The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 12, Number 3
Mar 1988

Positions Open

Stanford University Libraries

The Stanford University Libraries is seeking candidates for the position of Chief of the Preservation Department. In support of the Stanford University collection management program, the chief of the Preservation Department is responsible for planning, implementing and managing all preservation and conservation treatment activities, as well as for coordinating them with other library programs.

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate: significant and successful administration of a library preservation program; breadth of experience, qualifications and understanding and a flexibility of approach which will assure effective performance at the department chief level; effective interpersonal and communication skills; understanding and enjoyment of a research university environment; an ability to contribute positively and effectively to the overall management of Technical Services and to the Collection Management Program as well as to lead and coordinate preservation activities; knowledge of and sensitivity to preservation and collection management practices and issues and organizations which support such programs.

Librarian/Senior Librarian $32 ,600-$48 , 100/$38 ,000-$55 ,400 (depending upon qualifications). Submit letter of application, complete statement of qualifications, resume of education and relevant experience and names and addresses of 3 references by June 30, 1988 to Irene Yeh, Assistant Library Personnel Officer, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 94305-6004. Cite #323-ABN on all correspondence. EOE/AA [Received Apr. 1.]

University of California, Davis

Responsibilities: Reports to Assistant University Librarian for Collections. Responsible for development, implementation and administration of Library policies and programs for preservation. Directs work of Department of 6.5 FTE plus students in Binding, Conservation Treatment (mending) and Preservation (brittle books and preservation microfilming). Responsible for environmental monitoring, preservation education of staff and users and disaster preparedness. Participates in University-wide preservation program.

Qualifications: MLS from ALA-accredited institution or equivalent; substantial experience and demonstrated achievement in conservation and preservation management in major academic or research library; knowledge of current conservation and preservation principles and techniques; demonstrated communication, management and planning skills; experience in staff training; excellent writing, speaking and interpersonal communication skills required; supervisory experience preferred.

Salary: Associate Librarian $31,008-$44,676 or Librarian $41,700-$57,816, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

To apply: Send letter, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three references (including current supervisor) to: Jane E. Marshall, 108 Shields Library, University of

California, Davis, CA 95616 (916/752-2112). Applications received by May 15, 1988, will be assured consideration. The University of California, Davis, is committed to a policy of affirmative action and specifically invites inquiries and applications from women and ethnic minorities. [Received Mar. 31]

Washington University in St. Louis

Participates in the development and implementation of preservation activities, including: preservation education of staff and users, monitoring of environmental conditions of the collections, assisting with daily problem-solving required in preservation, review of materials with bibliographers, and conservation of materials. Performs bibliographic searching, creates and maintains records.

Qualifications: MLS degree from an ALA accredited library school and experience in library preservation are required; education in library preservation and experience in an academic library are desirable.

A letter of application, resume, and three letters of reference should be sent to: Personnel Office, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130. Application deadline: April 30, 1988. Employment eligibility verification is required upon employment. AA/EOE [Received Feb. 22]

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, at the Pierpont Morgan Library.

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 1988 to 31 May 1989, $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. [Received Feb. 27]

Columbia University

This is a temporary nine-month 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, will be assigned to one or more departmental libraries. 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.

The monthly salary (which will increase 7/1/88) is currently $1,917. Excellent benefits include tuition exemption for self and family and assistance with University housing.

Send resume, listing three references, to: Kathleen M. Wiltshire, Director of Personnel, Box 35 Butler Library, Columbia University, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027.

Deadline for applications is May 21, 1988. AA/EOE [Received Apr. 1]

Stanford University

The Stanford University Libraries is seeking candidates for an 11-month internship in Preservation Administration. The internship is funded from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in an effort to give qualified candidates the opportunity to apply administrative skills to preservation activities in a large research library environment. The Intern will participate in administrative assignments as well as a conservation treatment project.

Qualified candidates must have an MLS from an ALA accredited library school and formal training or education in preservation administration and conservation treatment or the demonstrated equivalent in training or experience. Experience in a research library is preferred.

Assistant Librarian - Beginning salary range $25,800-$35,800. Submit letter of application, complete statement of qualifications, resume of education and relevant experience and names and addresses of 3 references by June 1, 1988. Ask your referees to send in reference letters to Irene Yeh, Assistant Library Personnel Officer, #321-ABN, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 94305-6110. EOE/AA [Received Apr. 1.]

Getty Conservation Institute

The Getty Conservation Institute announces a fellowship in Teaching Materials for Training in Conservation. The fellowship will have a minimum duration of six months and a maximum of ten months. Starting date will be on or after 1 July 1988, to be arranged with individual candidates.

The recipient of the fellowship will have the opportunity to develop teaching materials for the training of conservators, in cooperation with the staff of the Training Program of the Getty Conservation Institute and with the assistance of specialists from the educational field.

Eligibility: Applicants should be conservators or conservation scientists with significant experience in conservation education. The fellowship carries a stipend of US$2,500 per month. Funds are also available for travel to and from Los Angeles.

Application procedure: Interested candidates must submit the following material: 1) a curriculum vitae including basic biographical information, education and professional experience; 2) detailed information on teaching experience in the conservation field; 3) a statement of the candidate's interest and intent in applying for the fellowship; this statement should describe the didactic materials to be developed during the fellowship, their content and their intended audience; and 4) two letters of recommendation. These materials should be sent to: Marta de la Torre, Director, Training Program, Getty Conservation Institute, 4503 Glencoe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90292-6537.

Nebraska State Historical Society

Conservator to work in the preservation of books and paper, prepare paper items for museum exhibition, and manage conservation lab.

Qualifications: BA/BS degree with advanced training and bench experience in paper and book conservation.

Starting salary is $20,022. Send resume or request for application to the Nebraska Dept. of Personnel, P0 Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509-4905 (402/471-2075). Closing date: May 27, 1988.

Columbia University

Primary responsibility for managing the Columbia University Libraries Preservation Microfilming Program, including supervision of supporting staff and student employees to prepare materials for microfilming, involving establishing bibliographic control, targeting, collating, and physical preparation of volumes. Responsibilities also include coordinating f liming activities with the Reprographic Laboratories; coordinating pre- and post-filming procedures with other library units; contracting and maintaining contracts with outside microfilming vendors; managing grant-funded projects; assisting in all aspects of the Preservation Program including training, publications, the Preservation Committee disaster prevention and recovery, and system-wide planning for preservation.

In addition to an accredited MLS, requirements are knowledge of preservation microfilming policies and procedures, with experience in a microfilming operation preferred; knowledge of current preservation trends, bibliographic control and library automation; ability to work in a fluid complex organization and to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Formal study of preservation in an academic environment and supervisory work experience in a large academic library desirable.

Excellent benefits include assistance with University housing and tuition exemption for self and family.

Submit resume listing three references to: Kathleen M. Wiltshire, Director of Personnel, Box 35 Butler Library, Columbia University, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027. Deadline for applications is May 21, 1988. AA/EOE [Received April 1]

New York Public Library

Applications are invited for the position of Senior Paper Conservator in the Conservation Office of The Research Libraries. Under the supervision of the Head of the Conservation Office, the successful candidate will oversee the examination, specification, conservation treatment, and documentation of works on paper and other non-book library materials including manuscripts, prints, drawings, maps, posters, theatre designs and other objects. Works with senior staff to develop broad treatment strategies for large artifactual collections, ranging from single items of extremely high value to large collections of moderate value. Specifies and performs a wide variety of treatment operations, and develops approaches to problems of storage and protective enclosure. Oversees work of assistant conservators and conservation technicians. Assists in general administrative responsibilities of the office.

Qualified applicant will have substantial experience in archival and art-on-paper conservation, and will have a graduate degree in conservation from an accredited graduate training program. The candidate will also have a thorough working knowledge of conservation theory and techniques and demonstrated treatment skills, as well as good oral and written communication skills and the ability to motivate and impart knowledge to others. Familiarity with the preservation problems of large research libraries is highly desirable.

