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Monday, June 29, 2015

Circulation Department Assistant 3, University of Minnesota Law Library

Circulation Department Assistant 3, University of Minnesota Law Library
Description: The Circulation Department Assistant 3 supports the operations of the University of Minnesota Law Library Circulation Department. This position reports to the Access Services Librarian.
Minimum/Essential Qualifications:
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Five years relevant library experience. College education can be substituted for experience on a year for year basis up to three years
  • Relevant supervisory experience
  • Relevant customer service experience
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds and push/pull 50 pounds
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in an academic law library
  • Demonstrated commitment to a very strong service philosophy
  • Demonstrated very strong communication, marketing, and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a large organization and across departmental lines
  • Experience with management of legal materials, including looseleaf services
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and independently prioritize multiple and competing work assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain established work standards and procedures, as well as adapt easily to procedural changes
  • Knowledge of legal bibliographic and citation formats
For a complete description and to apply online:
  1. Select this link to access our site.
  2. Sign In to access your account, or if you are not an existing user select the New User link to create one.
  3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.
If you are a current University of Minnesota employee, please use this link instead

Two positions, Anchorage Public Library (Alaska)

Anchorage Public Library is recruiting for two positions supervising library branches. Both positions are full time with benefits. They are both open continuously with the next review of candidates on Monday, July 13th.

Anchorage Public Library is the largest public library in the state of Alaska. We have five branches and serve 300,000 people over a physical area the size of the State of Delaware. We are working on redefining ourselves as a system, especially focusing on technology and on early literacy. We are looking for people who can lead change within their location and contribute to our growth as a system. As a city Anchorage is home to the most diverse census tract in the United States. Our school district has students who speak over 90 languages. Throughout the city are trails perfect for hiking, walking, biking, and cross country skiing. Salmon fill our rivers and can even be caught in creeks in downtown Anchorage! There is no better place to live for a globally diverse community with pristine wilderness merely a hop away.

Our library in Girdwood is seeking a branch supervisor to head up a staff of four people. Girdwood is a small enclave in the south half of Anchorage with a close knit funky vibe. Do you love to ski? You will be living at the base of a fantastic ski mountain and able to enjoy year round access to trails for hiking, biking, and more. Position does not require an MLS. We are looking for a candidate with a Bachelor's in Library Science or four plus years of experience working in public libraries. This position is responsible for all youth programming in addition to supervising the branch.

The Muldoon Library needs a branch manager to head up a staff of five people in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Anchorage. Sharing a facility with a Boys and Girls club, this branch vibrates with activity and is heavily used by all age ranges. Staff here is highly motivated and has created many innovative programs. This position requires an MLS and 2 years of professional library work.

To apply, please go to<>

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, Library Consulting Webmaster

Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, Library Consulting, has an open position for a Webmaster to help design a web site. MLIS students with qualifications are encouraged to apply.
  • Number of weekly hours expected to accomplish the work: 40
  • Work deadline: August 30, 2015; Flexible hours.
  • Qualifications: successfully completed web design course; preferred: web site design experience, including examples of web sites created
  • Paid position; salary negotiable
Contact Patrick Jones; email contact only:
URL to website : 

Part-time Reference Librarian, Concordia University (St. Paul)

Concordia University, St. Paul is looking for a few good part-time reference librarians to provide reference service to Concordia students, faculty and staff during evenings and weekends. Evening and weekend reference service is provided by a small group of part-time librarians who also supervise student workers and the library facility. Part-time reference librarians may be called on to assist library staff with other special projects as time allows.

During Fall and Spring Semester, there are shifts Monday-Thursday from 4-8 PM, Saturday from 12-5 PM, and Sunday from 4-8 PM. During Summer Semester, there are shifts Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:30 and Saturday from 10-2 PM. During breaks and holidays, there will be fewer shifts available because of reduced hours.

