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Discussion RSS Annual Board Meeting II- July 31 2017

by Amy Rustic on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Please find the agenda attached for Monday's Meeting.
July 31, 2017 (1 pm Est, 12 CST, 11 MST, 10 PST)

Here is the connection information for our meeting.



Please find the agenda attached for Monday's Meeting.
July 31, 2017 (1 pm Est, 12 CST, 11 MST, 10 PST)

Here is the connection information for our meeting.



Optional call-in number: 1-866-718-7314

Participant Code: 92491678#


RUSA Restructuring Task Force (Reference and User Services Association)

Discussion Agenda and Annual 2017 Notes

by Elizabeth German on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 08:46 pm

Hi all,

Please find attached the notes from Annual 2017. In the doc is the timeline outline. I'll move this to a Google drive space (next week).

Agenda: July Meeting

Friday July 28th, 2017 12pm-1pm (central) 

Hi all,

Please find attached the notes from Annual 2017. In the doc is the timeline outline. I'll move this to a Google drive space (next week).

Agenda: July Meeting

Friday July 28th, 2017 12pm-1pm (central) 

  • Welcomes and Introductions (10 min)
  • Review timeline and action items (20 min)
  • Leadership Council next steps/planning (10 min) 
  • Connect update (5 min)
  • Regular Agenda Items (5 min)
    • Reality check-in (what oops did we not think of)
    • Questions from/to Board/Office round up
    • Timeline Check-in and updates 
  • Action item summary; next meeting agenda (5 min) 

Connection Information 


Optional call-in number: 1-866-718-7314

Participant Code: 92491678#

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion User Experience / Web Design Librarian, University at Albany Libraries (apply by Sept 11)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 11:28 am

User Experience / Web Design Librarian

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seeks applications for an energetic, flexible, and innovative User Experience / Web Design Librarian. This position will report to the Head of the Reference and Research Services Department.


User Experience / Web Design Librarian

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seeks applications for an energetic, flexible, and innovative User Experience / Web Design Librarian. This position will report to the Head of the Reference and Research Services Department.


  • Collaborates with and leads the Website Development Team in designing, developing, and maintaining a functional, attractive, and usable website, including the mobile website
  • Conducts website accessibility audits and tracks website usage
  • Plans and coordinates usability assessment for digital and physical library resources and spaces
  • Serves on the Online Public Interface Committee and collaborates with colleagues to enhance the interfaces of all the University Libraries' discovery products and systems
  • Stays abreast of trends related to user-centered design and works collaboratively with colleagues to implement projects and programs designed to improve users' experience of the University Libraries
  • Participates in initiatives of the Reference and Research Services Department
  • Provides general reference service during assigned hours at the reference desk in the University Library (may include evenings and weekends) to students, faculty, staff, and community users, in person, by phone, via chat, and through the Personalized Assistance With Searching (PAWS) consultation service
  • Research, publication, and service to the Libraries, University, and profession are expected to satisfy criteria for continuing appointment (tenure) and promotion.

Academic rank: Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian (rank will be determined by the successful candidate's qualifications)

For additional information, including qualification requirements and application instructions: https://albany.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=86737

Application deadline: September 11, 2017

The University at Albany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.


About the University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses. Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City, and the Adirondacks.

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Librarian I- Reference Librarian, Cranston Public Library (apply by Aug 11)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 11:27 am



Come work for an award-winning library system that values a commitment to public service and supports the professional development of its library staff. The Cranston Public Library is seeking an extraordinary candidate for the position of Librarian I: Reference Librarian. This position is supervised by the Coordinator of Adult and Information Services. This position provides Reference and readers' advisory services to the public at the Central Library including the delivery of information through a variety of digital formats. This is a full time 35 hour per week union position and is located at the Central Library.

The Cranston Public Library (CPL) system consists of a central library with five branch locations. CPL serves a population of 80,000 residents and is one of the busiest public libraries in Rhode Island. In 2016 CPL received the LibraryAware Community Award and in 2015 was named Library of the Year by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. CPL is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium.

