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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NISO Archived Webinars on the MyLibrary Portal

Couldn't attend the NISO webinar on New Discovery Tools, Managing Physical Storage, Patrons, ILL, and Acquisitions, or others? With a Minitex MyLibrary account, you can easily link to the array of archived NISO webinars hosted by Minitex this year.

Minitex provides a 3-state license to the 2011 NISO webinar series, and the 14-part series is archived. With a MyLibrary account, staff in Minitex participating libraries and schools have access to the links as they become available following the presentations. View the sessions on a day and time that is convenient for you; gather a group to view together and discuss the presentations!

Open Position: Systems Librarian at LSU Libraries

LSU Libraries
Systems Librarian
General Librarian
Library Systems
Pos. #002484

The Systems Librarian reports to the Dean of Libraries or his/her designee and works closely with other library administrators and managers.   The Systems Librarian is responsible for assisting in the management of the LSU Libraries’ systems operation and has primary responsibility for administering LSU’s Integrated Library System (ILS).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Deadline for SLMS 2012-13 Student Teaching (Dec. 10)

School Library Media Specialist students who are planning to do their student teaching (LIS 7283 or 7286) during the Fall 2012 or Winter 2013 semester must turn in their Student Teaching Application to the MLIS Office by December 10, 2011. The form is attached to this email.

There will be a mandatory advising session for 2012-13 SLMS student teachers in February. We will discuss the pre-student teaching process that will include portfiolio and interview later in the semester, finding placements for the next year, and taking LIS 7283 or 7286.

The prerequisites for LIS 7283/6: Clinical Experience I and Supervised Student Teaching are all nine SLMS required courses: LIS 7010, 7030, 7040, 7160, 7210, 7220, 7240, 7250, and 7730.

Deadline for Intent to Graduate for May 2012 (Nov. 30)

MLIS students planning on walking in the May 2012 commencement ceremony must turn in their intent to graduate form by November 30, 2011. Find the intent to graduate form under the student tab in Kateway. Also reviews the graduation checklist in the internal MLIS website in Kateway for more requirements. On the internal MLIS website, choose Checklists from the MLIS drop down menu.

JobNow: Free Resume & Job Help!

JobNow! is a real-time resume and interview online coaching/career advice resource now available through your metro public libraries from either in the library or from your home or wherever you have internet access.  All you need is your library card barcode to log on and begin accessing the services and connecting for a one-to-one live session with a carefully-screened job coach.  Live sessions can be conducted in English or Spanish.

Free online services include:

•Expert resume assistance, feedback, templates, and tips.
•Live interview coaching plus tips and resources.
•Resources for your job search and career tips.

Available 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM, seven days a week.

Provided by MELSA Metro Public Libraries

Librarian position at Humboldt State University

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Librareo is a free resource for students

Librareo is a new community created for LIS students. It’s free to join, and it connects you to both your peers and to experts who answer questions and share best practices. You’ll also have access to the same online resources you’ll use in your career. Here’s the link to check out, and when you do you’ll get a free LJ or SLJ subscription during your senior year.

History Day volunteers needed for Hennepin County

Greetings to all former History Day volunteers!

History Day continues to be a vital program for eighth graders in Minnesota and Hennepin County. Since you have participated in the program in the past, you already know it is a great day for students, volunteers and library staff. I hope you will consider joining the program for 2011-2012. 

History Day library events will be held at Central Library. 2011-12 dates are:

Dec 10, 11-3 pm Central
Jan. 21, 11-3  pm Central
Feb.  4, 11 – 3 pm Central

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Director of Library Services - The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina

OPENING DATE: 10/28/11                                               CLOSING DATE: Continuous

JOB TITLE: Director of Library Services

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
LOCATION: Charleston County, South Carolina
JOB TYPE: FTE - Full-Time
 Applications accepted via NEOGOV.

