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Conservator position at U of Kansas



NOTICE OF PROFESSIONAL VACANCY
The University of Kansas Libraries

        CONSERVATOR

The University of Kansas Libraries are expanding their conservation
activities and have begun recruitment for a Conservator, a full-time
unclassified professional staff (non-faculty). The Conservator reports to
the Preservation Librarian and will assist with the design and development
of the new conservation laboratory and assist in the education of library
staff about new conservation treatments available.  In addition, the
Conservator will:

  *     Perform or oversee all conservation treatments done on materials owned
by the University of Kansas Libraries from both the general and special
collections.
  *     Maintain strict quality control over all treatments performed in the
conservation lab and will collect and analyze quantitative statistics for
items processed in the lab.
  *     Establish workflow patterns of materials to and from the Conservation
Labs.
  *     Assist the Preservation Librarian in providing training for Library
staff and users on collection care and handling and will help assist in
promoting Preservation throughout the Libraries.
  *     Maintain inventories of equipment and supplies used in the lab.
  *     Provide supervision and leadership to conservation staff.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor's degree and significant book related
library conservation experience, OR a certificate in book conservation and
book related library conservation experience.  Knowledge of library
preservation and conservation treatments and technology.  Knowledge of
physical and chemical properties of books and paper.  Ability to work
effectively with department staff in developing and following correct
procedures for the care and preservation of library collections.  Ability
to communicate effectively both in writing and orally.  Experience in
examining library materials to determine the most appropriate preservation
treatment on an item by item basis.  (Ability demonstrated through a
portfolio of work of correctly applied treatment techniques of book
conservation.)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience with desktop publishing software.
Conservation experience in research library collections conservation as
well as single item conservation treatment.  Supervisory experience with
student conservation assistants.

ANNUAL SALARY:  $26,000 - $29,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE/PROCEDURES:  Applications postmarked by April 30, 1997
will receive first consideration.  Applications will be accepted until the
position is filled.  To apply, submit letter of application, resume,
transcripts, and names of three references to:  Sandra Gilliland, Assistant
to the Dean, The University of Kansas Libraries, 502 Watson Library;
Lawrence, KS  66045-2800.  Candidates selected for interviews will be asked
to bring a portfolio of their work.

BENEFITS:  Twenty-two days paid vacation and 12 days paid sick leave per
year; several paid holidays; group health and life insurance options;
choice of four retirement programs.

THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LIBRARIES:  A member of the Association of
Research Libraries, the University of Kansas Libraries has a collection of
more than 3.1 million volumes and 22,000 current serial titles.  The
University of Kansas is a full OCLC participant and is a member of diverse
bodies, including the Center for Research Libraries, the Commission on
Preservation and Access, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and
is committed to development of a preservation program.  The University of
Kansas Libraries are a regional depository for U.S. Government documents
and has extensive special collections.  With a staff of more than 60
librarians, 90 classified staff and several hundred student employees, the
Libraries constitute a major academic and research resource supporting
27,000 students and 1,300 faculty.  The University Libraries are a vital
part of the intellectual life of the University and the region.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS:  Lawrence (resident population 65,000) offers the
convenience of a small town but is less than an hour's drive from Kansas
City.  The cost of living is significantly below the national average.
There are excellent schools and daycare.  Cultural opportunities have been
rated first in the nation among cities with a population of less than
100,000, and first on a per-capita basis among all cities regardless of
population.


AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
APPLICATIONS ARE SOUGHT FROM ALL QUALIFIED PERSONS REGARDLESS OF RACE,
COLOR, SEX, DISABILITY, AND AS COVERED BY LAW, VETERAN STATUS.  IN
ADDITION, UNIVERSITY POLICIES PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF
RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MARITAL STATUS, AND
PARENTAL STATUS


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