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  • 13 Nov 2023 4:56 PM | Anonymous member

    The call for proposals deadline for the 2024 BitCurator Forum has been EXTENDED! 

    We welcome submissions through November 21, 2023. Submit proposals using the online form.

    Please note that the 2024 Forum will be virtual. We encourage in-person satellite events to be organized in conjunction with the virtual forum, see below for more information.   

    *[Kari Smith would like to join with MAM members about hosting a Satellite event in Maine.  pls. contact me if you are interested.]*

    The BitCurator Consortium (BCC) invites proposals for the 2024 BitCurator Forum to be held virtually the week of March 18-22, 2024 (final dates TBD). An international, community-led organization with 39 member organizations representing 53 institutions, the BCC promotes and supports the application of free and open-source digital archives tools and practices in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations.

    2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the BitCurator Consortium. As we take a moment to celebrate our achievements from the past 10 years, we also take a step back to reflect on our journey so far.

    • How have things changed?

    • Lessons learned?

    • Where do we go from here?

    The Forum Committee welcomes participation from organizations and individuals working outside of academic and special collections libraries and archives, members from BIPOC communities, students, and new professionals.

    The BitCurator Forum Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to be used as an informal tool to connect folks who are seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for the 2024 Forum.

    For more information, see the Call for Proposals page on our website.

    On Behalf of the BitCurator Program Committee

    Kari R. Smith
    Digital Archivist and Founder, Global Archivist LLC | GlobalArchivist@gmail.comSchedule a meeting with me here

  • 26 Oct 2023 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our hearts go out to all Mainers affected by the tragedy in Lewiston last night.  We are holding space for our members who have and will be impacted by this awful event.

  • 14 Sep 2023 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Maine Colleagues,

    Hurricane Lee is forecast to approach the coast of New England Friday as a large hurricane. Hurricane conditions are possible in portions of Downeast Maine beginning Saturday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 4 inches across New England are expected beginning Friday night through Saturday night, producing potential localized urban and small stream flooding.

    Please share the following resources with your members and constituents in Maine:



    Although many of you may not feel the full impact of the storm, please be prepared to help those who will. And please stay safe!


    Lori Foley

    Coordinator | Heritage Emergency National Task Force

    Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation


    Mobile: (202) 826-6303

    Federal Emergency Management Agency


  • 11 Sep 2023 1:13 PM | Anonymous member
    For folks planning to attend the MAM conference October 12-13 in person, discover the spreadsheet to share carpooling information, also linked under Transportation in "show details" section of the conference website.  Thanks for MAM program planners for making this tool available!
  • 05 Sep 2023 2:02 PM | Anonymous member

    Hello Colleagues -- 

    I am working with an historical society that is just getting their collections housed and described.  There is a small budget for supplies, and I'm hoping to supplement it with donations. If you have gently used cartons, records boxes, folders, book rests, or other supplies such as object cartons we will surely appreciate them!  If you do and can spare them, I am located in Mid-Coast and can drive to pick them up.  Or we can do a meet up at the MAM Conference in October. 

    Very sincerely!  Kari Smith, Global Archivist LLC.  

  • 17 Aug 2023 4:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maine Archives and Museums is pleased to announce that Tia Doering is our new Administrative Coordinator.  Tia worked in donor relations at the Portland Museum of Art and currently is an assistant clerk with the State of Maine Judicial Branch.  The hiring committee was impressed with her energy and attention to detail.

    The Board of MAM has split the traditional Executive Director position into two parts.  Tia’s charge is to run the administrative side of the operations.  When you email, Tia will be the one responding to your inquiries about MAM day to day operations, such as membership renewals or registrations for programming and conferences.  Although she will be behind the scenes for the most part, her diligence will be felt in the smooth operations of MAM.

  • 15 Aug 2023 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maine Archives and Museums is pleased to announce that Judy Ashby is our new Executive Director.  Judy was Bangor Public Library’s Head of Reference Services Department, and has worked in New York as a public school library media specialist, and regional school library system administrator.  The hiring committee was impressed with her energy, confidence, and enthusiasm to lead MAM into its next chapter of serving the collecting institutions of Maine.

    The Board of MAM has split the traditional Executive Director position into two parts.  Judy’s charge is to be the visionary for the organization.  As MAM seeks to support our members in the archival, museum, and collecting community, Judy will create ties between and with members,  nurture a robust continuing education program, and represent our members’ interests to the broader society.  You will be hearing more from her at our annual MAM Conference and Annual Meeting in October, through our newsletters, and in personal communication.  Judy can be contacted via email at:

  • 21 Apr 2023 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Maine Historical Society will be presenting its 2023 Maine History Maker Award to Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. for his immense contributions to Maine and the preservation of Maine history. The Award will be presented during a special evening at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine in Portland on Tuesday, May 16, 5-8pm.

    Through his 40-year tenure as Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and as Maine State Historian, Earle has worked tirelessly with communities in every corner of the state to support the preservation, sharing, and celebration of their stories—the stories of Maine people, communities, and ways of life. Earle cherishes his relationships with local historical organizations, and I know that countless friends, colleagues, and admirers across Maine are deeply appreciative of his efforts.

    Maine Historical Society invites you to join in on May 16 to celebrate and say thank you to Earle for all that he does for Maine.

    We hope that you will consider:

    • Forwarding this invitation to members of your community
    • Joining us as an organizational sponsor. We have created a special sponsorship category for Maine historical societies and libraries that includes discounted sponsorship and tickets.
  • 09 Feb 2023 9:45 PM | Anonymous member

       We are pleased to announce that the Program for the 2023 BitCurator Forum is live and registration is open 

    Registration will be open to the public on Monday, February 6 through Friday, March 24. While the Forum can accommodate up to 500 attendees, enrollment for some workshops will be capped (with waitlists). We encourage you to register now via Eventbrite to secure your spot. 

    Register now for the Forum and individual workshops at 

    We are proud to offer registration for BitCurator Forum 2023 at a sliding scale starting at $0Again this year, we have group rates: discounted rates for groups of 3 or more people from the same organization. Individuals from groups will receive a code to be used at checkout, allowing them to register individually at the discounted rate. If you wish to register as part of a group, please fill out this form and a team member will provide you with your group rate and details on how to register: Group Registration Request


    BCC Forum Committee:

    • Lourdes Johnson, University of Miami, Leadership Team
    • Katherine Martinez, The New School, Leadership Team
    • Alice Prael, Yale University Libraries, Leadership Team
    • Emily Sommers, University of Toronto Libraries, Leadership Team
    • Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, University of California Irvine Libraries
    • David Cirella, Yale University Libraries
    • Brian Dietz, NC State University Libraries
    • Elizabeth Dunham, Arizona State University
    • Jessica Farrell, Educopia Institute
    • Lara Friedman-Shedlov, University of Minnesota Libraries
    • Kelly Phillips, Northern Arizona University
    • Lori Podolsky, McGill University
    • Kari Smith, Global Archivist LLC

  • 05 Jan 2023 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2023 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program with a deadline of February 28, 2023.

    Participating institutions receive support for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collection and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Please visit the CAP website for more information about the program.

    CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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