Job Opening: Michigan State University Libraries

Special Collections Conservator
Michigan State University Libraries

Position Summary

Reporting to the Head of Conservation and Preservation and working closely with staff in the Wallace Conservation Lab, Special Collections, and other library units, as well as with partners at other institutions, the Special Collections Conservator is responsible for the conservation treatment of rare and unique library materials in the Michigan State University Libraries. Duties will include:
  • Complex conservation treatments on rare books, maps and special collections materials from throughout the library including, but not limited to: re-sewing; leather and vellum rebinding and binding conservation; gold and blind tooling; conservation of paper and vellum, including aqueous and chemical treatment; and the creation of custom protective enclosures for a variety of rare and archival materials.
  • Assisting the Head of Conservation and Preservation in managing and planning the conservation program, including: establishing conservation priorities within the various special collections libraries; managing and planning treatment methods and procedures for a wide range of library materials; training conservation technicians, volunteers and student workers; condition assessments and the management of preventative care.
  • Preparation of rare and special collections materials for exhibition.
  • Consulting with other library staff on conservation and preservation issues and providing training for library staff in minor repairs for their collections.
  • Assist with disaster preparedness and recovery and serve as a member of the Disaster Recovery Committee.
Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in a continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development, scholarly and creative activities related to their position. Additionally, librarians serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in information or library science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Knowledge of current conservation principles, practices, and procedures as evidenced by a graduate degree in conservation, or the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or a verifiable certification of advanced training and education. Excellent oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal communication skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment; exceptional commitment to customer service; ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work collaboratively and independently; ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs; attention to detail; preparation and commitment to conducting independent scholarly and creative activities consistent with a library faculty appointment; capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development.
A portfolio of work will be required at the interview.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a conservation program for rare materials and special collections; experience in treatment decision-making; advanced knowledge of hand bookbinding techniques and principles; working knowledge of chemistry as it applies to conservation treatments.

Closing Date: 5pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014

Special Instructions to Applicants
Minimum $50,000; MSU provides generous fringe benefits.
Interested applicants should provide a letter of application, resume and names, addresses and email addresses of three references. Posting number 9201. To apply visit the MSU Applicant Page website at <https://jobs.msu.edu>.  For questions, please contact Jacquelyn Hanson <aholajac@mail.lib.msu.edu> at MSU Libraries’ Human Resources Department.

Job Opening: CCAHA (Philadelphia)

From the PADG listserv 3/11/2014, edited for length.

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) seeks a chief executive officer to lead CCAHA and provide for its continued growth and success through the management of all operations, maintaining the highest levels of productivity, integrity, and quality.

The Executive Director for CCAHA leads in the development, implementation, and oversight of CCAHA’s vision and mission.  Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the successful candidate will have a passion for conservation, an entrepreneurial spirit, excellent communication skills, and the ability to inspire loyalty, trust, and respect in his/her colleagues and professional associates.

Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree and at least seven years of increasing responsibility in managing a department or division within a nonprofit cultural institution. The experience must include the supervision of staff, financial management, successful fundraising, grants management, and strategic planning.

Candidates should send a letter of interest discussing their qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three references to:

Search@CCAHA.org

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Application Deadline is April 15, 2014.  For more information, visit CCAHA’s website at www.ccaha.org.

(Slightly More) Open Access

JPASS_Primary_LogoAs announced in the March issues of AIC News, AIC members have the opportunity for discounted access to articles in JSTOR via JPASS. Why does this matter? If you are a preservation or conservation professional with no institutional access to JSTOR you now have an opportunity to access this database for a reduced yearly fee.

As part of your AIC membership, we are able to offer you the 1-year JPASS access plan for $99—a 50% discount on the listed rate. JPASS includes unlimited reading and 120 article downloads to more than 1,500 humanities, social science, and science journals in the JSTOR archival collections. For those with a short-term project or research need, there is also an option to purchase one month of access for $19.50.

To use your member discount and sign up for JPASS, follow the “Learn more” link on the AIC Online Resources page at www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/online. This member-restricted page about JPASS has a link that will admit you to the JPASS purchase website for AIC members.

To use your member discount and sign up for JPASS, follow the “Learn more” link on the AIC Online Resources page at www.conservation-us.org/publications-resources/online. This member-restricted page about JPASS has a link that will admit you to the JPASS purchase website for AIC members.

