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Job Posting: Collections Assistant, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

*** Edit 9/28 – This is a repost to correct “All Grades” questions. Applicants who applied previously MUST reapply to be considered. 

Summary

This position is located in the Collection Management Department of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian institution’s museum of international modern and contemporary art. The Collection Management Department is responsible for the care, preservation, and documentation of all works of art at the museum, whether from the Museum’s permanent collection or on loan from other institutions. The incumbent serves as the assistant to the director of collection management, providing technical assistance in the broad areas of collection stewardship.

Duties

  • Assists in maintaining standards, policies, and operating procedures for acquisitions, receipt, deaccessioning, loans, packing, shipping logistics, conservation, physical care, storage, documentation, and inventory.
  • Prepares and maintains the departmental budget worksheets in Excel, monitors
    expenditures for supplies, equipment, and travel.
  • Orders equipment and supplies associated with the functions of the Collection Management Department and tracks the orders during the procurement process.
  • Checks and keeps accounts of conservation lab supplies of adhesives, papers, fabrics, chemicals, solvents and reorders them when necessary.
  • Manages the digital assets for the department, including entering conservation reports, images, and other pertinent information into the Museum’s database (TMS).

Qualifications

Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as entering financial data into software packages, filing, meeting and greeting people, and working with professionals that care for and preserve artworks.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Or Education Grade 7: One full year of graduate level education related to the position or Superior Academic Achievement may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.

Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications; for example, a half year of experience and a half year of education in the field may be qualifying.

Apply by: October 11, 2016

Full post: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/451769900

Internship Opportunities: Fall Internships at the Smithsonian Libraries, DC Area

http://library.si.edu/Fall2016Internships

Collections Management for Digitizing Monographs
Dates preferred:  September, or Late October-December
Location of internship: SLRA, Pennsy Dr; Landover, MD; with occasional off-site visits to library offices in downtown DC

This opportunity would be ideal for a candidate who is an MLS Student currently in a program who is organized, can work semi-independently, knows the principles of library shelving schematics, has performed reference assistance in a research library, has an interest in a broad range of subject matter including the arts, physical and natural sciences, and American and Western European history, and can engage and operate data spreadsheets such as Microsoft Excel.

The intern, using a SIRIS report sorted by call number and various databases and online sources, would learn to assess the public domain monograph collections housed at Pennsy/SLRA for Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and Cultural Heritage Library (CHL) digitization candidates. The intern would meet with the branch librarian, preservation conservator, and digital librarians to understand the various points involved in identifying materials for digitization.

The intern will learn or bolster collections management experience in the areas of preservation assessment, use of online resources to assess digitization need, effective use of electronic catalog records and databases to identify items, and how to collaborate across departments.
Graphic Design Internship
Dates preferred: September through December.
Location of internship: Advancement Office, Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)

This opportunity would be ideal for a candidate with experience in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or other design and publishing software tools necessary.
This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain experience working in the Advancement Office of the Smithsonian Libraries, the world’s largest museum library system. The Graphic Design Intern assists Advancement staff with various creative aspects of our fundraising activities related to mailings and outreach design, marketing, branding, and cultivation activities. The student will have the opportunity to learn how to design creative materials (invitations, brochures, hand-outs, letters, flyers, print and online advertisements) for various projects as well as participate in social media platforms, including Smithsonian Libraries blog and help design/develop content for the Smithsonian Libraries website and possibly upcoming exhibition materials
Biodiversity Heritage Library Social Media & Digital Campaign Intern
Dates preferred: Fall 2016. Ideally 9/12/2016-12/16/2016 if length acceptable.
Location of internship: Combination of in-person and virtual participation. In-person duty station will be the National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).

This opportunity would be ideal for students pursing a Library and Information Science Masters or recent graduates with strong writing and research skills and experience with marketing and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, a candidates with image editing skills and proficiency with Photoshop or Canva are strongly preferred. Students with a demonstrated interest in a biological sciences subject specialty, digital librarianship, and/or library marketing are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open access digital library of natural history literature (http://biodiversitylibrary.org/), seeks an intern to help tell the story of life on earth within the context of biodiversity literature through the use of social media and digital campaigns.  The Social Media and Digital Campaign Intern will be mentored by the BHL Outreach and Communication Manager (O&C Manager) and learn to produce social media content that is designed to support BHL’s outreach objectives and help build BHL’s Digital Content Library. The intern will have the opportunity to create custom graphics and experiment with animated media such as GIFs and video for post content.
Biodiversity Heritage Library Product Development and Marketing Intern
Dates preferred: Fall 2016. Ideally 9/12/2016-12/16/2016 if length acceptable.
Location of internship: Combination of in-person and virtual participation. In-person duty station will be the National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).

