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Program News and Events





Call for Submissions

Monday, October 31, 2011

Advising Week is Oct. 31 - Nov. 4th

All MLIS students are encouraged to connect with their faculty advisor before registration. Students who are in their first semester and half way through their programs (at 15-18 credits) are especially encourage to do so.

Registration for Winter 2012 and J-Term begins:
November 14 for students who have completed 23 or more credits.
November 15 for students who have completed 10-22 credits.
November 16 for students who have completed 0-9 credits.

For the class schedule and term dates, see the MLIS webiste in the Kateway.

St. Kate's MLIS SGO Blog: Meeting Agenda for November 2, 2011

St. Kate's MLIS SGO Blog: Meeting Agenda for November 2, 2011: 5:15 Welcome and Introductions 5:20 Movie Night Report 5:25 Committee or Liaison News 5:30 Revise SGO Grant Funds Application 5:40 Revise S...

Friday, October 28, 2011

MPR Archive – Processing Clerk

FLSA Status: Full-time (40 hours/week), Non-Exempt. Temporary: 2-4 months (max)   
Reports to:Director, Archives           
Department: Broadcast Ops
Location:  St. Paul, MN

Position Summary:
Help build the creation of a collection inventory of MPR’s physical holdings of reels, DATs, CDs and other media.  This position is funded through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of the American Archive initiative to build a comprehensive public broadcast inventory.

Position Responsibility: 
•Pull media (reels, DATs, CDs) from the archive, enter the item’s information into a database, attaching any     relevant scans and images to the record
•Ensure information is captured with attention to detail and consistency
•Understand various metadata standards (PB Core, Dublin Core)
•Document  and report anomalies to Inventory Manager
•Track your work and report your progress to the Inventory Manager

Required Education and Experience:
Computer competency with a comfort working in various databases, software and platforms.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
•Understanding of the importance of metadata application, the need for preservation of cultural heritage and a     desire to accurately represent the item in an inventory
•Demonstrated experience working in large collections
•Experience processing collections, particularly data entry

Reporting To This Position: N/A

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
•Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
•Physical Demands: 
    -Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time
    -Reach with hands and arms
    -BalanceFrequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.  
•Working Conditions: 
    -Moderate noise level
    -Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.

Relocation allowance is not available.  Parking or bus pass reimbursed. More information about American Public Media is available online:

Please send resume to: Jenel Farrell, Digital Archivist, Minnesota Public Radio
American Public Media 651-338-0952

Research Librarian at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is seeking a Librarian for the Research Library.  The Research Library, which is co-located in the Research Department, provides services to Research Economists and affiliated scholars.
Provides research and reference service including locating data and performing in-depth bibliographic searching.
Coordinates enhancements and updates to the Library’s integrated library system, SydneyPLUS. Serves as the primary system contact for resolving user issues and ensuring efficient operations.
Updates and enhances Research Library web pages.
Uses knowledge of metadata records and standards to meet research needs.  Works with other library staff to develop and enhance metadata schemas for library collections, data, and research products.  Creates bibliographic descriptions.
Works to develop the library’s information infrastructure, including the assessment and implementation of new information products and capabilities.

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA –accredited institution.
At least 2 years of related experience in a library environment.
Ability to work well in a team-based and self-directed environment.
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills.
Experience with HTML, XML, SQL, or Cold Fusion preferred.
Experience with database management or content technology tools preferred.
Deadline date: Interested applicants must apply on-line  by November 11, 2011.
See posting here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Grealy for being awarded MLA's Above and Beyond Award

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 the Minnesota Library Association awarded Deborah Grealy an Above & Beyond award for leading the successful ALA accreditation campaign for the St. Catherine University MLIS Program. Dr. Deborah Grealy joined St. Catherine University as the Associate Dean and Program Director of the Master of Library and Information Science Program in January, 2010. She led the faculty and staff through the American Library Association’s accreditation process. She sought input from stakeholders, creating a program presentation that serves as a model for other institutions, and successfully managing an external review panel visit and a formal presentation before the ALA Committee on Accreditation. Though she assumed the leadership role, Dr. Grealy attributes credit to the faculty and staff of the MLIS Program for earning the American Library Association’s seal of accreditation proudly displayed on the MLIS web site.

