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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

eLearning Librarian

Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University

Z. Smith Reynolds (ZSR) Library, winner of the 2011 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award, seeks an exceptional student-centered librarian for the new position of eLearning Librarian to begin on July 1st, 2012. The successful candidate will be energetic, team-oriented, and knowledgeable of best practices in supporting learners online and will strive to help ZSR promote its mission “to help our students, faculty and staff succeed.”

Working with Wake Forest students in online graduate programs, in study abroad programs and in traditional or hybrid classes, the eLearning Librarian will collaborate with the university, faculty and other librarians to implement innovative customer-centered solutions and integrate the best current technologies to support instructional and research activities for learners online. The librarian will support student learning across disciplines by working with Wake Forest faculty/staff to facilitate the use of curriculum-specific information resources and provide access to online materials in diverse online environments. Additionally, the eLearning Librarian will develop and deliver electronic learning objects that meet specific faculty/staff and student information literacy needs. They will maintain awareness of current trends in services to online students and will actively seek out emerging technologies that may facilitate or enhance library services and instruction to online students. This librarian will provide reference service to diverse user groups in person, by phone, email, IM, etc., and including some evenings and weekends. The eLearning librarian will provide for-credit and one-shot library instruction in classroom and electronic settings and will serve as the library's liaison, including collection development, to assigned academic departments.

This twelve month position, with Library Faculty status and rank, will be on the Research and Instruction Services team reporting to the Head of Instruction of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Electronic Collections Librarian

Position Summary:
Utah State University Libraries invites applications for the position of Electronic Collections Librarian. The successful candidate will join a friendly, innovative, and collaborative library team committed to open inquiry and excellent service in a popular, award-winning, high-tech library building. Reporting to the Head of Collection Development, this tenure-track position will provide leadership, expertise, and excellent public service in managing the USU Libraries' electronic collections.

Utah State University offers a rich benefits package which includes medical and dental coverage, 14.2% of your annual gross earnings contributed into a retirement program, 22 days' vacation and 12 days of sick leave each year, reduced tuition of 50% for employee and dependents, and much more. See: for a full list of benefits. The Library provides generous support for professional development and travel.

Utah State University is a multi-campus land-grant institution serving a student population of 29,000. The main campus is situated in the beautiful Cache Valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City and offers an affordable cost
of living and a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities with access to many national parks and ski resorts. The university is a place of diverse thought, with first-rate cultural offerings provided by talented members of the university community and visiting artists and researchers.

(Feb. 27) Internships & Service Learning

MN Library Association - MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Day - February 28, 2012

MN Library Association - MLA/MEMO Library Legislative Day - February 28, 2012

See more information on the MLA website. Legislative Briefing is Monday, February 27.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Call for IFLA Poster Proposals

Poster proposals are being accepted by IFLA.   This is a great way to present information about projects or new work and, if accepted, giving a poster presentation or a paper makes you eligible for a higher level of SGO funding. The final deadline is March 9.

Come see the MLIS Alumni business cards in the student lounge

Thank you to everyone who sent us your business card. The display is located in the MLIS student lounge on the lower level of the Coeur de Catherine.

The MLIS Program invites all alumni to still send your business card to add to the visual display. We would love to include yours.

Please send it to the MLIS Office at:

MLIS Program, #4125
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Thank you Jim Oliver!

The MLIS Program would like to thank Jim Oliver for serving as the MLIS Instructional Technology Support Coordinator since 2007. During his time at St. Catherine University, he has worked closely with faculty, one on one with students on class projects, and in keeping the MLIS program labs up to date and running. Jim has accepted a position at a local software company and we wish him well in his new endeavors.

Minneapolis Public Schools District #1 is seeking two licensed media specialists to complete the school year.

One position is full-time at a PK-4 school and the other is half-time at a K-8 building. 

Please submit an application with a resume and cover letter on our career site:  Search for the media position.  Also send your information to

You may call me or my colleagues Renee Jesness or Kari Lohse at 612-668-0260 for further information.

Come work with our dynamic team of media professionals!

