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Friday, September 30, 2011

Free Library Webinars – October 2011

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 – October 2011,

Additional Learning Opportunities for the Minnesota Library Community:
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.]

Guidance and practical support in an uncertain job market

LinkedIn Groups: American Library Association
Subject: Guidance and practical support in an uncertain job market

Read a free sample from A Librarian’s Guide to an Uncertain Job Market, a Special Report from ALA Editions. Jeanette Woodward, the author of this report (and a veteran librarian with decades of experience), helps plot out a game plan, outlining how you can prepare for budget crunches by: developing versatile skills and planning ahead for potential changes in employment; educating yourself about which library positions are being phased out and which will hold steady or expand; adjusting your career goals; repurposing your existing skills for non-traditional librarianship; and searching for work in non-library settings. Her goal is to provide the compassionate guidance and pragmatic support that you might need to survive possible career crises and reenter the job market with renewed confidence.

Check out the free sample at either of these locations:

Two Positions at FIU: Instruction & E-Learning Librarian and Web Services Librarian

Instruction & E-Learning Librarian

The Florida International University Libraries seek an enthusiastic, energetic, student-centered, public service-oriented, and innovative individual for the position of Instruction & E-Learning Librarian. The Instruction & E-Learning Librarian coordinates the Library's Information Literacy program and online learning initiatives, develops and delivers electronic learning objects and content modules that meet specific faculty/staff and student information literacy needs, supports student learning across disciplines by working with faculty/staff and librarians to facilitate the use of curriculum-specific information resources, provides access to course-specific online materials in course delivery systems and other online environments, and promotes the use of curriculum-based information resources.

For full details and to apply: Applications and accompanying documentation are to be submitted online at Position number is 35459. Accompanying documentation must include a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of 3 professional references. All inquiries should be directed to Sarah J. Hammill, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, at
Web Services Librarian

The Florida International University Libraries seek a student-centered, creative, innovative, and public service-oriented Web Services Librarian to provide leadership in the vision, design and maintenance of the Libraries public services online and mobile presence. This position works both collaboratively and independently in the management of the Libraries site and various systems to enhance the end user experience by enhancing their access to information and collections.

For full details and to apply: Applications and accompanying documentation are to be submitted online at Position number is 35460. Accompanying documentation must include a cover letter, a resume, and the names and contact information of 3 professional references. All inquiries should be directed to Sarah J. Hammill, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, at

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Media Specialist long-term sub position

My name is Elizabeth Braun and I am graduate of the St. Kate's (Dominican) MLIS program. My current position as library media specialist at Northdale Middle School in Coon Rapids has a posting for a long-term sub (I'll be on maternity leave) from late October to mid January. The job is posted at:

Please consider applying! It’s a great place to work and would give you great work experience!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Reference Coordinator at California State University Channel Islands

The John Spoor Broome Library at California State University Channel Islands is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track librarian, Reference Coordinator, to assist us in furthering our service-oriented, student-centered, inter-disciplinary library environment. The ideal candidate is innovative, team-oriented, entrepreneurial, willing to take chances, can laugh at their own mistakes, and wants to engage with the campus community. Reporting to the Head of Outreach and Public Services, the Reference Coordinator endeavors to design, deliver, and assess information services with a focus on student learning. The Reference Coordinator provides general help and research assistance at the Research Desk employing phone, e-mail, web and other communication technologies; contributes to on-line content designed to support the student learning environment; engages in-depth research consultations for all academic disciplines; contributes to service in both library and university committees as well as professional associations; and assumes other responsibilities as assigned. This position includes some evening and weekend hours.

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, CSU Channel Islands (CI) provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives. The University is a vibrant part of the extended community and is committed to developing programs that address the academic, economic and social needs of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and the State of California. CI has twice been named one of the best universities in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and named to the Chronicle’s 2011 Honor Roll, where only 42 institutions nationwide were recognized in at least five categories

This position is contingent upon enrollment growth and availability of funds. Appointments are for fall 2012 in the disciplines listed below. Application review begins on October 24, 2011. Please see the CSU Channel Islands website for a more detailed position description and to apply for this position:

Starting salary range is $57,000.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


“Geoscience Librarianship 101” – a free seminar on earth science
information resources and their organization – will be presented by the
Geoscience Information Society on Saturday, October 8 in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. Registration is open to all information professionals as well
as students in library and information studies.

The workshop is aimed at librarians new to the geosciences and those
already in the field who want a refresher. A team of experienced
geoscience librarians will cover topics in collection development,
reference and instructional services, maps and geographic information
systems (GIS). Presenters include Lisa Dunn (Colorado School of Mines),
Adonna Fleming (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Lura E. Joseph
(University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana), and Linda Zellmer (Western
Illinois University). After the formal presentations participants will
have the opportunity to engage in open discussion and to give feedback.
Clara McLeod, earth and planetary sciences librarian at Washington
University in St. Louis, is coordinating the event.

Geoscience Librarianship 101 will be held from 9:15 AM to 4:30 PM at the
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Library, Room 1500. Pre-registration is
required; no walk-ins will be admitted.

Registrations must be received by September 30, 2011. To sign up, please provide your name, daytime contact information, and professional (work/school) affiliation to: Clara P. McLeod, Rettner Earth & Planetary Sciences Library, Washington University, Campus Box 1169, St. Louis, MO 63130, telephone 314-935-4817, e-mail

Sponsored by GeoScience World and ESRI

Dr. Hammond and Lindsey Lobner featured in article "Pick up a book: Tips for the reluctant reader"

Dr. Heidi Hammond, MLIS Assistant Professor, and Lindsey Lobner, MLIS 2009 Alum, are featured in the Star Tribune article "Pick up a book: Tips for the reluctant reader" by Tiffany Gee Lewis on September 25th.

Pre-Holidays Children's Book Drive: Your Suggestions Needed!

The St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter, Progressive Librarians Guild student group, and Special Libraries Association student group are joining forces to collect children's books during the first two weeks of December, and we need your input! We know we would like to focus on children's books for an underserved group (kids in poverty, in foster care, from immigrant families, those who have been adopted, anything else you can think of) but need to pick a group or groups to donate to ASAP in order to define our audience. That's where you come in! If you know of a deserving group with a structure in place to receive book donations, please email your suggestion to Suggestions from any and all students, staff, and faculty members are welcome.

Thank you!

Congratulations to Tanya Cothran, MLIS 2009 Alum

Tanya recently published her article about Google Scholar in LISR, a well-regarded peer-reviewed journal.

Link to the article.

Cothran, T. (2011). "Google Scholar acceptance and use among graduate students: A quantitative study", Library and Information Science Research, 33(4). pp. 293-301.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Collection Management Librarian – E-resource Cataloging (401160)

Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Requisition Number: 1889

MTSU seeks a service oriented librarian responsible for cataloging electronic resources, primarily vendor records for monographic titles. The position reports to the Coordinator of Collection Management. Librarians at MTSU have faculty status and must meet criteria for continuing appointment and tenure.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Catalogs electronic resources, primarily e-books
  • Performs and manages the batch loading of MARC records for e-books and other metadata records, including updating and maintenance
  • Communicates with vendors as needed regarding MARC and other metadata records and resolving technical issues
  • Maintains an understanding of issues related to the cataloging of e-resources
  • Provides input to improve service and enhance access to library resources
  • Works closely with acquisitions and collection assessment librarians to provide reporting and statistical support for e-books and other resources
  • Documents processes and workflows created and used for collection management operations and solutions
  • Works closely with Library Systems to coordinate maintenance and resolve problems related to the ILS and collection management computers, including updates and upgrades
  • Maintains high-quality performance in librarianship, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service
Application Procedure: All applications must be submitted online. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to appointment. Official transcripts (not issued to student) of all college degrees and three letters of recommendation specific to the position will be required of all finalists.

