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Assistant Conservator, Books and Paper

The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,400 works of art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. The Frick Art Reference Library is an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 285,000 books, 80,000 auction catalogs, and 2,250 periodical titles. It is open to interested individuals from all over the world.

Job Summary:
Assistant Conservator has the primary responsibility of performing basic, mid-level, and advanced conservation treatments on library and archival material. The Assistant Conservator will carry out a wide range of conservation treatments and construct protective enclosures for institutional collections. The Assistant Conservator may also participate in a variety of conservation tasks including digitization projects, housing initiatives, condition surveying and collection assessment, and training.

Treatments may include re-sewing, re-backing, repairing damaged paper, repairing existing covers, constructing new covers, washing paper, humidifying paper and parchment, deacidifying paper, and encapsulating brittle or fragile items. Preservation tasks may include construction of protective enclosures, measuring books for commercial protective enclosures, maintaining emergency supply bins, and monitoring the library’s enviroment using data loggers. The position also trains new employees and interns in performing basic preservation and conservation procedures, proper handling of library materials, and use of scanning equipment. Other tasks may include maintaining laboratory equipment, organizing and ordering supplies, maintaining accurate statistics for all completed work, and performing other duties as assigned.

-Recognized qualification in conservation of books, paper or library materials, or equivalent training and experience
-Detailed knowledge and experience with current conservation principles and practices
-Demonstrated knowledge of conservation treatment of library/archives collections, including knowledge of historic and modern book structures, sewing styles, and bookbinding; -understanding of a variety of conservation treatments for bound materials, including leather; familiarity with the diverse material formats and concerns of archives collections
-Excellent hand skills and attention to detail
-Excellent interpersonal skills; high standard of written and verbal communication, including the ability to communicate with staff and readers on all levels
-Ability to work effectively and constructively both independently and as part of a team
-Ability to solve problems creatively and adapt quickly to changing priorities
-Excellent time and workflow management; ability to meet deadlines
-Competency with IT including email, Microsoft Office and use of spreadsheets as well as a familiarity with digital photography
-Active engagement in professional development, seeking relevant training and education

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