Conservator

Location
Florida
Posted
Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Classification Title:

Library Coordinator 2

Job Description:

Conservation of Materials

  • Performs conservation treatment of general and special collections materials, including a wide range of book and paper formats, in adherence with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice to meet the needs of the Libraries.
  • Develop and construct custom housings for collections materials.
  • Documents treatments of general and special collections in adherence with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
  • Oversight and Responsibilities for Conservation Lab

  • Manages the conservation lab, including the hiring, training, and supervision of 2.5-4 FTE staff, student workers, volunteers, and interns.
  • Evaluates collection materials from the General and Special Collections to plan for conservation treatments and housings at varying degrees of complexity.
  • Organizes and assigns conservation projects including planning, estimating necessary resources, and managing workflows as required to meet deadlines.
  • Develops workflows and procedures to efficiently care for a range of collection materials.
  • Maintains supplies, materials, and equipment to meet the needs of the lab; investigates and follows through on innovative options to meet those needs.
  • Coordinates the workflow of materials selected for digitization and provides conservation support for digital projects and exhibits.
  • Coordinates protective enclosure and library binding programs.

  • Outreach and Training

  • Assists and advises on collection displays and exhibits, tours, workshops, and development visits as needed.
  • Assists the Preservation Librarian in training, education and outreach, emergency preparedness and response, and other responsibilities as needed.
  • Provides specialized reference support on preservation to Libraries staff, the University community, and the general public.
  • Reporting and Statistical Data

  • Provides reports and statistical data regularly and upon request, in support of special projects, grant applications, sharing of data with partners, or other needs.

  • Other Duties

    Participates in other departmental activities, including public service and special projects as assigned. Participates in staff development opportunities as needed. Performs other duties as needed.

      Advertised Salary:

    $48,500 annually. Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

    Minimum Requirements:

    Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and four years of related library experience; or a master’s degree in Library or Information Science or some other directly relevant area.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree, master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program, or 5 years equivalent training and experience in book and/or paper conservation.
  • Current and demonstrated knowledge and skills in the conservation of general, special, and archival collections including relevant chemistry, conservation theory, and technical skills.
  • Broad knowledge and practical experience in the documentation, conservation treatment, housing, and preservation of special collections materials, in adherence with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
  • Proficiency in a wide range of basic and specialized book and paper conservation treatment techniques (including bookbinding and housing design) and highly developed hand skills, as demonstrated by a digital or physical portfolio for those invited to interview. 
  • Two years of experience in the conservation of special collections materials in a library or archives setting.
  • Basic knowledge of the history of paper, printing, manuscript production, and binding (structure and decoration) as related to making treatment decisions. 
  • Basic experience working with non-paper based formats, such as photographs, A/V, or objects.
  • Experience with preservation department operations and workflows including environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, disaster response, digital preservation, library binding, mass deacidification, and reformatting (both analog and digital).
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, administrators, and the general public.
  • Previous supervisory and/or training and instructional experience. 
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  • Special Instructions to Applicants:

    ATTENTION:  Please be aware this position is not located on the main campus. The job location for this position is at:  4040 NE 49th Avenue (RTS – Job Corps Route 24).

    Submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references with your application.

    Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end date.

    Health Assessment Required: No