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[BKARTS] Job Announcement - Collections Conservator, University of Maryland



Date Prepared: September 2006
Division: Technical Services
Classification: Manager
Reports to: Preservation Production Team Leader
Department: Preservation Production Group
*Descriptive Title: Collections Conservator - Conservation Team Leader*

Within a team environment, responsible for the planning, implementation, and administration of the conservation program for the UMD Libraries' general and special collections. Manages the work of the Conservation Team. Provides professional expertise in determining the proper course of treatment for library and archival materials in need of conservation. Trains and supervises staff and students involved in collections conservation activities. Executes a wide range of conservation treatments on paper-based library and archival materials, and arranges for other professional conservation services that cannot be accomplished in-house. Serves as a resource to the College Park Campus. Achieves goals and objectives within an environment of shared responsibility, and in support of strategic plans and vision. Coordinates and facilitates inter and intra production team activities, facilitates team communications, fosters an environment of shared responsibility, and develops and promotes team plans and vision. As team leader, works directly with team members to plan, develop and implement ongoing activities and special projects and establish team goals and objectives. Provides leadership through active participation on teams and committees at the production group, division, and Library level and within the profession.

Responsible for the administration of the collections conservation program. Serves on the Preservation Production Group Leadership Team and serves as a member of TSD coordinating teams and Library functional and program teams as appropriate. Reports to the Preservation Production Team Leader. The University of Maryland Libraries promotes a team based, collaborative, continuous learning environment. Librarians hold faculty status and contribute to the teaching, service and research mission of the University.


 1. Develops and implements (in consultation with Production Group
    Leader) a conservation program designed to meet the
    conservation/preservation needs of UM's libraries and archival
    collections. Working closely with team members and collection
    management colleagues, plans, prioritizes, and accomplishes
    treatment goals. As a member of the Preservation Production Group,
    contributes to the planning, development, coordination, and
    implementation of initiatives within the production group.
 2. Provides condition assessment for individual collection items from
    both general and special collections. Develops set of treatment
    options and specification guidelines in careful consideration of
    available resources, collection context, and use patterns.
 3. Provides collection-level condition assessments: performs
    condition surveys of general and special library collections in
    cooperation with other library staff; documents survey results;
    and develops broad treatment plans based on size, nature,
    condition, and use patterns of the collections.
 4. Manages in-house conservation laboratory. Responsible for the
    selection of appropriate conservation supplies, tools, and
    equipment; maintenance of tools/equipment and establishment of
    quality control procedures to verify the adherence of products to
    standards. Evaluates and improves efficiencies of workflow while
    ensuring accepted conservation-sound practices and safe lab
 5. In collaboration with the Preservation Production Group Leader,
    manages outsourcing of conservation treatments that cannot be
    performed in house. Responsible for coordination of projects with
    curators and collection managers, selection of professional
    services, and authorization of treatment. In collaboration with
    Preservation Production Group Leader, maintains the budget and
    treatment documentation files.
 6. Participates in the creation and evaluation of outsourcing RFPs,
    bids, and memos of understanding, such as the commercial library
    bindery RFP.
 7. Trains staff in specialized conservation procedures, quality
    standards, and lab protocols. Evaluates training needs and assists
    staff in acquiring the skills, knowledge and competencies needed
    to improve job performance.
 8. Participates in the evaluation of preservation technologies and in
    assessment of their appropriateness for UM Libraries. Maintains a
    current awareness of conservation principles and practices as they
    apply to library and archival materials, and develops and tests
    new treatment procedures and approaches to problem solving.
 9. Participates in the development of outreach initiatives for care
    of collections and conservation for branch libraries and public
    services and address staff training needs. Sets goals and
    priorities; develops training tools, plans and directs workflow,
    and evaluates progress. Along with others in the Preservation
    Production Group, serves as a resource to all library staff
    regarding any activities that may have a preservation/conservation
10. Performs a wide variety of conservation treatments.
11. Performs all required personnel activities such as preparing job
    descriptions, interviewing and selecting staff, performance review
    and development, merit assessments, discipline etc. Determines
    performance deficiencies and designs interventions.
12. Collaborates with other units and colleagues to improve service
    and serves on Library teams, committees, and other groups. Is a
    member of the Preservation Committee and Salvage Squad.
13. Participates in Library and divisional planning activities.
14. Fulfills "Technical Services' Common Expectations of Staff" and
    performs other duties as requested.


Number of Staff Supervised: Direct: 2 FTE
Number of Students Supervised: Direct: 5 FTE

*Formal Leadership:*
Supervisor: participates in the selection process of new employees; assists with performance appraisals; disciplinary problems are referred to a higher level. Performs similar and higher level tasks.

*Complexity of Work:*
Complex: Functions differ significantly from each other or a major function is broad and requires integration of differing complicated bodies of knowledge. Analytical ability is clearly required.

*Autonomy (Freedom of Action):*
Little Guidance: Performs complex functions, establishes priorities, resolves issues, rarely refers to supervisors.

Primary interactions include all levels of staff within the Production Group, throughout the division. Outside of the TSD, primary interactions include subject selectors, collection managers and curators, leaders, committees, team members and colleagues from other divisions. Other interactions include members of faculty and staff in other academic institutions and libraries and in professional associations, outside vendors and suppliers, students, faculty and staff of the University, and University officials responsible for occupational health and safety issues.

*Fiscal Responsibility:*

Collaborates with Preservation Production Group Leader in tracking outsourced work and supplies and equipment expenditures, and in monitoring a Labor and Assistance budget for the Conservation Team.

*Physical Working Conditions:*

Normal office environment which also involves the regular use of heavy equipment, cutting tools, and adhesives. Limited use of solvents. Occasional library water salvage situations. Exposure to mold and dust.


Academic Level: Advanced degree in conservation of library and archival materials; or equivalent combination of degrees and experience, with formal training in conservation and preservation.

Practical Experience: A minimum of two years of experience/training as a conservator in a recognized conservation facility.

Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications: Demonstrated knowledge of the physical and chemical nature of library and archival materials; the history of the book and paper making; conservation ethics, principles and practices and their appropriate application; and conservation supplies, tools, equipment, vendors, and current technical standards and specifications.

Other Knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies: Ability to train and supervise staff, assess their work, plan, organize, and direct work flow, and plan and organize physical space. Demonstrated management, supervisory, and leadership skills. Must have ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. Must have the ability to take direction as well as provide direction and motivation to staff. Evidence of ability to interact collaboratively and work effectively with teams. Evidence of strong service orientation; an ability to anticipate customer needs and seek ways of providing satisfactory solutions. Ability to interact effectively with a broad variety of staff within and outside of Technical Services. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing with all persons potentially affected by the scope of the work. Demonstrated record of professional contribution.

APPLICATIONS: For full consideration, submit cover letter, resume and names/addresses of three references by October 30, 2006. Applications accepted until position is filled. Send to: Johnnie Love, Library Human Resources Office, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7011. Email applications to: jlove1@xxxxxxx <mailto:jlove1@xxxxxxx> Fax: 301-314-9960. Full job description at: http://www.lib.umd.edu/PASD/LPO/LibJobs/222.html


Kate Murray
Audiovisual Archivist
Nonprint Media Services Library
University of Maryland
0300 Hornbake Library
College Park, MD 20742-7011
tel: 301 314 3287
fax: 301 314 9419

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