The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 10, Number 5
Oct 1986

Positions Open

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Duties: Responsible for operation of the Document Restoration Shop and for helping to establish conservation policy for over 14,000 cubic feet of public records; trains and supervises five document restoration technicians and occasional interns in the restoration of the colonial, state, and local government archives of South Carolina dating from 1671; supervises two and a half positions responsible for maintenance of the records in the stacks and two persons providing photocopy and microfilm services; works within broad guidelines to determine appropriate techniques, materials, and procedures for restoration treatment; performs highly skilled restoration tasks; participates in workshops and demonstrations; recommends purchases of supplies and equipment.

Qualifications: In-depth knowledge of conservation problems and solutions; at least three years' professional experience in the conservation of archival materials, with at least one year of supervisory experience; familiarity with disaster preparedness and recovery techniques; ability to interpret conservation literature. Undergraduate degree in appropriate field; master's degree or postgraduate training in conservation, including some work in paper chemistry preferred.

Salary: Grade 33 in the South Carolina state pay system with a salary range of $22,106 to $31,335; eleven holidays; fifteen days annual leave and fifteen days sick leave; fringe benefits package includes Social Security, state retirement, health insurance (with health maintenance organization option), and dental insurance.

Send letter of application and curriculum vitae or resume and the names of three references to Harold W. Perry, Assistant Director for Administration, South Carolina Department of Archives and History, P.O. Box 11,669, Capitol Station, Columbia, SC 29211-1669.

Cornell University Libraries

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Conservation Librarian, provides support in two broad categories: the Andrew W. Mellon regional resource project; the University Libraries conservation program. Establishes an information clearinghouse by gathering and organizing a conservation reference collection consisting of books, technical papers, documents, serials publications, films, videos, slides, and product and industry data. Produces resource lists and bibliographies, and acts as information resource to other institutions by mail, telephone and through a quarterly technical digest/newsletter. Acts as liaison between the conservation treatment units of the University and curatorial/library and archives staff. Organizes and maintains collection surveys, and uses automated systems for the priority scheduling of materials for treatment. Cooperates with collection development units and bibliographers in conservation/preservation decision-making, and supervises related searching activities.

Qualifications: Library degree, with at least one foreign language. Minimum of three years experience in archives/rare books management and/or conservation/preservation management. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.

Salary and Rank: Senior Assistant Librarian; $21,500 plus, depending upon experience and qualifications. Closing Date: November 15, 1986. Available immediately. Apply to Carolyn A. Pyhtila, Personnel Director, 235 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-5301. Include cover letter, resume and a list of three references. Cornell University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Cornell University Libraries

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Conservation Librarian, is responsible for the conservation of rare and unique library, archival and artifactual materials. Performs a wide variety of paper conservation tasks including: cleaning; washing; deacidification; image stabilization; mounting; matting; encapsulation. Assists in conservation planning; program development; staff training and education. Makes treatment decisions and recommendations and helps to control work flow and scheduling. Works closely with other conservation staff.

Provides assistance in the Mellon-funded consultancy, workshop, and intern training program. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications: a graduate degree in conservation or its equivalent in education and experience. Minimum of three years experience in paper conservation.

Salary: $25,000 plus, depending upon experience and qualifications.

Closing Date: November 15, 1986. Available immediately

Apply to Carolyn A. Pyhtila, Personnel Director, 235 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5301. Include cover letter, resume and a list of three references.

Cornell University Libraries

Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Conservation Librarian, is responsible for the conservation treatment of bound library materials, generally rare and unique items requiring special handling, and the treatment of other materials as directed. Performs a wide variety of conservation tasks including: paper treatment (washing, deacidification, sizing, etc.); document repair; binding restoration; rebinding. Assists in: conservation planning, program development; apprentice training; staff education. Makes treatment decisions and recommendations, and helps to control work flow and scheduling. Works closely with other conservation staff.

Provides assistance in the Mellon-funded consultancy, workshop, and intern training program. Performs other related duties as directed.

