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Discussion PLA conference applications due soon

by Manya Shorr on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 10:34 am

Hi everyone,

 The Public Library Association is already counting down to the PLA 2018 Conference. One of the most rewarding aspects of PLA Conference is the array of educational programming that comes from our members, other public library professionals, and experts outside the field. PLA 2018 will challenge its attendees to Imagine the Possibilities—both at conference and back in their libraries and communities.

Hi everyone,

 The Public Library Association is already counting down to the PLA 2018 Conference. One of the most rewarding aspects of PLA Conference is the array of educational programming that comes from our members, other public library professionals, and experts outside the field. PLA 2018 will challenge its attendees to Imagine the Possibilities—both at conference and back in their libraries and communities.

 PLA is also exploring how to make our conference more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. Our first step includes seeking and strongly encouraging submissions from marginalized groups including women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. PLA may be able to provide support in completing the proposal form and/or mentoring for first-time presenters.

 We hope that you or your colleagues will consider submitting a proposal for a preconference or program. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Visit placonference.org/proposals to learn more, and please let me know if you have any questions!

 Manya

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Discussion In Memory of Robert Jones Jr.

by Beatrice Calvin (staff) on Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 11:30 am

It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Emerging Leader (2011 class) Robert Leroy Jones Jr., born April 5, 1978, departed this life on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at St. John's Hospital. Robert was 38. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 908 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. 

 

It is with sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news that Emerging Leader (2011 class) Robert Leroy Jones Jr., born April 5, 1978, departed this life on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at St. John's Hospital. Robert was 38. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 908 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. 

 

For more details, to submit condolences, or to sign an online guest book, visit: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/sj-r/robert-leroy-jones-condolences/180581761?cid=full

 

As part of the Emerging Leaders class of 2011, Robert was a member of the ALA Chapter Relations team (E) which worked on the Money Smart Week Website.  His team members included Keith Hanson, Mandy Knapp, Elizabeth Lighthipe, and Jessica Sender.

 

In addition, Robert Jones Jr. received the prestigious Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association in 2007 while pursuing his graduate degree at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign.  As an Illinois recipient of the scholarship, Jones received additional tuition support from the Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund, administered by the Illinois Library Association.  In 2011, Jones was selected as an ALA Emerging Leader.  In November 2010, Jones was selected in a highly competitive process to serve as one of 35 National Field Recruiters in the ALA Discovering Librarianship project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  This project enlisted early career librarians of color to serve as ambassadors and to develop a resonant professional brand. The cohort branded themselves the Knowledge Alliance--a diverse network of culturally competent recruiters who provide initial support for career exploration and ongoing mentoring to individuals entering the profession. The Knowledge Alliance reached over 36,000 career seekers with its exhibit, and provided 174 individuals with graduate degree preparation workshops in five cities.  Robert helped organize the Chicago workshop held in May 2014, exhibited at college fairs across the state of Illinois from 2012-2014, assisted recruiters with 2014 events in New York.  He mentored youth across the country and shared his passion for the profession while generously supporting high school and college students in all of their educational endeavors.  Jones co-presented “Rebranding Librarianship: Building a Knowledge Alliance” with Steven D. Booth, Deana Greenfield, Isabel Gonzalez, Hannah Lee, and Holly A. Smith) at the American Library Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Knowledge Alliance and the Spectrum Scholars celebrate all Robert did to advocate for the important role libraries have in our communities. His impact on professional colleagues and youth will be remembered as we miss his joyful, kind, and constant support. 

 

The American Library Association expresses its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.  

 

Beatrice Calvin, CDF

Emerging Leaders Project Manager

Manager, Professional Development

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment

ALAAmericanLibraryAssociation

50 E. Huron St.

Chicago, IL  60611

bcalvin@ala.org

800/545-2433 ext. 4280

312/280-4280

 

 

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Discussion New job posting: Digital Infrastructure Librarian

by Annie Gaines (non-member) on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 02:16 pm

About the Position

The University of Idaho Library invites applications from innovative and service-oriented individuals for the position of Digital Infrastructure Librarian. The person in this position will work closely with the Head of Technical Services, members of the Data and Digital Services unit, the staff of the Technical Services Department, and the Northwest Knowledge Network (the university’s data management service center).

