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[BKARTS] Position at Univ. of Rochester

Position Title: 		Conservation Lab Technician IV
Department: 		Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation
Position Classification:	 79
Date: 			12/16/05

Position Summary Statement:
Under the supervision of the Conservator, the incumbent manages the day-to-day operations of the General Collections Conservation Unit.  Supervises and trains 2 FTE Conservation Technicians and 1.5 FTE student assistants.  Follows established standards and guidelines while performing a wide range of conservation treatments on a variety of general collection materials.  Maintains Lab equipment and supplies, participates in special projects, maintains databases and statistical summaries, prepares reports.  Participates in in-house and off-site disaster response and recovery operations.  Completes other related duties.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

65% Repair of Materials
Performs conservation treatments on a wide variety of general collections materials while following established standards and specifications.  Repairs may require the use of specialized preservation equipment.  Routine repairs include rebacking, recasing, resewing, paper repairs, tip-ins, and constructing protective enclosures. 

30%  Management of the General Collections Conservation Unit
Works with the Conservator  to manage the day-to-day operation of the General Collections Conservation Unit including work-flow, staff supervision and scheduling. 

Trains and supervises  2 FTE Conservation Technicians and 1.5 FTE student assistants.

Performs the initial sorting of items routed to the department for treatment based on an understanding of their condition, binding structure, the requirements of various units and departments, and the treatment options available.

Supervises the maintenance of laboratory equipment (paper trimmer, glue machine, guillotine, ultrasonic welder, etc.) and maintains supplies. 

Serves as project supervisor for special in-house collection treatment projects while overseeing project management from inception to completion.

Maintains databases and statistical summaries for a variety of treatments and using a variety of computer software packages.

Acts as a Preservation liaison with staff from all Library units; serves as a resource person regarding conservation issues and disaster recovery activities.

Contributes to the preparation of special reports.

5% Disaster Response

Assists in Disaster response and  recovery of University Libraries' materials. May be called upon to assist regional libraries with similar salvage and recovery work. Assists in maintaining Disaster recovery supplies and in updating Disaster Response & Recovery Manuals.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:  1 year book conservation experience, with knowledge of current book and paper conservation techniques and understanding of basic conservation principles.  Ability to work independently and to manage multiple projects.  Excellent communication and decision-making skills.  A portfolio of completed treatment is required at time of interview.

Interested individuals should send resume and three references to:

Kelley Kitrinos, HR Administror
University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library Box 270055
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

OR e-mail address: RCLHR@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 

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