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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

APA: A la carte for St. Kate's Graduate Students

Back by popular demand - APA: A la carte, an intensive workshop for graduate students!

Presented by St. Kate's librarians, APA: A la carte will include tips for using sources in a paper, citing electronic sources, and strategies to avoid plagiarism.
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 9am-Noon (check-in with coffee begins at 8:30)
Where: St. Paul Campus Library, Room 110
Who: Any student currently enrolled in a St. Kate's graduate program is invited to attend. Graduate faculty are also invited to register.

An additional session has been added: November 14. You can find all the info about it here.

And if you need further convincing, here's a great tweet by an MLIS student recommending you do this.

Note: This is not an introductory APA workshop; a basic familiarity with APA guidelines is assumed.

Space is limited and registration is required. Participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Questions? Please contact Sue Gray ( or Kathi Rickert (

Personal Library Organization Assistance (short-term project)

MLIS Students, contact the individual listed below if you are interested in this short-term project opportunity:

I need my professional and personal library of several thousand volumes organized by someone knowledgeable. I moved recently, and all my books were put back on shelves in rather random order. I’d pay $25/hour for up to 40 hours of work, or you can tell me how long it would take to organize and we’ll go from there.

I live in Southwest Minneapolis. I work in a home office, so my schedule is very flexible as to when you could get this work done.

Dr. Chris R. Powell, MBA
Engility Corp./Pentagon: ODASD(Systems Engineering)
Minneapolis, MN & Alexandria, VA

Monday, September 28, 2015

Funded PhD Opportunities at Illinois

The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), the iSchool at Illinois, is actively recruiting high quality doctoral students who want to design, develop, and evaluate informatics solutions to the grand challenges of the twenty-first century. Admitted candidates typically receive up to 4 years of funding in the form of research, teaching and service assistantships, including tuition waivers and stipends.

Massive changes in how large collections of data are created, disseminated, analyzed, and used have increased the role that information plays in industry, science, scholarship, government, and our everyday lives. The flexible program ensures that each student receives the intellectual guidance and experiences necessary to prepare them for vibrant research careers in a wide range of academic, business, and government settings. Students receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty with a global reputation for excellence in scholarship and high impact science.

DEADLINE 10/2: TWO Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

There are TWO MLIS Graduate Assistantship opportunities for fall 2015.  Check out the flyer below. Apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript from Kateway, to  

Deadline October 2, 2015 OR open until filled.

Molaro: Looking for a rockstar researcher and writer to help assist with an article on a management and leadership topic. (Level: GA I)

Yukawa: Seeking assistance with research and analysis for LIS curriculum development. Required: General requirements + completion of LIS 7050 Research Methods for LIS. Preferred: strong interest in LIS education and curriculum development. (Level: GA I)

REMINDER: LibTech Conference 2016 Call for Proposals

March 16-17, 2016
Macalester College in St. Paul, MN

We invite you to submit a session proposal for LibTech 2016.
We are looking for a balance of sessions that will appeal to a broad library audience and provide a combination of "right now" solutions and "see the future" technology presentations. Projects could already be implemented or still in process. Long-term experiments that stretch the boundaries of how we work, or will work, in libraries, as well as "out of the box" solutions and ideas for libraries struggling to 'keep up' with evolving technologies are all welcome topics. Library staff, library students, educators, technologist, vendors, publishers, and those in related fields are all encouraged to submit session proposals.

We are look forward to hearing from you. Please review our Planning Your Proposal resources for more help in creating a successful proposal. Submissions are due no later than October 2, 2015.

Friday, September 25, 2015

ELM Expo Hands-on & Up-Close with the ELM Databases

Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) is an outstanding suite of databases available to all Minnesotans. Join us to learn more about ELM, the specialized databases available, which database is best for what, & more. Learn with the experts how to search, save, & share your results. Take home tips on how to teach the databases to users. 
This day-long training event will give you the chance to attend multiple sessions tailored to your interests & experience. Computers available, but feel free to bring your own laptop or tablet to personalize your learning.

All levels of experience welcome! Novice or advanced searcher, there will something for you. 

For more information:

Digital Projects Librarian

Under the leadership of the Associate Director for Library Technology, the Digital Projects Librarian will be responsible for the planning and management of digital projects throughout the University Libraries environment. As a member of the Library Information Technology team, the Digital Projects Librarian will work across Library departments and with University-wide clients to assess complex digital project requirements and provide quality technical solutions. S/he will work with librarians and faculty members to digitize collections that will be of benefit to their courses and assignments, and faculty and/or student research projects.

