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: <>. 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

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:, 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
1638 E. Berks St.
Philadelphia PA 19125

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Artists Working Group

The PCB Artists Working Group met on Sunday, Sep. 28. Donna Globus, Susan Viguers, and I got together in Mt. Airy to show/talk about what we've been up to and share problems and solutions. 

Donna showed us the Guild of Book Workers' collaborative project on the theme of maps. She'd brought her contribution, a map of Monday morning, to the last meeting, and it was intriguing to see how the group's comments influenced the final product.
Susan gave us an update on her long-term project, The Opossum. Discussions at the last meeting brought about some changes to the title page, and we enjoyed seeing some reader's spreads with the art in place.
One of the pieces I brought was a modified snake book, which evolved over a number of Working Group sessions. All of the comments and suggestions--whether I accepted them or not--made it better.
There's nothing like a second--or third, or fourth--pair of eyes when you're working on a project. The Artists Working Group is a great way to get feedback in a relaxed, collegial setting. It's also stimulating to see and react to what others are doing. 
The more the merrier. If you're interested, contact Susan Viguers at

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fraktur and Scherenschnitt at RittenhouseTown

Historic RittenhouseTown presents one-day introductory workshops on Fraktur and on Scherenschnitte, traditional Pennsylvania German paper crafts.
Fraktur, named for an angular style of German script, is a type of decoratively painted manuscript, commonly made to mark births, weddings, and other special occasions. Scherenschnitte, or decorative paper cutting, appears in many cultures; this workshop focuses on the 19th century Pennsylvania German tradition.
Philadelphia is a center of Pennsylvania German cultural studies. The Free Library of Philadelphia owns a large collection of Fraktur manuscripts.

Introduction to Fraktur

Date: August 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $55.00

Scherenschnitte (Paper Cutting)

Date: September 6m 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $45.00

General Details

  • No special skills required.  
  • Adults only please.
  • Time: 10:00-2:00 in the 
  • Bring a bag lunch. 
  • Location: Homestead, Historic RittenhouseTown, 207 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia. 
  • Contact: 215-438-5711, email

Note:  GPS, MapQuest, etc. will not give correct directions. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Profile: Shanna Leino, Book Artist & Tool Maker

All book artists jury-rig tools from time to time. Shanna Leino is one of the few who creates tools with the same skill and creativity she applies to her artist books.
People come to book arts in many different ways; for Shanna it began with an inspirational figure. "I stumbled into it really," she said. "Always interested in art, I had an art teacher in high school who was working on an epic artist book project and that was my first exposure to the concept of actually making a book. Right away I was exposed to the work of Keith Smith, Gary Frost, Hedi Kyle, Daniel Kelm and Timothy was all over! I fell totally in love and still am."

Her books show a strong interest in historical forms, going back as far as Coptic and Armenian models. Shanna is particularly fascinated by working with metals of all kinds. Recently she's been exploring textiles as well: "not sure where that's going to go."

Becoming a tool maker seems to be a logical extension of Shanna's work in book art. "In high school and college, I had taken some basic metals and jewelry classes and found those very simple skills could be pushed and stretched and applied easily and naturally to book work, too. So when something came up while making books that needed that little something to make the job easier, a brass finishing tool, a specially shaped bone folder, a steel punch etc. it seemed like making a tool was the best thing to do." She was introduced to elk bone, "an exceptionally dense, white bone that carves wonderfully and polishes well.... Then one thing led to another and it has become a life-saving, bread-and-butter business for me, for which I am very grateful."

