The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 11, Number 4
Jun 1987

Positions Open

Stanford University Libraries

Responsible for the administration of the Conservation Treatment Section of the Preservation Office. Determines work low and recommends treatments; trains and supervises 4.5 FTE (bargaining unit staff) who perform general collections repair, pamphlet binding and special collections conservation treatment; establishes production levels and monitors the quality of work; evaluates tools and equipment and establishes procedures for their use; devotes approximately 2O% of time to bench work; works closely with Preservation Officer in determining the direction and priorities of the Preservation Program.

Required: Knowledge of conservation ethics, practices and techniques employed with library materials; completion of a recognized conservation training program, a formal apprenticeship, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training; minimum of two years supervisory experience; effective communication and human relations skills; bachelor's degree or the equivalent in training and education. MLS desirable.

Exempt position with a beginning salary range of $24,800-$38,300 depending upon qualifications.

Submit letter of application, resume and the names and ad-dresses of three references by July 20 to Irene Yeh, Employment Coordinator, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 94305. Cite #302-AN, on all correspondence. EOE/AA

Brigham Young University

Responsibilities: Administrative position responsible for the in-house Book Repair Unit which repairs circulating library materials with a conservation emphasis, requiring advanced hand bookbinding and managerial skills. Duties include a broad range of activities including assisting the Preservation Librarian in the evaluation of the conservation needs for the general collections and the specification of treatment plans and techniques for individual items. The position is responsible for the execution of conservation procedures for bound materials, and the training and supervision of Book Repair Unit technicians.

Qualifications: Work experience acquired in a hand book-bindery or book conservation facility required. Knowledge of theoretical and applied aspects of book conservation essential. Requires extensive knowledge of the repair of book materials, especially binding techniques, judgement and creativity in the development and application of conservation methods, and highly refined manual skills and craftsmanship reflected in the execution of treatments. Requires the ability to use and maintain bindery tools and machinery. Requires excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to communicate with library professionals and book repair technicians. Supervisory and managerial experience highly desirable. Must be willing to maintain the highest standards of honor, integrity, and morality as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea and coffee.

Salary and benefits: Exempt status, generous insurance and retirement benefits. Salary range is $17,500 and up depending on experience, training, etc. This is a twelve-month appointment with 22 days annual leave as well as tuition benefits.

Deadline for application: August 1. Available: September 1.

To apply, send resume and names of three references to Dr. Larry J. Ostler, 3080 HBLL Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

Columbia University Teachers College

This is a part-time temporary appointment, 17½ hours a week, July 1 through August 27, 1987. During this two-month period, the conservator will carry out a boxmaking project for materials from the Milbank Library Special Collections, as well as assist in developing a disaster preparedness plan for the Library.

Qualifications: General knowledge of conservation/preservation, and supervisory skills.

Salary: $750 per month

Interested parties please contact Nora Ligorano or Vin Buchan at 212/678-3441 Monday through Thursday, or write Box 307, c/o Special Collections, Teachers College, Columbia University, Milbank Memorial Library, 120th St., New York, NY 10002.

Columbia University Teachers College

This is a part-time appointment, 17½ hours per week, for the period May 1 through September 1, 1987. Possible reappointment in September, through August 1988.

Position open to assist Book Conservators in mending and repairing books, paper and related materials; making various types of protective preservation enclosures; stack maintenance and general conservation duties.

Qualifications: Some book experience helpful. Manual ability essential.

Wage: $6.00 per hour. Some tuition remission available.

Interested parties please contact Vim Buchan or Nora Ligorano at 212/678-3441 Monday through Thursday, or write above address.

Northwestern University Library

Reports to: Book Conservator/Head of Conservation Treatments

Responsibilities: Perform a variety of conservation treatments including work on a range of paper, cloth and leather bindings. Treatments will include work on text blocks and covers such as renewing, rebacking, paper treatments, repairing existing covers, and constructing new covers. Binding structures will vary with historical period. Other treatments include encapsulation, deacidification, fumigation and making protective enclosures. Assist supervisor in training and supervising student assistants, whose schedules may include evening as well as daytime hours. Assist supervisor as necessary in other duties such as supply inventory and ordering, conducting condition surveys, microfilming and working with other units of the Preservation Department. Assist with and perform other duties necessary to achieve the goals of the Preservation Department.

Required qualifications: One year of experience in bookbinding or book conservation through work in a library preservation/conservation department, private shop, apprenticeship, or formal training program. Understanding of conservation principles. Ability to work independently. Cooperative spirit.

Also desirable, but not required: Experience or strong interest in library preservation. Experience and continued interest in history, art, chemistry, history of the book, bookbinding structures, or library science. Experience in operation of microfilming equipment.

Salary: $8.04 per hour, plus full benefits

Starting date: 1 June 1987, or as soon thereafter as possible.

For further information contact Richard Frieder, Preservation Officer, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL 60201 (312/491-7599). Send applications to Manager of Enployment, Northwestern University, Personnel Office, 720 University Place, Evanston, IL 60201. AA/EOE

NYC Municipal Archives

The New York City Municipal Archives, a division of the Department of Records and Information Services, is seeking a qualified paper conservator for a one-year NEH grant-funded project.

Duties: To evaluate and treat a collection of 19th century architectural drawings from the NYC Parks Department Collection. The successful candidate will work with the project director and assistant conservator in a newly designed conservation laboratory.

Requirements: Two years of experience in paper conservation with a minimum of one year emphasis on architectural drawings. A graduate of an accredited conservation program is preferred. Demonstrated ability to plan and execute appropriate conservation treatments.

Salary is $22,000 plus fringe benefits for the term of the grant. Position is available as of July 1, 1987. Qualified candidates are requested to send a letter of application with resume and references to the attention of the Preservation Section, N.Y.C. Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007. AA/EOE

Pierpont Morgan Library

Nine-month, non-renewable internship for paper conservation student who would work in the conservation bindery and the paper conservation laboratory under Deborah Evetts, Book

Conservator, and Patricia Reyes, Mellon Conservator.

Candidates should have completed three years of training in a recognized conservation school or have equivalent training and professional experience. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required.

Salary from 1 September 1987 to 31 May 1988, $13,500. Additional benefits include health and major medical insurance, 17 days of paid vacation, and support for attending AIC conference.

Send resume, a short description of interests, letters of support from two conservation professionals familiar with your work, and copies of two reports on conservation treatments accomplished since the completion of academic training or apprenticeship to Miss Evetts or Mrs. Reyes at the Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th St., New York, NY 10016. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

New York Public Library

This is a 12-month temporary position, beginning Sept. 1, 1987. Under the general direction of the Chief of the Conservation Division, the intern will undergo a general orientation in the administration of collection management and preservation programs of the Research Libraries. The Intern will then help plan and carry out a specific preservation project (or projects), attend meetings, and participate in workshops and staff training programs. Upon completion of the 11-month training period, the Intern will submit a written evaluation of the training.

Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited library school, supplemental training in preservation administration and/or expertise in the execution of conservation procedures as demonstrated by previous relevant work experience or successful completion of a formal program in the conservation of research library materials. Familiarity with foreign languages, statistical analysis, sampling techniques/systems analysis, and experience in a research library or archives desirable. Must possess initiative, interest in the area of library administration, ability to work independently under general guidelines, and excellent communications skills.

Salary: $23,600.

Closing date: July 15, 1987. Preliminary interviews can be conducted at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco at the end of June; or you may send letter of application and resume to Francine Feuerman, Personal Representative, Dept. AN, NYPL, 8 West 40th St., New York, NY 10018. EOE/AA

University of Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies and the General Library System are jointly seeking applications for a preservation specialist. The duties of the position will be divided equally between the School of Library and Information Studies and the General Library System. This is a full-time, 12 month, faculty appointment. Benefits include 22 vacation days, sick leave and group health, life insurance and a state retirement system.

Qualifications: MLS, training and experience in preservation required. Ph.D. in library and information studies or related field with concentration in conservation and preservation is preferred. Also required are 1-2 years conservation experience and experience in a large research library. Two or more years of managerial responsibility is preferred.

Responsibilities: Principal duties include teaching, research, and advising students at the master's specialist, and Ph.D. levels in the School of Library and Information Studies. Within the General Library System, the position reports to the Associate Director for Collection Development and Preservation and works closely with the head of the Collection Preservation Department. Duties include assisting in the long-range planning and implementation of the Wisconsin Plan for Preservation (WISPPR), a comprehensive state-wide preservation program encompassing planning, training, treatment, and disaster prevention and recovery; coordinating selection for preservation activities and the monitoring of environmental conditions.

Salary minimum is $28,725.

A letter of application including a resume with applicant's telephone number and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references should be sent to Jane Robbins-Carter, Director, School of Library and Information Studies, H. C. White Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706. Application deadline is July 1, 1987. EOE/AA

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Energetic librarian is sought to set up new preservation services unit. Reports to assistant director, collections management. Designs and operates system for preserving damaged, deteriorated materials from general collections of SIL's 14 branches. Establishes replacement program to include preservation microfilming. At higher level, also supervises commercial binding and coordinates minor repair program. SIL holds 1 million volumes with a large quantity of 19th and early 20th century imprints.

Position to be filled at GS-9 ($22,458) or GS-ll ($27,172). Open until filled.

For qualifying standards and application form, call Ms. Danzler at 202/357-1354. Specify Announcement #87-340-F.


National Information Standards Organization (NISO)

NISO is seeking a volunteer editor for its quarterly newsletter Voice of Z39. NISO, a non-profit organization, develops technical standards for information-based activities of libraries, publishers, booksellers, indexers, and on-line information services. Its membership is comprised of the 66 leading agencies, associations and corporations in the library, publishing, and information services industry. The volunteer editor will develop a scope statement for the publication and will be responsible for writing the newsletter. Each issue will contain a "Message from the Chair,"

several brief articles and a summary listing of standards activities. Background information will be provided by NISO's executive director, board of directors, and standards committee chairs. Newsletter typesetting, layout, printing and mailing will be coordinated by NISO staff. The volunteer will be listed as editor of Voice of Z39 and will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. Applicants contact Pat Harris, Executive Director, NISO, P0 Box 1056, Bethesda, MD 20817 (301/975-2814).

Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

The CCAHA seeks a dynamic, professional leader. The conservation center is a nonprofit regional conservation laboratory specializing in the conservation of works on paper including art on paper, library and archival materials, photographs, and other paper-related materials for over 160 member-institutions and other private and institutional clients. Additional services provided include consultation and educational programs. Under the authority of a board of directors, the executive director is responsible for overall administration and operations, including management of a $500,000 annual budget and a 15-member staff, marketing of services, fund raising, and long-range planning.

Position requires strong administrative skills and proven ability to represent institution publicly. Training in conservation need not be a requirement. Significant relevant experience in management required.

Send application, resume, and three references by June 30, 1987, to Search Committee, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, 264 5. 23rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Other Positions Open

At the AIC meeting, postings for paper conservators at the following institutions were on the bulletin board:

Peebles Island
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (internship)
Intermuseum Conservation Lab, Oberlin (experienced)
Historic New Orleans Collection (call 504/523-4664)

The Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas had a notice up for an Assistant Conservator I, to do treatment and housing of archival or museum objects, for $1155 per month. Contact Nancy Heugh, 512/471-9117.

WAAC, the newsletter of the Western Association for Art Conservation, had several notices in its May issue that seem to indicate that a career ladder in conservation science is shaping up. The Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a 6-month internship in conservation research (salary $6,000); the Smithsonian Institute s Conservation Analytical Lab is advertising for a scientist to do research on photographs ($32,567-$38,727); and CAL and Johns Hopkins are setting up a joint program to produce conservation scientists through the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Hopkins. The graduates of this new program will have Ph.D.s in Materials Science and Engineering.

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