The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 17, Number 6
Nov 1993


Positions Open

Assistant Conservator/Rare Materials
Brigham Young University

Description. This Assistant Conservator provides expert conservation treatment for rare books, manuscripts, archives and special collections. Under the direction of the head of the Conservation Laboratory, she/he examines, specifies, and performs a wide variety of treatment operations designed to preserve the historic, artifactual, and intrinsic value of materials, stabilize their condition, and protect them during storage and use. The Assistant Conservator may participate in survey projects involving special collections and in developing and implementing cost-effective conservation strategies for large artifact collections. He/she assists the head of the Conservation Laboratory in the operation and maintenance of the lab including specifying supplies and maintaining equipment, supervising of conservation technicians, and providing training to library personnel in conservation practices.

Qualifications. Three to five years experience in the practical and theoretical problems of book and paper conservation, demonstrated through any combination of formal and/or informal training experiences, apprenticeships, internships, or work experience. Preference will be given to applicants with actual work experience in a library conservation facility.

Salary and benefits. Faculty status, generous insurance and retirement benefits. Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications. This is a twelve-month appointment on a tenure track, with twenty-two days annual leave and additional professional development time available.

To apply: Send resume and names of three references to Pamela Barrios, Conservation Department Chair, 3008 HBLL, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. For further information, please call Pamela Barrios at the Conservation Laboratory: 801/378-7654.

Application deadline: February 28, 1994.

Assistant Conservator/Exhibitions and Rare Materials
Brigham Young University

Description. Under the direction of the head of the Conservation Laboratory, the Assistant Conservator provides assistance with book, paper, and photographic conservation treatments and housings for rare materials from the Special Collections, including Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives. He/she organizes and carries out exhibition procedures, including: identification of items in need of conservation treatment before exhibition; monitoring environmental and lighting arrangements; and final mounting for exhibition of items from the Special Collections. In addition, this Assistant Conservator maintains expertise in all operations in the Book Repair Laboratory, working with the head of Book Repair to coordinate efforts between Book Repair and the Conservation Laboratory.

Qualifications. One to three years experience in the practical and theoretical problems of book and paper conservation, demonstrated through any combination of formal and/or informal training experiences, apprenticeships, internships, or work experience. Preference will be given to applicants with actual work experience in a library conservation facility, or Collections Conservation program.

Salary and benefits. Faculty status, generous insurance and retirement benefits. Salary is negotiable depending upon qualifications. This is a twelve-month appointment on a tenure track, with twenty-two days annual leave and additional professional develoment time available.

To apply: Send resume and names of three references to Pamela Barrios, Conservation Department Chair, 3008 HBLL, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602. For further information please call Pamela Barrios at the Conservation Laboratory: 801/378-7654.

Application deadline: February 28, 1994.

Assistant Collections Conservator (University Library Assistant III)
University of Connecticut Libraries

Under the general supervision of the Library Conservator, the anticipated incumbent performs a broad range of conservation treatments, coordinates and participates in various conservation projects, assists in the training and supervision of student workers in the Conservation Unit, and participates in disaster recovery efforts. The Conservation Unit is one of three units within the Library's Preservation Department.

Responsibilities include: book conservation (performing minor, intermediate and major treatments), paper conservation (performing a range of routine treatments), and constructing custom-made protective enclosures. Other responsibilities: Hiring, training, scheduling, supervising and evaluating student workers; sorting materials in the Conservation work flow by treatment category; documenting complex procedures; preparing training materials; and main-taining current awareness of conservation trends and practices and their relationship to broader preservation issues.

Required: Bachelor's degree, minimum of two years exper-ience performing conservation treatments in a recognized treatment facility with increasing levels of decision-making responsibility, superior manual dexterity (candidate may be required to provide samples of completed treatments), de-monstrated ability to work independently and to organize work flow in a productive manner, experience with standard microcomputer applications, and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Anticipated salary range is $26,625 to $34,691.

To apply, send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references to: Brinley Franklin, Associate Director of Administrative Services, University of Connecticut Libraries, Box U-5A, Storrs, CT 06269-1005. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut actively solicits applications from minorities, women, and people with disabilities. (Search #4A178)

Archival Conservation Internship
Smithsonian Institution

The Conservation Analytical Laboratory (CAL) and the Office of Fellowships and Grants announce five one-year Smithsonian postgraduate conservation fellowships starting in fall 1994. Three are in the laboratories of CAL, of which one is in archival conservation and one in any of five conservation specialties including paper. The other two are at conservation laboratories in Smithsonian museums. Stipend $18,000; $2,000 travel and research allowance. "Third-year" internships in archival conservation and other specialties, as well as summer internships and pre-program internships, are also available. Application deadline Feb. 15. Detailed information from Loretta Ester, CAL/MSC, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560; 301/238-3700.

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