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Friday, July 29, 2011

Invitation to St. Kate’s MLIS Students interested in a career in Academic Libraries

The Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) is currently involved in a year-long professional development activity focused on improving our teaching. Teaching in an academic library includes both in-classroom instruction as well as working one-on-one and in groups for training student employees. CLIC would like to invite interested students in St. Kate’s MLIS program to join us in some of the activities planned for the year. Activities include:

-Reading Char Booth’s book Reflective Teaching/Effective Learning and participating in online and at least one in-person book discussion – see our site at

-A talk by Char Booth, followed by a luncheon on October 28th

-Luncheon will be at Macalester College. The talk and luncheon will be open to a larger group and will include librarians from the U of M, as well as other institutions.

-A limited number of spaces (10) will be reserved for St. Kate's students to participate in the afternoon workshop to be held following the luncheon (details on how those students will be selected will be available after Sept. 1)

-Costs are still to be determined, but we will work with St. Kate's to make costs for students reasonable and affordable.

In addition to the Char Booth activity, the CLIC libraries would like to work with you to provide mentoring opportunities by connecting with librarians who are experienced in teaching and involved in information fluency/literacy efforts on the individual CLIC library campuses (Augsburg, Bethel, Concordia, Hamline, Macalester, Northwestern, St. Catherine University, University of St. Thomas)

We also hope to develop communities of practice and would like to provide opportunities for St. Kate's students to become involved.

If you are interested in participating in this program or have questions, please contact:

Teresa A. Fishel

Library Director
DeWitt Wallace Library
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116
651 696-6343
FAX 651 696-6782

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dr. Sarah Park featured in MPCC article on diversity

Read about diversity of faculty members at Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) institutions. As a Korean American and an Assistant Professor in St. Catherine University's MLIS Program, Dr. Sarah Park shares her background and observations.

"Faculty becoming more diverse" can be found in the Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) July 2011 newsletter.

The Minnesota Private College Council
represents private nonprofit higher education in Minnesota. Seventeen institutions are members; they share a liberal arts focus.

POSITION OPEN: Director, Archives and Records Management Office

Director, Archives and Records Management Office

Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is seeking a degreed Archivist/Records Manager to serve as Director of the Archives and Records Office of the Archdiocese. The qualified candidate should possess a Masters degree, be proficient in the use of technology, and have an interest in the Catholic Church and church history. Responsibilities include developing and administering the Archdiocesan Records and Archives Program, serving as the primary liaison for the Archbishop, the Archdiocesan Curia, parishes, schools, and institutions on matters relating to records and archives, and serving as the historian for special Archdiocesan publications and programs. The ability to read ecclesiastical Latin, and have a good understanding of church culture, is desirable but not required.

Applicants should send their cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to Jennifer Haselberger, Chancellor for Canonical Affairs, at .

Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference, November 2 - 3, 2011

Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference is November 2 - 3, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, and will be free to attend.

To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, Join the Library 2.0 network.

The Library 2.011 conference will be a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. Subject strands will include the changing roles of libraries and librarians, the increasing impact of digital media and the e-book revolution, open educational resources, digital literacy, shifts from information consumption to production (Web 2.0), multimedia and gaming spaces, libraries as community centers, the growth of individualized and self-paced learning, the library as the center of new learning models, understanding users in the digital age, assessing service delivery, and defining leadership and information professional careers in a networked and changing world.

The call for presentation submissions is now open. We are looking for conference volunteers, commercial and non-commercial partners, and conference advisory panel members! Potential sponsor organizations can contact Steve Hargadon immediately at the contact information below.

For more information, visit the Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference website.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 ASIS&T Call for Student Proposals

Digital Liaisons: Student Perspectives on Curating the Information Life Cycle
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2011.
* Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis *

The Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries ( of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is seeking proposals for an UNDERGRADUATE AND MASTERS STUDENTS ONLY panel at the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. This event is intended to provide students with an opportunity to present their work during the main conference sessions areas of interest relevant to information and knowledge management. The session will also serve as a social meeting point to facilitate networking between students, faculty, and professionals. To accommodate those students who cannot attend the conference, we are accepting pre-made video presentations and mailed-in posters instead. All abstracts, presentation media, and posters will be published on the SIG DL website after the conference.

Special guest speakers include: June Abbas (SIG DL Chair), Jacob Carlson (Purdue University Libraries), and Anne Diekema (SIG DL Membership Officer).

Poster and lightning talk proposals should address how information professionals can assist users in digitally curating the information that they generate. Proposals can include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects on data curation, digital curation, preservation and management, information and knowledge management, and institutional repositories.