Friday, September 23, 2011

MINITEX Upcoming Training

Check out the upcoming Cataloging​, RDA, and OCLC Training from Minitex. There is no charge for some of the sessions.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


#1112-893 SCIENCE HOUSE LIBRARIAN/COORDINATOR, Science Learning Division. Full Time/Hourly (day, evening, and weekend shifts). Science House is lending library of hands-on STEM materials and resources within the Teacher Professional Development Department (TPD).

Responsibilities: The Science House coordinator provides logistical, administrative, and material support for Science House, as well as providing additional administrative, logistical, and material support for the TPD, a diverse, personable and fast-paced department.

Duties include: Working with TPD leadership and staff to develop and maintain the collection; check in/out, re-shelving, repair and inventory materials; oversee the renewal and expansion Science House membership; facilitate data collection; manager the Alexandria collections catalog; facilitate the preparation of announcements, newsletters and web updates; assist in transport of materials to and from parking, and hospitality. The Science House coordinator must provide excellent customer support in a variety of situations. They must be proficient a soliciting information from patrons as well as accurately accessing and responding to their needs.

Requirements: A bachelor's degree required with a minimum of two years library experience in professional contexts including formal or informal educational institutions. Must have a willingness and capacity to work a flexible schedule that includes Saturday hours. Must also be able to work independently, efficiently, and remain creatively engaged in their work. Must have good verbal and written communication skills, computer skills, be able to climb ladders, drive a van, and ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 49 pounds. Familiarity with K-12 science and/or math curricula and materials desired.

Pay: Commensurate with experience.

APPLY ONLINE: Application Information here:

Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant

Providing ALA Conference Attendance

Support for Library Science Students

Scholarship Amount: $1,500

In honor of the memory of Bob Asleson, the Board of Directors of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant is pleased to offer a $1,500 scholarship to annually-selected students pursuing a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree to attend either the ALA Annual Conference in June, 2011 or the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in January, 2012.

For more information:

For the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in Dallas, TX on January 20-24, 2012, the essay submission deadline is October 15, 2011

University of Nevada, Reno - Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

The University of Nevada, Reno seeks a creative, versatile, user-centered librarian for the position of Reference and Instruction Librarian. This is a tenure-track faculty position, responsible for providing reference and instruction services in the technology-rich Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Responsibilities of the position are to provide general help and reference assistance to students, faculty, and other members of the campus community on-site and remotely; teach formal library instruction sessions; develop effective face-to-face and online information literacy activities and resources; provide in-depth research consultations; serve as a subject liaison and work with university faculty to develop information and technology literacies across the curriculum; participate in the development of digital and print collections in assigned areas of responsibility; work collaboratively to explore and implement new technologies to support learning, research, outreach, and assessment; work with student leadership to plan, organize, and support library involvement in student events and activities; and contribute to the Knowledge Center's website and development of user information and materials.

Minimum qualifications include an MLS or equivalent from a program accredited by the American Library Association, experience in a library reference or instruction setting, experience with web-based information resources, experience with web development and web authoring tools, and the ability to meet requirements for tenure and promotion. Also desired are: knowledge of teaching methods and instructional design issues related to library user education; demonstrated teaching/presentation skills in a library or academic setting; experience with tools that support online learning such as a course management system, screen recording, and video editing (e.g., Blackboard, LibGuides, Camtasia); experience with small screen mobile device applications.

For more information about the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and library services go to

Online applications accepted. To apply, go to Application deadline is October 23, 2011.

AA/EEO. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Santa Clara University: University Librarian Position Announcement

Santa Clara University, the Jesuit University in Silicon Valley, seeks a dynamic, innovative and engaging individual with the experience, leadership qualities and strategic vision to serve as University Librarian. The University Librarian is responsible for promoting excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and integrated education in the Jesuit tradition by providing access to, and facilitating the use of, a broad array of information resources.

The University Librarian plays a key role in helping the University realize its vision of educating citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion to foster a more humane, just, and sustainable world. This individual provides strong leadership in implementing the University’s strategic plan and the Library’s goals. The position involves consultation and collaboration with a broad range of academic areas, including the College and Schools, the Centers of Distinction, and academic departments.

The University Library shares the Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library with the other elements of the Information Services Division. The building is a beautiful facility opened in March, 2008. The Library’s collections, attractive study and computing areas, collaborative workrooms, exhibit gallery, and café have made it one of the most popular destinations on campus.

For a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications, please see the position description below. Applications are requested before October 31, 2011. The screening and interview process will take place in winter 2011. Interested candidates should submit an application electronically, including a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae, and references to Edward Ryan, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at

For more information about the Santa Clara University Library, please visit

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

International Conference on the History of Records and Archives 6

Exploring Shared Heritage in the History of Archives with Libraries, Information Science/Documentation, Preservation/Conservation, and Museums

Conference dates: August 2-4, 2012
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Call for Papers Deadline: 2011 December 12

Twenty-first century archivists and librarians, information scientists and documentalists, preservation administrators and conservators, and museum professionals share a common rich enterprise of managing information. Yet the fields of each through time have included work that others stake as their province. Consequently through the centuries this shared heritage often has been honored in rivalry grounded

• in the different purposes archivists and librarians, museum curators and administrators, information scientists and documentalists, and preservation administrators and conservators have claimed as their work,
• in the different traditions of practice grown up to deliver the special contribution of each field to society, and
• in the education appropriate to practicing in each tradition.

We invite proposals for papers for this international conference to explore work in progress, theoretical perspectives, and needs and opportunities for research in the broad area of the history of the shared, conflicting, and complementary heritage of archival enterprise with these related fields.

We encourage submission of proposals treating any topic in any time frame in any geographical area with the broad scope of the conference theme. Proposals for papers should be made in the form of abstracts of 500-750 words. Please submit proposals as an RTF e-mail attachment to Professor Patricia Galloway, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, at:

Deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, December 12, 2011.

Announcement of papers to be included on the program will be made no later than February 3.

Professor Patricia Galloway
School of Information
University of Texas at Austin
1616 Guadalupe, Suite 5.202
Austin, Texas 78701-1213
Phone: 512-232-9220
Fax: 512-471-3971

Understanding Digital Images: Basic to Intermediate Concepts

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011
Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

The workshop will be hosted by the University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Library, Grand Forks, ND on Monday, Oct. 24th.

Confused by the technical jargon of digital imaging? Frustrated by training seminars that assume too much prior knowledge on the part of the student?
This day-long series of presentations guides the participant from the very basics of digital images to intermediate-level concepts, giving them the essential knowledge to embark on further exploration. Sessions cover the basics of digital image files, the mechanics of digitization, intermediate concepts such as colorspace and profiles, and suggestions for setting up computers for imaging work.

