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Position at Harvard

From: Malcolm Hamilton <malcolm_hamilton>
Date: Thursday, October 8, 1998
Conservation Technician for Special Collections
in the Harvard University Library
Hiring range:  $26,280 - $32,184; Salary Grade:  LA VI

Under the general direction of the Chief Conservator for Special
Collections, the Conservation Technician for Special Collections
treats rare materials from throughout the Harvard University
Library, working in the special collections conservation laboratory
in the Harvard University Library Preservation Center.

Education, experience, skills: Bachelor's degree preferred. Training
in hand bookbinding through a formal training program, experience in
a recognized conservation facility, or an apprenticeship required.
Superior manual dexterity with emphasis on bookbinding skills, and
demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and
precision.  Ability to work independently with sustained
concentration while performing complex tasks.  Strong organizational
skills, including the ability to work within established priorities
and to achieve goals.  Ability to adapt to change, to analyze and
solve problems, and to be flexible and work collaboratively. Good
communication skills. Two years of book conservation experience and
knowledge of the history of binding, printing, and paper making
preferred.

Duties and responsibilities: Prepares condition and treatment
reports including photo documentation. Carries out a range of basic
book conservation treatments on rare paper, cloth, vellum, and
leather bindings.  Designs and constructs protective enclosures for
special collections.  Works on more complex treatments under the
direct supervision of a conservator.  Maintains inventories of
supplies and tools.  Participates in disaster recovery where library
collections are involved.  Assists with other duties as required.
Portfolio of work required at interview.

The Harvard University Library is made up of more than 90 library
units. Among the materials held are 13 million volumes, 8 million
microforms, 100,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 5 million
photographs, and 450,000 maps.  More than half of Harvard's
libraries maintain significant special collections; the largest are
held in Houghton Library, the Baker Library (Historical
Collections), the Law School Library (Special Collections), the
Countway Library of Medicine (Rare Books and Special Collections
Department), the Andover-Harvard Theological Library (Rare Books,
Manuscripts and Archival Collections), and the Schlesinger Library
on the History of Women in America.

Harvard University is strongly committed to its policy of equal
opportunity and affirmative action.  Employment and advancement are
based upon merit and ability without regard to race, color, creed,
sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or status as a
disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Please send resume and the names of three references to

    Malcolm Hamilton
    University Personnel Librarian
    Wadsworth House
    Cambridge, MA  02138

Applications received before November 9, 1998 will receive priority
treatment.

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