The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) is pleased to announce the opening of 2 positions that will launch an exciting new initiative. Administered by and centered in the Ransom Center, this new initiative will provide centralized on-campus conservation treatment services for the university's rare and unique cultural record collections. Partner collections on the UT Austin campus are the UT Libraries (including the Benson Latin American Collection and the Architecture and Planning Library), and the Blanton Museum of Art. Phased preparations for this large-scale initiative are underway, including an active capital fundraising campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art conservation lab to accommodate a future expansion of staff and research capacity.
About the Harry Ransom Center
The Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center's collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings. The Ransom Center encourages discovery, inspires creativity, and advances understanding of the humanities for a broad and diverse audience through the preservation and sharing of its extraordinary collections.
The Ransom Center welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we strive to promote diversity in our collections and services. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who demonstrate a commitment to inclusion. To learn more about our institutional mission and values, visit: https://www.hrc.utexas.edu/about/#mission-values
As an integral member of the Ransom Center's Preservation and Conservation Division staff, the Fellow will perform the full spectrum of book conservation treatment activities. Working under the supervision of the Senior Book Conservator and in collaboration with paper conservator colleagues, the Fellow will assist in establishing relationships with campus partner collections and participate in new workflows for the consultation, examination, and treatment of bound collections from these institutions. The fellowship offers an opportunity to acquire advanced training while working in collaborative, supportive environment. While research is not a primary function of this fellowship, there is potential for historical or technical research to evolve from the treatment projects undertaken.
Perform the full spectrum of book conservation treatment activities, including:
* Examination, with written and photographic documentation
* Identification of historical materials, structures and their condition, including technical research as needed
* Dialog with curators and collection managers about treatment choices
* Carry out minor and complex single-item treatment and housing for bound collection items
Participate in preventive care activities, including:
* Consultation with partner institutions on care for books and bound materials
* Consultation with Ransom Center colleagues and partner institutions on the exhibition, loan, and digitization of books and bound materials, as appropriate
Master's degree from a recognized graduate art conservation education program, with a demonstrated concentration in book conservation. Must have received degree in 2020 or anticipate a graduation date of no later than August 2021. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Must be eligible to work in the United States without departmental sponsorship.
Book conservation experience in a library or archives setting. Experience collaborating with curators, special collections managers, and conservators in a team environment.
$43,000, non-negotiable, plus full health and retirement benefits and funding for professional development
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