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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Elmer L. Andersen Library Presentations

What's the Big Idea, First Fridays: A series of intellectually stimulating talks at Elmer L. Andersen Library
Feb. 1, 2013
Two Presentations:
1. "Leroy S. Buffington and his 'Cloudscraper,'" presented by the Northwest Architectural Archives.
2. "Big Ideas in Little Packages: Little Big Books and Other Small Treasures," presented by the Children's Literature Research Collection.

When: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, Noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S.
"What's the Big Idea, First Fridays," is a series of intellectually stimulating talks at Elmer L. Andersen Library. Each month's presentation is based on materials in the University of Minnesota Libraries' Archives and Special Collections.                    

HUBBS Children’s Literature Conference

You are invited to the 21st Annual HUBBS Children’s Literature Conference on Saturday, February 23, 2013, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Schulze Hall Auditorium (University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis campus).

This year we are proud to feature authors Jacqueline Woodson (website) and David LaRochelle (website).

Tulsa Teen Services Coordinator

Location: Central Library
Salary: $3,573.00 per month
Status: Full time: 40 hours/week
Available: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monday: 8:00 am-5:00 pmTuesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pmWednesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pmThursday: 8:00 am-5:00 pmFriday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Schedule Notes: 
Irregular; may include evenings and weekends based on programming needs

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

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Science Reference Librarian, University of Denver

Posted Hiring Range: Competitive
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, full-time.

Department Introduction:
The University of Denver is rebuilding the Penrose Library with a $32M construction project to create an Academic Commons, the ideal place for students and faculty to build our community of 21st century scholars and further our mission as a place of inquiry, of dialogue, and of academic rigor and engagement. The Penrose Library serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from the surrounding region.

Position Summary:
The University of Denver’s Penrose Library is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative professional for the position of Science Reference Librarian. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services. Penrose Library is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian or Librarian, University of Central Florida

Job Description

University Libraries seeks a service-oriented, energetic and program-directed individual to lead and administer all aspects of the University of Central Florida (UCF) Curriculum Materials Center (CMC). The CMC operates in a 5,500 square foot facility located in the College of Education, on the main UCF campus. Resources include 36,000 print volumes, full production lab, 27 PC workstations, group study rooms, total seating for 76, and a full array of online resources and instructional materials. For more information please see . Responsibilities of the position include program design and assessment, developing a collection of current instructional materials that align with offered programs, supervision of three full-time staff plus student assistants, budget administration, and outreach/liaison with the College of Education. The department head is responsible for proactively integrating CMC services and resources into the teacher education program through programming, orientations, instruction and outreach, and contributing to program accreditation reports. Duties also may include library instruction and working nights and weekends, as required. Serves as a member of the library’s planning and policy-making team and may also serve on College of Education committees. Position reports to the associate library director for administrative services.

For more information on the position, go to:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian, Library & Information Services, Dickinson College

Dickinson College Library seeks an innovative and service-driven librarian to join us in shaping services and collections for 21st century learners, educators, and scholars.  The Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian provides leadership and technical support for e-resource acquisition and management, and for library website development and maintenance.  The ideal candidate has significant, direct experience with implementation, management and integration of a variety of online library resources and services as well as web development experience.  Strong analytical and communication skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and on teams are essential.

Specific areas of responsibility include: administering the library’s ERMS (CORAL); managing content delivery and linking systems (e.g., Serials Solutions); developing online tutorials delivered via the web and through the college learning management system (Moodle); designing and conducting assessments of e-resources and online systems; collaborating to support and integrate e-resources into library systems (SIRSI, Ebsco Discovery Service); designing and creating delivery mechanisms for web services (e.g., web forms linked to ILL systems). The librarian also provides information literacy instruction and support for assigned First Year Seminars, provides reference services including some evening and weekend shifts, and may be assigned as liaison to one or more academic departments.


(Specialist [II] or Expert [III] Librarian)

Position Description: The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a dynamic, innovative, and accomplished professional for the position of Head, Digital Research & Publishing (DRP).

Formerly Digital Library Services, DRP was recently redefined with a mission to explore ways that academic libraries can best leverage digital collections, resources, and expertise to support faculty, research staff, and student scholars in their own research and scholarly activities. Specifically, DRP collaborates on interdisciplinary scholarship built upon digital collections, offers publishing services to support sustainable scholarly communication, engages the community through participatory archive initiatives, explores new technologies such as geospatial applications and linked open data, and oversees the University’s institutional repository.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, the Head of DRP has direct administrative responsibility for the department’s strategic planning, staffing, and daily operations. This position serves as a senior advisor to library management and interacts extensively with other campus units and library departments on issues related to digital research and publishing. The successful candidate must be able to work collaboratively, think strategically, lead effectively, negotiate solutions among diverse stakeholders with competing interests, and articulate the evolving role of a modern academic library.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Internship Opportunities

The Research Center welcomes interns to assist with projects in the Research Center's archives and library. Opportunities include processing correspondence and archival materials from Georgia O'Keeffe's Abiquiu Book Room and to assist with researching library systems for small museums for possible data migration in 2014.   This is an unpaid internship position.

Deadline for Submission
Friday, April 12, 2013 (for Summer internship)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (for Autumn internship)

Contact Person
Eumie Imm Stroukoff
217 Johnson St.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Edward Laurens Mark Memorial Library Internship

Good day,

I am writing to you in my capacity as Education Coordinator and Acting Librarian of The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS).  I found your contact details on your institution’s website, I hope you do not mind me contacting you in this way but I have an interesting internship opportunity for a library science student or recent graduate. I believe that you might be in a position to promote this opportunity to suitable candidates at your institution.   BIOS has funding to support a library internship in 2013 for their library in Bermuda and this email serves as an announcement of the position and an invitation to qualified students to apply.

BIOS’ mission is to transform the fields of oceanography, marine science, and ocean health through a blend of cutting edge research, comprehensive educational experiences and a commitment to share our knowledge internationally (  Our small campus library, the Edward Laurens Mark Memorial Library, was founded in 1947 by our Board of Trustees and is used by BIOS staff and visiting students as well as the occasional members of the public.  Until 2012 we increased our collection of journals, text books, scientific literature and information pertinent to Bermuda wherever possible.  In 2012 we took the decision to considerably downsize the collection and to eliminate materials that had digital access and any holdings not specifically relevant Research and Education Programs. As a result, the library is in need of being reorganized and catalogued.  BIOS has not employed a full time librarian in recent years and there are several other administrative tasks that also need attention.  BIOS is seeking applications from library science undergraduates or recent graduates seeking a spring or summer internship in 2013.

Reference Librarian, Baylor Law Library

Baylor University

POSITION: Reference Librarian

QUALIFICATIONS: An M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school; J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; knowledge of current information technologies and publishing formats, database and Internet searching proficiencies, and a mastery of legal research sources and techniques using both print and electronic materials; knowledge of web publishing tools; a superb work ethic, excellent oral and written communication skills, a strong service orientation, a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation, and the ability to thrive in a very fast-paced environment.

For more information, go to:

Minitex Training opportunities

View upcoming training sessions from Minitex starting for winter and spring.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Director of Calvert Library

Calvert Library is seeking a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as our library director. Under the policy guidance and direction of the Board of Trustees, the ideal candidate will work with our talented staff and the community to maintain and build upon our reputation of excellence in providing materials, programs and services that meet the needs of 90,000 residents. The four branches are geographically situated to better serve our residents. The main library building of 28,000 square feet was opened in 2006. The library has two outreach vehicles, 54.2 FTE, circulation over 1 million, budget of $3.8 million, and event attendance of 54,000.

See Letter from President of Board of Trustees <>

This position is located in beautiful Calvert County, a county with rural character less than an hour south of Washington, DC on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Excellent schools, low cost of living, low crime rate, access to numerous cultural, recreational and natural attractions in a community/state committed to libraries.

Call for Papers : Journal of Graduate Research in Young People's Materials and Culture (JGR)

Based at the University of British Columbia the Journal of Graduate Research in Young People’s Materials and Culture (JGR)is a peer-reviewed open-access e-journal publishing graduate student research in the areas of children’s and young adult literature, childhood studies, and cultural studies related to children and young people.

We are currently selecting manuscripts for our winter 2013 issue. Papers on any children’s or young adult genres are welcome as are papers that discuss other children’s materials such as film, virtual texts, or graphic novels. Possible paper topics could include but are not limited to:

  • The child or young adult as explorer/explored, navigator/navigated
  • Navigating (or negotiating) identity, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity or religion as a child or young adult in an adult world
  • Literary trends such as the history/future of children’s texts
  • Pathways of adaptation such as literary translations of texts to film, games, merchandise, graphic novels, or online spaces
  • Exploring place and spaces of childhood or adolescence
  • Cultural, physical, psychological, ideological, or literary restrictions and barriers to exploration and imagination
  • Childhood and adolescent development as it pertains to literature, new materials, other modalities
  • Children, young adults, and cross-cultural exposure

OFFICE SPECIALIST, Stillwater Public Library

The library will be filling a twenty-hour per week position of Office Specialist in February 2013.

If you are interested in this position, please complete and submit a library job application form. All applications must reach the library before 5 P.M. on January 31, 2013. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Job Title: Office Specialist
Classification: Secretary
Schedule: 20 Hours per week, may include days, nights, and weekends
Pay Rate: Entry rate is $17.35/Hour
Benefits: This position is eligible for some benefits on a pro-rated basis

Please see the attached job description for a description of duties and qualifications. Copies of the job description are available at the library or on its website

For further information, contact Lynne Bertalmio, Library Director, at 651.275.4338 ext. 118.

Stillwater Public Library
224 Third St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082

CIRCULATION SPECIALIST, Stillwater Public Library

The library will be filling a twenty-hour per week position of Circulation Specialist in February 2013.

If you are interested in this position, please complete and submit a library job application form. All applications must reach the library before 5 P.M. on January 31, 2013. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Job Title: Circulation Specialist
Classification: Library Assistant II
Schedule: 20 Hours per week, may include days, nights, and weekends
Pay Rate: Entry rate is $17.35/Hour
Benefits: This position is eligible for some benefits on a pro-rated basis

Please see the attached job description for a description of duties and qualifications. Copies of the job description are available at the library or on its website

For further information, contact Carolyn Blocher, Assistant Library Director, at 651.275.4338 ext. 125.

Stillwater Public Library
224 Third St. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Call for Proposals: Lake Superior Libraries Symposium 2013: Libraries by Design

June 7th, Superior, WI

Do you enjoy watching designers create a dream space on a budget? We’ve all seen the design shows that encourage us to think critically about our space and examine what we truly need. For the 2nd annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium we’re bringing a designer’s eye to libraries! How do we intentionally design our space, skills, and services? Do we love it or list it? Keynote speaker, Nate Hill, Assistant Director at the Chattanooga Public Library, will provide design expertise to kick off the day. The Symposium, hosted in Northern Wisconsin at WITC-Superior, is conveniently located to librarians from northern Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The organizers of the second annual Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite proposals for 60-minute breakout sessions in 3 tracks:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

There’s still time to add courses to your Spring 2013 schedule. Check out these exciting courses.

Register for any of these courses online through Kateway.

LIS 7690: Info Tech, People and Society (CRN# 22782)
This seminar course critically examines information technology (IT) and its relationship to people, work and society. It covers a series of concepts and perspectives and empirical studies about social aspects of IT, also known as social informatics (SI). Along the way, you will learn how IT is interacted with social forces and social practices, and IT is not value neutral. The course will explore how seeing IT as merely “a tool” simplifies the complexity of IT. In turn, by understanding the social nature of IT and digital information, you will be prepared to become socially responsible information professionals and citizens with respect to IT and digital information.

Prerequisites: LIS 7010
Class meets: Wednesdays, 6-9:00pm

LIS 7963:  Topics: Information Literacy in the Digital Age (CRN# 21684)
This course examines information literacy in the broad contexts of New Literacies Studies,which regard literacy as a multifaceted concept that encompasses a set of skills, strategies, attitudes, and social and cultural practices. This course explores a wide range of perspectives, discourses and research studies regarding literacy in the digital age. Along the way, students will have opportunities to examine relevant terms such as media literacy, information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, digital literacy/literacies and new literacies. Throughout the course, students will define and redefine what it means to be “literate” and “information literate” in constantly changing digital environments. In turn, students will develop the basic frameworks for information literacy essential to promoting or teaching information literacy and full civic participation in a global society.

Class meets: Thursdays, 6-9:00pm

LIS 7970: Web Usability/Accessibility (CRN# 21992)
You will learn about usability and accessibility, both as principles and guides for creating and testing Web sites. Generous readings and three major assignments will help you think through the theories behind usability and accessibility and allow you to practice the parts of iterative design — creation and testing — that are hallmarks of the usability model.

Prerequisites: LIS 7010, 7030, 7040, 7530
Class meets: Tuesdays, 6-9:00pm

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Diversity Residency Program Librarian (2 Positions); Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries have an enduring commitment to diversity and are now seeking candidates for two new Diversity Residency Program Librarian positions. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for entry-level librarians who are members of historically underrepresented groups to advance their career in academic librarianship.  The program is intended to attract recent Library and Information Sciences graduates for a two year program of research and service in academic librarianship, providing them with transferable professional early work experiences and career development that will prepare them for future leadership roles in the field.  To learn more about the University Libraries’ commitment to diversity, please visit

For the first year of the rotation, residents will work in a variety of strategically central areas of the Libraries.  Each rotation will provide opportunities for exploration and service, helping the Residents to identify areas of interest and strength for future career choices. In the second year, each Resident will develop and complete a report on a research project in their area of interest. Emphasis will be placed on a high quality portfolio outcome, suitable for publishing or presentation in a national venue.

Candidates with interests in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to apply.  Strategic areas of focus for the Libraries include:
Digital initiatives
Emerging technologies
Instructional and Research services
Repository and Data Curation services
Scholarly communication
Special Collections

Adult Services Librarian, City of Rice Lake

Employment Opportunity
City of Rice Lake
Adult Services Librarian
Posted December 11, 2012
(external posting)

The Rice Lake Library Board has authorized filling the Adult Services Librarian position at the Rice Lake Public Library.

The Rice Lake Public Library is accepting applications until 4:00 p.m. January  30 or until the position is filled for the Adult Services Librarian position, with a starting wage of $18.77 per hour and associated prorated benefits including Holiday and Personal Leave, Health and Dental.  This is a 30 hour per week position that includes two evening shifts per week and rotating weekends.

This position provides reference and readers advisory services to patrons of all ages;  planning, implementing, and evaluating  programs and outreach for adults.  The Rice Lake Public Library is a busy and vibrant library with a passion for programming, patron services, and  ereading technology.

Community Partnership with Youth and Families, North Branch, MN 55056

Job Description
Position: Prevention Research Specialist
FTE: 1.0 (Full Time Position; 8:00-4:30 M-F)
(This is based on a 4.5 year grant, with reasonable prospects of the grant continuing after that)
Reports To: MPRC Project Director
Start Date: ASAP after January 1st, 2013

Job Summary:
Overall responsibility to manage digital and hardcopy MPRC materials, conduct prevention research, help satisfy inquires, and assist with the marketing of MPRC

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mosaic Scholarship, Society of American Archivists

Purpose and Criteria for Selection:

The Mosaic Scholarship was established by the SAA Council in August 2008 to advance SAA's Diversity Strategic Priority: To provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archives profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

Deadline: February 28, Annually

For more information, go to:

Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. The University of Illinois Library, one of the world’s leading academic research libraries, is distinguished for the strong collections and innovative user services that it provides to a diverse campus community. With a commitment to enhancing access to information resources, the Library has long been described as the intellectual heart of the campus. The Dean and University Librarian will provide effective leadership and commitment to advancing the research, teaching, and service missions of the Library and University, both on campus and in the state, as well as nationally and internationally.

This position serves as the Library’s chief administrative and academic officer with overall responsibility for overseeing collection development and management; library services; budget and planning; the application of emerging information technologies; personnel resources; fund raising; public relations; and state, regional, national, and international cooperative efforts. The Dean and University Librarian acts as the official representative and advocate for the Library in the context of a research-oriented, internationally recognized land-grant university.

Friday, January 11, 2013

DATE CHANGED: Upcoming Mock Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz discussions

Due to inclement weather, the Mock Newbery and Caldecott Award discussions scheduled for Saturday, 12 January (tomorrow) have been rescheduled to;
-- Sunday, 20 January, 1:00-5:00 pm
    1:00-3:00 pm:  Newbery book nominees
    3:00-5:00 pm:  Caldecott book nominees

The room number has changed to 362.  We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that you can attend the discussions on their new day and time.

From Gail Nordstrom, discussion facilitator for the Children and Young People’s Section of the Minnesota Library Association


MLIS students are invited to join the upcoming Mock Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz discussions at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

  • Mock Newbery and Caldecott: Saturday, 12 January, from 9:00-1:00 pm 
  • Mock Printz: Sunday, 20 January, from 3:00-5:00 pm

Reading lists and meeting details are available at

You do not need to have read all the books to participate. The discussions are sponsored by the Children and Young People’s Section of the Minnesota Library Association.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yale Law Library Rare Book Fellowship

The Lillian Goldman Law Library has established a fellowship to train the next generation of rare book librarians to serve the growing number of special collections departments of academic law libraries.  Under the direction of the Rare Book Librarian the fellow will be trained in all aspects of special collections librarianship with an emphasis in law material.  The Rare Book Librarian will design a curriculum for the fellow that includes acquisitions, collection development, cataloging, reference service, exhibit design and preparation, and digital projects.

The Rare Book Fellow will work for nine months at a stipend of $4500 per month plus health insurance via membership in the Yale Health Plan.  The Fellow will get a hands-on orientation to rare book librarianship and will participate in the Yale Law Library's operations.  The Fellow will also be given generous support for professional development, including funds to attend book fairs.  For further details and application information, go to:

Internship Opportunity, Saint Mary's University of MN Twin Cities

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

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

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

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

Rachel McGee, MLIS
Director of Library Services

Twin Cities Library
Saint Mary's University of MN
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Faculty Position Available: Library Technology Coordinator

The University of North Alabama seeks an energetic, innovative, and proactive tenure track faculty member to oversee library technology in a highly collaborative environment.  This position provides technology leadership in the following areas:

  • Identification of emerging technologies that have the potential to provide new or improved library services
  • Integration of library discovery (currently EBSCO EDS)
  • Oversight of current ILS and leadership in transition to webscale solution
  • Integration of other library technologies such as ILLiad, EBSCO A-Z and LinkSource, OpenURL, EZproxy, etc.
  • Comprehensive exploration of new technologies to streamline workflows and enhance library services, including but not limited to web programming, mobile applications, digital collections, etc.

In addition, librarians work collegially and are expected to assume leadership roles within the library and university-wide.  Faculty librarians must demonstrate a commitment to professional effectiveness, engage in an ongoing program of scholarship, and participate in professional service adequate to achieve tenure and promotion.

Salary is competitive and starts in the mid $50s based on qualifications and experience.

For complete job description and application instructions please visit:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013



The UI Libraries is excited to announce two entry-level librarian residency opportunities. The purpose of the University of Iowa Libraries' Residency Program is to interest entry-level librarians who are members of historically underrepresented groups in professional learning and service at the University of Iowa Libraries and, ultimately, in a career in academic librarianship. Residency positions come with two-year appointments and include benefits coverage plus funding to support professional development activities.

Residency appointments are available in one of four specialties: Archives; Health Sciences Librarianship; Scholarly Communication/Collections, and Undergraduate Services. Final candidates will go through an interview process. Start date of June 1, 2013.

Required Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program in Library and Information Science on or by May 31, 2013
  • General knowledge of physical and digital information resources 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution

For the full job description, go to and search for requisition number -- 62068. Applications must be received by February 10, 2013.

School Library Journal article features MLIS alums

"Partners in Success: When school and public librarians join forces, kids win" by Marta Murvosh discusses the collaboration between school libraries and public libraries. The article highlights a project by Leslie Yoder and MLIS alums, Marcus Lowry and Amy Boese on booktalks to kids in a correctional facility.

MLIS Spring 2013 Update

Spring 2013 update for LIS 7040.  It has moved into CdC 19 and will now seat 24 students. There are no waitlists. Register via Kateway.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Beta Phi Mu Scholarships and Fellowships

2013 Beta Phi Mu scholarship applications are accepted November 15, 2012 – March 15, 2013. Five scholarships and up to six Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are awarded annually. The Beta Phi Mu Scholarship Review Committee meets during May and recipients are announced at the Beta Phi Mu General Assembly G-ALA in conjuction with the ALA Annual Meeting in June.

  • Sarah Rebecca Reed: For beginning LIS studies at an ALA accredited school. ($2,250)
  • Frank B. Sessa – Continuing Education: For continuing education for a Beta Phi Mu member. ($1,500)
  • Harold Lancour – Foreign Study: For a librarian conducting foreign reserach. ($1,750)
  • Blanche E. Woolls – School Media: For beginning LIS studies with a concentration in School Library Media. ($2,250)
  • Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship: For Library and Information Science doctoral students who are working on their dissertations ($3,000)
For more information, go to the Beta Phi Mu Scholarships and Fellowships page

Please welcome Dr. Anthony Molaro to St. Catherine University

The MLIS Program of St. Catherine University is delighted to announce that Dr. Anthony Molaro will be joining the MLIS faculty in August 2013. Dr. Molaro is a self-styled “librarian, information activist, technologist, and social media strategist.” He comes to St. Kate’s from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL, where he has served as Association Dean of Library and Instructional Technology since November 2011. Dr. Molaro is also an experienced public library director, technical services department head, academic librarian, and grant writer. Molaro has also served as an adjunct instructor at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL (2010 – present), where he taught classes related to acquisitions, cataloging and classification procedures, and metadata encoding schema. In 2011 he was named a “Mover and Shaker” by the Library Journal.  Dr. Molaro completed both his Master’s in Library and Information Science (2008) and his PhD at Dominican University (2012). Nationally, he is a member of ALA (LITA and LLAMA), ALISE, ASIST; and he was inducted into the international library and information science honor society, Beta Phi Mu (ВΦΜ). Please join us in welcoming him to St. Kate’s.

To find out more information about Dr. Molaro you can view his blog here:

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Systems Librarian, 3M

For more than 100 years, 3M has been a company that delivers both sustainable growth and consistent results. Today is no exception. We are making great progress toward inventing a new future for 3M - a future of faster growth and increased competitiveness, while continuing to deliver superior results.

3M’s Information Research & Solutions (IR&S) is seeking a Systems Librarian to provide information technology leadership and expertise in the development of innovative information solutions supporting 3M's global personnel.

Systems Librarian*: Click the link provided to see the complete job description.

Senior Library Information Assistant, Dakota County

POSTING TYPE: External - Open Competitive
HOURS: Full-time and Part-time
HIRING RANGE: $30,400 - $32,400/year (A14 DBM Level)
LOCATION: Various throughout Dakota County
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday January 8, 2013

Applications received for this recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies at all Dakota County locations for up to one year.

The Senior Library Information Assistant works under the supervision of a Circulation Supervisor or Cluster Manager or under direction of the Assistant Circulation Supervisor. Provides customer service to the public by checking out and checking in Library materials, receiving and recording fees and fines, answering phones and greeting visitors, sorting and shelving returned and new Library materials, preparing and mending Library materials for circulation, responding to policy and procedure questions from public, coworkers and other departments, and performing related duties. Assist customers in use of Library facilities and equipment. As a lead worker, can provide work direction to other circulation staff and library volunteers, assist with training, and perform high level circulation tasks including financial reports, statistical collection and staff calendar maintenance.

More information:

Director of Library & Research Services, Fredrikson & Byron P.A.

Fredrikson & Byron P.A., one of the largest business law firms in Minneapolis and a seven-year Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Best Places to Work honoree, currently has an opening for a Director of Library & Research Services.  Key responsibilities include:

  • Administration – manage staff, budget, technology, and daily operations to ensure that the library supports the firm’s strategic and operational goals.
  • Customer Service – establish standards for excellent customer service and ensure that they are implemented consistently by all Library & Research Services staff.
  • Information Resources Management – employ collection development and management practices that optimize the firm’s investment in its portfolio of print and electronic resources; oversee and direct contract negotiations with vendors.
  • Management of Value-Added Services – ensure that library staff deliver the right services to the firm and that those services are delivered with the quality, efficiency, relevancy, and ease-of-consumption needed by library customers.  Current services include legal reference and research, business intelligence, alerting, training, technical services, circulation, interlibrary loan, and the development of customized information solutions.
  • Research – provide (hands on) sophisticated legal research to firm attorneys and staff, as needed.

Candidates must have 10+ years of relevant, progressively responsible work experience, including 3+ years of management experience, in a law or business library setting.  Vendor contract management experience required. Requires Master’s Degree in Library Science or JD.  Law firm experience strongly preferred.  Proven ability to work with people at all levels of the organization.  Requires excellent communication, organizational, and time management skills.  Should be familiar with the kinds of technology used in law firm libraries.  Legal research experience is a plus.

We offer a highly competitive salary, benefits package and excellent work environment.  For consideration, send resume and salary requirements to:

Curtis Okerson
Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
200 S. 6th Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN  55402

"Teens Are Teens: A Book Club for Somali Girls" by Sara Zettervall

Read about Sara's experience running a book club for Somali girls on Public Libraries Online News and Opinion area. Sara is a recent graduate of the MLIS program.