2021 MRCG Meeting in Indianapolis

The Indiana State Library
The Indiana State Library

We are excited to share details for our November 2021 meeting, which we plan to hold at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. We hope and expect that by November we will be ready to gather in person again!

Meeting dates: November 12-14, 2021

Highlights:
– Bruker Mobile Conservation Lab Workshop
– Conservation Gels Workshop
– ECPN Portfolio Day
– A day and a half of fascinating talks from your colleagues
– Receptions at the Eitljorg Museum and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
– Lab Tours
– And more!

Registration details to follow soon.

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Conservation Technician Position at Northwestern University Libraries

Job ID: 40972

Department: Northwestern University Libraries Preservation Department

Title: Conservation Technician

Job Summary:

The Conservation Technician is based in the Preservation Work group, reports to the Chief Conservator and has the primary responsibility of coordinating and performing conservation treatments and housings on both circulating and special collections materials.  They play an important role in disaster response, exhibits, departmental policy and other activities.

Please Note: Under current COVID conditions, this position is 20% remote work, but is anticipated to return to 100% on-site work. Work is in the library conservation lab and may involve working for periods of time in the library stacks doing collection surveys and assessments. Many duties take place in a lab environment (library conservation lab), but will involve working for periods of time in the library stacks standing, and/or bending/kneeling completing collection surveys and assessments. Must be able to move and lift up to 30 pounds, and have the ability to push/pull loaded book trucks.

This position will be on-site on the Evanston campus for a minimum of 80% of time (four days a week) immediately upon hire, with the expectation that the individual will work on-site 100% as in-person staffing levels on campus resume. This will continually be evaluated and terms may change based on business needs and/or as conditions related to the pandemic evolve.

For full consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume. During the interview process, candidates will be asked for a portfolio of at least three examples of book and paper conservation treatments, book bindings, housings, or other related experience.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates and performs a variety of conservation treatments and housings on materials from the circulating collections.
    • Treatments include re-sewing, re-backing, repairing damaged paper, repairing existing covers, and constructing new covers. Treatments are completed in accordance with established departmental guidelines.
    • Constructs boxes, wrappers, and other protective enclosures. Assists as needed with shelf preparation and bindery preparation.
    • Works on projects in coordination with other library assistants.
    • Effectively manages time to complete deadline-driven work. Utilizes good communication skills to convey changes in scope of work that may affect project deadlines. Monitors conservation lab supplies to insure that materials for ongoing workflow as well as special projects are available when needed. Maintains accurate statistics for all completed work.
  • Performs a variety of higher level conservation treatments and housings with an emphasis on non-circulating materials used for exhibition, teaching and research. 
    • Treatments include re-sewing, re-backing, repairing damaged paper, repairing existing covers, constructing new covers, washing paper, humidifying paper and parchment, deacidifying paper, and encapsulating brittle or fragile items. Treatments are completed in accordance with established departmental guidelines.
    • Completes written and photographic treatment documentation to established standards.
    • Constructs boxes, wrappers, and other protective enclosures for books and other three dimensional objects.
    • Effectively manages time to complete deadline-driven work. Utilizes good communication skills to convey changes in scope of work that may affect project deadlines. Monitors conservation lab supplies to insure that materials for ongoing workflow as well as special projects are available when needed. Maintains accurate statistics for all completed work.
  • Assists with the installation of exhibits, including placement of materials, creation of labels, and construction of book cradles.
  • Assists Chief Conservator to insure that materials are being handled according to established exhibition guidelines:
    • Reviews material scheduled for exhibition or loan and works with Chief Conservator to determine if conservation treatments is required.
    • Reviews exhibit to insure compliance with established guidelines regarding light levels and placement of exhibit cases.
    • Assists in the proper packing of materials going out on loan and prepares preservation paperwork, including exhibition instructions and documentation.
    • Effectively manages time to complete deadline-driven work. Utilizes good communication skills to convey changes in scope of work that may affect project deadlines. Monitors exhibit supplies; organizes and oversees inventory of exhibit cradles and mounts.
  • Assists with disaster planning and response, assessment and review of new collections, and the implementation of collection surveys for preservation planning purposes.  Responds to unanticipated issues.
  • Participates in weekly conservation lab meetings (and/or training sessions) to discuss workflow and treatment decision making. 
  • Meets as needed with curators and other responsible parties to discuss treatment options and conservation needs.
  • Reviews policies and procedures; proposes improvements; raises issues to supervisor and begins to outline potential solutions for these problems. 
  • Monitors the professional landscape through reading and professional development.

