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venerdì, maggio 31, 2013

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County:
Conservation Lab Manager - Conservation Services
University of Cincinnati Libraries/Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Preservation Lab

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Job Description

        Participates in the personnel process for PLCH department staff, including, but not limited to hiring, supervision and evaluation of staff performance and identification of staff training needs.
        Leads staff members in providing the highest quality service to all internal and external customers, which include building group morale and cohesiveness, managing group processes and achieving team goals.
        Evaluates, plans, documents and performs complex conservation treatments on library materials, including rare books, bound and unbound manuscripts, photographs, prints, maps and drawings on paper or parchment from the collections of both the Public Library and UC Libraries.
        Conducts preservation surveys of archival collections. Works with liaisons in special collections libraries to select items for treatment and to set priorities for conservation of collections.
        Monitors environmental conditions of collections storage areas.
        Trains all staff of Conservation Lab in advanced preservation techniques.
        Coordinates workflow of special collections materials through the Conservation Lab.
        Provides guidance, as needed, on the workflow of general collections materials through the Conservation Lab.
        Participates in planning for exhibits and loans.
        Participates in the development of disaster recovery procedures.
        Responsible for developing and documenting procedures for the conservation of rare library materials, and keeps abreast of professional literature and new developments in the field.
        Regular and reliable attendance is a requirement of this position.

Required Skills

        Demonstrated ability to identify causes of damage, selects appropriate treatments, perform and document the full range of conservation treatments of library materials.
        Knowledge of a wide range of conservation practices and procedures.
        Knowledge of environmental monitoring techniques and optimal collection storage environments.
        Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethical practice in conservation.
        Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).
        Experience using electronic dataloggers and software preferred.
        Experience using database software and digital imaging software to document treatments.
        Demonstrated successful project management experience.
        Demonstrated experience with staff training and supervision.

Required Experience

        Three years’ experience as a conservator in recognized library conservation program.
        Demonstrated ability to work on a wide range of collections, primarily book and paper.
        Demonstrated ability to provide evaluation and project planning for special collections items and to communicate effectively with subject liaisons proposed treatment plan.
        Advanced training in book and paper repair techniques, organic chemistry, history of printing, and an in-depth knowledge of various media and supports including inks, pigments, graphite, paper, leather, vellum, plastics, etc.
        Knowledge of advanced preservation theory and practice.
        Ability to provide effective advanced conservation training to conservation lab staff as new best practices are introduced.
        Ability to think creatively and have good problem solving skills.
        Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language.
        Must be able to effectively communicate with the public.
        Must possess the ability to make independent decisions when circumstances warrant.
        Must be able to perform basic math skills, adding, subtracting, dividing etc.
        Must be able to operate office equipment including information management tools (Windows applications, database, etc.).
        Must possess the ability to deal tactfully with personnel, collaborating institution, visitors, government agencies/personnel, and the general public.
        Must possess ability and willingness to work harmoniously with other personnel.
        Must be willing to seek out new methods and principles and be willing to incorporate them into existing practices.
        Must have patience, tact, a cheerful disposition and enthusiasm as well as the willingness to handle difficult staff and situations.
        Must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.

Job Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Position Type

MLS from a recognized conservation training program; or a MLS degree with advanced formal training in conservation;and a minimum three years of post-internship professional experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

40 Hours per week, including weekends and evenings.
Grade L: $45,406.40 - $68,099.20 per year
June 6, 2013

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