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  • 13 Jun 2012 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Posting on behalf of our colleagues in the University of Maine New Media
    program. This opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in Digital
    Curation begins this fall --

    Who needs digital curation?

    * An archivist in a photographer's studio wants to put a database of
    vintage sailing photos online but doesn't know where to start.
    * A town official is feeling pressure to keep digital records but isn't
    sure what formats will be accessible in the long term.
    * A curator in a museum is worried that her recordings of stories will be
    lost once the audio cassettes are no longer playable.

    There is a growing need in many areas of the public and private sector for
    better understanding of and training in the selection, preservation,
    maintenance, and archiving of digital resources. This program will provide
    an important and innovative skill-set for employees and employers that
    prepares them to address pressing data and material management issues while
    positioning them and their business or institution for the future.

    This innovative distance learning program should appeal to anyone working
    in an archive, museum, library, studio, business, or government office
    where the management of digital assets is important. Students will learn
    how to digitize, make accessible via database and Web site, and preserve
    digital assets ranging from videotapes to photographs to textual records.
    Although taught entirely online, all classes in the program make use of an
    innovative Virtual Collection to teach hands-on skills along with broader
    knowledge about the field.

    Learn more at [ http://DigitalCuration.UMaine.edu ]
    http://DigitalCuration.UMaine.edu or 207 581-4477. Apply at [
    http://umaineonline.umaine.edu/registration-forms-2/ ]
    http://umaineonline.umaine.edu/registration-forms-2/.
  • 06 Jun 2012 11:51 AM | Anonymous member

    Position: Curatorial Assistant
    Department: Curatorial

    Department/Division: Curatorial
    Reports To: Curatorial
    Posted: June 4, 2012

    GENERAL SUMMARY:
    Under the general supervision of the Curatorial Coordinator and in collaboration with the Curatorial and Registrar’s staff, provides administrative support for the Curatorial Department to ensure successful execution of curatorial and exhibition programs in support of the Museum’s mission.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

    • Provides effective support for exhibition scheduling and production, including preparing loan and photography requests, corresponding with artists and lenders, creating and distributing checklists, producing exhibition labels, and generating project evaluation forms.
    • Assists with the development and coordination of scholarly publications and other exhibition-related research and projects as assigned.
    • Fields and responds to inquiries regarding the collection, artists, conservation, appraisals, and exhibitions. Assists with maintenance of the Curatorial files.
    • Assists with processing expenditure, personnel, and purchasing documents related to the revenue and expense accounts for the Collections Division.
    • Assist with preparation and distribution of minutes for Collection Committee and other meetings as assigned, and with coordination of paperwork related to gifts and purchases of art.
    • Effectively carries out administrative duties and provides clerical support as needed.
    • Effectively troubleshoots and provides ongoing support to keep Curatorial and Registrar office supplies replenished and equipment in good working order.
    • Provides administrative assistance in other areas of the Museum as needed, such as call center support, responding to visitor inquiries, processing reservations and sales transactions, and other routine clerical assignments.
    • Performs special projects and other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
    • Complies with all Portland Museum of Art safety rules and procedures.
    • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
    None.

    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
    Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with one to three years experience in administrative support and/or office management. Experience in arts administration, art history, fine art, or another museum or gallery position preferred.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Excellent office management skills with considerable knowledge of office practices and procedures.
    • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills with attention to detail.
    • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with coworkers.
    • Ability to effectively operate computers and work with databases and assigned software, including Microsoft Office.
    • Ability to manage interns and volunteers.
    • Ability to pass a criminal background check.

    WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
    The majority of work is performed in a museum or gallery setting or in a normal office environment not subject to extremes of noise, temperature, odor, etc. Operates computer, printer, photocopier, scanner, and other office equipment. Work involves extended sitting and computer use.

    TERMS:
    The Curatorial Assistant position is a full-time, full-benefits, hourly, employment-at-will position.

    APPLY:
    Please send cover letter, resume’, and completed PMA application (available here or at the front desk) to: business@portlandmuseum.org or mail to: Business Manager, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

    The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Applications for this position require a completed PMA Job Application in addition to any materials requested above.
  • 05 Jun 2012 2:36 PM | Anonymous member

    MAAE Announces Job Search For New Executive Director

    Background
    The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is a statewide organization affiliated nationally with Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. Its mission is to encourage and strengthen educational excellence in visual art, music, theater, and dance in all Maine schools and communities. In May 2012, the MAAE Board decided that the future work of the organization will focus on a statewide level through Advocacy and Professional Development.

