Preventive ConservatorPrinceton University Library (PUL) seeks a skilled, knowledgeable, and innovative Preventive Conservator to administer and manage preventive conservation of PUL's extraordinary collections. PUL is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,600 graduate students, 853 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. PUL employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. Major ResponsibilitiesReporting to the Preservation Librarian, the Preventive Conservator works collaboratively to ensure long-term preservation of PUL's general and special collections. The Preventive Conservator takes primary responsibility for collections management activities including: environmental monitoring & management, integrated pest management, collection housing & storage projects, and condition surveys; collaborates with Preservation & Conservation colleagues to plan for and respond to collection emergencies, to carry out materials testing & analysis, to manage collection moves, and to develop departmental and Library-wide policies and workflows in areas including transporting collections, digitization, digital preservation, and health & safety; performs condition assessments and occasional conservation treatments in area(s) of expertise; designs and conducts research on preservation & conservation materials, techniques, and topics according to departmental needs and professional interest; and serves as a key resource for Library staff seeking guidance on collections care topics including providing outreach and training as appropriate.Required Master's degree in conservation or related area with certificate in conservationDemonstrated knowledge of conservation science, analytical techniques, preventive conservation principles, and conservation ethicsDemonstrated skill in conservation treatments in area of specializationExperience conducting housing and storage projects and with planning and carrying out condition surveys Aptitude with MS Office and G Suite tools Interest in and experience with library and/or archival collectionsOutstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skillsAbility to plan, prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlinesAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationshipsAbility to stand for hours at a time, to lift 20+ pounds, and to work in an environment which includes exposure to materials containing possible dust and moldAvailability for occasional travel and evening/weekend shifts as necessaryMust successfully pass a background checkPreferredMajor or minor in preventive conservation at the graduate levelTwo years' post-graduate professional experiencePrevious academic library experienceExperience or familiarity with digital preservation best practicesExperience providing training in collections care to non-specialistsExperience with collection movesTrack record of engagement with professional organizations, including presenting and publishing in appropriate venuesKnowledge of one or more foreign languagesPeer-reviewed status with the American Institute for ConservationThe successful candidate will be appointed to an Associate Professional Specialist or more senior rank depending upon qualifications and experience.
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