Job Posting: Indiana University Bloomington

Head, General Preservation and Conservation Services
E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries

The majority of the work of the General Preservation and Conservation Services unit is high production focusing on treating materials from the circulating collections held in the Wells Library and the thirteen branch libraries of the Bloomington campus.  The staff work on a wide range of materials, including items published from the seventeenth century to the present.  The individual will be expected to lend his/her skills, knowledge, and abilities in the preservation of library materials to items that are rare and valuable when requested or as such items are identified through condition surveys from the various libraries of Indiana University Bloomington.

Job Summary: Manages the day-to-day activities of the preservation services related to the bound volumes received by the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab.  Hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, and provides leadership to two full-time conservation technicians, one full-time Kasemake enclosures operator, and hourly employees.  Analyzes workflow and establishes procedures to maximize efficiency and cost effectiveness of the lab; develops and expands the preservation and conservation program as necessary; and performs a broad range of preservation and conservation treatments, including constructing enclosures, developing and introducing new treatments to address specific needs, and teaching staff how to perform various treatments. Responsible for the department’s disaster response, determining the best treatment for materials exposed to environmental or biological hazards, and treating materials that may be housing insects.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in Library Science, Archives, Preservation/Conservation, or related field; two years professional experience in evaluating materials for preservation/conservation treatments and performing a wide variety of such treatments, including bindings, construction of enclosures, book repair and treatment of items that have water, mold, or other disaster-related damage; and two years of supervisory experience required.

Knowledge of current preservation principles, practices, and procedures is essential.  Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, and consultative skills; and ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Must have knowledge of computers and software applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and the ability to generate statistical and general reports as necessary.

Ability to lift and carry 30-40 pounds; capable of effectively use a fork-lift and dolly; skilled at using a variety of hand-tools; and able to use these tools on a regular basis. A current, valid driver’s license is required.

To Apply:  To apply for this position please go to Indiana University’s Human Resources website ( – Job # 7755) to submit an online application.  A cover letter and resume with the contact information for three professional references is required.

Applications will be accepted until February 7, 2013 or until the position is filled.


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