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Position at Indiana State Library

From: Stephanie Gowler <sgowler<-at->
Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
Program Director 1 - Conservator
Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Job ID: 584392

Apply Before: May 3, 2013

Full/Part Time: Full time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Minimum Annual Salary: $37,778.00

To apply for the following position, visit the Indiana State Job
Bank at


Job Description: The Conservator is responsible for the planning,
implementation, and administration of a comprehensive preservation
program for the Indiana State Library.  The Conservator provides
professional expertise in determining the proper course of treatment
for the Library's collections and supervises staff, interns, and
volunteers involved in preservation activities. The Conservator
works closely with State Archives conservation staff and serves as a
resource on preservation issues for state and local government
agencies and public libraries across Indiana. Goals and objectives
are attained within an environment of elevated responsibility and in
support of broader institutional goals and vision.


The Conservator will be responsible for the following duties:

    Develop and implement preservation and conservation initiatives
    designed to meet the needs of the Indiana State Library's
    diverse holdings in the collection of over 3 million items. The
    position works collaboratively with librarians and
    administrators to set priorities and determine appropriate
    preservation strategies and efficient workflows.

    Conduct collection-level and item-level condition assessments
    for both general and special collections materials. Provide
    treatment options in careful consideration of available
    resources, collection context, and use patterns.

    Coordinate preventive conservation activities such as
    environmental control, disaster planning and emergency response,
    and integrated pest management.

    Manage the conservation laboratory. This position will be
    responsible for the selection and maintenance of appropriate
    conservation supplies, tools, and equipment. Evaluate and
    improve workflows while ensuring treatments meet AIC ethical
    standards and safe lab protocols.

    Train staff, interns, and volunteers in conservation procedures
    and lab protocols. Evaluate training needs and assist staff in
    acquiring the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to
    improve job performance.

    Develop educational training and awareness programs and conduct
    instructional classes on preservation for staff, library users,
    state and local government agencies, and public libraries. Serve
    as a resource to library staff, state and local government
    agencies, and public libraries regarding activities that may
    have a preservation impact.

    Plan, document, and perform a wide variety of conservation
    treatments on general and special collections materials. Scope
    of expertise is principally bound volumes on paper with
    additional expertise in related areas such as maps, prints,
    drawings and manuscripts on paper, photographic materials, and
    other library/archive materials.

    Manage outsourcing of conservation treatments that cannot be
    performed in-house.

    Identify potential sources of grant funding for conservation
    activities. Collaborate with librarians and administrators in
    grant writing and other fundraising efforts to support
    preservation programs.

Preferred Experience:

    Graduate-level degree OR seven (7) years work experience in
    program coordination; development; implementation; or accredited
    college training in a related field.

    Advanced study in the preservation of library and archival
    materials OR 3-5 years work experience in a preservation program
    or conservation lab at a research institution or archives.

    Knowledge of preservation standards, guidelines, and trends;
    emerging preservation technologies, including digital
    preservation; and the preservation of non-print formats.

    Extensive knowledge of the materiality and history of books,
    paper, and related library materials. Detailed understanding and
    high-level experience of relevant conservation theory and
    practice. Understanding of and adherence to professional ethical
    practice in conservation.


    The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package
    which includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance,
    retirement plans and accrued leave.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additional Comments: The selected candidate for this position must
be knowledgeable in all aspects of preservation. He or she must also
ensure continual maintenance and conservation efforts are being
thoroughly planned and executed to sustain the Indiana State Library
historical collection. This position works to monitor the
environment in which the collection is stored to prevent
deterioration.  This position also works to repair damage already
done to items in the collection to prevent further deterioration.
This position will be expected to supervise staff, interns and
volunteers. The selected candidate will work with other State
Library staff and supervisors to complete the duties of this
position. The Conservator works closely with State Archives
conservation staff and serves as a resource on preservation issues
for state and local government agencies and public libraries across
Indiana. The position requires some walking, standing, stooping,
climbing, working with various preservation chemicals and occasional
lifting of up to 40 pounds. A majority of the work is performed in a
library, lab and office setting.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:46
                  Distributed: Sunday, April 21, 2013
                       Message Id: cdl-26-46-036
Received on Friday, 19 April, 2013

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