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Call for Submissions

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2013 Annual Meeting Graduate Student Poster Submissions

The Midwest Archives Conference invites submissions of graduate student research poster proposals for its annual meeting, April 18-20, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. Submissions must report on work conducted during the 2012-13 academic year and will be accepted from individuals or groups, but at least one person must be listed as primary contact. An abstract of no more than 250 words and a title are required; poster dimensions of up to 32" x 42" will be accommodated. Proposals are due December 10th. Selections will be made and notifications sent by January 30, 2013.

To submit a proposal, go to  and select “Graduate Student Poster” as submission type.

Contact Stephanie Bricking for questions.

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The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:59 PM EST.

Click on the following for more information:

Advising week and registration

Advising Week is Oct. 29 - Nov. 2. All MLIS students are encouraged to connect with their faculty advisor before registration. Students who are in their first semester and half way through their programs (at 15-18 credits) are especially encourage to do so.

Registration for the 2013 Spring semester and J-Term begins:
November 12 for students who have completed 23 or more credits.
November 13 for students who have completed 10-22 credits.
November 14 for students who have completed 0-9 credits.

For the class schedules, see the MLIS website in Kateway.

**Deadline for intent to graduate in May 2013 is November 30. See graduation checklist on the internal MLIS website in Kateway.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Applications being accepted for full-time Youth Services Librarian, Allegan District Library

Allegan, Michigan

The Allegan District Library is looking for an enthusiastic and committed librarian to plan and implement a full range of programs for young people to support the library's mission.  This position will ideally be filled by an energetic, creative, flexible team player with a great sense of humor and an ability to plan strategically for the future growth and development of the youth programs and collection.  The City of Allegan is set on the lovely Kalamazoo River, less than an hour from Kalamazoo, Holland, and Grand Rapids.  Although it is the county seat, Allegan retains the charm of a rural small town.  ADL is a Class IV District Library serving a population of about 17,000 and its Carnegie building, dating from 1914, is an integral part of the community.

Major Responsibilities:
  • manage and supervise operations of the Children's Room and teen section of the library
  • create programs for children of all ages
  • select and maintain a well-rounded collection of materials for children and teens
  • assist with public relations activities
  • perform community outreach
  • stay abreast of developments in library science through research and professional growth
  • Masters Degree in Library Science
  • Level II Professional Librarian Certification
  • Minimum of two years professional librarian experience preferred
  • Previous experience in youth services programming in a public library
See for full job description.

Salary commensurate with experience; full benefit package; 40-hour work
week including some evenings and Saturdays.

Deadline:  December 1, 2012.  Please send cover letter and resume to

Congratulations to Heather Palmer!

Heather's conference proposal was accepted for the TIES Education Technology Conference on December 8-11, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Assistant Director and Collection Management Librarian, University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (, seeks a diversified leader with solid experience in collection management, financial management, and personnel management. Requirements include at least five years post-MLS experience in an academic library, four years supervisory experience, and a strong knowledge of health and medical information resources. As the only medical school in the state, the programs at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences ( include M.D., residencies, nursing (undergraduate and graduate), allied health, and MPH.

Assistant Director responsibilities include:  participation in overall library administration; direct supervision of 6 unit heads; coordination of activities in the public services and technical services areas; and assuming expanded responsibility in absence of director.

Collection Management duties include:  evaluating and selecting print and electronic resources for purchase, cancellation or withdrawal; managing the collections budget of $700,000 annually; negotiating costs and licensing agreements; and working with other libraries and library networks in cooperative ventures.

Salary and qualifications:  $60,000 - $72,000. Full qualifications, position description, and directions for application are at ; posting number 13-090.  Applications received by October 31, 2012, will receive first consideration. Be sure to submit the UND application and control card, a cover letter, a resume, and names of 3 job-related references.

Reference Librarian / Instructor STEM, Indian River State College

See Position Description here

Division/Department:  Learning Resources, St. Lucie West Campus, Port St. Lucie, FL

Application Deadline:  November 2, 2012 - 5:00 p.m.

Salary: $56,529 / year

Hours: The hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00p.m. (This position requires occasional traveling to College campuses, and working at least one night per week and on weekends as scheduled.)

Instructions for Applying:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Booked for the Evening Event

Since 2002, alumnae, educators, librarians, parents, and book lovers have been attending Booked for the Evening for a comprehensive overview of the year’s best books for children through young adults.  Alumnae from the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program lead the event.

