Islamic Manuscript Project Conservator

Location: Princeton University Library (PUL),

Type: 12 month non-renewable post

Application closing date: 29 November 2021


Major Responsibilities
Reporting to the Asst. University Librarian for Preservation & Conservation, the Islamic Manuscript Project Conservator works within the Preservation & Conservation Department to provide essential, skilled support for PUL’s high-profile project to digitize 1700 Islamic manuscripts. The incumbent assesses manuscripts selected for digitization, identifies condition problems, and makes plans for stabilization; consults with staff on special handling or other requirements for safe digitization of fragile materials; works with project colleagues to manage the flow of material being assessed; examines, proposes, and carries out conservation treatments on a range of bound and unbound manuscript materials in Middle Eastern, North African, and European formats; creates written and photographic documentation of conservation treatment; collaborates with project team to develop and carry out a detailed post-digitization survey of the materials and construction of manuscripts of interest; and uses analytical tools as needed to identify materials and methods. The incumbent also attends meetings of the project team and provides regular updates to stakeholders, and participates in Preservation & Conservation Department activities and initiatives.