Thursday, July 23, 2015

Assistant Conservator opening, Dartmouth College

[Note: Summer seems to be the time for a lot of openings in libraries to be announced. I'll try to keep an eye out and post them as soon as I find them.
-Al B.]

Assistant ConservatorDartmouth College Library

Dartmouth College Library is seeking a collaborative and proactive Assistant Conservator to become an integral part of Preservation Services in support of their mission to conserve the Libraries' physical collections.  In coordination with the Libraries' Collections Conservator, the Assistant Conservator assists in the management of the daily workflow and production in the Conservation Lab.  The Assistant Conservator will perform conservation treatments on rare and special collection material ranging from simple to complex; develop and implement procedures and guidelines to manage work flow for material involved in digital production projects; assist in training practicum students and conservation interns; assist as consultant in exhibit preparedness for library materials; assist in the management of the environmental monitoring program; and is a member of the disaster recovery team.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs conservation treatment on rare and unique library materials, generally those requiring individual treatment. Materials include: books, manuscripts, albums, maps, and other flat work.

Digital liaison for collection treatment workflow; accountable for treatments, developing and overseeing conservation workflow for all material needing treatment before and/or after digitizing; plans and coordinates projects with Collections Conservator, Special Collections staff, and the digital production team.

RANK AND SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Full benefits package including 22 vacation days; comprehensive health care; retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; and relocation assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of current conservation principles, practices and procedures as they pertain to the treatment of library materials. Developed skills in the examination, evaluation, treatment of special collections and archival material. Knowledge of bookbinding history and book structure. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with others. Ability to impart knowledge to others. Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Certificate in book conservation or equivalent bench experience preferably in an academic library.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Founded in 1769 and located in scenic Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is a private, four-year, coeducational undergraduate college with graduate schools of business, engineering and medicine and 16 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Dartmouth's mission is to educate the most promising students and to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge. At the heart of Dartmouth College is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. Nine libraries distributed across various academic centers, house the 3 million volume collection and provide access to a rich array of digital resources supported by a technically robust network environment. The Library's mission is to foster intellectual growth and advance the teaching and research missions of the College by supporting excellence and innovation in education and research, managing and delivering scholarly content, and partnering in the development and dissemination of new scholarship.

APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin as of August 24, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants chosen for an onsite interview will be expected to bring a portfolio of work. For the complete job description and to apply online go to: and reference position # 0111201.

For questions please contact:
Deborah Howe
Collections Conservator
6025 Baker Berry Library
Hanover. NH 03755<>

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.