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Job posting: Project Archivist at TMC – McGovern Historical Center–POSITION FILLED

The Texas Medical Library seeks a project archivist to work in the McGovern Historical Center for an eight month period to arrange, process and make accessible to the public an assortment of collections. This is a contract position without benefits. A temporary, non-grant fund is available to finance this position. The project archivist will be responsible for processing and describing a variety of materials in various collections. The types of processing may range from box level to item level. The project archivist will report to the archivist heading the TMC Library’s McGovern Historical Center.  Applicants are required to have a master of library science or equivalent degree and demonstrated experience with archival principles and practices based on the standards of the Society of American Archivists.  For more information about how to apply contact the McGovern Historical Center at mcgovern@library.tmc.edu .

Astrodome Memories project will host oral history and scanning event, August 8, 2015!

Astrodome rendering

Astrodome Memories is a project of the Houston Public Library in partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center; the Harris County Archives; the Woodson Research Center Special Collections & Archives, Fondren Library, Rice University; Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries; and the Harris County Public Library. The project provides access to a broad collection of Astrodome-related materials, including items contributed by the public as well as from major archives in the Houston area and the state. The collection includes oral histories, photographs, blueprints, and audio-video materials related to the construction of the Astrodome, as well as pamphlets, scrapbook, and memorabilia documenting the use of the Astrodome for the last fifty years.

This project has been made possible in part by support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Visit the project website: http://www.astrodomememories.org

The next Astrodome Memories event is an oral history and scanning event:

August 8, 2015
10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Julia Ideson Building Auditorium
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77008
For Appointments Call: 832-393-1522

Drop-in appointments are available, but if you wish to record an oral history or have more than three items to contribute, we recommend making an appointment.

Oral histories and items scanned at the event will be shared online at the project Web site. You can view items that were scanned at the 50th Anniversary Birthday Party at the Astrodome by visiting:

50th Anniversary Event

 

AHA! Summer Meeting scheduled for July 8–UPDATED!

AHA! Summer Meeting has been scheduled for July 8 at TSU Special Collections.

Summer Meeting

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

6:00 PM

Texas Southern University

Barbara Jordan Archives and Special Collections

Robert J. Terry Library

3100 Cleburne Street

Houston, Texas 77004

 

Agenda

  • Introductory remarks
  • Acceptance of Minutes/Secretary’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Vice President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Audio/Visual Presentation – Emily Vinson and Sandra Yates

Map of TSU and parking:

TSU campus  map

When the Water Recedes: Salvage assistance offered by AHA!

When the Water Recedes: Archivists Provide Salvage Assistance

Members of the Archivists of the Houston Area (AHA!) are available for providing advice and best practices in salvaging photos, books, documents and other priceless records that may have been damaged in the recent flooding.

Vince Lee, archivist at the University of Houston Libraries and president of AHA!, urges those seeking help with waterlogged materials to contact the organization for guidance. “AHA! would be happy to talk with anyone in a situation in which their valuable materials have been damaged by floodwaters,” Lee said.

Flood remediation of family or organizational records involves cleaning, drying and other types of treatment specific to the type of item. Many materials that have been affected can be salvaged with appropriate methods. AHA! archivists can provide specialized expertise in salvage and preservation.

Houston area flood victims seeking help with damaged records are encouraged to contact AHA! President Vince Lee. For more information on emergency salvage of flood damaged papers, visit National Archives Salvage Tips.

Job posting: Coordinator of Digital Projects, University of Houston Libraries

The University of Houston Libraries is looking for a Coordinator of Digital Projects. The Coordinator of Digital Projects reports to the Head of Special Collections.  Primary responsibilities include managing the internal workflow for the department’s digital library projects and supervising assigned personnel.  The Coordinator leads departmental efforts, in collaboration with other UH Libraries departments to preserve, process, and provide access to audiovisual and digital materials, including born-digital materials.  The Coordinator also serves as Special Collections Department liaison to the Metadata & Digitization Services, Digital Repository Services, and Web Services departments.

The Coordinator of Digital Projects is a librarian position.  Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the Bylaws of the Librarians of the University of Houston.  They are expected to develop a record of service and professional involvement.  The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.

Required

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program
  • Demonstrated ability to develop workflows for complex projects
  • Understanding of digitization processes, digital collection workflows metadata schemas, and digital asset management systems
  • Knowledge of archival theory and best practices
  • Familiarity with trends in arrangement, description, preservation, and access for audiovisual and digital materials
  • Ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups across the organization
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills

Preferred

  • Minimum of two years relevant professional experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Digital Archives Specialist certificate or similar coursework or training
  • Knowledge of copyright and privacy issues related to archival materials
  • Experience digitizing archival and special collections materials

For more information, please visit: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment/coordinator-digital-projects

DAS course: Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records, 2 day course offered in Houston–CANCELLED

Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting the 2-day DAS course: Arrangement and Description of Electronic Records, June 23-24. Early bird registration ends May 24. This excellent 2-day course fulfills two requirements under Foundational and Tactical and Strategic Courses needed to pursue the DAS Certificate.

For more information visit: http://saa.archivists.org/events/arrangement-and-description-of-electronic-records-part-i-and-ii-15b2/616/

AHA! Spring Meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The AHA! spring meeting will be on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 pm at The Heritage Society. Our guest speaker will be author Louis Aulbach.

Agenda:

  • Introductory remarks
  • Acceptance of Minutes/Secretary’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • Vice President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Presentation – Louis Aulbach, Author and Publisher, Guides to the rivers and parks of West Texas: Rio Grande, Devils River, Pecos River, and others. “Keeping up with the changing nature of archival research — an author’s  perspective.”

Directions to The Heritage Society can be found: http://www.heritagesociety.org/direct.html

Parking Information:

Please park in the Heritage Society’s lot behind the Kellum-Noble House. The best approach to the parking lot is heading east toward downtown on Allen Parkway. Turn right immediately after going under Interstate 45. Be careful not to accidentally turn right onto the interstate just before reaching the parking lot. You can also enter the parking lot from the intersection of Clay and Bagby/West Dallas. Additional parking is available at the Heritage Clay Street Garage for a fee. Tours begin at the Tour Office located in the Museum. The Heritage Society parking lot is open from 8:30 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Saturday and for THS special events.