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Call for Submissions

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Call for Articles for Publication

Reference Reviews (an Emerald journal) is seeking articles for publication
in 2012. These articles should have as a focus government information
sources (as opposed to government reference processes), and examples
include, but are not limited to:

1. An overview or annotated bibliography of particular types of
government sources (eg, bibliographies, databases, etc.) or a particular
niche in government sources (eg, state/local resources, Dept. of Health
resources, etc.)

2. A comparative review of two or more sources in a particular
subject area of government information (this can be state/local, federal,
or international)

3. A viewpoint article about a range of sources or type of source

4. Any other type of article which has as its focus a discussion of
government information sources

Articles which are international in scope are particularly desirable. The
word count is 1000 minimum, 1500 average, but can be significantly longer.
If you're interested in writing one of these articles for publication in 2012, have questions about a possible topic, or would like further information, please contact me at

More information about the journal can be found here: OR

Bethany Latham
Internet Editor, Reference Reviews
Associate Professor & Electronic Resources/Documents Librarian
Houston Cole Library
Jacksonville State University

Fall 2011 Reference Grad Assistantship now hiring in the St. Catherine University Library

Deadline to apply is Sept. 10, 2011

-Must have completed LIS Core courses
-Must be available Thursdays during the day (other times flexible to total 10 hr/week)

-Reference desk work
-Instruction (classroom and one-on-one)
-Creating LibGuides and more

Wonderful learning opportunity and great for the resume! $12/hr!

More info:

Monday, August 29, 2011

St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter: Welcome, New Students!

St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter: Welcome, New Students!: Welcome, new MLIS students! You don't have to be an ALA member to join our group. Please come and find out more about us at either or both o...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2nd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

The 2nd Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is seeking program proposals. It's not too late for you to submit a proposal, but time is running out! The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2011.

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) is a conference for everyone. The conference is sponsored by five associations of ethnic librarians, including: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA) JCLC brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, library supporters, and community participants to explore issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services.

JCLC 2012 will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in September 2012, and will be an excellent opportunity for you to share your knowledge and expertise in one of the following areas:

Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration

Marketing; outreach to diverse populations; community collaborations; user spaces; public policy; health education; using census data and other government information; cultural programming; services to and rebuilding of communities hit with disaster; research; undocumented, urban, rural and low-income communities; etc.

Collections, Programs and Services

Ethnic and multicultural collections; film and music; information literacy; children's, youth and adult programming; programs for diverse populations; reference; instruction; grant funded programs; technical services; archives; preservation; documenting traditional knowledge; research; cataloging/subject headings/controlled vocabulary; etc.

Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange (understanding and valuing differences)

Increasing awareness and tolerance of "minorities"; disabilities; gender; celebrating elders; religion; sexual orientation/LGBT populations; nationality; sharing traditional knowledge; serving the incarcerated; immigrant and refugees; cross cultural issues; transnational communities; multiculturalism; best practices and model programs; etc.

Leadership, Management and Organizational Development

Administration; staff development/training; recruitment and retention; leadership; organizational culture; management; cultural competencies; mentoring; assessment; mid-career strategies; staff and paraprofessional issues; conflict resolution and mediation; re-organization and re-structuring; leading during tight economic times; institutional change; research; fundraising; etc.

Technology and Innovation

Teaching and learning; emerging technologies; e-repositories; social networking applications; digitization; equal access for users; library tools; e-books; mobile devices; widgets; mashups; online learning and collaboration; open access movements; social aspects of technology and implications for use; videos; etc.

All sessions will be 75 minutes long and may take one of the following formats:

  • Panel
  • Individual Paper/Presentation
  • Roundtable
  • Workshop
  • Poster Session

**JCLC will also accept proposals in different formats (other than those listed above) that will excite, engage and create a new learning environment for conference attendees.**

All proposals must be submitted to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color website at: by midnight PST on September 15, 2011. No late submissions will be accepted.

All proposals will be blind reviewed (without author identification) by the JCLC Program Committee. Proposals are evaluated on quality and clarity of content, uniqueness of topic, relevance to conference attendees, ability to engage the audience, and the relationship of the proposal to the mission of the conference.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For MLIS Students: Changes to St Kate's Google Accounts begin Thursday, August 18

Google is changing the St Kate's Google accounts starting Thursday, August 18. You must accept these changes to access your St Kate's Google account.
Google is modifying the infrastructure of all Google accounts, as they are doing with all institutions using Google Apps for Education. For most people, this modification will have only slight changes to the navigation on the Email, Calendar and Documents portion of your Google account.

