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Subject: Position at Princeton

Position at Princeton

From: Robert J. Milevski <milevski>
Date: Thursday, February 27, 1992
Princeton University Libraries
Princeton, New Jersey

Position: General Collections Book Conservator

Description:Responsible for conserving and preserving materials from the
Library's general collections in a production setting. Primarily
responsible for repairing older, non-rare, pre-1850s books with strong
paper.  Treats newer materials as well as select rare and special
collections items as necessary.  Performs an array of collections
conservation treatments on a range of paper, cloth and leather bindings
according to established standards, specifications, and documentation
practices.  Other duties include:  assist the General Collections
Conservator in planning and organizing unit activities; assist in
identifying treatment options for materials selected for conservation;
assist in condition surveys and environmental monitoring; assist in
staff training and education as necessary; assist in liaison between the
Collections Conservation Unit and other library units and staff as
necessary, including consultation with selectors and bibliographers;
assist in coordination of collection-based treatment projects.  Performs
a variety of tasks that support the goals of both the Collections
Conservation Unit and the Preservation Office.  Reports directly to the
General Collections Conservator.  In the absence of the the General
Collections Conservator, manages the unit and provides functional
supervision to other unit staff including specifying treatments and
overseeing routine workflow of library materials in and out of the
Conservation Laboratory.

Qualifications:Required:  Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
Significant prior experience in book conservation, book repair,or
bookbinding through work in a library or archives collections
conservation program, or equivalent training and experience from a
private shop, apprenticeship, or formal library conservation training
program; demonstrated knowledge of and experience in philosophy, ethics,
practices, principles, and techniques employed in the conservation and
preservation of library materials; demonstrated ability and skill to
work knowledgeably and independently on a variety of binding styles and
structures, and in performing a variety of book and paper repair
techniques; demonstrated ability to work in a fluid, complex
organization and to communicate effectively  with all library staff;
must be able to contribute effectively to the preservation program
within the Princeton University Libraries.  Desirable:  Advanced degree
in library conservation; experience in a research library setting;
supervisory experience.  An applicant who is chosen for an interview
must present a portfolio of successful collections conservation

Benefits:Twenty-four (24) vacation days a year, plus eleven (11) paid
holidays.  Annuity program (TIAA/CREF), group life insurance, health
coverage insurance, and disability insurance, all paid for by the

Salary & Rank:Dependent upon qualifications and experience. Position
will be filled at the professional level.

To ensure full consideration, candidates should send applications,
including resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of
three references to be contacted, postmarked by May 15, 1992, to:

Search Committee for General Collections Book Conservator
c/o Maria G. Gopel, Human Resources Librarian
Princeton University Libraries
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey   08544

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action

                  Conservation DistList Instance 5:41
                 Distributed: Wednesday, March 4, 1992
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Received on Thursday, 27 February, 1992

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