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  • 06 Jan 2015 1:47 PM | Anonymous


    February 18, 2015

    3:30-7:30 PM
    Location: Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA (

    Registration now open to all – Only 5 seats left!


    This workshop will allow the participants to create their own salted paper prints by guiding them through the steps of the process. A brief lecture will acquaint the participants with the basic chemistry and variations of the process and discuss preservation concerns.  Interested participants are invited to tour the NEDCC facilities at 2:30 PM.

    This workshop is designed for those with limited training in chemical photography who have an interest in learning more about salted paper printing. Pre-program and student participants are welcome as is anyone would like to get hands-on experience in printing.


    Amanda Maloney and Maggie Wessling, Assistant Photograph and Paper Conservators
    Northeast Document Conservation Center

    Registration Fee:  
    AIC (American Institute for Conservation) Member $125 
    Regular $175


  • 06 Jan 2015 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    The 2015 Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Awards nomination deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2015.   

    The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is currently accepting nominations for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. 

    The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will be presented to an individual librarian in appreciation for her/his contributions to the field, while the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award will be given to a Library that demonstrates innovation in support of information literacy and instruction.

    The awards will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  Award winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Awards are sponsored by the Library Instruction Roundtable.

    Recipients will be honored at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

    For full details on how to apply for or nominate an individual/library for these awards, please see:

  • 05 Jan 2015 10:16 AM | Anonymous
    The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 and recognizes and acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.
    The recipients of the award will receive full complimentary registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel and travel for attending the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists on August 16-22, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA. The Pinkett is awarded to minority students, with preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program focusing on archival management during the academic year proceeding the date on which the award is given. For more details or to download the application form please visit:  The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.

  • 30 Dec 2014 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    Live-In Caretaker/Farm Hand wanted at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, a 19th-century museum and farm in Livermore, Maine. This is a year-round position in exchange for housing in a 1-bedroom apartment, utilities included. The Caretaker is responsible for daily animal care, seasonal farm chores, weekly cleaning of buildings, general maintenance, assistance with program preparations, and overall site cleanliness and safety. Restrictions on the use of the buildings/grounds apply. No pets allowed. For more information, email norlands@norlands for a detailed job description. Email cover letter and resume to

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is a living museum and working farmstead operating under methods of the 1800s.   Our mission is to preserve the heritage and traditions of rural life in Maine's past, to celebrate the achievements of Livermore's Washburn family, and to use living history methods to make values, activities, and issues of the past relevant to present and future generations.


  • 17 Dec 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Director of Development, Maine Maritime Museum
    Maine Maritime Museum, an internationally recognized cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in
    Bath seeks a Director of Development who will play a key role in the leadership team and help the museum
    continue to grow and excel.

    The Museum

    Maine Maritime Museum (MMM) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an
    understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage and culture through gallery exhibits, an
    historic shipyard, educational programs, a research Library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.
    Founded in 1962, the Museum is located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River
    in Bath, “The City of Ships” and provides a unique experience to visitors of all ages from around the world.
    The MMM experience includes indoor galleries with changing exhibits on historic and contemporary maritime
    issues, the monumental evocation of the schooner Wyoming, an active boat shop that teaches traditional
    skills to students and adults, and river and industry tours that help people gain an entirely new
    understanding and perception of Maine’s maritime culture. More than 250 volunteers spend their time
    working with the staff, the collections, and visitors to contribute to the enrichment of thousands of lives.
    Engaged donors support the Museum in order to leave a lasting legacy that will inform – and transform –
    future generations. MMM strives to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and be the fullest expression of
    what a museum can be.

    The Museum has a staff of 22 FTEs, 250+ volunteers, and an active board of trustees. MMM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and adheres to the highest standards of the museum industry.

    The Position

    The Director of Development is responsible for the strategic development plan and oversees all aspects of
    the Museum's fund raising activities to meet annual financial objectives. With assistance from a full-time
    development associate and additional administrative and marketing support, the Director of Development
    reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the board to ensure the museum raises the funds
    necessary to fulfill its mission.

    Specific Duties Include:

     Annual and Long-term Development Plan – Works with the Executive Director and Development
    Committee to create the strategic development plan to meet specific financial goals that include annual
    giving, major gifts, planned giving, individual and business membership programs, sponsorships,
    foundation giving, grants, fundraising and cultivation events, restricted project support and campaigns.

     Donor Stewardship – Develops and implements a personal cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plan for prospects, major donors, and trustees. Supports the Director and Trustees in donor stewardship and cultivation. Keeps current supporters informed and involved and is creative in thanking and acknowledging donors.

     Annual Giving – Develops and implements an annual giving plan including a summer appeal and yearend
    appeal, Trustee giving, Compass Circle (major gifts), prospect cultivation, and timely gift
    acknowledgement. Works with trustees and staff on prospect identification and cultivation.

     Individual Membership – Leads development and visitor services staff to grow membership program through enrollment of new members, retention of current members, and to increase membership levels.

     Corporate Support – Works with development staff, Trustees, and other museum staff to identify
    prospects and solicit and cultivate support from the corporate sector. Forms strong and mutually
    beneficial relationships with business leaders that lead to annual giving, business memberships and

     Foundation Giving and Grants – Solicits gifts and grants from foundations and agencies for annual giving and specific project support. Where appropriate, works with other museum staff and outsidegrant writers to maximize funding opportunities.

     Planned Giving – Develops and implements plans to encourage bequests and deferred gifts to the museum. Stewards known bequest donors and cultivates estate attorneys.

     Capital Campaign – Working with the Executive Director, the Campaign Chair and Campaign Committee, provides leadership for campaign fundraising and support for all participants in their fundraising efforts. Assumes responsibility for a designated prospect pool, manages donor assignments,and ensures proper and timely gift acknowledgments are made.

     Special Events – Develops and works with museum facilities staff to implement special events for
    fundraising and stewardship. Specifically, takes the lead on the annual Mariner’s Award event and
    supports Compass Circle and other cultivation events throughout the year.

     Community Relations – Develops effective relationships in the community and actively share stories
    of positive outcomes to build support for the Museum’s mission and activities.

     Finance and Data Integrity – Works with the Finance Office and administrative staff to ensure proper
    record keeping in Raiser’s Edge and Financial Edge systems.

     Other duties and responsibilities as required.

     Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. with at least five years of proven success in development.
     Adherence to the highest ethical standards and demonstrated ability to work effectively with donors,
    board members, and leaders in the business and philanthropic community.
     Experience researching, cultivating and soliciting individual and corporate donors as well as grant
    writing for foundation and agency support.
     Excellent oral and written communication and strong leadership and strategic project management
    skills. Ability to work well with a wide variety of individuals.
     Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for special events and travel.
     Experience with donor management software, especially Raiser’s Edge.

    Salary commensurate with experience, competitive benefits, positive working environment.
    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to John Settelen, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington Street,
    Bath, ME 04530. Electronic submissions accepted at No phone inquiries.
    This position is subject to background checks including sex offender, criminal and credit checks. EOE.

    The Museum is open daily (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
    Visit for more information.

  • 18 Nov 2014 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    (PDF version for easy sharing)

    The leadership of Maine Archives and Museums (MAM), the membership organization dedicated to “supporting and promoting Maine’s collecting institutions,” was distressed to read about Governor Paul LePage’s recent characterization of Maine’s nonprofits as “takers, not givers” who “don’t pay their fair share,” and to learn that he wants to consider ending these organizations’ tax exemptions. The governor expressed these opinions during a November 6, 2014 interview with WCSH 6, selections of which are available on the channel’s website.

    MAM shares the view of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), which posted a response to the Governor’s statements on their website on November 12. They document the many ways in which nonprofits provide essential services to the people of Maine and carry out much of the work that is undertaken by governments in other contexts, while acting as important drivers for the state’s economy. Additionally, Maine’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, many of whom are members of MAM, play a fundamental role in Maine tourism, an industry that many acknowledge as the state’s largest and that the Governor has recognized is important to Maine’s economy.

    Our recent Economic Impact Statement provides the numbers: MAM’s members (which comprise only about a third of the state’s total museums and archives) employ hundreds, serve millions, and generate millions in revenue. MAM’s member institutions spend about $26 million annually in goods and services in the state. Only about 7.6% of their funding comes from government support of any kind: federal, state, or local. A study in 2009 showed that Maine’s museums alone generated more than $7.5 million in tax revenue for local and state government and supported some 1,300 jobs in Maine. This data is proof positive that this community gives far more than it takes. Moreover, a significant number of non-profit museums, historical societies and archival collections in Maine are run exclusively by volunteers who freely give approximately 327,000 hours of their time annually to collect and preserve artifacts, documents and historic structuresundefinedin short, Maine’s cultural heritageundefinedfor the betterment of Maine’s communities and for future generations. 

