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Judaica Librarian, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

As part of a collaborative team in the Library's Research & Instructional Services unit, the Judaica Librarian builds relationships with faculty, students, and staff to support teaching, learning, and research in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) and other academic departments, centers and programs involving Jewish Studies and the Middle East. The Judaica librarian also serves as liaison to other departments and programs; contributes to the library's program of course-integrated research instruction; participates in collection development; leads workshops; and provides general research help services to students, faculty, staff and the community.

 

Essential Functions:

  • Serves as a liaison to the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department, as well as to research centers and institutes related to Jewish studies.                 

    • Develops course-integrated information literacy and research instruction.

    • Provides in-depth research consultations.

    • Communicates regularly with faculty, staff, and students to promote library services and resources and to support teaching, learning, and research.

    • Works closely with colleagues in University Archives & Special Collections on outreach programs and projects related to their growing Judaica collections; provides expertise on relevant collections and materials; connects with potential donors and others.

    • Works with colleagues in collections and acquisitions to develop, maintain, evaluate, and facilitate access to relevant collections, including both physical and digital resources.
       

  • In collaboration with colleagues, actively contributes to:                               

    • The library's robust workshop offerings and research instruction program, including instruction for University Writing Seminars, with a focus on Jewish Studies.

    • General research help services to students, faculty, staff, and researchers.

    • Liaison services for additional departments and programs.

    • Special projects and outreach activities, focusing on Judaica research. 

  • Takes a leadership role in the field of Judaica librarianship and furthers knowledge in Jewish Studies and librarianship through:                              

    • Participation in professional library or subject-related organizations and committees. 

    • Attending, participating in, or contributing to conferences, webinars, and other types of professional development training.

    • Maintaining knowledge of best practices, developments, and trends in librarianship and liaison subject areas.
       

  • Participates in and contributes to committees and work groups of the Library and the University.                                                                                                 

Required Qualifications

  • MLS or equivalent experience and education required.

  • Fluency in modern or ancient Hebrew.

  • Subject background in Jewish studies or considerable experience as a subject librarian for Jewish studies

  • Understanding of research and teaching needs for faculty and students in Jewish studies.

  • Facility with technologies associated with research, teaching, and learning.

  • Commitment to contributing to the Library's work in developing an environment that is inclusive and supportive of diversity.

  • Experience in the selection of Judaica materials.

  • Preferred: Reading knowledge of Arabic, Yiddish, German, and/or other languages relevant to research in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies.

 

Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.

This is a union position in the SEIU Local 888 Bargaining Unit.

 

To view the full position and apply, please visit the following link

 

At Brandeis University, our mission and history are rooted in the pursuit of social justice, thus we aim to include this value in all that we do. We are seeking candidates with a variety of social identities, including those that have been underrepresented in higher education, who possess skills that spark innovation and who are committed to building, engaging with, and sustaining a pluralistic, unified, and just campus community.

 

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HIAS Project Digital Archives Intern, Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society seeks a detail-oriented and self-motivated individual for the position of HIAS Project Digital Archives Intern. 

 

Reporting to the Digital Projects Archivist, the HIAS Project Digital Archives Intern will support the ongoing digitization of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, Boston Port records.

 

Hours and Stipend

This is a six-month, part-time internship with the possibility of extension. The intern will receive a monthly stipend of $1,000.00 (part-time, 4 days/week). Start date is negotiable but preference is by Monday, February 24, 2020.

 

Responsibilities

  • Digitization of text-and image-based documents using best professional practices 

  • Prepare digital images and associated metadata for ingest into CONTENTdm repository 

  • Create, enhance, and migrate existing metadata from the HIAS finding aid 

  • Provide quality control and quality assurance of digitized images and metadata 

  • Assist with developing and/or improving workflow procedures 

  • Create social media and blog posts pertaining to project

 

Required Qualifications

  • Enrollment or recent graduation from MLS program 

  • Specialization or coursework in archives management, cultural heritage, or digital curation 

  • Familiarity with metadata standards relevant to digital collection management and access 

  • Familiarity with scanning tools 

  • Familiarity with image editing software • Proficiency with common Office applications, especially Excel 

  • Attention to detail and organization skills

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Completion of one or enrolled in a class related to archives, digital libraries, digital stewardship, information organization, or equivalent coursework 

  • Previous experience with photo editing software 

  • Previous experience with CONTENTdm or other digital repository systems 

  • Experience of interest in Jewish and immigration history 

  • Reading fluency in Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish, German, or French not required, but may be helpful

 

About the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society

The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society is a resource for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond. With the American Jewish Historical Society - New England Archives as its cornerstone, engages historians, genealogists, youth, and the general public in programming and research to advance the study of the history, culture, and institutional legacies of Jewish families in New England and beyond by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through scholarship, collections, and expertise while serving as an archival and educational resource for other Jewish organizations and institutions.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Brittany Contratto at brittany.contratto@nehgs.org. Preference will be given to applications received by Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

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Call for Papers: Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)

41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

http://www.southwestpca.org

Proposal submission deadline: October 31st, 2019

 

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 41st annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation's largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/

The Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture (formerly Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Digital Humanities in Popular Culture) area solicits proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, graduate students, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and other aficionados (yes! including people who use libraries, archives, and museums!) of popular culture and cultural heritage settings of all types. We also encourage proposals for slide shows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes.

Some suggested topics include:

  • Histories and profiles of popular culture resources and collections in cultural heritage institutions; a chance to show off what you've got to scholars who might want to use it

  • Intellectual freedom or cultural sensitivity issues related to popular culture resources

  • Book clubs and reading groups, city- or campus-wide reading programs

  • Special exhibits of popular culture resources, outreach programs, etc. of cultural heritage institutions

  • Collection and organization of popular culture resources; marketing and ethical issues

  • Web 2.0, gaming, semantic web, etc. and their impact on libraries, archives, museums, and digital humanities collections

  • The role of public libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions in economic hard times and natural disasters

  • Oral history projects

  • Digital humanities and other digital/data-based projects on popular culture, the Southwest, and other relevant subjects, both those based in cultural heritage institutions and those in academia or other organizations.

    We encourage proposals for panels and roundtables organized around common themes.

    All proposals must be submitted through the conference's database at http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

    For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

    Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required. 

    For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page. 

    The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019. 

    SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2020.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

    Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/

    In addition, please check out the organization's peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org/

    If you have any questions about the Cultural Heritage Institutions in Popular Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Dr. Suzanne M. Stauffer Louisiana State University stauffer@lsu.edu.




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