Job Opportunity — Salt Lake City, Utah

October 7, 2020

The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA) is seeking an Exhibit Content Researcher to assist in the development of physical and digital exhibits celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Utah’s statehood. Under the direction of the Exhibit Design Project Manager, this position is responsible for researching archival collections relevant to the exhibit design inspiration and theme. This position will also collaborate with researchers, designers, and project managers across the organization in fulfillment of Statehood commemoration goals and objectives. This is a temporary position running from October 2020-February 2021. The position can work up to 40 hours a week as needed.

The Candidate will:

  • Collaborate with other Statehood Commemoration team members.
  • Research topics for the Statehood project theme(s) in DHA art and history collections, State Archives collections, and any other applicable collections.
  • Interpret research around Statehood project theme(s) and produce written historical narrative to be used as a foundation for exhibition content.
  • Identify photographs, documents, artifacts, and other sources to be used in the physical and digital exhibits.
  • Produce content that is easily digestible to a broad physical and digital audience.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in museums, especially in label writing or gallery interpretation.
  • Background conducting research in history, arts, libraries, or museums.
  • Experience working with and interpreting primary sources in research projects.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in exhibit content creation preferred.
  • 2 years experience historical research.

Please send resumes and a cover letter by October 12, 2020 via email to:
Heidi Tak
Senior Project Manager
htak@utah.gov


Job Opportunity — Salt Lake City, Utah

October 7, 2020

The Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA) is seeking a Digital Exhibit Coordinator to develop a digital exhibit celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Utah’s statehood. The position is responsible for developing and creating content for a set of digital exhibitions using the Omeka platform. This is a temporary position running from October 2020-February 2021. The position can work up to 40 hours a week as needed.

The Candidate will:

  • Collaborate with other Statehood Commemoration team members
  • Develop and curate digital exhibits to highlight items in the State‚Äôs art and history
    collections as well as materials from State Archives in consultation with DHA program staff
  • Record metadata for items in spreadsheets and curate collections in Omeka
  • Collaborate with State Archives and DHA staff
  • Assist with researching and summarizing topics, develop descriptive web pages and accompanying information for digital items
  • Use reference resources to discover accurate and relevant information about digitized objects
  • Summarize textual historical research in a digital collection
  • Edit digital files (including audio and image editing)
  • Cite sources and writing for a general audience

Qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and building museum exhibits from conception to execution.
  • Experience or familiarity with historical archives from exhibit content development.
  • Understanding of museum and/or library best practices in collections care, especially for digital objects.
  • Able to organize, present, and communicate messages effectively through design,
    with an eye for detail and strong design instincts.
  • Able to work collaboratively with multiple teams and diverse stakeholders across the
    lifetime of the project.
  • Exceptional research, verbal, and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Completed, or pursuing, a college degree in a humanities-based field OR 2 years experience in digital and/or physical museum exhibitions development.

Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter by October 12, 2020 via email to:
Heidi Tak
Senior Project Manager
htak@utah.gov


Job Opportunity — Los Alamos, N.M.

September 25, 2020

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is seeking a Project Manager to oversee the digitization of classified and unclassified materials. The WRS-SIS Digitization Project Manager will be responsible for implementing the digitization workflow, streamlining the digitization processes, assigning and tracking day-to-day activities for the team, and working with customers at TA-55 to ensure priorities and requirements are being met.

The Digitization Project Manager will administer work to the team including: sorting and prioritizing documents and media, indexing, preparing documents for scanning, scanning, quality assurance, formatting files, entering metadata, and uploading to the digital classified repository. Other duties include providing support to locate and extricate important information as one-off requests for technical customers.

This individual will be working as the on-site leader and will be administering work to the team and working in a semi-autonomous manner.

For more information about the position, including required qualifications, salary and benefits, and application procedures, is available at the Los Alamos National Laboratory website


Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board Funding Opportunity

July 17, 2020

Grants from the USHRAB are accessible to government (excluding federal) and non-profit institutions that care for documentary collections of historical and enduring value. Funding of up to $7,500 is available for projects designed to increase access to and preservation of historical records. Projects are selected by the Board on a competitive basis. We anticipate that this round will be especially competitive.

Awards require a one-to-one in-kind and/or cash match and must contain a public access component such as making digitized images available online or creating an online finding aid or index. Funds are intended for short-term projects. Work cannot begin prior to October 15, 2020 and must be completed by June 26, 2021.

Applications are required and must be received by September 3, 2020. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of an optional draft deadline of August 10.

Guidelines, applications, and additional forms are available at https://archives.utah.gov/USHRAB/grants.html. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here. For more information, contact Mahala Ruddell, preferably by e-mail, at the address below:

Regards,
Mahala Ruddell
Archivist and USHRAB Executive Secretary
Utah Division of Archives and Records Service
801-531-3845
mruddell@utah.gov


Opportunity to Contribute to Conference Planning

June 17, 2020

The Utah State Archives and Records Service has taken the lead as primary planner for the upcoming 2021 joint Best Practices Exchange/Council of State Archivists Conference! The conference will be held in Spring 2021 (tentatively in Salt Lake City).

With the current uncertainties around COVID-19 and travel budgets, it is still being determined whether the conference will be most effective as an in-person event, a virtual conference, or a hybrid model. Whatever option ends up being selected, the Utah State Archives will need help from the talented archivists and records managers in our region to successfully plan and pull off this event. With that in mind, they are putting out a call for members to join both our Program and Local Arrangements Committees!

The Program Committee will ensure that a well-balanced, high-quality conference program is organized and presented at the conference. The Program Committee will develop the conference’s call for proposals and take responsibility for the peer-review process and the conference schedule.

The Local Arrangements Committee oversees all local arrangements for the conference including the following: the reservation of meeting rooms, coordination of preregistration and registration, making any needed transportation or parking arrangements, providing appropriate breaks and lunches during the meeting, making arrangements for any receptions, insuring the availability of appropriate audiovisual equipment, soliciting conference vendors and coordinating arrangements for vendors coordinating accommodations and meals as necessary, and insuring site accessibility. These listed duties may change based on the ultimate format of the conference.

If you, or anyone on your staff, has interest in volunteering for either of these professional service opportunities please email statearchives@utah.gov and they will be in touch as they begin organizing the committees and planning this conference! Past BPE experience is a plus, but not necessary.