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[BKARTS] job posting: Book Conservator



Book Conservator
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens

The Huntington invites applications for the position of Book Conservator in
the Preservation Department's Book Conservation Lab.  The Conservator works
under the general supervision of the Chief Preservation Officer. The
position is an exempt, full time, regular staff position.

Responsibilities: The Book Conservator is responsible for the physical care,
preservation, and conservation treatment of printed books, bound
manuscripts, and albums from the institution's collections. The Book
Conservator works collegially with all Huntington staff to develop and carry
out appropriate and expedient protocols and techniques for treating,
documenting, examining, exhibiting, housing, and photographing bound volumes
from a wide range of historical periods. The Book Conservator will
contribute to conservation surveys, and may establish conservation
priorities and treatment strategies for the collections in tandem with
Conservators, Curators, & the Chief Preservation Officer. The Book
Conservator uses traditional photography, digital imaging, and written
documentation to record conservation treatments on the computer.  The Book
Conservator maintains and orders supplies and equipment as directed. The
Book Conservator may supervise and teach interns and additional staff.  The
Book Conservator participates in departmental meetings and activities such
as educational programs, emergency response, environmental control, and the
implementation of plans for a new conservation facility.

Successful candidates will possess:
*       A Bachelors degree is required, with the Masters degree plus
certificate in Conservation from a recognized graduate conservation training
program or a Bachelors degree plus a combination of equivalent formalized
advanced training and experience in the conservation of library and museum
materials.
*       Conservation bench experience in a research library, museum, private
practice, or equivalent situation
*       Skill in book and concordant paper conservation treatments as
demonstrated by a portfolio
*       Computer literacy and research skills
*       Demonstrated knowledge of material science as it applies to library
& museum materials and media
*       Strong knowledge of the history of bookbinding structures and
printing
*       An understanding of the theory and practical techniques of
conservation and preservation of book and paper materials
*       Excellent hand skills, attention to detail
*       A strong commitment to preserving the artifactual and intrinsic
value of both manuscript and printed books through the application of
appropriate conservation techniques.
*       Excellent communication and teamwork skills


Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, and
the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references to:

Mr. Carl Foote, Director of Personnel and Administrative Services
Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108

Applications received before October 1, 2002 will receive first
consideration.

The Huntington, located about 15 miles north-east of downtown Los Angeles,
is a private, non-profit institution dedicated to advanced scholarly
research in British and American history, art, and literature, combined with
public art galleries and botanical gardens. The Huntington exhibits
collections of British, Renaissance, and American art, rare books and
manuscripts, as well as 150 acres of specialized botanical gardens.
www.huntington.org <http://www.huntington.org>

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