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Subject: Position at Harvard

Position at Harvard

From: Jennifer Goldstein <jgoldstein>
Date: Monday, October 22, 2007
Conservation Technician
Harvard University Library

Location: Cambridge, MA
One Year Term Appointment

Duties and Description:

The Weissman Preservation Center in the Harvard University Library
is seeking a Conservation Technician to treat and house special
collections materials selected for digitization by the Harvard
University Library Open Collections Program.

Under the supervision of a conservator, the technician prepares
condition and treatment reports including photo-documentation.
Carries out a broad range of basic/routine book and paper
conservation treatments. Constructs protective enclosures for
special collections, measures materials for commercial boxing, and
performs other routine procedures. Collaborates with staff members
on conservation projects involving large collections. Prepares
library materials for exhibit, including fabricating cradles and
other supports, cutting mats, hinging and framing library materials,
and mounting displays. Maintains inventories of supplies and tools.
Attends Open Collections Program department meetings and working
group meetings to monitor project plans. Participates in disaster
recovery efforts where Harvard's library collections are involved.
Assists in carrying out condition surveys, monitoring environmental
conditions, and other activities as required.

Note: One year term limited appointment with renewal subject to
review of incumbent performance and department priorities.

Basic Qualifications: High School diploma or equivalent required.
Training in book binding and paper repair through a formal training
program or OJT and experience in a recognized conservation facility
required. Must be able to prepare short reports utilizing word
processing, spreadsheet, database, and e-mail programs.

Additional Requirements: College background preferred. Superior
manual dexterity and demonstrated ability to work with high degree
of accuracy/precision. Excellent communication skills. Ability to
follow directions and work independently. Strong organizational
skills, including ability to work within established priorities and
to achieve goals. Ability to adapt to change, to analyze/solve
problems, and to work collaboratively. Ability to handle sharp
tools, lift up to 30 lbs., and to escort materials from one building
to another.

The Weissman Preservation Center in the Harvard University Library
manages and implements programs and projects dedicated to assessing,
preserving, and making accessible the holdings of libraries and
other entities at Harvard. Work is carried out at the highest level
of practice in a fully equipped conservation laboratory, where 17
FTE conservators and technicians treat rare and unique materials
(exclusively) in the Library's special collections. The successful
candidate will benefit from access to the rich cultural environment
of Harvard University and the Boston area. For more information,
please visit: <URL:> and

For benefits and pay range see:


and for full job posting and to apply electronically see:


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Received on Monday, 22 October, 2007

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