Under the supervision of the Paper Conservator in the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory, the Paper Conservation Technician performs a variety of treatments in support of the physical care of paper materials from Indiana University collections, to include manuscript and archival materials, works of art, maps, and ephemera. Activities may include paper mending, washing and deacidification, flattening, design and construct a variety of protective enclosures for fragile items. The individual also assists in emergency response. Evaluate damaged/deteriorated paper materials, perform appropriate treatments according to established procedures/production benchmarks. Document work, using database and digital imaging software, to ensure ethics and principles of the American Institute for Conservation are followed.
Note: Exposure to mold and dust and some toxic chemicals is an occupational risk.
REQUIRED: High school diploma or GED and six months of experience in working with paper-based materials in an artistic or craft-based capacity.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Knowledge of and skill in conservation techniques
Knowledge of English and Metric measuring systems
Good time management skills
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
Ability to work on several tasks simultaneously
Ability to meet deadlines
From time to time, incumbent will need to advise library staff and/or greater university staff on disaster recovery methods, guidance for storage and access.
Some college-level coursework.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Long hours are spent either standing or working at a bench in repetitive motion. Some repetitive actions of hand and arm required. Exposure to mold and dust and some toxic chemicals is an occupational risk. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, operate heavy equipment (e.g. board shear, guillotine, job backer), use sharp specialized hand tools (e.g. knives, scalpels) and high-quality fume hood to perform chemical treatments(e.g. spray deacidification/mold removal/tape removal). Equipment utilized: Hand tools such as scalpels, tweezers, mat knife, bone folder. Larger equipment such as screw presses, suction table, board shear, fume hood, ultrasonic welder. Visual judgments such as precise measurements must be highly accurate.
Salary Plan: SS
Salary Grade: 0D
Department: LIBRARIES (BL-LIBR-IUBLA)
Internal Number: 67384
About Indiana University
Founded in 1820, Indiana University is the state’s public university system, comprised of two core campuses—IU-Bloomington and IUPUI—and six regional campuses located throughout the state. Combined, the total student population is more than 114,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. IU is one of the largest employers in the state, with over 20,000 faculty and staff. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. Diversity and inclusion remains a core commitment to IU’s mission to cultivate an educational environment that supports equal access, participation and representation on all of its campuses and that provides educational and career opportunities for all.