Registration and for more information:

Who Should Attend?
This seminar would be useful to anyone learning the basics of digital photography, working with scanners, or preparing images for use on the Internet or in print.

September 2011 issue Minitex/OCLC Monthly Mailing

Digital User Experience Librarian: First-Year Services

University of Texas at San Antonio Library – Main Campus

The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries is seeking innovative, energetic, user-oriented candidates for the position of Digital User Experience Librarian in the First-Year Services Department at the Main Campus.

Reporting to the Head of First-Year Services, this position will assume a key role in developing user-centered web sites, learning modules, and other applications that intuitively deliver digital collections, resources and services. The person in this position will employ standard user experience design, processes, and research methods and analyze usage statistics and trends to evaluate library users’ online needs. Working collaboratively in a team environment, this position will coordinate usability assessment for the library, including designing and carrying out usability studies, analyzing usage statistics and user trends to support planning and development, and advising on the user-centered design requirements and recommending solutions for other departments and stakeholders. This position will also work with the Communications Coordinator to provide oversight of changes and new content for the library website via a content management system (CMS). Additional responsibilities will include working to build and manage the libraries’ social media presence; advising and recommending on web standards, styles, and accessibility guidelines; and actively exploring and making recommendations for best practices with current web technologies.

Closing Date: 10/14/2011

For a complete job description and to apply, please use STARS, the Streamlined Applicant Referral System, at Please reference requisition no. 20110479. For additional assistance, please call UTSA Human Resources at (210) 458-4250. This is a security sensitive position. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check.

UTSA is an EEO/AA employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Congratulations Joyce Yukawa

Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Yukawa, MLIS Assistant Professor, on her appointment to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at St. Catherine University. Thank you Joyce for your committed engagement in this high level University position.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ARLIS N/A sponsored 2012 Gerd Muehsam Award

Art Libraries Society of North America announces the 2012 Gerd Muehsam Award Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). The Award is given annually in recognition of excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. The award was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

Award Details
$500 Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 40th Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada, March 29-April 2, 2012.
Registration fee to this conference.
A one year membership to ARLIS/NA Requirements.

The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding 18 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.

Judging Criteria
Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.

Entries must be postmarked by the end of the day, Friday, November 18, 2011. They will not be returned. All applicants should receive notification of the results by mid-February 2012.

The full announcement as well as additional information about ARLIS/NA can be viewed at: and

Mail or Email Entries To: Erin Elliott, Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee Librarian Sotheby’s Institute of Art 570 Lexington Ave. – 6th floor New York, NY 10022 USA E-mail:

IT Systems Specialist, Pioneerland Library System, Willmar, MN

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Responsible for all aspects of systems administration for the Library System, including networks, applications, databases, servers, hardware, email system, telecommunications network, and staff training. This includes implementation, configuration, coordination, control, maintenance, troubleshooting, security, usage monitoring, and development of system procedures with the Library System.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of computer hardware, software, and network systems
  • Demonstrable knowledge of and experience with administering UNIX, LINUX, and Windows systems in a particular environment
  • Strong understanding of networking protocols ;and concepts
  • Possess technical skills with TCP/IP, Firewalls, DNS, Active Directory, Group Policy, Networking, Web Servers and server hardware.
  • Knowledge of HTML, XML, PHP, and Perl
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with clients
    and ability to work in cooperative, team environment with co-workers
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrable ability to manage multiple tasks in a complex environment
  • Self-starter with ability to develop and follow processes and procedures
  • Experience supporting users in remote locations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate degree in Network Systems Administration or post-secondary technical schooling in computer operations (or related field) plus one year of related work experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience necessary to perform the essential duties of the job. Experience working in a library setting a plus.

Work environment is an office setting. Travel between libraries is required.

Position Open Until Filled

HOURS: Currently average 40 hours per week.

Appointment range: $18.13 - $20.31 per hour DOE

Application Deadline: Resumes accepted until 4:30 P.M. Friday, October 28, 2011.

Send resume, letter of interest, and employment application to: IT Search, Attn: Assistant Director, Pioneerland Library System, PO Box 327, Willmar, MN, 56201 or email to:

For more information about Pioneerland Library System, and to access a complete position description and Employment Application, go to our website:

Notice: Appointments for all PLS job positions require the approval of the Pioneerland Library Board and successful completion of background check.

Lars Steltzner Scholarship - Deadline is Sept. 30

Lars Steltzner was a true believer in libraries of all types and believed that if one library is strengthened, all are stronger. Lars was a great supporter of media specialists and librarians just beginning their careers and was always generous with his time and knowledge. Many library organizations benefited from his wit, his commitment to libraries, and his contributions to Metronet and to all Minnesota libraries.

In 2008 the Metronet Board created a scholarship for library staff in the seven-county metro area in honor of Lars’s memory. The Lars Steltzner Scholarship is given annually to one Minnesota librarian who is early in her/his career. This scholarship of $500 may be used for expenses for a continuing library education event, national or local conference, or participation in a professional engagement opportunity such as serving on a collaborative committee. Recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship once in their career.

Applications for events in FY12 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012) will be accepted between July 1 – September 30, 2011. The Metronet Governing Board will select the winning scholarship at their November meeting.

For more information on how to apply>>

Temporary PT evening library tech

Hennepin Technical College Library is seeking a temporary PT evening library tech for their Brooklyn Park campus (9000 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445)

Hours: M-TH 3-8:30pm, fall and spring semesters only

For more information or to apply, contact Bill Vann, Librarian at


Christine Jenkins: LGBTQ in YA Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign LIS Associate Professor Christine Jenkins will speak on LGBTQ in YA services.

October 3, 2011
Recital Hall
St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) road
trip will assist those interested in a career in teen services.
Find out what life as a teen services provider is really like by
attending a special talk by Dr. Christine Jenkins. Her research
and teaching areas include:
  • History of children’s literature
  • History of youth services librarianship as women’s history
  • Historical and contemporary censorship and intellectual freedom; young adult literature
  • Representations of minority-status groups in children’s and young adult literature
  • Reading engagement
  • Reader-response research and the reader-text interaction.
Contact Information: Dr. Sarah Park (651) 690-8791

Monday, September 19, 2011

SLA Silicon Valley Chapter & IT Division Joint Event Cloud Computing for Libraries and Digital Curation

Cloud Computing is the hot new technology bandwagon that everyone is trying to climb aboard. Yet, like any new technology, early adopters have hit some bumps in the road, including deployment issues, lack of standards, and security holes that have been widely reported in the press.

As Cloud Computing moves from early adopter stage to mainstream deployment, it's time for those in the library and digital curation fields to assess how they can make use of this promising new technology. What is Cloud Computing? How can it improve current practices? What new opportunities does it enable? Philip Gust will help librarians and digital curators understand the technology, discuss some ways that they can begin using it now, and provide a road map for realizing its full potential in the future.

Philip Gust is a member of the LOCKSS digital preservation project at the Stanford University Libraries. He has been a CTO, VP, and Engineering Director at several early stage companies. He was a Principal Investigator and R&D Manager at HP Labs, and managed the development of over a dozen products. At the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, he worked on unmanned spacecraft missions to every planet in the Solar System. He also taught Computer Science and Systems Engineering at the University of Arizona. Mr. Gust is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Life Member of the ACM, and treasurer of the Silicon Valley chapter of SLA. He earned a BS in Mathematics and Psychology and a MS in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Arizona. You are welcome to participate virtually:

When: Thursday Oct. 6, 2011, 7pm-7:45pm (PST), followed by Q/A
Fee: SLA Silicon Valley Chapter or IT Division members: $5
SLA student members: $5
Other SLA members: $10
Student non-members: $10
Non-members: $20

SLA IT Division in conjunction with Silicon Valley Chapter will broadcast the presentation via SLA’s GoToWebinar. To attend, you will need to download the GoToWebinar applet to your computer. Please make sure that you can download software to the computer and check system requirements before registering.

Registration: Please register online by Friday, Sept. 30 (Choose the onsite or virtual attendee option on the 2nd page; Virtual attendance registration is limited to 100) Our SponsorThank you to Apple Inc. for generous sponsorship. Thanks also go to SLA's Silicon Valley Chapter and IT Division for working together to coordinate this event.

(Tonight) Welcome Back & MLIS Student Group Recruiting Night!

  • Looking to learn about MLIS student groups?
  • Looking for opportunities to connect with other students, faculty and members of the MLIS community?
  • Looking for extra-curricular activities?
  • Just simply want to get involved?

Then come join us at 6:30 pm on September 19, 2011, in the CdC Lower Level Atrium!

There will be refreshments, activities, and opportunities to meet with the following student groups: SGO (Student Governance Organization) SLA (Special Libraries Association) ALA (American Library Association) PLG (Progressive Librarians Guild)
Don’t miss this unique and fun opportunity to add a new dimension to the MLIS experience!

MLIS Community Night Events

Digital Services and Access Librarian for Special Collections

Full job description found here.

General Description
The University of Tennessee Libraries invites applications for Digital Services and Access Librarian for Special Collections. We are seeking a creative, outgoing professional with the potential for publication and leadership. This position is in the Special Collections department, a service-oriented team that provides access to rare and unique primary materials in support of the research community. Special Collections includes 7,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 60,000 rare books and the University Archives with particular strengths in Tennesseana, Southeastern Native American tribes, the Civil War, and the Smoky Mountains. ( This position works closely with the Head of Special Collections and the University Archivist to acquire, process, organize, digitize and provide access to the collection.

The Digital Services and Access Librarian assists with identifying and developing innovative means for providing discovery, access, and description of manuscript and rare book materials in Special Collections, with an emphasis on digital resources. S/He has responsibility for oversight of processing and preservation of rare books, ephemera, prints, maps, and manuscript collections, including the creation of EAD-encoded finding aids. This position works closely with faculty and staff in Special Collections, Digital Library Initiatives, Systems, Cataloging and Research Services to explore new models of access, improve digital platforms, manage complex workflows, develop policy, implement digitization projects, and advise on cataloging and metadata issues.

The UT Knoxville campus seeks candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Procedures:
A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring. Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library Personnel & Procurement, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email attachment to Review of applications will begin October 12, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled. Qualified spring, summer, and fall semester 2011 graduates are encouraged to apply.

Friday, September 16, 2011


The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) seeks applicants for the Head of Historic Preservation to administer and coordinate the activities of the Historic Preservation Department of the MHS. This department has three central purposes: 1) to administer the state’s program of identification, evaluation, registration and treatment of historic properties, as a component of the federal historic preservation program; 2) encourage the development of state and local history programs and organizations in Minnesota; and 3) to administer the Society’s Grants-in-Aid program to increase the capacity of external partners and support the work of historic preservation and history statewide. This is a full-time, regular position (2,088 annual hours) located at the History Center in St. Paul, MN.

Summary of Work: Responsibilities include: 1) supervises staff in the administration of identification, registration and protection aspects of the historic preservation program; 2) oversees the Grant-in-Aid program to assist history and historic preservation projects in the state; 3) provides leadership in fiscal and business operations of the department; 4) oversees the Government Programs and Compliance work unit to provide support and technical guidance in carrying out the State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO) regulatory responsibilities under federal and state law; 5) oversees the development and submissions to the National Park Service of documentation required for participation in the federal historic preservation program to assure the state’s continued participation in this program; 6) develops a comprehensive planning process for historic preservation in conformance with federal planning standards to provide a coordinating framework for the planning and operation of several facets of the preservation program; 7) oversees the Outreach Services programs to provide support and technical guidance to the organizations and individuals for the development of history programs and conservation throughout the state; and 8) provides overall direction for hiring, training, supervision and motivation for the Department’s staff, interns, and volunteers and ensures compliance with MHS policies and procedures.

Salary: $4,895 monthly minimum.

Application Deadline: Applications received or post-marked by September 29, 2011 will be considered first, position open until filled.

To Apply: see full description on our website at or call MHS Job Line 651-259-3181. EEO

SLA Continuing Education Event

Creating Influence: How To Get What You Want

WHAT: This course is designed to help librarians learn to communicate in a powerful and effective way with the corporate and organizational decision-makers in their institutions. You’ll learn how to predict and prepare for organizational challenges and opportunities and develop your value proposition and an individual value statement - your elevator speech. This class will be fun, practical, and hands-on. Lisa and Frank have taught this course at both regional MLA (Medical Library Association) chapter meetings and at the national meeting with good reviews from participants. They look forward to bringing the course to SLA in MN!

WHEN: September 27th, 2011 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Registration1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Presentation/Workshop *Refreshments will be served.

WHERE: REI Community Room750 W American BlvdBloomington, MN 55420952.884.4315 Please park in the main parking lot and walk through the REI store. When you get to the shoe department, take a right to the Community Room.

COST: $50 for SLA members$35 for students, unemployed, or retired$60 for non-members

REGISTRATION: Deadline: September 19th***Space is limited***
Registration details are available on the MN SLA blog at: Please note the following registration guidelines: If you register, we require you to pay, even if you are not able to attend. There will be a $5 charge for registrations made after the registration deadline if there is still space available.

CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS: Professional Development Co-Chairs
Barb Weldon – – 952.949.5151
Erin Perry – – 612.696.5445

Previously posted on 9-7-11

Effective Advocacy for Libraries

Here is a link to the video made from the webinar “10 Quick and Painless Steps to Effective Advocacy for Libraries” done by the ALA Washington Office. It is a little over an hour long.

Michael Scott
Assistant Director
Southeastern Libraries Cooperating

MNLibLeg mailing list

Thursday, September 15, 2011

MLIS Students on the Future of Reference Services

From a summer 2011 Reference & Online Services course with Deborah Rash:

Maddie Rudawski: Bye bye print reference, hello technology.

Sarah Bissonette: Librarians as navigators in tech-savvy world.

Pam Harris: Communication, integration, demonstrated value, entrepreneurship.

Brett Stursa: Information will come to you instead of you going to it.

Adam Minnie: Managing collections of connections, conversations, & networks which grant access to specialized, localized info and talents.

Cynthia Lowe: Collaborate with members towards knowledge development.

Rebecca Swanson: Meeting users where they are.

Kelly Koppang: More local. More global. Less print.

Anne Thayer: Dynamic collaboration between librarian and patron.

Ellen Morehouse: Find patrons– give good, tailored info.

Ashley Peterson: I hope they still hire “librarians.”

Benji Klas: Embracing postmodern fact as communal process.

Mee Thao: Just Enough Info.

Tiffany Casey: Old school values with new technology.

