Sunday, November 22, 2009

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

The American Association of Law Libraries (Legal History and Rare Books Section), in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the second annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1000 to fund a trip to the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15.

More complete information is available at the Legal History and Rare Books webite

SLISten Up! Fall & Winter Edition

From the editors themselves:

Here is the latest edition of SLISten Up! Enjoy!

Please keep in mind that this is your publication, so we invite you to participate. We encourage you to contribute any comments, critiques, ideas for articles, article submissions, good news, and/or volunteer opportunities. The newsletter usually includes articles about conferences, new job and internship experiences, presentations, and service opportunities. However, please do not feel limited by these parameters. Keep in mind that contributing articles and other news to this publication is an excellent opportunity to build up your professional résumé.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Jessica Kohout (jessica.kohout[at] and Natalie Couch (couchn[at]

Friday, November 13, 2009

Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS Calendar Now Available To Order!

Calendar Cover

Another year, another calendar to choose for your wall. Would you like some puppies in a basket? Perhaps a gallery of assorted fruits with faces drawn on them? Well, forget about them! The mildly attractive gentlemen attending USC have assembled for your viewing pleasure throughout 2010, arranging themselves in iconic poses from the history of film. And, lest you think the calendar is all sticks and veggies, witness some of the beef we've got...

Bill's Page

Wow, all that and more? (It's ok if you're not even reading at this point; just click "Add to Cart" and we'll be even) Does the calendar include important ALA and SCLA dates so you can plan the year's conferences around a bevy of ALA-certified grade-A guybrarians? Look no further! There's even a convenient button below to make the process as painless as taking a masters student "between the stacks."

All proceeds from sales will be used to fund SLIS students' attendance at major conferences, assuring you can meet them in person!

(Pricing: $12 per calendar, $3 shipping or purchase directly from Davis College and its LISSA officers)

UPDATE 12-17-09: Please be aware that quantities from the first printing of the Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS 2010 are currently sold out. We will make another print of them to sell at the beginning of the year. Sorry for the inconvenience but THANK YOU to the overwhelming response on this year's calendar! We will update this blog post with more information. If you don't mind waiting, please feel free to place your order. We will send you an email to let you know if there is a delay.
UPDATE 1-12-10: A new batch of Calendars has been ordered and should be here by next week! Get excited! Tell your friends!

UPDATE 2-5-10: After a bit more wait and deliberation, the new batch is in!!! Order away!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Freedom to Read Foundation New Graduate Membership Form

From ALA's update
(click here for the original announcement and relevant forms)

The Freedom to Read Foundation is pleased to announce that it is offering free one-year memberships to students graduating
from ALA-accredited MLS and MLIS programs and from school library media programs recognized by the American Association of
School Librarians that are part of an educational unit accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Students whose graduation date is August 1, 2009 or later can download the membership form (pdf/Word) and mail, fax, or email it to
the Freedom to Read Foundation. (Note: By completing and signing this form, you will be giving FTRF permission to confirm your
graduation status with your educational institution.)

As benefits of their membership, the graduates will receive the Freedom to Read Foundation’s quarterly newsletter, and be eligible
to vote in the annual trustee election and attend FTRF member receptions. The membership will be good through December 2010. Those
graduates who are already members of the Freedom to Read Foundation will have their membership extended one year.

Resume & Interview Colloquium With Robert Newlen

The Adobe Breeze presentation can be viewed HERE.

Robert Newlen came to Davis College on October 15 to offer advice for SLIS students as they breach
the job market and present themselves to hiring managers.

An Amazing Chance to Attend IFLA for FREE

The Council on Library and Information Resources is sponsoring a scholarship for library students that are interested in international
librarianship. The Rovelstad Scholarship provides for registration, airfare, transportation, lodging AND food. All you have to do is create
an account and fill out an online application through the CLIR website.... well, what are you waiting for? This is an amazing opportunity and
I encourage everyone to apply!

Want learn more? Go HERE.

Want to apply? Go HERE.

SLISten Up!

September's edition of SLISten Up is available here! As the editors put it:

As your new editors, we are excited about working on SLISten Up! and are open to your suggestions with this publication. This is your
publication, so we invite you to participate. We encourage you to contribute any comments, critiques, ideas for articles, article submissions,
good news, and/or volunteer opportunities. The newsletter usually includes articles about conferences, new job and internship experiences,
presentations, and service opportunities. However, please do not feel limited by these parameters. Keep in mind that contributing articles
and other news to this publication is an excellent opportunity to build up your professional resume. Please don't hesitate to contact us!

Jessica Kohout (jessica.kohout[at]

Natalie Couch (couchn[at]

Show The Department of Defense What Librarians Are Made Of!

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) Scientific and Technical Information Program
solicits graduate student papers for consideration on the agenda of its annual conference. The purpose of the competition is to promote the
generation of new ideas and research in areas of library and information science that are of strategic importance to DTIC and its customers.

In addition, the competition will provide a forum for increased understanding and collaboration between DTIC and graduate programs in library
science and information science. Selected student authors will be invited to present their papers at the DTIC 2010 Conference, March 22-24,
2010, in Alexandria, VA. For information about possible topics and how to participate, see

(thanks, Don Wood!)

ALA Posts 12 New Videos

From ALA's Student Members blog:

AL Focus has published several new videos, including a series of 12 new videos on ALA Connect, produced by members of the Emerging Leaders program. The videos are:

Dog Loving Librarians Who Knit and Watch Lost: Creating Communities in ALA Connect

Using ALA Connect with Your Existing Social Media Tools

Profiles and Networks: Finding People on ALA Connect

Manage Your ALA Commitments

Online Docs: Collaborative Document Editing on ALA Connect

What's New with Other Groups

What's New with My Groups: Finding and Featuring Group Information on ALA Connect

Finding New Groups that Might Interest You

Keeping Up with Connect: What's Going On

ALA Connect for LIS Students

ALA Connect for Non ALA Members

ALA Connect Promotional Video

The ALA Wants You!

From ALA's Student Chapters page:
Each Student Chapter has its own character and purpose. ALA Student Chapters enhance students' ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses.

Find your next scholarship, job, mentor, or conference through an ALA Student Chapter!

Call for Proposals: Online Northwest 2010

Online Northwest is a one-day conference focusing on topics that
intersect libraries, technology and culture. The conference is
sponsored by the Oregon University System Library Council.

The 2010 conference will be held at CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Corvallis,
Oregon (on the Oregon State University campus) on Friday, February 5, 2010.


Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 2nd, 2009

The coordinating committee seeks presentations that discuss how
technology is being applied within library settings and how technology
is affecting library patrons and services. We strongly encourage
academic, public, school, and special librarians to submit proposals.
All topics relating to technology and libraries are welcome,

* Technology in tough economic times

* Tagging used in libraries (OPAC, librarything, flickr, etc.)

* Change/innovation & organizational culture (as it relates to

* User interface design and evaluation

* Resource sharing (e.g. ILL, document delivery)

* Information literacy and instruction (distance ed. and
technology use)

* Management of electronic resources, digital repositories, or
digital archives

* Programming and development of computer applications to support
delivery of library services

* Using social features in library technology

* Other topics related to technology in libraries are welcome

Monday, November 9, 2009

Find or Become a Mentor Through ALA's MentorConnect

From the ALA Student Member blog:

ALA has launched MentorConnect in ALA Connect so you can find or become a mentor. Participation requires membership in ALA and a willingness to listen and learn.

Friday, May 22, 2009

SLIS Students Win Book Collecting Contest

Ann Stewart Plein and Thomas Maluck, both students of SLIS, have won the first and second places in the Thomas Cooper Library's Student Book Collecting Contest.

Ann's first-place entry is a collection of book covers done by Margaret Armstrong. Thomas's entry is a collection of graphic novels done by Osamu Tezuka. Below are some photos from their displays, currently inside the entrance of Thomas Cooper Library until the end of June. Congratulations to them!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Art Research & Instruction - Boulder, CO

Art Research & Instruction Librarian

The University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries invites applications from innovative and enthusiastic service-oriented professionals for the position Art Research & Instruction Librarian. The Art Research & Instruction Librarian is a tenure-stream faculty position reporting to the Faculty Director of Research and Instruction. Duties include general and specialized reference in the social sciences and humanities, including responsibilities associated with an information commons; virtual reference; instruction services and classroom teaching as part of an active library instruction program; and selecting library materials in the areas of art, art history, architecture, and environmental design. This position serves as the primary liaison to the Art and Art History Department and the College of Architecture and Planning and assumes primary responsibility for the development and delivery of research and instructional services for students and faculty in these units. The art librarian supports the integration of new technologies into the Department of Research and Instruction and actively participates in departmental policy planning and delivery of services.

The Department of Research and Instruction provides virtual and in-depth personal reference and instructional services to the students and faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder and specializes in services and collections for the social sciences and humanities. Significant parts of the responsibilities of this position are research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Position Requirements
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school; undergraduate or graduate degree in art, art history, or related field or equivalent experience; coursework and/or experience in providing reference for the humanities or social sciences; awareness of national issues and trends in art librarianship services and collection development; coursework and/or experience with library instruction or teaching; awareness of relevant information technologies; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively; strong interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; potential for research, scholarly work, and/or professional achievement.

Desirable Qualifications
Advanced degree in art or related field; one-two years of experience in an academic, research, or museum library; experience in collection development; direct experience incorporating digital technologies into art and architecture collections or services (such as institutional repositories or Luna Insight); reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English, particularly Italian, Latin, German, or French; familiarity with copyright implications for image databases; record of research or professional service at the national level.

Appointment and Salary
The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Depending upon professional experience and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly activity, creative work, and service, appointment may be at the level of senior instructor, assistant professor, or above. Starting salary range is $44,000-52,000. Benefits include 22 working days vacation; 10 paid holidays; liberal sick leave; University group health care plan; group life insurance; TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity; and support for scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave

Application Process
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by May 1, 2009. Application must be made online at, referring to posting number 806689, and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at The full position description can be viewed at The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the U.S. at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. In addition, the University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Instructional Services Librarian

Instructional Services Librarian, Library Services - A09006A1

Full-time entry level administrative position to begin July 1, 2009. Position will require substantial classroom instruction along with providing leadership and coordination for a team of librarians participating in information literacy instruction.

Responsibilities include planning and evaluating library instruction for a variety of classes, both undergraduate and graduate; using presentation software to design and develop effective methods of library instruction including online tutorials; providing outreach related information to faculty, staff and student groups; assisting with staff training in the use of electronic resources.

ALA accredited MLS (or equivalent) required; prior experience in teaching, instructional media/design, computer-based resources and/or library instruction is highly desired; skills in using technology in an educational or library setting, knowledge of microcomputers, word processing, database, spreadsheets and automated library systems required; excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

To apply, please submit an online administrative application (, letter of application, resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin May 15
. All necessary paperwork should be electronic and sent to Search committee chair: Joanne Artz.

Reference Librarian - USC Aiken

University of South Carolina Aiken seeks a full-time Reference

The position is a 12 month tenure track Assistant Professorship

Responsibilities include delivery of print and electronic reference
services; communication about new resources to faculty, staff, and
students; participation in instruction and collection development;
development of innovative services and user aids; planning and updating
of Library web pages.

Minimum qualifications: ALA accredited MLS; expertise in the use of
traditional and Web-based resources; strong commitment to public service
and teamwork; excellent organizational and communication skills;
familiarity with information technology and its applications in an
academic setting.

Preferred: recent academic library experience in reference/electronic

Salary: $41,000 - 43,000 depending upon experience.

Review of files will begin April 30, 2009, and continue until position
is filled. Only complete files will be reviewed. Apply online at:

In addition to the on-line application, please submit an electronic
copy of your vita and a separate letter of application. Also, please
end transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to Rose Parkman
Marshall, Reference Librarian Search Committee Chair, Gregg-Graniteville
Library, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Pky, Aiken,
SC, 29801. USC Aiken seeks to attract and retain a diverse faculty
consistent with its diverse student body and the diversity in the
surrounding community. USCA is an AA/EOE.

Tech Services Librarian - Kirtland AFB New Mexico

Full Time Position Now Available

Information International Associates, Inc. (IIa), a small, woman-owned business headquartered in Oak Ridge, TN, is seeking applicants for the Technical Services Librarian Full Time position at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Phillips Research Site (PRS) Technical Library located at Kirtland AFB, in Albuquerque New Mexico. Hours of operation are 7:30-4:30, Monday –Friday.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Oversees and executes technical services operations ensuring that materials are acquired and cataloged promptly, payments processed, and materials rapidly processed for collection integration.

· Responsible for copy and original cataloging, classification and processing of all library materials in a variety of formats using an online cataloging program.

· Corrects and resolves problems with bibliographic records and holdings entries in the integrated library system.

· Participates in the upgrading and maintenance of library database systems, specifically cataloging and serials modules.

· Coordinates the acquisition, licensing, management, and renewal of the electronic subscriptions and products including the review of contracts and licensing agreements, activation of electronic subscriptions, online registration, and problem solving of electronic subscription access.

