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[BKARTS] Temporary book repair position at Columbia University Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries Conservation Department seeks qualified
applicants for the following temporary, but full-time union position with
health coverage and other benefits.


Book Repair Technician, General Collections
Position ID #1005343
(Technical Assistant VI)
Salary Grade $553.83/week

Description of duties: Under the supervision of the Head Conservator,
performs both simple and complex conservation repairs on bound materials
from the Columbia University Libraries general collections.  Re-binds,
re-cases or performs other appropriate repairs on modern materials,
including re-backing, re-sewing and paper repairs. Utilizes technical
skills and judgment to select and carry out appropriate, conservation
quality repairs on pre-1850 and other artifactually important bound volumes
from general collections, with emphasis on retaining original character and
binding features. Fabricates protective enclosures for books, compact
discs, fold-out maps, etc. Encapsulates fragile documents in polyester
film.  Assists conservators with re-housing projects or batch treatment of
rare and special collections materials as needed.  Participates in disaster
response and recovery of general and special collections materials. Other
duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Minimum one year full-time work experience in binding and
repair of multi-section case-bound books, preferably in a library or
archives conservation setting; or completion of internship, apprenticeship
or other training resulting in equivalent skills and knowledge.  Must have
knowledge of basic binding and repair procedures and understanding of book
structures; excellent manual dexterity and attention to detail; ability and
willingness to work according to departmental specifications; ability to
perform routine repairs with speed and accuracy; ability to handle fragile
and rare materials with care.  Must be able to work independently when
necessary; good communication and interpersonal skills essential.
Experience with Windows 2000, word-processing, spreadsheet and database
software helpful.  Requires operation of specialized equipment (e.g.
ultrasonic welder, guillotine cutter, fume hood) and use of various
chemicals under controlled conditions. Applicants are encouraged to provide
a portfolio or examples of previous binding, conservation or book repair.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to

   M. Joseph Knox
   Human Resources
   Columbia University Libraries
   535 West 114th St.
   New York, NY 10027

Please refer to the position id number in your application.

Send questions about this position to Mr. Knox or to Maria Fredericks, Head
of Conservation at mf360@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Maria L. Fredericks
Head, Conservation Department
Columbia University Libraries
535 W. 114th St., Room 109
New York, NY 10027
212-854-3290 FAX

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