The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 10, Number 2
Apr 1986

Positions Open

Strong Museum, Rochester

Under the direction of the conservator, will assume specific responsibilities for the museum a extensive collection of 19th- and 20th-century material culture. Duties will include establishment of laboratory, preparation of material for exhibition and loan, analysis of collection needs and, with conservator and curatorial staff, planning of improvements in museum's collection-care facilities. Requirements include MA in art conservation from a recognized program or equivalent education and training. Salary competitive. Send letter of intent, resume and references with addresses by April 15 to Richard W. Sherin, Conservator, Strong Museum, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, MY 14607. [From March AVISO.]

University of Virginia

Work Description:

  1. Develops and manages a coordinated program to preserve the print and nonprint collections in Alderman Library and 12 branch libraries.
  2. Manages a staff of 3 FTE in the binding/mending section and a budget of approximately $150,000/year for commercial binding services and in-house binding, mending and protective enclosures. Instructs staff outside the section in performance of minor repairs.
  3. Develops, in coordination with the administration, bibliographers and other appropriate personnel, and manages a coordinated program for the identification and treatment of brittle hooks.
  4. Develops and manages a preservation microfilming program.
  5. Develops and delivers staff and user education programs in the care, handling, and preservation of library materials.
  6. Works with the administration to develop grant requests and to seek gift funds for the preservation of the collections.
  7. Coordinates planning and activities in a variety of preservation programs such as disaster preparedness; purchase of supplies, equipment and services; monitoring and upgrading of environmental conditions; storage, handling, and cleaning of collections; statistics; etc.
  8. Maintains contacts on the local, regional and national levels to provide information on developments in the preservation of library materials. Coordinates the library's participation in appropriate regional and national programs. Provides leadership, in coordination with appropriate agencies, to develop a preservation program within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  9. Participates in the formation of collection development policies and departmental policies and procedures, as appropriate.

Qualifications and Experience:

  1. MA-accredited MLS and/or master's degree with preservation training required.
  2. Knowledge of preservation methods, policies and procedures required.
  3. Experience in a research library preservation program preferred.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, students and staff at all levels.

Supervision: Reports to the Director for Collection Development. Supervises binding/mending section.

Salary: $25,000, or higher, depending on qualifications and experience.

Appointment level: Appointment will be made at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level, depending upon qualifications and experience.

Deadline for Applications: May 15, 1986. Applications should be sent to Ms. Sada Crismond, Library Personnel Coordinator, Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903-2498. An Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

New York Public Library

The NYPL has an opening for a paper conservator in its Conservation Division. Under direction of the Head of the Custom Binding & Restoration Office, the successful candidate will oversee the treatment of flat paper and non-book library materials including archival documents, fine art prints, maps, posters, theatre designs, etc. Will also supervise paper conservation technicians, coordinate schedules for special projects and routine work quotas, assist in planning and conducting staff training, arrange workshops/seminars, and handle general administrative duties. Requirements are a Master's degree from an accredited conservation training program, substantial experience in paper conservation, a thorough working knowledge of conservation procedures and demonstrated skills as a craftsperson.

Salary: $25,685/year. Closing date: May 30, 1986. Interviews will be scheduled at the AIC Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 20-25, 1986. to schedule an interview at this meeting, contact John Townsend, Conservation Division (212/930-0723). For immediate consideration, send resume to Francine Feuerman, Human Resources Department, the New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. & 42nd St., New York, NY 10018. An equal opportunity employer M/F.

Pierpont Morgan Library

The Pierpont Morgan Library is offering a nine-month, nonrenewable internship to an advanced paper conservation student who would work half the week in the conservation bindery, under Miss Deborah Evetts, Book Conservator, and half the week in the paper conservation laboratory, under Mrs. Patricia Reyes, the Mellon Conservator.

The position runs from 2 September 1986 to 31 May 1987. The intern will receive a salary of $11,250 for the nine-month period, plus benefits.

To qualify for consideration, candidates should have been graduated from a recognized conservation training program or should have equivalent training and professional experience. United States citizenship required.

To apply, submit the following: a resume; short description of interests; letters of support from two conservation professionals familiar with your work; copies of two reports on conservation treatments undertaken since the completion of academic training or apprenticeship. Send to Mrs. Reyes or Miss Evetts, at the Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th Street, New York, NY 10016.