About the Position

The University of Idaho Library invites applications from innovative and service-oriented individuals for the position of Digital Infrastructure Librarian. The person in this position will work closely with the Head of Technical Services, members of the Data and Digital Services unit, the staff of the Technical Services Department, and the Northwest Knowledge Network (the university’s data management service center).

An ideal candidate will have strong analytical skills, an agile and flexible approach to working with technology, and the ability to adapt to an evolving environment. The University of Idaho library currently has established digital collectionsextensive geospatial data resources, and is implementing an institution-wide instance of VIVO. As a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the library collaborates extensively with thirty-six other academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest.
As a member of the University of Idaho faculty, the successful candidate is expected to participate in planning and governance, to be able to work comfortably in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally in research, outreach and professional service.

An ideal candidate will be intellectually curious with a desire for continuous learning, enthusiastically contribute to the University’s research, teaching and outreach programs, explore emerging technologies with regard to potential library applications, and be committed to the ideals of faculty service.

Job Duties: 

Teaching and Learning:

The successful applicant will support the University of Idaho’s mission by making information resources available, findable, and usable by: providing support for digital and data initiatives in the Library, primarily for metadata and associated technologies; developing, implementing, and refining metadata, ontologies, and controlled vocabularies to enhance information organization, discovery, and use; efficiently managing large sets of metadata records; overseeing interoperability of library systems (e.g., harvesting records for display in the library’s discovery interface); and serving as a resource to library employees for questions concerning database maintenance, metadata standards, interoperability of systems, and workflow.

There are also Scholarly, Outreach, and Service portions of the job duties.

For the full listing, go here: https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/8132

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent
  • Coursework, training, or experience with Dublin Core or discipline-specific descriptive metadata schemas, e.g. FGDC-CSDGM or DDI.
  • Coursework, training, or experience with XML and XSLT.
  • Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment.
  • Ability to meet requirements for promotion and tenure.
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Non-MARC metadata coursework beyond the basic or introductory level.
  • Informatics, research data management, digital archives, or GIS background.
  • Demonstrated ability to use scripting language(s) to transform metadata.
  • Experience with HTML/CSS and other web technologies.
  • Experience with metadata on a professional or paraprofessional level (preferably in an academic library).
  • Experience implementing, maintaining, and configuring library applications and systems.
  • Familiarity with METS and MODS.
  • Experience working in an academic library, particularly with data management systems or institutional repositories.
  • Research interests that could lead to scholarly publication.
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Discussion New Job Posting: Instructional Services Librarian

by Rebecca Hyde on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 02:05 pm

 

Instructional Services Librarian, Saint Louis University

 

Instructional Services Librarian, Saint Louis University

Are you passionate about Information Literacy, instruction, and student learning?  Do you like to delve into instructional design?  Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University is actively looking for enthusiastic candidates for the position of Instructional Services Librarian.

Job duties include: 

  • Provide leadership and expertise in the library’s instruction program.
  • Collaborate on the design and development of high quality learning materials.
  • Create information literacy content.
  • Liaise with academic departments and units including, School for Professional Studies and English for Academic Purposes.

 Required qualifications include: 

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science.
  • Demonstrated commitment to instruction and information literacy.
  • Experience designing and creating tutorials, learning objects, or other curricular resources.

For a full position description, please see http://lib.slu.edu/about/employment.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service. All applications must be made online at http://jobs.slu.edu and include a cover letter addressing qualifications for position, application, curriculum vita, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current professional references (university placement file is not acceptable). Please refer to Requisition Number 20141104. All other correspondence regarding this position may be sent to Instructional Services Librarian Search Committee, Pius XII Memorial Library, 3650 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108-3302. 

Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) and encourages nominations of and application from women and minorities. For information about Pius XII Memorial Library, see http://lib.slu.edu.

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Discussion invitation to apply for LLAMA mentoring program

by Brook Minner on Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

Dear ALA Members:

The LLAMA Mentoring Committee has begun recruiting mentors and mentees for our July 2014-June 2015 year. The mentoring program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

Dear ALA Members:

The LLAMA Mentoring Committee has begun recruiting mentors and mentees for our July 2014-June 2015 year. The mentoring program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

. explore your leadership potential

.demonstrate leadership in your current position

.acquire the skills, attitudes and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA and LLAMA members as of the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or mentee is January 30, 2014. To apply, go to:

Mentor: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/SW9LV2Q

Mentee:: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8M6PS2R

For more information on the program, contact Debbie Tenofsky at tenofsdg@uc.edu

Thank you- Brook Minner, Joyce Wright, and Melissa Laning, LLAMA Mentoring Committee members.

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Discussion New Leadership Development Opportunity

by Beatrice Calvin (staff) on Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 07:15 am

 

 

Applications are still being accepted for the new ALA Leadership Institute.  The institute has been developed for mid-career librarians ready for the next step toward effective leadership.

 

Maureen Sullivan and Kathryn Deiss are leading the institute at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois, August 12–15, 2013, and this first year it’s subsidized so total cost excluding travel is $750. The application deadline is May 10

 

For more information visit:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/inside-scoop/new-ala-leadership-institute

 

 

Beatrice Calvin

Emerging Leaders Program Coordinator

Program Officer, Placement/Recruitment

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment

American Library Association

50 E. Huron St.

Chicago, IL  60611

bcalvin@ala.org

800/545-2433 ext. 4280

312/280-4280

www.ala.org/hrdr

 

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Discussion User Experience / Assessment Librarian job posting

by Emily Stenberg on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 02:50 pm

The University of Louisville Libraries is hiring for the new position of User Experience / Assessment Librarian:

http://louisville.edu/library/jobs/job-opportunities.html

The University of Louisville Libraries is hiring for the new position of User Experience / Assessment Librarian:

http://louisville.edu/library/jobs/job-opportunities.html

The University of Louisville (UofL) Libraries invites applications from creative and self-motivated candidates for the newly-created position of User Experience (UX)/Assessment Librarian.  This dynamic individual will play a key in helping the libraries achieve its 2020 strategic vision of becoming a nationally-recognized model of user-focused, research library services. http://louisville.edu/library/about/docs/Strategic_Plan_2012_2020.pdf

Responsibilities include:  • Collect, analyze and communicate assessment findings to assist the organization in adopting a more data-driven approach to planning and decision-making.  • Lead the Assessment & Resource Planning Team in creating and implementing an innovative and effective assessment program consistent with the libraries strategic initiatives; collaborate on unit-based assessment efforts.  • Interact with the various user communities through formal and informal channels to identify their priorities, needs and experiences related to the University Libraries. • Coordinate the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board and assist with the creation of additional advisory boards representing other user groups.  • Improve and manage the libraries program for gathering, archiving and analyzing local statistics on library usage, collections and services; coordinate the response to recurring surveys (ARL, ACRL, etc.).  • Represent the libraries on assessment issues at the university, regional and national level. • Serve as a liaison to a subject area. • Share expertise through publications, presentations and other forms of scholarship; participate in service to the profession, university or community.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent in library or information science.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in multiple formats to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to user services.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience with surveys and/or other assessment tools.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social networking and web tools.
  • Potential to meet promotion and tenure requirements.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Additional graduate degree in a related discipline.
  • Experience conducting assessment in a library environment.
  • Project coordination experience.
  • Academic library experience.
  • Library public service experience.
  • Experience with library statistics collection and analysis.

