Job Opening: Conservator for Rare Books, Duke University Libraries

For the complete job announcement and how to apply, visit http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/conservator

Conservator for Special Collections

The Conservator for Special Collections plans and carries out the physical treatment of special collections material from the Duke University Libraries including those from the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University Archives, and branch libraries. This position reports to the Head, Conservation Services Department (CSD).

Responsibilities

Conservation (80%)

    • Works with the department head and appropriate conservation and library staff to develop treatment strategies for special collections materials. Coordinates treatments and priorities with the Head of CSD.
Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

Verne and Tanya Roberts Conservation Lab, Duke University Libraries.

  • Performs appropriate conservation treatments on library materials held in the Libraries’ rare and special collections in support of various workflows including those for Rubenstein Library User Services and Technical Services, the Digital Production Center, and the Exhibits Program. Scope of work includes treating primarily bound and unbound books, manuscripts and other documents on paper and vellum. Depending on the conservator’s expertise the scope may also include treating photographs, papyri, and other formats and substrates found in the collections. Documents treatments with photographs and written reports following CSD and American Institute for Conservation (AIC) guidelines and best practices.
  • Identifies items for which protective enclosures will be the most effective preservation option; constructs appropriate protective enclosures or delegates the construction of enclosures to other staff, students or volunteers.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Departmental Support and Programming Initiatives (10%)

  • Participates in planning and setting goals, managing projects and developing workflows in support of CSD priorities.
  • Assists in providing disaster recovery services for library materials.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Professional Development (10%)

  • Actively participates on appropriate Library committees, task forces or groups to meet the strategic goals of the Department and the Duke University Libraries.
  • Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides training, supervision and quality control for students, staff and volunteers in coordination with the department head and/or senior conservator.
  • May serve as interim supervisor in the absence of the department head and senior conservator.

Qualifications

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Education:

Required: ALA-accredited MLS or Master’s degree in conservation of library and archival materials, or demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the conservation of rare materials.

Preferred: Demonstrated record of continued education in areas relevant to this position.

Experience:

Required:

  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated experience in conservation of special collections and knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Exceptional manual skills and a full understanding of current conservation theory, principles, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of library materials.
  • Knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research library materials; commitment to AIC standards of practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a changing environment.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

Preferred:

  • Prior experience working in an academic research library or archives.
  • Prior experience supervising conservation technicians and students.
  • Expertise in the treatment of photographic materials; works on art on paper, vellum and parchment; or similar cultural heritage materials generally found in academic libraries and university archives.
  • Experience evaluating and treating materials to prepare them for digital imaging and/or exhibitions.
  • Experience in exhibitions including preparation, installation, materials testing and environmental monitoring.
  • Teaching experience.

Job Opening: Winterthur/Univ. of Delaware

Job Posting: Book and Library Conservator – 
Winterthur Museum, Garden &Library (Winterthur, DE)

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library seeks a Book and Library Conservator at the associate to full conservator level to care for its research library collections and teach in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program.

Responsibilities include preservation administration and conservation of rare and circulating library collections, loan and exhibit preparation, collaboration with Library and Conservation staff to achieve institutional preservation goals, and supervision of staff and volunteers as needed.  The Book and Library conservator also holds an appointment as affiliated faculty at the University of Delaware,
providing instruction and mentoring of students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. The hours devoted to teaching for this position may vary from year to year, but the educational setting builds vital links to other conservation faculty, and links to graduate students from all the specialties.

Qulifications: The applicant must hold a Master’s degree in conservation or a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience.  Applicants should have 7 years of conservation experience with at least 5 of those years post degree or training and be a member of AIC preferably at the PA or Fellow level.  An MLIS and significant experience in a research library is desirable.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to Human resources, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE  19735 or email <jobs@winterthur.org>.  EOE

Upcoming Conference: Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning

From the NCPC Press release:

Significant Preservation: Inventories and Assessments for Strategic Planning

North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference
William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
November 7, 2014

Inventories and assessments of heritage collections and sites are vital for meaningful strategic planning that conveys the importance of allocating scarce resources for preservation programs. Establishing the significance of tangible heritage to the communities we serve is essential for prioritizing conservation, storage, exhibition, and emergency planning decisions to protect cultural treasures for present and future generations. This conference will help you influence organizational, political, and community leaders who have the authority to improve preservation funding. Register today for a valuable learning experience with state, national, and international preservation leaders.