Jean Doolittle
Teacher Emeritus
Media Curriculum and Support 

MLIS faculty presenting at the HUBBS Children’s Literature Conference

Heidis Hammond, MLIS faculty, and Gail Nordstrom are presenting "Caldecott Crash Course" at the 20th Annual HUBBS Children’s Literature Conference on Saturday.

Here is a description of their session:

Members of the 2011 Caldecott Committee will describe their experiences and explain how you can be selected to serve. They will also discuss committee work and how "the most distinguished picture book for children" is chosen. You will see how they evaluate the art in picture books using A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Dave the Potter in such a way that you will feel comfortable evaluating the 2012 award winners.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor for Library Instruction and Outreach Design

University of Alaska

Job Posting Summary
Exotic adventures are part of your educational experiences and life-long learning. That is why you should consider this two year professional opportunity in interior Alaska where there are months of dry powder snow, hours of lingering summer twilight, and a myriad of community, cultural, and outdoor activities and events.

The Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks a self-directed, motivated, recently graduated librarian with an interest in information literacy, instruction, and outreach to serve as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Science in a two year fixed-term appointment. Reporting to the Head of Research, Instruction, and Outreach Services (RIOS) Department, this person will teach the Library Science 101 core class as well as individual bibliographic instruction sessions each semester in the classroom, online, and via distance delivery. An additional focus will be on the development of web-based interpretative guides and social media contacts, on site and online reference services, and the establishment of instructional and outreach services in a new integrated learning commons environment.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship from Theatre Library Association

Theatre Library Association
Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship
c/o The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, New York 10023

Student Volunteer Opportunity for IFLA

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Presidential Programme Spring meeting
University of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC, Canada | April 12-14, 2012

This is an opportunity for students interested in Indigenous and traditional knowledge--its creation, organization and access--to better understand the local and global issues under discussion in various parts of the world and by many types of cultural, heritage, and community groups and organizations.

The programme includes distinguished speakers from around the world representing many viewpoints and interests. Through the sharing of knowledge and experiences, we hope to advance the understanding of traditional knowledge at both the local and international levels.

A critical part of this event is gathering perspectives on the role of Indigenous Knowledges in IFLA's work worldwide. Student volunteers will help elicit and record these perspectives.

Help plan the MLA 2012 Annual Conference!

Join the 2012 Annual Conference planning team!

Librarian for Chinese Studies in East Asia Library at Yale University

Rank: Librarian II – IV

Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00) 

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

Position Description
As the subject specialist responsible for library support of research and teaching about China-related topics at Yale, the Librarian for Chinese Studies develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers in Chinese studies across departments and programs, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. 

Volunteer Needed for Achievement Gap Library Project!

What We Need: We seek an independent and motivated library student who would volunteer to help us organize an online achievement gap library, chronicling the many efforts to close the gap in Minnesota. The time commitment is negotiable. The goal is to provide better information to civic leaders, the media, researchers, advocates, and other people interested in closing the achievement gap. Many of the documents for a library have already been assembled, but it is a living library and additions are needed. The student would work with other volunteers to create the library. This would fit into a larger effort to create a more robust website for our organization. 

About the Organization: The Committee on the Achievement Gap was created in 2007 by former Minneapolis Mayor Don Fraser to host monthly brown bag lunches to discuss research and promising initiatives in closing the achievement gap. The brown bag lunches expanded to St. Paul in 2011, with the support of Grant Abbott, then the executive director of the St. Paul Area Council of Churches. We are an all-volunteer organization, and are currently trying to expand our outreach and online presence. The Achievement Gap Library is part of that effort. Here is our current site, a work in progress: 

Visiting Media/Communications Specialist

(Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting)
College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Visiting Media/Communications Specialist for the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Part of the Department of Special Education, the Clearinghouse is home to several projects related to early childhood education and early childhood special education, including the Illinois Early Learning (IEL) project, the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map (IECAM) project, the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse, and the online journal Early Childhood Research & Practice. The Media/Communications Specialist is responsible for editing, fact/reference checking, typesetting, and proofreading a variety of print and electronic materials related to these projects. Day-to-day work requires prioritizing multiple tasks in a team environment.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Divisional Librarian - Technical Services