Panelists for the evening included:
  • Gail Nordstrom '81, MLIS '94
  • Sara Swenson, MLIS '94
  • Carla Petersen Larsen, MLIS '02
  • Lisa Howes, MLIS '02 
The 11th Annual Booked for the Evening
Monday, November 12, 2012, 7 p.m.
Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, St. Paul Campus
Cost: $18 per person; $9 for non-SCU students (with valid ID); FREE for SCU students

Mail checks to:
St. Catherine University Alumnae Relations
2004 Randolph Avenue, F-33
St. Paul, MN 55105
Or Register Now »
Questions? Call or email Alumnae Relations (, 651.690.6666) 

Position: Library Assistant, Cretin-Derham Hall High School

Description: Cretin-Derham Hall is a Catholic coeducational high school serving 1325 students in grades 9 - 12.   CDH is cosponsored by the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  CDH is located in the heart of the Highland Park and Macalester-Groveland neighborhoods of the city of Saint Paul.  Students come from all over Saint Paul as well as the south, east and north suburbs of the Twin Cities.

The Library Assistant supports the patrons (students, staff, & faculty) and the two library media specialists helping to create a positive and learner-centered environment.  Primary responsibilities include student supervision, administrative support for the library, and support for students and teachers in access to information.

This is a part time, support staff position without benefits.  The work schedule follows that of the school's academic calendar.   Regular hours are 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

LIS 7220 reading list for Spring 2013

For students who are planning to take LIS 7220: Library Materials for Young Adults during the Spring 2013 semester, you can link to the 2013 Library Materials for Young Adults Reading List.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Practicum course in Spring 2013

Considering the Practicum course for Spring 2013 Semester? Students considering enrolling in the LIS 7993 for the Spring semester must make an appointment with Practicum Instructor Deborah Torres <> to obtain information about the course requirements, to discuss possible settings, and to discuss goals for learning. Appointments prior to November registration are preferred but she will be accepting appointments throughout November. Enrollment is by instructor permission only.

Register now for the Lake Superior Libraries UnSymposium

Register now for the Lake Superior Libraries UnSymposium, where you determine the conversation!
At your typical conference, the sessions have been planned months, if not years in advance, so the most current, pressing concerns in Library Land are relegated to informal conversations that pop up along the sidelines.

At the Lake Superior Libraries UnSymposium, the sidelines are the conference. Topics and agendas are determined in a bottom-up, democratic manner, rather than being handed down from on high. Everyone wants to talk about how publishers are handling e-books? Done. You’re the only one who wants to talk about the classification of old-timey radio programs? Too bad. Join your brethren in informative conversation and don’t forget to check out the tech petting zoo. This is an event for folks who want to actively participate (see: unconference). Interested in facilitating a discussion? Read this first: How to run a great unconference session.

You’ll come away from the UnSymposium invigorated by lively discussions and ready to take new ideas and excitement back to your library.

Register now!

WHEN:  Friday, January 11th, 1:00PM to 4:30PM
WHO:  Library workers of the north-land, unite. You have nothing to lose but your Friday afternoon!
WHERE:  Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin-Superior
QUESTIONS? Contact us!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Progressive Librarians Guild present a panel on "Open Access"

Open Access: Join the PLG and our invited panel of practicing librarians from area colleges and universities on October 22 at 6:30pm in CdC 17  to discuss the crisis in scholarly publishing and what librarians can do about it.

Open Access
Monday Night Event
October 22 | 6:30PM | CdC 017

Join the PLG and our invited panel of practicing librarians from area colleges and universities to discuss the crisis in scholarly publishing and what librarians can do about it.

The guest panelists for the event are:

  • Emily Asch - Head of Technical Services at the St. Kate’s Library;
  • Johan Oberg - Librarian of Digital Scholarship and Services at the DeWitt Wallace Library of Macalester College;
  • Tom Eland - Library Faculty at the MCTC Library;
  • John Daniels - State Program Administrator Technical Specialist at the MCTC Library

California State University, East Bay seeks a full-time, tenure-track Business/Economics Librarian

 See or description below.

THE DEPARTMENT:  The University Libraries consist of 12 faculty and 15 support staff.  The University maintains a 2-unit Information Literacy course, which is required for all incoming first-year students and taught by library faculty.

DUTIES OF THE POSITION: The appointee to this position will participate in a full range of faculty responsibilities including teaching credit courses and other instructional and discipline-specific sessions in the library information literacy program; providing instructionally-focused reference services in person and online; serving as a subject specialist and liaison to academic departments in the College of Business and Economics; providing in-depth research consultations for the assigned disciplines; creating and maintaining online business- and economics-related instructional materials and content for the library website; participating in subject-specific and library-wide outreach and promotional activities; and assuming other responsibilities as assigned.  S/he may be expected to participate in rotational duties at the Concord Campus and work occasional evenings and weekends.  Librarians enjoy faculty rank and privileges and are expected to participate in the full range of Library faculty responsibilities and activities expected of a member of the tenure-track, including demonstrating a sustained record of scholarly activity and participating in library, university, and faculty governance committees.  This is advertised as a 12-month appointment with a possibility of 10-month appointment.

Friday, October 19, 2012



Western Kentucky University seeks applications for the position of Assistant Professor/ Electronic Resources Librarian in the Department of Library Technical Services. This is a ten month, tenure-eligible faculty position beginning on July 1, 2013 reporting to the Head, Department of Library Technical Services with collaborative report to the Head, Library Public Services. For more information about our library, see our web site at:

Responsibilities include: facilitate the selection, acquisition, maintenance, access and licensing of electronic resources. Develops policies and procedures for managing electronic resources and oversees licensing and compliance, tracking status, access and other technology issues. Prepares statistical reports on usage.  Chairs the library-wide committee for electronic resources. Assists with institutional repository and other digital initiatives. Shared responsibilities for reference and instructional services. Performs other related duties as assigned. Research, service, and publication required for promotion and tenure.

Head of Research Services: UTSA Libraries

The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries is seeking forward-thinking, dynamic applicants for the position of Head of Research Services. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Collections and Curriculum Support, this position leads the development and coordination of programs and services to meet the instruction, information, and research needs of faculty and students.

As leader and manager of the Research Services Department, the Head of Research Services directs the work of 10 Scholarly Resources Librarians who support faculty and student research, teaching, and learning through curriculum-integrated instruction and research consultation. As a member of the Library Management Team, this position provides input into strategic and operational planning processes, especially related to research and instruction needs of academic disciplines.

This position works with key staff to provide leadership, direction, and programming for a new Faculty Commons to open in 2013. The Commons will serve as a hub for intellectual discourse across disciplines housed in a suite with meeting rooms, a showcase assembly room for symposia and other events, a digital lab, and comfortable spaces for conversation.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Reference/Research Librarian -The O’Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston Law Center

 The O’Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston Law Center seeks a highly motivated and service oriented person with drive for a Reference/Research Librarian.

Responsibilities:   The duties of the reference/research librarian include: providing reference service to all patrons of the Law Library; serving as library liaison to faculty members; taking part in the evaluation and selection of information resources for collection development; preparing research guides, bibliographies, instructional materials, and other library publications; lecturing on legal research to various classes; assisting in the creation and maintenance of the Law Library’s web site; participating in regular reference desk duties, including some scheduled weekend and evening hours; and other duties as assigned by the Law Library Administration.

Required:   Required qualifications: A master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA accredited program and a law degree from an ABA accredited law school. Also required: a demonstrated ability to work flexibly with law faculty, students, staff, and a diverse research community; effective team-building; attention to details; and excellent oral and written communications skills. The position requires a service orientation, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member.
Preferred:   Preferred qualifications: Experience in academic law libraries and a history of increasing responsibilities. Knowledge of one or more European languages other than English or experience in teaching or public presentation is a plus.

Student Services / Reference Librarian at Marquette University

Position Title:  Student Services / Reference Librarian 
Employment Status  Full-time 
Position Status:  Regular   
Position Type:  Faculty 

Position Overview  Under the general direction of the Law Library Director, the Student Services / Reference Librarian teaches one section of a one-credit advanced legal research class each semester and is in the rotation for teaching the summer school section; collaborates with an assigned Legal Analysis, Writing & Research (LAWR) Professor to plan and teach 1L legal research sessions each semester; participates in the weekly reference schedule; coordinates the provision of Law Library services to law students and student organizations, including law review and moot court; participates in the evaluation and selection of information resources; participates in the faculty liaison program; participates in outreach and publication as opportunities arise; and may serve on Law Library, Law School and university committees as appointed. 

Essential Functions  The Student Services / Reference Librarian teaches a one-credit Advanced Legal Research course each semester and collaborates with the LAWR professors for first-year research sessions; coordinates the provision of Law Library services to law students and student organizations, including law review and moot court; participates in the weekly reference schedule including occasional evening and weekend hours; collaborates on collection development and the faculty liaison program. 

For more information, see job posting here:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dr. Hammond presenting at the Northwoods Children's Book Conference

The 10th Annual Northwoods Children's Book Conference (NCBC), hosted by Agate Woods Education, Northern Waters Library Service, Redbery Books, and Children's Literature Network, is being held at Heartwood Resort & Conference Center near Minong, Wisconsin. The conference is designed specifically for librarians, educators, and writers, with workshops on Thursday and Friday that explore the best of children's literature and fresh ideas in programming.

October 18-19, 2012 in Minong, Wisconsin

Dr. Heidi Hammond will be presenting on "A Mock Caldecott Workshop" on Thursday, October 18 from 12:30-3:30pm.

Call for Proposals Library Technology Conference 2013

The Library Technology Conference 2013 planning committee invites you to submit proposals for presentations at the conference to be held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from March 20-21, 2013.
We are looking for a balance of sessions that will appeal to a broad library audience and provide a combination of “right now” solutions and “see the future” technology presentations. Projects can be already implemented or still in process. Long-term experiments that stretch the boundaries of how we work, or will work, in libraries, as well as “out of the box” solutions and ideas for libraries struggling to ‘keep up’ are welcome topics. What has worked for you? Why? What brought you to that solution? What benefits has it provided to your organization?
The deadline for submitting a session proposal is October 26th.
If you have questions, please contact conference planners as
Reposted from

MN Library Association - News and Events

The 2013 Annual Conference is going to ROCK and you can help rock it!
So... what are you doing next year?

The 2013 conference will be held October 10-11 at the St. Cloud Convention Center. They’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to serve on the planning committees.

Go here for more information on the MN Library Association - News and Events site.

Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant or Associate Professor of Library Administration

Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign (UIUC) seeks a dynamic and thoughtful Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts to oversee and manage a large and diverse collection of rare materials.  Responsibilities include: reader services and access for special collections, instruction using primary sources, exhibition research, collection development and processing, and public outreach. This is a tenure track position.

Under the general guidance of the Director of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library and in cooperation with other curatorial staff, the Curator is responsible for:
•         fostering the use of rare materials through teaching and research and participating  in the Library’s active program of course presentations;
•         providing assistance to students and researchers in person, by telephone, and by letter and e-mail;
•         intellectual control of the collections, working to see that the diverse collections (both manuscripts and books) are well described and cared for;
•         setting collection development priorities and contributing to the growth of the collections as part of a collaborative group of curators;
•         shared leadership and active participation  in a lively program of public engagement and working on new ideas for  outreach;
•         development of new initiatives using new technologies to encourage the use of primary sources by a broad scholarly and educational public;
•         forging strong ties with relevant faculty members so that use of special collections remains a vibrant and active part of the curriculum;
•         interpretive writing (about the collections) for public programs and as part of a program of scholarship;
•         pursuing and implementing grants in areas such as improved access, conservation, and public programming.

Instruction Librarian, Institution: University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Deadline: Screening begins Nov. 12, 2012 and continues until position is filled

The University Library seeks an experienced and forward-looking librarian to provide instruction in the area of information literacy. The successful candidate will play a major role in conducting instruction sessions and orientation tours for library users in all academic disciplines. He/She will take the lead in meeting the campus’ new general education requirements for information literacy, and the assessment of library instruction. The Instruction Librarian will also coordinate the Library’s one-credit course, Library Resources 101 (LRES 101), and teach some of its sections. Duties will also include the development of instructional tools, such as library user guides and online tutorials. The Instruction Librarian takes an active role in reference services and collection development, participates fully in scholarship, and provides service to the university, the community, and the profession as a tenure-track library faculty member. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate closely with his/her colleagues to meet the mission and goals of the University Library.

This is a tenure-track position with faculty rank and status (rank and salary dependent on experience and qualifications); academic year (9 month) appointment.  Short term summer contracts are available subject to funding. 

A full position description and requirements are available at:

Monday, October 15, 2012

MLIS Faculty Research Hour: Dr. Heidi Hammond

MLIS Faculty Research Hour: Dr. Heidi Hammond on October 15 from 6-7pm

The Art in Caldecott Award and Honor Books

Learn how to evaluate picture book art with regard to the Caldecott Award criteria. Heidi Hammond will explain how to be selected for the Caldecott Award Committee and discuss the book she and Gail Nordstrom are writing, a guide book to selected Caldecott Award and Honor books. Both Heidi and Gail were members of the 2011 Randolph Caldecott Award Committee.

Please Join Us
Monday, October 15, 2012
CdC 05, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Open Faculty Position: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

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

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) Program is seeking an experienced, dynamic, visionary candidate to join our learning community at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in January 2013 or August 2013.  We seek applicants who have research and teaching expertise in the areas of public librarianship and related areas.

Responsibilities: Teaching required and elective courses; advising and mentoring students; conducting research; actively engaging in service and scholarship.

Campus Wireless Network Improvements

The St. Kate's wireless network has been undergoing a few improvements that should make it much easier for MLIS students to use campus wireless.

A new guest network named stkate-guest is now available. Unlike the old CSC-guest network, stkate-guest should allow users to visit ALL websites including Kateway. The old CSC-guest network will be shut down on October 30, 2012 so please connect to the stkate-guest network going forward.

A new secure network named stkate-wireless is currently in development which will replace the CSC-student and CSC-staff networks. For now it requires contacting the Help Desk to setup -- the only difference between stkate-wireless and stkate-guest is that stkate-wireless will also grant you access to campus printers and network drives such as your U: drive. The CSC-student network will be shutdown January 2, 2013. CSC-staff will likely go offline early next year.

These new wireless networks should eliminate the need for students to install Cisco Clean Access software on their personal laptops.

If you have any other questions about the wireless networks on campus, please contact me at or 651-690-6890. Thanks!

- Nick Steffel

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


$ 20.02-$ 29.38 hourly, $ 41,802-$ 61,345 annually
Date Posted:   10/09/2012
Closing Date:   10/29/2012
Working Title:   Senior Librarian
Hiring Agency:   Perpich Ctr For Arts Education
Division/Bureau:   Perpich Center for Arts Educ
Location:   Twin Cities Suburbs - West
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   121393000001
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   Education and Libraries
Classified Status:   Classified

Job Description:   Professional library work involving performing or directing library/information services for the Perpich Center for Arts Education, and/or their clients; Clientele may include agency management and staff, other State agencies, Governor's office, legislators and staff, other jurisdictions, private citizens, community organizations, professional associations, private industry, and educational institutions. Directing/providing reference services, cataloging, basic administration, planning, library policy development, acquisitions, collection development and circulation. At the Specialist Senior level incumbents are accountable for those responsibilities described above, as well as other specialized activities, projects and services requiring an additional area of expertise.

Under limited supervision, directs broad multi-program library/information services. Incumbents typically are responsible for providing specialized expertise such as media production, research and report writing, and program delivery and/or training (in such areas as rehabilitation, resident treatment programming, etc.). Administrative responsibilities typically involve comprehensive long-range planning including client needs assessment, and marketing and evaluation of services.

Directs the activities of library-media centers providing advanced specialized services including the development and use of emerging technologies for library patrons. Serves as consultant and advisor to staff, students and other clientele on library services and/or acts as technical resource person in the classroom when requested by teaching staff. Directs the acquisition, classification, indexing and cataloging of all print and non-print materials. Produces educational materials for inclusion in the library as needed. Provides instructional staff with information regarding students' progress, problems and achievements in using library resources. Assists clientele in researching bibliographies, collections and instructional resource technologies. Keeps records, takes inventories, writes reports.

Friends of the Libraries, 6-7:30 p.m., Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Ballroom

The Intersection of Politics and Media. John Rash, Editorial Writer, Star Tribune.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6-7:30 p.m.

John Rash writes the Rash Report column, which explores the intersection of media, culture, society and politics. He is also an editorial writer and a member of the Star Tribune’s Editorial Board. John teaches Mass Media and Politics at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, where he majored in political science and minored in French. John’s commentary on media and pop culture can be heard on “The Rash Report,” which runs Monday-Friday at 7:50 a.m. on WCCO-AM (830), the CBS radio affiliate in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the Editorial Board, John was a senior vice president, director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun, a Minneapolis-based national advertising agency.

This event is free.

Have questions or need more information?
    Rita Schultz


Topic: Management of Non-Print Materials & Electronic Records
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 2-3 p.m. , RM 355 CdC



ARCHIVISTS PANEL on October 13 from 2-3:00pm. CdC 355. All MLIS Students welcome

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

MALL 2012 Fall Meeting

Open to All--“Twenty-First Century Stress in the Law Library: Library Patrons, You, and Stress”
(10/16/12, 5:30-8pm, MALL Fall Meeting)

The poor economy has led to an increase in library usage, and at the same time has also resulted in budget and library fee cuts where everyone is asked to do more with less. These days, librarians feel a need to stay current with constant technological changes in online legal research platforms, online billing platforms, and organizational and library web pages.

While law librarians can expect to research changes in federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, we also have to deal with major publisher changes, as publishers continue to consolidate and buy out other publishers, and price increases. The cumulative result of all these changes and expectations is an increase in the amount of stress in the day of a law librarian.

With all this stress, how can law librarians physically, psychologically, and professionally cope and be happy?

Gretchen Stein, Owner and CEO of the Sand Creek Group, Ltd., will be the featured speaker at the MALL Fall Business meeting. Ms. Stein will address how to identify stress in the workplace, explain some techniques on how to alleviate this stress, and find ways to balance pressures from work with your own mental health.

Come join us on Tuesday, October 16th, at the Marsh in Minnetonka for this informative session. We look forward to seeing you there.

MALL Fall Business Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Marsh
15000 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345

5:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Social and cash bar
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Dinner and cash bar6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: Business Meeting
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Speaker, Gretchen Stein. “Twenty-First Century Stress in the Law Library: Library Patrons, You, and Stress”

Link to Registration form:

Registration Deadline: October 9

Please add $5.00 late fee if you registration after deadline.

Assistant University Librarian for Public Services - Brigham Young University

Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University
Position Announcement–Assistant University Librarian for Public Services

Brigham Young University (BYU), a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located in Provo, Utah, invites application for the position of Assistant University Librarian for Public Services.  This is a continuing faculty status track (BYU equivalent of tenure) position.  BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university’s honor code and dress and grooming standards.  Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

The Harold B. Lee Library, an ARL Library, serves nearly 33,000 students as well as 2,000 full- and part-time faculty.  The library employs 70 faculty, 94 FTE staff and professionals, and approximately 200 FTE students.  An average of 10,000 patrons per day use the library’s services and collections of over nine million items.

The mission of the Assistant University Librarian for Public Services is to  work closely and collaboratively with other members of the senior administrative leadership team of the Harold B. Lee Library to advance the strategic agenda and foster a culture of collaboration and communication. Provides strategic leadership for the departments and units of the Public Services Division that embrace all public service functions in the Library (except for Special Collections), including reference services, information literacy instruction, access services, media services, and subject liaison librarian services. Serves as the primary advocate to ensure that the Library gives excellent quality service as it responds to current and future needs of the user community. Works collaboratively with colleagues in library consortia to effectively use Library resources in enhancing services to users.

Almost Like Being a Superhero

Superman can fly. Spider-man has super strength. Now, researchers can have a super power, too: The ability to create properly formatted bibliographies and papers—in almost any style—in seconds, with RefWorks. It’s available through the library, on campus and off.

To set up a FREE training session and get the most from RefWorks bibliographic citation management program as well as the new ProQuest Platform, contact your St. Kate’s student trainer, Kathryn Zielski, at or sign up here. 

Open Position: Digital Humanities Design Consultant, Penn State University Libraries

Digital Humanities Design Consultant
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are currently seeking a Digital Humanities Design Consultant who is a creative researcher interested in exploring an “alternative academic” career and in expanding the modes of humanistic research through emerging and existing technologies.  The person in this position will be a critical part of initiating services and programs in support of the digital humanities at Penn State, and will work as an intellectual partner with faculty, students and staff in the College of the Liberal Arts.  The successful candidate will be able to work effectively between the boundaries of various humanities disciplines to help Penn State develop its digital humanities research programs.  He or she will collaborate effectively and translate ideas and concepts between diverse audiences to enable the creation of new knowledge and will have fluency with a variety of technologies and direct experience in bringing technology to bear on research and teaching.   This is a fixed-term (multi-year), non-tenure track, 2-year appointment based in the Publishing and Curation Services department within the University Libraries and carries the rank of Assistant Librarian.   This position reports to the Digital Content Strategist, but will be jointly funded by the College of the Liberal Arts.

The Digital Humanities Design Consultant will be hired as part of The Humanities in a Digital Age initiative (HDA).  HDA is intended to enrich and promote rigorous cross-disciplinary humanities scholarship and research, to open new opportunities for high caliber graduate placements in the humanities, and to enrich the undergraduate experience by providing undergraduate students access to and support for cutting-edge humanities research.  This initiative will help develop new services to support digitally enriched scholarship by graduate students and faculty in a wider range of fields.  Working together, the Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts intend to build a community of practice for the digital humanities at Penn State through programming, services, and research collaborations. The consultant will be encouraged to conduct/continue their own research.  He or she will participate in national and/or international initiatives or professional activities which promote the development of a shared humanities research infrastructure.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Assistant Head, Research and Information Services Department, Northwestern University

 POSITION TITLE:  Assistant Head, Research and Information Services Department

REPORTS TO: Head, Research and Information Services Department

JOB SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Head, Research & Information Services (RIS) Department, the assistant department head oversees a unit within the RIS department, which is responsible for the development, implementation, and delivery of information and research support services to the Northwestern University community.  This newly conceived unit, devised as a key component of the re-visioning of library’s public services division (PSD), will work in collaboration with other library and campus units to design and deliver general and discipline-specific information and collections-related services to facilitate the research, teaching, and educational mission of the University.  The assistant head directly supervises three full-time librarians and one library assistant.

For additional details please see:

Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University Position announcement – University Librarian

Hollins University seeks an innovative and skilled University Librarian to build upon the tradition of outstanding services and programs that was recognized with the 2009 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.
The University Librarian reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and oversees all facets of the Wyndham Robertson Library’s daily operations and mission in support of academic programs (the undergraduate liberal arts program for women, as well as seven distinctive, co-educational graduate programs). Responsibilities include setting strategies for the library’s programs and services, supervision of all library staff, and development of the library’s budgets to ensure acquisition of library materials. The University Librarian ideally serves as one of four liaison librarians, providing support for instruction, reference, and collection development to a designated division of the undergraduate academic program. The position of University Librarian is a 12-month administrative position with faculty status, but without tenure eligibility. The new hire will assume the role no later than July 1, 2013.
The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership qualities, professional and personal integrity, excellent interpersonal communication skills, high motivation, and the ability to work collaboratively and creatively with other university departments. Ideal preparation for this position includes:
  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program. A second graduate degree credential is preferred.
  • Evidence of professional engagement, service, and/or scholarship.
  • Experience effectively managing budgets and people.
  • Dedication to academic excellence and outstanding service.
  • Commitment to meeting the dynamic needs of a diverse campus community.
  • Aptitude for working effectively with a wide range of colleagues and desire to foster a collegial environment.
  • At least five years of related experience with progressive responsibility.
  • Awareness of practices that support an inclusive learning and work environment.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter at MLA Annual Conference

Are you coming to the MLA Annual Conference?

Join us for the first ever session hosted by the St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter:

"MLA and YOU: Knowledge Networking for Students and New Librarians"
Session E4
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Get a boost with coffee and snacks while you mingle with MLA and local library leadership. Learn about:
- Why you should join MLA and ALA
- How MLA works and what the divisions are
- Leadership and mentorship for students and early career librarians

Plus, give feedback on what you want from MLA directly to the decisionmakers!

We hope to see you there!

Brought to you by St. Kate's ALA Student Chapter

Assistant Director and Collection Management Librarian - University of North Dakota

 The University of North Dakota Library of the Health Sciences, Grand Forks (, seeks a diversified leader with solid experience in collection management, financial management, and personnel management. Requirements include at least five years post-MLS experience in an academic library, four years supervisory experience, and a strong knowledge of health and medical information resources. As the only medical school in the state, the programs at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences ( include M.D., residencies, nursing (undergraduate and graduate), allied health, and MPH.

Assistant Director responsibilities include:  participation in overall library administration; direct supervision of 6 unit heads; coordination of activities in the public services and technical services areas; and assuming expanded responsibility in absence of director.

Collection Management duties include:  evaluating and selecting print and electronic resources for purchase, cancellation or withdrawal; managing the collections budget of $700,000 annually; negotiating costs and licensing agreements; and working with other libraries and library networks in cooperative ventures.

Salary and qualifications:  $60,000 - $72,000. Full qualifications, position description, and directions for application are at ; posting number 13-090.  Applications received by October 31, 2012, will receive first consideration. Be sure to submit the UND application and control card, a cover letter, a resume, and names of 3 job-related references.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Student Community Engagement & Reference Services Librarian - John Hopkins University

Librarian III
Requisition #:  54568
Working Title:  Student Community Engagement & Reference Services Librarian

The Student Community Engagement & Reference Services Librarian plans, designs, implements, reviews, and assesses programs and services that foster the research needs of students, with an emphasis on undergraduates. Capitalizing upon the intersection of orientation, learning, and research support, the Academic Liaison Department recognizes a need to focus on creating effective and sustainable connections between the libraries and targeted undergraduate learning environments and communities. This position will incrementally and collaboratively build partnerships and programs that support student learning through positive engagement with students in both formal and informal settings. This position also provides ongoing assessment, analysis, and feedback about the model of reference used within the Academic Liaison Department, which has broad implications for providing frontline general research support.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • In conjunction with the department’s Senior Academic Program Coordinator, investigate opportunities for, and coordinate the participation of, the Sheridan Libraries in first year experience programming campus-wide, including orientation activities and welcome events for new and transfer students.
  • Work collaboratively with the User Experience director and other stakeholders to determine effective research and reference services for the student learning commons.
  • Serve as a liaison to student academic groups and undergraduate learning communities that are not affiliated with specific departments, such as the Learning Den, Academic Mentoring, and the Writing Center.
  • Investigate and implement innovative and future-oriented strategies of providing reference services, including utilizing emerging technologies; gather service statistics and user feedback and recommend staffing and service changes as needed.
  • Work to ensure consistency of reference service, including training liaisons who provide reference services and coordinating any service changes with the Info Desk supervisor.
  • Serve as primary provider of the libraries’ Ask-a-Librarian service, provide general reference services, including oversight of the general reference collection fund, and contribute to other social media channels.
  • Serve as liaison to designated academic department and/or program, which includes providing research support for faculty and students; collection development and assessment; instruction; and oversight of the general reference collection fund.

Temporary Research Librarian – Lindquist & Vennum

Lindquist & Vennum has an opening for a part time Temporary Research Librarian. The candidate will provide sophisticated in-depth legal and non-legal research, using print & online resources, to support the practices of the firm. Hours are 8:30 AM–5:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

• Provide sophisticated in-depth legal and non-legal research, using print & online resources, to support the practices of the firm.
• Provide quick-answer reference services and current awareness services to attorneys, paralegals and staff.
• Provide competitive intelligence/company information on clients or potential clients.
• Deliver training in online and print resources to attorneys and paralegals.
• Design and deliver training in online and print resources to all firm employees.
• Other duties as assigned.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

St. Kate's at the MLA Conference

St. Kate's at the MLA Conference
The 2012 MLA Annual Conference is from Wednesday, October 3 - Friday, October 5 in St. Paul, MN. St. Catherine University will be present at the conference in the exhibit hall. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni will also be actively participating.

Dr. Heidi Hammond, Assistant Professor
"Going the Extra MILE: MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence 2013" on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9-10:00am (Session C); "MLA and YOU: Knowledge Networking for Students and New Librarians" on Thursday, October 4 from 2:30-3:30pm (Session E).

Dr. Sook Lim, Associate Professor
"Online Reading in the Contexts of New Literacies"on Friday, October 5 from 10:45-11:45am (Session H).

Dr. Sarah Park, Assistant Professor
"MLA and YOU: Knowledge Networking for Students and New Librarians" on Thursday, October 4 from 2:30-3:30pm (Session E).

Dr. Mary Wagner, Professor Emeritus
"Libraries and Librarianship in Zambia: a Global Perspective" on Friday, October 5 from 9:00-10:00am (Session G).

Sara Ring, MLIS Adjunct Faculty
"Minitex Digitization, Cataloging, and Metadata Education: Looking Ahead" on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9-10:00am (Session C).

Laura Morlock, alumna and Office Manager
"Going the Extra MILE: MLA Institute for Leadership Excellence 2013" on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9-10:00am (Session C); the MILE booth in the exhibit hall; "MLA and YOU: Knowledge Networking for Students and New Librarians" on Thursday, October 4 from 2:30-3:30pm (Session E).

Jayne Blodgett, alumna
"¿Habla Español? Taking Library Instruction (and Students) into the Developing World"  on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 2-3:00pm (Session A).

Krista Jacobson, alumna
"Getting Their Pinterest: Using Pinterest to Market Your Library" on Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 4-5:00pm (Session B).

Patricia Post, alumna and MLIS Advisory Council
"Bridging Information Literacy Across Libraries" on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9-10:00am (Session C).

Sarah Wethern, alumna
"Connecting with Online Communities: Beyond the Social Media Buzz" on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11-12:00pm (Session D).

Jane Wong, alumna
"Stop the Presses: Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Newspaper Digitization" on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 11-12:00pm (Session D).

The St. Catherine University ALA Student Chapter (ALASC) with current students: Sara Zettervall, Helena Kilbride, and Amelia Snetting
"MLA and YOU: Knowledge Networking for Students and New Librarians"  on Thursday, October 4 from 2:30-3:30pm (Session E).

Please let us know via  if you are one of our students, alumni, faculty and were missed on this post. We would like to add you to this post.

Two open positions at U. of Tennessee Chattanooga’s Lupton Library

As we prepare to transition into a new multimillion dollar library, the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s Lupton Library is excited to announce two open positions. We would appreciate it if you could share these postings with your upcoming and recent library science graduates.

Information Commons Librarian

The Instruction and Reference Department is seeking a creative, collaborative, and user-focused professional to fill our Information Commons Librarian position. The librarian in this position will lead the Library’s development of an Information Commons and associated services and programs in advance of our fast approaching move to a new $48 million building in the Spring of 2013, as well as serve as a member of the library’s very active and engaged instruction team. A review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Full application instructions for the position of Information Commons Librarian can be found here.

Digital Archivist

The Special Collections Department is seeking a motivated, technology-savvy, creative and user-focused professional to fill our new Digital Archivist position. The librarian in this position will develop and maintain electronic records for collections for Special Collections and the University Archives, combining traditional archival methodologies with digital preservations workflows in the management of contemporary and legacy archival collections. A review of applications will begin on November 5, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Full application instructions for the position of Digital Archivist can be found here.

An Evening of Art and Literature

Strayer University Minneapolis Campus presents "An Evening of Art and Literature" Wednesday, October 17 from 5-8pm.  RSVP to Jill Wujcik by October 15 at

Graduate Assistantship in St. Kate's Archives

Archives and Special Collections
Presidential Records Graduate Assistant

The Archives and Special Collections has an opening for a graduate assistant to work with records from the Office of the President. Students currently enrolled in the University's library science master's program are eligible to apply.

Go to the Library website for more details here.

Fall 2012 Graduate Assistantship with Heidi Hammond

One Graduate Assistantship opportunity for the Fall 2012 semester will be open to students currently enrolled in the St. Catherine University MLIS program. Work under the direction of MLIS Faculty members: Heidi Hammond. Assistantships are awarded for one semester and require a commitment of ten hours per week. Students open to committing for more than one semester will be given preference. The rate of pay is $12 per hour. The position does not include tuition remission or benefits.

General Requirements: 
Must have completed LIS 7010.
Must have taken or currently be
enrolled in LIS 7030 and/or LIS 7040.
Must abide by departmental policies and student employment policies established in the SCU Student Employment Handbook.
Must be able to meet face-to-face with supervisor for regular updates on progress made toward assignment tasks.

Specific Requirements:
Research skills
Critical thinking
MS Office skills
Interest in children’s and YA literature helpful

Deadline to apply is October 5, 2012 (may be extended). Students should apply through Katieclick
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Monday, October 1, 2012

October 2012 - Free Library Webinars + More Learning Opportunities + Special Events

Free Library Webinars – October 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!

                ***38 free webinar opportunities in the list for this month!

Additional Learning Opportunities for the Minnesota Library Community: