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Discussion Call for Proposals-California Conference on Library Instruction

by Twanna Hodge on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 01:51 pm

CCLI 2017: New Directions in Library Instruction and Scholarly Communications

The deadline for submissions is 10/14/2016.


The California Conference on Library Instruction (CCLI) invites you to share proposals for presentations, workshops, and lightning talks about the intersection of information literacy instruction and scholarly communications. CCLI 2017 will be held in San Francisco on Friday, May 5th.


CCLI 2017: New Directions in Library Instruction and Scholarly Communications

The deadline for submissions is 10/14/2016.


The California Conference on Library Instruction (CCLI) invites you to share proposals for presentations, workshops, and lightning talks about the intersection of information literacy instruction and scholarly communications. CCLI 2017 will be held in San Francisco on Friday, May 5th.


College and university libraries are taking an increasing role in guiding scholarly communications activities on their campuses. As scholarly communications have evolved in the direction of open access and sharing of data, information literacy instruction continues to evolve in order to adapt to a rapidly changing research environment. These major shifts offer ripe territory for collaborative innovation at the crossroads.


We are interested in presentations from librarians and other faculty with a focus on 2-year / community colleges and 4-year colleges and universities (first-year experience, upper-division instruction, and graduate instruction).


Potential topics to explore include curriculum design, assessment, or instructional design practice as they relate to digital humanities, data visualization, data management, open access scholarship, or open educational resources.


Proposals can be submitted as breakout sessions (60 minute presentations and workshops) or lightning talks (5 - 7 minute presentations). 


Interested in presenting? Please use our submission form at The deadline for submissions is 10/14/2016.


We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!


For questions, contact Jenny Yap ( and Ryne Leuzinger (



Discussion Call for Proposals- Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission

by Twanna Hodge on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm

We’re excited to invite you to submit chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission

Proposals are due October 10th, 2016.

The Book

We’re excited to invite you to submit chapter proposals for our forthcoming ACRL book, Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission

Proposals are due October 10th, 2016.

The Book

As emerging technologies become easier to use, public service information professionals of all kinds are increasingly tasked with making decisions regarding which technologies to use, promote, and provide support for. These technology-mediated exchanges can play an important role in how information, and the library, is perceived and used.


This book will share perspectives on how to interpret and apply the ALA's Core Values of Librarianship in the context of emerging technologies as well highlight case studies of organizations and applications that exemplify relevant library values. It will be grounded in theory, but be made applicable to a variety of libraries by situating discussions within a framework for decision-making.


Authors will retain copyright of their work, and after one year the entire book will be made available open access.



The book will be organized into chapters corresponding with the values identified in the ALA's Core Values of Librarianship, but individual chapters do not need to tie directly to any particular interpretation of those values (see “Chapter Details”). Authors should consider library values in the context of emerging technology, and what the implications are for making decisions about library practice. 

The editors are interested in considering a wide variety of perspectives and forms of submissions in order to be relevant to a broad audience


Each section will include both:

•    Practical case studies of how to effectively use a particular technology in a library setting

•    Theoretical models for understanding and interpreting the relevant library value (or values) in context of a relevant technology

Most submissions should include at least some elements of theory and practice, but can focus on any aspect. We will also consider submissions featuring just one element (an important theoretical consideration that could impact other works, or a particularly impactful case study). 



Priority will be given to producing the best possible final work that is meaningful to a wide audience rather than necessarily “original research,” so authors may reuse portions of previous works when copyright allows. If doing so, authors are expected to revise their work and provide at minimum an introduction and conclusion that fit with the theme of this volume. 

Chapter Details
For a more context and suggested topics for each chapter visit this document: 


Potential Sections Include:


·         Confidentiality/Privacy & Intellectual Freedom

·         Access/Democracy

·         The Public Good/Social Responsibility & Education and Lifelong Learning

·         Preservation

·         Diversity

·         Service

·         Professionalism


Examples of topics include:

•    Libraries providing access to encryption technology

•    Libraries providing training/access to technology that enables expression

•    Libraries relationship to modern efforts to censor (e.g. NSA; Patriot Act; China’s firewall)

•    Technology that supports Open Access

•    The #ICANHAZPDF phenomenon, and technology surrounding interlibrary loan

•    Licensing/copyright agreements and library values

•    Preventing link-rot and related issues with archiving websites

•    Issues surrounding private/public communications online (e.g. preserving e-mails, Facebook posts and other semi-public digital objects stored on private servers)

•    How library interfaces impact diversity

•    How library values such as professionalism and service can be embodied in technology decisions


Don’t see your topic/idea here? We encourage you to contact the editors to discuss how your idea may fit within this book’s scope.