New Jersey State Library

Two-year project to design, implement, coordinate, and monitor a statewide program for the preservation of library materials. Work with libraries, archival agencies, and preservation groups within context of multitype state library network.

MA-accredited MLS or graduate degree in appropriate academic field. Two years experience in preservation of materials, archival administration or a conservation program. Completion of advanced training in preservation or conservation may be substituted for one year of required experience.

Starting salary is $25,700. Send resume to Donna Dziedzic, Assistant State Librarian, New Jersey State Library, 185 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625. [From the March SAA Newsletter]

Brigham Young University

The Conservation Department of the Harold B. Lee Library of Brigham Young University seeks applicants for a newly created position of Conservation Assistant. This position joins two other Conservation Assistant positions and the Library Conservator in the Conservation Department, together with the position of Preservation Librarian and Bindery Preparation Supervisor to make up the Preservation Department.

Working under the direction of the Library Conservator, in a well-appointed conservation facility, the incumbent will assist in the conservation of book and archival materials, primarily unique and rare materials from the Special Collections. The duties encompass both hands-on conservation and laboratory supportive activities. They include, but are not limited to: investigation of materials, equipment, and supply sources and their periodic requisitioning; the organization and maintenance of written and photographic documentation files; assisting in condition surveys and making treatment recommendations; standard paper conservation treatments; standard rare book conservation treatments.

Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. degree, with a broad liberal arts background, preferably with course work in some of the following: the physical sciences, especially chemistry; cultural or art history; and the fine or applied arts. In addition, at least two years' experience in library or archives conservation is desired, or an apprenticeship in book or paper conservation in a recognized workshop, or a certificate from a recognized conservation training program with an internship in the conservation of library materials. the applicant must give evidence of the ability to combine the skills and craftsmanship required for conservation treatment with the understanding of conservation principles, and be able to demonstrate initiative and the ability to exercise independent judgement. Brigham Young University is sponsored by the LDS (Mormon) Church and applicants must be willing to uphold university standards.

Salary: a minimum of $16,500, negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. Excellent health and retirement plan benefits. Six credit hours tuition reimbursement per semester available.

Application: Send resume and names of three references to: Robert Espinosa, 6339 Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Columbia University

This is a one-year position funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation to support research-library preservation programs nationally. Four other institutions have also received preservation intern grants from the Mellon Foundation: Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Stanford University Libraries, and Yale University Libraries.

The intern will report to the Head of the Preservation Department and, after orientation in the Preservation Department, will be assigned to one or more departmental libraries, which will be chosen in consultation with the Library Services Group. Every effort will be made to assign the intern to subject areas of individual interest. The primary responsibilities will involve surveying the condition of specific collections, monitoring environmental conditions, assessing current preservation procedures and determining needs in order to design a practical preservation program, and preparing a proposal for the funding of any identified special needs. The intern will have the opportunity to participate in planning sessions, policy discussions, and other library-wide preservation activities.

In addition to an accredited MLS, requirements are knowledge of preservation practices and conservation procedures and techniques, as demonstrated through previous relevant experience and/or successful completion of a formal program in the preservation of research library materials. A working knowledge of one Romance and one Germanic language is desirable.

Submit resume, listing 3 references and salary requirements, to: Box 35, Butler Library, Columbia University Libraries, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027. External applicants should list three references and salary requirements.

Annual salary: $19,500. This is a 12-month position, available on or about July 1, 1986. Deadline for applications is May 1, 1986. An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Reports to coordinator of Collection Development and works closely with subject bibliographers and other staff throughout the library system; supervises a preservation staff who perform inhouse binding, repair, restoration, etc., of library materials; coordinates inhouse physical treatment taking place in other departments; develops, implements and coordinates policies, procedures, standards and educational programs relating to the care and preservation of materials for a research collection which exceeds a million volumes; advises on and monitors budget and expenditures of operating and special appropriations; monitors and advises on contracts for all commercially performed preservation activities. This position is funded from special State legislative appropriation for the next three years. Continuation of position is anticipated.

Qualifications: Demonstrated knowledge of preservation of library materials is required. Preference will be given to candidates with an MA-accredited MLS or substantial training and experience in library preservation. Other factors that will be considered are proven administrative ability, communication skills, ability to work with people, certification in preservation, and research library experience.

Minimum salary $20,000. Competitive benefits. Send letter of application, resume and names and addresses of three references to: Florence Landon, Library, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794. Applications accepted until May 15, 1986. SUNY Stony Brook is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

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