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[BKARTS] Book and Paper Conservator (temporary position), The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

Book and Paper Conservator (temporary position)
The Newberry Library

Reporting to the Director of Conservation Services and the Collections
Conservator, the Book and Paper Conservator  (a temporary position running
approximately September 1, 2002  January 31, 2003 with possibility of
extension) assists the Collections Conservator in repair and refurbishing
of the General Collections, Reference Collections and some Special
Collection materials. Collections include books, papers, parchment,
photographs and other materials.  Treatments include pamphlet binding,
cloth and leather binding repairs, rebinding using period binding styles,
washing and deacidification, paper and parchment stabilization, box making,
encapsulation and other rehousing.

Responsibilities: The Book and Paper Conservator works with the Director of
Conservation Services, curators, and stack management staff to inspect
incoming materials for pests; identify and prioritize materials in need of
repair; specify and perform treatments after consultation with curators;
assist in coordination of outside contracts with library binders; support
preparation of loans and exhibits; document treatments using a digital
camera and FileMaker Pro database; train and oversee volunteers, interns
and technicians; participate in environmental and pest monitoring; all
other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required; Masters degree in Conservation
(or equivalent) required; knowledge of conservation theory and practice for
books and papers; extensive experience in bookbinding and repair in a
library environment; experience training interns and volunteers; ability to
work independently and as part of a team; good computer skills including
experience with FileMaker Pro preferred.

Schedule: Full time exempt position.  Temporary position (five months) with
possibility of extension.  35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, with
occasional evening or weekend assignments.

Benefits: Group life, health, dental and vision insurance; fifteen days
vacation first year, twenty days thereafter, two personal days, six paid
holidays; book discounts and purchasing service. Retirement plan, long term
disability and long term care coverage after one year.

Salary: Librarian I
Date Posted: August 15, 2002
Available: September 1, 2002, position open until filled.

Send cover letter and resume to

Anne Klos
Director of Human Resources
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago IL 60610
Fax: 312-255-3509

The Newberry Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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