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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums' "News & Opportunities for the Field" allows members and non-members to post notices of their announcements, job and internship openings, workshops, and other news of interest to the field. MAM approves all postings and reserves the right to edit or reject postings as it deems appropriate. This service is free to members; non-members will be charged $20 (Individual Membership is only $25).

MEMBERS: To post your item to this bulletin board, simply use your username and password to log into the site (upper right of your screen), then navigate to this page and click "Add Post."

NON-MEMBERS: To submit your bulletin board post, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

  • 04 Feb 2015 9:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MAINE NATIONAL HISTORY DAY 2015 
    CALL FOR JUDGES

    Do you love history? Do you support dynamic hands-on projects for
    students? Then we are looking for you!

    Sign up now to be a judge for the 2015 Maine National History Day
    competition, to be held at UMaine in Orono, on Saturday, March 28. Whether
    you've been a judge for several years running, or have never experienced
    the excitement and reward of History Day, we encourage you to take a few
    minutes to join the 2015 team. It's an inspiring experience!

    The competition runs from 10AM-3PM; judges must be on-site by 8:30AM.
    Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided.

    Judge registration this year is via the National History Day website.
    Please go to http://me.nhd.org/ud/templates/registerLinks.php?cid=71 and
    select “Judge” from the drop-down menu, then create a username and
    password. Once you do that, youíll be directed to a form where you can
    provide your name and contact info, and choose your preferred judging
    categories.

    Please note this form does not require ranking your choices so we
    recommend selecting at least three categories (and more if you wish) that
    you would be happily willing and able to judge. We make every effort to
    align judge registrants with one of their chosen categories, but make no
    guarantees.

    We strongly encourage you to sign up by February 20, and, as an extra
    incentive, we will put your name in a drawing for a great prize.
    (Compliments of Maine Historical Society and Maine Humanities Council.)
    The final deadline for judge registration, however, is February 27.

    You'll get an initial automated confirmation email and, in early March,
    Maine NHD coordinator John Taylor will be in touch with your judging
    assignment, information and resources about the judging role and
    responsibilities, and the logistics of the day.

    For questions about judging, contact: John Taylor, Maine NHD Coordinator,
    207-474-7133, john.m.taylor@maine.edu.

    For more information on History Day 2015, visit
    http://umaine.edu/history/national-history-day/, or
    http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/.

    And THANKS!


  • 02 Feb 2015 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Governor’s Proposed Budget Threatens Maine's Archives and Museums

    (Cumberland Center, Maine)—The Association of Maine Archives and Museums (MAM), the state's only membership organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Maine's collecting institutions, has released the following statement in response to Governor Paul LePage's recent budget proposal—a proposal that we believe would adversely affect a substantial number of Maine’s approximately 1200 collecting institutions and threaten the continued preservation of Maine’s historic structures and stewardship over the wealth of historical collections held in the public trust by these organizations. 

    Governor LePage’s 2016/17budget proposes to eliminate state revenue sharing with municipalities in exchange for allowing localities to tax larger nonprofit organizations, including museums, archives, historical societies and historic sites.  Traditionally, revenue sharing provides roughly $60 million to municipalities to pay for services and reduce property taxes. The Governor’s proposal allows towns and cities to offset those losses by collecting property taxes from previously exempt nonprofits with $500,000 or more of assessed value.  The property/organization would be entitled to a 50% exemption (rather than 100%) with respect to the aggregate value exceeding $500,000.

    The majority of Maine Archives and Museums’ members are collecting organizations running on operating budgets of less than $25,000 per year.  Only about 7.6% of all our members receive funding from government support of any kind: federal, state, or local.  A large number rely solely on volunteers and donations.  Yet, their property holdings include significant and irreplaceable historic structures such as lighthouses, sea captain’s homes, forts, one-room school houses, nineteenth century mills, heritage sites and historic farmsteads which would put them over and above the $500,000 threshold outlined in Governor LePage’s budget.  In short, these organizations serve as caretakers to the rich cultural history of Maine, preserving these structures from our collective past for future generations.  The governor’s proposal would end tax exemptions to the stewards of these historic properties. 

