Curator – Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington – Washington, DC

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
Lillian & Albert Small Jewish Museum

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT – September 2015

Title: Curator

Type of Position: Fulltime, Exempt

Education & Experience: M.A. in museum studies, modern Jewish history, or American history. Minimum 5 years professional experience in a museum environment.

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience.

Position Summary: Responsible for creating historical content of JHSGW’s multi-faceted current activities and planning for a new museum, including exhibitions, publications, public programs, grant-writing.

Job Requirements: Knowledge of American Jewish history and a strong interest in the joys and challenges of presenting and interpreting regional history through a national lens; interest in political history and public policy as they relate to history of the Jewish experience in the nation’s capital. Excellent historical research ability and communication skills, both written and interpersonal. Past experience working on museum exhibitions and with exhibition designers. Ability to work as part of a small but highly collaborative team in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects and deadlines. Occasional weekend and evening hours.

Primary Responsibilities
– Coordinate development of core and temporary exhibitions for planned new regional Jewish history museum, projected to open in 2020. Responsibilities include project management, concept development, research, writing, and working with scholars, community advisors, and colleagues to create captivating, historically rich exhibitions and engaging visitor experiences.
– Create and implement community outreach initiatives related to exhibition development, museum collections, audience research.
– Oversee online exhibition development and coordinate traveling exhibitions.
– Develop historical content for in-house print and online publications.
– Develop and present walking tours and public presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
– Support development of museum collections through outreach to potential donors to the collection; conduct oral history interviews; identify and implement new collecting initiatives.
– Assist with grant-writing and associated development activities.
– Provide other assistance as needed to help JHSGW fulfill its mission and advance its programs and activities.
– Other duties as assigned by the JHSGW Director and Director of Collections.

About JHSGW
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington is the region’s foremost destination and source for American Jewish history. JHSGW engages audiences through exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and its 1876 synagogue [the oldest in the area]. The current six-person staff works with a broad array of board members, community advisors, and consulting scholars to develop engaging historical exhibitions, public programs for youth and adults, and publications.

JHSGW is planning the move of the historic synagogue to a new site as part of a major real estate development project in downtown Washington, D.C. The new location will provide JHSGW with land on which to build an adjacent museum. Planning for this new facility has begun and is a major focus of all activities.

To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Laura Cohen Apelbaum, Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society at laura@jhsgw.org. Position is open until filled.

Learn More: visit www.jhsgw.org and www.jhsgw.org/blog/.

JHSGW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

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Colloquium – “The Vatican Library: the Making and Unmaking of its Collections”

The fall 2015 colloquium series opens October 21, 2015, with Dr. Massimo Ceresa, and “The Vatican Library: the Making and Unmaking of its Collections.”

Abstract: Since the fifteenth century, the Vatican Library has enriched its collections through acquisitions, gifts, or annexations. From the beginning, collectors of major libraries entrusted them to the Vatican as gifts, while in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, state laws favored the acquisition of monastic and religious libraries. In the twentieth century, impoverished noble families often sold off their collections to Library. At the same time, however, the Vatican Library collections suffered considerable losses due to its position as the papal library and its international reputation as a treasure trove of incomparable riches. This lecture aims to show how, through gains and losses, the collection stands in its current form.

About the speaker: Dr. Massimo Ceresa recently retired as Reference Librarian from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, where he worked for 40 years. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the history of printed books and of libraries. His recent book is an edited volume entitled, La Biblioteca Vaticana tra riforma cattolica, crescita delle collezioni e nuovo edificio (1535-1590) (Città del Vaticano, 2012), the second in the series, Storia della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, for which he won the Premio Borghese in 2014. For many years he taught at the Vatican Library School and the University of Tor Vergata (Roma 2), one of Rome’s three universities. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the Catholic University of America where he teaches a course on the “History of the Book.”

The event will get under way at 6 PM in the Byron Auditorium, Room 205, in the Columbus School of Law.  All are welcome. Please contact David Shumaker by October 14 to request disability accommodations.

