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Positions at John Rylands University Library

From: John Woodhouse <jwoodhou>
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 1999
Conservation Technician
John Rylands University Library of Manchester

The University invites applications for a Conservation Technician in
The John Rylands University Library of Manchester. The Post is
available for three years from a date to be arranged.

Conditions of service: The main conditions of service may be
summarised as follows:     The normal working week is 37 hours
spread over 5 days. The total Annual holiday entitlement is 23 days
a year, to be taken by arrangement with the head of the department,
plus 8 statutory days and additional days during the Christmas / New
Year closure period as designated by the University.

Subject to the rules of the scheme, membership of the University of
Manchester Superannuation Scheme will be available to appointees.
Members contribute 5% of salary. Transfers from many other schemes
can normally be arranged.

There is a sickness benefit scheme and a maternity leave scheme.

The grade of the post is technician Grade D, 13,317 - 15,899 pounds
sterling per annum. Salary scales are reviewed by national
negotiation, annually as  from 1 April. (Currently under review).

Application forms, person specification etc.  can be obtained from
and should be returned to:

    Thes Staffing Secretary
    The John Rylands University Library of Manchester
    Oxford Road
    Manchester M13 9PP

Applications must be received  no later than 30 November 1999.

As an equal opportunities Employer the University welcomes
applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the
community regardless of race, religion, gender or disability.

Particulars of the Post of Technician.

The John Rylands University Library of Manchester is one of the
three largest University Libraries in the United Kingdom with a
stock of some 3.5 million printed books and about 1.1 million
manuscript and archival items. The Library's outstanding collections
of rare books and manuscripts are mainly housed in the magnificent
John Rylands building, located on Deansgate in the centre of
Manchester. This building is also the base for  the John Rylands
Research Institute, established in 1988, and for the Library's
exhibition facilities.

Since 1952 the Library has maintained its own Bookbinding
Department, now incorporating a Conservation Unit, which has among
its functions the preservation and conservation of the Special
Collection holdings primarily housed in the original John Rylands
Library. Conservation tasks which need to receive priority include
the full refurbishment of early printed books and codices, involving
disbinding, deacidification, repair and rebinding in keeping with
the original format, e.g. in leather; rebinding in cloth or buckram
for less rare material; and conservation and encapsulation of
manuscript items on paper, vellum and papyrus.

The person appointed will report to the Head of Preservation and
Photography and will be based at the original John Rylands Library
on Deansgate. The person will work in a purpose built Conservation
Unit originally funded by a HEFCE grant. The new unit is equipped
with modern conservation resources including a fume cabinet, a
laminator, a pH meter, polyester encapsulation equipment, light
boxes, a mount cutter and spray deacidification equipment.

Applicants should have a recognised qualification in conservation or
considerable experience in the wider field of conservation.

If you require further details or wish to talk informally about the
post, please contact;

    Mr. John Woodhouse
    Head of Preservation & Photography
    John Rylands University Library
    Oxford Road
    Manchester, M13 9PP
    +44 161 275 3733 (phone/fax)
    John.Woodhouse [at] man__ac__uk

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:29
                 Distributed: Friday, November 12, 1999
                       Message Id: cdl-13-29-032
Received on Wednesday, 10 November, 1999

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