Conservator - Position Description

CURRENT RANK: Clinical Associate or Assistant Professor

POSITION: Conservator

WORK UNIT: Information Resources

REPORTS TO: Dean of Libraries


The Conservator is responsible for the management of the Texas A&M University Libraries conservation program for both special collections/archives and general collections under the direction of the Preservation Librarian.   Duties will include aiding in the staffing, space, equipment, and supply needs for a new conservation lab/preservation facility in addition, the Conservator will also perform conservation treatments on collection materials.  Additional responsibilities for the Conservator include preparing materials for digitization and exhibits, making treatment decisions and prioritizing treatment, and developing workflows for the delivery of materials to and from the conservation lab.  The Conservator will educate on and raise awareness of conservation issues and concerns with the Libraries’ faculty and staff as well as work with the Preservation Librarian on outreach to the campus and community. The individual also participates in committees (including the University Libraries disaster recovery team) and administrative groups, as appropriate.

General Duties:

  • Manages the day-to-day operations of the conservation lab.
  • Anticipates and implements innovative and evolving trends in Conservation.
  • Develops the Libraries conservation program under the direction of the Preservation Librarian by aiding in the articulation of staffing, space, equipment, and supply needs.
  • Assign, train, supervise, and evaluate designates staff and students
  • Evaluates conservation needs of items from the Libraries’ general and special collections and determines optimal treatment, creates treatment proposals, and prioritizes treatments.
  • Performs high level conservation treatments on special collections/archival materials for the Libraries’.
  • Trains and supervises staff and students on the repair and conservation treatments for the general circulating collections and special collections/archival materials.
  • Prepares materials for digitization and exhibits as necessary.
  • Participate in the disaster preparedness and emergency response planning and recovery efforts related to the Libraries collections.
  • Develops procedures, guidelines, and best practices in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice from the American Institute for the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works (AIC) and the Libraries’.
  • Develops and maintains a chemical hygiene plan as well as manages lab safety and security.
  • Educate library faculty and staff on conservation issues.
  • In conjunction with the Preservation Librarian, builds and fosters productive relationships with groups both locally and nationally involved in the full range of conservation responsibilities. 
  • Engage in professional development activities, and maintain a service record.
  • Other duties as assigned.