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Union Library Workers

Discussion CUNY Faculty to Begin Voting on Possible Strike

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 06:54 am

After more than six years without a raise, City University of New York faculty will start voting Monday on whether to authorize a strike.

The Professional Staff Congress/CUNY represents 25,000 faculty and staff. Its members have been working without a contract since 2010. Late last year, the system offered what amounted to a six percent raise over six years.

CUNY Faculty to Begin Voting on Possible Strike 

 

GameRT (Games and Gaming Round Table)

Discussion GameRT Volunteer Opportunities

by Julie A. Patterson on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

Are you going to ALA this year? Take a break from the hustle and bustle of sessions and give some of your time to GameRT! There are three opportunities for volunteering. Want to be a game shepherd? We got that. Want to rub elbows with other gamer librarians? You can do that too. We got it all, but we sure could use a little bit of you.

Are you going to ALA this year? Take a break from the hustle and bustle of sessions and give some of your time to GameRT! There are three opportunities for volunteering. Want to be a game shepherd? We got that. Want to rub elbows with other gamer librarians? You can do that too. We got it all, but we sure could use a little bit of you.

ALAPlay Sign Up: http://bit.ly/1XYpk5u
GameRT Booth Sign Up: http://bit.ly/1XYpppN
Gaming Lounge Sign Up: http://bit.ly/1LUoExw

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Diversity Member Initiative Group

Discussion Diversity Member Interest Group (MIG) Questionnaire - feedback due by May 8th!

by Rebecca Kemp on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 06:35 pm

We've had so many new members that the deadline for submissions has been extended.  Please click the link below to give your feedback on this very short survey!

Thanks!Rebecca & Miguel

 

We've had so many new members that the deadline for submissions has been extended.  Please click the link below to give your feedback on this very short survey!

Thanks!Rebecca & Miguel

 

This questionnaire will help the Diversity Membership Initiative Group better serve our members by providing the appropriate content, activities, events, etc., to build a successful community of practice.

Please be as specific as possible when answering the questionnaire. We appreciate your commitment to our efforts!

Sincerely,
Rebecca Kemp & Miguel Ruiz, Diversity MIG Co-Chairs

Please click on the link to take the questionnaire: http://goo.gl/forms/f55HSpmgeu

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Head of Archival Processing, Northwestern University Libraries - IL

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 01:25 pm

Head of Archival Processing

Head of Archival Processing

Professional Librarian Vacancy
Northwestern University Libraries seek an experienced and skilled Head of Archival Processing. As part of a complete administrative reorganization of the Libraries, Archival Processing was established as a unit of the Distinctive Collections group to be the center for all accessioning, physical processing, arrangement, and description of archival materials held by Northwestern’s Distinctive Collections. The Distinctive Collections group—including the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, the Art Library, the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, the Music Library, the Transportation Library, and University Archives—encompasses all of the Libraries’ rare and unique materials and select subject collections of extraordinary depth. Working across these collections, Archival Processing is a collaborative partner in providing access to and ensuring care for the non-book archival materials in these collections, including papers, photographs, digital files, realia, and any resource type.

The Head of Archival Processing plays a key role in the ongoing management of all archival materials by demonstrating strategic vision and operational leadership, directing and supervising Archival Processing staff, applying a thorough knowledge of archival theory and practice to establish policies and workflows, and working closely and collaboratively with curators, processing staff, and others involved in cataloging and preservation across the Libraries. A planned major renovation of facilities will create further opportunities for the Head of Archival Processing to contribute to the overall improvement of how collections are housed, secured, and made available.

