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[BKARTS] AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY, HEAD OF CONSERVATION, Philadelphia, PA.



AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY LIBRARY

HEAD OF CONSERVATION

POSITION AVAILABLE JANUARY 1, 2003

  The American Philosophical Library, an institution with a long-standing
concern for collections preservation, is seeking the successor to Hedi Kyle
who has served the APS with distinction for sixteen years and who will
retire at the end of 2002.

The Head of Conservation position is primarily a hands-on, bench job with
some departmental administrative tasks. We are seeking a senior paper
conservator specializing in the maintenance and treatment of paper media,
including manuscripts, photographs, unbound printed materials and works of
art on paper. The successful candidate will work with the current Associate
Conservator, the senior book conservator, together they will coordinate
their responsibilities so as to preserve and protect historically
significant resources.

Other duties include: preparing materials for loans, assisting with
exhibitions, training interns and volunteers, documenting treatments,
surveying collections and writing reports. In addition the Head Conservator
participates in the planning and implementation of an educational book
conservation program which offers hands-on workshops to regional institutions.

The Conservation Department is comprised of three professionals (one being
grant supported), four to five interns, and four regularly scheduled
volunteers.

Qualifications for position:

Graduate degree from a conservation program or equivalent training.

Minimum of five years working experience as a paper conservator.

Knowledge of current paper conservation techniques.

Excellent manual dexterity.

Good decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

Physical ability to dust, clean, lift, and carry weight on occasion.

Salary commensurate with responsibilities, qualifications, and experience.

Excellent benefits.

Application materials and inquires should be sent to: Dr. Edward C. Carter
II, Librarian, American Philosophical Society, 105 South Fifth Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215-440-3404)

Applicants should provide a resume and the names, addresses, and telephone
numbers of three references.

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