The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 20, Number 3
Aug 1996


Librarian I, Collections Conservator
University of Maryland College Park

The University of Maryland College Park Libraries invites applications for a newly created position: Librarian I, Collections Conservator.

Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the Head of the Preservation Department, the newly-created position of Collections Conservator manages the work of the Conservation Unit, integrates its function with those of the Preservation Department and other departments and libraries within the UMCP Libraries system. Provides professional expertise in determining the proper course of treatment for all library and archival materials, and arranges for other professional conservation services that cannot be accomplished in house. Conservation services are extended to all libraries within the College Park campus.

Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited master's degree in library science; graduate studies and/or extensive training in a recognized conservation facility.

Experience: Required: A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience. Ability to plan and carry out a collections conservation program. Demonstrated conservation treatment skill. Strong organizational and supervisory skills, including the ability to train, supervise and assess work; to plan, organize, and direct work flow and physical space. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to work independently, to exercise sound judgment, and to effect change. Desirable: Five years experience in conservation in an academic or research library or archives. Knowledge of commercial library binding technology and its appropriate application. Evidence of continuing education and growth in the field of conservation.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Benefits available.

Applications: For full consideration, submit resume and names/addresses of three references by August 30, 1996. Applications accepted until the position is filled. Send resume to: Ray Foster, Library Personnel Services, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7011, Fax 301/314-9960.

The University of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Book Conservator
University of North Texas

The University of North Texas Libraries has an opening for a book conservator with a background in paper conservation and a proven ability to manage people.

Responsibilities: Provide conservation treatment of rare and unique materials in the Rare Book and Texana Collections, Archives Collection, and Music Collection, including but not limited to: paper treatment, document repair, binding, and binding restoration. Assist in reformatting decisions, planning, program development, staff and intern training, and supervision. Work with trained individuals, in the departments involved, to determine treatment methods, schedule of treatment, and responsibility for treatment. Also is responsible for maintaining in usable condition the circulating and reference collections of the University of North Texas Libraries. This responsibility requires the application of sound, independent judgement, using acceptable ethical standards in a collection-wide approach to hands-on book conservation training and supervision, sorting material for treatment, setting treatment standards and production levels, and ordering and maintaining appropriate tools and materials. Supervises one full-time assistant and several student assistants.

Qualifications: Requirements: BA degree in art history, English, chemistry, or related field, or equivalency; graduation from an accredited conservation program and two years of experience in book or manuscript conservation or five years of extensive experience in book or manuscript conservation; advanced knowledge of hand-bookbinding techniques and history; demonstrated verbal and written communications skills; supervisory experience. Preferred Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program; strong analytical skills; flexibility; ability to work effectively with staff at all levels and with many different backgrounds. Rank: Librarian I or II; 12-month renewal appointment; minimum salary $26,000, with final salary dependent on experience; state or optional retirement plans, standard benefits. Starting date: September 1, 1996. Search Committee Chair: Lou Ann Bradley.

The University of North Texas is a state-assisted, comprehensive doctoral granting institution located in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. UNT, with a student enrollment of over 25,000, is the fourth-largest university in the state. The UNT Libraries have total collections of over 1.6 million, a full-time staff of 105, and an operating budget of over six million dollars.

Screening of applications will begin on August 1, 1996 and continue until the position is filled. Application: Applicants should submit a letter of application, vita, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Lou Ann Bradley, Book Conservator Search Committee Chair, c/o Library Administrative Offices, University of North Texas, UNT Box 5188, Denton, Texas 76203-0188.

The University of North Texas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and encourages applications of women, minorities, handicapped persons, and Vietnam-era veterans.

Preservation Department, Head
Tulane University Library

Tulane University Library invites nominations and applications for the Head of the Preservation Department. The position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services, supervises 4 paraprofessional staff, and is responsible for managing and leading the preservation program for the general collections at Tulane.

Responsibilities: Oversees the daily operation of the Department to ensure that materials move in a timely and cost-effective manner; supervises commercial and in house binding, conservation, and reformatting activities; hires, trains and supervises staff; establishes departmental goals and provides for their evaluation; coordinates library wide staff/user education programs; maintains environmental monitoring program; maintains disaster plan; prepares grant proposals for preservation activities; initiates and administers collections maintenance needs analysis for the general collections; other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications: Required: ALA-accredited MLS; knowledge of preservation and conservation practices and techniques as demonstrated through previous relevant experience and/or successful completion of a formal program or internship in the preservation of research library materials; excellent oral and written communications skills; excellent interpersonal skills; commitment to professional involvement, preferably at the national level; strong service orientation; flexibility to manage a variety of tasks with varying time pressures and constantly changing priorities.

Preferred: Prior library experience in an academic or research library; supervisory experience; sufficient knowledge of bibliographic control concepts to direct bibliographic searching for reformatting of materials; familiarity with one or more modern European languages.

Salary/benefits: Rank and salary commensurate with experience, minimum $26,000.00; excellent benefits, choice of health plans, immediate tuition waiver for self, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.

To Apply: Send letter, resume and name, address, and telephone number of three references including immediate supervisor to Melonie Hughes, Administrative Associate, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118. Review of applications will begin November 1, 1996 and continue until the position is filled. Tulane University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Shop Manager Trainee
Univ. of Iowa Center for the Book, Paper Facilities

Tim Barrett at the University of Iowa Center for the Book has announced a new Shop Manager Trainee position intended for someone with significant experience and interest in traditional Eastern and Western hand papermaking. The job pays $17,000/year, with health benefits, and begins 4 February 97. The position is normally held for 2 years, renewable up to 4 years total. Applications are due 1 October 96. Interested individuals should call 310/335-4410 to request a complete job description and detailed application information.

Jobs Announced Elsewhere

Employer Date Ann'd
Cons. Technician NYC Munic. Arch. 6/96
Internship in environ'l monitoring National Trust, UK 6/96
Conservator Univ. Kansas 6/96
Res./Teaching Fellowship NYU 6/96
Paper Conservator Univ. of Dundee 6/96
Paper Consr (Lib. & Archives) Nebraska State Historical Society 6/96
Conservator of Photographs RMCC 6/96
Temporary Presn Planner CAL Archives, Smithsonian Inst. 6/96
Director of Book Conservation NEDCC 7/96
Advanced Internship, Paper Consn National Park Svc, Harpers Ferry 7/96
Asst. Librarian (Preservation) Univ. of Southampton, UK 7/96
Administrative Conservator NYU Institute of Fine Arts 7/96
Assoc. Paper Conservator Museum of Modern Art 7/96
Conservator National Archives 8/96
Document Preservation Technician California State Archives 8/96
Book & Paper Conservator (8-mo. position) Arkansas Territorial Restoration (in Little Rock) 8/96

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