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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Call for Papers-Conference in Digital Preservation

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

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

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

For any questions please contact

Beta Phi Mu Paper Award - Deadline December 31

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

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


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

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

HCL Information Services Internship

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Out of State Opportunities

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

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

Director - Colfax Public Library, Wisconsin

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

NDSU Architecture and Visual Arts Librarian

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

Full job description can be found here:

Apply For National Library Legislative Day Grant By Dec. 21

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

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

Sunday, December 20, 2015

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

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

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tuesday-Thursday Forum Followup

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

Information Management Internship (December, 2015)

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

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

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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Out of State Opportunities

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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

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

Full job description found here:

Registration for National Library Legislative Day 2016 has opened!

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

2016 Teen Literature Conference Authors Headliners

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

Joson Reynolds
Author of All American Boys

2016 Library Technology Conference: Register December 9th NOON!

Library Technology Conference 2016.

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

Meet Our Keynote Speakers here:

Media Specialist Job Vacancy for Next Semester

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

PT and FT Library Associate Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

Assistant Professor/Web & Digital Services Librarian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact Cindy Thrasher, coordinator, at 651.293.8740 or 

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

Monday, December 7, 2015

Job Opportunities in Wisconsin

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

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

Librarian/Information Studies (Unclassified MSCF-CC Faculty)

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

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

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Technical Services Librarian - Head Cataloger

The Technical Services Librarian coordinates centralized copy cataloging and classification activities, and original cataloging as needed for all member libraries in the region using OCLC, the Integrated Library System - Sierra (iii), and other electronic resources. Responsible for cataloging workflow, setting up and revising policies and procedures as needed, identifying and resolving bibliographic and holdings problems, and database maintenance of the regional automated catalog. Serves as Automation Systems Librarian backup and works closely with the Automation Systems Librarian to facilitate the operation of the cataloging, circulation, serials control, and acquisitions functions of the regional automated catalog. Maintains positive member library relations, provides catalog instruction, and supervises cataloging staff activities.

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

Application Deadline: Friday December 18 2015

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

Saturday, December 5, 2015

ALSC Scholarships

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

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

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

Program Associate Internship Program at MNHS

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

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

Application Deadline: December 11, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Collection Development Class Focus Groups

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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