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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Call for Papers-Conference in Digital Preservation

The 13th International Conference on Digital Preservation will be held in Bern, Switzerland, October 3-6, 2016
We invite contributions that present original work about research initiatives and innovative practices in digital preservation and expect that the contributions will be
       - Leading edge
       - Innovative
       - Effective in informing and promoting the digital preservation debates.

All submissions will be subject to a peer review. Those that are accepted for inclusion in the conference programme will be published in the iPRES 2016 proceedings. See below for more information on topics, submission and important dates.

Workshop, Tutorial and Panel submissions - Deadline: April 1, 2016
Paper and Poster submissions - Deadline: April 15, 2016

For any questions please contact

Beta Phi Mu Paper Award - Deadline December 31

The MLIS Program Beta Beta Xi Chapter of Beta Phi Mu is continuing an annual award recognizing outstanding scholarship by an MLIS student, as exemplified in a paper written for an MLIS class. The First award was given in May 2013.

We will accept submission of work completed during the spring through fall 2015 semesters. We will be offering a $100 Visa GiftCard to the winner of the award along with having their paper submitted to Sophia.


Thank you in advance for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Leslie Hunter-Larson
Beta Phi Mu, Beta Beta Xi Chapter Past President

HCL Information Services Internship

Opening Date: 12/28/15
Closing Date:    1/29/16   
Job Type: Internship

Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN

The Position
Information Programs and Services coordinate information and reference services provided in library buildings, online, and in the community. We work with services to readers of all ages. Our services include reference and information, digital literacy, and web content.

This unpaid internship takes place from February - May 2016, 8 – 16 hours per week. It can be used for college credit or work experience.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Out of State Opportunities

Scholarly Communications Librarian
The Gleeson Library |Geschke Center is seeking a creative and enthusiastic candidate for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian to advance scholarly communication at the University of San Francisco, particularly through initiatives in institutional repository (IR), open access, digital scholarship, and digital publishing. This newly created position will develop a broad range of services in support of evolving models of scholarly communication and digital scholarship, and provide advocacy for open access on campus in support of the USF Scholarship Repository. Reporting to the Digital Program Librarian, the successful candidate will join the Systems Department that is responsible for the ILS, IR, digitization and digital publishing services. For more information visit

Digital Reformatting Coordinator (Academic Professional)
Reporting to the Preservation Librarian, the Digital Reformatting Coordinator manages the Preservation Services Unit’s contributions to the library’s large-scale digitization efforts, with emphasis on monographic and newspaper digitization. This currently includes the externally vended digitization of print volumes bound for access systems such as the Internet Archive, and HathiTrust Digital Library, as well as newspapers digitized from microfilm and print bound for access systems such as the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America and the library’s own Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections. The successful candidate will have a strong knowledge of digital library practices, and practical familiarity with project management techniques. He or she will have demonstrable excellent interpersonal, organizational, oral, and written communication skills and strong service orientation.For more information and application visit 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Director - Colfax Public Library, Wisconsin

The ideal candidate should possess:  a Bachelor’s Degree, along with excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with their staff, the Library Board and community organizations.  Candidates must be eligible for a Wisconsin Grade II DPI certification.  Favorable consideration will be given to candidates with a strong background in library practices, public speaking, writing and technology trends.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter outlining specific qualifications for the position, current resume, names and contact information for three professional references.  The job description is available online:
Candidates may email their documents to:  Julia Hydukovich, Library Board President @, or mail to:  P.O. Box 525 Colfax, WI 54730.
Closing date for applications:  Friday January 12 by 5 pm. CST.
Salary:  $34,000 - $40,000 with an excellent benefit package

NDSU Architecture and Visual Arts Librarian

The North Dakota State University Libraries seek an Architecture and Visual Arts Librarian to join an energetic team of information professionals engaged in building information resources and services at NDSU. The Architecture and Visual Arts Librarian will play a vital role in leveraging library expertise and in identifying new opportunities for partnering with and supporting instruction and research initiatives within the Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and the Department of Visual Arts. This embedded librarian is based at the Klai Juba Wald Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library in Klai Hall, located in downtown Fargo, an area supporting a vibrant local arts culture and benefiting from revitalization efforts by local architectural firms and NDSU program alumnus. The individual in this position will also be working with the Department of Visual Arts in Renaissance Hall, as well as additional architecture faculty also based at Renaissance Hall. Renaissance Hall is located in downtown Fargo, about a two block walk from Klai Hall.

Full job description can be found here:

Apply For National Library Legislative Day Grant By Dec. 21

Anyone who keeps close tabs on library funding issues knows that much of the legislation affecting libraries originates not at the state, but at the national level. As a result, Minnesota library advocates need to make our collective voice heard in Washington, as well as in our own communities.
In recognition of this fact, MALF is pleased to offer a one-time scholarship of $500 to a Friend of the Library interested in traveling to Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016, to advocate for libraries as part of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD).