Head of Reference - University of Central Florida Libraries

Responsibilities:  The University of Central Florida Libraries seeks a strong, creative and dynamic leader for the position of Head of Reference Services.  Reference Services is the library’s principal information gateway and is responsible for critical activities such as providing frontline reference services and assisting with research.  While leading a department of 15 library faculty and staff in the delivery of research and information services supporting learning, research and teaching, the successful candidate for this position also will:
  • Provide leadership for Ask a Librarian, Florida and United States Documents services, Research Consultations, InfoSource, and the Research and Information Desk.
  • Set goals and objectives for the department, build a departmental team that develops innovative reference services and fosters initiatives for service improvement.
  • Hire, train, organize workloads and assignments, delegate responsibilities and monitor and evaluate faculty and staff performance.
  • Work closely with other department heads in the library to provide direction and guidance to Reference librarians, whose assignments blend reference, instruction, and collection development.
  • Collaborate with other Public Services department heads (Circulation, Information Literacy and Outreach, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery) to create and articulate a vision and plan for 21st century library services.
  • Serve as an integral member of the Libraries Management Council, and report to the Associate Director for Public Services.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Curator, Children's Literature Research Collections (UL280)

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for visionary, strategic, and creative leadership for the position of Curator for the Children's Literature Research Collections (CLRC).

The CLRC curator fosters collaborations within the University and actively seeks external partnerships to support and further the mission and activities of CLRC, the Libraries, and the University. The CLRC curator reports to the Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections and is one of eleven archives and special collections units on the Twin Cities campus. Shared services and programs enable rich exhibits, online services, and collection support. Key responsibilities include engaging with instructors as partners in integrating special collections and archival research and methods into the curriculum; actively seeking books in first printing, manuscripts, art, correspondence with editors and personal papers (archival materials) to serve the current and future research, teaching, and learning needs of University of Minnesota clientele and broader community; and supervising staff, students, volunteers, and interns. The curator is an ex-officio member of the Board of the Friends of the Kerlan Collection. The successful candidate will be deeply engaged in achieving department goals and furthering Libraries' strategic directions; and will contribute to the profession through scholarship and service while working toward continuous appointment.   

MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS: Internship with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a nonprofit organization which supports the Saint Paul Public Library through funding, advocacy, and programming. In the fall of 2006 The Friends became the host organization for the Minnesota Book Awards. The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-round project which includes a gala celebration attended by more than 700 people, nomination of more than 250 books annually, extensive public relations and media work, and statewide outreach efforts.

A Book Awards internship at The Friends provides exposure to the Minnesota writing community, local and national publishers, libraries, and media. Interns have the opportunity to gain experience in the areas of public relations, programming, special event planning, fund raising, and research.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Temporary Sabbatical Replacement Adjunct for St. Kate's Library

Job Description:
St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis is a comprehensive Catholic university with the nation’s largest college for women at its center. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls over 5,200 students in associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs in both traditional day and weekend formats. Associate and Graduate programs enroll both women and men.

St. Catherine University Libraries invite applicants for a temporary sabbatical replacement adjunct faculty librarian position (twenty hours per week) beginning January 16, 2012 and ending May 31, 2012.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

MPR: What is the future of libraries?

In their earliest days, American libraries were repositories of books to read and share. Now libraries offer e-books, audio books, periodicals, music, art, movies, computer access and community services. Which library functions are most important now and in the future?

Find the audio midday broadcast here:


Audrey Betcher: Director, Rochester Public Library 

Kit Hadley: Director, St. Paul Public Library

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


1 Full-Time Probationary (This is the two-year college equivalent of a tenure-track position.)

DATE OF APPOINTMENT:  Beginning Fall Semester 2012/August 22, 2012 

ORGANIZATION: Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis, serving the diverse, multicultural communities of the Twin Cities. MCTC enrolls 46% students of color. The college provides a comprehensive offering of developmental, liberal arts, pre-professional, professional, and technical programs. 

