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Position at British Library

From: Mehboob Mohamed <mehboob.mohamed>
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2007
The British Library
London, St Pancras
Salary cUKP21,058

The British Library is one of the greatest research libraries in the
world. Our modernisation programme ensures that we keep pace with
other international libraries. We continue to set standards with our
integrated management of the nation's digital and printed

The Collection Care department of the British Library which
comprises some 200 staff is responsible for the preservation,
conservation, storage and security of the collections. The British
Library's collection of 150 million items is made up of items from
across the centuries and across cultures.

Working in a team of conservators within the Conservation section of
Collection Care, you will be required to carry out conservation
treatments to a wide range of library and archival materials which
may include books, manuscripts, archives, maps, prints and drawings,
illuminations on parchment and paper and photographs from a range of
different cultures.  You will be expected to work with minimal
supervision and to have the skills and knowledge to plan and manage
your work to ensure that production deadlines are met. You must be
able to communicate effectively with people at all levels, and be
able to keep clear, detailed and accurate records of all treatments

Minimum requirements for the post include recent practical hands-on
experience in conservation, a degree in conservation studies or
equivalent knowledge and skills sets, the ability to diagnose
conservation problems and to develop options for the solutions of
those problems.  A high level of manual dexterity is required (with
the ability to treat fragile and delicate materials), knowledge of
materials chemistry and the properties, behaviours and interaction
of a wide range of organic and inorganic materials and an
understanding of the deterioration of materials associated with
Library collections. You will also have knowledge of the ethics of
conservation, and an ability to apply ethics to treatments of items
in the context of a research collection that is accessed by readers
and researchers.

The British Library supports PACR accreditation and welcomes
applications from accredited conservators.

Closing date: 23 May 2007

To find out further information or to apply for this vacancy please

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