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[BKARTS] Position at Columbia

Conservation Assistant
Conservation Department
Columbia University Libraries

Conservation Assistant
Position ID #048700
(Bibliographic Assistant VI)
Salary Grade $614.77/week

Description of Duties: Under the direction of the Head of Conservation 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. The incumbent 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. Depending on skills and experience, may also rebind and conserve pre-1850 and other significant bound volumes from general collections, with emphasis on retaining original character and binding features. Assists with preparation of rare materials for exhibition and loan. Will also assist with environmental monitoring, supply inventory, disaster response and treatment documentation. 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; or 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 basic paper conservation skills and the 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 invited for interview are encouraged to provide a portfolio of previous conservation or related work.

This is a full-time, union position with comprehensive benefits and 20 days paid vacation.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Interested applicants must apply via: http://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=102973

Alexis Hagadorn
Head of Conservation
Columbia University Libraries

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