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  • 26 Jan 2015 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled due to weather and flight delays

    Indigenous Museums and the Move Toward Decolonization: Successes and Ongoing Challenges

    Thursday, January 29th, 4PM

    115 DP Corbett Hall
    University of Maine, Orono
    FREE and open to the public!

    Amy Lonetree, PhD
    Associate Professor of History
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    The relationship between Indigenous communities and mainstream museums has changed significantly in recent decades as a result of Indigenous activism and new museum theory and practice. These changes include the sharing of curatorial authority, collaborative partnerships, and efforts to decolonize museums.~ Dr. Lonetreeís research examines the current state of contemporary exhibition practices at both national and tribal museums.~ Central to my analysis is exploring how museums can serve as sites of decolonization through honoring Indigenous knowledge and worldview, and discussing the hard truths of colonization in exhibitions in an effort to promote healing and understanding.

  • 24 Jan 2015 2:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Archivist for Summer 2015

    Camp Tecumseh,  a non profit overnight summer camp for boys founded in 1903 by three University of Pennsylvania Olympic athletes and located on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, NH, seeks an Archivist for its 2015 summer season with the possibility of a multi-year summer appointment.

    The Camp Tecumseh  Archives, housed in a room in an historic farmhouse, includes mostly paper-based materials dating from 1903 to the 2000s.  Of particular note are materials organized by type or by subject in the early 1990s by the author of a published CT history.   Materials are in file cabinets, on shelves, loose, and boxed.  More than one thousand photographs have been digitized, and it is anticipated that born-digital documents and images will become part of the collection.  All the work so far has been done by alumni, trustees, and staff; the Board of Trustees recognizes the need for professional assistance.

    Possible tasks in 2015, depending upon hours / weeks worked, are:
    -- Rehouse original photographs that have been digitized and prepare finding aid
    -- Rehouse, arrange and describe a small collection to serve as an example for volunteers
    -- Help prepare processing guidelines for volunteers
    -- Appraise about five feet of Camp facilities records;  preserve, arrange, and describe those records of archival value; determine whether any of the materials warrant digitization
    -- Determine appropriate processing scheme for about nine feet of historical documents collected for the Camp history and research notes generated by the project
    -- Answer internal requests for information

    Qualifications.
    BA in relevant field.  Enrollment in MA or MLS program with archives management component and / or equivalent archives experience
    Strong oral and written communication skills
    Familiarity with archival theory and techniques: appraisal, accessioning , arrangement and description
    Familiarity with preservation practices, including digitization for access
    Familiarity with office software applications
    Ability to lift and move 40 lb containers

    Desirable skills.  Exhibit design and installation; records management.

    An experienced consulting Archivist will make periodic visits and be available for consultation via phone, email.

    Logistics and compensation.  CT recognizes that its location may discourage applicants.  For those who live beyond a reasonable commuting distance, the Camp will endeavor to provide room and board during the weeks  the Camp is in operation (June 21 - August 9, 2015); and room from August 10 to August 31 if the archivist wishes.   The prearranged housing of visiting coaches and alumni, however, may take precedence and may interrupt the Archivist's stay.   Meals also are available during the camp weeks to the successful candidate who is within commuting range.  Please note meals are with the campers, counsellors, and families; accommodations are in a building with shared bathrooms, and campers are boys aged 8 - 16.  The Camp employs females and married couples.

    Compensation commensurate with skills and experience, and whether room and board being provided.

    Please submit the following electronically to :
    William Hamilton, Emeritus Trustee
     wghamilton@comcast.net

    – A cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining relevant experience and whether room and board likely to be necessary;
    – A curriculum vitae of education and employment;
    – A finding aid and additional writing sample in the form of exhibition text,  presentation, blog post, etc.

    Any leads please send to me. I will follow up.  Thanks.

    Cynthia Swank, CA, CRM

    Inlook Group - PO Box 405 - Portsmouth, NH 03802-0405

    cgswank@inlookgroup.com -- 603-964-9294



  • 21 Jan 2015 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application period for SAA's 2015 Josephine Forman Scholarship is now open!

    The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The scholarship is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    The recipient of the award will receive a scholarship of $10,000. Awardees also may be invited to attend the annual meeting of the General Commission on Archives and History and/or the Quadrennial Historical Convocation, with funding provided by GCAH.

    Eligibility:

    ·  The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

    ·  The applicant must be of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.

    ·  The applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program or a multi-course program in archival administration, or have applied to such a program for the next academic year.

    ·  The applicant shall have completed no more than half of the credit requirements toward her/his graduate degree at the time of the award (i.e., June 1).

    ·  The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program and begin school no later than September 1 or the fall semester/quarter immediately following the award. 

    ·  Applicants may have full-time or part-time status.


    For more details or to download the application form please visit: 

    http://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/Josephine-Forman-Scholarship-Form.rtf


    The deadline to apply is February 28, 2015.


  • 21 Jan 2015 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2015.

    The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

    Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complementary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting.

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and instructions on applying, please visit: http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-mosaic.


  • 21 Jan 2015 9:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2015 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:

     

    Eligibility:

    Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, and organizations are eligible.

     

    Application Deadline:

    All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 of each year.  CLICK HERE to download the RTF application form, which includes instructions for submission.

     

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to http://www.archivists.org/recognition/index.asp.


