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As the Senior Conservation Technician, you will provide conservation treatment and enclosures for library and archives materials in Cornell University Library's special collections. The focus of your position will be archives collections (paper documents, architectural drawings, maps, posters, artifacts, photographs, pamphlets, scrapbooks and similar bound materials), as well as participation in digitization projects, housing initiatives, the exhibition program, and occasional outreach. Your duties will include routine tasks like surface cleaning, humidification and flattening, stabilization, and constructing enclosures. You will join the team of conservators, another senior conservation technician, and student assistants, and work collaboratively with digitization staff, librarians, curators, archivists, and technical services staff.
Execute a variety of treatments (many routine, some intermediate, occasionally complex) on a range of library and archives special collections, with a focus on archives collections (paper, photographs, artifacts, and select bound materials)
Construct a variety of enclosures for paper and photographic items, artifacts, and bound materials.
Participate in digitization projects with DCAPS and CUL staff.
Participate in the exhibition and loan program.
Assist in disaster response and recovery.
Participate in instruction, research, and outreach activities.
Participate in preventive conservation activities.
Bachelor's degree or another formal four-year program.
1-2 years supervised conservation work experience with library and archives collections (paper, bound, and/or photographic materials, or combination) under the direction of a trained conservator in a conservation lab setting.
Emerging knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of library and archives collections; basic understanding of the causes of deterioration; foundational knowledge of historic and modern formats, processes, and structures of library and archives special collections.
Excellent manual dexterity and attention to detail.
Creative and flexible problem-solving skills; ability to adapt to changing priorities and modify the preferred way of working.
Good time and workflow management.
Good interpersonal skills.Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Ability to consistently demonstrate effective collaboration and teamwork skills.
Good written and oral communication skills.
Familiarity with digital photography, databases, and Microsoft programs.
Ability to work standing up for extended periods of time, lift heavy objects, and work with adhesives, dusty books and library materials.
Proven ability to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion or other competencies related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
Relocation assistance is not available for this position.
Advanced education or certificate in library/archives conservation, book arts, or equivalent; or 2 years advanced training in conservation acquired through a combination of formal studies, apprenticeship, advanced courses, internships, and/or on-the-job training.
1 to 2 additional years of supervised conservation work experience beyond Minimum.
Intermediate knowledge of 1) the physical and chemical nature of library and archives collections; 2) the causes of deterioration; 3) historic and modern formats, processes, and structures of library and archives collections; 4) conservation treatments and preventive strategies
Functional supervision experience of student employees.
Matting and framing experience.
Ability to impart knowledge and information in instruction, consultancy, and outreach activities.
How to Apply:
Candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site. Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior toOctober 22, 2021 is strongly encouraged. To be considered please submit one document (pdf preferred) that contains:
A cover letter that includes one paragraph describing past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career to convey how you see these commitments continuing at Cornell
Representative images and brief descriptions, or an external link, of 3 conservation treatments and/or rehousing projects, surveys, enclosures, models, or similar
Cornell University Library embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.
Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
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