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This position is located in the Preservation Directorate of Library Services and can be used in Collections Conservation Section of the Binding and Collections Care Division and in any section of the Conservation Division. To assure long-term access to collections, the Library regularly labels, binds, repairs and provides custom protective enclosures for new acquisitions, at-risk materials, and fragile and damaged media in all formats. The incumbent works under the direction of the Head, Book Conservation Section, performs repairs, and constructs housing and protective enclosures for the Library's collections.
Serves as a point of contact for most technical aspects involved in performing the preservation and maintenance of collection materials. Uses an automated box-making system to construct custom-fitted enclosures for Library materials from the permanent research collections for which binding, repair, or other physical treatments are inappropriate. Houses materials by hand using protective enclosures, such as folders, envelopes, sleeves, and polyester encapsulations.
Determines the appropriate boxes, archival boards, and other materials needed to construct housings for the collections.
Performs all levels of repair, such as tipping-in or hinging-in of loose leaves and replacement pages; dry cleaning; tightening hinges; repairing paper using heat-set tissue or Japanese paper; repairing spines; re-casing; and providing new covers.
When needed, conducts advanced treatments to collection materials, such as text block consolidating, board attaching, consolidating leather, and non-aqueous de-acidifying. Humidifies and flattens materials as appropriate and constructs pockets to house accompanying material. Performs a variety of chemical tests and analytical procedures to determine the stability of pigment, inks, or other media. Performs quality assurance on the full range of treatments performed in the Section.
Ensures that the equipment is in optimum working order. Coordinates equipment usage with mechanical repair to ensure optimum working level. Demonstrates troubleshooting techniques for malfunctioning equipment to others.
Maintains extensive records on the use of equipment and problems with equipment and reports all malfunctions. Equipment used may include board shears, guillotine cutter, book presses, computers, ultrasonic or heat welding equipment, fume hood, pressure and spray equipment for de-acidification preparation, sewing frames, or automated box-making machines.
Performs special searches of various computer and card catalogs and files to locate and/or verify bibliographic data in support of various preservation functions, to verify entry or call number, and to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole.
Determines and enters bibliographic information into the computer following established policies and guidelines.
Attends meetings and participates more actively in individual and group discussions. Demonstrates independence in being able to respond to questions of a more difficult nature from the custodial divisions. Prepares and delivers more detailed oral presentations. Also participates on Library committees such as the Library-wide disaster preparedness and response efforts.
Drafts letters that require original wording and translates information into terms understandable by others. Corresponds with others via e-mail, memoranda, and other documents related to the business of the division or section. Operates computer word processing applications. Prepares statistical reports and assists in compiling other special statistics or documents.
Performs other duties as assigned.
The position description number for this position is 062254.
The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.
The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.
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