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Position at Yale

From: Amy Burlingame <amy.burlingame<-at->
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013
Assistant Chief Conservator, Collections Conservation and Housings
Preservation Department
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT

Rank: Librarian 2-3 (Grades 24-25)
Requisition: #21178BR



Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Please note:  Application deadline is Friday, June 28, 2013.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and
growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between
Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of
Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art
museums, a critically acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art
concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art,
Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library: The Yale University Library, as one
of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes,
preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique
record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual
growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research
missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide.  A
distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including
more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging
from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases.
The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to
provide access to a full array of scholarly information.   Housed in
the Sterling Memorial Library and fifteen school and departmental
libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of
over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber
of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved
in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on
the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at


The Preservation Department
<URL:> Yale University
Library's Preservation Department, started in 1971, is one of the
oldest in the country. It has strong administrative support and has
played a major role in the development of the preservation field.
The Department has system wide responsibilities and consists of
units covering conservation of special and circulating collections
as well as exhibition preparation; reformatting of special
collections materials and circulating materials; mass
deacidification; and staff and user-education and consultation on
wide variety of preservation concerns.

Position Focus: The Assistant Chief Conservator for Collections
Conservation and Housings oversees treatment services for general
collections and internal housings and collection-based treatment
services for the Beinecke and other special collections. Manages and
directs a variety of workflows generated through preservation
review, as part of digitization projects, and/or via cataloging and
archival processing. Reports directly to the Chief Conservator in
the Preservation Department.

Conservator Librarians manage and execute conservation treatments to
preserve, protect, and guarantee the survival and future
accessibility of artistic, cultural objects in accordance with an
accepted professional ethical code, such as the American Institute
for Conservations' Code of Ethics. They work in libraries across
Yale University's many campuses.

Principal Responsibilities:

    The Librarian 2 is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting
    the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description
    and annual goals.

    Demonstrate effective job performance and professional growth.

    For a complete description of the position and department,
    please see the department URL.

Position Responsibilities:

    Plans, researches, and implements conservation treatments for
    books, manuscripts, and other related materials from the
    Library's general collections, special collections, and

    Carries out treatments on special collections materials where a
    collections-based or batch approach is appropriate.

    Engages cooperatively with curators, librarians, archivists, and
    collection managers to provide information regarding condition,
    potential risks, and options for acquisition, treatment, loan
    and exhibit for individual objects and groups of objects and the
    advisability of acquiring, loaning or exhibiting such material
    as well as the preservation options for long-term retention of
    such materials.

    Surveys materials, develops time and cost estimates, provides
    specifications for treatments and housings, and contributes to
    project proposals.

    Trains and supervises C&T staff, students, and interns.

    Creates accurate written and photographic documentation for
    examinations, treatments and other activities.

    Advances knowledge, skills, and develops specialization through
    professional development opportunities such as conferences and

    Handles hazardous materials used in treatment in accordance with
    current federal, state, and local regulations and policies.

    Participates in library system-wide planning, committees, and
    work groups, and engages in campus, regional and national
    professional organizations and collaborative activities.

    Assists with disaster recovery efforts.

Required Education and Experience: Master's degree in Library
Science from an American Library Association accredited Library
school and two years of related experience. In selected instances, a
post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or
substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to three
years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop
necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the
Librarian 3 level.

Required Skills and Abilities:

    Master's degree in Art/Museum Conservation, or MLS with Advanced
    Certification in Conservation, is required in place of MLS.
    Clear specialization in book conservation and conservation of
    other paper-based library materials.

    Appointment to Librarian 3 requires a minimum of five years of
    professional experience and professional accomplishments
    appropriate to the rank.

    Demonstrated ability to successfully apply knowledge of
    conservation principles to a wide variety of historical bound
    materials and of conservation techniques and procedures. A
    portfolio of successful treatments and documentation is required
    for selected candidates in next round of consideration.

    Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of chemistry, material
    science research related to conservation, artist's materials and
    techniques, binding structures, and book/printing history.

    Demonstrated ability to train and supervise conservation
    technicians, students, and/or interns. Ability to work
    collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a
    complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
    Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

    Project management training and/or experience.

    Experience designing and executing surveys.

    Proficiency with digital photography, image editing software,
    databases, and spreadsheet and word processing software.

    Experience treating and housing composite, three-dimensional

    Professional Associate Member, American Institute for

Salary and Benefits: We invite you to discover the excitement,
diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University.
One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers
exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true
growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide
variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic
family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits,
extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and
contact information of three professional references should be sent
by creating an account and applying online at


for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is
21178BR.  Please be sure to reference #21178BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements: All external candidates for
employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening
for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks
based on the position description and job requirements. Internal
candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for
this position based on the position description and job
requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of
the required background check. Please visit


for additional information on the background check requirements and

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and
strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:49
                   Distributed: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
                       Message Id: cdl-26-49-023
Received on Friday, 10 May, 2013

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