The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 16, Number 5
Oct 1992


Positions Open

Preservation Administration Intern
Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University

Responsibilities: Surveys the condition of collections; processes materials received through the Library's basic preservation program; participates in administering grant-funded brittle book microfilming projects; undertakes minor collections conservation actions; and completes other appropriate special projects, based upon the intern's experience and interests.

Requires: M.L.S. degree from an ALA-accredited library school. Knowledge of preservation and conservation practices and techniques, as demonstrated through previous relevant experience, and/or successful completion of a formal program in the preservation of library and archival materials preferred. Experience in a research library or organization preferred. Familiarity with the preservation of non-book materials desirable.

Salary: $30,000. Rank, Librarian I. This is an 11-month position. Benefits include 22 days vacation; 16 holiday, recess and personal days, and health care. Relocation expenses will not be paid. Applications received by October 31 will be given first consideration. To be assured of consideration, please send letter of application, resume and names of 3 references to: Diane Y. Thrner, Director, Library Personnel Services, Yale University Library, P.O. Box 1603A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520. An EEO/AA employer.

Paper Conservator
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the regional paper conservation laboratory located in Philadelphia, is seeking a paper conservator for its staff This position offers potential for professional growth through varied and challenging treatment. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in evaluating the condition and treating both archival and fine art material. The ability to work with peers as part of a team is essential, as is the ability to plan and structure one's own treatments according to a schedule. The Conservator will work with clients in accessioning objects for treatment, write condition reports/treatment proposals, advise clients, and occasionally travel to participate in field service surveys, on site projects and workshops.

The candidate should be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent apprenticeship training, with at least one year additional experience. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should send resumé, three sample treatment reports, and three professional references to: Glen Ruzicka, Chief Conservator, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, 264 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Book Conservator
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the regional paper conservation laboratory located in Philadelphia, is seeking a book conservator for its staff. This position offers potential for professional growth through varied and challenging treatment. The candidate should have demonstrated ability in both single item and collection care book treatments. Ability to work with peers as part of a team is essential, as is the ability to plan and structure one's own treatments according to a schedule. The Conservator will work with clients in accessioning objects for treatment, write condition reports/treatment proposals, advise clients, and occasionally travel to participate in field service surveys, on site projects and workshops.

The candidate should be a graduate ofarecognized conservation training program or have equivalent apprenticeship training, with at least one year additional experience. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should send resumé, three sample treatment reports, and three professional references to: Glen Ruzicka, Chief Conservator, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, 264 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Head, Preservation Department
Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Position Duties: Reports to the Assistant Director for Technical Services; responsible for managing and coordinating activities of the Preservation Department (Materials processing section, Bindery section, and Book reformatting section). Includes the training and supervision of 5 full-time staff and 2.5 FTE student assistants. Develops goals and priorities for the preservation and conservation of library materials, including management of brittle books program. Plans and conducts preservation education programs for library staff

Qualifications: The successful candidate must have received the MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program; three years experience in an academic or research library setting in preservation or preservation-related areas (may include bindery operations, serials management); broad knowledge of preservation based on work experience, equivalent coursework, or related training; proven administrative and supervisory skills; familiarity with automated library systems and library binding practices; understanding of serials issues; 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.

Salary: Starting salary from $28,776 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Appointment/Benefits: Position is an Academic Staff' annual probationary appointment leading to indefinite appointment. Generous vacation and fringe benefits.

Application: UW-Milwaukee and the Golda Meir Library strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. Please send letter of application, resume, name/address/telephone number of three references and transcripts to Elese Colvin, Personnel Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library, PO Box 604, Milwaukee, WI 53201. All applications must be postmarked by December 15, 1992. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The University of Wisconsin System is required to provide a 0;2433]list of all nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identity not be revealed. Persons agreeing to be final candidates will have their identity revealed as a final candidate.

Conservation Laboratory Faculty Member
University of Texas at Austin

The Preservation and Conservation Education Programs (PCEP) is seeking nominations and applications for a book conservator to teach the main sequence of laboratory courses for first and second year students. This faculty member will be responsible for the teaching of physical treatment for circulating and special collection materials. Although development of the syllabus is the responsibility of the faculty member, topics to be taught are expected to include protective enclosures and techniques for refurbishing book collections; paper testing, washing, resizing, deacidification and repair; binding, including sewing and other forms of leaf attachment, covering materials and methods; historical binding techniques; book repair; rebinding; and full conservation treatment. Also included are treatment documentation and laboratory design and management. The conservator will also be responsible for managing the teaching laboratory; coordinating or teaching the laboratory course for preservation administrators; participating in recruitment and curriculum decisions with the full PCEP faculty; and all other responsibilities of a faculty member including service to the profession, the school and research.

Qualifications: Considerable training and skill in the area of book conservation; successful experience in the treatment of books and paper in an institutional environment; distinguished record of professional service and research; knowledge of book technology, binding history and the book arts. Ability, experience, and commitment to teaching and research, as well as the ability to communicate with students at a variety of skill levels, will be emphasized. Preferred are an MLS from an accredited graduate program, graduate training in conservation, and an advanced degree in an appropriate subject area.

The position will be available the fall semester of 1993. Considerable participation in the design and implementation of the laboratory space and the acceptance of students will take place over the 1992/1993 academic year if possible. This position is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To ensure consideration, applications or nominations should be received by November 1. Please send a letter of application and resume to Carolyn Harris, Director, Preservation and Conservation Education Programs, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Paper Conservation Intern
The Pierpont Morgan Library

Nine-month, non-renewable IMS Conservation Internship for paper conservation student to work in the paper conservation lab under Patricia Reyes, Mellon Conservator, at The Pierpont Morgan Library. Salary from September 1, 1992 through May 31, 1993, $15,000 (3/4 of annualized salary of $20,000). Additional benefits include health and major medical insurance, 17 days of paid vacation, and support for attending AIC conference. Candidates should have completed three years of training in a recognized conservation school or have equivalent training and professional experience. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required. Send résumé, a short description of interests, letters of support from 2 conservation professionals familiar with your work, and copies of two conservation treatment reports accomplished since the completion of academic training or apprenticeship to Mrs. Reyes, Morgan Library, 29 East 36th Street, New York, NY 10016.

Assistant General Collections Conservator
Princeton University Libraries

Professional position responsible for conserving and preserving a full range of research materials from the 18th-20th centuries in the Library's general collections. Performs array of repairs and conservation treatments in a production setting on paper, cloth and leather bindings and textblocks. Reports to General Collections Conservator.

Required: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience; minimum one year prior experience in collections conservation in a library or archives preservation program. Must have demonstrated knowledge/experience in conservation/preservation of library materials, ability and skill to work independently, communicate effectively and contribute to preservation program in complex organization; previous experience in training and supervision.

Desirable: Advanced degree in library or archives collections conservation; experience in research library. Applicants chosen for interview must present portfolio of successful collections conservation treatments.

Salary: $30,200, minimum, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Write for full vacancy announcement. To ensure consideration, send application (resume and names, titles, addresses and telephone numbers of 3 references) postmarked by December 1, 1992 to: Assistant General Collections Conservator Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Librarian, Princeton University Libraries, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544. AA/EOE.

Photographic Conservator, GS-11/12
Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Conservation Office seeks to hire an individual to perform conservation treatment and collection care of a wide range of photographic materials in the Library's collections. The position includes surveying, working with curatorial staffs, research and materials investigation, treatment development, and outreach activities. Position requires specialized experience in the conservation of photographs of artistic or historic value.

Salary: $32,423 to $50,516. Vacancy Announcement #21246. This position, and the one below, are subject to Congressional funding authorization for fiscal 1993 beginning October 1, 1992.

Applicants should request copies of specife vacancy announcements and an SF-171, Application for Federal Employment, by calling 202/707-4315. Applications must be received by November 30, 1992, at Library of Congress Human Resources Operations Office, 101 Independence Ave., SE, LM-107, Washington, DC 20540-2295. The Library of Congress is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Paper Conservators, GS-9/11/12
Library of Congress

The Conservation Office has two Paper Conservator positions who will be responsible for the conservation treatment and collections care of a wide variety of paper materials such as prints, maps, manuscripts and drawings, work with curatorial staffs, materials investigation, treatment development and outreach activities. Specialized experience in the conservation of paper artifacts is required.

Salary: $26,798 to $50,516. Vacancy Announcements #21240, 21241,21242.

See italicized notice in announcement for photographic conservator.

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