Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Webinar Series and Conference From Blandin Foundation

A Webinar Series: Realizing Our Broadband Future, is being offered this fall by the Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative, prior to the annual Blandin Foundation Broadband Conference.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 8:00-9:30AM

A Futurist's View of Rural Minnesota

Presenter: Delore Zimmerman of Praxis Strategy Group, Grand Forks, ND

If you are interested in rural community and economic development trends, this webinar is for you. Delore Zimmerman will provide guidance for rural community leaders about development trends and the steps communities must take to increase their investment attractiveness.

The role that technology plays in increasing economic vitality will be presented both in theory and practice, and Delore will include information about successful regional economic development strategies.

Delore is a strategy consultant with twenty-five years of domestic and international experience working with local and regional economic development groups, companies and universities. He co-developed the High-Performance Community Initiative while a Senior Fellow at the Denver-based Center for the New West and has spearheaded its development and deployment for 10 years.

Webinar Series: Realizing Our Broadband Future

Sponsor: Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative

For more information and to register, click here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 8:00-9:30AM

Broadband Best Practices in Greater Minnesota

Presenter: Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors, Mahtomedi, MN

Broadband is an essential asset for community and economic development. Greater Minnesota faces many challenges in keeping up with larger metro areas in Minnesota, across the country and around the world.

Community leaders are faced with navigating a whirlwind of dynamic technologies, policy discussions at the federal and state level, and funding through the ARRA stimulus programs as they wrestle with the the challenge of ensuring world-class broadband infrastructure and services and motivating the adoption of new technologies by businesses, institutions and citizens. This session will provide an overview of community best practices for network deployment and broadband-based economic development.

Bill Coleman has been helping communities make the connection between broadband and economic development. He specializes in helping communities accurately assess their situation, devise improvement strategies and implement projects. He brings equal attention to infrastructure and end-user technology adoption that leads to economic vitality.

Webinar Series: Realizing Our Broadband Future

Sponsor: Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative

For more information and to register, click here.

Tuesday, November 3, 8:00-9:30AM

Telling a Story with Social Media

Presenter: Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services

Everyone has a story to tell, whether youre recruiting people or businesses to your region, selling a product or preparing a presentation on future of broadband in rural areas. Social media tools such as YouTube and podcasts can help you establish your story, social networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn help you spread the word and ongoing blogs or Twitter can help maintain the story. Well talk about how to tell your story with social media.

Ann Treacy is a former librarian with 13 years of experience working with businesses and other organizations to get their message to prospective clients on the Internet. She works with resorts, realtors, manufacturers, nonprofits and others throughout Minnesota to develop Internet and social media strategies to meet business goals.

Webinar Series: Realizing Our Broadband Future

Sponsor: Blandin Foundation Broadband Initiative

For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, November 18 - Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blandin Foundations 2009 Broadband Conference

The webinar series is being offered in advance of the annual Blandin Foundation Broadband Conference. The theme of this years conference is: Realizing Our Broadband Future: Getting from Here to There. It will focus on the future of Minnesota communities, providing community leaders with the information and tools they need to position their communities in the future.

Location: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Duluth MN

Cost: $105

For more information and to register, click here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Minnesota Library Association Conference Needs Volunteers

Volunteering to help at conferences is a great way to meet people and often you can negotiate a discount on registration or get some other perk. :)
Call for Conference Volunteers

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with important functions at the MLA Conference on October 14-16, 2009 in St. Cloud. The overall success of the conference depends not only on the quality of its programs, which are excellent, but on the efficiency and effectiveness of its arrangements. As in years past, numerous volunteers are needed to insure that everything goes smoothly in busy areas such as Registration and the Silent Auction. Please consider giving two hours of your time during the conference to helping with these important tasks.
To find out the dates/times people are needed and to sign up as a volunteer, email conference volunteer coordinator Janet Urbanowicz at She will add your name to the schedule and respond to confirm your assignment.

Friday, September 25, 2009

MN Workshop on Social Networking Sites

Note that there's a significant discount for students and those who are not currently working who register for this workshop


The MN Chapter of the Special Libraries Association invites you to attend:

Professional Development: Using Social Networking Sites for Research

Facebook, MySpace: fact or fiction? Can there really be a practical application of these sites for researchers? Join us for a fascinating presentation from Meg Smith, researcher from the Washington Post.


Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration & Networking

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Presentation

Light refreshments will be provided.


Donaldson Co.

1400 West 94th Street

Bloomington, MN 55431


Donaldson is located near the intersection of 35W and 94th St. in Bloomington.

Map (PDF):

Driving Directions (Google Maps):

You may park in any “Visitor” parking spot, or any spot that’s unnumbered.

NOTE: Participants will need to check in at the front desk in the lobby and wait for an escort to take them to the event room.


$40 Association members (SLA, MALL, SCIP, ASIST, MLA, etc.)

$25 Students, unemployed, and retired attendees

$50 Non-members

*Please note registration guidelines below.


Deadline: Oct. 15th

1. Email name and contact information to MN Chapter SLA

2. Make payment through PayPal OR send check payable to MN Chapter SLA

Registration details are available on the MN SLA website at:

Please note the following registration guidelines:

· If you register, we require you to pay, even if you are not able to attend.

· There will be a $5 charge for registrations made after the registration deadline.

· Registrations made after the deadline are not guaranteed seating.


Julie Eskritt – – 952.887.3019

Karen Mackey – karen.mackey@donaldson.com952.887.3018

Meg Smith will share stories of how the Washington Post has used social networking sites in investigative reporting. She’ll show us how to connect a social networking profile to the real-world person behind it, how to spot fake profiles, and how to expertly search social networking sites in order to find individuals who may be hiding, or whose names you might not know. (We’ll even get tips on how to search social networking web sites that haven't been invented yet!)

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions during the presentation, but Meg will be happy to take comments in advance so she can tailor this presentation to our audience. Please send questions to Julie or Karen at the email addresses above.

Also, if you haven’t already, this would be a great time to explore Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

Presenter Bio

Meg Smith is the Washington Post's local researcher. She was the lead researcher for the paper's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2008 and was a landmark for how the newspaper used social networking sites to report the news. For the Post's "Forced Out" series, which won the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2009, Meg backsearched hundreds of land transactions on new condominiums, and used public records to find the owners of dozens of shadowy limited-liability companies that were shielding landlords who exploited loopholes in the city's housing laws.

Meg has also researched several other in-depth series and investigations including the paper's relentless pursuit of the perpetrators of the District's Office of Tax and Revenue fraud scheme, one of the largest municipal frauds in history, and the groundbreaking and data-rich multimedia series, "Being a Black Man," in 2006. Meg has a Bachelors in Journalism and an MLS from the University of Maryland, and has been at the Post since 2000. She has been a member of the Washington DC chapter of SLA since 2003.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

From Minitex: Imagine, Program, Share: Library Programming with Scratch

If you're interested in youth services or school media centers, check this out.


MINITEX Reference Services is pleased to announce the following upcoming training.

Please register today before sessions become full!

To get more information and to register go to

Imagine, Program, Share: Library Programming with Scratch

Currently Offered Sessions



Total Seats



Tuesday, November 03, 2009

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM (CST)

No Charge (All)


Matt Lee


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM (CST)

No Charge (All)


Matt Lee


Guest Presenters: Jennifer Nelson, Senior Librarian, Hennepin County Library and Keith Braafladt, Director, Learning Technologies Center, Science Museum of Minnesota
Hosted by Minitex Reference Services

Providing kids opportunities to learn, stretch and grow is a key focus of libraries. Whether they are developing a love of books and reading, learning to conduct better research or working on creative projects, kids in 21st century libraries are supported in developing a lifelong love of learning and developing key literacy skills that will lead them to successful engagement in life as adults.

Scratch, a free software tool developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, is an increasingly popular tool that allows libraries to offer relevant, technology-based and creative programs for kids aged 8 and up. Scratch is rich media content creation software that can be used to create animation and game projects that incorporate music, sound, original art, digital photographs and more. Visit the Scratch website for more background:

Participants in this workshop will develop an understanding of the literacy skills youth gain from participation in Scratch-based workshops and receive a hands-on opportunity to learn and use Scratch software and to explore Scratch’s online community. The workshop format models effective techniques for engaging and teaching project development with Scratch to youth. At the end of the workshops participants will have become members of the online Scratch community, developed a project using Scratch and posted a project to the Scratch social networking site.

Location: Wilson Library, U of MN West Bank Campus

Who should attend?: This session is intended for media specialists, youth services librarians, or any other library staff who work with young people and want to learn more about using Scratch.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Upcoming Classes From LYRASIS

The following classes will be brought to you soon by LYRASIS, online and around the region. For more information or to register, please visit Keyword: Classes and Events. Please keep an eye out for our weekly discount codes as part of our educational stimulus program and save when you register for certain classes.

These classes are also posed to the Check It Out! Blog (

Caring for Scrapbooks (Live Online)
10/12/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

20 Questions: Ready Reference (Live Online) 10/13/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST SAVE $25 when you register. Enter PROMO Code TQRR1013

Digital Collections: Where to Begin? (Live Online) 10/13/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

CatExpress (Live Online)
10/13/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Fundamentals of Book Repair
10/14/2009 - 10/15/2009, 9:00am-4:00pm EST
LYRASIS- Atlanta Office

Managing and Preserving Digital Materials (Live Online)
10/14/2009 - 10/16/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Basic MARC Tagging for Serials (Live Online)
10/14/2009 - 10/15/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST SAVE $25 when you register. Enter PROMO Code BMT1014.