· Responsible for processing requisitions for purchase of print materials, online resources, software, maintenance agreements, and other library supplies/materials.

· Maintains current budget status for various organizational budget lines. Assists the Library Manager in preparing various budget reports including annual budget recommendations.

· Provides scheduled daily reference desk assistance in conjunction with the User Services Librarian and the Library Manager.

· Provides database literature searching as needed in commercial and governmental database in the absence of the User Services Librarian.

· Provides statistical/financial/evaluative reports to library administration as scheduled or requested.

· Participates in professional and staff development activities and keeps current on emerging trends in the LIS field, including reading professional journals, attending workshops and conferences, and subscribing to appropriate listservs.

· Assists in library planning and decision making by serving on committees and attending regularly scheduled meetings such as the Library Outreach Group.

· Performs related duties as required.


  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an A.L.A. accredited program.
  • Minimum of three years professional experience with acquisitions, cataloging and/or automated library systems.
  • Familiarity with cataloging policies, procedures, and software (e.g. AACR2, LLCH, MARC, OCLC) .
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of staff and library patrons.
  • Ability to think analytically, suggest and develop or revise procedures and workflow .
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to and record of strong customer service.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule.
  • SIRSI Unicorn experience desired.
  • Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance

To apply online, go to, and click on “Careers”

Library Intern - Nashville, TN

Eskind Biomedical Library (EBL) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
(VUMC) offers a 1-year Library Intern appointment with the possibility
for extension to a second year Fellowship given appropriate
demonstration of skills/knowledge and successful completion of initial
training. Candidates who progress to a second year may be eligible for
a regular librarian position upon successful completion of the
Fellowship year.

The internship is designed to provide training in a dynamic health care
environment. The library operates as an Integrated Advanced Information
Management System (IAIMS) library that is integrated with the Department
of Biomedical Informatics and other departments as part of the
Informatics Center. In this unique setting, interns have opportunities
for advanced training in health science librarianship and biomedical

Goals and Projects
In addition to working with essential library products and services,
interns experience a variety of exciting responsibilities such as
filtered and evidence-based information services to VUMC clinicians;
working with researchers; participating in projects to integrate
filtered information provision into informatics tools; developing
library research projects and scholarly communications; enhancing
knowledge management tools; participating in and developing user and
staff training sessions; and using their skills to assist fellow library
staff and users.

Training Approach
The training approach is a mixture of life-long learning and
project-based management. Library interns will be actively involved in
various program areas or projects in order to develop or enhance skills
such as leadership, setting priorities, planning, time management and
allocating resources. Along with the extensive experiential training,
the intern is expected to complete the library's comprehensive staff
training program and may potentially audit classes in the Vanderbilt
Schools of Medicine and Nursing and attend biomedical informatics
seminars and grand rounds. In addition, interns are expected to
demonstrate knowledge gained through the training program in skills
verification sessions.

This intern position offers unique exposure to all facets of an
innovative and internationally-recognized academic medical center
library. The program is designed for recent MLS graduates who want the
opportunity to participate in a dynamic library environment as well as
for librarians with 2-5 years of experience who wish to enhance their

Desired Qualifications
The successful candidate will have strong organizational, analytical,
and critical thinking skills, a high level of self-direction and
motivation, demonstrated attention to detail, and proven excellent oral
and written communication and customer service skills. Interns should
have a demonstrated interest in lifelong learning and in contributing to
the profession through research projects and scholarly communication.
Interns should be very proficient with technology use and integration.
Candidates should also be able to prioritize and work both independently
and as part of a team. Candidates should possess a vision for the
future of libraries/information services and be excited about working in
a fast paced, highly demanding and dynamic environment. Candidates
should be committed to working in a non-traditional health sciences
library and have demonstrated interest in the biomedical sciences.
Candidates with dual master's degrees, particularly in the areas of
public health, informatics, or business, are especially encouraged to

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week). Shift hours could
vary; will work 5-6 Saturdays/year.


The Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library is the principal health
information delivery vehicle for Vanderbilt University Medical Center
> . The architecturally striking facility
was opened in March 1994 with state-of-the-art information management
systems and technology. The library, along with the Department of
Biomedical Informatics, the Information Systems, Information Technology
Integration, and Network Computing Services groups, and the Vanderbilt
Center for Better Health form the Informatics Center
<> . Members of the
library work in partnership with other researchers and developers in the
Informatics Center to innovate the delivery of health information to the

Unique among academic health centers, Vanderbilt University Medical
Center entrusts its Informatics Center with the responsibility for
providing the essential information infrastructure for patient care,
management, research and education - including the support for
informatics-related research and education in clinical informatics and
the field of bioinformatics (including new initiatives in genomics and
proteomics); and fusing scholarly research in biomedical informatics
with the dissemination of the resultant knowledge to individuals through
its education programs and into operation through the infrastructure.

The Medical Center, which includes a hospital and children's hospital
with 847 beds, state-of-the-art outpatient clinics, extensive research
facilities, and the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, is an integral part
of Vanderbilt's ten schools and colleges. Consistently rated among US
News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," Vanderbilt is one of
over 15 colleges and universities in Nashville
<> , Tennessee, the state capital. With a
metropolitan population of over one million people, Nashville is a major
business and education center for the mid-South.

Salary and Benefits

The minimum salary for the position is $38,000; the salary is
commensurate with experience. Following successful completion of key
training modules and their corresponding verification sessions, the
Library Intern may be eligible to continue into a second year fellowship
position with an appropriate salary increase.

Other benefits <> are those
of exempt staff at Vanderbilt, including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days,
and 9 paid holidays. More information about benefits is available at the
Vanderbilt Human Resources Web site (

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter via the Vanderbilt Human Resources
site <>
(, job requisition number SC11899.

Submit questions concerning the position to:

Frances Lynch, MLS, AHIP
Associate Director for Administration
Eskind Biomedical Library
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN 37232-8340
Fax: (615) 936-1384

Candidates contacted for an on-site or videoconference interview may be
required to give a short presentation on a topic to be assigned and
provide a sample of their writing.

Full-Time Librarian - Heyward, CA

The Position

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is seeking a
Librarian for Chabot College in Hayward, CA. The position reports to
the Division Dean.


The initial salary placement range is $56,202 - $80,348/yr, depending
on education and experience.


The position is full-time, sabbatical leave replacement, Fall 2009
Semester. Employment will begin on August 13, 2009. Work schedule will
include one night per week.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: *Master's Degree in Library Science, Library
and Information Science, OR **the equivalent.

*Degrees in Progress: To be conferred on or before July 1, 2009 will be
considered, provided that the applicant also submits (1) an up-to-date
transcript, (2) a photocopy of the degree requirement from the school
catalog, and (3) proof of current course(s) and enrollment.

