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[BKARTS] Position at Northwestern University



Conservation Technician
Northwestern University Library

Please forgive cross-posting.

One of the top-ranked universities in the country,
Northwestern University, combines innovative teaching
and pioneering research in a highly collaborative
environment that transcends traditional academic
boundaries. Northwestern provides students, faculty
and staff with exceptional opportunities for
intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

Job Summary: 

The Conservation Technician assists the Conservation
Head with achieving the goals of the Conservation Lab
and Preservation Department.  The incumbent performs a
variety of conservation treatments (simple and
complex) on circulating and non-circulating material,
and works with a range of paper, cloth, and leather
bindings.  Additionally, this role assists with
student supervision and other related duties as
necessary.  

If requested, samples of conservation work should be
available upon request. 

Specific Responsibilities: 


?	Performing a variety of conservation treatments
(simple and complex) including work on a range of
paper, cloth, and leather bindings from circulation
and non-circulating collections.
?	Working on text blocks and covers such as re-sewing,
re-backing, paper repair, repairing existing covers,
and constructing new covers.
?	Binding structures will vary with the historical
period.
?	Participating in other treatments to include
encapsulation, deacidification, and making boxes and
wrappers.
?	Specifying treatment for materials and inspecting
completed work.
?	Performing other duties as necessary to achieve the
goals of the Conservation Lab and Preservation
Department including surveys, disaster response,
inventory, and exhibit preparation.
?	Assisting in supervising students and monitoring
workflow when Student Supervisor and Conservation Head
are not available.
?	Performing other related duties as required or
assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

A high school diploma or the equivalent combination of
education, training and experience from which
comparable skills can be acquired.
Demonstrated understanding of conservation principles.
2 years of experience in bookbinding or conservation
work. 
Demonstrated ability to push/pull loaded book trucks.
Ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds. 
Proficient in conservation treatments including full
range of circulation collection repairs (re-backing,
re-casing, pamphlet binding, drop spine box and
wrapper construction, re-sewing paper repair, repair
of leather bindings with tissue). 

Preferred Qualifications: 

Previous experience in library conservation. 
Previous experience in any of the following: Studio
Art, Chemistry, History of Bookbinding, Bookbinding
Structure, or Library Science. 
Previous experience working with Voyager library
catalog.
Previous experience with supervision and training in
book repair. 

Applications received by 30 March will get first
consideration.

To Apply: 
Northwestern University offers a comprehensive benefit
plan, including tuition discounts. All resumes for
this position must be received through the electronic
recruiting system. For consideration, please click on
the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern
University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit,
where you will search and apply for current openings.
To apply for this position in eRecruit, enter the Job
Opening ID number (11313) or the position title in the
appropriate search field. Once you apply, you will
receive an email confirming submission of your resume.
For all resumes received, if there is interest in your
candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the
department hiring manager will contact you. Job
Opening ID number for this position is #11313. 

http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers 

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity,
Affirmative Action Employer. Members of historically
underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to
apply.



 
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