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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).

MEMBERS: To post your item to this bulletin board, simply use your username and password to log into the site (upper right of your screen), then navigate to this page and click "Add Post."

NON-MEMBERS: To submit your bulletin board post, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

  • 25 May 2012 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Small Museum Administrators Committee/Professional Network of AAM wants to make sure that there will be plenty of sessions for you and your colleagues from small museums at the 2013 AAM Annual Meeting in Baltimore. To do that we need your help.

    The 2013 theme, The Power of Story, provides a wide range of opportunities for us to share our ideas, successes and challenges. The attached theme description from AAM gives some examples and we know there are lots of stories ready to be told by the small museum community. But don’t let that limit your thinking. Session proposals are welcome on any topic.

    If you have ideas for sessions or speakers, send me an e-mail. Let me know, also, if you are interested in working on some of these ideas that have already been suggested:

    Kids in Historic Houses

    Using Volunteers in the Collections

    Museum Ghosts and How to Live With Them

    Preparing Museum Studies Graduates to Work in Small Museums

    Using Kickstarter and Other Micro-Giving Methods

    Building Projects for Small Museums

    Museums Without Buildings

    Advocacy Outside the Capitol/Statehouse

    Teaching Your Board to Ask for Money

    Breaking With Museum Traditions (like holiday decorating or local art shows)

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Janice

    Janice Klein

    SMAC/Small Museum Professional Network

    Program Chair

    EightSixSix Consulting

    jkhm@mindspring.com

  • 25 May 2012 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    6/28/2012 It’s Your Website: How to Get the Most Out of Your Web Project Experience http://www.nonprofitmaine.org/skillbuilder_detail.asp?event=1086

    7/18/2012 PowerPoint 2010: Intermediate Topics http://www.nonprofitmaine.org/skillbuilder_detail.asp?event=1091

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    8/22/2012 Microsoft Excel 2010: The Basics http://www.nonprofitmaine.org/skillbuilder_detail.asp?event=1088

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  • 24 May 2012 4:03 PM | Anonymous member

    Education Coordinator Position Open

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore seeks a dynamic and creative history educator for the position of Education Coordinator.  Working with the Director of Interpretation and Training and reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning, marketing, and implementing a variety of living history educational programming.  Programs includes Journey into History school programs, Meal, Laugh & Learn programs, live-in experiences, first-person living history tours, site tours, educational workshops, and special events.  The Education Coordinator facilitates scheduling of programs and tours,  provides living history and site tours for the general public and delivers school programs, maintains costume inventory and period clothing loans, coordinates the marketing and promotion of all educational services and volunteer opportunities to appropriate audiences, and actively recruits interpreters and program volunteers.  In addition, s/he assists with planning all special events and workshops.  

    The candidate will have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education, history, or similar field with five years progressive responsibilities with museum education/interpretation.  Skilled in general educational programs for all ages, the ideal candidate is familiar with living history education and interpretation methods and with Maine history and rural life in America.  Demonstrated success with recruiting, motivating and working effectively with volunteers and managing diverse groups of all ages, a plus.

    This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, 48 weeks per year, with a flexible schedule based on program needs. Tuesdays and Thursdays required throughout the summer.  Some weekends and evenings. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Education Coordinator Search, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253 or email PDF documents to norlands@norlands.org.  Preference given to applications received by June 1.  

  • 23 May 2012 4:22 PM | Anonymous member
    NEW ONLINE DESTINATIONS for panoramaniacs! 
    hosted by the Dyer Library and Saco Museum


    Also: "Like" the panorama on Facebook and "follow" it on Twitter @panoramaofpp

    EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE SACO MUSEUM 
    AND PEPPERELL MILL CAMPUS JUNE 30!
  • 23 May 2012 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Maine Archives and Museums (MAM) is pleased to announce that it has contracted with Erin Bishop of Falmouth, Maine, to be its first Director. Dr. Bishop will succeed Julie Rabinowitz, MAM’s Business Manager from 2011-2012, who has taken a leadership position in the Maine Department of Labor. Dr. Bishop will guide the long-term activities and oversee the day-to-day operations of MAM, a membership organization whose purpose is to develop and foster a network of collecting institutions and individuals in Maine.

    "MAM is extremely fortunate to have Erin Bishop to help us build upon recent growth implemented by her predecessor," said president Jay Adams. "During her tenure here Julie Rabinowitz put MAM's administrative house in order and then introduced tools, including a new cloud-based web site, and methods of operation, such as making the most of social media, to further support our member collecting institutions. Erin Bishop comes to us with responsible administrative experience, a record of successful grant writing, and now as director, with the knowledge and ability to help MAM members carry out their most important role: caring for and using artifacts and objects from the past to inform and improve the personal and civic lives of Maine's citizens. Thanks to both of these smart, creative, dependable women for casting their lot with MAM."

    Dr. Bishop has a Ph.D. in history from the National University Ireland (Dublin) and is the principal of Clio Museum Consulting, where she has consulted on projects with Skyline Farms in North Yarmouth and the Jonathan Fisher House in Blue Hill. Dr. Bishop is also the Project Coordinator of the Experience Maritime Maine program with Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Before moving to Maine, Dr. Bishop served as Director of Education for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.

