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positions at Columbia University Libraries



The Columbia University Libraries Conservation Department seeks
qualified applicants for the following two technican positions.  Both
are full-time, union positions with comprehensive benefits.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to M. Joseph Knox, Human
Resources, Columbia University Libraries,
535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027   Email questions to Mr. Knox at
jk690@columbia.edu; or to Maria Fredericks, Head of Conservation at
mf360@columbia.edu

PLEASE REFER TO THE POSITION ID NUMBER IN YOUR APPLICATION.
PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 31, 2000.


BOOK REPAIR TECHNICIAN, GENERAL COLLECTIONS    POSITION ID #1005343
(Bibliographic Assistant VI)
SALARY GRADE $549.50/week

Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Head Conservator, 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, 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, etc.  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.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent required, BA/BS preferred.  Minimum
one year full-time experience in binding and repair of multi-section
case-bound books, preferably in a library or archives conservation
setting; or completion of internship, apprenticeship or training program
resulting in equivalent skills and knowledge.  Must have knowledge of
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 to
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, guillotine cutter, fume
hood) 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.
Binding skills test may be administered as part of the interview.
Applicants are encouraged to provide a portfolio or examples of previous
conservation or binding work.


CONSERVATION ASSISTANT,  POSITION ID #1005428 (Bibliographic Assistant
VI)
SALARY GRADE $549.50/week

Description of Duties:  Under the direction of the Head Conservator and
the Special Collections Conservator, the incumbent will perform basic
paper conservation procedures such as surface cleaning, washing,
re-sizing and mending on materials from the libraries' rare and special
collections.  Duties will also involve creating protective housings for
single items and for collections, as well as cutting mats and making
cradles for exhibits.  Will assist with environmental monitoring, supply
inventory, disaster response and treatment documentation.  Will also
perform conservation repairs on selected general collections materials,
including sewing pamphlets, reattaching boards, encapsulating maps and
documents, repairing torn pages and making protective enclosures.
Participates in disaster response and recovery of general and special
collections materials.  Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:   High school diploma, BA/BS preferred.  One year
experience in conservation of rare or valuable paper artifacts including
experience with protective housings and exhibit preparation required.
Must have well-developed basic paper treatment skills and be aware of
current conservation philosophy and ethics.  Must be willing to work on
a wide range of materials, performing details and occasionally
repetitive
tasks.  Requires operation of specialized equipment (e.g. ultrasonic
welder, fume hood, guillotine cutter) and the use of various chemicals
under controlled conditions.  Work requires long periods of standing and
the ability to lift heavy objects and work with dusty library
materials.  Applicants are encouraged to provide a portfolio of previous
conservation work.  Conservation skills test may be administered as part
of interview.

--
Maria Fredericks
Head, Conservation Lab
Columbia University Libraries
109 Butler
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
212-854-3580
212-854-3290 fax




--
Maria Fredericks
Head, Conservation Lab
Columbia University Libraries
109 Butler
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
212-854-3580
212-854-3290 fax

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