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Monday, June 30, 2014

Records Analyst - Louisiana

This is a great opportunity, in Baton Rouge, for a graduate student or post graduate seeking gainful summer employment! 

My client is seeking a Records Analyst to join their team for the remainder of this summer.
The position will require 30-40 hours per week and the client will work with the student’s schedule. Please feel free to look over the description and contact me for further details!

Complete physical records inventory, including identification of duplicates and fragments. 
Apply retention schedule at the folder level. 
Each folder would be assigned a retention period based on the folder item with the longest retention.
The qualified analysts will accomplish the goals of cleaning and organizing the physical file inventory while assuring compliance and appropriate retention.

Academic Affairs Web Design Project Coordinator (Temporary: 4- 6 to weeks)

The Academic Affairs Web Design Project Coordinator will take a lead role in redesigning the current Academic Affairs website which serves faculty, department chairs, program directors, and academic affairs’ administrators. The web coordinator will report to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and be part of a web team that includes key site owners to analyze current site content and end-user needs for the purpose of identifying missing content/functions and creating a more comprehensive site map/plan (appropriate site structure). The coordinator will gather and review/refine text content and images before site building occurs and will consult with the Marketing Communications Project Manager to follow St. Kate’s web standards and protocols as site design and development progresses.  Major responsibilities will include the following:
  • Converting raw images into proper web format. Deposit documents within appropriate content management system so they can be properly linked and updated. 
  • Revising existing web pages that will be maintained within the new design.
  • Building new web pages as per design plans.
  • Conducting quality assurance review and make necessary corrections.
  • Conducting site review with site-owners and content contributors and make necessary adjustments.
  • Conducting accessibility testing of the pages created.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Library Outreach Services Internship, Hennepin County Library

Opening Date: 6/30/14
Closing Date: 7/18/14

Job Type: Internship
Main Location: Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale, 12601 Ridgedale Drive,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Position
The Outreach Division promotes the use of the library for the nontraditional or under-
served user through the development and support of programs and services. The
department's goal is to bring the experience of the library and its resources to the
community - in their homes, senior living facilities, rehabilitation centers, county
correctional facilities and through library events.

This unpaid internship is for the duration of one semester, September - December
2014, 4-8 hours per week and can be used for college credit or work experience.

See the full internship description on the Hennepin County Library website here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Library Media Specialist Position

Riverview West Side School of Excellence, a K-5 Saint Paul Public Schools elementary program, is looking for a dynamic and experienced Library Media Specialist. Riverview is a dual language school, so Spanish language ability is preferred. This is a unique opportunity as Saint Paul Public Schools has committed to hiring fifteen licensed LMS over the next two years and is working to build a quality school library program for our district. SPPS will also launch a 1-1 iPad initiative over the next two years.

Apply at:   -  Choose Current or Prospective Employee and the look for Job #995902

Questions?  Contact Leslie Yoder, School Library Program Supervisor  651.744.8074

School Information: All educational activities at Riverview West Side School of Excellence - Dual Language (Spanish/ English) are designed for K-5 students around a standards based curriculum in reading, writing and math.  This provides an integrated approach to education that balances the children's learning experiences with their stage of development.

OCLC Report on Education, Learning and Libraries


A new OCLC report shows how consumers are resetting expectations for higher education and libraries

OCLC today released At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries, the latest in a series of OCLC membership reports designed to explore emerging trends that impact libraries and librarianship. The new report looks at the views of online learners—their concerns about the cost of higher education, their experiences with online learning, and their expectations for more convenient, life-based education models in the future—and the implications and opportunities for libraries.

The report is available for download free of charge at

Technical Services Librarian

Position Title:             Technical Services Librarian (Head Cataloger)
Reports to:                  Assistant Director
FLSA Status:                Professional Exempt
Date:                            June 2014       

For a more complete job description go to:

The Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative, a multicounty regional library system serving all types of libraries in south-central Minnesota and headquartered in Mankato, welcomes applications for the position of Technical Services Librarian (Head Cataloger). 

The Technical Services Librarian coordinates centralized copy cataloging and classification activities, and original cataloging as needed for all member libraries in the region using OCLC, the Integrated Library System, and other electronic resources. Responsible for cataloging workflow, setting up and revising policies and procedures as needed, identifying and resolving bibliographic and holdings problems, and database maintenance of the regional automated catalog. Serves as Automation Coordinator’s backup and works closely with the Automation Coordinator to facilitate the operation of the cataloging, circulation, serials control, and acquisitions functions of the regional automated catalog. Maintains positive member library relations, provides catalog instruction, and supervises cataloging staff activities.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

RDA Original Cataloging Workshop in the Twin Cities

Minitex is hosting a two-day, in-person workshop on original RDA cataloging at the University of Minnesota’s Walter Library, located on the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus.

Training will focus on practical cataloging matters via lecture and exercises: we will revisit FRBR, then step our way through the RDA text to build bibliographic records and access points for a variety of monographic materials. We will also take a look at RDA’s depiction of relationships in the catalog. Visit the link below for a fuller workshop description and registration details. Note: The registration deadline is Monday, September 8, 2014.

Day 1: Thursday, September 11, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Day 2: Friday, September 12, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Head of Special Collections & University Archives - Norfolk, VA

HEAD OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES: Reporting to the University Librarian, the Head of Special Collections and University Archives provides leadership and vision for the department and, in collaboration with other library units, oversees all activities including collecting, processing, organizing, preserving, and making accessible collections of manuscripts, music, archives, photographs, digital collections, and other rare and special materials. The Head is actively involved in donor cultivation and fundraising as well as grant writing and implementation. The Head serves as the University Archivist and incumbent administers activities related to ODU’s historical records and documents. The Head has overall responsibility for personnel supervision, budgeting, and resources management within the department which currently consists of 1 librarian and 1 staff position as well as a number of student assistants, volunteers and interns. The incumbent also represents the ODU Libraries within the University and Commonwealth, and at the regional and national level regarding issues related to special collections and archives. The incumbent is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision making environment.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Minimum $65,000. Excellent benefits package.
Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with enrollment of 24,400, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. The campus is located in the historic port city of Norfolk, VA. Position announcement and description are available at For campus information, check

Screening of applicants will begin July, 18, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Law Research Librarian

TRAK Records and Library is recruiting for a Research Librarian for a large law firm client in Minneapolis. This Researcher will provide legal and business research support to attorneys and business development staff in multiple offices. The role requires a minimum of 2-3 years of recent legal research experience, preferably within a law firm environment. MLS degree is strongly preferred. Candidates with strong communication and technical skills (including experience searching with online databases including LexisNexis and Westlaw) are encouraged to apply. Please submit your resume to

Rondo Ave. Inc., Intern

Rondo Avenue, Inc., a local non-profit organization, is seeking a person with a strong interest in preserving local culture, the role of community newspapers, Saint Paul’s African American neighborhood and Woman’s History to serve as an intern on the following project.  

Project Description
Under supervision of the Research Manager and/or Project Manager the Intern will provide assistance that supports the overall goal to gather material required to write a book about Estyr Peake and her contribution to the sense of community of the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. Estyr began her career as a social columnist for African-American newspapers when she was a senior at Central high School in 1927, and she continued writing for various papers until she retired in 1997. Utilizing the records of Minnesota History Center’s Newspaper Collection Library, the project’s intern will compile a comprehensive if not complete collection of Estyr’s weekly columns. The intern will used a list of subject headings (i.e., social lifestyle, politics, economics, educations) and the columns or portions of columns will be sorted into the broad categories.  Other specific duties may be discussed during interviews.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Waconia Library Media Specialist Position

Library Media Specialist Job Description: St. Joseph School in Waconia is growing and expanding our instructional programming. We are looking for an innovative instructional leader in the media specialist field. The primary functions of this position are to plan, supervise, coordinate and implement the media program in the school. This includes instructing students and staff in effective use of the media center, information and instructional technologies and use of equipment. It also includes evaluating, selecting, scheduling and utilizing print and non-print material and related equipment. This position also will assist in leading technology initiatives in the school and parish.    Full description found here:

Send resume and letter of interest via e-mail to Bruce Richards at Deadline is June 27, 2014.  

Location: St Joseph Catholic School 41 E 1st St  Waconia, MN 55387-1526
Enrollment: 101-250
Minnesota Teacher's License: Required 
Number of Faculty: 1-25

Six MLIS Opportunities Outside of MN

Electronic Resources Librarian - Suffolk University in Boston
Reporting to the Assistant Director for Technical Services, the Electronic Resources Librarian provides leadership in the acquisition, evaluation, management, and promotion of a wide range of continuing and electronic resources including databases, journals and reference sources. S/he is responsible for integrating the electronic resources, where appropriate, with the link resolver and federated search engine. S/he takes the lead in resolving access problems for electronic content and trains other staff members in resolving problems as appropriate. This position is also responsible for integrating the electronic resources, where appropriate, with the link resolver and federated search engine. Takes the lead in resolving access problems for electronic content and trains other staff members in resolving problems as appropriate. Leads the Sawyer Library’s effective use of emerging technologies. Application deadline: July 25, 2014. More details here:

Reference & Student Services Law Librarian - Texas Tech University School of Law Library
The primary duties of the Law Librarian are to act as the Law Library's primary point of contact for reference and outreach involving students; coordinate and provide reference services via the mobile reference podium and electronic chat service, including some rotation of evening and weekend reference coverage; administer, coordinate, and teach in the Law Library's Excellence in Legal Research (ELR) Program, including drafting and updating course justifications, learning outcomes, hypotheticals, and other policies for classes; provide and staff table displays, marketing the Law Library's databases and ELR Program; participate in the faculty liaison program; and develop and maintain the Law Library's electronic resources webpage. This Librarian must show scholarly promise, as evidence by publications in scholarly journals, scholarly works in progress, or a scholarly agenda. Go to for additional information and to complete the online application by searching under Faculty, Search Openings for requisition ID: 666BR. 

ITEM 2014 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Many of you are done - or nearly done - for the summer, but it's never too early to think about presenting at the annual conference! Share your expertise with your colleagues, enhance your professional development resume, and get $50 off your conference registration or one year membership for conducting a breakout session (Friday or Saturday), or get one free day of registration or a $100 stipend for a three-hour pre-conference session (Thursday).

And new this year - poster sessions! Different format, same great incentive of $50 off registration or a one year membership!

Proposals are due by July 31

Remember, this summer MEMO will become ITEM - Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota

Monday, June 23, 2014

Children's Librarian, Butte County Library

Children's Librarian. Do you want to serve children and families? Is outreach your middle name? Are you ready to join an innovative, energetic branch staff and countywide children's team? Do you have a Master's degree in Library Science and two years of full time library experience, either pre- or post-MLIS?

If the answer to these questions is yes, we invite you to apply for our full time Children's Service position at the Chico branch of the Butte County Library, a bustling child-friendly branch with 500 kids and teens attending programs weekly. Butte County ( is located a couple of hours north of Sacramento and has a delightful mix of college-town and rural residents. CSU-Chico provides plenty of educational and cultural activities yet beautiful hikes and bikes are close by.

The salary is $3,080 monthly to start, with good benefits and leave. The recruitment opens TODAY and closes at 5pm on July 11. If you are interested in this excellent career opportunity, please visit our website at<> to complete an online application.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Two Positions at the University of Minnesota

Department:  Archv Spec Coll
(4996) Library Assistant 2
Full Time:  100% Temporary
Number of Opening: 1
Requisition Number: 192013
Date Job Posted: 06/17/2014
Date Internal Applicants Must Apply By:

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Department: Lib Admin Svcs
(1885) Exec Ofc & Admin Spec
Full Time:  100% Continuing
Number of Opening: 1
Requisition Number: 192048
Date Job Posted: 06/19/2014
Date Internal Applicants Must Apply By:

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Media Specialist - Long Term Substitute,

JobID: 2913
Position Type: Elementary School Teaching/Media Specialist
Date Posted:  4/23/2014
Location:  Creek Valley Elementary
Date Available:  August 2014

Edina Public Schools has a Long term Substitute Media Specialist position available at Creek Valley Elementary Schoolbeginning September 2014.

Current MN K-12 Media Specialist licensure required.

For more information and how to apply, see the full job description.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bernard Vavrek Scholarship, $1,000 awarded annually

One of the slated purposes of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services is “to contribute to the education and training of library staff working in the area of bookmobile and outreach services.” To help fulfill this goal, ABOS has created the Bernard Vavrek Scholarship.

It will be awarded annually to a student who has been accepted into or is currently enrolled in a Library and/or Information Science graduate degree program, and who is interested in this particular field within the library profession.

Dr. Bernard Vavrek, Professor of Library Science, Chair of the Library Science Department at Clarion University, recently retired after teaching at Clarion from 1971-2008. He co-founded with John Philip the “Great American Bookmobile Conference,” running it for many years until ABOS was formed and took over management of the conference. This scholarship honors Dr. Vavrek’s profound commitment to library science and, in particular, bookmobile and outreach services.

The application requirements are due by August 1 of each year.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Librarian, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is currently recruiting for two librarian positions.  Please consult the following link for more details on how to apply.

This Librarian position works twelve months per year. A well-qualified candidate will have a Masters Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution or an equivalent combination of Library related education, training and experience.

Health & Life Sciences Librarian, San Diego State University Library

San Diego State University Library is seeking applications for the position of Health & Life Sciences Librarian. This position will provide reference, library instruction, outreach, and collection development for the health sciences, life sciences and related fields. The Health & Life Sciences Librarian will also work at the general reference desk and provide undergraduate information literacy instruction.

The successful candidate will have an ALA accredited Master’s degree or equivalent international degree; an undergraduate or graduate degree in the life sciences, a related health discipline, or at least two years’ experience in an equivalent research library; an understanding of the current research, information sources, and scholarly trends in the fields of health and the life sciences; knowledge of emerging issues and technologies in science librarianship; strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills; ability to work effectively in collegial environments; and a commitment to fostering diversity.

Job details at

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Associate Director, Collection Management and Services, University of St. Thomas Libraries

The University of St. Thomas Libraries ( have opened a search for an Associate Director, Collection Management and Services.

This position provides leadership and vision for the libraries’ collection management in a hybrid environment of print and digital collections.  The Associate Director for Collection Management and Services supports the mission of the University of St. Thomas and our libraries through the development of current, high quality and relevant library collections which support the University’s curricular and research objectives.

Read more about the position and apply here:

Research Librarian, University of St. Thomas Law Library

The University of St. Thomas Law Library in Minneapolis, MN invites applications for a Research Librarian.

The research librarian supports the mission of the School of Law by providing strong research support for faculty scholarship and teaching; providing reference services to law school students, faculty, and staff and members of the university and legal communities; teaching legal research; and assisting with a variety of other job-related projects as requested. Examples include: preparing guides to information resources and library services; assisting with collection development; working on special projects, such as helping to make faculty scholarship available on Digital Commons; preparing departmental reports and recommendations; and serving on library, law school, or university committees.

Master's degree in Library Science (MLS or accredited equivalent) required; J.D. and law library experience preferred.

For more information and to apply for this job please go to:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Librarian I (Temporary On-Call Positions), Washington County

Job Title:  Librarian I (Temporary On-Call Positions)
Closing Date/Time:  Mon. 06/16/14 4:30 PM Central Time
Salary:  $22,823.00 - $31,234.00 annually
Job Type:  Temporary
Department:  Library
Location:  Multiple Locations, Minnesota

This is a professional position responsible for providing information and research services to library customers. This position is also responsible for planning and implementing a professional library project, or for classifying and cataloging library materials. Work requires the exercise of independent judgment and interpretation and is performed under general supervision with periodic review for accuracy and conformance with prescribed standards.

For more information, see the full job description.

Information Systems Coordinator, Mankato Area Public School

Mankato Area Public School has a open position for a full time Information Systems Coordinator (was Student Administrative System Manager). Primary responsibility is district-wide management of InfiniteCampus and its integration with other databases. See details here.

Position closes June 23, 2014. Call or email me if you have specific questions.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Position: Technical Services Librarian (.5 FTE)

Description: Twin Cities Library seeks an innovative, team-oriented, and user-centered librarian to provide emerging technology and technical services to all areas of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Investigating, implementing, and continuously improving library technologies (e.g., subscription databases, OpenURL resolver, discovery tool, integrated library system (ILS) tables, and online public access catalogs, etc.)
  • Communicating, troubleshooting, and resolving issues with library technology vendors.
  • Running reports and compiling statistics for circulation, interlibrary loan, collections, subscription databases, expenditures, and library technologies.
  • Developing, standardizing, and assessing the library website.
  • Delivering user-centered reference, online instruction, and circulation services during weekdays and periodic Saturdays.
  • Providing original cataloging services for library materials in MARC formats according to AACR2, LCRI, and RDA.
  • Providing back-up support for acquisitions, billing, copy cataloging, and interlibrary loan.
View the complete listing at

Internship, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is looking for an intern to assist with requests for genealogical research.  This unpaid position entails searching pre-1925 microfilmed baptismal, marriage, and death records.  Records that are found will then be printed and scanned by the volunteer.  The number and complexity of genealogy requests varies, but we ask for a minimum two-hour per week commitment.  The Chancery, where the archives is located, is at 226 Summit Ave. in St. Paul and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00.  You must be available to volunteer during open hours, but the day of the week and time of day is flexible.  Preference will be given to current MLIS students.  The ideal volunteer will have an interest in Catholicism, genealogy, and archival science.  A background check and a three-hour safe environment training class are required before starting.   If you are interested please contact:

Heather Lawton
Director of Archives and Records Management
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis
226 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55102

Friday, June 6, 2014

Save the Date and Celebrate: Better Together at MLA 2014 in Mankato!

Like Katniss and Peeta; like zebras and stripes; like peanut butter and chocolate; sometimes things are better together.  Come to Mankato on October 8 and 9, 2014 for the annual Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference. Recharge your passion for libraries by attending a wide variety of engaging breakout sessions, the conference-within-a-conference, We're All in This Together: Strengthening Libraries Through Professional Development, and the keynote presentations on investing in our professional success, Little Free Libraries and the World’s Strongest Librarian! 
Check out full descriptions of the Keynote Speakers HERE.
Come network, and celebrate Minnesota libraries. As Henry Ford said: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Sunday, June 15th: CdC Closed for Scheduled Power Outage

Related to the construction projects in Fontbonne and Butler Center, there will be a scheduled power outage on Sunday June 15th beginning at noon that could last up to 12 hours.
All services within the CdC will be closed. This includes Dining Services, the Information Center, and the Library.

We will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 14th and reopen on Monday, June 16th at 7:00 a.m.
Questions and concerns can be directed to
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MLIS job opportunities outside of Minnesota

Serials/Cataloging Technician (Library Technician) Posting # 0602910 - Arkansas
Perform serials processing for one-time additions.  Process gift donations coordinating as needed with the Dean’s office, Collection Management, Serials Cataloging, Binding, and other relevant units.  Process electronic serials additions and change using Serials Solutions, OCLC, the Web, and Sierra.  Create/modify resource, contact, and license records.  Assist with coverage loads and edits, perform access audits on electronic holdings, and assist with processing analyzed electronic titles.  For the full posting or to apply, please go to, and search for posting number 0602910.

Head of Cataloging and Metadata Management, University of San Francisco - California
The University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library | Geschke Learning Resource Center seeks an engaged, innovative and enthusiastic individual for new department Head of Cataloging and Metadata Management. The position combines cataloging and metadata services responsibilities in close collaboration with the Acquisitions and Collection Management team, Library Systems and other key library departments. Immediate responsibilities will involve day-to-day operational duties combined with establishing unit strategic priorities, implementing changes to departmental workflows and organizational units. Please visit the link below to see the full posting:

Law Librarian for Instructional Services - California
We are looking for an enthusiastic person to fill our Law Librarian for Instructional Services position. In addition to being a member of the Research Services department (which includes the great opportunity of participating in the rotation to lead the department), the main responsibility is to be the primary coordinator for the first-year legal research course, a 1-credit course that is separate from the legal writing course. This person is also responsible for developing teaching partnerships with upper-division courses and teaching ALR classes as needed. For more details, please see our ad at:

Four Local Media Specialist Postions

Scott Highlands Middle School Elementary School Teaching/Media Specialist

Job Summary:
1.         Teach curriculum of Independent School District 196.
2.         Carry out responsibilities as defined by the master contract.
3.         Carry out responsibilities as defined by the principal.
4.         Maintain good communication and cooperation with staff and parents.

Application Procedure: Apply Online at
Job Deadline: June 9, 2014
Saint Thomas Academy, a college-preparatory, Catholic, military (JROTC) school for boys in grades 7 - 12, is seeking a qualified Media Specialist for the 2014-2015 school year.

Duties include: collaboration with teachers in curriculum development and resource acquisition; evaluation, implementation and support of emerging educational technologies; selection of appropriate print and electronic materials.

Requirements: BA/BS, MN licensure, knowledge of digital resources (Schoology, Noodletools, MA/MS and relevant experience preferred. 

To apply, send resume, cover letter, transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation to Wendy Hanson, Saint Thomas Academy, 949 Mendota Heights Road, Mendota Heights, MN  55120, or by e-mail to:  EOE

CANCELLED: Topics: Libraries and Social Justice course

The fall 2014 LIS 7963 G01 Topics: Libraries and Social Justice Course has been cancelled due to low enrollment.  Watch for this course opportunity in a future semester.