Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Call for Entries, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin has announced its first juried exhibition, New Impressions in American Letterpress. Open to all traditional and non-traditional printmaking arts media. The call is broad, and includes innovative approaches to print media.
Certainly there are PCB members who have something interesting to submit. In any case, the museum is well worth a visit, as is Wisconsin in May.


Entry submission date: March 31, 2015
Entry fee: $25 for up to three entries


See http://woodtype.org/connect/newimpressions

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Conservation Post, University of Kansas

Assistant Conservator for Special Collections,University of Kansas

Conservation Services at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) seeks
applicants for the position of Assistant Conservator for Special Collections

Application deadline: February 23, 2015
Apply at: <https://employment.ku.edu/staff/2712BR>

Departmental Program Summary

The Conservation Services Department provides leadership, coordination,
expertise, and services within a comprehensive, system-wide program to preserve
KU Libraries' paper-based collections.

Position Summary

The Assistant Conservator for Special Collections will serve a central role in
the Stannard Conservation Laboratory with primary responsibility for special
collections held by Kenneth Spencer Research Library. This position, under the
direct supervision of the Head of Conservation Services, helps manage and
undertake a range of mission-critical daily operations of the Stannard
Conservation Laboratory including: evaluating damaged collections; making
treatment decisions and performing conservation treatments on special
collections materials; providing exhibition preparation and support; undertaking
conservation assessments and surveys; and participating in emergency
preparedness and response operations.

Position Description

Conservation treatment—70%

Drafts treatment proposals and specifications, and provides basic time estimates
for work to be undertaken, for rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, and
other paper-based library collections.
Performs highly complex conservation tasks that require knowledge and expertise
in multiple techniques to solve unique problems. Treatments applied in
combination include but are not limited to conservation rebinding, rebacking and
board reattachment; surface cleaning; aqueous washing and alkalization
treatments; mending with various papers; lining; backing removal; tape and
adhesive removal; matting and encapsulation; and enclosure construction.
Carries out proposed treatments and repairs to library and archival materials
with minimal supervision and in accordance with accepted standards for
conservation practice.
Documents treatments using a range of written and photographic techniques
according to accepted standards for conservation practice.
Selects and uses appropriate specialized tools and equipment appropriate for the
treatment, including, but not limited to: hand tools, book presses, board shear,
guillotine, ultrasonic welder, and suction table; may also perform maintenance
on this equipment.
Designs and constructs both simple and complex, custom-fitting enclosures for
fragile materials bearing in mind the unique needs of those formats and their
chemical interactions with the materials available for construction.
Assists in the preparation of library materials for exhibition. Fabricates
simple and complex mounts. Assists with installation and de-installation.

Project management—15%

Develops and implements workflows for conservation projects.
Assists in training staff, students, interns, and volunteers, as necessary.
Provides technical advice on the housing, storage, handling and repair of
special collections.
Advises library staff on conservation principles and practices.

Departmental responsibilities—15%

Serves on the Collections Emergency Response Team and assists with disaster
preparedness and recovery operations following standard procedures.
Undertakes collection surveys to assess condition and prioritize conservation
treatments, as necessary.
Assists with preventive programs such as environmental monitoring and pest
management as needed.
Stays current with developments in the field of library and archives
Prepares, conducts, and participates in staff and public outreach and education
Participates in departmental meetings and planning activities, including
departmental goal-setting.
Compiles statistics and prepares reports as appropriate.
Assists with equipping the conservation laboratories to meet current and
anticipated future treatment needs. May order supplies, tools, and equipment as
Participates in the broader work of KU Libraries by serving on committees,
working groups, and task forces as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.


B.A. degree
1 year relevant experience, including training in book or paper conservation.

M.A. degree from a recognized conservation training program or related field, or
demonstration of a similar level of education and training required for the
conservation of rare materials.
A portfolio of relevant work if selected for interview
Demonstrated knowledge of physical and chemical mechanisms of deterioration of
library and archives materials.
Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals, techniques, and history of book-
binding, paper treatment, and conservation.
Demonstrated knowledge of conservation ethics and practices relevant to research
library and archival materials; commitment to the American Institute for
Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice.
Excellent manual dexterity and sustained concentration with delicate and
occasionally repetitive tasks.
Basic computer skills including word processing and use of spreadsheets.

Competency in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.
Experience working in an academic research library.
Experience managing conservation technicians or students.
Experience evaluating and treating materials for digital imaging projects.
Experience in exhibit preparation.
Demonstrated record of continuing education in conservation through workshops,
lectures, and conference attendance.
Ability to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions.
Demonstrated ability to work independently.
Effective organizational skills.

For more information on Spencer Research Library’s collections, see:

Whitney Baker
Head, Conservation Services / Librarian
University of Kansas Libraries
1425 Jayhawk Blvd., #135
Lawrence, KS 66045

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PCB Artists Working Group

Works in Progress

The impromptu theme of the first Artists Working Group meeting of the new year was works in progress. Susan Viguers, Ananda Connoly, Karen Lightner, and I showed things we've been working on and traded ideas and suggestions. 
Here are some pictures of the group in action.