Proposal Guidelines and Submission Instructions
A short form with an attached Word document (.doc or .docx) is required for proposal submission. The Word document should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt., be double-spaced, and include:

•    A working title

•    Names of all contributing authors & their respective institutions

•    Contact information for the primary author

•    Estimated final word count

•    A brief (250-500 word) description of your proposed chapter

•    Please identify any relevant library values and technologies, and if your chapter will include any explicit recommendations for decision making

Attach your chapter submission proposal to an email with the subject line: Chapter Proposal Submission_(PrimaryAuthor’sLastName)
And send

Our information

Peter Fernandez, Interim Head, LRE Liaison Programs University of Tennessee Libraries

Kelly Tilton, Information Literacy Instruction Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Important Dates

Proposals are due October 10th, 2016

•       Contributors will be notified of their status (acceptance or rejection) byOctober 31, 2016

•       Deadline to submit the first draft of accepted chapters for revision: February 1, 2017

•       Submission of edited volume to publisher: May 31, 2017

ACRL Publications Agreement FAQ:


Discussion Teaching and Learning Librarian - Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries (Richmond, VA)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:50 pm



Teaching and Learning Librarian, Special Collections and Archives

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Teaching and Learning Librarian. This position works in a collaborative environment in James Branch Cabell Library’s Special Collections and Archives department to provide instruction for a range of collections, primarily with artists’ books, rare books, and primary source materials. The Teaching and Learning Librarian also will take lead to expand and enhance the department’s instruction program and to oversee its dedicated instruction room. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

Located in culturally diverse, historic, and dynamic Richmond, Virginia, convenient to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the recreation destinations of the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of Virginia's largest universities and among the nation’s leading research institutions. The VCU Libraries, one of Virginia’s outstanding research library systems, advances the University’s teaching, research, service, and patient care mission with 2.5 million volumes, 61,000 serials, 600,000 e-books, and nationally prominent collections in the health and biological sciences, social work, the arts, the history of medicine, and comic and book arts.


Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and Archives, and working closely with the Assistant Head and Curator of Books and Art, the Teaching and Learning Librarian is responsible for developing, enhancing, and promoting the department’s instruction program. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Working with faculty, designs, teaches and assesses instruction sessions, primarily with artists’ books, rare books, and primary source materials.
  • Manages the department’s dedicated instruction room; leads and implements plans to enhance the space.
  • Collaborates with department staff to develop a framework for instruction services that includes workflows, guidelines, and pedagogical values/uses of special collections and archives.
  • Leads the expansion of the department’s instruction services to include content and tools that support traditional and virtual environments. 
  • Develops and conducts workshops, presentations, and other outreach efforts to promote instruction services for faculty and students using special collections and archives.
  • Partners with other library departments engaged in teaching and learning to identify areas where special collections and archives can support course instruction.
  • As needed contributes to the department’s efforts to enhance access to collections.

The Teaching and Learning Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.


Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred: Experience in an academic research library, archives, or museum setting with significant responsibilities in instruction and education. Knowledge of contemporary artists’ books and their application in academic curriculum. Knowledge of visual literacy standards. Demonstrated experience with current trends and practices for instruction with primary source materials. Knowledge of document analysis techniques. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organization skills. Experience with collection discovery systems. Familiarity with preservation, copyright, and privacy issues. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a production-oriented, team environment. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Ability and willingness to shift boxes weighing up to 40 lbs.

Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Libraries

As one of only 28 public universities with academic medical centers to be designated by the Carnegie Foundation as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity,” Virginia Commonwealth University ranks among Virginia’s largest research universities, enrolling over 31,000 students. Located in the heart of Richmond, VCU offers 40 doctoral, 74 masters, 3 professional, and 63 baccalaureate degree programs. Thirty-four of VCU's graduate and professional programs are ranked by U.S. News & World Report as among the best in the nation, with 22 programs ranking in the top 50 and sculpture ranked number one. Over 3,300 faculty comprise the University's teaching force. Research strengths at the University include health and life sciences, education, engineering, social work, behavioral sciences, public affairs, advertising and design, and the fine arts. Sponsored research funding totals over $260 million, placing VCU among the top 100 research institutions in the United States. VCU’s strategic plan embraces an acceleration in the growth of VCU’s library system and includes a new Master Site Plan that envisions additions to both library facilities operated by the VCU Libraries. A new building connecting to the existing James Branch Cabell Library opened in 2015. Construction updates to the Tompkins-McCaw Library for Health Sciences will begin in 2016.

Libraries at Virginia Commonwealth University (including the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus) employ over 55 professionals and 90 staff with annual expenditures exceeding $20 million. VCU also operates academic programs in Doha, Qatar, supported by a library there, and in various locations throughout the U.S. and the world. The VCU Libraries is a Resource Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, SPARC, CNI, BioMed Central, NDSA, and the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), a statewide networking consortium for shared access to electronic and print resources. The VCU Libraries has adopted Primo as its discovery layer and is one of the first libraries worldwide to have implemented Alma as its next generation cloud-based system for library management. CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, and Omeka supplement the foundation of its system architecture to enhance access to its collections and services.

