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Thursday, October 30, 2014


University of MN - Crookston LIBRARY

POSITION: Full-time, 10-month position, annual renewable position in the Library at the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota starting October 20, 2014 as soon as possible thereafter. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. An excellent fringe benefits package is offered.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs the ordering, cataloging, and processing of library materials and the automated functions of the library system. Work involves placing orders for library materials and receiving and checking shipments from publishers, cataloging materials, and making materials shelf-ready and maintaining the library's automated system. Specific job duties include: Catalogs library materials. Establishes monitors and evaluates overall program of service for Technical Services department. Develops implements and evaluates policies and procedures for Technical Services. Develops and maintains the library automation system and automated administrative functions. Manages all electronic resources processes including web access, electronic journal access, library OPAC, and e-books. Performs related work as required.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

User Experience Librarian

Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

Position Available: The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Responsibilities:  The University of Illinois Library’s Office of User Services seeks an energetic, creative, and highly collaborative librarian to initiate and coordinate a range of activities to enhance users’ interactions with the Library and its resources.  As part of a cross-departmental initiative (including user-facing services and IT personnel), the User Experience (UX) Librarian will investigate, plan, and develop projects to improve user engagement across Library online and physical services.  Working collaboratively to enhance and extend existing expertise within the Library, the UX Librarian will lead efforts to improve the ease of use, visual appeal, adoptability, and desirability of library websites, services, and facilities.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Celebration of Life for Chris Olson


Chris Dennis Olson
June 25, 1962 - September 28, 2014
You are invited to attend the Celebration of Life for Chris Olson on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:00 (with program starting at 6:00 pm.) at Rauenhorst Hall (ballroom) in the Coeur de Catherine building at  the University of St. Catherine. Sponsored by MELSA, Ron Erickson, and St. Catherine University’s MLIS Program.

RSVPs appreciated.  651-645-5731   /

St. Paul Campus Map:
Parking should be in the O'Shaughnessy Parking Lot here:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

St. Kate's Library APA Workshop for Graduate Students

Registration is now open for "APA: A la carte," an APA workshop for graduate students. Presented by St. Kate's librarians, topics covered will include writing tips, formatting, citing sources in APA style, and strategies to avoid plagiarism. (The workshop is a slightly modified repeat of last year's popular offering).
Note: This is not an introductory APA workshop; a basic familiarity with APA guidelines is assumed.
An optional hour-long RefWorks workshop will follow at 12:30 in library classroom 110.
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9am - noon (check-in with coffee begins at 8:30)
Where: St. Paul Campus Library, Coeur de Catherine, lower level rooms 17, 18, & 20
Who: Any student currently enrolled in a St. Kate's graduate program
Registration is required and space is limited. To register visit:
Questions? Contact Sue Gray ( or Kathi Rickert (

SALALM Conference Attendance Scholarship

Awarded biannually since December 2011, the SALALM Scholarship was established to encourage professional and leadership development in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian studies academic librarianship.

Beginning with the fall 2014 competition, a conference travel award of up to $1500 will be given to a master’s student in an ALA-accredited library and information science or archival studies program to defray the costs of attending the SALALM annual conference. The next conference will be June 13-17, 2015, hosted by Princeton University.

Awardees will be asked to write a summary of their conference experience, to be posted on the SALALM website.

Since its founding in 1956, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, SALALM, has provided the only national and international forum focused on Latin American studies research librarianship, library collections, and services. The SALALM Conference Attendance Scholarship will include a one-year membership in the organization.

Deadlines are November 30 and March 15.

For more information, go to the SALALM Conference Attendance Scholarship page.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Booked for the Evening Event

Librarians, parents, book-lovers, educators, and teachers:
Our panel of expert librarians and MLIS alumnae will highlight books for primary, intermediate, young adult, and non-fiction readers, and the people who help guide them in their reading.

Children’s & Young Adult Literature Review
Event Details: Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine, St. Catherine University
$20.00 per person, $10.00 for members of a religious order, FREE to students.

