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Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reference Assistantship, St. Catherine University Library

Position Description
The purpose of the Reference Assistant position is to first provide professional reference service to the University community and, second, to facilitate hands-on learning experience for the graduate student. The Reference Assistant will be mentored by and work alongside four professional reference librarians at the St. Paul Campus. The Assistant may also work with other staff and student employees.

Primary responsibilities
The Reference Assistant will work with the reference librarians to provide reference service throughout the semester. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Assisting students, faculty, and staff with reference and research needs
  • Assisting with library instruction, both one-on-one and in formal classroom settings
  • Creating print and web-based guides
  • Working with librarian to determine future needs
  • Other duties as assigned, depending on library’s needs and Assistant’s skills and qualifications
See the full job description for more information and how to apply.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, Bethel University

University Library | St. Paul, MN

Job #: PRF0610001
Posting Date: August 20, 2014

12 months
Full Benefits

Job Summary
Responsible for the continuing development of acquisitions and interlibrary loan operations. Provide leadership in designing and monitoring workflows.

See the full job description for more information and how to apply.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Library Director, Abbie Greenleaf Library

Franconia, NH

Abbie Greenleaf Library, located in the town of Franconia in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire, is seeking a forward-thinking, energetic and creative individual to serve as its director. The library serves a community of residents and year-round visitors.

The director will manage library staff, develop the library budget, maintain a knowledge of emerging technologies, monitor the library’s web presence (web site and social media), and offer programs of interest to adults and children.

Education and Experience
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science preferred; candidates with partial course work towards a degree or with comparable public library experience are encouraged to apply.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Thirty-hour work week. Two weeks of paid vacation, holidays and health insurance are provided. Six-month probationary period.

Submit a letter of interest with résumé and contact information for three professional references to

The position description is available at

The application deadline is September 10, 2014. In-person interviews will be conducted at the library.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Laura Morlock, MLIS Alumna, at the Alphabet Forest

Read Pioneer Press's "Alphabet Forest grew out of a good idea at the State Fair" by Mary Ann Grossmann. Learn more about the Alphabet Forest and how Laura Morlock, MLIS Alumna and MLIS Office Manager, is leading it this year as the Alphabet Forest Project Coordinator.

Also find out more about volunteering for the Alphabet Forest.

ALISE/ProQuest Methodology Paper Competition

(DEADLINE - September 15, 2014)

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting proposals for its 2015 Methodology Paper Competition, sponsored by ProQuest. The purpose of this award is to stimulate communication on research methodologies at ALISE annual conferences.

The competition is open to all types of methodology. Papers must be limited to description and discussion of a research method or a technique associated with a particular research method. (For example, papers may address such areas as sampling, grounded theory, historical methods, or statistical methods.) Papers must explain the particular method/technique, including methodological implications for library and information science. Examples to illustrate its value can come from LIS-related published studies, proposed studies, and works in progress. Papers that stress findings are not eligible for this competition.

See the full description here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sign up to take LIS 7520: Networks in Fall 2014

Fall Registration is still open! Consider adding the following class to your schedule.

LIS 7520: Networks is designed to provide a foundation for understanding the issues related to computer networking, particularly in the context of libraries and information agencies. In this course, we will investigate the fundamental concepts of networks and network design as well as become familiar with issues related to network equipment installation, support, security, and administration.

  • Learn about the infrastructure on which all library information systems are dependent on.
  • Use the knowledge to be able to manage and communicate library information systems.
  • Get more in-depth information about the general issues of technical systems whether on premise, or external systems and the issues that make them work together.
  • Be able to understand, identify and solve basic issues with technology systems in your environment.

This course is being taught by John Jeries, Chief Information Officer for St. Catherine University.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Youth Services- Librarian I, Nova Southeastern University

The Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University is a unique and dynamic joint-use library. We serve as the Main library (one of five!) for our not-for-profit private University, but we are also open to all residents of Broward County. The Public Library Services department provides a full range of programming for the community, with the added benefit of the University’s resources. In what way?

Guest visitors at our lively story times have included pediatricians from our medical school’s clinics, the NSU sports teams, and experts in child development.  The STEM programs for school-aged youngsters have featured special sessions with faculty and their Grad Students, but always in collaboration with the talented librarians who make up our Youth Services Team.
We are located in Davie Florida, just west of Fort Lauderdale… a busy, diverse, and exciting area of Broward County.

Librarian I is open to entry-level with MLS from an ALA accredited program, but the ideal candidate should have coursework and depth of knowledge in children’s materials and readers’ advisory. Experience working directly with youth in a public library or school environment a plus!

To apply:<>
To learn more about our library: visit our website at<>

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Library Media Specialist positions, Osseo Area Schools

There are open library media specialist positions in the Osseo Area Schools, ISD 279.

Required Qualifications: Valid Minnesota teaching license and Media Generalist Licensure.

Hennepin County Library Internships

Apply by August 29 for the following fall internships:
  • Community Librarian Internship (Penn Lake Library)
  • Franklin Learning Center Internship (Franklin Library)
  • Information Programs and Services Internship (Minneapolis Central and Ridgedale libraries)
  • Library Services and Literacy Activities Internship (Northeast Library)
  • Collection Development (Art, Music, and Literature) Internship (Minneapolis Central Library)
  • Preservation Internship (Minneapolis Central Library)
  • Youth Programs and Services Internships (2) (Minneapolis Central Library)

To view the internship descriptions, go to the Hennepin County Internships at the Library page.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Public Libraries Course Spots Available

Hello MLIS Students.

Due to popular demand, LIS 7710 Public Libraries CRN 14358 has SIX more spots available for registration in the course.
It will now meet in CdC 355 (third floor) near the vending machines.

If you are interested in registering for it now is the time!

Discover Librarian, Lousiana State University

General Librarian
.75 FTE Research and Instruction Services, LSU Libraries
.25 FTE Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED), Office of Undergraduate Research
PIN # 038067
The LSU Discover Librarian reports to the Head, Research and Instruction Services, and the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, who will coordinate supervision of the incumbent to ensure that work essential to the success of LSU Discover is carried out in a timely manner.  The incumbent will provide library instruction (including teaching LIS 1001) and will develop, deliver, update, and assess workshops, online tutorials, and other co-curricular activities in support of the QEP.  The incumbent will work closely with the LSU Discover Coordinator, the Council on Co-curricular Activities (CCA), Residential Life, and Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC), and may supervise student workers and GAs assigned to LSU Discover. The incumbent will also assist and support subject specialist librarians working with departments/programs participating in curricular transformation as part of LSU Discover.  In addition the LSU Discover Librarian will support subject specialist librarians who offer one-on-one assistance to students participating in multi-semester mentored research experiences. Support for subject specialist librarians may include teaching one-shots, sections of LIS1001, and providing general reference and information services, in person or virtually, to ensure that subject specialists are able to participate in LSU Discover without impinging on the normal services that they provide.  The incumbent also serves as a liaison between the Libraries and the Office of Undergraduate Research/ORED for grant proposal development and related activities, and will work with the LSU Discover Co-curricular activity taskforce assessment and implementation chairs.

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

Public Services Librarian, Minnesota State Law Library

Job Title:  Librarian
Closing Date/Time:  Mon. 08/18/14 5:00 PM Central Time
Salary:  $19.59 - $30.40 Hourly
Job Type: Part-time (20 hours)
Location: Minnesota Judicial Center - St. Paul, Minnesota

The Minnesota State Law Library is pleased to announce an opening for a Public Services Librarian.  This is a permanent part-time position working 20 hours a week performing professional library work. Work involves responsibility for performing a wide range of professional library tasks and may involve providing work direction to paraprofessional, interns or clerical employees. Work is performed independently under the general supervision of a Library Division Supervisor. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Two open positions, St. Catherine University Library

Research and Instruction Librarian
St. Catherine University, St. Paul campus, invites applications for a Research and Instruction Librarian to perform research support, library instruction and information literacy programming to support the students, faculty, and staff of St. Catherine University. This position is .80 FTE – 32 hours/week. For more information and how to apply, go to the full job description.

Copy Cataloging and Digital Services Coordinator
St. Catherine University, St. Paul campus, invites applications for a Copy Cataloging and Digital Services Coordinator to be responsible for the cataloging of the collection for both campus libraries. Cataloging: Cataloging for print and digital collections in CLICnet, WorldCat, and Digital Commons. Oversees the copy cataloging functions of the department staff and students. Creates standards, guidelines, and provides support to others in the department. Performs batch loads of records as needed. Digital Collections: Manages and maintains collections, series, and resources in the Digital Commons repository, Sophia. This position will input resources into the repository. This position is .75 FTE – 30 hours/week. For more information and how to apply, go to the full job description.

Diversity Outreach Internship, University of Minnesota Libraries

Department: Arts & Humanities Diversity Outreach
Start date: First day of the semester
Hours: 10-15 per week (internship or practicum)
  • Gain hands-on experience with developing and maintaining a diversity program for an academic library 
  • Building leadership skills 

See the full internship description here and scroll down and check out the "Diversity Outreach Internship."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Volunteer at the Alphabet Forest at the MN State Fair!

We’re looking for volunteers to help us promote literacy at the Minnesota State Fair Alphabet Forest, where fair-themed games and activities have been  designed to promote alphabet and vocabulary learning. Past volunteers have had a lot of fun working with kids and their families, plus you get free admission to the fair for the day!

Everyone is invited to volunteer at the Alphabet Forest using the online form here.

MLIS students (including new students), faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the program will be volunteering on the St. Kate's MLIS Day at the Alphabet Forest Thursday, August 28th (3-hour shifts available between 9 am and 9 pm). Register for the MLIS day here: sign up form

Curious about the Minnesota State Fair Alphabet Forest? Check out the website here: 

Library Assistant 2, Minitex

(4996) Library Assistant 2
Full Time:  100% Continuing
Number of Opening: 1
Requisition Number: 192939
Date Job Posted: 08/05/2014
Date Internal Applicants Must Apply By: 08/12/2014

See the full job description.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Just one day prior to the MLA 2014 Annual Conference!
What: PLD Day 2014

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014  1:00 - 5:00 PM

Featured Presenters

Valerie Gross, Director of Howard County Library and 2013 ALA Library of the Year 
Peter Pearson, President of The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library
Kevin McHenryAssistant Commissioner of Education at the Minnesota Department of Education
Where: Verizon Wireless Center1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN
MLA Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

Registration opens on August 2nd
The purpose of the Public Libraries Division is to promote the development of public library services and to provide a clearing house for the interests and problems of the members of the Division. Public library representatives throughout the state - members and nonmembers alike - are invited to this focused event to network, gain inspiration, and share solutions regarding public libraries in Minnesota.

For inquiries regarding PLD Day, contact Nick DimassisFor inquiries regarding MLA Membership or other administrative questions, contact the MN Library Headquarters at (612) 294-6549.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MLA 2014 Conference Registration is Now Open.

Get Registered; Get Professional Development! 

  • Invest in Success.  Simple and painless steps to add professional development into (and charge up) your career.  Presented by Tiffany Eatman Allen and Susanne Markgren, co-authors of Career Q&A with the Library Career People.
  • Featured Authors from the Mankato Writers Community
  • Books around the Block with Todd Bol, co-founder and executive director of Little Free Library, a Midwest based nonprofit organization.
  • The World’s Strongest Librarian, Josh Hanagrne, will be speaking on the life-changing ability of libraries, books, questions, physical strength and some of the more outlandish aspects of his own story, The World's Strongest Librarian.
This two-day conference will feature a mini-conference: “We're All in This Together: Strengthening Libraries Through Professional Development.” There will be a pre-conference on Tuesday, Dine-Arounds, MLA division and subunit meetings, online handouts, a Pub Crawl, a Betsy-Tacy Tour, and an exceptional lineup of informative and thought-provoking presentations and professional development opportunities, such as this year’s keynote and featured presentations.

Engineering Librarian -- Science & Engineering Library -- U of M

Engineering Librarian -- Science & Engineering Library

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an energetic and creative engineering librarian to fill a temporary position for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The temporary engineering librarian would be based in the Science & Engineering Library ( and report to the Director for the Physical Sciences and Engineering Libraries.  The successful candidate will develop and manage outreach activities to the biomedical, civil, industrial and systems, and mechanical engineering departments within the College of Science and Engineering, including collections development, faculty and student support for teaching, learning, and research.

For full details about the position and to submit application, please see:

Annual salary rate of $51,500.00.
Position is currently vacant and available.
Review of applications begins on August 8, 2014.

Jeffrey Bullington  e:

St. Kate's Library Circulation Student Assistant

St. Catherine University Minneapolis Library

Opening for Fall Semester: Circulation Student Assistant

¨ Assist library users with circulation, serials,
    and interlibrary loan
¨ Must be able to work mornings (7:30 am start) and alternating weekends (Sat or Sun)
¨ Must have previous customer service
¨ Application deadline: August  13
¨ $8.25/hour

We are a small, health-focused academic library located in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood

For more information: contact:
 Sue Gray, Reference Librarian  651-690-7898

Monday, August 4, 2014

Automation Systems Librarian, Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative

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 Automation Systems Librarian. 
In the first year, the Automation Systems Librarian will plan, coordinate, and manage the extensive migration project of TdS’s regional member libraries SirsiDynix Symphony automation software to Innovative Interfaces Inc. (iii), Sierra automation software. In conjunction with this migration, the Automation Systems Librarian will act as the liaison between Innovative System Technical Support and TdS member libraries to develop and coordinate technical training for staff including creation/modification of training materials. After the migration period, the Automation Systems Librarian will administer the automation software working with member library staff to develop and set policies and procedures and resolve automation system’s hardware and software problems.

Salary is $50,000+, negotiable dependent upon qualifications and experience. Applicants must submit a resume, a cover letter and contact information for at least three (3) references in electronic format to Connie Haugen ( by Friday, September 19, 2014.
For a complete job description, go to:

Friday, August 1, 2014

Assistant Systems Librarian, Arkansas State University-Jonesboro

The Dean B. Ellis Library is seeking an energetic and proactive Assistant Systems Librarian who enjoys a challenging, innovative and change-oriented environment. Reporting to the Systems Librarian, the Assistant Systems Librarian will be responsible for duties including keeping Library in-house and externally available resources current and functioning, troubleshooting and replacing defective hardware, resolving software problems, installing and upgrading new software and hardware as needed, recommending hardware and software for purchase, and developing custom scripts and applications to assist with workflows and the effective provision of library services.

For more information, see the full job description:

To apply, applicants will need to visit