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Chicago, Illinois, United States
7 days ago


TO APPLY: Interested candidates should attach a cover letter and resume, both as PDF documents, to their application within the Career Center. Applications sent without both a resume and cover letter will not be considered. 

ABOUT THE NEWBERRY: The Newberry collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—is a portal to more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. We connect researchers and visitors with our collection in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, program spaces, classrooms, and online digital resources.

Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has remained dedicated to deepening our collective understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As individuals engage with Newberry collections and staff, they discover stories that bridge the past and present and illuminate the human condition.

The Newberry’s community of discovery is driven by a shared commitment to promoting research, inspiring learning, and using inquiry across the humanities as a tool to engage critically in a vibrant democratic society.

SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Conservation Services, the Conservation Technician constructs various types of housings for collections, assists in preparation of exhibition materials, and performs routine conservation treatments for the library’s collections under the guidance and direction of the Director of Conservation Services and the Collections Conservator.


  • Perform routine specified treatments including paper mending, spine and board repairs, and rebacking;
  • Construct exhibition mats, mounts and cradles;
  • Construct custom boxes, wrappers and other protective enclosures;
  • Contribute to the general lab maintenance;
  • Participate in environmental monitoring and pest monitoring as needed;
  • Assist with exhibit installation/ deinstallation as needed;
  • May participate in disaster recovery and other library preservation duties, and;
  • All other tasks or activities needed for the achievement of departmental goals.

SCHEDULE: This is a full-time, non-exempt position, working 35 hours per week, with normal hours generally from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The incumbent will work onsite.

BENEFITS: The Newberry offers a comprehensive benefits package including a variety of health, dental, and vision insurances; generous paid time off (vacation time, sick leave, personal days, and paid holidays); a 403(B) retirement plan with an employer match; employer-provided basic life and long-term disability insurance; paid parental leave; and much more.



  • Excellent hand skills and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to follow directions and work both independently and collaboratively. 
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to work within established priorities and timelines to complete deadline-driven work. 
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems, adapting to changing priorities as necessary.  Excellent computer and software skills and ability to confidently use an online library catalog.  


  • Bachelor’s degree and training in book and paper conservation through a formal training program or on-the-job training. 
  • Box-making and conservation experience in a research or rare book library setting.
  • Experience with exhibition preparation including cradle-making, mat cutting and framing.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Manual dexterity of hands and fingers to manipulate complex and delicate equipment with precision and accuracy.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65032204
  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Position Title: Conservation Technician
  • Company Name For Job: Newberry Library
  • Job Function: Books and Paper
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • Required Travel: None
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