    Moreover, these institutions are home to extensive collections documenting Maine’s history and culture.  Tens of thousands of documents, photographs, artifacts and artwork are held in trust—preserved by these non-profit organizations for the education and enrichment of future generations and the betterment of Maine’s communities.  Their facilities include storage space, obviously, but also public spaces where the community can engage with the past through educational and public programming, serving about 2.7 million visitors and patrons each year, including some 154,000 school children.

    In a recent survey of Maine Archives and Museums’ members, more than half of the respondents indicated they would be adversely affected by Governor LePage’s changes regarding non-profit property tax exemptions.  MAM’s survey revealed the chilling affect the Governor’s policy change would have on non-profit museums, archives, historical societies and heritage sites:   Sixty-five percent felt the proposal would have a negative impact on their ability to meet their mission; while eighty-eight percent said they were concerned or very concerned about the proposed budget impact.  One respondent stated, “This proposed change…[will hamper] our ability to serve the public, and I foresee needing to restrict public access, reduce programming, and…further reduce our staffing levels.”  Another respondent declared, “[Our] museum would experience great difficulty in having to pay property taxes. We simply don't have that kind of money in our operating budget.  It is unclear how we would be able to do it--sell property, reduce the staff, etc.,...It would diminish the quality of what we offer to the public.”  A third expressed concern that Governor LePage’s budget “would require us to cut our budget by nearly 10% which would require eliminating several staff positions putting those people on unemployment. The negative consequences spiral outward.”

    Not only do Maine’s collecting institutions function as the caretakers of our cultural heritage, they are work horses in Maine’s economy.  While the Governor has characterized these institutions as “takers,” MAM’s recent Economic Impact Statementproves him wrong:  Our members (which comprise only about a third of the state’s total museums and archives) employ hundreds, serve millions, and generate millions in revenue. MAM’s member institutions spend about $26 million annually in goods and services in the state.   A study in 2009showed that Maine’s museums alone generated more than $7.5 million in tax revenue for local and state government and supported some 1,300 jobs in Maine. This data is proof positive that this community gives far more than it takes.

    MAM shares the view of the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), which posted a response to the Governor’s previous statements about nonprofits being “takers, not givers” on their website on November 12.  They document the many ways in which nonprofits provide essential services to the people of Maine and carry out much of the work that is undertaken by governments in other contexts, while acting as important drivers for the state’s economy.  Additionally, Maine’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, many of whom are members of MAM, play a fundamental role in Maine tourism, an industry that many acknowledge as the state’s largest and that the Governor has recognized is important to Maine’s economy.  Perhaps a MAM member summed it up best:  “The governor's proposal would penalize [nonprofits] for providing more charitable services to the community - clearly a negative effect for all.”  The Association of Maine Archives and Museums agrees. 

    Over the past four years, our industry has had a cordial and respectful relationship with Governor LePage.  We have applauded his support of the continued restoration of the Blaine House, one of Maine’s landmark historic properties. It is our hope that his second term in office will be characterized by the same regard for the organizations that share responsibility for preserving and promoting the arts, history, and culture of Maine, while bringing millions of visitors and millions of dollars to our state each year.

    We reiterate our invitation, made in November, to Governor LePage to spend a day with us, visiting Maine’s collecting institutions.  We will work with the Governor’s staff to develop an itinerary of organizations that show the depth, breadth, and importance of Maine’s historical and artistic collections, as well as the deep commitment to public service that is shared by all our members.   Our hope is to foster a culture of appreciation and collaboration between our industry and the Office of the Governor as we continue our work in documenting and preserving Maine’s rich cultural, artistic and historic heritage. 

    Maine Archives and Museums is the state’s only membership organization dedicated to supporting

    and promoting Maine’s collecting institutions. To find out more, visit MaineMuseums.org.

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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.

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  • 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



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