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  • 19 Jun 2013 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Small Museum Association

    2014 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

    The Small Museum Association (SMA) is planning its 30th Annual Conference, which will be held in Ocean City, Maryland, February 16 - 18, 2014. The most important part of that planning is assembling speakers for the 40+ concurrent program sessions that will be presented during the conference. Through this Call for Proposals we invite you to share your knowledge, experience, and lessons learned with hundreds of colleagues who – like you – are committed to small museums everywhere. The deadline for submitting all proposals is Friday, October 4, 2013.

    As the only conference in the country dedicated specifically to small museums, the Annual Conference draws museum professionals from the Mid-Atlantic region and from across the country as our membership and attendee base continues to expand. The conference goal is to support and nurture the small museum community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed presentations, workshops, and engaging discussions. The conference provides a unique and comfortable learning environment for individuals and institutions with diverse experiences to meet and learn from each other, to share their expertise, build capacity, and increase professionalism. Conference sessions typically provide practical, relevant discussions and examples for small museums and institutions with limited budgets and staff.

    This year, the Small Museum Conference would like to offer sessions that address the conference theme, 30 Years of SMA: Past, Present, and Future. Small museums have a long history of serving their communities and continue to provide inspiration and illumination. This year’s conference will explore the ways in which small museums have evolved over the past thirty years to meet the challenges brought on by changing economic, educational, and social conditions, and what may face them in the future. We invite proposals based on institutional experience or original research. Proposal topics should help attendees learn from your institutions’ successes and failures, and provide low or no-cost ideas for making an impact. The power of small museums should be a central theme to any presentation, whether it addresses fundraising, education, curatorial issues, museum boards or volunteers. Proposals should also indicate the level of the information that will be provided, whether it is most appropriate for a beginner who is new to museums, someone with intermediate experience, or an expert in the field. Possible session topics include community engagement, collaboration between organizations, volunteer management, the responsibilities of museum boards, exhibit development, and any other topic that would interest members of small museum staffs, boards, and volunteer corps. Proposals should be submitted using the form below no later than Friday, October 4, 2013.

    The mission of the Small Museum Association is to develop and maintain a peer network among people who work for small museums, giving them opportunities to learn, share knowledge and support one another, so that they, in turn, can better serve their institutions, communities and profession.

    Small Museum Association.

    2014 Annual Conference Session Proposal Form







    Phone Number:


    Cell Number (needed for emergency purposes during the conference):


    Email Address:


    Preferred Session Date: Monday, Feb. 20 Tuesday, Feb. 21 Either

    Preferred Session Length: 60 minutes 90 minutes Either

    Audience Level: Beginner Intermediate Expert

    Title of Proposed Session:


    Description of Proposed Session (use additional space as needed):

    Contact SMA Speaker Coordinators Allison Titman (, 410-263-4683 x12) or Lindsey Baker (, 301-725-7975) with questions or completed forms. Forms must be submitted no later than Friday, October 4, 2013.
  • 04 Jun 2013 10:47 AM | Anonymous
    The Maine Historical Society (MHS) seeks an innovative and energetic
    Education Coordinator to lead the development and implementation of our
    statewide education program. The Education Coordinator is responsible for
    on-site school and family programs; developing tours of the
    Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland's historic Old Port, including
    managing and training museum guides and volunteer docents; and developing
    programs to support school use of our nationally-recognized Maine Memory
    Network. The Education Coordinator also plays a critical role in building
    and maintaining relationships with Maine teachers, schools, and community
    partners through outreach, collaboration, special projects, and social
    media. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the development
    of engaging place- and collections-based programs that connect students with
    Maine history and their communities. 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. Send
    cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to: Steve Bromage,
    Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. EOE.
    Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be sent to Rolling review; closing date: June 28, 2013. No
    phone calls accepted.
  • 31 May 2013 10:25 AM | Anonymous
    When: Friday, May 31, 10:30-2:30pm
    Where: USM Portland Campus, 7th floor Glickman Library

    Sponsored by the University of Maine System Diversity Committee, hosted by the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, USM Libraries

    A meeting of special collections in Maine who are collecting materials documenting Maine's African American, Jewish, and/or LGBT history to share collection strategies and programming ideas. Institutions involved include Colby, Bangor Public Library, Bates, Portland Public Library, and USM.

