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Subject: Position at Huntington Library

Position at Huntington Library

From: Carl Foote <cfoote>
Date: Friday, January 22, 1999
Chief Preservation Officer
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Position: Manages preservation activities in a major repository of
rare books, manuscripts, and other rare and secondary materials.
Participates in the executive administrative team.   Reports to the
Director of the Library and supervises the Conservation and
Photographic Services staff .

Essential Functions: Supervises operations and staff of the
Conservation and Photographic Services departments including
conservators, an exhibition preparator, photographers, support
staff, interns, and volunteers. Participates in the executive
administrative team of the library.  Reviews, develops, recommends,
and monitors preservation policy and conservation practices.  Works
with conservation and curatorial staff to create conservation
priorities and projects.  Oversees library disaster preparedness
planning.  Prepares and administers departmental budgets.  Writes
grants and participates in fundraising.  Coordinates library
preservation reformatting efforts.  Manages preservation component
of library exhibitions.  Works with vendors and handles
preservation-related contracts.  Keeps current on new developments
in the field, and participates in regional and national preservation
activities. Educates department, staff, and readers on matters
related to conservation/preservation.  Provides leadership in
conservation/preservation throughout the Library.

Other Functions:  Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of the preservation and
conservation of early printed, manuscript, and graphic materials.
These skills are usually acquired through a BA degree and an MLS or
MLIS degree from an accredited library school as well as a Graduate
Degree in preservation or conservation, or through equivalent
training and experience.  Excellent organizational, interpersonal,
and communication skills.  Substantial knowledge of current
developments in preservation and conservation, as well as
traditional photography and digital imaging.  The ability to
represent the Huntington in cooperative preservation programs with
other agencies and institutions. Significant experience
administering a preservation program in a major academic or research
library preferred. Management experience supervising at least 3 FTE

Benefits Include medical and life insurance, flexible spending
accounts, access to a credit union, and paid vacation, holidays,
sick leave and personal days.

The Huntington, located about 15 miles north-east of downtown Los
Angeles, was created in 1919 as an independent private library for
advanced scholarly research  in English and American history and
literature, combined with public art galleries and botanical
gardens.  The Huntington exhibits collections of British,
Renaissance, and American art, rare books and manuscripts, and 150
acres of specialized botanical gardens.  It is consulted annually by
some 1,800 scholars, visited by 500,000 members of the general
public, and employs approximately 300 with an annual operating
budget of over $14 million.

Search open until position filled.  Interested candidates should
submit a letter of application and resume to:

    Carl Foote
    Manager of Personnel and Planning
    The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108

                  Conservation DistList Instance 12:60
                 Distributed: Friday, January 22, 1999
                       Message Id: cdl-12-60-022
Received on Friday, 22 January, 1999

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