National Archives Webinars

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! The National Archives interactive webinars are for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom. All webinars are free of charge.

Learn more:

Upcoming Webinars include:

  • An Introduction to and Online Resources from the National Archives
  • Women’s Voices in the Records of Congress
  • Teaching the Constitution with Political Cartoons
  • Citizen Archivists in the Classroom Using the New “Native Communities” Program and DocsTeach
  • Native American Stories about the Lewis and Clark Expedition

VRA Jobs Digest 7/18/18

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  • Visual Resources Specialist, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX
    • Work directly with arts and humanities faculty to realize college and departmental learning goals.
    • Consult with faculty in the arts and humanities to develop and deliver a suite of services that support the integration of information resources and technology in their teaching and research, with special emphasis on visual resources and the digital humanities.
    • Curate, quality control, and troubleshoot relevant digital content.
  • Digital Archivist (part-time/temporary), Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston MA
    • Under the direction of the Manager of Image Licensing, the Digital Archivist is responsible for the recording and cataloging of visual collection information and serving as a liaison to the MFA Photo Studio.
  • Digital Content Assistant, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, NYC
    • – providing information and service to researchers in person, by email, mail and phone
      – scheduling, organizing, and implementing photography sessions including processing and billing customer orders
      – developing/maintaining records for photographic files (data entry, editing, and reporting)
      – organizing, filing, re-sizing, and sharing digital image files
      – participating in mount/frame/repair of original materials for exhibitions
  • Metadata Librarian, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
    • The Metadata Librarian will offer metadata consultation and instruction to both OSULP colleagues and the community more broadly, an effort that demands a strong knowledge of well-established and evolving metadata standards, as well as the practical applications of metadata standards to areas such as bibliographic records, research datasets, and cultural resource collections.
  • Cataloging Librarian II, Getty Research Center, Los Angeles CA
    • The position reports to the Head of Library Technical Services and has a leading role in the workflows that establish and maintain discovery of and access to the library’s published electronic, digital, physical resources, and data sets relating to scholarly art history, humanities, and art conservation in a variety of languages.
  • Digital Access and Metadata Librarian, Emerson College, Boston MA
    • The Digital Access and Metadata Librarian works to implement and maintain digital access projects including: development and implementation of metadata strategies, digitization of analog materials, and digital curation. Collaborates with the Digital Archivist on digital preservation
  • Digital Asset Librarian, Bose, Framingham MA
    • Organize and maintain asset folder structures in all PCD DAM and RAID systems
    • Create effective metadata schema that supports the business
    • Upload assets into some of the DAM systems
    • Enter and validate metadata as part of the asset upload process
    • Generate naming taxonomies and glossaries
    • Create and maintain a process to Track rights and usage expiration
  • Assistant Archivist, Walt Disney Company, Burbank CA
    • Help acquire assets (both digital and physical) for the collections of the Walt Disney Archives.
    • Appraise, process and prepare for storage incoming materials for both physical and digital storage (including, but not limited to, character merchandise, film production documentation and ephemera, original artwork, theme park collateral, and reference publications).
    • Update departmental informational resources and databases (data analysis and entry).
    • Fulfill research requests as assigned by Archives Director and managers.
  • Cataloging & Metadata Services Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC
    • The Kathrine R. Everett Law Library seeks applicants for the position of Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian (CMSL). The CMSL is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing the library’s digital, physical, and virtual collections. This position manages the ongoing work of the law library’s catalog and is responsible for the cataloging of materials in all formats, including print and digital resources.
  • Archivist (Media), Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
    • The archival unit of the NMAAHC includes paper, audio, photographic, and video materials. The Archivist for Film, Video and Sound is situated in the Office of Curatorial Affairs (OCA) and constitutes an essential member of the team needed to catalogue and oversee the care and restoration of the Museum’s video, film, sound and born-digital media by and about African Americans.
  • Visual Materials Associate Processing Archivist, Missouri Historical Society, Saint Louis MO
    • The Visual Materials Associate Processing Archivist will be responsible for all aspects of processing and cataloging the Missouri Historical Society’s Photographs and Prints and Moving Images and Sound collections.
  • Metadata Management Librarian, Fordham University, NYC
    • This position will work on the Libraries’ digital initiatives, managing all aspects of metadata production, editing, enhancement and mapping as well as serving as liaison between the Libraries and ESDN contacts at METRO. The candidate will also consult with other university departments regarding training, quality control and maintaining standards for their departmental digital projects. The candidate will also investigate new tools and standards for metadata production and provide documentation on best practices to ensure consistency.
  • Archivist/Database Manager, Confidential Art Advisory, NYC
    • A New York art advisory seeks a full-time archivist and database manager. The position requires attention to detail, an ability to multi-task, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Archives Assistant, Dia Art Foundation, Beacon NY
    • Dia Art Foundation is seeking a full-time Archives Assistant to assist with a two-year archival processing project, which is made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This position, based at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, will assist Dia’s Archivist with the arranging, description, and re-housing of over 500 boxes of institutional records and manuscript collections.
  • Archivist (part-time), Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, NYC
    • Responsibilities Include: – Management of a 30 year photographic archive – Scan archival material and file digitally – Digitize all files and transparencies – Maintain the organizational structure of image files and transparency binders – Retouch images as needed – File and pull material from archive as needed – Work alongside librarian to maintain archival system

Do you know of a job or paid internship position that you would like added to this digest? Please email a link to the announcement to the VRA Secretary

MARAC Fall 2018 Meeting

The Fall 2018 MARAC Meeting returns to historic Wilmington, Delaware, October 11-13.

