Guild of Book Workers Newsletter
Number 112
June 1997

Positions Available/Wanted


Apprenticeship in Book Conservation, the University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Position Description: The Apprenticeship in Book Conservation is designed to offer training and extensive experience to highly motivated individuals in the field of book and library conservation. One apprentice position is available, to begin in the Summer of 1997. Over a period of up to four years (depending on existing skills), the program guides an apprentice from beginning bookbinding through progressively more difficult binding techniques and conservation practices in a library setting, until he or she is well versed in a wide range of conservation activities as well as bookbinding skills. The objective is to prepare a participant to function as a book conservator in libraries, regional centers, archives or private practice.

Qualifications: A bachelor's degree is required. Evidence of problem solving ability, manual dexterity, concern for history, creativity and curiosity, and a serious interest in book conservation as a profession. A test of manual dexterity may be requested. An interview in Iowa City is required.

Salary and Appointment: The apprentice is appointed as a "Book Arts Technical Trainee" (University of Iowa personnel classification category fl5200). Compensation is a stipend of $18,000 per year with certain adjustments for inXation. Apprentices will, if appointed for at least one year, qualify for the University's health and dental insurance programs and will receive vacation and sick leave. An apprentice enters the program on a six-month probationary status.

Application Procedures: Applicants must provide a personal statement of approximately 1000 words describing their interests and goals in relation to book conservation; a resume of previous experience and education; the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references; a portfolio containing slides of binding, conservation, or creative work, and an example of written research work. Applications should be sent to Janice Simmons-Welburn, Coordinator, Personnel & Diversity Programs, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City ia 52242-1420. The University of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Thirty-eight-year-old English postgraduate student, studied at London College of Printing (degree in fine and Design Binding), two year's experience in full-time work as a binder, plus one and a half part-time. Can deal with most aspects of binding. Looking for a six-month placement in a fine bindery in the USA to expand experience. Please contact Henry Bartlett. Tel: (0)171 274 0647, or write to: The Basement, 28 Chaucer road, Herne Hill, London se24 0nu. email: hjbartlett@indepen