The Newberry Library is currently seeking a full-time Director of Conservation Services and Conservation Technician.


Reporting to the Vice President for Collections and Library Services, the Director of Conservation Services leads and directs the library’s preservation and conservation program and provide support for Exhibitions and loan activities. The Director plans and manages the operations of the Conservation Services Department and supervises its staff. The Director is responsible for the physical care and treatment of books, papers, parchment, photographs, and all other Library materials.


Reporting to the Director of Conservation Services, the Conservation Technician constructs various types of housings for collections, assists in preparation of exhibition materials, and performs routine conservation treatments for the library’s collections under the guidance and direction of the Director of Conservation Services and the Collections Conservator.


To apply, please visit Newberry Library’s Career Center. Interested candidates should attach a cover letter and resume, both as PDF documents, to their application. Applications sent without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered.

Posted 8/11/2022

Conservation Resident

Professional Librarian Vacancy

Northwestern University Libraries offer an advanced post-graduate conservation residency (previously called a fellowship) for a two-year appointment, September 1, 2022 - August 31, 2024. The conservation residency provides practical experience in a busy academic library conservation lab balancing treatment responsibilities with professional research activities. There will be the opportunity to gain bench experience, develop skills in treatment decision making, and research a topic of interest.

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 2022-2024 may include, mending of 19th and 20th c. Arabic manuscripts, treatment of iron gall ink bound manuscripts from c. 1800, and participation in pigment identification on green 19th c. books.

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. This position is not eligible for remote work.

Salary: Annual stipend starting at $55,000 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.
Please apply for this position on the NUHR Recruitment Website.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled with first round zoom 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
Full Time: 37.5
Job Status: Open
Available positions: 1
Posted: 1/31/2022

Job Details

Required Qualifications:

Master's degree in conservation or associated field, with an emphasis on book and paper conservation treatment, 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.


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