The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 12, Number 4
Jun 1988


Positions Open

ASSISTANT PAPER CONSERVATOR
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University

Note: This is a three-year term appointment.

Responsibilities: Conserves/restores papyrus documents for the general manuscript collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Performs advanced conservation work on manuscripts and other paper format items from the Library's five collections: American Literature, German Literature, Western Americana, the Osborn Collection of English Literature and History, and the General Collection. Makes treatment decisions.

Qualifications: Graduate degree in paper conservation or equivalent training. Knowledge of all current principles and techniques in paper conservation. Strong organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others. Experience with papyrus and/or paper conservation preferred. Knowledge of ancient Greek desirable.

Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. To be assured of consideration, please send letter, resume, and the names of three references by July 29, 1988 to Diane Y. Turner, Human Resource Specialist, Library Personnel, Yale University Library, Box 1603A, Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520. An EEO/AA employer.

LIBRARY CONSERVATOR
Minnesota Historical Society

Library Conservator to manage the library conservation lab at the Minnesota Historical Society. Responsibilities include recommending carrying out and documenting treatments; assisting in the formulation of policies, priorities, and standards; supervising a lab assistant and an end-processing technician; monitoring storage conditions; and providing advice and education on book and paper conservation.

Requirements include graduation from an accredited conservation program or equivalent experience. Minimum monthly salary is $2048 plus benefits. Application deadline is June 30, 1988. Send resume to Robert Herskovitz, Head, Conservation Dept., Minnesota Historical Society, 690 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101. AA/EOE.

SENIOR CONSERVATOR: FLAT SHEET MATERIALS
National Library of New Zealand

The National Library of New Zealand is responsible for major national heritage collections of manuscripts, archives, drawings and prints, photographs and printed ephemera, as well as books. The Library's Conservation Unit wishes to recruit conservators for its growing professional team to work in a well-appointed laboratory housed in the Library's new building. The duties of this position include organizing collection surveys, examining and reporting on the items in the collections and performing conservation treatments, educating staff on appropriate handling and care of the collections, advising on the conservation of material outside the library, end supervising staff undertaking routine tasks. (Duties do not include the restoration of bindings.)

Minimum qualifications: Formal or equivalent training in conservation; three years of conservation experience in the treatment of works of art or paper or related material. The capability to make treatment decisions.

Salary: NZ.$36,600-48,600 depending on qualifications [equivalent to US$25,254-33,534].

Starting date: as soon as possible. To obtain a full job description and/or to apply please send resume and names of three referees relevant to professional qualifications to: WJH Baillie, Conservation Officer, National Library of New Zealand, Private Bag, Wellington, New Zealand 6001. Telex: 30076. Fax: 64 4 743 035. Please refer to position identification 1/13/4.

LIBRARIAN OR ARCHIVIST TO DIRECT
MICROFILMING SERVICES

Northeast Document Conservation Center

A Director is sought for preservation microfilming service and photographic copying service. Public relations skills, management experience, some knowledge of microforms and photographic copying. Advanced degree in related field.

Salary in upper 20s or commensurate with experience. Send resume to: NEDCC, 24 School St., Andover, MA 01810.

ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR
Preservation Dept., Yale University Library

Responsibilities: Manages the binding unit of the Conservation Division. Performs highly skilled professional conservation treatments to preserve/protect rare and valuable books and other archival materials. Trains and supervises staff and students in binding and conservation procedures. Determines appropriate techniques, materials and procedures for conservation treatment.

Qualifications: Degree in book conservation or equivalent training. Strong organizational and supervisory skills. Two years professional experience in conservation of books or library materials. Ability to communicate effectively and to coordinate work. Knowledge of current principles and techniques in book and paper conservation. Professional experience in a research library preferred.

Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience. To be assured of consideration, please send letter, resume, and the manes of three references by July 29, 1988 to Diane Y. Turner, Human Resource Specialist, Library Personnel, Yale University Library, Box 1603A, Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520. An EEO/AA employer.

