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, 

<https://jobs.princeton.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=204305>

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.

Sincerely,
Maria 

Maria Grandinette
Head, Library Preservation
Princeton University Library
1 Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey  08544
609-258-5946

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Print Shop Manager Position at Columbia

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

<http://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=145720>

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.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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
printers.

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
assistants.

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.

Qualifications:
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:

<http://www.nyam.org/about-us/careers/collections-care-assistant-1.html>

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.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Wagner Free Institute of Science

  Members and friends are welcome for a special visit to another of Philadelphia's hidden gem libraries. The Wagner Free Institute of Science was founded in 1855 to provide free science education for adults, and continues that mission today. Its library boasts a strong collection of early 19th century works on science and science education. 

  Head Librarian Lynn Dorwaldt will show us the library and some of its treasures.

  Don't miss this rare opportunity!

Wagner Free Institute of Science
Thursday, November 6, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
1700 W. Montgomery Ave.
Philadelphia 19121

Please RSVP:
Philadelphiacenterforthebook.org, Events page

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Paper Works at Art Dept.


Art Dept., an intimate gallery in Fishtown, sets the scene for Paper Works, this year’s PCB member exhibition. Members, friends, and passers-by filled the space on Oct. 3. Wine and hors d’oeuvres in hand, they examined artist books, prints, and paper sculptures in a wide variety of styles and media, reflecting the artistic diversity of PCB.



Some examples: accordion books in a number of forms; a tunnel book featuring a group portrait of ladies in old hats, extending back into the distant past; a complex story told in a series of fold-out pages gathered in a binder.




On the walls: an origami hanging, evocative photographs of travels in China and Uganda; a fascinating piece spanning a corner, in which prints of wood grain morphs into lines alluding to those of a topographical map; several shelves filled with different-sized boxes offset printed with doors and windows, suggestive of the rhythms of row-house Philadelphia.



These are only a few of the works on display. Paper Works showcases the versatility of paper and the multiple forms of printing used to transfer words and images onto it--not to mention the talents of PCB members. Paper Works is definitely worth a visit.




Paper Works
until Nov. 3, 2014
at
1638 E. Berks St.
Philadelphia PA 19125
215-739-4146