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position at Columbia University (conservation technician/book repair)

Technical Assistant

Reference #:990153
Department:Libraries: Preservation (Conservation Lab)
Salary:$533.52/per week

Description: Under the supervision of the Repair Unit Supervisor, the
incumbent performs both simple and complex conservation repairs on bound
materials from the University Libraries' general collections; re-binds,
re-cases or performs other appropriate repairs to circulating books,
including re-backing, re-sewing and paper repairs; utilizes technical
skills and judgment to select and carry out appropriate, conservation
quality repairs on pre-1850 and other artifactually important bound
volumes from general collections, with emphasis on retaining original
character and binding features; fabricates protective enclosures for
books, compact discs, fold-out maps; encapsulates fragile documents in
polyester film; assists conservators with re-housing projects or batch
treatment of rare and special collections materials as needed;
participates in disaster response and recovery of general and special
collections materials; performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High School diploma or the equivalent required. BA/BS is
preferred. Minimum one year full-time experience in binding and repair
of multi-section case-bound books, preferably in library or archives
conservation setting; or completion of internship, apprenticeship or
training program resulting in equivalent skills and knowledge. Must have
experience with basic binding and repair procedures and understanding of
book structures; excellent manual dexterity and attention to detail;
ability and willingness to work according to departmental
specifications; ability perform routine repairs with speed and accuracy;
ability to handle fragile and rare materials with care. Familiarity with
basic conservation philosophy and ethics; ability to work independently;
good analytical skills; good communication and interpersonal skills
essential. Basic word-processing skills helpful. Requires operation of
specialized equipment (e.g. ultrasonic welder, fume hood, guillotine
cutter) and use of various chemicals under controlled conditions.
Applicants should be able to work standing up for extended periods of
time, lift heavy objects, and work with dusty books and documents.
Tests: Binding skills test will be administered as part of the
interview. Applicants are encouraged to provide a portfolio or examples
of previous conservation work.

This is a Morningside Campus-Support Staff-1199 (Union) position.  The
position includes an excellent benefits package, including medical &
dental insurance, 4 weeks paid vacation per year and a 7 credit per
semester tuition exemption at Columbia, Barnard or Teacher's College.

Qualified applicants should submit a resume to:  Joe Knox, Employment
Specialist, Box 18 Butler Library, Columbia University, 535 West 114th
Street, New York, NY 10027. Fax: (212)854-1550. E-mail
jk690@columbia.edu  Applications will be accepted until April 21, 1999.
is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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