Paper Conservator

California, United States
06 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

This position is dual posted at Librarian 2 and 3.

Completed applications received by November 16, 2018 will receive full consideration.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Summary Description:

Working within a dynamic conservation laboratory, the Paper Conservator will be responsible for conservation assessment, treatment, and documentation of paper-based archival collections, art on paper, and parchment documents. As part of a team of nine conservation staff, the Paper Conservator will contribute skills and expertise to prolong the useful life of a wide array of paper-based library and archival collections. Stanford Libraries collects, processes, and preserves materials to support use by faculty, students, scholars, and the general public. Stanford Libraries’ collections number over 9.5 million volumes in twenty libraries, including the David Rumsey Map Center, Special Collections and University Archives.

Reports to the Head, Conservation Services

Essential duties will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provide conservation treatment for paper-based and/or parchment collection materials including but not limited to maps, broadsides, archival documents, paper based ephemera, and art on paper. 
  2. Assess the condition of collection materials for potential treatment, project development, or suitability for loan or digitization. 
  3. Document conservation treatment through reports, photodocumentation, and statistics. Track workflow using departmental tools, software and applications.
  4. Utilize analytical equipment in the lab and the greater university when appropriate to guide treatment decision making.
  5. Train internal staff including temporary, intern, and project staff in paper conservation techniques and participate in training and handling sessions for staff throughout the libraries. 
  6. Participate in tours of the department and at other events to share information about conservation activities and professional topics.
  7. Liaise with outside vendors to meet specifications, order supplies, and insure quality/working condition of materials, tools and equipment in use.
  8. Other general preservation and administrative duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience (Required):

  1. Master’s degree from a recognized conservation graduate program or equivalent training experience in paper conservation.
  2. Three years of experience or more in an established conservation lab for a research library or other cultural heritage institution (Associate Librarian)

To be considered at the Librarian level, you must have:

Five+ years of experience in an established conservation lab for a research library or other cultural heritage institution (Librarian)

Education and Experience (Desired):

  1. Knowledge of photograph conservation. 
  2. Experience in an academic research library and work with archival collections

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of current and historical conservation techniques used to preserve paper, parchment and photographic collections.
  2. Understanding of materials science and tools, techniques, and equipment used in conservation of collection materials.
  3. Broad understanding of preservation theory and practice and its application in a research library.
  4. Knowledge of photodocumentation techniques with digital cameras, imaging and editing software, and other technical equipment.
  5. Strong organizational skills with experience working in a high production, high attention to detail environment and project oriented environment. 
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member
  7. Excellent manual dexterity and critical judgement
  8. Ability to lift 25lbs and stand for 8 hours

Work Standards:

  1. The ability to work well with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively across a diverse organization with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  2. Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  3. Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Code:  1782/1783
Job Grade: H/I