The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 8, Number 2
Apr 1984

Positions Open

University of Alabama Libraries

Professional position (non-tenure track) responsible for planning and implementation of preservation/conservation programs for manuscripts, university archives, rare books, maps, photographs, newspapers, recordings and ephemera by conventional preservation techniques and/or microfilming. Trains and directs support staff, student interns and graduate students in preservation techniques and disaster planning. Assists in the appraisal process, collection development and the development of local data bases from a preservation/conservation perspective. Will provide specialized reference service.

Qualifications: graduate degree in the humanities (history or American studies preferred) and MLS from ALA accredited school desirable, but not required. Experience in preservation/conservation, microfilming and knowledge of book arts in the antiquarian book/manuscript trade required. Effective communication both oral and written.

Salary: $13,801 minimum. Vacation: 22 working days per year. Blue Cross/Blue Shield; major medical, annuity plans.

Send resume and three letters of reference by May 10, 1984 to D. Kayo Capon, Dean of Libraries, The University of Alabama, P.O. Box 5, University, AL 35486.

Stanford University Libraries

Background: The Stanford University Libraries has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to offer conservation internships of nine months' duration in the Conservation Office of the Libraries. The purpose of the internship is to offer qualified candidates the opportunity to apply administrative skills in conservation in the setting of a large research library. These skills will be directed toward a specific conservation project determined by the Conservation Office.

Available: September 1, 1984 until May 31, 1985.

Responsible for: 1) Administering a library conservation project, including planning of the project, staff supervision and maintaining the budget. Will necessitate evaluating the condition of collections within the defined project area and defining and applying practical skills suitable to successful completion of the project. 2) Writing a final report documenting in detail the project undertaken, the work completed, and recommendations for the future. 3) Participating in the Stanford University Libraries' committees, workshops and conferences as appropriate.

Qualifications: 1) MLS degree or the equivalent in training and/or experience is required. 2) Formal training in library conservation administration is required. 3) Formal training in hands-on conservation applications is required (e.g. repair, binding). 4) Experience in a library, preferably a research library, is desirable.

Salary range: $21,072-$26,508

Applications: Closing date April 27, 1984. Applicants should supply, with their first letter, a complete statement of their qualifications, a full resume of their education and relevant experience, as well as three names of references who are knowledgeable of their qualifications for this position. Letters and documents should refer to Position #2S3 and be addressed to Carol J. Henderson, Library Personnel Officer, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 9430S.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

(See Letters section.)

Indiana University Libraries

Under the direction of the Dean of University Libraries, the Indiana University Libraries has three components which reflect the statewide responsibilities of the University: Bloomington campus houses the University's research collections in the General Collections and Undergraduate Library towers, the noncirculating collections of the Lilly Library including 4,000,000 manuscripts, 400,000 rare books and 100,000 pieces of sheet music, 16 branch libraries and 11 Halls of Residence Libraries; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is served by six libraries including Medicine, Dentistry and Law; the regional campus libraries at six locations in the state are served by campus libraries and supported by centralized Reference and Technical Service in Bloomington.

Job Description: The Head of the Preservation Department, a new position, will report jointly to the Associate Dean for Technical Services and the Associate Dean for Collection Management and Development. S/he will work closely with the Associate Dean for Public Services and personnel in public services units. S/he will organize and direct the newly established Preservation Department including the Preservation Microfilming Unit, the Conservation Unit and the Binding Unit and will be responsible for all preservation and conservation activities in the Bloomington Libraries. S/he will be responsible for formulating preservation policies and overseeing their implementation. Specific responsibilities include organizing, planning, and directing the work of the Preservation Department; supervising, training, and evaluating its staff; designing and conducting appropriate training programs for librarians and staff; keeping abreast of current developments in preservation/conservation; and advising on equipment purchases, environmental monitoring procedures, etc.

Qualifications: Required: MLS from an ALA accredited library school. Advanced training in library conservation, demonstrated competence in physical treatment of library materials, knowledge of current preservation issues and concerns. Organizational, managerial and supervisory skills. S/he must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, work well independently and with a wide variety of people; and meet the responsibilities and requirements of a tenure-track position.

Salary, Benefits: Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. Salary tenure track floors will be observed: Assistant, $15,800; Associate, $18,500; Librarian $22,250. Vacation of 22 working days; Blue Cross/Blue Shield, major medical and dental insurance; group life insurance; TIAA/CREF annuity plan.