Susan commented, "Those of us who have come have been finding it very useful--both as a deadline to get something done and to get feedback on just about anything—on a project that may even be in a pre-sketch stage or one quite far along." It's also fun to see what others are up to.
Anyone is welcome to join in. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 1 pm (location tbd). Sign up vie the PCB web site.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Conservator Position at Princeton

The following position was posted on the Book Arts Listserv on Jan. 19:

Princeton University Library is seeking an experienced rare books conservator to join our Preservation Department and help shape the direction of its conservation program.  Many of you are already familiar with the breadth and depth of our collections which include printed books and manuscripts from across a wide spectrum of traditions and time periods. The conservator working with these collections will find many rewards.

Treatment is the primary focus of the position. However, it's also important to us that the post holder is involved with the field as a whole, is thoughtful about the forces shaping it, and its future direction. We seek someone who is interested in engaging these questions on a local level to help ensure that the Preservation Office is responding to the needs of the Library, Princeton University, and the current field at large.  

The Rare Books Conservator reports to the Head, Library Preservation.  The complete position description may be found at the "Jobs at Princeton" website: <http://www.princeton.edu/jobs>. The requisition number is: 1400414. Or, 


Inquiries are most welcome. Nominations are also gratefully accepted.  Applications will only be accepted at "Jobs at Princeton" and the position will remain open until filled.


Maria Grandinette
Head, Library Preservation
Princeton University Library
1 Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey  08544

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Print Shop Manager Position at Columbia

In case anyone is interested. Below is the link to the employment page:


Job Title: Print Shop Manager, The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies
Department: 4460- SOA LeRoy Neiman Ctr Prnt Stud
Location: Morningside
Job Type: Officer Full-Time Regular
Hours Per Week: 35.00
Salary Grade:11
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Advertised Summary Job Description:
The incumbent oversees the production of artists' prints and maintains the
professional print shop and is responsible for the safe operation of all print
shops of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (“Center”) including safe
usage of equipment and chemicals, student and staff training and supervision,
equipment maintenance, and smooth operation of workshops. The incumbent is
responsible for teaching one printmaking class per year.

Oversee general day-to-day operations of shop; work with Facilities Operations
and other Columbia departments to maintain space; coordinate professional and
highly skilled maintenance, operation and fine-tuning of sensitive print shop
equipment, including the Center's Offset Lithography Press, Brand Etching Press,
Brand Automated Lithography Press, Universal X2-Superspeed Laser System, and two
Epson large format printers.

Order all materials and supplies for the professional and student print shops:
in consultation with the Assistant Director: select and order inks, acetates,
acids, solvents, paper, experimental materials and other supplies and material
required for operation of high quality professional print shop.

Act as liaison with Environmental Health & Safety, Fire Safety and Columbia
University Facilities departments for the smooth operation of the program and
ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA, and NYC fire department regulations and other
applicable health and safety standards.

Manage chemical safety program including training, chemical inventory, Material
Data Safety Sheets (MSDS), chemical labeling, use, storage and disposal in
accordance with all University policies and applicable regulations to ensure
compliance with environment and safety standards.

Conduct regular inspections of tools and equipment and ensure safety equipment
(e.g., eyewash, fire extinguisher, overhead safety shower, dust collection
system) and machine guards are present and in proper working condition. Make
recommendations for any safety upgrades and advise on equipment, tool and
material replacement.

Ensure the availability and use of personal protective equipment consistent with
activities being performed. Coordinate personal protective equipment needs,
selection, training and use with EH&S.

Monitor safe usage of equipment by organizing, scheduling, and conducting
general and specific safety training classes for students, staff and adjunct
faculty. Create and maintain clear signage about safe use of equipment and
written guidelines for use of the shops.

Provide in-depth technical safety training or 4-8 graduate students for their
Student Service Positions, as well as any interns or temporary assistant

Oversee Student Service Positions. Coordinate and maintain scheduling of MFA
Student Service workers, including approving, recording and reconciling time
sheets. Coordinate and maintain scheduling of any interns or temporary print

Set up and maintain student authorization records for access to and use of the
shops, ensuring only students who have completed training have shop access.

Other appropriate duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant
BA/BFA or equivalent experience required; MFA preferred. Two years of related
experience with background in intaglio, lithography, silkscreen and relief
printing required.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Part-Time Conservation Position in New York

Collections Care Assistant
Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory
Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health
The New York Academy of Medicine

The Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory seeks qualified
candidates for the permanent, part-time position of Collections Care
Assistant.Under the general supervision of the Head of Conservation, the
Collections Care Assistant will create protective enclosures; carry out minor
stabilization treatments on collection materials; update and maintain
collection-related spreadsheets and databases; participate in stack cleaning,
maintenance and shifting efforts; assist in environmental monitoring, disaster
preparedness and response; and contribute to other Lab activities as needed.

Part-time (20 hours/week), permanent; full benefits package.

For more information about the job or for details on how to apply, please visit
NYAM’s website:


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What's your Problem?

Are you stuck with a project you're working on? A technical problem to solve? An artistic issue to work through? An idea you're not sure what to do with?

Need a look from a fresh pair of eyes?

Want to share something you've made?

The answer is the PCB Artist Working Group. The AWG, open to all PCB members, meets informally to exchange ideas, tips, and encouragement. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10 am, location to be determined. 

Please join us for artistic fellowship! If you're interested, contact Susan Viguers at susan@philadelphiacenterforthebook.org.