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  • 29 Jan 2019 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Society of American Archivists Distinguished Service Award

    Deadline: February 28, 2019


    Purpose and Criteria for Selection: The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession. The institution being nominated should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

    • Demonstrably contributing to archival theory and the development of new archival practice.

    • Serving its constituency in an outstanding fashion.

    • Showing extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness in improving efficiency of operations or methods of work.

    • Going well beyond the normal performance requirements expected of an archival agency and thus providing a model for others.

    • Developing over a period of years an archives program of such depth and scope as to warrant special recognition


    Eligibility: Any archival institution, archival organization, records center, or manuscript repository, archival education program, or nonprofit or government organization providing service or support to the archives community in North America.


    Nomination Requirements: In addition to a completed nomination form, each nomination must include letters of support from three SAA members, each representing a different institution. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.


    Submission Deadline and Nomination Form: Click here to preview the nomination form and/or to start a nomination. All nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2019.


  • 29 Jan 2019 1:43 PM | Anonymous

    National History Day (NHD) in Maine, is looking for volunteer judges!!

    If you are unaware, NHD is a nationally recognized academic program that promotes the study of history in middle and high school classrooms. Participating students develop research papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, or websites on a topic they select connected to an annual theme.  This year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”  For more information about our program please visit our webpage.

    We currently need judges for the following events (registration closes 3 weeks prior to the event):

    March 8 Lewiston Regional Contest at Museum LA

    March 23 Bangor Regional Contest at John Bapst Memorial High School

    April 27 University of Maine State Contest in Orono

    Judge registration can be found under the “Contest Registration” header on our webpage (link above)!

    No experience required.  There is a judge orientation on the day of the contest.  It’s roughly a 3-4 hour commitment and we provide meals for our judges. This is our first year hosting regional contests, and any help would be appreciated! Please remember that you can judge multiple events.

    For more information contact State Coordinator John Taylor (john.m.taylor@maine.edu)


  • 29 Jan 2019 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Native American Library Services Grants Now Available

    Application Deadline is April 1, 2019

    Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for the Native American Library Services Basic Grants program through Monday, April 1, 2019.


    Native American Library Services Basic Grants are one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries.


    Grants may be used to buy library materials, fund salaries and training, provide internet connectivity and computers, or develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations, among other things.


    Libraries may request up to $3,000 for staff to attend library courses or training workshops; attend or present at conferences related to library services; or hire consultants for onsite professional library assessments.


    Application materials can be found on the grant program page.


    To Learn More

    Before applying, IMLS recommends interested applicants participate in the following webinars for Native American Basic Grants to learn more:


    IMLS uses the Blackboard Collaborate system. For first-time users of Blackboard, please see the webinar page for technical information. These events will also be recorded and made available on-demand on the IMLS website.


    Program Contacts:


    For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs, contact:


    Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer

    202-653-4662

    storo@imls.gov


    For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:


    Chelsea Cole, Program Specialist

    202-653-4719

    ccole@imls.gov


    Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist

    202-653-4761

    sboonie@imls.gov


    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)


    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • 21 Jan 2019 3:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of Maine’s Digital Curation graduate program has a few spots left in these spring online classes:

    * DIG 510 (Metadata) shows how metadata standards can help you manage your files and your audience discover information about your collection.

    * DIG 550 (Digital Preservation) examines both practical and cutting-edge preservation, to help you rescue your collection from future obsolescence and oblivion.

    More on these courses at http://digitalcuration.umaine.edu. They start on 23rd January.

    Film and history buffs may be interested to know our DIG 510 professor John Bell just won two of the highly selective NEH digital humanities grants in the last cycle. These grants will support his work at Dartmouth in improving access to early cinema and civil rights footage from across the US. More at:

    http://mediaecology.dartmouth.edu/wp/archives/600

    http://mediaecology.dartmouth.edu/wp/archives/605

  • 15 Jan 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member

    The Rufus Porter Museum, founded in 2005 and located in Bridgton, Maine, seeks a part-time Museum Assistant (16 hours/week to start) to assist the Museum Director-Curator in the day-to-day operations of the museum. The Museum Assistant will support all aspects of museum operation, including administrative, customer service, and collections and exhibitions. Schedule is flexible, but some Saturdays and occasional evenings are required when the museum is open (June to October).