Deborah Torres, Assistant Program Director, and Dr. Heidi Hammond, MLIS Assistant Professor, accepted the award on her behalf.

Congratulations to Pat Conley and Melissa Brechon for also being awarded the Above and Beyond Award this year.

Global Technical Researcher Ecolab

Job Title Global Technical Researcher
Functional Area Research & Development
Division R D & E
Location Minnesota - Eagan
Country United States
Employment Status Full Time

Job Description It matters to Ecolab that the world becomes a cleaner, safer, healthier place. It matters that our products and services solve today’s problems – and anticipate future challenges. It matters that we are able to serve our customers where they serve their customers: in hospitals, restaurants, schools, factories around the globe, and wherever our customers need us. It matters that our customers succeed. That’s why we are everywhere it matters.

We want you to join our team. Be empowered, be proud, work with talented professionals – around a shared dedication to making the world a cleaner, safer, healthier place. Build Ecolab’s reputation for expertise in food safety, infection prevention, and public health. Be part of a great future – help us create a better world as you step into this critical role as our next Patent Search professional.

The successful candidate will join a team of information professionals responsible for conducting comprehensive search and analysis of technical information in support of our research activities and patent applications.

Main Responsibilities
Respond to clients’ requests for patent or technical information in a timely and thorough manner meeting the requirements for timeliness and focus
Carries out straightforward information research using appropriate electronic and print resources.  Reviews search results with senior research associate to verify results.
Develop basic knowledge of Ecolab divisions, functions, products, chemicals, services, competitors and other leading industry topics that would affect our business
May have some responsibility to participate in collection and/or acquisition of electronic information resources
Assist in developing process improvements and technology to increase productivity
Participates as needed in promotional activities of Global Knowledge Sharing
Assist with additional duties within the information group as needed

Basic Qualifications
Bachelors degree in scientific field and 1 yr of technical or field experience
Immigration sponsorship not available for this role

Preferred Qualifications
Degree in Chemistry or Engineering preferred
2+ years of technical search experience
3 years of Ecolab technical or field experience
Strong attention to details
Strong oral and written communication skills
Proficient in problem solving
Natural ability and disposition for outstanding customer service
Proficient in the use of Microsoft office tools such as Word, Excel, etc.
Experience applying science and business principals to a range of information / knowledge management problems
Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to identify, access and utilize information resources and/or systems  
Proficiency in utilizing various internet tools including search engines

St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter: Call for Applications: American Library Associatio...

St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter: Call for Applications: American Library Associatio...: What is Student to Staff? The Student to Staff program is an opportunity for 40 ALA student chapter members from across the country to atte...

Minnesota Historical Society - DIGITAL PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE

The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) seeks applicants for a Digital Production Associate to manage all phases of electronic publishing. The position provides special attention to MHS Education Outreach product Northern Lights; supports electronic marketing and publicity; and support the production needs of the reprinting and repurposing of all MHS Press/Borealis Books/MNopedia front and backlist titles. This is a full-time, project position (2,088 annual hours) located at the History Center in St. Paul, MN through June 20, 2012. Renewal is dependent upon available funding and program need.

Summary of Work: Responsibilities include: 1) leads the electronic publishing efforts of the Press in e-book,
interactive multimedia, and online design and development, with special attention to the development of MHS
Education Outreach product Northern Lights; 2) acts as digital specialist for MNopedia, the Minnesota online
encyclopedia, as directed by the Editor; and 3) manages with Press Design and Production Manager the annual reprinting and repurposing of content of the MHS Press/Borealis Books backlist; assists with frontlist production, as required.

Minimum Qualifications:
  •  BA or BS, with emphasis in New Media development, computer science, liberal arts or communications, plus 3 years program experience (multimedia, online development, desktop publishing, e-pub conversation and/or e-learning or equivalent) OR an advanced degree plus 2 years program experience or equivalent.
  •  Broad, up-to-date knowledge of printing and digital technologies and publishing procedures.
  •  Knowledge of cross-platform interactive product development (video production, multimedia authoring, e-pubs, tablet/mobile applications).
  •  Experience with HTML and XML coding and Web development.
  •  Working knowledge of database systems (Oracle, MS Access, FileMaker, etc).

Desirable Qualifications:
  •  Knowledge of e-commerce user interface models (Apple/Android App stores, Amazon, Google).
  •  Strong print/digital design skills and the ability to apply them to scholarly and trade publications, promotional pieces, and informational materials.
  •  Familiarity with high-level multimedia authoring tools, such as Authorware, ToolBook, Dreamweaver,
  • Adobe CS including Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and Director.
  •  Strong oral and written communication skills.
  •  Ability to achieve high standards for order, quality, accuracy, flexibility and time management.
  •  Ability to negotiate reductions in costs with vendors whose work does not meet standards.
  •  Knowledge of MHS policies and procedures relating to the work of the Press.
  •  Knowledge of vendors—in Minnesota, the U.S., and in foreign countries—that supply services that meet the Press’s needs.

Salary: $3,150.00 monthly minimum.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received or post-marked no later than November 10, 2011.

To Apply: Send an MHS application, cover letter, and resume to: Minnesota Historical Society, Human
Resources Department, #901 Digital Production Associate position, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul MN 55102. To be considered an applicant, you must submit all requested materials. If you fail to do this, your application materials will not be accepted and your materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, provide an MHS application, cover letter and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. For an application, seeour website at or call MHS Job Line 651-259-3181. EEO
Your application will be acknowledged
- No phone calls please

(Tonight) Friends of the St. Kate’s Libraries Fall Gala with Guest Speaker Mary Wagner

You are invited to The Friends of the St. Kate’s Libraries Fall Gala with Guest Speaker Mary Wagner, who is recently back from teaching as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zambia in Lusaka.   To read a little about her experiences, here’s her family’s  blog:

When:  Thursday, October 27th p.m.  5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where:  St. Kate’s Faculty Study of the St. Paul Library - The Library is located on the first floor of the Coeur de Catherine Student Center and Learning Commons.

The Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries was established in 1996 to provide funds for the purchase of materials to enrich the collections of the Library and to provide materials we could not afford were it not for the Friends. Through membership contributions and additional donations, Friends provide thousands of dollars annually for purchase of new books, and help support the library endowment funds.   Information on how to join:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Library 2.011 Worldwide Conference November 2-4

We’re counting down the days until the inaugural Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference begins on November 2. More than 3,500 information professionals from 149 countries have signed up to join the global conversation on the current and future state of libraries. The groundbreaking event will be a whirlwind of information with 160 presentations scheduled over two days! 
Participants can view the schedule of all 160 sessions in customized pages for each of the world's 36 time zones. Presentations will cover a variety of pertinent subject strands that affect the LIS industry and the changing roles of libraries and librarians in our digital world. Keynote addresses will be scheduled over the course of the two-day conference. Keynote speakers include:

Dr. Sandra Hirsh (USA)
Dr. Lennart Bjoerneborn (Denmark)
Dr. Michael Stephens (USA)
Dr. Christine Bruce (Australia)
Ms. Ellen Tise (South Africa)Mr. Stephen Abram (USA)

The conference welcome will start at 6:30 a.m. US-PDT on Wednesday, November 2, followed by the opening keynote by Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference Co-Chair Dr. Sandra Hirsh, professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University. The conference will conclude with a final conference gathering at 9:00 p.m. US-PDT on Thursday, November 3 (November 4, in some parts of the world). The full schedule is posted on the conference website at

Participants, presenters, and volunteers are encouraged to share our excitement for this global event and download online badges to let everyone know about the Library 2.011 conference. To download badges, please visit:  

As a reminder, the conference will be held entirely online and is FREE to attend. For more information, please visit:

We’ll see you online November 2!

Dr. Sandra Hirsh
Professor and Director
School of Library and Information Science
 San José State University

Steve Hargadon
Web 2.0 Labs
Phone:  916-283-7901     
More Information:


Library Director for distance learning academic institution (Minneapolis, MN)

LAC Group seeks experienced candidates for the position of Library Director on behalf of our client, an distance learning academic institution in Minneapolis, MN. The Director will manage of staff of 19 professionals and para-professionals and will be responsible for services including collection management, instructional services, reference, the library website, document delivery, budgeting, and e-reserves.  

