The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 13, Number 2
May 1989

Positions Open

New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society has an immediate opening for a full time assistant to work in its new, fully equipped book conservation lab.

Responsibilities: Reporting to library conservators, some lab maintenance, and occasional training of entry level interns and volunteers.

Qualifications: Knowledge of basic bookbinding tools, techniques and materials, including construction of boxes and preservation enclosures, disbinding and rebinding books of all types, and paper treatments. Two years experience in a similar institution or private bindery preferred.

Salary: $20,000 per year, plus benefits. 35-hour work week.

Send letter of application and resume to: Susan Share & Henry Pelham Burn, Book Conservation, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194 (212/873-3400 ext. 287/289). The New-York Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

National Library of New Zealand

The National Library of New Zealand is responsible for major national heritage collections of manuscripts, archives, drawings and prints, photographs and printed ephemera, as well as books. The Library's Conservation Unit wishes to recruit conservators for its growing professional team to work in a well-appointed laboratory housed in the Library's new building. The duties of this position include organizing collection surveys, examining and reporting on the items in the collections and performing conservation treatments, educating staff on appropriate handling and care of the collections, advising on the conservation of material outside the library, and supervising staff undertaking routine tasks. (Duties do not include the restoration of bindings.)

Minimum qualifications: Formal or equivalent training in conservation; three years of conservation experience in the treatment of works of art on paper or related material. The capability to make treatment decisions.

Salary: NZ$36,600-$48,600 depending on qualifications (equivalent to US$25,254-$33,534).

Starting date: As soon as possible. To obtain a full job description and/or to apply please send resume and names of three referees relevant to professional qualifications to: Mrs. F. Dienes, Director Collection Management, National Library of New Zealand, Private Bag, Wellington, New Zealand 6001. Please refer to position identification 1/13/4.

Art Conservation Resource Center, Boston

The Art Conservation Resource Center is conducting a search for a Chief Paper Conservator/Instructor to perform conservation treatment and assist the staff of the Center in establishing a broad range of collections care programs. The Chief Conservator will be required to have a Masters degree from a North American conservation training program.

The Art Conservation Resource Center (ACRC), established in December of 1986, is an educational institution affiliated with Tufts University. The goals of the ACRC are to establish general collections care programs; that is, intern-ships, course work and workshops pertaining to the academic disciplines/categories of artistic, anthropological and historical collections. The focus will be on small to mid-sized collections.

The ACRC grew out of Commonwealth Print Conservation, established in 1982. Commonwealth Print Conservation (now defunct) functioned as a small private paper conservation laboratory and developed a very interesting and loyal clientele. It is the fees charged for various services for these predominantly small to mid-sized public collections that currently provide most of the essential funding for the newly established Art Conservation Resource Center. The establishment of the position of Chief Paper Conservator/ Instructor represents the beginning of the fully functioning Art Conservation Resource Center program.

Responsibilities: At the outset, the Chief Conservator s responsibilities will include the treatment of a broad range of works on paper of historical and artistic content. Then, during the first two years and in keeping with the growth potential of the ACRC, the Chief Conservator will be expected to aid the Center in hiring a full-time assistant conservator, and to work actively toward expanding her/his responsibilities in collections care programs. It is particularly toward collections care educational programming, rather than conservation treatment services or research, that the Art Conservation Resource Center is aimed.

The starting salary for the position of Chief Paper Conservator will range from $30,000 to $35,000 depending upon previous experience.

A fuller description of the program is available from David Ross, Director. Any inquiries should be addressed to him at the Art Conservation Resource Center, 264 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02116 (617/262-5288). Please include a resume with application.

Hagley Museum & Library

Responsibilities: Develop and carry out comprehensive preservation program for library collections. Prepare, implement, and document conservation treatment of books, manuscripts, and pictorial materials. Develop and administer new conservation laboratory for treatment of materials from all library departments. Implement general preservation programs including monitoring of environmental conditions where library collections are stored or used, educating staff and users on preservation methods, creating a disaster preparedness plan, and guiding the work of the commercial bindery. Prepare newly acquired materials for shelving and exhibit.

Requirements: Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out restoration and conservation treatment of library materials. Graduate degree from recognized book and manuscripts conservation training program plus minimum 2 years' related experience or equivalent extensive experience in conservation of library materials. Comprehensive knowledge of historic restoration techniques including historical book structures and bindings. Mechanical aptitude for working in all areas of restoration, ability to lift boxes of books, supervisory skills, and excellent interpersonal skills required. Familiarity with preservation issues in research libraries highly desired.

Deadline: May 31, 1989. Reply to Ann Marie Dimino, Personnel Manager, Hagley Museum and Library, P0 Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807. Equal opportunity employer.

Salary range: Low to mid $20's.

American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society seeks a Book and Paper Conservator to head its conservation department. The conservator will be responsible for managing a comprehensive library conservation program. Duties include running a fully-equipped conservation laboratory, supervising laboratory personnel (1½ staff), performing conservation treatments on collection materials, coordinating preservation policy for the institution, and training interns.

Graduate degree from a conservation program and three years experience or equivalent desired. Familiarity with library practice and a knowledge of books and bookbinding required. Salary depends upon experience and qualifications. Benefits and 20 days of vacation.

Position opens June 15, 1989. Review of applicants will begin April 15, but applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The American Antiquarian Society is the nation's oldest national historical society and houses the world' s premier collection of early American imprints. It is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, which is 45 miles west of Boston.

Send letter of application explaining background and interests, resume, and the names of three references to Eleanor S. Adams, Personnel Office, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. AA/EOE.

University of California at Berkeley

Duties: Manages two units in the Conservation Department, the Preservation Replacement Division (2 FTE plus students) and the Library Photographic Service (4 FTE plus students). Responsible for production, personnel, budget, planning, and evaluation of both units. Assists Department Head with preservation activities within the library, university, region, and nation. Reports to Head, Conservation Department.

