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Subject: Position at Huntington Library

Position at Huntington Library

From: Susan Rogers <srogers>
Date: Monday, June 21, 1999
Book Conservator
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens
Exempt, full time, regular staff position.

The Huntington invites applications for the position of Book
Conservator in the Preservation Department's Book Conservation Lab.
The Book Conservator works under the general supervision of the Head

Essential Functions: The Book Conservator is responsible for the
physical care, preservation, and conservation treatment of printed
books, bound manuscripts, and albums from the institution's
collections. The Book Conservator works collegially with all
Huntington staff to develop and carry out appropriate and expedient
protocols and techniques for treating, documenting, examining,
exhibiting, housing, and photographing bound volumes from a wide
range of historical periods. The Book Conservator will contribute to
conservation surveys, and may establish conservation priorities and
treatment strategies for the collections in tandem with the Head
Conservator, Curators, & Chief Preservation Officer. The Book
Conservator uses traditional photography, digital imaging, and
written documentation to record conservation treatments on the
computer.  The Book Conservator maintains and orders supplies and
equipment as directed, participates in departmental meetings and
activities, and assists with the environmental monitoring of exhibit
and library areas. The supervision and teaching of interns, and the
training of additional staff may be carried out by the Book


    *   A Bachelors degree is required, with the Masters degree plus
        certificate in Conservation from a recognized graduate
        conservation training program or a Bachelors degree plus a
        combination of equivalent formalized advanced training and
        experience in the conservation of library and museum

    *   3-4 years conservation bench experience in a research
        library, museum, private practice, or equivalent situation

    *   skill in book and concordant paper conservation treatments
        as demonstrated by a portfolio

    *   computer literacy and research skills

    *   demonstrated knowledge of material science as it applies to
        library & museum materials and media

    *   strong knowledge of the history of bookbinding structures
    and printing

    *   an understanding of the theory and practical techniques of
        conservation and preservation of book and paper materials

    *   excellent hand skills, attention to detail

    *   a strong commitment to preserving the artifactual and
        intrinsic value of both manuscript and printed books through
        the application of appropriate conservation techniques.

    *   excellent communication and teamwork skills

Benefits Include:  Medical and life insurance, flexible spending
accounts, access to a credit union, 403(b) savings plan, and paid
vacation, holidays, and sick leave.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, resume,
and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to:

    Mr. Carl Foote
    Manager of Personnel and Planning
    Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA 91108

The Huntington, located about 15 miles north-east of downtown Los
Angeles, is a private, non-profit institution dedicated to advanced
scholarly research in British and American history, art, and
literature, combined with public art galleries and botanical
gardens. The Huntington exhibits collections of British,
Renaissance, and American art, rare books and manuscripts, as well
as 150 acres of specialized botanical gardens.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:2
                   Distributed: Monday, June 21, 1999
                        Message Id: cdl-13-2-021
Received on Monday, 21 June, 1999

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