Miscellaneous

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Excellent manual dexterity as demonstrated through previous bookbinding or conservation experience or other work requiring a high level of eye-hand coordination.
  • Experience with MS Office, including spreadsheets and databases; knowledge of email and calendar software.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and good interpersonal skills
  • Facilitates open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one’s own team; respects the needs and contributions of others.
  • Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; follows a logical process/method for problem solving; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly.
  • Demonstrates ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient, productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with critical deadlines.
  • Ability to push/pull loaded book trucks; ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficient in conservation treatments including full range of circulation collection repairs (rebacking, recasing, pamphlet binding, drop spine box and wrapper construction, resewing paper repair, repair of leather bindings with tissue)
  • Demonstrated understanding of conservation principles.
  • Experience using OCLC and ALMA library management system.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

  • Successfully uses multiple software programs independently, including Adobe Suite and FileMaker Pro.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve procedures and practices; shows imagination.

Please see the full position announcement available at: https://careers.northwestern.edu/psc/hr857prd_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U

The base salary for this permanent position starts at $17.06/hour, 37.5 hours per week.  Professional development funding is available.  First consideration given to applications received before July 7, 2021.  If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Library Organizational Development <library-orgdevelopment@northwestern.edu>

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Thanks,

Susan

Susan Russick (she/her/hers)

Chief Conservator

Northwestern University Libraries

Northwestern University

1970 Campus Drive

Evanston, IL 60208

www.library.northwestern.edu

susan-russick@northwestern.edu

847.491.3840

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Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) Special Collections Conservation Care online class

Registration is now open for the Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) Special Collections Conservation Care online class.  This professional development opportunity will take place virtually through pre-recorded talks that attendees will move through, self-directed, between the dates of June 2nd and June 23rd.  The class is modeled after the in-person half-day class previously offered by OPC at the State Library of Ohio. 

Completion of all class modules is a pre-requisite for Ohio institutions interested in applying for an LSTA Conservation Grant.  

The class will kick off on June 2nd with a live discussion from OPC staff members as well as State Library LSTA staff on how to write a successful LSTA conservation proposal. Attendance is strongly encouraged, though the live kick-off will be recorded for those that cannot attend.  By completing the online self-paced class modules, attendees will gain an understanding of the criteria for selecting materials for conservation/preservation, basic evaluation considerations, how to find and work with a conservator, contracts and insurance, and treatment documentation.  Participants are encouraged to reach out to OPC staff with questions, inquiries about the grant, and for informal discussions about selecting objects for treatment.

Institutions that complete the required class modules may apply for the maximum LSTA award amount of $4,999. 

Up to 20 institutions may register for the virtual class modules. Please register only one name per institution. State Library staff will contact each registered institution to verify names of potential individual class attendees.  

Registration closes Monday, May 24th or when the class is full.

To register go to: https://library.ohio.gov/services-for-libraries/lsta-grants/conservation-and-preservation-grant/#ClassRegistration

Please contact Cindy Boyden (LSTA@library.ohio.gov) with any LSTA funding-related questions.

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New position at OSU libraries: Book and Paper Conservator- Deadline extended to May 23

Reporting to the Head of Conservation, the Book and Paper Conservator will be responsible for performing conservation treatments of bound and unbound library materials in support of the stewardship of special collections at the Ohio State University Libraries.  The Book & Paper Conservator will coordinate the preparation of rare and special collections materials for digitization, supervise staff and students, and will advise on workflows and best practices of the Conservation unit.  The successful candidate will participate in the development of care and handling guidelines and their implementation through education and training opportunities for Ohio State University Libraries staff and faculty. Other duties will consist of assisting with the management of the conservation lab, including chemical and laboratory safety, as well as disaster planning and response. Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaboratively set priorities are essential to these endeavors.  

The Preservation and Digitization Program Area staff works collaboratively as a team to steward the Ohio State Libraries collections, harnessing our different expertise and helping each other to reach our full potential, and together ensure the long-term preservation of this vast cultural heritage. 

Consistently demonstrates commitment to our values and promotes an organizational culture of Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship (https://library.osu.edu/strategic-directions) as well as dedication to advance the work of the Content & Access unit.  All other duties as assigned. 

Key Responsibilities:  

·         Perform conservation treatments on a wide range of library and archival materials including rare books and works on paper of the Special Collections.  

·         Evaluate conditions of materials and designs projects based on the needs of the collection, and writes condition and treatment reports that include photographic documentation in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. 