The first time you log into your Google account after the transition, you will see a large Terms of Service page.

Directions are posted on the Daily Update in Kateway.

Call and Ask Your Senators to Co-Sponsor the SKILLs Act

Please call both of your U.S. senators at the capitol switchboard, 202-224-3121, and ask them to co-sponsor S. 1328 the “Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act” or the SKILLs Act.

The SKILLs Act was introduced on July 6 by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by:

  • Ensuring that funds will serve school libraries in elementary, middle, and high schools;
  • Improving literacy and college and career readiness through effective school library programs;
  • Encouraging coordination and shared planning time among school librarians and classroom teachers;
  • Expanding professional development to include digital literacy instruction that is appropriate for all grade levels, an assessment of student literacy needs, the coordination of reading and writing instruction across content areas, and training in literacy strategies in all content areas;
  • Requiring books and materials to be appropriate for students in all grade levels and students with special learning needs, including English language learners;
  • Providing grants on a competitive basis for a period of three years;
  • Targeting funding to school districts with 20% or greater levels of students in poverty.
  • Ensuring an equitable distribution of funds among the different geographic regions of the country and among urban and rural areas; andRequiring greater coordination among other literacy, technology, and professional development funds and activities.

This legislation is very important for the future of school libraries within the federal government. So please call today and encourage your colleagues, neighbors, friends, family, and others to do the same. To find out who your two senators are please refer to the ALA Legislation Action Center Be sure to post a comment to your member’s Facebook page and/or Twitter account (if they have them) asking them to co-sponsor the SKILLs Act. As of August 17 the following senators have agreed to co-sponsor this bill:

Jack Reed (D-RI)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
John Kerry (D-MA)


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Library Technology Conference Planning Intern

The Library Technology Conference Steering Committee is seeking a dedicated self-starter with good people, organizational, and time management skills and a strong interest in libraries and technology to assist with the planning of the 2012 Library Technology Conference, to be held March 14-15, 2012 on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. This is a temporary, paid position (mid-September through early April), averaging 8-12 hours per week with up to 40 hours the week of the conference for a total of 300 hours.

The Intern will assist with all aspects of conference planning, including working with program planning committee members, helping to coordinate conference registration and produce conference publications, supporting the conference website and communication using social media tools, and other duties and responsibilities as assigned. Much of the work can be completed remotely/off-campus, but the Intern must be able to come to campus at least once per week for a minimum of 4-5 hours to work with conference planning staff. Candidates should have a strong interest in technology and its impact on libraries; have excellent written and oral communication skills; and be flexible, detail-oriented, and able to meet deadlines.

For more information and to apply, please see Macalester's Employment Services website. Contact Ellen Holt-Werle, 651-696-6901 or, if you have any questions.

Minnesota Historical Society Reference Intern

Department: Collections and Reference
Supervisor: Jenny McElroy
Hours: 10 hours per week
Timeframe: Fall Semester 2011 (September - December)
Status: Unpaid, a limited number of stipends are available to students from underrepresented communities

Project Summary: While assisting in the day-to-day operations of the reference department, the intern will work with staff to provide professional public services to the Society's Library users.

Student Qualifications: Graduate students studying library/information sciences or history will be considered, as will senior-level undergraduates who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in library or information science. Must have strong research, writing, and communications skills. A willingness to learn and to interact with a diverse population of researchers is also a necessity.

Ideal degrees: Library Science, History, Public History
Student Responsibilities:
•Providing research services in answer to e-commerce requests
•Answering reference questions submitted via email, phone, or mail
•Depending on the intern’s interests and the library’s current needs, the intern may also work on other projects.

Possible projects may include:
oParticipating in the creation of reference tools to assist librarians and researchers
oUpdating, revising, or creating "History Topics" content for online publication
oProviding retrieval, copying, or shelving assistance

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:
•Work experience in a unique, special collection library setting
•Experience providing public reference and research services
•Familiarity with a variety of print and online reference tools
•Increased knowledge about Minnesota history
•Increased awareness of genealogical research tools and techniques

Required submission(s):
•Writing sample (3 pages, unedited by others)
•Please include your professional goals in your cover letter.

