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September 23, 2021
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The American Saddlebred Museum is seeking a part-time Librarian to: 1) inventory, catalog and organize the museum’s small library of approximately 2,600 volumes of books, magazines and videos. 2) identify and preserve (or make a preservation plan) for any items with special needs. 3) make the collection available to the public using OCLC’s Cat Express and LibraryWorld, an internationally recognized integrated library management system (ILS) source for libraries; and 4) launch a public awareness campaign, making the collection known to a wide public.

This is a grant funded, non-renewable position of 25 hours per week for 16 months, start date of January 3, 2022.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin October 25, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a Master’s Degree or be pursuing a Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited Library Science and/or Information program. Must have experience with library management systems. Must be familiar with library best practices in cataloguing and database management including AACR2, MARC 21, RDA, LCSH, and general cataloging and access guidelines. Must have familiarity with storage and preservation guidelines established by the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), the Library of Congress, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Job duties:
• Inventory and identify objects in the museum’s collection, ensuring each object is properly labeled and cataloged in LibraryWorld online database
• Ensure objects are properly stored according to best practices
• Evaluate and improve space utilization
• Reduce duplication of journal issues
• Prepare journals and damaged books for commercial binding
• Inspect binding shipments for quality control
• Develop collection policies according to recognized industry standards and the American Saddlebred Museum’s mission
• Establish a preservation plan to ensure the long-term accessibility of the collections
• Create and execute an outreach plan to make targeted audiences and the general public more aware of the collections and to increase scholarly and individual use
• Advise museum staff on the proper care and maintenance of the collection
• Develop a sustainability plan to support ongoing collection maintenance after the end of the grant period

This position is made possible from a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

September 10, 2021
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High school seniors or individuals enrolled in a two-year or four-year college, trade school, or university are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Keith Bartz Impact Scholarship Award. This $1,500 scholarship is given annually to the individual who demonstrates a commitment to the American Saddlebred and to excellence in their community. Full submission guidelines can be found at asbmuseum.org/scholarship. Please submit any questions to [email protected]. Application deadline: Wednesday, December 1.

August 10, 2021
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American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a FY2021 Inspire! Grants for Small Museums award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Museum Executive Director Jennifer Foster says, “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant. Federal grants are very competitive and we are pleased to be one of 60 institutions from across the nation to be selected. This project will increase user access to our collection and create greater knowledge of the history of the breed.”

This grant project will provide funding to hire a librarian to catalog and organize the Museum’s collection of over 2,600 books, magazines, and videos related to the American Saddlebred. Project activities include a library inventory, and cataloging the collection using an online database that is available to the public. This project will help preserve the collection and make it available to the public, equine scholars, and individuals researching equine or family histories. This aligns with the Museum’s strategic plan to increase ease of access and create greater awareness of the American Saddlebred.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. The IMLS vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit imls.gov and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

July 27, 2021
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The American Saddlebred Museum is pleased to announce the 2021 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show Fundraiser! The 2021 event is the Saddlebred Country Summer Soirée and guests can expect an event that is better than ever.

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25 at 10:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center, South Wing C. This country summer themed party will be filled with live music, dancing, and a selection of games to benefit the Museum such as Saddlebred Bull Riding, Down Home Bourbon and Wine Pull, Heads or Tails, and the Summer Soirée Raffle. Plus there will be an amazing Live Auction.

Table sponsorships are available at a variety of levels and include reserved seating and other benefits. Individual tickets are also available. Tickets and tables are available online or by calling the Museum at (859) 259-2746.

Follow the museum at facebook.com/asbmuseum for event updates and a full listing of live auction items.

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