Category Archives: Museum Librarianship

Job Posting: Collections Manager and Registrar, Tenement Museum

Position Description

The Tenement Museum seeks a Collections Manager & Registrar, who will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and preservation of the Museum’s Collections, which include its historic structures and archive. Responsibilities include accessioning, processing incoming/outgoing loans, maintaining collections data systems, exhibition management, preventative conservation care, archives and records management, and emergency response and recovery. The Collections Manager supervises the work of consultants and interns, and works closely with the Museum’s Education Department and Facilities Department. This position reports to the Director of Curatorial Affairs.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the conservation program for 97 Orchard Street, overseeing monthly building monitoring and identifying conservation priorities
  • Supervise access to the collections and archives, respond to public inquiries regarding the collections, and arrange loans to other cultural institutions.
  • Maintain an accessible online photo database; provide access to images and updates image database records accordingly.
  • Monitor environmental conditions in the museum and its collections, interpret data from environmental monitoring equipment and determine corrective action.
  • Collaborate with the Education Department to identify and assemble materials for use in programs and tours.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curatorial Affairs on collections development and matters related to research on collections items and the museum’s historic properties.
  • Contribute to exhibition planning and installation.
  • Conduct tours of the Museum for the general public.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates should hold a Masters Degree in Library Science, History, Anthropology, Historic Preservation or related field and have at least 2 years experience. Candidate should be detail oriented, possess strong oral and written communication skills, and have a working knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software.

SALARY

Commensurate with experience. Complete benefits package.

Please send cover letter and resume to dfavaloro@tenement.orgNo phone calls, please.

Deadline to apply: July 15, 2011.

Job Posting: Project Archivist at the Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Project Archivist for the successful execution of an archives and records management project. This is a grant-funded, 30-month, full-time, temporary position in the Library Department of The Baltimore Museum of Art.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Required

• Master of Library Science degree from an accredited institution

• Demonstrated experience with standard archival principles and practices

Preferred

• Concentration in archives

• Coursework in records management

• Certification from the Academy for Certified Archivists

• Experience in processing archival collections

• Experience in records management

• Knowledge of art history

Skills

• Ability to plan, prioritize work, and meet deadlines

• Ability to work independently

• Ability to work well within a small team and with volunteers

• Strong attention to detail

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

• Strong written communication skills

• Competency with Microsoft Office software

• General fitness for lifting archive boxes up to 30 pounds and moving loaded carts

Duties

1. Survey, appraise, and accession the records of Museum departments, identifying preservation issues and needs, researching and developing records retention schedules, create a records management manual for the Museum, and conduct workshops to introduce the Museum community to the new records management policies and procedures contained in the manual.

2. Following national standards and best practices for archival descriptions, process and arrange manuscript and archival holdings, work with Archivists’ Toolkit to generate encoded finding aids, and prepare MARC records.

3. Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses and attending training.

APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to HR@artbma.org. Please reference the position “Project Archivist” in the subject line of your e-mail.

No Phone Calls Please.

 

SAA Museum Archives Pecha Kucha Opportunity for SAA 2011

Museum Archives Section Meeting Repository Updates
Pecha Kucha Style Call for Proposals SAA 2011
Thursday, August 25, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Deadline for submissions: July 29, 2011

Are you a member of the Museum Archives section of SAA? Do you have a repository update or an interesting new collection to share?

If so, please submit a brief proposal for a Pecha Kucha style presentation during the annual meeting of the Museum Archives section at the 2011 SAA conference. We look forward to accepting proposals that relate to museum archives, highlight new collections, or include repository news or highlights. To submit a proposal, please send a brief abstract of your topic, your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, to Leanda Gahegan at leanda.gahegan@gmail.com. The deadline for proposals is July 29,2011.

Presenters must be a member of the Museum Archives section. If you are not a member yet, please feel free to join. More information is available here:

http://www.archivists.org/saagroups/museum/index.htm

The Museum Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists includes those who are responsible for the organization and care of archival collections located in museums.

