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[BKARTS] conservation job at Harvard

Frances Loeb Library
Graduate School of Design
Harvard University

                                Full-time, Grade 57
                                Reports to: Librarian / Assistant Dean
for Information Services


                                      Oversees preservation of library
collections; serves as primary expert
                                      for the library on conservation &
preservation issues, implementing
                                      collection-wide assessments to
determine preservation needs &
                                      Evaluates all library materials
for conservation treatment in-house or
                                      by outside contractors;

                                      Performs and documents
conservation treatments on rare or fragile
                                      books, maps, architectural plans &
drawings, and archival materials.

                                      Monitors environmental conditions
of the library to ensure long-term
                                      survival of the collections;

                                      Oversees the library's disaster
response plan & leads Disaster Recovery

                                      Participates in fund-raising
activities and gives presentations on
                                      conservation issues to faculty,
alumni/ae & donors.

                                      Collaborates in exhibition
planning; prepares library materials for
                                      exhibition by performing
appropriate conservation treatments; ensures
                                      safe exhibition handling

                                      Supervises occasional interns &
project staff for collection-specific
                                      projects supported by library

                                      Monitors departmental budget &
endowed funds for conservation.

                                      Collaborates with the Weissman
Preservation Center of the Harvard
                                      University Library to enhance the
preservation program of the Design


                                Formal training in conservation with at
least 4 yrs professional conservation
                                experience; demonstrated excellence
performing complex treatments on a
                                wide range of book structures, paper &
media; knowledge of the history of
                                bookbinding and of contemporary
practices in book & paper conservation;
                                working knowledge of chemistry &
materials science; strong organizational
                                skills; ability to work collaboratively
to determine and achieve goals; excellent
                                oral & written communication skills,
including demonstrated ability to
                                document treatments and prepare reports.

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