Centrally located along the Northeast/I-95 corridor, Wilmington is a short train or car ride from the Philadelphia, NJ/NY, and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Whatever method of transportation you choose, it’s easy to Connect in Wilmington!

Picture of Hotel Dupont from 1934
(Hotel Dupont, 1934 — Courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives) 

MARAC Wilmington co-chairs sought to bring a fresh vision to the program, and after surveying MARAC members, a few themes emerged as “most wanted” among prospective meeting attendees: accessibility; new professionals; archival education; leadership; diversity; and underrepresented archives (public libraries, small repositories, and lone arrangers). These themes have been transformed into “tracks.” In taking such an approach, attendees may easily and efficiently plan their conference by focusing on topics most important to them and/or their repositories.

Stay tuned for program and participant registration information!


CFP: Archives Unleashed Datathon

Archives Unleashed: Call for Participation
Web Data at Scale with the Archives Unleashed Toolkit: Web Archive Datathon
Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus
1-2 November 2018

Submission Guidelines
Those interested in participating should send a 250-word expression of interest and a short one-page CV to the Archives Unleashed Team ( by midnight (EST) on 16 July 2018. This expression of interest should address your background and interests in web archiving, and what you would hope to get out of working with tools and web archive data at scale. Applicants will be notified by 27 July 2018.

Web Archives
The World Wide Web has had a profound impact on how we research and understand the past. The sheer amount of cultural information that is generated and, crucially, preserved every day in electronic form, presents exciting new opportunities for researchers. Much of this information is captured within web archives.
Web archives often contain hundreds of billions of web pages, ranging from individual homepages and social media posts, to institutional websites. These archives offer tremendous potential for social scientists and humanists, and the questions research may pose stretch across a multitude of fields. In short, web archives offer the ability to reconstruct large-scale traces of the relatively recent past.

Archives Unleashed Toolkit
The Archives Unleashed Team has partnered with SFU Library and KEY, SFU’s Big Data initiative, to host the next Archives Unleashed datathon.

This event is tailored towards web archives practitioners and researchers. The Archives Unleashed datathon presents an opportunity for librarians, archivists, researchers, computer scientists, and others to collaboratively work with web collections and explore cutting-edge research tools through hands on experience.
This event will bring together a small group of approximately 15-20 participants to experiment with the newest release of AUT (Archives Unleashed Toolkit) and the Archives Unleashed Cloud, and to kick-off collaboratively inspired research projects. Participants will have access to analytics software and specialists, and will be exposed to the process of working with web archive files at scale. For more information on AUT and the Cloud, please visit
This will be our second Canadian event, with two additional datathons happening in eastern and western area of the United States. Accordingly, the Vancouver datathon will prioritize regional applicants from western and central Canada and the northwestern United States.

Sponsors + Travel Grants
This event is possible thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Simon Fraser University Library, SFU Key, University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, York University Libraries, Compute Canada, and Start Smart Labs.

The Archives Unleashed team is pleased to offer modest travel grants to help attendees participate in this event. These grants can cover up to $1,000 CAD in travel expenses. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, please indicate in your statement of interest that you would like to be considered for the travel grant.