Her tools--bone folders, awls, steel punches, and others--are available through

Shanna Leino will conduct a PCB-sponsored bone folder making workshop on Sunday, April 13. For details, see

Monday, March 31, 2014

NYC Rare Book Week April 1-8

Fine Books & Collection magazine has declared the week of April 1 Rare Book Week in New York City. it brings a number of events together under one title, including 

  • the New York Antiquarian Book Fair (April 6-8), 
  • the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Fair (April 5-6),
  • the NYC/CUNY  Chapbook Festival (April 1-3),
  • exhibits at the Grolier Club, the Morgan Library, and Les Enluminures,
  • many rare book auctions, and 
  • much more.
For details, see

Sunday, March 30, 2014

PrintThink Conference at Tyler

Tyler School of Art is presenting Print Think, a one-day conference aimed at fostering conversation about the present and future of the print. This forward-looking meeting will focus on the implication of current technologies--laser cutters, vinyl plotters, 3D printers--for printmakers. 
The conference will be held on May 24, 2014.
For details and registration information, see:


Early registration discount ends April 1, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Artist In Residence position, New Jersey

The Printmaking Center of New Jersey is seeking applications for an Artist in Residence position for spring/summer 2014. According to Liz Mitchell, Chair of the Adolph Konrad Artist in Residency Program at PCNJ, 

"PCNJ is a community based fine arts non-profit, that just celebrated 40 years of operation. We run seven programs from our location just outside of Somerville, NJ including the AIR program. PCNJ houses the ground breaking Combat Paper Program, which gives American Veterans the opportunity to come together and make paper from their worn combat fatigues as a cathartic healing process. PCNJ also runs Adult Education programs, the Roving Press children’s outreach program, exhibitions, artist collaborations, and a full-access studio where art is made. 
"The Artist in Residency program is a six week summer program. The artist is given time in our studios to create a body of work, a solo exhibition and $1000.00 stipend for materials and supplies. PCNJ customizes and enriches the AIR experience based on the selected artist’s needs and area of focus through artist talks, time with our Master Printer, Sheila Goloborotko and demonstrations for example. They are able to interact with other artists through the full-access printmaking studios."

Deadline for applications is March 1, 2014


Full information, including application form,  at

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Introduction to Letterpress Printing at Mt. Airy Art Garage

The Mt. Airy Art Garage will present a one-day workshop on letterpress printing. PCB member Donna Globus will teach this introduction to letterpress printing with a table-top platen press.


Sat. Feb. 1, 10 AM to 5 PM
Mt. Airy Art Garage,
11 W Mt Airy Ave‎
Philadelphia, PA 19119
$80 plus $15 for materials 

For more details, see
Call 215.242.5074
or email


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pop-ups from Prague at the Grolier Club

The Grolier Club in New York City will present "Pop-Ups from Prague" in celebration of the centennial of the Czech artist, children's book illustrator, and paper engineer Vojtěch Kubašta (1914-1992). This is a rare opportunity to see over 100 works by a major pioneer of pop-up book design. 
If you're in New York, the Grolier Club always has an exhibit or two worth seeing; this promises to be something special. There are also several exhibit-related events, including a panel discussion featuring the award-winning paper engineer Robert Sabuda.
For more information on Kubašta and the exhibit, visit: and under "Exhibitions," click "Forthcoming Exhibitions."

Dates: January 23  March 24, 2014.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm 
Admission: Exhibitions are open to the public free of charge 

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street 
New York, NY 10022 

Assemblages: Paper Works, at the Mt. Airy Art Garage

Exhibit presented by the Mt. Airy Art Garage:

"This show seeks to dispel assumptions about paper art as a medium. Paper is thought to be ephemeral meaning temporary, preliminary and disposable. We challenge these notions and look to present an exhibition that establishes paper works’ place in Fine Arts. The exhibition includes sculpture, collage, drawings, cut paper, letterpress, photography, hand-cut paper design, dimensional collage in boxes and more."


Dates: Thurs. January 16 through Sun. February 16 2014

Gallery hours: Wed.--Sat., Noon--6 PM; Sun. Noon--5 PM

Opening Reception: Fri. January 31, 6--9 PM (Mt. Airy "Finally Friday")

Mt. Airy Art Garage
11 West Mt. Airy Ave.
Philadelphia PA. 19119
215 242 5074

Come out to meet and support local artists.