The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 16, Number 7-8
Dec 1992


Apprentice in Conservation Paper Production & Related Research
University of Iowa Center for the Book

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has awarded $15,000 to the University of Iowa Center for the Book to help establish a four-year Conservation Papermaking Apprenticeship at the Center's Oakdale Paper Facility. Working under Timothy Barrett, director of the facility, the apprentice will be trained in the production of Western and Japanese-style conservation papers and related research techniques.

The apprentice will assist in all aspects of fiber preparation, sheetforming, drying, finishing and grading, eventually taking full responsibility for each step in the process. Additional production duties will include taking part in equipment design, construction and repair, and cultivation of essential plant material. Research duties will initially consist of working with the facility director during ongoing work on the role of gelatin in paper permanence, fermentation of flax fiber, vegetable lye cooking of Japanese bast fiber, and development of nondestructive testing techniques for the analysis of historical papers. Later the apprentice will plan and undertake his or her own research projects under the supervision of the director. The position is intended for an individual with a strong interest in a career in conservation paper production and/or related research. The salary is $17,000; start date September 1st, 1993.

Anyone interested in the position described above should request additional information and application details by writing Timothy Barrett at the address below:

Timothy Barrett, Director
UI Paper Facilities
Oakdale Hall
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-5000

Preservation Officer
Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution is seeking a Preservation Officer to administer the Preservation Services of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

Qualifications: Mastery of paper conservation techniques and tools; familiarity with elements of building design affecting preservation, with microproduction standards and materials; 3-5 years' experience in major library/archival preservation program; graduate degree in librarianship and conservation or equivalent in training and experience; and administrative experience with a minimum of two years' supervisory experience.

Salary: $34,548 - $43,896; three-year initial term. Apply to Judith Fortson, Head Librarian, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA 94305. Deadline April 9, 1993. EOE/AAO

Book Conservation Assistant
American Antiquarian Society

The Society seeks a conservator to assist the Chief Book and Paper Conservator in the preservation and conservation of the library's materials.

Responsibilities: Performs a variety of tasks related to the repair and conservation of rare American books, seventeenth through nineteenth century bindings, manuscripts and other paper artifacts. Treatments include all current conservation procedures.

Qualifications: Four years of training and practical experience in book conservation and a strong background in hand bookbinding desirable.

Salary depends upon experience and qualifications. Benefits and 20 days of vacation.

The position opens September 1, 1993. Review of applicants will begin May 15, 1993, but applications will be accepted until the 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.

Head, Preservation Department (Position reopened)
Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is a major metropolitan doctoral university serving over 25,000 students. The Golda Meir Library is a modern, centralized library housing over 3.6 million bibliographic items as well as the 900,000-item American Geographical Society Collection. The materials budget exceeds $2.4 million/year. The Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries.

Duties: Reports to the Assistant Director for Technical Services; responsible for managing and coordinating activities of the Preservation Department (Materials processing section, Bindery section, and Book reformatting section). Includes the training and supervision of 5 full-time staff and 2.5 FTE student assistants. Develops goals and priorities for the preservation and conservation of library materials, including management of brittle books program. Plans and conducts preservation education programs for library staff.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have received the MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program; three years' experience in an academic or research library setting in preservation or preservation-related areas (may include bindery operations, serials management); broad knowledge of preservation based on work experience, equivalent coursework, or related training; proved administrative and supervisory skills; familiarity with automated library systems and library binding practices; understanding of serials issues; ability to plan and implement projects and to work independently; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff at all levels.

Salary: Salary minimum $28,776, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Appointment/benefits: Position is an Academic Staff annual probationary appointment leading to indefinite appointment. Generous vacation and fringe benefits.

Application: UW-Milwaukee and the Golda Meir Library strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. Please send letter of application, resume, name/address/telephone number of three references and transcripts to Elese Colvin, Personnel Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library, P.O. Box 604, Milwaukee, WI 53201. All applications must be postmarked by 17 May 1993.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Under a court approved settlement agreement and Wisconsin statutes, we are required to provide a list of all nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identity not be revealed. Upon request, persons agreeing to be final candidates will have their identity revealed as a final candidate.

Head, Preservation Department
University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is seeking a Head for its Preservation Department within the University Library System's Technical Services. This individual must provide forward-looking, strong leadership in the university and the broader community in the areas of preservation and conservation of library materials including education of their importance. S/he assesses and implements participation in national cooperative preservation programs; directs and supervises the activities of the Preservation Department including conservation repair, the brittle books program, and binding. The department head also performs conservation and preservation and related work as necessary. Identifies funding opportunities and prepares grant proposals.

Qualifications required: M.L.S. from an ALA accredited library school program or recognized equivalent; advanced course work in preservation administration or work experience in a preservation unit with minimum three years professional library experience; sufficient knowledge of bibliographic control concepts to direct bibliographic searching for the brittle books program and entry of records into OCLC for preservation microfilming titles.

Rank and salary dependent on experience and qualifications. Minimum $30,000. Submit a letter of application and a current resume and names of three references to Secretary, Search Committee, Head, Preservation Dept., 271 Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Applications received by May 10, 1993, will receive first consideration.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Book Conservation Intern
Pierpont Morgan Library

The Pierpont Morgan Library offers a full-time 9-month advanced internship in book conservation beginning October 1993. The IMS-funded internship will provide experience working with conservation problems from the Morgan's unique collection.

Application is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are recent graduates of recognized conservation programs, or students with equivalent experience. Stipend is $16,500 (pending notification of funding). Benefits include health and major medical insurance, 17 days of paid vacation, and registration, travel, and per diem for the AIC conference.

Interested candidates should send a short description of interests, with curriculum vitae, two or more letters of recommendation, and copies of reports of two recent conservation treatments (accomplished since the completion of training) to Ms. Evetts at the Pierpont Morgan Library, 29

East 36th St., New York, NY 10016. Applications will be received until the position is filled. O

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