While not all JSTOR content is available through JPASS, Pres/Cons professionals can find a lot of information here. Some journals indexed in JPASS include:

  • American Anthropologist
  • American Antiquity
  • American Archivist
  • American Libraries
  • Archaeology
  • Journal of Museum Education
  • Midwestern Archivist

Obviously this is a very small sampling of the titles available. JAIC isn’t yet amongst the JPASS collection that I could tell, but maybe it will be added in the future.  Don’t forget, you may be able to get journal articles via your local public library or public university’s library through their interlibrary loan service.

Open Access to our professional literature and research will be the next frontier that we need to cross as a group. While not quite true Open Access to JAIC, it is a step forward for access to allied professional journals and we applaud AIC for making this access more affordable for its members.

Workshop: Photo Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators

From PADG, a post by Gawain Weaver that we wanted to pass along.

Photograph Conservation for Book and Paper Conservators

http://gawainweaver.com/dukeconservationworkshop/

October 14-17, 2014
Duke University Libraries
Durham, NC

Instructors: Gawain Weaver and Jennifer Olsen

Course Description

Libraries and archives collect more than books and manuscripts. Textiles, digital files and audio-visual materials are common in collections. Photographs are probably the most-represented media after paper-based objects, but their value is usually to the collection as a whole not as individual artist’s prints. Conservators working in libraries and archives are charged with their care, but often feel they don’t have the knowledge and skills to address basic conservation issues at the collection level. In this class, conservators will learn basic cleaning, stabilization, and repair techniques for 19th and 20th century photographic prints and negatives. While the focus will be on practical treatment skills, there will also be basic instruction about the history and composition of photographs, and housing and exhibit strategies.
Basic process identification will not be covered in depth. Though it is not a prerequisite, a Care and Identification of Photographs workshop is taught several times a year in the U.S. and internationally and provides a solid foundation for this more advanced course.

Format

4-day workshop, mix of lecture and hands-on instruction, 4-day schedule available on request

Who Should Attend

This class is taught at an intermediate to advanced level. Participants should have experience in book or paper conservation in evaluating condition, making treatment decisions, and performing intermediate to advanced level conservation treatments.

What’s Included

4-days of instruction, color workshop notebook, a variety of damaged photographic materials for workshop treatment and take home, 60x handheld microscope. Participants should bring their own tools though some will be provided.

How To Apply

Application deadline July 1st, responses sent by July 15th.

Send CV and a brief letter explaining your reasons for attending the workshop to workshops@gawainweaver.com. Mid-career experience level in book or paper conservation strongly preferred. Applications accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis after the deadline if there is still space in the workshop. Workshop registration and materials fee of US$1500.00 payable upon acceptance.

Gawain Weaver
Photograph Conservator
San Francisco Bay Area
tel 415.446.9138

http://gawainweaver.com/

We ran this workshop last year for the first time at the Huntington Library. It went very well and we got a lot of positive feedback from participants. We’re running it again this year at Duke University with only minor modifications based on last year’s experience. Although it may run again in the future in the US there are no plans to do so at this time.

best,
Gawain

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Job Opening: Columbia University

eJournal Preservation Librarian
Temporary Appointment
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Columbia University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of eJournal Preservation Librarian. This is a temporary grant-funded position ending on or about April 30, 2015 (with the possibility of extension) created to review titles within the 2CUL holdings that do not have adequate preservation plans. The goal of the position is to expand the number and extent of e-journal preservation coverage by supplying tested preservation strategies to selected categories of selected e-journals. Reporting to the Director of the Continuing & Electronic Resources Management division (CERM), the incumbent will be responsible for:

Working with preservation agencies such as CLOCKSS, LOCKSS, and Portico and with the producers and distributors of eJournals (including publishers, aggregators, professional societies, and academic departments) to secure preservation agreements for selected titles held by Columbia University Libraries and Cornell University Libraries.

Providing a detailed analysis of the full set of un-preserved e-journals held by Columbia and Cornell, characterizing the different types of content, methods of publication and dissemination, and providing an initial assessment of importance for preservation.

Reviewing license agreements and terms, requiring knowledge of Electronic Resource licensing terms and contract/license language for copyright, fair use, and perpetual access with vendors; Examining archiving provisions (or lack thereof) in Columbia’s and Cornell’s current e-journal licenses and proposing additional or modified language drawn from model license terms appropriate to each type of publication.

