Classification Title: Library Coordinator II 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. Participating in emergency preparedness and response to protect materials (including mold outbreaks)
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 (which includes employing specialized equipment such as the ultrasonic encapsulator).
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.
$48,500 annually. Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
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: 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. Comprehensive 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. 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:
To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) your current resume or CV; and 3) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email).
Applications must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. of the posting end date.
Health Assessment Required: No