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The Columbia University Libraries Conservation Department seeks
qualified applicants for the position described below.  It is funded by
the National Endowment for the Humanities for a period of two years,
beginning July 1, 2002.  It is a union position with full benefits,
including 4 weeks' vacation and health insurance.

CONSERVATION ASSISTANT, JOSEPH URBAN STAGE MODEL PROJECT (July 1,
2002-June 30, 2004)
Job ID # 74723838
Technical Assistant VI
Salary $565.99/week

Duties:  This two-year position, funded by the National Endowment for
the Humanities, will focus primarily on the survey and rehousing of the
Joseph Urban stage models, 340 mixed media constructions made primarily
from painted illustration board and paper. The collection is located in
the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

Under the direction of the Head Conservator and the Special Collections
Conservator, the incumbent will create custom fitted protective housings
and fill out condition survey forms for the components of each model.
Basic conservation procedures such as surface cleaning, minor mending,
humidification and adhesive removal will be carried out as needed. In
addition to duties associated with the Urban project, the incumbent will
assist with cutting mats, making exhibit cradles, disaster response and
other departmental activities as assigned.  May also perform
conservation repairs on selected materials from the general library
collections, including sewing pamphlets, reattaching boards,
encapsulating maps and documents, repairing torn pages and making
protective enclosures. Depending on skill level may perform more complex
binding repairs.

Skills and qualifications:  High school diploma or equivalent required,
BA/BS preferred.  One year full-time experience (or equivalent) in
conservation of rare or valuable paper artifacts including experience
with protective housings and exhibit preparation. Must have basic paper
repair skills, ability to recognize and describe the condition of media
and paper, and demonstrated ability to handle fragile and rare materials
with care.  Must be highly organized and able to work independently when
necessary; good communications and interpersonal skills essential.  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 use
of various chemicals under controlled conditions.  Applicants should be
able to lift moderately heavy objects and to work with dusty library
materials.  Must be willing to undergo medical exam to authorize use of
respiratory protective gear (half-face respirator or equivalent). Basic
word processing, spreadsheet and database skills will be helpful.
Applicants are encouraged to provide a portfolio of previous
conservation or related work.  Portfolio may be submitted with
application or at time of interview.

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to:

        M. Joseph Knox
        Human Resources
        Columbia University Libraries
        535 West 114th St.
        New York, NY 10027
        fax 212-854-1550
        email jk690@columbia.edu

        Please refer to the job ID number in your application

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Applications submitted by June 1, 2002 will receive first consideration.

For more information about benefits or the application process, email
Mr. Knox (jk690@columbia.edu); for more information about the
Conservation Department and its activities, or the duties of the
Conservation Assistant, contact Maria Fredericks, Head Conservator
(mf360@columbia.edu)
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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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