Job Posting: Digital Projects Librarian, Western Michigan University

August 14, 2017

The University Libraries at Western Michigan University seeks candidates for the tenure-track, fiscal-year position of Digital Projects Librarian.

The Digital Projects Librarian oversees a portfolio of digital library projects and provides the coordination and technical expertise needed to complete projects successfully. This position supervises digitization staff, works collaboratively to determine project priorities, technical standards and workflows for locally-held collections, and takes an active role in grant-supported and multi-institution projects. The position coordinates and optimizes ongoing workflows in the realm of digitization, digital object publication and digital preservation and works collaboratively on metadata creation. The position is responsible for exploring and helping to implement new software frameworks to support the creation, delivery and preservation of digital objects and maintains in-depth knowledge of national standards and best practices in the digital library field. The Digital Projects Librarian provides outreach and education, including demonstrations and consultations on the creation and use of digital collections for the Libraries and the WMU community.

A master’s degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) and relevant professional experience are required. Please visit for further information regarding the position and application procedures. Review of applications will begin September 5, 2017 and continue until position is filled.

WMU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


Posted on behalf of University Libraries, Western Michigan University

MAC 2018 Call for Session Proposals is Open!

August 8, 2017

The call for session proposals for the 2018 Midwest Archives Conference Annual Meeting is open until Tuesday, August 22, 5pm Central Time. Please consider submitting a proposal! The Program Committee invites session proposals on all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields. The Committee is especially interested in proposals that align with the 2018 theme, “Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines.”

The annual meeting will be held in Chicago, March 21-24, 2018. Chicago has historically served as a transition area between different types of boundaries: from rural, urban, and suburban landscapes, between land and lake, as a leader in the evolution of transportation, as a home to built forms that encompass traditional and modern architecture, and even from East to West. For MAC 2018 we call archivists to a place whose official city motto itself, “city in a garden” (Urbs in Horto), invites an exploration of contradictions and contrasts.

More information can be found on the MAC website:
Also, be sure to check out the MAC Facebook page ( and the brainstorming spreadsheet (…/1Xe3ryZIrtYF7wZ01RV7AuOh6Rv…/edit…) for proposal ideas and collaborators.

A separate call for poster proposals will go out later this year.

Brian Wilson
Member, 2018 MAC Program Committee

Internship: Digital Collections and Digital Humanities Intern, Grosse Pointe Historical Society

August 1, 2017

Internship Overview:
The Grosse Pointe Historical Society has an opening for one paid intern to work from August – December 2017. The intern will work as part of a team digitizing components of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society archival and historical collections and a recent acquisition of archival materials from the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The position would be considered a part-time short-term employee—w-2 (no benefits) with salary commensurate with experience.

Duties will range from inventorying, moving, categorizing, and digitizing as part of developing a comprehensive database of collections and artifacts that will become accessible to the public via our website. The Intern will also research and write for the database and on-line website catalog. The intern will report to Isabelle Donnelly (Director of Education and Collections Manager) and will also work with several technology contractors. Grosse Pointe Historical Society has a small staff so interns will be exposed to many different aspects of the workings of a local historical society in addition to collections management and digitization.

Specifically, the intern will assist in the preparation of documents and artifacts for digitization–including scanning, photographing, book scanning, image manipulation, file re-naming and organization; data entry of archival and object records on Past Perfect 5.0; archive files, including surveying, organizing and archiving files; research objects and archival materials pertaining to donors, loans and object records as they arise; train in object and archival document handling and the creation of condition reports; and participate in ongoing collection digitization projects including the digitization of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Specific Tasks:

  • Assist with the building and organization of collection files, provenance research, and the organization of collection image files
  • Compile and update information for archival materials and objects
  • Prepare content for archival and other objects entering the collection
  • Input images and relevant information within database
  • Ability to work with Past Perfect 5.0 Collections software

Preferred Requirements:

  • History, museum studies, information studies, or comparable B.A. with Masters or PhD level work in progress
  • Knowledge of museum collection ethics and collections and archival document care
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is essential
  • Cataloguing and database experience (Adobe Elements, Photoshop, and Past Perfect) is preferred
  • Ability to work with digital cameras—specifically Nikon and Epson scanners
  • Individual should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, must be organized, flexible, detail oriented, and able to work independently and collaboratively on multiple projects at once multi task on various projects at the same time

