The Conservator will ensure that student assistants and other members of the lab who perform treatments to Special Collections materials have been properly trained to perform the tasks to acceptable standards. The Conservator is responsible for the deployment and maintenance of environmental data loggers, water alarms and other tools which indicate when threats to the collections exist. S/He will also ensure that data is regularly downloaded from the environmental data loggers and assessed. The Conservator will be a resource for best practices in exhibiting Special Collections materials and perform conservation treatment/stabilization on items prior to being exhibited. S/He will also advise on conservationally appropriate exhibit mounting techniques and may construct custom exhibit mountings. Additional responsibilities include serving as a member of the Disaster Response Team.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and one year of experience in a library or in archives or records management; or High school diploma or equivalency and five years of experience in a library or in archives or records management; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please attach a resume, cover letter and three references to include postal, email addresses and phone numbers. This position is subject to the Career Banding Salary Administration Plan. If candidates are not identified at the Journey level, management may consider candidates at a lower competency level. Pay will be commensurate with applicant's competencies as well as budget, equity, and market considerations. Salary Grade Equivalent: 68 (for reduction-in-force priority purposes only)

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