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Two positions at Columbia University -- SEARCH EXTENDED



THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR THE FOLLOWING TWO
POSITIONS; APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE POSITIONS ARE FILLED

The Columbia University Libraries Conservation Department seeks
qualified applicants for the following two positions.  Both are
full-time, union positions with comprehensive benefits and 20 days paid
vacation.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to M. Joseph Knox, Human
Resources, Columbia University Libraries, 535 West 114th St., New York,
NY 10027.  Email questions to Mr. Knox at jk690@columbia.edu; or to
Maria Fredericks, Head of Conservation at mf360@columbia.edu  PLEASE
REFER TO THE POSITION ID NUMBER IN YOUR APPLICATION.


BOOK REPAIR TECHNICIAN, GENERAL COLLECTIONS    POSITION ID #1005343
(Bibliographic Assistant VI)
SALARY GRADE $549.50/week

Description of duties:
Under the supervision of the Head Conservator, performs both simple and
complex conservation repairs on bound materials from the University
Libraries' general collections.  Re-binds, re-cases or performs other
appropriate repairs, including re-backing, re-sewing and paper repairs.
Utilizes technical skills and judgment to select and carry out
appropriate, conservation quality repairs on pre-1850 and other
artifactually important bound volumes from general collections, with
emphasis on retaining original character and binding features.
Fabricates protective enclosures for books, compact discs, fold-out
maps, etc.  Encapsulates fragile documents in polyester film.  Assists
conservators with re-housing projects or batch treatment of rare and
special collections materials as needed.  Participates in disaster
response and recovery of general and special collections materials.
Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent required, BA/BS preferred.  Minimum
one year full-time experience in binding and repair of multi-section
case-bound books, preferably in a library or archives conservation
setting; or completion of internship, apprenticeship or training program
resulting in equivalent skills and knowledge.  Must have knowledge of
basic binding and repair procedures and understanding of book
structures; excellent manual dexterity and attention to detail; ability
and willingness to work according to departmental specifications;
ability to perform routine repairs with speed and accuracy; ability to
handle fragile and rare materials with care.  Familiarity with basic
conservation philosophy and ethics; ability to work independently; good
communication and interpersonal skills essential.  Experience with
word-processing and spreadsheet software helpful.  Requires operation of
specialized equipment (e.g. ultrasonic welder, guillotine cutter, fume
hood) and use of various chemicals under controlled conditions.
Applicants are encouraged to provide a portfolio or examples of previous
conservation or binding work.


CONSERVATION ASSISTANT,  POSITION ID #1005428 (Bibliographic Assistant
VI)
SALARY GRADE $549.50/week

Description of Duties:  Under the direction of the Head Conservator and
the Special Collections Conservator, the incumbent will perform basic
paper conservation procedures such as surface cleaning, washing,
re-sizing and mending on materials from the libraries' rare and special
collections.  Duties will also involve creating protective housings for
single items and for collections, as well as cutting mats and making
cradles for exhibits.  Will assist with environmental monitoring, supply
inventory, disaster response and treatment documentation.  Will also
perform conservation repairs on selected general collections materials,
including sewing pamphlets, reattaching boards, encapsulating maps and
documents, repairing torn pages and making protective enclosures.
Participates in disaster response and recovery of general and special
collections materials.  Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:   High school diploma, BA/BS preferred.  One year
full-time experience in conservation of rare or valuable paper artifacts
including experience with protective housings and exhibit preparation.
Must have basic paper conservation skills and demonstrated ability to
handle fragile and rare materials with care.  Must be able to work
independently when necessary; good communication and interpersonal
skills essential. Experience with word-processing and spreadsheet
software helpful. Must be willing to work on a wide range of materials,
performing detailed and occasionally repetitive tasks.  Requires
operation of specialized equipment (e.g. ultrasonic welder, fume hood,
guillotine cutter) and the use of various chemicals under controlled
conditions.  Applicants are encouraged to provide a portfolio of
previous conservation or related work.



--
Maria Fredericks
Head, Conservation Lab
Columbia University Libraries
109 Butler
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
212-854-3580
212-854-3290 fax




--
Maria Fredericks
Head, Conservation Lab
Columbia University Libraries
109 Butler
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027
212-854-3580
212-854-3290 fax

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