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[BKARTS] Conservation Librarian /Rare Book and Paper Conservator, Syracuse University Library, Syracuse, NY
Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center
Conservation Librarian /Rare Book and Paper Conservator
The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library
seeks a Rare Book and Paper Conservator to treat the Center's rare and
unique materials and manage the daily operations of its Conservation Lab.
Reporting to the Center's Preservation and Digital Access Librarian, the
Conservator will perform and manage the identification, condition
assessment, and treatment of rare and unique items from SCRC's collections
in a production environment and in accordance with accepted professional
standards. Other duties include: planning and organizing unit activities,
surveying collections, identifying treatment options for materials selected
for conservation, maintaining tools and equipment, and managing the
supplies budget. The Conservator will play a leading role in support of the
Center's exhibitions program by preparing items, including making mounts,
other custom supports, and matting. The Conservator will also have
responsibilities for environmental monitoring and disaster
The Conservator will be responsible for the day-to-day training and
supervision of work-study students (approximately 20 hrs/wk), including the
hiring and evaluation process, determining treatment procedures,
establishing production goals, assigning work, and ensuring quality
control. Additional supervisory and training responsibilities will center
on interns from a variety of Syracuse University programs including Museum
Studies and the School of Information studies, as well as from other
The Conservator will collaborate with the Digital Access and Preservation
Librarian and others in developing and presenting preservation education
workshops for Library staff and regional organizations. The Conservator
will also be involved in the development of programming sponsored by the
Brodsky Endowment for the Advancement of Library Conservation. Service on
Library and University committees will be encouraged as appropriate. More
information on the Conservation Lab and its activities can be found online
at the Center's website <http://scrc.syr.edu>.
MLS with specialization in book and paper conservation, masters degree in
conservation with specialization in book and paper conservation, or a
bachelors degree and a comparable equivalent combination of experience
earned through study at a program such as the North Bennet Street School or
2-year (minimum) apprenticeship with a qualified conservator.
Demonstrated post-graduate experience working in an academic library
environment or as a conservator in private practice.
Special consideration will be given to candidates with the best combination
of the following:
Demonstrated ability to work independently and to exercise initiative and
judgment in planning and carrying out conservation functions.
Strong organizational skills to plan, organize and prioritize conservation
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to work
effectively with a variety of staff levels.
Applicants selected for campus interview must present a portfolio of
representative conservation treatments or examples of their own work.
Record of attending workshops that impart both theoretical and practical
knowledge relevant to the position's responsibilities, and previous
employment experience as a conservator or conservation assistant,
preferably in an academic library environment.
Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is an independent Research II
University and a member of the Association of American Universities. Its
thirteen schools and colleges include a number of nationally ranked
programs and serve a population of over 11,000 undergraduate and 5,600
graduate and law students. The Syracuse University Library comprises a
large central library and 5 branch libraries serving a diverse community
including 800 faculty and many visiting researchers. The libraries hold
almost 3,000,000 volumes, with significant special collections, and
extensive electronic resources. The Library is a member of the Association
of Research Libraries, OCLC, national and regional consortia. The Library's
annual budget is 10.7 million. The Library has a staff of 46 librarians and
135 support staff.
Syracuse is located in the center of New York State within reach of New
York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto. Local cultural opportunities
include a symphony orchestra, jazz festival, chamber music society,
nationally recognized art museum and an Equity theater, along with
excellent opportunities for sports and recreation.
Salary and Benefits:
Commensurate with education and experience. The University's generous
benefits package includes an (11% contribution to TIAA/CREF), health and
dental plans, tuition remission, adoption assistance, insurance, and other
work/life options and benefits.
To complete an online application through the Internet, please go to
<http://www.sujobopps.com>, click on "search open positions," and select
"conservation librarian." Please note: the position will not appear online
until after Monday, October 17, 2005. Applications must be completed
online, and applicants should attach both a cover letter and résumé, with
the application and include the names of three references. Application
deadline: November 11, 2005.
Peter D. Verheyen
Special Collections Preservation & Access Librarian / Conservator
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244
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