Demonstrate sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community
college students, including those with physical and/or learning

Desirable Qualifications

● Experience providing instruction in an academic library;
● Familiarity with information competency/literacy concepts and
● Awareness of various learning styles and teaching strategies;
● Enthusiastic approach to working collaboratively with students,
faculty and staff including those who have not had an opportunity to use
new technologies;
● Willingness to facilitate student’s learning by working to
develop varied and innovative learning environments;
● Experience with HTML, multimedia and presentation software;
● Experience teaching classes utilizing effective search
strategies to access resource;
● Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills;
● Interest in promoting library services to a multicultural
● Experience with Blackboard or other web course management

Particular Job Characteristics

● Teach effective research strategies in print and online
● Provide reference services in a multimedia environment to
students, staff and faculty;
● Act as a library liaison to at least one instructional division
and to help develop the library’s collection to support that academic
● Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
● Participate in campus and district professional activities;
which may include, but are not limited to, committee membership, and
staff meetings;
● Be responsible for the development and maintenance of the
library’s instructional web pages.

Supplemental Questionnaire

The following essay is intended to seek information regarding your
ability to teach Library skills. Please write an essay of up to 250
words that discusses how to implement the concepts of information
competency for traditional and non traditional students, both in an
online as well as in a campus environment. Do not write your essay on
the application form.

Candidates invited to interview may be asked for additional information
and will be required to present a brief teaching demonstration on an
assigned topic.

Address Inquiries and Applications To

ATTN: Human Resource Services
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
5020 Franklin Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588
Job Hotline (925) 485-5200
Web Site:

April 21, 2009, 5:00 p.m.


The Application Process

The following must be submitted as a complete packet. One application
packet must be submitted per job opening.

1. Official District Faculty application form for:
Librarian use position code (#2FLR03). Available at:
2. Cover letter addressing qualifications for the position.
3. Resume of all professional preparation and experience.
4. College transcripts (unofficial copies may be submitted for
application purposes; however, official copies must be submitted before
hiring). Any degrees earned outside the United States must have a U.S.
evaluation (course by course) of the transcripts and must be submitted
with the application.
5. Supplemental Questionnaire essay response.
6. Equal Opportunity Employment Questionnaire. (optional).

Other extraneous material will not be considered.

**Applicants applying under the "Equivalent” provision must provide
details that explain at time of application how their academic
preparation is the equivalent of the degree listed above.

Selection Procedures

Applicants are evaluated by the appropriate manager and a review
committee. Applicants determined to be the most qualified for the
position will be invited for an interview at their own expense.

Reference Librarian - Huntsville, TX

Library - Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor (tenure-track).

Sam Houston State University is looking for an innovative, enthusiastic individual interested in providing general and specialized reference services for library users, applying new technologies to reference services, participating in user-centered, subject specific instruction through general orientation sessions, course integrated instruction and web-based tutorials. Our campus of 16,000 students is located 50 minutes north of Houston in Huntsville, Texas.

Duties include providing reference assistance, one evening per week and rotating weekend hours; participates in collection development. Knowledge of web page and presentation software is required. An ALA accredited Master's Degree is required; desired: subject background in business or science. Salary dependent on qualifications; minimum salary is $40,000 for this entry level position. Materials will be reviewed and accepted until the position is filled; position will begin Fall, 2009.

Send letter of interest with current resume and names/addresses/telephone numbers/e-mail addresses of three professional references to:
Ann Holder,
Newton Gresham Library,
Sam Houston State University,
Huntsville, TX 77341-2281.

The library's home page is SHSU is an EEO/AAP employer. For additional information on this and other positions, access our web site at:

Info. Services Librarian Position - Muncie, IN

INFORMATION SERVICES LIBRARIAN -- Professional position available

Responsibilities: provide specialized reference service to the campus
and local community through in-person, telephone, online, and virtual
chat means; provide individualized research consultation; participate in
collection development for print and electronic materials; work
collaboratively with colleagues and faculty to develop, promote, and
provide library instruction and information literacy.

A full job description is at

Minimum qualifications: MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited
program at time of appointment; working knowledge of basic Microsoft
Office applications; experience with electronic information services and
library systems and their applications for reference and instruction;
experience with and strong commitment to reference service and library
instruction; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to
work some evenings and/or weekends.

Preferred qualifications: Additional advanced degrees; experience with
Web page design and development; experience with federal government
publications; experience with legal reference.

Salary to $42,500 plus excellent benefits.

Send letter of application, resume, transcripts of graduate degree(s)
(unofficial copies acceptable) and the names and contact information for
three references (at least one which is a current or former supervisor)
to: Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, Ball State
University, Muncie, IN 47306 or to>. Review of applications
will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Ball State University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its

Diane Calvin voice 765-285-3327
Head of Information Services fax 765-285-2644
University Libraries email
A destination for research,
learning, and friends
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0160

Ball State University Libraries
A destination for research, learning, and friends

Galen College of Nursing - Librarian Ass't (OH)

GALEN COLLEGE OF NURSING seeks qualified, reliable, and tech-savvy Library Assistant for its Cincinnati, OH campus. This position requires 20 hrs per week, Monday -Friday. Some flexibility in hours will occasionally be required. This is an excellent opportunity for a LIS student, who will be called upon to perform a wide range of library duties with minimal supervision. Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting students in selection and check-out of circulation books, as well as selection of hard-copy periodicals and on-site reference materials;
  • Assisting students in using Galen’s research databases and website;
  • Fielding general reference questions and conducting reference interviews;
  • Assisting students of varying technical skill in the use and operation of Windows computer workstations, MS Office, and internet navigation;
  • Monitoring computer workstations, networked printer, and other library equipment;
  • Providing guidance to students in finding and using internet resources appropriate for scholarly research (information literacy);
  • Cataloging and web design experience (or a willingness to learn these skills) is a plus.

Galen, which also has campuses in Florida, Texas, and Kentucky is focused solely on nursing education. Since 1990, Galen has graduated more than 7,000 and is one of the largest private nursing Colleges in the United States.

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to: HR, c/o Galen College of Nursing, 1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, Kentucky 40207 or email or fax to 502.568.1271.

