Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Job Posting:Iowa State University, Ames, IA

The Iowa State University Library is seeking qualified candidates for a
Preservation Services Manager (Professional & Scientific, Library Associate I).
This position manages the preservation department’s preservation services unit which consists of commercial library binding, preservation microfilming,preservation reformatting, digitization of flat and 3D materials, and digital
conversion of audio-visual materials, custom-fit enclosures, massde-acidification, shelf preparation, and serial collation.

Responsibilities include managing and developing digital conversion projects, establishing technical specifications, budgets and priorities, implementing timelines, and tracking progress for projects. This position will work directly with curators to determine digital conversion priorities, provide information based on vendor capabilities, condition and obsolescence of formats.  Maintains, calibrates digital conversion equipment. Develops, maintains and implements procedures and training manuals.  Communicates with other library departments and vendors; surveys collections for condition assessment; identifies areas of the collection for boxing, reformatting, or de-acidification; tracks budgets and expenditures ($100,000), plans and manages student budgets; and maintains statistics for reporting to library administration and national organizations. This position reports to the Head of Preservation and supervises full-time staff as well as student employees.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to interact effectively with library staff and the university community. Has the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing team-based environment. Ability to formulate and implement innovative approaches and solutions to problems, communicate complex ideas to a wide range of audiences, and to speak and write clearly, concisely, and persuasively. Exceptional organizational, analytical, and interpersonal communication, time and project management skills, and a strong commitment to customer service will be essential for success in
this position.
This position will perform physical activities associated with preservation environments which includes regular lifting of up to 40lbs. and moving loaded
book trucks weighing up to 300 lbs. This position also responds to disaster salvage of library materials. 

Required qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of experience
Experience in preservation project management and/or digital conversion
project management experience.

Preferred Education and Experience: 
Experience or knowledge of preservation standards and best practices.
Experience working with university archives, or similar records.
Experience with digital technology and digital capture hardware and software.
Experience with budget development, and tracking budgets and expenditures.
Database, spreadsheet, and project management software experience.
Experience supervising and managing collaborative teams.

To Apply:
Click on the link above to access the job posting and then click Apply for this
To guarantee consideration, apply by 12/01/2015.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. Inquires can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 2250 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

Hilary T. Seo
Associate Professor
Head of Preservation & Digital Initiatives                             
Iowa State University                               
441 Parks Library                                        
Ames, IA  50011
515.294.3540  voice
515.294.5525 fax

Friday, October 2, 2015

Medieval accordion books

Accordion books are gaining popularity among book artists these days. This blog post shows some fascinating examples of the form from medieval times:


It's interesting that they were used often for almanacs, calendars, and other handy references.
The blog, medievalbooks, from the Netherlands, looks well worth following.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Non-adhesive Phase Box

I ran across this blog from West Dean College in the UK that describes how to make a phase box without using adhesives. It looks simple and elegant, and perfect for a few items in my collection. Check it out:


Let us know what you think.

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: http://jobs.dartmouth.edu 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
Email: mickey@bucksrockcamp.com 
Website: www.bucksrockcamp.com
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
(mg17@princeton.edu) 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:
<http://www.princeton.edu/jobs>. 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