Flyer (pdf)

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Current Student, Mase Woodland, Provides 2nd Account of CUA LIS’ Tenth Annual Art and Museum Libraries Institute

Photo by Anne McDonough. L-R, Back-ish: Sally Stokes, Keegan Johnson, Colleen Funkhouser, Masetsaba Woodland, Christopher Needham, and Kirsten Mentzer. L-R Front-ish: Ellen Hungate, Clara Bannigan, Ruth Rasby, Erin Sidwell, Laura Seifert, Julia Manning, Mark Brzozowski.

On June 26, 2015, students in the Art and Museum Libraries Institute visited the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., housed in the former Carnegie library building at 801 K St. N.W. Photo by Anne McDonough. L-R, Back-ish: Sally Stokes, Keegan Johnson, Colleen Funkhouser, Masetsaba Woodland, Christopher Needham, and Kirsten Mentzer. L-R Front-ish: Ellen Hungate, Clara Bannigan, Ruth Rasby, Erin Sidwell, Laura Seifert, Julia Manning, Mark Brzozowski.

Still wondering what a summer course at CUA feels like? Current student, Mase Woodland, provides a second personal account of the Tenth Annual Art and Museum Libraries Institute. You can view the first account here.

Instructed by CUA LIS Adjunct Faculty member, Sally Stokes, the week-long course took place this past June, and below, is Ms. Woodland’s reflection on the experience:

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CUA LIS Practicum Diaries: Sarah-Jane Ziaya, Fairfax County Library

In this CUA LIS Practicum Diaries post,  current student Sarah-Jane Ziaya examines “The Role of Outreach in Sustaining Public Libraries” while working in the Fairfax County Library system.

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Alumna Wins AALL Publication Award and Section Position

Congratulations are in order for Alison Shea, a joint JD/MSLIS 2007 alumna!

This past July Ms. Shea was awarded the Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores FCIL-SIS Publications Award by the American Association of Law LibrariesForeign Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section for a book she co-edited with  Ralph Gaebler, Sources of State Practice in International Law (Brill, 2014).

Ms. Shea was also elected as the 2015-2016 Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section. She currently serves as a Reference Librarian/Foreign & International Specialist at Fordham University School of Law in New York.

Congratulations, Ms Shea!

Additional information on the award can be found in this blog post: https://fcilsis.wordpress.com/2015/07/30/aall-2015-recap-reynolds-flores-publication-award-winners/.

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Brookland Edit-a-thon! September 16

Join CUA Archives, Library, and AGLISS in an effort to improve Brookland Wikipedia content on Wednesday, September 16. Details below!

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DCLA Back to School Membership Discount + Fall Member Reception

Now is a great time to consider joining the DC chapter of ALA – DCLA! New to the DC Library community or need to renew your DCLA membership? Take advantage of a special Back to School rate of $30! Sign up/renew at dcla.org using the coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL (for Basic Membership) and BACKTOSCHOOL2 (for Part-time/Unemployed/Retired Membership) between 8/17 and 9/29. *This discount is only good for Basic Membership and Part-Time/Retired/Unemployed Membership rates.

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Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: A Conference for Archivists and Teachers

Greetings!

All are invited to attend Catholic Archives in the Digital Age: A Conference for Archivists and Teachers.

When: October 8-9, 2015; 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Where: The Catholic University of America. Caldwell Auditorium, Caldwell Hall.

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AGLISS first meeting of the semester 9/3 @ 5:30pm: Coffee & Cookies w/ Dr. Convey!

Coffe and Cookies

Join AGLISS this Thursday, September 3, for our first meeting of the semester. Dr. Convey will join us a as a special guest speaker.

An agenda is below – looking forward to seeing you there!
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First SLA Meeting of the Semester

Good Morning CUA Family!

We would like to invite you out to the first meeting of the CUA student chapter of the Special Libraries Association. It will be on Wednesday September 2nd at 5:30 PM in the Info Commons (CSL 315).

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