     Executive Director Position Description

     MAAE is seeking an Executive Director to work with the Board of Directors to carry out its new strategic plan. Initially (the first three months at two days a week) the ED will focus primarily on fundraising for financial sustainability and basic organizational management. With the expectation of an expanded work schedule, the ED will then lead the organization in implementation of its two new priorities: Advocacy and Professional Development.

    Job Responsibilities
    Initial three-month period:
    • Work with the Board to secure funding for MAAE, including but not limited to writing grants and pursuing public and private sector funding
    • Manage the organization, including
     o Communicate with Board of Directors, Alliance members, staff, and the public
    o MAAE's database, finances, and website

    Qualifications
    Position requires:
     • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising and grant writing
    • Ability to work collaboratively with such partners as the Maine Department of Education, Maine Arts Commission, schools, parents, and community and professional arts organizations
     • Computer skills, including word-processing, database management, and spreadsheets for fiscal reporting
     • Experience in using social media, electronic newsletters, etc. in innovative ways to connect with the public and arts education constituencies
    • Understanding and ability to oversee fiscal responsibilities (monthly balance sheet reports, preparing annual budgets, and budget forecasting)
    • Ability to work independently (office-in-home) on a regular schedule, with Executive Committee

    The initial three month contract will be a two-day per week position, at the completion of which the Board expects to expand the ED position to a permanent, long term contract at three to four days per week. The position reports directly to the MAAE Board of Directors. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, résumé, and two letters of recommendation to the following email address MAAEDIRSEARCH@roadrunner.com by June 30, 2012. The position will remain open until filled.  
  • 30 May 2012 10:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "The MAP program is crucial for any organization looking to gain a sense of standing against museum benchmarks and assess its strengths and weaknesses. The self study, site visit and report assisted our staff, volunteers and board in necessary education growth. The report will be an invaluable tool for our museum long into the future." - Leo Landis, Education Director and Curator, Salisbury House and Gardens, Des Moines, IA

    The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is an IMLS funded program available to small and mid-sized museums of all types. During MAP your museum conducts a self-study, consults with a museum professional who will provide a customized site visit and report and gains the tools to become a stronger institution.

    • •· The MAP process is customized to your museum.
    • •· The application is easy to complete and 98% of museums that apply get accepted.
    • •· Choose one of three assessment types: Organizational, Collections Stewardship or Community Engagement.

    IMLS -funded MAP grants provide $4,000 of consultative resources and services to participating museums. Become the next museum to take advantage of MAP. The upcoming application deadline is July 1.

    Visit www.aam-us.org/map for more information about MAP or contact us at map@aam-us.org or 202.289.9118.

    MAP is administered by the American Association of Museums and supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

    Lauren Silberman

    Coordinator, Museum Assessment Program

    T: 202.218.7714 | F: 202.289.6578

    lsilberman@aam-us.org

    American Association of Museums

    1575 Eye Street NW, Suite 400 | Washington DC 20005

    www.aam-us.org

     

  • 29 May 2012 9:34 AM | Anonymous member

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore seeks a dynamic and creative history educator for the position of Education and Program Coordinator.  Working with the Director of Interpretation and Training and reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning, marketing, and implementing a variety of living history educational programming.  Programs includes Journey into History school programs, Meal, Laugh & Learn programs, live-in experiences, first-person living history tours, site tours, educational workshops, and special events.  The Education Coordinator facilitates scheduling of programs and tours,  provides living history and site tours for the general public and delivers school programs, maintains costume inventory and period clothing loans, coordinates the marketing and promotion of all educational services and volunteer opportunities to appropriate audiences, and actively recruits interpreters and program volunteers.  In addition, s/he assists with planning all special events and workshops.

    The candidate will have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education, history, or similar field with five years progressive responsibilities with museum education/interpretation.  Skilled in general educational programs for all ages, the ideal candidate is familiar with living history education and interpretation methods and with Maine history and rural life in America.

     Demonstrated success with recruiting, motivating and working effectively with volunteers and managing diverse groups of all ages, a plus.

