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[BKARTS] Assistant Rare Books Conservator, Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ



Assistant Rare Books Conservator
Princeton University Library
Princeton , New Jersey
Preservation Office

The Princeton University Library, one of the world's most respected research institutions, serves a diverse community of 6,600 students and 1,100 faculty members with more than 6 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items. The holdings in its central library and 15 specialized libraries range from ancient papyri and incunabula to the most advanced electronic databases and digital collections. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student and hourly workforce. More information can be found at the Library's Web site: http://library.princeton.edu/

Available : January 2006. This is a two-year half-time term appointment with possibility of renewal.

Description : In association with and working under the direction of the Rare Books Conservator is responsible for the physical care and conservation treatment of rare books and bound manuscripts in the Princeton University Library. These materials are characterized by rarity, uniqueness, and complex technical problems. Performs all aspects of book conservation designed to preserve their historical, artifactual, and intrinsic value, including: mending; sewing; disbinding; board re-attachment and endband construction; repairing all Western binding styles in paper, cloth, leather, vellum, and alum-tawed materials; aqueous and non-aqueous treatments; enclosure fabrication; examination, specification, and written and photographic documentation of treatments; development and execution of book condition and needs assessment surveys. Recommends conservation priorities and treatment strategies for these materials in consultation with the Preservation Librarian, Rare Books Conservator, and rare books and special collections curators. Reports directly to the Preservation Librarian.

Qualifications

Required : Masters degree in rare book conservation through an accredited graduate degree or certificate program or equivalent experience. Additionally, a minimum of five years professional experience in rare book conservation in a research library or archives setting. Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of book conservation, history of book structure, binding techniques, and materials science. Demonstrated knowledge of the broad range of western binding styles. Demonstrated ability to work on a wide range of rare book collections in a complex organization and to communicate effectively with people. Ability to work with peers as part of a team is essential, as is the ability to work independently and to plan and structure one's own treatments according to a schedule as well as shifting demands. Experience in coordinating conservation activities among several constituencies.

Desirable : Familiarity with operating Macintosh computers.

An applicant who is chosen for an interview must present a portfolio of successful rare book conservation treatments.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary based on experience and qualifications. Two (2) vacation days per month, designated paid holidays. Medical and other benefits available.

Nominations and Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) should be sent as an MS Word attachment via email to: <libhrpro@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> or by fax to 609-258-0454.

Submissions via regular mail are also welcomed and can be sent to: Search Committee for Assistant Rare Books Conservator, c/o Lila Daum Fredenburg, Human Resources Librarian, Princeton University Library, One Washington Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-2098

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.

For information about applying to Princeton , please link to http://web.princeton.edu/sites/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm


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Robert J. Milevski
Preservation Librarian & Manager, Typography Studio
Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544
(609) 258-5591
Fax: (609) 258-4105
Email: milevski@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Preservation Office website:
http://libweb2.Princeton.EDU/preservation/ccu/PO-IntroPage.html
http://diglib.princeton.edu/
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