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[BKARTS] Position: MIT Libraries



CONSERVATION TECHNICIAN (Library Assistant III)
Preservation Services

**This is a temporary, two-year appointment, with the possibility of
extension.**

The MIT Libraries is seeking a trained conservation technician to perform
treatments on special library collections.  The Technician will have the
unique opportunity to contribute to a newly established conservation
program and to work in a newly constructed conservation laboratory.  The
two-year appointment, with the possibility of extension, is an excellent
opportunity to practice and develop a myriad of conservation skills and to
gain experience in a dynamic academic library setting.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Under the general supervision of the Preservation
Services Librarian, the Conservation Technician carries out a variety of
conservation treatments for books and paper-based materials from the
Libraries' archives and special collections.  Treatments, which include
paper mending, hinging, surface cleaning, encapsulation, construction of
protective enclosures, and binding repairs, are performed under the
direction of the Conservator in accordance with established standards and
procedures.  The Technician prepares appropriate documentation for
treatment work and maintains the conservation treatment log and other
required statistics.  S/he assists with laboratory maintenance, collection
needs assessment, and treatment prioritization, and participates in other
preservation projects and duties, such as disaster response and recovery,
as
assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS: Required: 2.5 years direct experience.  Post high school
education can count toward experience.  Bookbinding and book conservation
skills.  Applicants invited to interview will be asked to bring a portfolio
of binding and conservation examples.  Must be able to work with light
solvents and to use standard bookbinding tools and equipment.  Ability to
work independently and collaboratively in a research library
setting.  Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational
skills.  Familiarity with Windows computing
applications.  Preferred:  Knowledge of conservation/preservation issues
and principles. Experience working with rare or unique materials in a
library, archives, or museum setting.

HOURS:  35 hours per week.  Monday-Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-
5:00 p.m.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Apply online at: http://web.mit.edu/hr; or send copy
of cover letter and resume to: Robin Deadrick, MIT Libraries, Room 14S-324,
77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02139-4307; or fax an application to:
617-253-0583. Please note library job number on application - Library Job
#306.

MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health plans, a dental
plan, and tuition assistance. The MIT Libraries affords a flexible and
collegial working environment and provides opportunities for training and
skill development.

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community
and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and ethnic
minority candidates.

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