Complete job description and application instructions:

Library Associate 3, University of Minnesota Libraries, E-Resource Management Unit

University of Minnesota Libraries, Twin Cities
E-Resource Management Unit
Library Associate 3 
The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks applicants for a Library Associate 3 position in the E-Resource Management Unit. This position consists primarily of three areas of responsibility that includes the acquisition and management of e-resources, providing licensing assistance to the ERM Unit, and acting as an expert resource to unit and department staff as well as other University Libraries staff.
Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight (8) years.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experienced with integrated library systems, in particular Aleph or Alma;
  • Proven knowledge in the area of e-resource acquisitions and/or e-resource management
  • Skilled in the data gathering, manipulation and analysis using tools such as Microsoft Excel or Access
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and creativity, with an ability to utilize past experience and available data to assess, test and resolve technical problems.
  • Forward thinking with strong collaborative instincts and a systems perspective.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment, while relating to and interacting with staff and patrons outside the unit or library
  • Proven familiarity with licensing contracts
  • Self-starter who can innovate in a dynamic and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to change in a fast paced information resources environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work with multiple data points/sources, large documents or files.
For a complete description and qualifications, and to apply, go to
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Metadata Services Specialist (Academic Professional)

Metadata Services Specialist (Academic Professional)
University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: As soon as possible after closing date of search. This is for a 100% time, 12-month Academic Professional position in the Content Access Management (CAM) department in the Technical Services Division of the University Library.

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign seeks an innovative and experienced professional to serve in the position of Metadata Services Specialist. This is an academic professional position for an individual with a master’s degree in library or information science, preferably with at least two years of metadata experience. Reporting to the metadata librarian and metadata team leader within the Content Access Management Unit, this position will primarily support metadata creation and management of digital collections, with duties extending to the Library’s other metadata services.  The Metadata Services Specialist will develop and establish efficient metadata workflows and maintain high standards of quality for metadata production and management of digital collections to support discovery and access, and contribute to the long-term stewardship of the Library’s rich digital collections.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saint Paul Public Library- Arlington Hill Youth Position

Partner Agency:  Saint Paul Public Library
Location(s):  Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul MN 55130
Name of Site Supervisor and Title:  Kali Freeman, Librarian             
CTEP Program DescriptionThe AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP sponsor organizations include: Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), the Community Computer Access Network (CCAN), and the City of Minneapolis.
Site History and Mission: The Arlington Hills Community Center, which opened May 2014, is located in a busy and diverse urban environment. This is a collaborative environment where staff from St. Paul Public Libraries and Parks and Recreation work together with community partners to offer complementary services and programming. Situated in the Payne-Maryland Neighborhood, the Arlington Hills Community Center serves a diverse community of Hmong, Karen, and Hispanic immigrants and refugees as well as a large African American populations. The Community has a very young population, 30% of whom are under 18, and many of whom are living at or below poverty level.

MLIS Job Opportunities - Out of State

HEAD OF THE SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.

This position provides leadership management and supervision of the Systems Development Department with a staff of four (4). It is responsible for developing, implementing, supporting, and managing information systems for the University Libraries. This includes the 24/5 operations of the Learning Commons. This position plans for new technology, defines departmental procedures, manages ongoing projects, and directs daily technical operations. Evening and weekend hours will be required as needed. Submit applications to, by clicking on Teaching and Research Faculty opportunities.

LIBRARIAN I (BILINGUAL): Santa Monica Public Library, City of Santa Monica, CA.

Salary: $ 5,281 - $ 6,520/mo. Job Summary: The Santa Monica Public Library is currently recruiting to fill a vacancy for a bilingual (English/Spanish) Librarian I. This position will serve the Fairview and Pico Branch Libraries in the Young Adult Services area. This position will be required to work evenings and weekends. While the current vacancy is in Young Adult Services, the eligibility list established for this classification will be used to fill bilingual (English/Spanish) Librarian I positions throughout the Library. Requires: Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university in Library Science. Apply by: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, JULY 2, 2015. Apply at: City of Santa Monica Human Resources Dept., 1685 Main St., P.O. Box 2200, Santa Monica, CA 90407. Phone: (310) 458-8697. Apply online at

LIBRARIAN (Children’s) Positions: Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City, UT

Three Librarian positions are available for the newly construction Marmalade Branch
  • Librarian – Children’s focus – anticipated start date mid-August 2015
  • Librarian – Teen focus – anticipated start date early-September 2015
  • Librarian – Adult focus – anticipated start date mid-October 2015
How to apply: Send an email with an attached resume and cover letter (PDF or Word Document) indicating position title to the Human Resources Department at Applications will be accepted through June 25, 2015.

