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Subject: Position at University of Utah

Position at University of Utah

From: Randy Silverman <rsilverm>
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 1995
Associate Conservator for Book Repair

The University of Utah's Marriott Library is seeking applicants
for the position of Associate Conservator for Book Repair.  Under the
supervision of the Preservation Librarian, the incumbent is
responsible for maintaining in usable condition the circulating and
reference collections of a 2.6-million volume research library.  The
position's responsibilities require the application of sound,
independent judgement in a collection-wide approach to hands-on book
conservation, training and supervision, sorting material for
treatment, and ordering and maintaining appropriate tools and
materials.  Specific duties include:

    1.  Performing a wide range of book conservation treatments for
        rare and non-rare library material.

    2.  Hiring, training and supervising book repair technicians
        (including interns, as appropriate) in a variety of book
        repair techniques, including:  heat-set tissue repair,
        Japanese paper and paste mending, guarding, sewing
        (supported and unsupported), adhesive binding, case binding,
        pamphlet binding, cloth spine repairs (including rebacking),
        temporary binding, split board binding, board hinging with
        colored Japanese paper, joint tacketing, encapsulation,
        construction of Chicago screw-post binders, custom box
        manufacture (including phase boxes, portfolios, and
        drop-back boxes), and the design of computer-generated
        labels and other types of graphic art.

3.  Reviewing material for treatment, balancing the benefits of
    expeditious, cost-saving approaches to repair against the
    physical needs of the material if it is to remain usable

4.  Expediting shop procedures to maximize shop performance while
    maintaining high standards of treatment and production.

5.  Gathering and reporting monthly statistical records.

6.  Implementing preventive measures for new material acquired in
    vulnerable formats (i.e., maps, pamphlets, and paper-bound

7.  Maintaining the shop's equipment, tools and materials, and
    assisting in ordering supplies as necessary.

Minimum qualifications include a B.A. degree in art history,
English, chemistry or related field or equivalency.  Graduation from
an accredited conservation program, or three years book conservation
or related work experience preferred.  Demonstrated verbal and
written communication skills, advanced knowledge of hand-bookbinding
techniques and history, and supervisory experience required.
Beginning salary is $17,013-20,000, depending upon qualifications.
The position includes an excellent benefits package, ongoing on-the-
job training, and professional development opportunities.

Interested applicants should send two copies of a current resume,
including three professional references to:

    Kristeen Arnold,
    Personnel Manager
    330 Marriott Library
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer.  Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.  For more information about the position (Job
Number MP-6015), please contact Randy Silverman (801-585-6782;
rsilverm [at] alexandria__lib__utah__edu).

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:11
                 Distributed: Wednesday, July 19, 1995
                        Message Id: cdl-9-11-018
Received on Wednesday, 19 July, 1995

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