Thursday, January 31, 2008

Library Assistant Job at St. Thomas - Temporary

The University of St. Thomas is accepting applications for a Library Assistant.

Duties include: providing assistance to patrons; opening and/or closing the building; supervising student employees, including assisting with the hiring and training of student staff; performing routine circulation functions.

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.

Qualifications: Minimum one year library experience required, preferably in an academic institution. Experience with library automated systems required. Supervision experience preferred. Strong customer service skills; self-directed; attention to detail. Proficiency with personal computer applications including e-mail and word processing, and aptitude for learning other support software.

Hours for this position are 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday during spring semester.

Please apply online at

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Job posting - Faegre & Benson

Faegre & Benson, LLP, Minnesota's largest law firm, has a new temporary position with our Information Resources team. We anticipate this position lasting between 8 to 9 months working 30 hours per week. This position will provide troubleshooting assistance for all electronic resources which are managed by Information Resources, along with creating and updating documentation for these resources and applications. The Resource Support Specialist will also be responsible for the coordination of projects relating to electronic resource access changes.

Our ideal candidate will have an interest and/or experience in electronic libraries and librarianship, strong organization skills, excellent documentation skills, the ability to communicate effectively with attorneys, staff and vendors, and possess a solid service orientation. In addition, candidates must have demonstrated proficiency in standard PC applications, have the ability to quickly learn new technologies, and be able to pay meticulous attention to details. A Bachelors Degree is required.

Faegre & Benson LLP offers a professional work environment and competitive wages. For additional information about Faegre & Benson or to apply on-line, visit our web site at  You may also send your resume and salary requirements to Faegre & Benson LLP, ATTN: Human Resources, 2200 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402, fax to 612-766-1763 , or email to EOE.

Friday, January 18, 2008

LJ's Paraprofessional of the Year Nominations

Are you an outstanding library paraprofessional/support staff
individual? Perhaps you might want to send your supervisor or director a copy of this message to submit your name/information for the Library Journal Paraprofessional of the Year award. The deadline has been extended until January 23, 2008 so why not either submit a colleague or ask someone to nominate you for this prestigious award. The following are the guidelines or criteria for this award with instructions on how to file a nomination:

Paraprofessional of the Year Nomination Guidelines

Extended Deadline: January 23, 2008

Library Journal will honor one support staffer with its ninth annual Paraprofessional of the Year award in its March 1, 2008, issue. Sponsored by Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings, which underwrites the $1500 cash prize and a reception to honor the winner at the American
Library Association conference in June, the award recognizes the essential role of paraprofessionals, now the largest constituency of library workers, in providing excellent library service. It places special emphasis on the efforts of the winner to further the role of
paraprofessionals in the library profession. The winner will be profiled in the March 1 issue of LJ.

Nominating criteria
The criteria for LJ's Paraprofessional of the Year are excellence in performing their job, including contribution(s) enabling the library to best serve its constituents and/or its community (whether town, college/university, school, or corporation), the encouragement of reading and the use of the library's resources, a commitment to free access to information for all, and the candidate's work to build networks, organizations, and/or groups to back excellence in library work and new career paths for support staff, and improved communication and the breaking down of barriers between support staff and the MLS librarians with whom they work.

Nominating letters should name the candidate and describe in 500 words or less why the nominee deserves the award. Supporting letters and accompanying material will be considered, but the nominating letter itself will be of prime importance.

Nominations may be e-mailed to

Nominations sent through regular mail should be addressed to:
Ann Kim
c/o Library Journal
360 Park Avenue South.
New York, NY 10010.

Please note: the postmark deadline for all nominations is Wednesday, January 23, 2008.

Sue Knoche
Past President, ALA/LSSIRT
LJ Paraprofessional of the Year 2003

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Upcoming MINITEX Reference Workshops


These workshops would be nice resume-builders...


MINITEX Reference Services is pleased to announce the upcoming training
sessions. Please register today before sessions become full!

To get more information and to register go to:

Advanced Techniques for Web Searching Webinar

February 4th, 2:00-3:00pm
February 13th, 2:00-3:00pm
February 21st, 10:00-11:00am
February 28th, 10:00-11:00am

Explore advanced search capabilities and strategies with Web search engines.
It includes what you need to know about Boolean searches, adjacency, field
searching, limits, and other special features. We will focus mostly on
Google, Yahoo!, and a few other major search engines.

This webinar is based on sessions and articles by Greg Notess.

Dance & Theater Studies Hands-on Session

February 29th, 2008
Wilson Library S30C

Did you not study in theater or dance as an undergraduate, and now as a
library professional you have to do collection development and maintenance?
This workshop will familiarize participants with dance and theater studies
resources for the purposes of reference, instruction, and collection
development. Print and online resources will be explored using a hands-on

Sessions are based on the ARLIS/NA Postcards from the Edge series, with
permission of Nedda Ahmed.


ELM is brought to you by your local library or school media center, the
MINITEX Library Information Network, and State Library Services and School
Technology, the MN state library agency with state appropriations to the
Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the Minnesota Department of
Education, and federal LSTA funds under the support of the Institute of
Museum and Library Services.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal agency that fosters
innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning, and State Library
Services & School Technology, the Minnesota state library agency, supports
MINITEX Reference Services under the provisions of the Library Services and
Technology Act (LSTA).

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Library Associate Position at Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is seeking applicants for the position of Library Associate.

Type of Position: CSA
Posting Number: 0001258
Working Title: Library Associate
Position Classification Title: Library Associate
Institution: Black Hills State University
City: Spearfish
Department: 6LIBR1 - Libraries
Scope of Search: External (Includes Internal)
Appointment Type: Regular
Duration of Time: 12 months
Appointment Percent: 100
Salary: $10.50 - $11.81 per hour
Posting date: 01-07-2008
Closing date: 01-21-2008

This position manages the circulation of all library materials; trains and supervises several work-study students to ensure smooth operation of the circulation desk; provides circulation assistance to patrons and resolves issues pertaining to the circulation of library materials;
ensures that the library is opened and closed on time; proposes and implements circulation policies, guidelines, and procedures; maintains circulation records, patron records, reserve materials, and usage statistics; rotates information desk duties with library staff to provide reference assistance to library users.

Comments: Previous Library experience desired. Some evening and weekend hours will be required. Some travel may be required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of principles, practices, techniques, and services of a library; of numerical, alphabetical, and chronological sequences as they apply to library classification systems; understanding of basic record keeping systems; ability to train and supervise; working knowledge of computers, Internet, and Microsoft Excel; skills in using basic reference resources; ability to deal tactfully with others; strong commitment to customer service.

Application Information:

Contact: Rajeev Bukralia
Phone: (605) 642-6360
TDD: 1-800-877-1113

Online Application Form: (Only Online applications will be considered)