  •   Supervise the managerial staff including collection management, instructional, information technology and reference managers
  • Prepare budget reports, manage library budget
  •  Coordinate document delivery support services
  • Recruit, hire, and train staff as appropriate. 
  • Keep abreast of current developments and cutting-edge trends in library and information resources
  •   Provide leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans. Prepare work schedules and determine & expedite workflow.
  • Manage staff recruitment, selection, supervision, evaluation, and discipline and oversee all aspects of HR management within the Library.   

Required Qualifications:
  •   MLS or equivalent from an ALA-Accredited program
  •   Five years of professional library experience
  • Previous experience managing professional and para-professional staff.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, student-centered environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  •   Must be able to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Internet, downloading files, basic Web editing, email (experience managing and designing websites a plus), and instant messaging tools.
  • Ability to provide effective customer service 

 To read more details and to apply please visit this link:
To view all of our currently open positions please visit: LAC 

Group is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values diversity in the workforce.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship program

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM's web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:
  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association's annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States 

The Fellowship offers:
  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($51,630 in 2011)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2012. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens. Applications and additional information are available on the Web at

Application deadline is February 3, 2012. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or

A Conference for Students and Beginning Professionals on Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections

Back to the Future:
Reconciling the Past, Present, and Future in Archives and Special Collections

A Conference for Students and Beginning Professionals on Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections

March 3-4, 2012
Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University’s student chapter of the Society of American Archivists is proud to announce our fourth conference for students and beginning professionals to be held on Saturday, March 3-Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.

If you are a graduate student in a library science, archives, or rare books program or have entered the profession within the previous three years, we invite you to submit your papers on topics related to archives, rare books, or special collections for presentation at the conference.  The conference theme of “Back to the Future: Reconciling the Past, Present, and Future in Archives and Special Collections” can be interpreted broadly; we welcome papers on diverse topics within the field.  In addition to paper sessions, the two-day conference will include workshops and tours of Indiana University special collections and repositories.

Each paper session will be an hour long and will include two presenters. Each presenter will have approximately 20 to 25 minutes to speak, and the session will conclude with a ten to fifteen minute period for questions and answers.

To be considered as a presenter, please submit your paper, or an abstract of 150 to 200 words and a working title, to by Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Along with your paper or abstract, include your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and any audio/visual needs.

The papers will be discussed and voted on in a blind judging process, and you will receive an acceptance or rejection by the end of December. If you have only submitted an abstract, your acceptance will be conditional. You will be required to submit the completed paper by mid-February to have your acceptance finalized.

If your paper is accepted, you will be sent a more detailed registration form. At that time, you will also be asked to submit a registration fee of $30 to cover the meals provided during the conference. More details about meals, accommodations available in Bloomington, and other logistics will also be provided at that time.  For more information, please visit, and direct any questions you may have to

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Library Advisor Position

The City of Lake Elmo, MN (pop. 8,100) is accepting proposals for a Library Advisor/ Service Provider. Project duration is estimated at two months (November – December) at approximately 20 hours per week; an opportunity to transition into a permanent part-time position as City Librarian in early 2012 is anticipated. The City is starting a new municipal library and seeks immediate assistance in defining project scope and objectives, establishing library policies and procedures, identifying and securing an opening day collection of materials and technology, and working with the City, Library Board, Friends and Volunteers in preparing staffing and programming plans for a planned 40-hour per week operation. Experience with starting, managing and/or operating a modest library (MN preferred) and/or background in library sciences are/is desired.

Please send Letter of Interest, along with Resume, names of 3 work-related References, and Contract Expectations (remuneration, etc.) by October 28th, 2011 to: Sharon Lumby, City Clerk, City of Lake Elmo, MN3800 Laverne Ave N.Lake Elmo, MN 55042(651) 777-5510,

City website here.

