The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 9, Number 4
Jul 1985

Positions Open

Case Western Reserve University

This is a newly created position which reports directly to the Library Conservator.

Job duties are divided between work at the bench and administrative duties related to program research and development. Opportunity to obtain a wide range of experience in the preservation of research library materials.

Requirements: BA or BS undergraduate degree in liberal arts or sciences; apprenticeship in book conservation with a recognized private individual or studio, or certificate in conservation studies, or two years' experience in a conservation department within an academic research library. A background in craft skills including hand bookbinding is essential. Some background in, or evidence of, continuing education among the following areas is desirable: chemistry, history of the book and book structures, history of printing and graphic techniques, library science, studio art.

Salary range: � $16,000. Tuition reimbursement available.

Interested candidates should contact Frank Fabry, CWRU Libraries, 11161 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106 (216/368-3465).

New York State Archives, Albany

Official title: Archives Conservation Specialist II.

Under the general supervision of an Associate Archivist (Conservation), the incumbent has responsibility for operation of the State Archives conservation laboratory, including the facility design, equipment, and staffing. He/she performs highly skilled professional conservation tasks to preserve and protect historically significant documentary resources; works within broad policy guidelines to determine appropriate techniques, materials and procedures for preservation treatment; trains and supervises conservation technicians and interns assisting in conservation procedures; and participates in workshops, demonstrations, and field services related to statewide conservation programs.

Specific duties include the following: Performing a variety of conservation tasks requiring well-developed skills and knowledge of the basic chemistry of paper conservation including, but not limited to, examining and evaluating document medium and base, surface cleaning, humidification, flattening, repairing with japanese tissue and heat-set tissue, removing of pressure-sensitive tapes, reducing stains, solubility testing, media stabilization, washing, deacidification and alkalization, compensation for losses, lining, encapsulation, fumigation, devising and constructing prototypical containers for storage of unusual or special archival material, and limited treatments on nonpaper and/or bound material.

Minimum Qualifications: a bachelor's degree and three years of professional experience in conservation of archives material including one year as a conservator specializing in paper. A master's degree in conservation of historical materials with specialization in paper can be substituted for two years of general experience.

Salary: $23,903 annually with incremental increases to $28,334 during first three years. A new employee contract now under negotiation will likely result in an increase of approximately 5%.

Application: Send resume describing training and experience and providing the names of three references to: Larry J. Hackman, State Archivist, New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230 (518/474-1195).

Deadline: July 30, 1985.

Harcourt Bindery

Bookbinder wanted with special skills in book repair and restoration. Work experience should include working on old, broken and fragile leather bindings as well as some experience in gold tooling. One should have a knowledge of traditional binding techniques.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Send resume to the Harcourt Bindery, 9 Harcourt St., Boston, MA 02116.

Brigham Young University Library

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, preferably with coursework in the physical sciences, especially chemistry; cultural history; and/or the fine or applied arts. In addition, at least three years' experience in bookbinding and repair is required. Preference will be given to applicants whose bench experience includes some conservation of books and paper. The applicant must give some evidence of ability to combine the skills and craftsmanship required for conservation treatment with the understanding of conservation principles.

Working under the supervision of the Library Conservator, the incumbent will assist the Conservator in a wide range of book and archival paper conservation techniques, and will be expected to develop independent judgement in the treatment of rare and valuable library materials.

Brigham Young University is sponsored by the LDS (Mormon) Church. While there is no discrimination relative to employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or age, the applicant must be willing to maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity and morality, including abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea and coffee.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Application: Send resume and names of three references to Randy Olsen, 3080 Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Prove, UT 84602.

University of Texas at Austin

The Conservation Department of the Humanities Research Center is seeking a highly qualified Book Conservator to supervise a staff of four in the Book Conservation Section. The position offers a unique opportunity to develop a program for the care of a wide range of bound materials in a well-appointed book conservation lab. Applicants should be graduates of a recognized conservation training program and have at least 6 years additional experience or equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to applicants experienced in teaching, supervision, and working effectively with curators of collections.

Salary in the range of $27,000 to $30,000 per annum, depending on qualifications. This position is to begin September 1, 1985. To apply, send resume, including names and addresses of at least three professional references by August 1 to Don Etherington, Chief Conservation Officer, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Box 7219, Austin, TX 78713.

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