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Position at Columbia

From: Alexis Hagadorn <ah333>
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Conservator for Special Collections
Conservation Laboratory
Columbia University Libraries

The Conservator for Special Collections will plan, document and
perform complex conservation treatments on ancient, medieval and
modern library materials, including rare books, bound and unbound
manuscripts, prints, maps and drawings on paper or parchment.  Under
the general direction of the Head of Conservation, the incumbent
will work with liaisons in special collections libraries to select
items for treatment and to set annual priorities for conservation of
collections; will co-ordinate workflow of treatments through the
Conservation Department; will participate in disaster recovery,
testing and ordering of materials and supplies, and staff training;
will manage the environmental monitoring program; and will carry out
other duties relating to the preservation of the Libraries'
collections.  The Conservator for Special Collections will assist
the Head with planning, developing and documenting procedures for
the conservation of rare library materials.

Requirements are: graduate degree in conservation of books and/or
archival library materials, and/or equivalent training and
experience (e.g. formal apprenticeship); minimum two years
post-internship professional experience, or an equivalent
combination of experience and education, preferably in a research
library or similar institution; demonstrated ability to identify
causes of damage, select appropriate treatments, perform and
document the full range of conservation treatments of library
materials.  Knowledge of a wide range of conservation practices and
procedures.  Knowledge of chemistry as it applies to the
conservation of library and museum collections.  Knowledge of the
history of the book, the history and techniques of bookbinding and
papermaking, and the history of manufacture of other library
materials.  Knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques and
optimal collection storage environments.  Knowledge of and adherence
to professional ethical practice in conservation.  Strong
organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and
written).  Desirable: experience using electronic dataloggers and
software; experience using database software and digital imaging
software to document treatments; demonstrated successful project
management experience.

The salary ranges for this PC I position are:

    Librarian I:    $47,500 - $59,375;
    Librarian II:   $49,500 - $66,825;
    Librarian III:  $52,500 - $78,750;
    Librarian IV:   $57,500 - $83,375.

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 [at] columbia__edu and list the names, addresses and phone
numbers of three references. You may also mail your resume to

    Human Resources Office
    Box 18 Butler Library, MC 1104
    Columbia University
    535 West 114th Street
    New York, NY 10027

Your cover letter must specify Job Search #70106001 and include your
email address.  Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled.  Applications received on or
before February 28, 2006 will receive priority consideration.

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

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact

    Alexis Hagadorn
    Head of Conservation
    Columbia University Libraries
    New York, NY  USA
    ah333 [at] columbia__edu

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