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Position at Harvard

From: Lauren Telepak <ltelepak<-a>
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Conservation Technician (full-time)
Collections Care
Harvard Library
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Auto req ID: 34048BR

Under the supervision of the Collections Conservator for Harvard
Library and according to established treatment procedures and
production standards, contributes to the conservation of
general/circulating collections in Harvard Library by performing the
following duties.

    Evaluates damaged and deteriorated materials and performs
    appropriate conservation treatments using established procedures
    and meeting production standards, including repairing and
    rebinding books; cleaning, flattening, and mending paper;
    constructing custom enclosures and exhibit supports.  Uses
    established techniques that promote quality and productivity.
    Keeps accurate statistics on all treatments performed.

    Prepares library materials for preservation reformatting.

    Handles all materials in a manner consistent with preservation
    policies and established library practices.

    Performs routine laboratory maintenance procedures.

    Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as
    required including: response to emergencies involving library
    materials, participation in team projects, and assisting with
    condition surveys.

    Demonstrates open and honest communication, an attitude of
    respect and inclusion, and a positive approach in carrying out
    duties and responsibilities.  Participates in the resolution of

Basic Qualifications:

    High school diploma or equivalent education or work experience

    Formal or on-the-job training in bookbinding or book
    conservation required

    Excellent communication skills required, both oral and written

Additional Requirements:

    College degree preferred

    Solid analytical and problem-solving skills

    Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and
    precision in a production setting

    Capacity to read and interpret bibliographic data and other
    written records/documents

    Ability to work collaboratively, initiate and adapt to change,
    and to be flexible

    Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work productively in a
    team environment with minimal supervision

    Ability to perform repetitive work tasks with overall accuracy,
    effectiveness, and attention to detail

    Experience with MS Windows-based software preferred

    This position involves regularly lifting and moving loads
    weighing in excess of 40 pounds

    Job requires the ability to handle sharp tools and small
    instruments, work in a fume hood, climb step stools and small
    ladders, and operate heavy equipment (board shears, book
    presses, power cutters, etc.)

    Using appropriate safety measures, as tasks may involve exposure
    to dust and mold or the use of light solvents

    Some tasks involve standing for extended periods and/or bending,
    walking, and sitting

    Job requires ability in close vision and color vision

    Routine use of photocopiers, scanners, and computers

Additional Information: In the course of 375 years, Harvard's
Library has grown from a single collection of 400 volumes to a
73-unit library system whose holdings include nearly 17 million
volumes, more than 21 million digital files, 10 million microforms,
8 million photographs, and an estimated 400 million manuscript
items.   For additional information visit the Harvard Library web
site at


To apply go to the Harvard Job site at

    Search on the requisition # 34048BR

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:21
                 Distributed: Friday, October 24, 2014
                       Message Id: cdl-28-22-031
Received on Friday, 24 October, 2014

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