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Program News and Events





Call for Submissions

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FINAL CALL: 2016 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2016 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is December 4, 2015.

The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington, in March 2016. 

Who May Apply: This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Sub-Committee:
Philip Dombowsky (Chair)
Bailey Diers
Jennifer Garland
Gina Solares
Traci Timmons

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

12/1 and 12/3 MLIS Discussions

On Tuesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 3rd, all classes meeting those evenings will gather briefly at 6:00pm in order to socialize (refreshments will be available), get updates on the re-accreditation process, and discuss two issues: the current “no children in class” policy and strategies for more efficient program/student communication and collaboration. Please come prepared to contribute your ideas on these topics.

Students who do not have Tuesday or Thursday classes are welcome to come to either gathering. The discussion will be held in the CdC hallway outside of our classrooms.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Out of State Job Opportunities

Health Sciences Data Services Informationist
The health sciences data informationist will cultivate partnerships between THL and the health sciences community by creating an environment for open communication between the library and faculty, students, and staff in the health sciences schools. The successful candidate will partner with health sciences researchers by exploring new and existing tools, resources, and partnerships, including but not limited to instruction, lab integrated office hours, terminology services, answering questions related to ontology identification and use, and providing guidance on the management, use, and re-use of health related data.  The health sciences data informationist will also work closely with other library colleagues specializing in data, life sciences, and engineering.More information here

Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian
The Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian leads the acquisition and licensing of information resources at Falvey Memorial Library. Core responsibilities include management of all acquisitions activities, including licensing for library electronic products, ordering and receiving of library materials in all formats, coordinating with the library’s finance team to ensure the payment of all acquisition-related invoices; creating and maintaining tools and services for managing resource acquisition life cycle. For more information visit

Scholarship application now available for the 2016 Library Technology Conference

A limited number of scholarship opportunities are offered for persons who wish to attend the Library Technology Conference at Macalester. Details of these scholarships are provided below.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: All scholarship applications must be received no later than Monday, November 30, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Rural Library or School Media Center Scholarships
The Library Technology Conference will be awarding up to 10 scholarships to staff members from libraries and school media centers in smaller/rural communities who wish to attend the 2016 LibTech  Conference. The goal of these scholarships is to promote library technology proficiency and awareness through attendance at the conference. Each scholarship will cover conference registration (either single day or full 2-day registration fees), as well as one night lodging at one of the conference hotels for those traveling to the conference from outside the 7-county Twin Cities metro area.

Scholarship Criteria: Any staff who currently works in a library or school media center in a city, town, or municipality with a population under 30,000 is welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to persons who will be attending the Library Technology Conference for the first time and those from outside the 7-county Twin Cities metro area. Selection will largely be based on the brief (up to 300 words) statement of the expected benefits that the applicant will receive from conference attendance.

Apply for a scholarship here

For questions, please contact

Student Ambassadors Wanted-Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival

The mission of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival is to recognize excellence in the field of children's literature and to provide librarians, teachers, researchers and community members the opportunity to learn about and appreciate children's literature through presentations, workshops, and personal interactions with people of significance in the field.

  • Increase national awareness and appreciation of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival by aspiring graduate students in children's literature and/or library services to children. 
  • Give an opportunity to meet and work with people of significance in the field of children's literature, hear speakers, and attend workshops relevant to the field
  • Provide the Book Festival with a mature, reliable volunteer workforce 

  • Ambassadors write speaker bios for the program and keynote introductions prior to the festival 
  • Attendance of all Book Festival events 
  • Perform various duties throughout the festival, including but not limited to: taking head counts, handing out evaluations, helping with speaker setup, collecting lunch tickets

  • Currently enrolled in a MLS or MLIS program or an active PhD candidate in children's literature or library and information science
  • Demonstrate experience in or knowledge of children's literature and/or library services to children 

To apply:
Please submit your resume and a 500 word or less statement of interest telling us why you want to attend the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival and why you would make a good Ambassador, along with the names and email addresses of three references via email to Volunteer Coordinator Heather Moore 
Application Deadline: December 4, 2015

For more information visit

MLIS & Archives Social Hour

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Call for papers on art librarianship for Art Librarians of North America Society award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. Any student in any accredited graduate library program is encouraged to submit a paper written for a course in the previous eighteen months (since June 2014).

The award includes 
  • A $500.00 prize
  • Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA+VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, March 2016. The money may be used to reimburse travel expenses (though not meals, tours, or other costs).
  • Paid registration to the Seattle Joint Conference, March 8-12, 2016.
  • The chance to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • A one-year membership to ARLIS/NA.

  • The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding eighteen months by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or a related discipline.
  • The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment.
  • One submission is allowed per person.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2015

Mail or transmit entries to:
John Hagood
Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee
National Gallery of Art Library 
2000B South Club Drive
Landover MD 20785-3068
(202) 842-6688

Another Internship Opportunity at HCL

Southeast Library sits on the east bank of the University of Minnesota and serves residents of the University community. It provides a range of neighborhood library services for children and teens in this community. Southeast Library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.This unpaid internship is for the duration of one semester, February - May 2016, 8 -16 hours per week. It can be used for college credit or work experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Helping at the Information desk with staff to assist patrons with reference and computer questions.
  • Assisting staff with collection maintenance.  
  • Observe story time and assist with preparation.
  • Assist in promoting reading and books in collection through displays 

Best-Qualified Candidates will have:
  • Enrolled in a Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program or a recent graduate.
  • Not completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past.
  • Strong computer and customer service skills.
  • Commitment to literacy and libraries. 

To apply, submit a resume, brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship, and contact information for two references to:
Barb McKenzie 
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale 
12601 Ridgedale Drive 
Minnetonka, MN 55305