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[BKARTS] Temporary Position - MMA



JOB DESCRIPTION
BOOK CONSERVATOR ON CONTRACT

TIME FRAME: September through May. 663 hours total (95 days or 19 weeks),
can be part- or full-time.

DEPARTMENT:     Drawings and Prints (working in Watson Library Book
Conservation Dept.)

PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Performs conservation treatment of rare books in the Department of Drawings
and Prints. These projects have been funded for many years by a grant from
the New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library
Research Materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reports to Project Director (curator in D&P) and consults Preservation
Librarian (TJWL). Conservation treatment and re-housing of rare book
collections as specified in grant application. Responsibilities include:

1) Accountability for keeping track of work hours and expenses as described
by the granting agency and Museum administration

2) Working with Project Director to prepare condition reports/treatment
proposals and other appropriate documentation, using collection surveys and
grant application as a guideline.

3) Preparation of specifications and measurements for works to be boxed by
an outside vendor; quality control and record-keeping for all vendor
services.

4) Performing a full-range of book conservation treatment and repairs,
including refurbishing of bindings, dry cleaning and paper repair, cloth and
leather rebacking, and the stabilization of text to cover attachment, leaf
attachments, and other elements of the binding structures.

5) Responsible for documenting the project for inclusion in the final report
to the granting agency.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Must have completed a formal graduate-level program in book conservation--or
equivalent--with demonstrated experience in the examination and treatment of
books and paper. Knowledge of printmaking processes and 16th-20th century
European binding structures. Must have clerical skills adequate for
documentation of the project.


AGENDA

Daily
Accounting for attendance or absence with D&P and TJWL administration
Conservation treatment
Cleaning and maintaining work area, tools and equipment
Securing the work in progress (locking up or returning valuable books)

Weekly
Week-end organization of work in progress, work station and conservation lab

As Needed
Keep track of hours worked, to meet the criteria of the grant project
(information can be gotten from the Finance Dept., Development Office and
Project Director)
Preparing treatment reports and reviewing these with project supervisor and
director
Review project goals
Work with Project Supervisor to order supplies

To apply or for futher information, contact:

Mindell Dubansky
Associate Museum Librarian - Preservation
Thomas J. Watson Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 650-2890
Fax: (212) 570-3847

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