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  • 08 Feb 2014 7:24 AM | Anonymous member
    YHS is seeking an energetic and experienced Executive Director for a full-time position based in Yarmouth, ME.  Qualifications: An M. A. in History or Humanities and 5 years of experience in historical or cultural studies and the management of a non-profit cultural institution is preferred.  Experience in fundraising, personnel management and as a chief executive officer is desired.  Excellent communications and organizational skills a must.  The Executive Director advises the 14-person Board of Trustees in developing policies and goals for the Society as well as managing day-to-day operations.  Specific duties and responsibilities are posted on the website,, under the tab About Us.  You may also request a job description by emailing
    To apply, please mail or email cover letter and resume to: Yarmouth Historical Society, P.O. Box 107, Yarmouth, ME 04096 or to We will begin review of applications on February 17, 2014 and continue to consider candidates until the position is filled.
  • 05 Feb 2014 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Each year, the C. F. W. Coker Award is given out to recognize an outstanding and innovative finding aid, finding aid or descriptive system, or finding aid/descriptive project.

    Established in 1984, this award recognizes finding aids, finding aid systems, projects that involve innovative development in archival description, or descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce effective finding aids. To merit serious consideration for the award, nominees must, in some significant way, set national standards, represent a model for archival description, or otherwise have a substantial impact on descriptive practices. The following types of works or activities may be considered:

    1. Finding aids, including, among others, multi-institutional guides, record surveys, repository guides, special subject lists, finding aids to individual collections or records groups, and narrative descriptions of holdings.
    2. Finding aid systems, including, among others, manual or automatic indexing systems, computer databases, or current awareness systems for notifying users of holdings.
    3. Descriptive tools that enable archivists to produce more effective finding aids, including, among others, subject thesauri, authority files, data element dictionaries, manuals establishing descriptive standards, and such reference works as atlases and administrative histories.
    4. Projects that involve innovative developments in archival description, including, among others, cooperative ventures that result in the exchange of finding aid information among repositories, efforts at building national information systems, and survey projects.

    Last year’s submissions were great and we had to make a tough decision. This year, we’d like to have to make a difficult choice again, but we need your help! Do you know of an outstanding and innovative finding aid or description system published in 2013?  Have you created a finding aid or designed a descriptive system or tool that you feel breaks new ground in the field of archival descriptive practice? Would you like to see the author(s) or editor(s) recognized for contributing to descriptive practice and the archives profession?  Please consider submitting a nomination prior to the deadline of February 28, 2014.  Self-nominations are welcome!

    The nomination form is available at

    Additional information can be found at, where you can also see a list of previous winners.

  • 31 Jan 2014 5:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Organizations Workshop Coming to New England

    The registration for AASLH’s Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Organizations workshop scheduled for April 3-4 in Portsmouth, NH, is now open at The workshop will be held at the Governor John Langdon House and is hosted by Historic New England. Register by February 27 and save $40 on your registration fee.
    This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits focusing on active learning at different kinds of history organizations. Seasoned educators direct conversations about museum education and what it is museum educators do.
    Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn about audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to build programs.
    The themes of this workshop are based on the publication The Museum Educator’s Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques. A copy of this must-have education manual is included in the workshop registration.

    Who Should Attend: This workshop is ideally suited for staff (first-time museum educators, directors, tour guides or volunteer managers and mid-career professionals), museum studies students, or dedicated volunteers working in all types of museums  who are given the responsibility of education and public programming.
    Cost: $270 members /$345 nonmembers; $40 discount if fee is received by February 27.
    Early-Bird Registration Deadline is February 27!!  You can register today at
    Please contact Bethany Hawkins, Program Manager at or 615-320-3203 if you have any questions about these or other upcoming workshops.
  • 21 Jan 2014 2:03 PM | Anonymous
    Do you love history? Do you support dynamic hands-on projects for students?

    Then the Maine National History Day coordinators are looking for you!

    Sign up now to be a judge for the 2014 Maine National History Day competition, to be held at UMaine in Orono, on Saturday, April 12. Whether you've been a judge for several years running, or have never experienced the excitement and reward of History Day, you are invited to join the 2014 team. It's an inspiring experience!

    Maine National History Day is an annual event for teachers and students in grades 6-12 
    which promotes critical thinking skills through project-based learning.

