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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Minnesota Digital Library 10th Annual Meeting

Those of you within driving distance of St. Paul may be interested in the following event.  Note one of the afternoon breakout sessions includes a panel of speakers from the Theodore Roosevelt Center in Dickinson, ND; The University of South Dakota and the Digital Library of South Dakota, and Wisconsin Heritage Online.

Register Today!
10th Annual Meeting
Monday, June 18, 2012
8:45 AM – 3:30 PM

Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
Registration deadline: Friday, June 8, 2012

To register for the conference
and for more information on the conference, including a description of the breakout sessions

On-site parking available for a fee

Keynote Speaker: Rachel Frick, Co-Chair, Content and Scope Workstream of the Digital Public Library of America and Director of the Digital Library Federation

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vacancy - Information Literacy Librarian

Washburn University invites applications for the position of Information Literacy Librarian. The University Libraries seek a creative and energetic librarian to assume a leadership role in its First-Year Experience Program and implementation of an expanding information literacy program within a team-oriented, teaching library environment. The successful candidate will teach credit-bearing courses on information literacy, coordinate curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction, develop instruction programs, and collect and analyze data related to library instruction. The successful candidate also will serve as a subject liaison with responsibility for collection development and participate in the provision of research services to library users on-site and at a distance (some evening and/or weekend hours required). The design of online instruction, both web-based tutorials and content modules for delivery through the course management system, will be a strong focus as the Washburn Libraries pursue their future in the 21st Century learning environment.

For more information, requirements, and qualifications, go here.

Minnesota Library Association 2012 Annual Conference features authors, mini-conference

June 1, 2012

If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact the MLA office at 651-999-5343 or

Minnesota Library Association 2012 Annual Conference features authors, mini-conference

St. Paul, MN – The 2012 Annual Conference will be held October 3-5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. The conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. This year’s theme is “Minnesota Libraries: A Capitol Idea.”

This year’s featured presenters include:

  • Dr. Anton Treuer, author and professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University (keynote presentation and One Book, One Conference presenter)
  • Joan Frye Williams, internationally recognized library futurist and designer of innovative library services (keynote and breakout presentations)
  • Stephanie Vance, the Advocacy Guru (keynote and breakout presentations)
  • Saroj Ghoting, author and early childhood literacy consultant (Sharon Lerner Lecture Fund presentation)
  • Erin Walsh, Mind Positive Parenting (breakout presentation)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Head of Acquisitions, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; deadline extended

Introduction: The Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary announces an opening for Head of Acquisitions (HA) to begin on August 1, 2012 or as arranged.  Founded in 1957 as a graduate theological school owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist College, SBC, seeks applications and nominations for a Head of Acquisitions librarian beginning August 1, 2012 or when filled.  Its collection includes 200,000 volumes and its staff supports vigorous programs of collection development and participation in library instruction.   MBTS/MBC is located in suburban Kansas City, Missouri.  Degrees offered include: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, and D.Min./D.Ed.Min.  

Position Summary:  The Head of Acquisitions librarian manages, plans, and supervises all acquisitions operations by coordinating the procurement and receipt of library materials (print and digital) and reports directly to the Library Director.

Job Announcement: Electronic Resources/Sciences & Technology Librarian.

University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific Library seeks 2 well-qualified professional librarians with energy, initiative, and vision to provide effective leadership in the provision of innovative library services in the sciences. The librarian's role in the academy is changing, and that change is particularly apparent in the sciences. Pacific librarians respond to the environment of change by supporting learning and research through productive partnerships with faculty and students resulting in the development of distinctive services and collections.

Electronic Resources/Sciences & Technology Librarian.  Coordinates and manages selection, acquisition, licensing, and evaluation of all electronic resources, including establishing and maintaining budget guidelines for electronic resources and for testing, evaluating, and recommending electronic resources. Develops and delivers innovative public, digital, and collection services that facilitate the curricular and research needs of students and faculty in the sciences, including engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, and other natural and physical sciences departments (to be determined). Required: ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science.  Academic degree in the natural sciences or engineering discipline, or the demonstrated equivalent gained through experience in an academic science or engineering library. Experience with mobile devices, social networking, and new technology applications for the delivery of library resources and services. Salary from $50K negotiable.

