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  • 06 Feb 2017 4:13 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)


    Chicago Collections is seeking Guest Curator applications for the organization’s digital exhibition to be launched in the late summer/early fall of 2018 that looks at Chicago’s long tradition of social and cultural change and protest from the 19th century to the 21st century. Tentatively titled “The Long Tale of Protest: Chicagoans Raise Their Voices,” this exhibition aims to tell the stories of individual Chicagoans who advocated, protested, resisted, or simply lived through events that convulsed and transformed the city. Selections will be guided by their contribution to presenting the causes and issues surrounding these episodes of unrest and their enduring social, cultural, and economic change; the exhibition must include unexpected and unknown voices to tell the stories of everyday lives during periods of upheaval. Utilizing materials from Chicago Collections member archives, the years of coverage are flexible, and would depend upon curatorial interpretation, though we expect the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Chicago DNC to be included.

    This is a part-time contractual position reporting to the Executive Director/Board of Directors beginning this spring.


    • • Develop exhibition themes and narrative in coordination with, and approved by, the Chicago Collections Exhibit Sub-Committee and Executive Director on an established timeline;
    • • Collaborate closely with the Exhibit Designer to develop all aspects of the online exhibit, including site architecture and selection of graphics to ensure successful integration of form, theme, and content;
    • • Conduct all necessary research to identify appropriate items at member institutions;
    • • Select items, taking into consideration factors such as suitability for digitization and broad institutional representation;
    • • Write captions/text for review by Executive Director and/or Exhibit Sub-Committee;
    • • Generate content for associated materials (e.g. grant applications, brochures, promotional releases, and other related exhibit collateral);
    • • Provide a minimum of three curator talks about exhibit-related themes; and
    • • Attend Content and Programming Committee and/or Board meetings as requested by the Executive Director.


    • • Demonstrated exhibition curatorial experience, including conceptualizing, shaping, and refining the themes; item selection; and writing of narrative text and object labels;
    • • Demonstrated experience producing digital projects such as websites, digital exhibitions, and digital collections;
    • • Familiarity with online tools used to produce digital exhibitions;
    • • Strong academic background in U.S. history;
    • • Experience using rare books, manuscripts, and archives for research; experience using audio and visual resources for research preferred;
    • • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; and
    • • Strong organizational, interpersonal, collaborative, and management skills.


    Chicago Collections is a consortium of libraries, museums, and other institutions with archives that collaborate to preserve and share the istory and culture of the Chicago region.

    EXPLORE Chicago Collections (, which launched in October 2015, is the organization’s foundational digital initiative and is the cornerstone of this unique collaboration of academic, public, and special libraries, archives, and historical societies. Delivering access to over 104,000 digital images and 4,400 archival collections in its first release, EXPLORE provides unparalleled access to primary source materials held in Chicago archival collections, great and small. In its first month, EXPLORE was described in the Chicago Tribune as “one-stop shopping for researchers” and by Chicagoist as a “game-changing new archive.” After one year live, it has received over 79,000 visitors from more than 150 countries and from all 50 United States.

    Also in the fall of 2015, Chicago Collections held its inaugural exhibition, Raw Material: Uncovering Chicago’s Historical Collections, in the Special Collections Gallery at Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC). The exhibit highlighted notable archives, manuscripts, and objects from the collections and archives of Chicago Collections member institutions, and was accompanied by opening events, curator talks and tours, the organization’s inaugural lecture, and a mini-curators program.

    Based on the access to primary source materials made possible through EXPLORE, the organization continues to develop services and public programs to help ensure that the region’s heritage is available for all to explore—freely, easily, and openly. For more on Chicago Collections current programming, activities, and members, visit


    Interested candidates should submit the following items to the Executive Director by March 3, 2017.

    • • CV outlining relevant educational and employment background, especially previous exhibition experience;
    • • Preliminary ideas for suitable exhibition;
    • • Three professional or academic references;
    • • Confirmation of availability and ability to meet timeline; and
    • • Cover letter.


    Chicago Collections Consortium

    2350 N Kenmore Avenue, 116-D

    Chicago, IL 60614-3210

    P: 773-325-7587



  • 03 Feb 2017 4:56 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Requisition # 17-0010: Archives Assistant (part-time temporary position)

    About the American College of Surgeons

    The American College of Surgeons is a professional and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

    Summary: This individual is responsible for completing a part-time temporary archives project aiming to update essential metadata in a large number of records held in the College's archival database. Completion of the project ensures that the records are accurate and appropriately searchable for patrons of the ACS archives.

    This assignment is expected to take 25-30 working days, and the hours can be spread out over several months to accommodate a student’s schedule.

    This Non-exempt position will report to the Archivist in the Division of Member Services.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Update metadata in records to accurately reflect archival standards.

    • Search archival database for records that need to be updated.

    • Check questionable database records against physical records to ensure correct information.

    • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Education and/or Experience:

    • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.

