Brown University Library is seeking a collaborative and proactive Conservator to join the Preservation Department in support of its mission to maintain, conserve and preserve access to collections. The Conservator assesses, treats, documents and manages the conservation of a wide range of paper-based materials, including rare printed items, manuscripts, and cartographic materials. The scope of activities include book and manuscript treatment, exhibition and loan support, staff training, documentation, disaster response, environmental monitoring and aiding in preservation collection assessments.
The Conservator is responsible for partnering with Library staff to ensure the stability of materials used in teaching, research, and exhibitions and contributes to related projects.
The Conservator represents the Brown University Library in regional, national and international initiatives and reports to the Head of Preservation, Conservation and the Library Annex.
Bachelor’s degree and formal training in book conservation at the graduate level, or equivalent combination of apprenticeship, advanced courses, internships and experience
MLS or equivalent degree preferred
Minimum of five years of experience in conservation work
Excellence in performing complex conservation treatments on a broad range of library and archival materials as demonstrated through a portfolio
Demonstrated record of managing and designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion
Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment
Knowledge of the history of book and paper making, bookbinding techniques, and the history and manufacture of other library materials; and the nature and causes of book and paper deterioration
Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethical practice in conservation
Working knowledge of chemistry as it applies to library materials
Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills including demonstrated ability to prepare reports and procedural documentation
Commitment to diversity, equity, access and inclusion
Candidates please note: all offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.
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