Technical Librarian, Seagate Technology

Job Number 123833
Seagate Technology
Bloomington, MN

As Seagate’s Technical Librarian, you will be responsible for managing the Technical Information Center located in Bloomington, Minnesota, and for providing research and reference services to R&D personnel worldwide. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Provide information to employees – worldwide.  Will have the opportunity to support multiple engineering levels and diverse cultures.
  • Collection development:  Select, order, and catalog new acquisitions.  Maintain the collection of pertinent books, journals, online databases and other library resources aligned to the mission of Seagate.
  • Provide cost-effective reference material delivery service, using the best digital or physical sources. Will maintain database of library and employee orders, reconciling monthly invoices, and “charge-back” as appropriate.  
  • Assist patrons in retrieving needed information found within the Seagate collection.  Conduct top priority and quick response literature and patent searching.
  • Maintain and update the library website on an ongoing basis. Troubleshoot all library services and databases.
  • Principal contact for license contracts and renewals of journal subscriptions and online services. Maintain annual reference services budget.
  • Promote technical library services throughout Seagate.
  • Maintain an outside resource network through participation in appropriate professional associations, seminars, and conferences.

Congratulations to Sara Zettervall!

Sara Zettervall, current MLIS student, has been awarded the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize from the Progressive Librarians Guild for her paper, "Through a Distant Lens: Visions of Native Hawaiians in Children's Picture Books". She initially wrote the paper for Dr. Sarah Park's Social Justice in Children and YA Literature course.

From the PLG website (
"The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2012 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $300 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2012 American Library Association (ALA)Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA from June 21-26. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner at ALA."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Check out the new topics course for fall 2012: Older Adults and the Web

LIS 7963 Topics: Older Adults and the Web
Taught by Joyce Yukawa

An introduction to issues and practices related to the online information seeking of older adults and the implications for the information professions. Topics include: the impacts of aging on society, including the grey digital divide; older adults' information seeking behavior and computer and web use; teaching older adults; and library services to older adults. Through service learning, this course provides students with the opportunity to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of information needs and behaviors, information and communication technology literacy, and user instruction through participating in a service learning project for older adults at a residential center, library, or other organization. Students will also apply their research skills to an evidence-based assessment of their work in the service learning project. 3 credits. Prerequisites: LIS 7010, 7030, 7040, 7050.

Registration still open for this course.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Opening: Head of Collection Services, Univ. of Iowa Law Library

Head of Collection Services (PLA4)
University of Iowa Law Library

Position begins on September 1, 2012 or before if successful candidate is available earlier.

Employer Information: The University of Iowa Law Library is part of the University of Iowa Law School.  The University of Iowa Law School, founded in 1865, is the oldest Law School west of the Mississippi River and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.  The Law School has a student population of about 600 students in its JD program and about 15 in its LLM program, and has a faculty of about 45.  According to the most recent ABA figures, the Law Library collection of information resources contains the second largest number of separately cataloged on-site accessible different titles in all formats, and the second largest collection of volumes and microform volume equivalents, among all academic law libraries. The collection is very strong both in American Law and Foreign, Comparative, and International Law.  The Law Library has a staff of 32 FTE, including 8 Public Services librarians with both library and law degrees, and 5.5 librarians in Collection Services.

For more information about the law library –
For more information about the law school –
For more information about the University of Iowa –

University of Minnesota, Morris Librarian Job Posting

Rodney A. Briggs Library at the University of Minnesota, Morris invites an enthusiastic, creative and service oriented librarian to join our team. Recent graduates interested in working in a mentoring and collaborative environment are encouraged to apply. The Instruction Coordinator will provide a leadership role in promoting information literacy and the delivery of instructional services, offer research assistance, assist with circulation and support other library public services for students, faculty and staff of the UMM campus and local community users. Integral to this position are familiarity with and enthusiasm for the integration of emerging technologies into instruction. This librarian will also participate in collection development, liaison and outreach activities and be involved in shared library decision-making. Some evening and weekend work is required. The college values diversity in its students, faculty and staff. The college is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research and/or service because we believe that diversity enriches the classroom and research experience at the University.

