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Discussion Access and Content Services Manager, Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, IN

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 10:02 am



Inspire, lead, innovate…  The Access and Content Services Manager at Monroe County Public Library embraces and promotes these ideas as they lead all aspects of management of the physical collection in all Library locations, including selection, acquisition, cataloging, preparation of materials for circulation, shelving, repair and replacement, and weeding.
The ideal candidate must be knowledgeable about emerging trends in libraries and passionate about providing responsive collection services for internal and external customers alike. The Access and Content Services Manager takes the lead in selecting, licensing, and creating equitable, customer-centered access to digital content. S/he supports the Library’s digitization initiatives, helping set priorities, creating metadata architecture to ensure equitable access, carrying out digitization processes, and maintaining database quality. This position is integrally involved in providing strategic direction, leadership, supervision, scheduling, and guidance for employees in the Access & Content Services Unit. The manager is responsible for employee selection and retention, and is responsible for hiring, training, mentoring, and evaluating performance. S/he sets expectations and allocates assignments, and is responsible for and encourages professional development.
S/he must be a thought leader who excels in interpersonal communication and collaborative leadership as well as day-to-day operational and organizational skills. 
This position serves as a member of the Library’s Leadership Team and participates contributes to the  formulation of short and long-range planning, development, and evaluation in relation to the Access and Content unit’s mission.
Monroe County Public Library is located in Bloomington, Indiana and serves the vibrant community of Monroe County’s 142,000 citizens, with an operating budget of $8.45 million. The library enjoys strong support in a community that values education, arts, culture, diversity, and civic engagement.  Learn more here:
This position requires a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited university; a minimum of three years progressive supervision/management experience in a library, including supervision of professional staff. 
Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. The minimum salary for this pay range is $1910.34/Bi-Weekly.  We offer an attractive benefits package. A summary is available on our web site.
For further information about this job – and to learn how to submit your application and resume – visit:
Applications must be submitted online


Discussion Assistant Dean of Libraries, University of Missouri-St. Louis (apply by Nov 17)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:54 am

Assistant Dean of Libraries at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Faculty, non-tenure track

JOB ID: 24455

Please help us with our outreach efforts by sharing with others!

Assistant Dean of Libraries at the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Faculty, non-tenure track

JOB ID: 24455

Please help us with our outreach efforts by sharing with others!

University of Missouri-St. Louis seeks an experienced, innovative individual to become the Assistant Dean of Libraries.  This position reports to the Dean of Libraries. The candidate will possess strong interpersonal and demonstrated managerial skills. The Assistant Dean is responsible for the management and oversight of the day to day activities of the Thomas Jefferson Library. The Assistant Dean of Libraries will develop and execute a vision to further the mission of the Library. S/he is charged with fostering an organizational climate based on respect, service, and teamwork, in which diversity, communication, and innovation thrive while effectively managing and enhancing the Library’s resources.


·         Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution.

·         At least 5 years of experience managing professional librarians and staff in an academic library. The candidate will have a record of demonstrated success in increasingly responsible positions.

·         Demonstrated ability to build consensus and implement decisions.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the preparation of reports, analysis of data, and creation and dissemination of policies and procedures.

·         Knowledge of emerging trends in academic librarianship.



·         Demonstrated ability to organize, direct, prioritize, and delegate across multiple departments.

·         Knowledge and understanding of issues related to managing multiple departments in an academic library.

·         Familiarity with library systems including integrated library systems, databases, and emerging technologies.

·         Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse community.

·         A second Master’s degree.


·         Supervise librarians and staff throughout the Thomas Jefferson Library.

·         Work closely with the Dean of Libraries to advocate for and promote the needs of the Thomas Jefferson Library.

·         Coordinate and support a work environment that allows all employees to actively contribute to the successful operation of the Thomas Jefferson Library for all users.

·         Promote and implement library goals.

·         Maintain an awareness of and respond appropriately to users issues; consulting with the dean as needed.

·         General Reference and Public Service responsibilities (e.g. – shifts at the Public Service Desk, collection development, etc.).

·         Oversee library wide committees.

·         Some travel and evening/weekend work may be required.

·         Other duties as assigned.

Applicants must apply online at  (Choose FACULTY tab to continue)

Attach a resume and cover letter addressing the duties and requirements of the position. Provide contact information, including email addresses, for three professional references. 

This position is a 12 month non-tenure track faculty appointment.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Applications will be accepted until November 17, 2017.  The successful candidate must undergo a criminal background check.

If you have questions regarding this position, please email Clinton Berry,

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.


Discussion Head of Art and Architecture Library, Virginia Tech (apply by Oct 20)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:53 am

Working Title: VT Libraries Head, Art & Architecture Library
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170247

Working Title: VT Libraries Head, Art & Architecture Library
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170247

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
As the Head of the Art & Architecture Library, this position reports to the director of Planning and Branch Operations. This position will manage the A & A branch including public services, collections, library spaces, budget, training, and A & A staff. This position provides opportunity for library activities as well as organizing and implementing user services in the physical and virtual learning environments.

Collection management duties:
- Develops and manages collections in: Art and Art History; Architecture and the History of Architecture, Building Construction; Industrial Design; Interior Design; Environmental Design; and Landscape Architecture, taking into account not only of fiscal and physical resources, but also of educational and research needs.
- Coordinates collection management and development with bibliographers in other areas, especially those in humanities, social sciences, and engineering.
- Oversees the development of the visual resources collection in coordination with Visual Resources Curator and faculty.

Instruction and Reference responsibilities:
Provides specialized and in-depth reference, instructional and outreach services to graduate students, undergraduates, faculty and others. This responsibility includes developing instructional strategies that support the educational mission of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and its programs; assisting users to obtain relevant information across a variety of formats and platforms, and conveying information about the library and its resources in a timely fashion.
Provides reference service to patrons at the Art and Architecture Library. This includes interpreting the research and informational needs of patrons; assisting them in obtaining the appropriate information; and instructing them in the use of online catalogs and electronic resources, the standard scientific and technical bibliographic reference tools, and the library in general.

Outreach and Liaison Activities:
Serves as a library liaison. This includes, but may not be limited to:
- Maintaining awareness of tools and information resources in the discipline. Participating in the library liaisons council.
- Handling one-on-one reference questions coming from students and faculty. Working collaboratively with others to address reference questions that may require a team-based approach.
- Buying library materials that faculty and students request. Collaborating with partners in Collections to develop and maintain collections that support research and teaching needs.
- Taking the lead in upper-level instruction and collaborating with partners in Learning to develop instructional opportunities in lower-level instruction and First Year Experience courses.
- Providing advice on broad-based scholarly communication issues and collaborating with partners in the Libraries’ Research and Informatics group and other units on individualized and in-depth scholarly communication consults.
- Attending departmental meetings and events, communicating items of news and interest from and back to the Libraries, and finding referrals to other service areas in the Libraries.

Professional Contributions, Service and Research/Scholarly/Creative Achievements:
- Participates in committee assignments within the University Libraries
- Develops professionally through involvement in regional and national associations, research, and/or publication.

Required Qualifications:
- Graduate of an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in library and/or information science or equivalent.
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree in art, art history, architecture or related disciplinary field
- Experience with a variety of library services including instruction, electronic resources, and collection development.
- Ability to provide leadership and direction in a rapidly changing environment, and demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience.
- Strong commitment and proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and community members.
- Experience and skill in evaluating and implementing new information technologies, especially those relevant to the art and design disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Demonstrated leadership in the library and/or Art and Architecture field.
- Experience in administration including budgeting, personnel, planning, and policy development.
- Demonstrated progressive responsibility and successful experience in a library management position.
- Knowledge and skills in the use of current technology and collection tools.
- Understanding of programmatic accreditation requirements.


Discussion Senior Assistant Librarian for Collection Development, Cal State Long Beach (apply by Dec 4)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:51 am

Minimum Qualifications

  • MLIS or equivalent from an American Library Association-accredited program.
  • Minimum of two years of library experience (preferably in an academic setting).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the traditional and electronic scholarly publishing environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a collections budget and collection related projects.
  • Demonstrated experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform rational decision-making.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel or equivalent tool(s).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at providing research assistance in a library setting.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness at teaching information literacy skills and concepts in a library setting.
  • Demonstrated potential to fulfill the research activities and service commitments required for a tenure-track position in the Library.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and patrons, e.g. faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.


Desired/Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with electronic resources management, in one or more of the following areas: licensing, negotiating, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment.
  • Familiarity with collections-related data standards, protocols, and tools such as COUNTER and SUSHI
  • Demonstrated knowledge of innovative or emerging technologies and ability to apply these concepts to library efforts.



  • Provide leadership in developing and sustaining collection development activities.
  • Assume chief responsibility for license and price negotiation, vendor relations, collection analysis and assessment, collection budget management, and consortial relations within the CSU.
  • Collaborate closely with all departments on collection issues including Technical Services, Access Services and the E-resources Coordinator.
  • Support the librarians on selection, acquisition, licensing, discovery, and marketing of collections, databases, and information tools and resources that enhance the curricular, research and mission of Long Beach State programs, and departments.
  • Utilize metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-driven collection development decisions and to implement practices and tools to increase the efficiency of collection management.
  • Compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions and comply with Library, campus, CSU, and national statistical reporting requirements.
  • Evaluate faculty and student requests to determine suitability for the collection, considering the collection development policy, date of published information, and product availability from library vendors.
  • Responds to suggestions and requests in a timely manner.
  • Provide in-person and online reference services at a service-oriented and all-purpose research and information services desk approximately 6 hours per week, including evenings and weekends.
  • Provide library instruction services to a department (or departments) to be specified upon hiring that complements the candidate’s subject background and experience.
  • Provide consultation services with faculty, staff, and students to a department (or departments) to be specified upon hiring that complements the candidate’s subject background and experience.
  • Serve as the Library’s subject specialist to a department (or departments) to be specified upon hiring that complements the candidate’s subject background and experience, which includes evaluating, selecting, and reviewing information resources in relation to curricular and collection needs.
  • Work closely with library faculty, staff, and other members of the University community as appropriate.
  • Engage in library and university governance and scholarship including research, scholarly and creative activities required for tenure and promotion.


CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions.  CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. 



Required Documentation

  • A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  • Letter of application addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Finalists will also be required to submit a signed SC-1 form, three current letters of recommendation, and an official transcript


Electronic submissions are highly encouraged.  All application materials should be sent as a single PDF document to:

Applications, required documentation, and/or requests for information should be addressed to:

Collection Development Librarian Search Committee

California State University, Long Beach

University Library

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840-1901

562-985-7839 and/or

Application Deadline

Review of applications to begin December 4, 2017

Position opened until filled (or recruitment canceled)




A background check (including a criminal records check and telephone reference check with most recent employer) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.


CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status.   CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Discussion Assessment and Analytics Librarian/Specialist, University of Arizona Libraries

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:41 am

The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) is reimagining its strategic planning and assessment approaches, applying design thinking principles as we establish more responsive, user-centered methods to this work.

The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) is reimagining its strategic planning and assessment approaches, applying design thinking principles as we establish more responsive, user-centered methods to this work. Our assessment program will be critical as we evaluate the impact of our services and resources on student success, the University’s research enterprise, and our community engagement as a land grant institution. Our refreshed approach leads us to recruit an enterprising, creative, and engaged Librarian/Specialist to lead and coordinate our assessment efforts.  The Assessment and Analytics Librarian/Specialist coordinates, expands, and enhances assessment and data analytics activities across UAL.  

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the position posting at


Discussion Technology Development Manager, Dayton Metro Library (apply by Oct 17)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:36 am

Technology Development Manager

Dayton Metro Library

Technology Development Manager

Dayton Metro Library

The Dayton Metro Library is seeking a Technology Development Manager to join our Information Technology Services team.  This position reports to our Information Technology Services Director and supervises our Web Developers as well as our Integrated Library System Administrator (a total of three staff members).  The ideal candidate will be well-versed on emerging technology opportunities for public libraries and have experience with implementation.  Previous manager experience is a plus!  Join our team today!

Essential Job Duties

·  Works with the Information Technology Services Director to establish goals and objectives for Information Technology Services which support the Library’s mission.

·  Directly supervises and schedules employees in assigned division including the Integrated Library Systems Administrator and the Web Developers. Serves as liaison between administration and staff.

· Recommends and develops plans for providing innovative technologies for the enhancement of the user experience, for in-library users as well as remote users.

· Engages with staff and the public to determine technology needs and requirements, provide solutions, and evaluate usage. 

· Develops strategy and timetable for implementation of initiatives to continue connecting our users to the library and each other with technology. Coordinates implementation with vendors, management, and staff.

· Coordinates with the Staff Development Coordinator to ensure staff training of new technologies.

· Coordinates with the Systems Manager to ensure new technologies’ integration into public computing environment.

· Keeps up-to-date with changes in the consumer technology environment to help and continually watches for emerging technologies that should be integrated into services for library users.

· Prepares and monitors division budget.


Job Qualifications

· Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited  program; or  four years’ related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience in a technology-related field.

· Database and database management skills, computer programming skills and software troubleshooting skills required. Knowledge of available and emerging technologies and their application to library services.   Ability to integrate technology into library applications. 

· Ability to work with and configure multiple operating systems and consumer devices.

· Experience with management of technology implementation projects. 

· Ability to plan, schedule and oversee department personnel and operations. 

· Ability to prepare and administer budgets.

· Valid Ohio driver’s license, acceptable motor vehicle record, and continuous insurability required. 

· Managerial experience is a plus.

· Occasional on-call support required.


Compensation and Benefits:  Pay range minimum is $63,985 annually with an exceptional benefits package.


Application Process:  For first consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Jennifer Kadel at by October 17, 2017.


Discussion Collection Management Librarian, Berry College, GA

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:34 am



Memorial Library, Berry College (GA) seeks a creative, highly motivated professional who is a clear communicator, technologically savvy, and committed to library user success. This position is focused on providing library-wide leadership in acquiring, managing, and evaluating library resources. The librarian will coordinate integrated access and discovery to resources in all formats and work closely with library colleagues. The incumbent’s day-to-day responsibilities will change as projects and collaborative opportunities present themselves. Being adept at handling multiple responsibilities is critical, as are strong and effective communication skills. Position also includes reference, instruction, and collection development responsibilities. Full-time 12-month position. Competitive benefits package including vacation, paid holidays, generous insurance and retirement options, tuition remission, and free membership in the college’s state-of-the-art fitness center. View the full position description.


ALA-accredited MLS; enthusiasm and passion for meeting the needs of library users; aptitude for actively developing knowledge of current and emerging trends in library collection management; demonstrated ability to function independently as well as in a team environment; ability to provide effective mentoring and supervision for library student workers; excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills; excellent written and oral communication skills.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Projected start date is January 2, 2018. Transcripts and background checks will be required of finalists. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, the contact information for three professional references and a Berry application through the link below. Any additional materials can be sent to


Located on more than 27,000 acres in northwest Georgia in a setting of great natural beauty, Berry College provides an integrated education that unites a challenging academic program with great opportunities for spiritual and moral growth, work experience, and significant service to others.

It is the ongoing policy of Berry College to afford equal employment opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, veteran status, and/or whether or not they are disabled veterans; and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.


Discussion Performing Arts Librarian, Reed College Library (apply by Oct 16)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:27 am

For a complete job description, application instructions, and more information about the Reed College, please see:

For a complete job description, application instructions, and more information about the Reed College, please see:

The Reed College Library seeks a performing arts librarian to collaborate closely with the faculty and students of the dance, music, and theatre academic programs, supporting teaching, creative work, and research activities in the performing arts. This role interacts frequently with Reed students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the public, manage collections including media and scores, and deliver course-related instruction and research assistance.  The performing arts librarian manages the Performing Arts Resource Center’s library services, hiring, training, and supervising library staff and students as well as coordinating with instructional technology staff who share the Performing Arts Resource Center space. This position participates with other librarians in providing general research assistance and library instruction to the Reed community.
Core responsibilities for this position include providing instruction, research assistance, and conducting outreach activities in support of the Performing Arts disciplines (Music, Theatre, and Dance); managing the library services provided by the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC), including circulation of collections and equipment, as well as hiring, training, and managing library staff and student assistants at the PARC; providing leadership and expertise in the acquisition and management, and use of collections that support the performing arts. As a Reed College librarian, this position actively participates in professional activities of the library and the college by leading or serving on committees, providing training and educational opportunities for staff, and developing and maintaining connections with local, regional, and national professional communities.
The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about research and practice in the performing arts; have experience with the creation, organization, and use of audio and video media, scores, and other collections relating to the performing arts; and have the ability to collaborate with others and manage multiple priorities. Passion for student success, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate well across diverse audiences are essential. They will also have a strong interest in contributing to the library’s research assistance, instruction, and outreach initiatives including promoting the use of library collections and services in the undergraduate curriculum, particularly in the performing arts.
Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


Discussion Liaison Librarian with health sciences focus, University of Wyoming

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:21 am

The University of Wyoming seeks applicants for a Liaison Librarian position, with a health sciences focus.

The University of Wyoming seeks applicants for a Liaison Librarian position, with a health sciences focus.

Responsibilities: Serve as Liaison Librarian to the Colleges of Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, and other areas as assigned. Provide research assistance, consultation services and library instruction to faculty and students. Develop guides and tutorials to further information access .Facilitate partnerships between assigned academic areas and the Libraries for curriculum, research, scholarly communication, and digital initiatives.

Required Qualifications:

·         MLS from an ALA accredited institution.

·         Education or experience in a health sciences discipline.

·         Demonstrated ability to work independently and adapt in a changing work environment.

·         Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem solving, and organizational skills. 

·         Ability to work collaboratively within the Libraries and with other campus units.



Preferred Qualifications:

·         Experience providing research and instruction services in an academic, medical, or health sciences library.

·         Experience in online learning environments.

·         Experience designing and delivering classroom instruction.

·         Demonstrated knowledge of library assessment techniques.

·         Demonstrated research interest and scholarly activity in the field.

·         Undergraduate or graduate degree in the health sciences.

Application and salary:

Review of applications will begin on 9/15/2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated.  Minimum salary is $48,000 dependent on qualifications and experience; 12-month appointment, 22 days vacation; sick leave, group health insurance, state and TIAA-CREF retirement plans, no state income tax.  Please direct questions to Ms. Birgit Burke at 307-766-3279 or e-mail

To apply:

Complete the online application including uploading as one document:  a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. The on-line application is at:

The University of Wyoming is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

The University's policy has been, and will continue to be, one of nondiscrimination, offering equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without regard to such matters as race, sex, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political belief, or other status protected by state and federal statutes or University Regulations.

The University of Wyoming is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, education, employment and motor vehicle history. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.


Discussion 2018 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship to attend ALA Midwinter, due Nov. 6

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:19 am

Submissions are open for the 2018 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Denver, Feb. 9-16.  

The five scholarships will be awarded to librarians responding to the essay question:

Submissions are open for the 2018 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Denver, Feb. 9-16.  

The five scholarships will be awarded to librarians responding to the essay question:

Libraries have always identified with the mission of serving the needs of researchers and patrons but in a world where libraries may be underappreciated, how do you advocate for libraries and how do you think libraries can better advocate for themselves within their communities or institutions?

An ALA-designated jury selects the winners based on their 250-word responses. Winners, jury members and ALA representatives are invited to a Scholarship Winners Breakfast that EBSCO hosts during the conference.

Julius C. Jefferson Jr, past EBSCO jury chair and ALA Executive Board member notes that, “EBSCO has been a great partner and supporter of one of ALA’s strategic directions: encouraging professional development. The scholarship will provide selected ALA members the funds necessary to further that objective allowing member to strengthen their professional skill sets through both content and networking opportunities.  In a time of tight budgets and competing priorities, the EBSCO scholarship will provide those selected recipients opportunities to experience one of the most exciting and engaging library conferences for sharing ideas and best practices in the world”

The scholarships are given annually to allow more librarians access to the professional development and networking opportunities that the conference offers.  

Submissions are due November 6, 2017. Information about how to submit essays is available at:



This Community brings together past and present recipients of ALA's Spectrum Scholarship and other library diversity recruitment initiatives to support the active involvement of new professionals in ALA and their communities, to build connections between Scholars across the country for their mutual support and advancement, and to facilitate ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities supporting retention in the field. All are welcome to join!

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.


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