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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums' "News & Opportunities for the Field" allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $25).

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  • 30 Oct 2014 9:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) seeks a part-time contract Coordinator for “Connecting to Collections Care,” an online community for information and training on caring for collections.  In addition to monitoring online discussions and posting appropriate links and documents, the Coordinator will oversee production and archiving of webinars.  See position description for full details:

     

    http://www.conservation-us.org/docs/default-source/education/c2c-care-coordinator-position-announcement-2014.pdf?sfvrsn=2

     

    This is a contract, fee-based position, with no benefits, renewable annually.  Total compensation not to exceed $20,800 in the first year.  The Coordinator will work from home or own office.  Telephone, email, and internet connections required.  The Coordinator will report to the FAIC Institutional Advancement Director.  A volunteer advisory group will help provide content support. 

     

    Review of applications will begin November 1, 2014, with a start date of December 1desired.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled.  To apply, please send resume or c.v. and a cover letter to:

     

    Eric Pourchot, PhD

    Institutional Advancement Director

    Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

    1156 15th St, Suite 320

    Washington, DC  20005

     

    Electronic submissions are preferred, and should be sent to:

    epourchot@conservation-us.org


  • 28 Oct 2014 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Upcoming Webinars for State Cultural Heritage Disaster Networks

     
    Heritage Preservation is proud to present the remaining three webinars in a series devoted to raising awareness about important emergency management programs offered at the state and federal levels. Ample time is built into each 90-minute webinar for Q&A. 

    Mitigation and Mitigation Planning
    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
    Presenter: Scott Baldwin, Mitigation Specialist with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
     
    Topics to be covered include:
    • What organizations can do to mitigate damage and loss to the collections and holdings, beginning with hazard identification and risk assessment
    • State and local hazard mitigation plans and how to include cultural resources in these plans
    • Funding available to private nonprofits (PNPs) through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grants Program 
    • Communication strategies to engage with emergency managers and related professionals
    Register for this webinar. Click here for more information.
     
    Disaster and Continuity Planning and Preparedness
    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
    Presenter: Kiran Dhanji, Section Administrator, Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management

    Topics to be covered include:
    • The link between disaster response and continuity of operations plans
    • How to identify and plan to recover your essential functions, supported by the four core pillars of continuity planning: leadership, staff, communications, and facilities
    • The planning process, including who to involve, when to bring stakeholder groups together, and how to develop useful and used plans
    Register for this webinar. Click here for more information.
     
    Federal Disaster Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for Private, Nonprofit Organizations
    Wednesday, December 3, 2014
    3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern
    Presenter: Mark Randle, SBA Public Information Officer

    Topics to be covered include:
    • The SBA federal declaration process: How, When, Where
    • Loans to help repair/replace property damage
    • Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster
    • Eligibility, terms, and conditions
    • The application process and the processing of applications
    • Disbursement of funds and the use of loan proceeds
    Register for this webinar. Click here for more information.

    Who Should Attend?
    Interested members of a state cultural heritage emergency network, including but not limited to:
    • Representatives of state cultural agencies – State Library, State Museum, State Archives, State Arts Council, State Humanities Council, State Historic Preservation Office – who have an obligation (whether legal or moral) to assist their constituents following a disaster
    • Representatives of local, county, state, and federal emergency management (EM) agencies
    • Representatives of national, regional, or state museum, library, or archives associations
    • Colleagues at other state agencies who would benefit from the webinars. Please pass this email along to them!
    Although the information is relevant to all cultural institutions, we’d like to keep participation in the live webinar down to a manageable number so the instructor can field questions that apply primarily to state cultural and EM agencies. Our aim is to provide information that's most useful to network members, who will then be better equipped to help their constituents.

    The webinar will be recorded, and once it's been posted to the State Heritage Emergency Partnership website, www.heritagepreservation.org/shep, we’ll remind you to notify your constituents of its availability.

    Registration Fee
    Thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the State Heritage Emergency Partnership 2014 Webinar Series is free. However, registration for each webinar is required for attendance.

    Questions?
    Contact Katelin Lee, Emergency Programs Assistant, 202-233-0835.

    Don't miss out on targeted training opportunities and announcements. Sign up to follow the State Heritage Emergency Partnership blog at www.heritagepreservation.org/shep.
     


  • 28 Oct 2014 5:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello Friends of the Arts!

     

    The Maine Arts Commission is currently in the midst of developing a Cultural Strategic Plan to guide the future of arts and culture in Maine. We ask that you lend your voice to this important project by taking a five-minute online survey. Your responses will help strengthen the creative vitality of the state.