The Roanoke County Public Library system, located in the historic Shenandoah Valley and nestled at the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, is seeking a highly motivated person for the position of Divisional Librarian, Technical Services.  Our library system consists of a new state-of-the-art 54,000 sq. foot main Library (South County), five branches, a collection of over 350,000 items, 76,581 registered borrowers, and serves a population of over 91,000 with a very responsive and team-oriented technical services department. The Divisional Librarian must have a Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA Accredited College or University, possess a knowledge of the methods and principles of contemporary bibliographic-maintenance standards and practices, and be highly proficient in and make creative use of the latest technologies.  For more information about this exciting opportunity or to apply online, go to the Library’s website at under Employment Opportunities.  Deadline to submit your application is March 4.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Making Your Voice Heard: Your Role in State Advocacy

Making Your Voice Heard: Your Role in State Advocacy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Central Time
Virtual Event
Web Seminar

In the midst of a rapidly changing technological environment, state budget cuts that threaten the very existence of public law libraries, and a growing number of state governments looking to eliminate print legal resources in favor of online-only, now is a critical time for law librarians to speak up for the important issues that affect the profession. Join this free webinar to learn practical skills and strategies to make a difference in your state. You’ll hear the latest and most effective ways to influence decision-makers, learn how the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) and AALL mobilized to save Connecticut’s courthouse law libraries from closure, and come away prepared to advocate for the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) to ensure authentication and preservation of electronic legal material in your state. This webinar is free for AALL members and chapter members

Learning Objectives:

• Participants will be able to identify AALL’s policy priorities at the state level.
• Participants will learn practical skills to influence decision-makers.

Deputy Director for the Congressional Research Service (CRS)

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress and a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century seeks to identify an outstanding individual for the position of Deputy Director. As a senior executive, the DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND SENIOR SPECIALIST will serve as the principal advisor to the CRS Director with an emphasis on overseeing the research planning and management activities of the Service and ensuring that CRS meets Congress’ needs for research and analysis.  As the CRS Deputy Director, the successful candidate will serve as a principal CRS representative to Members, committees and officers of the United States Congress.  This position is at the Senior Level ($165,300).  For more information about the position, CRS and how to apply, please go to  The closing date of the posting is March 14, 2012.  Nancy Warrick, Section Head, Staffing and Position Management, Congressional Research Service.

The Administrative Conference of the U.S. is hiring!

There are currently two senior-level positions for which applications are being sought.  The first is for our Research Director, which is an SES-level position.  The vacancy announcement is posted on USAJobs, and will be open through Feb. 20.  Interested applicants are urged to apply directly through the USAJobs website. The Announcement Number is CK599048AC.  The second position is for a Senior Attorney/Economist at the GS-15 level.  We do not currently have a job description available for this position, and there is currently no closing date.  We are recruiting for this position internally, and not advertising via USAJobs.  We are specifically searching for a lawyer with a background in economics to aid the Conference in evaluating its program activities.  That is, we hope to find someone who can help us 1) determine which projects have the greatest potential in terms of cost savings to the government;  increased public participation in government, etc; and 2) measure the success of our implementation efforts. 

Interested persons and inquires should be directed to me at  Shawne C. McGibbon, General Counsel, Administrative Conference of the United States.

Learning Design Librarian, MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY

Millersville, PA  17551-0302

Position:          Learning Design Librarian
                        Instructor or Assistant Professor
                        Full-time, tenure track, academic year
                        Beginning August 2012

Description: Millersville University seeks a creative self-starter to design, maintain, and assess the library's learner-centered instruction program. The Learning Design Librarian (LDL) provides leadership to the library department by developing strategies for integrating information literacy into the curriculum and by assessing the instruction program's impact on student learning. The LDL also participates in research assistance, library instruction for general education courses, and serves as a subject librarian to assigned academic departments.  

