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[BKARTS] POSITION OPEN - Conservation Librarian, University of Kentucky Libraries

Lexington, Kentucky
May 5, 2003

POSITION: Conservation Librarian

AVAILABLE: July 1, 2003

DESCRIPTION:  The Conservation Librarian, a full-time, tenure track faculty
appointment, will supervise conservation services at the University of
Kentucky Libraries.  The Librarian will be based in the Conservation Lab in
the William T. Young Library and will report to the Head of Preservation
Services, who oversees the Preservation Program and its three areas of
conservation services, binding services and reprographics.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Conservation Librarian oversees the conservation
services program for the University of Kentucky Libraries.  This includes
services for special collections and archival materials as well as the book
repair, in-house binding and box-making for circulating collections.

Working primarily with material from the Special Collections Division, the
Conservation Librarian will perform treatments in accordance with the AIC
Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice, on paper and parchment, both
bound and unbound, with volumes bound in cloth, paper or leather and will
perform or oversee other treatments including encapsulation,
deacidification, and protective enclosure construction.

The Conservation Librarian will supervise 1 FTE Conservation technician and
approximately .5 FTE student assistants to perform book repairs, pamphlet
binding and box construction and will work with other Library service
centers to set up preservation facilities and services to work
cooperatively with the Young Library Conservation Lab.  The Conservation
Librarian will monitor supply budgets, maintain the supplies inventory and
oversee the maintenance of conservation equipment.

Working with the Head of Preservation  Services, the Conservation Librarian
will assist with other preservation activities such as disaster planning,
preservation training, grant writing , ARL Preservation Statistics,
collection surveys and environmental monitoring.  The Conservation
Librarian will serve on the Preservation Advisory Council and participate
in other library committee and task force activities.  The  position will
provide reference service/document delivery on preservation-related  topics
to university and non-university  customers and will actively represent the
University of Kentucky in local, regional and national preservation efforts.

- Masters degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program,
conservation studies, archival studies or related field.
- Conservation training from an established conservation studies program,
or a minimum three-year apprenticeship with a conservator, or demonstrated
commensurate experience.
- Experience in the conservation of books, manuscripts, maps and other
library and archival materials, excluding photographic media.  Portfolio of
work is required at interview.
- Experience using and maintaining conservation laboratory equipment.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication, training, and leadership
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Commitment to ongoing professional development, service, and activity.

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The minimum
professional salary at the University of Kentucky Libraries is $36,000

BENEFITS:   Tenure track, faculty rank, 22 days annual leave, TIAA/CREF,
Fidelity, and Twentieth Century Annuity plans.

LIBRARY:  The University of Kentucky Libraries system includes the main
William T. Young Library,  Medical Center Library, Law Library, Special
Collections and Archives, Agricultural Information Center, Lucille Little
Fine Arts Library,  Architecture Library, Education Library, Engineering
Library and five science libraries.   Combined holdings total more than 2.9
million volumes.  The system has a staff of 65 librarians and 121 support
staff and serves a student body of 28,000.  The UK Libraries use the
Voyager integrated library system.  Library membership includes ARL,
SOLINET, ASERL, and the Center for Research Libraries, and is a regional
depository for federal government publications.

Completed in 1998, the Conservation Lab in the William T. Young Library was
purpose-built to include a fume hood, Wei T'o freeze dryer, trinocular
stereo microscope, ultrasonic encapsulator,  vacuum suction table,
photodocumentation  equipment, three sinks, and other conventional book
repair and conservation treatment equipment and facilities.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Preference will be given to applications
received by June 5, 2003.

TO APPLY:  Send letter of application, resume and names of three
professional references to:

Carol White
Personnel Assistant
William T. Young Library, Room 1-85
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0456

Email:  cwhite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Phone:  (859) 257-0500 x2096
FAX:  (859) 257-8379


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