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Assistant Conservator Position at Texas Tech University

Subject: Assistant Conservator Position at Texas Tech University
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES are seeking an Assistant Conservator to work
in the Hoblitzelle Conservation Laboratory in the new Southwest
Collection/Special Collections Library.  The Hoblitzelle Lab is a
centralized facility which oversees the repair of circulating books from the
University Library as well as the conservation treatment of rare books and
manuscripts from the Southwest Collection and University Special Collections.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  Performs basic book repair on items from the circulating
collection as well as a full range of conservation treatments on rare books
and manuscripts from the Southwest Collection and University Special
Collections.  Assesses all materials brought to the collections conservation
unit for treatment, prepares books to be sent to the commercial binder, and
assists in the training and supervision of three part-time conservation
technicians.  Assists in maintaining environmental monitoring and integrated
pest management programs in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections
Library.  Supports the conservator with disaster planning and response
activities, collections surveys, exhibition planning and preparation, and
the development of educational programs for library staff and patrons.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in liberal arts or sciences OR
equivalent education through an apprenticeship or trade school; one to three
years of experience in book repair; good oral and written communication
skills and excellent interpersonal skills; knowledge of preservation and
conservation issues and an ability to articulate those issues to library staff.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in special collections conservation
with an emphasis on rare book and paper conservation.  Proficiency in
written and photographic documentation.

GENERAL INFORMATION:   The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
was completed in September, 1996 and houses one of the nations finest
collections of reference materials and rare books and manuscripts related to
the American Southwest.  The new Library also contains the Archive of the
Vietnam Conflict as well as University Special Collections, which includes
rare books and manuscripts dating from the 13th century.  The Hoblitzelle
Lab is being equipped through a $97,000 grant from the Hoblitzelle
Foundation in Dallas.  The lab consists of 2500 square feet and includes a
book and paper conservation lab, a "dirty" room, a separate area for fume
hood and chemical treatments, and a microscopy and photo documentation lab.
The Conservation Department staff currently consists of one conservator, one
assistant conservator, and three part-time conservation technicians.

Texas Tech University, with an enrollment of 25,000, is the youngest of four
major comprehensive state universities in Texas.  A wide range of programs
is offered in seven colleges and schools of law, medicine, and allied
health, including nearly 100 degree offerings at the master's level and 50
at the doctoral level.  The University Library contains over 1.3 million
volumes and has just been invited to join the Association of Research
Libraries.  Lubbock has a metropolitan population of over 224,000 and is the
West Texas center for higher education, agriculture, health care, banking,
and business.  Additional information is available at www.ttu.edu/~library/.

SALARY RANGE:  Base salary and range for a 12 month appointment is $19,224 -
26,928.  Benefits package includes 2 weeks annual vacation, sick leave, 13
state holidays, health insurance, and Texas State Retirement.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  The position is available immediately.
Applications received by March 14 will be given first priority.  Send letter
of application, current resume, and the names and addresses of three
professional references to Personnel Department, Box 41093, Texas Tech
University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1093.  TTU is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Scott W. Devine, Head of
Conservation, at (806) 742-9090 or liswd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx for further details.

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