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Position at Yale

From: Christine McCarthy <christine.mccarthy<-at->
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Book Conservator, Special Collections
Preservation Department
Conservation and Exhibition Services
Yale University
Rank: Librarian I

Full-time (37.5 hours per week);
Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)


Please Note: Position may open to external application after
September 19, 2012.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and
growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between
Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of
Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art
museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art
concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art,
Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library The Yale University Library, as one
of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes,
preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique
record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual
growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research
missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A
distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including
more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging
from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases.
The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to
provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in
the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental
libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of
over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber
of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved
in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on
the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at


Representative Job Summary: Yale University librarians work in
libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses,
to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of
human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility,
creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help
shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians
provide consistently high quality service to the University, and
help meet the needs of the local, national, and international
teaching and research communities.

Departmental Focus: Under the general direction of the Chief
Conservator manages and executes conservation treatments to
preserve, protect, and guarantee the survival and future
accessibility of artistic, cultural objects in accordance with an
accepted, professional ethical code, such as the American Institute
for Conservation's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice

Representative Responsibilities:

    The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to
    demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities,
    as defined by the job description and annual goals.

    Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library,
    university, and/or community.

    Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

Departmental Responsibilities:

    Plans, researches, and implements conservation treatments for
    rare books, manuscripts and other related materials from the
    Library's special collections and archives. Examines the
    material composition and deterioration of objects in order to
    develop and execute successful conservation treatments.

    Engages cooperatively with curators, librarians, archivists and
    collection managers to provide reliable information regarding
    condition, potential risks, and options for treatment for
    individual objects and groups of objects.

    Makes recommendations and devises or adapts treatment methods,
    with respect to an object's value, meaning, collection context,
    and anticipated use.

    Creates accurate written and photographic documentation for
    examinations, treatments and other activities.

    Undertakes, in consultation with experienced conservators,
    item-level condition surveys and assists with planning
    strategies for improvements to collection care.

    Establishes a record of service to the Library, campus, and the
    community and participates in professional organizations.

    Advances knowledge, skills, and develops specialization through
    professional development opportunities such as conferences and
    workshops. Keeps current with changes in the field.

    Assists with instruction and supervision of non-exempt staff,
    interns, and student assistants.

    Handles hazardous materials used for treatment in accordance
    with current federal, state, and local regulations and policies.

    Assists with emergency preparedness and disaster response as

    Carries out other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience: Master's degree in Library
Science from an American Library Association accredited Library
school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related
discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to
this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that
the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet
expectations of performance at the Librarian 2.

Required Skills and Abilities:

    Master's degree in Art, Museum, Library/Archives Conservation
    and/or related field is required in place of MLS.

    Knowledge of conservation principles for a wide variety of
    materials preservation, and of conservation techniques and
    procedures, as demonstrated through previous experience and a
    portfolio of successful treatments and documentation.

    Demonstrated knowledge of chemistry, material science research
    related to conservation, artist's materials and techniques,
    binding structures, and book/printing history.

    Strong communication, analytical, and organizational skills.
    Ability to work independently and in dynamic teams.

    Excellent visual perception and manual dexterity; strong
    computing and digital photography skills.

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

    Knowledge of organization and administrative policies and
    procedures of libraries and archives.

    Experience working in an academic or research library or museum.

Salary and Benefits: We invite you to discover the excitement,
diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University.
One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers
exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true
growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide
variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic
family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits,
extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and
contact information of three professional references should be sent
by creating an account and applying online at
    The STARS req ID for this position is 18666BR.

for immediate consideration.

Please be sure to reference #18666BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements: All external candidates for
employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening
for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks
based on the position description and job requirements. Internal
candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for
this position based on the position description and job
requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of
the required background check.

For additional information on the background check requirements and
process please visit


Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and
strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups

Christine E McCarthy
Chief Conservator, Conservation Services
Preservation Department
Yale University Library
130 Wall St.
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520
Fax: 203-432-9900
emergencies: 203-530-5414

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