To apply: go to: and find requisition #178352; complete an online application and attach a resume or curriculum vitae and the names of three references familiar with applicants qualifications; college transcripts will be required before personal interview. Review of applications will begin June 25, 2012 and continue until position is filled. For more information go to:

Music Librarian Position Available

The University of Michigan Music Library supports the teaching and research interests of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, interdisciplinary collaborations within the larger University of Michigan community, and general service to the public. Among the busiest libraries in the University Library system, the Music Library holds more than 240,000 items, including scores, audio recordings, videos, and numerous special collections. The School of Music, Theatre and Dance, one of the oldest and largest in the country, has approximately 150 faculty and over 1,000 students from all 50 states and almost two dozen countries. The school offers an array of programs – undergraduate through doctoral – in nearly all fields of music, dance, and theatre.  This is a half-time position.

Free SLA Student Memberships - SLA Legal Division

Do you like hearing about the latest legal cases or staying on top business and legal trends?  Then consider being a Law Librarian!   Law librarians work in many settings including law schools, law firms, government libraries and many public and private companies.  They go by many titles:  law librarian, researcher or information analyst. 

 If you’re interested in learning more about this exciting field, then join the SLA Legal Division.  SLA Legal Division offers a wide variety of online education opportunities designed to sharpen professional skills throughout your career.  Previous webinar topics have included using social media tools for research, business communication, and career development/job search.  You can also find a mentor to help you learn more about law librarianship.

SLA Legal Division also offers several grants to attend the annual conference.  The conference creates an environment for networking, communication, learning and other developmental opportunities for information professionals. Student membership is only $40.  This includes one chapter and one division.  Here’s the membership link.: 

As an incentive to join Legal Division, the Student Relations Group will sponsor a contest to win 10 SLA student memberships.  Just write a short paragraph describing your interest in the legal information profession and send this to SLA Student Relations Group Chair Grace Rosales ( by Friday, June 22, 2012.  Winning entries will receive a one-year free membership with SLA.  We will need a receipt of payment and we will send you reimbursement for payment of your membership.  If you are currently a member, we will pay for your next renewal.  Winners will be notified by Friday, June 29.  Please note that if you are a winner we would like to get a photo of you to include with the winning entries along with a signed waiver so that we can use it for future promotional materials. 

Come join us and explore the exciting field of law librarianship!  Send in your entries today!

Any questions?  Feel free to contact the SLA Student Relations Group Chair:
Grace Rosales @

Archivist / Metadata Coordinator, Yale University

Manuscript Unit
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 2-3

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 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

Friday, May 18, 2012

Franklin Learning Center Intern, Hennepin County Library

Opening Date:  5/21/12
Closing Date:    6/8/12
Job Type: Internship
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department: Library

The Position

The Franklin Learning Center (FLC) provides adults with resources to educate themselves. Learners, instructors and trained volunteers work collaboratively, trusting each other’s wisdom and experience. In partnership with other local organizations, we create a vibrant, cross-cultural learning community. At FLC, people are empowered with the knowledge they need to fulfill their professional, family and community roles.

This internship will require a commitment between June 2012 – August 2012, 6-12 hours a week. The main work location is at the Franklin Learning Center, 1314 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is an unpaid internship which could be for college credit or work experience.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Congratulations to May 2012 Graduates!

The MLIS Graduate Reception was held on Monday, May 14 in the Coeur de Catherine Spillane Room. Joan Van Norman, representative from the Student Governance Organization Executive Committee, presented the graduates with an MLIS Alumni pin. Graduates who were unable to attend may pick up their pin from their student mailbox along with a tote from the Alumnae/i Relations and a packet from the MLIS Program.

