The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 6, Number 5
Oct 1982

Positions Open

Leather Conservation Centre

The Centre, a registered charity, wishes to appoint a trained conservator with some experience to undertake scientific investigations relating to the conservation of leather articles which have archaeological, ethnological and historical interest. A sound scientific approach combined with an aptitude for craft work is essential. The conservator's work will be expected to lead to the preparation of monographs and other tutorial material, with development of a consultancy and training service as a longer term objective. Arrangements have been made for the conservator to work at the British Leather Manufacturers' Research Association and to have access to the Association's laboratory, library and other support facilities. A survey, supported by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, has identified areas of particular interest to museums and thus provides objectives, although a well motivated appointee would not find this unduly restrictive.

The appointment will be negotiable within the range £6.500-18,500 p.a. according to experience.

Please send brief curriculum vitae to LCC, c/o BLMRA, Kings Park Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 lJD, UK. Selected applicants will then be sent further details and an application form. Closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 1982.

Ohio Historical Society

The Archives-Library Division of the Ohio Historical Society has a position available in its Conservation Department. Basic experience in the broad range of library and archival materials is desired. Strong emphasis in general paper conservation is required. Additional skills with related areas such as bindings or photographic materials extremely useful.

Requirements: Master's degree in library science, history, or related sciences from an accredited college or university, plus one year of conservation work experience; OR bachelor's degree in these subjects, plus two years conservation experience. Conservation training course work, internship, or certificate may be substituted for one year's work experience.

Salary: $14,372 to $17,992. Experience or specialized training beyond the aforementioned requirements may qualify applicants at higher range of $15,350 to $19,780. Send resume and references to: Personnel Office, Ohio Historical Society, 1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211 (614/466-1500).

University of California, Berkeley

The Conservation Department of the General Library is seeking a paper conservator to help develop and implement a program to begin to conserve the Library's collections of manuscripts, maps, and pictorial materials. Duties include a) conservation treatment of art on paper and documents, b) part-time teaching and supervision of conservation technicians assigned to assist with paper conservation projects, c) preparation of manuals of standards and procedures, and d) participation in the development of a program for conservation of artifactually significant materials on paper.

A graduate degree in paper conservation or equivalent training is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience beyond initial training, including teaching, supervision, and preparation of manuals and reports. Strong technical and organizational skills are desirable for adapting equipment and techniques to the needs of large collections requiring treatment.

Salary in the $18,000 to $25,000 per annum salary range depending on qualifications. To apply, send resume, including names and addresses of at least three professional references by 15 November 1982 to:

William E. Wenz, Library Personnel Officer
Room 447 General Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720

Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Develop and manage comprehensive conservation program for library and archives (books, papers, mss, art works, microfilm). Qualifications: Mastery of paper conservation techniques and tools; familiarity with elements of building design affecting preservation, with microreproduction standards and materials; 3-5 years' experience in major library/archival conservation program; graduate degree in librarianship and conservation or equivalent in training and experience; administrative experience preferred.

Salary: $22,500-25,500; one-year initial term. Apply: Laverne N. Kebofski Assistant Director, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA 94305. Deadline: November 15, 1982.

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