Thursday, July 23, 2015

Assistant Conservator opening, Dartmouth College

[Note: Summer seems to be the time for a lot of openings in libraries to be announced. I'll try to keep an eye out and post them as soon as I find them.
-Al B.]

Assistant ConservatorDartmouth College Library

Dartmouth College Library is seeking a collaborative and proactive Assistant Conservator to become an integral part of Preservation Services in support of their mission to conserve the Libraries' physical collections.  In coordination with the Libraries' Collections Conservator, the Assistant Conservator assists in the management of the daily workflow and production in the Conservation Lab.  The Assistant Conservator will perform conservation treatments on rare and special collection material ranging from simple to complex; develop and implement procedures and guidelines to manage work flow for material involved in digital production projects; assist in training practicum students and conservation interns; assist as consultant in exhibit preparedness for library materials; assist in the management of the environmental monitoring program; and is a member of the disaster recovery team.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs conservation treatment on rare and unique library materials, generally those requiring individual treatment. Materials include: books, manuscripts, albums, maps, and other flat work.

Digital liaison for collection treatment workflow; accountable for treatments, developing and overseeing conservation workflow for all material needing treatment before and/or after digitizing; plans and coordinates projects with Collections Conservator, Special Collections staff, and the digital production team.

RANK AND SALARY: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Full benefits package including 22 vacation days; comprehensive health care; retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; and relocation assistance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Extensive knowledge of current conservation principles, practices and procedures as they pertain to the treatment of library materials. Developed skills in the examination, evaluation, treatment of special collections and archival material. Knowledge of bookbinding history and book structure. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with others. Ability to impart knowledge to others. Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community. Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. Certificate in book conservation or equivalent bench experience preferably in an academic library.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Founded in 1769 and located in scenic Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is a private, four-year, coeducational undergraduate college with graduate schools of business, engineering and medicine and 16 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Dartmouth's mission is to educate the most promising students and to prepare them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge. At the heart of Dartmouth College is one of the oldest research libraries in the United States. Nine libraries distributed across various academic centers, house the 3 million volume collection and provide access to a rich array of digital resources supported by a technically robust network environment. The Library's mission is to foster intellectual growth and advance the teaching and research missions of the College by supporting excellence and innovation in education and research, managing and delivering scholarly content, and partnering in the development and dissemination of new scholarship.

APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin as of August 24, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants chosen for an onsite interview will be expected to bring a portfolio of work. For the complete job description and to apply online go to: and reference position # 0111201.

For questions please contact:
Deborah Howe
Collections Conservator
6025 Baker Berry Library
Hanover. NH 03755<>

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Job Opening: Sr. Conservation Specialist (Cincinnati, OH)

The Preservation Lab, a collaboration between the University of Cincinnati and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, is pleased to announce the following position. This position works in a team environment preserving the collections of the two parent institutions. The Preservation Lab is on the west campus of the University of Cincinnati.

General Description

The University of Cincinnati Libraries seeks a collaborative, motivated, and skilled individual to preserve and conserve the cultural heritage materials, primarily book and paper, of the two cooperating institutions. The primary responsibilities of the Senior Conservation Technician include conservation treatment of special collections/medium rare materials, exhibition preparation, and special conservation projects. 
The lab is an open, hybrid lab environment with a staff of seven, as well as students and volunteers. It is located on the campus of the University of Cincinnati, and is a collaborative lab that is jointly managed, staffed, and funded by both UC Libraries and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH).

To apply:
Please apply by the close of the work day on June 8th, 2015.

Ashleigh N. Schieszer
Book and Paper Conservator, Lab Manager
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Ph: (513) 556-4289
Located at The University of Cincinnati Libraries
2911 Woodside Dr.
PO Box 210033
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0033

Friday, May 8, 2015

Book arts instructor for art summer camp

From Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, New Milford CT:

We are immediately seeking a Bookarts instructor for our summer arts program
in New Milford, CT for campers ages 10-16. Candidates must be 21 years or
older. Dates are June 25-Augsut 24, 2015 and the salary is $2000 including
room/board/extras. Candidates should contact Mickey at 800-636-5218 or

We would be grateful for any leads or ideas. Thank you!

Laura Morris

Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp
Mickey and Laura Morris

59 Buck's Rock Road
New Milford, Ct. 06776
Tel. 860.354.5030
Fax 860.354.1355

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Conservator Opening at Princeton U.

Princeton University Library is seeking an experienced rare books conservator

to join our Preservation Department and help shape the direction of its
conservation program.  I welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone
interested in or simply curious about the position at the upcoming AIC
meeting. Please seek me out while there, or contact me via email
( in advance of the meeting to make arrangements to get together.

Many of you are already familiar with the breadth and depth of Princeton’s 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:
<>. The requisition number is: 1400414.

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Exhibition of Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books at Bonhams, New York

InsideOUT: An exhibition of Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books from both sides of the Atlantic

Concurrent with the NYC Rare Book Week, Bohnams is presenting an exhibition of fine bindings. Bookbinders from the US and UK bound texts from a selection provided by private presses. This should be an impressive display of the bookbinder's art.

April 10--17 2015
at Bonhams
580 Madison Ave.
New York NY 10022
Tel:  212 644 9001


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Call for Applications, Artist in Residence at Jaffe Center

Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly LibraryBoca Raton, Florida

The Helen M. Salzberg Artist In Residence Program

Applications for the Fall 2015 residency are being accepted through June 15, 2015

The Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence Program funds two working residencies for artists each academic year at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, in the fall and spring semesters. Artists working in the book arts (and other media, too, as long as the creative project can be thought of as book arts related) are encouraged to apply for this prestigious and competitive award. We accept applications from artists from all over the world.

Poet and artist Helen M. Salzberg established the Salzberg AIR Program in 2011. Income from this endowed fund enables artists working in the book arts to come to the Jaffe Center on a semester basis to work and teach at the center. While here, the artist will produce a creative project using JCBA studios and also teach a workshop for FAU students and the general public and mentor FAU students as his or her schedule allows. The Salzberg AIR Program gives our students the opportunity to work alongside highly talented and creative book artists.  

The next Salzberg Artist in Residence for which we will be accepting applications is Fall 2015. The residency period is for the Fall Semester, which runs mid August through early December. AIRs are not required to be at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts for the duration of the semester. However, we do require each resident to complete his or her creative project, teach the resident's workshop, and vacate the studios by the end of the semester. The Fall 2015 Salzberg AIR will receive a stipend of $3,000.

Meet our previous Salzberg AIRs and find the application for the Fall 2015 residency at our website:

John Cutrone, Director
JCBA: Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Florida Atlantic University Wimberly Library
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

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