For more information on our library please visit: www.cranstonlibrary.org.

The Cranston Public Library is committed to creating and maintaining a staff that gives open expression to the Library’s organizational values and brings a rich diversity of peoples and talents to the accomplishment of the Library’s Mission.

The Cranston Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. The Library is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age or country of ancestral origin.


Salary Range begins at $44,070.92; $45,813.89 after a six-month probationary period.

Full benefits package including vacation, sick time, dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance and retirement plan.


Under the supervision of the Coordinator of Adult and Information Services, this position provides Reference and readers' advisory services to the public at the Central Library including the delivery of information through a variety of digital formats. This is a 35 hour per week union position with some nights and weekends required.


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association
  • One year of experience preferred
  • Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner


  • Provides exemplary customer service.
  • Provides Reference and Readers’ Advisory Services for the public, including the delivery of information through a variety of electronic formats.
  • Instructs library users in the use of the online catalog, basic reference tools, and other library equipment and services.
  • Participates in collection development and management.
  • Operates, troubleshoots and provides instruction on all library-owned technology.
  • Plans, creates, conducts and evaluates innovative library programs
  • Assists in training and supervision of personnel assigned to Adult Services.
  • Stays informed about professional and community developments affecting the library and librarianship. Participates in continuing education opportunities within and beyond the library system.
  • Contributes to the library's social media presence and other marketing and outreach initiatives.
  • Substitutes as needed at other library locations
  • Acts as Person-in-Charge of the Central Library when assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Commitment to outstanding public service.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and tools of library science in general and public library service, in particular.
  • Knowledge of current technological applications for information access. Ability to utilize web-based and subscription databases.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies; including social media, tablets and mobile devices.
  • Ability to promote and instruct in the use of library resources.
  • Knowledge of basic computer troubleshooting including hardware and printers.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of office applications.
  • Knowledge of eReaders and eBooks platforms.
  • Ability to function as a member of a team to achieve library goals and objectives.
  • Ability to resolve conflict with staff and library users.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Ability to take initiative in improving existing work techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials.
  • Ability to reach and retrieve library materials at high and low shelf heights.
  • Experience with integrated library systems.


  • Experience using Innovative Millennium/Sierra ILS

This job description is intended to be a general guide to the duties and responsibilities of the job and is not intended to list every possible task that the staff member may be called upon to perform.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Resumes & cover letter received by Friday, August 11, 2017 will receive first consideration. Apply to Edward Garcia, Library Director at director@cranstonlibrary.org

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Branch Manager - Vandalia Branch

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 11:17 am





The Dayton Metro Library is seeking an experienced, team-oriented Branch Manager for our busy Vandalia Branch, which serves Vandalia, Ohio and its surrounding diverse communities.  We debuted the new Vandalia Branch to the public in November, 2016.  This branch is situated next to the local high school and serves as a hub of activity after school with our small group study rooms, programming for teens, and a gaming system in the teen area.  Be a part of a passionate, patron-centric team of librarians and support staff who represent the Dayton Metro Library’s commitment to inform, enrich, and inspire those we serve!


•             Demonstrates and models excellent internal and external customer service.  Maintains frequent personal presence in public areas to ensure outstanding service.

•             Establishes and implements goals and objectives for branch service which support the Library’s mission.

•             Directs all branch services such as reference assistance, readers’ advisory, outreach, circulation, and programming.

•             Hires, manages, evaluates, and schedules employees in assigned branch. Oversees branch volunteers.  Serves as liaison between administration and branch staff. Communicates with administrative team on policy, patron, and staffing issues.

•             Manages branch collections, oversees evaluation and processing of donated materials, and manages branch book sale.  Ensures the collection is responsive to community’s information, recreational, and educational needs.

•             Promotes community awareness of the Library and establishes effective communication with community groups, organizations, and individuals.

•             Prepares budget requests and monitors branch facility and security needs.


•             Ability to plan, schedule, and oversee branch operations and personnel.

•             Knowledge of professional library principles, theories, concepts, policies, and procedures.