This opportunity would be ideal for students pursing a graphic design and/or marketing degree. Graduate, undergraduate or recent graduate acceptable. In particular, candidates with strong image editing skills and extensive experience using Photoshop as well as students with experience in email marketing and social media marketing strongly preferred.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open access digital library of natural history literature (http://biodiversitylibrary.org/), seeks an intern to help expand BHL’s online store and related marketing activities in order to drive sales that will help support biodiversity research around the world.

The Intern will have the opportunity to use their artistic skills to create real products as well as gain practical experience not only developing marketing campaigns but also implementing those campaigns, allowing the intern to test their strategies in a real-world environment. By the end of the internship, a student will understand the importance of fundraising activities for non-profit organizations. He/she will obtain first-hand experience creating marketing campaigns that communicate the impact of a purchase on an organization’s mission and gain exposure to and develop an appreciation for scientific illustration.

Educational Programs
Dates: September – December, flexible.
Location: Education and Outreach Office, Smithsonian Libraries, National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)

This opportunity would be ideal for Masters candidate in good standing in the following fields: Library Science, Education, Museum Education. Though all with applicable experience are welcome

Through this internship, a student will be mentored by the Education Specialist and help identify new educational resources to develop for a k-12 digital audience. Intern may have the opportunity to gain experience contextualizing images, applying common core standards, researching online educational experiences, developing program ideas, and assisting with and attending family programs.

During this opportunity, a student would gain hands-on practical experience in the library and museum education fields and contribute to original educational content for a national source.

Job Posting: Library Technician (Art & History), Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington DC

Job Title:  Library Technician (Art & History)
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:  16R-SB-301389-DEU-SIL

SALARY RANGE: $39,311.00 to $51,102.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, February 5, 2016 to Friday, February 19, 2016
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1411-06
POSITION INFORMATION: Full-Time, Permanent – Federal
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 08
DUTY LOCATIONS: FEW vacancies – Washington DC, DC   View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may also apply to Job Announcement #16R-SB-301389-MPA-SIL
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust – Background Investigation
SUPERVISORY STATUS: No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is located within the Research Services, Circulation and Interlibrary Loan branch of the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL). The employee provides basic reference and bibliographic services for Smithsonian Institution curatorial and administrative staff and visiting researchers using art-specific databases and reference materials.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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  • Assists in the day-to-day management of the collections; shelves and or supervises shelving of materials; maintains microform files; applies working knowledge of collections by giving input toward collection development.
  • Prepares serials and monographs for binding, ensuring that appropriate pieces are available and included, and that materials are properly labeled.
  • Provides basic reference and bibliographic services for Smithsonian Institution curatorial and administrative staff and visiting researchers.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Experience: You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as; providing reference assistance in a research environment, searching bibliographic databases in the field of art and art history, providing interlibrary loan services, circulation duties, and collection development in a library or a museum complex setting.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of standard library operating procedures, policies and rules, and library collection.
  • Knowledge of Art and Art History
  • Knowledge of online information systems and ability to perform author, title and, when system allows, simple subject searches on DIALOG, OCLC, and Worldcat.
  • Knowledge of standard bibliographic and reference tools and techniques.

More information and application: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/428926500

Job Post: Archives Specialist, Reference and Reproduction Coordinator, National Museum of the American Indian Archives, Suitland, MD

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/427998400

SALARY RANGE:

$53,435.00 to $69,460.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, January 29, 2016 to Friday, February 12, 2016
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full-Time, Permanent – Federal
This position is located in the Archives, Museum Assets and Operations Division; National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution. The employee is responsible for coordinating reference service for NMAI archival collections, as well as fulfilling rights, permissions, and reproduction orders.

Job Posting: Library Tech, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian, DC

Library Tech IS‐5 (promotion potential to IS‐6) Archives of American Art Smithsonian Institution

Description: The position is located at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  The incumbent staffs the Archives’ reception desk and assists with the administration of the Archives’ two research rooms including greeting and assisting researchers and maintaining equipment. The incumbent also fulfills interlibrary loan requests for microfilm and oral history transcripts from the Archives’ collections. As needed, the incumbent performs a variety of administrative duties associated with the management of the office of the Director and Deputy Director including, but not limited to, screening of phone and in‐person visitors, file management, mail fulfillment, and document preparation.  Office and/or customer service experience is helpful. College degree required. Starting salary $35,265 (IS‐5); promotion potential to IS‐6. This is not a Federal position.

The Archives of American Art is the nation’s largest repository of documentation of the visual arts and culture in the United States.  AAA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews.  On the subject of art in America, AAA is the largest archives in the world holding more than 20 million documents.  The Archives is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a regional center in New York City.

Please send cover letter and resume to AAA’s Head of Reference Services:  Marisa Bourgoin at bourgoinm@si.edu by January 27, 2016.

To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit its website at www.aaa.si.edu. The Smithsonian Institution is an equal opportunity employer.

Internship Opportunities: Smithsonian Libraries 2016 Professional Development Internships, Washington DC

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to offer five paid internship opportunities for the summer of 2016.  Projects topics are diverse and include art history research, collections assessment, educational program development and more. Applications are due January 15th, 2016. Full project descriptions, qualifications and application instructions may be found here: http://library.si.edu/2016ProfDev

Art Deco Lighting Research
Location: Cooper Hewitt National Design Library (New York, NY)

This intern will collaborate with staff to research art deco lighting designs found in the library’s E.F. Caldwell Lighting collection (http://library.si.edu/digital-library/collection/caldwell). The goal of the project is to uncover the diverse art deco patterns that Caldwell created for commercial, public, and residences through the country with a focus on major commissions in Chicago with the aim of producing an online resource in the future.  The intern will have the opportunity to investigate online display options and make recommendations based on the platforms and tools available, which may include social media and the Smithsonian Libraries blog.

Art Deco Trade Literature Research
Location: National Museum of American History Library (Washington, DC)

The NMAH Library contains one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of trade literature in the country as well as a significant collection of world’s fairs materials; all of which contain large numbers of items from the Art Deco period that describe buildings, ornamentation, fashion, and other areas of American life at that time. The Intern will learn to assess the trade literature and world’s fairs collections and identify materials in both collections that address the Art Deco period in Chicago, Illinois.  The intern will develop an excel spreadsheet to collect the information needed to document the materials available.  This information will be used to develop a plan to digitize the materials identified as a discrete digital collection mounted on SIL’s website.

Biodiversity Heritage Library Collections Assessment
Location: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)

Smithsonian Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, user-focused graduate student to support the continued development of a methodology for conducting a collections analysis of a consortial digital library. The focus of the assessment project is on the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org). The intern will collaborate with staff to utilize and evaluate the BHL collections assessment methodology developed in a pilot study by SI Librarians. This taxonomic and bibliographic analysis is intended to determine collection comprehensiveness for subject specialists using the BHL. The intern will help document this workflow, and provide suggestions for the further iterative development of the processes and/or tools developed for this purpose.

Connecting International Smithsonian Research
Location: Primarily the National Museum of Natural History, with some work in other locations on the National Mall (Washington, DC).

The Office of International Relations and the Smithsonian Libraries in conjunction with the Field Book Project propose a summer internship to assist in identifying past and current Smithsonian natural science research in countries with a population of under a million. Students will help to identify related research by utilizing Smithsonian Library resources, field documentation in NMNH and SIA previously identified and cataloged by Field Book Project, as well as pan institutional search tools to begin preparing a comprehensive resource list of: type and location of research, associated programming, researchers, publications, concise summaries of the research impact, and types of related resources.  This will involve potential review of publication data, grant data, and archival research.

Educational Programs and Resource Development
Location: National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)

Intern will collaborate with the Smithsonian Libraries Education Specialist to identify and help develop new educational resources for a k-12 digital audience. This might include contextualizing images, applying common core standards, researching online educational experiences, developing program ideas, and assisting with and attending family programs.

Please see our webpage for additional information: http://library.si.edu/2016ProfDev

Job Posting: 3D Expert! (okay, okay, "IT Specialist"), Smithsonian, Landover, MD

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/392931400

This is a two-year term position with a salary range of $43,057 to $68,465.