About the Pecha Kucha format: Pecha Kucha sessions consist of multiple presenters, each having approximately 6 minutes and 40 seconds to present 20 PowerPoint slides on their topic. Timing will be strictly followed.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum Tech

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is currently hiring for a Museum Tech, GS-5 Term Subject to Furlough.

SALARY RANGE: $31,315.00 – $40,706.00 /year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 03, 2011 to Monday, June 13, 2011
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1016-05
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Term NTE 2 YEARS. May be extended up to 4 years.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 05
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Plains, GA
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens

Position
Description:  Museum Technician will assist Curator with preservation,
maintenance, storage, exhibit, accessioning and cataloging of museum
objects and archives; Museum Housekeeping; Environmental monitoring and
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in museum exhibit and storage areas;
Prepare, maintain and organize museum records and databases; Respond to
research requests.  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged
standing, walking and bending often required.  Heavy items (e.g. boxes
and collection items up to 50 pounds must be lifted or moved on a
frequent basis. Incumbent must be able to stand for extended periods of
time.

Link to USAJOBS position posting:
http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=99310376&JobTitle=Museum+Technician&q=museum&where=&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&x=0&y=0&AVSDM=2011-06-03+07%3a59%3a00

CAVRACON at UCSB June 16-17th, 2011

THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTERS OF THE VISUAL RESOURCES ASSOCIATION cordially invite you to the California Visual Resources Association Conference, also known as CAVRACON, which will be held Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th, 2011 at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cavraconference/

CaVraCon will provide workshops, presentations and demos dealing with the many aspects of creating, managing and maintaining digital image collections, as well as the opportunity to network with both emerging professionals and veterans of the field.

The conference will be open to any interested parties regardless of organizational or institutional affiliation.  Check the above site for registration information.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: 

Patricia Harpring (Managing Editor Getty Vocabulary Program)
Developing local authority files for the CCO/CDWA categories and a discussion of CONA

Megan Marler (ArtSTOR, Senior Analyst for Strategic Initiatives)
ArtSTOR?s Shared Shelf

George Helfand (Luna Imaging, Inc., Account Manager)
Expanding Your Scope: A Workflow for Adding Books to a Digital Image Collection

Greg Reser (UCSD, Metadata Specialist) and Sheryl Frisch (CalPoly, San Luis Obispo, Visual Resource Specialist)
The VRA Custom XMP Info Panel: How do I use it?

Jan Eklund (UC Berkeley, Business Systems Analyst, IST Data Services) and Chris Hoffman (UC Berkeley, Manager of Informatics Services, IST Data Services)
Deploying CollectionSpace for a VR Collection

Tom Moon (UCSB Library, Digitization Unit Manager)
Structuring Workflows: implementing new procedures without disruption

Lois McLean and Rick Tessman (McLean Media, Content Clips)
Content Clips, An Online Tool for Teaching with Digital Images

Dr. James Bartholomay Kiracofe (Director, Inter-American Institute for Advanced Studies in Cultural History)
Images for Education, On the road with an academic photographer

As well as a Plenary by the Visual Resources Association President, Maureen Burns (IMAGinED Consulting), Case Studies, tours and more!

Things to bring: flip-flops, laptops and business cards.
Please send questions to John Trendler <john.trendler@scrippscollege.edu>
We look forward to seeing you!

Job Posting: Records Manager at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is seeking an experienced Records Manager to administer the institutional records management policy and to serve on project team addressing preservation of electronic records. To apply see:

http://www.mfah.org/about/careers/

Responsibilities:

– Serve on project team researching the implementation of an institutional electronic records archive under a grant funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
– Assist in applying existing retention schedules to institutional electronic records
– Appraise and propose retention schedules for currently unscheduled records in electronic and paper form
– Research regulatory, statutory and industry requirements
– Revise existing retention schedules as necessary for standardization
– Oversee semi-annual records destructions, off-site storage arrangements and accessioning of records
– Perform record audits and oversee compliance with existing records management program
– Provide semi-monthly orientation sessions for staff
– Assist the Archives Department with imaging projects and research requests

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:


– Thorough knowledge of records management and archival management principles and methodologies required
– Knowledge of electronic records archival systems and OAIS reference model required
– Familiarity with e-mail preservation projects preferred
– Awareness of emerging technologies for electronic search and discovery preferred
– Knowledge of MARC21, EAD, DACS, and current metadata standards used in museums, such as VRACore, CDWA, CCO and Getty vocabularies preferred
– Familiarity with MSSharepoint and MS Access preferred
– Excellent communication and organizational skills
– Ability to work independently, climb ladders and lift up to thirty-five pounds
– Knowledge of art history desirable

Education and Experience:

– Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program required
– Coursework in records management and 1-3 years records management experience required
– Bachelors degree in computer science or business preferred
– Background in law librarianship or experience with Westlaw preferred
– Experience with enterprise archive software highly desirable
– CRM highly desirable
– Experience in museum setting desirable

Job Posting: Director of Digital and Emerging Media, Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt is looking for a creative leader to serve as Director of Digital and Emerging Media.

This is a senior level position that will:

1) lead the creative and strategic development of the Museum’s presence online (www.cooperhewitt.org)
2) design and develop an effective and highly successful eCommerce component;
3) lead the effort to elevate the museum’s presence on the web during a two year renovation period when the museum will be programming offsite and online; and 4) lead and expand the museum’s digital and social media presence by managing platforms that include blogs, Twitter, Face book, mobile, and others.

This position is crucial to all of the activities that support Cooper-Hewitt’s virtual presence, not only the strengthening of the online presence, including eCommerce, but through other creative opportunities that the incumbent will create and recommend. This position reports to the Director of the Museum and serves as part of the senior management team.

Knowledge and Experience Required:

  • Five or more years experience in a senior strategic and technical leadership/supervisory role.
  • Demonstrated skills as a conceptual, strategic planner and interaction designer who is able to generate usable and useful concepts.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management, administration, and staff supervision in a distributed computing environment involving multiple facilities and varying disciplinary requirements. Ability to balance outsourcing and staff responsibilities.
  • Superior mastery knowledge of the design, prototyping and development of interactive technology, standards, and scripting and programming languages.
  • Experience coordinating the design and development of complex websites and eCommerce sites, receiving input from a variety of non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and executing eCommerce strategies and programs that build top-line growth. Familiarity with websites metrics and social media strategies and initiatives.
  • Has designed, prototyped and managed complex and interactive websites, including visual design and branding across multiple platforms.
  • Experience effectively formulating, analyzing, and presenting project plans, such as recommending software components, media assets and technical approaches for complex and interactive websites.
  • Appreciation and some knowledge of international and contemporary design.

SALARY: Competitive salary plus generous benefits

BENEFITS: TIAA-CREF retirement coverage, Health/Dental/Vision Coverage; generous vacation and sick leave plus 10 paid holidays. Free life Insurance with options to increase coverage at additional costs. Opportunity to work in a renovated landmarked building. Ideally located in Carnegie Hill (Upper East Side), near public transportation and next to Central Park. Opportunity to use 92Y gym and work out facilities. May attend free public and education programs, exhibitions and workshops at the museum and throughout New York. Smithsonian Institution was voted one of the best work places. Family friendly work environment.

How to Apply:

Please email CV that addresses qualification requirements with cover letter to:media@si.edu (please ensure your resume addresses all qualification and experience requirements). Transcripts may be required.

Summer Archival Internships at Museum of the City of New York

Archival Internships
Museum of the City of New York
Summer 2011

Internship Description:

The Museum of the City of New York is currently seeking two library school students interested in a summer archives internship. Interns will work with the Museum’s Theater Collection or Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection and will have the opportunity to gain experience in cataloging, handling fragile objects, evaluating the condition of the object for conservation and preservation, collection processing, and/or writing finding aids.  Interns may assist with reference inquiries and the Museum’s ongoing digitization project, as needed. Projects will vary according to an individual’s skill set and interests.