  • 20 Jan 2015 8:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Project Management 101: Planning Your Project

    Two-part webinar

    February 5 and 19, 2015  (1 hour each afternoon)

    11 am PST / 2 pm EST

    Produced by the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums

    Join your colleagues from archives, libraries and museums for a two-part, interactive learning webinar that will introduce the fundamentals of project management: planning a project. All of our fields struggle with unstable budgets and dynamic technology, so learning to think and act in terms of projects is critical—it can be the difference between turning an idea into a successful, resourced initiative or not. Led by representatives from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the webinars will focus on the key elements of a project plan: the idea, the audiences, funding options, a work plan, an evaluation, and more. We will also discuss how to critically examine your project ideas, asking, Is it fundable? Valuable? Sustainable? And if not, what could you do differently? While learning these fundamentals, you will also benefit from the insights and experiences shared by your fellow participants from across archives, library, and museum institutions.

    February 5     Key Elements of a Project Plan (1 hour)

    This session will describe how careful planning leads to more successful projects.. We will cover how to develop an idea, define your audience, look at funding options, do an environmental scan, assess your resource capacity and needs, and develop a project scope and schedule for implementation. Attendees will be invited to use the two weeks between webinars to outline a project idea based on these key principles. Submitted project plans will be reviewed by webinar moderators with individual feedback provided for each submission.

    February 19   Evaluating Your Project Plan (1 hour)

    In this highly interactive second session, we will use sample project ideas and case studies to look at how we can assess the strength of a project plan before it is implemented. We will also discuss other project management resources and where to learn more about the topic.

    How Will I Benefit?

    After participating in this two-part webinar, attendees will be better able to:

    • Why project management is a critical skill
    • What it takes to turn an idea into a fundable project
    • Where to learn more about project management
    • How to evaluate staff and institutional capacities to manage a project

    Who Should Attend

    This topic is relevant to all organizational roles: you may be currently managing or soon will be managing a project, or you may be a contributor to a current or future project.  

    Presenters and Moderators

    • Robert Horton, Associate deputy director, IMLS
    • Sarah Fuller, Program specialist, IMLS

    Register Now

    Registration Info

    About the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums

    This is the inaugural project from the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums, which is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose of the Coalition is to work in deliberate coordination across organizational boundaries to devise and strengthen sustainable continuing education and professional development (CE/PD) programs that will transform the library, archives, and museum workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on our nation’s communities. Look online for a complete list of Coalition members.

    -- 


  • 09 Jan 2015 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs.  The award subsidizes travel to the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

     

    Award and application information follow below.  The application deadline is February 28, 2015.  If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Dawne Lucas, Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair, at dawne_lucas@unc.edu.

    Purpose and Criteria for Selection

    Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

     

    Eligibility

    Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.

     

    Sponsor and Funding

    The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.

     

    Prize

    Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.

     

    First Awarded

    2006

     

    Application Form and Documentation

    Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form:

    1.       A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.

    1. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
    2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.
    3. Application form.

    Application Deadline

    February 28, 2015


  • 07 Jan 2015 8:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award

    Society of American Archivists

    The J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists seeks nominations for the 2014 award. 

    http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-jameson 

    Established in 1989, this award honors an individual, institution, or organization that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of archival activities or programs.  The individual's or institution's contributions may take the form of advocacy, publicity, legislation, financial support, or a similar action that fosters archival work or raises public consciousness of the importance of archival work.  Contributions should have broad, long-term impact at the regional level or beyond. Up to three awards may be given each year.

    Recent Winners:

    2014: LGBT Center of Central PA History Project

    National History Day

    2013:  Dr. Warren Stewart

    2012:  Eve Kahn, Bebe Miller, Phillip Stewart

    2011:  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (NBC)

    2010:  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

    2009:  Ross King (Georgia Historical Records Advisory Board)

    2008:  Data-Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE)

    Eligibility: Nominees must be from outside the archives profession.  Individuals directly involved in archival work, either as paid or volunteer staff, or institutions or organizations directly responsible for an archival program are not eligible for this award.

    Mailed materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2014 and should be sent to:

    J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award Committee

    Society of American Archivists

    17 North State Street, Suite 1425

    Chicago, IL 60602-4061

    Nominations may be submitted electronically; please see the nomination form for details.  For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to: http://www.archivists.org/recognition/index.asp


  • 06 Jan 2015 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SALTED PAPER PRINTING WORKSHOP

    February 18, 2015

    3:30-7:30 PM
    Location: Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, MA (www.nedcc.org


    Registration now open to all – Only 5 seats left!

     

    This workshop will allow the participants to create their own salted paper prints by guiding them through the steps of the process. A brief lecture will acquaint the participants with the basic chemistry and variations of the process and discuss preservation concerns.  Interested participants are invited to tour the NEDCC facilities at 2:30 PM.

    This workshop is designed for those with limited training in chemical photography who have an interest in learning more about salted paper printing. Pre-program and student participants are welcome as is anyone would like to get hands-on experience in printing.

     

    INSTRUCTORS: 
    Amanda Maloney and Maggie Wessling, Assistant Photograph and Paper Conservators
    Northeast Document Conservation Center


    Registration Fee:  
    AIC (American Institute for Conservation) Member $125 
    Regular $175

    FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER:

    https://www.nedcc.org/preservation-training/salted-paper


  • 06 Jan 2015 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Awards nomination deadline is Thursday, January 15, 2015.   

    The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is currently accepting nominations for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. 

    The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award will be presented to an individual librarian in appreciation for her/his contributions to the field, while the LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award will be given to a Library that demonstrates innovation in support of information literacy and instruction.

    The awards will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference.  Award winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Awards are sponsored by the Library Instruction Roundtable.

    Recipients will be honored at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

    For full details on how to apply for or nominate an individual/library for these awards, please see:http://www.ala.org/lirt/awards


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