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  • 15 Nov 2012 2:00 PM | Anonymous
    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
  • 07 Nov 2012 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Archives Leadership Institute at Luther College requests applicants for its 2013 institute. The Institute provides advanced training for a cohort of 25 emerging and innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude. The 2013 ALI@Luther Leadership Intensive will be held June 16-22, 2013.

    The program includes five elements:
    • A week-long residential Leadership Intensive held on Luther College's campus;
    • A focused practicum project that will connect leadership skills with action;
    • A practices workshop held during the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists;
    • Global group projects that will encourage all ALI alumni to generate solutions to challenges within the profession; and
    • A moderated online network experience that will serve as a virtual space for the ALI community to share and grow.
    The core approach will intertwine strategic and advanced leadership thinking with a clear and purposeful archival curriculum that includes project management, strategic visioning and human resource development, strategies for born digital resources, and advocacy and outreach. This curriculum will be taught by Kathleen Roe, New York State Archives; Sharon Leon, The Center for History and New Media at George Mason University; Daniel Noonan, The Ohio State University; and Christopher Barth, The United States Military Academy at West Point.

    ALI@Luther will be influenced by a steering committee of experienced leaders in the archival profession who will also serve as mentors to ALI participants. The steering committee includes Terry Baxter, Multnomah County Records Program, Portland, Ore.; Brenda Gunn, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas-Austin; Geof Huth, New York State Archives; Beth Myers, Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University; Daniel Noonan, The Ohio State University; and Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Iowa State University.

    The entire program will be facilitated by Luther Snow, consultant, author and facilitator. Rachel Vagts, Luther College Archivist and a 2010 Archives Leadership Institute alumna, will serve as ALI@Luther program director. Sasha Griffin, Luther College Digital Archivist, will serve as program coordinator.

    Tuition for the Institute is $500 and covers the cost of the program, lodging and most meals. Transportation will be provided from the Rochester, MN, airport as necessary. The institute provides a number of awards for tuition and/or travel assistance.

    The Archives Leadership Institute is supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the granting agency of the National Archives and Records Administration. The NHPRC supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage and the continuing development of professional skills for archivists, records managers and historical editors. First funded in 2008, the Archives Leadership Institute seeks to bring to tomorrow's leaders the insights and understanding necessary for increasing public use and appreciation of archives.

    For further information about ALI@Luther, contact us at or visit the Institutes's website at

  • 01 Nov 2012 10:42 AM | Anonymous
    LibraryThing for Libraries, LibraryThing's groundbreaking suite of
    catalog enhancements, is getting bigger--and we need help!

    The core skills are organization and communication. You need a mind like
    a steel trap. You also need to be very comfortable with computers. A
    library or information-science degree is a big plus.

    We're a fun company, with cool technology and room to grow.

    We're accepting applications from everywhere. All things being equal
    we'll favor employees in the Northeast. But standouts elsewhere will
    definitely be considered.

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  • 01 Nov 2012 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Saco, Maineundefined--Leslie Rounds, Executive Director of the Dyer Library and Saco Museum, announced today that Tara Vose Raiselis has been selected as the new director of the Saco Museum. She most recently served as Curator and Manager of Collections at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she worked for twelve years. Both her BA and MA are in History from Pennsylvania State University and she is ABD from the College of William and Mary, also in History.  While at William and Mary, Ms. Raiselis was in the joint Museum Studies program with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where she interned in the Programs, Collections and Historic Trades Departments. Prior to moving to New England she worked as Curator of the History Media Center at the University of Delaware.


    Through avocation and practice, Ms. Raiselis brings to her new position a wealth of knowledge of material culture and decorative arts. She is a Proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, serves as a board member for two house museums in New Hampshire, is a member of the China Students Club of Boston and the Costume Society of America, and a juror for Early American Life magazine's annual Directory of Traditional Crafts. Ms. Raiselis lives in southern Maine.


    Leslie Rounds said, "We're very pleased to have Tara join our staff. We believe that, under her dynamic leadership, the Saco Museum is going to continue with the exciting progress that we have been enjoying." Ms. Raiselis begins her new position on October 29th where her first two major projects will be the 2012 Festival of Trees in November and December, 2012, and the upcoming exhibit of Maine schoolgirl needlework, "I My Needle Ply With Skill" that opens January 6, 2013.



    (207) 283-3861 general information


    Email: (for library information) or (for museum/program information).


  • 30 Oct 2012 10:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Effective November 1, 2012, Maine Archives and Museums will move from a traditional calendar-year membership format to “rolling” membership, allowing members to enjoy a full 12 months of membership benefits no matter what time of year they join the organization.  Traditionally, MAM’s membership year ran from January 1 to December 31.  The new rolling membership will allow member benefits to run for a full calendar year from the date of enrollment.  “We are excited to offer the rolling membership option to our members,” said MAM President Jay Adams.  “This is just one of the many benefits resulting from our decision last year to upgrade to new membership management software.”  According to Adams, the new software allows for easy tracking of memberships no matter when members join.  This is a real benefit to organizations that close during the winter season and renew when they reopen in late spring each year.  “Essentially, those members who were closed in the off-season would miss the renewal drive held every January and could, as a result, miss several months of newsletters and benefits,” explained Candace Kanes, who sits on MAM’s membership committee.  “It makes sense to let members join when it suits their calendar and budget year.  It allows them to take advantage of a full year of MAM benefits, including the newsletter, email updates, seasonal workshops, and the like.”  The change will have no impact on current members and requires no action by current members.  MAM’s membership management software monitors all renewal dates and automatically sends electronic updates to members to inform them of pending expiration dates and renewal procedures.   When members renew, their membership will be in effect for one year from the date their renewal is processed.  For more information on MAM’s rolling membership visit or email

  • 29 Oct 2012 12:40 PM | Anonymous
    With any luck, Hurricane Sandy has left your organization unscathed.  But if you have storm damage or flooding, there is help.