Submit Questions for a Librarian Panel

The ALA Student Chapter is sponsoring a panel discussion of librarians from more "traditional" careers. They want your help coming up with questions for the panel. Please check out the link here and suggest ideas.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Assistant or Associate Librarian, Waite Library

Employer: University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics

Position Type:full-time

This is a 12-month, 100% time, annually-renewable appointment. The position supports the department’s teaching, research, outreach, and administrative functions by directing the library and archival services in Waite Library, as well as the business intelligence systems of the Department. Waite Library is considered the central source of information on the Department’s research and outreach activities. The successful candidate will work closely with the department head, administrator, and faculty members to create an “Information Central” through Waite Library. Although this is a department-based library, this position serves as a liaison with the University of Minnesota Libraries. Full position description can be found at

ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library / Information Science or foreign equivalent, demonstrated evidence of good interpersonal skills and strong written and oral communication skills for engaging professional and nonprofessional audiences, and demonstrated skills and/or training in database management and development. Additional desired qualifications can be found at the link above.

Apply to:
University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics

Review of applications will begin on October 24, 2011 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Substitute Librarian

Employer: Dakota County
Position Type: part-time

Description: Applications received for this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies at all Dakota County locations for up to one year.

The Substitue Librarian works under the supervision of a Cluster Manager or Cluster Support Manager. Provides professional reference, reader’s advisory, and research services to assist library customers in finding information and effectively using it in their personal and professional lives. Related duties as assigned.

To view the complete job description and apply on line please visit our website at

Master’s degree in library science or a related field

Apply to:
Dakota County
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033

(p) 651-438-4435

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

(Oct. 24) An Introduction to St.. Kate’s Career Development Office

Monday, October 24, 2011 - CdC 460, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
(Meet on the 4th floor in front of the CDO prior to start time)

The first in a series of MLIS Community Nights devoted to professional career services for graduate students

Kimberly Betz, Director of the Career Development Office, will lead students through a tour of the office, introduce staff, and discuss the services that the CDO provides, such as career counseling, assessments, search preparation, networking, and many others!



Rotary International District 5960
Jingle Mahan, Executive Administrator
2233 Hamline Avenue North, Suite 620
Roseville, MN  55113
(651) 636-9054 or (800) 636-9054



Applicants are now being sought for the new global grant scholarship from Rotary District 5960. Worth $30,000 annually, this exclusive scholarship will help fund a graduate-level student from the St. Paul area, southeastern Minnesota or western Wisconsin to pursue educational and service dreams generating impact in the areas of Rotary’s new future vision focus:
   Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
   Disease prevention and treatment
   Water and sanitation
   Maternal and child health
   Basic education and literacy
   Economic and community development

Global grant scholarship applications are now available at Qualified candidates must submit completed application for review and support by their local Rotary Club by March 16, 2012. Approved candidates need to submit their final application via email to Bill Gaddis at by April 21, 2012. Interviews for district finalists will be conducted on May 5, 2012 in the Twin Cities. Scholarship recipient will then be able to study at an international university starting Fall 2013.

For more information about the global grant scholarship eligibility, visit or contact Bill Gaddis at

Rotary is the world's largest privately-funded source of international scholarships and has more than 30,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic regions.

Women of Color Student Summit: Safe Spaces, Critical Connections

November 7, 2011
Coffman Memorial Union

Join us for a one-day summit – featuring workshops, panels and discussions, a networking lunch, and a keynote presentation, “Women of Color and Leadership: Making a Difference From the Inside Out,” – for women of color undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on community, leadership, activism, and dialogue.

Open to U of M & non-U of M studentsRegistration is $25 (scholarships available)

For more information and to register:

Cosponsored by: Asian American Studies Program, Department of African American & African Studies, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, Women’s Student

Activist Collective
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Women’s Center at 612.625.9837 or at least two weeks prior to the event.

Congratulations to Karen Hogan, MLIS Student

MLIS student Karen Hogan was honored as Volunteer of the Year during Quatrefoil Library's 25th Anniversary Celebration, which took place on Sunday, October 25, 2011 at Open Book in Minneapolis. Quatrefoil Library, located in St. Paul, MN, is a member supported, nonprofit GLBT library, which circulates books, DVDs and other materials. Karen, currently serving as secretary for the organization's Board of Directors, has volunteered for almost 20 years as a desk volunteer, and is a past Board President (2007-2009).

