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Subject: Position at Indiana University

Position at Indiana University

From: Melissa Ann Mcafee <memcafee>
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Collections Conservator
Indiana University Libraries

Under the direction of the Head of the Preservation Department for
the Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington, the Collections
Conservator is responsible for managing the Preservation
Department's Collections Conservation Section. This is a high
production operation, which focuses on treating materials from the
circulating collections that are held in the Main Library and
fifteen campus libraries. Collections Conservation staff work on a
wide range of materials, including imprints from the eighteenth
through the twentieth centuries. The Preservation Department is in
the process of reorganizing and expanding its preservation and
conservation activities. A 4,700 square foot conservation laboratory
is being planned for a new state-of the-art auxiliary off-site
library facility. In addition to the Collections Conservation
Section, the Preservation Department includes a Brittle Books and
Reformatting Unit and the conservation program in the Lilly Library,
a distinguished collection of rare books and manuscripts. More
information on the Preservation Department is available at

Responsibilities: Manages the daily operations of the Collections
Conservation Section. Hires, trains, supervise, and provide
leadership to a staff of 2.0 FTE conservation technicians, and 1.0
FTE student assistants. Manages a fully equipped collections
conservation laboratory. Sets priorities, plans workflow, and
monitors productivity and quality. Performs a broad range of
conservation treatments and establishes new procedures when
appropriate.  Maintains equipment and monitors and orders supplies.
Provides training for staff and patrons on the care and handling of
library materials. In collaboration with the Department Head, works
closely with Library staff, including collection managers, and staff
from Customer and Access Services and Technical Services, to
establish priorities and procedures and resolve problems. Monitors
environmental conditions throughout the library system. Responsible
for disaster planning and recovery, including updating the Library's
disaster plan.  Maintains current awareness of library and archival
conservation principles and practices. Prepares statistics, written
documentation, and reports. Assists the Department Head in
developing and expanding the collections conservation program.
Analyzes workflow and establishes procedures that maximize
efficiency. In collaboration with the Department Head and the Lilly
Library Conservator, participates in the design and development of a
new 4,700 square foot conservation laboratory. This facility will
centralize the Library's conservation programs, including the
conservation of general, rare book, and manuscript collections. In
addition, the new Preservation Department will include a paper
conservation laboratory and an expanded brittle books and
reformatting unit.


Required: Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education
and experience. Training in the conservation of library materials
(Certification in the conservation of library and archival materials
from an ALA accredited program preferred). Supervisory experience.
Demonstrated excellence in performing conservation treatment,
including repair of bindings, paper repair, and construction of a
protective enclosures. Training and experience in disaster recovery
and response of library and archival materials. Knowledge of current
conservation principles, practices, and procedures. Computer
literacy with background in Microsoft Office suite software.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong
organizational and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated ability to
work independently, exercise sound judgment, build consensus, effect
change, and serve as a member of a team.

Preferred: Experience in a collections conservation program in a
research or academic library; Experience working in a large, complex
institution; Familiarity with HTML and web page design; Budgetary
and resource allocation expertise.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is negotiable and competitive dependent
upon qualifications and experience. This is a professional
administrative staff appointment. Benefits include a university
health care plan, TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity plan, group life
insurance, and liberal vacation and sick leave. Position ends July
1, 2002.

To Apply: Send a letter of application, professional vita, and the
names, addresses, and phone numbers of two references to:

    Yolanda Cooper-Birdine
    Libraries Human Resources Officer
    Indiana University Libraries
    Main Library 201A
    1320 East 10th Street
    Bloomington, IN. 47405-3907
    Fax: 812-855-2576
    ycooperb [at] indiana__edu

Review of applications will begin March 9, 2001 and continue until
the position is filled.

Melissa McAfee, Preservation Librarian
Indiana University Libraries
Main Library  E050
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington IN 47405-1801
Fax: 812-855-2576

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:46
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Received on Tuesday, 20 February, 2001

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