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Subject: Position at University of Cincinnati Libraries/Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Position at University of Cincinnati Libraries/Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

From: Jessica Ebert <ebertja<-at->
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Conservation Lab Manager
Conservation Services
Collaborative Preservation Lab
University of Cincinnati Libraries/Public Library of Cincinnati and
    Hamilton County

40 Hours per week, including weekends and evenings.

Salary: Grade L: $45,406.40 - $68,099.20 per year

Deadline: June 6, 2013

Tracking Code: 843-133



Job description:

    Participates in the personnel process for PLCH department staff,
    including, but not limited to hiring, supervision and evaluation
    of staff performance and identification of staff training needs.

    Leads staff members in providing the highest quality service to
    all internal and external customers, which include building
    group morale and cohesiveness, managing group processes and
    achieving team goals.

    Evaluates, plans, documents and performs complex conservation
    treatments on library materials, including rare books, bound and
    unbound manuscripts, photographs, prints, maps and drawings on
    paper or parchment from the collections of both the Public
    Library and UC Libraries.

    Conducts preservation surveys of archival collections. Works
    with liaisons in special collections libraries to select items
    for treatment and to set priorities for conservation of

    Monitors environmental conditions of collections storage areas.

    Trains all staff of Conservation Lab in advanced preservation

    Coordinates workflow of special collections materials through
    the Conservation Lab.

    Provides guidance, as needed, on the workflow of general
    collections materials through the Conservation Lab.

    Participates in planning for exhibits and loans.

    Participates in the development of disaster recovery procedures.

    Responsible for developing and documenting procedures for the
    conservation of rare library materials, and keeps abreast of
    professional literature and new developments in the field.

    Regular and reliable attendance is a requirement of this

Required Skills

    Demonstrated ability to identify causes of damage, selects
    appropriate treatments, perform and document the full range of
    conservation treatments of library materials.

    Knowledge of a wide range of conservation practices and

    Knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques and optimal
    collection storage environments.

    Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethical practice in

    Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
    (verbal and written).

    Experience using electronic dataloggers and software preferred.

    Experience using database software and digital imaging software
    to document treatments.

    Demonstrated successful project management experience.

    Demonstrated experience with staff training and supervision.

Required Experience

    Three years' experience as a conservator in recognized library
    conservation program.

    Demonstrated ability to work on a wide range of collections,
    primarily book and paper.

    Demonstrated ability to provide evaluation and project planning
    for special collections items and to communicate effectively
    with subject liaisons proposed treatment plan.

    Advanced training in book and paper repair techniques, organic
    chemistry, history of printing, and an in-depth knowledge of
    various media and supports including inks, pigments, graphite,
    paper, leather, vellum, plastics, etc.

    Knowledge of advanced preservation theory and practice.

    Ability to provide effective advanced conservation training to
    conservation lab staff as new best practices are introduced.

    Ability to think creatively and have good problem solving

    Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English

    Must be able to effectively communicate with the public.

    Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when
    circumstances warrant.

    Must be able to perform basic math skills, adding, subtracting,
    dividing etc.

    Must be able to operate office equipment including information
    management tools (Windows applications, database, etc.).

    Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel,
    collaborating institution, visitors, government
    agencies/personnel, and the general public.

    Must possess ability and willingness to work harmoniously with
    other personnel.

    Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be
    willing to incorporate them into existing practices.

    Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm
    as well as the willingness to handle difficult staff and

    Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other
    individuals in the workplace.


    MLS from a recognized conservation training program; or a MLS
    degree with advanced formal training in conservation;and a
    minimum three years of post-internship professional experience,
    or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

Holly Prochaska
Head, Preservation Services and Lab
University of Cincinnati Libraries
300 Langsam Library
Cincinnati OH 45221-0033

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:1
                  Distributed: Wednesday, June 5, 2013
                        Message Id: cdl-27-1-015
Received on Tuesday, 4 June, 2013

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