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Subject: Position at Harvard

Position at Harvard

From: Pamela Spitzmueller <pamela_spitzmueller>
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Paper Conservator
Harvard College Library

The Helen H. Glaser Conservator works in the Weissman Preservation
Center under the general direction of the James W. Needham Chief
Conservator for Special Collections. This senior paper conservator
is responsible for the care and treatment of rare and unique
materials, largely unbound and ranging from historic documents to
works of art on paper, held in special collections throughout the
Harvard College Library (including the Department of Manuscripts,
Department of Printing and Graphic Arts, and Harvard Theatre
Collection in Houghton Library; the Harvard Map Collection; the
Harvard-Yenching, Fine Arts, and Music libraries; and other
significant collections).

Education, experience, skills

Required: Graduate degree in paper conservation. A minimum of four
years of professional conservation experience in a recognized
conservation facility. Demonstrated excellence performing a broad
range of complex conservation treatments. In-depth knowledge of the
history of paper and papermaking and the history of printing and
printmaking processes and media. Working knowledge of chemistry and
materials science. Strong organizational skills, including the
ability to establish priorities and achieve goals. Excellent
teaching and training skills. Ability to initiate and adapt to
change, to analyze and solve problems, and to be flexible and work
collaboratively. Excellent oral and written communication skills,
including demonstrated ability to write specifications, document
treatments, and prepare reports. Supervisory experience required.
Preferred: Experience supervising professional staff; experience
working in a research library setting.

Duties and responsibilities: In consultation with curators,
archivists, and librarians, examines, develops treatment
specifications for, and treats materials in the Harvard College
Library collections. These include manuscripts, prints, drawings,
maps, and other (largely) unbound archival and special collections
materials on paper and vellum, as well as three-dimensional paper
objects. Prepares condition and treatment reports including photo
documentation. Supervises and coordinates the work of paper
conservation staff in the Weissman Preservation Center, currently
consisting of 2.0 FTE staff (professional and support) and expected
to increase; as well as conservators under contract with the Center.
Conducts condition surveys, analyzes results, and assists in the
development of action plans. Advises curators and librarians
regarding archival supplies and housing techniques; contributes to
the maintenance of vendor files and the purchase of paper
conservation supplies and equipment; selects materials for a
conservation resource library. Serves on the Library Collections
Emergency Team.

For further information, see: <>,
<>, and

Harvard University offers a competitive program of benefits.
Appointment salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until
the position is filled. For application information see
<> (search Professional Positions/Library.)

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