Conservation Associate - Library Associate 2

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Library/Physical/Social Science
Department:55100100 - LB-PRESERVATION DEPT-CHAIR

Classification Title:

Library Associate 2

Job Description:


The Conservation Associate (Library Associate 2) oversees all aspects of the evaluation, tracking, and repair and conservation of the circulating paper-based collections of the George A. Smathers Libraries. Reporting to the Conservator, this position sorts and tracks materials for the circulating collections as well as performing the repair and conservation treatment of the paper-based general collection and assisting with special collections treatments. This position performs a wide variety of treatments on paper, cloth and leather bindings according to established best practices and procedures. This position also manages and prepares commercial bindery shipments, including custom boxes.


Binding and Repair

Using independent judgment repairs or restores bindings and flat paper in accordance with conservation standards. Among other duties this may include construction of new bindings, replacement of spines, rebacking, resewing of text blocks, addition of new end sheets and tip-ins, tissue mends, deacidification, mold remediation, and freeze drying and insect extermination using blast freezing.


Constructs protective enclosures for circulating and special collections materials, including boxes, four-flap enclosures, and encapsulations. Advanced housings may include custom inserts of board or foam.

Advanced Treatments

Assists with complex and advanced special collections conservation. Supports work on grants and special projects, exhibits, collection surveys, treatment reports and environmental data monitoring.

Tracking and Routing

Responsible for tracking, evaluating, and routing of repair and binding materials from UF Libraries from entry into department until exit. Inspects items and determines appropriate treatment, and sorts materials into appropriate workflows for both in-house and commercial treatment. Maintains basic statistics on work performed for regular reporting and planning.

Commercial Binding

Supervises processing of material to and from commercial binding including quality control, collating materials, preparation of binding slips, updating item records, and packing and unpacking boxes.

Other Duties

Performs other duties as assigned, including maintaining statistics, managing conservation supplies, serving on selected committees and task forces, interacting with public in the absence of the unit head and assisting in disaster response and recovery. Attends workshops and training as needed to build and maintain skills and competencies

Advertised Salary:

$39,529 annual salary; actual rate will reflect experience and credentials

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree and four years of related library experience; or a Master’s degree and two years of related library experience; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Formal education in bookbinding or book conservation
  • Knowledge of basic and intermediate book binding methods, book structures, and conservation treatment techniques
  • Ability and desire to learn advanced book and paper conservation techniques through training from both internal and external sources
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics, practices, and techniques employed with archival and library materials
  • Knowledge and experience with a variety of paper-based materials and conservation supplies
  • Knowledge of and ability to use bookbinding and conservation tools, equipment and supplies effectively, both manual and power equipment
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the library systems (ALEPH) to facilitate tracking and decision-making
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate multiple work flows for self and supporting staff
  • Ability to plan and carry out physical condition and treatment studies
  • Familiarity with organic and paper chemistry
  • Flexibility, and ability to adapt and work in a rapidly changing academic environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently to accomplish goals
Special Instructions to Applicants:

ATTENTION:  Please be aware this position is not located on the main campus. The job location for this position is at:  4040 NE 49th Avenue (RTS – Job Corps Route 24).

Application Process

To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) your current resume or CV; and 3) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by November 20, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as received). Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have questions about the application process please contact Tina Marie Litchfield,

Health Assessment Required: No


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Applications close: Eastern Standard Time

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