About Grosse Pointe Historical Society:
The Grosse Pointe Historical Society was organized in 1945 to promote the preservation of our local heritage and to share that knowledge with the community. The Society’s logo represents the 18th century French windmill which stood on Windmill Pointe. The Society works to make the history of our exceptional community vital, relevant, and accessible. Through our programs, facilities, and events, we bring history to life and protect historic artifacts so that we all can experience the past first hand. The intern will work at the Alfred B. and Ruth S. Moran Resource Center located at 381 Kercheval Avenue – Suite 2, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI.

Contact Isabelle Donnelly for additional information and/or to apply. Or 313.884.7010.


Posted on behalf of:
Isabelle Donnelly
Grosse Pointe Historical Society
381 Kercheval Ave.
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Job Posting: Archivist for the United Auto Workers (Archivist I), Wayne State University

August 1, 2017

Wayne State University seeks a service-orientated individual to take a lead role in arranging, describing, and making accessible the records and publications of the United Auto Workers. The successful candidate will serve as the primary source of contact between the union and the Library, and provide the union with extensive outreach and reference services. This position reports to the Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, the largest labor archives in North America and home to extensive related collections on metropolitan Detroit.

For full job description, qualifications, and application instructions visit:, posting #042870

Applications accepted through August 14, 2017.

Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity, and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities preparing students for success in a diverse, global society. WSU encourages applications from women, people of color, and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Posted on behalf of:
Elizabeth Clemens
Audiovisual Archivist
Walter P. Reuther Library
Wayne State University

Job Posting: Processing Archivist, The Henry Ford (Term Limited)

July 25, 2017

The Henry Ford seeks a Processing Archivist for a temporary position through the end of calendar year 2017. The Processing Archivist establishes physical and intellectual control over archival collections through effective arrangement, description, and preservation. Reporting to the Head of Archives Technical Services, the Processing Archivist supports staff throughout Historical Resources in their work to collect, manage, preserve, describe, and make available materials within the collections of The Henry Ford.

Follow the link below for a complete description of the position and information on how to apply. Job ID 444.


Brian Wilson
The Henry Ford

Reminder: MAC Newsletter Call For Submissions

July 20, 2017

A Reminder for Michigan Archivists!

The MAC Newsletter is seeking contributions to the “News from the Midwest” column for Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Ohio. If you, or your repository, are MAC members and would like to submit an article for the October issue the deadline is August 1st! Submissions to “News from the Midwest” are to be 150 words each and should be accompanied by an image, please see the MAC style guide for more information (authentication required). Please send any articles to


Posted on behalf of Alexandra Bisio

Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners Meeting: Call for Proposals

July 20, 2017

The Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners invite you to submit a session proposal for the next MMDP meeting, October 19-20, 2017, at the Library of Michigan, in Lansing, MI. The two-day event is sponsored by the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Archival Association. As always, registration for all participants is free. If you create, manage, or transform digital collections in Michigan, we want to hear from you!

The MMDP Planning Group invites proposals for workshops (October 19) and conference sessions (October 20). We welcome proposals from anyone, and are particularly interested in proposals from smaller institutions and students.

Session Types
● Workshops or User Groups: Interactive sessions with a practical component; 1-3 hrs
● Panels: 3 or more presenters, 40 minutes
● Presentations: 1-2 presenters, 20 minutes
● Lightning talks & demonstrations: 7 minutes
● Posters: One poster session during a networking break on October 20
● Discussion Groups: Facilitate a 30 minute discussion session on a digital collections topic

Suggested Topics
● Metadata, cataloging, and description
● Outreach for digital collections
● Project management and communication tools
● Tools and processes you use to get things done (hacks and creative solutions welcome!)
● Unique digital challenges: storage, security, formats

Send us your proposals!
To submit a proposal, please complete the proposal form. We will adjust our agenda to fit the submitted proposals or suggest changes to the presenters. If you have any questions, please send us an email.

● Deadline to submit proposals: August 1, 2017
● Notification of acceptance: August 14, 2017

Details about the October event will be posted at our website,

Ed Busch
Electronic Records Archivist
MSU Archives
Conrad Hall, Room 101
888 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824