Conservation Internship 2010-2011
The Heritage Council of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland
The Heritage Council and the National Library of Ireland are pleased to offer a one-year conservation internship. The internship is part of the Heritage Council's commitment to the promotion of best practice for conservation in Ireland. The internship will combine studio practice and research and will develop and broaden the intern’s knowledge and experience. The intern will work alongside experienced conservators in NLI’s busy conservation studio. The internship will include work on a variety of collections from the manuscript, printed and visual collections of the National Library of Ireland, as well as assisting in the preparation and installation of exhibitions and displays. An ideal candidate profile:
- Recent graduates of a recognised relevant conservation training programme
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in surveying/ dealing with large collections
- Ability to work independently
- Interest in learning new skills and engaging in new challenges
- Good IT skills, including database and image manipulation
Stipend: €28,000 per year (subject to normal statutory deductions)
Interviews: Will take place in September.
Proposed Start Date: November 2010
Applicants should ensure that they are eligible to live and work in Ireland.
Applications for positions must be made on the official application form. Completed application forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to the Human Resources Unit, National Library of Ireland, 4 Kildare St, Dublin 2.
Applications must be received by August 13th 2010.
The National Library is an equal opportunities employer. Cuirfear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras i nGaeilge.
Further Information for Candidates
The collections of the National Library of Ireland include a wide range of mostly paper based materials, including books, periodicals, newspapers, prints and drawings, maps and manuscripts. There are also smaller but significant holdings of parchment and vellum based materials and a substantial photographic collection, including glass plates.
Conservation staff are required to provide a conservation and preservation service in relation to all of these collections including:
- Conservation procedures
- Advice and specification of housing and storage methods and conditions
- Preservation assessment and other surveys
- Disaster preparedness planning and remedial work in the case of a disaster
- Preparation of material for exhibition and loan
- Installation of exhibitions
- Delivery of training in basic conservation procedures to other library staff
Conservation staff work in close cooperation with the curatorial staff attached to the various collections and report to the Keeper of Research, Preservation and Conservation.
The Conservation Department of the National Library of Ireland is currently staffed by three experienced paper conservators and a preservation assistant.
Background information can be found on the National Library of Ireland website at http://www.nli.ie/en/preservation-and-conservation.aspx and in the Summer 2008 and Autumn 2009 issues of the Library’s newsletter, NLI News which are available at the following link http://www.nli.ie/en/national-library-of-ireland-newsletter.aspx