Job posting: ICA – Art Conservation, Cleveland, Ohio

Position: Head of Objects Conservation

Full time, Exempt, Benefits Eligible Position

ICA seeks a mid to senior level objects conservator to head its objects conservation laboratory, located in Cleveland’s near-west neighborhood of Ohio City overlooking Lake Erie. The conservator will examine and treat a wide variety of objects both at the ICA facility and off site; participate in implementation and oversight of projects which involve staff and subcontractors; manage departmental affairs, an assistant objects conservator, and several technicians; interact professionally with board members, ICA staff, clients, and the public; and agree to abide by current AIC standards. The Head of Objects Conservation will report to the Executive Director of ICA.

Past, current, and future conservation projects undertaken by the lab include works of art by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Sol LeWitt, Henry Moore, Philip Johnson, Maya Lin, Botero, Pablo Picasso, among others; rock and roll costumes worn by Lady Gaga, David Bowie, John Lennon, and other musicians; Hopewell copper artifacts; decorative arts works by Tiffany, Wedgwood, and industrial design artist Viktor Schreckengost; historic objects such as Vince Lombardi trophies; and an F5D Skylancer experimental jet aircraft flown by Neil Armstrong. ICA is looking for a candidate who will enjoy leading the lab through projects of a variety of types, scales, and scopes.

A Masters’ degree from a conservation training program or equivalent; significant experience in objects conservation; and supervisory experience are required. The salary is commensurate with experience; ICA offers an excellent benefits package. The position will remain open until filled.

Please send a cover letter and CV to: or ICA-Art Conservation, 2915 Detroit Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. To discuss the position, contact Julie A. Reilly at 216-658-8700, at the email address above. The position can also be discussed with assistant objects conservator Claire Curran at the same number and email address. For the full position description visit

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: To find this position, enter the job ID (618722) here using the advanced search tab:

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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