About the Collections:

Theater Collection

The Museum’s Theater Collection documents theatrical activity in New York City from the late 18th century to the present day. Tracing the relationship between New York City and the theater, collection holdings include: over 5,000 costumes and props, costume renderings, theatrical posters and window cards, drawings and photographs of theatrical personalities, a Yiddish theater collection, and 17,000 folders documenting local productions since the 1800s.

Manuscripts and Ephemera Collection

These objects document the day-to-day life of New Yorkers over the last 300 years with the bulk of the materials dating to late 19th and early 20th centuries. The ephemera comprise a variety of formats, including print material such as menus, invitations, pamphlets, and handbills; textiles such as pennants, sashes, ties, and scarves; and three-dimensional artifacts such as badges, buttons, children’s identification tags, and promotional items. The manuscript collection includes papers of influential New Yorkers and their families.  The subject of the material encompasses a wide scope of events and subjects pertaining to development of New York City.

Requirements:

Each internship requires a minimum commitment of  one full day a week (7 hours), scheduled during the Monday – Friday workweek. Internships are unpaid. Preference will be given to students completing the internship for course credit.  Candidates must be currently enrolled in a Masters program for Library Science. Interns must be able to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.  Students with a focus in Archival Studies are encouraged to apply

To be considered for this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Theater Collections Archivist at mgarmon@mcny.org.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: ACRL ARTS SECTION’S DISCUSSION FORUM

Are you doing research in the arts that you would like to share with fellow librarians? Is there something you’re doing at your library dealing with the arts that you think others should know about? Do you have a presentation you’d like to float by a group of friendly colleagues for some benevolent critique?

If so, the ACRL Arts section invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our Discussion Forum held on Saturday, June 25th from 10:30-12noon during the ACRL Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Details:

–Proposals can be about any topic dealing with the visual or performing arts and design (see list of possible topics below).
–Everyone is welcome to submit a proposal. Students are also encouraged to make a submission.
–Each presentation will have 15-20 minutes with a 5 minute Q&A. We anticipate being able to accept 4-5 proposals for presentation.
–Proposals will be reviewed by a committee drawn from the Arts Section Executive Board and Publications & Research Committee.

Deadline: Please submit your proposals to Yen Tran (nttran@callutheran.edu), chair of the Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee no later than May 27th. Those submitting proposals will be notified by June 3rd, as to whether or not your proposal was accepted for presentation.

Possible topics:

–Research of any topic related to the arts
–Developments in the display and/or preservation of arts materials
 –Innovative information literacy or visual literacy techniques with arts students
–Emerging technologies in arts libraries
–Inventive collection management and development in the arts
–Strategies for reaching out to arts users (students and faculty)
–Copyright and fair use in the arts environment
–Evaluating the needs of arts users
–Use of images in information literacy instruction
–Creative physical or online/virtual exhibits

The possibilities are endless; please consider submitting a proposal.

Call for Chapters: Bringing Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts into the Library

Call for Chapters: Bringing Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts into the Library

Book Publisher: American Library Association

Editor: Carol Smallwood, MLS

Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook, American Library Association, 2010http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2646

The Frugal Librarian: Thriving in Tough Economic Times, American Library Association, 2011
http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=3090

Chapters sought from U.S. and Canadian librarians who’ve worked with visual and performing artists to bring the arts into libraries to keep them vibrant community cultural centers. Innovative public, school, librarians who have encouraged painters, photographers, musicians, writers, and other creative talent of various ages.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material; 3,000-4,000 words written by one or up to three co-authors. Concise, how-to chapters, using bullets, headings.

Compensation: a complimentary book, discount on additional copies.

Possible topics: community programs and outreach, working with students, security and legal concerns, using the media, open houses, readings and book launches, displays, collaborations with community groups, workshops, grants.

To avoid duplication, please e-mail 2-3 topics described separately in 2-3 sentences by April 24, 2011 with a brief bio. Kindly place, ARTS/Your Name, on the subject line to: smallwood@tm.net