To apply please visit for more information about the program and application process.

Substitute Staff Needed at St. Thomas University

The University of St. Thomas Libraries are hiring substitutes who will be asked to work once a month for approximately 6-10 hours. Other shifts may be scheduled as needed.

Starting times usually overlap with an on-duty staff member for an hour or two to ensure good staff connection and communication.

Hours will be scheduled at the O’Shaughnessy Frey Library in St. Paul and the Keffer Library in Minneapolis. Weekend hours are needed for both locations as well as some daytime hours when regular staff are at meetings or absent for other reasons.

Duties include: providing assistance to patrons; opening and/or closing the building; supervising student employees, including some training of student workers.

Qualifications: Minimum one year circulation experience required, preferably in an academic institution; strong customer service skills needed.

Preferred: Knowledge of CLIC (Cooperating Libraries in Consortia); Innovative Millennium library circulation system; willing to work at Keffer Library in Minneapolis.

Salary – $11.00 – 12.00 per hour

The University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideas of this mission statement.

Please send email to Diane Knights at and include a brief resume and cover letter by Friday, August 26th. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Advocacy for Libraries ALA Webinar

10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

You’ve probably heard that big budget and policy changes are afoot in Washington, DC – and perhaps that constituent voices are more important than ever. In fact, advocacy is the buzz word du jour – but does the word itself resonate with library supporters who are not already engaged in grassroots activities? What does “advocacy” mean, and how does it translate into action? Library trustees, members of friends groups, librarian advocates, and library supporters of all kinds can do many things to make advocacy a meaningful word. Join this webinar to learn about ten easy actions, including writing personalized letters, building coalitions in your community and even using social media outlets to help develop and deliver your message. If America’s libraries are going to survive these difficult times, we need your voice – and your action. More infromation found here.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Thursday, August 11, 2011

2011 Midwest Chapter Medical Library Association Meeting

You are invited to the 2011 Midwest Chapter / Medical Library Association Annual Meeting, to be held in Indianapolis, October 8th-11th. The meeting will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Online Registration is available now. Early bird discount ends September 8th. More pricing information can be found on our website. Our featured speakers are John Green, a New York Times bestselling author & Margo Coletti, Director of Knowledge Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and current Chair of the Hospital Library Section of the MLA.

Six continuing education courses are being offered. Topics include grant writing, copyright, mobile technology, electronic collection development, instruction design and e-science & data sharing. This information is sent on behalf of the 2011 Midwest Chapter Meeting, Publicity Committee.

Chris Bishop, MLS
Community Health Network

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Four Fall 2011 MLIS Graduate Assistantships Available

FOUR Graduate Assistantship opportunities for the Fall 2011 semester will be open to students currently enrolled in the St. Catherine University MLIS program. Working under the direction of an MLIS faculty mentor (David Lesniaski; Sarah Park; Susan Shoemaker; or Joyce Yukawa) the graduate assistant will have the opportunity to expand upon knowledge gained in the classroom on a variety of projects. Please indicate if there is a faculty member you would prefer to work with or if you have no preference. Assistantships are awarded for one semester and require a commitment of ten hours per week. Students open to committing for more than one semester will be given preference. The rate of pay is $12 per hour. The position does not include tuition remission or benefits.

•Must have completed LIS 7010.
•Must have taken or currently be enrolled in LIS 7030 and/or LIS 7040.
•Must abide by departmental policies and student employment policies established in the SCU Student Employment Handbook.
•Must meet periodically with faculty mentor to provide regular updates on progress made toward learning goals established at the start of the assistantship.

David Lesniaski:desired attributes (not qualifications)
•Reasonable knowledge of Excel and Access or ability and willingness to learn them
•Interest in learning and experimenting with various types of software (online systems, content management systems, presentation software, concept-mapping software, ...)
•Interest in the organization of information
•Ability to work independently

Sarah Park:
•Assist with course preparation and research
•Familiarity with Youth Services and Literature
•Familiarity with both Mac and PC operating systems
•Must have strong writing skills and familiarity with various citation styles

Susan Shoemaker:
•Assist with some course preparation.
•Main responsibility will be to assist with research on Service Learning Project partners in the Twin Cities area, including talking with and surveying organizations.

