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Subject: Position at Huntington Library

Position at Huntington Library

From: William A. Moffett <moffett>
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 1991
Preservation Officer Sought

The Huntington Library invites applications and nominations for the
position of Preservation Officer.  The library is part of a major
international research and cultural center located nine miles northeast
of Los Angeles' civic center.  It serves over 2000 scholars on site and
600,000 visitors each year, as well as responding to many long distance
requests for material.  Its collections  some 5200 incunables, two and a
half million manuscripts, and extensive collections of prints,
photographs, and other material.

The chief preservation officer acts as head of the conservation
department, serves on the executive administrative committee managing
the library, and oversees all preservation and conservation activities
throughout the library; monitors comformity with existing policies,
develops new policies related to disaster preparedness, equipment, and
supplies, plans and coordinates the care and treatment of the

The preservation officer is responsible for developing and administering
grant p proposals, exhibition preparation, etc. There is a staff of
five, as well as a volunteer program in book repair.

The ideal candidate will have an MLS with specialization in
conservation, or equivalent training and experience; bench work would be
desirable but is not required; confidence, a sound grasp of the field,
an ability to work well with others, and a demonstrated ability to
direct others are all essential.

Applications and inquiries should be submitted to

                    Carl Foote, Personnel Officer
                    The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and
                            Botanical Gardens
                    1151 Oxford Road
                    San Marino, CA 91108

Salary is negotiable, with a base of $32,000 plus fringe benefits.

I am personally eager to encourage qualified persons to explore with us
the possibilities contained within this dry and rather bland job
posting.  It may be bland, but the Huntington is not. This is a helluva
place to work, and it is getting more interesting all the time.  We want
to be in the vanguard of research libraries when it comes to
conservation/preservation, and we are keenly interested in finding
the person who has the qualities of imagination and leadership that will
help us make it happen!

                           -- Bill Moffett

                  Conservation DistList Instance 5:24
                 Distributed: Sunday, October 20, 1991
                        Message Id: cdl-5-24-007
Received on Wednesday, 16 October, 1991

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