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Friday, December 27, 2013

Dean of Library Services, William Paterson University

Wayne, NJ

The William Paterson University of New Jersey invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Library Services.  This appointment will be effective July 1, 2014.  Reporting directly to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief administrative officer of the library, providing leadership to a distinguished library staff of 16 full-time professional librarians (tenured or tenure track), 4 part-time librarians and 17 full-time professional and support staff members.  The Dean holds the rank of professor in the library concurrently with the administrative title of Dean.  S/he is a member of the Council of Deans and with the Provost and his senior staff actively participates in and contributes to long-range and strategic planning activities for the Division of Academic Affairs.  The Dean provides oversight for the coordination of resources and services for 11,500 students and over 400 full-time faculty.  S/he works collaboratively with the leadership in Information Systems and Instruction and Research Technology to optimize support for learning within the library and on-line.  S/he represents the University to the community regionally, state-wide, and nationally, through professional and research library organizations.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services, Western Washington University

About the Position: The successful candidate for this position will have a clear vision of the changing landscape of library collections and scholarly communication, and will be committed to leadership in a collaborative and participatory environment. Western Libraries strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates.

About the Department: Libraries 
Position Responsibilities: The Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services has responsibility for leading and administering collection development and collection services, and overseeing scholarly communications at the Western Washington University Libraries.  In this highly visible position, the Director provides leadership for the selection and management of collections, including oversight for the resource access budget, cataloging, acquisitions, ILL, circulation, and scholarly communication.  The Director coordinates the development and promotion of sustainable models of scholarly communication as it evolves on campus and in the library profession and supervises the Scholarly Communications Librarian in charge of the Institutional Repository and open access publishing.  The Director works closely with library leadership, staff, and external stakeholders to develop other digital initiatives.  The Director reports to the Dean of Libraries and serves on the Dean’s Leadership Group. This is a full time, tenure track faculty position. Rank and salary to be determined by qualifications. 

For more information, see the full job posting.

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western Washington University

About the Position: Western Washington University Libraries seeks an innovative, forward-looking librarian who will build and promote the Institutional Repository (IR), as well as further scholarly communication as a strategic priority for Western Libraries. Reporting to the Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services, this position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment. The Scholarly Communications Librarian promotes the availability and capacity of the Institutional Repository (IR) to the university community, faculty, researchers, and students, and ensures compliance with relevant law and policy.  The ideal candidate will have a background or experience in scholarly communication and copyright issues. Western Libraries strives to further Western’s identity as an institution that welcomes and embraces diversity, and encourages applications from diverse candidates. 
For more information, see the full job posting.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2014 ALA BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award

Are you an aspiring business librarian or do you know someone who is?  Send us your nominations!

Applications for the 2014 Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel are being accepted until January 31, 2014.

The BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel award is a $1250 cash award given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.  Applicants should have demonstrated interest in a career as a business librarian, and a potential to be a leader in the profession as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications.

More information and the nomination, go to the travel award page.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Information Management Internship

Renewing the Countryside seeks an intern to serve as an archivist to organize and catalogue stored online information.  Essential functions of the position include: cataloging of the information stored on various online databases, electronic and manual filing and document management with demonstrated concern for completeness and accuracy, and provide guidance and advice to staff for maintaining procedure for well-organized online information archives.
Candidates for the position must have strong analytical and organizational skills, proven aptitude with Microsoft Office, and ability to learn new software quickly, exercise judgment, and work individually.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity with flexible work hours (approximately 100 hour project) that we would like to be completed by early spring 2014. Work can be completed outside of regular office hours (days, evenings, and weekends), but must be able to report to supervisor in person or via phone once per week during office hours.

Renewing the Countryside is a small non-profit organization based in Minneapolis with a mission to strengthen rural areas by championing rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

Interested applicants can e-mail a resume to Molly Turnquist: by December 31st, 2013. For more information about Renewing the Countryside, please visit our website:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Library of Congree Junior Fellows; Due: Friday, January 24, 2014.

Department:Legislative Branch
Agency:Library of Congress

Job Announcement Number:Summer Intern 2014
SALARY RANGE: $3,000.00 to $3,000.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Monday, December 16, 2013 to Friday, January 24, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: GS-0099-01
DUTY LOCATIONS: MANY vacancies - Washington DC, DC

WHO MAY APPLY: Applicants must be U. S. citizens who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study at an accredited institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level (college, university, or tribal college), or graduate level, or have graduated since August 2013 from an undergraduate or graduate program. ONLY FIRST TIME INTERNS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR PROGRAM

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Public Trust - Background Investigation

About the Agency
The general focus of the Junior Fellows Program is on increasing access to the collections and an awareness of the Library's copyright, legal and special collections and digital initiatives. In the past, projects have been developed to make the collections better known and accessible to researchers including scholars, students, teachers, knowledge creators, and the general public. Interns help the Library expose unprocessed collections, participate in digital projects, provide additional services to Congress and the public, and make our collections more immediately accessible to scholars. Interns work under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions. In the past, summer interns have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing rich cultural, creative, and intellectual resources. United States citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration as a Junior Fellow.

  • All projects require basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
  • MUST be first time intern with the Junior Fellows Internship Program.
  • Program participants from previous years not eligible to reapply.

For information, view the job description on USA jobs.

History Research Librarian at Mississippi State University

Join Mississippi State University Libraries' (@msu_libraries) thriving library program as the newly-minted History Research Librarian and become part of a progressive, growing, patron-focused Research Services Department. A student-centered premier research university with a Carnegie High Research Activity designation and a student body of over 20,000, Mississippi State University (MSU) is located in historic Starkville, MS, with all the convenience and amenities of a college town Find out more about MSU and the MSU Libraries by visiting and

For more information, see the full job description.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CALA free one year membership

The Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) is offering a free one year membership to new student members, thanks to a generous donation of $1,000.00 from Dr.Tze-chung Li, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences and one of the founding members of CALA. The fund left in the current year will be carried over to the next year till all fund is utilized. 