    Qualifications: Demonstrated administrative and customer service skills required. Museum experience a plus. Preferred candidate will have strong organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team. Familiarity with databases such as PastPerfect, DonorSnap, and accounting software like Quickbooks desired. Must be able to comfortably walk up and down stairs and be able to lift minimum of 20 lbs.

    To Apply:

    Please send resume with cover letter including references to Karla Leandri Rider, Museum Director-Curator, Rufus Porter Museum, director@rufusportermuseum.org

    Qualified candidates will be contacted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. For additional information, please visit www.rufusportermuseum.org.

  • 14 Jan 2019 3:24 PM | Anonymous member

    Librarian II - Cross-Functional Data Librarian

     

    SALARY:  $14.90 – $19.91 hourly

    OPEN:  December 20, 2018

    CLOSES:  January 18, 2019

    Website: https://mainebhr.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0jjtm/

     

    This is a unique opportunity for an individual to perform professional services work for three Maine cultural institutions in a shared capacity.  The Maine State Library, Museum, and Archives seek a dynamic individual who has the interest and the experience to work with a variety of collections at each agency and to make them accessible through cataloging, digitizing, metadata tagging, and inventorying.  Work is performed under limited supervision.

     

    REPRESENTATIVE TASKS:  (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

    ·         Catalogs, classifies, and indexes books, documents, periodicals, artifacts and other printed or digital matter in order to properly place them in the various collections of respective agencies.

    ·         Assists with digitizing collection items and uploading them into a digital repository.

    ·         Assigning metadata to digital items so they may be used as part of a digital archive.

    ·         Creating inventories of materials and prioritizing such materials for cataloging and digitizing.

    ·         Researches provenance, genealogical and or historical significance of items.

     

    KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:  (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

    ·         Knowledge of professional library, museum, and archival techniques, systems, procedures, and tools.

    ·         Knowledge of artifact handling.

    ·         Knowledge of software systems related to digital imaging, management, access, and preservation.

    ·         Knowledge of methods, techniques, and materials used in the care and preservation of permanent records in hard copy and electronic copy

    ·         Knowledge of metadata standards relevant to the archival control of digital collection materials.

    ·         Knowledge of collection development and maintenance principles and practices.

    ·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

    ·         Ability to use and explain the use of catalogs, guides, indexes, bibliographies, and other such materials.

    ·         Ability to perform original cataloging and classification of represented materials.

    ·         Ability to use a variety of modern office and audio-visual equipment.

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  (Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

    A Bachelors’ Degree in Library Science and two (2) years’ experience in professional library work -OR- an acceptable equivalent combination of related experience and/or training.


  • 14 Jan 2019 2:59 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello from your Maine state rep for the AASLH Leadership in History Awards  program! Over the years, a number of Maine organizations have been recognized for their outstanding work through this program, including last year's honoree, the Seal Cove Auto Museum. It would be great to have a Maine recipient every year, and it is my job to help you through the nomination process. I am including the full press release below, which includes links to all the details. Please do no hesitate to contact me, Julia Gray, at riversidemuseumsolutions@gmail.com, if you have any questions, and let me know if you are putting together a nomination.

    Call for AASLH Leadership in History Awards Nominations

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) invites nominations for the 2019 Leadership in History Awards. Now in its 70th year, the Awards Program is the most prestigious national recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state, and regional history. AASLH initiated the Awards Program in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout America.

    The AASLH Leadership in History Awards Program recognizes exemplary work completed by state or federal historical societies, institutions, or agencies; regional, county, or local historical societies, institutions, or agencies; specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, etc.; junior historical societies; privately owned museums or foundations; individuals; and organizations outside the field of traditional historical agencies. Awards are given for exhibits, public and educational programming, special projects, publications, multimedia, and individual achievement. Nominees need not be members of AASLH to qualify. See a list of 2018 winners.

