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Librarian Preservation Specialist


Washington, DC, United States

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Mar 30, 2020

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This position is located in the Paper Conservation Section, Conservation Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.The position description number for this position is 012805.This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.,educationRequirements:,employmentType:FULL_TIME,hiringOrganization:Library of Congress,jobLocation:[{@type:Place,address:{@type:PostalAddress,addressLocality:Washington,addressRegion:DC }}],responsibilities:The position of Librarian (Preservation Specialist) is a conservator position in the Conservation Divisions of the Preservation Directorate.nThe incumbent uses expert knowledge and skills to preserve and conserve the Library's rarest, most valuable, and heavily accessed art, books, manuscripts, photographs, 3-D objects and other special media collections and prepare these materials for exhibition with a great deal of independence in an exemplary manner. The incumbent will maintain high standards of practice as defined by the American Institute for Conservation.nThe incumbent surveys internal collections, identifying and inventorying groups of materials. The incumbent analyzes, preservation requirements to determine and prioritize preservation requirements for display, travel and storage.n Prepares plans for conservation treatment utilizing a high level of technical knowledge of preservation and conservation, materials, housing, storage design, effect of mechanical devices on books and documents, and fabrication and storage housing issues. Assures that all conservation treatment and preparation required for each item to be stored, exhibited, handled or moved meets specified deadlines.nCoordinates and assigns work to assure that work is completed within set deadlines. Organizes and coordinates assignments that involve complex and novel or obscure problems and/or special requirements.nParticipates in research projects to improve the preservation and safe handling of materials to preclude any damage. This research might include scientific analysis, design and review of case fabrication materials, and effect of environment and lighting. Keeps abreast of current research and development of new materials, techniques and/or equipment in relation to the display of library and archives materials and makes recommendations for their application, when appropriate to **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***..nAssists in the development and review of proposals for policy and implementation of procedures in the area of conservation and preservation. Coordinates testing of storage, display, and housing designs and materials in support of display and storage of collections off-site.nInitiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians, cooperative partners, and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within the library.nAs a consultant, recommends changes in procedures, workflows, and tools. Regularly explains technical information to individuals or groups. Might conducts tours, workshops, and orientation sessions for staff and visitors.nRepresents the organization at conferences, seminars, and exhibits. Attends workshops, conferences, seminars, or meetings in conservation/preservation and other relevant fields for the purpose of professional development.nOther duties as assigned.n,qualifications:Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.nKnowledge of the principles, concepts, and techniques of conservation/preservation.**nAbility to perform conservation/preservation procedures.**nAbility to analyze, organize, plan and carry out conservation/preservation programs in a library or similar institution.**nAbility to communicate in writing.nAbility to provide consultation or liaison duties.nAbility to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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