Who is Eligible:
Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different schools. Student chapters are particularly encouraged to submit a poster as a group. All authors at the time the proposal is submitted must be enrolled in a library, archives, or information science program. Authors do NOT need to be members of ASIS&T however they must still pay for the conference registration fee and related expenses.Students are encouraged to seek faculty and professional mentors but should not allow them to be a significant contributor to the content. All research would be expected to be purely the student(s)’ work and could include schoolwork, internship reflections, work related experience, and independent interests.

Selection Criteria:
Up to 10 posters and 10 lightning talk proposals will be accepted for the panel session. Students should submit abstracts (of 250 words or less) for either poster or lightning talk presentations. A relevant 1-page storyboard or mock-up may be submitted along with the abstract. Both posters and lightning talk proposals will be selected based on the following criteria: relevancy of topics to the SIG DL mission, feasibility of presentation within a compressed format, and originality of research. Students should indicate whether they will be present at the conference and which format they would like to present in, however these responses will not affect the overall selection process.

Poster Format:
The posters will be displayed around the room for the entire session, including during the lightning talks. Students who cannot attend the session will be allowed to send in their poster ahead of time or have someone else put it up for them.

Lightning Talks:
Lightning Talks will consist of 5-minute presentations with no more than 10 PowerPoint/Prezi/etc slides (optional). Presenters could alternatively present a video if they prefer, particularly students participating in absentia. Participants are encouraged to think “outside of the box” while maintaining formal language and respect for the audience.

Submission and Deadline:
Authors are invited to submit proposals by e-mail to starting on 12:01 am, Monday, July 25, 2011 and no later than 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Acceptances will be made on a rolling basis so we ask that students submit their proposals as soon as possible so that they can make preparations to attend the conference and/or prepare their presentations. A limited number of spots will be held open for last minute submissions. Selections will be made by the SIG DL officers. If you have any questions, please email Eugenia S. Kim at

Monday, July 25, 2011

Library Assistant II at the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Position Title ; Library Assistant II
Appointment Term : Z = Hourly or summer term or lump sums
Appointment Type : Temporary (2)

Work Hours : 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Work Days : Monday - Friday
Total Hours or % Appointment : 14 hrs/wk
Full/Part-time : Part-Time
Starting Hourly Rate : Depends on qualifications
Department Name : Health Sciences Libraries (370A)
Campus Location : Twin Cities
Job Close Date : Open Until Filled
Internal Promotional Consideration
Required/Preferred Qualifications
** Position is Temporary for one year or longer depending on department need

Required Qualifications:
Experience working in a library.
Demonstrated knowledge of library catalog systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of bibliographic citation verification techniques.
Experience providing professional telephone and email based customer service.
Ability to work during early evening hours (3 to 7 PM)

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with bibliographic database searching for citation information (MedLine, PubMED, SciFinder, Web of Science, etc?)
Experience with circulation software (Aleph)

The primary function of this Library Assistant II position is to document delivery services to InfoNOW clients, function as lead worker with student staff, provide basic reference service, as well as developing and conducting basic database searches.

60% - Conduct document delivery operations, including prioritizing and processing orders and working with student staff:
- Receive document delivery orders by email, phone, walk-in, fax, internet, Loansome Doc, and mail. Enter and update client and order records in Celsus. Retrieve materials from appropriate Library collection's and photocopy in accordance with copyright guidelines and InfoNOW quality standards.
- Inspect orders for quality and accuracy before processing. process orders by delivering document requests electronically and by fax, FedEx, courier or mail. Offering corrective actions for delivery or process problems.
- Provide assistance and guidance to student staff and assist with any problems or questions.
- Develop a working knowledge of all InfoNOW policies and procedures. Be able to clearly explain services, policies, and ? Respond to client inquires, quickly solve problems, and work to accommodate special client needs.
- Select, pull, process, and ship book loans, renewals, and intake per client requests using the Aleph system.

25% - Clarify citations using specialized skills and knowledge:
- Develop skills and knowledge to use various electronic resources, such as; MNCAT, MEDLINE, WorldCat, Google, etc? to verify incomplete or incorrect citations

15% - Develop skills and conduct basic activities in support of InfoNOW Search Services:
- Perform search or triage search to appropriate library staff when needed as per skill set development.
- Process details and format results of client search requests.
Program/Unit Description
InfoNOW is a fee-based service within the Health Sciences Libraries, providing document delivery, research, and related services to organizations not affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

Application Instructions :
Apply online and must attach a current resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three references.

To apply online and find more information, go to

Friday, July 22, 2011

Beta Beta Xi

The Beta Beta Xi Chapter official plaque is now displayed in the MLIS student lounge. Come check it out!

The Chapter was installed at the Beta Phi Mu annual meeting at the ALA Conference in New Orleans, June 2011. More information about the St. Catherine University Chapter will be forthcoming.

Beta Beta Xi officer positions include: Deb Torres as President; Jane Prestebak as Vice President/President-elect; and Margaret Tabar as Secretary/Treasurer.

Thank you to Sheri Ross for organizing this Beta Phi Mu honor and opportunity for the MLIS students here at St. Kate's and for convening the first organizational meeting which included: Robin Ewing, Sook Lim, Barbara Misselt, Jane Prestebak, Margaret Tabar, Deb Torres, MaryAnn Van Cura and Nancy Walton.

Thank you as well to all of the Beta Phi Mu members who initially petitioned for the Chapter.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dr. Ross and Dr. Hammond at the Minnesota eLearning and eFolio Summit 2011

Dr. Sheri Ross and Dr. Heidi Hammond will be presenting at the Minnesota eLearning and eFolio Summit 2011 on "Tailoring the eFolio Experience To Meet Assessment Needs. They will be joined by their graduate assistants, Sean Casey and Derek Johnson. They will hold their presentation during the the third breakout session on Thursday, July 28 from 9-10:00am.

Description of Presentation:
eFolio is an expansive tool that serves many communities in a multitude of ways. However, organizations may find that they only require their members to use eFolio for a specific purpose. In these cases, the particular functions and structures of eFolio that meet the organization’s needs must be identified, documented, and prototyped. Further, so that members of the organization can better focus on the organization’s requirements when building their portfolios, help sheets and tutorials must be customized to this end. The MLIS program at St. Catherine University uses eFolios to meet two specific objectives: to track competencies for the School Library Media Specialists certification and to evaluate student learning outcomes for the Master of Library and Information Science Program. This session will detail how faculty members and students have collaborated to develop a customized approach to using eFolio for assessment purposes.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Scholarship Opportunity for Health Sciences Librarianship

Scholarship Opportunity for Health Sciences Librarianship Program Number: 70117

Sponsor:Medical Library Association

SYNOPSIS:This is one of several awards offered to assist
qualified students in graduate library science programs and to enable
practicing health sciences librarians to take advantage of
opportunities for continuing professional development.

OBJECTIVES: A scholarship is awarded annually to a student who
shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in
health sciences librarianship.

ELIGIBILITY: The applicant must be: entering an ALA-accredited graduate library
school or, at the time of the granting of the scholarship (February),
have completed no more than one-half of the academic requirements of
the graduate program; and, a citizen of or have permanent residence in
either the United States or Canada.

FUNDING: A scholarship of up to $5,000 is awarded annually. The scholarship
is announced at the annual meeting of the association, where the
recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in the
sponsor organization and free inclusive student registration at the
association?s annual meeting. (cas)

Deadline(s): 12/01/2011
Established Date: 09/27/2002
Follow-Up Date: 08/01/2012
Review Date: 07/19/2011

Address: Professional Development Department
65 East Wacker Place
Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601-7246
Web Site:
Tel: 312-419-9094, x28
Fax: 312-419-8950

Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
Award Type(s): Student Scholarship
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Canada Citizenship
Canada Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant
U.S.A. Citizenship (including U.S. Territories)
U.S. Permanent Resident
Locations Tenable: Canadian Institution
U.S.A. Institution (including U.S. Territories)
Appl Type(s): Graduate Student
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $5,000 MAXIMUM
Duration: 0
Indirect Costs: Unspecified
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: Professional/Academic Assoc & Soc.
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
KEYWORDS: Medical Informatics
Information Science/Systems
Library Science

St. Catherine University Library Temporary Archives Assistant

Archives Assistant – Temporary - Archives Dept. - Req. #11AM40

Job Description:
St. Catherine University is seeking a Temporary Archives Assistant to provide support for the University Archivist and Head of Special Collections from September through December 2011.

Responsibilities: Include processing incoming materials to the Archives and existing materials in the Ade Bethune Collection, assisting users with basic departmental questions, supervising student workers and maintaining access tools for collections.

· Bachelor’s degree (liberal arts area preferred).
· Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; attention to detail.
· Excellent computer skills.
· Flexibility and the ability to work independently and attend to multiple tasks simultaneously. Must be able to lift and move 40 lb. boxes.
· The incumbent must have the ability to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families and communities.

· Coursework or experience working in an archives and/or special collections department. Knowledge of ArcaSearch and/or CONTENTdm software.
· Supervisory experience.

Send résumé & cover letter to:
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to St. Catherine University, Human Resources, F-17, Req.#11AM40, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105. Or fax to (651) 690-6871, or e-mail to Review of applications will begin August 5, 2011.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
EEO/Drug Free Workplace Employer
Tobacco-Free Campuses

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

Note: this is a 32 hour per week temporary support staff position ending Dec 31, 2011 and the pay rate is between $12 -$14/hour.

Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association Annual Meeting Scholarship

The Midwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting Scholarship supports the attendance of current library science students at the Chapter’s Annual Meeting. Two $500scholarships are available each year.

The Chapter’s 2011 meeting this year is in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Marriott Downtown on October 8-11. There are two $500.00 scholarships available. The application deadline is August 22, 2011. The student must be a member of the Chapter (can join and apply at the same time) and also be a current student at the time of the meeting in October. The $500.00 award is presented to the awardee at the meeting in the form of a check.

Please see the conference website for additional information and here for information about all of the Midwest Chapter/MLA awards.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Public Services Librarian Internship at Washington County Library

Get the Competitive Edge!
Gain real-world experience at the Washington County Public Library. The Twin Cities library job market is one of the most competitive in the country. Distinguish yourself from your peers with practical experience in this progressive suburban public library system.

Duration: 90 hours (10h / wk for 9 week period) scheduled for Fall / Winter 2011
Work Schedule: Flexible, upon needs of intern
Location: WCL Central Group Libraries – Newport, Woodbury, Lakeland
Internship supervisor: Chad Lubbers, library manager
Salary: Unpaid
Prerequisites: successful completion of LIS7040: Reference and Online Services or equivalent
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Information Services
Intern will assist with information research and readers advisory services for both adults and children. Work is designed to be hands-on and will involve direct contact with customers both in-person, electronically, and via telephone.

Programming / Outreach
Intern will assist with design and implementation of at least one adult or youth program, depending on interest and customer demand. Intern may assist with off-site programming as occasion and time permit.

Branch Library Work
Intern will work at least one shift in each of the branch locations listed above. This will provide experience in a variety library sizes and settings.

Email current resume and list of MLIS classes completed to

Applicants must also provide a single paragraph answer to this question: Why do you want to be a public librarian?

Application deadline: August 31, 2011.

Contact internship supervisor at 651.275.8557 or to request additional information.

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Washington County is one of the premier employers in the Twin Cities. With over 220,000 residents, 80% of whom are registered library users, Washington County is a progressive, forward-thinking organization, integrating technology and innovation in the provision of services for county residents.

8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, Minnesota 55125
Phone: 651-731-1320 • Fax: 651-275-8562 • TTY: 651-430-6246

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action

Congratulations to Deni Buendorf!

Congratulations to Deni Buendorf, current MLIS student, on being awarded the Capstone Scholarship. View the announcement on the Capstone website or on the St. Catherine University site.

Friday, July 15, 2011

MLA 2011 Conference

The Minnesota Library Association is pleased to announce its 2011 Annual Conference, Libraries: Superior Value for Life, to be held October 12-14, 2011, in Duluth, Minnesota at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. This three-day conference will be of value to all library professionals and supporters.

Visit for complete details and registration.

The press release with additional information is available for download here:

A PDF flyer is available for download here:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Academic Law Library Internship Posting

Internship Name: Academic Law Library Internship

Organization Name: Hamline University School of Law

Description: Law Library Internship for J.D. degreed MLIS Candidate or MLIS candidate who has successfully completed the Law Librarianship and Legal Bibliography courses

Description: An excellent opportunity to gain experience answering reference questions in an academic law library. There will also be an opportunity to use Millennium Circulation module and work on projects with experienced Public Services law librarians.

    Internship Requirements:
  • Time commitment: 12 hours per week per law school semester (August 15 - Dec. 15 and January 15 – May 15)
  • Working knowledge of legal research
  • Excellent customer service skills and Professional demeanor

Compensation: This is an unpaid, volunteer position.

Academic Credit: The Hamline Law Library will assist you in any way necessary to receive credit for internship experience. Contact your academic advisor or department chair to inquire about your school’s requirements.

Application Procedure: Submit a cover letter that includes your professional goals, a statement of why you want to be an intern at Hamline University Law Library, your legal research experience, your customer service skills, and your dates and times available during each law school semester. Include a resume and three professional references. Submit information to:

Barb Kallusky
Head of Public Services
Hamline University Law Library
1536 Hewitt Ave. MS D-2010
St. Paul, MN 55104

Applications must be received by July 15, 2011 and December 15, 2011.