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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Booked for the Evening Event

Since 2002, alumnae, educators, librarians, parents, and book lovers have been attending Booked for the Evening for a comprehensive overview of the year’s best books for children and young adults. Alumnae from the St. Catherine Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program lead the event. 

Time: Monday, November 2 at 6:30 pm
Location: Rauenhorst Ballroom at Coeur de Catherine

Panelist for the evening include:
Gail Nordstrom '81, MLIS '94
Sara Swenson, MLIS '94
Carla Petersen Larsen, MLIS '02
Lisa Howes, MLIS '02

$20 per person. 
$10 discounted price for Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet or members of other religious orders. 
Free for all students with valid student ID.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SAA Archivist Panel Oct. 26

MHS Reference Assistant I

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) seeks applicants for a Reference Assistant I to serve library researchers’ needs through retrieval, duplication and re-filing of materials in the MNHS collections.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  1) photocopy materials as requested by patrons according to the Reference department’s policies and copyright law; 2) staff copy services window; 3) retrieve materials from the stack or storage area for researcher use; and 4) re-file materials used so that items are made available for use.

·         High school diploma or equivalent.
·         Experience following alpha-numerical filing systems. 
·         Must be able to regularly lift up to 40 pounds and occasionally 40-60 pound boxes.
·         Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and politely with researchers and customers. 
·         Demonstrated ability to handle rare and fragile items with due care.
·         Demonstrated ability to learn tasks quickly; flexibility and adaptability.

Monday, October 19, 2015

DATE CHANGE: Spring 2016 Practicum Information Sessions

Are you planning to enroll in a Practicum course next semester? Come to a Practicum Information Session with Dr. Anthony Molaro. 

There is an online session with Dr. Molaro on 11/13/2015, Friday, at 6 pm.

An in person session will be held in CdC 005 on 11/16/2015, Monday, at 6 pm.

It is mandatory for MLIS students to attend one of the information sessions in order to register for Practicum 7992/7993. 

RSVP to Tony at

Library Student Intern Opportunity

The Lake Elmo Public Library is looking for an unpaid student intern to help develop library collections, policies and programs as well as an upcoming capital campaign. The library is working towards a goal of becoming an Associate Library with Washington County Library System and joining MELSA. 

They can be flexible with intern’s schedule and time commitments. Additionally, much of the work can be done from home. The library provides the unique opportunity to develop policies, programs and collection from nearly the ground up, and develop internships to best match the need of student and library.

Interested candidates should contact:
Nate Deprey
Director, Lake Elmo Public Library
3537 Lake Elmo Ave. N
Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Visiting Information System Analyst

This is a 12 month, full-time Academic Professional position with the IT Infrastructure Management and Support team at University of Illinois. It is a visiting, three-year appointment in the first instance, but there is a possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities: This position helps support IT systems and software applications used by the Library. The Information Systems Analyst position holder will join a team of professionals responsible for providing a variety of information technology services and applications to the University Library and its users.

Requirements are
  • 3 years of experience in the field and a Bachelor’s Degree; or 1 year of experience in the field with a Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment.
  • Demonstrable experience documenting systems and procedures
  • Programming and software development experience  in scripting and client-side applications languages, including one or more of Perl, Python, PHP, Visual Basic, and Java
  • Current and working knowledge of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Familiarity with programming web applications.
  • Working knowledge of relational database design principles
  • Ability to work independently or under only general direction
  • Strong communication skills.

To apply go to https://jobs.illinois.eduFor questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
For more information, see

Deadline:November 16, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Clinical Assitant/Associate Professor and Resource Access Librarian

The University Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks an energetic and knowledgeable librarian to provide cataloging and metadata expertise.  The Resource Access Librarian will create, review and edit cataloging and metadata for all types of library materials as well as training and advising others.  The position will work with colleagues in the Resource Acquisition and Management (RAM) Department and throughout the library as an expert on cataloging and metadata, as well as contribute to the discovery of library materials through original and complex copy cataloging.  The successful candidate will be a vital part of the department management team.  This is a clinical faculty position with research and publication expectations.

Minimum Requirement:
  • Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association
  • Experience working with MARC metadata in a library setting
  • Knowledge of current cataloging rules and standards (including RDA), LC Classification, and Library of Congress Subject Headings.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues, staff, and users
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills contributing to a collaborative environment
  • Keen analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Evidence of ability to meet University standards in publication and professional service commensurate with appointment as a clinical faculty member.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide departmental and library-wide leadership and expertise relating to cataloging and metadata for description and discovery  
  • Perform original and complex copy cataloging using LC Classification, LCSH, NLM Classification, and MeSH
  • Work with a wide variety of library materials, including Special Collections and other unique items
  • Develop workflows and train library personnel in cataloging and metadata creation and maintenance
  • Participate in NACO and local authority control for library databases
  • Serve as part of departmental faculty leadership team

For fullest consideration apply by October 22 ,2015.
The position close date is November 2, 2015. All applicants must submit an online application.  

