University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Museum Registrar

DEPARTMENT: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Georgia Capitol Museum

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

The University of Georgia Libraries is seeking a Museum Registrar for the Georgia Capitol Museum. This position is a one-year position responsible to the Museum Coordinator. This temporary position would operate at the Russell Libraryís offices on the University of Georgia campus in Athens and be charged with conducting an inventory of approximately 3,000 items in the collection. The Georgia Capitol Museum collection consists of a wide range of items that relate to the history of Georgia and the Georgia Capitol, including (but not limited to): artifacts, paintings, prints, natural history specimens, Native American artifacts, flags and other textiles. The inventory will include updating collection records in the Past Perfect museum database, updating paper records, and rehousing items as needed to ensure proper storage. With the inventory completed, the Museum Registrar will review and make recommendations to the existing mission statement and collecting policy of the Georgia Capitol Museum. Finally, the Museum Registrar would be charged with the creation of a proposal suggesting items for deaccession or transfer. This position will require inhabiting unconventional office/storage spaces and occasional travel between the University Athens Campus and storage facilities in Atlanta. The Museum Registrar is a member of the University of Georgia Libraries non-tenure track faculty.

The Georgia Capitol Museum, under the administration of the Russell Library, is a public educational institution housed in the State Capitol building. The Museum seeks to preserve and interpret the history of the Georgia State Capitol building as well as the events that have taken place within its walls. To carry out this purpose, the Museum collects, maintains, and exhibits significant artifacts, including historic flags and works of art, within the State Capitol and offers public tours of the building. The Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.
Information about the Georgia Capitol Museum: http://www.libs.uga.edu/capitolmuseum/
For information about the Russell Library: http://www.libs.uga.edu/russell/

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Repository, and Special Collections Libraries. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space. Information about the UGA Libraries: http://www.libs.uga.edu/ Information about Athens: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conducts a collection wide inventory to confirm the physical location of all existing collections (on display or in storage) and updates records in the Past Perfect Museum Database and paper files accordingly. Reviews outstanding loans (incoming and outgoing), updates agreements (where needed) or ensures the safe return of items.

Recommends appropriate housing and storage for the preservation and safety of the museum collection; prepares supply requests and submits them to the Coordinator; and executes the re-housing of objects as needed. Coordinates the consolidation and evaluation of the collection.

Reviews existing collection policy and creates a recommendation list of items appropriate for deaccession or transfer to appropriate institutions.

Contributes to the mission of the Capitol Museum by participating in meetings, planning, program review, and evaluating current policies and procedures, and strategic planning for the museum as assigned.

Maintains regular communication with Museum Director, Manager, and Coordinator via weekly meetings and progress reports. Assists museum Manager and Coordinator in responding to collections based queries in a timely fashion, both those made internally and those made by the general public.

Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in the department and organization and contributes to the team effort by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required Qualifications:
Masterís degree in Museum Studies, Public History, or in a relevant field; Two years of collection management experience in a museum setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy and to work independently within a framework of assigned responsibilities; Demonstrated initiative to complete projects; Experience with museum collection management software; Excellent research, writing, and communication skills; Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate; Ability to lift and carry 40 lbs. and tolerate dust and inactive mold spores.

Preferred Qualifications:
Strong background in collections management in a museum setting, with particular experience in conducting collection inventories, overseeing the rehousing and move of objects in the collection, and review/revision of policy documents related to collections management. Fluency in Past Perfect museum software preferred;

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Minimum annual salary for the position is $38,000. The Museum Registrar is a member of the UGA Libraries non-tenure track faculty. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, vision plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send as three separate pdf documents their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by February 3, 2014 to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Manager, University of Georgia Libraries at libjobs@uga.edu.

The University of Georgia and the UGA Libraries have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage persons of color to apply for these positions. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.