Galen College of Nursing - Library Ass't (TX)

GALEN COLLEGE OF NURSING seeks qualified, reliable, and tech-savvy Library Assistant for its San Antonio, TX campus. This position requires 20 hrs per week, Monday -Friday. Some flexibility in hours will occasionally be required. This is an excellent opportunity for a LIS student, who will be called upon to perform a wide range of library duties with minimal supervision. Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting students in selection and check-out of circulation books, as well as selection of hard-copy periodicals and on-site reference materials;
  • Assisting students in using Galen’s research databases and website;
  • Fielding general reference questions and conducting reference interviews;
  • Assisting students of varying technical skill in the use and operation of Windows computer workstations, MS Office, and internet navigation;
  • Monitoring computer workstations, networked printer, and other library equipment;
  • Providing guidance to students in finding and using internet resources appropriate for scholarly research (information literacy);
  • Cataloging and web design experience (or a willingness to learn these skills) is a plus.

Galen, which also has campuses in Florida, Ohio, and Kentucky is focused solely on nursing education. Since 1990, Galen has graduated more than 7,000 and is one of the largest private nursing Colleges in the United States.

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to: HR, c/o Galen College of Nursing, 1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, Kentucky 40207 or email or fax to 502.568.1271.

Job Opening -- Columbia University Digital Repository

Position Announcement - Digital Repository Assistant, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) in the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) seeks applications for a Digital Repository Assistant. This is a full-time position and reports to the Digital Repository Coordinator. This position will support the work of the Digital Repository Coordinator in the following areas: managing the acquisitions process for digital objects created by Columbia University faculty, staff, and students; converting objects to digital preservation formats and performing quality control; creating metadata records; and, providing training and support for repository users.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree and or its equivalent and 0-2 years of related experience required. Ability to do careful, detailed-oriented work for extended periods of time. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Excellent organizational skills. First-rate administrative (especially typing/word-processing/data entry) skills. Ability to adapt to a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment. Ability to follow both detailed and general guidelines. Ability to identify situations not encountered previously and document for review.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Familiarity with XML editors and metadata schemas (Dublin Core, MODS, METS) is a plus, as is the ability to think in rows and columns (and convert those thoughts to a flat file). A basic knowledge of the online repository milieu and research would be nice, coupled with a fondness for open access that is blended with a sensitivity to the nuances of a complex university environment.

ENVIRONMENT: CDRS is one of six entities that comprise the Digital Programs and Technology Services branch of CUL/IS. The Center was created in July 2007 to address the ongoing evolution of researchers’ and scholars’ needs as new technologies, policies, and systems of knowledge-support arise. CDRS manages Academic Commons, Columbia’s research repository, which extends the traditional role of the Libraries to support research at all stages and to preserve, manage, and provide access to many types of materials in a variety of digital formats.

Please submit a cover letter and résumé. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services:
Center for Digital Research and Scholarship:
Academic Commons:
Detailed job posting:

Young Adult Library Services Association @ ALA

YALSA Needs YOU! At ALA Annual


Heading to Chi-town this summer? Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned YALSA member, we need your help manning our action-packed booth in the exhibit hall!

This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, learn more about your organization, and engage wandering attendees about the wonders and glories of ALA’s fastest growing division. Almost all of the time slots below are still available, so email the Division and Membership Committe at now to reserve your preferred time.

*Sat. July 11, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

*Sun. July 12, 9:00am - 5:00pm

*Mon. July 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm

*Tues. July 14, 9:00am - 2:00pm

We strongly encourage student members of YALSA to volunteer! You don't have to be a long-time member to volunteer, you will learn a lot about the organization and the annual conference in general and have many opportunities to network with experienced colleagues!

Feel free to email if you have any questions!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Call for Submissions

Call For Submissions

Are you an LIS student interested in activism and the struggle for social justice? Do you stay awake at night thinking about how your politics might inform your professional practice?
The MIRIAM BRAVERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE, a presentation of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), is awarded awarded each year for the best paper about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. Papers related to archivists, archives, and archival work are also eligible.

The winning paper will be published in the Summer 2009 issue of Progressive Librarian. The winner of the contest will also receive a $300 stipend to help offset the cost of travel to and from the 2009 American Library Association annual conference in Chicago, IL. The award will be presented at the annual PLG dinner.

Think you might be interested? Here’s the fine print.
  • Contestants must be library and/or information science students attending a graduate-level program in the United States or Canada.
  • Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, and must be written in English. Entries may not exceed 3,000 words, and must conform to MLA in-text citation style.
  • To facilitate the blind review process, each entry must include a cover sheet providing the contestant’s name, full contact information (address, phone number, e-mail address), name of the institution where the contestant is enrolled, and the title of the paper. No identifying information, other than the title, should appear on the paper itself.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word or RTF format, to Entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on May 1, 2009.
  • The $300 stipend is available only to help defray the cost of ALA conference attendance; if the winner of the contest is unable to attend, the money will remain in the Braverman Prize endowment fund and may be donated to a progressive cause at the discretion of the selection committee.

Any questions regarding the contest or the selection process can be directed to the chair of the selection committee, Marcel LaFlamme, at More information about Miriam Braverman and about the Progressive Librarians Guild is available at

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Second Life Presentation - March 23

The Future is Closer than you Think! Holograms, 3-D Scanning and Replication, and Virtual Communities: Second Life. The School of Library and Information Science will host a presentation on emerging information technologies that will lead the way in the 21st century and beyond. March 23, 2009, Davis College, Room 111, 5:30 P.M. ALL are Welcome! Free Pizza and Drinks!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Paid Army Internship

The Department of the Army (DA) is offering a one-year salaried intern position for
a high potential recent graduate of an ALA-accredited Master's Program in Library
and Information Studies. The DA Library Intern Program includes structured work
experience and formal training and leads to permanent placement in the Army
Library system. Highly motivated professionals who have a commitment to public
service are invited to apply. The Program will start in Spring 2009.
Requires U.S. Citizenship and the ability to obtain a Secret Clearance.

The DA Library Intern Program provides an opportunity to receive
training and work experience in a dynamic network of academic
libraries. The focus areas of the program may include:

• Electronic and virtual library services
• Reference and public services
• Technical services--acquisitions, cataloging, automation, etc.
• Management and administrative services

Army Library Intern Program
US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
Fort Monroe, VA

The Library Intern will be based in the Office of the TRADOC Command Librarian at Fort Monroe, VA and will receive work-based training in three libraries at: TRADOC Headquarters Fort Monroe; the Logistics Headquarters, Management College, Fort Lee, VA; and the Transportation School, Fort Eustis, VA. TRADOC supports and builds the Army’s operational fighting forces by recruiting, training and educating the Army’s Soldiers in these schools. The libraries support the academic programs by providing faculty and students with information resources specific to their school’s curriculum.

Salary Benefits:

• GS-09 promotable to GS-11 at end of one year program (
• Relocation Expenses • Vacation/Sick Leave
• Health/Retirement Plans
• Workplace Diversity and Job Security
• Career Advancement and Job Placement

Application Information Deadline: Mar 31, 2009

Please submit a resume and undergraduate/graduate student transcripts to:

For more information visit Army Library Program Home Page:

2009/10 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University

2009/10 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University Arts Library

Yale University Library

Duration: 8 months from date of hire.