Salary $28,441 annually. Closing date for applications is May 23, 1988. For immediate consideration, send letter of application and resume to Francine Feuerman, New York Public Library, Human Resources Department, 8 West 40th St., New York, NY 10018. EOE m/f. [Received April 8.]

National Maritime Museum, San Francisco

Responsibilities: Process historic photograph collections, including arrangement, description, and cataloguing; provide basic preservation treatment for historic photographs; maintain and update collection indexes and catalogue records.

Qualifications: museum, library, or archival training gained in a degree program through coursework, internship, or apprenticeship is required; experience in the techniques of preserving historic photographs, and an interest in maritime history is preferred; experience with IBM-PC compatible computers and DBase software is a plus.

Salary: $8.32/hour [40-hour work week] plus a good benefits package. This is a position with the National Maritime Museum Association, and not with the federal government. Send resume, including three references with addresses and telephone numbers, to Barbara Gatov, Business Manager,

Salary ranges (which will increase 7/1/88) are currently: Librarian I: $23,000-29,900; Librarian II: $25,000-33,750. National Maritime Museum Association, Bldg. 275 Crissy Field, Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129, or call: 415/929-0202. [From the April Aviso.]

N.Y.C Municipal Archives

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

The successful candidate will treat a collection of Central Park architectural plans and drawings from the N.Y.C. Parks Department Collection.

A minimum of two years in paper conservation is required and experience with architectural materials is desired. The successful applicant must have demonstrated ability to plan and execute appropriate conservation treatments.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications, minimum $22,000 for the term of the grant. Position will be available July 1, 1988. For further information call Peter Mustardo at 212/566-4631. Qualified candidates are requested to send a letter of application with current vitae and three references to the attention of the Preservation Section, N.Y.C. Municipal Archives, 31 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007. AA/EOE [Received Apr. 4]

Boston College

Responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive program of book and paper conservation for the Burns Library of Bare Books and Special Collections at Boston College, a repository of over 60,000 volumes and 100,000 manuscripts with special strengths In Jesuitana, British Catholic authors, Irish culture and Boston History. The Conservator will administer to the physical needs of the collection, using a new and fully equipped conservation laboratory. This position will also assist the Burns Librarian in long term preservation planning and be a resource person for the University Libraries in general preservation planning and training. The Burns Library also has a hand press room that will provide an opportunity to do occasional work in the area of specialized printing.

Qualifications: A minimum of three years experience in conservation services and a thorough knowledge of conservation practices in paper conservation and specialized book repair. Some experience in preservation planning and training, with excellent communication skills. Knowledge of the history of fine printing and a background in chemistry or a related discipline is desirable. Salary from $25,500, depending on qualifications.

Boston College offers its 14,000 students and almost 700 faculty the advantages of a strong liberal arts institution with outstanding graduate and professional programs. The new O'Neill Library provides an attractive, intensively used, highly automated environment for study and learning. The Bapst and Burns libraries are newly renovated and opened in 1986. Benefits: Wide range of insurance programs with tuition remission and one month's vacation.

To apply: Send resume and names of three references to Mary McMillan, Employment Manager, Dept. of Human Resources, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02167. Applications received by May 1, 1988 will receive priority consideration. AA/EOE [Received Feb. 22]

Case Western Reserve University Libraries

This position reports directly to the Library Conservator.

Job duties are divided between work at the bench and administrative duties related to program research and development, with a focus on the area of particular interest to the successful candidate. 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 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 in two or more of the following areas is desirable: chemistry, history of bookbinding and book structures, history of printing and graphic techniques, paper conservation, library science, administration, studio art.

Salary range: +1- $20,000. Full benefit package; partial tuition reimbursement available.

Interested candidates should forward a resume to: Frank Fabry, Conservator, CWRU Libraries, 11161 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106 (216/368-3465). [Received Mar. 261

Williamstown Regional Art Conservation Laboratory

[This position was announced in the March AIC Newsletter, q.v.]

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