Northwestern University

Job ID: 42688    Conservation Technician

Position available to Non-librarians

The Conservation Technician is based in the Preservation Work Group, reports to the Chief Conservator, and has the primary responsibility of performing a broad range of conservation treatments as well as constructing or retrofitting housings for circulating and non-circulating library material. Assists with surveys, 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.

Please note: Duties mainly take place in a lab environment (library conservation lab), but infrequently will involve working for periods of time in the library stacks standing, and/or bending/kneeling completing collection surveys and assessments. Must be able to move and lift up to 30 pounds, and have the ability to push/pull loaded book trucks.

Please note: The target budgeted minimum starting salary for this position is $33,180. Offers will be based on candidate experience and education, as well as equity within Northwestern University.

General Information

Position Title: Conservation Technician
Job Title: Conservation Technician

Department: Preservation
Full Time
Job Status: Open
Available positions: 1
Posted: 11/11/2021

Job Details

Responsibilities:

Performs conservation treatments on paper, cloth, and leather bindings from the 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 preparation

  • 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

Performs a variety of higher level conservation treatments with an emphasis on non-circulating materials used for exhibition, teaching and research

  • Treatments include re-sewing, re-backing, repairing damaged paper, repairing existing covers, constructing new covers, washing paper, humidifying paper and parchment, deacidifying paper, and encapsulating brittle or fragile items. Treatments are completed in accordance with established departmental guidelines

  • Completes written and photographic treatment documentation to established standards

  • Constructs boxes, wrappers, and other protective enclosures for books and other three dimensional objects

  • 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 cradles

Assists Chief Conservator to insure that materials are being handled according to established exhibition guidelines:

  • Reviews material scheduled for exhibition or loan and works with Chief Conservator to determine if conservation treatments is required

  • Reviews exhibit to insure compliance with established guidelines regarding light levels and placement of exhibit cases

  • Assists in the proper packing of materials going out on loan and prepares preservation paperwork, including exhibition instructions and documentation.

  • 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 exhibit supplies; organizes and oversees inventory of exhibit cradles and mounts

Assists with disaster planning and response, assessment and review of new collections, and the implementation of collection surveys for preservation planning purposes

Participates in weekly conservation lab meetings (and/or training sessions) to discuss workflow and treatment decision making. Meets as needed with curators and other responsible parties to discuss treatment options and conservation needs

Performs other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience where similar knowledge, skills and abilities may be acquired

  • Excellent manual dexterity as demonstrated through previous bookbinding or conservation experience or other work requiring a high level of eye-hand coordination

  • Successfully uses multiple software programs independently. Experience with MS Office (Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and web browsers. Knowledge of creating and maintaining spreadsheets and databases

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar

  • Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one’s own team; respects the needs and contributions of others

  • Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; follows a logical process/method for problem solving; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly

  • Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with critical deadlines

  • Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity; shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated decisions

  • Strives for excellence with work processes and outcomes, honoring University policies and regulatory requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in conservation treatments including full range of circulation collection 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

  • Experience using OCLC and ALMA library management system

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Experience with Adobe Suite and FileMaker Pro

  • Identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination

  • Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems

Information for Applicants

Job ID: 42688
Location: Evanston

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Posted 11/15/2021

Northwestern University

Collection Processing & Preservation Specialist

Position available to Non-librarians

The Collection Processing and Preservation Specialist fulfills a key role in the Preservation Work Group. This position has key responsibilities related to items sent to the commercial bindery and coordinates other vendor related workflows. Additional responsibilities include managing the environmental monitoring program; selector review process and mass deacidification projects. Participates in other collections care activities such as inspections of incoming material and collections surveys.

Please Note: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

General Information

Position Title: Collection Processing & Preservation Specialist
Job Title: Collection Processing & Preservation Specialist

Department: Preservation
Full Time
Job Status: Open
Available positions: 1
Posted: 10/4/2021

Job Details

Responsibilities:

Commercial Bindery Processing

  • Prepares material for commercial binding, handles workflow from several sources, assesses physical condition of individual items, selects most appropriate binding options; is knowledgeable about bindery preparation options performed in the library conservation lab.

  • Enters and maintains records in the vendor's online processing system (ABLE).

  • Updates binding information and performs required bibliographic control for all library materials, performs necessary paperwork, contributes to detailed statistics maintained by supervisor, and assists with quality control reports as needed.

