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Conservation Librarian/Book and Paper Conservator (Assistant or Associate Rank)

The Conservation Librarian is responsible for the conservation of bound books, maps, documents, and other materials in the library's special collections. The position has a primary focus of conservation treatment, preservation management, and research and outreach on current library conservation issues and practices. The Conservation Librarian coordinates with other conservation and library staff to manage and support the care, use, and exhibition of special collections. The scope of expertise is principally bound books and documents on paper including prints, drawings, maps, and manuscripts, but may have related expertise in the conservation of photographic materials, documents on vellum or papyrus, or other library/archive materials.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.

Responsibilities
-Plans, documents, and performs conservation treatments on materials held in the library's rare and special collections.
-Examines and executes analytical tests on collection materials and helps inform curatorial staff and researchers on their physical makeup or technology of production.
-Designs and constructs protective enclosures and exhibit supports.
-Works with curators in special collections to plan for the welfare of the collections and to select items for conservation treatment.
-Advises library staff on the condition of collections, collection storage, handling, and exhibition; performs on-site inspections, recommends appropriate action, and assists with its implementation.
-Designs and executes special conservation projects and conservation aspects of exhibits, digitization, or loan preparations.
-Assists with emergency response and recovery of threatened or damaged library materials.
-Stays informed on current library conservation issues and practice through professional reading, conferences, workshops, or similar activities and shares the acquired knowledge with colleagues.
-May organize and present workshops in areas of expertise for unit staff, library staff, or external audiences.
-May train, supervise, or coordinate the work of others such as conservation technicians, student assistants, interns, volunteers, or staff from other units as needed or on a project basis.

Required Qualifications
-ALA-accredited master's degree, a master's degree in conservation, or equivalent combination of advanced degree and experience; and at least two years of professional conservation experience.
-Basic knowledge of the materiality and history of books, paper, and related library materials.
-Understanding of relevant conservation theory and practice and adherence to professional ethical practice in conservation.
-Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to work independently and in a group environment as part of a diverse team.
-Experience with word processing, spreadsheets, database management, and image processing.
-Demonstrated potential to contribute to the profession through service, teaching, research, and/or publication.
Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

The target salary ranges for the position are $54,000 - $59,000 per year for the Assistant Librarian rank and $62,000 - $67,000 per year for the Associate Librarian rank. The salary offered will be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

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