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[BKARTS] Position - Conservator, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, MA

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**This is a two year appointment with the possibility of an extension.**

The MIT Libraries seek an experienced conservator for a new special
collections conservation program (rare books, archives and manuscripts)
within Preservation Services. A new conservation laboratory will be
completed in Fall 2002. Initial responsibilities will include contributing
to program planning with the Preservation Services Librarian and other
librarians and archivists, conservation laboratory set-up, and program
implementation. Ongoing responsibilities: conservation treatments for books
and paper-based materials, assisted by a conservation technician;
collaborating with librarians and archivists to assess conservation needs,
set priorities and plan treatments; providing condition reports, treatment
documentation, and statistics; preparing selected materials for on-site
digital scanning; laboratory maintenance; managing outsourced conservation
projects; and assisting in presenting the conservation program to staff and
visitor groups. Participating in disaster preparedness and response.

Qualifications: Required - graduate degree in conservation or comparable
education and training; 2-4 years of professional conservation experience
with demonstrated ability to perform complex treatments for rare books and
unique paper-based materials; working knowledge of chemistry and materials
science; ability to plan, organize and prioritize; strong training skills;
excellent oral and written communication skills. Preferred - experience
working collaboratively in a research library. Candidates who are
interviewed will be asked to present a portfolio of recent conservation

Hiring Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin July 29, 2002. Send cover letter, resume,
and names and addresses of three current references to:

Search Committee for Conservator (SAA)
The Libraries, Room 14S324
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139-4307

(Applications may also be sent via fax to 617-253-0583 or via e-mail to

The MIT Libraries include five major subject libraries (architecture and
planning; engineering; humanities; science; management and social sciences)
and several branch libraries in more specialized subject areas. The
Libraries hold more than 2.6 million printed volumes, and extensive
collections of other physical formats. Over 200 digital databases and over
3000 electronic journals are licensed for access on the Institute's
network. The Libraries recently implemented Ex Libris' Aleph system as its
public Web-based catalog and as the support system for user service and
processing functions. The Libraries' webpage (http://libraries.mit.edu/)
presents information about library services, as well as access to
information resources through the staff-designed Vera interface. MIT
Libraries maintain membership in the Association of Research Libraries, the
Boston Library Consortium, and OCLC through NELINET, as well as in EDUCAUSE
and the Coalition of Networked Information.

MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health and retirement
plans, a dental plan, tuition assistance and a relocation allowance. The
MIT Libraries affords a flexible and collegial working environment and
fosters professional growth of its staff with management training and
travel funding for professional meetings.

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community
and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and ethnic
minority candidates.

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