Special Notes: This is a tenure track position. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously. Anticipated Start Date: As soon as possible. **Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, to guarantee consideration, please apply by 10/21/2015.

Full job description can be found at:

Library Associate - Digital Scholarship & Services

Macalester College seeks to hire a temporary Library Associate to join the Library team. This position will be responsible for assisting with editing the library website and supporting the digital initiatives of the library.

This position is not eligible for telecommuting.

This position is temporary with an anticipated end date of May 31, 2016.

Full job description can be found here:

Art + Feminism Mia Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Coming up: Saturday, October 24 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This lack of female participation has led to an alarming deficiency of content about women and art in the world’s most popular online research tool.
But you can help!

Join us for an Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: an afternoon of communal Wikipedia editing related to art, art history, and feminism.

Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.

Bring your laptop and ideas for entries to create or improve. Editors of all genders, ages, and abilities are welcome. We’ll have free wifi and treats for particpants.

Library resources will be on hand for researching artists in the museum’s collection. The library will be open Thursday evenings October 1, 8, 15 & 22 for research in preparation for submission of new material or to set up a Wikipedia personal account if you don’t already have one.

Free, tickets required. To register, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online.

Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship 2016

Information for Applicants
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to announce a scholarship for a student of library and information science to attend the World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
The scholarship is intended to encourage students who have an interest in international library work and enable them to participate in IFLA early in their careers. The 2016 IFLA annual meeting takes place in Columbus, Ohio, August 13-19. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited school of library and information science at the time of the 2016 IFLA annual meeting. They must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants should have an interest in cooperative endeavors with international libraries, international standards, or other international library and information issues.

Full scholarship description and information can be found here:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Call for "Read Out Against Censorship" event participants

St. Catherine University Libraries is looking for participants--including MLIS students--to join in on their event, "Read Out Against Censorship" in celebration of Banned Books Week. Participants will read a passage from their favorite banned or challenged book. The Read Out event will be held mid-day on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pulse, CdC. Some MLIS faculty and staff members are volunteering to read. To sign-up, go to:

MLIS Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

There are TWO MLIS Graduate Assistantship opportunities for fall 2015.  Check out the flyer below.  Apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript from Kateway, to 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Innovation Strategies Workshop for Educators

Minnesota Military Museum Library Consultant/Librarian

The Minnesota Military Museum maintains a library for staff and researchers with approximately 15,000 items in the collection.  The military themed collection has many common reads and also contains rare and unique volumes of military themed work.  An Access data base is used to manage the collection and volumes are filed by period or theme and alphabetized by author.  The collection has been maintained by volunteers and volunteers will continue to assist with the library.  Volunteers are currently conducting an inventory of the collection. 

The museum seeks to contract with a part time hands-on consultant to further organize the collection and to prepare the library for expansion and growth utilizing library management system software.  The museum seeks to make the collection available to the public on the World Wide Web and to establish policies and procedures to govern lending and use of the collection for staff, museum members, military in training, and the general public.  The Museum has partnered with the St. Cloud State University Library and with the Great River Regional Library system for support and assistance. 

The contractor selected for this position will be contracted for a minimum of 1040 hours.  Additional hours may be available if additional funding is secured.    The contractor will have considerable flexibility in scheduling the work that needs to be completed based on their availability.   The contractor will basically have the responsibility of creating and establishing a functioning lending library from a large collection of books. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wisconsin Library Director

The Milltown Public Library seeks a well-organized and energetic leader to direct the operations of their library.  The library has purchased a building for renovation for a new library.  The library is part of the Indianhead Federated Library System and MORE system

The library serves a community of 900 in northwestern Wisconsin.  The Village is located in scenic Polk County and is about 60 miles from the Twin Cities. 

Responsibilities: The Library Director reports to a 5-member Board of Trustees and is responsible for the overall management of the library.  Essential duties include building and maintaining our collection, managing the library budget, supervising the library staff, and promoting the library within the Village of Milltown and the surrounding area.

Qualifications:   Candidates must be eligible for Wisconsin Grade II certification.  A Bachelor’s Degree is required and three or more years of library or similar experience is desired.  The ideal candidate shall also possess excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with their staff, the Board, the Village of Milltown, community organizations, and area libraries.  Knowledge of current library practices, technology and trends is required.

Compensation: Salary commensurate with education and experience and includes excellent benefits. 

Please email your resume and cover letter on October 5th by 5:00p.m. to the Library Search Committee via email at: No mailed or delivered applications will be accepted. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Another Addendum Author Event!

Spring/Summer 2016 COOP positions for LIS students at Iowa DOT Library, Ames

COOP/Intern student positions beginning in January 2016. These paid positions will give students a great deal of hands-on special library operations and management experience. Application deadline: Friday, October 16.  We would like to hear from St. Catherine students.  

Position 1: Iowa DOT Library Transportation Information/Collection Management COOP Student. 
Application Link: (Use the “Apply” button, do not email applications.) Or go to  and search for “GIS Metadata Student COOP (LIBRARY) - Ames, IA” under the “Internships/Co-Ops” tab.

Position 2: Iowa DOT GIS & Library Metadata COOP Student.Application Link: (Use the “Apply” button, do not email applications.) Or go to , and search for “Transportation Information/Collection Management Student COOP (DOT Library) - Ames, IA” under the “Internships/Co-Ops” tab.

Unique Employment Opportunity at The Library of Congress

There is a unique employment opportunity for advanced degree graduates at the Library of Congress. The Library is planning to select several employees through the Federal Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program. The PMF program is a leadership development program for the federal government, which is open to candidates who have completed an advanced degree in the past two years. Fellows bring their unique experience and fresh perspectives to federal agencies, and receive professional development and guidance in return. The PMF program includes robust work assignments, training, access to manager expertise, and the potential to convert into a permanent position.

Your school was identified as having degree programs providing critical competencies needed by The Library of Congress.  We therefore ask that you encourage your recent graduates with degrees and/or a background in library and information science, geographic information systems (GIS), mathematics, history, and other related fields to apply for Federal employment through the PMF program. To be considered for this employment opportunity at the Library of Congress, applicants must apply to the PMF program and become a finalist. PMF finalists are highly sought after for their leadership skills by many agencies across the Federal government. If not selected by the Library of Congress, Fellows hired by other agencies may also be able to undertake a rotational assignment at the Library. Past PMFs at the Library of Congress have worked in all areas of library and research services and operations support.

The application period for the 2016 class of PMFs is September 28-October 13. For more information, see Please forward this email to your students and encourage them to apply for the Presidential Management Fellowship program.

John Mondragon
Acting Director, Human Resources Services
Library of Congress

Friday, September 18, 2015

East Bank Operations Manager (UL346)

Job No.                 UL346
Job ID#                 304749
Job Title:               Manager, East Bank Operations (UL346)
Dept. Name:          Libraries Research & Learning/Physical Sciences & Engineering
Position Available: Immediately
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

External Candidates please use the following link:  

Information Management Librarian

The Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center (LIC) University of Florida- Levin College of Law seeks a creative and service-oriented librarian with demonstrated cataloging, communication and leadership skills to oversee cataloging and metadata operations. In addition to overseeing and performing cataloging duties, the Information Management Librarian will work closely with Access Services and Reference librarians in the LIC and join them in performing reference, faculty services, and teaching duties.

See Full Job Posting for Requirements   Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Additional Salary Information: Minimum Salary $55,000. Actual salary will reflect experience and other qualifications.

Plant Sciences Librarian

Job Title should be:  Plant Sciences Librarian (UL348)

Job No.                 UL348
Job ID#                 304763
Job Title:               Research Services & Plant Sciences Librarian (UL348)
Dept. Name:          Libraries Research & Learning/ABES
Position Available: Immediately
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

External Candidates please use the following link:  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Excellent Opportunity for a New Librarian

Clarke University, located in Dubuque, Iowa, is looking for a temporary reference and instruction librarian for approximately 30 hours per week for the Spring 2016 semester.  This is an excellent opportunity for a new librarian to gain practical experience at a small, liberal arts school in reference, instruction and a variety of other academic library areas. The position would start January 11th and end May 6th, 2016.   Exact start and end dates are somewhat negotiable.  This temporary position offers on campus room and board provided by the institution for the semester and an hourly rate of pay.  The position will be mostly day hours with a possible rotating evening shift.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Congratulations Jody Gray!

The American Library Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Jody Gray as the Director, Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach at the American Library Association. Jody is coming to ALA from her current role as Diversity Outreach Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries.  Jody joined the University of Minnesota Libraries staff in 2003 as Library Resident. She will join ALA on November 2, 2015.

