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[BKARTS] conservation internship at Kansas

Posted on behalf of Sandy Gilliland, Assistant to the Dean, University of
Kansas Libraries:

Announcement of Professional Vacancy
Conservation Assistant/Intern (Program Assistant)
University of Kansas Libraries, Lawrence, KS
(3-year appointment)
Application review date: September 2, 2003

The University of Kansas Libraries invites applications for a three-year
appointment as Conservation Assistant/Intern to perform advanced collections
conservation treatments on the Libraries' circulating collection.  The
University of Kansas Libraries have partnered with Emporia State University
Graduate School in Library and Information Management (ESU/SLIM), located
approximately 90 minutes from Lawrence, in Emporia, Kansas, to create this
three-year assistantship.  Enrollment in the ESU/SLIM program will be
required upon appointment to this position.    Many of the courses are
offered on weekends.  The internship itself will provide between 9 and 12
hours of course credit toward the graduate degree.

The Conservation Unit is a major segment of the Libraries' preservation
program.  The unit is responsible for the repairing and restoring all
materials that cannot effectively or efficiently be treated by commercial

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Performs advanced collections conservation treatments on
circulating library materials sent to the Conservation Unit for treatment.
Treats damaged materials with treatment needs that are too specialized or
too advanced for student assistance, but below the level of expertise
requiring the conservator.  Organizes the workflow of large or special
projects including task supervision of student assistants.

Works on special conservation in-sourcing projects assigned by the
Conservator or the Preservation Librarian.  Works with KU museums to
identify, organize, and carry out conservation projects as needed.  Works
with the Conservator and the Preservation Librarian on conducting research
related to conservation treatments carried out in the conservation
laboratory.  Assists supervisor in exhibition preparation for Spencer
Research Library.

Responsibilities may include supervision of student employees in the
conservation lab who are assigned to assist with in-sourcing conservation
projects or other special conservation projects.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor's degree.  Willingness to enroll in (or
current enrollment in) and successfully complete the Emporia State
University graduate program in Library and Information Management
(accredited by the American Library Association).  Demonstrated ability to
set priorities, organize work and meet deadlines.  Ability to work
independently.  Ability to communicate effectively and interact successfully
with a variety of people.  Ability to organize, interpret, and work
successfully with detailed information.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Knowledge of bookbinding and preservation
technologies and practices.  Familiarity with computer technology as applied
to libraries.  Ability to assess the needs of damaged materials and supply
the appropriate treatment in accordance to criteria established by the
conservator.  Ability to adapt treatment techniques to meet the needs of
each individual item.  Demonstrated supervisory ability.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Annual salary is dependent upon qualifications.
Benefits include 22 days vacation and 12 days sick leave per year; several
paid holidays; group health and life insurance options; choice of four
retirement programs.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT:  This is a three-year, full-time unclassified
professional staff appointment.  Unclassified Professional Staff positions
are eligible for annual reappointment contingent upon satisfactory
performance and funding availability.  Unclassified Professional Staff are
evaluated annually on their performance of professional responsibilities.
By accepting an offer of employment, and as a condition of employment, it is
expected that the Conservation Assistant will enroll in the graduate program
in Library and Information Science with Emporia State University, Emporia,
Kansas.  Failure to enroll in, or complete, the graduate degree program will
result in termination of the internship/employment.  (See Environment
statement for additional information about ESU.)  By the end of the
three-year appointment it is expected that the Conservation Assistant will
have completed a library degree and have sufficient conservation training
and experience to become a professional library conservator.

APPLICATION DEADLINE & PROCEDURES:  Review of applications will begin
September 2, 2003.  Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled.  Candidates selected for interviews will be asked to provide a
portfolio (or examples) of conservation or bookbinding work, if available.

For full consideration, applicants must provide a letter indicating how
their experience relates to each of the required and preferred
qualifications.  In addition, please provide a current resume and the names,
addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional
references.  Please send this material to:

Sandra K. Gilliland, Asst. to the Dean
University of Kansas Libraries - 502 Watson Library
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7544
phone:  (785)864-8922   fax:  (785)864-5311
email:  sgilliland@xxxxxx

ENVIRONMENT:  The University Libraries constitute a major academic and
research resource supporting approximately 26,000 students and 1,300
faculty. The Libraries' collections comprise approximately 3.3 million
volumes and 27,000 current serial titles, housed in six library facilities
in Lawrence and one library in suburban Kansas City.  The Libraries have a
budget of $14 million and a staff of 71 library faculty and professional
staff, 76 paraprofessionals, and 80 FTE of student workers.

The University of Kansas is a leader in national efforts to reform and
improve the scholarly communications system.  The University of Kansas is a
founding member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for
Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and is a member of
OCLC.   The Libraries seek creative staff committed to active academic
outreach and liaison, cooperative and collaborative collection development,
and critical experimentation with new technologies.  Additional information
about the University Libraries can be found at http://www.lib.ku.edu.

The University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, a diverse community of
approximately 90,000 set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, 40 miles
from Kansas City.   Lawrence is also home to Haskell Indian Nations
University.  Lawrence, KU and Haskell offer a wide range of cultural and
recreational activities, and the Libraries play a vital role in the
intellectual life of the community.  Lawrence is a college town with a
vitality and diversity uniquely its own.  It offers the convenience and
culture of a college town but is less than an hour's drive from Kansas City
to the east, and Topeka (the State capital) to the west.    There are
excellent schools and daycare.   More information about Lawrence, Kansas is
available at http://www.visitlawrence.com

School of Library and Information Science, Emporia State University
Founded in 1902, the School of Library and Information Management, better
known as SLIM, serves a twelve state area from Kansas to North Dakota to
Oregon to New Mexico and Kansas. Tradition and innovation form the
foundation of a friendly and supportive learningenvironment with a
reputation for graduating outstanding library leaders and information
professionals. This graduate degree program is fully accredited by the
American Library Association. Classes are held on weekends. The typical
student is in class four to six weekends per semester.  New MLS students may
start in fall, spring, or summer semesters.  The typical student completes
the MLS program in less than three years and takes just two or three courses
per semester.  Nearly 3,000 alumni in 48 states makes for a great job search
network.  For additional information about the ESU/SLIM program, please
consult the website or call 1-800-552-4770.

The University of Kansas is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. The University encourages applications from underrepresented group
members. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis
of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability,
and veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status.

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