    Over the past four years, our industry has had a cordial and respectful relationship with Governor LePage. He worked with the Maine State Museum to put the Maine Labor Mural back on public view, he appointed an esteemed Maine scholar to the state museum commission, and he has supported the continued restoration of the Blaine House, one of Maine’s landmark historic properties. It is our hope that his second term in office will be characterized by the same regard for the organizations that share responsibility for preserving and promoting the arts, history, and culture of Maine, while bringing millions of visitors and millions of dollars to our state each year.

    To nurture a culture of appreciation and collaboration between our industry and the Office of the Governor, we would like to invite Governor LePage to select a date on his calendar in 2015 dedicated to visiting Maine’s collecting institutions. We will work with the Governor’s staff to develop an itinerary of organizations that show the depth, breadth, and importance of Maine’s historical and artistic collections, as well as the deep commitment to public service that is shared by all our members.

    MAM and its member organizations look forward to working with state government in planning for the state’s bicentennial in 2020, and to sharing with the people of Maine the artifacts and documents that tell the stories behind 200 years of statehood. To create something meaningful and memorable together will require mutual respect and support, rather than divisive generalities, and we hope that we can depend upon the Governor for both over the next four years.


    Jessica Skwire Routhier, President
    Erin I. Bishop, Ph.D., Director

  • 06 Nov 2014 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    The Maine Library Association has awarded the Outstanding Librarian of the Year award and the Journalism award for 2014.  The Outstanding Librarian of the Year for 2014 is Jennifer Alvino, director of the Windham Public Library.  Alvino was nominated by her staff as well as town manager Tony Plante and former American Library Association president Maureen Sullivan.


    This year’s journalism award is given to Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier for his support of Maine libraries in general, and specifically for his piece entitled, “Maine Libraries Write New Chapter on Lending.”


    The awards will be handed out at the MLA conference on Sunday, November 16th at the annual banquet.

  • 04 Nov 2014 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Cultural organizations around the state have the opportunity to have trained facilitators help manage the process of creating a disaster plan for their institutions, thanks to a grant awarded to the Maine State Museum from Jane's Trust. In early spring interested organizations may participate in a facilitated planning project, anticipated from February - May.

    The Maine State Museum has long recognized that disaster planning is a bit of administrative housekeeping that cultural organizations all too frequently put off until disaster strikes, and in 2013 it took the lead in helping to address this situation by forming the Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition (CERC: Maine). CERC is a collaborative effort with the Maine Emergency Management Agency and several cultural agencies and conservators, including the Maine State Library, the Maine State Archives, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, and the professional association Maine Archives and Museums. In its first year CERC focused on surveying Maine’s cultural community to evaluate the state of disaster planning, developing three levels of disaster planning benchmarks and resources to help streamline disaster planning for institutions of various sizes and complexity, and sponsoring disaster planning workshops. 


    Through its work with a beta site, the Pejepscot Historical Society, CERC developed a guided process to work organizations through disaster planning. This fall, ten participating libraries, museums and historical societies are being guided through the process by a FEMA Corps team trained in using the guide and in issues facing cultural organizations. CERC is working with FEMA to arrange for a second team to come to Maine in early spring to conduct another round of facilitations.

    Organizations interested in participating in the program may apply online through the CERC web site, (under the Write Your Own Disaster Plan tab). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Participants will be selected to represent a broad range of institutional sizes, geographical locations, collections types, and building construction, although we are particularly interested in hearing from town offices, all-volunteer organizations or institutions located inland. For more information about this project see the CERC web site or contact the CERC office at or (207) 287-6696.

  • 04 Nov 2014 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Executive Director

    Boothbay Railway Village

    The BRV is seeking an energetic, innovative individual to assume the role of Executive Director.  For the past 50 years the “BRV has served  Mid Coast Maine by operating a narrow gauge live-steam railroad , an antique car museum and hosting community oriented  events all set on the grounds of  a 12 acre period Maine village.

    To be considered for the position previous nonprofit employment is highly desirable including experience in managing the routine and special functions of a museum. Skill sets will include budget creation, personnel management and fund raising. The winning candidate must have strong leadership qualities, superior managerial, communication and team building qualities. Demonstrated effective public relations experience is a plus.

    The Director reports to an active 17 member Board.  Together they work on policies and long & short-term goals for all aspects of the “BRV”. The Director’s primary responsibilities include overall planning, development, financial /operations management, and safety compliance ensuring on-going stability, growth, and visitor satisfaction.

    Please submit cover letter and resume to BRV Executive Director Search Committee at:

    Stephen C Williams

    Board President BRV

    320 Robinhood Rd

    Georgetown, ME 04548

    See us at and

  • 30 Oct 2014 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    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:



    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:

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