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Conservation Librarian - Tulane University

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Conservation Librarian

Tulane University Libraries, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Conservation Librarian is responsible for collaborating with librarians and staff to identify, assess and inventory the conservation needs of library materials and ensure their appropriate treatment. They identify conservation priorities, develops plans, estimate necessary resources, and manages a workflow that appropriately leads to conservation or withdrawal of materials based on condition and other criteria. They identify and work with outside conservation vendors to provide appropriate treatments to at-risk materials, negotiates costs and timelines, ensure proper handling, and monitor vendor performance when treatment exceeds time and resources at the Libraries conservation lab. The incumbent performs some intermediate conservation of materials. The incumbent supervises one conservation specialist, trains binding staff in basic in-house repair, and all staff in recovery methods for damaged materials. The incumbent serves as a resource for conservation, plays a leading role on the library’s emergency recovery team, and monitors and orders disaster and conservation supplies and equipment. As a librarian, the incumbent actively participates in professional and scholarly associations to acquire new knowledge, update skills, and keep abreast of emerging trends and issues in preservation and conservation. The position reports to the Director of Technical Services.

The full position description and application instructions are available at

Tulane & New Orleans Information

Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie I/ARL Research Institution located in beautiful uptown New Orleans bordering Audubon Park and the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line (listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places). For more information about Tulane, visit

Tulane University Libraries consist of four physical locations across two campuses and employ ca. 110 full-time staff and librarians. The libraries serve Tulane’s nine schools and one undergraduate college with over 4.6 million books and physical items; 1.2 million eBooks; nearly 200,000 online journals; 900 databases; and distinctive collections that focus on the many facets of New Orleans’s music, history, and culture. The Libraries also host Open Access journals, online exhibits, and the Tulane University Digital Library. For more information about the Libraries, visit

Salary & Benefits

The anticipated salary range is $58,000-$65,000. Tulane University offers a competitive benefits package that includes relocation assistance, tuition assistance, support for professional development and travel, and competitive health insurance and retirement contributions. Flexible work arrangements are also available. For more details, visit

TUL Hiring Statement

Tulane University Libraries is committed to integrating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) into all aspects of our work and environment. We acknowledge that reaching these DEIA goals will strengthen our institution and allow for new directions in growth. We also acknowledge that we currently have barriers to embedding DEIA in our organization. Work is being done across TUL to investigate and address these barriers, create actionable objectives, and implement programming and structural change. You can learn more about some of those efforts on the TUL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee page and the Tulane Strategy for Tomorrow website. Tulane University Libraries is committed to building a diverse workplace that welcomes and values all people, and we encourage you to apply if you have transferable skills and experience.

Application instructions:

Please apply online at To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references.


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