Thursday, April 23, 2015

LIT Program Event: Panel Discussion on Saturday, May 9th

The MCTC Library Information Technology department invites you to an End of Year Event/Student Panel Discussion.

Join us on Saturday, May 9th from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the MCTC Library's Alternative Press Multi-prupose Space to hear about life after LIT, with specific emphasis on the various educational and career pathways of three LIT graduates.

There will be a social outing to the Loring Kitchen & Bar immediately following the panel discussion.

To RSVP, please email: Thomas.Eland(at) by Thursday, May 7th.

Program Panelists:

Katherine (Kat) Arndt
Graduated from the LIT program in May 2010 and from the psychology program at Metropolitan State University. Kat will graduate from the UW - Madison M.A.L.I.S. program in August 2015. While attending college and library school Kat worked as an intern and full-time temporary employee at the Minnesota Digital Library, and as a reference services intern and an Information Commons Specialist at Metropolitan State University. She is currently working on establishing an internship at the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy.

Scott Williams
Graduated from the LIT program in May 2013 and transferred to the Metropolitan State University history program, from which he will graduate in August 2015. Scott works as a library technician at the Dewitt Wallace Library at Macalester College and interned at the East Side Freedom Library as a cataloger/researcher. Scott will be attending the online graduate program at the UW - Milwaukee School of Information Studies starting in September 2015.

Heidi Anderson-Ferdinand
Graduated from the LIT program in May 2013 and transferred to the Metropolitan State University history program, from which she will graduate in August 2015. Heidi has works as a public library paraprofessional in circulation. She did two internships in Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the U of M Anderson Library She also did an internship at East Side Freedom Library and the Walker Art Library. Heidi will be attending the online graduate program at the UW - Milwaukee School of Information Studies starting in September 2015.

Friday, April 17, 2015

MN Job Posting: Library Assistant III

Library Assistant III

The University of St. Thomas invites applications for a Library Assistant III. This position includes primary responsibility for the successful delivery of circulation, reserves, and interlibrary loan services at the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library. The person in this position is responsible for assisting faculty, students, and staff; proposing, implementing, and interpreting library policies; circulating and maintaining the collections; and opening and/or closing the library. Responsibilities may include hiring, training, supervising and evaluating student workers.

Qualifications: Equivalent to a high school diploma and four years of previous library experience including experience with automated library systems required. Bachelor's degree and experience with circulation or interlibrary loans strongly preferred. Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement. In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MELSA Office Manager

The Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) is the largest of twelve regional library systems in the State of Minnesota. It includes the eight Twin Cities metro library systems (the counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington, and the city of St. Paul) for a total of 100 branches. MELSA's mission is to make great metro public libraries better.

The Office Manager is an integral member of the seven-person MELSA staff. The candidate must be an organized, efficient self-starter capable of working effectively with staff and with members of MELSA's two boards (the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board), MELSA teams and interest groups, building management, and various vendors.

While the Office Manager's primary duties are providing administrative support to the MELSA Boards and supporting the functions of the MELSA office, there is a wide range of duties involved.

HOURS: 30 Hours per Week, Monday-Friday
SALARY RANGE: $44,357- $69,308/annum
LOCATION: 1619 Dayton Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104-1849
CLOSE DATE: 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 

• Associates Degree or two years of technical training in Office Administration or similar field, AND
• Three to five years progressively responsible experience in office administration.
• Or, an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

• Experience working with public library systems in Minnesota or other States/Territories
• Experience working with Governing and/or Advisory Library Boards

  • Arrange and implement all aspects for Board meetings (assembling and distributing board packets, reserving/setting up meeting space, ordering meals, etc.).
  • Attend Board meetings and record and transcribe meeting minutes.
  • Attend/support other MELSA team and interest group meetings as needed.
  • Prepare a variety of statistical reports.
  • Develop and maintain historical files.
  • Handle administrative tasks such as working with the delivery service, ordering supplies, managing the office supply budget, and sorting mail.
  • Work with office equipment vendors/service providers to maintain phones, postage meter, fax machines, printers, etc.
  • Answer phones and relay messages, providing courteous and informed answers to inquiries (or routing inquiries to appropriate staff), and serve as the point of contact for visitors to the MELSA office.
Please visit the Dakota County website to learn more about this exciting opportunity. For a complete listing of our open positions and how to apply for these opportunities please visit us at:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cultural Liaison - African American Job Opening

Job Title: Cultural Liaison - African American
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 04/21/15 4:30 PM Central Time
Salary: $19.13 - $25.78 Hourly
Job Type: Part Time
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Vacancies: 1

The Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) is seeking an individual who has cultural connection to the African American community in Saint Paul. This position is a half time, grant funded position for two years, through spring 2017.

Performs intermediate level technical work promoting library services to targeted communities of color including immigrant communities. Facilitates and delivers library services with a focus on programs that contribute to children’s literacy development and school readiness as well as programs for adults such as job searching, and digital literacy. Provides direct services in English and/or a language other than English such as leading English language learning, providing translation and interpretation services, and delivering cultural competency training to Saint Paul Public Library staff and the public. Improves the effectiveness of Library communication with communities of color by developing and maintaining key contacts within the Communities. Serves as an internal consultant regarding specific communities of color to Saint Paul Public Library staff.

Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Cultural Liaison Job Description.

Must possess and maintain a valid Minnesota Class D Driver's License, or equivalent out-of-state driver's license. The driver's license must have no suspensions or revocations for driving-related offenses within the two year period prior to date of appointment. Suspensions for parking-related offenses are excluded.

Must have computer literacy and meet one of the following:
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years of college (60 semester credits) and two years of reference and referral library services experience.
  • A Certificate in Urban Library Services or equivalent certification and one year of library services experience.
  • Four years of experience in a social service agency providing direct client service and one year of library services experience.
  • Four years of experience in a social service agency providing direct client service plus 12 college semester credits.
  • Experience in a social service agency providing direct client service.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Experience working with adults.
  • Experience teaching.
Selection Process Information:
Please submit a letter of interest, a resume with references, and a writing sample to: Pang Yang at
Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Library Associate, Evening/Weekend Supervisor

We invite candidates to apply for the following position:

Library Associate, Evening and Weekend Supervisor (click link for application web site)
Macalester College, DeWitt Wallace Library

The Library Associate, Evening/Weekend Supervisor takes a lead role for overall library building operations and services during scheduled evening and/or weekend shifts. Provides sole staff supervision of library public service operations including circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, public computing, directional reference and reference referrals, customer safety, and building and collection security.  

Qualifications: • Associate degree required. Bachelor degree preferred. • A minimum of 2 years library (or related campus) experience is required. Academic library experience preferred. • Customer service experience, attention to detail, high level of accuracy, and ability to perform work in timely and accurate manner based on library and community demand. • Ability to assess operations and services on an ongoing basis to provide reports and to develop innovative services and process improvements. • Outstanding organizational, project management, and problem solving skills. Strives for continuous process and service improvement. • Experienced with standard computing applications for productivity and communication. • Experienced with specialized library systems. Ability to adopt, implement and teach new technologies and library systems. • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work effectively and creatively in a dynamic team environment.  

Responsibilities: • Provide sole staff supervision of library public service operations including circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, public computing, directional reference and reference referrals, customer safety, and building and collection security. • Secondary supervision of ~65 student employees, training them in library policies, systems, equipment and procedures; stressing accuracy and the critical importance of confidentiality of library records. • Provide excellent customer service as the first library staff point of contact for faculty, students and the community on evenings and weekends. • Resolve situations and problems with individual borrowers relating to lost/overdue materials by interpreting library policy and striving for resolution that leads to an improved understanding of community stewardship for library resources. • Ensure the proper and efficient handling of library materials including re-shelving and processing of returned materials. Coordinate shifting needs for entire circulating collection. • Create timely statistical reports relating to use of library collections and services, fulfilling needs of library assessment program and reporting requirements of external constituencies.  

Expected work hours: Two consistent weekday evenings until 1am and rotating weekend shifts. Academic year only in accordance with academic calendar. Summers, college holidays off.

Benefits: Macalester College takes pride in its commitment to providing an exceptional employee benefits package, which includes health, dental, and life insurance, a generous retirement plan, paid time off, an onsite wellness coach, on site athletic facilities, and domestic partner benefits.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US upon employment start date. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.