Librarian, Conservation (Librarian II)
University of Toronto
John M. Kelly Library, 113 St Joseph St, Toronto, ON, M5S 3C2, Canada
6d ago

The Kelly Library is the largest Federated college library at the University of Toronto. It is also one of more than 40 libraries at the university.

The Collection is strong in the humanities, including Catholic theology, the Middle Ages, book history and media, Celtic Studies, and English, French, Italian, Slavic and German literature.

The Rare Book Collections number over 20,000 volumes, including over 400 16th century imprints and over 700 17th century imprints.

There are special collections about 19th century French literature, G.K. Chesterton, and John Henry Newman. The Archival Collections include the papers of Henri Nouwen and Sheila Watson.

Both rare books and archival materials are regularly used in classes of the Book and Media Studies Program.

These collections actively support the teaching, learning and research needs of USMC students and faculty from all disciplines, and the wider scholarly community.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The John M. Kelly Library seeks a candidate with 2 years minimum full-time professional experience in book and paper conservation for the position of Librarian, Conservation.

  • The incumbent will engage in 1) conservation and preservation of library materials, particularly book and paper conservation, using specialized techniques to restore, repair and conserve rare and precious material;
  • and 2) contributing library expertise, resources, specialized workshops and services to the St. Michael’s College sponsored Programs (Book and Media Studies, Celtic Studies, Christianity and Culture, Medieval Studies, and SMC One and First-Year Foundations courses) and for the broader community;
  • 3) designing and teaching a conservation-related course, normally each academic year, in the Book and Media Studies undergraduate program;
  • 4) forging collaborations with local and adjacent community partners like the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS)

    This is a Full- Time, Permanent Status Stream appointment beginning May 1, 2020.

    BACKGROUND

    The Kelly Library is the largest Federated college library at the University of Toronto. It is also one of more than 40 libraries at the university.

    The Collection is strong in the humanities, including Catholic theology, the Middle Ages, book history and media, Celtic Studies, and English, French, Italian, Slavic and German literature.

    The Rare Book Collections number over 20,000 volumes, including over 400 16th century imprints and over 700 17th century imprints.

    There are special collections about 19th century French literature, G.K. Chesterton, and John Henry Newman. The Archival Collections include the papers of Henri Nouwen and Sheila Watson.

    Both rare books and archival materials are regularly used in classes of the Book and Media Studies Program.

    These collections actively support the teaching, learning and research needs of USMC students and faculty from all disciplines, and the wider scholarly community.

    PRIMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION

    Reporting to the Chief Librarian, Kelly Library, the successful applicant will be a key member of the Technical Services team and will work closely with both the Academic Services team and the Special Collections team.

    The primary purpose of the position is the conservation and preservation of the Kelly Library Special Collections.

    DUTIES

    Duties and responsibilities of the position, but are not limited to, are the following :

    TECHNICAL SERVICES

  • Oversees the daily operations of the conservation studio (built in 2019 with 1,032 square feet);
  • Develops and implements policies for internal staff use of the conservation studio;
  • Uses specialized techniques to repair, bind, clean and preserve materials, including leather, vellum, cloth and paper;
  • Conducts or oversees all aspects of book and paper conservation;
  • Determines and executes appropriate physical treatment of items, assessing and evaluating materials to determine whether repair work can be completed internally or requires an external expert;
  • Maintains and monitors proper storage and handling of materials;
  • Manages adherence to applicable health and safety regulations and guidelines in the studio space;
  • Acts as resource person, resolving problems, providing information, and instructing others on matters related to conservation, preservation, handling & display of library materials, including digitization plans;
  • Assesses and monitors the environmental conditions of the collections and their physical spaces;
  • Maintains close working relationships with the special collections staff to develop a schedule and procedures for conservation work;
  • Assists with the Exhibit Program, advising on best practices for access and exhibits
  • We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

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