  • Works closely with staff in Print Collection Management to communicate workflows and processes.

Preservation Support Activities

Responsible for a broad range of preservation initiatives completed under the direction of the Preservation Librarian and often in consultation with the Chief Conservator:

  • Downloads environmental data from dataloggers in multiple locations, analyzes data and produces quarterly environmental monitoring reports.

  • Assists with the integrated pest management program with the guidance of the Preservation Librarian, as needed.

  • Works on special projects such as condition surveys, working with the supervisor and other department staff as needed to survey various sections of the collections.

  • Creates educational and outreach materials; schedules and leads training sessions for staff and students. Participates in Preservation week.

  • Participates in other preservation related activities such as the inspection and evaluation library material.

  • Problem-solve various preservation related processing issues through communication with library colleagues.

  • Assists Preservation Librarian with audiovisual preservation activities.

  • Assists the Preservation Librarian with preservation supplies, including ordering, tracking, and monitoring.

Vendor Services and Digitization

  • Prepares and sends out materials to external vendors for microfilming, digitizing and paper reproductions, and mass deacidification.

  • Advises staff on suitability of items for mass deacidification and digitization.

  • Prepares all shipments of material to vendors, tracks shipments, and performs quality control of materials when returned.

  • Plans and monitors spending of reformatting budget: regulates the rate of spending to correspond to funding available in each fiscal year.

  • Researches and evaluates new vendors or services, as needed.

Selector Review Program

  • Manages the Selector Review Program, serving as the primary departmental liaison to library selectors.

  • Conducts bibliographic searching, researching availability of replacement materials for purchase and other reformatting options.

  • Makes appointments and consults with appropriate staff, documenting decisions.

  • Reports on individual and/or aggregate statistics

  • Consult with Selectors about portions of their collections needing assessment and surveys

  • Supervises student workers to assist with Selector Review and other preservation related tasks.

Disaster Response

  • Participates in disaster response planning, recovery initiatives, and communication through training and signage.

  • Performs triage of collection materials in the event of a disaster and immediate salvage. Provides reports and follow-up assessment.

Meetings/Discussions

  • Participates in weekly unit and department meetings (and/or training sessions) to discuss workflow, project priorities, and preservation decision-making.

  • Meets as needed with staff throughout the library to discuss commercial binding issues and resolve problems.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Required Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.

  • Experience using MS Office suite

  • Good manual dexterity

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of library preservation and conservation principles.

  • Solid knowledge of MS Office.

  • Ability to take initiative, organize and prioritize multiple simultaneous operations, work independently within a team framework, and think analytically.

  • Ability to do detailed work accurately while maintaining vigilance to inconsistencies

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills and ability to establish positive working relationships with a wide variety of people ranging from students to peers to faculty members.

  • Aptitude and desire to learn new skills and technologies.

  • Adaptability.  Works effectively in an environment in which the parameters may change daily; adjusts behavior to meet the needs of different people and situations.

  • Strong sense of responsibility and reliability; must be able to assume responsibility for entire library as needed.

  • Initiative. Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems.

  • Problem Solving. Formulates realistic plans and contingencies and establishes appropriate measurements of anticipated results.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Experience using OCLC and the ALMA integrated library system

  • Library work experience

  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial binding

  • Knowledge of common database and/or spreadsheet software used to track materials for detailed statistics (Excel and Access preferred)

  • General office work experience

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of computer applications

  • Supervisory experience

  • Explores alternatives to existing products and services; identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.

Information for Applicants

Job ID: 42137
Location: Evanston

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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 10/14/2021

Posted 10/ 14 /2021

Conservator for Paper and Photographs

Full Time

Chicago, IL, US

2 days ago

Requisition ID: 1230

APPLYTO CONSERVATOR FOR PAPER AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Salary Range:$55,000.00 To 65,000.00 Annually

 

The Paper and Photograph Conservator ensures the preservation of the collection and loan materials.  The Paper and Photograph Conservator undertakes diagnostic examination, strategic conservation planning, hands-on practical and preventive conservation work, and documentation for a variety of paper-based materials including maps, architectural records, prints, art on paper, manuscripts, books, and photographs.  The Paper and Photograph Conservator also educates and provides advice and technical assistance to the staff and the general public on the preservation, storage, and handling of historical artifacts and provides staff training and guidance regarding personal and environmental safety in regard to the storage and handling of collection materials. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  

  • Undertake examination and assessments of artifacts, conservation treatments, preventive conservation work, and complete documentation for artifacts in the collection and on loan to the Society.   

