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The Association of Maine Archives and Museums publishes quarterly print newsletter that is sent out to members in February, May, August, and November. We also maintain the blog on this page for members to share their announcements more immediately.

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Members and non-members of MAM may post news of interest to the field using the blog below. To post an event, see the event listings. To post a job or internship opportunity, see the job/internship board. MAM reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members are charged $20.

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  • 22 Feb 2024 3:03 PM | Anonymous
    Maine Library Association, Picture Maine, Maine Preservation, New England Museum Association, Maine Humanities Council, Maine Arts Commission, and Cultural Alliance of Mainehave collaborated to bring Cultural Advocacy Day 2024 to the State House! 

    We invite you to join us on March 5 from 1-4 pm at the Maine State House for an impactful day of advocating for culture, fostering connections with colleagues, and engaging with elected officials.

    Register to Join Us! 

    There are a few opportunities for tabling at the event, please complete the form linked below if you are be interested.

    Interested in Tabling?

  • 25 Jan 2024 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    New deadlineFeb 10, 2024

    We need your 2023 data!

    Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Impact Statement Survey! If you did not have a chance to participate, we have reopened the survey with a new deadline of Feb 10, 2024.

    We need your 2023 data! By answering this survey, you will provide MAM with the tools it needs to advocate for our sector, particularly on Cultural Advocacy Day at the State House on March 5th.

    All questions are optional, but we have highlighted five key questions that we hope all organizations can answer.

    Key questions:

    In 2023, my organization employed _____ (#) people.

    Volunteers contributed  _____ (#) hours.

    We spent $_____ on goods and services in our community and beyond.

    We served _____ (#) visitors.

    We served _____ (#) students.

    Thank you for your input!

    Survey link:https://forms.gle/NfbHSLbfNbN37q9i7




  • 05 Dec 2023 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    Help us advocate for cultural institutions in Maine by contributing data about the impact your organization made in 2023. This survey will remain open until January 5, 2024.

    Museums, historical societies, archives, and other cultural institutions are not one-size-fits-all, so please fill out any relevant sections of the survey and skip those that are not applicable. We will compile the data into a statewide impact statement to share with community members, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

    Please also mark your calendar for Cultural Advocacy Day, which will be held at the State House on March 5, 2024 from 1-4pm.

    If you have any questions, contact MAM's Advocacy Committee by emailing: greta.schroeder@bangorpubliclibrary.org

    Thank you for your input!

    Click here to take the Survey!

  • 16 Nov 2023 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    The Wabanaki Voices Speaker Series continues with a discussion on tribal sovereignty led by Ambassador Maulian Bryant and Darren Ranco. They will share the history of the issue and potential detailed changes that sovereignty would bring.

    Tuesday, November 21 at 7pm at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 56 Norridgewock Ave, Skowhegan.

    Or, join via Zoom.  Register here

    Ranco, a Penobscot Tribal member, is an associate professor of anthropology and coordinator of Native American research at the University of Maine at Orono. Ambassador Maulian Dana Bryant was appointed by Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis in September 2017. As Ambassador, Maulian is responsible to act as a representative of the Penobscot Nation and to serve as a liaison for the Nation at the local, state and federal levels of government to educate and advocate for policy and laws that impact and protect the Penobscot Nation's sovereignty, culture, natural resources and the general welfare of the Penobscot people.

    Sponsored by Skowhegan History House Museum & Research Center.


  • 13 Nov 2023 4:56 PM | Anonymous member

    The call for proposals deadline for the 2024 BitCurator Forum has been EXTENDED! 

    We welcome submissions through November 21, 2023. Submit proposals using the online form.

    Please note that the 2024 Forum will be virtual. We encourage in-person satellite events to be organized in conjunction with the virtual forum, see below for more information.   

    *[Kari Smith would like to join with MAM members about hosting a Satellite event in Maine.  pls. contact me if you are interested.]*

    The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) invites proposals for the 2024 BitCurator Forum to be held virtually the week of March 18-22, 2024 (final dates TBD). An international, community-led organization with 39 member organizations representing 53 institutions, the BCC promotes and supports the application of free and open-source digital archives tools and practices in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations.

    2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the BitCurator Consortium. As we take a moment to celebrate our achievements from the past 10 years, we also take a step back to reflect on our journey so far.

    • How have things changed?

    • Lessons learned?

    • Where do we go from here?

    The Forum Committee welcomes participation from organizations and individuals working outside of academic and special collections libraries and archives, members from BIPOC communities, students, and new professionals.

    The BitCurator Forum Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to be used as an informal tool to connect folks who are seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for the 2024 Forum.

    For more information, see the Call for Proposals page on our website.

    On Behalf of the BitCurator Program Committee

    Kari R. Smith
    Digital Archivist and Founder, Global Archivist LLC
    Kari@Globlarchivist.com | GlobalArchivist@gmail.comSchedule a meeting with me here

  • 26 Oct 2023 2:52 PM | Anonymous

    Our hearts go out to all Mainers affected by the tragedy in Lewiston last night.  We are holding space for our members who have and will be impacted by this awful event.


  • 14 Sep 2023 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Maine Colleagues,

    Hurricane Lee is forecast to approach the coast of New England Friday as a large hurricane. Hurricane conditions are possible in portions of Downeast Maine beginning Saturday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches across New England are expected beginning Friday night through Saturday night, producing potential localized urban and small stream flooding.

    Please share the following resources with your members and constituents in Maine:

    •  

     

    Although many of you may not feel the full impact of the storm, please be prepared to help those who will. And please stay safe!

    Lori

    Lori Foley

    Coordinator | Heritage Emergency National Task Force

    Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation

    Resilience

    Mobile: (202) 826-6303

    lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov

    fema-hentf@fema.dhs.gov

    Federal Emergency Management Agency

    fema.gov

             


  • 11 Sep 2023 1:13 PM | Anonymous member
    For folks planning to attend the MAM conference October 12-13 in person, discover the spreadsheet to share carpooling information, also linked under Transportation in "show details" section of the conference website.  Thanks for MAM program planners for making this tool available!
  • 05 Sep 2023 2:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello Colleagues -- 

    I am working with an historical society that is just getting their collections housed and described.  There is a small budget for supplies, and I'm hoping to supplement it with donations. If you have gently used cartons, records boxes, folders, book rests, or other supplies such as object cartons we will surely appreciate them!  If you do and can spare them, I am located in Mid-Coast and can drive to pick them up.  Or we can do a meet up at the MAM Conference in October. 

    Very sincerely!  Kari Smith, Global Archivist LLC.  

  • 17 Aug 2023 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maine Archives and Museums is pleased to announce that Tia Doering is our new Administrative Coordinator.  Tia worked in donor relations at the Portland Museum of Art and currently is an assistant clerk with the State of Maine Judicial Branch.  The hiring committee was impressed with her energy and attention to detail.

    The Board of MAM has split the traditional Executive Director position into two parts.  Tia’s charge is to run the administrative side of the operations.  When you email info@mainemuseums.org, Tia will be the one responding to your inquiries about MAM day to day operations, such as membership renewals or registrations for programming and conferences.  Although she will be behind the scenes for the most part, her diligence will be felt in the smooth operations of MAM.


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