The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa is the only national museum that tells the story of Danish immigration to the United States, the influence of Denmark on American culture today, and contemporary Danish America. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Museum is in the final stages of a full inventory and cataloging project which began in 2006. Once the inventory is finished, all known information about the entire collection will be electronically accessible through PastPerfect 5.0 both in-house and via the Museum’s website using PastPerfect Online.
The primary function of the Archival Collections Assistant will be to catalog new archival donations that have not yet been added to the PastPerfect database. This position will provide wonderful hands-on experience for a MLIS student or recent graduate. All interns are also involved in Collections Review Committee and Exhibitions Committee meetings, outreach activities (on and off site), and in behind-the-scenes tours to other museums for professional development and networking opportunities. Both American and Danish students participate in the Museum’s internship program, and enjoy free shared housing in Elk Horn.
Position Details and Benefits:
Duration/Hours: five months, 40 hours per week
Pay: $500 monthly stipend
Benefits: Rent-free, fully-furnished house (includes all utilities)
Start Date: November, 2019 (can be flexible)
Masters degree or intended graduation from a Library and Information Science or Archives program, though undergraduates and candidates with a degree in History or a related field may be considered; excellent writing skills; strong attention to detail; ability to handle large workloads and meet deadlines; ability to perform the physical requirements of the position including standing for long periods of time and lifting heavy objects; and ability to work well alone and in a group. Optional, but highly preferred: cataloging experience, and familiarity with PastPerfect software.
Application Deadline and Selection Process: Must be received by midnight October 18, 2019. Selection will made by November 1, 2019.
Application Details: Send letter of interest and resume via email to Cheyenne Jansdatter, Archival Collections Manager: email@example.com. Questions are welcome.
Established in 1983, the Museum of Danish America (formerly known as The Danish Immigrant Museum) is located midway between Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE on 35 acres of recreated prairie in the heart of the largest rural settlement of Danes in the United States. The museum’s mission is to celebrate Danish roots and American dreams and is the only accredited national museum dedicated to collecting and interpreting the Danish-American experience. Guidance is provided by a twenty-five member Board of Directors from across the United States and Denmark. The museum has a collection of over 30,000 artifacts, an active traveling exhibit program, and a membership of over 3,000 from across the United States, Denmark and seven other countries.It has a staff of eleven full-time employees, six part-time employees and an active internship program hosting up to four Danish graduate students and an American graduate student annually.
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