·         Assist the Head of Conservation to implement the workflows and identify treatment priorities in close consultation with staff and curators.  

·         Will train and supervise other staff members and student assistants performing support duties, as well as interns and fellows.  

·         Participate in lab-wide administration and support including, but not limited to chemical and laboratory safety, disaster planning and response, contributions to procedural documentation, and general operational management. 

·         Participate in education and training to the Libraries employees, including development of care and handling guidelines, handling materials for digitization and participates public outreach, and general training and education programs. 

·         Assists with preventive preservation programs such as environmental monitoring and pest management as needed. 

·         Stay current with developments in the field of library conservation; engages in appropriate professional development, continuing education, professional service, and research activities. 

·         Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications: 

·         Specialized Training in Conservation, including a Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience  

·         Knowledge and demonstrated application of current conservation principles and practices, materials science, and the history of bookbinding and papermaking. 

·         Demonstrated ability to perform high-quality conservation treatments on special collections materials, primarily book and paper with high level of independence. 

·         Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders. 

·         Strong service orientation is also required. 

·         Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present a portfolio of recent conservation treatments. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

·         Master’s degree from a conservation program with one year of post-graduate work in a library, archive, or museum preservation department. 

·         Professional Associate AIC Membership. 

Pay Range: 

$49,800 – $55,000 

Application 

Please submit the online application, cover letter and resume at https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/Book-and-Paper-Conservator_R13940-1 by midnight on May 23, 2021. 

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.  The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. 

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Save the Date: Virtual Special Collections Conservation Care class and LSTA Grant Opportunity

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to be working again with the Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) on a Special Collections Conservation Care class.  This professional development opportunity will take place virtually through pre-recorded talks that attendees will move through self-directed, between the dates of June 2nd and June 23rd.  The class is modeled after the previous in-person half-day class.

By completing the modules, attendees will gain an understanding of the criteria for selecting materials for conservation/preservation, basic evaluation considerations, how to find and work with a conservator, contracts and insurance and treatment documentation.  Participants are encouraged to reach out to speakers with questions, inquiries about the grant, and for informal discussions about selecting objects for treatment.

Those attending the class will be eligible to apply for an LSTA grant of up to $4,999 to conserve one or more items from their collection.  Attendance is limited to 20 institutions, however, there is no limit as to the number of participants within each institution. Applicants must complete the online class prior to submission; only those institutions that have completed the online class will be eligible for the LSTA Ohio Conservation Grant. 

Registration will open the first week of May 2021 on the State Library’s training calendar.  Additional information and the grant RFP will be also be available at that time. 

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Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) is pleased to announce its 2021 Mini Grant!

Are you looking to join a professional organization such as the American Institute for Conservation or the Society of American Archivists?

Have you been eyeing one of the many professional development webinars or conferences to build your skillset being offered but it’s not in your budget?

Well then, apply for one of the OPC mini-grants and take your profession to the next level.

OPC has updated the grant procedures and awards to reflect the current emphasis on remote learning and virtual conferences.

In 2020 the Ohio Preservation Council began to offer four awards of up to $250 each in support of continuing education and professional organization memberships for Ohio Students and Professionals with an interest in preserving our cultural heritage.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis in March, May, September and November. Applications are due the first Mondays in March, May, September and November with applicants notified after the 3rd Thursday of the month.

The Ohio Preservation Council serves as a coalition of preservationists, conservators, librarians, archivists, curators, records managers, the institutions they represent, and other concerned citizens who recognize the serious threat to documentary heritage. The Council’s mission is to provide a network for preservation education and to support preservation activities within the state of Ohio. The Council believes in cooperative, state-wide efforts across geographic and professional lines are needed to meet preservation challenges.

The Ohio Preservation Council recognizes the value of professional meetings, conferences, and other educational opportunities to advance the field of preservation and provide a forum to voice the need for ongoing stewardship of our documentary heritage. When possible, the OPC shall provide financial support to individuals to develop skills, expand knowledge, and gain experience relevant to the mission and goals of the Ohio Preservation Council. 

Individuals requesting financial support must meet the following criteria:

• Working in the state of Ohio OR pursuing an advanced degree or certificate in the state of Ohio;

• Working directly in the field of preservation (as described above) OR pursuing a degree or certificate within the field;

• Request is for professional development that clearly relates to preservation issues and/or preservation skills;

• Have not received financial support from the OPC Grant within 3 calendar years.

For more information on how to apply visit: http://ohiopreservationcouncil.org/Grants

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