     

    Click here for the survey:

    https://www.research.net/s/Maine_Arts

     

    Hard copies of the survey are also available--contact the Maine Arts Commission to request a copy.  mainearts.info@maine.gov or 207-287-2724.


     

    Thanks very much for your participation!

     

     

    Please feel free to forward this message to others. To be removed from future communications about the Maine Arts Commission Public Opinion Survey, please click the unsubscribe link below.

     


  • 21 Oct 2014 3:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What Is #AskAnArchivist Day?

    It’s an opportunity to:

    • Break down the barriers that make archivists seem inaccessible.
    • Talk directly to the public undefined via Twitter undefined about what you do, why it’s important and, of course, the interesting records with which you work.
    • Join with archivists around the country and the world to make an impact on the public’s understanding of archives while celebrating American Archives Month!
    • Interact with users, supporters, and prospective supporters about the value of archives.
    • Hear directly from the public about what they’re most interested in learning about from archives and archivists. 

    How Does It Work?

    On October 30, archivists around the country will take to Twitter to respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Take this opportunity to engage via your personal and/or institutional Twitter accounts and to respond to questions posed directly to you or more generally to all participants.

    Questions will vary widely, from the silly (What do archivists talk about around the water cooler?) to the practical (What should I do to be sure that my e-mails won’t get lost?), but each question will be an opportunity to share more about our work and our profession with the public.

    Between now and October 30:

    PROMOTE #AskAnArchivist Day among your users and constituents via your institution’s website, Twitter account, blog, newsletter, and any other mediums available to you. Click here for the public announcement (and feel free to pick up language from it for your own promotions).

    For additional inspiration on what your promotion of #AskAnArchivist Day might look like, see these great examples of the recent promotion by museums of #AskACurator Day:

    Examples of possible Twitter promotion:

    • Happy #AskAnArchivist Day! Our archivists are waiting for YOUR questions. Tag us at @TWITTERHANDLE and use #AskAnArchivist.
    • Archivists at @TWITTERHANDLE are gearing up for #AskAnArchivist Day on October 30! Literallyundefineddocuments and photo boxes stacked and waiting!

    ENCOURAGE the public to use #AskAnArchivist and your institution’s Twitter handle (e.g., @smithsonian) when asking questions so you won’t miss any that are intended for youand so we will be able to track questions and answers to measure overall participation.

    TALK to your staff and colleagues to develop a plan for responding to tweets throughout the day.  Will one person respond to all tweets?  Will you share the task? Will individuals sign up for time slots and let the public know who will be available when?

    Here’s one example:

    • During this year’s #AskACurator Day, one person at the Indianapolis Museum of Art was selected to monitor both the general hashtag and tweets sent directly to @imamuseum. When direct questions came in or interesting general questions were posed via the hashtag, the designated monitor sent the questions to participating curators via email. The curators (and their archivist!) replied with their answers, and the monitor posted all answers from the @imamuseum Twitter account. (See the Storify of the IMA's participation in #AskACurator Day for results.)

    CREATE an institutional Twitter account if you don’t already have one. #AskAnArchivist Day and American Archives Month are both great opportunities to start one! Click here to get started.

    And if an institutional Twitter account is not an option for you, go ahead and answer questions from your personal Twitter account! If your institutional affiliation and job title are not already listed on your profile, be sure to add that for the duration of #AskAnArchivist Day.

    TWEET and GREET! Take advantage of this opportunity to join with archivists from around the country to talk to and hear directly from the public on October 30.


  • 18 Oct 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Identification and Care of Photographs
    Saturday, October 18, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Presented by Maine Historical Society, Northeast Document Conservation Center, and Maine Archives & Museums

    Facilitator: Monique Fischer, Senior Photograph Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center

    This hands-on workshop offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of photographs, including their identification, deterioration, and care. Participants will learn how to recognize various photographic formats and study the preservation problems associated with each format type. The workshop will also discuss storage concerns and preservation priorities, including environmental guidelines and proper care and handling. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs for examination and discussion.
     
    This workshop is designed for local historical societies and small museums and libraries, as well as individuals who are looking to gain knowledge about how to preserve a variety of photographic materials. Morning refreshments will be served. Lunch is on your own.

    Registration is limited to 20. Deadline for registering: Tuesday, October 14. Cost: $100 MHS members; $110 non-members. Reserve your seat online or contact lvpicard@mainehistory.org for a registration form.


