Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Collections Technician Position at The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Norman, OK

Collections Technician (Curator/Archivist I)

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Norman, OK

Closing Date:

Open until filled

The Collections Technician provides technical assistance for the museum's collections by managing the integrated pest management program (IPM), monitoring museum collection environments, and managing the dermestid facility for research quality skeletal preparations in accordance with accepted museum practices and standards for collections care.

Job functions include the operation and maintenance of the treatment facility for incoming objects, the operation and management of the dermestid facility, monitoring and identifying pests, preparing reports, and taking appropriate treatment and preventative actions. Additional functions include implementing and monitoring approved museum policies and procedures, maintaining all associated databases, and conducting IPM training to current and incoming staff, volunteers, and students. The Collections Technician is expected to participate in service to the museum, museum community, university, and/or professional organizations at the local, state, regional, and national level.

Required qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in museum studies, zoology, or other museum-related discipline OR an equivalent combination of education/job-related experience.

Other preferred qualifications include strong organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to work independently and as a team member, and the ability to speak to small groups.

How to apply for position:

Applicants must apply online at The University of Oklahoma Requisition No. is 09709. Applicants must submit resume, cover letter, and a minimum of three professional references (including phone number and address) with their online application.

Materials submitted in an application become property of OU. For other information on employment at the University of Oklahoma, call (405)325-1826 or TDD (405)325-5529. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hirshorn Internships

The Hirshorn museum and sculpture garden offers a number of undergraduate and graduate internships. Internships are offered during the summer, fall, and winter semesters, and academic credit may be arranged through the intern's school.
• Spring (January – May) Deadline: October 15th
• Summer (June – August) Deadline: February 1st
• Fall (September – December) Deadline: July 1st

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

39th Annual Meeting: Call for Papers Now Open!

The theme for the 39th Annual Meeting, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, May 17-20, 2011, is titled ETHOS, LOGOS, PATHOS: ethical principles and critical thinking in conservation.

The goal of this year's meeting is to examine how ethics, logic, and perception guide conservation decisions. Assumptions long held in the practice of conservation are being challenged by the modern world. How are the issues of: environmental sustainability, economic drivers, art as entertainment, the use of cultural heritage, and public access concerns changing the practice of conservation? Do the core values of conservation still hold? We will examine existing assumptions about the way conservation decisions are made and the changing environment in which these decisions are taken today. For example, do the core values of conservation still guide conservators presented with the challenges of preserving new media? Does the increasing trend in collecting institutions towards outsourcing conservation services affect the long term preservation of cultural heritage? What is the impact of these changes on conservation education today?

Possible subjects for presentations include increased accessibility and use of built heritage, the effects of changing environmental standards on lending practices, the treatment of contemporary and ephemeral works, artists' and owners' rights; the evolution of ethical codes of conduct.

How to Propose a Paper

Please submit an abstract of your paper for consideration. For 2011, we are going to continue to use the system developed last year which allowed authors to submit their talk to any combination of three session types: General Session, Specialty Session, or Poster Session.

For example, you preferences can be:

• General Session, Objects Session, and Wooden Artifacts Session

• General Session, Posters Session, and Book and Paper Session

• Photographic Materials, Electronic Media, and Research and Technical Studies

To submit an abstract for consideration, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Ruth Seyler, Membership and Meetings Director, at by Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

Papers maybe be submitted for the General Session, Specialty Sessions, and/or Poster Session. Specialty Session papers are encouraged to address the meeting theme but may also explore other topics relevant to that specialty. Please indicate on the abstract which session/sessions you wish the paper to be considered: General Session, Specialty Session, or Poster Session. Please limit your choices to three sessions and rank them in order of preference. Naturally, you may submit your presentation to only one session if you so choose. Papers for the 2011 meeting should be tailored to a 20-30 minute presentation time.

The deadline for posters only will be extended to October 1, 2010.

Submit an Abstract Online