This special MALF scholarship is for first-time participants who currently reside in Minnesota. Individual-level membership in MALF, or affiliation with a Friends of the Library group that is a member of MALF, is also required. Interested? Simply fill out and return this form, along with an attached cover letter. Cover letter should address your background as a Friend of the Library, your aspirations as a library supporter, and your reasons for wishing to attend National Library Legislative Day. Please apply by Monday, December 21, 2015.
Coordinated by the American Library Association, this annual, two-day event is the highest profile library advocacy opportunity in the country. Minnesota attendees will receive an in-depth briefing on library legislation before getting the opportunity to meet in person with members of our own congressional delegation.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Sucess Story from One of our Alums - Dawn Lyons!

A committee of parents and staff voted to keep the book "Just One Day" on Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan library shelves despite a recent parent request that the book be removed.
"Just One Day" by Gayle Forman has "adult themes," one of the couples voting against the book wrote, and includes vulgar language and sexual content that is "not appropriate for middle school, or we believe, even high school students."
Dawn Lyons, secondary media specialist, explained why she believed the book was acceptable. The book has won awards and garnered positive reviews from professional journals, she said.
Lyons said she supported the parents' decision to restrict their own child from reading the book, but found it unacceptable that all students would be kept from checking it out .
"The real issue here is the freedom of choice of all library patrons," Lyons said.
A committee of 11 parents, teachers, media generalists and administrators then discussed the book's value, ultimately voting 7 to 4 to keep the book in circulation at middle and high school libraries.
Lyons is a MLIS graduate. "I am firmly of the opinion that so much of what I presented came from the solid foundation from my SCU degrees!" Lyons told Dr. Heidi Hammond, one of the faculty at MLIS Program. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tuesday-Thursday Forum Followup

During our Tuesday-Thursday forums a few weeks ago, we discussed the possibility of getting together a group of people to look at ways of promoting better informal and two-way communication within the program. Well...there's no time like the present! If this is an issue you'd like to devote some time and energy to, let's get going. Please contact David Lesniaski ( if you're interested.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Information Management Internship (December, 2015)

Posting Date:      December 14, 2015
Hours/week:       Part-Time during spring semester (minimum of 15 hours per week); Full-Time, 30-40 hrs per week during summer months
Duration:             Starting February 2016 and ending in late August to mid-September 2016.  Flexible start and end dates.
Compensation:   $13.00/hour

Applicant must be a current student studying library sciences, information sciences, knowledge management, or related degree program.

BWBR is a full-service St. Paul based architectural and interior design firm.  We have a diverse practice in job-types, dating back to the 1920s. Our team of approximately 150 people serves clients in a number of markets including health care, education, science+technology, office, wellness+recreation, worship, public sector, and secure facilities.  Interior Design has always been integrated and important in our design services, process, and solutions.  In support of our Mission, we are committed to on-going education.  This commitment extends to growing and encouraging emerging talent in our field. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Out of State Opportunities

Senior Assistant/Associate Librarian of Health Sciences
CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.  CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. For More information, click here 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Assistant Professor in Educational Foundations/ Library Media and Technology- 11097

The College of Education and Professional Studies, The Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in its library media and instructional technology program ( to begin August 24, 2016.

Full job description found here:

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2016 has opened!

The event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 2-3, 2016 at the Liaison Hotel.
It is a two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress to rally support for libraries issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issue briefings prior to their meetings.

Participants at National Library Legislative Day are also able to take advantage of a discounted room rate by booking at the Liaison (for the nights of May 1st and 2nd). To register for the event and find hotel registration information, please visit

Scholarship opportunity are also offered to one first-time participant at National Library Legislative Day. Recipients of the White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award receive a stipend of $300 and two free nights at a D.C. hotel. 

For more information about the WHCLIST Award, visit our webpage.
For more information or assistance of any kind, please contact Lisa Lindle, ALA Washington’s Grassroots Communications Specialist, at or 202-628-8140.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2016 Teen Literature Conference Authors Headliners

When & Where: Saturday May 7, 2016 at Henry Sibley High School
Neal Shusterman
Author of Challenger Deep

Joson Reynolds
Author of All American Boys

2016 Library Technology Conference: Register December 9th NOON!

Library Technology Conference 2016.

Registration Opens December 9th!
Registration for the 2016 Library Technology Conference opens on Wednesday, December 9th at 12:00 Noon CST. The conference has filled within a day in the past – please mark your calendars and share this date with your colleagues.

Meet Our Keynote Speakers here:

Media Specialist Job Vacancy for Next Semester

White Bear Lake Area High School ISD624 - North Campus has an opening for a long term substitute Media Specialist. Anyone interested in a 9th & 10th grade long term media position, please check out the link below.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

PT and FT Library Associate Opportunities

The City of St. Paul invites applications for the position of part-time and full-time Library Associates.

CLOSING DATE: 12/28 at 4:30 PM
SALARY: $19.13 - $25.78 Hourly; $39,790.40 - $53,622.40 Annually

General Duties:
Performs paraprofessional library work in providing reference, information, and material loan services to customers. Performs other related duties as required.

Information About the PART-TIME Current Opening:
The current part-time opening requires working a variety of four to eight hour work shifts including days, weekends, and nights. To be considered for a full-time Library Associate position, you must fill out the application for the full-time position as well. To be considered for a full-time Library Associate position, you must fill out the application for the full-time position as well.

Information About the FULL-TIME Current Opening: 
The current full-time opening requires working a variety of eight hour work shifts including days, weekends, and nights. To be considered for a part-time Library Associate position, you must fill out the application for the part-time position as well.

Assistant Professor/Web & Digital Services Librarian

The Darrell W. Krueger Library at Winona State University seeks an energetic, proactive, knowledgeable, and innovative person for the probationary/tenure track position of Web & Digital Services Librarian. All librarians fully participate in faculty governance, general reference assistance, and liaison activities for assigned academic departments, such as collection development, advanced reference, and bibliographic instruction. The Web & Digital Services Librarian is responsible for analysis, design, development, implementation, maintenance, content coordination and evaluation of the Krueger Library web presence, user interfaces, integrated web applications, and all related mobile environments that enhance the educational experience and improve access to library resources and services.

Additional duties include:
  • Working collaboratively with other librarians and with university groups to develop library technology strategies
  • Designing and leading the technical implementation of instructional materials, such as online tutorials
  • Collaborating with faculty and staff to provide learning opportunities using innovative technologies/services
  • Initiating and collaborating on outreach activities
  • Supervising staff and student assistants.  
Minimum qualifications for this position are a MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited institution; basic knowledge of library sources (in print and online); and experience with web and digital services such as LibGuides, discovery tools, HTML/CSS, responsive design, user experience, and CMS.
For a complete job description and information on applying for this position, please go to  Review of applications begins immediately.

Tutor/Mentors for the Pilot One-on-One Program

Murray Middle School (located at 2200 Buford Avenue, St. Paul 55108) 

Wanted: Tutor/Mentors for the Pilot One-on-One Program 
What: Provide support to 7th/8th grade students in English, Math, Science and/or Social Studies 
When: Program is offered Monday through Friday from 11:25-12:14, 12:18-1:07 and 1:11-2:00; You pick the day(s) and time(s) that work best with your schedule. 
Training/Orientation is provided. 

Description: Students work with a tutor/mentor individually each day. Both the volunteer and student study English, Math, Science or Social Studies together. Students also work on developing the tools they need to improve their study skills. Studies show that developing a caring relationship is critical to academic success in school. Volunteers get to know the middle school student because they see each other every week. 

We are looking for about 30 additional tutors beginning in December or January. 

Please contact Cindy Thrasher, coordinator, at 651.293.8740 or 

Cindy Thrasher
Murray Middle School
Pilot One-on-One Tutoring Program Coordinator
651.293.8740, Ext. 45232

Monday, December 7, 2015

Job Opportunities in Wisconsin

Systems Administrator at General Library System, Wisconsin
The Library Systems Administrator is an experienced, service-oriented, professional responsible for managing the configuration, administration and support of our many Library Systems. These include, but are not limited to, Alma, Primo, ILLiad and our UW-Madison Library Catalog. This individual will bring strong analytical, technical and troubleshooting skills in support of a complex array of library applications. In addition, they will be adept at gathering requirements from various stakeholders and efficiently translating them into actionable specifications for vendors, developers and other resource groups.Three years of experience working with a Library Services Platform/Integrated Library System such as Voyager or Alma is required.
For a complete job description and to apply online, please go to:
To guarantee consideration, applications must be received by December 15, 2015.

Reference/Instruction Librarian at University of Wisconsin-Stout
University librarary is looking for an unclassified staff position. It is part time and temporary. The responsibilities are:
  • Provides in-person and virtual reference assistance to all users in all academic disciplines. 
  • Provides library instruction as needed.Shares in the daily Reference Desk rotation.
  • Develops web-based learning aids in collaboration with the Reference, Instruction and Web Work Groups.
  • Promotes library resources and services as necessary.Shares in library instruction duties, both remotely and in the classroom.
  • Works on special projects and assignments as defined and designated by the Director of the University Library.
Position is 20 hours/week, Jan. 19, 2016 – April 28, 2016. Please send resume and cover letter to: Ann Vogl,

Librarian/Information Studies (Unclassified MSCF-CC Faculty)

  • Provides formal Information Literacy instruction as requested by faculty and administration, including instruction in library orientation, the research process, evaluating sources and assistance with specific research projects (approx. 16-20 classes during the semester).
  • Provides reference assistance to students, faculty and staff, instructing individuals in the use of MnPALS library catalog, online periodical indexes, print reference sources and the general collection.
  • Catalogs new materials (primarily OCLC copy cataloging) and coordinates technical processing of new materials.
  • Oversees Interlibrary Loan.
  • Supervises library technician and student workers in maintaining circulation processes, reserve procedures, and regular library hours of operation.
  • Represents the Cambridge Campus at MnPALS (and other) professional meetings online or in person
  • Selects and maintains a print, audiovisual and online collection based on the campus curriculum and student and faculty needs.
  • Manages campus library budget.
  • Participates in campus and college committees.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree with a major in Library Science or equivalent

Application Deadline: December 31, 2015
Contact Information
Monica Franklin 
Human Resources 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

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 - Sierra (iii), 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 Systems Librarian backup and works closely with the Automation Systems Librarian 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.

A Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited ALA institution, and three to five years of library experience with increasing responsibility is required.  Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of the principles and practices of cataloging using AACR2, MARC 21, RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification System, OCLC software, including Connexion Client, and current cataloging rules and standards for all formats, as well as experience with original cataloging in all formats and authorities.  The applicant should possess knowledge of various computer programs, bibliographic support systems and the Internet.

Application Deadline: Friday December 18 2015

For a complete job description, go to: click on the About Menu and choose Jobs.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

ALSC Scholarships

These scholarships are for individuals pursuing a master’s or advanced degree in children’s librarianship.

ALSC Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship ($7,500 each – four awards) is made possible by the Association for Library Service to Children funded by Bound-to-Stay Bound Books, Inc.
ALSC Frederic G. Melcher ($6,000 each – two awards) is made possible by contributions from librarians, professional associated and others in the book world in tribute to Frederic G. Melcher.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
To apply for either of these scholarships, go to the ALA/HRDR Scholarship Program page.
For more information visit

Program Associate Internship Program at MNHS

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Program Associate,Internship Program to develop and administer a coordinated high school and college internship program across the MNHS organization, including 26 historic sites and museums located throughout Minnesota. Through the program high school and college students gain professional work experience in a public history, nonprofit work environment. A special focus of the position is the recruitment of students from communities of color that are traditionally underrepresented in public history professions.

TO APPLY: Submit MNHS Application for Employment, (available at, coverletter, resume, and if applicable, any supplemental forms. Application materials must be complete and received by the application deadline date in order to be considered.

Application Deadline: December 11, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Collection Development Class Focus Groups

Fellow library nerds: the Collection Management class is looking for YOUR input. They are evaluating the LIS collection here at St. Kate's and want to know your thoughts on how it can be improved. Rather than sending out a survey, they are doing something a bit more social and fun by hosting an informal discussion about how people use our MLIS collection. They also intend to bribe people with donuts.
The sessions will be held on Tuesday 12/8 and Thursday 12/10 at 5:00PM outside the library. Show them some support and come on out!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Call for Applications: 2016 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Scholarships

Founded in 1973, the Chinese American Librarians Association, an affiliate of American Library Association, is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 scholarships. These scholarships are designed to encourage professional and leadership development in Chinese American librarianship. They are open to full-time students of Chinese heritage who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited master's or doctoral program of library and information science at an institution of higher education in North America (with the exception of The Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu Research and Scholarship). The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time the scholarship is awarded.

The CALA Scholarship of Library and Information Science: This scholarship awards $1000 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.

The Sheila Suen Lai Scholarship of Library and Information Science: This scholarship awards $500 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.

Lisa Zhao Scholarship Fund: This scholarship awards $500 to a full-time student at an ALA-accredited library school.

The Huang Tso-ping and Wu Yao-yu Research and Scholarship: This scholarship awards faculty and students at the Wuhan University, China. One award is for a library school faculty member ($400) and two awards go to library school students ($200 each).

Applicants may apply for any or all of the scholarships listed above. All scholarships are awarded in U.S. dollars.
Application Deadline: March 6, 2016
Online Application URL:
CALA Scholarships information page:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Notice: Weather Postpones Tonight's Information Professional Panel

Tonight's Panel Postponed: We've seen the forecast for later afternoon and evening, and the radar. Tonight's "Information Professional Panel" set for 6 p.m. in MLIS Classroom, CdC 20, will be postponed due to the inclement weather. The organizers of this event, the SLA and ALA Student Chapters will be working to bring this to you at a to-be-determined date in the Spring 2016 semester. Stay safe and warm, everyone.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FINAL CALL: 2016 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2016 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is December 4, 2015.

The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington, in March 2016. 

Who May Apply: This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Sub-Committee:
Philip Dombowsky (Chair)
Bailey Diers
Jennifer Garland
Gina Solares
Traci Timmons

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

12/1 and 12/3 MLIS Discussions

On Tuesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 3rd, all classes meeting those evenings will gather briefly at 6:00pm in order to socialize (refreshments will be available), get updates on the re-accreditation process, and discuss two issues: the current “no children in class” policy and strategies for more efficient program/student communication and collaboration. Please come prepared to contribute your ideas on these topics.

