Thursday, September 10, 2015

New History Articulation for MCTC’s LIT Program

The Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library Information Technology Program is excited to announce a new articulation agreement with the Metropolitan State University History Program.  Library Information Technology students who complete the Library Information Technology AAS can transfer into the Metropolitan State University History BA and begin as juniors.
This pathway is available to Library Information Technology students interested in taking their degree further.  A collegiate study of history can lead to many career options.  The practice of law, political activity, policy studies, archival science, library science and museum work are careers that commonly follow this pathway.
Students who want to pursue transfer to Metropolitan State should meet with an academic advisor to select coursework that prepares them for a transfer.  The Library Information Technology academic advisor is Laura Hanstad. 612.659.6139
Students who are interested but unsure about this course of study can speak with Library Information Technology faculty Tom Eland. 612-659-6286

Saturday, September 5, 2015

LIBT 2900: Library and Information Agencies Internships

Planning on doing a Library or Information Agency Internship? Be sure to plan ahead, and talk to the LIT internship coordinator prior to the start of the class!

If you are nearing the completion of the LIT program, and are planning to enroll in LIBT 2900: Library and Information Agencies Internship course, please contact the LIT internship coordinator to discuss the preparatory work you are each responsible for prior to the start of the course.

Spring 2016 LIT Internship Coordinator is Bill Vann
, who can be reached via email at: William.Vann(at)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Job Posting: MCTC Library Workstudy

Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library Workstudy

Posting dates: August 13 – August 23, 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
Address: 1501 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 6126596290

Application Instructions
Please submit apply through the MCTC JobBank or email resume to

Scope of work: 

Students are typically assigned to perform the following:
● Service desk assistance to students, faculty and staff
○ Check material in and out
○ Help with basic printing, copying and technical support
○ Answer questions
● Collection and library maintenance
○ Shelve books
○ Inventory collection
○ Clean
● Technical services
○ Process new books and other collection materials
○ Update or withdraw currently owned items

Preferred qualifications:
We will most seriously consider students with any of the following:
● Ability to work morning, weekend, and/or evening shifts
● Customer service experience
● Ability to effectively use modern computer applications
● Previous employment in libraries or other information agencies
● Enrollment or completion of INFS 1000

About workstudy
MCTC's work study program provides you with opportunities to earn money to help with the cost of your education while learning valuable workplace skills. Most students are eligible for student employment through the work study program. The maximum award permits students to work 20 hours per week. Awards vary based on individual circumstances.

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.