DUTIES:

  • Provides technical recommendations in the configuration and management of 3D digitization software and equipment. The incumbent is responsible for updating, and evaluating activities related to these applications and identifying problems that may exist with the systems.
  • Uses a variety of specialized 3D scanning equipment and techniques ranging from photogrammetry to short and long-range laser scanning to document museum objects, environments and collections.
  • Uses a variety of software to process acquired 3D datasets. Deliverables may include preparation of 3D models for scientific inquiry, 3D printing, CNC machining web viewing or archiving.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume will be used to evaluate your experience, education, and/or training that address the competencies below:

  1. Knowledge of principles and methods for installation and maintenance of software and hardware, documenting physical configuration, the development of new hardware and software workflows and diagnosing and recovering failed systems. This includes installing and maintaining 3D digitization software and equipment.
  2. Knowledge of 3D scanning and photogrammetry equipment such as: Articulated laser arm, handheld 3D scanner, medium or long-range laser scanner (time of flight or phase shift), tripod mounted structured light or laser scanner, consumer 3D scanner (under $5000), consumer camera and digital SLR camera.
  3. Knowledge of software for the following applications: Point cloud processing, CAD modeling, 2D image processing for photogrammetry, CT data processing, digital sculpting, animation and photorealistic rendering (e.g. Geomagic, Polyworks, Faro Scene, Rhino, Autodesk PhotoReCap, Autodesk ReCap Pro, Mimics, ORS Visual, and Autodesk Entertainment Suite.)

Job Post: AV Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Washington

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/385071100

This position is located in Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. The employee applies current archival principles, concepts, standards, best practices, and methodologies to identify and assess the Archives’ archival audiovisual recordings….

Must have knowledge of American art and cultural history, particularly contemporary art and artists that employed audiovisual technologies into their artwork or documented contemporary art events, happenings, exhibitions, and artists’ interviews.

Internship Posting: digitization intern for the Field Book Project

The Smithsonian Institution seeks a summer digitization intern for the
Field Book Project, a joint initiative by the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History (NMNH) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).
Internships are 10-12 weeks and must take place between June 1 and August
31, 2012.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Field Book Project is seeking an intern to work
with the primary source field book collections in the Department of
Botany. The Field Book Project is a collaborative initiative between the
Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of Natural History
and works to improve access to primary source field notes, expedition
journals, photographs, and other materials documenting field work for
scientific research and discovery. The field book collection spans more
than 150 years of scientific field work and contains manuscripts and other
materials that document information on specimen collections that may not
be available on the specimen labels or in published literature. Interns
will reproduce original works in digital format for a myriad of imaging
products.

QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be able to handle delicate manuscripts
carefully, should have a healthy respect for historic collections, and
should be interested in learning about best practices and techniques for
digital imaging in an archival repository. Attention to detail for quality
control purposes is a must. Any previous experience with digitization
and/or knowledge of digital image file formats, settings, embedded
metadata and naming conventions should be mentioned in the application.

AWARD PACKAGE: None

TO APPLY:  Send a resume, two references, and a cover letter detailing how
the internship relates to your academic or career goals to Carolyn
Sheffield at sheffieldc@si.edu<mailto:sheffieldc@si.edu>.

DEADLINE:  February 25, 2012.

Upcoming Job Posting: EAD Coordinator at the Archives of American Art

Look for an official job announcement next week on USA Jobs http://www.usajobs.gov/ for an Archivist:  EAD Coordinator.  The position should open on July 5 and close on July 19.  It is a temporary federal term appointment not to exceed 13 months.  It is at the GS 9/1 level for a salary of $51,630, with full federal benefits.  ALL applications must be completed via the automated steps outlined on the USA Jobs website.  Follow all instructions carefully.  Although there are no guarantees, the AAA will be seeking additional funding to extend the position.

Job Summary:  Works as a professional-level archivist on a grant project to coordinate further implementation of the EAD (Encoded Archival Description) format for electronic finding aids and legacy data conversion across 10 Smithsonian archival units participating in this project. This project follows an EAD Gap Analysis Study completed in 2011 and will address archival descriptive deficiencies identified for individual units. The goal of this project is to increase online access to the Smithsonian’s archival resources by implementing EAD consistently across participating units.

The position requires demonstrated professional-level knowledge of national standards and best practices for electronic archival description and cataloging, specifically the national EAD (Encoded Archival Description) and DACS (Describing Archives:  A Content Standard) archival descriptive format and standards.  The position reports to the Collections Processing Unit, Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C. which is the lead unit on the project, but will work closely with all participating Smithsonian archival units and the Smithsonian’s Libraries and Archives Support Branch of the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

(h/t Barbara D.Aikens)