Northwestern University Libraries offer an advanced post-graduate conservation residency (previously called a fellowship) for a two-year appointment, September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2022. 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.
Description of Duties: Under the supervision and tutelage of the Chief Conservator,the Conservation Resident performs a broad range of conservationtreatments on rare books, manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps,and other unbound archival and special collections materials. Treatment includes the preparation ofcondition and treatment reports with an appropriate level ofphoto 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.
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.
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.
Please apply for this position on the NUHR 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.
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.
Northwestern University is a highly selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 7 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in Africana, transportation, and 20th-century and contemporary music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). See more information about University Libraries at: http://www.library.northwestern.edu
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Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.