ALA Student Chapter Hosts Social Event, October 17, 2015

The ALA Student Chapter, MLIS Program, wants to hang out with you. Come join chapter members for a fun night away from campus to hang out and play games. This event is open to all MLIS students, new and continuing.

When: 6 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2015
Where: Chatterbox Pub, 800 Cleveland Ave, Saint Paul, MN (near Ford Parkway and Cleveland)

Questions? email:

See you there.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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

Graduate Writing Support Resources

St. Catherine University O'Neill Center for Academic Development

Drop-in Assistance (for undergraduate and graduate students):
The Center seeks to produce better writers, not just better papers. Peer tutors work one-on-one with students in 45-minute sessions that focus on current needs and promote academic growth. Appointments are not made for drop-in assistance. Location: Ground level of CDC at the end of the hallway.

Drop-in hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am -8 pm; Friday, 9 am -6 pm; Saturday, 12 pm -3 pm; Sunday, 10:30 am -1:30 pm.

Online or In-person Support by Appointment (for graduate students only):
Graduate writing support may be conducted online or face-to-face with graduate writing tutors by appointment only. Please visit the Graduate Writing Services page through the Writing/Reading Center page on the O’Neill Center website in Kateway for information on graduate tutoring services. Appointments are made through a writing support system accessible from the Graduate Writing Services page. All students must register for an account with this system (it is not your Kateway login or password). Once a student account has been set-up, students may book appointments for either online or face-to-face assistance in the Writing Center on campus.

For online writing support, students will need to sign into the writing support system at their designated appointment time. After signing in, students must click on the appointment time. A separate window will open and prompt the student to begin or join the online chat session. Papers can be uploaded into the program when booking the appointment or when logging in to begin the session.

For face-to-face appointments, students should check-in at the front desk in the O’Neill Center at their scheduled appointment.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Registration open for 4th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium

4th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium

Bridging the Gap Between Our Digital and Physical Collections

Join the Minnesota Historical Society and the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) on Monday, November 2nd, 2015, for the fourth annual Minnesota Archives Symposium. This year’s theme is Bridging the Gap Between our Digital and Physical Collections. Attend the Symposium to meet with your peers and learn what methods archivists, librarians, curators, and other information management professionals are using to relate our digital presence to our physical holdings, and how to bridge that gap between our digital and physical collections.

Registration Information:

The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held in the Education Wing (second floor) of the Minnesota History Center (345 W Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul) from 11:45am (if taking optional tour) to 5:00pm on Monday, November 2nd.

Registration is FREE, but we ask that participants complete the registration form by Friday October 30th. Onsite registrations will be accepted.

For more information and the full schedule go to:

Thank you to MLIS/SLMS Guest Speakers

MLIS/SLMS stars visited Heidi Hammond's LIS 7730 class on Saturday to discuss being new librarians in the Edina school district with my students. They are in order: Janet Parker - Countryside Elementary, Linda Mork - Southview Middle School, and Heather Palmer - Valley View Middle School.

Friday, October 9, 2015

2016 Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant

Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant Committee, a group within the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association is seeking applicants for a $1000 research grant. The Frances Henne/YALSA/ VOYA ( Voice of Youth Advocates) Research Grant annually provides $1,000 in seed money for small scale projects which will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.
  1. Applicants must be personal members of YALSA, including student members, although the research project may be undertaken by an individual, an institution, or by a group.
  2. The proposed research must be a response to the  vision mission goals, and research agenda (PDF) of YALSA,  and for the general area of library service to young adults.
  3. Proposals must be submitted online                               

Grant proposals must be submitted online by December 1 of 2015.
Visit Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Grant Application for more information. 

Librarian I/II at the San Rafael Public Library

We invite you to submit an application for the position of Librarian I/II at the San Rafael Public Library. The San Rafael Public Library serves an active and diverse community in the heart of beautiful Marin County. This public service desk position provides reader’s advisory and reference service, including assistance in the use of library materials and technologies. The job includes collection development and programming responsibilities, and requires effective verbal and written communication skills. The position also requires some evening and weekend hours. 

Education/ Experience:
  •  Masters in Library Science issued by a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Librarian I is the entry-level position. While no experience is required, it is highly desirable.
  • Librarian II is the journey position requiring three years of professional library experience with two years of experience in technical services, adult services or children services.

Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 15th, 2015  

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wiley scholarship grant to attend library conference

Wiley is sponsoring a scholarship contest for a $1,500 grant to attend a library conference. All early career (first five years) academic and research librarians and ML(I)S students in the US and Canada are eligible to apply.

Wiley is offering three (3) $1,500 reimbursement grants to attend a library conference of their choice:

ALA Midwinter
ALA Annual

Applicants must complete a brief questionnaire and submit documentation of a thoughtful, 7 to 10 question interview with an academic or research librarian about the changing roles of librarians. Applicants are encouraged to be creative with their questions and the presentation of the interview (all forms of interview accepted—video, audio, transcript, etc.). Find the official contest rules at

Applications are due by November 20, 2015. All winners will be selected by November 30, 2015.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SLMS long-term sub position

Are you a licensed teacher working on your K-12 Library Media certification? Or are you finishing your K-12 certification this December? I am seeking a long term sub at Chippewa Middle School (Mounds View Public Schools) in Shoreview, MN from the beginning of January through the end of March. 

Chippewa has a busy library full of voracious readers, energetic staff, creative programming, and tech integration opportunities. This would be a great way to get your foot in the door and learn what being a Media Specialist is really like. Please contact Emily via email at for more information.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Branch Manager with Scott County Library (Prior Lake Branch)

Scott County Library is currently recruiting for a Branch Manager for the Prior Lake Library.

The eligible register developed from this posting may be used to fill future FT and PT vacancies within this classification.

Position directs and coordinates the daily operations of a single or clustered branch of the Scott County Library (SCL). Supervises and motivates staff, models and promotes exceptional customer service, and engages the community to ensure services meet customer needs and align with library strategy. Serves as a member of the Library Management Team to monitor current strategic objectives and develop future library services and programs.  Work is performed in an office setting.

Requires equivalency of a bachelor’s degree (MLIS preferred) in Library Science or a related field and three years progressively responsible library experience, including supervisory experience.  Must possess a valid class D driver’s license. The incumbent shall provide a reliable means of transportation for the performance of work responsibilities.

For more information, view the online job posting at the Scott County government website.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Head of Acquisitions, The Lillian Goldman Law Library

The Head of Acquisitions is responsible for creating and implementing policies and procedures used in a broad range of activities and tasks related to acquiring resources for the Law Library in all formats. This person is responsible for fostering a team approach in the unit, and organizing and monitoring the work-flow of the acquisitions unit. The Head of Acquisitions seeks ways to improve services, achieve efficiency, and support the fiscal integrity of the Library.

Some of the Required Education, Skills and Experience are:
·    Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree.
·    A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments.
·    Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

For more information about the position also visit

Friday, October 2, 2015

Seeking candidates for Research and Faculty Services Librarian position

Southern Methodist University’s Underwood Law Library is seeking candidates for its Research and Faculty Services Librarian position.The Research and Faculty Services Librarian will:
  • Serve as library liaison to approximately nine members of the law school's faculty.  Support faculty research and promote faculty scholarship.
  • Provide research assistance to the law library's patrons, including staffing the reference office 8-15 hours per week.
  • Deliver lectures on legal research and possibly teach law school courses for credit.
  • Develop research guides and library marketing materials.
  • Maintain library web pages cooperatively with other librarians.
  • Assist in managing the library's electronic resources and establishing a digital repository.
  • Plan library events for law students, faculty, and staff.
  • Serve on university and professional organization committees, and other tasks as assigned.

Application Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2015

Work-For-Hire Metadata Steward

Cantata Learning is an educational book publisher. Cantata uses music paired with picture books to enhance student learning. Our goal is to help in engaging students in curriculum areas including language arts, science, math and social studies while boosting social and emotional development.

Position Responsibilities: 
  • Perform original cataloging of all formats of library and classroom materials to facilitate their identification, access, and use
  • Interpret and apply Library of Congress subject headings, the Dewey Decimal System, the AACR2, RDA, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) manuals in cataloging and classifying library materials. 
  • Maintain records and perform needed work in database. 
  • Consult with libraries in order to resolve cataloging and database problems, report trends in bibliographic services, answer questions, transmit information, and discuss options for handling library materials.

Application deadline: Submit resume and cover letter by October 15, 2015

Contact information: 
 Katherine Coughlan 
 Address: 1710 Roe Crest Dr. 
 North Mankato, MN 56003 
 Phone: 507-382-2184 
 Fax: 888-262-0705

Last day to register for 2015 MLA Annual Conference

Today, 10/02/2015, is the last day to register for the 2015 MLA Annual Conference in St. Paul!
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity. Register today at the MLA Registration Page