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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Minnesota Historical Society Internship Opportunities

The Minnesota Historical Society has the following internship opportunities. Reference has two positions open: a reference internship and a digital projects internship.  In addition, the Education Department has an opening for a History Day library services internship.   

Yale University - Job Opportunity - Conservation Assistant 2 - Preservation Department (#17946BR)

Conservation Assistant 2
Preservation Department
Conservation & Exhibition Services
Yale University Library
Salary Grade: D
Requisition: #17946BR

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

Departmental Focus:
Under the supervision of the Chief Conservator and/or Assistant Chief Conservator, performs a variety of tasks related to the conservation of books and other library materials from Yale’s general, circulating, rare, and special collections. This position’s primary assignment will be in Special Collections Conservation, working on Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library collections. Secondary assignment will be treatment for other special collections and unique holdings from the circulating collections.

Representative Job Summary
Repairs materials by returning them to a usable condition while retaining as much of the original information as possible.

Representative Responsibilities
1.      Determines methods, treatment proposals, time estimates, and photo documentation for work to be performed.
2.      Consults with users. Schedules work.
3.      Aids in instructing others in binding/conservation techniques.
4.      Treats paper by such methods as cleaning, washing, decidifying and mending, sizing, mylar encapsulation, mounting, matting, leaf-casting and enzyme treatment.
5.      Maintains and uses tools, equipment and supplies.
6.      Sets up, assembles, tests, repairs and operates machinery.
7.      Binds, disbands, repairs, restores and makes protective enclosures for books.
8.      Performs a variety of tasks related to the conservation of books and paper, rare books and research materials. Maintains records.
9.      Performs technical functions incidental to conservation activities.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nominate MLIS Faculty for LJ Teaching Award

LJ Teaching Award Nomination Guidelines

The LJ Teaching Award, sponsored by ProQuest, recognizes excellence in educating the next generation of librarians. This annual award, now in its sixth year, honors the winning LIS teacher with an article in LJ in the November 15 issue, a $5000 prize, and a reception at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Illustrates student-centered thinking in all aspects of teaching
Has track record as career builder: is a mentor and recognizes relationship to students can
be career-long
Communicates the core principles of librarianship, such as intellectual freedom, privacy, and a belief
in the value of library service
Effectively integrates theory, practice, and research, infusing teaching with real-life librarianship
Is forward thinking: keeps up with cutting-edge issues in the profession and in teaching, including those dealing with technology and its uses in the library field

Anyone who has taught a course at an ALA-accredited master’s program since September 3, 2010, as full-time faculty or as an adjunct, is eligible.

Who can nominate
Current students or recent graduates and faculty members are encouraged to nominate candidates. Students must have taken a class from the nominee within the past two years.

What to submit
Candidates will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the nominating letter (no more than two pages in length or email equivalent), but nominators are welcome to submit also letters of support and supplementary material (examples of coursework, etc.) for the judges to consider.


Please send nominations to:
The LJ Teaching Award
Library Journal
160 Varick St., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10013
or via email to

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Position Open at 3M, Maplewood Minnesota

For more than 100 years, 3M has been a company that delivers both sustainable growth and consistent results. Today is no exception. We are making great progress toward inventing a new future for 3M - a future of faster growth and increased competitiveness, while continuing to deliver superior results.
The position of Technical Librarian/Information Analyst will provide critical, decision-ready information research to the 3M technical community. Specific duties include but are not limited to:
  • Providing in-depth patent and technical information research and analysis
  • Using an extensive array of information resources
  • Partnering with client teams by identifying, analyzing and conveying technical information related to particular projects or corporate initiatives
  • Consulting with employees on information management issues
  • Recommending or developing leading edge information products and services
  • Travel: There is no travel required

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MN Library Association - News and Events

The deadline to nominate someone for an award is fast approaching.
The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2012:  MN Library Association - News and Events

Saint Mary's University of MN Twin Cities Library Internship

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

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

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

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

Rachel McGee, MLIS
Director of Library Services

Twin Cities Library
Saint Mary's University of MN


Library Technician (full time temporary) - Minneapolis and St. Paul Branch Library locations, U.S. Courts.