The Monroe Park Campus of VCU is located in Richmond's Fan District, a large, residential neighborhood of townhouses, shops, and cafes. The campus is home to most of the University’s undergraduate and many of its graduate programs, including the School of the Arts, the College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, and Social Work. The School of Social Work also offers the Masters of Social Work at the Northern Virginia Campus in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, VCU’s Qatar campus in the Middle East offers degree programs through the School of the Arts. 

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $50,000 annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see VCU Human Resources' benefits guide.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home pageReview of applications will begin September 12, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Apply via VCUJobs. Complete the application and submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Discussion Associate Director for Public Services and Instructional & Digital Initiatives Librarian - Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:48 pm


Job # FY17 2016-372
Job Type Administrative
Department Earl S. Richardson Library
FLSA Status Exempt
Job Status Full-Time
Class Code A9003
Salary Commensurate with Experience


Job # FY17 2016-372
Job Type Administrative
Department Earl S. Richardson Library
FLSA Status Exempt
Job Status Full-Time
Class Code A9003
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date August 11, 2016
Closing Date Open Until Filled

Department: Earl S. Richardson Library

Introduction: The Earl S. Richardson Library is currently recruiting for an Associate Director for Public Services. Interested candidates should have a strong desire to advance the mission of Morgan State University, the largest Historically Black University in Maryland.

Duties: Assisting the Director of Library Services with preparing and monitoring departmental goals; developing, maintaining, and implementing departmental policies and procedures; managing and evaluating the design, development, and coordination of public service projects; formulating and implementing service delivery models in the following areas: information/ reference, circulation/ access services, documents (federal and state), distance education library services, interlibrary services, interlibrary lending and information literacy and instruction; hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating assigned staff participating in communities activities, training programs and professional development meetings, workshops, and conferences; coordinating the preparation of administrative reports; working with Electronic Resources management team (ERM); managing multiple change projects and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a Master's degree in Library/ Information Science from an ALA accredited institution or closely related field with a minimum of five (5) years' of academic library experience.

Requirements: The ability to provide technical advice, excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; must be able to manage multiple projects; expert knowledge and skills with computers, hardware, library software, internet/ digital communications and demonstrated ability to provide information/ reference services.

To Apply:  Email a cover letter to, indicating Job # FY17 2016-372 in the subject line and attach the following items: a resume, a completed Morgan State University Employment Application, (which should include salary requirements and references). Alternatively, you may mail the required items to: Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, and 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251. Application packets can also be faxed to: 443-885-8209 (Incomplete submissions of any type may not be given consideration).



Job # FY16 2016-364
Job Type Administrative
Department Earl S. Richardson Library
FLSA Status Exempt
Job Status Full-Time
Class Code A9003
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Posting Date July 18, 2016
Closing Date Open Until Filled

Department: Earl S. Richardson Library

Introduction: The Earl S. Richardson Library is currently recruiting for an Instructional & Digital Initiatives Librarian. Interested candidates should have a strong desire to advance the mission of Morgan State University, the largest Historically Black University in Maryland. 

Duties: Providing general instruction and leading the library team in implementing digital projects; creating, implementing and interweaving innovative digital applications; implementing and troubleshooting EBSCO's and EDS discovery layer tools; managing referenced statistics and providing monthly reports; surveying blogs, key online sites and technical journals; developing infrastructure for the dissemination of new library technologies; assisting library patrons with reference queries; providing monthly "emerging technologies talks" for patrons and library staff and performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree from an accredited university and one year of experience with current digital library technologies.

Requirements: Proven instruction and digital track record; ability to understand and apply departmental policies and procedures; and the ability to communicate effectively.

To Apply:  Email a cover letter to, indicating Job # FY16 2016-364 in the subject line and attach the following items: a resume, a completed Morgan State University Employment Application, (which should include salary requirements and references). Alternatively, you may mail the required items to: Morgan State University, Office of Human Resources, and 1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251. Application packets can also be faxed to: 443-885-8209 (Incomplete submissions of any type may not be given consideration).