Students who do not have Tuesday or Thursday classes are welcome to come to either gathering. The discussion will be held in the CdC hallway outside of our classrooms.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Out of State Job Opportunities

Health Sciences Data Services Informationist
The health sciences data informationist will cultivate partnerships between THL and the health sciences community by creating an environment for open communication between the library and faculty, students, and staff in the health sciences schools. The successful candidate will partner with health sciences researchers by exploring new and existing tools, resources, and partnerships, including but not limited to instruction, lab integrated office hours, terminology services, answering questions related to ontology identification and use, and providing guidance on the management, use, and re-use of health related data.  The health sciences data informationist will also work closely with other library colleagues specializing in data, life sciences, and engineering. More information here

Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian
The Acquisitions and Licensing Librarian leads the acquisition and licensing of information resources at Falvey Memorial Library. Core responsibilities include management of all acquisitions activities, including licensing for library electronic products, ordering and receiving of library materials in all formats, coordinating with the library’s finance team to ensure the payment of all acquisition-related invoices; creating and maintaining tools and services for managing resource acquisition life cycle. For more information visit

Scholarship application now available for the 2016 Library Technology Conference

A limited number of scholarship opportunities are offered for persons who wish to attend the Library Technology Conference at Macalester. Details of these scholarships are provided below.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: All scholarship applications must be received no later than Monday, November 30, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Rural Library or School Media Center Scholarships
The Library Technology Conference will be awarding up to 10 scholarships to staff members from libraries and school media centers in smaller/rural communities who wish to attend the 2016 LibTech  Conference. The goal of these scholarships is to promote library technology proficiency and awareness through attendance at the conference. Each scholarship will cover conference registration (either single day or full 2-day registration fees), as well as one night lodging at one of the conference hotels for those traveling to the conference from outside the 7-county Twin Cities metro area.

Scholarship Criteria: Any staff who currently works in a library or school media center in a city, town, or municipality with a population under 30,000 is welcome to apply. Special consideration will be given to persons who will be attending the Library Technology Conference for the first time and those from outside the 7-county Twin Cities metro area. Selection will largely be based on the brief (up to 300 words) statement of the expected benefits that the applicant will receive from conference attendance.

Apply for a scholarship here

For questions, please contact

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.

  • Increase national awareness and appreciation of the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival by aspiring graduate students in children's literature and/or library services to children. 
  • Give an opportunity to meet and work with people of significance in the field of children's literature, hear speakers, and attend workshops relevant to the field
  • Provide the Book Festival with a mature, reliable volunteer workforce 

  • Ambassadors write speaker bios for the program and keynote introductions prior to the festival 
  • Attendance of all Book Festival events 
  • Perform various duties throughout the festival, including but not limited to: taking head counts, handing out evaluations, helping with speaker setup, collecting lunch tickets

  • Currently enrolled in a MLS or MLIS program or an active PhD candidate in children's literature or library and information science
  • Demonstrate experience in or knowledge of children's literature and/or library services to children 

To apply:
Please submit your resume and a 500 word or less statement of interest telling us why you want to attend the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival and why you would make a good Ambassador, along with the names and email addresses of three references via email to Volunteer Coordinator Heather Moore 
Application Deadline: December 4, 2015

For more information visit

MLIS & Archives Social Hour

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Call for papers on art librarianship for Art Librarians of North America Society 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. Any student in any accredited graduate library program is encouraged to submit a paper written for a course in the previous eighteen months (since June 2014).

The award includes 
  • A $500.00 prize
  • Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA+VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, March 2016. The money may be used to reimburse travel expenses (though not meals, tours, or other costs).
  • Paid registration to the Seattle Joint Conference, March 8-12, 2016.
  • The chance to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • A one-year membership to ARLIS/NA.

  • The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding eighteen months by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or a related discipline.
  • The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment.
  • One submission is allowed per person.

Application Deadline: December 5, 2015

Mail or transmit entries to:
John Hagood
Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee
National Gallery of Art Library 
2000B South Club Drive
Landover MD 20785-3068
(202) 842-6688

Another Internship Opportunity at HCL

Southeast Library sits on the east bank of the University of Minnesota and serves residents of the University community. It provides a range of neighborhood library services for children and teens in this community. Southeast Library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.This unpaid internship is for the duration of one semester, February - May 2016, 8 -16 hours per week. It can be used for college credit or work experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities include:
  • Helping at the Information desk with staff to assist patrons with reference and computer questions.
  • Assisting staff with collection maintenance.  
  • Observe story time and assist with preparation.
  • Assist in promoting reading and books in collection through displays 

Best-Qualified Candidates will have:
  • Enrolled in a Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program or a recent graduate.
  • Not completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past.
  • Strong computer and customer service skills.
  • Commitment to literacy and libraries. 

To apply, submit a resume, brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship, and contact information for two references to:
Barb McKenzie 
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale 
12601 Ridgedale Drive 
Minnetonka, MN 55305 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

YALSA Conference Grants

If you are a member of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) interested in attending an ALA Annual conference for the first time, this is the opportunity for you! YALSA and Baker and Taylor want to help send you to Orlando for ALA Annual 2016. Three grants will be awarded: one each for a public librarian, school librarian, and graduate student.

Requirements for Application
  • YALSA personal membership (preferably for at least two years)
  • One to ten years experience working with teenagers (for Baker & Taylor scholarships only)
  • Current enrollment in an ALA accredited graduate school of library & information science (for the Broderick Scholarship only)
  • No previous attendance at an Annual ALA Conference
  • The Baker & Taylor application must be submitted online no later than December 1.
  • The Dorothy Broderick Scholarship application must be submitted online no later than December 1.

Applications must be submitted online no later than December 1
The application includes short essay questions and requires a supporting statement from someone familiar with your work. 
More information and links to the application form can be found on the YALSA Conference Grants webpage

Media/Technology Teacher: 2 positions

Responsible for providing an educational environment where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for growth. Responsible for organizing and implementing an instructional program that will result in students achieving academic success in accordance with district policies.

The position requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree and licensed or able to obtain a license from the MN Department of Education as a Library Media Specialist (K-12). District will obtain Library Media Specialist variance.

They are hoping to hire someone as soon as possible. For more information and to apply click here.

You can also contact Lauren Kelly, .

Friday, November 20, 2015

Library Reference Assitant

It is a administrative support service full time position with the James J. Hills Center at Twin Cities Metro location. The assistant will be working at the Arts, Culture and Humanities area. These are the primary responsibilities of the Library Reference Assistant:
   *  Assist business librarian with patrons and reference requests 
   *  Provide backup for reception
   *  Filing and tracking of accounting documents
   *  Support librarian in programming setup and preparation
   *  Respond to email and phone inquiries

   *  Excellent customer service skills
   *  Strong written and verbal communication skills
   *  Comfortable with technology and ability to learn quickly
   *  Library experience
   *  Bachelors Degree
   *  MLIS Preferred 

To apply send cover letter and resume to

IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant Application: Canada and U.S.

The IFLA 2016 National Committee, through generous donations from the North American library community, will offer up to one hundred 1,000 USD fellowships to librarians, library staff, and library students in the U.S. and Canada to attend the IFLA Congress in Columbus, Ohio.
As each individual’s ability to cover certain costs through other means will be different the use of fellowship funds will be flexible to cover registration, travel, lodging, or daily expenses. Fellowship staff will work with individual fellows on the disbursement of funds.

Your application should include:

  • A one page Curriculum Vitae or Resume (including educational background), submitted as a PDF attachment
  • A statement (250 words maximum) on how you will benefit from your participation in the IFLA Congress

The application deadline is 31 December 2015.

Selection of the fellows will be made in January 2016 with notification in early February 2016.
Questions? Contact Scott Shoger

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Supervisory Electronic Records Policy Analyst

The analyst serve as Supervisor over the Policy and Standards Team (ACPS) or the Policy and Program Support Team (ACPP) in the Records Management Policy and Outreach Program (ACP) located within the Office of the Chief Records Officer (AC).  
Who May Apply:  Applications will be accepted from current and former competitive service Federal employees, people eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), and people eligible under special hiring authorities such as the "Schedule A" Disabilities Program, etc.

Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • More than 2 jobs may be filled if additional vacancies occur within 90 days
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
Deadline: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

For more information, visit USAJOBS.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Federal Diversity Internship Initiative - Paid Internship Program

The Washington Center is currently looking for qualified candidates to apply for our summer internship opportunities. If accepted, students will receive free, fully-furnished housing close to their internship location, a twice-monthly stipend, and professional guidance from a TWC adviser.

Students will have a chance to intern for 10 or 15 weeks at:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Department of the Treasury

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

For more information on the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative, please visit:
Applications can be submitted at:

Interlibrary Loan/Central Service Desk Coordinator

The Interlibrary Loan/Central Service Desk Coordinator (ILL/CSDC) is responsible for administrating all aspects of interlibrary loan (ILL) operations for the university library. ILL services are organized to: (1) borrow library materials from other libraries and augment access to research sources beyond what is available in the university library’s collections, and (2) lend Hamline-owned materials to the wider library community.
The ILL/CSDC identifies appropriate sources for materials requested by Hamline patrons based on availability, cost, and lending agreements; verifies citations; requests and lends through web-based document delivery systems; manages copyright clearance accounts, and ensures copyright compliance and Fair Use options to avoid violations.
The ILL/CSDC is also responsible for coordinating smooth day-to-day operations of the library’s Central Service Desk (CSD). The CSD, located on the library’s main floor, is the primary physical point-of-service location for all library and information technology services at Hamline University.

For more information visit,

Monday, November 16, 2015

Registration Now Open: Hubbs Children's Literature Conference

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis Campus)

$20 students; $60 general admission; (Buffet lunch, parking, and CEUs included in registration.)
Who should attend:Authors, illustrators, teachers, parents, storytellers, librarians, students - anyone interested in encouraging the use of quality children's literature in homes, schools, and communities.
Featured speakers will be Kwame Alexander and Catherine Thimmesh will discuss their latest works and share their creative process. In addition to the featured speakers, local authors and industry experts will share their knowledge on using mentor texts for nonfiction writing, serving as a member of the Caldecott Committee, and self-publishing.

Friday, November 13, 2015

More Out of State Job Opportunities

Program Manager - Latin American Studies Digital Scholarship Coordinator
Provide leadership for the incorporation of emerging digital technologies and research methodologies into scholarly activities of the social sciences and humanities at UT Austin; partner with UT Libraries Digital Scholarship team to expand the use of digital technologies in Latin American Studies research, teaching, learning, and scholarly communications; advise on best practices and emerging trends in digital pedagogy and work to design courses and workshops. LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship: Implement and oversee digital scholarship program activities, including faculty and student fellowships, annual workshop, lectures and seminars; prepare and manage the LLILAS Benson digital scholarship annual budget; hire, train, and supervise graduate research assistants; coordinate implementation of current grant-funded initiatives and pursue new grants and other funding opportunities in support of digital initiatives and digital scholarship. 
For more information, visit Job Posting.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

3 More Internship Opportunities at Hennepin County Library!

Library Services and Literacy Activities Internship
The Position develop programs, services and resources to support literacy initiatives at Northeast Library. This internship will provide practical experience inside a public library through exposure to programs, reference, and collection management. It is an excellent opportunity for students in youth services librarianship or for those who have completed their Masters in Library Science to gain experience in the field.
This unpaid internship is for one semester, February - May 2016, 8-12 hours a week (variable) for 120 hours. It can be used for college credit or work experience. Hours are Monday - Friday afternoons and evenings as well as Saturdays.

Preservation Internship
The Position the Preservation team with Hennepin County Library plays a vital role in ensuring the long-term viability of the Library’s print collections through repair and restoration measures, bookbinding and other preservation methods.  We also perform a consulting function to staff on preservation-related matters.
This unpaid internship is for one semester, January - May 2016, 6-10 hours per week. Hours are available Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.  It can be used for college credit or work experience.

MLIS Spring 2016 Schedule and Two Year Grid

The updated Course Grid for 2015-2017 is now posted on the MLIS website as well as in the MLIS office hallway.

There are also some small updates to the Spring 2016 schedule.

Log in to the internal website to access the information:

Reminder, registration begins Monday, November 16 for students  with 23 credits or more.  Check out the registration time table here:

Library Supervisor - Library Services, Hennepin County Medical Center

Serving as the lead librarian, responsible for the oversight operations of the Medical Library Services (Library) area, and provides library services in direct support to HCMC staff, faculty, trainees, and patients/families. Provides supervision to assigned library team.

Minimum Qualifications/ Work Experience  
  • ALA (American Library Association) accredited Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science
  • 3-5 years professional experience in a health science library, including supervisory experience OR
  • An approved equivalent combination of education and experience

Current vacancy is full time with benefits.
To apply:  Please submit your resume and application to

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Positions Available at the University of Minnesota Health Science Libraries

Clinical Information Librarian
The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for a Clinical Information librarian. We seek applicants who are innovative and flexible, offer subject expertise and technology skills, and possess an understanding of the patient care, clinical research, and educational needs of professional and graduate programs in the health professions.

Qualifications : An American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience is required, along with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a research-intensive environment. An undergraduate or graduate degree in the physical, life, health, or related sciences, experience in a health science or academic research library, and demonstrated involvement in professional activities are preferred.

For complete description and qualifications, and to apply, go to

HCL Special Collections - Archives and Manuscripts Internship

Opening Date: 11/10/15; Closing Date:   12/11/15

Location: Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central Library, James K. Hosmer Special Collections Department, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

The Position:
Process and describe archival collections under staff supervision.  Interns will gain experience working with all aspects of archival processing.  Some work with digitization is also possible.

2016 ALA BRASS Student Travel Award

The BRASS Student Travel Award is a $1250 cash award given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA.
Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in a career as a business librarian, and a potential to be a leader in the profession as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) coursework,  internships, jobs, special projects, and publications.
Applications deadline: January 15, 2016.
More information as well as the nomination form can be found at:

Monday, November 9, 2015

ERM - Library Assistant 3, U of M

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks applicants for a Library Assistant 3 position in the E-Resource Management Unit. The primary functions for this position include: the ordering, activating, invoice processing, monitoring and maintenance of electronic resources; identifying, resolving and communicating access issues related to electronic resources and; serving as a resource to other library staff.

Required Qualifications:
  • Five years relevant library experience (College education can be substituted for experience on a year for year basis up to three years).

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with integrated library systems, in particular Alma, Aleph, Verde, or SFX.
  • Proven knowledge in the area of e-resource acquisitions and/or e-resource management
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and creativity, with an ability to utilize past experience and available data to assess, test and resolve technical problems
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment, while relating to and interacting with staff and patrons outside the unit or library

For a complete description and qualifications, and to apply, go here and search for Job ID 305409.