Qualifications: Extensive knowledge of book and manuscript conservation techniques as evidenced by: advanced diploma/ degree in conservation; apprenticeship completion certification; other verifiable certification of advanced training.

Minimum of five years training, plus two years as trained craftsperson. Sound academic background, with good oral and written communication skills, and ability to impart knowledge to others.

Salary: $25,000 plus, depending upon experience and qualifications.

Closing date: November 15, 1986. Available immediately.

Apply to Carolyn A. Pyhtila, Personnel Director, 235 Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5301. Include cover letter, resume and a list of three references.

Princeton University Library

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library is made up of the Rare Books, Manuscripts, Theatre, Graphic Arts, Western Americana and Historic Maps Divisions as well as several other units. The Department seeks a conservator to work exclusively on its holdings, which consists of a wide variety of materials, including books, manuscripts, posters, prints, newspapers, serials, broadsides, maps and works of art on paper. In coordination with curators and librarians, the conservator is responsible for all matters concerning the conservation and preservation of the collections, including the development of written conservation and preservation policies and procedures; also, the conservator will survey collection needs and (with the cooperation of the Department's professional staff) will establish conservation and preservation priorities.

Duties: Duties include book conservation (conservation binding, rebacking, text-block repair, and construction of boxes for books and pamphlets); manuscript conservation on paper and vellum (washing, deacidification, mending, and flattening of documents); conservation of works of art on paper (consolidation of pigments, tape removal, stain removal, backing removal and mending); planning and implementing as necessary (in conjunction with the Department's professional staff) the microform preservation of special collections materials; exhibition matting, framing, and installation; supervision of student assistants; coordination of activities with Library professional staff; maintaining detailed records of all work in progress; participating in establishing general conservation policies for the University Library system. Reports to the Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections.

Qualifications: Advanced degree or equivalent experience in rare book and manuscript conservation. Extensive knowledge of library conservation in general and special collections materials in particular. Ability to deal effectively with library staff, faculty, donors, readers, and student assistants, with ability to also generate and implement conservation and preservation policies and procedures.

Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience. Benefits: 24 vacation days a year, plus 11 paid holidays. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF), group life insurance, health coverage insurance, and disability insurance, all paid for by the University.

Applications, including resume and the names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references, should be postmarked by November 19, 1986, and sent to: Rare Books and Manuscripts Conservator Search Committee, c/o Maria Gopel, Personnel Librarian, Princeton University Library,

Princeton, NJ 08544. Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Dept., Boston Public Library

Under the direction of the Keeper of Rare Books and Manuscripts, assumes responsibility for the program of paper conservation and conservation of other materials like maps, photographs, prints, etc., according to the modern techniques of restoration. The Conservation Laboratory has two units, a book conservation laboratory and a paper conservation laboratory, each headed by a Conservator. Each laboratory has an apprentice assistant. The Rare Books and Manuscripts Department has a collection of 250,000 rare books, over 1,000,000 manuscript items, extensive collections of photographs, prints, and maps and several million items in its archival collections.

Job Description: Duties include making recommendations for appropriate preservation of nonbook materials, analyzing the composition of materials, examining paper for insect damage, foxing or mold growth and determining appropriate treatment. Carrying out restoration needed, keeping necessary records, data and statistics, and organizing and conducting short seminars for staff and other members of the library community.

Qualifications: Graduation from a well-recognized program in book and paper conservation, with five years of experience either in a research library or in an archival depository, with specialization in manuscripts and documents, required. Good knowledge of chemistry. Demonstrated ability to plan and supervise work flow. Ability to disseminate the results of his/her work of restoration.

Salary Range: $28,700 to $38,750. Vacation of four weeks. Major medical, three weeks sick leave, 13½ days paid holidays, three personal leave days. Excellent pension.

The Boston Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Boston residency is required. Apply to Personnel Office, Boston Public Library, P.O. Box 286, Boston, MA 02117. Position now vacant. Please send letter of application, resume, and names of three references.

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 period of the internship is 1 September 1987 to 31 May 1988.

