The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 6, Number 4
Aug 1982


Positions Open

HEAD, LIBRARY CONSERVATION UNIT
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

A conservator is sought to assume the responsibility for daily operation of the unit, to hire, train, and supervise a staff of five full-time employees. Formulate policy, establish routines and standards of treatment, document procedures for all conservation activities. Prepare budget estimates, written reports, and all equipment and supply requests. Review incoming materials, identify valuable items and determine appropriate treatment. Oversee rebinding, recasing and repair of routine materials. Perform various techniques on more valuable items including washing, mending, deacidifying and encapsulating maps and manuscripts, constructing boxes and other protective enclosures. Consult with libraries, recommend appropriate treatment. Assist with preservation education program for staff and users and in the organization and operation of disaster recovery operations. Report to the Library Preservation Officer.

Three to five years experience in bookbinding and conservation is required, with a one-year minimum of supervisory experience. Must have knowledge of historical bindings and demonstrated ability to perform advanced book restoration techniques. Salary $18,500 to start. Application deadline is Sept. 15. Contact Jack W. Weigel, Assistant for Personnel and Staff Development, 404 Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109.

CONSERVATOR (RARE BOOK BINDER), GS-9
Library of Congress

Under general supervision, performs conservation treatment of a variety of book and paper materials requiring highly developed skills, a sound knowledge of book structure and paper conservation techniques, and in-depth knowledge of conservation chemistry and materials science.

Minimum Qualifications:

Specialized experience: Applicant must have two years of progressively responsible related experience in rare book conservation including one year at the GS-7 level in the Federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the Federal service. Knowledge of paper and paper chemistry; ability to successfully accomplish duties involving safe handling of fragile materials; and ability in the conservation treatment of library and archival materials as determined by previous work experience and demonstrated by a portfolio or samples of previous work (to be submitted at the time of interview).

Educational requirement: Bachelor's degree with substantial course work (at least 12 semester or 18 quarter hours) in art history, studio arts, or physical science.

Substitutions: For this position, three years of related library or conservation experience and two years of Specialized Experience may be substituted for the Educational and Experience requirement. One year of this experience must have been at the GS-7 level [or equivalent]. A master's degree in library or archival conservation may be substituted for only one year of the required conservation experience, unless skills equal to the standards of the LC Rare Book Conservation Section at the GS-9 level can be demonstrated.

Test requirement: Applicants will be required to take a certified performance test during the interview to permit objective comparisons of bench aptitudes.

Salary: $19,477-$25,318

Deadline: Sept. 12. Submit Standard Form 171 to The Library of Congress, Employment Office, James Madison Memorial Bldg., Rm. LM-107, Washington DC 20540. Refer to Vacancy Announcement No. 20466. The staffing specialist for this announcement is Christopher Arntzen. The series and other identifying numbers for this job are 1101-9-1887MP.

CONSERVATOR (RARE BOOK BINDER), GS-5

Library of Congress

Under general supervision, performs conservation treatment of a variety of book and paper materials requiring well-developed manual skills, a sound knowledge of book structure and paper conservation techniques.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of paper and elementary paper chemistry; ability to successfully accomplish duties involving safe handling of fragile materials, and ability in the conservation treatment of library and archival materials. Bachelor's degree with substantial course work (at least 12 semester or 18 quarter hours) in art history, studio art, or physical science.

Substitutions: Graduation from high school and three years of related library or conservation experience may be substituted for the Educational requirement. Applicants will be required to take a certified performance test [etc.].

Salary: $12,854-$16,706

Deadline: Sept. 12. Apply as above. Vacancy Announcement #20467. The series and other identifying numbers for this job are 1001-5-1889MP. Promotion plan to GS-9.

BINDERY TRAINEE
Newberry Library

Write John Robinson, Bindery Supervisor, Newberry Library, 60W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610 (tel. 312/943- 9 090).

BOOKBINDER
CCAHA, Philadelphia

A modern, well equipped conservation laboratory is searching for a highly trained bookbinder with knowledge of conservation binding and an interest in learning more about conservation and preservation of books from one of the most experienced book conservators in the U.S. The position offers an opportunity to help mold the development of a book conservation laboratory within a young and growing nonprofit organization serving many of the most important libraries in the U.S. If interested, please send résumé listing training, experience, references and salary expectations to Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, 260 5. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

CONSERVATOR, BOUND MATERIALS
Ohio Historical Society, Columbus

Responsible binding conservation position in large state historical society archives-library conservation department. In addition to broad knowledge of, and skill in, performing paper conservation treatments and conservation binding techniques, applicant should possess ability to assist in planning and development of systematic conservation programming for very diverse variety of collections materials, selecting appropriate treatment based on type, value, condition, and use. Requirements:

Master's degree in library science, history or related sciences from an accredited college or university, plus one year of conservation work experience; or bachelor's degree in these subjects, plus two years' conservation experience. Conservation training course work, internship, or certificate may be substituted for one year's work experience. Salary: $14,518 minimum - $18,844. Send résumé and references to: Dennis East, Division Chief, Archives-Library Division, Ohio Historical Society, I-71 and 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211 (614-466- 1500).

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