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Preservation Assistant

Preservation Assistant

University of Arizona Job Location: Arizona Apply By: 08/26/2022 Date Created: 08-17-2022

The Preservation Assistant will work closely with the Preservation Technician to support the preservation of items for University of Arizona Libraries’ Special Collections, Main Library, and Fine Arts Library. Item-level preservation work will mainly consist of dry cleaning of, and creating preservation enclosures for new acquisitions and collection items selected by Special Collections staff members, and assisting in small treatments on collection items. Collection-level preservation tasks include assisting in conducting a preservation survey at Special Collections, and monitoring the storage environment of Special Collections. The Preservation Assistant will also assist in training and coordinating work of student employees in item-level preservation work when necessary. Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us. DIVERSITY COMMITMENT At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES Item-level preservation tasks (40%)
  • Assess general condition and preservation needs of items in adherence to Preservation guidelines and training.
  • Identify what process and enclosure is needed for each item type, dry clean incoming items, and create and adjust enclosures for Special Collections items. Common enclosures are paper jackets, mylar covers, broadside sleeves, customized pamphlet binders, and phase boxes.
  • Assist Preservation Technician in small or partial treatments on collection items.
Collection-level preservation tasks (40%)
  • Assess and document materials, enclosures, and condition of items in Special Collections.
  • Assist Preservation Technician in environmental monitoring and integrated pest management implementation, including instrument collecting, file transfer and data entry.
Supporting tasks (20%)
  • Bind music scores for the Fine Arts Library.
  • Process evening newspapers.
  • Perform tasks in support of Preservation Technician.
  • Assist in coordinating work of student employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
  • Duties are varied and may require independent problem-solving and considerable knowledge of a discipline, mechanical, or technical abilities.
  • Excellent organizational skills, problem solving skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of library special collections preservation enclosure procedures.
  • Ability to handle rare and fragile library materials.
  • Ability to perform neat, detailed, hands-on work to a high degree of quality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, follow directions, and report problems.
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience may be required
  • At least one year of experience working with library special collections and circulating collections in a preservation capacity
  • Bachelor’s degree

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