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Position at Yale

From: Paul Conway <paul.conway>
Date: Monday, March 6, 2000
Conservation Assistant II (Level D)
Yale University Library
Preservation Department,
Conservation Program.
$25,798 per year plus full benefit package.

The Preservation Department has a newly created position in the
Conservation Program that will concentrate on treatment of materials
from the Lewis Walpole Library and  the Beinecke Rare Book and
Manuscript Library. The Lewis Walpole Library has significant
holdings of eighteenth century English books, manuscripts, prints,
drawings, watercolors and paintings. The Beinecke Library has
significant holdings in a broad range of rare materials, spanning
from early centuries to the present.

Under the supervision of the Chief Conservator, the conservation
assistant performs a variety of tasks related to the conservation of
books and archival materials of these collections. Assists in
determining appropriate treatments and repairs, and carries them out
according to specified standards. Conserves library materials by
returning them to a usable condition while retaining as much of the
original format as possible. Disbinds, binds and conserves bindings.
Treats and protects paper, including dry- cleaning, washing,
de-acidification, tissue mending, encapsulation, matting and
mounting. Proposes appropriates treatment methods, gives time
estimates and documents treatments performed. Makes protective
cases, including phase boxes, clamshell boxes and portfolios.
Performs treatments with tools and equipment used for paper
conservation and bookbinding, including hand tools, book presses,
board shears, guillotine, ultrasonic welder, suction table, and
suction disk. May also perform maintenance on this equipment. Uses
chemicals to perform conservation treatments when necessary,
following appropriate safety measures. Maintains awareness of
current bookbinding and conservation techniques. May prepare library
materials for exhibition. May assist in training others, following
established techniques and procedures. Performs other duties as



    1.  Six years of directly relevant work experience, four of them
        in the same job family at the next lower level, and a High
        School level education; or four years of directly relevant
        work experience and an Associate Degree, or little or no
        work experience and a Bachelor Degree in a related field; or
        an equivalent combination of experience and education.

    2.  Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals, techniques and
        history of bookbinding and conservation.

    3.  Excellent manual dexterity and sustained concentration with
        delicate work.

    4.  Ability to create spreadsheets and word-processing

    5.  Effective organizational skills.

    6.  References must indicate reliable attendance and
        punctuality, accuracy, attention to detail and diligent


    1.  One year experience in book conservation or repair in
        another institution or private practice.

    2.  Experience in directing the work of others.

To apply, submit a letter of application, a resume, and the contact
information for three references to:

    Diane Y. Turner
    Library Human Resources
    Yale University Library
    PO Box 208240
    New Haven CT 06520.

Paul Conway
Head, Preservation Department
Interim Head, Acquisitions Department
Yale University Library
PO Box 208240 / 130 Wall Street
New Haven, CT  06520-8240
Fax: 203-432-7231

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:46
                  Distributed: Tuesday, March 7, 2000
                       Message Id: cdl-13-46-044
Received on Monday, 6 March, 2000

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