Preservation and Exhibits Specialist

Princeton Theological Seminary - Princeton, NJ3.9

Full-timeEstimated: $59,000 - $76,000 a year

Position: Preservation and Exhibits Specialist

Status: Exempt

Purpose: Provides expertise and services to enable the library to successfully preserve its collections, including physical treatment and repair, exhibit management, and other collection care and management initiatives.

Supervision: Director of Collection Services and Assessment


1. Develop and manage the Preservation Program, including defining needs, establishing goals, objectives, and plans, building on the 2019 CCAHA preservation plan. Train and supervise students.

2. Collaborate with collection staff to determine collection care and preservation priorities. Design and conduct surveys as needed.

3. Manage in-house and contract collection treatment activities. Establish repair program for the general collections and conduct preservation repairs to extend the longevity of collection use. Manage preservation housing operation for general and special collections. Oversee conservation activities for special collections, including external contractor treatment.

4. Take primary responsibility for the library’s numerous exhibition spaces, including coordinating exhibits with members of the library and broader PTS community, preparing items for exhibit, installing and deinstalling exhibits and managing the return of collection items to their respective areas and owners.

5. Serve as the collection preservation expert for disaster preparedness and for leading recovery operations in emergencies. Revise and update the library’s disaster plan. Manage the library’s disaster preparedness and recovery team.

6. Collaborate with library staff to manage the commercial bindery activities to ensure preservation standards and quality are met.

7. Manage the library’s environmental monitoring program. Analyze results, report statistics on conditions, trends and issues. Collaborate with library colleagues and serve as liaison with Facilities in matters pertaining to the building’s service as a repository that supports collection safety and longevity.

8. Instruct library staff in appropriate preservation techniques and selection criteria. Organize, conduct, and advertise patron awareness programs.

9. Assist with statistical gathering and analysis, external funding requests including grant applications and other proposals.

10. Work with the Digital Archivist regarding the care, handling, and storage of analog collections that are being digitally reformatted.

11. Collaborate with other library colleagues to meet shifting institutional and library priorities, needs skill sets and responsibilities.

12. Serve as a member of an agile, cross-functional library team, including contributing to the Library’s alignment with the Strategic Plan, to Library assessment, and to a user-centered service model.

13. Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program with a focus on preservation or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Knowledge of current preservation trends, theory, standards, ethics and practice, including knowledge of the nature of library and archival materials, as well as the factors leading to their degradation and deterioration, and knowledge of the history of books, bookbinding, and papermaking.
  • Experience developing, designing and/or carrying out condition surveys and preservation needs assessments.
  • Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a wide range of preservation treatments for library and archival collection materials.
  • Ability to initiate and adapt to change, analyze and solve problems, be flexible, and work well collaboratively and collegially, as well as independently.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; attention to detail, balancing quality and productivity, and demonstrated technology skills.
  • Experience working in a research library, special collections or archives environment.
  • Stay abreast of developments in direct areas of job responsibility and demonstrate commitment to continued professional development, including participation in related professional organizations.
  • Experience with staff supervision and project management is preferred.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Master's (Required)

Application Question:

  • Please describe in a cover letter how your experience and qualifications fit the responsibilities of the position.