Be a part of a growing department, set to move into a new state-of-the-art facility in fall 2013. The renovated library will feature a digital media lab, distance learning classroom, floor for interdisciplinary faculty collaboration, and a 24 hour space with cafĂ©. The Millersville University Library employs 12 faculty and 11 support staff. Library faculty are full members of the university faculty with all rights and responsibilities of other faculty members, including eligibility for promotion and sabbatical leaves. Library faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and professional development, service to the institution, and institutional governance. The incumbent, as part of the tenure requirement, must have made significant progress toward a second graduate degree within five years.  

Branch Librarian I, Pine City:

Pine City is one of 14 branches of the East Central Regional Library system. The mission of ECRL is: Connecting and strengthening communities through the power of knowledge.

Responsibilities: Oversee operation of a small branch library. The Branch Librarian is assisted by 3 Branch Aides who work a total of 27.5 hours. The branch is open 5 days per week (Tues-Sat) for a total of 40 hours. Branch service statistics for 2011 recorded an average of 5,100 checkouts per month and 4,060 visitors per month. The branch was complete renovated a year ago and re-opened in February 2011. Pine City has excellent community support with an active Friends group and Foundation.

Required: Bachelors Degree; Up to date technology skills; 2 years relevant experience.

Preferred: MLS, MLIS, or Minnesota Certification.

Head, Digital Projects & Metadat

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University Library

Rank: Librarian  I-IIISchedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00) 

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music. The University and the LibraryThe Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Head Librarian IV – Willmar (MN) Public Library

Pioneerland Library System seeks a Head Librarian with successful public library experience to direct and coordinate the activities of the Willmar (MN) Public Library.  A thorough knowledge of library science principles and procedures, along with experience supervising a large staff of library personnel and demonstrated computer knowledge is required. 

Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in library science and at least two years of work experience, including management experience in a public or other type of library; or an equivalent combination of education, training or experience necessary to perform the essential duties of the work.  Appointment range: $39,665 - $43,347.
Competitive benefit package includes Minnesota Retirement (PERA).

Willmar, MN is located 90 miles west of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  For more information about the Willmar Public Library please visit:

Resumes accepted until 4:30 P.M. Friday, March 9, 2012.  Send letter of interest, resume and employment application to: Laurie Ortega, 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:

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

Robert H. Taylor Archival Fellowship at Manuscripts Division, Firestone Library

The Manuscripts Division, a unit of Princeton University Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is announcing the Robert H. Taylor Archival Fellowship for the summer of 2012. This fellowship provides up to twelve weeks of work experience for a graduate student or recent graduate interested in pursuing an archival career. The fellow undertakes an arrangement and description project and works on other library projects that typically involve metadata and other aspects of the work of a manuscripts library.

The 2012 Fellow will spend time processing one or several collections from the library's literary manuscripts collections. The Fellow will process a collection, including arrangement and preparing DACS-compliant description using Archivists’ Toolkit and oXygen, and be involved in reference and other public services activities. In addition, the fellow may participate in other activities including preservation, digitization or additional metadata creation.

The Manuscripts Division holds an estimated 8,500 linear feet of materials covering five thousand years of recorded history and all parts of the world, with special strengths in Western Europe, the Near East, the United States, and Latin America. More than 5,000 visitors use the manuscripts collections in the reading room at Firestone Library each year. An efficient processing program and interdepartmental guidelines for description and arrangement have ensured that the manuscripts divisions’ collections are ever more accessible.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Feb. 13: Student Group Recruitment Night

IFLA Information Sessions: Feb. 13 and 21

Interested in international librarianship? Interested in attending an international professional conference?
Missed the fall info session on LIS 7600 International Librarianship with participation in the IFLA conference?

Come to an information session on
February 13 at 5 pm in CdC 017 or
February 21 at 5 pm in CdC 017.

Information about the course, IFLA, requirements andcosts will be covered.

