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Position at Buffalo State College

From: Meredeth Lavelle <lavellma<-at->
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Adjunct/Guest Lecturer on the History, Technology and Conservation of the Book
Art Conservation Department
SUNY Buffalo State
Buffalo New York

Continuing position available starting Fall Semester 2013, funded by
the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lecturer would travel to Buffalo to
teach book conservation curriculum; compensation includes
honorarium, plus travel, accommodations and expenses.

Lecturer gives two three-day seminars each semester, in a two-year
rotation. These are scheduled at the lecturer's convenience during
the semesters on a Thursday-Friday- and Saturday.  History,
technology, care and conservation of book bindings are covered for
students who may one day have books in their care, or who wish to
pursue rare book conservation as a specialty in the paper
conservation curriculum. Over the course of the two years, students
learn the specific terminology used for describing books, and the
special conservation treatment books require.  Ethics and standards
of practice are stressed. Broad topics such as conservation imaging,
technical examination and documentation, preventive conservation and
material science are well-covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

Book conservation majors rely on the lecturer for supervision of
their book conservation projects. Importantly, during periods
between visits supervisory assistance for on-going projects is
provided by electronic consultation and by paper conservation
faculty.  In the past, Mellon Foundation funds allowed book
conservation students to spend their first summer work experience at
the lecturer's studio.  This was important to the success of the
program, and we hope this would continue.

Although the lecturer will have considerable leeway in the
presentations, past successful programs have included: models of a
series of book structures that spanned several centuries; exhibition
mounts for rare books and manuscripts; special problems and
structure of scrapbooks and albums; covering materials for book
bindings; paring and tooling leather. Some workshops have extended
over multiple visits, so longer projects have been possible, eg.
rebacking a cloth case binding, and making a stiff board vellum

The book lecturer will have full access to a new purpose built book
lab in the paper conservation suite, which has been fully furnished
with equipment and supplies. The lecturer will also enjoy the
support of all the faculty, including our scientists and imaging
specialist for analysis, research and projects.

We have a congenial faculty that shares a commitment to providing
the best instruction possible to our students, and we want to
continue our success in graduating respected book conservators.  We
welcome letters of interest in this important position from
conservators who have a passion for books and book conservation,
experience in lecturing or teaching, and an easy manner with

Please send questions and materials (including a current CV)
electronically to: walshjc<-at->buffalostate<.>edu with subject line:
Lecturer, or by mail to:

    Judy Walsh, Professor
    Art Conservation Department
    Buffalo State College
    1300 Elmwood Ave. RH 230
    Buffalo, NY 14222

Meredeth Lavelle
Program Manager
Art Conservation Department
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Ave., RH 230
Buffalo, NY  14222-1095
Fax: 716-878-5039

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Received on Wednesday, 24 April, 2013

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