Looking at career options for the 80's? Prospects are bright for a new special -book conservator. Books and manuscripts in libraries across the country need help. The high acid content in modern type of paper and the lighting, humidity, a temperature conditions in libraries are causing books and other written materials to deteriorate.
This fall Columbia University plans begin the first graduate program in the US to train people to rehabilitate and conserve books. But it will turn out only about 20 graduates a year. With increasing demand for conservation specialists experts see this as a real growth field.
Yearly salaries now start in the $15,000 to $20,000 range and progress rapidly from therem .