The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 24, Number 2


University of Iowa Libraries
Preservation Librarian

Position Description: Plans, organizes, coordinates, and implements preservation program for the University of Iowa Libraries in collaboration with the Conservator and other Preservation Staff. Includes management and coordination of preservation activities for all formats, reformatting efforts, disaster preparedness planning, staff and patron education related to preservation, coordination of preservation activities with branch libraries and other processing units, and super-vision of the Preservation Department. Current program development agenda includes significant expansion of preservation services for non-print collections. The Preservation Department includes units for assessment and reformatting, binding and marking, and a conservation unit responsible for physical treatments. The Preservation Librarian manages the preservation budget; is responsible for the over-sight of grant-funded preservation projects and outsourced preservation services; participates in the preparation of preservation components of grant proposals; and is expected to represent the Libraries in appropriate regional and national forums. In addition to the Preservation Librarian, the Preservation Department consists of one professional (Conservator) and eight library assistants, as well as student employees. The position reports to the Director for Collections and Information Resources.


Required: Graduate degree from ALA accredited library and information science program, or equivalent; general know-ledge of preservation operations in a research library environment; minimum of three years professional library experience; demonstrated managerial and leadership abilities; excellent oral and written communications skills; excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills; demonstrated commitment to professional involvement.

Preferred: Working knowledge of the preservation of magnetic and photographic media, including their storage, use, dubbing, and migration and of preservation issues related to digital imaging, archiving, and metadata generation.

Salary and Appointment: Appointment rank and salary will be based on relevant experience and educational background and will be made at the Librarian II or III level. Salary range $32,775-$55,105. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, TIAA/CREF retirement, and a flexible selection of medical, life, dental, and vision insurance, child care credit, and additional benefits.

Application Procedures: Application deadline is September 1, 2000. Qualified individuals should submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to: Janice Simmons-Welburn, Director, Human Resources and Processing Services, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420, (319) 335-5871.


For further information concerning the University of Iowa Libraries, visit our web site at:

Canadian Centre for Architecture
Paper Conservation Intern

The Conservation/Preservation Department of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), a museum and study centre devoted to the art of architecture and its history, is pleased to announce a twelve-month internship in paper conservation funded by the Getty Grant Program (Los Angeles).

The intern will focus on two projects:

  1. The intern will examine, document, and carry out the intensive conservation treatment of a large collection of 19th-century architectural drawings. He/she will also participate in a comparative technical examination of the materials and techniques of the drawings.
  2. The intern will take responsibility for the loan or exhibition of a body of objects from the modern era. He/she will deal not only with the conservation and preservation issues but also with all conservation administration procedures for the loan or exhibition.

The intern will also take part in the day-to-day operations of the Conservation Department and will be expected to participate in professional activities such as conferences, workshops, and visits to other institutions.

Candidates will be considered who are recent graduates (maximum three years since graduation) of a recognized training program. Knowledge of both English and French are assets.


Applications for the internship should include the following material:

Selection of candidates to be interviewed will be made by committee. Candidates to be interviewed may be asked to submit a portfolio of conservation projects.

The above material should be sent by October 1, 2000 to: Director, Human Resources, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920, rue Baile, Montréal, Québec, Canada H3H 2S6; Telephone (514) 939-7000; Fax (514) 939-7020.

For further information about the internship, contact: Karen Potje, Head, Conservation/Preservation Department, or Margaret Morris, Conservator, Canadian Centre for Architecture; Telephone (514) 939-7000; Fax (514) 939-7020.

The CCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Library of Congress
Supervisory Conservator

Vacancy announcement #000163, GS-1001-13 (10757) $60,890-$79,155. Salary reflects locality pay adjustment.

The Library of Congress is seeking a Supervisory Conservator to head its Conservation Division's Book and Paper Section. The selected candidate will supervise employees in the examination of collection items to determine conservation needs and the most appropriate treatment based on established criteria, documentation, materials analysis and testing. Other duties include working with staff to develop, establish, coordinate, and implement a Library-wide conservation program appropriate to the collection needs; maintaining fiscal control of conservation; adhering to ethical conservation standards of practice; and assuring the safety of all items referred to Section for treatment.

Qualified candidates must have knowledge of conservation techniques and practices as well as supervisory and program management skills.

Applicants must obtain a copy of Vacancy Announcement #000163 in order to apply for this position. For a copy of this vacancy announcement and application form, please call the Library of Congress Employment Office at (202) 707-4315 or (202) 707-5627. One can also obtain copies by visiting the Library of Congress Employment Office, Room LM-107, 101 Independence Avenue, SE, Washington, DC Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or visit our web site at Applications must be received no later than October 1, 2000. The Library of Congress is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

U.S. Jobs Announced in Other Publications, July 2000

Georgetown University Law Library - Book Repair Technician

Harcourt Bindery - Finisher
Box-maker and Cloth Worker

Harvard University, Weissman Preservation Center - Conservator, Special Collections

Indiana University Libraries - Collections Conservator

Library of Congress - Phased Conservator (Full-time)

Phased Conservator (Part-time)

Newberry Library - Project Conservator, Ayer Manuscript Collection

New Orleans Conservation Guild - Paper Conservator

New York Public Library, Goldsmith Conservation Lab - Assistant Conservator, Specialist II

Pierpont Morgan Library - Conservation Technician

Princeton University Library - Conservation Technician, Collections Conservation
University of California at Berkeley - Senior Bookmender

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