    The competition runs from 10AM-4PM; judges must be on-site by 8:30AM. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. To register, go to and provide your name, contact info, and rate your preferences for judging category. We strongly encourage you to sign up by February 28, and, as an extra incentive, we will put your name in a drawing for a great prize. (Compliments of Maine Historial Society and Maine Humanities Council.)

    You'll get an initial confirmation email and, in mid-March, your judging assignment and detailed information and resources about the judging role and responsibilities, as well as the logistics of the day.

    For questions about judging, contact: Nicole Rancourt, Program Officer, Maine Humanities Council, 773-5051, OR Larissa Vigue Picard, Director of Education & Interpretation, Maine Historical Society, 774-1822 x215,

    For more information on History Day 2014, visit, or

    And THANKS!
  • 21 Jan 2014 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Alliance of Museums is offering fellowships to its Annual Meeting for Alliance Professional and Student members who are:

                underrepresented* within the profession

                emerging leaders

                mid-career professionals

    *This includes individuals who identify with one or more of the following underrepresented groups: racial/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and LGBT. 

    Note: Individuals must be Alliance members at the time of application.

    Fellows are required attend the entire meeting and participate in fellowship-related activities, such as the Fellowship breakfast and those ticketed events accompanying the award.

    Fellowships awarded to Alliance Professional and Student members includes complimentary conference registration and selected ticketed events and a $750 cash award to cover travel expenses.

    How to Apply

    Eligible individuals are invited to submit an application. Fellows will be selected from among a competitive and talented pool of peers. Unfortunately, because of limited funds we cannot accommodate all applicants.

    Individuals who have previously been awarded a fellowship to attend the Annual Meeting are not eligible.

    Applications are due Friday, Feb. 10.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

    Fellowship awardees will be notified by email no later than March 31 and will have a week to confirm their attendance. Once awardees have confirmed their attendance, they will receive a special registration code for complimentary registration and can purchase additional event tickets not included in the fellowship award. Upon receipt of confirmation and signed IRS W-9 form, travel stipends will be issued to Alliance Professional and Student fellows and may take 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. 

    Applicants who are not awarded a fellowship and would still like to attend the meeting may register at the published Early Bird rate until the Advance Registration deadline, April 25. Instructions for how to register will be included with your notification email.

    For more information and Fellowship Application Form visit

  • 21 Jan 2014 10:32 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, 2014.


    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. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting.


    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and instructions on applying, please visit:


    Good Luck!


    The Mosaic Scholarship Selection Committee:

    Jennifer Marshall (chair), University of South Carolina

    Krystal Appiah, Library Company of Philadelphia

    Sofia Becerra-Licha, Berklee College of Music

    LaNesha DeBardelaben, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

    Mona Vance-Ali, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library

    Aditi Worcester, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

  • 21 Jan 2014 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Call for Nominations: 2014 SAA Waldo Gifford Leland Award

     Please help us to recognize the best in our profession!

    Have you read a great new book about archives? Seen an exceptional new finding aid? Encountered a new documentary publication that is head and shoulders above the rest? Has a new web publication really stood out to you?

    If you have, please consider nominating it for the Society of American Archivists Waldo Gifford Leland Award. Nomination forms, a list of previous winners, and more information are at The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014. 

    The annual Leland Award – a cash prize and certificate – recognizes “writing of superior excellence and usefulness in the field of archival history, theory, and practice.” 

     (Please note that periodicals are not eligible.) 

    Established in 1959, this award honors American archival pioneer Waldo Gifford Leland (1879-1966), president of the Society of American Archivists in the1940s and one of the driving forces behind the founding of the National Archives.

    Melissa Salrin

    Archivist and Special Collections Librarian

    Whitman College and Northwest Archives

    345 Boyer Ave Walla Walla, WA 99362

    p (509) 526-4731

    f (509) 526-4785

  • 21 Jan 2014 9:36 AM | Anonymous
    MAM is so pleased to once again offer a special membership opportunity this year in conjunction with the New England Museum Association!

    Effective immediately, NEW all-volunteer institutional members of MAM--meaning those that have absolutely no paid staff--are ALSO entitled to one year of complimentary membership at the New England Museum Association.  The complimentary membership is good for one year after you sign up, with complete access to NEMA’s professional development and career resources, news and publications, and networking opportunities, plus a free copy of “NEMA’s 25 Top Tips for Small Museums.” When your twelve months of complimentary membership have passed, you'll have the option to renew or cancel--there is absolutely no obligation.

