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Positions at Northwestern University Library

From: Tonia Effie Grafakos <t-grafakos<-a>
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Conservation Technician (2 positions)
Northwestern University Library
Preservation Department

JOB IDs: 24290, 24291

Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hrs/week
Location: Evanston, IL

The Conservation Technician is based in the Preservation
Department's conservation lab, reports to the Chief Conservator, and
has the primary responsibility of performing a broad range of
conservation treatments on circulating and non-circulating library
material.  Assists with disaster planning and response, assessment
and stabilization of new collections, internal and external
preservation education initiatives, and other activities related to
the day to day operation of the conservation lab. The Conservation
Technician plays an important role in providing technical support
for an active library exhibits program.

Description of Duties

    Performs conservation treatments on paper, cloth, and leather
    bindings from the circulating and non-circulating collections.
    Treatments include re-sewing, re-backing, repairing damaged
    paper, repairing existing covers, and constructing new covers.
    Treatments are completed in accordance with established
    departmental guidelines.

    Constructs boxes, wrappers, and other protective enclosures.

    Assists as needed with shelf preparation and bindery

    Effectively manages time to complete deadline-driven work.

    Utilizes good communication skills to convey changes in scope of
    work that may affect project deadlines.

    Monitors conservation lab supplies to insure that materials for
    ongoing workflow as well as special projects are available when
    needed.  Maintains accurate statistics for all completed work.

    Assists with the installation of exhibits, including placement
    of materials, creation of labels, and construction of book


Required:  Bachelor's degree or equivalent.  Excellent manual
dexterity as demonstrated through previous bookbinding or
conservation experience or other work requiring a high level of
eye-hand coordination.  Experience with MS Office, including
spreadsheets and databases; knowledge of email and calendar
software.  Ability to push/pull loaded book trucks. Ability to lift
a minimum of 20 pounds.

Preferred:  Experience in a recognized academic research library
conservation program.  Proficient in conservation treatments
including full range of book and paper repairs (rebacking, recasing,
pamphlet binding, drop spine box and wrapper construction, resewing
paper repair, repair of leather bindings with tissue).  Demonstrated
understanding of conservation principles.

Northwestern University, established in 1851, is one of the leading
private research universities in the United States with an
enrollment of approximately 15,800 students.  The University is
located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Evanston and Chicago,
Illinois.  Northwestern University's libraries hold over 5 million
volumes.  With collections of international standing in Music,
Transportation, and African Studies, Northwestern's libraries have
also been at the forefront of innovation in library technology and
advanced user services.  One of the top-ranked universities in the
country, Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and
pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that
transcends traditional academic boundaries.  Northwestern provides
students, faculty and staff with exceptional opportunities for
intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

For additional information or to apply, see


All applicants will be considered for both positions.  It is not
necessary to apply twice.  Review of applications will begin
immediately and continue until positions are filled.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer.  Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

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Received on Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

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