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Position at University of Iowa

From: Leo Agnew <lib-search<-at->
Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Assistant Conservator
(Librarian I)
The University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa

Position Description: Reporting to the Conservator,
Preservation/Conservation, the Assistant Conservator performs
treatment, coordinates various departmental activities, assists the
Conservator with lab organization and training, and provides
outreach and educational opportunities. Specific duties include:

    Perform a wide range of conservation treatment on books,
    manuscripts, maps and other paper based materials.

    Assist with the evaluation of library materials, advise on
    selection of collection items for treatment.

    Perform single-item and collection care treatments, including
    full treatment documentation.

    Oversee the environmental monitoring program.

    Participate in all disaster prevention and recovery operations
    or other activities involving the protection and handling of

    Assist the Conservator with the management of all library
    exhibitions and loans. Survey, document, treat and prepare
    materials for exhibit.

    Maintain and manage daily workflows, compile statistics, and
    train students and volunteers.

    Cultivate, initiate and participate in a variety of outreach
    activities relative to preservation, exhibitions, or other
    appropriate areas.

    Create and update website information for educational and
    outreach purposes.

    Seek out opportunities for continued training and development.

Required Qualifications:

    Advanced book or paper conservation degree, certificate in book
    or paper conservation or related field, or equivalent
    conservation experience.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills.

    Experience in book and/or paper conservation treatment and a
    working knowledge of conservation theory and practice.

    Demonstrated organizational skills.

    Knowledge or understanding of artists materials, book structure,
    and book/print history.

    Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where
    consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are

    Demonstrated interest in professional development.

    Understanding of the mission of a research university and the
    value of library collections in an academic and research

    Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or

Desired Qualifications:

    Experience in book and paper conservation in an academic or
    research library or museum setting.

    Experience in training students or volunteers.

    Strong computing and digital media skills.

    Photography skills.

Universal Competencies

    Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing
    resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of
    current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to
    demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while
    producing results.

    Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed
    customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent
    service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively
    transmit and interpret information through appropriate
    communication with internal and external customers.

    Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a
    variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil
    manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals
    from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian
level with a salary range of $43,000 - $46,000. Start date is
negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of
benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice
between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health
insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care
spending accounts, and additional options.

The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of Iowa Libraries
system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the
Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has
more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic
resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the
University's locally-created open access digital resources including
the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized
texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa
Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special
Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the
15th century to newly created artists' books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally
developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from
Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member
of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, CRL,
SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries
provides a program of support for professional development
activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national
cooperative efforts.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit


Please provide a cover letter, resume and the names/contact
information for three professional references. To help facilitate
your application process, note the requisition number 61862

Applications must be received by January 7, 2013.

The University of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and
community, please see


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