As Diversity Outreach Librarian at the University of Minnesota, Jody Gray works collaboratively with the University’s Office for Equity and Diversity on a range of programs, develops and facilitates training and curriculum to support diversity and inclusion, facilitates staff development workshops and dialogue, and chairs the Libraries’ Diversity Outreach Collaborative.  She is also liaison to the Department of American Indian Studies and Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.  She developed and co-coordinates the Peer Research Consultants, a research service for first-year writing students in partnership with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and the SMART Learning Commons. In applying for this position she noted: “My personal interest is in creating spaces where everyone can succeed in the profession and everyone has a stake in equity and diversity.”

Jody is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She has a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and an MLS from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 

Call for 2015 MLA Conference Volunteers

The following is a good opportunity for MLIS Students to become involved with the upcoming Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference:

Call for Volunteers at the 2015 MLA Conference!

This year’s MLA conference promises to be an exciting opportunity for learning and sharing. It also offers an opportunity to be of service to your professional community. Volunteering at the conference is a fantastic way to network and meet new people, catch up with old friends as you see them, and get in touch with the workings of the conference. Many volunteers are needed in several areas.

An hour or two of your time can make a significant difference! We are in need of three types of volunteers:

Registration Volunteers
Silent Auction Volunteers
Program/Room Moderators

Visit the 2015 MLA Volunteers homepage to learn more about how to volunteer and provide service for the 2015 Conference:

We can't wait to see you in St. Paul!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Addendum Author Event!

LibTech Conference 2016 Call for Proposals

March 16-17, 2016
Macalester College in St. Paul, MN

We invite you to submit a session proposal for LibTech 2016.
We are looking for a balance of sessions that will appeal to a broad library audience and provide a combination of "right now" solutions and "see the future" technology presentations. Projects could already be implemented or still in process. Long-term experiments that stretch the boundaries of how we work, or will work, in libraries, as well as "out of the box" solutions and ideas for libraries struggling to 'keep up' with evolving technologies are all welcome topics. Library staff, library students, educators, technologist, vendors, publishers, and those in related fields are all encouraged to submit session proposals.

We are look forward to hearing from you. Please review our Planning Your Proposal resources for more help in creating a successful proposal. Submissions are due no later than October 2, 2015.

SAA Student Chapter Meeting Today

The first SAA meeting of the semester is Monday, September 14th in Library Room 123 at 6pm

We are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Check out Mia's "Art for Life's Sake" event this weekend

Talk: Art for Life’s Sake: The Life of Emma Roberts
Presenters: Sue Leaf & Kathy Allen
Date: Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 am
Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art in the Pillsbury Auditorium
Price: $10; $5 Mia members, free for Library Affinity Group members.
To register, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries when most women saw their primary vocation as a stay-at-home wife and mother,  Emma Roberts (1859 - 1948) chose the "new woman" path.

Hear author Sue Leaf talk about the indelible mark that Roberts left in bringing an appreciation of the arts to the community. Following Leaf’s talk, Kathy Allen will discuss the discovery of previously unknown watercolors by artists Roberts and Agnes Williams that were found in the Arboretum’s collection.

Leaf is the author of four books, including "A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts", a 2014 Minnesota Book Award finalist.

Kathy Allen is head of the Andersen Horticultural Library at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Two Librarian Positions Open at University of Minnesota Libraries

Social Sciences and Professional Programs Librarian
Research Service Coordinator/Liaison for Social Sciences & Professional Programs

The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for two innovative and proactive social science librarians. We seek applicants who have subject expertise and technology skills, possess an understanding of research processes in the social sciences, and embrace lifelong learning.

Both positions will be part of the Social Sciences and Professional Programs department of the University Libraries’ Research and Learning Division. The positions will report to the Social Sciences and Professional Programs (SSPP) Director and will collaborate with ten other subject librarians and data specialists, as well as staff across the University Libraries.

Both positions will serve as library liaisons to designated academic departments and research centers affiliated with the University’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Education and Human Development. They will support the instructional, research and outreach activities of these units. They will forge relationships with faculty, students, instructors, and researchers offering services that respond to the University’s Strategic Plan.

The University of Minnesota and its libraries also have a strong record of outreach and service to the state and region.

Both positions will play key roles within SSPP: the first providing support for researchers, instructors, and students from multiple departments in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Human Development and the second in the development and coordination of SSPP research support services with a specific focus on researcher metrics along with some liaison responsibilities.

The individuals will also contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement, as they work toward continuous appointment status.