Qualifications: Graduation from a recognized conservation training program or equivalent training and professional experience. United States citizenship required.

Salary: $12,000 for the nine-month period, pins benefits.

To apply, submit the following no later than 1 February: 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 St., New York, NY 10016.

University Club Library, New York City

Duties: Performs a variety of conservation and repair treatments for library materials. Performs basic and routine repair and refurbishing of books and covers of books; performs basic and routine paper mending with Japanese paper and starch paste; fabricates custom protective enclosures such as phase boxes, four-flap portfolios with wrappers, and pamphlet binders; participates in the selection of material for treatment; selects appropriate treatment options for materials in accordance with preservation policies established by the Librarian; inventories, orders and prepares for use materials and supplies used in all treatments.

Principle Responsibilities Include: Constant supervision of the collection to determine which books need repair and conservation; selection of materials for repair and conservation work to be done both in house and by an outside conservator; cleaning the books and treating leather bindings on an ongoing basis; minor repairs for materials which are not sent to outside conservators; interaction with outside conservator for determining type, extent and cost of repairs and conservation activities; and performance of other duties as assigned by the Librarian.

Requirements: High school education, plus coursework and/or training in library conservation and preservation methods; excellent manual dexterity and knowledge of paper and book structure and elementary paper chemistry; expressed interest in libraries and librarianship as part of a private membership organization.

Salary: $17,000 - $19,000.

Send resume to Andrew Berner, University Club Library, 1 West 54 Street, New York, NY 10019.

California State Archives

Duties: Surveys conditions of archival materials and recommends preservation treatments; performs basic preservation treatments such as placing items in archival storage enclosures, surface cleaning, mending, and encapsulation; prepares documents for exhibit including matting and framing when appropriate; and maintains lab equipment and orders supplies.

Minimum qualifications: Two years experience in the care, preservation, handling and/or conservation of historical documents and related materials; manual dexterity and good attention to detail; and familiarity with current paper preservation principles and techniques.

Salary: $19,632-$23 ,124.

How to apply: It is anticipated that interviews will be held during November-December 1986. Send resume to Genevieve Troka, California State Archives, 1020 "0" St., Room 130, Sacramento, CA 95814. For more information call 916/445-4293.

(New Permanent Position) Emory libraries

Responsibilities: Organizes and supervises an inhouse conservation facility for Emory libraries under the direction of the Preservation Officer. Plans and develops the repair facility, manages the conservation components of the Title II C grant project, prepares budget requests for personnel, supplies, and equipment, and implements the training program in collections maintenance for Emory libraries staffs.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree and three years experience with increasing responsibility, which include: two years experience in a comprehensive repair facility dealing with research collections; or two years of internship or apprenticeship in a formal conservation/repair facility; and one year of managerial/supervisory experience; or other equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Ability to communicate effectively; ability to coordinate work with others, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all Emory libraries; superior manual dexterity and demonstrated ability to perform delicate, exacting tasks. Preferred: Strong organizational skills, including experience in establishing a conservation/repair facility; experience in conducting workshops; and knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of paper, cloth, leather, adhesives, and other component materials of books.

Emory libraries: the libraries of Emory University include the General Libraries, Theological Library, Law Library, Health Sciences Libraries, Division of Library and Information Management Library, and Oxford College Library. The collections total over 1.8 million volumes, 1.3 million microforms, and 5300 linear feet of manuscript materials, with growing collections of audiovisual material. The staffs total over 175 people. The libraries are members of OCLC and RLG.

Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience. Range: $19,843-$22,318. Rank: Library Associate III, professional status and benefits. Available Jan. 1, 1987.

Application: Send letter, resume and names of three references to Herbert F. Johnson, Director of Libraries, Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, CA 30322 (404/727-6861). Letters of application must be postmarked by November 15, 1986. Note: As part of the interview process, finalists may be requested to admit a portfolio of their work to demonstrate skills in the repair and protective enclosure of library materials.

Emory University is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

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