Northwestern University

Conservation Resident

Professional Librarian Vacancy

Under the supervision and tutelage of the Chief Conservator, the Conservation Resident performs a broad range of conservation treatments on rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, and other unbound archival and special collections materials.  Treatment includes the preparation of condition and treatment reports with an appropriate level of photo documentation. Anticipated projects for 2020-2022 may include binding repair on a 1656 imprint of The common-wealth of Oceana,  mending of 19th and 20th c. Arabic manuscripts, and repairs to a 19th c. atlas including the Grand Canyon. 

The Conservation Resident stays current with new developments in the field of library conservation and conducts research related to an area of interest.  Topics may include treatment techniques, materials identification, or historical studies.  Research should be of a quality that could result in a paper, poster, or presentation. The Conservation Resident may assist other professional staff in the department with surveys, preservation education and outreach initiatives, exhibits-related projects, and disaster response initiatives.

Salary: Annual stipend of $50,000 plus benefits.  Northwestern University offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including health care and other benefits. The conservation resident is eligible to apply for professional development support funding; available amounts vary annually but are typically around $2,000.

To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled with first round interviews expected in late February. Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to submit a portfolio of recent conservation treatments.

General Information

Position Title: Conservation Resident
Job Title: Librarian

Department: Preservation
Percent Full Time: 100%
Job Status: Open
Available positions: 1
Posted: 1/9/2020

Job Details

Required Qualifications:

Master's degree in library science or associated field, with an emphasis on conservation training, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.  Knowledge of current conservation principles and practices, material science, and the history of bookbinding and conservation.  Demonstrated ability to perform high quality conservation treatments on special collections materials, primarily book and paper, and to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions. 

Information for Librarian Applicants

Please apply for this position on the faculty recruitment website. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Posted 1/13 /2020

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