Amelia Snetting: Watson using a unified universal knowledge repository.

Aimee Luu: Diversifying into professions without librarian in the title.

Heather Palmer: Creative, collaborative, exciting, social, mobile, always changing.

Lacey Rotier:
Future of reference
more click!: digital, online
internet and us.

Title: Non-Print Catalog Librarian, Librarian I

Salary $47,000 minimum

Position Summary: The Non-Print Catalog Librarian will report to the Head of the Cataloging and Metadata Services Team and will be responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of non-print resources of all types and formats in a variety of languages and subjects. May catalog print materials in foreign languages. Creates name authority records for the LC/NACO national authority file, as needed. Participates in the problem solving and policy making activities of the Cataloging and Metadata Services unit; serves as a resource person for library staff on rules and best practices for non-print cataloging; works with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services to develop local cataloging policies and procedures for non-print resources; shares with library colleagues relevant information gained from professional activities and uses that knowledge to improve unit operations; monitors cataloging trends and maintains awareness of emerging issues in bibliographic control; participates in library committees, task groups, and special projects, particularly those related to cataloging, metadata, and bibliographic control. The successful candidate will also participate approximately quarter-time in a secondary assignment based on the needs of the library and interests and qualifications of the librarian. Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuous appointment system, participate in professional development and scholarly activities, and serve on library and university committees as elected or assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more than 4,900 faculty, 36,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The Main Library and 5 branch libraries have combined holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of approximately 50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the state capital. Minimum

See Qualifications and more inforamtion on the job site: Interested applicants should submit a resume, and the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of three references via, posting number 5181.

Applications will be reviewed beginning 10/14/2011 and be accepted until this position is filled. For more information about Michigan State University Libraries, visit our website at:

Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer.

Cataloging Law Materials With RDA

ALA Online Learning Event
Cataloging Law Materials With RDA

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
1:00 - 2:00

Ramsey County Public Library - Roseville (Hamline and Co. Road B)
Parking free

Attendance paid for by the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (MALL)

Registration is not required, but you may RSVP to Susan Vossberg, Chair of MALL Technical Services Special Interest Group at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Open positions at Loyola Marymount University:

Digital Program Librarian

Education Librarian (full-time, visiting appointment)

Librarian-in-Residence (two-year appointment)

Upcoming Webinars

Week of September 12, 2011 - Live and Interactiv​e Webinars

The 2011 Worldwide Virtual Library Conference
November 2 - 3, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at

The 2011 Global Education Conference
November 14 - 18, All Free, All Online in Blackboard Collaborate
Submit to present or to be kept informed at

Wed 14 Sep 07:30PM New York / Wed 14 Sep 11:30PM GMT / Thu 15 Sep 09:30AM Sydney
Lisa Perez. Attend this session with Anita Beaman to learn how to get teens and tweens excited about reading. This event is hosted by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA).

Thu 15 Sep 07:00PM New York / Thu 15 Sep 11:00PM GMT / Fri 16 Sep 09:00AM Sydney
Diego Leal. Quinta sesión del curso abierto ArTIC (

SAM CHALTAIN ON "FACES OF LEARNING" (Future of Education Series)
Thu 15 Sep 08:00PM New York / Fri 16 Sep 12:00AM GMT / Fri 16 Sep 10:00AM Sydney
Steve Hargadon. Join Steve Hargadon on Thursday, September 15th, for a live and interactive webinar Sam Chaltain, DC-based writer and education activist, on his new book Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education. Sam was a guest last year on to talk about his previous book, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community, and we'll continue our conversation on education using his collection of the personal learning stories of fifty individuals–from well-known public figures to ordinary Americans–who share "inspirational stories about transformational teachers, powerful learning environments, and pivotal moments of self-discovery."

Sat 17 Sep 12:00PM New York / Sat 17 Sep 04:00PM GMT / Sun 18 Sep 02:00AM Sydney
Peggy George. Lizzie Chase, Australian educator, will share a series of free downloadable English lessons at for upper primary and lower secondary students, integrating Web 2.0 tools into student responses to 12 books, so that they can create multimedia texts. There is a focus on research skills, digital storytelling and visual arts tools.

O-MUN DEBATE (Host Your Own Webinar Series)
Sun 18 Sep 08:30AM New York / Sun 18 Sep 12:30PM GMT / Sun 18 Sep 10:30PM Sydney
Luc Noordholland de Jong. Students will simulate the United Nations and debate the issue of cyber warfare. Please register via and learn more about our program at To learn more about the event please visit:

Visit Library 2.0 at:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

CLIC Professional Development Activity

Dear Members of St. Kate's Library School Program,

You previously expressed interest in participating in the CLIC professional development activity with Char Booth. We have opened registration for the luncheon and workshop and I invite you to please register now. I'd also like to request that you sign up for a book discussion.

If you plan to participate in the afternoon workshops on October 28, please register for one of the pre-workshop book discussions by September 16 using the form on

All participants, including those who have already accepted the invitation to participate in the workshop, are asked to register for the October 28 event using the form on CLIC participants, please register by September 16. Non-CLIC participants will be invited to attend after that date.

Everyone is welcome to attend the October 28 talk by Char Booth and the lunch following, including faculty,members of your IT group, and other interested folks on your campus. Registration for the afternoon session that day is limited to those who have read Char's book and participated in a pre-workshop discussion.

Teresa A. Fishel
Library Director
DeWitt Wallace Library
Macalester College

Friends of the St. Kate’s Library Fall Gala

What: The Friends of the St. Kate’s Library Fall Gala with Guest Speaker Mary Wagner, who is recently back from a Fulbright teaching at the University of Zambia in Lusaka and helped build library services for children and young adults.

To read a little about her experiences, here’s her family’s blog:

When: Thursday, October 27th, in the evening

Where: St. Kate’s

More details to follow later, from the Friends of the St. Kate's Library.

Hope to see you there.


The Rochester (MN) Public Library is seeking an energetic leader who is passionate about customer service and access. The Division Head is responsible for managing the daily operation of the Division and requires a master's degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program. City application required. Priority given to those received by Sept 30, 2011. Starting salary $73,099.

More details and online application found here:

2011 Legislativ​e Session Summary

Below is a summary of the 2011 legislative session. All of this information was reported previously -- this simply puts all of it into one report.

State Budget: The 2011 legislative session was very contentious. Governor Dayton and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate sharply disagreed about how to solve the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. They failed to reach agreement on a new budget before the existing budget expired on June 30, causing a state government shutdown that lasted 20 days – the longest in history. A new budget was finally enacted in a special session held on July 19. The budget deficit was resolved with a combination of budget cuts, enlarging the education payment shift and borrowing against future tobacco settlement payments.

Here is a summary of legislative action affecting libraries:

Education Payment Shift: The education payment shift was increased from 70/30 to 60/40. This means that an additional 10% of education funding will be held back by the state in FY 2012. While not technically a cut in funding, it will cause cash flow problems for some school districts and libraries.

Library Appropriations in the K-12 Budget: No cuts were made in appropriations for Regional Library Basic System Support, Regional Library Telecom Aid, Multi-types, ELM or Telecommunications Equity Aid.

General Education Formula: The general education formula (which is the main source of funding for school media centers) was increased by $50 per pupil from $5,124 to $5,174 in FY 2012 and by an additional $50 per pupil to $5,224 in FY 2013.

Minnesota Department of Education: MDE's operating budget was cut by 5%.

Minitex and MnLINK: The Minitex appropriation was cut by $406,000 per year, a reduction of 7.2%. MnLINK was cut by $20,000 per year, a reduction of 5%.

Higher Ed Systems: Funding for the University of Minnesota was reduced by 15% and MnSCU was reduced by 13,5%. This is the main source of funding for academic libraries at these institutions.

Legacy Funds: Regional Public Library Systems received $3 million per year in order to provide arts and historical programming. The funds will be distributed using the formula for distributing Regional Library Basic System Support. The appropriation is available until June 30, 2015. The Minnesota Digital Library received $250,000 per year. As in the past, the funds are appropriated to the Minnesota Historical Society with a directive to cooperate with Minitex and to jointly share the appropriation.

Aid to Cities and Counties: Aid to cities and counties will remain at the level provided in calendar year 2010 for 2011 and future years.

Levy limits: Levy limits for cities and counties were eliminated beginning in 2012.

Maintenance of Effort: Public library maintenance of effort and the minimum level of local support were set at 90% of 2011 levels for 2012 and future years. Libraries were not singled out -- all MOE provisions were treated in the same manner.

Governor's Workforce Development Council: Legislation initiated by MLA was passed providing for the appointment of a non-voting public library advisor to the Governor's Workforce Development Council.

Bonding Bill: Even though it was not a traditional year for a major bonding bill, Governor Dayton pushed for one as part of the budget agreement in order to create construction jobs. A $98 million bonding bill was passed. Two higher education library projects that had been vetoed in 2010 by Governor Pawlenty were included in the bill: Hennepin Technical College received $10.566 million for library projects at the Eden Prairie and Brooklyn Park Campuses. Minnesota State University - Moorhead received $14.901 million for the Livingston Lord Library and Information Center. The bonding bill also cancelled funding for the Minneapolis Planetarium, which had been authorized in a bonding bill several years ago but was never used. The planetarium was to have been housed in the Minneapolis Central Library.

2012 Legislative Session: The session will convene on January 24, 2012.

Elaine Keefe
Capitol Hill Associates
525 Park Street, Suite 310
St. Paul, MN 55103
office 651-293-0229
cell 612-590-1244
fax 651-293-0229

Friday, September 9, 2011

Library Projects Exhibit Developer

Minnesota Children's Museum creates a community that embraces the essential role of play in igniting children’s imagination, creativity, and love of learning through which all of Minnesota’s children achieve success in school and life. Our mission is “Sparking children’s learning through play.” Our core beliefs are that early learning is the foundation of life-long learning, all children deserve respect and a place and time to be children, families are our children’s first teachers, diverse perspectives enrich children’s lives and playing is learning. (

Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Arts, Culture and Humanities
Category: Program Management Closing Date: Sep 16, 2011
Job Type: Temporary Full Time

Primary Duties: This position is responsible for developing fun, compelling, age appropriate and educationally sound exhibit activities and components for children, parents, caregivers and educators to be installed in library sites throughout the State of Minnesota. The project scope consists of early literacy environment installations in at least seven libraries over two years. This position is also responsible for managing project timelines and budgets, and assisting with writing reports for funders.

Experience: The successful candidate will be a creative thinker and problem-solver with experience in exhibit development for children’s museums and/or children and family audiences. Knowledge of child development and learning theories is a must, and knowledge of children’s early literacy development is a plus. The candidate will be skilled in designing and communicating complex concepts using a variety of exhibit techniques, will demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication, planning and coordinating projects and budgets, and organizing materials and information, and will have knowledge of educational and exhibit evaluation principles and methods.

Additional Info: Minnesota Children's Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse work environment.

How To Apply: Please submit resumé and cover letter with salary requirements by Friday, September 16, 2011 to:

Human Resources
Minnesota Children’s Musuem
10 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Fax 651-225-6006
No Phone Calls Please

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Archives / Ade Bethune Collection Graduate Assistant

See the full Graduate Assistant posting here.

Position Description
The University Archives, in the lower level of the St. Paul campus library, documents the history of St. Kate's. It includes administrative and departmental reports; university, student, and alumnae publications; faculty writings; photographs; and realia.

The Ade Bethune Collection, housed with the Archives, represents the life work of a world-renowned liturgical artist, writer, and social activist. The collection consists of correspondence; original manuscripts and published writings; drawings, architectural plans, sketchbooks, photographs, and memorabilia; and artworks in a variety of media.

For more information about the Archives and the Ade Bethune Collection, see

Contact Information
Contact Deborah Kloiber ( or 651-690-6599 with questions about this assistantship.

Application Deadline
Friday, September 16, 2011 by 5pm (Interviews will be held the week of September 19th; position to begin the week of September 26, 2011)

Check out the MCTC Library Zine Events

On Tuesday, Sept 20th from 3-6 p.m., the Fly Away Zine Mobile will visit the MCTC Library. The van will be parked immediately outside the main library entrance on the MCTC Plaza at 1501 Hennepin Ave, Mpls, MN 55403. Zines will be on display, the curator of the collection will be available to talk about the project, and there may be a mini zine-making workshop going on there as well.

On Saturday, Sept 24th from 12-5 p.m., the MCTC Library Zine Collection will have a table at the annual Twin Cities Zine Fest, this year to be held in Powderhorn Park, Mpls.

The week of Sept 26th-30th at various times throughout the week there will be a space set up inside the MCTC Library for people to “Make a Zine” or “Make a Button” or “Talk to a Zinester.”

Sometime in November, the MCTC Library will dedicate a new locally handcrafted Zine Display Rack and will release 3 specially commissioned zines created just for the MCTC Library Zine Collection.

CALL FOR ZINESTERS: MCTC Library is looking for local zinesters to participate in our zine-focused events and/or to create specially commissioned zines for the library’s collection.

Please contact (612.659.6434) for more information on these events, or if you’d like to be involved or help in any way. Thanks!

These projects are supported by the Minnesota Library Foundation.

20th BOBCATSSS Symposium

We are delighted to invite you to the 20th BOBCATSSS Symposium on information management taking place in Amsterdam from January 23 to January 25, 2012. The special topic will be "information in e-motion", containing the following four subtopics:

E-Media in motion:Nowadays an increasing amount of data is only accessible through digital media. The devices being used to gain access to this data are developing rapidly.

Organization 2.0: The globalised world demands us to find new ways of collaborating, learning and working. As a result of that, we will have to find alternative ways and tools to record and archive our information.

My Information: Instead of using a personal diary a lot of people are sharing their thoughts online nowadays, on social networks, communities and blogs, hardly hiding their personal information. How can people keep track of other people seeing, using and sharing their content?

Access to Public Information: In a democratic process it is crucial that citizens have access to public information. How can that be made possible and how can people learn to use that information critically?

You are very welcome to take active part in the conference by contributing a speech, workshop or poster, whether you're a professional, teacher or student.

You can submit a contribution and register as a participant by using our Conference Administration Tool:
For further information, please see our website

We'd be pleased to receive your abstract until October 1, 2011 and are looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.