CONSERVATION ASSISTANT I
University of Michigan

Duties: Under close supervision of the Head, Conservation and Book Repair, performs paper conservation treatments on book pages and documents, including drycleaning, removing tape with solvents, washing, deacidifying, resizing, flattening, mending, encapsulating, and matting. Executes conservation bindings in various styles and materials, including case structures, unsupported sewing styles, split board, and post bindings. Constructs drop-spine boxes with inset labels and other protective enclosures. Documents treatments in writing and by photography. Assists Head, Conservation and Conservation Assistant II with various projects as assigned.

Qualifications: One to three years experience in bookbinding, or in book and paper conservation, under the supervision of an experienced conservator or hand bookbinder. Ability to carry out book conservation techniques with care, precision, patience, and attention to detail, as demonstrated in work samples. Basic practical knowledge of the characteristics of a variety of bookbinding materials. Manual dexterity, skill in using hand tools. Knowledge of current conservation principles as demonstrated by a regular reading program. Preferred: Undergraduate college degree.

Salary and Leave: Minimum salary of $15,730 dependent on previous relevant experience. Ninety-six working hours of vacation per year; 15 days of sick leave per year with provisions for extended benefits. TIAA/CREF retirement plan.

Apply to Library Personnel Office, 404 Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1205. Applications received before June 30, 1988, will be given first consideration. A Non-discriminatory, Affirmative Action Employer.

ASSOCIATE PRESERVATION LIBRARIAN
University of Michigan

Duties: Responsible for the management of the Brittle Book Replacement Office which includes procedures for grant-based projects and for the planning, implementation, and supervision of ongoing improvements in the brittle books program. In addition, the Associate Preservation Librarian is responsible for monitoring workflow, hiring and evaluating full-time staff, preparing unit plans and monthly reports, assessing budget and staffing needs, and managing materials funds for reprints and commercial microforms. Will also be responsible for preservation staff and user education program, for disaster planning and training in disaster recovery techniques and for advising selectors on replacement decisions. Assists the Head, Preservation Office, in writing reports and grant proposals and will manage the funds for preservation supplies and equipment.

Qualifications: Required: MLS & minimum of 2 years relevant experience in a large academic or research library. Successful supervisory experience including training and budget responsibilities; broad knowledge of preservation based on work experience, equivalent coursework, or related training; ability to plan and implement projects and to work independently; strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff at all levels, representatives of other institutions, and the public. Desired: Reading knowledge of at least two Western European languages; familiarity with RLIN or OCLC database.

Salary and Leave: Minimum salary of $23,000 dependent on previous relevant experience. Twenty-four working days of vacation a year; 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits. TIAA/CREF retirement plan.

Apply to Lucy R. Cohen, Library Personnel and Payroll Services, 404 Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205. Applications received by July 15, 1988, will be given first consideration. A Non-discriminatory, Affirmative Action Employer.

HEAD, COLLECTIONS MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT
Johns Hopkins University

Responsible for developing, implementing, and administering the library's policies and programs to conserve and preserve its collections. Organize, manage, and plan for all units (10 staff) reporting to this position. Reports to the Associate Director for Collection Management and Development.

Qualifications: Extensive knowledge of library preservation, conservation and collection management principles, practices, and issues. Demonstrated administrative and supervisory experience, preferably in an academic research library preservation/conservation program. Excellent interpersonal and written and oral communication skills. Formal training or equivalent and significant experience in bookbinding desirable. MLS from an ALA-accredited library school desirable.

Excellent benefits. Salary dependent upon education and experience. Minimum $28,296. Please submit letter of application, resume, and three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your professional qualifications by June 30, 1988 to Edward S. Warfield, Johns Hopkins University, Office of Personnel Services, Room 146, Garland Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218. Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer.

PRESERVATION INTERN
New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has available a 12-month temporary position (beginning Sept. 1, 1988) for a Preservation Intern. Under general direction of the Chief of the Conservation Division, the intern will undergo a general orientation in the administration of collection management and preservation programs of the Research Libraries. The Intern will then help plan and carry out a specific preservation project (or projects), attend meetings, and participate in workshops and staff training programs. Upon completion of the 11-month training period, the Intern will submit a written evaluation of the training. Qualifications: graduation from an accredited library school, supplemental training in preservation administration and/or expertise in the execution of conservation procedures/techniques as demonstrated by previous relevant work experience or successful completion of a formal program in the conservation of research library materials. Familiarity with foreign languages, statistical analysis, sampling techniques/systems analysis, and experience in a research library or archives desirable. Must possess initiative, interest in the area of library administration, ability to work independently under general guidelines, and excellent communications skills.

