AWHI’s goal is to ensure that the historical record of the accomplishments of American women and girls is accurate, well-known, and empowering for people around the world. AWHI relies on the Smithsonian’s open access policy to share new resources about American women as freely as possible. However collections representing women and girls are difficult to find for several reasons including outdated descriptive standards, lack of resources to enhance collections metadata, and historic biases in collecting throughout the history of a 175-year institution.
This one-year contract, with an option to extend, is to provide program coordination services for the Initiative’s efforts to facilitate the creation of standards and best practices related to gender descriptive practices. The contractor would facilitate communication with internal and external stakeholders, develop project documentation protocols, and survey Smithsonian collecting units (interdisciplinary museums, libraries, and archives) for descriptive practices related to gender. Experience with descriptive practices/cataloging in the cultural sector, and excellent communications and project management skills are required.