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Members and non-members of MAM may post announcements, job and internship openings, and other news of interest to the field using the blog below. To post an event, see the event listings. MAM reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members are charged $20. (Individual Membership is only $35.)

We require that all job and internship opportunities include a stated compensation range, expressed as a salary, hourly wage, or stipend. Meant to encourage greater diversity and reduced burnout in collecting institutions, this requirement is made in coordination with museum associations around the country based on information from the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network

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  • 02 Mar 2014 6:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Museum Librarian/ Archivist

    Owls Head Transportation Museum

    The Owls Head Transportation Museum is seeking candidates for the position of Museum Librarian/Archivist.  The Museum Librarian/Archivist will work under the direction of the Curator to inventory, accession, catalog and input collections to the Museum’s collection database as part of the Lang Education Center.  The successful candidate will have experience working in the Museum or Library fields and experience processing library and archival collections.  She or he will have the ability to lift storage boxes and climb ladders and must communicate effectively, orally and in writing.  MLS or Bachelor’s degree in humanities, history or related field with Museum/Archive experience required.

     Title: Museum Librarian/Archivist 


    • Accessions, processes, inventories and catalogs books, periodicals, archives and manuscripts
    • Applies professional standards to the processing, arrangement and preservation of records
    • Responds to research requests from museum staff and public
    • Digitizes archival collections for incorporation in collection database
    • Orders library, archival and office supplies for the department
    • Implements basic preservation methods
    • Supervises Museum volunteers and interns

     Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

    • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy
    • Knowledge of library and archival principles and practices
    • Knowledge of art history and/or museum operations
    • Must be able to lift storage boxes and climb ladders
    • Demonstrated knowledge of preservation methods and theory
    • Skilled in using Adobe PhotoShop and other image editing software, scanners and digital photography

     Education and Experience:

    • Museum experience preferred
    • Masters in Library and Information Science or archival experience preferred
    • Bachelor's degree required in the humanities, history, or a field related to history and/or technology.

    Additional Job Information

    To apply, send cover letter and resume to Ethan Yankura, Curator, Owls Head Transportation Museum PO Box 277 Owls Head, Maine, 04854.
    30,000 to 35,000
    Mid Coast
    Owls Head
  • 18 Feb 2014 4:50 PM | Anonymous

    On March 1, Cynthia Walker will begin work as the new executive director of the Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk. Walker joined the staff in 2010 as Museum Specialist, and was promoted to Associate Director in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Public History at Northeastern University, and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in 2010. Walker wrote her thesis on the Brick Store Museum’s founder, Edith Barry, and is currently turning her work into a book. Her previous experience includes the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and Willowbrook Museum Village in Newfield. Joining Walker as Collections & Archives Associate Manager is Leanne Hayden, arriving at the Museum after eight years with the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. FMI: 


  • 17 Feb 2014 1:03 PM | Anonymous member
    The Rufus Porter Museum in Bridgton, offers two 12 week in-residence internships from mid-May to late August 2043 with a $180.00 per week stipend. While housing is provided, a car is a necessity. Interns obtain practical museum experience and are expected to develop and carry out projects or programs that help them to develop personally and professionally. Priority is given to students intending to pursue a career in museums, particularly in museum education this year. The mission of the Rufus Porter Museum is to increase the enjoyment, knowledge, and pride of communities by bringing to life the world and the inspiring works of Rufus Porterundefineda remarkable American folk artist and inventor. For a full description of the museum and the 2014 internship program please see the museum’s website (
  • 12 Feb 2014 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Saturday, April 26th, 10am-3pm at Emlen Hall in Blue Hill. 

    The Bagaduce Music Lending Library’s annual Young Composers' Competition, which began in 1996, encourages all Maine students, high school age and below, to create & perform original works and develop their musical notation skills. Most importantly, the competition puts promising music students in dialogue with professional composers who provide written and face-to-face feedback about the students’ original works. 

    Many of Maine’s talented young musicians have participated in the Competition and have performed their original music at our Festival in April in Blue Hill, Maine.  The Library’s Young Composer’s project fills an important niche in the musical education of Maine’s students. 

    Come and hear them perform their compositions with Liza Rey a jazz harpist and composer, as Keynote speaker.

  • 12 Feb 2014 12:52 PM | Anonymous
    Did you know that tomorrow is Maine Nonprofit Day at the state house?

    This is an annual event organized by the Maine Association of Nonprofits where legislators have the opportunity to learn more about the essential work that nonprofits do to keep our state healthy in every sense of the word: physically, economically, culturally, and more.  There are so many ways that you can get involved right from your desk.  Be sure to check out the Maine Nonprofit Day page on MANP's website to find out more:

    One of the things that Maine Archives and Museums has done to participate is to finalize its new Economic Impact Statement. This statement is the result of a survey we conducted of our institutional members in 2013/14, so we have solid data to back up our assertion that Maine's collecting institutions are important economic drivers and that the big picture is one of dedicated, serious-minded organizations that serve the statewide community and give far more than they receive.  Please use this statement in any way that you can think of to support, promote, and advocate for all that our industry does for Maine: put it on your website and social media pages, share it with your trustees, include it in fundraising requests and grant proposals, put a stack on your front desk.  You helped to write it, so this is your statement, too.  Here it is (click on "Economic Impact Statement"):

    The Association of
    Maine Archives and Museums

    If you represent one of the institutions that responded to the survey, thank you especially for helping MAM to pull this together in time for Maine Nonprofit Day as well as National Museums Advocacy Day, which is also coming right up!  Don't forget that you can use your own answers to the survey to create your own individualized Economic Impact Statement--feel free to use MAM's as a model and cut-and-paste to your heart's content.  That's what it's there for!  Need to dig up your original answers?  Just contact MAM's president, Jessica Routhier (and survey master) at

    Finally: if you haven't yet connected with MAM on social media, now's the time!  There will be lots to share this month.
  • 11 Feb 2014 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    New England Archivists (NEA) is excited to announce that registration for the Spring 2014 Meeting is now open! Join us March 20-22 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for great programs, workshops, thought-provoking sessions, and a "Jeopardy" tournament. In this E-mail you will find pertinent information about registration, lodging, and what to look forward to at Spring 2014.

    To give you some idea of the pricing, here are the Early Bird rates
    Early-bird  |  now - February 17

    Member (2 days): $105.00

    Member (1 day):  $70.00

    Bridge* (2 days): $78.75

    Bridge* (1 day):  $52.50

    Student (2 days):  $52.50

    Student (1 day):  $35.00

    Non-member (2 days):  $120.00

    Non-member (1 day):  $85.00

    *Bridge-rate registration is for NEA members who are currently unemployed or underemployed.



    Early-bird: now-February 17

    Advance: February 18 - March 14

    On site: March 15-22

    For detailed pricing information and to register online, click here<>.


    Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside

    250 Market Street

    Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

    Google Map <>

    (603) 431-2300

    Room rate $125 available until February 24th (subject to availability.), using this code: New England Archivists 2014 QYND6W2WZTY (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser):


    Spring 2014 will feature two plenary speakers: Vivek Bald and Ian MacKaye.

    Ian MacKaye (Friday, March 22) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer best known for being the frontman of influential punk bands like Minor Threat, Fugazi, and The Evens. Currently he is working to personally preserve recordings of all of Fugazi's 1,000+ shows. He is also trying to preserve the cassette recordings of his grandmother who wrote a marriage counseling column for Ladies Home Journal. Read more about MacKaye's audio-archiving work<>.

    Vivek Bald (Saturday, March 21) is a scholar and filmmaker whose documentary, *In Search of Bengali Harlem* has spurred a related book and website<>.

    The website is part of Bald's ongoing project to document the histories of two little-known groups of early South Asian migrants to the United States.

    Both were groups of Muslim men, predominantly from the region of Bengal, who entered the U.S. between the 1880s and the 1940s.

    The sessions on Friday and Saturday cover a wide range of topics and formats such as a roundtable discussion on the Boston Bombing Digital Archives, working with students in archives, collaborating with non-archivists, and how best to provide access to moving image and sound archives.

    The "Jeopardy" tournament on Friday will test your knowledge of the profession, repositories all over New England, and fun historical facts.

    Players will compete for bragging rights and cool prizes by answering questions from NEA's own Alex Trebek, Gregor Trinkaus-Randall. Details on how to participate are coming soon.

    View the full schedule to begin your own planning for Spring 2014<>.

    If you have any questions regarding the NEA Spring 2014 Meeting, please contact Kelli Bogan, Spring 2014 Program Committee Chair, at<>.

  • 10 Feb 2014 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Catholic Library Association is pleased to announce the sixth Introductory Archive Workshop for Religious Communities to be held at the Cenacle Retreat House, Ronkonkoma, NY from June 15-20, 2014. The 5-day intensive program is directed toward individuals who are interested in learning about archival theory and practice or who wish to update their archival training. 

    Unlike other archival workshops, the sessions will focus on the unique types of records found in the archives of men’s and women’s religious communities. These records document not only the communities themselves, but also the evolution of Catholicism in the

    United States, and its impact on educational, social and charitable institutions that shaped the nation’s history. 

    The program, directed by professional religious archivists, will include lectures, tours, and opportunities for sharing experiences.

    Complete program and registration information and a registration form are posted on the Catholic Library Association website at or contact the CLA at or phone 312-739-1776 or toll free 855-739-1776.       REGISTRATION DEADLINE MAY 1, 2014.

  • 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.

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