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  • 18 Dec 2012 10:09 AM | Anonymous member

    MAM is pleased to announce a new membership collaboration with the New England Museum Association (NEMA), active right now. Any all-volunteer organization that is a member of MAM is entitled to a one-year complimentary membership at NEMA. The complimentary membership (a $25 value) is good for one full year after the sign-up date, and members at this level will receive all the benefits every other NEMA member receives, plus a free copy of “NEMA’s 25 Top Tips for Small Museums.”

    This membership benefit is available to any all-volunteer organization--meaning that the organization retains absolutely no paid staff--that is a member of MAM or joins in 2013. MAM membership for all-volunteer organizations is only $25 for twelve full months of benefits. Registration is simple and can be done through MAM’s website: Simply select Institutional--All-volunteer as your membership category, and instructions for redeeming your NEMA membership will be provided as part of the registration process. If you have recently renewed your membership without redeeming this information, simply contact MAM for help: info@mainemuseums.orgor (207) 400-6965.  Remember: this benefit is for all-volunteer organizations ONLY. 

    More information HERE.
  • 10 Dec 2012 1:40 PM | Anonymous member

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2013 award.

    This award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Archives may include photographs, films, and visual archives. Publication may be in hard copy, microfilm, digital, or other circulating medium.

    Recent winners include:

    • 2012: Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
    • 2011: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project Team
    • 2010: The Giza Archives Project at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    • 2009: Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections of the University of Toledo’s “From Institution to Independence”
    • 2008: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the CBC Digital Archives (Les Archives de Radio-Canada)


    Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations.

    Application Deadline:

    All nominations shall be submitted to the Awards Committee by February 28, 2013.

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to .

  • 06 Dec 2012 1:19 PM | Anonymous member

    Portland Creative Conference Seeks Presenters

    The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is preparing to present their third Creative Communities Exchange (CCX), and this one is going to be in Portland on June 6 and 7, 2013.

    This event brings together creative and cultural community leaders who work on creative economy projects in various sectors and types of organizations including cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, economic development, city planning, funders, researchers, and government. They share successes, challenges, and lessons learned to gain actionable tools they can use to strengthen their own communities.

    NEFA is looking for about 30 workshops that highlight successful and innovative community projects that deploy arts, culture, and creativity in support of local economic development goals. They are particularly interested in presenting a balance that represents the New England region fully - considering geography, community size, ethnic representation, and age of target audiences.

    Presenters at past events have been able to promote their communities, be considered for regional awards, and connect with their peers. If this appeals to you and if you have a project that fits the description - or know someone who might be interested – then you should apply online.You may wish to click the link to see what exactly NEFA are looking for, and if you have questions then help is at hand: You can contact Marc Goldring

    Please visit the Creative Communities Exchange website for additional information.

  • 05 Dec 2012 7:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Job Description

    The Farnsworth Museum is seeking a Director of Finance for its day-to-day operations in Rockland. This is a senior management position working directly with the CFO and Executive Director. This individual will manage a Blackbaud Financial Edge general ledger system with related modules and supervise a part-time bookkeeper.

    As part of the senior management team, the Finance Director shall assure the integrity of the general ledger under 403(b) FASB standards and assist management in financial analysis, cash flow planning, monthly financial reporting compared to department budgets and audit preparation. This is a hands-on position requiring skill sets that range from inputting and reconciling revenues and expense from admissions, development activities, membership, special events, and gift shop revenues to managing payables and overseeing payroll and balancing various fund accounts.

    Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Competent Excel skills are a necessity. Blackbaud experience is preferred but competency in other platforms is acceptable.
    A B.S. in a related field is preferred, along with a minimum of 10 years accounting experience and demonstrated ability to fulfill the position responsibilities.

    Interested Candidates should forward cover letter and resume to or fill out an application at the museum.

  • 05 Dec 2012 8:06 AM | Anonymous member
    Maine residents will have the chance to support public libraries by checking a box on their 2012 income tax returns.  Read more here.

    The Maine State Library will administer the fund--which must reach $10,000 in its first year in order to remain viable. All funds will be redistributed to local public libraries.

    Hawaii is the only other state in the union to include a library check-off in its income tax returns.

    MAM members are encouraged to support this new initiative when filing their income tax returns!
  • 29 Nov 2012 8:22 AM | Anonymous member
    Local & Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

    The state of Maine holds a special place in the history of the American Civil War. To recognize and celebrate the role of Mainers on the battlefield and the home front, Maine Historical Society (MHS) and Maine Humanities Council (MHC) are offering 10 Maine communities the opportunity to explore their local Civil War history through a new joint program, “Local & Legendary: Maine and the Civil War.” This project, which is meant to bring communities together around their stories, has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Each community involved in “Local & Legendary” will form a team consisting of a local historical institution, a library, and an education institution. The team will work collaboratively on a variety of activities including digitizing local historical collections, creating online exhibits on Maine Memory Network (<>), and hosting a series of “One Story, One Community” programs. Each participating community will receive a $2,000 grant and substantial training and resources to support their work. A one-day public symposium on April 27, 2013 at USM’s Hannaford Hall, featuring national and state-based speakers, formally kicks off the project.

    The community application process for the first five communities opens on January 1, 2013, with a deadline of March 1, 2013. Five additional communities will be selected in 2014. Visit<> or<> for program details and application materials, or contact Anne Schlitt at MHC (<>) orLarissa Vigue Picard at MHS (<>) for more information.
  • 27 Nov 2012 8:11 PM | Anonymous member
    Event: Basic Archival Workshop
    Sponsor: Maine Historical Records Advisory Board/ National Historical Publications and Records Commission
    Time: Newfield and Augusta Workshops are 9:00 to 4:00; Bangor is 10:00 to 4:30.
    Price: $30

    Places and Dates (choose one):

    Tuesday, November 27th
    19th Century Willowbrook Village, Newfield
    Peter Parker, workshop presenter

    Friday, November 30th
    Bangor Public Library
    Bill Cook, workshop presenter

    Wednesday, December 12th
    Maine State Library, Augusta
    Albert Whitaker, workshop presenter

    REGISTRATION DEADLINES (registration by mail only): Nov. 19 for Newfield or Bangor; Dec. 5 for Augusta.

    Have you always wondered how to care for your historical records?
    Do you need the basic archival training that is required by the MHRAB Archival Grant Program?

    This workshop is for you! The full day workshop will cover definitions, mission statement, collecting policy, appraisal and related issues,
    arrangement, description (and use) of collections.

    Many previous workshops have been filled and had waiting lists, so don't delay.
    WE WILL NOT TAKE PHONE OR E-MAIL REGISTRATIONS for the Basic Archival Workshops, although we will answer questions using those methods. You are not registered until we receive your registration form and check.
    (The only exception is for institutional registrants who must deal with a bureacracy. In that case, we will accept a completed form with a note that a check request has been submitted and payment will follow
    shortly.) Checks should be made out to the workshop presenter listed.

    Event: Grant-Writing Workshop, focussed on the Historical Records Collections Grants
    Sponsor: Maine Historical Records Advisory Board/ National Historical Publications and Records Commission
    Time: 9:30 to 3:00
    Price: Free, but you must register
    Place: Maine State Library Conference Room, Augusta

    December 7 (Friday),or
    January 15 (Tuesday)

    You may register for the Grant-Writing workshop by phone or e-mail (287-5791; Be sure to include ALL the registration information, including snail mail address and phone number.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Five days before the workshop
  • 20 Nov 2012 10:48 AM | Anonymous member
    The Maine Civil War Trail

    Americans, north and south, responded to the demands of the conflict
    in similar ways. Husbands, fathers and sons enlisted in the army and
    navy. Women kept the homefires burning while supporting the troops
    as nurses, Sanitary Commission workers, and spies. Children did their
    part, too, working on the farms and in mills producing weapons,
    gunpowder, uniforms, blankets and the like. Some 70,000 men and an
    uncounted number of women served on the battlefields. Thousands
    more labored at home to provide for the troops what the federal
    government could not. The exhibits along the Maine Civil War Trail tell
    their stories.

    Follow the Trail along the coast from Saco to Castine; then head inland
    to Bangor and Augusta. And don’t forget the western mountains –
    Kingfield, Bethel and Bridgton.

    The Trail opens in spring 2013

  • 16 Nov 2012 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Androscoggin Historical Society has published a 32-page booklet to commemorate the sacrifice of men and women from Androscoggin County who had roles in the Civil War.


    The booklet, entitled “Faces of the Civil War,” was compiled by AHS board member Russ Burbank, a retired writer and editor who worked with other members of the board to find tales that portray the sacrifices of local men and women who were caught up in the conflict.


    The booklet can be purchased at the Society office (County Building, 2 Turner St., Unit 8, Auburn, ME, 04210-5978) and other locations including the Auburn and Lewiston public libraries. The cost is $4 plus sales tax, or $5 by mail including tax and postage. The office, located on the third floor of the County Courthouse, is open Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. For information call 784-0586.

    The Board of Directors approved the project as part of a statewide effort by Maine historical societies and museums to observe the 150th anniversary of the war.


    Most of the stories and photos were found in files of the AHS, the Maine State Archives, and old newspapers. Internet sites such as the Library of Congress and the National Park Service also provided information.

    One of the Maine military figures portrayed is Gen. O.O. Howard, a native of Leeds who led troops in several Civil War battles including the Battle of Seven Pines, where he lost his right arm when hit by a Confederate rifle ball. After the war Howard led the Freedmen’s Bureau, which provided food, work and education to former slaves. He went on to become the second-ranking general in the U.S. Army before retiring from a 44-year military career. Congress gave him the Congressional Medal of Honor, four different universities gave him an honorary degree, and the French government made him a Chevalier of Honor in 1884.


    The booklet tells the stories of other local men including Dr. Alonzo Garcelon, of Lewiston, appointed Maine’s surgeon general when the war began and later elected governor of Maine; Edward W. Bartlett, of Lewiston, who fought in several battles and was confined in the infamous Andersonville prison; Horace Wright and his son Lyman, of Auburn, soldiers together in the 10th Maine Infantry Regiment; and Alonzo G. Frost, of Lisbon, who was one of 30,000 Union soldiers to die from typhoid.


    A love letter written by Carrie Wentworth, of Turner, to her soldier husband Edwin, describes her loneliness and her struggle to survive in poverty with her daughter Annie.


    Another story looks into the mystery of an unknown Confederate soldier buried in the Strout Cemetery in Durham.

  • 15 Nov 2012 2:00 PM | Anonymous member
    Join us at Portland Public Library for the following employment webinars
    generously sponsored by the *Special Library Association of New England*.
    Webinars run one hour.

    Bring a resume and stay an additional 1/2 hour for a resume swap with other
    attendees. An extra pair of eyes on your resume is *always* helpful .

    *Transferable Skills: Identifying and Marketing Your Unique Value to
    Non-LIS Employers*

    **November 15, 2012
    2:00 PM

    Lower Level, Meeting Room #5

    Transferable skills are those business skills that LIS professionals can
    deploy across a wide range of job opportunities, not necessarily within the
    “LIS” framework. How do you identify – and then compellingly market – those
    transferable skills? What language do you use to translate your business
    skills into a broader range of job opportunities? Can those skills be used
    to create and pitch new jobs? Find out how to frame – and get paid for –
    your information and business expertise. This webinar will help you to:**

    - Identify your business skills that transfer into multiple career
    - Translate those skills into non-LIS language; and
    - Find opportunities (i.e., job openings) for which those skills are
    appropriate.Top of Form

    *So Tell Me About Yourself: Personal and Professional Branding for LIS
    Students and Professionals*

    December 20, 2012
    2:00 PM

    Lower Level, Meeting Room #5

    The changing job market means that LIS professionals need to think
    creatively and flexibly about the valuable and unique skills they bring to
    the marketplace – both to “traditional” library and information positions
    and to positions outside of the LIS world. What unique value do you bring
    to potential employers and how do you describe that value? What actions can
    you take to further enhance your reputation? Focusing on your professional
    brand will help you think about how to frame and position your skills in a
    way that opens up the greatest number of career opportunities.

    This webinar will enable you to:

    - Evaluate and put your “personal brand” to work for you;
    - Take practical steps to showcase your brand online; and
    - Develop a compelling “brand pitch” that showcases your value to
    various audiences.

    To sign up please visit Survey Monkey: or contact Sonya Durney @
    (207)347-1870 or

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