Nicole Radotich, awarded the MLIS Founder's Award
Nicole Radotich, awarded the MLIS Founder's Award
At the reception, Dr. Sook Lim presented Nicole Radotich as the recipient of the Sister Marie Cecilia Marzolf, CSJ Founder’s Award. The award is given each semester to the student(s) whom the faculty has identified as the most outstanding MLIS graduate(s) of the semester. Nicole's name is now engraved on the Founder’s Award plaque along with our previous graduates who have received this honor. The plaque is located in the MLIS Student Lounge. Dr. David Lesniaski announced Amy Mars as the recipient of the MLIS Scholarship who accepted it in absentia.

Preceding the graduate reception, the St. Catherine University Beta Phi Mu Chapter (Beta Beta Xi) held their second induction ceremony. Eight new members were inducted and announced by Dr. Sheri Ross at the reception.

The MLIS Program also honored two faculty members who will be retiring at the end of the academic year, Dr. Mary Wagner and Dr. Susan Shoemaker. Dr. Mary Wagner has been with the MLIS program for over
35 years and will be Professor Emerita.

Commencement is this Saturday, May 19 at 2:00pm in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium. Find Commencement details here.

Reminders for May 2012 graduates:
  • If you have not done so already, don't forget to turn in your resume to the MLIS Office.
  • Email will stay active for two years after graduation.

Reference / Research Law Librarian - University of Denver Sturm College of Law

The Westminster Law Library in the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver seeks a creative, enthusiastic, highly productive law librarian to serve as a Reference / Research Law Librarian to work as part of a reference, research, and instruction team that interacts with law students, faculty, staff, alumni, the practicing bar, and the legal community. This individual should be proficient in both legal and general research strategies, resources, and new and emerging information technologies as they apply to law libraries and legal research. The Reference / Research Law Librarian will have an opportunity to teach legal research and library instruction. An awareness of developments in law librarianship will enable the Reference / Research Law Librarian to play a key role in enhancing services that support the five Centers of Excellence and the strategic plan of the Sturm College of Law.

PLG Social Night This Thursday!

Join us for the PLG Social Hour When: Thursday, May 19 at 9:05pm Where: Sweeney's Saloon (96 Dale N. St., St. Paul, MN)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

INFORMATION SPECIALIST - University of North Dakota

MINIMUM SALARY: $42,000.00 plus/year DEPARTMENT: Rural Health

This is a grant funded position with the Health Workforce Information Center ( project, a national online library of resources related to health workforce issues. Duties include: Identify, select, organize and index information. Assist with maintaining database systems. Assist with selecting and purchasing publications in print and electronic format, using established selection guidelines. Identify, select, acquire, organize, and index media materials. Identify and collect best practices and key findings of leading researchers. Compile, verify and retrieve resource materials as needed. Assist with the maintenance of a thesaurus of commonly used terms. Assist with developing and maintaining a grant-specific collection consisting of programs and contacts, research and literature, calendars of conferences and meetings. Provide and disseminate information. Provide information to incoming queries by conducting searches of existing collections, appropriate bibliographic and informational databases, the Internet, and by contacting identified experts in the field and/or putting the information seeker in contact with these identified individuals. Re-package information for delivery based on information interview with user. Assist users in navigating the complex web of Federal agencies and foundations. Create and maintain web-based products. Create and maintain web-based content for inclusion in online publications and on the web site. Determine information needs of users. Assist in creation and evaluation of the program web site features including addition and organization of the various components, the search mechanism, and the client contact element. Make recommendations on how to improve information delivery and work collaboratively with other staff to develop and implement enhancements. Assist with the creation and maintenance of database tables for projects related to the web site. Assist with the creation and maintenance of public dynamic database-driven web pages and search interfaces. Communicate services: Assist with publicizing the grant program. Broadcast via the web new programs and research additions to the collection. Assist with developing procedures specific to the grant program. Present at state and national conferences. Participate in meetings, conferences and workshops locally, regionally, and nationally, as appropriate. Exhibit and demonstrate program services at state and national conferences as well as at various open houses and events in the University community. Participate in professional activities. Accept opportunities to participate on committees, make presentations, and publish appropriate research or accomplishments. Keep current on the latest developments in the field and areas of interest through reading and electronic mail communications. Contribute to the advancement of the profession and status of the Center for Rural Health and the University.

For more information, requirements, qualifications, etc, go to:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Business Liaison Librarian, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek a creative and service-oriented Business Liaison Librarian for a tenure-track faculty position, serving as the subject specialist and liaison for the following academic units and their related disciplines:
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Economics
Depending upon background and experience, the librarian may also be responsible for other related departments.  Successful candidates will benefit from the strong mentoring program developed by the University Libraries to support new faculty in tenure-track appointments in fulfilling expectations in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.  Entry-level or early career librarians are encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities:  The Business Liaison Librarian serves with a team of three other subject specialists in related fields, reports to the Acting Head of the Schreyer Business Library, and is responsible for the above subject areas in the following categories:

Deadline for Intent to Graduate for December 2012 (May 15)

MLIS students planning on walking in the December 2012 commencement ceremony must turn in their intent to graduate form by May 15, 2012. 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 and select Graduation Checklist.

MN Library Association - News and Events

MN Library Association - News and Events: Grant application process for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Competitive Grant program.

Deadline is June 15

Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian


Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian
Rank: Associate Librarian I - Librarian I
Salary: $49,464 - $70,956
Organizational Unit: Reference Services Department

Position Overview: The University of California, Riverside seeks a proven innovative and visionary Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian to lead and expand its library instruction program.

Reporting to the Head of the Rivera Library Reference Services Department, the successful candidate plans, develops, coordinates, promotes, assesses, and participates in the Rivera Library’s user education and instructional programs in the humanities and social sciences. The programs include course-integrated instruction, workshops, orientations and tours. Collaborates with faculty, as well as with other library and campus units to develop and integrate information competency elements into the curriculum and virtual campus environments. Creates and maintains instruction materials and tutorials designed for today’s learners. Investigates and incorporates emerging instructional practices, methodologies, and technologies. Analyzes data and suggests and implements changes to achieve the goals of the department, the Libraries, and the University with regards to recognized information literacy standards or other learning outcomes. Provides reference service and research consultation to a diverse user community in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, using a wide array of electronic and print resources. Participates in regular in-person and digital reference service provision. Some evening and weekend hours are required. Serves as subject specialist for one or more subject areas in the humanities, which includes faculty liaison and outreach, in-depth reference, collection development, instruction, and management of the assigned collections budget allocation. Participates in library-wide activities, administrative committees, special projects and library programs. Represents the UCR Libraries in UC-wide, regional and national forums related to information literacy and library instruction.

For more information:

Library Outreach Services Internship, Hennepin County Library

Outreach promotes the use of the library by the nontraditional or under-served user through the development and support of programs and services.

The Outreach Department's goal is to bring the experience of the library and its resources to the community - in their homes, senior living facilities, rehabilitation centers, the correctional facilities of the county and through events held at the library.

Commitment: One semester, 4 to 8 hours per week, June 2012 – August 2012

Wage: This is an unpaid position which could be for college credit or work experience

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thank you from Dr. Mary Wagner

Thank you to all who took my books to new homes. The $200 donated supports the CHABS children's library in Zambia. The money will be used to support the Spoken Word program in the library and to send some of the children to a Book Fair later this summer where they will have a chance to perform and meet Zambian authors. Thank you!

Thanks, thanks.


MLIS Graduate Reception (RSVP by May 10)

Please join us for the MLIS Graduate Reception
All MLIS students are welcome to attend.  Come celebrate with the graduates and enjoy this evening with refreshments sponsored by the Student Governance Organization.
The Founder’s Award and MLIS Scholarship recipient as well as Beta Phi Mu inductees will be announced.

RSVP to by May 10th, 2012
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Place :CdC 401 & 4th Floor Atrium

Friday, May 11, 2012

Electronic Resources & Online Services Librarian

Electronic Resources & Online Services Librarian
Library & Information Services
Dickinson College

The Electronic Resources & Online Services Librarian leads in identifying, implementing, and managing existing and emerging technological applications in all areas of library services.   The ideal candidate has experience with:  implementing and managing a variety of electronic resources and services, leading project teams in the development of innovative services, teaching their uses to others, assessing their effectiveness, and adapting as needed based on assessment results.  We seek a strong collaborator and communicator, who is able to work effectively with librarians, information technology professionals, faculty, students, and staff. This librarian also serves as a liaison, providing information literacy instruction and collection development support to assigned academic departments and First Year Seminars, and provides reference services including some evening and weekend shifts. One to three years of relevant professional level experience in an academic library setting is highly desired.

Hennepin County Library Special Collections Internship

Opening Date:  5/14/2012
Closing Date:  6/1/2012
Job Type: Internship
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department: Library

The Position

The James K. Hosmer Special Collections Department consists mainly of the Minneapolis Collection, which is comprised of materials related to the history of Minneapolis, such as books, photos, maps, biographical materials, clippings, programs, documents, and many archival collections. This internship will include processing and describing archival collections under staff supervision.  Interns will gain experience working with all aspects of archival processing.  Some work with digitization is also possible.

This internship is for the duration of one semester, June 2012 - August 2012, 8-16 hours per week. The work location is at the James K. Hosmer Special Collections – Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Arts section of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Welcome to the Arts section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The Arts Section is an umbrella organization that promotes library services in the visual and performing arts through conference programs, discussion groups, and projects such as the production of core bibliographies. Meetings for general membership, section committees, and discussion groups are held during the ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences, and programs are offered during ALA Annual.

ACRL membership is open to ALA members, and reduced rates are available to student members, and to first-time and second-time members to both organizations. ACRL members are entitled to up to two free Section memberships—just check the Arts box on the membership form, and be sure to visit the following sites for more information:

ACRL membership (includes the special rates):

Arts Section website:

Facebook page:


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Congratulations to Heather Palmer

Heather has been selected to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institute during the week of May 21-25, 2012.

Each year the Library of Congress provides the opportunity for K-12 educators to attend one of its Summer Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. During the five-day institutes, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists to learn best practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library’s Web site.

After participating in the Summer Teacher Institutes, participants will:

  • Know how to access primary sources from the Library of Congress.
  • Become skilled at analyzing primary sources of different formats.
  • Learn various teaching strategies for using primary sources in the classroom.
  • Be able to successfully facilitate a primary source-based activity with students.
  • Gain knowledge of how to use primary sources to enable students to be engaged, think critically and construct knowledge.
  • Develop a Primary Source Project Plan that will be implemented in the participant’s instructional setting.
The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Heather is a teacher at Valley Middle School in Edina, Minnesota. She is a current student in the Master of Library and Information Science program and the School Library Media Specialist program.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Internship Opportunity with Saint Mary's University of MN Twin Cities Library

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

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

Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills. No reference experience necessary. Working knowledge of common academic databases a plus.

This is an unpaid internship. A minimum of 6 hours per week is required. Internship length is one academic semester long.

Contact Rachel McGee at 612-728-5172 or

MLIS student in the Faribault Daily News

Deni Buendorf, current MLIS student, is featured in the article "STEM students in Faribault take a trip to the past" in the Faribault Daily News.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Reed College is searching for a visual resources librarian.

This is a full-time, permanent position reporting to the library’s director of research services.

Responsibilities include:
- managing a collection of 21,000 locally produced and 54,000 commercially licensed digital images as well as 110,000 35mm slides.
-supporting daily teaching and long-term research needs of art department faculty (four art history and four studio art) and digital image needs of the interdisciplinary humanities program and other academic departments
- collaborating with the art faculty, library digital assets staff, and computing and information services to create and maintain metadata, organize and preserve digital collections, and facilitate use of visual resource collections for group instruction and individual research
- managing on-site image production
- administering the visual resources collection budget
- training and supervising student assistants
- contributing to the creation, maintenance, and evaluation of web content and services
- coordinating selection, purchasing, processing and licensing of materials that support the study and teaching of art in all formats.

We seek energetic candidates who welcome the opportunity to play a leadership role in providing library services in an intensely academic community.

Twin Cities Archives Round Table Spring Meeting

Tuesday May 22, 2012
12-1:00 PM Webinar
1:30-5:00PM TCART Meeting
St. Catherine's University, Room 355 in Coeur de Catherine (see attached map)
The topic for discussion at our spring meeting will be grants, and writing and applying for grants.  Deadlines for mid-size and large Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants are coming up in June, while small and structured grants have deadlines throughout the year.  We'll share best practices and tips for applying for these grants.  A Grant Writer from MPR will also present best practices for grant writing.  Come with questions, a number of TCART members have received legacy grants over the past few years, and we will have a discussion about lessons learned and the types of projects that have been funded.
Additionally, we will conduct our spring business meeting, elect officers, and tour the St. Catherine University Archives.  

Electronic Resources Librarian & Assistant Professor

The University of Mississippi Libraries seeks an Electronic Resources Librarian with energy and initiative to provide leadership and effective management for the libraries' electronic resources.  Working in a team environment, the incumbent will be responsible for leading library-wide efforts to optimize technologies designed to help publicize the libraries' collections, and for providing user-centric services for information access and discovery.

Under the direction of the Head of Serials, the incumbent will:
 *   Serve as a liaison to vendors regarding electronic resource trials, acquisitions, licensing and technical issues
 *   Work with database providers, vendors, publishers and other personnel to resolve digital resources connectivity and access issues
 *   Proactively manage technical changes to preempt resource access problems
 *   Respond to users' issues with electronic resources in a timely manner
 *   Provide feedback about electronic resource infrastructure compatibility
 *   recommend and facilitate improvements to existing tools and workflows;
 *   Maintain accurate data about electronic resources in a variety of systems, such as our link resolver and discovery tool knowledge base (Serials Solutions), our Electronic Resource Management module (Innovative Interfaces), and our A to Z database list
 *   Manage the libraries' integrated proxy (Web Access Management)
 *   Manage the promotion of resources in various library systems and website
 *   Oversee and analyze usage statistics for electronic resources
 *   Participate in assessment of electronic resources
 *   Maintain current awareness of emerging trends and best practices in resource access and discoverability
 *   Supervise a paraprofessional responsible for maintaining the knowledgebase, for collecting usage statistics, for troubleshooting, and for loading the monthly coverage and MARC records from Serial Solutions
 *   Serve on the electronic resource management team and a library-wide collection development team.

MALL 2012 Spring Conference

Friday, May 18, 2012
William Mitchell College of Law
875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul
Minnesota, 55105

** The Registration deadline is Thursday, May 10 at 5 PM. **

Registration Form and Conference Agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Center for Transportation Studies Transportation Library Internship

The University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) has an internship program designed to provide graduate students in library and information science experience and exposure to the resources and information management challenges within the multi-disciplinary field of transportation. The internship is a great opportunity to apply current information management practices and technologies in an academic and practical environment.

The internship is available immediately.

Job Description:


The intern will assist with the following projects:

  • Assign categories and metadata to photos and other digital objects
  • Develop specific topic bibliographies for multiple Web sites
  • Add metadata to Web content and to research database
  • Assist with CTS’ participation in the U of M Digital Conservancy program
  • Investigate new technologies for information management and access
  • Update library request database
  • Assist with reference questions
  • Other projects as assigned

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

CSiL Call for Submissions

Current Studies in Librarianship, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Current Studies in Librarianship (CSiL) welcomes submission of manuscripts of research articles from current or recent graduate students in library and information science. The research and writing should have been produced in the course of the student’s master’s or doctoral program within the past 12 months. Papers should be of substantial length (between 12 and 35 pages) and report original research by the author. Articles submitted for publication should be readable, timely, thought-provoking, and contain new information or approach known information with new insight. Research may relate to any aspect of library and information science. No manuscript will be considered for publication if it is under simultaneous consideration by other journals or if it has already been published or will be published elsewhere.

Current Studies in Librarianship, (CSiL), is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by Clarion University’s department of library science. CSiL publishes LIS student original research papers on a wide variety of topics (e.g., library history, library use of blogs, services to patrons with disabilities). CSiL is indexed by Library Literature and Information Science and Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts (LISTA). It is requested that all papers follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

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