Discussion Digital Preservation Librarian - Penn State University Libraries (Review of applications starts 9/6/16)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:45 pm

Digital Preservation Librarian
Penn State University Libraries

Digital Preservation Librarian
Penn State University Libraries

To apply, please visit
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for a Digital Preservation Librarian.  Reporting to the Head of Preservation, Conservation and Digitization, the Digital Preservation Librarian will establish policies and best practices for the long-term protection and access to digital materials while managing digital preservation processes to ensure long-term retention and access.  Bringing to the forefront a proactive awareness of social responsibility, inherent and historical institutional biases, and ethics of digital preservation, this position will work closely with librarians and staff across the University Libraries who are working on digital projects, as well as with University Information Technology Services and other library, campus, and university units. 
The Digital Preservation Librarian will play a lead role in developing an effective and achievable strategy to establish a cohesive digital preservation program ensuring the long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format.  This position will be responsible for the design, implementation, and management of policies and workflows, including identifying best practice standards, audits, and quality control processes for the long-term protection and access to digital materials of all types, both created and acquired by the University Libraries.  The Digital Preservation Librarian will play a key role in advising the Penn State community and other external content creators on digital content lifecycle issues, strategies for digital content preservation, the use of innovative tools and processes for experimentation and development, and other initiatives related to digital collections and data.  This will include the development of services to support the curation and preservation of research data.  The Digital Preservation Librarian will be expected to prepare proposals for external funding for digital preservation projects, and specification recommendations for vended services that support the digital preservation program.  Other expectations include staying current on developing technologies, standards and practices in preservation of digital collections and data curation, and include the supervision one full time staff employee. Additionally, this individual will be asked to represent the University Libraries by participating in consortial efforts such as Digital Preservation Network (DPN), Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) and LOCKSS, and others concerning digital preservation at the local, national and international level.
Requires a Masters degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent), although candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered.  Other required qualifications include: demonstrated knowledge of digital preservation issues, strategies, standards, and best practices; familiarity with national and international collaborative digital preservation efforts; demonstrated experience with preservation metadata standards; an understanding of digital objects in various formats and best practices and standards associated with each format; knowledge or awareness of tools and technology standards typically used in digital library environments; demonstrated experience with multiple computer platforms including Linux, Windows, and/or MacOS X; good organization skills and an aptitude for analytical and detailed work; ability to work independently as well as collegially in a complex, rapidly changing and professionally diverse environment; creative, energetic, and collaborative work style; excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation and teamwork skills; and ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position at the University Libraries.
Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated experience with digital repository management systems such as Hydra, Fedora, DSpace; knowledge of digital preservation tools such as BitCurator, Archivematica, BagIT, JHOVE; understanding of application of emulation technologies for digital preservation strategies; professional work experience in the field of digital preservation, digital libraries, or digital repositories; hands-on experience in use of a digital preservation systems in an enterprise-scale environment; experience with markup languages such as HTML and XML; style sheets such as CSS and XSL; and other XML-related technologies; experience with RDF and application of URIs in metadata records; familiarity with large-scale storage systems; knowledge of and experience with agile project management methodologies; and success in acquiring and developing grant funded projects.
The University Libraries is ranked among the top ten research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve approximately 6,300 faculty and 46,000 students at University Park, and more than 95,000 students university-wide.  Over 100 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and
Compensation: Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.
Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  To apply, please visit   To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin September 6, 2016 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at
Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. 
Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.


Discussion Institutional Repository and Scholarly Communications Librarian - University of Alabama Libraries (Tuscaloosa, AL)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:42 pm

Institutional Repository and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Institutional Repository and Scholarly Communications Librarian
The University of Alabama Libraries seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and innovative person to serve as Institutional Repository and Scholarly Communications Librarian.  The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in institutional repository development and management, as well as associated scholarly communications, copyright, publishing, and intellectual property issues.  S/he must have a willingness for continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise in these and emerging areas through work-related experiences and professional development opportunities.  Reporting to the Associate Dean for Digital Student Services, this position works both independently and collaboratively to promote use of the repository (currently DSpace) for university research and publications, including electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), faculty and student works, open access ejournals and ebooks, data sets, and emerging digital scholarship.  This person will lead University Libraries efforts in promoting the Institutional Repository (IR) as an integrated tool in the scholarly communications process on campus.  This position also leads the efforts to raise awareness of scholarly communication issues, such as open access publishing and open educational resources.
Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the daily operations of the IR, including adding and editing content, training other library faculty and staff on use and workflows, determining work with vendors as needed, assessing functionality of the IR, and recommending changes for continuous quality improvement.
  • Determine and implement metadata schemas, crosswalks, and workflows for ingesting and maintaining data in the IR and for the IR instance, utilizing Dublin Core and SGML subsets, as well as making interface recommendations through various CMS systems.
  • Creating and updating IR policies, procedures, and other necessary documentation in consultation with colleagues within the University Libraries and on campus.
  • Promote the IR to the campus community and proactively recruit appropriate and sustainable content for it.
  • Collect, analyze, and report IR usage data.
  • Participate actively as a library liaison and teach workshops for faculty, departments, and research units.
  • Coordinate and provide training in support of the IR and scholarly communication on campus.
  • Serve as a library resource on copyright, fair use, and open access issues.
  • Ensure IR materials are discoverable via the web, listed in registries of open access repositories, and integrated into the University Libraries web site.
  • Serve as a contact for the University Libraries collection of electronic theses and dissertations and undergraduate research projects.
  • Monitor developments in scholarly communications, open access, related initiatives, repository trends, and best practices while communicating their implications to library and university stakeholders.
  • Responsibilities of the position evolve as the library environment continues to change. 


  • Masters in Library Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • Knowledge of and experience with an institutional repository. 
  • Prior success in managing projects and effectively balancing competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written along with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
  • Working knowledge of scholarly communication, intellectual property, rights management, and open access.
  • Knowledge of new scholarly publishing models and the economics underlying them.
  • Experience consulting with teaching faculty, administrators, and students on research or scholarly topics.
  • iendly, approachable, public service attitude.
  • Demonstration of ability, interest, and willingness to assume additional and/or new responsibilities, along with the ability to set and model high performance standards.
  • Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short and long range goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to develop the IR and to solve problems, using sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Ability to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.

Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

  • Experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Experience managing information technology systems such as complex databases, repositories, web sites, or other locally-developed digital resources.
  • Experience in digital conversion, file transfer, and file management.
  • Experience designing usable, accessible, and attractive front ends to digital resources.
  • Experience working with structured metadata and applying it to digital resources.
  • Familiarity with digital preservation issues.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and developing relationships with academic units and faculty.
  • Demonstrated professional development activity. 
  • Experience with an IR platform.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 37,000 students, is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA has graduated 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, has had 121 Fulbright Scholars, is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015), and has 5 Pulitzer Prize winners among its ranks. Under the new leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA has launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a metropolitan area of 200,000, with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.
The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network.  As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public.  The Libraries’ homepage may be accessed at
The University of Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.
SALARY/BENEFITS: Tenure track 12-month appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver.
TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at Click Search Positions. Click 219101- University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references.
Position open until filled. Applications received by September 30, 2016, are assured of receiving full consideration.
The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Discussion Life Sciences Librarian - University Library of the University of California, Davis

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:41 pm

Life Sciences Librarian
University Library of the University of California, Davis

Life Sciences Librarian
University Library of the University of California, Davis
The University Library of the University of California, Davis, seeks an energetic, innovative, collaborative, and user-focused Life Sciences Librarian to work closely with faculty, students, staff, and institutional stakeholders in a highly interdisciplinary academic community. The successful candidate is responsible for providing outreach, education and resources in support of student learning, academic programs, and faculty teaching and research. S/he must be able to work effectively with faculty, students, researchers, and staff to develop a shared vision for library services and collections aligned with theUniversity Library’s mission and vision.

Position Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Head of the Research Services Department, the Life Sciences Librarian delivers responsive, innovative information services that support the needs of the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the university community working generally in the life sciences.
  • Primary liaison areas include microbiology and molecular genetics, molecular and cellular biology, plant biology, plant sciences, and plant pathology.
  • As a liaison, the librarian cultivates and maintains strong collaborative relationships with faculty, maintains an understanding of the research and teaching programs in assigned areas, promotes library activities within the UC Davis community, and collaborates with other Library personnel and campus-centered and University of California-wide cooperative initiatives to deliver timely and effective services and develop resource collections that meet campus research and teaching needs.
  • Major activities conducted by the Life Sciences Librarian include planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating appropriate educational and research support services in life sciences disciplines, collection development and management under the leadership of the Collection Strategies Department, and outreach covering a variety of relevant topics. The incumbent's duties include preparing reports and analyses regarding ongoing services and special projects, including the generation and interpretation of data that inform decisions and demonstrates the University Library's value to the UC Davis community and beyond.
  • UC Davis librarians are expected to participate in Library and system-wide initiatives and activities, work comfortably in a collegial environment, and be active professionally. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.
  • Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.
  • Two or more years of recent experience supporting research or learning in a library, research, and/or teaching environment.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with current life sciences information resources and collection development and management activities in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current library practices in support of curricula across the range of life sciences educational programs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to determine information and research needs of students, faculty, scientists, and researchers to effectively develop and deliver responsive services using a variety of current tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with multiple constituencies in a complex environment utilizing a variety of skills such as setting goals, managing time, promoting teamwork, and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated effective use of analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation theories and practices.
  • Evidence of flexibility and initiative when working within a fast-paced and rapidly changing setting.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to user services and improving the user experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or higher degree in the life sciences OR two years' working experience as a life sciences librarian in an academic or research library.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use and successfully experiment with technology to deliver information services to life sciences clientele.
  • Familiarity with research data management or curation.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Familiarity with developing and managing relevant collections in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communications issues, tools, and resources.
  • Record of professional engagement, such as service in library organizations, presentations at conferences, or publication.

Salary:  Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian ($47,722 - $67,509)
For additional details and information on how to submit an online application, please visit


Discussion National Digital Stewardship Residency Opportunity - The Library of Congress, the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle (Closing SOON!)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:36 pm

Connecting 18th-century data for the 21st-century, George III and

George Washington in the Digital Age

Connecting 18th-century data for the 21st-century, George III and

George Washington in the Digital Age

The Georgian Paper Programme is an international digital and research enterprise based upon substantial unpublished collections for the period 1714-1837 in the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Windsor Castle, in partnership with King's College London, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, William and Mary College and the Omohundro Institute. The Programme aims to transform scholarly access to and public enjoyment of these collections and to connect them with comparable holdings in the UK and USA. Metadata creation and scanning is being undertaken at Windsor Castle and metadata enhancement by partners through a series research projects and fellowships. This residency will focus on establishing the opportunities for the Programme by IIIF and other international metadata interoperability frameworks; in particular how metadata generated in that way can be imported into the metadata master set for long-term preservation and optimization of access and use.

The residency has the following goals and objectives:

1. identify opportunities presented by developing interoperability frameworks, both in relation to images and metadata

2. assess the applicability of those to the Programme

3. develop a series of guiding principles with the objective of developing an interoperability framework for the international partners to the Programme

4. establish a working framework

5. prove the concept by delivering pilot instances of internal interoperability within the Royal Household's metadata systems

6. prove the concept by delivering pilot instances of external and remote interoperability between the Royal Archives and the US and UK partners, in particular the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, and King's College London

7. produce a roadmap for the Programme and for further application by the Royal Household and by the partners to the Programme


• Develop principles and framework for the application of interoperability frameworks to the programme

• Deliver pilot interoperability project including metadata import test between the Royal Archives and Royal Collection (i.e. internal interoperability between Royal Household metadata systems)

• Deliver pilot interoperability project including metadata import test between Royal Archives, Library of Congress, Mount Vernon Library, William and Mary College, King's College London and the Omohundro Institute

• Produce schedule of roll-out for this critical element of functionality to the programme


The 12 month residency would be divided into three principal phases: a familiarisation and initial information gathering element, principles and framework development component, and a testing and implementation phase, as follows:

Workpackage one: information gathering

Late September 2016

Familiarisation sessions, Washington DC, with Primary and Secondary Mentors

October-November 2016

First visit to the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and King's College London, to understand current applications used or in planning by the partners

November-December 2016

Requirements gathering with US partners including William and Mary College, Omohundro Institute, Mount Vernon Library, Library of Congress, and other pioneering institutions in interoperability

December 2016

Preliminary report to the Programme on early opportunities identified and import process already established or being trialled that are applicable to the overall work flow, including lessons learned.

Workpackage two: principles and framework development

January-March 2017

Residency in the Royal Archives and the Royal Collection to develop planning for how interoperability may be applied and to establish programme framework principles

Workpackage three: testing and implementation phase

April-September 2017

USA and UK apply framework principles; develop interoperability and metadata import pilot

The resident will produce an initial report by the end of the first three months, a set of principles and framework by the end of the sixth month, and by the end of the twelfth month at least two documented instances of interoperability in action and metadata import.

Launched on 1 April 2015 by Her Majesty The Queen, the Georgian Papers Programme is transforming access to papers in the Royal Archives and Royal Library covering the period 1714-1837. By 2020 free digital access will be available to all the material, both private and official, relating to Britain’s Hanoverian monarchs.

 At the heart of the Programme is a partnership between the Royal Archives and Royal Library with King’s College London. King’s both frames multidisciplinary academic interpretation of the material and brings to bear its own track record of leadership in the development of digital access and has relevant collections that will feature in the partnership. Technical advice and support will be provided by King’s Digital Lab, a newly established unit that builds on three decades of digital humanities activity at the College. The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the College of William & Mary are sharing in this work as primary Programme partners for the USA.

 Including the papers of George I, II, III, and IV and William IV, as well as other members of the Royal Family, politicians, courtiers and the Privy Purse, the Programme promises to deepen our understanding and provide new insights into Britain's role in the world, its relationships with other European states, colonial America and the United States of America, as well as the Enlightenment, science, food, art collecting and patronage, life at court and the education of royal children. Careful checking has revealed that only 15% of the 350,000 pages have ever been published before. This will be augmented with a further 100,000 pages of manuscript material from the Royal Library.

 Unprecedented access to this large body of uncatalogued material offers a huge opportunity to enrich and energise 18th-century research internationally, provides researchers and students alike with a rare opportunity to share in the shaping of the public access agenda, and helps underpin Royal Collection Trust’s declared intent to ramp up research into its holdings. Programme partners have held and plan further seminars and conferences to frame research, publication and public engagement, drawing upon their multi-disciplinary expertise spanning Arts and Humanities, and Social and Medical Sciences. Programme partners and supporters are also funding several research fellowships and visiting professorships which will see over 50 researchers at Windsor over by 2020.

 The Programme will deliver enhanced access to these papers by digitising and cataloguing them, and both images and attached metadata will be presented on a freely accessible platform within Royal Collection Trust's website. The Programme will engage with resources and expertise provided by its partners, supporters and researchers to enrich and index further the metadata so as to enhance dramatically the discoverability of the material. This will be leveraged by seeking ways to link the Georgian Papers with holdings within the Royal Collection, at King's College London, Mount Vernon, the Library of Congress and elsewhere,  allowing these papers to be seen within their wider context and transform ways that academic researchers and the public can view this documentary heritage.



1. Possess a master’s degree with graduation between Summer 2013 and Summer 2016, or a doctoral degree within the same timeframe or beyond, in one of the following fields (or other discipline engaged in the stewardship of digital materials).

  1. Library Science
  2. Information Science
  3. Archival Science
  4. Digital Media

2. Must be a U.S. Citizen

3. Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of a personnel security/suitability investigation.

4. Latest undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral (if applicable) transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, however you may be asked to provide official transcripts if necessary.


1. Professional background in libraries, archives, or other applicable information management

2. Awareness of the International Image Interoperability Framework or implementation of linked data or equivalent

3. Knowledge of metadata reuse in research and public access environments

4. Demonstrable experience of the use and reuse of large library and archive metadata sets

5. Cultural sensitivity and awareness

6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

7. Self-starter and happy to work on their own

8. Experience of working with multiple partners or in a complex project structure

9. An understanding of tools and methods used in digital humanities, and particularly digital history

10. Experience of working remotely and across time-zones

11. Experience of producing metadata from primary source material

12. Experience of producing requirements analysis documentation

13. Awareness of web presentational issues and UI/UX design standards


$40,000.00 stipend

Travel within the US, x 4 internal flights US$4000

Accommodation in the US while away from Washington DC, US$2000

Travel to the UK, x 3 £3500

Travel within the UK, £500

Accommodation within the UK for up to 6 months (based on a house share in Windsor) £4200


Laptop: £1000

Other hardware and specialist software for specialist infrastructure (e.g. setting up IIIF server): £3000


Interested Applicants for this one year residency should send the following to George Coulbourne, Chief of Internship and Fellowship Programs, Library of Congress.  Email  

1. Professional resume

2. Cover letter that states professional objectives and why you are qualified for this position

3. Two (2) letters of recommendation, from either of the following: academic advisor or professors, previous employers, or college/university work-study supervisors, who can attest to the applicant's character, work ethic, and proficiency, reliability, and interest in digital stewardship



Discussion Special Collections Coordinator & University Archivist - University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) Apply by September 19, 2016

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:32 pm

Special Collections Coordinator and University Archivist
Assistant/Associate Professor
Special Collections and University Archives - Rod Library

Special Collections Coordinator and University Archivist
Assistant/Associate Professor
Special Collections and University Archives - Rod Library
The University of Northern Iowa’s Rod Library seeks a collaborative and innovative individual to serve as Special Collections Coordinator & University Archivist. The successful candidate will provide leadership and strategic direction for the unit, which collects, preserves, and provides access to rare and valuable collections of books, manuscripts, and institutional records in a variety of formats (media, maps, AV materials and photographs).
Rod Library is interested in building a destination manuscript collection connected to curriculum that began through the acquisition of Robert James Waller’s papers. This position is expected to expand access to, encourage utilization of, and promote these collections, and may be involved in conceptualizing and building a new Special Collections & University Archives space. The unit is part of the Library’s newly created Learning & Research Division, which includes information literacy instruction, outreach, reference, liaison program, and Learning Commons, as well as Museum, Youth, Fine & Performing Arts collections. Information about the collections and institutional history is available at
This is a non-administrative tenure-track faculty position. Participation in library and institutional committees, professional associations and public professional service is expected, as is ongoing research, scholarship, and/or creative work.
Additional responsibilities include setting vision and strategic direction for Special Collections & University Archives; supervising and supporting two staff; monitoring and evaluating trends and developments relevant to special collections and archives in academic libraries; coordinating processing, inventorying, interpretation, and preservation of collections; forging effective relationships with internal and external partners; providing reference and research assistance to University and larger community; teaching library or research instruction sessions for upper- and lower-level classes and presenting informational sessions to faculty and other groups; participating in departmental, university, and community outreach; providing policy, advice and training to campus units to organize, retain and transfer appropriate records to Archives; engaging in regular assessment practices to ensure that collections and services meet needs of University students and faculty; working closely with Digital Scholarship Unit and UNI Museum; contributing to donor relations and development initiatives by pursuing grant and other funding opportunities; participating in appropriate professional associations; serving on library, university, and professional committees; and engaging in research, scholarship, and creative work.
Requirements include ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or international equivalent; minimum of two years of professional work experience in archives and special collections; demonstrated knowledge of current theories, trends, standards and practices of archival services in academic libraries; supervisory experience; and demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication as well as problem-solving skills.
Preferred qualifications include second graduate or other advanced degree; formal archival training or certification as an archivist; demonstrated understanding of digitization efforts and knowledge of digital formats and standards, including XML, EAD and Dublin Core; experience using archival and content management systems such as ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, and Archon; evidence of competence in planning and project management; teaching experience; and demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
To apply, visit Applications received by September 19, 2016, will receive full consideration. Pre-employment background checks are required. For more information about the positon or the community, see or contact search committee chair Angela Pratesi at or 319-273-6257.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, and individuals living with disabilities, and protected veterans.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.


Discussion Executive Director - Salem State University (Salem, MA)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 01:29 pm

Salem State University - Executive Director of the Library:

Salem State University seeks a creative and dynamic leader with a strong
vision for libraries and a passion for innovation and team building. The
executive director will be responsible for the development and effective
management of the library while supporting the university's mission and
strategic plan. In addition, the executive director will take a leadership
role in making the library increasingly accessible to diverse groups and

Salem State University - Executive Director of the Library:

Salem State University seeks a creative and dynamic leader with a strong
vision for libraries and a passion for innovation and team building. The
executive director will be responsible for the development and effective
management of the library while supporting the university's mission and
strategic plan. In addition, the executive director will take a leadership
role in making the library increasingly accessible to diverse groups and

The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons serves as a gateway to
global information, enabling access to resources in a variety of formats. The
library, built in 2013, provides a warm and welcoming environment for
community members seeking out in-person library services, study space,
resources and programs. With a staff of 29, and a collection of approximately
250,000 print volumes and 40,000 print/online journals, the library is a
dynamic partner in the educational experience at the university, evolving to
meet the changing needs of its diverse community of learners while advancing
institutional mission, values, and vision.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Define and articulate the vision, strategic directions, and priorities of the library while supporting the university’s mission and strategic plan
  2. Develop and maintain a dynamic work environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion and values creativity, teamwork, innovation and transparency
  3. Maintain knowledge of new and emerging technologies and advocate, as appropriate, for their use
  4. Provide effective management of the library, library staff, budget and facilities
  5. Advocate on the behalf of the library, both internally and externally, and be an active participant in seeking additional funding opportunities
  6. Provide leadership and oversee the development, delivery and assessment of services, resources and programming in support of the library and university’s vision and strategic plans
  7. Develop collaborative working relationships across campus and with other institutions to ensure the library is meeting the needs of all constituents and make improvements as needed
  8. Create an inclusive, welcoming environment for our diverse population of users; demonstrates sensitivity to students, faculty and staff of varying racial, ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds
  9. Serves as a role model and mentor for students as appropriate
  10. Demonstrates sensitivity to students with a diversity of learning styles



  1. Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution
  2. Significant experience in all areas of library operations
  3. A minimum of five years of academic library administrative experience, with progressively more responsibility, with an emphasis on staff development, team building, budget management and emerging technologies
  4. Strong interpersonal communication, leadership, and collaboration skills, especially as they apply to building and maintaining a respectful, collegial and inclusive work environment
  5. Demonstrated management and communication techniques that exemplify transparency and accountability; build trust between and among individuals and groups; and elicit creativity, commitment and high performance from employees
  6. Knowledge of new and emerging, library-related technologies and enthusiastic support of their creative use
  7. Experience working collaboratively with faculty, university/college administrators, students, and staff, in developing and delivering library services, resources and programming that support teaching, learning and scholarship
  8. Successful record of promoting awareness and use of library resources and services
  9. Demonstrated success in fundraising and/or grant writing for library or non-profit organizations
  10. Experience in and commitment to providing services to a multi-racial, multi-ethnic environment with students of diverse backgrounds and learning styles

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Earned second master's or doctoral degree
  2. Record of scholarly research and publications 
  3. Active engagement and membership with library professional associations at the state, regional and/or national level 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter. To receive full consideration, please apply by September 1, 2016. Review of candidates will begin after September 5, 2016.

Salem State University, located just 15 miles north of Boston, is one of the
largest state universities in Massachusetts and an important partner in the
economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of the greater north-of-Boston
region. Situated in the historic seacoast town of Salem, Massachusetts, Salem
State University provides a diverse community of learners with a high quality,
student-centered education; one that prepares them to contribute responsibly
and creatively to a global society.

Read the full description here.



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