    Informational Video

    To learn about the program and why you should apply, no matter what your budget size, AND get tips for how to put together an award-winning nomination watch this video of the informational webinar from 2018 which will give you an overview of the program, as well as providing tips for submitting a nomination (54 minutes).

    Nominations are due on March 1, 2019. A list of state award representatives who can advise nominees can be found at the AASLH website. Nominations are then reviewed by a national committee in the summer of 2019 with a formal presentation of the awards made during the AASLH Annual Meeting, August 28 to 31, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    About the American Association for State and Local History
    The American Association for State and Local History is a non-profit association for state and local history, with a primary focus on history professionals, history volunteers, museums, historical societies, and other history-related organizations and public history professionals. AASLH provides leadership and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history to make the past more meaningful.



  • 11 Jan 2019 4:21 PM | Anonymous member

    Students Explore Music History and the local PAL Hop

    As the first Kids as Curators exhibition of 2019, students from Edward Little High School (ELHS) are curating, designing, and installing an exhibit in Museum L-A’s gallery space focused on the history of music in the local community titled “Nights at the PAL Hop: How Music Can Change History”. The Kids as Curators program is a collaborative effort between Museum L-A and students in the Lewiston-Auburn area to create a special exhibition. The public is invited to attend the free opening reception with a live musical performance of a student-led band from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

    For this exhibit, the co-teacher team of Alyssa McLean and Sarah Brooks of ELHS approached Museum L-A with a new take on this long-standing educational program. Their idea combined students from two departments, music and social studies, and asked them to explore the history of music in the local area. Over the past semester, these kids delved into each decade to understand what music was popular and why. Much of their research centered around the famed PAL Hop of Lewiston, a local dance hall that many L-A residents may remember.

    "I'm so proud of the creativity and professional work my students have put in to make this exhibit happen. We asked them to do a very large task but they rose to the challenge and worked really hard. They learned a lot along the way and had a lot of fun doing it,” says Alyssa McLean.

    “Nights at the PAL Hop” will be the first of four Kids as Curators exhibitions for Museum L-A throughout the year as well as the kick off of programming coordinated by museum staff as part of the Historical Committee for the 150th-anniversary celebration of the City of Auburn. The museum will be working with Auburn students from elementary school to high school to create exhibits held in locations around the community to showcase the history, the people, and the positivity of the younger generations during the city’s very special year. Check Museum L-A’s website for more information on these upcoming exhibitions.

    “It is always amazing to see what our children are capable of as they work and become the curators of our local history as seen through their eyes,” says Rachel Desgrosseilliers, Executive Director.  “Not only are we excited that more classes are taking advantage of this program but that we can get the students involved in the yearlong 150th Anniversary Celebrations of Auburn.”  This Kids as Curators exhibit has received support from Auburn’s 150th Anniversary Committee.

    Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine.  Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.  Special tour requests and large group tours outside of these hours are available by appointment.

    For more information, please contact info@museumla.org or call 207-333-3881. 


  • 10 Jan 2019 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We want to share with you another announcement for the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.  Applications for the 2019 cycle close this February 1st, 2019.  Below I have included Twitter and Facebook links from the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) social media pages and our website that we hope you will share with your constituents and any other institutions that you think may benefit from the CAP program. 

     

    The CAP program provides small and mid-size museums with support for a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The recommendations for collections care can help institutions decide where to invest limited resources. It may also serve as a valuable tool in engaging a board, leadership, and other community partners. Applications are available from November 1st, 2018 through February 1st, 2019. 

     

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/conservators/status/1083080646510161921

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aiconservation/posts/10157127943333680

    Website: www.conservation-us.org/cap


    Elizabeth Handwerk Kurt

    CAP Program Assistant

  • 08 Jan 2019 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2018.

     

    The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. 

     

    Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting for the year in which the scholarship was received.

     

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit: http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic.  Click here to apply!

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