Under the direction of the Assistant Chief Conservator, performs a variety of tasks related to the conservation of books and other library materials from Yale's general, circulating, rare, and special collections. This position's primary assignment will be collections conservation and housing with secondary assignments from special collections conservation and/or exhibition production support.
Carries out treatments on library materials in accordance with accepted standards for conservation practice; gives time estimates, and documents treatments performed. Handles intermediate to complex conservation tasks that require knowledge and expertise in multiple techniques and tools and uses skills and abilities to adapt techniques and knowledge to solve unique problems. Treatments applied in combination include, but are not limited to, conservation rebinding, rebacking and board reattachment; surface cleaning; aqueous treatment; mending and/or lining; tape and adhesive removal. Uses a variety of simple, visual examination techniques and equipment such as a microscope and ultraviolet illumination to describe the materials, construction and condition of cultural property. Designs and makes complex, custom-fit enclosures for fragile objects using supplied materials. These may include custom 4-flap, clamshell or 2-piece boxes, which can be made by hand or using a Kasemake automated box-making system and its unique software. Tracks incoming and outgoing collection items for the unit. Fields questions from Library staff about individual items, and ensures that recall and rush requests are filled in a timely manner. Assists conservators with outreach activities and the training of student assistants. May assist with surveys noting general conditions of cultural property. Assists with laboratory maintenance, supply inventories, and restocking; prepares solutions and other stock treatment essentials (e.g., paste, adhesives); cleans and maintains equipment; participates in laboratory safety training. Tracks personal work statistics via electronic spreadsheets and databases. Selects and uses appropriate specialized tools and equipment appropriate for the treatment task; this includes but is not limited to hand tools, book presses, board shears, guillotine, ultrasonic welder, board creaser, suction table and suction disc. As needed, assists in the preparation and installation of library materials for exhibition. Maintains awareness of current bookbinding and conservation techniques by reading and attending lectures/workshops. Assists with disaster recovery operations following standard recovery procedures. Performs other duties as assigned.
Posting Position Title: Conservation Assistant 2
University Job Title: Conservation Technician
Work Week: Standard (M-F equal number of hours per day)
Required Skill/ability 1: Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals, techniques and history of bookbinding, printing, and book treatment and conservation. Excellent manual dexterity and sustained concentration with delicate and occasionally repetitive tasks. A portfolio of relevant work is required.
Required Skill/ability 2: Ability to write accurate, clear written documentation. Strong computer skills including proficiency with integrated library systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Required Skill/ability 3: Demonstrated ability working with digital photography, as well as image editing and design software for conservation documentation.
Required Skill/ability 4: Proven skills treating general collection library materials. Demonstrated skills creating customized housings and/or exhibition mounts for books and other museum objects.
Required Skill/ability 5: References must indicate reliable attendance and punctuality; accuracy and attention to detail; and ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Minimum of one-year experience in book conservation at another institution or practice, under the supervision of a conservator. Experience creating housings and handling special collections materials. Bachelor's degree or completion of formal training in hand-booking, book conservation, and/or book arts.
Required Licenses Or Certifications:
Six years of related work experience, four of them in the same job family at the next lower level, and high school level education; or four years of related work experience and an Associate's degree; or little or no work experience and a Bachelor's degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Internal Number: 48097BR
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