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  • 15 Nov 2013 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    - Are you looking for a way to recharge your professional life?  
    - Do you crave a challenge that will get you thinking about archives in a radically new way?  
    - Would you like to expand your network of peers while building relationships that will impact you for the rest of your career?

    The Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) at Luther College is a dynamic program that provides advanced leadership training and mentorship for 25 innovative archival leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the profession in practice, theory and attitude.  

    If you would like to be a part of the 2014 Cohort, please apply before January 3, 2014. Details about the application process and what characteristics the ideal ALI participant has can be found at Participants selected as the 2014 Cohort will be notified by the end of February.

    The Archives Leadership Institute has been funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) since 2008 and was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison until 2012. Luther College has been selected to develop and host ALI for years 2013, 2014, and 2015.

    If you have any questions, please visit or contact Sasha Griffin at <>.
  • 06 Nov 2013 6:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Manager of School & Interpretive Programs

    The Maine Historical Society (MHS) seeks an innovative and energetic manager to provide leadership in the development of K-16 programs and interpretive strategies that promote engagement with Maine history. We are seeking a rising professional with vision, a keen interest in the future direction of museum education, and a desire to help define and build our 21st century museum program.

    The Manager of School & Interpretive Programs is responsible for the development and implementation of curriculum and interpretive strategies that utilize MHS collections, exhibits, and historical resources across Maine to help students, families, and members of the public develop knowledge, skills, and connections with their communities. Specific responsibilities include development and implementation of on- and off-site school and family programs; interpretation of museum exhibits and the Wadsworth-Longfellow House; training guides and docents; developing programs and resources that nurture dynamic school participation in and use of our nationally-recognized Maine Memory Network; and building and maintaining relationships with Maine teachers, schools, and community partners through outreach, collaboration, special projects, and social media.

    The Manager of School & Interpretive Programs will play a key role in the continued growth and evolution of a progressive statewide cultural organization known for its innovation and leadership. This position provides the opportunity to grow professionally and to be a major contributor to a collaborative team that includes staff, trustees, volunteers, supporters, and community members in one of the country's most beautiful, vibrant, and up-and-coming cities.

    Minimum qualifications: Masters degree in history, education, or museum studies; two years teaching experience in museum and classroom settings; knowledge of museum and K-12 programs, practices, and standards. Strong leadership and management skills.

    See full job description

    Please send cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to: Manager of School & Interpretive Programs Search, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. EOE. Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to Rolling review; closing date: November 21, 2013. No phone calls accepted.

  • 31 Oct 2013 3:38 PM | Anonymous
    That’s what the Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition would like to help
    you answer.

    The Maine State Museum was recently awarded a one year grant from the Maine
    Emergency Management Agency, through Homeland Security, to form the
    Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition (CERC: Maine). A partnership of key
    cultural organizations, conservators and emergency management personnel,
    and based on the COSTEP <>program
    developed in Massachusetts, its mission is to create awareness among
    Maine’s cultural institutions of the importance of disaster planning and to
    help connect those institutions with the resources and people they need to
    best respond to and recover from a disaster. See the end of this message
    for the full CERC: Maine Steering Committee.

    Here’s what CERC: Maine would like you to help them answer:

    What would be the most useful support to you and your organization in
    developing a disaster plan? As part of this project, CERC: Maine expects to
    develop online resources, workshops, and contact and vendor lists. Your
    feedback will play an invaluable role in shaping these products, to ensure
    that they are answering the needs of Maine’s cultural community.

    If you are affiliated with a cultural institution, please take a few
    minutes and complete the survey at

    If you are not affiliated with a cultural institution but would like to
    provide feedback, please email

    Thank you for adding your voice to the conversation!

    Ellen Dyer
    CERC: Maine Coordinator
    Maine State Museum
    83 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333

    *CERC: Maine Steering Committee*

    Jon Brandon, East Point Conservation
    Jeff Cabral, McArthur Public Library
    Molly Carlson, Head Tide Archaeological   Conservation Laboratory
    Dave Cheever, Maine State Archives
    Nancy Crowell, Scarborough Public Library
    Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum
    Dwane Hubert, Maine Emergency Management Agency
    Aedan Jordan, Maine State Museum
    Linda Lord, Maine State Library
    Kate McBrien, Maine State Museum
    Jessica Routhier, Maine Archives and Museums
  • 31 Oct 2013 3:26 PM | Anonymous

    Dana Baldwin, the PMA’s Peggy L. Osher Director of Learning and Interpretation, has accepted a position as Program and Communications Director at the Maine Philanthropy Center (MPC) in Portland. MPC is a regional association of grantmakers working to promote philanthropy and to increase its impact in Maine.  Dana’s last day at the museum will be Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

    Reflecting on her accomplishments, PMA’s Director Mark Bessire said, "Dana's ability to be a local and national leader of the arts has placed the Portland Museum of Art in a position of leadership and reverence within the museum and educational communities. We congratulate her on her exciting new position and we will miss her greatly." 