    • Coursework or working experience in archives, enabling a basic understanding of archival concepts and metadata required.

    • Experience using and editing archival databases preferred.

    • Knowledge of Eloquent Software preferred.

    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) necessary to effectively interact with all levels of organization.

    • Attention to detail and organizational skills.

    • Must be able to multi-task.

    • Strong computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

    • Self-motivated and able to work independently and as a member of a team.

    Physical/Work Environment: Fast paced with significant people interaction. No lifting over 20 pounds, minimal reaching bending and stooping. Normal office environment with long hours in front of the computer.

    The American College of Surgeons is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (312) 202-5000 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

    The American College of Surgeons will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

    Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities 

    To apply:

  • 01 Feb 2017 4:41 PM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Executive Director, Black Metropolis Research Consortium (University of Chicago)

    Requisition Number: 102021
    Division / Dept.: IT and Digital Scholarship / Black Metropolis Research Consortium
    Reports to: Associate University Librarian for IT and Digital Scholarship, University of Chicago
    Work Schedule: 37.5 hours per week; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

    General Summary

    The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with a mission to make broadly accessible its members' holdings that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a special focus on Chicago. The consortium also advocates for the preservation, enhancement, growth, and use of these materials, and the diversity of the information professionals who care for them.

    The Executive Director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) provides strategic leadership and operational management for the BMRC's activities.

    In partnership with the BMRC Board of Directors, the Executive Director sets strategic goals and pursues funding opportunities to support BMRC initiatives. The Executive Director is responsible for the Consortium's day-to-day management and operations. The Executive Director serves as the principal spokesperson for the BMRC to raise its profile both locally and nationally in order to develop new partnerships, recruit new members, and spread awareness of BMRC activities and programs. The Executive Director works closely with the Board on consortium policies, protocols, governance, grant applications, and especially fundraising initiatives. The Executive Director also manages the relationships with current members to ensure their needs are met and their interests are represented. 

    This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Scholarship at the University of Chicago, which acts as the BMRC's host institution and fiscal agent. The position oversees BMRC staff and works with directors, administrators, and faculty at member institutions to manage collaborative projects, internship programs, and the summer fellows program.

    Essential Functions

    Leadership and Planning:

    • Communicates a compelling vision for the collecting and use of African American archival and special collections. 
    • Provides strategic leadership for BMRC projects and activities and works with the BMRC Board to develop and implement long- and short-term goals. 
    • Represents BMRC in the local community through presence and involvement in black cultural heritage organization events and activities. 
    • Fosters a national reputation for BMRC and facilitates collaboration with related communities through engagement with regional, national, and (where applicable) international conferences, networks, and public events. 
    • Develops a national network of scholars and archivists and a broad knowledge of programs and organizations relevant to BMRC subject areas to inform BMRC initiatives. 
    • Serves (ex officio) on the BMRC board. Works with BMRC Board Chair to develop meeting agendas, facilitate board initiatives, and make recommendations on Board recruitment. Works with the board on governance structure through the development of ad hoc and advisory committees. Oversees the Annual Meeting of the Faculty Steering Committee. 

    Program Management:

    • Oversees BMRC projects and programs, including the archival collections survey and database, the Archie Motley Interns, and the Summer Fellows, providing training and orientation necessary to ensure effective and successful programs. 
    • Coordinates existing consortium relationships and meetings. 
    • Recruits additional BMRC members by reaching out to relevant institutions, community and faith-based organizations, and individuals. 
    • Pursues sponsorships to support BMRC events. 
    • Writes grant proposals and manages the administration of grants awarded to the University of Chicago in support of all BMRC initiatives and events. 
    • Hires, trains, and supervises all administrative and programmatic BMRC staff, and outside consultants as needed. 


    • Writes and distributes monthly and annual reports on BMRC activities to the Board of Directors, University of Chicago Library, and BMRC members. 
    • Visits member institutions to steward effective outreach and engagement and to facilitate BMRC activities at member sites. 
    • Oversees the promotion of relevant programming of members through the BMRC website, newsletter, and social networking sites. 

    Other duties as required.

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required.
    • Master's or other advanced degree preferred. 
    • Experience providing leadership and management of operations that balance long term planning with the daily activities of multiple concurrent projects required.
    • Previous experience in nonprofit, library, archival, public history, or museum organizations preferred.
    • Experience with budget management and planning preferred.
    • Experience developing successful grant proposals and fundraising initiatives preferred.
    • Experience with conference planning preferred. 
    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, community members, and others, required. 
    • Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required. 
    • Ability to navigate the challenges of working within a complex, decentralized environment required. 
    • Willingness and ability to travel, and to work some evenings and weekends required.             

    To Apply

    To apply for this position submit your profile and required materials to Resumes sent via mail, fax, or email will not be considered.

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with disability.

    The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

    Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process may contact Human Resources by calling 773-834-1841 or by emailing with their request.


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