Young Adult Librarian, Shorewood Public Library

Shorewood, Wisconsin
  • Seeking a full-time young adult librarian to serve teens in grades 6-12.
  • Starting Pay: $20.82. Good benefits.
  • Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references, along with a Village of Shorewood job application, to Emily Passey. Assistant Director:
  • Please call (847-2670) or email Emily with questions.
Deadline to apply: 5:00 p.m., October 27, 2014.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

ALA Spectrum Scholarship

The American Library Association is currently accepting applications for the ALA Scholarship Program which includes over 12 different scholarship opportunities, many of which make multiple annual awards.  For more information visit  The deadline to apply for ALA Scholarships is March 1, 2015.

The American Library Association (ALA) has committed itself to making a Master’s degree in library and information science more accessible and affordable for talented women and men who have made the library profession a career choice. Libraries serve as the foundation of life-long learning in our society – they change lives, build communities and connect individuals at the local level with global resources of information and knowledge. To meet the changing needs of an evolving society, libraries need culturally diverse librarians. This is the goal of the Spectrum Scholarship Program.

Spectrum annually provides 50 or more American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship and $1,500 in professional development funds.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Congratulations to Laura Morlock!

Laura Morlock, St. Catherine University MLIS alumna and current MLIS Program Office Manager, was voted in as Secretary for the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Board of Directors. Election results were announced at the MLA conference.

Public Services Manager​, Metropolitan State University

Posting Closing Date: 10/24/2014
Position Classification: Office Services Supervisor 2
Bargaining Unit: MMA 216
Employment Condition: Full-time, Unlimited, Exempt
Office: St. Paul Campus, Library Services
Hours of Work: Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (hours may vary and also may include nights, weekends, holidays.)

This position performs professional and supervisory library work involving the management of day-to-day activities related to the circulation of library materials, provision of computer support to library patrons, and access to library services at Metropolitan State University. The position supervises classified staff in Public Services (Circulation, Information Commons, and Interlibrary Loan).

For more information, see the full job description.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

AMP applicants for the Business Administration department

For St. Catherine University students

Before Class:
  • Creating a plan for guest speakers (organizing the welcome email, parking permits, speaker evaluations, and speaker gifts),
  • Developing an icebreaker exercise for the first class
  • Creating nametag template and printing nametags,
  • Setting up the room (flipcharts, agendas, supplies) with faculty every Saturday morning,
  • Working on the calendar with the faculty,
  • Ordering of supplies,
  • Setting up file system for advising folders (Files will not contain any content when they are set up. This is just setting up the filing system).
In Class:
  • Listening to the guest executive speakers,
  • delivering APA refresher content (discussion in class and handouts)
After Class:
  • Helping faculty collect the speaker evaluations,
  • Setting up an Excel spreadsheet of speaker contact information and evaluation
  • reviewing and making comments on student papers about APA
  • managing the D2L water cooler throughout the term (student questions),
  • Other assigned work.

For more information, contact Mary Henderson at

Monday, October 13, 2014

Special Collections Librarian, San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

San Diego State University Library & Information Access seeks applications and nominations of dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented candidates for the position of Special Collections Librarian. This full-time, tenure track faculty position will provide excellent reference service for Special Collections and University Archives; participate in outreach programs; initiate and conduct course-related information literacy instruction; develop and maintain innovative online research tools; participate in planning, implementing, and assessing collections and services; assist in collection development, as well as donor relations and gifts processing; assist with grant writing. As a faculty member, the Special Collections Librarian will be expected to engage in professional growth activities and participate in the shared governance of SDSU by serving on library, campus-wide, and California State University committees as needed.

This position is open at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank with a yearly salary range of $58,044-$65,000, commensurate with rank, experience, and qualifications. This position will remain open until filled. Reviews will begin immediately. Anticipated start date is Spring Semester 2015.

To view a complete job description and instructions for the application procedures, visit:

Gerd Muehsam Award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. This award was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

Award Details
  • $500.00 prize.
  • Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference in Fort Worth, TX. This amount may be used to reimburse travel expenses, but will not apply to meals, tours, or other costs.
  • Registration fee to the Fort Worth Conference, March 19-23, 2015.
  • Opportunity to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • A one year membership to ARLIS/NA.