·        Provide oversight to the library’s technical services operations, including working with technical services technicians
·        Perform some original and copy cataloging and help the library plan and implement new digital and meta-data initiatives
·        Teach technical services classes, including “Introduction to Technical Services,” “Introduction to Cataloging,” and Indexing and Abstracting” in the Library Information Technology career program·        Teach INFS 1000: Information Literacy & Research Skills
·        Participate in library technology initiatives
·        Provide reference services to students
·        Serve on appropriate MCTC faculty and MnSCU library committees

Director of Library Services

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania seeks a dynamic, outgoing and creative Director of Library Services (AA#03-1-147) to provide the strategic vision and leadership to successfully implement both traditional and innovative services and technologies. We are looking for a leader who excels at building partnerships and can articulate, support, and promote the library’s mission to create and sustain a welcoming learning space for students, faculty and staff. The next director will have exceptional opportunities for leadership and growth in a dynamic environment.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is an accredited public university offering more than 120 programs of study to 10,000 students in business, science, and technology, the humanities, health care and education. Located in the town of Bloomsburg, the University is within easy driving distance of NYC, Philadelphia, and DC, in beautiful north-central Pennsylvania.

Responsibilities: The Director of Library Services is responsible for providing leadership, planning and management for the University’s Library in support of the University’s information needs, instructional programs and the information literacy of its constituents. Reporting to the Assistant VP of Technology and Library Services, the Director works with academic and technology leadership teams, departments, library faculty and staff to provide appropriate information resources and support services to all library patrons. The Director supervises library faculty, technicians, and assistants. The Director serves as a member of the Deans’ Council and also represents the Library on regional, State System of Higher Education, and statewide panels to plan and implement enhanced resources and services for the University community and the citizens of the region.

Qualifications for the successful candidate: 

  • Evidence of strategic planning experience;
  • Demonstrated managerial and leadership qualities;
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated understanding of emerging trends and issues in academic libraries;
  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science, information systems, digital information management or a related discipline 
  • Experience as a practicing librarian in an academic library;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations;
  • Budget management experience;
  • Administrative experience related to the delivery of innovative library services.
Application Procedure:
Applications must include a letter of interest that addresses all of the qualifications listed above, curriculum vitae, the names, telephone numbers, email addresses and street addresses for at least three professional references. Finalists for this position must communicate well and successfully complete telephone and on-campus interviews. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check. Review of applications is ongoing. For full consideration, applications must be received by January 15, 2012. 

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania encourages applications from historically underrepresented individuals, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities and is an AA/EEO Employer. Electronic applications are encouraged. Applications and/or nominations should be sent to:

Search and Screening Committee, Director of Library Services
Andruss Library, 306
Bloomsburg University of PA
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301

ALA Joblist: Join our Monthly Online Career Chats!

Thursday, November 17, 12:00-1:00 PM Central Time

Join expert Caitlin Williams and ALA JobLIST Placement Center staff at the next Online Career Chat, Thursday, November 17, 12:00-1:00 PM Central Time. This month’s topic: Career Communication Documents, including that all-important resume. Bring your ideas, questions, and resources to share with others, and be ready to join a great discussion about communicating your value to prospective employers. Williams has been in the field of career development for more than 20 years, writing, speaking, conducting research, and coaching people on ways to grow professionally, as well as stay employable in a challenging economy.

More information on the Online Career Chat.

How to Register for MLIS J-term and Winter 2012 Courses via Kateway

Registration for current students begins November 14,15, and 16, 2011. Please refer to the Registrar’s Office website for your exact dates or see below.

23+ earned/completed credits on November 14
10-22 earned/completed credits on November15
0-9 earned/completed credits on November16

For current students follow these steps:
1. Sign into Kateway at:
2. Click on the Student tab and then click on Register for Classes via Add/Drop under the “Registration and Course Information” tab. 
3. Under the “Search for Term” heading scroll down until you reach Winter 2012 and click submit. 
4. To the right of the heading “Subject” scroll down and choose Library & Information Science.
5. For J-term: go to the right of the heading “Part of Term” scroll down and choose "January."
**Note: you must choose January in order for the J-term courses to appear.
6. Click “Class Search” and all of the MLIS J-term courses will be listed.
7. Proceed to register for the J-term classes as you would for any other semester. Only one J-term course can be taken per term.
8. To view Winter 2012 courses only:  go to the right of the heading “Part of Term” scroll down and choose "Full Term."
9. Click “Class Search” and all of the MLIS Winter courses will be listed.
10. Proceed to register for the Winter classes as you would for any other semester.