    "I am very pleased and proud to help MAM pursue its mission of supporting and promoting collecting institutions in Maine,” said Bishop. "I have followed MAM’s tremendous growth over the last two years, and I look forward to helping MAM and its members achieve even more together."

    Dr. Bishop joins MAM at a time of great energy and renewed focus. Since 2011, MAM has embarked upon a remarkable number of new initiatives, including a move to a new website and system of data management, a major grant from the Davis Family Foundation, new social media fansites, and a significant increase in membership and revenue from sponsorships and paid advertising. Under Dr. Bishop’s leadership, MAM is in a strong position for future success.

  • 25 Apr 2012 9:22 AM | Anonymous member
    Effective June 1, 2012, Stephen Bromage will become the Maine Historical Society's new Executive Director. Assistant Director of MHS since 2006, Bromage was chosen after a lengthy and rigorous national search. "He's the very best choice," said Katherine Pope, President of the Board. "He has played a vital and integral role in the success and growth of MHS over the last ten years.  We have ambitious goals and Steve has the vision and creativity to lead MHS into the future." 

    Steve has been responsible for the extraordinary growth of the MHS audience, both live and virtual. He has planned and implemented all public programs at MHS, increasing numbers and diversity through better communications and partnerships with many Maine cultural organizations. Steve has been instrumental in the success of Maine Memory Network--the Society's statewide, online collaborative museum--raising more than $3 million in grants and designing new, innovative programs, such as the Maine Community Heritage Project, to help promote the role of history in creating community awareness and identity. A participant in the statewide development of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, and a frequent presenter at national conferences, Steve is now a recognized leader in the field of digital history and community development.

    Bromage received his B.A. in English from the University of Richmond (VA) and his Masters in American History from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where he focused on 20th century U.S. cultural history. He has served as a regular grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has served on the board of the Willowbrook Museum Village in Newfield Maine. Before coming to MHS in 2001, Steve served as the Associate Director of the Disability History Museum and Learning Resource Center, a project of Straight Ahead Pictures (a non-profit media and education center in Massachusetts).

    "In the past decade," says Steve, "we have seen the vibrant role that Maine history can play in the lives of diverse audiences throughout the state. History is becoming active, participatory, representative, and more integrated into civic life. There are exciting possibilities ahead, and heightened expectations for the role that MHS can play in Maine. I look forward to leading MHS as it continues to grow and evolve, and as we build a dynamic, sustainable foundation for the future."  

  • 19 Apr 2012 5:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     Bowdoin College invites applications for a Curatorial Assistant to assist with curatorial programs, schedules, research, and various administrative tasks for temporary and collections exhibitions, supervise visitors to the study room; serve as the primary contact with student organizations associated with the museum; and work with museum staff to develop and implement public relations campaigns for the museum. This is an entry-level, two-year appointment. Read more.
  • 19 Apr 2012 5:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Department: Muskie Archives/Spec Collections, Full Time, Full Year

    Bates College seeks nominations and applications for Director of Archives and Special Collections. Reporting to the Vice President for Information and Library Services, the Director oversees the archives and special collections programs of the college and manages the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. We are looking for an imaginative leader to develop and manage the Library’s collections and direct its reference, research and bibliographic services. The director plans and implements technology related to management of the collections in all formats, and for use of digital formats. The director will lead the college’s efforts to develop strong, collaborative relationships among faculty and staff members for the use of original materials to support teaching, research and learning. Read more.

  • 09 Apr 2012 9:45 AM | Anonymous member
    Penobscot Marine Museum seeks an unpaid Archives Intern to work with museum staff and volunteers in our extensive collection of primary source materials and photographs. Duties include organizing and arranging the Vessel File primary source documents and photographs, cataloguing the documents and photographs in PastPerfect museum software and creating a finding aid for the Vessel File Collection. The position requires 32-40 hours/week for eight weeks during summer 2012, with a flexible start date. The successful candidate will have completed coursework in American History, Library Science, or Museum Studies and will possess excellent organizational and writing skills. Regional historical/maritime knowledge a plus. To apply, send resume and cover letter by April 15 to cgood@pmm-maine.org or by mail to Cipperly Good, Collections Manager, Penobscot Marine Museum, PO Box 498, Searsport ME 04978.
  • 09 Apr 2012 9:41 AM | Anonymous member
    Penobscot Marine Museum seeks an unpaid Photo Archives Intern to work with museum staff and volunteers in our extensive collection of photographic images. The position requires 32 to 40 hours/week for eight weeks during summer 2012, with a flexible start date. The successful candidate will have completed coursework in American History, Library Science, or Museum Studies and will possess excellent organizational and writing skills. Regional historical/maritime knowledge a plus. To apply, send resume and cover letter by April 15 to kjohnson@pmm-maine.org or by mail to Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist, Penobscot Marine Museum, PO Box 498, Searsport ME 04974
 

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