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Position Open in Conservation Services

Duke University Libraries seeks qualified applicants for the position of Conservation Technician in the Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab. This position is an opportunity to work at a major ARL member library invested in the long-term care of and access to its collections. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent hand skills, the capacity to learn new skills, customer focus, and creative problem solving. We seek candidates who will thrive in an open, engaging atmosphere that focuses on production as well as continuous learning and sharing of knowledge among staff at all levels.

Major responsibilities include treating materials primarily in the circulating collections; creating custom enclosures for both circulating and special collections; overseeing the workflow of materials from circulation points in the Perkins-Bostock Library and the branch libraries; and training and oversight of student assistants. You can see the full position description and position requirements online.

Duke University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of references should be submitted at:  Refer to requisition # 401385532.

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Conservation Technician Position Announced

Conservation Tech, Library Assistant

(1 Year Term Appointment)

Under the general supervision of the Head of Conservation, creates custom enclosures and performs minor treatments for the repair and rehousing of special collections materials. S/he works with members of the Conservation Services Department to prepare materials for moving items off site and to temporary swing space as part of the Perkins renovation project.

For a complete job description and instructions for applying, click here.


Job Announcement, Senior Conservator for Special Collections

Senior Conservator for Special Collections

The Senior Conservator for Special Collections plans and executes individual intermediate and advanced treatment of special collections material from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, University Archives, branch libraries, and University cultural heritage curatorial organizations. This position reports to the Head, Conservation Services Department. A full job description and application instructions can be found at


Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.

Preferred: Demonstrated record of continued education in areas relevant to this position.


Required: Five years conservation-related experience with substantial demonstrated experience and participation in the field, leading to exceptional manual skills and a full understanding of conservation theory and practice; extensive knowledge of materials science and chemistry of the materials used to create library materials; demonstrated knowledge of current conservation theory and practice; commitment to AIC standards of practice; knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library materials; knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library materials; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing as well as possess strong interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team in a changing environment; ability to instruct and demonstrate technique.

Preferred: Seven to 10 years conservation experience; experience working in a research library; additional expertise in the treatment of photographic materials, works on art on paper, vellum and parchment, or similar cultural heritage materials; teaching experience; supervisory experience; experience evaluating and treating materials selected for digital imaging projects; experience with exhibit preparation.