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Friday, February 28, 2014

MLIS Student, Faculty Research Project Presentation

Monday, March 3, 2014
CdC 17

MLIS Students Rachel Dols, Laura Hulscher and Tara Newberry, and Assistant Professor Kyunghye Yoon will present highlights from their research project on website accessibility testing with visually impaired users.

They also will share their experience of working collaboratively and presenting their results at local, national and international conferences.

This project was supported by funding from the FLDS Research Project award.

Research for Potential Library Building Projects

Nationally-recognized architecture and interior design firm MSR is looking to hire a student to help research libraries that potentially have building projects coming up. Will entail reviewing websites of library systems and associated municipalities, including library board meeting minutes, to narrow a list of 500 libraries down to 50-100 with the best prospects for future projects, which MSR will then personally contact. Anticipate completing research in 4-6 weeks.

Traci Lesneski
612 991 7764 C


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Information Technology Technical Associate

University of Illinois At Chicago

Information Technology Technical Associate (Senior Digital Library Applications Developer) University Library

Department: Library Systems
Category: Civil Service
Location: Chicago
Close Date: 03/16/2014
Salary Range: Minimum $75,000
Shift: Days
Hours Per Week: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

The University Library seeks an Information Technology Technical Associate (Senior Digital Library Applications Developer) to design information, research and storage systems to support the Library’s goal of providing quality resources and expertise to students, faculty and staff. The Senior Digital Library Applications Developer will act as project manager in designing or modifying information systems. This position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology.

For more information, see the full job description.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Namibia Summer Course for LIS Students at U of Maryland

Wendy Simmon in D.C. is taking students from the U of Maryland LIS program (and others) to Namibia this summer.

Interested in going?  Check out the opportunity via the link for full details here:

Immerse yourself in the topics of library development, higher education, and information infrastructure of Namibia. You will explore these topic through extensive engagement with Namibian locals, library staff, and government representatives. Become familiar with Namibia by visiting national and local libraries, archives, and private sector organizations and meeting those who work there. You will then gain valuable hands on experience developing and delivering information literacy training to library staff and conducting community programming for local youth. Through these experiences and visits to a variety of Namibian cities and regional sites, you will have the opportunity to experience the country's culture and information practices first hand.

Education Technology and Reference Librarian Presentations

The St. Catherine University Library and Information Science faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to see the presentations of the two finalists for the position of Education Technology and Reference Librarian in the St. Catherine University Library.

They will be this Friday, Feb. 28, and next Tuesday, March 4. Both will be at 1:30 p.m. in room 128.

The general topic is  on how technology will affect library instruction on and off campus.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Join the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter!

The newly formed Society of American Archivists Student Chapter at St. Catherine University would like to invite you to join us at our first official meeting this Thursday, February 27 at 5:00 in room 123 of the library. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this organization, SAA is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in archives or records management, or even just curious about learning more about this profession, please join us on Thursday. There will be pizza, soda and good company.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Hoff

Come learn more about Scholarship, Honors, Awards, and Honor Society

Monday, January 24, 2014
Room CdC 20

This MLIS Student Information Session will Highlight:
  • MLIS Scholarship
  • FLDS Student-Faculty Research Project Funding
  • Founder’s Award
  • Beta Phi Mu Honor Society and More

Light snacks provided

Friday, February 21, 2014

Washington County Library Technology Management Analyst II

  • Master's degree in Library Science
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Information Science
  • One or more years of paid work experience performing computer system administration
  • One or more years of paid work experience in web development, scripting and using relational databases
  • One or more years of paid work experience in computer programming
  • One or more years of paid work experience working with an Integrated Library System (i.e. SirsiDynix)
  • One or more years of paid work experience customizing mobile applications
  • One or more years of paid work experience in a library
  • One or more years of paid work experience in SharePoint content management

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for identifying, researching, recommending, installing and customizing existing and new library technology in order to maintain and improve applications used by customers and the public. These duties include maintaining and upgrading the library's Enterprise discovery catalog and mobile applications, BookMyne and Boopsie. Serves as the library's content manager for it's Sharepoint site, provides technical support to staff on various web services applications and databases, develops customized reports for staff using SirsiDynix reporting products, writes technical documentation for staff, and is the department's liaison with County's Dept. of Information Technology and the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA). Develops and maintains various statistical data collection tools on the Library's wireless and web services using applications such as Google Analytics and VBA in Excel.

More LIS Job Opportunities outside of MN

More recent LIS job opportunities outside of Minnesota.

Department Head for Information Literacy and Outreach Department at the University of Central Florida Libraries, Orlando
The University of Central Florida Libraries seeks a creative, innovative and dynamic individual who is looking for a leadership role in shaping future user-centered services at one of the largest public universities in the country.  Under the general direction of the Associate Director for Information Services and Scholarly Communication, the Head of the Information Literacy and Outreach department has full supervisory responsibilities for the oversight and coordination of the main campus information literacy program and for extending library services and resources to identified patron groups. Full description found here: 

Reference Librarian at Augustana College in Illinois
Overview:  The Thomas Tredway Library at Augustana College, winner of the 2006 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, seeks a Research Librarian with a passion for teaching undergraduates and a commitment to the role of the library in liberal learning. This position also includes responsibilities as Coordinator of Library Displays and Events and Library Liaison to the Division of Fine Arts, Performing Arts, and Communication. The successful candidate must be able to begin working at Augustana College no later than August 18, 2014.  Full description:  

Reference Librarian at the University of Florida
The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center (LIC) at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law seeks a Reference Librarian to join our team. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience teaching, providing reference assistance to a variety of patrons, and providing research support to faculty, as well as the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Some evening and weekend reference shifts are required. To view the complete job description and apply, please visit The application closing date is March 7, 2014.

Two Positions at Salisbury University in Maryland
Salisbury University is an outstanding regional comprehensive with excellent undergraduates and a big emphasis on student research.  It is regularly included in the Princeton Review’s Best 377 Colleges.  We are moving into a new state-of-the-art library in 2016 and have a core of creative, innovative librarians.  We would love to have more! 

Deputy Circuit Librarian in Denver, Colorado
The U.S. Courts Library for the Tenth Circuit is seeking applications from qualified persons for the position of Deputy Circuit Librarian.  Please see the vacancy announcement here:  The position is open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 17, 2014.

Part-Time / Temporary Library Assistant, Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial, in downtown Minneapolis, has an immediate opening for a temporary paid part-time Library Assistant in its Business Information Center. Primary responsibilities include processing and cataloging newly acquired library materials, shelving and filing books and periodicals, assistance with weeding and reorganizing the collection, and assisting with special projects within the department. The Thrivent Business  Information Center is part of the Research, Analysis and Consulting Department. The position will be 15-20 hours per week and last  for approximately 6-10 weeks. Days and times of work are flexible, but no evenings or weekends.
·       Candidates with coursework in library science or work experience in a special library setting preferred.
·        Proficiency in Microsoft office applications.
·        Experience with cataloging software preferred. Willingness to learn and use internal non-standard cataloging software.
·        Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
·        Ability to lift and carry library materials and to reach or bend to retrieve materials on high or low shelves.
·        Ability to work independently with minimum direction
Application Deadline: February 28th
Contact Information:
                Name : Whitney Zoch , Sr Mgr, RAC Consulting & Res
                Address Thrivent Financial, 625 4th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
                Phone:  612/844-8506
                Email Address           

Thursday, February 20, 2014

MLIS classes canceled Thursday as of 5 p.m. due to winter storm

Due to the heavy snowfall and icy weather conditions, St. Catherine University is canceling all evening classes and activities after 5 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 20.

This closing affects both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. Students should not report to either campus for evening classes or activities.

On the St. Paul campus: Food service will be open until 7:30 p.m.

For current weather information, call the University’s Emergency Weather line at 651-690-8666.
Also, monitor the University’s home page or the University’s Facebook page.

Updates will also be submitted to WCCO-830 AM Radio and WCCO-TV, KSTP-TV, Fox9 and KARE-11 television stations.

See the official announcement on the St. Catherine University website.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Applications open for 2014 FTRF Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) offers an annual scholarship for library school students and new professionals to attend ALA's Annual Conference. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Gordon held dear: intellectual freedom and mentoring.

The Conable Scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and per diem expenses. The recipient also will receive a one-year membership in the Freedom to Read Foundation.  In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.

The 2014 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 26-July 1 in Las Vegas, NV.
The deadline for submitting an application for the 2014 Conable Scholarship is Friday, April 11; the award will be announced in late April.

To apply, visit

Call for Posters for the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education

We are pleased to announce that the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education that will take place on April 11, 2014 will host a poster session. The poster session is meant to highlight current research that focuses on diversity issues within the field of information science and also unique projects or programs created to serve one or more specific diverse populations. The foci for this year’s symposium are Advocacy, Outreach, and Inclusion. We welcome all applicants whose research and initiatives encompass or are related to these themes.

The posters for the Diversity in LIS Symposium are neither refereed nor judged. However, participants will receive valuable feedback on their projects in an informal setting. This is an excellent opportunity to enrich and possibly extend your research/projects through the feedback you receive as well as to meet potential collaborators for your research interests. Since space for poster display is limited, we will continue to accept poster proposals on a first-come, first-served basis. So, turn in your proposal today!

About the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education
The Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education at the University of Maryland’s iSchool began in 2013 to bring together LIS researchers and information professionals to collaborate and share strategies on how to prepare LIS students to deliver inclusive services to diverse populations. This year the symposium on diversity in LIS Education will once again bring together those interested in serving diverse populations through their research, teaching, and practice.

For more information and instructions on how to submit your poster proposal, go to the call for posters.

Monday, February 17, 2014

LIS Job Opportunities outside of MN

Here are several recent LIS job opportunities outside of Minnesota.

Archivist/Metadata Specialist (Librarian 1-2)
Yale University is seeking an Archivist/Metadata Specialist. Candidates can view the entire posting and apply online at:

Instructional Design Librarian, Tenure-Track Faculty
California State University Fullerton Pollak Library is seeking an energetic librarian with a background in instructional design who is creative, technologically adept and service oriented.  Full description found here:

Law Librarian and Senior Law Librarian 
We are seeking our first two librarians here at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law with a start date in June.  This is a unique opportunity to be in at the start developing policies and practices of the library and for research instruction.  Librarians will be teaching legal research in the first year, an advanced course, and a lab for every substantive course.  
Law Librarian - Reference
Senior Law Librarian https://unt

Undergraduate Experience Librarian
Kansas State University Libraries in Manhattan, KS are conducting a search for the position of Undergraduate Experience Librarian.  MLS as well as experience teaching information literacy infused classes required.  For a complete position description and application procedures visit our website:  EOE. Background check required.​

Youth Services Librarian
The City of Corvallis is currently accepting applications for a full-time Reference Librarian in Youth Services to provide reference service and information to patrons in person, on the telephone, online and by mail in order to meet the Library's mission of "bringing people and information together." Develop and manage youth collections, develop and maintain web sites and provide a variety of technology applications for providing library services to patrons as well as for marketing and publicity purposes. Develop, plan, contract, and provide youth and teen programming. Promote library services in the community. May act as facility manager, work evenings and weekends, or rotating schedules. These tasks are illustrative only and may include other related duties. Visit the City of Corvallis web site for a full position description including essential functions, minimum qualifications and application process. Closing date is March 3, 2014.

U of M Internships

For MLIS students interested in internships, here is a University of Minnesota internships link to bookmark:

Invitation to "Town Hall on DRAFT Revised ALA Standards for Accreditation"

You have been invited to the event "Town Hall on DRAFT Revised ALA Standards for Accreditation"

Town Hall on DRAFT Revised ALA Standards for Accreditation

Join Committee on Accreditation (COA) members in a discussion of the draft revised Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies. Learn about proposed changes to the Standards and hear information on the Standards review process, including the research methodology. Participants will have the opportunity to make comments and ask questions regarding the draft Standards. COA seeks comments from a broad constituency. Please forward this invitation to colleagues, students, alumni, employers, and others who may be interested.

Read the draft revised Standards for Accreditation and provide comment at

Call for 2014 MLA Committee Volunteers

Reminder: Call for 2014 MLA Committee Volunteers

This is just a reminder that the Minnesota Library Association is looking for volunteers for our Awards, Communications,  Membership, and Nominating Committees. There is still a week left to volunteer for one or more of MLA's dynamic committees. 
  • The Awards Committee is responsible for the awards of the Minnesota Library Association with the exception of the President’s Award and the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award.
  • The Communications Committee develops and implements an annual plan of action to communicate with members and to market the Association.
  • The Membership Committee develops and implements an annual plan of action to recruit and retain members.
  • The Nominating Committee is charged with the responsibility of preparing a slate of candidates for each elective office of the Association.
For more details on each of the committees visit:

To express your interest in serving on one of them, please visit:

Please complete this interest form by Friday February 21st. Appointments will be made by the end of February.

Thank you.

Michele McGraw
MLA President

Ordway Database Manager

Position Purpose

The Database Manager is responsible for managing the use of the AudienceView database at the Ordway and ensuring internal departments utilize system standards and best practices.  

Key Performance Areas

  • Serve as a business analyst and data base manager for the integrated software AudienceView to ensure efficient and effective use.
  • Develop and conduct technology training programs for all general business applications and tools including AudienceView to ensure efficient and effective use.
  • Enforce standards and processing requirement to ensure data security and PCI compliance.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of both the Technology Manager and the Systems and Digital Media Manager positions to facilitate the work flow of the MIS Department.

Other Qualifications

  • B.A. or B.S. in IT, Computer Science, or related field
  • 2-4 years of database experience.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends for upgrade and help desk needs.
  • Experience with non-profits preferable.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Volunteer for Summer Reads VISTAS; Minnesota Literacy Council

Summer Reads VISTAs provide quality tutoring to children in grades K-3 from low-income families. VISTAs serve in summer schools, libraries and community organizations, with the goal of helping children improve their literacy skills and fight the summer slide. Mornings are typically spent providing one-to-one literacy tutoring to children in summer schools. Afternoons are typically spent at community sites and libraries, where VISTAs find creative ways to incorporate literacy and enrichment activities into programming.

Summer Reads VISTAs serve full-time (approximately 40 hours per week). This typically includes 28-32 hours of meaningful work at 1-3 sites and 8-12 hours of reflection and planning with a direct site supervisor, training, program planning and travel between sites.
For more information, see the Summer Reads VISTA page.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

RefWorks and ProQuest database Session

RefWorks and ProQuest database Session
Wednesday, February 19
5-5:45pm, CdC 18

Come to a session with Pam Harris, our St. Kate 2013-14 ProQuest student trainer.  You can receive additional training on RefWorks, the citation platform, or learn more about ProQuest’s numerous databases and its many unique features.  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 American Library Association Student Chapter at St. Catherine University. 

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

Church and Synagogue Library Association

The best kept secret in the Library World!

The Church and Synagogue Library Association, CSLA, was founded in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, in 1967, by a group of Church Librarians who felt they could benefit by sharing ideas and problems.
Today the Association has a diverse membership throughout the United States and Canada and its members thrive through annual national conferences, an excellent journal, CLT (Congregational Libraries Today), and its own publications covering library mechanics and creative ideas.

If you plan to use your Library Science degree in a congregation/synagogue milieu you need to discover the benefits of CSLA!

Student Membership — Open to any student enrolled in a college or university program in librarianship. Dues are $20 for one year (January-December) and include an online subscription to Congregational Libraries Today. Once a member you can apply for a $200 Fellowship toward
the cost of attending the Annual Conference (Six available on a first come, first served basis)

Visit our web site at:
Contact person:
Maria Isabel Garcia
National Second Vice-President

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


As the result of a retirement, the City of Clear Lake seeks a Library Director.  Clear Lake (pop. 7,777) is home to one of Iowa’s largest natural lakes and boosts a strong tourism and recreation-based economy.  The City is also the home to the world renowned Surf Ballroom.
Under the general supervision of a 7-member Board of Trustees, the Library Director provides administrative and managerial oversight of the Library.  The Director plans, organizes, directs, evaluates and reviews the Library’s resources, personnel, facilities, services and programs to respond to the needs of the community.

A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited university or college is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.  Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of professional librarian experience, with two (2) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility at management level is preferred.  Successful prior experience as a public library Director or Assistant Director is desirable.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Call for Proposals: ARLD Day 2014

The Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association is seeking session proposals for ARLD Day 2014 which will be held April 25, 2014 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Our theme this year is The Creative Library.  We are excited to have Barry Kudrowitz, Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, as our keynote speaker.  He is a designer, teacher, author, artist, and musician: a real Renaissance man.  He wowed MILE attendees with his presentation on innovation, and plans to engage us with the interaction of observation, problem finding, and the innovative process.  See his website at

We encourage you to submit a session proposal for ARLD Day 2014. Please complete the session proposal form by March 14. Anyone, including current MLIS students, can submit a presentation. Our planning committee will select presentations and notify presenters in late March.

Youth Services Librarian, University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa seeks a tenure-track Youth Services Librarian beginning August 2014. Required: ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or international equivalent. Ability to develop a compelling vision for the Youth Collection and its services. Second graduate degree. Library experience. Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in children's and young adult literature. Ability to work in a team environment and build positive working relationships with library peers and campus colleagues. Excellent communication skills. Commitment to provide high-quality library services and resources to students and faculty. To apply, visit Pre-employment background checks are required. Applications received by March 9, 2014, will be given full consideration. EOE/AA. UNI is a smoke-free campus.

Monday, February 10, 2014

University of Minnesota Law Library Opportunities

The University of Minnesota Law Library is accepting applications for two professional librarian positions: 
Reference and Research Instruction Librarian
The Reference and Research Instruction Librarian is responsible for leading the Law Library’s research instruction program in consultation with the Associate Director for Faculty, Research, and Instructional Services, and providing reference and research assistance as a member of the library’s reference team.  The research instruction responsibilities of this position include teaching a two credit, Advanced Legal Research course offered in the fall and spring semesters.  A complete job posting and online application for this position are available at:
Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections 
The Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections directs, manages, and promotes all aspects of the Law Library’s rare books and special collections.  The Law Library’s rare books collection contains over 25,000 volumes, and is recognized as one of the finest legal rare book collections in the nation.  The collection resides in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center, a state of the art climate controlled research and archive facility.  A complete job posting and online application for this position are available at:

James J. Hill Center Internship

The James J. Hill Center is a non-profit business centered library, located in downtown Saint Paul. We commit ourselves and our resources to being an iconic place to learn, convene and connect. We are currently seeking interns to assist in business reference, including chat, phone and in person support.  Additional opportunities with cataloging or research projects may be available.

Please submit resume and cover letter to


Travel stipend to attend the 2014 SLA Annual Conference
Vancouver BC Canada
Application Deadline: March 14, 2014

The Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is sponsoring a student/new member travel award to defray the costs of attending the 2014 SLA Annual Conference June 8-10 in Vancouver, BC Canada. The award is intended to encourage the professional development of student or new members of the Chemistry Division and encourage their participation in Chemistry Division activities.

$1,500 stipend to attend the 2014 SLA Annual Conference. The winner also receives an award certificate at the Annual Conference during the Chemistry Division Business Meeting & Breakfast.

All student members of the Chemistry Division and all new members of the Chemistry Division (individuals who have joined since January 2013) are eligible. All applicants must have joined the Chemistry Division by March 1, 2014. See below for information on joining SLA and the Chemistry Division.

Individuals who accept a travel award or stipend for the annual conference from any other SLA entity are not eligible for the Marion E. Sparks Award for Professional Development.  Travel funds provided by your employer, your school (for students), or any other non-SLA affiliated group do not affect your eligibility.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Minitex ILL Conference on May 6, 2014

Mark Your Calendars! 23rd Annual Minitex ILL Conference
Date & Location

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Registration information will be distributed in March 2014.
Keynote Speaker: Phil Simon.

This year's keynote presentation will be "Big Data: Too Big to Ignore" by Phil Simon.

Phil Simon is a keynote speaker, recognized technology expert, and the award-winning author of six management books, most recently The Visual Organization. He consults organizations on matters related to strategy, data, and technology. His contributions have been featured on NBC, CNBC, Inc. Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Fast Company, The New York Times, ReadWriteWeb, and many other sites.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Assessment Librarian, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Position Description: As a tenure-track faculty member, the Assessment Librarian will plan, design, develop, facilitate, and implement collaborative library assessment initiatives; take an active role in collection development; function as liaison to academic departments; participate in the Library’s instruction program; provide reference service; and engage in scholarship and service. This position will work collaboratively with the library faculty and staff to meet the mission and goals of the University Library.

For more information, see the full job description.

Also see University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Job Vacancies

Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups

The University of Minnesota Libraries is pleased to offer the eighth Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups.  During the institute, to be held July 19, through 25, 2014 in Minneapolis, academic librarians in the first three years of their professional careers will have an opportunity to explore and learn about leadership and organizational behavior.  The institute curriculum provides a rich mix of skill development, for this cohort of professionals. 

Please help identify eligible librarians and encourage them to apply.  The following link provides program and application details.  Linda DeBeau-Melting ( or 612-624-5802) would be happy to answer your questions about the 2014 institute.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MLIS Alumnae Andrea Smith and A True Story

Check out the February 2014 issue of the Women's Press Bookshelf article: "A True Story" by MLIS Alumnae, Andrea Smith, librarian at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.

She writes about the transformative power of a book shared in the women's prison book club: Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943.

How we each have a story to share.  A true story.

Also listed are five recommended novels on "finding universal truth in stories by women authors." 

Hubbs Children's Literature Conference on February 22, 2014

What: 22nd Annual Hubbs Children's Literature Conference
When: Saturday, February 22, 2014; 9am-3pm
Where: University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis Campus)
Cost: $60 general admission; $20 students
The Annual Hubbs Children's Literature Conference provides an opportunity for parents, teachers, students, librarians, writers and others interested in children's literature to share information and learn how to better meet the educational needs of youth.  In addition to our featured speakers Steve Sheinkin and Lauren Stringer, this year's conference will include breakout session presentations by:

More information can be found here.

Library Director, Waldorf College

Waldorf College seeks candidates for the position of Library Director for a full time 12 month appointment. The director is responsible for the library’s strategic plan, budget management, personnel administration, collection development, and information literacy instruction. The director will continue to support the educational goals of residential and online programs by collaborating with students, faculty, library staff and administration. The position begins as soon as March 21, 2014, but start time can be negotiated.
This is an academic appointee position with faculty status that reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Expectations include professional involvement in the college, community achievement, service at state, regional and national library levels, and scholarly activities.  Applications will be reviewed until position is filled, however, for full consideration, please submit your materials by March 1, 2014.

For more information, see the full job description.

ARLD Day Coming on April 25, 2014

Mark your calendars; ARLD Day is coming soon!  Join us on April 25, 2014 as we explore The Creative Library.  This annual gathering is hosted by the Minnesota Library Association’s Academic and Research Libraries Division.

Our keynote speaker, Barry Kudrowitz, is Assistant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  He is a designer, teacher, author, artist, and musician: a real Renaissance man.  He wowed MILE attendees with his presentation on innovation, and plans to engage us with the interaction of observation, problem finding, and the innovative process.  See his website at

Look for ARLD’s call for conference session proposals, in both full-length and “lightning round” formats.  We will be calling for submissions on a variety of topics such as: Maker spaces, community partnerships, creative collaborations, learning commons, innovations in collection development, teaching and learning, mobility and e-learning, reference and outreach, assessment and impact, innovation through social media, and marketing and promotion.

Coordinator of Library Instruction

Salisbury University is seeking a creative, dynamic, and collaborative applicant to join the staff of the SU Libraries as the Coordinator of Library Instruction in the Department of Research/Instructional Services (RIS). The coordinator reports to the Chair of RIS and provides leadership and vision for the Libraries information literacy program. The coordinator will take the lead in helping the librarian liaisons teach creatively in the four library instruction classrooms, each of which will be set up differently, in our new facility, opening in 2016.

For more information, see the full job description.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Systems Librarian, Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library invites a user-oriented librarian to join us in building and customizing library technology services that support student learning and research.  Our library is a dynamic organization where every staff member makes a difference.  We serve a liberal arts community of 2,600 students.

The successful candidate will provide leadership and share responsibility for planning, implementing, and maintaining Library digital systems and services, as well as being a key technology liaison with the College’s Information Technology division.    We expect the Systems Librarian to establish a vision and protocol for technology services, which includes training and continual incorporation of emerging technologies.

For more information, see the full job description.

Access Services/Instruction Librarian, Penn State Hershey

The George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State Hershey seeks an early career Access Services and Instruction Librarian.  The incumbent will report to the Associate Director /Coordinator for Education & Instruction.   This is a faculty position, may be multi-year contract or tenure track based on qualifications, experience, and preference.

Position Summary:
The Access Services/ Instruction Librarian will provide general reference service, research support, and participate in user-centered library instruction.  Under the direction of the Associate Director, he/she will be responsible for managing and coordinating Access Services, including managing the circulation and reference desks; supervising staff; developing and documenting policies and procedures; collecting statistics; oversight of marketing and exhibit space, including the Lions Eye electronic display; scheduling reference desk coverage and responding to patron questions.  He/she will supervise library cash handling policies and procedures at the circulation desk, oversee building and collection accessibility and security, and participate in collection development activities.  The Librarian will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments, participate in the maintenance and support of the Harrell Library Webpage, will contribute as a member of the Library Administrative Team, and will participate in strategic planning and evaluation of library programs, services, and resources. Critical skills include the ability to function effectively in a team environment, flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a dynamic and evolving organization, and a facility for cross-departmental communications.  He/she will contribute to the profession through librarianship, teaching & learning, service, research and involvement in professional organizations.

For more information, see the full job description.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Paid Internship Opportunity ProQuest Student Trainer

Position Description:
ProQuest offers a limited number of stipends to students in Library and Information Science programs to work a total of 100 training hours as interns on-campus at their organizations.  The student will be responsible for training users, primarily other Library/Information Science students and faculty, on the ProQuest platform and Flow, our bibliographic management software.  Students may also choose to learn and train on additional products in their fields of interest (i.e. K12, Public, Academic, Business, Medical, etc.).  The student intern will report to an on-site, faculty sponsor and to a supervisor at ProQuest. The student, sponsor, and supervisor will work together to promote and market the Student Trainer’s availability to conduct training sessions both in person and online using web conference software such as WebEx.  The student will actively participate in and regularly contribute content to the social network  There may also be opportunities for the students to assist with special projects such as the creation of documentation or the facilitation of testing and feedback on forthcoming products.

THIS WEEK: MLIS Social Hours

Welcome back to a New Semester!!

To celebrate the beginning of the spring semester, the MLIS Program and Student Governance Organization invites students to join us during the MLIS Social Hours on February 4, 5 and 6.

Come for treats and a great chance to mingle with fellow students right before
classes start.

The social hours will be outside of classroom, CdC 17 in the MLIS hallway.

All MLIS students are welcome each night.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014,
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 &
Thursday, February 6, 2014
5-6pm, MLIS Hallway

Monday, February 3, 2014