  • Assist colleagues within and outside the department with environmental monitoring, collection surveys, packing objects for storage and/or transport, preparation of objects for public exhibit, and installation/deinstallation  

  • Develop comprehensive strategies to address short-term and long-range preservation needs in collaboration with CHM staff and outside consultants 

  • Develop and implement preservation initiatives in collaboration with CHM staff, including project planning, grant writing, and progress reports 

  • Coordinate exhibition conservation planning in collaboration with CHM staff (and when appropriate with outside contractors) including specifications for appropriate display materials, mounting techniques, environmental parameters, and installation of artifacts 

  • Participate in the development of institutional policies, procedures, and strategies governing the use of the collection 

  • Advise the Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections, Head of Collections, and Curatorial Affairs and Registrar in developing annual departmental goals, objectives, and budget 

  • Advise CHM staff on preservation and conservation issues including environmental, packing, display, storage, and handling specifications for new acquisitions, collection materials, and incoming and outgoing loans 

  • Perform technical examination and analysis as needed to  identify materials and construction techniques, and to assess materials for use in storage, exhibition, and treatments 

  • Provide professional guidance and advice to staff, other organizations and institutions, and the public on a range of conservation and preservation issues

  • Maintain a conservation laboratory, including procurement of necessary equipment and supplies and the creation and management of conservation records, including examination reports, treatment proposals, and treatment reports  

  • Ensure the safe storage of all conservation materials and supplies, including adherence to all appropriate regulations regarding hazardous materials 

     

  • Collaborate with Properties, Security, and other Collections staff to maintain disaster preparedness; in the event of an emergency, serve as a key member of the Collection Emergency Response Team and participate as needed in any resulting collections recovery effort 

  • Recruit, train, and supervise interns, volunteers, and temporary and contract staff and mentor them to help them achieve their highest potential 

  • Conduct training sessions in handling and collections care for new staff, interns, and volunteers 

  • Coordinate and oversee contract conservation services 

  • Create a team spirit and enhance communication within the Collections Department so that staff members work collaboratively and in a supportive manner across departmental and functional area boundaries 

  • Contribute to and promote a positive culture at CHM by demonstrating the following values in their interactions with colleagues, external partners, and all audiences and through the products developed and services delivered

 

OTHER DUTIES: 

  • Serve as member or chair of Institutional Committees, as appropriate  

  • Host lab tours, workshops and presentations to CHM staff, outside professionals, and members of the public 

  • Serve as conservation liaison and provide professional guidance to regional museums and the general public, providing consultations, resource referrals, printed materials, lectures, and tours 

  • Represent CHM at local, national, and international forums 

  • Other duties as assigned 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Degree from an accredited conservation program; significant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree 

  • Minimum of three years of experience performing relevant conservation projects, assessments and treatments on a wide range of objects and materials 

  • Knowledge of best practices for conservation as well as standard professional principles and practices for museums 

  • Experience in conservation for exhibition design and preparation of objects for exhibition 

  • Experience with relevant technologies, including literacy in commonly used computer applications; experience with collections management software preferred 

  • Experience working in teams, as well as independently, to meet departmental goals 

  • Excellent project management skills 

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multitask, prioritize, and work efficiently to meet expectations in a deadline-driven environment 

  • Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 50 pounds 

  • Ability to ascend and descend ladders and lifts 

  • Ability to supervise people and to manage complex programs and projects 

  • Ability to work under pressure 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

  • Superior visual acuity, fine motor skills, and attention to detail 

  • Ability to balance multiple tasks, responsibilities, and demands for time 

  • Ability to work under pressure 

  • Ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with all constituents  

  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and/or weekends 

  • Commitment to the mission, values, and programs of the Chicago History Museum 

In accordance with CHM’s flexible work policy, this position will be a combination of on-site and remote work, required to work on-site at the Chicago History Museum a minimum of two days per week.

To Apply: Please submit the following as a single document: cover letter and resume. Online submissions with incomplete information may not be considered. E/O/E D/V/M/F. No Phone Calls please.  

This job posting is not intended to be an express or implied contract between CHM and any employee.CHM employees are employees at will. CHM reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position as necessary to meet changing business needs. CHM is an equal opportunity employer.

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Posted 8/19/2021

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