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Under the direction of the Head of Preservation and Digitization, the preservation assistant coordinates the flow of general collections preservation activities. This includes, evaluating library materials’ condition and performing appropriate book repair/conservation techniques. In addition, the Preservation Assistant provides training to student workers, keeps statistics and orders unit supplies. The Preservation Assistant assumes responsibility for the unit when the supervisor is out of the office and assists the Head of Preservation and Digitization with preservation related projects, environmental monitoring, and collection disaster planning and response.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Evaluates materials for proper treatments and performs appropriate techniques in-house, including making full and partial repairs of books, pamphlet housings, boxes and other enclosures, encapsulations, pockets, tip-ins, missing page replacements, mends, remediation, and other work.
Trains student workers in the execution of simple book repairs and enclosure creation. Sets a task list for student workers and provides quality control of their work. Provides feedback on student progress to Head of Preservation and Digitization. Assumes responsibility for unit functions when the supervisor is absent.
Evaluates and prepares materials for commercial binding shipments. Oversees much of the commercial binding workflow, including paperwork and packing. Receives and provides quality control on completed shipments.
Coordinates and tracks flow of general collections libraries’ materials through the preservation lab. Tracks production statistics, manages supply inventory and places supply orders.
Participates in disaster response, recovery, and salvaging operations and environmental monitoring assistance as needed for departmental, special and general collections.
Participates in library-wide and university-wide activities, committees, special projects and programs, as assigned.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree, or two years of equivalent experience.
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
Customer service experience/orientation.
Work experience in a library, museum, or academic setting, or a relevant commercial environment.
Work experience in a preservation or conservation setting.
Excellent manual dexterity and ability to perform delicate work with sustained concentration.
Strong attention to detail and quality control.
Excellent decision-making skills and the ability to work independently.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organization skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.
Experience managing projects, including organizing and documenting workflow.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of University Libraries. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The hiring range for this position is $17.48 - $22.29 per hour.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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