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Positions at Syracuse University

From: Peter Verheyen <pdverhey<-a>
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Conservation Librarian / Rare Book and Paper Conservator
Syracuse University Library
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse, NY

Summary: The Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse
University Library seeks a Rare Book and Paper Conservator to treat
the Center's rare and unique materials and manage the daily
operations of its Conservation Lab.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Center's Preservation and Digital
Access Librarian, the Conservator will perform and manage the
identification, condition assessment, and treatment of rare and
unique items from  SCRC's collections in a production environment
and in accordance with accepted professional standards. Other duties
include: planning and organizing unit activities, surveying
collections, identifying treatment options for materials selected
for conservation, maintaining tools and equipment, and managing the
supplies budget. The Conservator will play a leading role in support
of the Center's exhibitions program by preparing items, including
making mounts, other custom supports, and matting. The Conservator
will also have responsibilities for environmental monitoring and
disaster response/recovery activities.

The Conservator will be responsible for the day to day training and
supervision of work study students (approximately 20 hrs/wk),
including the hiring and evaluation process, determining treatment
procedures, establishing production goals, assigning work, and
ensuring quality control. Additional supervisory and training
responsibilities will center on interns from a variety of Syracuse
University programs including Museum Studies and the School of
Information studies, as well as from other institutions.

The Conservator will collaborate with the Digital Access and
Preservation Librarian and others in developing and presenting
preservation education workshops for Library staff and regional
organizations. The Conservator will also be involved in the
development of programming sponsored by the Brodsky Endowment for
the Advancement of Library Conservation. Service on Library and
University committees will be encouraged as appropriate. More
information on the Conservation Lab and its activities can be found
online at the Center's website (<URL:>).

Required Qualifications: MLS with specialization in book and paper
conservation, masters degree in conservation with specialization in
book and paper conservation, or a bachelors degree and a comparable
equivalent combination of experience earned through study at a
program such as the North Bennet Street School or 2 year (minimum)
apprenticeship with a qualified conservator.

Demonstrated post graduate experience working in an academic library
environment or as a conservator in private practice.

Additional Qualifications: Special consideration will be given to
candidates with the best combination of the following:

Demonstrated ability to work independently and to exercise
initiative and judgment in planning and carrying out conservation

Strong organizational skills to plan, organize and prioritize
conservation projects.

Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
to work effectively with a variety of staff levels.

Applicants selected for campus interview must present a portfolio of
representative conservation treatments or examples of their own

Preferred Qualifications: Record of attending workshops that impart
both theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to the position's
responsibilities, and previous employment experience as a
conservator or conservation assistant, preferably in an academic
library environment.

Environment: Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is an independent
Research II University and a member of the Association of American
Universities. Its thirteen schools and colleges include a number of
nationally ranked programs and serve a population of over 11,000
undergraduate and 5,600 graduate and law students. The Syracuse
University Library comprises a large central library and 5 branch
libraries serving a diverse community including 800 faculty and many
visiting researchers. The libraries hold almost 3,000,000 volumes,
with significant special collections, and extensive electronic
resources. The Library is a member of the Association of Research
Libraries, OCLC, national and regional consortia. The Library's
annual budget is 10.7 million. The Library has a staff of 46
librarians and 135 support staff.

Syracuse is located in the center of New York State within reach of
New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto. Local cultural
opportunities include a symphony orchestra, jazz festival, chamber
music society, nationally recognized art museum and an Equity
theater, along with excellent opportunities for sports and

Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with education and experience. The
University's generous benefits package includes an (11% contribution
to TIAA/CREF), health and dental plans, tuition remission, adoption
assistance, insurance, and other work/life options and benefits.

Contact: To complete an online application through the Internet,
please go to <URL:>, click on "search open
postitions," and select "conservation librarian." Please note: the
position will not appear online until after Monday, October 17,
2005.  Applications must be completed online, and applicants should
attach both a cover letter and resume, with the application and
include the names of three references. Application deadline:
November 11, 2005.

Peter D. Verheyen
Preservation and Digital Access Librarian
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Library
Syracuse, NY 13244

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Received on Wednesday, 5 October, 2005

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