All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The University and The Library

One of the world's leading research libraries, Yale University Library is a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by scholars from around the world. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately thirteen million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six-hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale consists of collections from three formerly-separate operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. Now located under one roof, these libraries support arts-area programming at Yale, including the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the department of the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. In addition, the Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama, ranging from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world's foremost collection of books on color.

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact routinely with faculty, staff and students in distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally ranked department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department of the Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston's art libraries and museums are within two hours travel, providing still further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues.

Position Description

The Yale University Arts Library welcomes applications for the 2009/10 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

This year the focus of the Kress Fellowship will be on all aspects of arts special collections including collection management, exhibition development and installation, as well as reference work. During their tenure at Yale Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a publishable paper or a new library service. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities beyond special collections and will have the opportunity to perform collection development activities, interact with a variety of special collections and their curators, and participate in the work of library committees and external professional organizations.

The Kress Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. Applicants should submit a current resume, as well as a brief statement of interest, and names of three references, to Amy Burlingame, Human Resources Supervisor and Staffing Representative, at, by Friday, March 21, 2009. The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community. There is no application form. A committee of Yale librarians will review submissions. The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for eight months, and will receive an award of $30,000, prorated over the fellowship term. Health insurance will be provided.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Friday, March 13, 2009

ICOMM week event: Tywanna Whorley presentation on Dr. King papers - April 2

As part of I-COMM Week, March 30 - April 3, Dr. Tywanna Whorley, Processing Archivist of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archive at Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University will be giving a presentation about her work with the Dr. King papers.

Presentation title: The Measure of a Man: Redefining Martin Luther King, Jr. through His Papers
Date: Thursday, April 2Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Coliseum Room 3020A

Professor Whorley has taught archival access and advocacy, and management of records and information resources in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, MA. Her research interests focus on governmental and state archives and the relationships between access, privacy and collective memory. Her most recent essay, entitled "The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Access & Control Over Controversial Records," was published in the edited volume Political Pressure & the Archival Record.

Academic Background:
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia (History)
M.A., Carnegie Mellon University (Social History)
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Monday, March 2, 2009

DC Internship

Description: The Independent Community Bankers of America Library seeks an intern. This unpaid internship in ICBA’s Washington D.C. office provides a unique opportunity for an MLS student to gain experience in a variety of facets of special librarianship including cataloging, collection & product development, and some basic reference. The Library serves ICBA association and subsidiary staff and nearly 5,000 members in the area of banking and financial services, including regulation and legislation as well as bank operations.

We will soon be uploading records from a cataloging outsourcer to the InMagic Library catalog. We are looking for a tech-savvy, creative, hardworking individual to assist in this solo librarian workplace.

The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to several projects, including:
Cataloguing Association publications, testimony and comment letters.
Assisting with uploading of cataloged items to InMagic database
Developing information packets for members.

Qualifications: Enrollment in an MLS degree program preferred. Academic background or interest in business and/or finance and banking preferred. Basic knowledge of cataloging standards helpful, but not required. Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills and the ability to work independently are required.

Schedule & Salary: This position is an unpaid learning opportunity. The schedule is flexible depending upon the student’s course schedule and the requirements of the student’s university.

To apply: Students are encouraged to contact the Librarian to discuss special interests and options for the internship. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional or academic references via email to Susan Fournier at

For more information, please visit the Association website at:
The intern will be based in the DC office at 1615 L Street, NW.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Supreme Court Internship

The announcement for the 2009 Summer Internship Program at the SupremeCourt of the United States has been posted to USA Jobs ( You can link to the posting directly here:, or do a"Search Jobs" for Supreme Court of the United States. Please encourageany potential candidates to apply for the Library internships. Notethat the closing date is March 9, 2009 and applications are acceptedvia FAX.

Questions can be addressed to the Personnel Office listed on theapplication announcement (202-479-3404).

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Charleston volunteer opportunity

The Citadel's library will experience a renovation this spring/summer. In preparation we will need to shift pretty much the entire collection. I'm just starting to look at options for getting 10-20 people who don't mind handling books to help for a short time (2-5 days). We’ll be starting to shift the 1st floor collection very soon (maybe this week). We are scheduled to have empty ranges/shelving units taken down on April 20, so I’m looking at the first 2 weeks in April to shift the 2nd floor. Possibly the end of March, and if students would rather come individually, as convenient for them, afternoons and evenings are best. Weekends (especially Sunday afternoons/evenings) are possible with a little more planning.

If you are interested in helping out, please email Kirstin Steele <> very soon and let her know your interest. She is looking for volunteers with any level of familiarity with Library of Congress classification system. This is a great chance to become familiar with the LC system and help out a fellow library!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Conable Scholarship

CHICAGO - The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has opened applications for the 2009 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, which will enable a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s 2009 Annual Conference.
The scholarship’s goal is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. The 2009 ALA Annual Conference will be held July 9–15 in Chicago.
It provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights and six days per diem. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member and present a report about his or her experiences. The 2009 Conable Scholarship recipient also will attend the Freedom to Read Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Gala, scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The deadline for submitting an application for the 2009 Conable Scholarship is Friday, March 20; the award will be announced in April.
Students currently enrolled in a library and information studies degree program and new professionals (those who have worked in librarianship for three years or less) are eligible to receive the Conable Scholarship. Those interested must submit an application that includes two references and an essay detailing their interest in intellectual freedom issues. Applica nts also are asked to attach a résumé, particularly those who are working professionals. If the recipient is already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have the conference fee refunded.
To apply for the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, visit For more information, please contact Jonathan Kelley at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226 or
Gordon Conable was a California librarian and intellectual freedom champion who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation He was executive vice president for public libraries at Library Systems and Services (LSSI) in Riverside, Calif., and was responsible for management and performance of LSSI’s public library contracts, including the 30-branch Riverside County, Calif., system. He also served as director of the Monroe County (Mich.) Library System from 1988–1998. During his tenure there, he withstood an intense controversy over Madonna's book “Sex.” Before that he was associate director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Washington. For his efforts, Conable received the Freedom to Read Foundation20Roll of Honor Award and the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for “intellectual freedom fighters.” In 1994 he was the first librarian recognized as Michigan’s Public Administrator of the Year.
Following his unexpected death in 2005, his wife and FTRF created the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship. To contribute to the Conable Fund, contact the Freedom to Read Foundation at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226 or e-mail
The Freedom to Read Foundation, a sister organization of the American Library Association, was founded in 1969 to promote and defend the right of individuals to freely express ideas and to access information in libraries and elsewhere. FTRF fulfills its mission through the disbursement of grants to individuals and groups, primarily for the purpose of aiding them in litigation, and through direct participation in litigation dealing with freedom of speech and of the press.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CNN DC News Library Internship

CNN DC News Library Internship
Applications are due by March 29, 2009.
To apply go to and apply for Job # 110878BR

Summer 2009 Intern – Tape Library (DC)Turner Broadcasting/CNN News Library 820 First Street, NEWashington, D.C. 20002

Please Note: Internships are UNPAID and structured to last approximately 12 weeks for a minimum of 21 hours/week (3 full days). Resume and cover letter are required for application. Please include days/hours of availability in your cover letter. Students should have a strong academic record. Note to International Students: All international students will be required to provide documentation of proper visa paperwork prior to arrival if accepted to the program. Only student visas J1 or F1 visas will be accepted.
Internship Description: The Library provides video and information research to support CNN's Washington DC Bureau. It functions as both a video archive and a research library.
The library internship will be filled with a student pursuing a Master of Library Science (MLS) degree. The internship will provide a great opportunity to learn various aspects of librarianship and television production in CNN's fast-paced library. In the CNN library internship, interns will:

* Learn how to complete information requests for library patrons through internet and database research.
* Learn how to complete video requests for library patrons by searching the library’s catalog.
* Create library records for archived tapes and appropriately index the records for
future retrieval.
* Contribute ideas and compile content for the DC Bureau's Library intranet site.
* Develop an instructional classes for the bureau.
* Create research guides and pathfinders to market the library’s resources.

Qualifications: In order to facilitate the learning experience, the following qualifications are preferred. Candidates should have an interest in variety of areas including news librarianship and research and should be an organized self-starter. Interns should have the ability to make decisions, and accept others decisions, and be able to work well with a team of librarians and fellow interns.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Internship at the U.S. General Services Administration

The GSA is offering a few paid summer internships. Below are some of the basic duties. You can also learn more or apply by this February 27, 2009 through
  • Works under the supervision and guidance of a high-level program official who provides continuing guidance and instruction and reviews completed work to insure adequacy and accuracy of conclusions.

  • Performs special assignments designed to familiarize the intern with the scope and mechanics of an important and complex GSA program and with its relationship to other governmental and private organizations. These assignments are also designed to permit the intern to make a positive contribution to the management and administration of the program area.

  • Individual assignments may vary, but most are "problem solving" oriented and require well developed abilities in fact-finding, research, analysis, and written and verbal communication.

  • Assignments typically involve research into problem areas of the work program and participation in development of background information for use in
    determining alternative approaches to solution of problems. They often
    involve performing research for replies to top-level correspondence from
    Members of Congress, important officials from other Government agencies,
    leaders in business and industry and the general public. Assignments are
    sometimes sensitive or confidential in nature and normally require
    contacts with top-level officials of GSA and other federal agencies.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows

Applications are due by March 31, 2009, for those interested in being a Library of Congress Junior Fellow this summer.

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern program offers undergraduate and graduate students insights into the environment and culture of
the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of human knowledge.
Working with the staff, curators, and the incomparable collections of the Library of Congress, interns will be exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: preservation, reference, access standards, information management, the U. S. copyright system and gift collections.

No previous experience is necessary, but internships are competitive and special relevant skills are desirable. Selection will be based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and in most cases an interview with a selection official.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2009 Roger K. Summit Scholarship Application

The Roger K. Summit Scholarship, awarded annually by Dialog, was established to honor Dr. Roger K. Summit, the founder of Dialog, for his outstanding contributions to the field of information science.
The scholarship recipient, who must have demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services, is selected based upon the following criteria:
  • Academic achievement
  • Demonstrated interest in electronic information services, based on course work, research and experience
  • Proficiency on Dialog online services
  • Faculty recommendations

To learn more or to get application material, go to

Monday, February 16, 2009

2009 Run for Books to be Held in Columbia

The South Carolina Book Festival is sponsoring an 8K Run and 4K Walk to be held Saturday February 21 in Columbia. Both the run & walk start at the South Carolina State Library at 1500 Senate Street and head eastward to Laurens Street, then right onto Greene Street, right onto Barnwell Street, left onto Pendleton, and right onto Greene Street through the University of South Carolina and the Thomas Cooper Library, and right onto Lower Main Street and back to finish at the South Carolina State Library on Senate Street. The Run is a double 8K loop and the walk is a single 4K loop. This scenic route has slight rolling hills and well manicured terrain through USC’s and Columbia’s library area. Each participant will receive a Run for Books T-shirt.


8K run
$20 before 2/4/09
$25 after 2/4
$30 race day – 2/21

4K walk
$15 before 2/4/09
$20 after 2/4
$25 race day – 2/21

Day of race registration from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

Race starts at 8:00 a.m.

Register online at:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Interesting article on traveling librarianship

The introduction to a recent article AALL spectrum:

"In recent years, the local judicial branch law libraries in Colorado were
discontinued. The reasons for this varied. First, the libraries were expensive to maintain, and the courts lacked the professional staff to manage them. Second, the courts needed the space that the libraries occupied for courtrooms, conference rooms, and office space. Third, and most importantly, the courts acknowledged the reality that most users were turning to online resources to answer their legal research questions. However, this approach created problems.

First, online resources could not answer all of the research questions confronting the judiciary. In particular, they lacked resources to answer the more difficult questions that required the depth and breadth provided by treatises. Second, many users needed training to formulate the more sophisticated queries to locate relevant authority. To address the shortcomings of this environment, the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library created the Traveling Librarian Program."

The entire article is available online.

Second Life opportunity

Behind an avatar, there is a librarian. This is one of the new trends in the provision of virtual reference services (VRS). If you are interested in gaining experience providing VRS in a virtual reality (VR) environment, don’t miss this great opportunity to become a volunteer reference librarian. Regular and distance education (DE) students in the MLIS program and recent SLIS graduates are welcome to volunteer.

Since June 2007 the SLIS has been working on an ongoing project, the development of a virtual instructional facility in the Second Life (SL) world. The SLIS Second Life project team has designed and built a simulated research and practicum facility in the SL World, the SLIS/USC Davis 2.0 Reference Center ( The purposes of this Center are to: 1) serve as an LIS instructional aid; 2) connect on-campus and DE students in a virtual community; and 3) create a social network to connect information professionals and alums with current LIS students. The Davis 2.0 Reference Center has several components: a library (including a reference department and a multimedia classroom with a capacity for 20 students online at the same time), a Zen garden, an auditorium, and a commons. This simulated virtual facility helps students adapt Web technology into practice.

The SLIS/USC Davis 2.0 Reference Center will be open for public access very soon. As the SLIS Second Life Team Leader and Faculty Advisor, I would like to recruit volunteers to staff reference services in the Davis 2.0 Reference Center. Two types will be provided: general reference services and consumer health information services (which will be available for a limited time only).

At the beginning stage of the services, the target users will the SLIS students and residents in the SL world. While on a Reference Desk shift, staff members will maintain a visible and approachable presence at the Reference Desk. Exceptions may include such activities as assisting users away from the desk, roving during downtime to inquire proactively whether any user needs assistance, and taking a break during longer reference shifts.

Volunteers will receive training on accessing and navigating in the SL world, the use of multimedia resources for the provision of services, and how to provide appropriate VRS in the SL world.

If you are interested in volunteering for either or both types of services, please contact Dr. Feili Tu at Service hours are negotiable. I would like to work with the volunteer to create the public service hours.

I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have.

Friday, January 30, 2009

LISSA Elections - Call for Candidates

Hi all,

As the Spring semester really starts to swing we have some very important LISSA news!

The LISSA Executive staff has decided to hold the LISSA Officers Election early this year...this is your opportunity to help lead LISSA (your student association and face of SLIS to the Carolina community) in the '09-'10 school year and gain excellent organizational experience at the same time!

The reason for early elections is to assist in the transition period for the new Executive staff, so that those elected can "understudy" with the current officers, and help maintain our level of quality in our professional student association.

Here's what we need to get this ball rolling, folks:

First off we need an Elections Commissioner to oversee the entire process. This person will be appointed by me and can not be anyone running for office in the upcoming election (though it can be a current officer). Please email me off list ( if you are interested. (P.s. SLIS grad Patrick McLaughlin has graciously volunteered to help train the new Elections Commissioner once chosen, so do not worry if you aren't familiar with the art and science of elections)

Also, we obviously need you to run for an office! We will be electing posts for President, Vice President, Treasurer, & Secretary. For more information on what responsibilities are involved with each office, please read the LISSA Constitution (downloadable here: ) 2 lists the offices and duties.

Be thinking of what offices may interest you and I'll hopefully have an Elections Commissioner in the near future that will handle all nominations and such heading into the election proper.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the upcoming elections, or for that matter any LISSA questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at !

Good luck to all in their SLIS studies this semester.


Mike Lee
LISSA Acting-President

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Awards and Scholarships

The North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) is now accepting applications for its 2009 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the 2009 Annual Conference being held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 4-7, 2009.

Marcia Tuttle International Award

A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the serials information chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education. For more details, please visit the following page:

Horizon Award

Awards for promising new serials professionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. Recipients will also be invited to serve on a NASIG committee. For more details, please visit the following page:

Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship

A $3,000 scholarship and conference travel grant for a graduate student demonstrating excellence in scholarship and the potential for accomplishments in a serials career. For more details, please visit the following page:

NASIG Conference Student Grant

Grants for qualifying students to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. For more details, please visit the following page:

Serials Specialist Award

Awards for promising paraprofessionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. For more details, please visit the following page:

Rose Robischon Scholarship, underwritten by Swets Information Services

This needs-based scholarship for a serials professional will be awarded for the first time in 2009. For more details, please visit the following page:

The application deadline for all of the above-listed awards is February 16, 2009. For details about the awards offered by NASIG, please visit

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Scholarship opportunity from the Georgia Library Association


Please help us spread the word to students in LIS programs or those
entering an LIS program about the availability of two (2) scholarships
from the Georgia Library Association:

The Beard Scholarship ($1,000)
The Beard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made
possible by friends and colleagues of the late Charles Edward Beard who
served libraries and the library profession for almost 40 years with
distinction and dedication. The purpose of this scholarship is to
provide financial assistance toward completing a Master's degree in
library science for candidates who show strong potential to inspire and
motivate their peers in the profession and in professional associations.

The $1,000 award is presented each year.

The Hubbard Scholarship ($3,000)
The Hubbard Scholarship of the Georgia Library Association is made
possible by the family and friends of Mr. C. S. Hubbard, an early
supporter of libraries in Georgia. The purpose of the scholarship is to
recruit excellent librarians for Georgia and provide financial
assistance toward completing a Master's degree in library science.
The $3,000 award is presented each year.

Qualifications for both scholarships

The recipient must:

Be completing the senior year in an accredited college or university or
be a graduate of such an institution.
Be accepted as a student in a master's degree program at a library
school accredited by the American Library Association.
Be ready to begin the program of study not later than the fall term of
the year in which the scholarship is awarded, or already in an LIS
Indicate an intention to complete degree requirements within three
Maintain a passing grade average throughout the program and submit
grade reports to the committee chair at the end of each term.
Agree to work for one year following graduation from library school in
a library-related capacity in Georgia, or agree to pay back a prorated
amount of the award plus interest. Repayment must be made within a two
year period.

Application Procedure
To apply, submit to the Chair before May 21, 2009 :

**One official application form which includes an essay on why you want
to be a librarian and your professional goals (you may be considered for
both scholarships via one form and other accompanying documentation - do
not send duplicate materials).

**Proof of admission to an American Library Association-accredited
Master’s program/library school, i.e., a letter from the dean of the
school/program certifying your acceptance (a photocopy is acceptable).

**Three letters of reference sent directly from the reference to the
committee chair.

**Official transcripts of all academic work sent directly to the chair
from each college or university you have attended.

Selection of Award Recipients
The Scholarship Committee will review all complete applications
received by the deadline of May 21. Selection will be based on the
application and supporting documents. Other considerations being equal,
residents of Georgia will be given preference. Applicants will be
considered for both awards by the committee. Beard scholarship criteria
are the same as for the Hubbard; the committee will choose two top
candidates with the Beard being given preferably to applicants
demonstrating involvement in a professional library association (e.g.,
GLA, ALA, SELA) or evidence of library leadership.

Applicants will be notified of the decision not later than June 15. The
scholarship will be paid to the recipient in equal installments at the
beginning of each term (semester, quarter or other division) of the
school in which the recipient is enrolled. Also , reimbursement of some
travel expenses will be provided to Beard and Hubbard Scholarship
recipients to attend one COMO conference, in order to be honored at the
GLA Awards Banquet and to assist with the Scholarship Raffle.

The online application is here:

Information about the scholarship is here:

Send all application materials to the GLA Scholarship Committee Chair:

Barbara Petersohn
Alpharetta Center Library
Georgia State University
3705 Brookside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022