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[BKARTS] Job opening at the Watson Library, MMA



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Dear Book Friends: In June, Sisi Myint is leaving her position in the Thomas
J. Watson Library, MMA after eleven years and we'll miss her! We recently
received approval to fill her position, which is now being advertised
in-house. If you are interested in the position, you can apply through the
Museum's Human Resources Department at the same address as mine, shown
below. -- Mindy Dubansky


SENIOR BOOK CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE (GRADE 17)

POSITION SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the Preservation Librarian, the Senior Book
Conservation Associate is responsible for the repair and conservation
treatment of the materials in departmental libraries. Must have knowledge of
hand bookbinding, basic book and paper conservation, box-making and other
related skills. The Senior Book Conservation Associate has administrative
responsibilities which involve basic word processing skills, the supervision
of volunteers and interns, record keeping, 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 treatments: This position provides bookbinding and conservation
treatment services to the Museum's libraries. 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 and related staff. Maintain the book conservation
facility--including organizing tools and materials, cleaning and
maintaining; equipment and work areas.  Assist Preservation Librarian with
Watson Library projects as needed (emergency planning, staff education);
keep statistics of the work accomplished on a monthly basis and prepare
treatment reports for selected books.


QUALIFICATIONS:

The Book Conservation Associate should have approximately 3-5 years of
bookbinding or library conservation 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.

Mindell Dubansky
Associate Museum Librarian - Preservation
Thomas J. Watson Library
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 650-2890
Fax: (212) 570-3847

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