Apply to Anne Rimmer, Personnel Officer, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, IN 47405 (812/335-3403). Closing date: not earlier than April 1S.

City of New York, Dept. of Records and Information Services

The ideal candidate for this position will have significant work experience in the examination and treatment of paper media; will be knowledgeable of the processing, storage and treatment (as applicable) of photographic and "archival" magnetic media; and will have some experience in book preservation/restoration. Ability to handle treatment of large and diversified collections, and to train support staff, is essential. Candidates with degree in conservation and knowledge of archival theory and practice preferred. Salary approximately $23,000.

Interested candidates submit resume indicating position applied for, including salary requirements, to Mary G. Carr, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Records and

Information Services, 31 Chambers St., Room 305, New York NY 10007.

[Note: Another information sheet from the same source, concerning the same job, gives a salary range of $23,284 to $30,881.]

Pierpont Morgan Library

The Conservation Bindery of the Pierpont Morgan Library is seeking an assistant to the Book Conservator.

Duties will be to disbind, bind, repair, and/or restore bindings of all types. Make protective cases, pamphlet bindings, boxes, etc. Treat the text blocks by dry cleaning, washing, deacidifying, heat-set mending, long fiber mending, sizing, lining, etc. Encapsulate with polyester film and bind into book form. Work with and maintain the bookbinding tools and equipment. Work with chemicals used in conservation, make paste, deacidifying solution, etc.

Perform minor repairs for all departments. Replace book plates. Help with survey and furbishing projects. Keep records of work performed and treatments used. Perform additional duties as required.

Qualifications: Four to five years training/experience of conservation binding and paper repair.

To apply, send resume and three references to Deborah Evetts, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th St., New York, NY 10016.

Yale University

Applications are now being accepted for Preservation Administration Intern, an 11-month position in the field of preservation administration supported by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. This is the second of three such positions at the Yale University Library. The Intern will be responsible to the Head Librarian, Preservation Department, and will be acting as assistant to the head, carrying out special projects, learning techniques and routines of the local program in Preservation, Conservation and Preparations. The Intern will also work independently, after a short training period, on a specific preservation project where past training and experience may be applied. The emphasis will be on preservation administration, and a large part of the job may be concerned with the day-to-day operation of the preservation program.

Available: October 1, 1984 - August 30, 1985. Responsible, for: 1) Administering, with guidance, a preservation project that may include surveys, budgeting, report writing, long-range planning and some staff supervision. 2) Studying and applying practical skills in library preservation; carrying out day-to-day routines of the Department including bibliographic searching, decision-making reviews, hands-on repair/binding techniques, preparation of books for commercial binding, etc. 3) Attending meetings as appropriate; participating in workshops and educational presentation in preservation as required.

Qualifications: 1) MLS degree. 2) Training in preservation administration and hands-on conservation techniques. Formal training preferred. 3) Some experience in preservation administration and conservation techniques desirable. Experience in a research library preferred.

Salary: $18,000. Includes one month vacation pay at completion of 11-month project.

Application deadline: August 15, 1984

To apply, send resume listing name, address, and phone number of three references to Diane Y. Turner, Yale University Library, Box 1603A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520.

Pierpont Morgan Library

The Pierpont Morgan Library is offering a one-year position to an advanced paper conservation student, who would work half the week in the paper conservation lab, under Mrs. Patricia Reyes, the Mellon Conservator, and half the week in the conservation bindery, under Miss Deborah Evetts.

The position will be open from October 1, 1984, to September 30, 1985. Salary $15,000.

To apply, send resume and three references to Mrs. Reyes or Miss Evetts, at The Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania seeks a paper conservator to take charge of the Society's conservation facility. Operational responsibilities will include planning and execution of conservation surveys, development of treatment programs. Administratively, the Conservator will be responsible for work plans, budgets, and special projects.

Qualifications: The successful candidate's primary expertise will be with archival materials and works of art on paper, candidate will have completed a minimum of one year's work beyond formal graduate or equivalent apprenticeship training in paper conservation.

Apply in writing to Peter J. Parker, Acting Director, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, enclosing resume, salary requirements and the names of three references. Position available on or after 1 June 1984.

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