Preservation Assistant, Archives

Preservation Clerk

Minimum 12th and Certificate or Diploma in Conservation of Archival Heritage

Minimum 2 years of experience in a relevant field

The tasks a Preservation Assistant, Archives is expected to perform include:

Maintaining archival records in good and usable condition by air-cleaning, fumigating and repairing damaged records

Collecting books and records for arranging them in special racks

Coating the racks with a chemical solution such as creosote, cresol, etc. to keep away insets, pests and moth

Sorting out books and records according to their subject

Arranging records horizontally on shelves or specially built racks to prevent sagging and to eliminate strain on backings

Tying files or loose records between boards

Dusting the shelves regularly by hand or by a vacuum cleaner

Keeping the place airy by opening windows frequently

Examining records periodically and removing damaged records for mending

Fumigating damaged records by placing them in loose form in special airtight boxes containing chemical crystals to destroy insects, pests and larva

In-depth knowledge of archives management

Ability to work with adhesives, dusty books and library materials

Ability to inspect the collection for damages, and recording and repairing them

Skilled in keeping the place pest and rodent free

Skilled in classifying and arranging records according to their categories

Knowledge of different types of books and paper materials

Knowledge of the proper binding style for commercially bound monographs

Not applicable






It is not a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs maybe available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Libraries usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9hours everyday. This may vary from library to library

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs
This job is suitable for candidates with One Arm (OA), One Leg (OL) and those who are Hearing Impaired (HH)

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc. if not taken care of

For freshers - INR 12,000 to INR 15,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

The Market Trend of Education, Training & Research in India

According to IBEF, India is an important educational centre in the global education industry. India has more than 1.4 million schools and more than 35,000 higher education institutes. India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world and there is still a lot of potential for further development in the education system. India's online education market size is expected to touch US$ 40 billion by 2017. The RNCOS report titled, Booming Distance Education Market Outlook 2018 expects the distance education market in India to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 34 per cent during 2013-14 to 2017-18.

As India is moving towards a knowledge society with a proliferation of learning and research institutes, the demand and importance of library science is growing rapidly. Consequently, job opportunities for librarians and other professionals are on the upswing. A plethora of job opportunities are available in public, private and academic institutions. Therefore, the career of a Preservation Assistant, Archives, has a bright future in India and opportunities are only going to rise in the coming years.

Public/Government libraries

News agencies and organizations

Museums and galleries

Foreign embassies


Cities and towns across India