Karen has worked on various projects including cataloging books, setting up web payment system, and social media administration. This semester, she is completing an independent study project on implementing an automated Circulation and inventory system for Quatrefoil. She sends this message to the MLIS student body: "If people are willing to volunteer, the library needs help barcoding 20,000 items in the collection. Send an email to "" with Barcoding in the subject line, and I will arrange training times for interested MLIS students."

4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries

22-25 May 2012 Limerick Ireland

In QQML2012 we will discuss New Trends in Library Science and enjoy the beauties of Limerick and the Ireland landscape.

The 4th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2012) was scheduled during the previous 3rd QQML2011 Conference. QQML2009, QQML2010 and QQML2011 were successful events both from the number and quality of the presentations and from the post conference publications in Journals and Books. QQML2012 will continue and expand the related topics. It was also decided that the 5th QQML 2013 International Conference will be organized in Rome, Italy.

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (QQM) are proved more and more popular tools for Librarians, because of their usefulness to the everyday professional life. QQM aim to the assessment and improvement of the services, to the measurement of the functional effectiveness and efficiency. QQM are the mean to make decisions on fund allocation and financial alternatives. Librarians use also QQM in order to determine why and when their users appreciate their services. This is the start point of the innovation involvement and the ongoing procedure of the excellent performance. Systematic development of quality management in libraries requires a detailed framework, including the quality management standards, the measurement indicators, the self-appraisal schedules and the operational rules. These standards are practice-oriented tools and a benchmarking result. Their basic function is to express responsibly the customer (library user) -supplier (library services) relationship and provide a systematic approach to the continuous change onto excellence. The indoor and outdoor relationships of libraries are dependent of their communication and marketing capabilities, challenges, opportunities and implementation programmes.

Long-term media substitute needed in Mpls

The media specialist at Ramsey Elementary in Minneapolis will be out until at least December or longer on a medical leave.  We are looking for a licensed media specialist to step in and provide instruction for grades K-2 in media literacy and technology as well as work collaboratively with building staff to promote research and support curriculum.  Interested candidates should contact Brenda Jordan, asst. principal at Ramsey.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

University of Minnesota Position Available: East Asian Studies Librarian

The University Libraries invites applications for an energetic and service-oriented librarian to support research, instruction, and the life-long learning needs of students, faculty, and staff working in East Asian studies and with East Asian-language materials.

Core responsibilities include developing collaborative relationships with academic departments, providing research and instructional support services, developing and managing collections, embedding information literacy principles in core teaching and learning channels, and working in cross-library groups to address the major strategic directions of the Libraries and program needs of the campus.

Required qualifications include an ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library/Information Science or an advanced degree with relevant experience, fluency in Chinese and capability with Japanese and Korean languages. Preferred qualifications include an academic background or library experience in Asian Studies and fluency in Japanese and Korean.

For complete job description and qualifications, and to apply, go to: 

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Registration is open for the Midwest CONTENT dm User Group Meeting.

November 14-15, 2011

Minitex invites you to join them for the 4th Annual Upper Midwest CONTENTdm User Group meeting, hosted by Minitex, with additional sponsorship from OCLC and Backstage Library Works. 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.

Vote for Amy Oelkers' book trailer for Incarceron!

Amy created a book trailer for LIS 7220 Library Materials for Young Adults last semester.  It was nominated for a School Library Journal Book Trailee Award and is now a finalist!  Please vote for Amy's trailer for the book Incarceron at the School Library Journal web site.  You can view all the trailers before you vote.  Incarceron really is the best in its category!  Vote often!

Monday, October 17, 2011

(Oct. 17) LIS 7600 - International Librarianship Information Session

Monday, October 17, 2011 - CdC 017, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

This 3 credit course is designed to provide an overview of international librarianship, focusing on issues affecting libraries worldwide, and to integrate them with attendance and participation in the International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) Annual General Congress 2011.

Learn about the Summer 2012 option for LIS 7600 and IFLA in Helsinki, Finland, with an additional program in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from course instructors Marilyn Cathcart and Mary Wagner.

Discover the world of international librarianship through the eyes of classmates who have attended IFLA and other international conferences.