Yours faithfully,
Ilka Schiele
BOBCATSSS 2012 Programme Team
Selina Chadde
BOBCATSSS 2012 Marketing Team

For further information see:
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Register for MLA 2011 in Duluth

Registration for the Minnesota Library Association 2011 Annual Conference is now open! This three-day conference will be held October 12-14, 2011, in Duluth, Minnesota, and will be of value to all library professionals and supporters.

Minnesota Library Association 2011 Annual Conference Libraries: Superior Value for Life on October 12-14, 2011 in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth, MN.

Visit for complete details and registration.

An updated press release with additional information is available for download here:

An updated PDF flyer is available for download here:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Welcome to the 2011-12 Academic Year!

Classes begin Wednesday, September 7 for evening classes and Friday, September 9 for weekend classes.

The MLIS Office will be closed on Wednesday, September 7 from 10-2:00pm for the University's Opening Celebration.

• 10:15 a.m. Mass of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
• 11:45 a.m. Academic Procession
• 12 p.m. Convocation, The O'Shaughnessy
• 1 p.m. Picnic, South Lawn

MLIS Community Night Events
Monday, September 12 - Advising Night for New Fall 2011 Admits. 6:30-8:00pm in MLIS Classrooms. For new Fall 2011 admits only.

Monday, September 19 - MLIS Student Group Recruiting night. 6:30-8:00pm.
Join us in celebrating the start of a new academic year! Also meet the MLIS Student groups:
- American Library Association (ALA) Student Chapter,
- MLIS Student Governance Organization,
- Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG),
- Special Libraries Association (SLA) Student Chapter.

Refreshments and desserts provided.

Monday, October 3 - YALSA Roadtrip 6:30-8:00pm in the Recital Hall on the St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus. Christine Jenkins: LGBTQ in YA Services.

MLIS Blog and the MLIS Website:
View the MLIS Blog for program news, LIS news, events, and job/internship/volunteer opportunities. Click on the labels at the top of the blog to sort through entries. Send the MLIS Office information on events and opportunities at

The MLIS website inside Kateway, go here for program requirements, program information, forms, class calendars, and course schedules.

To access this site start by signing into Kateway. On the Home tab and in the Find it Your Way box, type in Master of Library and Information Science Program. Follow the link that will pop up to the Internal MLIS Website.

Add the MLIS website as a tab in Kateway by selecting "Content Layout" on the top left corner after logging in. Select "Add Tab". Name the tab, add the URL: and press submit. On your Kateway homepage, there should be a tab added to the right linking directly to the MLIS website.

Call for Submissions

The Student Research Journal (SRJ) Editorial Team at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science invites submissions from current graduate students from all disciplines and institutions for the Fall 2011 issue.

This is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students, especially LIS students, to showcase their work in the fields of library and information science, archives and records management, and museum studies. Submissions to be considered for publication can be an original research paper or a critical review or essay covering topics in information science theory, policy, application, or practice.

Authors may create an account from the SRJ site and upload their work directly into our review system. All submissions received will be acknowledged by the journal Editor-in-Chief. The deadline for submissions to be considered for the Fall issue is September 16, 2011.

On behalf of the SRJ Editorial Team, I welcome graduate students to participate in this exciting strategic initiative of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, and to collaboratively build an evidence-based publication representing the breadth of knowledge and innovation of our LIS community.

Maria Otero-Boisvert, PhD Student
Editor-in-Chief, Student Research Journal
School of Library and Information Science
San Jose State University

For more information about the SLIS Student Research Journal, visit:

For more information about the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, visit:

SRJ - pronounced “surge,” is an open access, peer-reviewed publication hosted at San Jose State University’s institutional repository ScholarWorks, which is part of the Digital Commons initiative powered by Berkeley Electronic Press. The journal will receive submissions on a rolling basis, and publish two issues annually, one each in Spring and Fall.

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship 2012

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship 2012

The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The 2012 IFLA annual meeting takes place in Helsinki, Finland, August 11-16. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited school of library and information science at the time of the 2012 IFLA annual meeting. They must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants should have an interest in cooperative endeavors with international libraries, international standards, or other international library and information issues.

Financial Details
The scholarship covers conference registration, passport fee (if applicable), international economy-class air travel, ground transportation, meals, and lodging.

Complete applications must be submitted using CLIR's online application form by January 23, 2012.

The award recipient will be notified by April 6, 2012.

MALL 2011 Legal Research Institute

There’s still time to learn how to help patrons with those legal information questions. Sign up for one or more of the Legal Research sessions offered by the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries.

To gain basic legal research skills, library staff typically have three choices:
*take a course in legal bibliography from a local library school
*take a legal research course for paralegals at a local community college
*learn as you go on the job

In Minnesota, there’s another option – the Legal Research Institute. Brief, targeted sessions taught by local law librarians and colleagues. $50 a session or $250 for 5 or more (students: $35 a session or $185 for entire institute) . Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. at Hamline University Law School in St. Paul. (Free parking!)

Schedule & Session Descriptions:

Session One, September 13
The American Legal System
Mary Wells, Research Librarian, Schoenecker Law Library, University of St. Thomas
The first session covers the basics of the legal system of the United States. While not covering any legal sources or legal research processes, it will serve as an introduction and foundation for the rest of the series. Topics include the Constitution, the structure of America’s government, the relationships among governmental branches and between the state and federal governments, and the functions, processes and products of the three branches. Examples, illustrations, and streaming audio and video will enhance the learning experience.

Session Two, September 20
Secondary Legal Materials
Megan Jens, J.D., Reference Librarian, Hamline University Law Library
This two-hour presentation covers sources that analyze and explain or aid in finding the law. It offers techniques for finding and using treatises, periodicals, reference works and practice materials.

Session Three, September 27
Researching Case Law
Karen Westwood, J.D., Head of Reference
Warren E. Burger Library, William Mitchell College of Law
This presentation describes commercial and official reports emanating from American courts at all levels, and includes techniques for finding, using and updating federal and state court decisions.

Session Four, October 4
Federal Statutory Law and Legislative Histories
Sarah G. Mulligan, J.D., Law Librarian, Faegre & Benson LLP
Grace Mills, J.D., Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University Law Library
This session will cover the federal legislative process, from a bill’s introduction to its codification as law, and emphasizes how to find laws and the documents generated in the lawmaking process. Free and fee sources for these documents will be presented, plus ways to track bills.

Session Five, October 11
Administrative Law
Suzanne Thorpe, J.D., Associate Director for Faculty Reseach & Instructional Services
University of Minnesota Law Library
This presentation describes the legal publications emanating from federal administrative agencies and discusses techniques for finding and using federal regulations and administrative decisions in both hard copy and electronic resources.

Session Six, October 18
Minnesota Law & Legislative History
Vicente E. Garces, J.D., Reference Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library
Paul VanCura, Reference Librarian, Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
This session focuses on the use of primary and secondary sources to research Minnesota law. Statutes, cases and administrative law resources will be examined and discussed in the context of research strategy. A practical overview of how to conduct Minnesota legislative history research will be presented, and electronic resources will be highlighted.

Session Seven, October 25
Intellectual Property Law
Jody Pizzala, Senior Paralegal, Merchant & Gould PC
Hope Porter, Head Librarian, Merchant & Gould PC
This course will discuss the phases of a patent litigation and the ways that librarians and information resources support that process. Examples of searches for patent records will be provided.

