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Subject: Position at Harvard

Position at Harvard

From: Pamela Spitzmueller <pamela_spitzmueller>
Date: Monday, June 21, 2004
Conservator for the Harvard College Library Special Collections
(1-year Contract Position)
Req. 20169

The Conservator works in the Harvard University Library's Weissman
Preservation Center. The Conservator treats rare and unique
materials, including drawings, prints, maps, manuscripts, and books
prior to digitization, analog photography, or microfilming.  The
position reports to the HCL Glaser Conservator in the WPC.

Education, Experience, Skills: Required: Graduate degree in
conservation. Demonstrated excellence performing a range of
conservation treatments.  In-depth knowledge of the history of paper
and papermaking, and the history of drawing, writing, printing and
printmaking materials and techniques. Knowledge of historical book
structures, their deterioration and conservation. Working knowledge
of chemistry and materials science. Strong organizational skills,
including the ability to establish priorities and achieve goals.
Ability to initiate and adapt to change, analyze and solve problems,
to be flexible, and work collaboratively. Excellent oral and written
communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write
specifications, document treatments, and prepare reports. Preferred:
Experience working in a research library.

Those candidates invited to interview will be asked to submit a
portfolio representative of recent conservation treatments.

Duties, responsibilities: The HCL Conservator examines, develops
treatment specifications for, and treats (largely) unbound objects
on paper, vellum and other substrates--as well as three-dimensional
paper objects prior to their reproduction. Prepares condition and
treatment reports including photo documentation. Conducts condition
surveys, analyzes results, and assists in the development of action
plans. Consults on the provision of protective enclosures for
special collections. Contributes to the maintenance of vendor files,
the inventories of supplies and equipment, and the selection of
materials for the Center's resource library.

Contact <URL:>

Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

Pamela J. Spitzmueller
James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections
Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University Library
Holyoke Center 821
Cambridge, MA 02138
Fax: 617-496-8344

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:3
                  Distributed: Thursday, June 24, 2004
                        Message Id: cdl-18-3-024
Received on Monday, 21 June, 2004

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