Working to streamline the workflow for the preservation of electronic resources, specifically eJournals; Working towards appropriate solutions in an ever-changing situation; Developing appropriate methods of analysis for problem solving; Ensuring documentation of current procedures; Developing and using statistical and other management reports.

Serving on the project advisory team and providing overall project planning and coordination.

Assisting in preparing issue briefs and white papers based on experience and findings of the project to encourage community discussion of issues relating to eJournal preservation; Participating in consultation with the BorrowDirect Collection Development group in review of publication categories and priorities and reporting on project activities and findings at professional meetings and conferences.

Staying abreast of developments and changes in the eJournals preservation area, providing guidance and outreach to the parties involved, and informing them of new and enhanced products and services.

Performing other duties as assigned.

 

Required Qualifications:

- MLS or equivalent

- Experience working with eJournals

- Experience with reviewing and identifying issues with license agreements for electronic resources

- Ability to work with varied user groups and to function effectively in a team environment and in a complex and culturally diverse organization

- Excellent organizational, analytical and interpersonal, oral and written communication and training skills.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

- 2 or more years of academic library experience

- Experience working with Library vendors

- Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues

- Knowledge of preservation practices for electronic journals

- Knowledge of publishers and publishing

 

Joyce G. McDonough             tel: 212.854.4764
Director, Continuing & Electronic Resources Management
Columbia University Libraries  fax:    212.854.5167
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY  10027            email: jm86@columbia.edu

Madeline Kelly Wins Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant

From the PADG listserv, 2/5/2014:

Madeline Kelly is the 2014 recipient of the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Travel Grant. The grant, consisting of a $1,250 cash award donated by the Library Binding Institute, will support Madeline’s attendance at ALA Annual in Las Vegas. The grant is awarded by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services Preservation and Reformatting Section to provide librarians and para-professionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend the ALA Annual Conference and to encourage professional development through active participation at the national level.

Madeline received her MLIS from Simmons College in 2012. She currently works as Collection Development Support Specialist at George Mason University, where she has been proactively growing her preservation knowledge while increasingly taking on preservation responsibilities. Madeline looks forward to connecting with the ALA preservation community in support of her professional development and her efforts to help George Mason University develop their preservation program.

The award citation will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the ALA Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 28, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Job Opening: Head of Preservation, Stanford

Head of Preservation Department, Stanford University Libraries

We have edited this posting for length. For a complete job description and to apply, see their website.

The Head of Preservation takes a lead role in collection life-cycle management, documenting and resolving preservation issues as general and special collections are considered, acquired, processed, reformatted, used, and stored.  The Head is responsible for investigation of new strategies and technologies to address challenges to long-term preservation and access.  This assessment and consultation role includes responsibility for coordination with curators, subject specialists, facilities staff, and technical staff.

Stanford follows national preservation practices, which evolve with the shifting needs presented by new library material types as well as by emerging technology solutions.  The Department Head plays a visible role for Stanford in national review of proposed new practices, and ultimately must assess their impact on local resources.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership across SUL to assure long-term access to the full breadth of collection materials.
  • Develop and manage the programs and activities of the Preservation Department:  conservation services,preventative preservation, commercial binding, end-processing, and reformatting paper-based materials.  Manage and motivate staff of 13 fte in two supervised units with a budget of $1.3 million.
  • Coordinate SUL’s preservation mission with the Libraries’ collections programs, including strong cooperation with and support for Special Collections.
  • Collaborate closely with Digital Library Systems and Services (DLSS) regarding standards and processes related to their responsibility for preservation of digital and media resources. Actively champion effective overlap between analog and digital preservation policies, workflows,staff, and priorities.
  • Lead SUL collection disaster planning, preparedness and response, including insuring appropriate revisions and updates to the Collections Emergency Response Manual .
  • Identify potential sources of grant funding for preservation projects and write grant proposals.  Negotiate with vendors for services and partnership deals.
Qualifications
  • Minimum of 4 years in a related preservation field.
  • Minimum 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Experience with a wide range of preservation principles and practices; management principles and techniques; library physical environments, programs, workflows, and procedures.
  • Interest in current and emerging activities in materials science and scientific research in conservation of modern media.
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