International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

Head of Libraries Conservation

Employer: The Brown University Library and the John Carter Brown Library
Job location: Providence, RI
The Brown University Library and the John Carter Brown Library are hiring a Head of Libraries Conservation, a shared position that will create and oversee a collaborative collections conservation program for both institutions, advancing their academic missions with a focus on teaching and research for the Brown Library and collections care and development and research for the John Carter Brown Library. The conservation program will address the assessment, treatment, and documentation of the rare and distinctive collections held in both libraries, particularly regarding the conservation of bound materials. The Head of Libraries Conservation will be instrumental in expanding access to each libraries' collections and will be responsible for conservation treatment of the libraries' rare books and manuscripts, the programs and workflows around exhibitions and loans, staff training, disaster response, and environmental monitoring. This collaborative role will develop and support mission-driven engagement around the collections and will represent the libraries in regional, national, and international venues.

Job Description
Reporting jointly to the Director of Collections Care for Brown University Library and the Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library, the Head of Libraries Conservation advances the teaching and research mission of Brown University and the collections care and development as well as research mission of the John Carter Brown Library by creating and overseeing a collaborative collections conservation program for both libraries.

The Brown University Library (BUL) is central to the Brown's teaching and research mission of the university. BUL's collections include approximately 7 million volumes and over 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives. The John Hay Library is home to Brown's special collections, including most of the University's rare books, manuscripts, and archives, and includes extensive exhibition spaces. The Library special collections include more than three million items in several hundred named collections of books, manuscripts, and prints, including distinctive collections in the areas of American literature and popular culture, LGBTQ writers, speculative fiction, political and diplomatic history and propaganda, the history of science, book arts, and comic books.

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, is located on the Brown campus and is home to one of the world's outstanding collections of printed books and other materials related to the early Americas.

The JCB's collection of more than 65,000 rare books, maps, and manuscripts encompasses more than two hundred languages spanning more than three centuries.

The collaborative conservation program will address the assessment, treatment and documentation of these rare and distinctive collections held in both libraries with a focus on the conservation of bound materials. The Head of Libraries Conservation will play an active role in both libraries' initiatives for expanded access to broadly defined communities of knowledge.

The scope of activities includes rare book and manuscript treatment, exhibition and loan support, staff training, documentation, disaster response, programmatic environmental monitoring and aiding in preservation collection assessments. This includes collaborating with colleagues in the use of materials for expanded community, campus, and digital programs that support our mission-driven engagement.

The Head of Libraries Conservation represents the Brown University Library and the John Carter Brown Library in regional, national and international venues.

Education And Experience
•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 three years of experience in advanced 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
•Experience with or demonstrated aptitude for identifying hand offs for outsourced conservation
•Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal and organizational skills including demonstrated ability to prepare reports and procedural documentation
•Demonstrated ability to support a diverse community and promote diverse perspectives, cultures and an inclusive environment.

Grade 11
Full time
Scheduled Weekly Hours

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