The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 18, Number 8
Dec 1994


Positions

Associate Director/Conservation Division

Nebraska State Historical Society

The Nebraska State Historical Society is seeking an Associate Director/Conservation Division at its Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center. Currently under construction, the Ford Conservation Center is scheduled to open in late summer, 1995. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the Center will offer state-of-the-art laboratory and related support facilities for conducting conservation treatment on paper, textiles and objects. The Ford Conservation Center is a division of the Nebraska State Historical Society. The Center is designed to serve the conservation needs of the Society, museums, libraries, county and local historical societies and other public and private clients from across Nebraska and the Midwest. Its operation is supported by a significant endowment, fees, and state funds.

The Associate Director/Conservation Division will be part of the NSHS senior management team and will report to the Society Director. The person filling this position will manage all aspects of the Center's operation including budgets, research, scheduling, purchasing and supervision of all Center professional and support staff. The Associate Director/Conservation Division will be expected to have appropriate training, experience and ability to evaluate and conduct treatments on either paper, textiles or objects.

Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills are necessary. Basic knowledge of electronic data management and experience in establishing and maintaining work schedules is desirable. The ability to provide directions toward the achievement of goals is essential.

A valid drivers license or the ability to provide independent transportation is required. Qualified applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree and be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent apprenticeship training with at least five years of experience in one of these fields: paper, textile, or objects (archeology, ethnographic or historic). Membership in the American Institute of Conservation is highly recommended.

The starting salary range is $34,305 - $48,027 depending on experience and qualifications plus a generous state benefits package is included. Late summer 1995 is the anticipated start date.

Send cover letter, resume and State of Nebraska Application for Employment form to Nebraska State Personnel, PO Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. Employment forms are available from Nebraska State Personnel. Cover letters should be addressed attention Mr. Tony Schmitz. For more information contact Mr. Schmitz at 402/471-4781.

Preservation Field Service Director

NEDCC

Northeast Document Conservation Center seeks director for its field service program, which is the consulting and educational arm of the Center. Responsible for providing preservation surveys, workshops, disaster assistance, and technical information service for libraries, archives, and historical organizations. Considerable travel. Collections management experience and advanced degree in related field desired. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, references, and writing sample to: NEDCC, 100 Brickstone Square, Andover, MA 01810.

Conservator (two positions)

Nebraska State Historical Society

The Nebraska State Historical Society is seeking two full-time conservators to perform treatments of paper, textiles or objects at its Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center. Currently under construction, the Ford Conservation Center is scheduled to open in late summer, 1995. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the Center will offer state-of-the-art laboratory and related support facilities for conducting conservation treatments on paper, textiles and objects. The Ford Conservation Center is a division of the Nebraska State Historical Society. The Center is designed to serve the conservation needs of the Society, museums, libraries, county and local historical societies, and other public and private clients from across Nebraska and the Midwest. Its operation is supported by a significant endowment, fees and state funds.

The Center's conservators will perform treatments and make recommendations for proper storage, care and exhibition of collections. Successful applicants will possess strong communications skills and the ability to prepare various reports relating to the objects being treated.

A valid drivers license or the ability to provide independent transportation is required. Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree and be a graduate of a recognized conservation training program or have equivalent apprenticeship training with at least five years of experience in one of these fields: Paper, textile, or objects (archeology, ethnographic or historic). Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills are necessary. Basic knowledge of electronic data management desired. Membership in the American Institute of Conservation is highly recommended.

Salary range is $25,688 - $35,963 depending on experience and qualifications plus a generous state benefits package is included. Early fall is the anticipated state date.

Send cover letter, resume and State of Nebraska Application for Employment form to Nebraska State Personnel, PO Box 94905, Lincoln, NE 68509. Application forms available from Nebrasks State Personnel. Cover letters should be addressed attention Mr. Tony Schmitz. For more information contact Tony Schmitz at 402/471-4781.

Assistant Head, Preservation Department (Head, Conservation Section, Assistant Librarian)

Indiana University Libraries

Assists head of Preservation Department with development of policies and goals for preservation and conservation programs; establishes conservation priorities and treatment strategies for collections in consultation with Preservation Department Head and fund managers, with primary emphasis on Libraries' circulating collections; coordinates all Preservation Department conservation units, including supervising 3.5 FTE appointed staff; trains conservation technicians in treatment techniques; trains branch staff in minor repairs, housing and cleaning techniques; treats circulating and special collections materials; leads disaster planning and recovery; monitors library storage environments; works closely with library departments, units and staff; cooperates with other conservation staff in libraries and on campus; maintains communications with conservators nationally.

Qualifications: MLS from ALA accredited graduate program or equivalent experience; three or more years experience in supervision of conservation laboratory dedicated to library materials; demonstrated knowledge of current conservation and library binding techniques; strong analytical skills; flexibility; ability to work effectively with staff at all levels and with many different backgrounds; excellent written and oral communication skills. Preferred: two or more years post-graduate experience as conservator for general collections in research library preservation or conservation program.

Salary negotiable and competitive, dependent upon experience and qualifications, with salary minimum of $26,919 (Assistant Librarian salary floor). Conditions and benefits: Librarians hold tenure-track appointments within a system of ranks analogous to and modeled on those of the teaching faculty, with excellence of job performance as the primary criterion for promotion and tenure. They participate in a system of faculty governance that includes the Bloomington Faculty Council and the University Faculty Council. Within the University they serve on university committees and task forces. They are eligible for sabbatical and other research leaves. Benefits include university health care plan, TIAA/ CREF retirement/annuity plan, group life insurance, liberal vacation and sick leave. To apply send application letter, resume, names, addresses, phone numbers of four references to Marilyn Shaver, Personnel Officer, Indiana University Libraries, Main Library C-201, Bloomington, IN 47405. Telephone: (812) 855-8196. Available: Immediately. Application reviews begin 4/1/95, and continue until position is filled. EEO/AAE.

IMS Book Conservation Internship

Pierpont Morgan Library

The Pierpont Morgan Library offers a full-time advanced internship in book conservation, beginning September 1995. This internship will provide experience working with conservation problems from the Morgan's unique collection. Stipend is $16,500 for nine (9) months. Benefits include health and major medical insurance, 17 days of paid vacation, and registration, travel, and per diem for the AIC conference. Application is open to US citizens and permanent residents who are recent graduates of recognized conservation programs, or students with equivalent experience. Interested candidates should send a short description of interests, with curriculum vitae, 2 or more letters of recommendation, and copies of reports of two recent conservation treatments (accomplished since the completion of training) to Ms. Evetts, Book Conservator, The Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th St., New York, NY 10016. Applications will be received until the position is filled, but a decision will be made by May 1995.

Note: On February 8, there was a notice from Harvard University on the Conservation DistList about a summer internship to arrange, rehouse and conduct a condition survey for a drawing collection. There is a stipend. Send letter of application, resume and list of references to Anne Anninger, Dept. of Printing and Graphic Arts, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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