Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working closely with staff in the Wallace Conservation Lab, Special Collections, and other library units, as well as with partners at other institutions, the Conservator is responsible for the conservation treatment of rare and unique library materials in the Michigan State University Libraries. Duties will include:
Complex conservation treatments on rare books, maps and other special collections materials from throughout the library including, but not limited to: re-sewing; leather and vellum rebinding and binding conservation; gold and blind tooling; conservation of paper and vellum, including aqueous and chemical treatment; and the creation of custom protective enclosures for a variety of rare and archival materials.
Assisting the Head of Conservation and Preservation in managing and planning the overall preservation program, including: establishing conservation priorities within the various special collections libraries in close consultation with collection managers; planning and executing treatment methods and procedures for a wide range of library materials; training conservation technicians, volunteers and student workers; condition assessments and the management of preventative care.
Preparation of rare and special collections materials for exhibition.
Consulting with other library staff on conservation issues; providing exhibition support; and training library staff in minor repairs for their collections.
Assist with disaster planning and recovery and serve as a member of the Disaster Response Committee.
Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned. Minimum $52,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits. Other duties as assigned.
The MSU Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, and experience and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. The candidate will enthusiastically partner with others to grow our welcoming multicultural environment. More information on our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available at: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/about/index.html.
Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 5,500 faculty, 38,000 undergraduates, and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The MSU Libraries have combined holdings of over 6 million volumes with renowned collections in music, film, agriculture, Africana and comic art and cutting-edge services including a makerspace and digital scholarship lab.
Masters -Library or Information Science
Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
Knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures as evidenced by a graduate degree in conservation, or the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or a verifiable certification of advanced training and education.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a desire to work in a collaborative, respectful environment. Ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff as well as business professionals across the state.
Exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff;
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail
Preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarly and creative activities consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
A portfolio of work will be required at the on-campus interview.
Experience in a conservation program for rare materials and special collections; experience in treatment decision-making; advanced knowledge of hand bookbinding techniques and principles; working knowledge of chemistry as it applies to conservation treatments.
Required Application Materials
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, CV, the names and contact information for 3 references
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references
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