•             Knowledge and appreciation of literature, periodicals, web sites, social media, and other electronic media which constitute a diverse, current and relevant collection.

•             Ability to maintain effective relationships with community officials, leaders, organizations, the public and the staff.  Ability to present information and respond to questions from staff, patrons, and members of the community individually and in a group setting.  Ability to deal effectively with confrontational individuals and/or challenging situations.

•             MLIS from an ALA accredited program, minimum of three to five years of increasingly responsible experience in a public library setting at a professional level, and supervisory experience preferred.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  Starting salary is $63,985 annually with an exceptional benefits package.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  For first consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Jennifer Kadel at careers@daytonmetrolibrary.org by August 8, 2017.

The Dayton Metro Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Digital Services Librarian, Meridian Library District

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 09:52 am

Digital Services Librarian*

*Position description pending board approval

Digital Services Librarian*

*Position description pending board approval

Are you looking for a librarian role that primarily supports library resources in a virtual space? Be part of a transformational library committed to connecting the community to new and creative resources in meaningful ways. Meridian Library District serves 85,000 residents through two branches, bookmobile, an emerging technology branch (unBound), and online services. Meridian Library District’s unBound location was featured on the cover of Library Journal in February 2017.

This full-time Digital Services Librarian position:

  • Oversees the District's digital content including maintaining the visual appearance, organization, and accessibility of all library resources online (databases, electronic materials, and the external website)
  • Acts as a liaison between staff and website vendor
  • Develops strategies and processes for managing the District’s digital content
  • Instructs and trains staff around management of digital content (records, digital files, intranet, and network drives)

Number of Hours: 40 hours per week or based on business need

Benefits: Eligible for a competitive benefits package including generous paid time-off and 100%employer paid monthly health insurance premium for employee Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage with the option to add dependents and spouse at reasonable, low cost rates. For a full description of the benefits associated with this position, download the PDF here.

View the full job posting at http://www.mld.org/employment.  Ready to Apply? Click Here!

Position Close Date: Open Until Further Notice

Why Idaho? Meridian, ID was named by 24/7 Wall St. as America's #2 best places to live in the U.S. in October 2016. Idaho is a great and safe place to raise a family and has easy access to a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Data Services and Technology Librarian, @ UCLA for NLM (apply by Aug 23)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 09:50 am

Data Services and Technology Librarian


Job #JPF03193

Data Services and Technology Librarian


Job #JPF03193


Open date: July 26th, 2017
Next review date: August 23rd, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: September 20th, 2017
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Department: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library
Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Associate Librarian ($49,165 –$67,722)
Position Availability: Immediately 
Application deadline for first consideration: August 23, 2017

This is a 2-year temporary position.

Description of Institution and Library 
As one of the world's great public research universities, UCLA integrates education, research, and public service so that each enriches and extends the others. From its beautiful neighborhood campus in a uniquely diverse and vibrant city on the Pacific Rim, teaching and research extend beyond the classroom, office, and lab through active engagement with communities, organizations, projects, and partnerships throughout the region and around the world.

UCLA’s diverse community of scholars encompasses nearly 30,000 undergraduates pursuing 125 majors, 13,000 graduate students in fifty-nine research programs, and 4,000 faculty members including Nobel Laureates; Rhodes Scholars; MacArthur Fellows; winners of the Fields Medal, National Medal of Science, Pritzker Prize, and Pulitzer Prize; and recipients of Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. UCLA ranks tenth in the Times of London Higher Education World Reputation Rankings, twelfth in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and fifth in the U.S. by Washington Monthly. The National Research Council ranks forty of its graduate and doctoral research programs among its top ten.

To enable these accomplished students, faculty, and staff to create, disseminate, and apply knowledge for the benefit of global society, the UCLA Library is re-envisioning how it is acquired, synthesized, and shared across academic audiences and with the public. It was among the first academic libraries to develop subject-specialist librarians and to launch a program to enhance students’ research skills. Its Special Collections pioneered the acquisition by public institutions of rare and unique books, children’s literature, pulp and detective fiction, works by or about women and minorities, screenplays, architectural plans, and Los Angeles-related materials and today leads the way in collecting archival resources in digital format such as emails and manuscripts. It has launched innovative data management services and an affordable course materials initiative that have served as models for other libraries.

The Library serves UCLA students, faculty, and staff whenever and wherever they need its resources and expertise. Reconfigured, high-tech spaces and services in its ten campus libraries enable users and librarians to explore and work with print and digital materials collaboratively or individually, pursue new lines of inquiry, and develop new pedagogical approaches as well as novel forms of scholarship. More than 3.5 million people visit annually, while an additional 3.4 million visitors enter online through its virtual front doors.

Whether on campus or online, the Library forms the intellectual heart of UCLA, a hub for cutting-edge discovery, scholarship, and instruction.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is funded through a cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the Regional Medical Library (RML) functions administratively as a division of the Biomedical Library. The mission of the NNLM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health, by providing equal access to biomedical information to all U.S. health professionals and by improving the public’s access to health information. The Pacific Southwest Region (PSR) of the NNLM includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Territories in the Pacific. The RML facilitates resource sharing and cooperative projects among a network of nearly 600 libraries in this region, including academic medical libraries, hospital and healthcare organization libraries, and a growing number of public libraries with consumer health collections. The NNLM staff provides outreach programs, often in partnership with network libraries and other organizations in the region, to assist health professionals who have no direct affiliation with a health sciences library, and consumers who are seeking sources of reliable health information. Outreach activities include exhibits at conferences, classes in health information access, referrals to network libraries, and demonstrations of NLM databases and resources, including PubMed/MEDLINE, MedlinePlus, and ClinicalTrials.gov.

Position Duties
Reporting to the NNLM PSR Associate Director, the Data Services and Technology Librarian will be one member of a team of three outreach librarians, who is responsible for the following duties: 
• Oversees needs assessment and program development to increase support for big data initiatives, such as skills in creating data management plans and helping scientific researchers find appropriate data repositories.
• Oversees NNLM PSR website structure and content, and ensures that resources included on the website are compliant with requirements in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
• Provides information and consultation on NNLM PSR funding opportunities and proposal preparation, solicits funding applications from Network members, and monitors progress of ongoing awards.
• Develops in-person and online workshops and training sessions to promote awareness and use of NLM and National Institute of Health (NIH) resources and tools in the research and academic community.
• Exhibits at regional and local conferences and meetings reaching NNLM PSR target populations, and submits workshop proposals aimed at providing education about NLM and NIH resources.
• Contributes information via the NNLM PSR blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and website to promote current awareness in data management and NLM resources and tools.
• Assists as needed with other NNLM PSR outreach and network activities to promote NNLM and NLM resources, programs, and services.

Required Qualifications 
• ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
• Knowledge and/or experience with big data, data management support, and data repositories.
• Knowledge and/or experience with Drupal website platform and Section 508 compliance policies.
• Familiarity with NLM and NNLM programs.
• Proficiency with NLM resources, such as PubMed.
• Strong teaching skills and demonstrated experience creating instructional materials.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
• Willingness to travel throughout the Pacific Southwest Region.

Desired qualifications
• Experience in academic libraries.
• Course work in medical librarianship.
• Experience with content management systems, blog software, and web page editing packages.
• Experience using social media.

General Information
Professional librarians at UCLA are academic appointees. Librarians at UCLA are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position. They are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

Appointees to the librarian series at UC shall have professional backgrounds that demonstrate a high degree of creativity, teamwork, and flexibility. Such background will normally include a professional degree from an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program. In addition to professional competence and quality of service within the library in the primary job, advancement in the librarian series requires professional involvement and contributions outside of the library, and/or university and community service, and/or scholarly activities. Candidates must show evidence or promise of such contributions.

Candidates applying by August 23, 2017, will be given first consideration for this position. UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities. UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy at http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States as established by providing documents specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Employment is contingent upon completion of satisfactory background investigation.