LIBRARIAN: Yolo County Library, Davis, CA

Come share your talents with a great staff in a community that values and loves its library! Yolo County Library seeks two librarians who are interested in making a difference in the lives of young people and their families. We are looking for both new and seasoned youth services leaders to join our West Yolo Region, based in Davis, CA. Recruitment begins June 24 and concludes on July 5. We will also seek individuals who may be interested in part time hours with our system. More information can be found at after June 24.

Current MN Employment Opportunities

Goddard Library at University Center Rochester has a .5 temporary library technician position available.  Our library serves Rochester Community and Technical College and the Rochester campus of Winona State University.  The job will start ASAP and end on December 18th.  Main duties are technical processing of books and other materials and opening the library each day.  Here is a link to the posting:

Carleton College: Reference & Instruction Liaison Librarian to Languages and Cultures - full-time (1.0 FTE).  Visit this link for more information on the position and/or how to apply:  Feel free to contact myself or Kristy Sybilrud, (x7629 or if you have questions.

We’re looking for a Product Specialist for our web-based request tracking software to join the Minneapolis office of our small software company and support our strong business growth. We want people who share our working culture: people who are intelligent, plain-speaking and are passionate about supporting the high quality software our customers rely on. If you enjoy the freedom and professional satisfaction of working in a small company committed to producing great software, come and join us. We are very good at delivering new products and features which is a key reason for our business success. Now that we’re ready to launch our newest product, we need a product expert to manage the new implementations and liaise between the customers and our developers – this is where you come in! Apply - Company: Priory Solutions.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Fall 2015 MLIS Courses

Courses are filling up.

If you are not registered for your fall 2015 MLIS course(s), please do as ASAP!

2 Positions, South Dakota State University Library

Systems and Discovery Librarian

South Dakota State University seeks an innovative, service-oriented individual for the position of Systems and Discovery Librarian. The successful candidate will provide support for existing library systems and lead the configuration, integration, and maintenance of new systems and discovery solutions. The Systems and Discovery Librarian will collaborate with all library staff to enhance users' ability to identify, retrieve, and use library resources and to provide excellent library services to the SDSU community.

This 12-month librarian position reports to the Head of Technical Services, participates in professional activity, provides reference assistance, and serves on library and university committees. A Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program is required. Position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by July 20, 2015.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

FILLED 073115 - Fall 2015 Library Intern Position, Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, MN

Library Intern Position Description:
Time commitment: 5-10 hours/week (flexible) | Duration of Fall 2015 semester (can be extended)
Work hours: Work can be done during day, evening, or weekend hours and is flexible based on school schedule and breaks
Payment: Stipend available

Contact Information: Sonja Ausen-Anifrani, Associate Director, Wisdom Ways, 651.696.2794 or sanifrani[at]
Organization Website:

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality is a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province. The Center is a place for spiritual seekers of all faith traditions; programs foster critical thought and reflection on life and spirituality. As part of this ministry, Wisdom Ways has a library with over 2,500 materials available for checkout including books, DVDs, CDs, audiotapes, and more.

To see more about our library, click here. Examples of library categories include environment/ecology, feminist theology, women in scripture, & women’s spirituality.