    If you recently joined MAM as an all-volunteer organization but haven't yet taken advantage of this offer, just e-mail MAM at for instructions. Or if you're an all-volunteer organization but you recently joined MAM in another category, based on your budget, you can log into your profile and change your category to 00--All Volunteer to get instructions on how to sign up with NEMA.  Again, just e-mail MAM with any questions or difficulties.

    Even if you're not in a position to take advantage of this benefit, you can let your friends in the field know about it.  The annual fee for an all-volunteer institutional membership in MAM is only $25--and to get that and a year-long membership in NEMA is a really fantastic deal and a great way to get and stay connected.
  • 20 Jan 2014 11:12 AM | Anonymous
    MAM is so pleased to present its new Strategic Plan,
    approved by the Board of Trustees on January 13, 2014!

    From the plan's Introduction:

    MAM is a membership-run organization, with a structure described as “bottom-up” rather than “top-down”; in other words, the organization’s activities and priorities are determined by the needs of its membership. With that in mind, this document was developed by a team with extensive input from the membership at large. Over a two-year period, feedback was sought and compiled from MAM’s membership and other stakeholders in the following ways:

    • A survey of MAM’s complete membership begun in late 2011 and “closed” in the spring of 2012, in which participants were asked to describe the main challenge facing their institution.
    • Evaluation forms distributed at MAM’s 2012 and 2013 conferences, each of which included a final question asking respondents to help set planning priorities for MAM.
    • An evaluation questionnaire distributed to participants in MAM’s 2013 Spring Workshops, specifically with this long-range planning process in mind.
    • A survey administered as part of MAM’s Maine Cultural Institutions Outreach Project, seeking largely demographic information from collecting institutions in the state that are not necessarily members of MAM.
    • Minutes from a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) exercise performed by MAM’s board in June 2013.
    • A planning retreat for the board (and other stakeholders) held on September 9, 2013, facilitated by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko of the Abbe Museum.
    • A lunchtime session at the 2013 conference, during which attendees were encouraged to respond to an early draft of this document.

    The overall structure of this document and much of its content, including the Core Competencies outlined on p. 4, arose from the planning retreat on September 9, at which results from the above surveys were presented. This Strategic Plan, then, distills MAM’s needs, challenges, resources, and ambitionsundefinedas identified by its membership and its leadershipundefinedinto a series of objectives, goals, and actions for the next five years.

    Thanks so much to all who participated in the planning process.  

    This is your plan--we look forward to having your help in achieving its goals!

    Questions? Comments?  Contact us at or (207) 400-6965.

  • 20 Jan 2014 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    MAM has signed onto the Community Nonprofit Letter in support of LD1664, proposed legislation to restore incentives for donations to charitable organizations like archives and museums. The letter was drafted by the Maine Association of Non-profits and will be presented at a public hearing on January 22.

    From the Maine Association of Non-profits website:

    The Biennial Budget passed by the 126th Maine Legislature late this past spring included a $27,500 cap on itemized deductions including the charitable giving deduction.  Our conservative estimates found that this cap will cost Maine nonprofits $20 million annually in decreased charitable giving at a time when nonprofits can hardly afford it.

    We worked with legislative leadership to remedy this situation and we are pleased that Senator James Boyle (Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook) has introduced a bill, LD 1664, that will carve the charitable giving deduction out of the overall cap, preserving a tax deduction that benefits the greater good much more than it benefits the tax-payer.

    There are several ways you can help us reach our first goal in the legislative process, a unanimous Ought To Pass recommendation out of the Taxation Committee.

    • Add your organization’s name to our sign-on letter to be presented to the Taxation Committee.   To add your name, e-mail Brenda Peluso with the name of the organization, the regions that your organization serves, and a brief statement that you are authorized to endorse the letter.
    • Plan to present spoken or written testimony at the public hearing on Wednesday, January 22nd.  A public hearing gives members of the public an opportunity to address members of the Joint Standing Committee in charge of the bill.  View the State’shelpful information about public hearings and e-mail Brenda Peluso if you plan to participate.
    • Contact members of the Taxation Committee directly if you have a prior relationship or serve members of their district.
    • Join our “interested parties” e-mail list by e-mailing Brenda Peluso.

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