    Dana Baldwin has been Director of Learning and Interpretation at the PMA since 1992. In 2003, she was named the Eastern Division’s Outstanding Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association, and in 2005 she was named Art Advocate of the Year by the Maine Art Education Association. In 2011, she was named the National Arts Educator of the Year by the National Arts Education Association. During Dana’s tenure at the museum, she has led the effort to establish the Bernard A. Osher Lecture series as one of the major annual cultural events in Portland and to launch the annual Nelson Social Justice Fund Lecture as a keystone of the PMA’s programs. She has been Project Director of 11 National Endowment for the Arts projects at the Portland Museum of Art, including a project to digitize more than 250 wood engravings by Winslow Homer for the museum’s website in 2009. Dana has increased collaborations with area social service agencies, interactive exhibitions imbedded in the Museum’s galleries, cell phone tours of special exhibitions, and a series of Regional Docent Symposia with attendance by volunteers from six states. In 2005 Baldwin was invited by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles to serve as a Guest Scholar of the Getty Research Institute where she studied philosophies of interpretation.  

  • 12 Oct 2013 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Leonard's Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, Inc. (MFLM), a nonprofit organization incorporated in 1960, and dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago for the present-day citizens of the State of Maine. Located on approximately 400 acres on Blackman Stream in Bradley, Leonard's Mills is at the actual site of an early pioneer settlement, identified by the remains of a stone dam and the foundations of several houses. Today, Leonard's Mills is "alive" once again, as the Museum is represented by an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community of the 1790s. The Museum, through our Living History site at Leonard's Mills, teaches people of all ages about the forest and logging history of Maine. Our general purposes are to collect, preserve, and share artifacts, documents, tools, and equipment, and stories relating to the history of the Maine woods - particularly the pioneer and lumbering periods.

    Position Overview and Responsibilities

    The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission through its operational and financial objectives. The Executive Director must be an organized self-starter, an experienced communicator, an enthusiastic fundraiser and a team player to successfully oversee the day-to-day functions of MFLM. He or she must have the ability to move capably and confidently between a wide range of responsibilities including program coordination & development, financial management, human resources, fundraising, public relations, board and volunteer relations, building management and staff oversight. The Executive Director reports to the MFLM President and Board of Directors.


    Fundraising (Estimated time 40%): The ED will cultivate and solicit individual, corporate, and foundation support as well as seek out grant opportunities as they arise to support MFLM.  This effort must include finding new sources of capital in order to further the museum’s mission.

    Program Management (Estimated time 30%): Develop short-term and long-term strategic plans for the MFLM that support the Mission and objectives of the organization. Oversee and engage in the planning, organizing, and operation of events – both onsite and offsite as appropriate. 

    Operate as the lead contact on potential additions to the MFLM Collections to ensure donations fit the mission.

    Communications and Public Relations (Estimated time 15%):  The ED will serve as the “public face” of the organization at events, with donors, and with the media in order to promote the MFLM and its programs. In addition he or she will oversee and engage in the creation of promotional materials including MFLM newsletters, press releases, and enhancing MFLM’s web presence.

    In addition, the Executive Director will directly oversee and manage all MFLM employees, and serve as a conduit to the Board for those employees.

    Budget and Finance (Estimated time 15%): The Executive Director will work closely with the Board President, Treasurer, and Budget and Finance Committee to develop organizational and program-specific budgets and ensure the organization operates prudently within those budgets.  The ED will also coordinate the paying of bills to the various vendors the museum uses.


    Strong candidates will possess the following qualifications:

    • Strong organizational in communication skills
    • Experience in fundraising and grant proposal writing
    • Ability to work independently
    • Strong operational and financial management skills
    • Passion for preserving and showcasing Maine’s forest and logging history
    • Experience communicating with and organizing volunteers
    • Strong computer skills, including but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Excel.  The successful candidate will also be familiar with electronic communications, social media and be willing to expand their skillset into database programs. 
    • Have experience managing education programs and the accompanying physical site.


    Pay is commensurate with experience.  This is a part-time year-round position at 30 hours per week.


    MFLM’s office is the US Forest Service Building on the Government Road in Bradley, Maine.

    Additional Job Information

    MFLM’s employment committee will be conducting the candidate search. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Scott Robinson, Employment Committee Chair, at .
    Executive/Senior Management
    Bangor Area
  • 07 Oct 2013 2:11 PM | Anonymous
    Giving Voice to History-Oral History Workshop

    The Yarmouth History Center, along with the Oral History and Folklife
    Research Inc., will be conducting a workshop on Saturday October 26th from
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Keith Ludden and Molly Graham will give a talk on
    Thursday October 24th at 7:00 PM to introduce the goals and concepts of
    oral history and the importance of giving voice to member of our

    Oral history is an effective means of capturing a history that cannot be
    found in traditional historical records.  The recorded interviews can be
    archived and preserved for future researchers giving a voice to a sector of
    the community that might not otherwise be represented.