General Information
Position Title: Head of Archival Processing
Job Title: Librarian
Supervisor: D. J. Hoek
Department: Distinctive Collections
Unit: University Archives
Percent Full Time: 100%
Status: Open
Available Positions: 1
Date Posted: 05/02/2016
Job Details
Responsibilities:
• Manages accessioning and processing of new archival collections while developing solutions for enhancing access to long-held unprocessed materials. • Establishes policies, plans workflows, and sets priorities for Archival Processing, working responsively and collaboratively with curators, other Archival Processing and Distinctive Collections staff, and key partners from across the Libraries, such as the departments of Preservation, Repository and Digital Curation, Metadata and Discovery Services, Marketing and Communication, and others. • Directly supervises a staff of 4.7 FTE responsible for archives processing and management. • Oversees and engages directly in the preparation of online finding aids, websites, and other resources that provide access to archives in alignment with professional standards and practices. • Contributes to the development and implementation of metadata standards for digitized and born-digital archival materials. • Provides support for public services in Distinctive Collections, including direct user services, instruction, and outreach, as needed. • Represents the Libraries and the University through conference participation, speaking, exhibitions, and other activities relevant to the profession and Northwestern collections. • Participates in planning for the renovation of Deering Library, including management and relocation of collections, redesign and reallocation of stacks spaces, design of staff work areas, and associated user and collections services in the periods prior, during, and after the renovation.
Required Qualifications:
• Graduate degree in librarianship, archival studies, or other relevant discipline or field, with training or experience in special collections or archives. • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience in archival services, including physical processing, preparation of finding aids or other discovery tools, and direct user service. • Expertise in descriptive standards for archival and manuscript materials, especially DACS and EAD, plus familiarity with other relevant standards, such as DublinCore, EAC, MODS, METS, MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCNAF, and LCSH. • Experience working with archival materials in all formats, including born-digital resources, with understanding of associated standards for preservation and metadata. • Facility using an archives information management system, particularly ArchivesSpace. • Knowledge of current and emerging practices for preserving and providing access to archival materials in all formats. • Capability to manage budgets and other resources responsibly and in accordance with priorities of the Libraries and University. • Sensitivity to matters of confidentiality, copyright, and other policy and legal aspects of handling and providing access to personal information, creative works, and other archival materials. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Leadership and management skills necessary to: o Encourage, mentor, and support staff; model self-leadership. o Use shared leadership to harness the energy, resourcefulness, and creativity of everyone in the organization to build sustainable services and solutions in a continually changing environment. o Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and building an organization where staff members continually expand their own capabilities. o Solicit, respond appropriately, and act on feedback from others o Use vision, understanding, clarity, flexibility, and agility to actively design and manage for the future. o Work well with a diverse set of individuals and different work styles. o Communicate effectively and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills. o Use systems thinking; focus on the whole. o Collaborate across the library, with other university departments, and with other research libraries, partners and organizations. o Understand the value of library content and services to the user community, while also ensuring alignment of work with university goals and policies.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Supervisory experience. • Record of professional engagement and contribution. • Experience planning, designing, and managing facilities for the use and storage of rare and unique materials. • Knowledge of one or more European languages.

Information for Librarian Applicants
Library environment:
Northwestern University is a highly selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more 6 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in African studies, transportation, and 20th Century music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participates in programs of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC). See more information about University Libraries at: http://www.library.northwestern.edu.

To Apply:
Send PDF formatted document containing letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references to the attention of Jan Hayes, Head, Organization Development, to libsearches@northwestern.edu. As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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ACRL Board of Directors

Discussion Pre-vote discussion: 4/26/16–5/2/16 Creation of division-level goal-area committee: New Roles and Changing Landscapes

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 03:16 pm

The Board is invited to review the Board action form regarding the creation of the New Roles and Changing Landscapes division-level, goal-area committee, and have discussion during the period of 4/26/16–5/2/16. Please post comments below using threaded discussions.

Following the discussion period, the Board will vote on the creation of the New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee during 5/3/16–5/9/16 and confirm its vote at the 2016 Annual Conference.

Thank you,
Allison Payne
ACRL Program Officer

Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion seeking collaborators for accessibility-related ACRL 2017 proposal

by Melissa Green on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

All,

I am working on a proposal for an ACRL 2017 panel session that will examine, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology for academic and research libraries presented in the latest NMC Horizon Report: Library Edition.

All,

I am working on a proposal for an ACRL 2017 panel session that will examine, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology for academic and research libraries presented in the latest NMC Horizon Report: Library Edition.

I offered a similar session on the NMC Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition at the 2015 Accessing Higher Ground conference, and it was a lot of fun to prepare and present. As ACRL has joined forces with the New Media Consortium to produce and distribute the 2017 Library Edition, and the release of the report is scheduled to take place during ACRL 2017, the timing for such a session is great and could generate a lot of interest from ACRL and NMC as well as those attending the conference.

Panel session proposals are due May 6. Please email me by end of day Wednesday, 5/4 if you're interested in serving on the panel.

Melissa Green
Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian
The University of Alabama
mfgreen1@ua.edu

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ACRL 2017 "Find a Proposal Collaborator" Community

Discussion seeking collaborators for accessibility-related ACRL 2017 proposal

by Melissa Green on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

All,

I am working on a proposal for an ACRL 2017 panel session that will examine, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology for academic and research libraries presented in the latest NMC Horizon Report: Library Edition.

All,

I am working on a proposal for an ACRL 2017 panel session that will examine, through the lens of accessibility, the important developments in technology for academic and research libraries presented in the latest NMC Horizon Report: Library Edition.

I offered a similar session on the NMC Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition at the 2015 Accessing Higher Ground conference, and it was a lot of fun to prepare and present. As ACRL has joined forces with the New Media Consortium to produce and distribute the 2017 Library Edition, and the release of the report is scheduled to take place during ACRL 2017, the timing for such a session is great and could generate a lot of interest from ACRL and NMC as well as those attending the conference.

Panel session proposals are due May 6. Please email me by end of day Wednesday, 5/4 if you're interested in serving on the panel.

Melissa Green
Academic Technologies Instruction Librarian
The University of Alabama
mfgreen1@ua.edu

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Associate Dean of Libraries, University of Arkansas Libraries (apply by May 22)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:30 am

Associate Dean of Libraries

(Director for Resource Management Services) 

Associate Dean of Libraries

(Director for Resource Management Services) 

The University of Arkansas Libraries are seeking a highly experienced and nationally engaged individual to serve as Associate Dean and Director for Resource Management Services (RMS) and lead, shape, and oversee the work of staff engaged in acquiring and making accessible research resources in all formats of the University of Arkansas Libraries.  Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Associate Dean is a member of the Libraries’ senior management team, which shares responsibility for planning, budget allocation, and the development and leadership of major strategic initiatives.  In collaboration with senior management colleagues, the Associate Dean has primary leadership responsibility for intellectual access to materials in a changing mix of user-oriented online environments. Responsibilities include overall management of the materials budget, collection development strategies including storage and access, preservation of library materials, web services, library information technology, and library technical services.  The Associate Dean also negotiates contracts and agreements for electronic information resources and other relevant initiatives and acts in the absence of the Dean.

The Associate Dean oversees the creation, acquisition, integration, and life cycle management of metadata and the supporting processes that enable knowledge access.  The scope of RMS units comprises acquisitions, including licensing; serials and electronic resources management; cataloging and metadata production, integration, and maintenance; and documents collections accessioning and processing.  The Associate Dean oversees the operations of the Libraries’ integrated library system (ILS) and management and maintenance of library information systems and equipment.  The Associate Dean is also responsible for designing and overseeing a wide range of special projects, e.g., with affiliate libraries, digital library collections, and specialized resources.

The Libraries’ strategic plan emphasizes the need for continual organizational learning and innovation to meet the challenge of integrating library resources and services with new, ever-changing powerful networked teaching, learning, and research environments.  Critical objectives include effective resource discovery and user experience and innovation in acquiring and delivering access to all forms of research resources.  The Associate Dean will have the continuing opportunity to manage significant new service development, to employ new technologies and approaches to resource management and discovery, and to redesign organizational structures and staff roles in this environment.

The ideal candidate will possess a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service; demonstrated interpersonal skills encompassing the ability to interact with a variety of colleagues and levels of staff; demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively to develop productive partnerships within and across organizations; ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and create efficiencies; data analysis skills, including the ability to organize, present, and analyze financial and usage data; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a complex and culturally diverse higher education organization; and outstanding written and oral communication skills. 

Responsibilities of this position include research and creative work and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated accomplishments in performance, scholarly activity, and professional service to meet criteria for appointment with tenure at the level of Librarian / Professor.  A dossier will be required for appointment and hiring.

Qualifications.  Required:  A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or a post-graduate degree in a related field; ten years of progressively responsible experience, five of which should be in a leadership role in an academic or research library or similar institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience; experience with the acquisition and/or management of library information resources; demonstrated experience with management of materials budgets and allocations within a complex resource structure of public and private resources; knowledge of contemporary practices and trends for managing collections of all kinds in research libraries; awareness of major trends in higher education, scholarship, and research libraries; and project management experience, including team leadership of individuals and groups with direct responsibility for program development and successful project completion.

 

Preferred: Formal project management training.  Grant development and management experience.  A second master's degree or Ph.D. in any discipline.

Rank and Salary:  Twelve-month faculty appointment with tenure at the rank of Librarian / Professor.  Salary: $125,000.  

Benefits:  Relocation allowance available.  Benefits include TIAA/CREF, Fidelity Mutual Fund, or the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance. 

Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students.  The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH).  The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities.  The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered.  The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (http://libraries.uark.edu).  The University of Arkansas campus (http://www.uark.edu/) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 26,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System.  With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters.  This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

Application deadline and contact information.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications received by May 22, 2016, will receive full consideration.  For the full posting or to apply, please go to http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/13201.  When completing your application, please upload the following: letter of application (addressed to the attention of Jeff Banks, Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs), résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.

 

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.  The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. 

Jeff Banks

Assistant Director for

Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs

University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue

Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002

Phone: (479) 575-4769

Fax: (479) 575-4623

Email:  jbbanks@uark.edu

 

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Short survey about the MLS and debt

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:20 am

Hello! 

I'm inviting you to take a short survey about the MLS and debt. 
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2682103/library-school-debt-survey

The survey came out of a series of discussions with practitioners over the last few months regarding the role and practice of the MLS. The data will be published in an article in the upcoming months.

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Hello! 

I'm inviting you to take a short survey about the MLS and debt. 
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2682103/library-school-debt-survey

The survey came out of a series of discussions with practitioners over the last few months regarding the role and practice of the MLS. The data will be published in an article in the upcoming months.

The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Responses will be anonymous unless you provide your email, in which case I will reach out to set up an interview. Interviews can be anonymous as well.

Please share widely with other MLS students and grads!

Thank you!

Jennie Rose Halperin 
http://jennierosehalperin.me/

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian, Borough of Manhattan Community College (apply by June 1)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:16 am

Instructor/Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian in New YorkNew York

http://cuny.jobs/new-york-ny/instructorassistant-associate-or-full-profe...

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Instructor/Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian in New YorkNew York

http://cuny.jobs/new-york-ny/instructorassistant-associate-or-full-profe...

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Performs teaching, research and guidance duties in area(s) of expertise. Shares responsibility for committee and department assignments including administrative, supervisory, and other functions.

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is an integral part of the City University of New York (CUNY) with the largest college enrollment in the CUNY system of over 25,000 students. It is strategically located in downtown Manhattan in close proximity to the artistic communities of Tribeca and SoHo, the dynamic downtown financial district, and the center of New York City government at City Hall.

A. Philip Randolph Memorial Library at the Borough of Manhattan Community College is growing and would like to attract new faculty members who will share and contribute to the growth process. We invite applications for an Instructor/Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position in Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian.

Library faculty are expected to provide research support to faculty, students, and staff in person, one on one consultations, via email and chat; participate in library's instruction program; participate in developing collections and acquiring materials in all formats and media. Faculty review Library usage patterns and makes recommendations regarding services; assist in developing and monitoring Library policies and user service standards; supervise and/or train staff, students, and others assigned to the Library. Duties may include some weekend and evening hours. Library faculty are expected to perform related duties as assigned. Research and publication are expected for tenure and promotion.

The successful candidate will further have the ability to manage and support the operation of the library's shared integrated library system (ILS) by maintaining configuration and access tables, creating documentation, maintaining passwords and authorizations; resolving problems relating to records, access, and functionality; and keeping up to-date on system and software issues. The Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian will deliver regular reports generated in the ILS to the Chief Librarian and other library faculty as required. They will collaborate with library departments, campus IT professionals, bibliographic utility vendors, and the CUNY Office of Library Services (OLS) to identify, format, and coordinate the batch loading of vendor-supplied records into the online catalog. The Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian will manage LibGuides, Share Point, and Word Press for the Randolph Library as well as provide staff training for library software applications. The ideal candidate will serve as the library representative on CUNY-wide committees pertaining to information technology; build staff awareness of new and emerging technologies and Identify, evaluate, and recommend the adoption of technologies that improve the Library's physical and virtual presence. They will also advise and assist in efforts to use emerging technologies to build relationships with users and increase awareness of Library resources and services in the campus community

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor:

Supports a college library through providing in-depth consultation with students and faculty and collaboration for the ongoing improvement of instructional programs and practices. Pursues an active scholarly agenda, performs supervisory duties, and participates in college-and university-wide programs and committees as assigned.

Instructor:

Supports a college library through providing in-depth consultation with students and faculty and collaboration for the ongoing improvement of instructional programs and practices.

QUALIFICATIONS

For Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor: Ph.D. degree in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

For Instructor: Master's degree in area(s) of expertise, and/or active progress toward a Doctorate, or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.

All titles require a Master's in Library Science (MLS), Master's in Library Information Studies (MUS), or closely related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution. Also required is the ability to work with others for the good of the institution.

For appointment as Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, a second graduate degree is required.

Preferred Qualifications include a minimum two years' work experience in academic library; demonstrated ability using Aleph or other ILS; experience using emerging technologies for metadata management and delivery. The ideal candidate will have a record of demonstrated experience providing reference and instruction to undergraduate students; excellent interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and colleagues in a multicultural environment.

COMPENSATION

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Instructor: $39,399-$65,267 Asst Professor - $42,873 - $74,133 Assoc Professor - $55,602 - $88,418 Professor - $68,803 - $106,071

HOW TO APPLY

From our job posting system, select "Apply Now", create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, access the employment page on our web site and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title.

Candidates should provide a CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests.

CLOSING DATE

June 1, 2016

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Job Title: Instructor/Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Emerging Technology and Systems Librarian

Job ID: 14752

Location: Borough of Manhattan CC

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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