Joyce Yukawa:
•Desired: completion of 7530 or website development experience; 7920
•Interested in service learning and services to older adults
•Assist with course preparation, research, and project for older adults

Deadline to apply is August 15, 2011.
Students should apply through Katieclick where requirements such as a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript are needed for the application.

ONE Graduate Assistantship opportunity for the Fall 2011 semester will be open to students currently enrolled in the St. Catherine University MLIS program. Work under the direction of the MLIS Associate Dean Deborah Grealy and Assistant Program Director Deborah Torres to complete a variety of assignments related to Monday Night Event planning and programming, assessment and research support. Assistantships are awarded for one semester and require a commitment of ten hours per week.  Students open to committing for more than one semester will be given preference. The rate of pay is $12 per hour. The position does not include tuition remission or benefits.  

General Requirements:
Must have completed LIS 7010.
Must have taken or currently be enrolled in LIS 7030 and/or LIS 7040.
Must abide by departmental policies and student employment policies established in the SCU Student Employment Handbook.
Must be able to meet face-to-face with supervisor for regular updates on progress made toward assignment tasks.
Must be available for Monday Night Programs

Additional Requirements:
Comfortable with public speaking when assisting with events.
Good communication skills for working with event sponsors and speakers.
Ability to conduct library-based research and effective database searching.
Mathematical literacy, including understanding basic statistics.

Preferred Requirements:
Has completed a research methods course.

Deadline to apply is August 15, 2011. Students should apply through Katieclick where requirements such as a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript are needed for the application.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Nominate now for the MLA Above & Beyond Award

Do you know anyone who’s gone above and beyond to impact libraries in the last year?Help MLA recognize contributions to improved library services by nominating a person or group for MLA’s new Above & Beyond Award! It’s easy with the convenient online nomination form. The Minnesota Library Association Above & Beyond Award is given in recognition of a recent group or individual contribution significant to the Minnesota library community.

The award can be given to up to three recipients per year. Recipients receive a certificate, recognition at the Annual Conference, and $100. Individuals and groups receive the same level of recognition. The deadline for nominations is August 17, 2011

Eligible candidates:
-Academic, public, school, and special libraries
-Any level of library staff, work team, or department
-Friends, trustees, foundations, and other library supporters

Projects, programs, or services that demonstrate innovation and/or outstanding dedication and have local or statewide impact
More award opportunities!

The Support Staff and Paraprofessionals Interest Section (SSPIN) is also taking nominations for the SSPIN Advocate Award and Una Lamb Paraprofessional of the Year Award. Award details and criteria are available on the MLA website. Submitting nominations is easy with the convenient online form. Make someone’s day!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Associate University Library for Research and User Services

The George Washington University Libraries is pleased to seek nominations and applications for an Associate University Librarian for Research and User Services. The George Washington University Libraries includes The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library on the Foggy Bottom Campus in downtown DC, Eckles Memorial Library at the Mount Vernon campus and Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library in Northern Virginia. The person in this senior-level administrative position will have the opportunity to shape dynamic, multifaceted user services and take a lead role in developing policies that contribute to transformative organizational change.

Our successful candidate must be an eager agent for change and should be comfortable working in an environment where transformation is ongoing. This position presents an opportunity to be on the ground-floor of decision making processes that will have a positive impact on the library and university community for years to come. The responsibilities and functions of the AUL for Research and User Services (AUL/R&US) are likely to evolve significantly over the course of the next several years as the GWU Libraries lead the rapid educational and technological advances in the research and scholarly community.

Review official job posting here. Visit for more information about the GWUL and the George Washington University.

REVIEW DATE: Review of applications will begin on September 7, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled.

Free Library Webinars and MORE

Through the efforts of colleagues around the country, here is a compilation of free or low-cost online webinars relevant to libraries and staff at all levels from various sources. Many of the webinars will be archived, so check the relevant site later if you can’t attend the live online event. If you have additions to the list of free webinars or the Minnesota calendar of events, add them to the blog’s comments field or let me know!