    For Documents and Works on Paper: 
    Contact Northeast Document Conservation Center's Disaster Assistance Hotline, 978-470-1010, day or night, seven days a week. After Center hours, you will be referred to a second telephone number to reach a staff member. Please do NOT request disaster assistance via email, since it is not monitored 24 hours a day. NEDCC staff members are available 24 hours a day to provide telephone advice when a disaster occurs. This service is provided at no charge thanks to a grant to NEDCC from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This service does not normally include on-site assistance.

    For Artwork and Historic Artifacts:

    Another source for hurricane disaster relief, with trained specialists right here in Maine is the American Institute of Conservation's Collections Emergency Response TeamAIC-CERT responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. For 24-hour assistance from trained volunteers, call (202) 661-8068.

    Or Search MAM's Service Provider directory for a conservator or historic building specialist located near you.  Stay safe out there!

  • 23 Oct 2012 9:22 AM | Anonymous
    Approximately 75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the
    country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2013
    through June 2014. Grants may range from $2500 to $20,000 and include a
    dollar for dollar match requirement.

    Community organizations participating in The Big Read develop and produce
    community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by
    diverse audiences. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read

    For more information, see
  • 07 Oct 2012 10:24 AM | Anonymous
    The ALA Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the ALA
    Excellence in Library Programming Award, sponsored by the ALA Cultural
    Communities Fund. The award will recognize a library that demonstrates
    excellence in library programming by developing and presenting a cultural or
    thematic program or program series during the previous year (September 1,
    2011 - August 31, 2012). The Award consists of $5,000 and a citation of
    achievement, to be presented during the ALA Award Presentation at the 2013
    ALA Annual Conference. Applications and award guidelines are available at To be considered,
    nominations must be received by December 1.

    In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in
    all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are
    all eligible. The nominated program/series must have been for a public
    audience. The nominated cultural/thematic program should be one that
    features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic
    engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions,
    community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs. The
    nominated program should have engaged the community in planning, sponsorship
    and/or active participation, addressed an identified community need, and
    have had a measurable impact.

    With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, or 800-545-2433 x5045.
  • 02 Oct 2012 8:26 AM | Anonymous



    Maine State Museum


    Museum Technician I

     Part-Time 20 hours weekly

    Salary Range: $12.53 - $16.43/hourly

    Class Code:  3121                  Range: 15


    Value of State paid Dental Insurance:  $13.69 bi-weekly

    *Value of State-paid Health Insurance

    Level 1:         100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):                    $363.77 bi-weekly

    Level 2:         95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):                            $345.58 biweekly

    Level 3:          90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):                          $327.39 biweekly

    Level 4:          85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):                          $309.20 biweekly

    * The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's

    wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2011.  Value of State’s share of employee retirement contribution = 11.54% of salary for BU position; 16.54% of salary for X position.


    Date Issued:   September 28, 2012                           Date Closed: October 19, 2012


    The Maine State Museum has a 20 hour a week position for a Museum Technician I position in their Education Division.  The Maine State Museum is opened seven days a week and this position would be required to work some weekend hours.


    This is technical services work providing interpretation of the collections on display in both formal and informal settings.  Work involves disseminating information and presenting gallery education programs.  Work is performed under general supervision.


    ·         Inspects exhibit galleries and related areas in order to assure visitor safety

    ·         Provides active interpretation of the exhibits to general visitors and school group

    ·         Presents (teaches) formal education programs relating to Maine natural history, prehistory and/or social history

    ·         Assists in the planning and presentation of scheduled special events

    • Provides maintenance for the exhibit galleries and assists with the operation of audio-visual presentations.

    ·         Assists with scheduling group visits to the museum and helps to manage the scheduling database

    ·         Provides security for the collection on display in the exhibit galleries


    ·         Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques used in assigned specialty. (Education /interpretation)

    ·         Knowledge of applicable security rules and safety codes.

    ·         Ability to interact in a positive manner with visitors of different ages and abilities.

    ·         Ability to maintain facilities

    ·         Ability to work independently

    ·         Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Two (2) years education and/or experience in appropriate museum specialty.  Preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching in a formal or informal educational setting.

    HOW TO APPLY:  Qualified candidates should send resume, direct hire application, and letter of interest to Julie Cotnoir, Personnel Officer, General Government Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333, Telephone (207) 624-7417.  Direct Hire applications are available at the General Government Service Center in Augusta, all Maine Career Center Offices, and on the General Government Service Center web site at:

    Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer-diverse candidates encouraged to apply.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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