Job posting: Indiana State Library

Job Title: Program Director 1 – Conservator
Job ID: 618722
Apply Before: 10/10/2018
Location: Indianapolis, IN USA
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Salary: Posted at $37,778.00, salary is commensurate with experience.

About the Indiana State Library:Through its history, the Indiana State Library has developed strong collections in the fields of Indiana history and culture, Indiana state government and United States government publications, Indiana newspapers, genealogy and family history resources on Indiana and the eastern United States, Braille, large print, and books on tape for the visually impaired, library science, and American history, politics, and economics.  Its collections in these areas support research by state agency employees, scholars, genealogists, librarians, students, Indiana residents who are blind or physically challenged, and the general public.  The Library Development Office works to improve and support the libraries of Indiana through assistance, training, and supervising the distribution of state and federal funds.

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 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.

A day in the life:

  • Develops and implements 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. Works collaboratively with librarians and administrators to set priorities and determine appropriate preservation strategies and efficient workflows.
  • Conducts collection-level and item-level condition assessments for both general and special collections materials. Provides treatment options in careful consideration of available resources, collection context, and use patterns.
  • Coordinates preventive conservation activities such as environmental control, disaster planning and emergency response, and integrated pest management.
  • Manages conservation laboratory. Responsible for the selection and maintenance of appropriate conservation supplies, tools, and equipment. Evaluates and improves workflows while ensuring treatments meet AIC ethical standards and safe lab protocols.
  • Trains staff, interns, and volunteers in conservation procedures and lab protocols. Evaluates training needs and assists staff in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to improve job performance.
  • Develops educational training and awareness programs and conducts instructional classes on preservation for staff, library users, state and local government agencies, and public libraries. Serves as a resource to library staff, state and local government agencies, and public libraries regarding activities that may have a preservation impact.
  • Plans, documents, and performs 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.
  • Acts as a consultant to the Exhibits Committee to assist with any training, treatments, and installation assistance that might be needed.
  • Manages outsourcing of conservation treatments that cannot be performed in-house.
  • Identifies potential sources of grant funding for conservation activities. Collaborates with librarians and administrators in grant writing and other fundraising efforts to support preservation programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What we are looking for:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized conservation training program.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with a variety of paper-based materials including books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs.
  • Exceptional manual skills and ability to perform high quality conservation treatments as demonstrated by a portfolio of work.
  • Detailed understanding and high-level experience of relevant conservation theory and practice.
  • Knowledge of preservation and conservation standards, guidelines, and trends; emerging preservation technologies, including digital preservation, and the preservation of non-print formats.
  • Experience training volunteers/staff in preservation standards as well as basic conservation activities (surface cleaning, mending, creation of custom housings, encapsulation).
  • Strong background in personal time management, and the creation and implementation of an efficient workflow.

Additional information:


  • The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes
  • Choose from four medical plans (including RX coverage), vision and denta
  • Wellness program that offers eligibility into a discounted medical pla
  • Health savings account, offered for most medical plans, includes state contribution
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to a private sector’s 401 K plan) with employer match, as well as a choice between two fully funded pension plan
  • Group life insuranc
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • The State of Indiana offers other generous leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free downtown parking
  • Generous Maternal Leave Program

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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This position is listed in the State of Indiana job bank as “Program Director 1”.


If you have questions about the position, please contact the supervisor for the position, Stephanie Asbury, at

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2018 Symposium Schedule Announced!

We are excited to share with you our meeting schedule for the 2018 MRCG Annual Symposium in St. Louis this November 9 – 11! In addition to our five sessions of presentations by MRCG members on their recent work, we are pleased to offer:

  • a special session on disaster preparedness with a guest speaker from the FAIC
  • conservation lab tours around St. Louis
  • a curator-led special exhibition tour at the Saint Louis Art Museum
  • a demonstration of the use of CO2 “snow” for dry surface cleaning
  • two evening receptions, one of which is generously hosted by the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center

Our annual Business Meeting will be held on Saturday during a catered lunch.

Check out the schedule for details here: 2018 MRCG Symposium Schedule

Those of you interested in attending the MRCG Annual Symposium, please register– it’s easy! Registration details here.

More opportunities may arise, so keep an eye on the schedule for updates!

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MRCG Symposium Hotel Block announced

Reminder: the 2018 MRCG Annual Symposium will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, this November 9-11!

Attendees can stay nearby in the trendy and fun Delmar Loop district by joining the MRCG Room Block at the delightfully space-themed Moonrise Hotel.

Booking information can be found here: 2018 Symposium Hotel Information.

We look forward to meeting you in St. Louis!



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Call for Papers: MRCG 2018 Symposium in St. Louis

We are gearing up for the Midwest Regional Conservation Guild’s 2018 Annual Symposium this November 9-11 in St. Louis, Missouri! 

At this time we are accepting proposals for presentations. This is your chance to share your knowledge and experiences with your colleagues. As in the past, we welcome topics from all specialties and on any aspect of your work. This year our Sunday session will relate to the theme of technical art history, so let that inspire your choice of topic.

Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. Additional time will be reserved for questions. If we are able we will allow time for a tips session, so if you have insights to share that won’t fill a 20-minute presentation, please submit a proposal to present your tips!

 Please send a brief abstract (maximum 300 words) including the title of your talk, your name and contact information, and associated institution to by August 15. This is an extension from the original deadline of August 1!

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Disaster recovery volunteers needed in Michigan (UP)!

Circulating Message:

As you may have heard, The Houghton County Historical Society (HCHS) had devastating damage to their collection and archives as a result of catastrophic rain and flooding in June. Early efforts have temporarily secured the collection, but there is a need to document and further stabilize it while the museum determines long-term options and resources.

The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is working with the Keweenaw National Historical Park, the Michigan Archives Association, and other organizations to recruit  teams of trained museum and archives professionals who will provide onsite help a week at a time this summer and early fall. These teams will document the artifact and archival collections and establish stable temporary storage conditions.

In particular, we are looking for volunteers who have a strong background in any of the following:

  • collections management
  • registration
  • archives
  • conservation
  • the use of Past Perfect

At this point, the plan is to have team arriving on Sunday, working a regular work-week Mon-Fri, and then leaving on Saturday. Housing can likely be provided, and a stipend to cover some travel expenses may also be available.

Final details for the project are still being solidified, but will depend somewhat on the availability of trained volunteers. If you are qualified, interested, and able to spend a week in the Keweenaw Peninsula in August or September, please complete this survey by July 23.Please forward this email to anyone else that may be interested in helping. You can also direct people to the MMA website for information.

If you’d like to help but can’t travel to the U.P., the Historical Society of Michigan is conducting a GoFundMe campaign to help HCHS and other history organizations impacted by the flooding. You can donate here.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, though via email is best since I’ll be out of the office for the next two weeks.

Lisa Craig Brisson
Executive Director, Michigan Museums Association
Phone: 313-334-7643

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