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Positions at Union Theological Seminary

From: Claire McCurdy <awt>
Date: Monday, January 22, 2001
Conservator and Conservation Technician. New York, NY.

Conservator and Conservation Technician
Burke Library
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY.

Conservator

Union Theological Seminary is seeking a professional conservator to
oversee a preservation and conservation program for the rare books
and general collections in Union's Burke Library.  The Burke Library
is the largest theological library in the Western hemisphere whose
holdings include many unique and special materials (see
<URL:http://www.uts.columbia.edu/lib.burke.html> S/he performs a
variety of treatments designed to stabilize, conserve, and protect
the collection.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

    Reports to the Archivist, Union Theological Seminary.

    Monitors environmental conditions.

    Develops and implements overall strategy for preserving the rare
    book collections and the general collections.

    Oversees general collections cleaning program.

    Supervises 3 FTE's, including training and evaluating staff,
    interns and volunteers; creates workflow and priorities; orders
    supplies; ensures that proper conservation standards are
    followed.

    Prepares Library staff for disaster response.

Qualifications:

    Knowledge of the history of book structure as well as the
    treatment of structures, papers, vellum and archival materials.

    Knowledge of conservation principles and practices and/or an ALA
    accredited MLS preferred.

    Minimum of two years supervisory experience conserving library
    and archival materials.

    Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively and
    to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Successful applicants will need to submit a portfolio of treatments
at interview.

Hours and rate of pay: The position is full-time, 35 hours/week, and
grant-funded with benefits, expected to last for 3 years. The salary
is $43,000.

Conservation Technician

Union Theological Seminary is seeking a conservation technician who,
under the direction of the Conservator, will conduct general
collection conservation treatments as well as special projects for
the rare books in Union's Burke Library. The Burke Library is the
largest theological library in the Western hemisphere, whose
holdings include many unique and special materials (see
<URL:http://www.uts.columbia.edu/lib.burke.html>

Essential duties and responsibilities:

    Repairs books under guidance of Conservator.

    Enters condition survey data on collection conditions into
    database.

    Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

    Knowledge of general collections treatments, e.g.: recasing,
    rebacking, paper repairs, protective enclosures.

    Two years of specialized experience in library or museum
    conservation of books, especially rare books.

    Bachelor's degree with substantial coursework in relevant
    fields.

Successful applicants will need to submit a portfolio of treatments
at interview.

Hours and rate of pay: The position is full-time, 35 hours/week, and
grant-funded with benefits, expected to last for 3 years. The salary
is $28,000.

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