Monday, October 20, 2014

Bentley Congressional Archivist position

Two year job at the Bentley working with Congressional records.

Job Posting: Congressional Records Archivist, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan is seeking a Congressional Records Archivist whose primary responsibility will be to lead a team of processors to arrange and describe the Congressional records of two long-standing, influential Congressmen (housed in approximately 2,150 cartons plus digital records). This is a full-time term-limited appointment for two years. The successful candidate will have experience with manuscript collection processing of government, organizational and/or personal papers, demonstrated understanding of archival description and materials, work experience with project management, familiarity with archival standards (DACS, EAD, MARC), experience in team leadership and/or supervision, and strong communication skills.
A complete job description and application directions can be found here:

BBC recordings archives now available online

Engineers and archivists are working together to provide both BBC radio and tv listings to the public via an online searchable catalog called Genome. The archivists (I love that) note that the cataloging, OCR,  and the software are not perfect. They are asking the public to help them with information. They expect Dr. Who searches will predominate. Their earliest recordings are gone as the BBC used to record over previous recordings.  Read about it here

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Changing face of Sherlock Holmes Exhibit

Through April 12th, this exhibit at the Museum of London shows how Sherlock(as we know him)  morphed over the decades and became a modern legend. There are various differences between the first story of Sherlock and Watson and what equipment they used and how they behaved and those we know today via PBS. Some of these changes evolved due to character portrayal by actors or because of evolving technology. Maybe someday there will be a Sherlock who is not a white man? read more about it here

Friday, October 17, 2014

NY St Historical Special Collections Librarian job

The New York State Historical Association/Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum seek an innovative, creative, energetic and outgoing Special Collections Librarian to make its unique holdings accessible to a wide variety of users.  In partnership since the early 1940s, these institutions collect art and artifacts related to American fine and folk art, agriculture, technology and rural communities in New York State.  The organizations’ Special Collections consist of material related to New York State history with a particular focus on Central New York rural community life and consist of, journals, business records, correspondence, photographs, newspapers, maps, broadsides and trade catalogs among other formats.
Current strategic initiatives require the incumbent to locate connections between museum artifacts and Special Collections, make holdings searchable and accessible both digitally and physically.  Duties include: cataloging collections for inclusion in OCLC and the organizations’ catalog Pathfinder, creation and publication of finding aids, creation and management of digital assets, identifying and assisting collection users, and maintenance of corporate archives
The special collections librarian reports to the Director for Museum and Library Collections and occasionally supervises interns, grant-funded staff and volunteers.
·         MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited program.
·         Knowledge of MARC format, Innovative Interfaces Millenium and Connexion Client and Archivists’ Toolkit.
·         Knowledge of Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification System, Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, and Society of American Archivist Standards
·         Experience cataloging manuscripts and special collections, books and other library materials, familiarity with current technical processes
·         Experience providing public access to library resources.
·         Undergraduate degree or coursework in American History, American Studies, Material Culture, Humanities or related field
·         Demonstrated understanding of and receptiveness to the uses of emerging technologies in archival and special collections.
·         Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with experience in working collaboratively with others in a team setting.
·         Strong analytical, problem-solving
·         Knowledge of and the ability to keep current with digital and media asset management standards and practices, as well as digital publishing trends.
·         Proficiency in the ability to independently research topics related to special collections
·         Demonstrated experience in cataloging special collections
·         Ability think strategically and organize work accordingly
Applicants may send a resume and cover letter to:

Barbara Fischer, Human Resources
New York State Historical Association/Fenimore Art Museum and Farmers’ Museum
PO Box 800
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Electronic applications are encouraged.

Italain opera gems hidden in Russian archives

An Italian opera star is digging through Russian archives for operas written by Italian composers for three Russian empresses. It took her years to get access. Now she is recording some of these forgotten 200 year old "gems". Read more about it here

Thursday, October 16, 2014

should teens self-regulate online use?

Brits say teens should self-regulate their computer and tablet use. Who are they kidding that this is going to work? If teens could some how be physically connected to their tablet or game 24/7 for the rest of their life, they would do so. Parents still need to be involved, they admit. Read more about it here

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Titanic launch photos

A private photo album of 116 images, including 13 taken of the launching of the Titanic, is now on public display for the first time at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in the UK. The photo album, long in private hands, was originally the property of the director of the Harland & Wolff shipyard which built the liner, John W. Kempster. Read more about it here and see a couple cool images from the album  The museum's information rich website includes some nice photos of the three big liners the shipyard built, the Titanic, Britannic and Olympic. See for more info.