Salary: $24,800. Closing date: July 15, 1988. Preliminary interviews can be conducted at the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans in early July. Or you may send letter of application and resume to: Francine Feuerman, Personnel Representative, Dept. AN, The New York Public Library, 8 West 40th St., New York, NY 10018. An Equal Opportunity Employer N/F.

MELLON INTERN FOR PRESERVATION ADMINISTRATION
University of Michigan

Duties: Responsible for expansion of the Library's preservation program in the divisional and branch libraries. Outlines a broad preservation program for a specific collection, with particular attention to the replacement/reformatting of brittle books; develops and oversees implementation of procedures and workflows; develops and presents training modules for divisional library staff; writes narrative and statistical reports and other documents relative to project. Participates with Preservation Office Staff in managing ongoing programs (brittle books replacement, conservation and book repair, bindery preparations, and microfilming) and in planning and implementing new preservation initiatives. Participates in staff and user education program, and in disaster preparedness and recovery training program. In addition, will be responsible for overseeing special projects as assigned; preparation of samples and surveys as needed; participation in planning and implementing grant-based initiatives. Supervision of staff and student employees may be required in carrying out responsibilities. Reports to Associate Preservation Librarian.

Qualifications: Required: MLS & minimum of 5 years post-MLS experience; ability to plan and implement projects and to work independently; strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff at all levels, representatives of other institutions, and the public. Desired: Experience in a large academic or research library; successful management experience including planning, supervision, training, and budget responsibilities.

Salary & Leave: Salary commensurate with current level of experience up to a maximum of $30,000. Twenty-four working days of vacation a year; 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits. TIAA/CREF.

Apply to Lucy R. Cohen, Library Personnel and Payroll Services, 404 Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205. Applications received by July 15, 1988, will be given first consideration. Non-discriminatory Affirmative Action Employer.

PRESERVATION LIBRARIAN
Northwestern University

This is a new, permanent professional position, reporting to the Head of the Preservation Department, in a dynamic and growing library preservation department. Since 1985, Northwestern University Library has nearly tripled its preservation staff, raised a $2 million endowment for preservation activities, and established a comprehensive library preservation program. Northwestern's program is based on permanent funding with the exception of reformatting activities, most of which are grant-funded. Applications are welcome from both experienced and entry-level individuals.

Responsibilities: The exact responsibilities of the Preservation Librarian will vary with programmatic priorities, which are set by strategic planning and influenced by funding opportunities. The Preservation Librarian will work closely with the Department Head in managing a variety of preservation activities and projects, and will be responsible for the operation and management of the Preservation Office, one of three units within the Preservation Department. (The other two are Conservation Treatments and Materials Processing.) The Preservation Office works with appropriate Library staff to assess preservation needs of collections and develops plans to meet those needs. The Preservation Office also coordinates preservation decision-making activities including bibliographic searching (may include searching performed within or outside of Department), working with bibliographers and other selectors, and implementing decisions. In addition, the Preservation Office is responsible for designing and evaluating appropriate intra-and inter-departmental procedures, compiling relevant statistics and monitoring budgets, managing departmental bibliographic control issues (including a system of on-line preservation codes), and participating in inter-departmental management of related issues. The Preservation Office coordinates programs in Library disaster prevention and recovery, preservation education and outreach, and environmental monitoring. A small preservation reference collection is maintained in the Preservation Office. As the central administrative office of the Department, the Preservation Office also facilitates and coordinates all Department activities, as well as cooperative activities with other institutions (such as reformatting projects).

Qualifications: MLS degree (preferred) or equivalent; demonstrated interest in and commitment to library preservation (nay be in the form of work experience, course work, internship, or other comparable experience); excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to take initiative and work independently; ability to thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing work environment.

Salary range: $21,000 - $24,000.

For further information, contact Richard Frieder, Head, Preservation Department, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL 60208 (312/491-7599). Send applications to Lance Query, Assistant University Librarian for Planning and Personnel, Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL 60208. AA/EOE

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