Book Conservator, Special Collections, Preservation Dept, Yale University

Preservation Department
Conservation & Exhibition Services
Yale University
Rank: Librarian I
www.yale.edu/jobs

Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Please Note: Position may open to external application after September 19, 2012.

 

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

 

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.

Representative Job Summary

Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.

 

Departmental Focus

Under the general direction of the Chief Conservator manages and executes conservation treatments to preserve, protect, and guarantee the survival and future accessibility of artistic, cultural objects in accordance with an accepted, professional ethical code, such as the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice

Representative Responsibilities:

1.  The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.

2.  Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.

3.  Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

 

Departmental Responsibilities:

1.   Plans, researches, and implements conservation treatments for rare books, manuscripts and other related materials from the Library’s special collections and archives. Examines the material composition and deterioration of objects in order to develop and execute successful conservation treatments.

2.   Engages cooperatively with curators, librarians, archivists and collection managers to provide reliable information regarding condition, potential risks, and options for treatment for individual objects and groups of objects.

3.   Makes recommendations and devises or adapts treatment methods, with respect to an object’s value, meaning, collection context, and anticipated use.

4.   Creates accurate written and photographic documentation for examinations, treatments and other activities.

5.   Undertakes, in consultation with experienced conservators, item-level condition surveys and assists with planning strategies for improvements to collection care.

6.   Establishes a record of service to the Library, campus, and the community and participates in professional organizations.

7.   Advances knowledge, skills, and develops specialization through professional development opportunities such as conferences and workshops. Keeps current with changes in the field.

8.   Assists with instruction and supervision of non-exempt staff, interns, and student assistants.

9.   Handles hazardous materials used for treatment in accordance with current federal, state, and local regulations and policies.

10. Assists with emergency preparedness and disaster response as needed.

11. Carries out other duties as assigned

 

Required Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2.

Required Skills and Abilities:

1.   Master’s degree in Art, Museum, Library/Archives Conservation and/or related field is required in place of MLS.

2.   Knowledge of conservation principles for a wide variety of materials preservation, and of conservation techniques and procedures, as demonstrated through previous experience and a portfolio of successful treatments and documentation.

3.   Demonstrated knowledge of chemistry, material science research related to conservation, artist’s materials and techniques, binding structures, and book/printing history.

4.   Strong communication, analytical, and organizational skills. Ability to work independently and in dynamic teams.

5.   Excellent visual perception and manual dexterity; strong computing and digital photography skills.

 Preferred Skills/Abilities:

1.   Knowledge of organization and administrative policies and procedures of libraries and archives.

2.   Experience working in an academic or research library or museum.

 

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.  Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 18666BR.  Please be sure to reference #18666BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups

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