VRA Jobs Digest 7/5/18

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  • Curator and Visual Resource Manager, University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha NE
    • Primary responsibility includes all aspects of scheduled exhibitions in the University Art Gallery along with oversight and maintenance of the permanent art and print collections. Secondary responsibility includes management of an Image Production Lab (IPL) where students document their art for the online portfolio review.
  • Digital Asset Librarian, Williams Lea Tag, Westlake Village CA
    • This role supports print and digital artwork production.   The Asset Librarian will review incoming assets to ensure they are fit for purpose and production ready. This role will also QC and package files for asset archival. Asset Lbrarian will be responsible for upload to multiple Digital Asset Management systems and will be responsible for all metedata tagging required for Digital Asset Management.
  • Archivist/Librarian, Adler Planetarium, Chicago IL
    • The Archivist & Librarian is responsible for the Adler’s institutional archives and other archival collections, administration of the Adler Planetarium’s library, and participating actively in the use and promotion of archival and library materials in the Adler’s public programs, special events, social media, and digital projects.
  • Metadata Librarian, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
    • Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced individual to provide strategic direction and leadership in the creation and management of non-MARC metadata. This newly created position reports to the Head of Central Technical Services (CTS), and the successful candidate will serve in a department that is actively engaged in meeting evolving information organization, discovery, and access trends.
  • Metadata Librarian, USC, Los Angeles CA
    • The Metadata Librarian will apply knowledge of metadata, digitization, and technical expertise to incorporate new content from participating libraries into USC’s digital library management system. This involves the description of materials, the transformation of metadata into standard schemas, the training of student assistants and contributors in best practices related to metadata creation, digitization, and digital library practice, and in reviewing the work of contributors to ensure that it adheres to relevant standards and best practices.
  • Digital Asset Librarian, Orvis, Sunderland VT
    • Maintain and organize photography assets in the digital asset management system
    • Build consistent metadata structure for all digital assets
    • Gather/upload/tag photos from photographers in a timely, well organized manner
    • Research and gather information for metadata from multiple resources
  • Museum Exhibit Specialist (Imaging), New York State Museum, Albany NY
    • Under the general direction of a Museum Exhibit Specialist 2, the Museum Exhibit Specialist 1 (Imaging) will provide photographic and imaging services for Museum programs and exhibits.
  • Digital Image Collection Cataloger, Axelon Services Corporation, Kansas City MO
    • As a Digital Image Collection Cataloger you will partner with your manager and peers to add consistent keywords to the imagery and resources that are created by different areas in the company using aesthetic judgment and interpretation of images. These images include product concepts, stock numbers, illustration, lettering, photography, etc. A strong understanding of design terms is helpful, logic and analytical skills are needed to choose the best search keywords so the shoppers can easily find strong search results.
  • Outreach Support Specialist, ITHAKA, NYC
    • In this role you will provide support to the regional teams as they manage institutional participation interest within the regions for all products and services and all communities (e.g. higher education, secondary schools, government and non-profits, corporate and for-profit, public libraries).
  • Library Assistant III – Systems and Digital Initiatives, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA
    • Reporting to the Head of Systems and Digital Initiatives, the incumbent holds responsibilities supporting development and maintenance of the digital collections, Digital Commons, digital scholarship, the integrated library system, and related library technologies. The library is committed to achieving inclusive excellence and ethnic and racial diversity among our staff.
  • Humanities Research and Digital Scholarship Librarian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MN
    • The librarian in this position will serve as liaison to students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the Classical & Near East Studies Department, Philosophy Department, and Religious Studies Program. Liaison librarians combine skills in outreach, teaching, technology, and collection development with their knowledge of scholarly practices in assigned disciplines to partner with academic departments.
  • Archivist, Greene Naftali Gallery, NYC
    • The role spans a wide range of responsibilities, including managing the gallery’s archive (both digital and analog), retouching images, overseeing the website, and handling daily image requests for publications and press.
  • Archival Assistant, Levy Gorvy, NYC
    • Reporting to the Head of Research and Archives, the Archival Assistant is responsible for helping in all responsibilities relating to file management and maintenance of hard copy documents for general inventory and art fairs.

VREPS is now on Slack!

VREPS is now on Slack! Join us at

This is a place where Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students can connect with others, ask for advice, collaborate on projects, share opportunities, and more!

If you haven’t used Slack before, it’s super easy and fun; here’s a link: to the Slack YouTube channel where you can watch how to videos.

Call for Papers – NEA

New England Archivists (NEA) invites submissions of session proposals for the Fall 2018 Meeting, “Our Common Code: Ethics in the Archives.” The meeting will take place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, on Friday, October 26, 2018. The deadline for proposals is July 15, 2018.

We make ethical decisions in our work as archivists, especially towards preserving a fair and inclusive historical record and collective memory. These decisions help shape our professional ethics, and sharing these experiences improves our ethical context. The Fall 2018 Meeting will give archivists and allied professionals an opportunity to discuss archival ethics in three areas: appraisal and acquisitions, description, and access.

The Fall 2018 Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations that facilitate conversation about archival ethics. Presentations can take the form of case studies, stories, or lightning talks. We encourage creative approaches, and we will give priority to proposals that foster group conversation. Each presentation must be no more than ten minutes long, and proposals must indicate which of the three above thematic areas they relate to.

We are particularly interested in proposals that intersect with:

• Privacy

• Social justice

• Rights of individuals

• Rights of communities

• Right to be remembered

• Right to be forgotten

• Displaced archives

• Ethics in the digital age

• Ethics in a post-truth era

First-time presenters, current graduate students, early-career professionals, and those doing archival work in community-centered contexts are all strongly encouraged to submit proposals.

To submit a proposal, complete the form here:

All submissions will be acknowledged by the Program Committee. If your proposal is selected, your acknowledgment will include instructions about next steps. All presenters are required to register for the conference upon acceptance, at the member rate, and to fund their own travel expenses.

In addition to seeking proposals for presentations that facilitate conversation about archival ethics, the Fall 2018 Program Committee welcomes the submission of ethical questions, scenarios, or dilemmas. These questions may be distributed to attendees at the meeting to encourage broader discussion around the topic.

To submit a question, complete the form found here:

NEA is committed to making the Fall 2018 Meeting welcoming and accessible to all presenters and attendees. Presenters are also required to abide by the NEA Code of Conduct, which can be found here:

If you will need specific accommodations, such as interpretive services, to support your participation in this event, please contact the Program Chair.

Questions? Please contact the Program Chair, Juliana Kuipers, at