Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Paid library internship on MCTC Job Bank

Heather Isaacs, Career Development Advisor here at MCTC, has posted info on a, get this, PAID library internship, available through a company called Enclos in Eagan. Now, I haven't actually seen the description, so beware, but PAID sounds good! According to Heather, students will have to register at under students/alumni to set up an account to access.

If you have problems accessing the info, please contact Heather at

Literacy Activities Internship at Hennepin County Library

Job Title: Literacy Activities Internship - North Regional Library

Closing Date/Time: Mon. 11/03/08 5:00 PM Central Time

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Internship

Literacy Activities Internship
Hennepin County Library - North Regional Library

The Hennepin County Library - North Regional Library is pleased to offer an internship opportunity to develop programs, services and resources to support literacy initiatives at the Library. This is an excellent opportunity for students in early elementary education or youth services librarianship to gain real world experience in the field.

Winter 2008/2009, 120 hours.

Unpaid college credit internship.

Job Location:
North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis.

Deadline for Application:
November 3, 2008.


· In conjunction with Library staff, plan and deliver after-school programming focusing on youth ages 6-11.

· Develop creative and engaging projects and activities to enhance learning and literacy in a drop-in environment.

· Help with homework assignments as needed.

· Create a safe, respectful, and youth-development-based learning environment.

· Establish supportive relationships with youth.

· Foster positive group dynamics for youth and families.

· Keep accurate records of participation and prepare reports of activities.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student completing a bachelor's or master's degree in Elementary Education, Youth Development or a related area of study. Ideal candidates will be creative, reliable, patient, adaptable, and possess the ability to approach and engage students on a one-to-one basis. Candidates will possess a strong commitment to literacy and libraries.

Work Schedule:
Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings.

To Apply and for Questions:
Send cover letter outlining qualifications for this position, resume and contact information for two references to:
- OR -
Tom Grund
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 847-8518

For more information contact Barbara Elg at or (612) 630-6601.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Utne Magazine Library Internship

Utne Magazine has a library internship opening to start mid-December 2008. The internships are unpaid, however, the experience is invaluable. The Utne Magazine is located on 12th Street downtown, just across Hennipen from the new MCTC science building.

Editorial: Library

Library interns help develop and manage a special collection of some 1,300 alternative periodicals, including magazines, journals, and zines. Interns also pitch story ideas for the magazine, work with editors on research projects, and write for Ideal candidates have both library and editorial experience, but neither is mandatory. Internship length is 6 months, 20 hours per week. Library school students (or recent graduates) are encouraged to apply. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, professional or academic references, and writing samples to Danielle Maestretti, Librarian. Questions? Email Danielle Maestretti.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Goals + Plan = Success (GPS)

The GPS LifePlan will help you develop plans in five key areas: Career, Education, Finance, Leadership and Personal.

Free workshops will be offered on campus throughout the year. You can also learn more about the GPS LifePlan in the 2008/09 Handbook and Planner.

Set goals. Plan early.

New Issue of Info Career Trends Online

September 2, 2008 - vol. 9, no. 5 - ISSN 1532-0839
Read the entire issue online, with live links:

Welcome back! Today's issue, on nontraditional careers, contains a wealth of ideas and experiences from contributors that have taken their own careers off the beaten library path. (And, if you want more, more, more, let me gently plug my title on the topic: What's the Alternative? Career Options for Librarians and Info Pros offers more stories, tips, and possible directions for those contemplating alternative careers.) Also, be sure to check out Kim Dority's column this month on Going Independent: Asking the Key Questions, for more advice on pursuing a career as an independent information professional.

Meta notes

An unfortunate technical issue in July led to the loss of a lot of comments. So, if yours has disappeared, please don't take it personally -- and do feel free to comment again. If you haven't commented in the past, but have thoughts or opinions about an article, please do share now. Authors love getting feedback on their work, and your voice contributes to the ongoing conversation.

You can also now easily read and comment on older articles: All ICT back issues are now housed on the blog, which means they're both searchable and browsable by date or category from the sidebar on your left. (If you are reading this via email or RSS, click through to enjoy.) The old archives will be going away within the next six weeks or so when I launch the new, so if you link to a pre-2008 article or issue outside of the blog, please be sure to update those links now.

Let's talk about it

Speaking of comments, what's up over on the forums? Popular topics lately include:

* MLIS vs. non-MLIS
* How to address a long stretch of unemployment
* Online vs. traditional programs
* New issues, conferences, or readings

Come participate in the discussions -- because it's just not a community without you!

Let's think about it

I regularly receive email asking for advice on job-hunting or career-related issues. While I do my best to respond to these, I don't have much time to do so, and my personal expertise is limited to certain areas. You'll get much better results when you turn to the Info Career Trends Career Q&A columnists or to the collective wisdom on the forums. So, if you have a job-hunting or career-related question:

1. Email the Library Career People at Your question can be answered on their Career Q&A blog, benefiting you and the many other people with similar questions. (And yes, you can remain anonymous!)
2. Ask your question on the forums over at the online community. Registration is free -- all you need is a valid email address, so you can remain as anonymous as you'd like -- and you benefit from the insights from experienced moderators and community members.

We all have questions, so don't be shy about asking yours!

Let's write about it

How else can your voice be heard? Well, I'm seeking contributors for the following thematic issues:

January 2009: Alternative work arrangements
Do you cobble together a career through part-time work at one or more institutions? Do you work as a substitute librarian? In a job-sharing situation? Have you worked out a flex-time or telecommuting arrangement with your organization? Have you parlayed alternative work into a regular full-time position? This issue talks about all sorts of alternative work arrangements and how they might work for you.

March 2009: Education
Do you value your MLS? Now that you're on the job, what do you wish you'd learned in school? Has your non-library education been useful to you in your library career? Have you continued your education post-MLS? Are you pursuing an LTA or post-graduate certification? A PhD? What's the best way to fund an MLS, or to fund continuing education? If it's related to the education of librarians and info pros, find it here.

Please send your queries via email to Let me know what you want to write about, for which issue, and why you're a good person to do so. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!

- Rachel

On-Campus Opportunity (non-library)

The MCTC Foundation is hiring student callers for our 1st annual phonathon. Students will be calling MCTC alumni to update our records and ask them to support the College with a financial contribution.

If you know of a student who is enthusiastic about MCTC, makes a great impression and wants to make a difference, please encourage them to apply.

Student callers could earn $8-$10/hr + bonuses.

All callers will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop great communication and leadership skills
  • Build their resume
  • Talk to interesting alumni
  • Meet more MCTC students
  • Work study and non-work study applicants are welcome. All callers must attend a training session. Hours are 5:30-9:00 PM Monday-Thursday, October 13-23.

    If you know a student interested in this short term, part time job, please have them contact Marni Harper at 612-659-6311 or email