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Position at Columbia

From: Alexis Hagadorn <ah333<-a>
Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
Conservator for Special Collections
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Conservator for Special Collections will plan, document and
perform complex conservation treatments on ancient, medieval and
modern library materials, including rare books, bound and unbound
manuscripts, prints, maps and drawings on paper or parchment.  Under
the general direction of the Head of Conservation, the incumbent
will work with liaisons in special collections libraries to select
items for treatment and to set annual priorities for conservation of
collections; will co-ordinate workflow of treatments through the
Conservation Department and participate in planning for exhibits and
loans; will participate in environmental monitoring, testing and
ordering of materials and supplies, staff supervision; will
participate in management of the disaster response program; and will
carry out other duties relating to the preservation of the
Libraries' collections.  The incumbent will participate in teaching
and training interns and junior staff.  The Conservator for Special
Collections will assist the Head with developing and documenting
procedures for the conservation of rare library materials, and will
keep abreast of professional literature and new developments in the
field, cooperating with other conservators in performing research
and development toward the advancement of conservation.

Requirements:  Graduate degree in conservation of books and/or
archival library materials or equivalent training and experience
(e.g.  formal apprenticeship).  Minimum of three years of
post-internship professional experience, or an equivalent
combination of experience and education, preferably in a research
library or similar institution.  Demonstrated ability to identify
causes of damage, select appropriate treatments, perform and
document the full range of conservation treatments of library
materials, including bookbindings of historic significance.
Knowledge of a wide range of conservation practices and procedures.
Knowledge of chemistry as it applies to the conservation of library
and museum collections.  Knowledge of the history of the book, the
history and techniques of bookbinding and papermaking, and the
history of manufacture of other library materials.  Knowledge of
environmental monitoring techniques and optimal collection storage
environments. Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethical
practice in conservation.  Strong organizational, interpersonal and
communication skills (verbal and written).

Desirable:  Demonstrated ability to contribute to the profession
through formal teaching, research and/or publication.  Demonstrated
successful project management experience.  Experience using
electronic dataloggers and software.  Experience using database
software and digital imaging software to document treatments.

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is
filled.  Applications received on or before August 15, 2014 will
receive priority consideration.

To submit an application, go online to:


One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides
outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual
community.  Set in the Morningside Heights academic village,
Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and
cultural richness of New York City.  The University Libraries,
grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also
building extensive electronic resources and services.  The Libraries
at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism,
innovation and leadership.

We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Alexis Hagadorn
Head of Conservation
Columbia University Libraries
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027

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