    This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, 48 weeks per year, with a flexible schedule based on program needs. Tuesdays and Thursdays required throughout the summer.  Some weekends and evenings. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Education Coordinator Search, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center,

    290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253 or email PDF documents to norlands@norlands.org.  Preference given to applications received by June 1.

  • 25 May 2012 4:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    (GSLIS) is pleased to announce our new ONLINE Master's degree with a
    concentration in archives. This cohort-based program begins in Fall
    2012.

    Coursework in this Masters program is fully online with the archival
    internships that are part of the program offered as on-site experiential
    learning opportunities tailored to the students individual physical site
    location.

    This online LIS Masters degree with a concentration in archives prepares
    graduates to enter the field of archives, preservation and cultural
    heritage access through online instruction and on-site internships.

    The program begins with two courses in the fall. Providing all
    coursework is completed on schedule, the degree can be completed by May
    2014.

    For more information about the Archives concentration at Simmons GSLIS,
    please see http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/programs/archives.php
    <http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/programs/archives.php> ; for
    specific questions about the Fall 2012 online Master's cohort in
    archives, please contact Admissions at gslisadm@simmons.edu or
    617-521-2868.

    Application deadline for the Fall 2012 online cohort is June 1, 2012.

  • 25 May 2012 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Small Museum Administrators Committee/Professional Network of AAM wants to make sure that there will be plenty of sessions for you and your colleagues from small museums at the 2013 AAM Annual Meeting in Baltimore. To do that we need your help.

    The 2013 theme, The Power of Story, provides a wide range of opportunities for us to share our ideas, successes and challenges. The attached theme description from AAM gives some examples and we know there are lots of stories ready to be told by the small museum community. But don’t let that limit your thinking. Session proposals are welcome on any topic.

    If you have ideas for sessions or speakers, send me an e-mail. Let me know, also, if you are interested in working on some of these ideas that have already been suggested:

    Kids in Historic Houses

    Using Volunteers in the Collections

    Museum Ghosts and How to Live With Them

    Preparing Museum Studies Graduates to Work in Small Museums

    Using Kickstarter and Other Micro-Giving Methods

    Building Projects for Small Museums

    Museums Without Buildings

    Advocacy Outside the Capitol/Statehouse

    Teaching Your Board to Ask for Money

    Breaking With Museum Traditions (like holiday decorating or local art shows)

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Janice

    Janice Klein

    SMAC/Small Museum Professional Network

    Program Chair

    EightSixSix Consulting

    jkhm@mindspring.com

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  • 24 May 2012 4:03 PM | Anonymous member

    Education Coordinator Position Open

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore seeks a dynamic and creative history educator for the position of Education Coordinator.  Working with the Director of Interpretation and Training and reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning, marketing, and implementing a variety of living history educational programming.  Programs includes Journey into History school programs, Meal, Laugh & Learn programs, live-in experiences, first-person living history tours, site tours, educational workshops, and special events.  The Education Coordinator facilitates scheduling of programs and tours,  provides living history and site tours for the general public and delivers school programs, maintains costume inventory and period clothing loans, coordinates the marketing and promotion of all educational services and volunteer opportunities to appropriate audiences, and actively recruits interpreters and program volunteers.  In addition, s/he assists with planning all special events and workshops.  

    The candidate will have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education, history, or similar field with five years progressive responsibilities with museum education/interpretation.  Skilled in general educational programs for all ages, the ideal candidate is familiar with living history education and interpretation methods and with Maine history and rural life in America.  Demonstrated success with recruiting, motivating and working effectively with volunteers and managing diverse groups of all ages, a plus.

    This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, 48 weeks per year, with a flexible schedule based on program needs. Tuesdays and Thursdays required throughout the summer.  Some weekends and evenings. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to Education Coordinator Search, Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253 or email PDF documents to norlands@norlands.org.  Preference given to applications received by June 1.  

  • 23 May 2012 4:22 PM | Anonymous member
    NEW ONLINE DESTINATIONS for panoramaniacs! 
    hosted by the Dyer Library and Saco Museum


    Also: "Like" the panorama on Facebook and "follow" it on Twitter @panoramaofpp

    EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE SACO MUSEUM 
    AND PEPPERELL MILL CAMPUS JUNE 30!

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