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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MLIS Job Opportunities - Out of State

Communications and Marketing Manager - California

To join The County of Los Angeles Public, you should possess a proven track record of delivering results in a public relations, marketing or library setting. Experience developing communications strategies, generating publicity and increasing brand awareness is critical. Strong relations with news reporters are preferred; ability to navigate the modern media landscape is required. Annual salary ranges from $87,955 to $115,354 .

Two Digital Scholarship Librarians - Kansas
K-State Libraries invite applications and nominations for two Digital Scholarship Librarians. To support the university’s goal of becoming a top-50 public research university by 2025, these positions will work collaboratively to grow the center’s publishing, copyright, and data services;  support   the institutional repository, K-State Research Exchange (K-REx), and online publishing imprint, New Prairie Press (NPP); engage campus content providers; and provide education and guidance on digital scholarship.  Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution at the time of appointment, OR an advanced terminal degree in an appropriate discipline with relevant digital scholarship experience. Full job description here: 

Dean of Libraries and Information Resources - North Dakota
The University of North Dakota (UND) invites nominations and applications for an exciting opportunity for an innovative, entrepreneurial, and professionally engaged leader to serve as the Dean of Libraries and Information Resources. The dean will provide vision and leadership to support and enhance the central role of the Chester Fritz Library and its branches, along with other university and community libraries, to support intellectual inquiry, foster a diverse knowledge community, and advance UND’s mission, strategic vision, and initiatives.  UND is a nationally prominent, student-focused doctoral research university with a strong liberal arts core, and is one of only 47 public universities in the U.S. with both accredited law and medical schools.  Please view the position profile to learn more about this important academic leadership position at a dynamic university.  Nominations and applications for qualified individuals who fit the profile are encouraged, and may be submitted to Jeff Harris, Managing Partner, Harris Search Associates, at  Inquiries also may come to Jeff at 614-798-8500, ext. 125.  Review of applications will begin May 22, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.  Applications should include a current curriculum vita and letter explaining interest and relevant experience.

SLMS Opportunities

Library Media Specialist - Rochester Public High Schools
Contact: Carol Lucido Elementary Curriculum Coordinator/Media Coordinator

Full posting here:

Elementary and Middle School positions open in Richfield Public Schools:

Specialist/Media Specialist - Red Oak Elementary School 
Description: 1.0 FTE Media Center Teacher for Shakopee School District at Red Oak Elementary for 15/16 school year only.  Job Summary: Duties related to the instruction and supervision of a secondary building media center.  Apply Online at under posting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Head of Marketing and Community Engagement Rochester Public Library, MN

The Rochester Public Library (RPL) seeks an enthusiastic, creative and personable Head of Marketing and Community Engagement to market RPL into the future. The successful candidate will have the ability to connect RPL with customers, expose how fantastic our library services are, and to shed light on one of the best kept secrets in Olmsted County. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by: June 10, 2015. 
OPENING DATE: 05/18/15
CLOSING DATE: Continuous   

Full description here:  

NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-16 NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship. The NorthStar Youth Worker Fellowship is not a typical class or workshop series. The purpose of the Fellowship is to engage a cohort of experienced youth work practitioners in exploration, reflection, and study to generate more wisdom, language, and leadership in the field of youth work in Minnesota.
Fellows in the 2015-16 cohort will examine the opportunities and challenges facing youth work as we move into the 21st century. Fellows will identify core values, key figures and fundamental documents from the past and present that should inform future youth work practice in Minnesota. Each of the fellows will spend the year reviewing relevant research and writings; tapping the local wisdom of their professional network; engaging in conversation with local and national leaders in the field; and writing a position paper that will inform systems development and field advancement in Minnesota.
You can learn more about the fellowship and download the application by visiting: The Fellowship requirements are listed in the Overview document, and include consistent participation and attendance at monthly meetings, outside readings, and producing a position paper for publication. There is no cost to you or your organization for the Fellowship, and Fellows will receive a $500 stipend, books and materials, and extensive contact with local and national field leaders. Fellows may also receive two University credits (tuition fees apply).

