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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.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Intern positions available

Academic Journal: Architecture_MPS (Media, Politics, Society) ISSN 2050-9006

The academic journal Architecture_MPS is a unique collaboration of librarians and academics and includes a team of 90 people from 30 countries. In particular, the IS committee has 30 members (including interns) from the UK, Canada, the US and Australia.

It is published monthly online and has a two yearly print version. It is focused on architecture but is clearly interdisciplinary. It examines the relationship of architecture with the fields of politics, media studies and the social sciences. It has published pieces by leading academics and practitioners including Daniel Libeskind and Noam Chomsky, amongst others.

It is looking for interns to work remotely for its Information Services team. In particular, it is seeking:
1. People with a background in media studies, journalism, marketing and / or communication studies
2. People with expertise / interest in social media (facebook, twitter, etc.)
3. People with experience of coordinating/leading teams.

Friday, October 4, 2013


University of Illinois at Chicago
Apply by October 25

The University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks candidates for its Academic Resident Librarian Program to serve one-year post-graduate appointments with the possibility of renewal for a second year. A goal of the residency program is to increase diversity within the challenging and rewarding profession of academic librarianship, particularly among individuals traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Residents will work closely with library faculty to develop skills in one of the specialized areas described below and to develop an understanding of academic librarianship as a whole through the introduction to the different functional areas of the library, opportunities to participate on library committees and task forces, and exposure to professional associations.

For more information, see the full description.

Libraries and Sustainability/BOBCATSSS Course Updates

Missed the information sessions or want to be updated on the LIS 7962 Topics: Libraries and Sustainability/BOBCATSSS course?  Send Marilyn Cathcart an email at so she can add you to a group list.

Course Description: This course provides an overview of global librarianship focusing on sustainability issues affecting libraries worldwide, and integrates them with attendance and participation in the BOBCATSSS Conference 2014.  Prerequisites: 7010 or permission of the instructors.

You can also submit an abstract for the BOBCATSSS conference, deadline: October 6, 2013.  Please see detailed information on

Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services

The University of California, Irvine School of Law seeks a creative, enthusiastic law librarian to serve as Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services in the Law Library. The University of California, Irvine School of Law is the first new law school to be established at a member institution of the Association of American Universities and a public university in California in half a century. The Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services plays a key role in further developing the Law Library's legal research curriculum, developing and implementing additional teaching partnerships with upper-division courses, and teaching ALR classes as needed.  Reporting to the Associate Law Librarian for Public Services, the Research Law Librarian for Instructional Services also participates in the Law Library's outstanding faculty services program, shares in collection development responsibilities, and provides effective user services at the Reference Desk.

For more information, see the description on the American Association of Law Libraries.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

University of California - Irvine Library Positions

UIC Library Academic Resident Program

The University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) seeks candidates for its Academic Resident Librarian Program to serve one-year post-graduate appointments with the possibility of renewal for a second year. A goal of the residency program is to increase diversity within the challenging and rewarding profession of academic librarianship, particularly among individuals traditionally underrepresented in the academy. Residents will work closely with library faculty to develop skills in one of the specialized areas listed below and to develop an understanding of academic librarianship as a whole through the introduction to the different functional areas of the library, opportunities to participate on library committees and task forces, and exposure to professional associations.
Candidates should indicate their interest or experience in one or more of the following specialized areas:
  • Data curation
  • Health Sciences Librarianship
  • Cataloging and Metadata creation

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Database training class that comes with additional database access for participants

Thursday, October 24
5-5:45pm, CdC 18

Come to a session with Pam Harris, our St. Kate 2014 ProQuest student trainer, and learn the many unique features of the platform.  ProQuest is a premier database provider with unique content, sophisticated indexing and a fun user-friendly platform.  St. Kate’s has 17 ProQuest databases, but Pam will provide exclusive access for 12 months to about 50 more to anyone attending the training.  Additional databases include academic, business, medical and K-12 topics and ProQuest Congressional. 

This class is sponsored by St. Kate’s American Library Association Student Chapter. 

For additional questions contact Pam at, or David or Kelsey from the ALASC at or

SLA selects St. Catherine University Alumna as 2014 President-Elect

Congratulations to Jill Strand who was recently named the 2014 President-Elect for Special Libraries Association (SLA)! Read about Jill and her accomplishment on SLA's official announcement.

Dean of Library & Information Services, Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is seeking applicants for the position of Dean of Library & Information Services. This is a full-time, Administrative position. This position is responsible for overseeing all of the faculty, staff and operations of the Library. Responsibilities include hiring and supervising staff, managing the delivery of services, coordinating with the Saint Paul Public Library branch co-located with Metropolitan State’s library. Candidates are expected to be committed to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body.

The Dean of Library and Information Services is charged with embracing the vision of an urban joint use community center and University hub and providing the leadership to support this vision. The Dean will work closely and collaboratively with stakeholders to review, update, and implement a sustainable vision for this type of library environment. Because of the diversity of the library’s primary constituents, the individual who holds this position should be culturally competent and sensitive to the needs of this population.

For more information, see the full job description.

Application Deadline: October 18, 2013

Hennepin County Library Positions

Hennepin County Library has two positions available:

Go to the Hennepin County Jobs website for information on how to apply.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

MLIS Student Amelia Snetting Library of Congress Fellowship

Amelia Snetting (right) with fellow intern Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez in the
Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  
Photo courtesy of Amelia Snetting.

Amelia Snetting, a student in St. Kate’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, won’t easily forget summer 2013. She earned a coveted spot in the Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program at the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution — the Library of Congress.

A panel of curators and specialists from the library selected 40 college students, including Snetting, for the 10-week experience. The panel received more than 1,100 applications from across the United States.

The library’s summer intern program was created to increase public access to its collections and raise awareness of its digital-preservation programs. During the application stage, participants had to choose three (out of 37) available positions. Snetting landed her first choice, which was to work on the Concert Office Commission Database.

“I interacted primarily with folks from the Concert Office and with the head of cataloging in the music division,” she says. “I worked on creating a database for commissioned works and finalizing the concert series, and near the program's close I presented at an all-day poster session for the public. It was an intense experience.”

For full article click here.