The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 20, Number 2
Jun 1996


Microfilm Project Coordinator
Modern Economic and Social History Project, Phase 2

Columbia University Libraries

Temporary Position, 19 months

Reporting to the Director for Preservation, this position has primary responsibility for managing a multi-year microfilming preservation project, including supervising and training project staff who perform bibliographic searching, circulation procedures, and physical preparation of volumes; determine appropriate treatments, prospectively catalog titles on OCLC, and perform quality control inspection; monitoring and coordinating workflow of all participating units; monitoring and coordinating workflow of external vendors to maintain productivity and ensure that proper standards and procedures are followed; maintaining statistics and preparing progress and statistical reports; problem solving; and related responsibilities.

In addition to an accredited MLS, requirements are: at least one year professional experience in preservation at a large research library or similar institution; aptitude for analytical work and strong organizational skills as demonstrated through previous relevant experience; formal training or equivalent experience in preservation; ability to work with staff at all levels in a fluid, complex organization and to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; knowledge of preservation microfilming policies and procedures; knowledge of OCLC; working knowledge of French or German. Preferred qualifications include: experience with technical processing in a large library environment; previous supervisory experience; experience with electronic spreadsheets, cost modeling, management statistics, and/or budgeting.

Salary ranges (which will increase 7/1/96) are currently: Librarian I: $34,000 - $44,200; Librarian II: $36,000 - $48,600. Excellent benefits include assistance with University housing and tuition exemption for self and family.

Send resume, listing names, addresses and phone numbers of three references, to: Kathleen Mechanic, Asst. Vice President for Human Resources, Box 35 Butler Library, Columbia University, 535 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027. Applications received by 6/30/96 will receive priority consideration; applications accepted until position is filled. State title of "Project Coordinator" in cover letter. An affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Senior Paper Conservator
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a senior paper conservator for the Museum's encyclopedic collection of Euro-pean and American drawings, architectural drawings, papyrus, Medieval parchments, Islamic miniatures and Indian paintings on paper.

Responsibilities include care, examination, treatment, documentation, and technical analysis of a wide range of art on paper and related materials, interacting with curators, assisting in the active exhibition and loan program of the Museum, advising in the acquisition of new works of art, and participating in other departmental activities such as lecturing, the training of interns, and some administrative duties.

Candidates must be able to assess conservation requirements, design and execute skilled treatment, manage work flow, provide technical guidance to Museum departments, possess good interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrate initiative and flexibility in meeting the demands of this very dynamic institution. Master's degree from a recognized conservation training program, knowledge of art history, and a minimum of eight years of relevant post-graduate experience required.

The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits. Letter of application, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three professional references should be sent to: Human Resources Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10028. EOE

Positions Announced Elsewhere

In April and May, these positions were announced on the Cons DistList: Preservation Librarian at SUNY Albany; lecturer in paper conservation at University of Canberra, Australia; preservation services representative at CCAHA; development manager at Preservation Resources; and exhibits preparator/conservation technician at Princeton.

In June, the following positions were announced on the DistList:

Special collections and preservation librarian at Oberlin College (full position description is available at

Two conservation assistants at Yale University Library, starting Aug. 1; contact Alexis Hagadorn, Collections Conservator, Yale University Library.

Two archives and manuscripts librarians at New Mexico State University.

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