  • 07 Oct 2014 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's office has reached out to MAM to share information about upcoming Federal grant deadlines with Maine museums, archives, and cultural organizations.

    National Leadership Grants for Museums (awards $50,000-500,000)
    National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public. Deadline: December 1.

    Museums for America ($5,000-150,000)
    The Museums for America (MFA) program supports projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public. Deadline: December 1.

    Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums ($10,000-25,000)
    The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Deadline: December 1.

    Museum Grants for African American History and Culture ($5,000-150,000)
    Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) support projects that improve the operations, care of collections, and development of professional management at African American museums. Deadline: December 1.

    Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services ($5,000-50,000)
    These grants are intended to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship. Deadline: December 1.

    Congresswoman Pingree's office has also indicated that her office is willing to write letters of support, an important piece of every grant proposal. Requests can go to Andrew Colvin, Grants Coordinator for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's office:  Andrew.Colvin@mail.house.gov  


  • 03 Oct 2014 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bowdoin College Archives invites applicants for a full time position as Archives Assistant in the George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections and Archives.

    Major duties include processing manuscript collections and archival records; assisting with the management of the College's records management program and archival a/v media collections; performing basic reference services in Special Collections & Archives; and digitizing library resources, editing digital image files, and coordinating vendor-supplied digitization activities.

    The successful applicant will have a bachelor's degree; effective oral and written communications skills; the capacity to attend to accuracy, attention to detail, and discretion; and, the ability to work in a team environment, solve problems, and understand complex hierarchical arrangements. The position also requires technical skills appropriate to digitizing textual and visual objects and to editing image files.

    To see the full job posting and submit an application, please see: https://careers.bowdoin.edu/postings/search .

  • 24 Sep 2014 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     We are seeking a dynamic, highly-qualified leader for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.  On land, on water and underwater, LCMM offers an amazing array of programs, exhibits and learning experiences, underwater discoveries and lake adventures that engage people of all ages in the rich history and archaeology of Lake Champlain.  LCMM hosts over 11,000 people annually in its fourteen exhibit buildings and on its working waterfront in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  The 1776 replica gunboat Philadelphia II is a favourite with visitors.  The Schooner Lois McClure has travelled over the last ten years to New York, Canada and Vermont, educating over 20,000 people per year about the lake’s history.  Innovative boat building, after-school rowing programs, On-Water ecology classes and teacher training are part of the mix.  Our Maritime Research Institute engages in world-class nautical archaeology projects, exploring and documenting the lake’s 300+ historic shipwrecks and other underwater cultural sites. . . . And then there are shipwreck tours at beautiful Basin Harbor and the Burlington waterfront, where you don’t get wet using remotely operated vehicle technology.

    The Executive Director will play a key role in:

    • ·      Building a vision for the future that is both challenging and sustainable
    • ·      Leading with innovation and passion
    • ·      Keeping our programs and educational experiences robust and exciting
    • ·      Creating financial stability and sustainability
    • ·      Cultivating effective alliances with local and regional organizations, universities and other museums

    Position is based at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  To apply, send letter of interest and résumé to LCMMExecApplicant@gmail.com.

    Competitive salary and benefits.

     

    The application deadline is October 15, 2014.

    No phone calls accepted.

    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

    www.lcmm.org



  • 19 Sep 2014 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Freeport Historical Society (FHS) is seeking applicants for the position of office manager.  The position will be part-time (24hrs/week) and temporary(through 1/31/15).  However, the right applicant may be invited to continue in an expanded role beyond this date.

    For more information, consult the FHS website, www.freeporthistoricalsociety.org or call 207-865-3170.  A resume and cover
    letter should be sent to  director@freeporthistoricalsociety.org.

  • 19 Sep 2014 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Chief Curator
    Maine Historical Society seeks a Chief Curator who will be responsible for leadership and management of Maine Historical Society's curatorial program, including design and implementation of innovative exhibition strategies, care, management, and development of artifact collections, and oversight of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden.

    Communications Manager
    Maine Historical Society seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced Communications Manager to help us share the unique and fascinating history of Maine with local residents and visitors from around the world. The Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a marketing and communications plan that supports the Society's mission by expanding awareness, engaging the public, and attracting new audiences. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Communications Manager works directly with staff in each department to create consistent and inspiring content across all forms of marketing including social media, the MHS websites, weekly email updates, newsletters and print and news media. The position is part-time, 21 hours/week.

    More info here: https://www.mainehistory.org/about_opportunities.shtml


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