This is a full-time, tenure-track position reporting to the Associate Dean for Assessment, Personnel & Research. The anticipated initial rank is Assistant Professor, however the entry rank and salary of the successful candidate are dependent on experience and qualifications.  The University Libraries offer a comprehensive benefits package and annual vacation of 22 working days.

The University of Louisville (http://louisville.edu) is a Carnegie research university serving 21,000 students in the state’s largest urban area. With a national reputation for its high-quality undergraduate programs and over twenty nationally recognized research, graduate, and professional programs, the University also has as a strong commitment to the community in which it resides. The University Libraries (http://library.louisville.edu) joined the 126-member Association of Research Libraries in 2002. The city of Louisville (http://www.gotolouisville.com) offers hospitality, warmth and smaller city advantages like shorter commutes and lower cost of living alongside major city amenities such as world-class performing arts, great sports, incredible dining, and a nationally-acclaimed parks system.

Nominations are sought and welcome.  Applications should be submitted electronically to UofL’s Human Resources office at http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/applicants (Job ID #28038).  Attach a single file to the online application that includes a current curriculum vitae, a letter of interest detailing your relevant experience, strengths and accomplishments, and the contact information for three references.  The Search Committee will begin a confidential review of completed applications on April 15, 2012; the position is open until filled. Questions about the position or application process may be addressed to:

Claudene Sproles
Government Documents Librarian
Ekstrom Library
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY  40292
(502) 852-6076
caspro01@louisville.edu

The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer, committed to diversity and in that spirit, seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.

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Discussion Emerging Leaders on the 2012 ALA Ballot

by Angela Nolet on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hello All,

In the past we have started a list of all the EL's who are on the ballot. I hope all of you on the ballot will comment with your name and what you are up for.

Thanks and good luck!

Angela Nolet

2010 EL

Discussion Call for Chapter Proposals: The Global Librarian

by Sandra Sajonas on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 09:06 am

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Global Librarian

A Joint Publication of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the Greater  New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Book Concept:

Call for Chapter Proposals: The Global Librarian

A Joint Publication of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the Greater  New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries

Book Concept:

Twenty-first century librarians work in an increasingly global environment of diverse populations with a variety of needs. Innovative librarians have embraced the challenge of “going global.” They have identified and acquired the necessary skills to successfully navigate through this expanding environment, and have done much to reinvigorate the practice of librarianship, demonstrating the valuable role played by information specialists. Physical distance is no longer a barrier to excellence in library service, but rather a catalyst for the development of innovative ideas for the creation, organization, management, presentation and dissemination of information. As user-communities have moved beyond the traditional limits of our institutions, so too has our vision for the informational services we must be prepared to provide. While technology clearly has informed much of this recent transformation in librarianship, it has been the librarians themselves who have led the way in renewing the profession to accommodate a rapidly expanding, interconnected global community. Stretching, molding and applying the traditional concepts of library and information science in new, inventive ways, librarians around the globe have designed and implemented creative ways to serve the information needs of their patrons, wherever they may be. Librarians from all spheres -- academic, public, school, private, corporate, not-for-profit -- are joining this “innovative information revolution “ and forever changing the way in which information is created, organized and shared.

This publication will focus on the vital role played by librarians and information specialists in developing new programs and services which allow them to deliver quality information services in unique and sustainable ways. The multimedia scope of the publication encourages not only case studies, chapters and other text-based reporting, but also short film/video, songs/audio, podcast episodes, animation, etc. that further demonstrate the innovative techniques that librarians have successfully deployed to serve a global environment.

Chapters are sought for an anthology written by academic, special librarians, or LIS faculty sharing information on a unique job or role in librarianship. We want to capture how librarians are dealing with changes in reference, collection development, access, and technical services. Topics of specific interest are in areas of:

  • copyright
  • web services
  • teaching and learning, systems, and assessment.

Optimal chapters might include (but are not limited to) information about your role, position, or skill, helpful educational backgrounds, why this role/position was created, and how this role/skill is changing the profession. Chapters that take a data or research driven look at the changes in the profession over the last 20 years or the future of position in academic libraries are also sought.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

  • Intellectual Property and the Global Environment
  • Serving Populations Off the Grid
  • Community outreach (or Community Engagement)
  • Serving diverse/international populations
  • Librarians in war-torn/underdeveloped countries
  • Librarian efforts in times of catastrophic disasters
  • Mobile, real-time librarians
  • International partnerships
  • Librarians in the virtual world
  • Services to indigenous populations
  • Librarians without borders
  • Librarians shaping geopolitical discourse
  • Library’s role in developing countries (BRIC)
  • Creating tools/platforms for disseminating information
  • Preserving cultural (autonomy? independence? or just “preserving culture”?) in increasingly globalized world
  • Crossing language barriers
  • Librarians without buildings/books
  • Librarians and social justice/responsibility movements

Deadlines:

Submission of Chapter Proposals (500 words) due by: July 10, 2012
Notification of selected chapters: August 28, 2012
Drafts due: November 26, 2012
Final corrected drafts due: December 17, 2012

Target Audience:

The intended audience for this publication will be practicing librarians in all fields. It would also be of use to library and information science programs offering course work in the expanding role of the librarian.

Proposal Submissions:

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind peer review basis. Chapters should be written in English using the 6th edition of APA format.

Completed chapters will be between 3000-5000 words in length. Authors are encouraged to include original charts, graphs, photos or other multimedia objects.

Non-traditional and multimedia texts will be accepted for consideration.

Please e-mail your Chapter Proposal (500 words) and a brief personal biography, as a Word attachment, to info@metro.org. Your proposal should also include a chapter title. Use the phrase “Global Librarian Proposal” in the email subject line.

After careful review of all proposals, the Editorial Board will contact individuals to request full-length chapters. Further instructions and details will be provided at that time.

Questions and comments should be directed to Jason Kucsma (jkucsma@metro.org) or Caroline Fuchs (cgfuchs@gmail.com)

Editorial Board:
Caroline Fuchs, Associate Professor/Outreach Librarian, St. John’s University
Jason Kucsma, Executive Director, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
Lisa Chow, Web Analyst, Brooklyn Public Library
Sandra Sajonas, Business & Career Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library
Carrie Netzer Wajda, New Business Librarian, Y&R

About METRO
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a non-profit member services organization working to develop and maintain essential library services throughout New York City and Westchester County. For nearly 50 years, METRO has helped its members seize opportunities presented by continuously evolving constituent needs and technological advances. Bridging the intersection of library sciences, knowledge management, and technology innovation, METRO upholds traditional information information access ideals in an increasingly unmediated digital age.

About ACRL/NY 
ACRL/NY (The Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries) is dedicated to improving library services, encouraging the exchange of ideas and information, providing networking opportunities for librarians and seeking greater cooperation among academic and research libraries. ACRL/NY promotes professional standards, mentors librarians, and enhances professional development through a variety of educational programs. The Chapter encourages local participation in national issues relating to academic and research libraries.

 

 

 

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Discussion Job Announcement

by Emily Tichenor (non-member) on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 09:38 am

Children's Services Coordinator - Tulsa City-County Library

http://www.tulsalibrary.org/jobs/librarians/CSC.php

Children's Services Coordinator - Tulsa City-County Library

http://www.tulsalibrary.org/jobs/librarians/CSC.php

Job Summary: This position calls for a strong, child-centric coordinator who can continue to develop and expand the library’s efforts to engage, educate and entertain the children and parents of Tulsa County. Strong organizational skills are required to manage system-wide children’s services from the Youth Services Department; to administer grants and trust initiatives related to children’s services; to serve as spokesperson in the community regarding children’s issues, programs and events; and to provide leadership and development opportunities for TCCL’s children’s associates and librarians.

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