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  • 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


  • 10 Sep 2013 2:39 PM | Anonymous member

    Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) is seeking a Finance Director, responsible for the fiscal management of the organization including budgeting, forecasting, monitoring and reporting as well as administrative and financial functions critical to the daily operations of the organization. S/he will work with work the Executive Director to provide information and support to the Board of Trustees and act as staff liaison to relevant board committees. In addition, s/he will assume responsibility for human resource functions as well as oversight of administration and business planning areas. The Director of Finance will also work with development and program staff on grant applications and reporting. PMM is looking for a candidate with progressively responsible work experience in financial administration, including experience with fund accounting and audit preparation, and proficiency with computerized account software. A Bachelor’s Degree (MBA desirable) or equivalent years of directly related experience resulting in a comprehensive knowledge of the field is required. Experience working in a not-for-profit organization is preferred. Strong organizational and communication skills are essential. This is a 40 hr/wk position. To apply, please email letter of interest, resume, list of three references to  September 30th. For more information please see.

  • 03 Sep 2013 11:30 AM | Anonymous
    We seek a self-starter who possesses excellent writing, teaching, computer, and public speaking skills, plus works well as part of a team. The Program and Education Manager leads the organization’s efforts in offering dynamic programming that engages, excites and involves people of all ages. S/he develops, plans, and directs on-site programming in addition to outreach programs at satellite locations like nursing homes and schools. The Program and Education Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of programs as well as the recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers, visitor services, and marketing the museum and library's events. S/he has a bachelor’s degree in art/education, museum studies, or another related field with a minimum of two years’ experience planning and coordinating programs or projects in art/cultural institutions and/or teaching. 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule, evenings and weekends as required. Please email cover letter and resume to Tara Raiselis at .
  • 03 Sep 2013 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Job Posting: Director of Finance, Maine Historical Society

    The Director of Finance, a member of the senior management team, is
    responsible for providing broad vision and leadership in all aspects of
    financial planning, forecasting, and management. This includes budget
    preparation, monitoring, and reporting; audit support; preparation of income
    statements, balance sheets, cash-flow statements, and financial forecasts;
    and management of investment advisors and managers.

    The Director of Finance will be a strategic thought-partner, and report to
    the Executive Director (ED). The successful candidate will be an active
    manager and develop and lead an internal team to support the following
    areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, human resources,
    administration, and IT.

    The Director of Finance will play a critical role in strategic decision
    making and operations as Maine Historical Society continues to build
    capacity and enhance its quality programming. This is a tremendous
    opportunity for a finance leader to contribute to the continued growth and
    development of a well-respected, progressive, forward-looking organization.


    Financial Management

    * Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely
    manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate
    financial reporting materials for all donor segments, and oversee all
    financial, project/program and grants accounting.
    * Coordinate and lead the annual audit process, liaise with external
    auditors and the Finance and Investment committee of the board of trustees;
    assess any changes necessary.
    * Oversee and lead annual budgeting and planning process in
    conjunction with the ED; administer and review all financial plans and
    budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep management team abreast of
    the organization's financial status.
    * Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
    * Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting
    practices; improve the finance department's overall policy and procedure
    * Effectively collaborate with and communicate financial information
    matters to the board of trustees.

    Human Resources, Technology and Administration

    * Ensure that recruiting processes are consistent and streamlined.
    * Establish and manage a training program to educate employees
    regarding staff tools, policies and procedures.
    * Work closely and transparently with all external partners including
    third-party vendors and consultants.
    * Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure
    efficient and consistent operations as the organization scales.


    * Minimum of a B.A. or B.S. in Accounting, Management, or Finance,
    ideally with an MBA and/or CPA, MPA, MPPM, or MPP
    * Five years of relevant financial, supervisory, strategic, and board
    interaction experience, preferably with a not-for-profit organization. The
    ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and
    content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination for either a
    division or significant program area, and has preferably overseen a human
    resources function previously
    * Ability to translate financial concepts to and effectively
    collaborate with programmatic and fundraising colleagues
    * A track record in grants management
    * Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software
    installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of
    accounting and reporting software
    * A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic,
    organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound
    decision making
    * Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an
    ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and
    external stakeholders
    * Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the
    mission of Maine Historical Society.

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to:
    Director of Finance Search, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street,
    Portland, Maine 04101. Deadline for applications is September 30. EOE.
    Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to

  • 22 Aug 2013 7:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New England Archivists Education Committee seeks two student members to serve a term of 1 year starting in the Fall of 2013. For more information, download the Job Description at this link:

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to James DaMico, Chair, at by September 16.



  • 15 Aug 2013 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland is preparing a Fall exhibition that calls for using tall vitrines over pedestals to display some costumes, approx. 84 inches high x 36 x 36.   If anyone in the museum/library/archives community has such a display case that they may be able to loan out for this temporary show, please contact

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