Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MN Job Posting: Research Assistant or Research Associate 1

Job Title:  Research Assistant or Research Associate 1

Application Deadline:  July 23, 2015

Salary:  $35,000 to $46,000 Annually
This position is Full Time, Regular, 40 Hours per Week


Job Duties:Wilder Research, a division of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota, seeks a skilled researcher to contribute to Minnesota Compass ( and related projects.
This position's responsibilities include:
Gathering, managing, and analyzing large datasets from secondary sources for Minnesota Compass and related research projects
Preparing tables and charts based on data analysis
Assisting with preparation, synthesis, and presentation of study results to clients and other stakeholders, which may include technical writing, blog-style posts, and presentations
Participating as part of the Minnesota Compass team in carrying out activities to educate policy makers, community leaders, foundations, and other decision makers
Job Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a behavioral or social science, or applied research field. Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, and finalist candidates may be tested on essential skills in Excel at the time of the interview.
In addition, candidates must be:
Attentive to detail and able to demonstrate strategies for checking their work
Organized and efficient, and able to work on tight timelines and manage multiple tasks
Able to work independently with moderate or minimal direction
Able to take work direction from multiple staff (depending on the task)
Able to accept feedback and revise work accordingly
Candidates with experience in any of the following are especially encouraged to apply:
Demographic data and/or social indicators, including government data sources (e.g., U.S. Census Bureau)
Other statistical and/or data management software, in addition to demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Excel
GIS, mapping, and related software packages (e.g., ArcGIS)
Small area or neighborhood-level analysis
Direct experience working in diverse community settings or with particular communities, including American Indian communities and/or tribal representatives of Native Nations
Wilder Research has an organizational commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. The ability to work respectfully and effectively with professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences is essential.
Job class and compensation (Research Assistant or Research Associate 1) will depend on candidate experience and qualifications. 
Online Application Information
There are four sections to the application process, please follow these instructions carefully:
  1. Contact information – Be sure to fill out all of the required fields (marked with a *).
  2. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Questions (EEO) – We are required to ask these questions, using this wording, to meet federal guidelines. These questions are optional and declining to answer the questions will NOT affect your application. Most of these questions have a specific “Decline to answer” type choice, but the Gender question does not. If you prefer not to answer the Gender question you can skip it. NOTE: If you apply to multiple positions at Wilder, you may not see these questions for applications after the first one because your browser will automatically answer them from its cache. If you want to change any of your answers for this section from one application to another, please clear your browser cache before starting a new application or use a different browser.
  3. Resume and cover letter section – Applications for this position require both a resume and cover letter. However, the system allows you to only attach one document.  You will need to create and upload a single document containing both your resume and cover letter. Otherwise you can attach one of your documents and paste the text from the other document into the text box or you can paste the text from both documents into the text box. Be aware that information pasted into the text box will lose its formatting. There is no need to include the same information in both the text box and an attached document.
  4. Final Review – You will be given an opportunity to review the information you are about to submit. If you need to correct something, use the Back buttons in the application, not the ones for your browser. If you attach a new document, it will overwrite any existing document. You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application.

Jobs offers will be contingent on the successful applicant‘s proof of authorization to work in the United States and the results of a background check related to the job requirements.

The Wilder Foundation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer of all genders, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Branch Out Library Conference of Minnesota

Branch Out is a conference designed by and for library paraprofessionals and support staff. Its purpose is to bring library staff from all around Minnesota and the surrounding region together for career development and networking opportunities.

Conference details: 
 2015 Branch Out will be Wednesday, July 15 and Thursday, July 16, 2015.
 It will be held at the Grand Hall of the Business and Technology Center at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. 

Cost for two day conference is: Early Bird Registration $129.00 for registration by July 8, 2015 and $149.00 after July 8, 2015.

Conference schedule.
Register here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Library Associate 3 Position - U of M

The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks applicants for a Library Associate 3 position in the E-Resource Management Unit. This position consists primarily of three areas of responsibility that includes the acquisition and management of e-resources, providing licensing assistance to the ERM Unit, and acting as an expert resource to unit and department staff as well as other University Libraries staff.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight (8) years.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experienced with integrated library systems, in particular Aleph or Alma;
  • Proven knowledge in the area of e-resource acquisitions and/or e-resource management
  • Skilled in the data gathering, manipulation and analysis using tools such as Microsoft Excel or Access
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and creativity, with an ability to utilize past experience and available data to assess, test and resolve technical problems.
  • Forward thinking with strong collaborative instincts and a systems perspective.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment, while relating to and interacting with staff and patrons outside the unit or library
  • Proven familiarity with licensing contracts
  • Self-starter who can innovate in a dynamic and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to change in a fast paced information resources environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work with multiple data points/sources, large documents or files.
For a complete description and qualifications, and to apply, go to

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fall 2015 Topics Course: LIBT 1410 - Responding to Difficult Library Patrons

MCTC Library Work Study

Library Work-Study
Posting dates: June 17 – June 30, 2015

The library is currently hiring students with strong communication and computer skills. Please submit your resumes through the MCTC Job Bank. You will be notified if selected for an interview.

MCTC Library is hiring!

note: this position closes 6/18/15


$ 15.81-$ 21.98 hourly, $ 33,011-$ 45,894 annually

Date Posted:06/15/2015
Closing Date:06/18/2015
Hiring Agency:MN St Colleges & Universities
Division/Bureau:Mpls Community & Tech College
Who May Apply:Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:15MNSC000294
Employment Conditions:Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:Day Shift
Days of Work:Varies , 07:30 AM-04:00 PM
Travel Required:no
Job Grouping:Education and Libraries
Classified Status:Classified
Job Description:***Please Note: This posting will be used to fill 2 positions.*** 

The main purposes of this position are: to provide circulation supervision functions; perform assigned technical and access services; train and oversee work study students; assist librarian(s) in maintenance of library collections; and to maintain and develop access and technical services procedures, and recommend new policies as warranted. 

Minimum Qualifications 
-Working knowledge of library classification system(s) and standard library reference tools sufficient to assist clients in locating materials and conducting research. 
Ability to: 
-Apply and support detailed coding or cataloging systems sufficient to create tracking for new print and non-print library acquisitions and locate and replace existing materials. 
-Operate personal computers, use various software and web-based applications, and other office equipment sufficient to locate catalog information, word-process documents, complete forms and prepare reports. 
-Communicate effectively orally and in writing sufficient to determine and respond to the informational needs of clients of varied educational levels and backgrounds; to train, direct and evaluate work of student clerical staff; and to assist the professional library staff to maintain the library collection according to library policy and procedures. 
Preferred Qualifications:-Full or partial completion a Library Information Technology AA or AAS degree or Public Information & Technical Information certificates 
-Experience working in a Library or Information Agency for at least 1 year 
-Success managing and/or supervising others 
-Familiarity with ALEPH and OCLC 
-Demonstrated experience working with and providing customer service to diverse populations 
-Strong communication skills 
-Basic skills in Microsoft Office or equivalent 
-Attention to detail 
-Ability to work in a team environment. 
Selection Process:The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you. 

If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.
How to Apply:Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for this position, click the APPLY box found at the bottom of this job announcement. For additional information about the State?s selection process, go to <>. 

NOTICE: The safety of all members of the MCTC campus community is of vital concern. The most recent Annual Compliance and Security Report is available on the College?s website at Past copies of the report can be found on the MCTC Public Safety page located at 

NOTICE: Applications will only be accepted until the closing date indicated on this job announcement. Job applications received after 11:59 pm on the last date of this announcement period cannot be considered. 

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU?s vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check. 

NOTICE: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. 

Contact for More Information:Peggy Beckman,