    Some of the topics to be covered in this work shop will include;
    definitions and goals of an oral history, setting up a project including
    what equipment is needed, interviewing skills, practice interviews and how
    to interview family members.  

    The cost for the workshop is $10 for members of the Yarmouth Historical
    Society and $15 for non-members. Students who are involved in oral history
    projects will be allowed to participate at no charge but are asked to
    notify us in advance. Space is limited so registration is encouraged. The
    Yarmouth History Center is located at 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth.

    For more information, please call Amy Aldredge at 846-6259 of e-mail at
  • 30 Sep 2013 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Don't let September 30 go by without connecting with Maine Archives and Museums!

    First, be sure to register for our annual conference TODAY to receive special early-bird pricing.  This year's theme isRe-charge Your Mission: Ideas to Ignite and Inspire, and we've got a great line-up of speakers, including a keynote by New York Times bestselling author Tilar Mazzeo. Tuesday, October 29, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, Orono: You won't want to miss it!

    Second, remember that TODAY is the deadline for newsletter submissions and ads! This issue will cover the months of November and December 2012 and January 2013, so please send only information on exhibitions, events, and opportunities that will be relevant to that time period. We are especially interested in your plans for holiday events and exhibitions! Find complete guidelines here. (REMEMBER: You must be an up-to-date member of MAM to submit material to the newsletter!  Need to renew?  Do it now, online: click here.  Not sure of your membership status, or having trouble renewing or registering for the conference?  E-mail

    Finally, if you represent an institutional member of MAM, don't forget to respond TODAY to our annual institutional member survey! We've designed this year's survey with the goal of compiling an up-to-date, statewide Economic Impact Statement for our industry--and by filling out the survey, you'll also be gathering answers that you can use to create your own organizational Economic Impact Statement.  We're going to report on the results at the Annual Meeting and Conference, and the more who respond, the better and more useful the information will be.  Don't worry--it's completely anonymous.  Follow this direct link and take the survey now! Link:

    Thanks for all you do to make Maine's community of collecting

    institutions stronger, more connected, and better in every way!

  • 16 Sep 2013 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Professor Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University) to bring his talk FROM ARCHIVE TO ARCH[L]IVE to the NEA 2013 Fall Symposium.

    Professor Schnapp's talk will be broadly concerned with the past, present and future of archives, centering on the challenges of designing new kinds of user-centered archival repositories. He will focus in particular on some experiments underway at metaLAB in the area of crisis archiving (the Digital Archive of Japan 2011 Disasters), working with object-based collections (Teaching with Things), and participatory curation and processing (

    Five Pioneer Valley institutions have agreed to open their doors or give tours to symposium attendees on the morning of October 26th (9-11).  Institutions include:

    • Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
    • Smith College Special Collections
    • UMass Amherst, Special Collections and University Archives
    • Wistariahurst Museum
    • Five College Library Depository ("The Bunker")

    For further information on these open houses and tours, visit:

    Please come early on October 26th to visit these institutions!

    Registration for the NEA 2013 Fall Symposium to begin next Monday, September 16th.  Space is limited!

  • 16 Sep 2013 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The New England Archivists Education Committee seeks an experienced instructor that is interested in teaching a full day workshop on Basic Records Management to an audience that could comprise municipal clerks and librarians and archivists from historical societies, public libraries. The workshop will take place in Dartmouth, NH in conjunction with NEA's 3 day meeting on March 20 from 9-5pm

    If you are interested and for more information, please contact James DaMico, Chair, at by Sept. 27.
  • 11 Sep 2013 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    *Request for Proposals – Due October 7, 2013*

    The Maine Library Association is seeking an individual or firm to act as

    part time business manager for the organization.  The MLA Business Manager

    will provide assistance to the Executive Board of the organization and to

    its Sections and Committees. The Business Manager works with the President

    and Executive Board of the Maine Library Association for coordination of

    the operations of the Association.

    The Business manager is required to have intimate knowledge of library

    operations and accounting/office management practices.  He/she will

    evaluate and make recommendations for improving MLA operations, clerical

    functions and communication. He/she is responsible for establishing a

    virtual office and for maintaining a physical office for compiling and

    storage of active files. All information collected is the property of MLA.

    *MLA Mission*

    The mission of the Maine Library Association is to promote and enhance the

    value of Maine libraries and librarianship, to foster cooperation among

    those who work in and for Maine libraries, and to provide leadership in

    ensuring information is accessible to all citizens of Maine.

    *MLA Purpose*

    The objectives of the Association shall be to initiate, plan and support

    library activities, to encourage the exchange of ideas, and to cooperate

    with regional and national organizations having related interests.

    *MLA Governance and Structure*

    The officers shall be a president, a vice president /president elect, a

    secretary, a treasurer, the immediate past president and two


    Current membership is approximately 325 active members

    *Meeting Schedule*

    An annual meeting of MLA must be held once a year at a time and place

    designated by the Council. Special meetings may be held as such times and

    places the Council designates or upon written request be ten members of the

    association. The full Executive Board meets every other month in locations

    selected for the convenience of the Board members. Regularly scheduled

    meetings throughout the year are held via GoTo Meeting or in Augusta. The

    Business Manager is required to attend these meetings.

    Sections and Committees hold individual meetings as needed.


    *Job Description of the MLA Business Manager*

    The Business Manager provides support for the work of the Maine Library

    Association (MLA) by performing many administrative tasks needed to keep

    MLA functioning in an organized and efficient manner.


    ●  Attends Executive Council Meetings

    ●  Works under the direction of the President and the Executive Council

    ●  Carries out policies and procedures of the Executive Council.

    Membership Services

    1.     Maintain database of membership, past and present, and prepare

    reports and mailing lists as required.

    2.     Record payments appropriately, including those through Paypal.

    3.     Work closely with the President or designee on mailings, invitations

    to join, renewal reminders and communications encouraging membership in the


    4.     Provide communication via email, social media and press releases as

    directed by the executive council.

    5.     Provide membership support services in order to assist MLA in

    maintaining and promoting membership

    Administrative Operations

    1.     Provide computer software as needed, using Microsoft or compatible

    programs including Word, Excel, and Access and additional financial

    management software

    2.     Administer the Wild Apricot web-based association management system

    including the MLA database with members and non-member contacts.

    3.     Maintain MLA office supplies as necessary and provide stationary and

    other supplies to the Executive Board members as required

    4.     Explore cost cutting methods and procedures as they relate to

    printing, mailing, supplies and other expenses and make recommendations to

    the Executive Board

    5.     Maintain calendar of MLA meetings and programs as reported by MLA

    officers, update on a regular basis and distribute as required.

    6.     Provide updated calendars through the Maine State Library website

    calendar of events.

    7.     Maintain a file of Executive Council reports, minutes, and financial


    8.     Provide general administrative support for the MLA President and

    various interest groups if needed.

    9.     Maintain a management manual for the organization.

    10.   Work with MLA archivist to preserve relevant documents and move them

    into permanent archives as needed.


    1.     Keep officers informed of pertinent business developments as they

    relate to the association.

    2.     Forward incoming mail and association information to the appropriate

    officers or committee/section members as it is received at association


    3.     Handle incoming phone and inquiries as appropriate and forward them

    to officers or section/committee members as needed.

    4.     Provides communication including use email, social media and press

    releases as directed by the executive council.

    5.     Prepare written report prior to Executive Board meetings.

    Finance and Accounting

    1.     Accept payments, records, deposits and reports as required to the

    Executive Board and Finance Committee.

    2.     Prepare monthly and annual financial reports.

    3.     Work with Treasurer and Finance Committee to prepare the annual

    budget (calendar year)

    4.     At first Executive Board meeting in new fiscal year provide detailed

    financial report of MLA assets, revenue and expenses as part of the budget

    approval process.

    5.     Prepare checks for bill payment twice per month from payment request

    forms and forward to President and Treasurer for approval and signatures

    6.     Assist the auditor/tax preparer in the preparation of the

    Association's tax returns and assist with audits as required.

    7.     Maintain a list of, advises on, and ensures the association

    maintains appropriate insurance.

    8.     Maintain the legal corporation papers( 501c6) and insurance records.

    *Salary and Agreements*

    The annual contractual terms for the Association Business Manager will be

    negotiated between the MLA Executive Council and the Independent

    Contractor. The contract is reviewed annually, and a new RFP is done every

    three years, after having been ratified by the MLA Executive Board. NOTE:

    This current contract will be for 3.5 years, as MLA gets onto a new

    three-year rotation schedule. It will expire June 30, 2017.

    *Submission Guidelines*

    Interested firms/people should submit the following, no later than October

    7th, to Bryce Cundick, MLA Vice-President.   If there are questions, email or call (207) 778-7224.  Answers to all questions

    will be emailed to all parties having expressed written interest by October


    1. A proposal describing your qualifications or the qualifications of the

    firm and how the tasks described above would be carried out. Copies of

    corporate ID numbers will be required upon award of contract.

    2. A firm estimate of fees to be charged

    3. Resumes of all consultants who would be involved in the project

    4. Three professional references, or if applicable, names, phone numbers

    and contact people at three nonprofit organizations who have been your

    clients during the last 18 months, whom we can call on as references.

    5. Interviews with finalists will be held starting the third week of


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