Qualifications: MLS degree or equivalent and demonstrated professional accomplishments relevant to the responsibilities of the position. Knowledge of preservation replacement, microfilming, and copy photography operations. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to communicate orally and in writing. Experience in managing elements of a preservation program in a research library, preparing and administering grants, budget management and supervisory experience highly desirable.

Salary: $26,136 - $37,512 per annum hiring range. Rank: Assistant - Associate Librarian. Both rank and salary will be based on the qualifications of the candidate selected to fill the position.

Librarians at the University of California are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). As a supervisory position, this position is exempt from the bargaining unit.

Available: August 1, 1989. Closing date for applications: June 30, 1989.

Applicants should apply in writing, including with their letter a complete statement of qualifications, a full resume of their education and relevant experience, and the names and addresses of three references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position. Send applications to: Janice Burrows, Director of Library Human Resources, 447 Library Annex, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

University of Texas

The Conservation Department, Humanities Research Center, is seeking a highly qualified book conservator to supervise a staff of three in the book conservation section. The position offers a unique opportunity to work within an established program for the care of a wide range of bound materials in a well-equipped book conservation laboratory.

Required qualifications: graduate of a recognized conservation training program or equivalent formal training; five years of progressively advanced book conservation experience beyond the training period; working knowledge in all areas of book conservation as well as historical binding structures. Preferred qualifications: administrative, supervisory or teaching experience in a library or similar institution.

Salary in the range of $26,000 - $31,000 per annum, depending on qualifications.

To apply, send resume, including names and addresses of at least three professional references, as soon as possible, to James Stroud, Chief Conservation Officer, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, P0 Drawer 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219. A portfolio will be required for on-site interviews and invited candidates will be required to present a discussion and slide lecture about their work to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center staff. EOE/AA employer.

Brigham Young University

The Harold B. Lee Library has an opening in the Conservation Laboratory for a faculty position at the Assistant Librarian level. Under the direction of the Library Conservator, the department seeks a member for a dynamic professional team to work in a well-appointed conservation facility in the care and conservation of unique book and archival materials from the Special Collections. The duties include conservation treatment operations, conservation liaison work with curators and collections, and department administrative functions. As a library faculty member the conservator is expected to be involved in service, citizenship, and professional development activities within the university and the profession as a whole.

Qualifications: Broad knowledge and experience in the practical and theoretical problems of honk and paper conservation, demonstrated through any combination of formal and/or informal training experiences, apprenticeships, internships or work experience. Preference will be given to applicants with actual work experience in a library conservation facility.

Salary negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

Application: This position will be available after September 1, 1989. Please send resume and names of three references to Robert Espinosa, 3008 HBLL, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 84602.

Columbia University

Primary responsibility for managing the Columbia University Libraries Preservation Microfilming Program, including supervision of support staff and student assistants to prepare materials for microfilming, involving establishing bibliographic control, targeting, collating, and physical preparation of volumes; and supervision of support staff to microfilm and photograph materials and to perform quality control inspection. Responsibilities also include 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 of microforms and library automation; ability to work in fluid, complex organization and to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Formal study of preservation in an academic environment and supervisory experience in a large academic library are desirable.

Salary ranges are: Librarian I: $25,000-$32,500; Librarian II: $27,000-$36,450. Excellent benefits include tuition exemption for self and family and assistance with University housing.

Send resume, listing names, addresses and phone numbers of three references, to: Kathleen M. Wiltshire, Director of Personnel, Box 35 Butler Library, Columbia University, 535 West 114th St., New York, NY 10027. Applications received by May 15th will receive priority consideration. Final application deadline is May 30, 1989. AA/EOE

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Libraries is seeking applicants for the position of University Conservator to guide and direct the library conservation program, including the restoration and conservation of valuable and unique books and documents. The range of materials requiring conservation treatment is 15th to 20th century and includes an extensive Dada Collection, a history of medicine rare book collection, and strong collections in 19th and 20th century American and English literature, 19th and 20th century American history, children' s literature, European literature and history, the history of printing, of hydraulics and of gastronomy.

The conservator will also assume responsibility for an educational program in book conservation including an apprenticeship program (currently with four apprentices) that is unique to the University of Iowa. In addition, the Conservator serves on the Exhibitions Committee of the Libraries.

Finally, the University Conservator will be invited to participate in a range of program activities with the University of Iowa Center for the Book which includes a focus on the history of the book, book conservation, papermaking, typography and fine press printing.

Qualifications: Applicants must have demonstrated ability to perform sophisticated conservation treatments and restoration of rare books and documents dating from the 15th through the 20th century in valuable leather, cloth, vellum and paper bindings. The applicants also must have an ability to organize and guide the educational program of apprentices as well as design and conduct workshops on a variety of conservation techniques.

Appointment salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive fringe benefits offered.

Application procedure: The University Libraries are committed to Affirmative Action initiatives. Minority and female applicants are encouraged to apply for this position. Review of applications will begin April 7th but applications will continue to be reviewed through April. Qualified individuals should submit a letter of application, vita information, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to: William Sayre, Assistant University Librarian for Administrative Services, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

Stanford University Libraries

The Stanford University Libraries is seeking candidates for an eleven month internship in Preservation Administration. The internship is funded from the Andrew W. M 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.

Requirements: 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.

Deadline: June 1, 1989. Submit letter of application, complete statement of qualifications, resume of education, an relevant experience and names and addresses of 3 references to Irene Yeh, #904-AN, Acting Library Personnel Officer, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA 94305-6004. EOE/AA.

Salary range: $27,000-$37,000.

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