Keynote Speakers

Veronica Bullock is the Co-founder and Director of Significance International. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Prehistory/Archaeology from the Australian National University and a master’s degree in Applied Science (Materials Conservation) from the University of Western Sydney. Her fellowship at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property explored how significance assessments and risk assessments are taught in graduate conservation programs in Australia, Canada, the United States, and several countries in Europe. Ms. Bullock will provide an overview of the Significance Assessment methodology developed by the Collections Council of Australia.

Lisa Ackerman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Monuments Fund and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute. She holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MS in historic preservation from the Pratt Institute, and an MBA from New York University. Her professional service has included membership on the boards of the Historic House Trust of New York City, New York Preservation Archive Project, St. Ann Center for Restoration and the Arts, Partners for Sacred Places, Neighborhood Preservation Center, and the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites. Ms. Ackerman will present an introduction to the Arches heritage inventory and management system.

Dr. Paul R. Green is a Cultural Resources Specialist for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, an Adjunct Associate Professor at Old Dominion University, and a modern Monuments Man. He holds a BS from Marshall University, MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Green is a member of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Historical/Cultural Advisory Group and the International Military Cultural Resources Working Group. He will address the challenges and importance of prioritizing global heritage collections and sites for the protection of cultural property during war and armed conflicts.

Lightening Session Speakers

Martha Battle Jackson is Chief Curator for North Carolina Historic Sites. She will provide an overview of the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) for Collection Stewardship sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums.

Andrea Gabriel is Outreach & Development Coordinator for the North Carolina State Archives. She will present an introduction to the Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) administered by the North Carolina Office of Archives & History.

David Goist is a painting conservator in private practice. He will give an overview of the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) sponsored by Heritage Preservation.

 

For more information on the conference schedule, registration, scholarships, etc., see the NCPC events page.

Job Opening: AMIGOS

Open Position: Preservation Librarian, Consultant, Trainer – Dallas, TX

Expand your impact and influence.  Amigos Library Services seeks a librarian’s librarian specializing in preservation, collections care, and disaster planning and recovery.  Provide coaching, consulting, support, advice, and instruction to all types of libraries.  Amigos offers professional growth opportunities and excellent benefits.  Pursue your passion and pass it on.

Position Summary:  Consider a highly rewarding and exciting position serving your professional colleagues. Amigos is looking for a Collections Care/Continuing Education Librarian to provide educational, consulting, and support services to enable library staff to understand and utilize appropriate collections care techniques.

Major Responsibilities:

1. Design, develop and deliver training, using technology-based and traditional educational approaches, to enable library staff to understand and utilize appropriate collections care techniques.

2. Promote and provide consulting services to libraries including site surveys, disaster preparedness, project management, and preservation services. Submit written responses to appropriate RFPs; proactively identify and develop relationships with potential customers; and utilize Amigos publications to promote expertise.

3. Through the Ask Amigos service, provide collections care and disaster planning and response support and consultations by telephone, email, and written and electronic publications.

4. Assist library staff with emergency disaster recovery, including disaster preparedness, planning, onsite assistance, vendor coordination, locating financial assistance.

5. Write collections care and disaster preparedness articles and content for Amigos newsletters and other appropriate publications.

6. Participate in outreach activities with public, academic, and special libraries in the Amigos membership.

7. Prepare statistical and narrative reports for internal files and member support and consulting.

8. Represent Amigos at state, regional, and national meetings.

Annual Salary:  $45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience

Required Education:  Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school and either a certificate of preservation or archival administration or extensive knowledge of preservation practices, principles, and issues.

Required Experience:  Three (3) years of preservation education or related professional experience; or three years experience in bookbinding or book repair and practical experience with preservation issues.

Preferred:  Professional library or archival experience in an academic or archival environment.

To apply:  Send letter of application and resume to resumes@amigos.org

Conservation Fellowship: Notre Dame Libraries

Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

The Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, welcomes applications for a ten-month Advanced Conservation Fellowship, to begin September 2014. The Fellowship is an opportunity for an emerging conservation professional to build and apply the skills, experience, and confidence necessary to address conservation needs in a research library context.

Working with the Libraries’ conservator and other library staff, the Conservation Fellow will address conservation treatment needs of the Libraries’ rare books and special collections (http://rarebooks.nd.edu). The Fellow will perform treatment, including examination, decision-making and documentation; will gain experience interacting with curators on treatment selection and prioritization; and will engage in other activities suitable to the individual’s skills and learning objectives. The Fellow is encouraged to pursue research and may dedicate up to 20% of work time to research and other contributions to the profession.

The ten-month Fellowship is supported by a stipend of $36,500. Additional benefits include health insurance, paid holiday and vacation leave, and $1,500 support for conference participation and/or research. The Fellowship is generously supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered by the Foundation of the American Institute of Conservation.