If unable to attend but interested, contact
Mary Wagner (,) or
Marilyn Cathcart (

Association of Christian Librarians 56th Annual Conference

June 11-15, 2012; Association of Christian Librarians 56th Annual Conference, Palm Beach Atlantic University; West Palm Beach, FL.   Our theme is “Oceans of Opportunity” with keynote speakers Sue Polanka, Head of Reference and Instruction for the Dunbar Library, Wright State University, presenting “Blue Ocean Strategies for the Promotion of E-Resources” and Dr. David Dockery, President of Union University, presenting "Opportunities for Christian Higher Education in the Academic Marketplace." ACL is an association of librarians who embrace the Christian faith and has over 500 members! Contact April VanPutten,, or 937-766-2255;

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

St. Kate's MLIS SGO Blog: Welcome to winter semester 2012!

St. Kate's MLIS SGO Blog: Welcome to winter semester 2012!: Greetings to new and returning students! We hope that the first week of class has gone well for everyone and that you are excited about the...

(First meeting on Feb. 8; 5:15-5:50 in CdC 5)

Job Search Assistant - St. Paul Public Library & SCU Center for Community Work and Learning

New Off-Campus Student Work Position.
St. Paul Public Library & SCU Center for Community Work and Learning

Job Title: Job Search Assistant
Pay: $8.25 per hour, 8-12 hours per week

Work Details:
  • This position is part of the Community Leadership Program. Student worker must attend monthly seminars, complet biweekly reflections, mid and end of year evaluations. 
  • Hours can be week days and weekends as well as evenings; work schedule will be set based on library hours and student availability.
  • Library work site/sites will be determined based on schedule and transportation needs.
  • Training hours can be completed on a flexible schedule.
  • This position is form winter semester 2012, with potential to continue summer and fall 2012.
For more information on the program description, experience/education requirements, responsibilities and duties, and to apply for the position, go to KatieClick. The deadline is Februar 12.

For questions, contact D'Ann Urbaniak Lesch at or 651-690-6922.

Capstone Community Scholarshi​p Still Open! Postmark by March 1, 2012

Capstone is accepting college scholarship applications now through March 1, 2012. The Capstone Community Scholarship Program offers up to eight scholarship awards in the amount of $2,500 each to qualified applicants.  Among the eligibility requirements includes a full-time status as an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited four-year college or university in Minnesota or Illinois. Students majoring in the following areas of study, who also meet additional requirements, are invited to apply: 
  • Elementary/Primary Education
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • English Language Learners
  • Graphic Design
  • Library Science
  • Preschool Education
  • Publishing
To review the full scholarship guidelines and download an application, visit Capstone Community Outreach - Scholarships & Grants - Capstone 

To view the full press release, visit News - Capstone

20th Annual HUBBS Children’s Literature Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2012,
Anderson Student Center (University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus).

This year’s featured authors are Newberry Award winners Christopher Paul Curtis (website) and Linda Sue Park (website).

The annual Hubbs Children’s Literature Conference provides an opportunity for parents, teachers, students, librarians and others interested in children’s literature to share information and learn how to better meet the educational needs of youth. Sponsored by St. Thomas’ School of Education in the university’s College of Applied and Professional Studies, it is supported by an endowment from Margaret and the late Ronald Hubbs, who were advocates for literacy in Minnesota and provided funds for the St. Thomas libraries’ children’s literature collection. For more information about the HUBBs Conference please visit the website (click here). You may register for the conference via USTs internal registration system (click here).

Minites Upcoming Training Sessions

Below are examples of upcoming Minitex training sessions. Find more information how sessions details, dates and times on the minitex site.
  • RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Print Monographs
  • ELM After School: 6-8
  • ELM After School: 9-12
  • Getting to Know the Presidential Candidates
  • RDA for the Seasoned Copy Cataloger: Continuing Resources
  • Britannica's Interactive Learning Materials
  • Using Maps in Student Resources in Context
  • ELM After School: Teaching Resources
  • "Defining the Genre; What's the Form?": LC

Junior Knowledge Manager/Researcher for International Research Firm at San Francisco, CA.

Open until filled.

Job Summary:
Our client, an international research firm, is in need of a knowledge management specialist to support their increasing need for effective capture and knowledge sharing across the firm.  Main responsibilities in this role will include the development of knowledge sharing strategies and implementation of KM initiatives and programs, evaluating and working with vendors to maintain and update research databases and other internet resources for the organization, and provide training and development to staff on knowledge sharing programs and online resources.  Additionally, this position will be responsible for business research in support of the organization’s corporate clientele.  Qualified candidates will have a Master’s in Library Science with strong technical skills which include coding and advanced internet abilities.  Ideal candidates will also have proven research skills in a corporate setting and strong analytical skills.  If you are a creative thinker with a proactive attitude, this is the job for you!  Our client is looking to fill this new position as soon as possible so send your resume for immediate consideration to! 

National Records Management and Library Placement Firm
Washington, DC: 202-261-7200 | San Diego, CA: 619-230-769
2National Search:  888-399-TRAK (8725)  

Call for nominations: Minnesota Academic Innovators Award

Please nominate yourself or colleagues for the 2012 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award. This award recognizes academic librarians or academic project teams who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota through an innovative project, program or service. (Innovation will be considered very broadly.) The award is sponsored by the MLA Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD).
The recipient of the Innovators Award is recognized and presented with a $300 award at ARLD Day.

See the MLA Announcement for more information.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

NISO Webinar: Embracing the Cloud: Real Life Examples of Library Cloud Implementation

February 8, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

About the Webinar
Cloud computing, a concept that has leapt onto the scene in the last few years, is available to libraries in the form of hosted systems for an ILS  or for e-resource access. These systems take advantage of cheaper computing power, increased availability of services such as Amazon Web services, and new development strategies from library vendors. What does moving library information to a networked environment do to improve the overall management of the system? How can libraries leverage cloud-hosted and managed collections? Are there tradeoffs in terms of local control? Learn the answers to these and related issues at this webinar where speakers will discuss actual cloud implementations in library environments.
Find more information and how to register for the webinar.

James K. Hosmer Special Collections Internship at Hennepin County Library

To Apply and For Questions: Submit a resume and brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship to:

Barb McKenzie
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive Minnetonka, MN 55305

The Case for Non-Digital Technologies by Paul Lai

The Case for Non-Digital Technologies
Hack Library School

I'd be happy to talk to others about post topics that they might like me to address. We could also collaborate on posts if anyone is interested. And HLS always welcomes guest posts as well.


Calling all alumni from the MLIS Program

The MLIS Program is collecting business cards for a visual display in our student lounge from all of our alumni.

We would love to include yours. Please send your business card to the MLIS Office at:

MLIS Program, #4125
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Please send your card to us and we will post a picture of the display when enough business cards are collected.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Save the date: Library Legislative Day!

The Minnesota Library Association and Minnesota Educational Media Association (MEMO) Library Legislative Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2012. MLA/MEMO lobbyist Elaine Keefe will give a briefing about the status of the platform (approved by the MLA membership at the MLA 2011 Annual Conference in Duluth) and the current political association at 6:00PM the evening of February 27 and again at 9:00AM on Tuesday, February 28. Both briefings and the distribution of background documents will be at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Paul (161 St. Anthony Avenue).

Please plan to attend! If you can’t attend, make sure that you know your legislators and contact them about the MLA platform.

Information about pre-registration for Library Legislative Day will be published on the MLA website soon. The MLA board has made registration free to all MLA and MEMO members.

Do It Green! Minnesota Internship

Do It Green! Minnesota is an all volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission to educate and motivate Minnesotans to live green, sustainably and build healthy communities. We achieve this through publishing a comprehensive web site and an annual printed guidebook called the Do It Green! Magazine, hosting monthly hands-on workshops, hosting our annual Green Gifts Fair and Earth Day Celebration, and offering a Resource Center inside the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Primary Duties:
We are seeking an individual that is knowledgeable about basic green living concepts and has good organizational skills. The Do It Green! Resource Center Manager will be in charge of our educational resource center’s monthly educational displays, reordering materials, managing and updating our library of materials, and hosting a shift at the center one day a week. Our resource center is located inside the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. You will learn about Twin Cities Metro green living resources and organizations and you will increase your knowledge about sustainable living. This position requires 15 hours/week & a one year commitment.

More information at Job Details | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Programming Librarian | Getting Started: An Introduction to Convening Forums @ your library

Date: February 28, 2012
Public deliberation is a process used to engage contentious, difficult issues from diverse perspectives. First in a four-part series, this session will provide an introduction to deliberative conversations that public, academic, and school libraries are convening and how these discussions are repositioning libraries in their communities. Speakers include Nancy Kranich, Chair, ALA Center for Civic Life Advisory Committee; Patty Dineen, Public Engagement Consultant/Contributing Editor, National Issues Forums Institute website; and Carolyn Caywood, Convener, Virginia Beach Public Library Forums, and Fellow of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement.

Read more at Programming Librarian | Getting Started: An Introduction to Convening Forums @ your library

ALRD Day Call for Session Proposals; Deadline is Feb. 27

The Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD), with support from the Public Libraries Division (PLD) of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO), is seeking session proposals for 2012 ARLD Day, April 27, 2012, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Last year, ARLD Day tackled the rise of mobile devices and their effects on libraries. Now we turn to transliteracy—the skills needed to “communicate meaning between media” as defined by our keynote speaker, Lane Wilkerson, from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Learn more about 2012 ARLD Day.

We encourage you to submit a session proposal for the 2012 ARLD Day! Please complete the session proposal form. We encourage anyone, including current MLIS students, to submit a presentation. Our planning committee will select presentations and notify presenters in early March 2012.

The deadline for proposals is February 27, 2012

See the ALRD day page for more information.

Special Libraries Association Engineering Division: Digital Library Student Travel Stipend Award

Special Libraries Association Engineering Division
$1200 SPIE Digital Library Student Travel Stipend Award
Call for Applications
Award to attend the SLA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, 15 -18 July, 2012

SPIE Digital Library is sponsoring for library school students the award of a $1200 travel stipend toward payment of expenses incurred while attending the annual Special Libraries Association conference in Chicago, Illinois, July 15-18, 2012.  SPIE Digital Library is the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics applied research.

The SPIE Digital Library Student Travel Stipend Award will be given to the qualified student who submits an essay of three or less double spaced typed pages that is judged to be the best essay submitted describing the following scenario:

"Emerging trends in science librarianship"

Webinar: Developing and Using Stories to Teach Legal Research

Tuesday, February 22, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Central Time
Cost: $30 AALL members $60 non-members.

In preliterate times, storytelling was the primary way of disseminating culturally relevant information and educating members of a society.  Today, storytelling still serves as an effective communication technique in trial practice, business administration, and library science.  While little used in law librarianship, storytelling has the potential to transform the way law librarians convey legal research techniques and legal information to law library patrons.  This comprehensive webinar will introduce educational storytelling, and include a demonstration of a legal education story as well as methods for collecting, developing, and evaluating potential stories.

This webinar is sponsored by the AALL/BNA Grants Program.

Register Today! Deadline to Register is February 16.

Library Assistant 2

Health Sciences Libraries

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


50% - Conduct document delivery operations, including prioritizing and processing orders and working with student staff20% - Obtain items not held in the University of Minnesota Libraries from external sources
20% - Clarify citations using specialized skills and knowledge
10% - Develop skills and conduct basic activities in support of InfoNOW Search Service

InfoNOW is a fee-based service, providing document delivery, research, and related services to organizations not affiliated with the University of Minnesota. InfoNOW provides access to information, using the resources of the University's Libraries. InfoNOW serves corporate and individual clients worldwide, including law firms, medical technology companies, insurance companies, health care firms, consultants, and information brokers.

To apply enter the following link in your browser:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The MLIS Social Hour

Welcome to the Winter 2012 Semester!

January 31, February 1 and 2, 2012
(Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday)
5:00-6:00pm in the MLIS Hallway

All MLIS students and faculty are welcome to join us on any of these days. Stop by to grab a treat and socialize during the first week back.

Hosted by the Student Governance Organization (SGO) and the MLIS Program