Position: Library Technician (full time temporary)
Library: Minneapolis and St. Paul Branch Library locations, U.S. Courts.
Position requires working in both the downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis locations.

Description: The U. S. Courts Library serves all federal judges in Minnesota. The Library Technician will assist in maintaining the currency and organization of the collection by receiving and processing library materials. This includes checking in books and serials and processing them for shelving.  Other duties include filing loose-leaf updates and pocket parts.  Library Technician will also provide basic reference services to library patrons using print and electronic resources, promote library to local users and assist librarian with other projects as needed.  The Technician will often be the only staff member on duty in one of the locations.

Qualifications:  Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma, two years general clerical experience or a college degree, and one year of library or comparable experience.  Other necessary qualifications include good computer skills; word processing software, spreadsheets, internet searching. Ability to prioritize and work independently. Attention to detail, strong problem solving and organization skills.  Ability to manage some physical labor; lifting boxes of books and shelving books.  Preferred:  3 years of library experience, law library experience especially preferred.  Library software knowledge, especially Sirsi.  Customer service experience. Background check required for successful applicant.

Contact: For consideration, submit cover letter and resume to Andrea Wambach, U. S. Courts Branch Librarian, 1102 U.S. Courthouse, 300 S. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415, by e-mail to or by fax to 612 664-5835.

Availability:  Position is available immediately and will extend for up to 6 months, subject to funding.

Job Pays: Approximately $17.50 per hour & up depending on qualifications.

Apply By:  August 31

For more information on federal court employment see:

Monday, August 20, 2012

Last Chance to Volunteer for MLIS Day at the Minnesota State Fair Alphabet Forest

There are still a few volunteer opening for the St. Kate's MLIS Day at the Alphabet Forest!

St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter is proud to announce a new opportunity to promote the MLIS program to the community, and we need your help! Current and future students, alumni, faculty members, and friends of the program are all welcome!

St. Kate's MLIS Day at the Alphabet Forest
Minnesota State Fair
Thursday, August 23, 2012 (opening day)
Sign up for a shift and get free admission to the fair:
Here's some info about the Alphabet Forest: "Step inside the Alphabet Forest and discover alphabet activities for all ages.  Take pictures with Fair Letters, create alphabet Ferris wheels, add your fair words to the Fair Dictionary and more!  Guests can meet a different author each day in the Alphabet Forest at the Minnesota’s Homegrown Author Showcase." Read more on their website:

Here's what volunteers should expect:
"Each volunteer checks in fifteen minutes before their scheduled time slot at the Alphabet Forest cabin on the SE corner of Baldwin Family Park, across from the 4H main doors. Each volunteer slips on a red apron and a name tag and stores their belongings in the cabin. Volunteer jobs include helping at the craft tent, the sidewalk welcoming area, the photo booth, Win-A-Word spinning wheel, or awarding ribbons for vocabulary lists. (Assignments are based on what we need at the time.)"
In addition, we are asking everyone to wear an MLIS or St. Kate t-shirt, and we will be making ALASC buttons for members to pin on their aprons.

We're hoping that this event will help get our name out there and show the community how much our school cares about literacy. If you have any questions or would like to help promote the event (even if you can't attend in person), please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help! -Sara

Sara Zettervall, MLIS Candidate

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Director of Libraries, Academic Media and Archives, St. Catherine University

Academic Affairs Office
Both Campus
Posting Number:  20120068-STAFF
Position Information

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 5,300 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, Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, invites applications for a full-time Director of Libraries, Academic Media and Archives. This is a twelve (12) month, administrative position.

