Conservator (Special Collection & Archives) – Maynooth University Library

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A quote from the original vacancy announcement:

We are seeking a committed, proactive person to support the work of the Library in the critical area of collection conservation and preservation. This is an opportunity for an experienced conservator to undertake condition assessments and conservation treatment of paper and book material from the remarkable collections of Maynooth University Library.

The conservator will work closely with staff in Special Collections and Archives, and also other departments of the Library and will report to the Assistant Librarian with Responsibility for Special Collections and Archives. S/he will be expected have the skills and knowledge to plan, manage and track their work to ensure that deadlines are met in support of the overall objectives of the University Library. S/he must be able to communicate effectively with people at all levels, and be able to keep clear, consistent and accurate records of all activities undertaken.

Principal Duties

Administrative and other duties:

These will include:

  • Planning and completion of appropriate treatments on books, manuscripts and paper-based items from MU Library collections, by conducting condition assessments, developing treatment recommendations, and by carrying out procedures with minimum intervention and according to professional standards
  • Monitoring and surveying of environment, temperature and humidity across all library sites with a view to recommending and carrying out intervention as needed
  • Carrying out condition assessments on items prioritised for digitisation, exhibition or loan and entering condition details on the Library’s collections management systems (currently Aleph and CALM)
  • Carrying out conservation treatments on items as required and stabilising paper and book materials in preparation for digitisation, exhibition, rehousing, or loan
  • Maintaining the highest technical and ethical standards at all times
  • Liaising with, and offering professional advice to library colleagues and users of the Library in terms of handling, digitisation, storage and treatment of materials
  • Assisting in the curation and mounting of exhibitions
  • Undertake project work when necessary
  • To keep a written record of treatments undertaken
  • Any other duties as assigned by the University Librarian

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