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Subject: Position at Huntington Library

Position at Huntington Library

From: Susan Rogers <srogers>
Date: Monday, July 8, 2002
Book Conservator
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington <URL:> invites applications
for the position of Book Conservator in the Preservation
Department's Book Conservation Lab. The Conservator works under the
general supervision of the Chief Preservation Officer. The position
is an exempt, full time, regular staff position.

Responsibilities: 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
Conservators, Curators, and the 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. The Book Conservator may supervise and teach
interns and additional staff.  The Book Conservator participates in
departmental meetings and activities such as educational programs,
emergency response, environmental control, and the implementation of
plans for a new conservation facility.

Successful candidates will possess:

    *   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

    *   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 and 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

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

    Mr. Carl Foote
    Director of Personnel and Administrative Services
    Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, CA 91108

Applications received before October 1, 2002 will receive first

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 16:5
                   Distributed: Tuesday, July 9, 2002
                        Message Id: cdl-16-5-016
Received on Monday, 8 July, 2002

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