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Friday, December 21, 2012

Assistant Professor of Library Informatics

Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University, invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Library Informatics.  The Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Library Informatics is an online academic program of Steely Library offered in conjunction with the College of Informatics.  Successful candidates will teach undergraduate online courses as well as coordinate the academic development of the program.

Experienced, enthusiastic instructors with three-five years of full-time experience teaching in the fields of library or information science, or individuals with three-five years serving in an instructional role within an academic library will be considered for this position.  Experience with online pedagogy is preferred.  Required academic credential is a Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.  A Ph.D. in Library or Information Science or a second graduate degree in another relevant area of study is preferred.  

Those interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three references.   The letter of interest should describe the applicant’s vision of the educational role of academic libraries and the relevancy of undergraduate library and information science degree programs to the profession.

To apply, logon to and click on the link for Full-Time Faculty positions.

Review of applications will begin December 12, 2012 until the position is filled.  The anticipated start date is August, 2013. Candidates must be currently eligible to work in the United States.

NKU, located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati in an area offering an outstanding quality of life, is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people.  Our institution is built on core values that emphasize multidimensional excellence, learner-centered education, access across the lifespan, civic engagement, diversity and multiculturalism, innovation, collegiality, and collaboration across disciplines and professional fields.  NKU is committed to recruiting and retaining faculty members who have both the interest and ability to work across the full breadth of the University’s teaching, research, and public engagement mission.

Interested in working for Hennepin County Library? We'll hold workshops on how to apply!

Hennepin County Library will be posting job openings on Jan. 4th, 2013.

Public Service Assistant openings will be posted on the county jobs web site –, January 4 – 11, 2013. Applications should be submitted promptly. Applications will not be accepted after Jan. 11, 2013.

Interested individuals may attend one of two workshops that Library HR staff will be holding on how to apply for library jobs. These will include information about the hiring process, how to complete the online application, etc.  Workshops will be held from 9:00-11:00 AM at Hosmer Library, and 1:00-3:00 PM at North Regional Library.

Education Liaison Librarian

The George Washington University

More information:

Position Description Summary:

The George Washington University Libraries seek collaborative, technologically capable, user-focused applicants for the position of Education Liaison Librarian. The position is responsible for direct outreach to the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), including the departments of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Educational Leadership, International Education, Human and Organizational Learning, and Special Education and Disability Studies.

Liaison librarians proactively develop partnerships with faculty to develop and deliver value-added services as well as new methods of delivering existing services to support the University’s research and teaching initiatives. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, and innovative attitude, and he or she will have a proven capacity to work effectively and collegially in teams with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students.

As a strong partner in student learning, GW Libraries foster critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, over two million volumes, outstanding digital collections, up-to-date technology and Special Collections. The Graduate School of Education offers programs at the main campus of the University (Foggy Bottom) as well as at four additional locations in Virginia (Ashburn, Alexandria, Arlington, and Hampton Roads).

Distance Education and Off Campus Services Librarian

The George Washington University

See more information:

Position Description Summary:

Lead in the development and delivery of research and user services for online and off-campus communities at The George Washington University. The person in this position assesses the needs of students, faculty and administrators in order to determine and provide instruction, outreach and library services to GW’s off-campus population. The librarian serves as a liaison to the College of Professional Studies, the Teaching and Learning Collaborative, and to departments serving GW’s off-campus locations. S/he coordinates activities of staff in providing library materials and services and will be the contact person for library staff and university departments regarding services and collection development for off-campus education students.

This position participates as a member of the Research Services Group within Gelman Library and serves as a member of the Education and Instruction Group, advocating for off campus and online student needs within each group.

This position serves on library and university committees as needed. Some travel and evening/weekend hours are required. This position reports to the Coordinator, Instruction Services.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Landing Your Ideal Library Job (free ALA broadcast)

Landing Your Ideal Library Job
Featuring David Connolly, manager of the ALA JobLIST site

Thursday, January 10
2:00pm Eastern | 1:00pm Central | 12:00 noon Mountain | 11:00am Pacific

In January American Libraries Live will focus on the library job market and challenges that librarians are facing in navigating it. Along with David Connolly, the disussion panel will include Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library and Jill Klees, a Career Liaison who works with the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science.

Watch host Dan Freeman and David Connolly discuss American Libraries Live and the upcoming program here: Jason Griffey and Dan Freeman

American Libraries Live is a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library, or on the go. These programs allow you to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time. Tune in and interact with our hosts via a live chat for immediate answers to your pressing questions

The programs are easy to view—just go to American Libraries Live. Upcoming broadcasts include:

    Jan. 10: Landing Your Ideal Library Job
    Feb. 14: Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket
    March 14: Library Safety and Security
    April 11: The Present and Future of Ebooks
    May 9: Library Learning Goes Online
    June 6: New Technologies in Library Equipment
    July 30: Discovery Services: The Future of Library Systems
    Sept. 12: Digging into New Databases

American Libraries Live – a free service offering new and exciting ways to explore real issues in our industry.

MILE is taking applications!

Are you in a position of leadership within your library? Do you have aspirations of one day taking a leadership role at your library? Do you find yourself providing leadership for colleagues even though your official position might not be a leadership position? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then MILE 2013 is for you!
MILE is the Minnesota Library Association’s Institute for Leadership Excellence. Our theme this year is MILE 2013: Everyone a Leader.
MILE will help you discover the leader within yourself and give you tools to learn how to lead effectively today—even if your current position isn’t one of leadership.
Applications for participation will be accepted through Friday, January 11, 2013. Accepted participants will be notified in February.
MILE 2013 Brochures are also available in the MLIS Student Lounge.

Filmmaking Internships, Hennepin County Library

Opening Date: 12/21/12
Closing Date:  1/11/12
Job Type: Internship

Location:  Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Position
Hennepin County Library’s Information & Online Services department produces short videos that share information on library collections and services, and document library events.  The library’s website averages millions of hits a year. Primary work hours would be 8:30-5 p.m. with possible evening and/or weekend hours. Full credit for the student’s work will be attached to each film produced. This unpaid internship is for the duration of one semester, February – May 2013, 12-15 hours per week and can be used for college credit or work experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Creating films for the Library’s YouTube and Vimeo channels with staff
  • Using best practices with filmmaking and  production schedules 
  • Proficiency at operating and trouble-shooting filmmaking equipment including cameras, lights, microphones, and MacBook with editing software

Best Qualified Candidates will:

  • Have experience creating high quality short videos
  • Be currently enrolled or a recent graduate in Filmmaking
  • Have not completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past

To Apply:
Submit a resume, brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship, and contact information for two references to:

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MLIS student Amy Oelkers booktalks children's books on Kare11

Watch Amy Oelker's recommendations: . Her piece starts about three minutes in.

Congratulations to December 2012 Graduates!

The MLIS Graduate Reception was held on Monday, December 17 in the Coeur de Catherine Spillane Room. The Student Governance Organization presented the graduates with an MLIS Alumnae 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.

Amy Mars and Dr. David Lesniaski

Dr. Sarah Park and Sara Zettervall

At the reception, Amy Mars and Sara Zettervall were presented by each of their faculty advisers as the recipients of the Sister Marie Cecilia Marzolf, CSJ Founder’s Award. The award is given each semester to the students whom the faculty has identified as the most outstanding MLIS graduates of the semester. Amy's and Sara's names will be engraved on the Founder’s Award plaque along with previous graduates who have received this honor. The plaque is located in the MLIS Student Lounge.

Commencement is this Thursday, December 20 in the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at 7:30pm. Find Commencement details here.

Reminders for December 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.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an outstanding librarian to hold the endowed faculty position of Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities in the George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library on the University Park campus.

The Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities serves as a liaison subject specialist for Ancient History, Classics, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Religious Studies and possibly other humanities disciplines by developing and managing excellent collections, providing research consultation and reference services to those studying these disciplines , providing an engaging information literacy program, participating in scholarly communication initiatives, and actively collaborating in outreach initiatives with collegiate faculty in these disciplines.  The successful candidate will engage in research and scholarly publishing, demonstrate leadership at the national/international level in professional or disciplinary associations, participate actively in local, national, and international digital humanities initiatives, and collaborate effectively with colleagues in the Arts and Humanities Library and throughout the Libraries.  As a senior faculty member, the appointee will provide leadership for library and university-wide initiatives. Occasional teaching of credit-bearing courses is an option. This position reports to the Head of the George and Sherry Middlemas Arts and Humanities Library.

Yale Library System Job Opportunities

Yale Job Site: 
Yale External Candidate Job Site:

Three Yale University, New Haven, CT Positions:

Public Health and GIS Librarian
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
and Yale School of Public Health
Rank:  Librarian 1-3
Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Lead Developer / Programmer Analyst 3
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Salary Grade:  25
Requisition:  #19610BR
Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Manager, Workstation and Technology Services / Manager 3, Administration
Library Information Technology
Salary Grade:  25
Requisition:  #19654BR
Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Deadline 12/15/12: Success Teams Sign Up for MLIS Students

Hello MLIS Students,

The Career Development Office is pleased to offer Success Teams. Success Teams is an eight-week goal setting career planning action and accountability group program for highly motivated graduate students. Below is an outline of the program with all the specifics. Interested individuals must apply by December 15.  The program will begin on January 28, 2012.

We hope you review and consider this worthwhile program.  Please direct questions to Kim Betz at  Thank you.

Career Development
St. Catherine University
St. Paul Campus CDC 460

Information Professionals of Minnesota

My name is Ben Hoganson and I wanted to contact you to let you know about a group I started on called Information Professionals of Minnesota:

I just started the group within the last month after moving back to MN to
start an information brokering business.  The group would hopefully make
it what they will, starting off as a way to network and talk with other area
information professionals, some of whom may have gone a less traditional
route with their MLIS degrees.  It's also not limited to librarians, but
would ideally draw market researchers, those involved with patent and trade, SEO specialists, taxonomists, title searchers.

CoSA and SAA Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations

DON’T FORGET: Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations: 2013 Joint Annual Meeting

The 2013 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA and SAA in New Orleans, August 11-17, 2013. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered.

Graduate Student Paper Session: The work of three current archives students will be selected for presentation during a traditional open session format.

Graduate Student Posters: Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2012-Summer 2013). Student Chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions.

Further details regarding these sessions, including the proposal form, are available at

Proposals are due on February 1, 2013.

Elementary Media Specialist

JobID: 2922

Position Type: Elementary School Teaching/Media Specialist
Date Posted: 11/13/2012
Location: North Trail Elementary
Media Specialist Job Description available via online description here.

1.0 FTE position available beginning as soon as possible. Full time teacher to work in North Trail Elementary media center.

Current appropriate Minnesota teaching license and see attached job description.
Familiar with AR, Balanced Literacy, Technology, and NWEA MAP Assessments preferred.
Must have excellent skills in the use of technology and media experience is preferred.

Any licensure will be considered if applicant is willing to obtain variance as media specialist for remainder of 2012-2013 school year.

Responsibilities of the Library Media Specialist include but are not limited to:
Collaborate with teachers to integrate research, information retrieval skills, and literature appreciation into the curriculum.
Assist teachers and students in using information resources and incorporating information skills into classroom curriculum.
Guide students in locating, processing, critically evaluating, and communicating information and to assess the processes and products of the learning.
Select and provide resources and technologies needed to integrate and produce authentic learning experiences.
Prepare and oversee a media/technology program budget.
Promote media/technology programs, services and its materials by maintaining a positive relationship with students, staff and community.

Application Procedure:
Internal candidates:  November 23rd, 2012
External candidates:  Open until filled

Application Procedure:
Applicants please apply online.

Tonight: Nancy Sims to speak about open access publishing model

The University of St. Thomas libraries are pleased to host an event with Nancy Sims, who will speak about the issues and challenges of the open access publishing movement, which has the potential of increasing the visibility, access to and sharing of faculty scholarly research.

Nancy is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University  of Minnesota libraries with a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and an MLIS from Rutgers University.   She says that her job is not to be the “copyright police” on her campus, but to help individuals and groups throughout the University community to understand issues surrounding copyright and scholarly communication.  Nancy says that she is fascinated by copyright law in all of its aspects, and in particular, how individuals construct understandings of copyright as it relates to their own scholarly, artistic, professional, personal, cultural, and communicative activities. 

She has published articles and presented at conferences about copyright issues, technology, and emerging forms of scholarship.

Nancy Sims’ presentation and question and answer period will be in McNeely Hall 100 from 3:00 – 4:30 on Thursday, December 13th  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. 

You will find a map to McNeely Hall here.
If you have any questions please email here.

North American Serials Interest Group 2013 Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is pleased to announce the beginning of the application cycle for its 2013 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the 2013 Annual Conference being held in Buffalo, New York, June 6-9, 2013.  Established in 1985, NASIG is an international organization committed to promoting communication and sharing of ideas among all people working with or concerned about serial publications.  More information about NASIG is available at

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Fredrikson & Byron, a large downtown Minneapolis law firm, will have an opening for a part-time legal research librarian.  The candidate will provide legal research service, using print and online resources, to support the practices of the firm.  Hours are 8:00am–12:30pm Monday-Friday.  This position will provide coverage during a 3-month maternity leave.  Expected start date:  mid-January.

Duties & Responsibilities
•   Provide sophisticated in-depth legal research
•   Provide quick-answer reference service
•   Work on special projects as time permits

Skills & Experience Required
•    Masters Degree in Library Science or JD
•    Minimum two years of applicable legal reference service experience, preferably in a law firm environment
•    Experience searching online databases such as Lexis, PACER, CCH, BNA, RIA Checkpoint, and others
•   Proficient in Internet search and familiar with legal print resources
•   Proficient in use of common computer applications such as Word and Excel
•   Strong customer service orientation.  Able to work independently, multi-task, triage projects amidst shifting priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
•   Must be able to work with confidential issues in a professional manner

We offer a competitive hourly rate, coaching from a seasoned legal research librarian, and a very collegial work environment.  Fredrikson & Byron was named one of Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Best Places to Work for 2012. Fredrikson is a seven-time Best Places to Work honoree.

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and hourly salary requirements by 12/18/12 to Curt Okerson, Fredrikson & Byron P.A., 200 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN  55402 or

Come to Tomorrow's Event!

We're having a ProQuest Training during our usual meeting time with Kathryn Zielski. Want to learn more about ProQuest? Come on by! Open to all students.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

CDC Room 019, 5:00-5:45pm

We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Call for Applications: 2013 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship

Deadline: February 1, 2013

Designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of Chemistry and Information to pursue graduate study in Library, Information, or Computer Science, the Scholarship consists of a $1,500 honorarium.  This scholarship is given yearly by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society.

The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in Chemistry or related disciplines (related disciplines are, for example, Biochemistry or Chemical Informatics).  The applicant must have been accepted (or currently enrolled) into a graduate Library, Information, or Computer Science program in an accredited institution.  Work experience in Library, Information or Computer Science preferred.

The deadline to apply for the 2013 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship is February 1, 2013.  Details on the application procedures can be found at

Applications (email preferred) can be sent to:

Contact address:
Marge Matthews

CINF Awards Committee
633 Dayton Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA  19010-3801
Phone:  215-823-3922

Friday, December 7, 2012

Liaison Librarian for Theology, Religion, and Philosophy

The Baylor University Libraries seek an innovative, entrepreneurial, and service-oriented professional for the position of Liaison Librarian for Theology, Religion, and Philosophy.  This librarian will cultivate strong partnerships with faculty and students of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Departments of Religion and Philosophy by integrating into the curriculum library services, collections, and instruction.

The successful candidate will thrive in an environment of change and be adept at creative problem solving.  The Liaison Librarian will proactively develop and maintain a wide range of innovative outreach services and will continue building on Baylor’s notable print and online collections. This new librarian will join a user-oriented team of liaison librarians in a collaborative environment.  The team fosters creative approaches to both new and traditional services to enhance the research and learning of our faculty and students. This is an academic professional position with faculty status.

Entry Level Reference Librarian

The Coleman Karesh Law Library has an opening for an entry level Reference Librarian.  The Reference Librarian provides reference services to the entire Law School community, with the primary goal of supporting the work of approximately 45 faculty members and 675 law students.  This position offers the unique opportunity to teach introductory legal research in a required year long integrated research and writing course. The Reference Librarian provides general and in-depth reference service in all areas of law (including American, international, and foreign law) to faculty, students and others at the Coleman Karesh Law Library; and shares departmental administrative responsibilities with other reference librarians on a rotating basis. 
Degree Requirements:  J.D. and M.L.S. from accredited institutions.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

This is a tenure-track, twelve-month appointment on the Law Library faculty.    Applications received by January 31, 2013, will receive full consideration.  For a full job description and to apply, go to: and search for requisition number 005591.

The Coleman Karesh Law Library is the largest law library in South Carolina and one of the larger in the Southeast and serves a vibrant and diverse patron base.  The Law Library is independently administered, with a collection of over 600,000 volumes, robust electronic resource access, and a staff of 19.

More information found here.

Access Archives Specialist

Salisbury University is seeking an energetic, dynamic, and qualified applicant to join the staff of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture as Access Archives Specialist. The primary purpose of the position is to make the manuscript, archival, and artifactual collections of the Nabb Center as usable and discoverable as possible.  Working with other staff, the Access Archives Specialist will appraise, organize, process, and describe existing and new collections according to professional and national standards.   He or she will work with other staff to improve online access to collections and promote the collections through various means.

Undergraduate Instruction Librarian


Appointment: Lecturer, full-time, 12 month, term, Non-Tenure-Track

Responsibilities: Under the general direction of the Associate Dean for Information Services, the Undergraduate Instruction Librarian supports the essential role that the library plays in students’ first year and entire undergraduate experience at SIU Carbondale. Develops instructional curricula, online learning modules, web pages, and assessments to address Core Competency #8 (Information Literacy), which is part of UCOL101 and core curriculum courses. Develops curricula for credit courses and/or new instructional initiatives such as certificates, badges, Massive Open Online Courses, etc. Develops library programming that corresponds with the common reader/theme each year and supports key undergraduate events. Identifies opportunities for outreach and strategic partnerships with SIU Carbondale departments that engage and support undergraduate student success. Instructs students and faculty in the use of library resources and technologies as well as in information access, evaluation, and management in face-to-face and online settings as appropriate. Assists patrons at the Information Desk with research and reference questions, including limited nights and weekends. Provides general reference service via face-to-face, online, email, chat, phone, and consultation means. Assists with student retention strategies. Serves as subject liaison to specific departments based on expertise. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

U.S. DOT Paid Summer Internship Opportunities--Washington, D.C.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Research Library and National Transportation Library (NTL), both located in the Washington, D.C. area, are seeking students pursuing MLS degrees (or equivalents) for paid, full-time internships for the period June 3 - August 9, 2013. These internships are being offered as part of the United States Department of Transportation’s Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). The internships include a $5,000 stipend, along with housing and travel (relocation) arrangements for participants whose permanent residences are more than 50 miles away from their assignment locations. The deadline for submitting an application is December 23, 2012. For more information on the program, including requirements and application instructions, please see: If you have further questions about applying, please send an email to

When applying, please select your interest areas as the Federal Highway Administration (with specialty Research and Development) and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (with no specialty). In the space provided for specifying areas of interest not included, please list FHWA Research Library and/or National Transportation Library and the specific project(s) that interest you from the options below.

The following are potential internship projects. Responsibilities may be modified depending on the number of accepted applicants and the interest areas of the candidates. For more information about individual projects, please contact Deena Adelman at or 202-493-3058.

History Librarian and Interim Head at Urbana-Champaign

History Librarian and Interim Head, History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library
Associate or Full Professor of Library Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.   Rank at the level of Associate or Full Professor with tenure, depending on the qualifications of the candidate selected.  Permanent appointment as History Librarian; appointment as unit head is for a renewable term dependent on unit needs and directions. The successful candidate must meet requirements for tenure at the University of Illinois, which includes expectations for librarianship, research and service.

Free Library Webinars – December 2012

Free Library Webinars December 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, add them to the comments field or let me know!
***13 free webinar opportunities in the list for this month!
More Learning Opportunities for the Minnesota Library Community: 

SLA-MN Holiday Party, Deadline to Register Today

December 12, 2012

SLA-MN Holiday Party
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Rauenhorst Ballroom in Coeur de Catherine
St. Catherine University
(Students Attend Free)

SLA-MN and the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (MALL) invite you to Celebrate the season with the St. Kate's SLA student chapter at the SLA holiday party.

Enjoy refreshments and networking with chapter members throughout the night. St. Catherine University SLA Student Group is hosting a silent auction with funds raised being used to support a scholarship for a St. Kate Student to attend the 2013 SLA Conference in San Diego.

In addition, the MN chapter is holding a raffle at the event for a one year student membership to SLA. Student membership provides great benefits such as scholarships and unique learning opportunities. You must be present to win the one year student membership.

 Please register by Friday, December 7th at

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Two Positions with Minnesota Department of Education State Library Services

From Nancy Walton, State Librarian:

I am pleased to announce that the two vacant positions in the Division of State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education, have been posted on the Minnesota state government careers Website at: Searches for positions, building resumes and submitting applications are done online through this state Website.

The two Library Development and Services Specialist positions are at the following URL:

The working titles are:

1) Position # 12EDUC000069 - Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Coordinator (Jym Wroblewski’s former position)
2) Position # 12EDUC000068 - State Library Programs Specialist (my former position)

The closing date on both postings is December 19, 2012.

Internships at the Hennepin County Library

The Library is currently accepting applications for the following spring internships (January-May 2013). Apply by December 10, 2012.
  • Literacy Activities Internship at North Regional Library
  • Outreach Services Internship

For more information, go to:

Information Commons Technology Supervisor

Information Commons Technology Supervisor
30 hours week/10 months (August 16 – June 15), non-exempt

Job Summary: Coordinate activities of Information Commons student workers and general technical support functions of the Bethel University Library Information Commons. 

Essential functions: Provide technical assistance and training for library clients including students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Hire, train and supervise student workers for the IC Tech Desk.

Maintain, troubleshoot and create documentation for public computers, software, copiers, and printers; process and check-out equipment.

Required skills: Strong knowledge of and experience with Windows 7 and Macintosh OSX operating systems and related software; Microsoft Office, iMovie, HTML, CSS and Photoshop. Experience with current technology such as iPads, mobile devices, e-readers, video and digital cameras. Ability to work with diverse constituents including students, staff, faculty and visitors.  Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, attention to detail, and demonstrated strong service orientation are essential.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Instructional Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato

RESPONSIBILITIES: In collaboration with the Instruction Program and Design Librarian, librarians, and teaching faculty, provide leadership in the development, provision, and evaluation of information literacy and library instruction. Position responsibilities include: coordinate and promote library instruction for large, general education courses such as English composition, public speaking and first year experience to support undergraduate student success and retention.  Schedule library instruction sessions and participate with other library faculty in providing in-person, online or hybrid instruction.  Work with the Library Outreach Committee to explore opportunities to connect with campus offices, programs and organizations.  In consultation with library administration and systems, develop and support the effective use of library classroom spaces. Collaborate with colleagues to provide reference and research services in a busy library commons setting.  All library faculty serve on teams as a subject liaison to one or more disciplines/programs, with responsibility for collection development, library instruction sessions and the development of class and subject guides; share in providing introductory library instruction sessions; contribute to Library Services Department committees/activities; and may participate in university governance through membership on committees and task forces.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Call for MLA committee volunteers

The Minnesota Library Association is looking for volunteers for our Awards, Communications, Membership, and Nominating Committees.

  • The Awards Committee is responsible for the awards of the Minnesota Library Association with the exception of the President’s Award and the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award.
  • The Communications Committee develops and implements an annual plan of action to communicate with members and to market the Association.
  • The Membership Committee develops and implements an annual plan of action to recruit and retain members.
  • The Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility of preparing a slate of candidates for each elective office of the Association.
Go here for more information: MN Library Association - News and Events

Japanese Technical Services Librarian, Yale University Library

East Asia Library
International Collections & Research Support

Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 1-3
Fixed Duration:                 Two (2) years from date of hire, with possibility of extension
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

MLIS Student Article on Booktalking

Two Hennepin County Library Outreach Interns, Sara Zettervall and Amy Mars, wrote a book chapter that has been accepted for publication as "Booktalking for Teens: Scalable, Sustainable Success from the Hennepin County Home School" in next year's Pre-School through Teen Library Outreach, edited by Carol Smallwood and Kerol Harrod and published by McFarland.

Check it out an abbreviated portion of it on the flyer below.
Zettervall and Mars Article

Hennepin County Library Board Openings

The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners appoints citizens and local officials to serve on the county's citizen advisory boards, task forces and committees through an open appointments process.

Library Board, three openings

More details found here.