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Subject: Position at Northwestern University

Position at Northwestern University

From: Donia Conn <bookconservator>
Date: Friday, March 9, 2007
Conservation Technician
Northwestern University Library

One of the top-ranked universities in the country, Northwestern
University, combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in
a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional
academic boundaries. Northwestern provides students, faculty and
staff with exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal, and
professional growth.

Job Summary: The Conservation Technician assists the Conservation
Head with achieving the goals of the Conservation Lab and
Preservation Department.  The incumbent performs a variety of
conservation treatments (simple and complex) on circulating and
non-circulating material, and works with a range of paper, cloth,
and leather bindings.  Additionally, this role assists with student
supervision and other related duties as necessary.

If requested, samples of conservation work should be available upon

Specific Responsibilities:

    Performing a variety of conservation treatments (simple and
    complex) including work on a range of paper, cloth, and leather
    bindings from circulation and non-circulating collections.

    Working on text blocks and covers such as re-sewing, re-backing,
    paper repair, repairing existing covers, and constructing new

    Binding structures will vary with the historical period.

    Participating in other treatments to include encapsulation,
    deacidification, and making boxes and wrappers.

    Specifying treatment for materials and inspecting completed

    Performing other duties as necessary to achieve the goals of the
    Conservation Lab and Preservation Department including surveys,
    disaster response, inventory, and exhibit preparation.

    Assisting in supervising students and monitoring workflow when
    Student Supervisor and Conservation Head are not available.

    Performing other related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

    A high school diploma or the equivalent combination of
    education, training and experience from which comparable skills
    can be acquired.

    Demonstrated understanding of conservation principles.

    2 years of experience in bookbinding or conservation work.

    Demonstrated ability to push/pull loaded book trucks.

    Ability to lift a minimum of 20 pounds.

    Proficiency in conservation treatments including full range of
    circulation collection repairs (re-backing, re-casing, pamphlet
    binding, drop spine box and wrapper construction, re-sewing
    paper repair, repair of leather bindings with tissue).

Preferred Qualifications:

    Previous experience in library conservation

    Previous experience in any of the following: Studio Art,
    Chemistry, History of Bookbinding, Bookbinding Structure, or
    Library Science

    Previous experience working with Voyager library catalog

    Previous experience with supervision and training in book

Applications received by 30 March 2007 will get first consideration.

To Apply: All resumes for this position must be received through the
electronic recruiting system. For consideration, please click on the
link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's
electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will search and
apply for current openings. To apply for this position in eRecruit,
enter the Job Opening ID number (11313) or the position title in the
appropriate search field. Once you apply, you will receive an email
confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if
there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter
or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID
number for this position is #11313.


Northwestern University offers a comprehensive benefit plan,
including tuition discounts.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
Employer. Members of historically underrepresented groups are
strongly encouraged to apply.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 20:45
                  Distributed: Friday, March 16, 2007
                       Message Id: cdl-20-45-035
Received on Friday, 9 March, 2007

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