The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 23, Number 3


Missouri State Archives

Responsibilities: Working in a full-equipped conservation lab with two other conservators. Duties include: treatment of paper-based materials (most often maps and manuscripts); generating written and photographic documentation of all items treated; preparing and presenting public education programs; and answering inquiries from state agencies, local governments, and citizens. The person in this position also performs on-site consultations around the state and writes general preservation articles.

Qualifications: Degree from a recognized conservation program or professional experience specializing in the treatment of paper-based materials. Some experience in photo conservation and disaster recovery would be welcome. Must have computer experience, particularly with Microsoft Office. Must have valid driver's license since occasional travel is required. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with co-workers and public patrons.

Salary: $29,760 with state benefits.

Applications: Resume and completed application to: Ms. Jerri Snodgrass, Office of the Secretary of State, P.O. Box 1767, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Candidate will be asked to present and discuss a portfolio of past treatments during the interview.

Paper or Book Conservator
Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is seeking candidates for the position of Paper and Book Conservator to manage the Society's state of the art paper and book conservation lab. This is a full-time, permanent position. The conservator is responsible for overseeing a wide range of paper and book conservation activities in a large historical society with a major research library and archives, and active programs of collecting, collections maintenance, exhibits and education. This lab is primarily an archival conservation facility although the opportunity exists for treatment of works of art on paper, photographs, and rare books.

The qualifications for this position are normally acquired through graduation from an accredited conservation program and significant work experience or an equivalent in education and experience. Candidates should have: thorough knowledge of conservation theory and practice as well as 19th and 20th century book and paper history, materials, and construction; well-developed skills in the examination, evaluation, treatment, and documentation of library and archival collections; experience in project planning, management, and supervision; and good interpersonal skills.

Minimum starting salary is $37,250 with an excellent benefit program.

The interview process will begin immediately with applications being accepted until the position is filled. Contact Sherelyn Ogden, Head of Conservation, at (651) 205-4661 if you have questions or via e-mail at To request application materials, contact the MHS job line at (651) 296-0542 or website at Please send a letter of application, resume, and completed application form to: Human Resources Department, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906. EEO/AA employer.

Non-Print Conservator
Preservation Office, Emory University

Emory University seeks applications for a Non-Print Conservator to provide a range of preservation services for non-print collections, both circulating and archival, in the General Libraries, Health Science Library, Law Library, Oxford College Library and Theology Library.

Responsibilities: The position reports to the Coordinator, Preservation Initiatives and Services and works closely with other Preservation Office staff, including the book conservator and the reprographics supervisor. Non-print collections with which the individual will work may include film, videotape, computer tapes, disks and other electronic formats, audio and music recordings in a variety of formats, photographs, magnetic media and realia.

Qualifications: Master's degree (in appropriate technological field or library science) and three years related conservation experience beyond the internship level which includes administrative or supervisory experience (will consider equivalent combination of education and experience). Prefer extensive background in photography, film preservation, or digital imaging technologies. Important qualifications include: knowledge of national standards for various forms of media; strong computer skills; expertise with color calibration and color management systems, and with digital conversion software; knowledge of applications and issues involved in digital technology for preservation and the preservation of magnetic media; and knowledge of preservation and collection management practices and issues. Requires excellent organizational skills, supervisory skills, and oral and written communication skills and the ability to initiate and adapt to change, and to work effectively in a collaborative, team environment.

Salary and Benefits: Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience; minimum salary is $33,758. Emory University offers a comprehensive benefits package including tuition benefits and retirement options that include TIAA/CREF.

Application: Send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: Dianne M. Smith, Library Human Resources Officer, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322-2870. Application review begins November 15, 1999. Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages women and minority candidates.

Job Openings Available Elsewhere

Assistant or Associate Conservator Yale Center for British Art Sept 99
Book and Paper Conservation Intern Newberry Library Sept 99
Collections Conservator Preservation Dept. NYU Libraries Sept 99
Director Cambell Center for Historic Preservation Studies Oct 99
Head Preservation Dept. Tulane Univ. Library Sept 99
Paper Conservator West Lake Conservators Ltd. Sept 99

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