ARLIS/NA-TC Chapter $300 Travel Award

Dear St. Kate's MLIS students,

This year ARLIS/NA-TC Chapter is pleased to offer a $300 travel award for the 3rd Joint ARLIS/VRA Conference in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016. It also marks the 44th year ARLIS/NA will convene. This award is to encourage professional development by supporting a member to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference.


Applicants for the award must be current ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA-TC members. Only applicants who receive partial or no institutional funding toward the cost of attending the ARLIS/NA conference are eligible. Preference is given to chapter officers, conference speakers and moderators, ARLIS/NA committee members, and first-time attendees. A person who receives an award will not be eligible to apply for another award until after 3 years.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

$1,000 scholarship through ALA to attend IFLA

The American Library Association (ALA) is providing 50 $1,000 scholarships to help a diverse group of librarians, library staff and library students in the United States attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13-19, 2016. Laura Bush Program grants support the recruiting and educating of library students, continuing education for those already in the profession, research and new programs that build institutional capacity.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Reference Graduate Assistantship, St. Catherine University Library, St. Paul Campus

Position Description
The purpose of the Reference Graduate 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 Graduate 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.
  • 10-15 hours per week, depending upon the Assistant's availability 
  • $13.75 per hour  No benefits or tuition remission  
  • Must commit to one full semester as an Assistant, but a two-semester appointment is preferred  
  • Position start date could begin January 2016, depending upon budgets and Assistant availability

Primary responsibilities
The Reference Graduate Assistant will work with the reference librarians to provide reference service throughout the semester. Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Advising students, faculty, and staff with reference and research needs
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential data about reference transactions
  • Preparing print and web-based research guides
  • Assisting with library instruction, both one-on-one and in formal classroom settings, including instruction assessment
  • Assisting with data analysis of reference transactions and instruction
  • Other duties as assigned, depending on library’s needs and Assistant’s skills and qualifications

More MLIS Job Opportunities - Out of State

Two Librarians at Georgia State University College of Law 
Digital Services Librarian: The Digital Services Librarian coordinates the law library’s digital projects and outreach, including maintaining the institutional repository, developing and maintaining online research guides, serving as the primary content editor for the law library website, and managing the law library’s social media presence.
Research Instructional Services Librarian:The Research Instructional Services Librarian coordinates library research instructional service, including subject-specific classroom instruction requested by law and university faculty. The librarian provides informal and formal legal research training, and serves as principal liaison to select vendors.
For more information, contact Kristina Niedringhaus

Reference Librarian, Cleveland State University
Provides quality electronic and print legal and other specialized research/reference services to students and faculty of the College of Law, the University, the legal community, and the general public. Assists legal researchers in effectively understanding and using new and existing resources, technologies, and library services. Develops and authors research guides, creates and reviews website information and creates content for the Law Library social media presence. Interacts professionally with all internal and external customers using strong interpersonal skills. Apply here.

Long-term Elementary Media Specialist

Job Description:
  • Instruct students K-6 in a fixed schedule (40 minute classes) using AASL standards
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers on lesson projects and plans
  • Support staff and student needs through readers advisory, collection development, and curriculum support. 
  • Support our media center's mission 
  • Serve as an engaging place of opportunity where students have a strong desire to visit, explore, and thrive as readers and researchers
  • Provide a diverse collection of informational and fiction resources both print and electronic to students and staff
  • Develop important information literacy and other 21st century skills in students through media instruction and lab time

If interested in this position, contact Kari Phillips

Thursday, November 5, 2015

LITA Forum Video Volunteer

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) is looking for a student volunteer to help with recording keynote sessions at their upcoming LITA Forum conference. Experience and general comfort with videorecording is desired. 

The conference takes place Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall), and the keynotes are:

Friday 11/13, 1-2 p.m.
Saturday 11/14, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Sunday, 11/15, 11:00 a.m.-Noon

The volunteer will also need to arrive by 11 a.m. on Friday to test the equipment and help get things setup.

In return, the volunteer will receive a free registration for the conference and the gratitude of the planning committee and the association.

If you are interested or have questions, contact Nick Steffel at njsteffel [at]

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Part Time Cataloging Library Associates with the Yolo County Library

Yolo County Library invites you to apply for the part time, extra help cataloging Library Associate positions.  The successful candidate will have previous experience with either copy cataloging and/or original cataloging with knowledge of MARC, RDA/AACR2 and a working knowledge of at least 1 foreign language, preferably Chinese or Japanese.
Positions are open until filled.

More information about this position is available at: (select the Library Associate link)

To apply for this position, please PRINT out online application form.  You will have to assign yourself a password before entering the site. After printing the application, scan it and send to: along with your resume and 3 references.

Monday, November 2, 2015

MLIS Advising Week Nov. 9-13

MLIS Advising Week is Nov 9-12, 2015. 

Registration for Spring 2016 begins November 16, 2015.

Schedule an appointment with your MLIS Advisor!