  • The Director is responsible for the management of the two campus Libraries, Academic Media Services & Archives operations, working with a staff of faculty librarians, administrative librarians and administrative staff, support staff, and student employees.
  • Primary functions of the position include:
    • Leadership for all aspects of Library/Academic Media/Archives operations;
    • Foster a collaborative and collegial environment;
    • Short-term and long-range planning supporting the University strategic plan and assessment goals;
    • Hire, train and evaluate staff; develop and monitor annual budgets;
    • Maintain and build strong academic collections and information services to meet program accreditation and changing needs;
    • Advance collaborative relationships with academic and administrative departments, schools, colleges and academic programs;
    • Guide the continued development of operational technology, collections and services, in collaboration with CLIC, Academic Computing and the schools and colleges;
    • Stay abreast of changes in scholarly publishing and technology;
    • Fundraising for collection endowments via the Friends of the St. Catherine Libraries;
    • Pursue grants as appropriate;
    • St. Catherine is an institutional member of the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) which maintains the
  • Library online catalog and document delivery service.
  • The Library Director serves on the CLIC Board.
  • The Director represents the Libraries to the external library community, including MINITEX and METRONET.

For more information on qualifications, other requirements, and how to apply, go to the St. Catherine University Human Resources Website.


SALARY – $56,529/yr.
DEADLINE – September 14, 2012 – 5:00 P.M.

The qualifications and skill requirements for this position include:
  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited institution required;
  • Library experience in a post-secondary institution is preferred;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to interact successfully and enthusiastically with internal and external colleagues/patrons;
  • Ability to recognize and respond to students and the community from culturally diverse backgrounds;
  • Proven experience with a variety of technologies, web development, social media applications, online and traditional;
  • Knowledge of library resources, the Internet, and Microsoft Office and Windows applications;
  • Capacity to assist students in developing information literacy skills;
  • Capability to function within a team environment;
  • All instructors must meet the appropriate credentialing requirements for the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Friday, August 10, 2012


Position Vacancy
Position Description: Reporting to the Head, Preservation & Conservation, the Digital Processing Coordinator Librarian manages centralized digitization and processing of collections. The Coordinator works closely with staff in Library Information Technology, Cataloging-Metadata, Digital Research & Publishing, other library departments and vendors on digitization projects in all formats, including books, photographs, manuscripts, 3D objects, and audio/visual media.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Manage the University of Iowa Libraries’ digital processing activities.
  • Design, implement, document and manage workflows for multiple concurrent digitization streams.
  • Negotiate priorities and coordinate with staff throughout the Libraries (Library IT, Digital Research & Publishing, and Cataloging-Metadata) and content providers for successful end-to-end digital collections building.
  • Develop and maintain specifications for digital image capture and post-processing, in line with best practices as well as project-specific requirements.
  • Train and supervise staff and students on all phases of digital imaging, from assessment and preparation of physical collection materials to image capture, file naming and foldering, and post-capture processing.
  • Work closely with other staff in Preservation & Conservation on issues related to conservation treatment before and after digitization, and on proper care and handling of collections during digitization.
  • Work with outside vendors (such as the University of Iowa’s Center for Media Production) to digitize audiovisual materials, including reel-to-reel, film, VHS, LP, cassette tapes, glass slides, and other media.
  • Prepare specifications for digital vended services, evaluate responses to proposals for such services, make recommendations for selecting vendors; and act on behalf of the library as the technical liaison to vendors providing digital products.
  • Represent and champion digital preservation interests across the library, the University, and to the community at large.
  • Monitor developments and emerging trends, and participate in industry-wide conversations about collections digitization and relevant standards and technologies.
  • Contribute expertise in the creation of technical and preservation metadata.
  • Seek opportunities for cooperation and partnerships across campus, statewide, nationally and internationally.

St. Catherine University St. Paul Library Reference Graduate Assistantship

Reference Graduate Assistantship

St. Catherine University St. Paul Library is located on the first floor of the Coeur de Catherine. The Library’s collection includes over 217,000 volumes and 500 current journals, in addition to a variety of online sources including access to over 75,000 full-text periodicals. The St. Paul Library serves undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in day, evening and weekend programs as well as faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Position Description
The purpose of the Reference Assistant position is to first provide professional reference service to the University community and, second, to facilitate hands-on learning experience for the graduate student. The Reference Assistant will be mentored by and work alongside four professional reference librarians at the St. Paul Campus. The Assistant may also work with other staff and student employees.
This position requires a set 10-hour per week schedule during normal business hours.
The Graduate Reference Assistantship is awarded once a semester for a total of 10 hours per week at a pay rate of $12/hour. (The fall assistant may also have an opportunity to work January term.)

Find more information and how to apply on the posting at the St. Catherine University Library website.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Academic Outreach Librarian for the Humanities, Brandeis University

Academic Outreach Librarian (Humanities)
The Academic Outreach Librarian will participate in a broad range of activities in support of teaching, learning, and research at Brandeis University with a focus on the humanities.  As liaison to humanities related departments and centers, the librarian will maintain an active program of engagement and collaboration with faculty, students, and staff to facilitate awareness and use of appropriate resources and to contribute to defined learning outcomes.  Instruction that incorporates information and technology fluency, resource selection that builds and evaluates digital collections, development of innovative tools and methods for delivering content and engaging constituencies, and participation in research assistance methods to engage scholars at every point in their learning and careers will be key areas of activity.  A portion of the librarian’s time will be dedicated to embedded activities within assigned departments.  The librarian will collaborate effectively with other staff and academic departments and programs to enhance scholarship and teaching. S/he will develop instructional technology tools, methods, and resources to support new and emerging needs in teaching and learning across campus.

-Understands discipline-specific curricular needs and coordinates use of library and technology services in support of these-Understands research practice and learning culture of departmental constituencies and develops programs and outreach in accordance
-Provides specialized information services including individual consultation and group instruction to assigned constituencies
-Performs collection management across material type and format through effective evaluation of existing materials and identification and advocacy for needed resources
-Coordinates assigned instruction programs
-Assists in the evaluation, development, implementation, and support of instructional technologies
-Assesses contributions to departmental and university goals
-Collaborates with colleagues in programs of research assistance, consultation, instruction, and departmental outreach
-Contributes to national conversations through professional development and service. Maintains knowledge of current best practice and innovation in academic librarianship and application of technologies


Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The University of Minnesota Law Library seeks a part-time reference librarian to provide legal reference service in all aspects of Anglo-American Law. The position is available September 2012 through May 2013.
JOB TITLE: Assistant Librarian (Job code 9715)
HOURS: 12 hours per week including Sundays, 1-5 pm (schedule to be arranged)
SALARY: $20 per hour
MLS from an ALA accredited graduate school
Knowledge of legal research tools and methodology
One year or more law library reference experience
APPLICATIONS: Apply online at
Include cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until position is filled.

Friday, August 3, 2012

MN Library Association - 2012 Annual Conference - Volunteers needed!

More information here: MN Library Association - 2012 Annual Conference

Volunteering at the MLA Annual Conference is a fantastic way to network and meet new people, catch up with old friends as you see them, and get in touch with the workings of the conference. It’s also a great opportunity for service to your professional community.

MLA is in need of three types of volunteers:
  • Registration
  • Silent Auction
  • Room moderators

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Professional Opportunity - Digital Preservation Librarian - Yale University Library

Digital Preservation Librarian
Preservation Department
Yale University Library
Librarian II-V 

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 supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

The Preservation Department
Yale University Library’s Preservation Department, started in 1971, is one of the oldest in the country.  It has strong administrative support and has played a major role in the development of the preservation field.  The Department has system wide responsibilities and consists of units covering conservation of special and circulating collections as well as exhibition preparation;  reformatting  of special collections materials and circulating materials; mass deacidification; and staff and user-education and consultation on wide variety of preservation concerns.

Free Library Webinars

Free Library Webinars –August 2012,
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!

Additional Learning Opportunities for the Minnesota Library Community: