Visiting Exhibits Conservator (Champaign, IL)


Preservation Services Unit – University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: This position is available as soon as possible.  This is a 100%, twelve-month, visiting Academic Professional appointment for a term of two years.  This position may become permanent at a later date.

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois is seeking a dynamic candidate to work closely with the Head of Preservation Services, the Special Collections Senior Conservator, and the Rare Book Conservator to develop relationships, treatments, policies, and procedures in support of special collections exhibits in the Library.  This position will expose an early career conservator to the full process of special collections exhibit planning and preparations.  The candidate will have a passion for the holistic process of exhibiting special collections materials in a library and archives setting. The candidate will interact and communicate with both curators and conservators on the process of exhibit planning and execution from conception to deinstallation. Candidates must have the ability to lead deadline-driven conservation treatments as well as build collaborative relationships between Preservation Services and curators of special collections libraries including the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Illinois History & Lincoln Collections unit.

Qualifications: Required: A Master’s Degree in conservation from a recognized conservation training program or a Bachelor’s Degree and significant previous experience in special collections conservation treatments; Interest in outreach and exhibits for special collections in libraries and archives; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Demonstrated knowledge of the material and technical characteristics of formats found in library and archival collections.  See for Preferred.

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references.  Additionally, upload documentation (file formats accepted include image, PDF, or word-processing files) of your three most significant treatments, or provide an external link to these in the cover letter.  Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: +1 (217) 333-8169.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by October 24, 2017.

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