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Subject: Position at MIT

Position at MIT

From: Christine McCarthy <cmc>
Date: Monday, April 28, 2003
Conservation Technician (Library Assistant III)
Preservation Services
MIT Libraries

This is a temporary, two-year appointment, with the possibility of

The MIT Libraries is seeking a trained conservation technician to
perform treatments on special library collections.  The Technician
will have the unique opportunity to contribute to a newly
established conservation program and to work in a newly constructed
conservation laboratory.  The two-year appointment, with the
possibility of extension, is an excellent opportunity to practice
and develop a myriad of conservation skills and to gain experience
in a dynamic academic library setting.

Responsibilities:  Under the general supervision of the Preservation
Services Librarian, the Conservation Technician carries out a
variety of conservation treatments for books and paper-based
materials from the Libraries' archives and special collections.
Treatments, which include paper mending, hinging, surface cleaning,
encapsulation, construction of protective enclosures, and binding
repairs, are performed under the direction of the Conservator in
accordance with established standards and procedures.  The
Technician prepares appropriate documentation for treatment work and
maintains the conservation treatment log and other required
statistics.  S/he assists with laboratory maintenance, collection
needs assessment, and treatment prioritization, and participates in
other preservation projects and duties, such as disaster response
and recovery, as assigned.

Qualifications: Required: 2.5 years direct experience.  Post high
school education can count toward experience.  Bookbinding and book
conservation skills.  Applicants invited to interview will be asked
to bring a portfolio of binding and conservation examples.  Must be
able to work with light solvents and to use standard bookbinding
tools and equipment.  Ability to work independently and
collaboratively in a research library setting.  Strong
communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Familiarity
with Windows computing applications.  Preferred:  Knowledge of
conservation/preservation issues and principles. Experience working
with rare or unique materials in a library, archives, or museum

Hours: 35 hours per week.  Monday-Friday, between the hours of

Apply online at: <URL:>; or send/Fax: copy
of cover letter and resume to:

    Robin Deadrick
    MIT Libraries
    Room 14S-324
    77 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge MA 02139-4307
    Fax: 617-253-0583

Please note library job number on application - Library Job #306.

MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health plans, a
dental plan, and tuition assistance. The MIT Libraries affords a
flexible and collegial working environment and provides
opportunities for training and skill development.

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its
community and particularly encourages applications from qualified
women and ethnic minority candidates.

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