Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration – Deadline Extended!

March 30, 2020

The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is MAC is soliciting applications for the 2020 Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration.

The Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration is a scholarship worth $750 and a one-year membership in the Midwest Archives Conference. Applicants must be a resident or full-time student residing in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Applicants must also be currently enrolled or accepted into a graduate, multi-course program in archival administration and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the most recent academic year.

The application due date is now April 20th, 2020.

For more information about applying, please see the scholarship webpage.


Update on the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting

March 25, 2020

Greetings,

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAA Executive Board has voted to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting and instead, hold a virtual membership meeting in June of 2020. An official date will be announced soon. If you know of any conflicts we should avoid, please email our president at nicole [at] msu [dot] edu.

Thank you and we hope you are staying healthy and safe.

Best,

Nicole Smeltekop, on behalf of the MAA Executive Board


Update on the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting

March 11, 2020

Greetings MAA Followers,

Like many of you, the MAA board is closely monitoring the coronavirus spread. With two confirmed cases in Michigan today and many larger institutions (including MSU and the Henry Ford) currently suspending domestic and international travel, we are concerned about the ability of our membership to safely and ethically gather.

In the event we do not hold a physical meeting in June, the board will discuss other options including a virtual symposium, virtual membership meeting, or a reschedule of our annual meeting to the fall. We will finalize a plan and send an update by early next week. If you have comments, please reach out to our president  at nicole [at] msu [dot] edu.

Kindly,

Nicole, on behalf of the MAA Board


Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration

March 2, 2020

The Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) is MAC is soliciting applications for the 2020 Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration.

The Louisa Bowen Memorial Scholarship for Graduate Students in Archival Administration is a scholarship worth $750 and a one-year membership in the Midwest Archives Conference. Applicants must be a resident or full-time student residing in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Applicants must also be currently enrolled or accepted into a graduate, multi-course program in archival administration and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the most recent academic year.

The application due date is March 20th, 2020.

For more information about applying, please see the scholarship webpage.


Job Posting – Head of University Archives Librarian, Librarian I/II, MSU

February 13, 2020

The MSU Libraries currently has a posting for Head of University Archives Librarian, Librarian I/II, posted on PageUp (MSU’s Applicant Page).

Posting 636583: The Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries invites a forward-looking and creative professional to bring fresh perspectives to our position as of Head of University Archives. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of University Archives will lead the Libraries’ efforts to transform and invigorate archival services including reimagining service provision and building successful relationships to ensure a robust program of outreach, education, materials acquisition, access and preservation.

Archival resources play an important role in the Libraries’ support of instruction and research at MSU. The University Archives collects the official historical records of Michigan State University, including records created by the Board of Trustees, departments, offices, programs, and committees, as well as the material of individual faculty, staff, students, student groups, and alumni. There is also a focus in collecting local history and material related to the campus environs. The formats collected include papers, audio, film, video, photographs, scrapbooks and digital files.

This position will encourage, empower, mentor and supervise seven Archivists in various stages of our faculty continuing appointment process, and one Archival Assistant. Skills in creating a respectful, professional, productive, and collaborative environment while empathetically yet firmly leading change are key.

You may view the posting and the additional details at http://careers.msu.edu posting number 636583. Closes 5pm on Wednesday, March 25th, 2020.


Job Posting: Archivist – Sloan Museum / Buick Gallery and Research Center

February 13, 2020

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

This person will be responsible for the Archives & Manuscripts and Prints & Photographs collections held by the Perry Archives, a part of Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium. Responsibilities include the arrangement, description, cataloging, and housing the holdings of the Perry Archives, as well as providing reference services to researchers and staff. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Facilitate access to archival and library collections. Serves as the primary public interface between Researchers and the Archives 
  • Oversees the Perry Archives Reading Room and supervises researchers in the space 
  • Performs processing of archives, manuscripts, prints and photographs, and audio visual materials; researches historical and biographical information relevant to the collection; creates finding aids and cataloging records. 
  • Provides proper care and preservation of manuscript and photographic collections, including rehousing two dimensional materials and identifying critical conservation concerns. 
  • Fulfills rights and reproductions requests 
  • Assists in writing grants for special projects related to processing, digitizing, and conserving the archival collection 
  • Assists and supports the duties of the Sloan Museum collections department, including work on exhibit installations, three dimensional artifact movement, special events, and other duties as assigned by the Curator of Collections. 

QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS REQUIRED

1. Experience processing archival collections and writing finding aids

2. Working knowledge of standards including Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), EAD, MARC, LCSH, LNAF, and other appropriate thesauri & authority lists used for indexing archival descriptions.

3. Able to function as part of a team, yet able to exercise independent judgment. Highly motivated with excellent writing, organizational, and project management skills.

4. Ability to work effectively with both staff and the public with tact, courtesy and diplomacy. 

EDUCATION AND / OR EXPERIENCE

1. Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, or a related field of study required. Masters in Library Information Science or similar degree from an ALA accredited institution preferred;

2. Minimum of one (1) year of cumulative full-time experience arranging and describing archival collections.

3. Experience providing reference services in an Archives or Special Collections Setting

4. Experience handling, and rehousing two dimensional materials

5. Experience creating EAD finding aids preferred 

Pay Range: $35,000-$40,000 

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and references to hr at fcccorp dot org 

The Flint Cultural Center Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Preserving Digital Only College Newspapers

February 12, 2020

Question from a member:

“I am beginning the research phase of preserving our digital only college newspaper and wonder what other archival institutions in Michigan are doing about this issue?”

We look forward to your comments below!