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Position at Columbia

From: Janet Gertz <gertz<-a>
Date: Friday, September 2, 2005
Head of Conservation
Preservation Division
Columbia University Libraries

The Head of Conservation has primary responsibility for leadership,
technical direction, and management of the Libraries' comprehensive
conservation program for special and general library collections.
Duties include:  administering the Conservation Laboratory special
materials unit and general collection repair unit; collaborating
with the Digital and Preservation Divisions, curators, Facilities,
and librarians to develop policies and procedures involving the
preservation of books and paper-based artifacts in original form;
performing sophisticated conservation treatments on all types of
rare and valuable ancient, medieval, and modern bound and loose
library materials (primarily paper-based) according to current
professional conservation ethics and treatment procedures;
coordinating the disaster recovery and environmental monitoring
programs; assisting with exhibitions and loans; participating in
planning for grant-funded projects; fund raising; and other related
activities.  The Head of Conservation reports to the Director for

Rare and special materials treated in Conservation are drawn
primarily from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Avery
Architecture and Art History special collections, and the Starr East
Asian Library special collections.

Requirements: graduate degree in conservation of books and library
materials, and/or equivalent training and experience (e.g. formal
apprenticeship); minimum five years post-internship professional
conservation experience with rare and special materials, preferably
in a research library; knowledge of current conservation theory and
ethics, chemistry, environmental monitoring, and history of the
book.  Demonstrated skills with a wide variety of analytical and
treatment tools and techniques.  Supervisory experience.  Ability to
work effectively independently and as a member of a team; strong
organizational and project management skills; excellent oral and
written communication skills.  Desirable:  knowledge of Microsoft
Access or similar databases, Climate Notebook or similar datalogger
software, and digital photography and file management for treatment

The salary for this PC II position is commensurate with experience.
We offer excellent benefits including tuition exemption for self and
family and assistance with University housing.  Columbia will also
pay 50% of tuition for your dependent child who is a candidate for
an undergraduate degree at another accredited college or university.

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides
outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual
community.  Set in the Morningside Heights academic village,
Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and
cultural richness of New York City.  The University Libraries,
grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also
building extensive electronic resources and services.  The Libraries
at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism,
innovation and leadership.

For immediate consideration, please e-mail your resume to
libjobs2<-a t->columbia< . >edu and list the names, addresses and phone
numbers of three references.  You may also mail your resume to

    Human Resources Office
    519 Butler Library
    Mail Code 1104
    Columbia University
    535 West 114th Street
    New York NY 10027

Your cover letter must specify Job Search # UL70105013 and include
your e-mail address.  Review of applications will commence on
September 22, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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