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POSSIBLE FUTURE STAFF NEEDS
at the book conservation department of the Thomas J. Watson Library,The
Metripolitan Museum of Art

This is a job that is currently available in our department. You can apply
through the MMA human resources dept. and/or please send your resume and a
cover letter to me. There may be another part-time job available for a
conservation technician (3 dpw). We are also looking for a conservator to
work on a grant project for fall 2002. So if you are interested in any of
these things, please send me your information and email me with questions.

Mindell Dubansky
Associate Museum Librarian
Thomas J. Watson Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
FAX - 212-570-3847
PHONE 212-650-2890
mindell.dubansky@metmuseum.org



DRAFT JOB DESCRIPTION (Currently open)
BOOK CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE - FULL TIME (GRADE 16)

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of the Preservation Librarian, the Book Conservation
Associate is responsible for the physical processing, repair and
conservation treatment of the Watson Library collection. Must have knowledge
of basic book and paper conservation, boxmaking and other related skills.
Also responsible for: some processing of commercial library bindings--
correcting mistakes, bookplating, tipping in errata slips, etc.; providing
"rush" bookbinding services; making dust jacket covers for selected books,
and repairing damaged newly- acquired materials. The Book Conservation
Associate has administrative responsibilities which involve basic word
processing skills, the supervision of volunteers and interns, the
maintenance of the book conservation facility, and assistance with special
preservation projects, including condition surveys, emergency planning and
response, and staff education.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conservation Treatment of the Watson collection: Conservation treatments
include  rebinding, rebacking, cleaning and refurbishing of paper, cloth and
leather bindings; cleaning and repair of paper; fabrication of custom boxes
and enclosures; measure fragile books for boxes to be made by outside
vendors.

Treatment and Reformatting of Brittle Books: Treatment and reformatting of
brittle books include the disbinding, repair and polyester encapsulation of
brittle leaves and books; photocopying and binding  of small brittle books;
selecting and fitting custom and commercial enclosures to brittle books.

Administrative and Other Responsibilities: Coordinate work flow with
Preservation Librarian; train and supervise volunteers; maintain the book
conservation facility--including organizing tools and materials, cleaning
and maintaining; equipment and work areas.  Assist Preservation Librarian
with large preservation projects, including condition surveys, emergency
planning, staff education, etc.  Keep statistics of the work accomplished on
a monthly basis and create treatment reports for selected books.

Processing new acquisitions: Reviews commercial library shipments of
monographs and periodicals, includes advising on appropriate binding
treatment, proofreading spines, correcting mistakes, bookplating, tipping in
errata slips, covers, etc. Performs "rush" bookbinding or other treatments
in a timely manner. Make boxes and protective enclosures for fragile books;
fits dust jacket covers to books.

QUALIFICATIONS:
The Book Conservation Associate should have approximately 2 years of
bookbinding experience and be skilled in basic bookbinding and conservation
procedures, including rebacking, cleaning and refurbishing of paper, cloth
and leather bindings, basic paper repair, and boxmaking. Other requirements
include strong pc skills, the ability to communicate efficiently both orally
and in writing; basic office management; the willingness to work in a team
setting; the maintenance of the book conservation facility and equipment
(cleaning and basic repair and maintenance of equipment and facility); and
the ability to share information and to participate in continuing education
in conservation and the book arts, for the benefit of the book conservation
department.  A portfolio will be requested.

AGENDA: BOOK CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE

Daily
Perform conservation treatments on the Watson Library collection
Organize and clean personal materials, tools, and equipment
Keep statistics of treatments performed and other activities

Weekly
Review/adjust personal workflow
Check in with supervisor and co-workers to track progress
Survey the condition of the entire facility and organize or clean where
necessary

Monthly
Review the books in need of treatment and categorize/prioritize them
Check the supply inventory

As needed
Supervise and train volunteers, interns, and library staff members
Perform "rush" binding of exhibition catalogs
Process "rush" materials, including pasting on bookplates and making dust
jacket covers, etc.
Attend meetings of the Museum's Collections Emergency Team
Assist in emergencies that result in damage to the collection of any library
in the museum
Perform condition surveys for specific parts of the Watson Library
collection in need of treatment
Consult with staff members about treatments or processes that require review
Participate in the Library Staff Advisory Group
Attend classes and conferences that raise the level of skill and knowledge
of conservation practices
Participate in a large scale clean-up of the facility


THIS JOB MAY BE OPEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

DRAFT JOB DESCRIPTION
BOOK CONSERVATION ASSISTANT - PART TIME (3-4 DPW)

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of the Preservation Librarian, the Book Conservation
Assistant is responsible for the physical processing and repair of the
Watson Library collection. Must have knowledge of basic bookbinding ,
boxmaking and library processing skills. These include case binding, cloth
and paper rebacking, custom preservation enclosures, polyester
encapsulation, dust jacket covers, tip-ins and other skills. The Book
Conservation Assistant is responsible for the processing of newly acquired
library materials and "rush" bookbinding services for Museum exhibition
catalogs. Other responsibilities include basic word processing skills, the
supervision of volunteers and interns, the maintenance of the book
conservation facility, and assistance with special preservation projects,
including condition surveys, emergency planning and response, and staff
education.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Processing and repair of the Watson Library Collection as described above.

Administrative and Other Responsibilities: Coordinate work flow with
Preservation Librarian; train and supervise volunteers; maintain the book
conservation facility--including organizing tools and materials, cleaning
and maintaining; equipment and work areas. Assist Preservation Librarian
with large preservation projects, including condition surveys, emergency
planning, staff education, etc. Record statistics of the work accomplished
on a monthly basis.

Processing new acquisitions: Bookplating, dust jacket covers, rehousing
(custom and commercial preservation enclosures), tip-ins, pockets, cleaning
of paper and bindings, etc.


QUALIFICATIONS:

The Book Conservation Assistant should have approximately 1 year of
bookbinding or library conservation experience and be skilled in basic
bookbinding and boxmaking procedures. Other requirements include some pc
skills, the ability to communicate efficiently both orally and in writing;
the willingness to work in a team setting; the maintenance of the book
conservation facility and equipment (cleaning and basic repair and
maintenance of equipment and facility); and the ability to share information
and to participate in continuing education in conservation and the book
arts, for the benefit of the book conservation department. A portfolio will
be requested.

AGENDA: BOOK CONSERVATION ASSISTANT

Daily
Perform bookbinding and processing treatments on the Watson Library
collection
Organize and clean personal materials, tools, and equipment
Keep statistics of treatments performed and other activities

Weekly
Review/adjust personal workflow
Check in with supervisor and co-workers to track progress
Survey the condition of the entire facility and organize or clean where
necessary

Monthly
Review the books in need of treatment and categorize/prioritize them
Check the supply inventory

As needed
Supervise and train volunteers, interns, and library staff members
Perform "rush" binding of exhibition catalogs
Process "rush" materials, including pasting on bookplates and making dust
jacket covers, etc.
Attend meetings of the Museum's Collections Emergency Team
Assist in emergencies that result in damage to the collection of any library
in the museum
Participate in condition surveys for specific parts of the Watson Library
collection in need of treatment
Consult with staff members about treatments or processes that require review
Participate in the Library Staff Advisory Group
Attend classes and conferences that raise the level of skill and knowledge
of conservation practices
Participate in a large scale clean-up of the facility


IN THE FUTURE:

The Museum is involved in a conservation project to conserve its collection
of French illustrated books. We will be applying for a grant to continue
this work and will be looking for a book conservator who can commit to work
on this project for approximately one year, starting in the Fall of 2002.
The conservator would be working in the book conservation dept.

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