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Position at New York Academy of Medicine

From: Erin Albritton <erinalbritton<-at->
Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
Book Conservator
Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory
Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
The New York Academy of Medicine

The Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory seeks
qualified candidates for the permanent, full-time position of Book

The Book Conservator will participate in all activities carried out
by the Lab including but not limited to item-level conservation
treatment of materials held in both the Rare Book and Historical
Collections and main Library; collection-level preservation
projects; supervising and training junior staff, interns and
volunteers; and planning and participating in outreach and other
programs.  Although bench work will be a primary focus of this
position, ongoing institutional developments demand that the Book
Conservator be prepared to spend a significant percentage of time
collaborating on strategic planning and capital projects.


    Graduate degree in conservation with a specialization in books
    and/or library and archival materials; an MLS degree from an
    ALA-accredited library program with advanced training in
    conservation; or an equivalent combination of experience,
    education and training.

    At least five years post-internship bench experience required,
    preferably in a research library or similar institution.

    Demonstrated working knowledge of current conservation theory
    and practice, as well as the history of books, bookbinding and

    Knowledge of a wide range of conservation treatments and
    experience working with a variety of binding materials;

    Demonstrated ability to recognize the causes of damage to
    library materials and select and perform appropriate treatments;

    Demonstrated ability to initiate and adapt to change, to analyze
    and solve problems, to be flexible and work well collaboratively
    and collegially in a small, but dynamic organizational setting,
    as well as independently;

    Strong organizational skills, including the ability to establish
    priorities and achieve goals;

    Demonstrated technology skills, including a familiarity with
    digital equipment and software;

    Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

    Physical ability to undertake collection care duties such as
    moving books and materials weighing up to 40 lbs., operating lab
    machinery and working in sometimes dusty and moldy environments.

For more information about the job or for details on how to apply,
please visit NYAM's website:


Erin Albritton
Head of Conservation
Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10029
Fax: 212-419-3665

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