Free Library Webinars – August 2011, [In particular, faculty and students interested in library training may appreciate the free, two-day, online conference, Trends in Library Training and Learning offered by WebJunction and the ALA Learning Round Table on August 10-11, 2011. With registration, participants may attend one or more sessions live, as their schedule permits. With or without registration, staff may view the session archives later.]

Additional Learning Opportunities:
For Minnesota-sponsored events, live and online, visit the Minnesota Library Community Calendar of Events and the Minitex Event Calendar.

For lists of past “Free Library Webinars”, visit this search link at BlogJunction Minnesota,

For free, self-paced courses, join WebJunction Minnesota and select from the course catalog, [Tip: To see the list of courses, be sure to login to your WebJunction Minnesota account. The course list is visible only to those who login and who have a Minnesota affiliation.]


Mary Ann Van Cura
Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator
State Library Services
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
651-582-8632 voice 651-582-8752 fax

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Director – Romeo District Library, Michigan

Opportunity is knocking! A fantastic opportunity awaits a creative and visionary administrator. Romeo District Library (MI) is seeking a forward thinking director that can take its library, serving a population of nearly 38,000, to the next level. Situated in Macomb County, the third most populous county in Michigan, the district library consists of a main library building and one branch with a millage in perpetuity, a budget of $2 million and a staff of 22.75 FTE. Romeo District Library is situated approximately 40 miles north of Detroit and serves Bruce and Washington Townships as well as the Village of Romeo.

Romeo District Library’s service area has experienced high growth with nearly a 21% increase in the service population over the past decade. With both new suburban development and a historic downtown, the Village of Romeo, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a community that provides a local business center for northern Macomb County and is nestled in a tranquil rural atmosphere of fruit orchards and small town living.

The position requires a MLS/MLIS from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association plus a minimum of four years of experience as an administrator or a department head for a public library. Additional qualifications include: a thorough knowledge of public library service, strong interpersonal communication skills, ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers, experience in management and supervision of personnel, hands-on budget preparation and financial management, creation of library policies and projects, facilities management, library technology, marketing and community relations skills.

The successful candidate will be a proven leader, with a track record of creative and innovative problem solving abilities; a team-builder and networker with a history of collaboration; successful in community outreach; have experience with long term planning and managing in a union environment.

Salary: from $80,000 dependent on qualifications; excellent benefit package.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm EST on September 16, 2011. Electronic submissions are required. Interested individuals should forward the following to

1. Completed Romeo District Library application (can be found on the Harztell-Mika website)
2. Cover letter which specifically addresses the position requirements,
3. Resume
4. Three references with contact information, including email addresses

Full position description and instructions to apply can be found here:

Reference and Instruction Librarian Opportunity

The University of Guam Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic individual who will provide leadership in developing next generation reference services, including assessment of current practices, policies and procedures, and the creative use of appropriate technology, be responsible for reference services, bibliographic instruction, management and collection development of reference resources and library display coordination. This individual will report to the library director.

Requirements: ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree. At least 3 years work experience in an academic or public library providing reference and information literacy instruction experience. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience relevant to the position. This is a 12-month, tenure track position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Complete job announcement and application materials can be found at

For further information about the University of Guam, visit our Web Site at


Paul B. Drake, User Services & Document Delivery Librarian
University of Guam/Unibetsed at Guahan
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Tan Siu Lin Building
UOG Station
Mangilao, Guam 96923-0117 USA
Tel: (671) 735-2345; Fax: (671) 734-6882

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

E-Learning and Website Coordinator Opportunity

E-Learning and Website Coordinator (half-time) Opportunity:

This position will participate on the International Capacity Building project team with the goal of strengthening the capacity of locally-run torture treatment centers around the world. The position will plan and coordinate web-based training events by partnering with content experts. The position will also facilitate communication among staff from the centers through online community building and serve as a resource for the project on e-learning approaches.

We are seeking candidates with a BA and 2 years experience in instructional design, online learning and website design; experience managing CMS, CRM and multi-media and e-learning editing tools; and knowledge about e-learning practices. A full description is available at

Kristin Antin
New Tactics in Human Rights Online Community Builder
Phone: +1-612-436-4885

The Center for Victims of Torture
649 Dayton Avenue / St. Paul, MN 55104

CVT: Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit