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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 response/recovery activities.

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 institutions.

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>.

Required Qualifications:
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.

Additional Qualifications:
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 projects.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:
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
(315) 443-9756

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