 Melanie Friemuth  Candice LaPlanteNick Steffel

Summer Session 2012;  Faculty:  Mary Wagner and Marilyn Cathcart

Dates: Classes will be held in St. Paul in June and early July 2012. Participation in IFLA in Helsinki, Finland August  11 through 17, 2012. Attendance is required for both the St. Paul and IFLA portions.

Estimated Program Costs: $1727 (includes program fee, lodging and  IFLA registration) PLUS tuition for a 3-credit course. Additional costs to be paid directly by students: air fare to Helsinki, meals and personal expenses. Program costs are estimated and reflect the currency rates in October 2011.

We are exploring a preprogram in Amsterdam on August 8 - 10. The program fee, including Amsterdam and Helsinki, would equal $1989. The preprogram would be required.

Grants available:   Grant assistance of $200  is available through the CSC Graduate Student Advisory Board to apply  toward documented  expenses, not including tuition or  program fee. Obtaining the grant will reduce the above costs by $200. Applications for grants are available on the GSAB web site:$file/gsabfunding.pdf

Ten registered students are required for the class to be held. Registration for Summer Session begins in March 2012.

Publication Party - Lakeville Heritage Library

Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy refreshments and help celebrate
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The Minnesota Historical Society seeks applicants for a Digital Marketing & Social Media Specialist to communicate about the Society’s Legacy Amendment projects by developing and implementing digital marketing, social media, and online public relations strategies. This is a full time, project position located at the History Center in St. Paul, MN working through June 30, 2012. Renewal dependent upon available funding and program need.

Summary of Work: Responsibilities include: 1) develops, implements, and coordinates digital communications, social media and public relations strategies using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, e-newsletters, blogs, mobile applications and MHS websites to communicate about the Society’s Legacy programs; 2) develops, implements, and coordinates communications and promotional strategies to drive attendance to MHS Legacy-funded events and programs and to raise awareness of the Society’s Legacy programs; 3) develops and manages email marketing strategies to enhance and grow audiences; 4) participates as a leader and collaborator on the Society’s Social Media Team to enhance communication about Legacy projects, coordinating, prioritizing, measuring and creating communication tactics that support the Society’s
mission, brand and priorities; and 5) researches, designs, and manages performance management for digital marketing and communications strategies.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • B.A. degree in marketing, public relations or related field with five years experience developing and implementing digital marketing strategies or equivalent OR an advanced degree plus three years program experience or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience in developing and managing effective promotional and communications strategies through e-mail newsletters, online advertising, blogs, podcasts, and social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, etc.
  • Experience coding HTML and CSS to the degree required to modify templates for communication tools like enewsletters.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop or a comparable photo manipulation program.
  • Knowledge of online tools used to increase and measure brand awareness. Examples include Search Engine
  • Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM), and Google Analytics.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to communicate clearly and effectively with audiences, suppliers, team members and senior management.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines, communicate effectively, develop and implement creative solutions, analyze results and serve as a collaborative team member and self-starter.
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and professionals from historic sites, education, exhibits, development, membership, government liaison, museum collections, library and archives, publications, visitor services and enterprise technology.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Previous experience managing communications strategies for diverse audiences.
  • Functional knowledge of the types of tools Web developers and designers use to produce accessible, rich, multimedia, interactive application.
  • Technical experience with content management systems and frameworks including Drupal, MediaWiki, and similar technologies.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis of marketing and communications campaigns.
  • Functional knowledge of mobile delivery platforms for marketing.
  • Previous experience in nonprofit, educational or cultural institutions.

Salary: $20.02 hourly minimum.

Application Deadline: Must be received or post-marked no later than November 7, 2011.

To Apply: Send an MHS application, cover letter, and resume to: Minnesota Historical Society, Human Resources Department, #896 Digital Marketing & Social Media Specialist position, 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul MN 55102. To be considered an applicant, you must submit all requested materials. If you fail to do this, your application materials will not be accepted and your materials will be returned. If submitting materials for more than one position, provide an MHS application, cover letter and resume for each position. Applicants who are offered employment will be subject to passing a background check as a condition of employment. For an application, see our website at or call MHS Job Line 651-259-3181. EEO