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Graduate Assistant in Preservation

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 6160145
Title: Graduate Assistant
Functional Title: Graduate Assistant in Preservation
Category Status: 04-Graduate Assistant
Applicant Search Category: Graduate Assistant
University Authorized FTE: 0.50
Unit: LIBR-Libraries
Hiring Range Minimum:
Hiring Range Maximum:
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This is a 20 hour/week Graduate Assistant (GA) appointment to develop professional librarian skills. The position emphasis is on gaining experience related to preservation and conservation issues within the context of an academic research library. While the position affords the opportunity for training in the physical treatment of general collections materials, the focus of the work is on building skills related to collection condition assessment, the treatment needs of various materials, and related decision-making.

The GA will learn to identify the composition and structure of library materials; to apply national standards, and locally-established guidelines and best practices for the care, handling, and conservation of general and special collections materials including books, other paper-based items, and various non-print materials; to handle special collections materials; to recognize and describe physical condition and treatment needs; and to judge the quality of completed treatment work. The GA will interact with Libraries staff at all levels throughout the system and with vendors of preservation goods and services.

1. Assist in conducting sample surveys of special collections materials in all formats to determine the condition of individual items and to evaluate their preservation needs. Enter survey data into spreadsheets and databases, help to analyze data and to produce reports that show patterns of condition and treatment needs; assist the Conservator in planning treatment projects and programs.
2. Assist the head of Preservation in identifying alternative access strategies to brittle and deteriorated titles; work with Collection Development, Acquisitions, and Metadata Services staff to obtain that access; and prepare material for reformatting (to microfilm and digital file formats) by contract vendors.
3. Undertake conservation treatments of general collections materials (minor to intermediate level). Assist the Conservator in preparing materials for treatment by contract conservators.
4. Help maintain daily and weekly workflows of all library materials sent to the General Collections Conservation and Bindery Preparations units, and assist with needs

Minimum Qualifications:

-Must be graduate student in the College of Information Studies, maintaining full-time status in the fall and spring terms.
-Demonstrated interest in preservation of library and archival materials.
-Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
-Effective oral and written communication skills.
-Must successfully complete a manual dexterity exercise.
-Work experience requiring manual dexterity.


-Should take the College of Information Studies preservation course during the first year of the program if possible.
-Previous experience handling fragile or unique materials.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

-May be asked to co-ordinate the work of student assistants.

Posting Date: 06/16/2017
Closing Date: 07/10/2017
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration Date
Physical Demands

-Candidate must work in conservation lab, at a computer workstation, and in library stacks.
-Must be able to move fully-loaded book trucks, and to lift boxes of books weighing up to approximately 35 pounds.
-Must be able to withstand exposure to mold and dust.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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