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Subject: Position at Indiana Historical Society

Position at Indiana Historical Society

From: Susan Brown <sbrown>
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2002
Conservator (full-time)
William Henry Smith Memorial Library
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis IN

The Conservator is responsible for the treatment of rare or unique
historic documents (bound and unbound) and works of art on paper.
Work is done in a new, state-of-the-art, 2,000 sq. ft. paper and
book lab with a large resource library and private office space.
Responsibilities include:  In consultation with Curators, examine
and analyze collection materials, document items through written and
photographic means, develop and write treatment reports, and perform
treatment in a timely fashion.  Manage in-coming materials in
purpose-built 1500 sq. ft. segregation and examination area.   Train
and supervise Conservation Technician and departmental interns.
Maintain condition survey program of maps, broadsides; graphic
works, including architectural works, Cirkut photographs, and
pamphlets.  Establish needs assessment for bound materials.   Serve
on Disaster Response Team and act as director of department in
absence of the Director, Conservation, especially in the event of an
emergency to collections.   Complete job description available upon

Essential knowledge, abilities, and skills: Prospective applicants
should have demonstrated excellence performing a broad range of
complex conservation treatments with an ability to manage task at
hand and complete work in a timely fashion.  Position requires
ability to work with stereomicroscope and all phases of examination
of original work along with experience and ability to document
treatments in written and photographic form.  Good communication
skills are a must to work well with other professionals and support
staff as well as experience in training and supervising subordinate
staff. Prospective candidates should also have a working knowledge
of the Windows environment, including word-processing, database
management, E-mail, and Web browsers.

Qualifications: Required:

    1.  Graduate degree from a recognized training program in paper
        and/or book conservation.

    2.  Minimum of three years experience beyond graduate program
        training in recognized, formal conservation facility.

Pay and benefits: Salary offered commensurate with experience and
skills.  IHS offers an excellent benefits package, including health,
dental, life and LTD insurance; pension and tax-deferred annuity
with TIAA-CREF, employee assistance program, and flexible benefits.
Generous paid time-off. Parking is provided in a nearby garage for a
one-time $11 fee.

How to apply: Send a letter of application, resume; names, current
addresses and numbers of three professional references to:

    Susan P. Brown
    Director, Human Resources
    Indiana Historical Society
    450 W. Ohio Street
    Indianapolis IN  46202
    Fax: 317-234-0076

Please do not send application materials as attachments to E-mail.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The
Indiana Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) seeks candidates for the
full-time position of Conservator in its Library Division, the
William Henry Smith Memorial Library.  Since 1830, IHS-an
independent, nonprofit membership organization-has worked to
collect, preserve, interpret and share information about Indiana
history through its collections, publications, and programs.  For
more information about IHS, please visit

Susan P. Brown
Director, Human Resources
Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis IN 46220
Fax: 317-234-0076

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:47
                 Distributed: Thursday, January 3, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-15-47-020
Received on Wednesday, 2 January, 2002

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