Session Eight, November 1
Disaster Law
Neal Axton, J.D., Reference Librarian
Warren E. Burger Library, William Mitchell College of Law
This session provides an overview of federal and Minnesota law related to emergency management, including statutes, agency regulations and Presidential Homeland Security Directives. Emergencies discussed will include floods, snowstorms, earthquakes, pandemics and terrorism. The concept of cascading disasters will also be covered.

Session Nine, November 8
Debtor-Creditor Law and Ethics
Randall Ryder, J.D., The Ryder Law Firm LLC
William G. Cottrell, J.D., Cottrell Law Firm PA
Paul Healey, J.D., Senior Instructional Librarian, Jenner Law Library, and
Associate Professor of Library Instruction, University of Illinois College of Law
Randall Ryder will discuss the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and resources for both consumers and creditors to learn more about their legal rights and obligations. Bill Cottrell will present the steps involved in collecting a debt through the legal system. He will take questions from the audience and provide an overview of what typically goes on when collecting a debt or defending against it. Paul Healey's presentation will explore the concept of professionals ethics, specifically as it applies to providing legal reference services. Specific areas of ethical concern will be addressed, to help librarians understand how to deal appropriately with such issues.

Build a skill set. Build an extended network of colleagues.

For more info and to register:

The MLIS Student Governance Organization offers the SGO Professional Development Fund. Find the form on the MLIS website in Kateway.

Fall 2011 MLIS Syllabi, Calendars, & Contact Information

Classes begin Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

SYLLABI for fall 2011 in the MLIS Program will be posted in Kateway. For access, log into KateWay; use the Student Tab and click on the "On-line syllabi" link in the center column; click on "Grad Syllabi" and then "Click to Enter"; use the dropdown arrows to access "2011"; "FALL"; and "LIS" for the current semester's syllabi.

MLIS CALENDARS are located internally in KateWay via the Home tab; use the "Find it Your Way" channel on the left; type "MLIS" into the A-Z Department Website search box; click on the "Master of Library and Information Science" link that pops up; the "MLIS" tab at the top will connect you to calendars and schedules such as the Class Calendar which lists exact dates of class meetings per day for the 2011-12 academic year or the Academic Calendar which lists the academic dates and deadlines including the last day to drop a course without a "W" appearing on your transcript and when final grades are due.

MLIS INSTRUCTOR/FACULTY/STAFF CONTACT INFO can be found via the internal MLIS website in Kateway as well. Use the left-hand "Faculty/Staff" link and scroll down for the current semester's listings.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

American Craft Council Archives Internship

Description: The American Craft Council (ACC) Library is currently seeking a bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated student for a 12 week internship working in the organization’s archives under the supervision of the ACC librarian. The compensation for this position is $12 per hour. The Archives Intern must be available a minimum of 10 hours per week sometime between the hours of 9am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.

Background: As a program of the American Craft Council, the library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing over 6,400 books, 7,000 exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, a substantial collection of artist files and an accompanying database, the library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The library collection is non-circulating and open to the public Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm.

Duties may include but are not limited to:
•Processing incoming, as well as existing, materials to the archives
•Contributing data to archival finding aids and building descriptive content around archival materials
•Digitizing select items for addition to the library’s content management system (CONTENTdm)
•Assisting with answering archival reference and research requests
•Executing proper care and storage of items including documents, photographs, recordings and artifacts
•Communicating regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues and progress on tasks

•Preferred coursework in archival studies and/or experience working in an archives or library setting
•Capacity to read and understand materials and documents and recognize and extract critical data and information
•Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
•Attention to detail
•Ability to take initiative and work independently
•Interest or background in contemporary art/craft and craft history

To apply please send a resume and brief statement of interest to:

Jessica Shaykett, Librarian, at

Application Deadline: September 30, 2011

Minnesota Literacy Council: Community Technology Tutor

Purpose of Position:
Community Technology Tutors work closely with adult learners to help them gain 1) basic computer and internet skills, 2) an understanding of broadband technology and 3) begin to explore potential careers. Tutors provide individualized assistance as learners complete online lesson plans using the Learner Web software. Many learners are refugees, immigrants and life-long Minnesotans seeking to improve job
skills. As a critical piece in closing the digital literacy gap.

- become familiar with Learner Web software and the content of the learning plans through the training provided;
- greet new learners and orient them to the Learner Web software; and
- offer one-to-one help to learners and answer questions as needed in the computer lab.

Being a Community Technology Tutor requires the following:
- excellent computer skills, including the ability to use the Internet and email with ease;
- excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate in an effective, supportive way with learners;
- flexibility and patience;
- respect for differences in culture and learning styles;
- fluency in reading, speaking and writing English;
- able to work independently in a variety of community computer labs; and
- interest in digital literacy and adult education.

Time Commitment:
One to two hours per week. A three-month commitment is requested.

For more information and to apply:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Deadline Extended for CONTENTdm Call for Proposals

We invite you to submit a proposal for the November 14th & 15th Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting that will be held at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. The deadline to submit has been extended to September 6th, 2011.

Not planning to submit a proposal? The planning committee still wants to hear from you! The very first question on the form asks you to select the topics that interest you most. We'll use your feedback to seek out presenters who we know can address the topic. Submit your feedback and/or proposal here:

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
CONTENTdm 6.0/6.1 (experience with version 6.0/6.1 new features, customizing the end user interface (website), upgrading on a shoestring budget (from a systems perspective)

Creative Uses of CONTENTdm (using the CONTENTdm API, searching across multiple instances for consortia, customization on version 6, neat use of tools, maps, social media, anything outside the box))

Exposing and Marketing Digital Collections (marketing digital collections within your institution and beyond, using the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway)

Content Types (maps, multi-page documents, video or audio, oral histories, government documents)

Newspapers (scanning newspapers in-house, how to work with a vendor)

Collection Management (creating new collections, editing existing collections, policies for taking collections offline)

Metadata and Controlled Vocabulary (best practices for metadata, creating/editing metadata templates, retrospective implementation of new metadata standards, geographic metadata capture)

Digital Archiving (backing up and archiving CONTENTdm images)


Beginner User Topics (how to add and work with PDF files, working with compound objects, editing metadata, “how we did it" session)

Want to stay up-to-date on the 2011 Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Meeting activities? You can find us on:
Meeting website:
Twitter (our official hashtag for the meeting is: #umcdm11):
Upper Midwest CONTENTdm listserv:

The 4th annual Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group meeting will be sponsored by Minitex. There are over 50 institutions in the Upper Midwest region (MN, SD, ND, WI) of the United States currently using CONTENTdm to build their digital collections. User Group meetings provide the opportunity for networking, sharing of CONTENTdm best practices among colleagues, and CONTENTdm product updates.

- Sara Ring, on behalf of the 2011 Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group Planning Committee

Reference Internship

Description: Saint Mary's University of MN Twin Cities Library is currently seeking an enthusiastic and friendly MLIS student for a reference internship.

Responsibilities: The Reference Intern would be responsible for providing circulation and reference via instant message, email, phone, and in-person, and teaching individuals how to perform library research. Additional opportunities include creating online tutorials.

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills. No reference experience necessary. Working knowledge of common academic databases a plus.
This is an unpaid internship. A minimum of 6 hours per week is required. Internship length is one academic semester long.

Rachel McGee, MLIS
Director of Library Services

Twin Cities Library
Saint Mary's University of MN
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404