Go to the Gerd Muehsam Award page for more information on requirements, judging criteria, and application & Deadline.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Minnesota Literacy Council October events

Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Do you or your students need to answer a health related question and Google can't find it for you? Come to this session and learn how to use MedlinePlus, a free website  presenting health information in an understandable format and using "living room" language from resources that are authoritative, reliable and up-to-date.  MedlinePlus, a partnership of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health requires no registration, no fees and no personal information!  Learn to use this resource and empower your health and that of your students. Attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops or mobile devices for this hands-on workshop, or use a laptop provided by the literacy council.

More information and how to register fort this event.

Health Literacy Movie and Discussion Night featuring Childhood in Translation
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a free movie and discussion night about health literacy. The evening will begin with an interactive presentation led by Alisha Ellwood from the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership, followed by the documentary Childhood in Translation. After the film Wendy Roberts, a Minnesota Literacy Council volunteer and former intern, will share her experiences translating for her parents. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer their reflections on the topic.

Childhood in Translation is a documentary project about how immigrant families are affected by language barriers.  It is designed to put a human face on these challenges in order to raise awareness and spur discussion about how communities can better serve their newest members. For the numerous households with limited English proficient parents, basic social services – healthcare, the legal system – are often difficult to access due to language barriers. Through the stories of youth and their families, Childhood in Translation features the challenges that language barriers pose to the health and well-being of recent immigrants and their children. (adapted from the film's website)

More information and how to register for this event.

Student Ambassadors Wanted

Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival:
The mission of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival is to recognize excellence in the field of children's literature and to provide librarians, teachers, researchers and community members the opportunity to learn about and appreciate children's literature through presentations, workshops, and personal interactions with people of significance in the field.

About the Ambassadors Program:
The Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks applicants for its Ambassadors Program. The program provides free registration to the three day event and shared housing in exchange for 3 days of volunteer service at the festival.
Meals and travel expenses are not included.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Long-Term Substitute (EDUStaff) - Secondary Media Specialist

Oakland County, Michigan
Position Type:  Instructional - Substitute
Location: Lamphere High School - Madison Heights, MI
Date Available: December - Date TBD

Lamphere Schools is currently contracting the services of EDUStaff for substitute teachers.
Location:  Assignment split between LHS and Page Middle School

For more information see the job description.

October 12: A walking tour of local queer history in Minneapolis

This Sunday, October 12 at 2:00 P.M., St. Kate’s Society of American Archivists student chapter is sponsoring a walking tour of local queer history in Minneapolis. The tour will be lead by Stewart Van Cleve. Stewart is an expert on local queer history. He is the author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota, which was published by the University of MN Press. The tour begins at the flagpole in Gateway Park (1st Street S. and Hennepin Avenue) and ends at the U.S. Courthouse Plaza in front of Minneapolis City Hall. It will weave for approximately one mile through downtown Minneapolis. For more information about the tour, visit:

If you would like to attend, please RSVP:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Apply for Research Grants to be Awarded by the AALL Research Fund

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications through November 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis.

Established with a generous endowment from LexisNexis in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide segment of professional interest.

The grant application and complete guidelines are available here. Grants will be awarded and announced in December.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Digital Media Cataloger Position

Aldis Systems is looking for a current Library and Information Science student interested in media asset management; metadata; and/or database design, implementation, and administration to work as a Digital Media Cataloger.
Aldis Systems designs and builds custom technology solutions and workflows. Our Media Asset Management (MAM) solution has a few parts. The users interface with a desktop client that provides a robust searching and tagging platform, and a web interface that allows searching and downloads of media for corporate clients.

The ideal candidate will be interested in creating relevant and organized metadata and tags; managing various types of media assets; administering databases; and delivering client requests quickly and efficiently. The candidate should be organized, professional, and a quick learner. Experience with a MAM system and various types of production-oriented media will be helpful, but not necessary. Customer service experience is a plus.