Systems and Web Services Librarian, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Applications are invited for a Systems and Web Services Librarian, Carl B. Ylvisaker Library, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The successful applicant will have primary responsibility for the library’s technology infrastructure, including the LMS, electronic resources management, digital collections, the discovery layer, and related tools. An ALA-accredited Master’s degree is required for this 10-month faculty position to begin January 2016. For more information and to apply, please visit EOE/AA. Criminal background check required.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Health Science Librarian (Faculty Position) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, IL

Faculty Position FY16-009
August 26, 2015

Position Title
Health Sciences Librarian (Assistant or Associate Professor)

Hiring Unit
Library & Information Services

Job Description/Responsibilities
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Library and Information Services invites applications from dynamic and service-oriented candidates for the position of Health Sciences Librarian. SIUE seeks a creative librarian who is flexible, collaborative, and able to deliver responsive and innovative information services in the health sciences.

For full job description, qualifications and other information, see:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Academic Librarian, Northern Marianas Collegem As Terlaje Campus, Saipan

Position Title: Academic Librarian, Northern Marianas College
Annual Salary: $45,632.48 - $47,229.62
Location: As Terlaje Campus, Saipan

Duties and Responsibilities:

*Coordinates and conducts information literacy instruction for multiple courses at NMC
*Provides specialized and general reference services to the college community.
*Participates in Program Review and Outcomes Assessment (PROA) activities such as serving on committees and creating composite reports.
*Provides high-quality customer service to students, staff and faculty.
*Assists patrons in the use of the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), internet resources, and online databases.
*Scheduled hours may include evening or weekend shifts as necessary.
*Provides library support for the college’s distance learning program.
*Creates and updates web content for the library.
*Assists in collection development, acquisitions, and weeding as part of an annual review process.
*Participates in projects in the CNMI Archives.
*Supports operations in the Curriculum Resource Center (CRC), an education library held in concert with the School of Education.
*Provides high-quality student and internal and external customer service.
*Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Library Programs and Services.

Minimum Qualifications:
*Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from a U.S. Department of Education recognized and accredited institution.
*Demonstrated commitment to academic research and information literacy instruction.
*Familiarity with Integrated Library System management, original cataloging, open source applications, and library metadata schema.

Preferred Qualifications:
*Prior experience in an academic library.

For the complete job posting and application information, please visit

For more information, contact Christopher Todd, Director of Library Programs and Services:

Application review will begin September 21, 2015.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Library Digital Services Specialist, Bethel University

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN has an opening for a fulltime Library Digital Services Specialist. Job Summary: develop and maintain library digital resources and public web presence; support and contribute directly to growth of the digital library. Explore new technologies for implementation by library staff; provide technical support and training to library staff and users. Review of applications begins September 16, 2015.

For the full job description, qualifications and requirements, see:

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Business Data Catalog Coordinator, MNDOT

(Note: this position has been reposted and revised to reflect that it is a .75 time temporary position).

The purpose of this position is to provide coordination for MnDOTs implementation of the Business Data Catalog (BDC). The BDC is an interactive application accessible by all MnDOT staff to assist with searching for and locating data and Records Retention Series items, understanding data definitions and business terminology, and accessing and sharing data.

This position will provide reliable, timely data and information that is easily accessed, shared for analysis and integrated into MnDOTs decision-making process.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • 2 years para-professional, technical or advanced administrative assistant experience demonstrating your qualifications in the following areas: 
    • Strong analytical abilities to effectively manage development to meet business needs and to recognize when business practices should be changed;
    • Demonstrated skill in applying the principles of organization, management, administration, communication and presentation skills (decision-making, organizing, coordination, assessing, facilitating, managing time and resources, public speaking, business writing, and relating to the public);
    • Database management sufficient to enter data, write summaries, detailed correspondences, update and design spreadsheets for tracking purposes; 
    • Communication and presentation skills sufficient to interact effectively with a variety of clients, partners, and stakeholders; 
    • Strong planning and organizational skills sufficient for successful management of multiple priorities. (Ability to handle numerous tasks by planning, organizing, and setting priorities); 
    • High level of human relations skills sufficient to work effectively in different situations with professional and technical employees; 
    • Knowledge of computers and experience in using tools and programs in an office environment (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint). 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Library Science, and/or working towards a Masters Degree in Library Science; 
  • Knowledge and experience in working with data governance principles; 
  • Experience using technology and the ability to learn new technologies. 

For more information or to apply, access the full job posting here.