    Free lunch and parking, and re-imbursement of travel costs (as long as funds hold out)

    If you would lke to attend, please contact Susie R. Bock,
  • 22 May 2013 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

    Classes added in Wilton, Bangor and Augusta

    The Maine Department of Labor has added three more sessions of its popular free course that educates employers and the public about regulations governing the workplace.  The Laws Governing Workplace Rights classes are taught by staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the Bureau of Labor Standards.

    The new times and locations are May 23 in Bangor from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 10 in Wilton from 9 a.m. to noon, and June 19 in Augusta from 9 a.m. to noon.  Although the courses are free, registration is required because seating is limited.

    “I am glad to see business interest in these free classes,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Understanding the law prevents businesses from making costly mistakes.  The class helps Maine’s employers save time, money and aggravation when complying with state regulations.”

    This course covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave, and domestic violence) and break requirements. It also addresses commonly asked employment-related questions and participants have an opportunity to ask questions.

    Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette said, “The department wants to help Maine employers by giving them the answers before we give them the test. This course is designed for small business owners or staff who handle human resources and payroll functions. This is about education, not investigation.”

    To register, call the Maine Department of Labor at (207) 623-7900 or visit . Space is limited so reservations are required.

    The Wage and Hour Division is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

  • 18 May 2013 11:38 AM | Anonymous
    Did you know that May 18 is International Museum Day?  This event, organized by the International Council of Museums, encourages museums worldwide to offer events, programs, and exhibitions that day that focus on the 2013 theme: Museums (memory + creativity) = social change. For more information and to participate, click here.
  • 10 May 2013 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Maine Historical Society seeks a leader to manage all phases of its fundraising activity, including major, corporate and foundation gifts, annual giving, special events, grant writing, planned giving, donor cultivation, campaign planning, marketing, public relations and communications. Working closely with the Executive Director, Trustees and managing a staff of two, the successful candidate will help shape the continued growth of a nationally-recognized, statewide cultural institution. Founded in 1822, MHS is located in downtown Portland, Maine, and consists of the Brown Research Library, the MHS Museum, the Wadsworth-Longfellow House; and the Maine Memory Network (a collaborative online museum), among other programs and services.

    Qualifications should include: superior personal and communication skills; five plus years of comparable development responsibility; a record of major gift fund-raising and grant writing accomplishment; Raiser’s Edge (or comparable) database experience; demonstrable interest in history and education; and a willingness to meet the challenges of the cultural sector. Highly self motivated and directed.   Send letter, resume, and list of four references to: Steve Bromage, Executive Director, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. EOE. Electronic submissions should be sent to Applications close June 15. No phone inquiries, please.

  • 06 May 2013 3:48 PM | Anonymous
    MAM members, you have a new discount that comes with your membership! This benefit has been arranged in cooperation with HistoryIT™, a Portland-based full-service information technology firm that specializes in the review, preservation, digitization, presentation, and electronic management of historical collections. Effective immediately, MAM members will receive $100 off of the annual fee for HistoryIT's digital collections management software, ArchivesTree™. The discount is available for both new and renewing subscriptions (regardless of the package level) every year that your MAM membership continues.

    Designed and developed by professional historians and archivists, ArchivesTree provides sophisticated archival management tools and flexible functionality in an easy to use, intuitive format. Users can manage data collection, design specialized archival structures, create customized subject libraries, attach and store associated digital files, and implement personalized public web interfaces and search functionality to address their institution's particular needs. All that's needed to design, manage, and share your collections is a web-enabled computer or tablet, and an ArchivesTree account; no knowledge of coding or programming experience necessary.

    To receive the MAM discount, sign up for ArchivesTree at and indicate “MAM” in the Membership Affiliation field. For more information about ArchivesTree, visit

    Learn more about HistoryIT at, or visit their booth at MAM's annual conference,
    scheduled for October 29 at the Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono.

    We are delighted to make this discount available to our members, but please note that in doing so we do not necessarily recommend HistoryIT's software over other collections management systems. MAM offers an array of discounts to its members; to find out more and to get discount codes, please visit the Member Discounts page on the Members Only section of our website. Note that you MUST be logged in with your e-mail address and password in order to see this page!

    As always, contact MAM with any questions: or (207) 400-6965.
  • 04 May 2013 6:58 PM | Anonymous
    Building Community Through Oral History 
    A Professional Development Workshop
    with Jo Radner, Noted Oral Historian and Storyteller 
    Saturday May 4, 2013 10 am - 4 pm 
    Fifth Maine Regiment Museum Peaks Island*
    $15 per person  
    Jo will conduct a lively, hands-on workshop for teachers, museum personnel, community and family historians, and writers. Participants will practice effective interviewing strategies, learn to design oral history projects, and sample successful ways community stories can be presented. She will give special attention to ways of creating collaborations between schools, local organizations, and museums to enhance curriculum and strengthen community bonds. Jo Radner is an award-winning storyteller who has performed from Maine to Hawaii. Her workshops on oral history techniques have served historical societies, libraries, hospice and home-care organizations, elementary and secondary schools, and intergenerational groups. She is past president of the American Folklore Society and the National Storytelling Network. A former professor at American University, she has been studying, teaching, telling, and collecting stories most of her life. Bring a bag lunch or order & prepay sandwiches from the Peaks Café.Morning coffee and afternoon beverages & snacks provided. Pre-registration required by April 27, 2013

    FMI or to Register:
    Please Join Us! 

    *requires taking a 9:30 a.m. Casco Bay Lines ferry boat to Peaks Island and walking a pleasant one-quarter of a mile to the museum. A 5 p.m. ferry will offer a return trip.
  • 02 May 2013 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ... SIES is seeking a mature, responsible, organized and friendly person to fill a summer clerk position. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Attending the needs of patrons: finding materials, gaining access to the wireless network, troubleshooting basic computer problems, and answering general questions
    • Assisting our volunteers as necessary
    • Re-shelving materials such as books, videos, and more
    • Assisting with check-out when necessary
    • Organizing and stocking the gift shop, keeping track of inventory
    • Tidying library as needed
    • Creating information sheet on how to use SIES equipment
    • Keeping a regular schedule as decided by the Director and keeping a work log

    Pay: $2500 stipend for mid-June/August 2013
    Expectation of 10 weeks of work for 20 hours/week.

    Qualifications: This position would be appropriate for a mature high school age student or older who is organized and friendly. Should enjoy the library environment and be interested in learning about working in a small non-profit organization.

    To apply: Please fill out application (available at library) or submit resume and mail or deliver to SIES by May 18.

    Attn: Candis Joyce, Director
    PO Box 12
    Swan’s Island, ME 04685
  • 29 Apr 2013 5:00 PM | Anonymous
    The Maine Arts Commission is currently seeking a full-time Visual Arts Director to develop and oversee the agency's visual arts programming for the state of Maine.

    The Visual Arts Director will work in a strong team setting with other program directors and under the supervision of the agency's Executive Director to further the arts in Maine. This position is an exciting one with a great deal of scope to develop new partnerships and programs that are essential to Maine's cultural development.

    The person selected will take the reins of some of the agency's ongoing programs, such as Arts in the Capitol, the Maine Youth Excellence in Art Project, and Maine's Congressional Art Awards Competition.

    Beyond that the Visual Arts Director will collaborate and consult with state and national arts organizations and institutions to promote best practices, exemplary visual arts programming, and to implement professional development opportunities.

    To be considered an applicant must have a bachelor's degree in an Arts or Humanities related field and two (2) years experience working with artists, art groups, and/or humanities organizations. Preference will be given to applicants with a master's degree or commensurate work experience preferably in the field of visual arts. Knowledge of Maine artists, galleries and museums is a benefit.

    To view the full job posting and for details of how to apply, please visit

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