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Position at Harvard

From: Jennifer Goldstein <jgoldstein<-at->
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Project Book Conservator
Weissman Preservation Center
Harvard University Library

Grade Level: 56; 35 hours a week

Job Duties and Requirements: This position will provide conservation
support for digitization projects administered by Harvard University
Library's Open Collections Program and beginning in February 2010,
other grant-funded projects. The incumbent performs book
conservation treatments ranging from basic to complex for a wide
variety of printed books and bound manuscripts on paper and
parchment. Duties include: examines and develops treatment
specifications for and treats printed books and bound manuscripts on
paper or vellum; prepares condition and treatment reports including
photo documentation; may test/identify pigments and fibers or other
types of analysis. The incumbent will also manage treatments
performed to meet scheduled project deadlines and imaging production
goals. Other duties include: conducting condition surveys and
collection assessments and developing action plans to prioritize,
treat, and specify protective enclosures for materials to meet
production and imaging goals; actively consults with curators,
conducts correspondence, and attends meetings representing the
Weissman Preservation Center. PLEASE NOTE: This a one-year term
appointment with possibility of renewal based on performance,
funding and department priorities

Basic Qualifications: Master's degree in Book Conservation and
conservation experience in a recognized facility required.
Demonstrated excellence performing complex conservation treatments.
In-depth knowledge of book structure and binding history, paper and
papermaking history, and the history of printing, inks and pigments
required. Working knowledge of chemistry and materials science
required. The incumbent must be able to lift heavy, large, and/or
awkward objects, folders and boxes and transport them to libraries
across campus. Additional Qualifications: Preferred: Experience
treating rare books; experience working in a research and/or
academic library.

Additional Information: Please note: The work associated with this
position is performed in the Weissman Preservation Center
conservation laboratory, a state of the art facility where treatment
of diverse rare book, paper, and photograph collections throughout
Harvard libraries is carried out. There is the possibility of
exposure to dust, molds, other biological agents of deterioration,
and to objects treated with biocides from library. The work involves
the use of sharp tools and other instruments usually found in
conservation labs such as microscopes, ultraviolet lights, and fume
hoods. For more information please go to:>

Harvard offers a comprehensive benefits and salary package. For more
information please go to


Please apply via the Harvard Employment website and include a cover
letter and resume:


Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

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