The application deadline is June 1, 2015. For questions or more information on the NorthStar Fellowship, contact:  Sheila Oehrlein  (651) 582-8448

Traverse des Sioux Interlibrary Loan Specialist

General Job Description/ Responsibilities
The TdS Interlibrary Loan Specialist works independently, with minimum supervision from the Assistant Director.  The primary responsibility of the job is to manage the efficient processing of interlibrary loan requests referred to and from the Traverse des Sioux Library System member libraries, libraries contracting with Traverse des Sioux for these services, and libraries outside of the region. The Interlibrary Loan Specialist is also responsible for coordinating the delivery of materials within a nine county area and facilitating the exchange of materials between

Applicants should submit a resume, a cover letter with salary requirements, and contact information for at least three references in electronic format to Connie Haugen ( by Monday, June 1, 2015.

Full description here.

Legislative Forum 2015

Registration is open for the Legislative Forum!

Register now on the registration page!
When: July 8, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN
              1300 W St Germain, St., St Cloud, MN 56301

Who: All are welcome! MLA members, ITEM Members, and Library Trustees are especially encouraged to attend.

Why: It's important for library professionals to advocate in Minnesota and use our voices!

Cost: This event is free to attend and includes lunch.

Details: Elaine Keefe, MLA lobbyist, will review the 2015 Legislative Session and give an overview of expectations for the 2016 session. The majority of the day will be spent developing and discussing possible legislative priorities, opportunities, and challenges for 2016.


Don't wait....register today!

U of M Circulation Department Assistant 3

Reference Librarian Position Available at Ohio State Law

The Moritz College of Law is an integral part of one of the world's great educational institutions. Founded in 1891 and consistently the top-ranked law school in Ohio, The Moritz College of Law has grown into one of the nation's preeminent public law schools and one of the most respected law schools in the world. The Moritz Law Library's 700,000 volume equivalents and extensive on-line resources make it the largest law library in Ohio. The library is an integral part of the vibrant intellectual life of the college. We seek a librarian who is committed to our high level of customer service and record of excellence. 

The principal responsibilities of this position include providing, in a service-oriented environment, sophisticated research and reference assistance to faculty, students and other patrons of the Moritz Law Library, and teaching the required first-year Legal Analysis and Writing I (LAW I) course, which includes legal research, or an advanced legal research course each year, and occasionally lecturing on legal research to classes within the Moritz College of Law and throughout the university. 

Stillwater Substitute Library Assistant 1

Position: Substitute Library Assistant 1
Focus: Literacy Activities Internship
Opening Date: 5/21/15
Closing Date: Until filled
Salary: $15.51 per hour

POSITION DESCRIPTION The intern will coordinate and oversee a variety of summer programming responsibilities for children and teens. Performs basic readers’ advisory duties for families and children. Additional duties may include collection development projects, passive programming creation, program evaluation and book club development, depending on the skill and interest of the intern. This is an excellent opportunity for students in early elementary education or youth services librarianship to gain experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Assists with library programs, including summer reading, crafts, and storytimes.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Congratulations MLIS Graduates!

Congratulations to the 39 MLIS Spring 2015 Graduates and to the following Scholarship and Award Recipients.

Adam Bezdicek and Assistant Professor Kyunghye Yoon - Spring 2015 Friends of the Library Development and Services Faculty and Student Award
Asst. Prof. Kyunghye Yoon; Adam Bezdicek

Nicole Catlin - Spring 2015 Wilson Scholarship
Nicole Catlin; Asst. Prof. Sarah Dahlen

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Library Assistant/Student Worker (part-time)

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Library seeks a library assistant/student worker. Help support the clerical, technical and administrative needs of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Library, a specialized information center providing services and resources for DEED staff and partners.

This position will work about 16 hours a week. This is a six-month position that could be extended based on the student’s performance and educational status; we’d love to have someone for 1-2 years. For more information: , search for Posting No. 15DEED000076 or go directly to the posting. DEED is the state's principal economic development agency and its programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development. Closing Date: 06/06/2015.

Still Open: Serve at State Library Services as a Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA

Help State Library Services build curriculum to support public libraries in developing, delivering and assessing high-quality, outcome-driven early childhood services that improve school readiness in at-risk populations. Collaborate with youth librarians and childcare providers to establish a framework that nurtures meaningful library-childcare provider partnerships. Apply now to be a Minnesota Literacy Council VISTA at State Library Services (applications accepted until position is filled). The Literacy VISTA will begin a full year of service on August 3, 2015.

The State Library Services Literacy VISTA will be a part of a cohort of more than 30 Minnesota Literacy Council VISTAs working to build a strong foundation for literacy and academic achievement in Minnesota. In return, you receive unique opportunities for personal and professional development, and for building marketable skills in a supportive environment. Learn more about serving as a Literacy VISTA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer 2015 LIS 7040 Cancelled

I am sorry to say that we have been instructed to cancel LIS 7040 for Summer 2015. Our usual requirement for running a class is between 8-12 students. Exceptions have been made in the past, but in today's budgetary environment such exceptions are not easy to make. Although we were given permission to run the class when we had 7-8 classes, now that enrollment has dwindled to 4-5 that permission has been revoked. Reference will be offered in Fall and Spring semesters next academic year, and probably in the following summer. I am truly sorry for the inconvenience to you, the students, and am forever grateful to our wonderful instructor, Deb Rash, for her understanding and flexibility.

Deborah S. Grealy, Ph.D
Associate Dean and Director
Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) Program

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Work Available at the U of M!

The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) is hiring for multiple positions this summer, with several positions presenting an opportunity to continue into the fall semester.  We are particularly looking for grad students that may have interest in the following opportunities. 

Northside Achievement Zone Community Survey
• Part-Time Data Collector
     o Open to all students and community members
     o 20 hours/week this summer
     o Up to $14/hour

Mapping the Demand for Sex with Trafficking People in Minnesota
• .5 GRA’s
     o Summer and fall/spring 2015-2016
     o $18+tuition benefits during the fall/spring semesters

Monday, May 18, 2015

Assistant Archivist-Illinois

Tills full-time Assistant Arcruvist position is based in the USA-Canada Provincial office located in downtown Crucago, Illinois at 205 West Monroe Street. Under the direction of the Province Arcru vist, this team member's primary functions are to preserve, describe, and make accessible arcruval collections.

The ideal candidate must possess an ALA-accredited MLS degree with specialization in archives administration, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Other requirements include a minimum of one year experience processing and working with arcruves;

Media Specialist

South Washington County Schools has a current opening for a Media Specialist (1.0 FTE) at Armstrong Elementary. For more information, please click here.

Media Specialist

Jefferson High School has an opening for a 1.0 FTE media specialist. Come join the Bloomington team. Great things are happening. For more information, please click here.

Minnesota Association of Law Libraries Spring Conference 2015

In the morning, one of MALL's newer members, Ryan Greenwood (Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections) will be sharing insights and historical perspective on the 800 year history of the Magna Carta Libertatum based upon his curation for the Stefan A. Riesenfeld Rare Book Center at the University of Minnesota Law Library. For the history buffs, his is going to get Medieval on us.

In the afternoon, a collection of MALL Illuminati will share a more recent history, 60 years of MALL. And to quote Marie Antoinette (or Rousseau), we will "let them eat cake."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MALL Election and Candidates' Bioographies

The 2015 Election for Vice-President/President Elect and Secretary/Treasurer is open. Below are the candidates' biographies and the link to the ballot on Survey Monkey. The election is open until noon on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Current Studies in Librarianship Publication and Subscription Opportunity

We are presently accepting manuscripts for Current Studies in Librarianship (CSiL) Vol 32 No. 2. We anticipate the publication date by the end of 2015. Submission instructions are as follows:

CSiL is published annually under the sponsorship of the Clarion University of Pennsylvania Department of Library Science. CSiL is a forum for research by library science students on subjects of general interest to librarians, under the direction of Drs. Simon Aristeguieta-Trillos and YooJin Ha. Papers submitted for publication should be readable, timely, thought-provoking, and contain new information or approach known information with new insight.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Media Specialist

Please consider joining our team of library media specialists in Robbinsdale Area Schools. We have an opening at our charming Noble Elementary School located in Golden Valley. Promoting reading will be an important part of this position, as is support for the effective use of technology in learning. All students in 4th and 5th grades have Chromebooks and there are iPads available as well. We encourage student voice and choice in all mediums. For more information, please click here.

Media Specialist

Stillwater Area Public School District is currently seeking a .8 FTE Media Specialist to work at Lily Lake (.4 FTE) and Stonebridge (.4 FTE) Elementary Schools.  A media specialist license issued through the Minnesota Department of Education is Required. For more information, please click here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Architecture_MPS Internship Scheme

For students and recent graduates of Library & Information Science, Architecture_media_politics is a nonprofit research group and peer-reviewed open access journal. It combines the role of librarians and academics in the scholarly communication process. It is a platform for publication that also operates a librarian-run resource repository offering up-to-date materials for research.

Hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Your Library

Hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon can be a meaningful way to highlight your collections, apply them to research, and bring new users into your library. This session will cover the basic considerations for planning, preparing and running a Wikipedia event at your library. Join Minitex staff as we host guest speakers, Margit Wilson and Janos McGhie on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 from 10:00am-11:00am. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Job Openings and Opportunities-Out of State

Director of Copyright Services-New York
We are seeking a Director of Copyright Services who will lead a program of assistance, consultancy, training, and advocacy to promote effective sharing and use of scholarly resources, including issues such as fair use, open access, author's rights, and Creative Commons licensing. For more information please visit:

Research and Education Librarian-Virginia
The Research and Education Librarian will serve as the liaison librarian to the diverse disciplines in the School of Allied Health Professions (SAHP). The liaison will assume a leadership role for providing research and instructional support for SAHP faculty, staff, and students. For more information, please visit:

Pacem in Terris Retreat Center-Employment/Volunteer Opportunity

At the Pacem in Terris Retreat Center, they have a collection of 4 walls of a large room filled with books (perhaps 4,000) that need to be organized into a small, circulating library.  They are looking for a young, well-organized librarian who needs experience or an older librarian who would be interested in a project.  They will offer a salary and living space (if needed) for the time it takes for the work.  The retreat center is beautiful and peaceful, and it has a fine staff.  For more information about Pacem in Terris, please visit: If interested in this opportunity, their contact number is: 763-444-6408.

School Library/Media Assistant

Totino-Grace High School is seeking a part-time Library/Media Assistant who will support the curriculum by assisting students and staff with access to information and information-seeking skills. For more information, please visit:

Taxonomy and Content Analyst

At Bluestem Brands, Inc., the Taxonomy & Content Analyst is responsible for the product categorization hierarchy, as well as determining the most appropriate attributes for internal and customer-facing product information needs for our eCommerce websites and brands. This role researches, designs, defines and helps to implement the web taxonomy and content taxonomy architecture for all of Bluestem’s merchandising families across all brands. For more information, please visit:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Literacy Activties Internship-Hennepin County Library

Opening Date: 4/15/15
Closing Date:  5/15/15

The Position:
The intern will develop programs, services and resources to support literacy initiatives. This is an excellent opportunity for students in early elementary education, early childhood development (and related fields), or youth services librarianship to gain experience in the field. This unpaid internship is from June – August 2015, 8-12 hours a week for 120 hours.  It can be used for college credit or work experience. Hours will be available Monday – Friday afternoons and coordinated with the supervisor.

Job Postings and Opportunities-Out of State

Reference Librarian/Instructor-Florida
The essential job functions and responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: engendering a spirit of collegiality and teamwork; providing a full range of access, information, and instruction services as a Reference Librarian in a joint-use library. For more information, please click here.

Part-time Children's Services Associate-Ohio
Shaker Heights Public Library is seeking a part-time Children's Services Associate. (Half-time, 20 hours per week.) We are a busy, diverse, first-ring suburban library looking for an energetic, creative, flexible team player with a passionate commitment to customer service.

De-Stress Fest!!!

Instruction Librarian-Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

The Instruction Librarian supports the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs by enabling students, faculty, and staff to become independent researchers through transformative individual and group instruction delivered face-to-face and online. This position collaborates with faculty to teach adult students information literacy concepts, authors interactive web and print instructional materials, and delivers user-centered reference and circulation services. For more information, please click here.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Head of Library Collection Services-Library

St. Catherine University, St. Paul campus, invites applications for a fulltime Head of Library Collection Services to provide leadership and vision for the libraries’ Collection Services Department, including collection development, cataloging, acquisitions, and serials. The successful candidate will re-envision traditional technical services functions to enable the department to move forward in a complex environment of evolving collections, systems, and technologies. This work requires a keen understanding of the daily demands of the department as well as an enthusiasm for integrating its services into the libraries’ learner-centered environment. For more information, please visit:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Library Journal's LEAD THE CHANGE!

Coming to the Greater Minneapolis – Saint Paul Area on Tuesday May 19th

This all-new 2015 Lead the Change program is designed to optimize the contribution and impact of the individual library staff member, including librarians, support staff, public-facing service representatives, administration, and IT/technical services.

Using a “flipped learning” approach, participants receive materials prior to the workshop allowing time to review, learn, and complete assignments at their own pace. At the live session, participants are then able to spend more time applying key concepts, checking their understanding and extending their learning through interaction, collaboration and workshop activities.

RASS Rendezvous

Join MLA’s RASS (Reference and Adult Services Section) for its third annual networking event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 at the Minnesota History Center. Newly renamed the RASS Rendezvous!, the evening will consist of a History Center Library tour, food, and discussion. There is no cost for this event. For more information, please click here.

Save the Date!!! 2015 MLA Annual Conference


In the world of libraries we are always searching for new ways to engage our patrons and to enhance the user's experience! Come to the St. Paul RiverCentre on October 8 and 9, 2015 for the annual Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference!

Let’s all work to Create a lasting experience and take that energy back and share it with our colleagues.  Recharge your passion for libraries by attending a wide variety of engaging breakout sessions.
The Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference will leave you searching, creating and Inspired as you head back to your local library.  You will be ready to experiment with new ideas and attack any problem from a new perspective! Please join us.
Registration will open in August.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Attn: MLIS STUDENTS! New Options for MLIS Requirements

After careful research, analysis, and consultation, the MLIS Faculty has decided to eliminate LIS 7990 Touchstone (1 credit) and LIS 8990 Capstone (2 credits) as requirements for students entering the MLIS Program following the completion of the 2014-2015 academic year, i.e. as of Fall 2015.

Students who joined us prior to Fall 2015 now have several alternative ways of completing their graduation requirements.

In short, all students admitted prior to Fall 2015 will need to complete:
  • The Electronic Portfolio, and…
  •  The Touchstone (1 cr)/[Capstone (2 cr) or Practicum (2 cr)], or
  • The Practicum (3 cr)
Your MLIS academic advisor will be your best guide in this process. These new requirements do not pertain to SLMS students. Students who wish to take the Practicum (2 or 3 credits) in Fall 2015—i.e. those who have not already done so—should complete the short form below at that their earliest convenience.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MLIS Capstone Presentations, Monday, May 11, 2015

The MLIS Program community is cordially invited to attend the Spring 2015 MLIS Capstone Presentations scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2015, 6-9 p.m., Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall, St. Paul Campus, St. Catherine University. Twenty-eight students enrolled in LIS 8990, Capstone will present on six group projects for community partners. Light Refreshments.

Monday, May 4, 2015

MLIS Fall 2015 Intent to Graduate Reminder

Minneapolis/St. Paul Mini Maker Faire!

Ramsey County Law Library Assistant

The current vacancy is for a temporary Law Library Assistant working mid June through the end of August, three days per week. Responsibilities include: to organize and shelve library materials such as books, periodicals, and pamphlets; to file loose-leaf updates and other supplements into existing; to staff the circulation desk; and other duties assigned. For more information, please click here.

Friday, May 1, 2015

MLIS Storytelling Festival, Sunday, May 3, 2015

The MLIS Program, St. Catherine University presents The Third Biennial Storytelling Festival this coming Sunday, May 3, 2015 starting at 6:30 p.m. in Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall St. Paul Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The festival is an evening of storytelling by the students and alumni of the St. Kate’s LIS 7180 Storytelling for Adults and Children course and features stories for a variety of audiences, in a variety of genres, from a variety of places.

* Please join us for refreshments following the festival
* Some material may not be appropriate for children. Adults only, please.

Presented by Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, and the students and alumni of the LIS 7180 Storytelling course with support from the MLIS Student Governance Organization (SG0).

May 15: Deadline for Fall 2015 Intent to Graduate

Intent to Graduate Reminder

Don’t forget to complete the intent to graduate form! You can find the form under the Student tab in Kateway or on the Registrar’s website.

Below are the deadlines:
·    May 15 for December graduation

·    Nov. 30 for May graduation

MLIS Students invited to May 4, 2015 SLA MN Chapter Event, Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium

The SLA Minnesota Chapter presents “Adventures in ROI: It’s a Journey AND a Destination!”
**Featuring Sheila Hatchell, Minnesota Department of Transportation Library Director, & Kathleen Bedor of Law Library Consultants Inc.
**6 p.m. Monday, May 4
**Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium, St. Catherine University, St. Paul campus
**Parking details at
**Light refreshments provided

Register for free at Eventbrite:

Minnesota information professionals and students are encouraged to attend this free event. It promises a close look at one of the state’s acclaimed special libraries along with plenty of networking. Students, come meet local professionals, some of whom are looking for interns and new hires (or will be in the future).