1.   Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution in North America; AND
2.  Applicants must be of Chinese nationality or of Chinese descent; AND
3.  Applicants must be new to CALA and not previously a member of CALA.
Application Requirements: 
1.   Each applicant must complete a CALA membership application in full or be disqualified.

Please help spread the word! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the CALA Membership Committee members listed below.

Min Tong (co-chair),
Fu Zhuo (co-chair),
Lian Ruan,
Linda Wen,
Jennifer Zhao,

Digital Experience Consultant, Colorado State Library

Job Description
The Colorado State Library, an office within the Colorado Department of Education, has an open position to lead the charge in technological areas related to our Experience Design, Drupal Front-End Website Development, Content Strategy, and more.

 The Digital Experience Consultant is part of the Networking and Resource Sharing team at the Colorado State Library. You would be responsible for crafting an integrated content strategy for our current and future web services. Your results will create important support for improving state-level services for library staff and anyone who uses a library.

 If you love and live for Drupal, enjoy planning web-based solutions, the nitty-gritty of web design, working with a smart, dedicated team and above all value leadership, innovation, and service to others, this could be for you. You’ll be able to use your expertise to shape current and future online services into something people want to use

Applicant materials must be received by 4:00 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2013.
For more information, see the full job posting.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Public Services Manager, Metropolitan State University

We invite you to apply for the position of Public Services Manager!

Metropolitan State University is seeking an enthusiastic and talented librarian to manage the day-to-day activities related to the circulation of library materials, provision of computer support to patrons, and access to library services provided in the Library and Learning Center. The successful candidate will supervise Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, and the Information Commons desk staff, handling scheduling, training and evaluations. During peak business times/as needed, this position will assist with customer service at the two public services desks. Some evening and/or weekend work will be required. The Public Services Manager will also serve as library liaison to the University’s IT department. This is a full-time, permanent position.

A complete position description is available at Please note closing date.

Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference Travel Grant

Please forward to your IS students and encourage them to apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to attend the annual Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference in Austin, Texas!

We are pleased to announce that the Taylor & Francis Group is sponsoring travel grants for two students traveling to ER&L 2014 (March 16-19 in Austin, Texas). The travel grant includes conference registration, air travel costs, and housing totaling up to $1500 per winner. Applications are being accepted now and awards will be adjudicated by an ER&L volunteer committee.

Application Requirements: This grant is open to currently enrolled students wishing to attend ER&L 2014. Student applicants will be required to supply contact information as well as to answer a question related to how access to ER&L can assist the applicant in achieving professional and academic goals. Questions about this award should be directed to ER&L at

Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted now on ER&L's website through Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Winning applicant names will be posted to the website no later than Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Submitted by Angela Riggio on behalf of the 2014 ER&L Student Travel Grant Award Committee.

Director of Library Services, Bethany Lutheran College

Application Review Date: January 15
Closing Date: January 15
Start Date:  February 3
Job Description

Job type: Professional staff
Department / Division: Library Services
Position summary: Lead the library in a new age of redesigned library form and function, advancing innovations in the integration of technology, electronic resources, academic content, information literacy, physical space and the multiplicity of educational needs of faculty and students.
Compensation: commensurate with education and experience

For more information, see the full job description.

Electronic Access and User Experience Librarian, Assistant Professor

PRF# AA15042

Minnesota State University, Mankato's Memorial Library seeks an innovative, service-oriented, and flexible individual to serve as Electronic Access and User Experience Librarian. This librarian is responsible for enhancing the user experience with electronic resources offered by the library.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Two library positions, Brigham Young University

1) Freshman Programs Librarian
Available:  08/01/2014

2) Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections, Preservation, and Digital Initiatives
Available:  05/01/2014

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 Freshman Programs Librarian.  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 66 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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Science Librarian, The College of William and Mary

This Science Librarian is a member of the Research Department and participates in the delivery of reference and instruction services at the Earl Gregg Swem Library. The Science Librarian will supervise and manage the Sciences branches (i.e. Physics and Chemistry), promote library services and resources, and cultivate partnerships that help us understand and respond to student and faculty informational needs.

The successful candidates will be actively engaged in professional development and have a strong desire to learn about issues and trends related to Science Librarianship, including data management, scholarly communication and open access. Swem Library seeks new or experienced librarians who are passionate about teaching, interested in emerging technology trends and committed to professional development. 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Chinese American Librarians Association Scholarships

  • The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science: This scholarship awards $1000 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.
  • The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship: This scholarship awards $500 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.
These scholarships are designed to encourage professional and leadership development in Chinese American librarianship. They are open to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information science at an institution of higher education in North America. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time the scholarship is awarded. Applicants may apply for any or all of the scholarships listed above.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Invitation for Lake Superior Libraries Symposium Proposals

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session and poster presentation proposals for our third annual conference to be held on June 6, 2014 at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “Bridges,” the 2014 theme, reflects more than a move across the water to a new location--it highlights the creative approaches and partnerships happening in and among libraries. Suggestions for presentation topics include: Building Bridges: How have you provided library services by partnering with someone outside of your department, institution, or community? Tell us about the connections you’ve made, how you made them, and the resulting impact of those connections. Burning Bridges: What sacred cows did you slay to make improvements at your library? What have you stopped doing in order to better serve your patrons’ needs? Bridged: This term is used by Twin Ports residents and visitors who know the frustrations of being stuck behind the raised lift bridge, but we’re all familiar with feeling stuck in our profession, department, or organization. What innovative tools or methods have you used to cross-over to success?

St. Kate's APA Workshop for Graduate Students

Registration is now open for “APA: A la carte,” an intensive APA workshop for Graduate students. Presented by St. Kate’s librarians, the intensive workshop will cover writing and citing sources in APA style, strategies to avoid plagiarism, and RefWorks.

Note:   This is not an introductory APA workshop; a basic familiarity with APA guidelines is assumed.

When:     Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Where:   St. Paul Campus Library, Coeur de Catherine

Who:      Any student currently enrolled in a St. Kate’s graduate program is invited to attend.

A link to the Workshop Registration Form is available at:

Registration is required. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions? Please contact Sue Gray or Kathi Rickert

Updated Library Positions at the University of Minnesota

Here are two library positions at the University of Minnesota:
Click on the positions above for more information.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Register for the 2014 Library Technology Conference

Online registration for the 2014 Library Technology Conference opens on the afternoon of December 12, 2013.

The seventh annual Library Technology Conference will be held March 19 – 20, 2014, on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.
  •  Full Two-Day Conference Registration –$140.00; Includes all sessions and materials as well as breaks and lunch for the full two-day conference.
  •  Single Day Registration — $80.00; Includes sessions, conference materials as well as breaks and lunch for the day selected.
Learn more about the 2014 Library Technology Conference.

MLIS J-term 2014 Courses

Check out these J-term 2014 topics courses!  There is still time to register.

LIS 7961 G01: Topics: Advanced Web Design with Nick Steffel

Course Description:  This course examines the emerging standards of HTML 5 and CSS 3 and the new web development functionalities, techniques and challenges that they present. Students will also gain a basic understanding of JavaScript and examine new application programming interfaces (APIs) for including features such as geolocation, shape and image rendering and filesystem interaction within a website. These different technologies will be incorporated into a final website project where students take a traditional website, identify areas for enhancement or improvement, and develop an improved version.  Prerequisites: LIS 7530.

LIS 7961 G02: Topics: e-Book Technology with LeAnn Suchy

Course Description: This course presents a brief introduction to ebooks and ereader technology in libraries. Students will learn the current issues surrounding ebooks and ereaders and will study library policies, staff training, patron lending, and the future of ebooks and ereaders in libraries. Included will also be guest speakers from school, public, and academic libraries. No prerequisites.

NOTE: LIS 7961 G03: Topics: Whole Person Librarianship with Sara Zettervall and Mary Nienow has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  It is a possible summer 2014 offering.
e-Book Technologies

Advanced Web Design

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ALA Student to Staff Program from St. Kate's

Congratulations to Amelia Snetting! Amelia was selected to represent St. Catherine University in the ALA Student to Staff Program at the 2104 ALA Annual conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Each year 40 library students are chosen to assist ALA staff during ALA Annual Conference. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, they may attend programs and participate in other conference activities. For more information on this program, view the Student to Staff Program on the ALA website.

Petition for making Gmail accessible to everyone.

Catherine Bloomquist has started a petition to make Gmail accessible to everyone. Read her letter to Larry Page, CEO of Google and add your name if you are interested in supporting this.

"Google, please make Gmail accessible to everyone by changing your verification requirements for accounts set up within libraries and computer training programs." Read the entire letter.

Register for Hubb's Children's Literature Conference

Registration for the 22nd Annual Hubbs Children's Literature Conference is now open. The conference is on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9-3:00pm at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis Campus). See announcement.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Instructional Technology Librarian, UW -La Crosse

Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is seeking a creative and technology-savvy librarian to provide leadership in shaping an e-learning information literacy program. The successful candidate will be passionate about student learning. Responsibilities include developing e-learning content, evaluating tools that deliver instructional content, and playing a major role in conducting information literacy instruction sessions. This position will participate in reference services and collection development in assigned subjects and will participate in collegial governance, and campus and professional activities.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Nimitz Library, United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, Maryland

The Nimitz Library in the United States Naval Academy is accepting applications for two positions:

Friday, December 6, 2013

Two Library Services Coordinator Positions at Saint Mary's University

Description of Positions
Join a dynamic, innovative, and friendly team at Saint Mary's University of MN! Twin Cities Library is a small academic library that is dedicated to user-driven services and continuous improvement. The library serves ~4,500 diverse adult learners enrolled in programs ranging from Associate's to Doctoral degrees. 

Twin Cities Library currently has two Library Services Coordinator positions open.
Position #1:
The .5 FTE Library Services Coordinator provides reference, circulation, and technical services to all areas of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs administered from Twin Cities Library. This position is .5 FTE, 20 hours per week. Hours will be tentatively scheduled for Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Position #2:
The .3 FTE Library Services Coordinator provides reference and circulation services to all areas of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs administered from Twin Cities Library. This position is .3 FTE, 12 hours per week. Hours will be tentatively scheduled for Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Children's Services Coordinator, Tulsa City County Library, Oklahoma

Location: Central Library.
Salary: $3,573.00 . per month
Status: Full time: 40 hours/week.
Available: Monday, November 18, 2013.
Schedule Notes: Irregular; may include evenings and weekends based on programming needs.

Job Summary:
This position calls for a strong, child-centric coordinator who can continue to develop and expand the library’s efforts to engage, educate and entertain the children and parents of Tulsa County. Strong organizational skills are required to manage system-wide children’s services from the Youth Services Department; to administer grants and trust initiatives related to children’s services; to serve as spokesperson in the community regarding children’s issues, programs and events; and to provide leadership and development opportunities for TCCL’s children’s associates and librarians.

For more information, see the full job posting.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The UC San Diego Library Academic Librarian Positions

The UC San Diego Library has the following open positions.
  • Metadata Librarians (Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, Librarian)
  • Instruction Coordinator, Learning Services (Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, Librarian)
  • Instructional Design/Technology Librarian (Temporary 2-year position)
  • Director, Reference & Research Advisory Services
  • Project Archivist (Temporary 2-year position)
For full descriptions, see the Academic Librarian Positions page.

The UC San Diego Library, one of the nation's top public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library provides the foundation of knowledge needed to advance cutting-edge discoveries in a wide range of disciplines--from healthcare and science to public policy and the arts. The Library provides access to more than 7 million items, including digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the public.

The UC San Diego Library is widely recognized as an innovative leader in the development, management, and delivery of digital resources to support the university's world-class research and instruction. The Library plays a leadership role in HathiTrust, an international partnership of academic and research libraries committed to long-term digital preservation. The Library is also a partner in the university’s Research Cyberinfrastucture Initiative (RCI), which offers researchers the computing, network, and human infrastructure needed to create, manage, and share data.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Reference Librarians, University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for two full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty positions as assistant professors/librarians in the Reference Services Department of Cook Library in the University Libraries to begin in April 2014.

(1)   Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian for Education and Psychology 
(2)   Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian for Health Sciences

Reference librarians are members of a team responsible for providing general and specialized reference, instruction and collection development services and report to the head of Reference Services.

Minnesota State Academies Library Technical Support Internship

Project: The MN State Academies is creating a new integrated library automation system for an existing library collection formerly overseen by the MN Department of Education. The MN Academies Resource Library is a collection of materials for the education and betterment of blind, deaf, and deaf-blind individuals. The MN Academies Resource Library will be uploading and creating the cataloging records for a large repository of items into a new Follett Destiny library automation system. 

MN State Academies is seeking dedicated individual to fill an internship position: 
Qualified candidate must be able to:
• Upload and edit records following established regional and national standards
• Possess strong keyboarding skills and experience with computer technology
• Ability to prioritize and shift between multiple projects
• Library experience a plus but not required

This is a part-time, unpaid, temporary position. Flexible scheduling available. Please submit cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and three references to Kristin Hegberg at 

Application extended deadline is January 7, 2014.

Inquiries can be made by emailing or calling Kristin at (507)384-6650

Tenure Track Faculty Position, Montana State University

Search Number: 14-195 
Start Date: April 1st, 2014 (negotiable) 
Appointment  Full-time: (1.0 FTE); tenure track; 12-month appointment 
Salary: $60,000 annually

The MSU Library is merging its Reference and Access Services Teams into a new broad public services unit which will be called Learning and Research Services (LRS). LRS will be responsible for leading the Library’s public service initiatives, including instruction and workshops, research assistance, public programming, reserves, and circulation/stacks maintenance. Additionally, LRS will be responsible for the Library Commons, which is a technology-rich teaching and learning environment. This position will lead a group of approximately eight tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty subject/functional-specialist librarians, 10 classified staff, and 17 part-time student employees. While the formation of LRS has already begun, the team structure will be fairly fluid for the near future as the team members devise effective methods of working together. The Head will be expected to take the lead in shaping the details of LRS’ emerging structure. As a member of the Library faculty, the LRS Head is expected to meet the University’s research and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

For more information, see the full job description.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Digital Public Library of America Community Reps

The DPLA wants you! We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the word in local communities. If you are enthusiastic about open access, digital collections, and the potential of a national digital library, get involved in outreach for the DPLA by volunteering as a DPLA Community Rep.

DPLA Community Reps will:
  • Organize activities that promote the DPLA as a service, tool, or platform using DPLA materials;
  • Share outputs (blog posts, group notes, Storify stories, images, video, etc.);
  • Check in with DPLA staff about progress and share experiences via the DPLA Reps listserv;
  • Be willing to participate in speaking or event opportunities; and
  • Represent the DPLA formally as an acknowledged Rep on our website and informally through various networks.

For more information, see the DPLA Community Reps page:

NASIG 2014 grants, awards, and scholarships

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is pleased to announce the application cycle for its 2014 grants, awards, and scholarships is now open!  These will be awarded at the 2014 Annual Conference being held in Fort Worth, Texas, May 1-4, 2014. The application deadline for all, but the John Merriman Joint NASIG/UKSG award, is January 27, 2014.

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.

For more information, go to the NASIG website.

Monday, December 2, 2013


Monday, December 9, 2013
Room 020, CdC
Light Refreshments 6:30 p.m.
Presentations begin 7 p.m.
Capstone Projects:
  • Analyzing the Integrated Electronic and Print Reference Collection Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Developing Communications Strategies and Tools State Library Services
  • Evidence-Based Practice Interprofessional Research Support Project Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and Allina Health
Directed Study:
  • Analyzing Barriers to Digital Literacy among Unemployed Adults: A Service-Learning Partnership

Internships at the Hennepin County Library

Apply by December 10 for the following winter 2014 internships:

Outreach Services Internship - Ridgedale Library
Preservation Internship - Minneapolis Central Library
Youth Programming Internship - St. Louis Park Library

For individual descriptions, go to the Hennepin County Library internship page.

Hennepin County Library (HCL) offers a variety of internships during the fall (September-December), winter (January-May), and summer (May-August) terms.

Internships generally involve a minimum commitment of 120 hours over a 12 to 14 week period for approximately 10 hours each week. Schedules are usually flexible and are dependent upon the specific assignment.

Internship requirements vary, but most require current college enrollment.
Internships are unpaid and do not imply future employment with HCL.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


AVAILABLE POSITION: Adult Services Librarian
PAY RATE: $21.32/hour
HOURS PER WEEK: 28 hours per week. Retirement benefits. Non-Exempt; At-Will position. Includes night and weekend hours
Reports to: Teen Services/Lead Librarian
Department: Public Services

Twenty-eight (28) hour per week vacancy for an energetic, team-oriented Adult Services
Librarian with a strong public service commitment. The Adult Services Librarian develops
creative programming; provides proactive reference and technology instruction for all ages;
represents the library in the community and works as a liaison with various businesses,
organizations and city departments.

For more information, see the position description.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Communications Specialist, Minitex

Department: Minitex
(8445) Communications Specialist
Full Time: 100% Continuing
Number of Opening: 1
Requisition Number: 188289
Date Job Posted: 11/20/2013
Date Internal Applicants Must Apply By: 11/27/2013
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Midway Contemporary Art Library Internship

Library Internship Position
Midway Contemporary Art Library
Application deadline: December 15, 2013

The Midway Contemporary Art Library serves to document, present, and preserve the recent history of contemporary visual art in a public context. Founded in 2007, its objectives are to research, collate, and catalog published material in an effort to provide the most comprehensive and accessible resource for research into contemporary art in the region. While exhibition catalogs and monographs form the core of the library’s collection, the library also contains reference material, a selection of artist books, DVD’s, and an extensive selection of periodicals and journals. We are currently subscribed to a number of monthly and quarterly publications. A non-circulating collection, the library is organized for causal browsing either by artists’ last names, or Library of Congress call numbers. We also maintain a comprehensive online catalog searchable from anywhere.

The library is currently seeking an intern for a semester-long, one day a week (approx. 6hrs.) position beginning in January 2014. Students looking to gain career experience are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

St. Cloud State University Opportunities

St. Cloud State University is seeking to build a pool of applicants upon which to draw candidates for part-time, temporary, adjunct Librarians and Instructional Technologists. Appointment dates may occur at various times from Spring 2014 through Spring 2016 based on unit needs. Positions that may be available include Reference Librarian, Cataloging Librarian, Collections/E-Resources Librarian, Archives/Digital Projects Librarian, and Instructional Technologist.

Position details and application directions are located here: (see Adjunct Instructors – Learning Resources Services).

Friday, November 22, 2013

St. Catherine University Library: Reference Graduate Assistantship

Want hands-on experience in an academic library? We have the job for you! 

Check out the full posting here on the St. Catherine University Library website:

Are you:
  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student in the MLIS program at St. Catherine University?
  • Done with four of the Core Courses: 7010, 7030, 7040, and 7050, plus one additional course?
  • Able to commit to one full semester (10 hours/week)?
  • Willing to abide by departmental policies and the student employment policies established in St. Kate's Student Employment Handbook?
Desired qualifications for the Reference Assistant Position
  • Interest in academic librarianship
  • Flexible schedule and availability
  • Technical, computer skills/troubleshooting
  • Enthusiasism, a willingness to learn, good listening and communication skills
  • A commitment to public service and the teaching mission of the Libraries.
Preferred qualifications
  • Completion of additional LIS courses, especially those that provide background and knowledge useful to the position (reference, instruction, etc.)
  • Experience (and comfort) in teaching, training, and/or public speaking
  • Experience in customer service

Application Deadline: 5pm, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
Start date: Monday, February 3, 2014 (for a duration of 1 semester)

Submit application to:

Kathi Rickert, Librarian or 651.690.8738

Ad Hoc Research Work

Verilux, “The Healthy Lighting Company,” has occasional project work available for researchers.  A typical project might be compiling an e-mail list to include one of the primary editors at the key media outlets (TV, radio, print and online) in several major cities in the U.S. and Canada. 
We have no specific project at present; however, we would like to accept applications and conduct phone interviews now – in view of having someone at the ready when a project presents itself.

This work could be done from home – days, nights, and/or weekends – to accommodate the researcher’s schedule.

Required qualifications:  We’re looking for someone who enjoys this type of work and can demonstrate through work samples and/or references that s/he is good at it.

Compensation:  $15.00/hr.

Anticipated hours required to complete a project:  We’d generally pay the researcher for two hours’ work to assess the magnitude of the project and advise us as to the time s/he estimates it would take to complete.  At that time, we’d proceed as planned, modify the scope as required or abandon the project. 

Please e-mail or mail an expression of interest and any documentation you feel appropriate to:
Michael Gottsacker
Verilux, Inc.
1259 Willow Lake Blvd.
St. Paul, MN  55110

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Minnesota Literacy Council internships

The Minnesota Literacy Council is currently taking applications for interns who would like to edit and publish a book called Journeys.  It’s an anthology of poems, stories and visual art by adult learners throughout Minnesota.

There are two types of internships available, one for Assistant Editor and the other for a Managing Editor.

For more possibilities at the Minnesota Literacy Council, see their Employment and Internships page.

ALA's Student-to-Staff program

Applications for ALA's Student-to-Staff program are due on Monday the 25th (see below for details)! In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 20 hours), students in the program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses (students are responsible for transportation to/from the conference) to attend the ALA Annual Conference.

January and Spring 2014 registration

Advising Week is November 11-15, 2013. 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 15-21 credits) are especially encourage to do so.

  •  November 18 for students who have earned 23 or more credits.
  •  November 19 for students who have earned 10-22 credits.
  •  November 20 for students who have earned 0-9 credits.
For the class schedules, see the MLIS website in Kateway. Go to MLIS then select Courses. Check all course prerequsites and holds before registering. Syllabi will be posted two weeks before the beginning of the term. 

*Deadline for intent to graduate in May 2014 is November 30. See graduation checklist on the internal MLIS website in Kateway.

MLIS calendars updated for Spring 2014

The MLIS 2013-14 class calendar and academic calendar have updated Spring 2014 dates. Both are available on the MLIS website inside Kateway. From the MLIS drop down menu, select Calendars and Schedules.

On this page, you will also find the January and Spring 2014 schedule.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Planning to attend the 2014 BOBCATSSS?

If you would like to connect with other students who are also going to the BOBCATSSS conference during January 29-31, 2014, contact Martha Vest at The conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain.

MPRC Cataloging Internship

Position Title:   Cataloging Intern
Location:   Minnesota Prevention Resource Center – North Branch, MN
Hours:    40 hours/month (minimum); Flexible hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Time Period:   Beginning in either January or February 2014
Duration of Employment: Temporary (3-4 months)
Compensation:   Monthly stipend ($500/month)
Application Deadline:  Friday, December 13, 2013

Job Description:  The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center (MPRC) is seeking an intern to assist with copy and original cataloging, the organization of library materials, and collection development and management. The intern will work under the supervision of the Prevention Research Specialist.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship

at Darien Library, CT

An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new children’s librarian. We welcome your interest in the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship.

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play at the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family has funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to honor his memory, through a two-year full-salaried position for a recent Master in Library Science graduate who:
  • demonstrates exemplary scholarship
  • possesses a passion for working with children and for the development of literacy
  • shows significant leadership promise
  • has strong personal qualities
  • demonstrates a penchant for technology
For more information and how to apply, see the full fellowship description.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Spatial Data Analyst/Curator, University of Minnesota

Job No. UL304
Req. No.  188116
Job Title: Spatial Data Analyst/Curator (UL304)
Dept. Name:  Library Research & Learning/Soc Sci Prfnl Prgms
Position Available:  Immediately
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Search Committee: Ryan Mattke (Chair),  Lisa Johnston, Len Kne, Marilyn McClaskey (Search Process Consultant)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Licensed Media Specialist, Ubah Medical Academy

What:                           Licensed Media Specialist
When:                          Immediately
Where:                         Ubah Medical Academy

Ubah Medical Academy is a 9-12 charter school founded by educational leaders in the East African community that ultimately seeks to prepare students for successful and productive lives as United States citizens while allowing them to retain their unique cultural heritage.

We are currently seeking a licensed Media Specialist. New or Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Master's degree in Library Science required. One (1) year teaching experience preferred.

Undergraduate Research & Instruction Librarian

Millersville, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Research & Instruction Librarian

Millersville University of Pennsylvania invites an enthusiastic, innovative, and collaborative team member to apply for a full-time, tenure-track, nine-month faculty position to begin August 2014. The new Undergraduate Research & Instruction Librarian will support undergraduate student research, success, and retention at Millersville through collaboration with campus partners, programs, and communities of practice and by providing information literacy instruction to general education courses. The Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum recently underwent a $25 million dollar renovation and now features a digital media studio, writing center annex, flexible library classrooms, faculty collaboratory, and café.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian, Florida International University

The Steven & Dorothea Green Library at Florida International University is looking for an energetic and service-oriented Virtual Learning and Outreach Librarian.  This position will be primarily responsible for continuing to build and develop services for the libraries’ growing virtual instruction and reference services programs.

For more information, see the full job description.

Digital Technologies Development Librarian, Florida International University

The Steven & Dorothea Green Library at Florida International University seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, collaborative, and user-oriented librarian for the position of Digital Technologies Development Librarian.  This is a new position charged with providing technical leadership for the development, design, configuration, and timely maintenance of the Libraries’ website with a focus on Public Services. This individual will also be responsible for updating digital signage information and other Public Services web-based projects as assigned.

For more information, see the full job description.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

History Day Hullabaloo is coming soon!

History Day is an academic challenge to high school students in Minnesota to promote the study of history by engaging students and teachers in the excitement of historical and creative presentation.
History Day library events are held at Minneapolis Central Library from 11am-3pm on Saturdays:

Dec 7, 2013
Jan 25, 2014
Feb 15, 2014

Hullabaloo Volunteers ensure participating teens receive excellent service at the Minneapolis Central Library.  You can volunteer for 2-4 hour shifts.  Arrival time for the first shift is 10:30 am.
Duties include:
  • Help students (individually or groups) locate materials online and in the library.
  • Work with librarians to answer/access materials and information
  • Follow up with students working on their projects throughout the library, reminding them of additional library and Hullabaloo resources to assist them.


This position will focus on the metadata input and quality control for a Media Asset Management system.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ingest and process media for input into a media asset management system.
  • Input and clean metadata and maintain data entry standards to ensure a stable, consistent and secure database environment.
  • Assist clients with exporting and transferring media from the MAM system.

College degree in Library Science/Information Science, Computer Science or Information Technology is preferred but not required. Must be extremely organized and detail oriented and have the knowledge and ability to perform database administration. Knowledge of media formats, cataloging standards and digital achieve standards is desired. Knowledge of CatDV and PresSTORE software preferred. Customer service experience a plus. The position will be PT and hours can be somewhat flexible.

To apply, please send a resume to and note Digital Media Cataloger in the subject line of your email. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

Monday, November 11, 2013

MCTC Adjunct Opportunity

The Information Studies department of Minneapolis Community & Technical College is seeking an adjunct instructor to join our team of exceptional instructional Librarians to teach 3 sections of the 2-credit course, INFS 1000 Information Literacy & Research Skills, during Spring semester 2014 (Jan 13 - May 15). The courses are taught using a common curriculum which would be provided to the instructor, and meet in person one time per week during the following times:

Monday, 8:15-11am
Monday, 12:45-3:30pm
Saturday, 9:45am-12:30pm

Required Qualifications: Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or near completion of such degree (24 or more graduate level credits).

Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience, interest in information literacy instruction, proficiency using Desire2Learn course management system, ability to teach all 3 sections.

Inquiries or applications (a resume and letter of interest) may be directed to the INFS Department Coordinator, by no later than 8am on Monday, November 18th. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Join us for the Unconference! Nov. 18

Monday, November 18, 2013
5-9pm, Dinner at 5pm
Saint Catherine University
Rauenhorst Ballroom

For Library and Information Science Professionals
This is an opportunity for experienced and new professionals to share and learn together! An UnConference is an informal, unplanned, discussion based event where the participants create the agenda.

Professionals, Alumnae, and Faculty:
  • Learn about new work in the LIS profession
  • Dive deeper into conversations concerning community
  • Registration deadline has been extended to November 14, here:
  • Learn about the current state of the profession
  • Discuss projects that add to the conversation
  • Registration deadline has been extended to November 14, on-campus at the Info Desk
Brought to you by the Saint Catherine University student chapter of the Progressive Librarians Guild

Friends of the Libraries Fall Gala

Monday, November 4, 2013
St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus
CdC 123, Library

6-6:30 p.m.
  • Social Hour and Hors d'oeuvres
6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • “Opening Doors: Physically and Metaphorically Presentation
  • Meet n’ Greet with Library Director, Randall Schroeder, & MLIS Program Director, Deb Grealy

Questions? Comments? Please contact Lindsey Merritt or (651) 690-6649

The Friends of the Libraries at St. Catherine University are excited for you to join us for “Opening Doors: Physically and Metaphorically”!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Booked for the Evening; Free for SCU students with a valid ID

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

12th Annual Booked for the Evening
Monday, November 11, 2013, 6 p.m.
Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine
Cost: $18; Free for St. Catherine University students with a valid ID

See the Booked for the Evening page on the Alumnae Relations site.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Macalester College

Purpose of Position

The Reference & Instruction Librarian provides expertise for reference, research, and instruction services; and collaborates with faculty on assignment creation in relation to course-integrated library instruction goals. In addition, the individual in this position participates in outreach activities and works closely with our academic community to ensure that library reference and instruction services most effectively and efficiently support college curricular needs and scholarly endeavors. Special areas of responsibility include working with another colleague to provide leadership and expertise in the selection, promotion and assessment of electronic and print resources for the reference collection and services. This person also works closely with the Digital Scholarship and Services librarian on library web site content, user guides, and tutorials as well as Access, Instruction, & Research services content on the website. The Reference & Instruction Librarian is a member of the Access, Instruction, & Research Services team.

Work hours: 38.75 hours/week (Fulltime). Eligible for full benefits.

For more information, see the full job position.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park, will be visiting Saint Paul!

Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m.
Reading Rainbow Rowell: A Community Forum on Kids' Right to Read
MLIS faculty member, Dr. Sarah Dahlen will be one of the panelist.

Wednesday, October 30, 12:50 p.m.
Book Reading and Skype Talk

Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.
Book Talk and Signing

For more information about all three events, go to:

I Will Be Myself: Identity in Children's and Young Adult Literature, and Media.

Call for Paper Proposals

Deadline for submission: January 15th, 2014

“I Will Be Myself”: Identity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Media and Culture is a one-day conference showcasing graduate student research that explores, questions, and analyzes the issues surrounding identity in various elements of children’s and young adult literature. You are invited to submit an academic paper proposal or a creative writing submission that contributes to the existing body of literature and research in the area of children’s and young adult literature studies, which includes novels, films, apps, and picture books, as well as other culturally produced modes of children’s literature. We are particularly interested in research and creative pieces that draw upon broadly interpreted themes of identity, which can include liminality, hybridity, Otherness or Othering, gender, and transformation.

For more information, go to the call for paper proposals.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dance Heritage Coalition Fellowships

The Dance Heritage Coalition carries out its mission to preserve and document dance history by developing partnerships among the dance, library and scholarly communities. The DHC Fellowships in Dance Documentation and Preservation has been one of the most successful initiatives in serving these constituencies.

Apply for one their fellowship by November 12.

Go to the Dance Heritage Coalition Fellowships for more information.

Visual Resources Association conference and travel awards

The 2014 Visual Resources Association’s Annual Conference will be held March 12-15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

VRA Travel Awards: The Visual Resources Association offers several awards to assist member attendance at the VRA Annual Conference. Several Luraine Tansey Educational Fund Awards are offered each year along with Corporate Travel Awards, New Horizon awards, the Kathe Hicks Albrecht award, the Joseph C. Taormina Memorial top-up awards and student awards. (Please see The Types of Travel Awards (updated October 2013) and announcements on VRA-L for more information.) Selection of recipients is determined by the Travel Awards Committee. The goal of the Travel Awards Program is to encourage and support conference attendance by both new members/conference attendees and veteran members/attendees.

For more information, see the VRA Travel Awards page.

Friday, October 25, 2013

MLIS Students: student leaders wanted

St. Catherine University School of Business and Professional Studies introduces itself with a TEDx event in April 2014.

They are looking for student leaders to present their vision of a leader for a just tomorrow. Students may submit their nominations for one another here.

Nominations are due Monday, October 28.

Law Librarian I Postions with the Connecticut Judicial Branch

The Connecticut Judicial Branch has two Law Librarian I positions.

See both positions on their employment website.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Reference Internship

Minnesota Historical Society

The deadline for the Spring 2014 Reference Internship has been extended to November 1.

Project Summary: The Intern will assist in the day-to-day operations of the reference department and will work with staff members that provide professional public services to MHS Library’s users.  The intern will also assist on different types of digital projects in order to help the Reference staff provide better reference services and outreach to MHS Library’s users.

For more information, see the full description.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Reference Services Manager, Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

The Minnesota Legislative Reference Library seeks applications for the position Reference Services Manager. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing all aspects of reference services of the library in a professional, non-partisan and politically neutral manner. The successful candidate must be an experienced and resourceful librarian.

Qualifications: Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association-accredited program; a minimum of two years of management experience; five years professional reference experience in a highly-accountable setting; demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of electronic sources, including online library catalogs and commercial database services; excellent communications and interpersonal skills. Previous legislative experience preferred.

This is a full-time, nonpartisan position with benefits. Minimum salary is $65,655.

The full job description is available here.

Send resume by October 31,2013, to or:
Business Manager
Legislative Reference Library
645 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155

Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant

The Frances Henne/YALSA/ VOYA ( Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant annually provides $1,000 in seed money for small scale projects which will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda (PDF), which was adopted by the YALSA Board in October 2011.

For application and more information, go to the website.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

K-12 Librarian, Community of Peace Academy

Requirements :  Library Media Specialist or Librarian license required
Hours :  Full Time

To Request more information or to apply for a position:

    Call 651-280-4587
    Leave name and address to apply
    EEO/AA employer

See CPA Employment Opportunities for full description.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reference Librarian, Oklahoma City University

Position Summary:
The Reference Librarian provides legal reference services to law students, law faculty and other patrons of the Law Library. This position makes presentations on research materials and strategies and team teaches Advanced Legal Research classes, state specific research classes, and other library trainings with other librarians. The Reference Librarian assists with the supervision of the Reference and Access Services Departments and acts as the primary supervisor in the absence of the Head of Reference Services. 

For more information, see the full job description.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Librarian - Instruction, Irvine Valley College

See the Job Brochure (PDF)

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities
Collaborate and teach a dynamic library instruction program (workshops and instructional sessions). Create online learning opportunities that focus on library skills and information competency for distance learners, including interactive tutorials, static pathfinders, and enhanced online reference. Contribute to the campus-wide conversation on information competency and its assessment. Train faculty and staff in the applications of new library technologies. Provide reference instruction and information service to students, faculty, staff and college community. Review and select print and electronic materials for library acquisition and electronic transfer of resources to library systems. Maintain current knowledge in the subject‐matter area and in effective teaching/learning strategies; maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct and ethics. Work as a team member of faculty librarians to assess and plan for improvement of library services and library resources. Maintain appropriate statistics and reports. Serve on college committees and participate in college-wide professional development activities. Assignments may include evening and weekend hours.

For more information, see the full job description.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Student Testers Wanted

Want to help out fellow students and participate in a study? If you have a mobile device that you use to access the Web, we could use your help with a usability study!

Participants will be asked to test out three mobile library websites on their own mobile devices. Test sessions are expected to last about 1 hour.

No success or failure, we just want to know whether the sites are easy to use, and how they can be improved!

If interested in participating, contact Tara Newberry ( or Rachel Dols (

Saturday, October 12, 2013

SURVIVING THE PUBLIC: The Unshelved Approach to Customer Service

A keynote address by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes of the webcomic Unshelved

October 12th, 2013;  12:00PM—1:30 PM
Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine
St. Catherine University- St. Paul Campus
2004 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105

Tough customers got you down? Let us teach you how to stop worrying and learn to enjoy difficult people! In this 50 minute keynote we focus on the Unshelved approach to customer service: the customer is seldom right. Most customer service interactions can be enjoyable if you have the right frame of mind. Or, failing that, at least you can have the last laugh.  Q&A., merchandise sales, and Meet and Greet with Gene and Bill following the event.

Gene Ambaum by Bill Barnes
Gene Ambaum uses a pen name because he’s scared of his own shadow. He is so good at making fun of strange, difficult customers in Unshelved because he is the strangest, most difficult customer of all. He taught English overseas because no one there was in a position to criticize his spelling. He wrote a book about poop because he thinks it's funny (he had a warped childhood). His latest book is a post-apocalyptic parody, Fifty Shades of Brains. Follow @ambaum.

Bill Barnes by Gene Ambaum
Bill Barnes loves librarians, show tunes, and meat. He can count his toes without taking off his shoes. Over the past elven years, he has tried to convince Gene that the meaning of “partnership” is doing what he says 99% of the time. He can often be seen wandering the floor at trade shows playing “The Final Countdown” on his ukulele, Death Adder. In his spare time he draws Unshelved and writes a comic about the software industry, Not Invented Here. Follow @billba.

Presented by St. Catherine University ALA Student Chapter
In Conjunction with MLA, GSAB, and SGO
For more information, to RSVP, or to request a special accommodation please email:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Agenda Update for the MIchael Gorman event

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
7 p.m.- 8:30 P.M.

6:45pm Light Refreshments will be provided
7:00pm Welcome from the Associate Dean and Director, MLIS Program
7:05pm Introduction of Michael Gorman by Anthony Molaro
7:10pm Mr. Gorman's Presentation

Rauenhorst Ballroom
3rd Floor, Coeur de Catherine Bldg.
If Ranganathan and Dewey are grandfathers of LIS then Michael Gorman is certainly a father of modern library science.

Mr. Gorman is Dean Emeritus of Library Services CSU Fresno and former President of the American Library Association.

He is a prolific author of LIS literature, and is best known for his Our Enduring Values: Librarianship in the 21st Century.
Questions? Email or call 651-690-6802. RSVP deadline was October 7, 2013

This library leadership lecture is presented by the St. Catherine University MLIS Program and Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA).

Promoting Library Leadership: How to Develop Leaders through Multidisciplinary Post-Graduate Coursework at St. Catherine University

You are invited to attend a Leadership Action Project presentation given by Laura Deshler, an MAOL student at St. Catherine University.

Leaders within public libraries must be able to effectively navigate their team and organization in an ethical, effective, and enduring manner. One method to obtain leadership skills necessary to lead within a public library is through formal graduate-level coursework. Through a survey of public librarians, interviews, and an analysis of other regional ALA-accredited library science programs, this leadership action project explores how the Library Leadership Certificate offered at St. Catherine University can best be positioned to provide the necessary coursework to enhance leadership knowledge and practice among public librarians.

The presentation will be given on Friday, November 8th from 5-5:45 p.m. in Library room 128 on the St. Catherine University campus.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013



The University of Illinois at Chicago, a Carnegie RU/VH institution located near the Chicago Loop, with a student enrollment of 27,000 and offering doctoral degrees in 60 areas and master’s degrees in nearly 80, seeks a talented and innovative librarian to head its newly formed Research Services & Resources Department.  This is a tenure-system faculty position with research and publication expectations.

The Department:
The Research Services & Resources Department (RSR) combines most of the operations of previously separate Reference and Collections Development Departments.  It advances our transition to the liaison librarian model while maintaining focus on providing excellent reference and instruction service and building distinguished collections in a user-centered environment.

RSR is a department of the Richard J. Daley Library, which serves all of the UIC colleges and departments except those in the health sciences.  The Research Services & Resources Librarian reports to the Associate University Librarian.  The department consists of 11.8 FTE faculty members, two Resident Librarians, two civil service staff, and a number of student employees.  The RSR Librarian will develop the year-old liaison librarian program to promote excellence in all of its aspects:
  • Effective communication with assigned colleges or departments
  • Excellent reference service
  • User focused course–related instruction
  • Collections development in support of research, teaching, and learning
  • Partnering in E-scholarship efforts
  • Fostering effective scholarly communication
We seek a leader who can work productively with library colleagues, help RSR faculty effectively integrate and perform their liaison responsibilities, and foster vital conversations and engagement with faculty outside the library, administrative units that promote student success, and a diverse student body.

For more information, see the full job description.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship 2014

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The 2014 IFLA annual meeting takes place in Lyon, France, August 16-22. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.

For more information and how to apply, visit the CLIR Rovelstad Scholarship page.