Click on Read More for position responsibilities, qualifications etc.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

SAA Emerging Leader Award: Cheryl Oestreicher

Join us in congratulating Cheryl Oestreicher, Boise State University head of Special Collections and Archives and assistant professor, for being named the 2015 recipient of the Society of American Archivist's (SAA) Emerging Leader Award. She received her MLIS in 2004 from the St. Catherine/Dominican University MLIS program and has a Ph.D. in Modern History and Literature from Drew University. To read about her accomplishments, go to:

Monday, June 8, 2015

MLA 2015 Conference: MLF Silent Auction Item Donations Sought

MLIS Alum Erica Ross and current MLIS student Allison Current are coordinating the Minnesota Library Foundation's Silent Auction for the MLA 2015 Conference in St. Paul, MN. The conference will be taking place at the River Center on October 8-9, 2015.

They are currently accepting donations for the annual Silent Auction. So far they have collected various gift cards to restaurants, handmade jewelry, pottery, a gondola ride and more. Nothing is too small or too big.

If you are interested in donating something to the Silent Auction please mail it to:

MLF Silent Auction
C/O CLIC Office
1619 Dayton Avenue Suite 204
St. Paul, MN 55104

Entry Position: Reference, Instruction & Collection Development Librarian- U-North Dakota, Grand Forks

Join our staff at Chester Fritz Library in a dynamic environment where the Library supports the University’s strategic priorities of enriching the student experience, encouraging gathering, facilitating collaboration, expanding UND’s presence, and enhancing quality of life.

The University of North Dakota, a member of the North Dakota University System, is a flagship research university located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota – a classic college town of 55,000 people located on the banks of the Red River of the North. UND was founded in 1883 and is the state's oldest and largest University, with more than 15,000 students (11,724 Undergraduate, 2,914 Graduate, 505 Professional (Law/Medicine) and 225 fields of study. Grand Forks is a northern city where residents enjoy 4 seasons of recreational activities and events. North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate, excellent education systems from Pre-K through higher education and thriving communities. Winnipeg, MB is 2 hours away and Minneapolis, MN is 5 hours away.

UND, one of the nation’s premier regional public research universities, is at an exciting crossroads in its 130-year history. Major growth and positive change are the hallmarks of this new era – research funding has expanded and is now more than $100 million annually and a $300 million capital campaign is well on its way to successful conclusion. In addition, an award winning “Essential Studies” program has recently been put in place and an innovative new strategic plan, “Exceptional UND,” has been developed and implemented.

Click on Read more for Position Summary, Min. & Pref. Qualifications and How to Apply:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

eFolioMN fee notification

For MLIS Students: We are aware that Minnesota users of eFolioMinnesota have been notified about a new $10.00 annual subscription fee starting July 1, 2015. We understand your concern. The MLIS program is working with University Academic Computing to shift to the D2L ePortfolio platform. We ask for your patience as we work out the details. More information will be forthcoming as we learn more about the process.

Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian UMN-TC

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an energetic, innovative, service-oriented and collaborative professional to serve as Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian. The ideal candidate provides intellectual access for materials held in the various units of the Archives and Special Collections Department and in digital repositories, by performing original and complex copy cataloging using descriptive standards such as Resource Description and Access (RDA), Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM), and Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS), and utilizing a variety of encoding standards such as MARC, Dublin Core, MODS and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Metadata librarians work with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in coordinating metadata projects, training and mentoring support staff within the unit, and writing documentation. The position may also assist with high priority original cataloging for the general collections, particularly serial materials, as needed. The librarian will also contribute to the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as he or she works toward continuous appointment status. This position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services in the Data Management & Access Department.

Required Qualifications include an American Library Association accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience, and one to three years original cataloging experience, applying current standards and systems including AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress Classification, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and OCLC Connexion and library management and discovery systems.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For complete description and qualifications, and to apply, go to  The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Reference & Instruction Librarian, Part-time, Nine-Month Fixed Term, Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University seeks a part-time (0.80) FTE, nine-month, fixed-term sabbatical replacement Reference and Instruction Librarian position within the Library and Learning Center, beginning August 2015. Deadline for applications, Friday, June 5, 2015. Included in minimum qualifications: ALA accredited Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies earned no later than August 15, 2015. See the full job description with responsibilities, minimum and preferred qualifications etc.: