Conservator for Rare and Distinctive Collections - Bound materials

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Cornell University Library
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Wednesday, 17 February, 2021 - 00:00

Cornell University Library is pleased to announce a new academic position in our Conservation Lab for CONSERVATOR FOR RARE AND DISTINCTIVE COLLECTIONS with a focus on bound materials. This position was on pause due to COVID-19 and has now been reactivated. Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission by February 17, 2021 is strongly encouraged. Please note the special application instructions included in the link.


The Conservator for Rare and Distinctive Collections will plan and execute a wide range of conservation treatments and construct protective enclosures for bound rare and distinctive library and archives collections, as well as participate in digitization projects, housing initiatives, the exhibition program, condition surveying and collection assessment, and occasional instruction. Joining the team of conservators, senior conservation technicians, and student assistants, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with digitization staff, librarians, curators, archivists, and technical services staff. Cornell University was founded in 1865 with a mission to offer educational opportunities for any person on any subject. Reflecting this mission, Cornell Library's diverse rare and distinctive collections feature 500,000 rare books, 80 million manuscripts, and photographs, and historic artifacts, with strengths in American, European, and Asian History and Culture, Science and Technology, Sexuality and Gender, and Music.

Professional development and travel (when again possible) are supported; research, instruction, publication, and outreach are encouraged. The Conservation Lab is aligned with AV Preservation and the Digital Media Group, and under the Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections, making for robust collaborations and information sharing. Ithaca, NY is scenic (with over 150 waterfalls), vibrant (wineries, festivals, restaurants, and a terrific farmer's market), and repeatedly ranked as a great place to live.

Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training and research. More information regarding Cornell's generous benefits can be found at . The anticipated academic rank for this position is Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $52,500 to $60,000. The offer will be dependent on the skills and experience of the selected candidate. Relocation assistance may be provided.

Diversity and Inclusion: Cornell University Library embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply. Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

For more information: Tre Berney, Director of Digitization and Conservation Services (; Michele Hamill, Head Conservator (