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Subject: Position at Yale

Position at Yale

From: Paul Conway <paul.conway>
Date: Thursday, February 12, 1998
Assistant Conservator
Preservation Department
Sterling Memorial Library
Rank: M&P 22

Yale University Library seeks a skilled and creative Assistant
Conservator to undertake a variety of conservation treatments on
rare books, special collections, and other print media in one of the
largest and most mature preservation programs in the country. Formed
in 1971, the department has strong administrative support and has
played a major role in the development of the preservation
profession. The Preservation Department today consists of five
programmatic areas, totaling 33 staff members and numerous student
assistants. It is managed jointly by a Preservation Management Team
and provides consultation and educational services to the entire
library system. The Core Program administers basic preservation
decision-making services for the Sterling circulating collections.
The Collections Care Program repairs and protects materials that
circulate to readers. The Conservation Program is responsible for
single-item conservation treatments on Yale's rare book and
manuscript collections. The Preparations Program manages much of the
library's commercial binding and shelf preparation activities. The
Reformatting Program administers major grant-funded microfilming and
preservation projects.

Responsibilities: Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief
Conservator in the Conservation Program, the Assistant Conservator
is responsible for the conservation treatment of rare books and
special collections, keeping written records and photo-documentation
of work.  The incumbent participates in the overall management of
the Preservation Department through service on the Preservation
Management Team and, in the absence of the Chief Conservator,
assumes supervisory responsibilities in the Conservation Program and
advises curators regarding the care of rare and special collections.
The Assistant Conservator examines materials in deteriorated
condition held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and
other rare book units in the library system and recommends
treatments, undertakes research on historical structures and
appropriate materials and techniques, and assists in the preparation
of books and printed materials for exhibition.  Assists in the
general administration of the Program, especially the maintenance of
equipment and the application of information technologies for
documentation and communication. Instructs and supervises
conservation interns and student assistants.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a masters degree in
conservation or related field or the equivalent combination of
experience and training; the ability to design and carry out skilled
conservation treatments to the highest standards; excellent visual
perception and manual dexterity; well-developed management and
communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of current principles
and techniques in book and paper conservation. Two years relevant
experience is required, preferably in a conservation studio that
specializes in rare books and special collections.

Salary and Benefits: Minimum salary of $31,100 plus comprehensive
benefits program, including 22 vacation days, 17 holiday, recess and
personal days, health care, and retirement plan. Relocation
assistance available. To be assured of consideration, please submit
a letter of application, resume and the names of three references by
March 1, 1998 to

    Christine Pedevillano
    Library Human Resources,
    Yale University Library
    PO Box 208240
    New Haven CT 06520-8240

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. EEO/AA

Paul Conway
Head, Preservation Department
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240/130 Wall Street
New Haven, CT  06520
Fax: 203-432-7231

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:70
                Distributed: Thursday, February 12, 1998
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