Questions? Contact the MLIS Office at  (651) 690-6802 or at

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


MLIS Community Night Events Presents:

Resumania: A Resume and CV Workshop
Monday, November 21, 2011
CdC 5, 6:30-8:00 pm

Kimberly Betz, Director of the Career Development Office, will discuss the ins and outs of crafting and LIS resume or CV. One-to-one advice will be provided! Be sure to BRING YOUR RESUME OR CV!

Part of an ongoing series of events focused on getting MLIS students the best help in finding work and networking in the profession

Call of papers - WLIC 2012 Helsinki Preservation and Conservation Section session with Education and Training

Call of papers

Empowering staff through preservation training!  How your library and users will reap the benefits

WLIC 2012 Helsinki Preservation and Conservation Section session with Education and Training

Dear Colleagues,

The preservation of the cultural heritage is an ongoing responsibility for libraries and archives.  Ensuring that staff understand their role and are trained to handle preservation issues is an integral component of library and archives operations.  It begins when an item is selected and acquired for the collection, and plays an ongoing role in handling, storage, display and lending.  Come share your successful experiences in training your staff to contribute to a comprehensive preservation program for your collections. 

Have you set up a training plan for your staff covering any or all of the following topics? We would like to showcase practical examples of best practices that would appeal to an audience of librarians and archivists from around the world with varied backgrounds and resources.

Subjects to be covered are:
Nature of materials: how they are manufactured and why they deteriorate
How to minimize deterioration
Environmental and storage guidelines
Care and handling
Disaster prevention and recovery
This will be a multiple speaker presentations.  Each speaker will present for 20 minutes.  It is a 2 hour time slot so there will be time for seven 20 minute presentations with 20 minutes at the end for Q&A.

Important dates:
January 15, 2012 - Deadline for submitting abstracts: Proposals for papers should be in English and include a structured abstract of no longer than 200-400 words and biographical details of the author (40 words).  We ask that you provide samples of your training materials along with your proposal, these could include links to electronic resources or print.   
Notifications of acceptance by the end of January 2012

25 April 2012 Deadline for submitting full text of paper

Please submit your proposals to:
Danielle Mincio, Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire
Lausanne Unithèque, danielle.mincio@bcu.unil.chandJulie Arnott, University of Notre Dame,
and Lynn Brodie, Library of Parliament, Canada,  

Assistant or Associate Professor in Library Media

The Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater announces a full-time, tenure-track position in its library media program ( to begin August 2012. The position will be offered at the assistant or beginning associate professor level depending upon experience and accomplishments, and includes responsibilities in teaching, research and service.  Duties include teaching a range of school library and technology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, some in a hybrid format; supervising practicum students; helping re-envision the school library field and enhancing the program; and developing collaborative relationships with the schools and with other faculty members and students.  Required:  Ph.D. in relevant field and 3 years of school library experience.  Full description at

For more information, contact Dr. Eileen Schroeder, Chair of the Search Committee at or 262-472-2837.

Information Management Internship - Minnesota Department of Human Services

Information Management Internship

Make a difference working with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). We are nationally recognized for our progressive leadership in human services. Our mission, working with many others, is to help people meet their basic needs, live in dignity, and achieve their highest potential. We dedicate our talents to serve diverse communities through health care and human services programs.
Job Duties: This is an ideal position for a student interested in taxonomy and converting information into functional classifications. This internship offers the opportunity conduct records and information management research, to create functional classification taxonomy, develop records retention schedules, and create classification and indexing tools.

Work Schedule:
 January – May, 2012 (may be extended).
 Flexible, part-time, Monday-Friday day schedule - specific hours and days to be arranged.

  •  Current student status.
  •  Communications skills – written, verbal, and listening.
  •  Analytic and research abilities.
  •  Understanding of basic information taxonomy.
  •  Ability to conduct research; understand, interpret, and analyze information.
  •  Computer user skills – word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, and presentation technology (e.g. Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel)

  •  Valuable information management experience.
  •  Opportunity to develop skills in research, writing, analysis, converting information into functional classifications/taxonomy, time management, and multi-tasking.
  •  Chance to explore the potential of a career in public service.
  •  Work in an interesting, dynamic, and complex statewide organization.
  •  Learn about diverse programs and services, policy-level operations, and public sector/state government.
  •  A modern work environment with direct access to public transportation and adjacent, nearby parking.
To Apply: E-mail a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript by December 23, 2011 to: Questions? Contact me at 651-431-3038 or

MHS Reference Internship

Reference Internship with the Minnesota Historical Society.

The main MN Historical Society internship informational page is:

The library-specific Reference Internship description is available here:

The deadline for applications is this Sunday, November 20, 2011.

Monday, November 14, 2011

ALA Student Chapter Panel of Superlibrarians

So...You Want to be a Librarian? Our panel of Superlibrarians can help!

Monday, November 14, 2011 6:30-8pm CdC 17

Interactive Q&A; Top Secret Super Panelists; Snacks; Networking.

Brought to you by the MLIS Program ALA Student Chapter.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

LIS 7993, Practicum, Winter 2012

Students planning to take the LIS 7993, Practicum course in Winter 2012 should make an appointment to see the W12 instructor, Deb Torres, MLIS Program Assistant Program Director (if have not already done so). Her email is For this appointment, students should be prepared to discuss their learning goals and prospects for the supervised setting. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Daily Developments: Accolades: Honors & Awards

On the Twin Cities Business Daily Developments: Accolades: Honors & Awards Deborah Grealy, MLIS Associate Dean and Lisa Rovick, HSSOH Assistant Professor of Orthoptics, (both from St. Catherine University) were recognized for awards they recently received. Deborah Grealy received the “Above and Beyond Award” from the Minnesota Library Association and Lisa Rovik received the Lancaster Medal by the American Association of Certified Orthoptists

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Congratulations to Laura Morlock!

Laura Morlock, MLIS alum and office manager, has been named one of ALA's 2012 class of Emerging Leader participants with a sponsorship from MLA. As an Emerging Leader, she will participate in the 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas and the ALA 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim. Laura is also a current member of the Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE). Her MILE mentor is Nancy Walton, MN State Librarian.

Read more about the 2012 class of Emerging Leader participants announced | American Libraries Magazine

International Education Week at St. Kate’s

A decade ago, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State introduced International Education Week to celebrate the benefits of global education and exchange.

The celebration continues November 10-18, 2010 on campuses across the nation, including at Catherine University.

St. Kate’s Office of Global Studies, Campus Ministry and the Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) have jointly organized several events to mark the week.

“We hope that these events will be both a great opportunity for students to learn about issues related to international exchange and cultures,” Raine de Campeau, assistant director of Global Studies. “And perhaps also provide for an interesting highlight to the community outside the walls of St. Kate's or prospective students.”

All International Education Week events at St. Catherine University are free and open to the public.

International Education events

Monday, November 7, 2011

(Nov. 7) Twin Cities Archives Roundtable Panel

Monday, November 7, 2001 
CdC Library, Room 128

Interested in a career in archives?
Not sure what it takes to land that job?
Having trouble networking?
How much impact can professional development have?
What can we expect for the future of the discipline?

These questions - and maybe more -  will be addressed by members of the Twin Cities Archives Roundtable, the area’s leading organization engaged in the promotion of the archival profession in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota.

Featured speakers will include:
Jennifer I Johnson, Cargill, TCART President
Jeff Jenson, College and Lutheran Archivist, Gustavus Adolphus College
Eileen McCormack, Owner, Archival Solutions, LLP
Christopher Welter, Collections Assistant, Minnesota Historical Society
Deborah Kloiber, University Archivist/Head of Special Collections, St. Catherine  University Library

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to connect to other archives professionals and get some of those difficult questions answered!

Booked for the Evening at St. Kate's

For 10 years alumnae, educators, librarians, parents and book lovers have been attending Booked for the Evening for a comprehensive overview of the year’s best books for children through young adults.  Alumnae from the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program lead the event.

Don’t miss the 10th Anniversary of Booked for the Evening!

Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
Rauenhorst Hall, Coeur de Catherine
Cost:  $13, free for current St. Kate's students
(Students are free but we welcome pre-registration from them so we can plan accordingly for seats and food for intermission.  They can register by sending an email to or

Attendees will enjoy refreshments and birthday cake.

Panelists for the evening include:

•Gail Nordstrom '81, MLIS '94
•Sara Swenson, MLIS '94
•Carla Petersen Larsen, MLIS '02
•Lisa Howes, MLIS '02
Continuing education units are available for pre-registered guests only 

RSVP Options:
•Register online
•Send your check for $13 along with your name, email,  address and telephone number to: 
       St. Catherine University Alumnae Relations, F-33
       2004 Randolph Avenue
       St. Paul, MN 55105

Please indicate whether you would like a continuing education certificate.
•Registration at the door is available, but only pre-registered guests will receive a 10th Anniversary Booked for the Evening tote bag.

Reference Librarian/Tenure Track , Fitchburg State University

Reference Librarian/Tenure Track
Job Category: MSCA/Faculty
Department: Library

Duties & Responsibilities
Full time, tenure track, Reference Librarian will provide reference services to the University community, manage the reference desk schedule and the print and online reference collections, participate in the instruction program, and participate in collection development and department liaison duties.
1. Work with faculty, staff, and students to enhance reference services offered in the library.
2. Provide leadership in planning, promoting, and coordinating innovative use of technology and other initiatives in support of reference services.
3. Create and maintain reference desk schedule.
4. Maintain and analyze reference statistics; write reference section of Library annual report.
5. Coordinate purchase and maintenance of print and online reference collections.
6. Manage Library's LibGuide account; train staff on LibGuides; maintain statistics.
7. Manage and maintain the library's citation manager software.
8. Participate in reference desk rotation, including one night and rotating weekends. Answer both ready reference and in-depth reference questions by IM, email, phone and in-person.
9. Conduct library instruction sessions for general library skills and in the area of any subject specialties.
10. Act as library liaison to selected academic departments for both graduate and undergraduate programs.
11. Provide collection development duties ? evaluation, resource selection, weeding, etc. - in selected subject areas.
12. Perform other related duties as assigned.
13. Participation as a professional in public service, contributions to the improvements and development of the academic programs or academic services as those programs or services relate to the library
14. Participation in and contributions to the professional growth and development of the College Community.
15. Attend College functions such as annual faculty meetings, commencement, and convocations; and participate and carry out assignments for committees and departmental meetings.

Minimum Qualifications
1. A Masters of Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited program.
2. Minimum of 1-3 years providing reference in an academic environment.
3. Thorough knowledge of print and electronic reference sources.
4. Information literacy and instruction experience.
5. Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.
6. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills.
7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population.
8. Subject knowledge of biological, physical, or applied sciences is preferred, but not required.
9. Ability to perform all duties with or without reasonable accommodations.
Preferred Qualifications

Shift/Work Hours Monday through Friday, standard shift 8:30am - 5:00pm, some nights and weekends may be required.
Posting Date 10-21-2011
Closing Date Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants - Please submit a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and CV. Reference letters should be sent to

Priority review begins immediately and remains open until filled.

Full time, 12 month benefited position.
Salary commensurate with qualifications, experience and the MSCA Bargaining Agreement. Position is contingent upon funding for academic year 2012/2013.

Fitchburg State University understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance with the job application process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 978-665-3172.

Fitchburg State University is committed to diversifying its workforce. We strongly encourage women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply for the advertised position.

Affirmative Action Statement: It is the policy and commitment of Fitchburg State University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, marital status, or national origin in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies, and to comply with the requirements of Federal Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 as amended, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Title IX of the Educational Act of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and pertinent laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, directives of the Board of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and other applicable state and federal statutes.

Posting Number 0100329

Reference/Instruction Librarian at University of Central Florida Libraries (UCF), Orlando

UCF Libraries seeks an energetic librarian who takes initiative and is prepared to support the academic mission of the institution through high quality reference services, library instruction and collection development. The successful candidate will be service-oriented and willing to provide and develop reference services. Reference Services provides research assistance to patrons through the virtual Ask A Librarian service, traditional desk reference in the Knowledge Commons, and research consultations. The department of 15 faculty and staff includes Government Documents and InfoSource, a fee-based search service; the position reports to the Head of Reference Services. This librarian may serve on library and university committees. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

· Provides general and specialized reference and research assistance for on-site and virtual library users including IM, chat, phone and research consultations. Develops reference aids using a variety of media.
· Participates in the development, implementation and assessment of services, policies, procedures and publications.
· Participates in an active library and information literacy instruction program; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.
· Serves as liaison to identified academic programs and departments and develops a collection to support assigned areas.
· Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Required:
· Master’s degree from an American Library Association-accredited institution.
· Excellent communication skills.

Qualifications: Preferred:
· Subject knowledge in chemistry, physics, engineering, or related fields.
· Experience with virtual reference service.
· Teaching experience and knowledge of current pedagogy on effective teaching.
· Experience with collection development and outreach to programs or departments.
· Evidence of active participation and collaboration in designing, promoting, and delivering innovative library services.
· An understanding of the key issues and trends in academic reference services.
· Flexibility, initiative, and the ability to work collaboratively and independently.
· Involvement in professional service and research activities.

Environment: The University of Central Florida is the nation’s 2nd largest public university, enrolling over 59,000 students and offering 91 bachelor’s, 92 master’s, and 29 doctoral programs. The main UCF library and branches have a collection of 2.1 million volumes, subscription base of 29,000 serials, and serve as a partial depository for government documents and patents. The total library materials budget is $5.6 million. Full-time staffing of 116 includes 44 faculty. For more information about the UCF Libraries see

Salary and Rank: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with insurance and retirement benefits, 22 paid annual days, 13 sick days, 9 holidays, and no state income tax.

To Apply: For position number 36141 submit a letter of application addressing the stated qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current professional references at by the closing date, December 29, 2011. Review of applications will begin immediately. Questions may be directed to UCF Human Resources: or 407-823-2771. Searches are conducted in accordance with the state of Florida open-records laws. UCF is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dear colleagues,

Visual Resources Association Travel Awards are available for attendance at
the 2012 VRA conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 18-21.  The
deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday, November 28, 9am
Central Time.  Recipients will be informed and announced on the VRA
listserv the third week of December. Before you apply, PLEASE READ "Travel Award Rules and Guidelines", "Tips for VRA Travel Awards Applicants", and "Types of Travel Awards", all
linked here as PDFs:

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions
has already been posted at: and information
about costs is posted here: and


Please note that being a member of VRA is not required to apply for a
travel award. Upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of
VRA must purchase a membership with the option to use funding from the
travel awards to do this.

More awards may become available and will be announced. Also, stay tuned
and watch the VRA website for further details about the conference.
Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted
above.For more information about the Visual Resources Association, see:

We look forward to receiving your applications,
Heidi Eyestone & Vicky Brown
Co-Chairs, VRA Travel Awards Committee

Congratulations Tracy Baumann (and Chris Jacobs for being featured)

St. Kate's magazine garners three awards at MMPA
(For full announcement click here.  A selection from the announcement is below and concerns a current MLIS student and adjunct.)
"SCAN, the magazine of St. Catherine University, earned one gold and two bronze awards at the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association awards.
The bronze award for best column went to three "St. Kate's Q&A's": an interview with Dr. Amy Kelly by Director of Marketing and Communications Amy Gage; a portrait of Art and Art History Professor Pat Olson by freelance writer Judy Arginteanu; and an interview with Chris Jacobs MLIS '96, a librarian at 3M Co. and an adjunct professor in St. Kate's MLIS program. That piece was written by current MLIS student and former SCAN editor Tracy Baumann."
Congratulations Tracy Baumann! Check out the article on Chris Jacobs here.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Free Library Webinars - November 2011 + More Learning Opportunit​ies

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 comments field or let me know!

Free Library Webinars – November 2011,

Additional Learning Opportunities for the Minnesota Library Community:

Mary Ann Van Cura
Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator
State Library Services