The Fellowship is limited to graduates of graduate conservation programs in the U.S. and Canada, or to U.S. citizens graduating from graduate-level conservation programs abroad. Qualifications include a strong knowledge of the history, manufacture, and chemistry of books and paper; understanding of conservation ethics and preservation theory; excellent hand skills and attention to detail; demonstrated written and oral communication skills; effective interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to manage time effectively.

To apply, please include a letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references. Please submit all application documents electronically to Michelle Savoie, Senior Personnel Operations Coordinator: michelle.savoie@nd.edu. Review of applications will begin July 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Opening: Texas A&M

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative, energetic, and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as a Conservator. This clinical-track academic appointment carries a full faculty status with responsibilities including professional service to meet both the Libraries’ and the University’s requirements for promotion.

The Conservator is responsible for the management of the Texas A&M University Libraries conservation program for both special collections/archives and general collections under the direction of the Preservation Librarian. Duties will include aiding in the staffing, space, equipment, and supply needs for a new conservation lab/preservation facility. The Conservator will perform conservation treatments on collection materials and prepare materials for digitization and exhibits, make treatment decisions and prioritizations, and develop workflows for the delivery of materials to and from the conservation lab. The Conservator will educate on and raise awareness of conservation issues and concerns with the Libraries’ faculty and staff as well as work with the Preservation Librarian on outreach to the campus and community. The individual will participate in committees, including the University Libraries disaster recovery team, and administrative groups, as appropriate.

For additional information and instruction on how to apply, click here.

The full position description can be found here:

Applications received by June 19, 2014 will be given first consideration.

Julie Mosbo
William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian Preservation
Texas A&M University Librariesu

Obit: Robert Hudson Patterson

From the Austin American-Statesman via PADG. Conservation Administration News, the publication founded and edited by Bob Patterson for 15 years, is one of the inspirations for PCAN. –eds

Robert Hudson Patterson was born December 11, 1936, to Hubert and Beth Jones Patterson in Alexandria, Louisiana, and died quietly at home, surrounded by family and friends, on May 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

Bob was raised by his grandparents, Robert and Florence Jones, in Jackson, Mississippi, after the death of his father in 1943. His grandfather owned a hardware store, which engendered in Bob a life-long love of gadgets and of ordering the world around him. He graduated from Central High School in 1954 and Millsaps College in 1958. Several college road trips to Mexico kindled a passion for the country’s art and culture, and he received a M.A. with advanced graduate work in Latin American History from Tulane University in 1963, and a M.L.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965. He then began a long career in library administration.

After working at Tulane University from 1965-1970, Bob moved with his family to Austin in 1970 where he was Head of Special Collections Cataloging at the Humanities Research Center (now the Harry Ransom Center). He returned to Tulane University from 1973-1976, then became the Director of the University of Wyoming Library from 1976-1981. He was Dean of Libraries at the University of Tulsa from 1981-1998. Bob was hailed by colleagues as a pioneer and leader in the library preservation movement, and was the founding editor and publisher of Conservation Administration News (CAN) from 1979-1994.

Following his retirement and move to Austin in 1998, Bob became an active community volunteer, and taught ESL at El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission. He received the Volunteer of the Year award from El Buen in 2006. He also traveled extensively, meeting his wife on a solo trip to San Miguel de Allende. With De, Bob explored Austin’s great cultural offerings and found peace and tranquility in his later years. To his great surprise, he found a home and spiritual community at St. James Episcopal Church. He savored being a husband, father, and grandfather.

Bob is survived by his wife, De Sellers, daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Todd Peters, daughter Emily Johnson, grandchildren Ben and Elizabeth Peters, all of Austin, two former spouses, and a host of friends and surrogate family from his high school, college, career, and post-retirement years. Peter Hernandez and John Zamarippa looked after Bob as his health declined, and they became close friends in addition to caretakers. We honor John and Peter for their staunch devotion to him.

Bob will be remembered for his wit and good humor (his high school annual quipped, “if Bob has had a serious thought, no one knows about it”), charm, open-mindedness, gentleness of spirit, his interest in personal discovery, love of architecture, classical history, music, travel and good food, perseverance, and the calm courage with which he faced his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Music Division (http://stjamesaustin.org/), and El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission (http://www.elbuen.org/). A memorial service will be held at St. James on May 31, 2014, 10 a.m.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 18 to May 19, 2014

- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=robert-hudson-patterson&pid=171061500#sthash.6YuFD2Jd.dpuf

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