Advocacy: What is it? (Live Online)
10/15/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

E-Resource Licensing: Overview and How-to for the Non-Lawyer (Live Online) 10/15/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

The Library As Place (Live Online)
10/15/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Emergency 911: Decision Making for Managers (Live Online) 10/15/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST SAVE $25 when you register. Enter PROMO Code 9111015

Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session (FREE Live Online) 10/15/2009, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

Promoting Your Library by Creating a YouTube Library Video (Live Online) 10/20/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Libraries and Services Going Mobile: Handheld Services for Libraries (Live Online)
10/20/2009 - 10/21/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Advocacy: The Media (Live Online)
10/20/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Using Batch Processing in Connexion Client (Live Online) 10/21/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Acquiring & Understanding E-Resources Usage Statistics (Live Online)
10/21/2009 - 10/22/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Volunteer Management: Delegating, Retaining and Rewarding (Live Online) 10/21/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST SAVE $25 when you register. Enter PROMO Code VM091021

Library of Congress Subject Headings
10/22/2009, 9:00am-4:00pm EST
LYRASIS- Boston Office

Online Cataloging Resources and Tools (Live Online) 10/22/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Turning Community Partnerships into Dollars (Live Online) 10/22/2009, 10:00am-12:00pm EST

Evergreen Circulation Module (Live Online) 10/22/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Evergreen Administration and Statistics Module (Live Online) 10/22/2009, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST

Copyright Law in the Digital Age
10/23/2009, 9:00am-4:00pm EST
LYRASIS- Atlanta Office

ArchivalWare Guided Tour (FREE Live Online) 10/23/2009, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST

LYRASIS also has a selection of On Demand classes which may be purchased for download at any time:

Please contact LYRASIS at 1-800-999-8558 if you have any questions. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Upcoming Webinar from MINITEX

This webinar would be good brush-up for those of you who have taken INFS 1200 and/or INFS 2200, and good prep for those who will be taking these courses in our program.


Connexion Browser Module 2: Basic Searching in Connexion Browser (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CST
Cost: $50.00

Description: Connexion Browser is a web-based interface for OCLC cataloging, often preferred by those who do lower volume or occasional cataloging, or for parts of a segmented workflow that focuses on searching.

This online module provides instruction on performing basic bibliographic searches using OCLC’s Connexion Browser cataloging software. After completing this web-based training, learners will be able to conduct basic searches for bibliographic records in WorldCat, and evaluate whether a given record matches the item to be cataloged.

This is the second part of a three module series designed to enable basic copy cataloging work in Connexion Browser.

Who should attend?: This course is designed for learners who have little or no previous experience with Connexion Browser, and who may be new to library work. This class will be of particular benefit to new copy catalogers. It will also be beneficial to original catalogers who need to determine, before they create an original record, that no matching record exists.

Prerequisites: Ability to log on to Connexion Browser; knowledge of MARC records sufficient to recognize components such as field and subfield and to identify data such as title, edition, publisher, physical description.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

GA Job Posting - Systems Librarian

Note that the MLS/MLIS is recommended, not required...


Head of Library Systems

Mercer University seeks an enthusiastic, creative, collegial, and service-oriented Head of Library Systems who will be responsible for the design, implementation, management, and assessment of systems software to extend and integrate commercial, open source, and locally developed software at the University Libraries. This position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a wide range of information and technology functions, work with outstanding library faculty and staff, and help the University Libraries achieve their potential for delivering information services. The full job description can be found at:

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will manage library systems applications for the University Libraries (Tarver Library/Macon, Swilley Library/Atlanta, and Regional Academic Centers). This person will contribute to library success by anticipating technology trends and bringing technical, communication, and project management skills to solve problems and plan projects. Serve as the primary liaison between the Libraries and Mercer's Information Technology Services for systems enhancement projects. Work effectively with library colleagues, including regular visits and communication with Swilley Library and Centers to facilitate planning and implementation. Responsible for the Millennium Innovative Interfaces, Inc. shared library system. Supervise Library Systems Coordinator, who has day to day oversight of Millennium. Member of University Libraries Management Team; reports to the Dean of University Libraries

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have significant library experience, preferably an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited program, a minimum of three years experience managing systems, experience with integrated library systems, [preferably Millennium Innovative Interfaces] and other library technology applications, and knowledge of Unix, Fedora, and Windows operating systems, proxy servers and remote patron authentication, database design, reporting and management, and web server software, including SQL, XHTML, XML, CSS, and PHP/MySQL. Experience in higher education/academic libraries preferred. Demonstrated ability to combine technical knowledge and communication skills to explore projects and solve problems as well as project management skills, including the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in sync with library goals and objectives.

This twelve month, non-tenure track position carries faculty rank in the Division of Library Services. Library faculty members participate in library-wide planning and governance, work in a shared decision making environment, and are active in professional organizations and University wide initiatives. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience. Mercer offers a strong benefits package, including tuition waiver program for employees and dependents, fitness program, and 22 vacation days plus University holidays.

Who We Are: The University Libraries offer strong collections of print and electronic resources, including GALILEO,, and a talented staff of 80 serving 250 faculty and 7,500 students. Current projects include incorporating University wide strategic planning into the library's daily operations, exploring implementation of a catalog "discovery layer," Library 2.0/ Web 2.0 initiatives, and a Program Review focusing on electronic resource management.

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic, comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education in 11 schools and colleges; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals - Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

If this sounds like the right job for you, submit an application via the Mercer web site: The application should include a resume, contact information for three references, and letter of application that addresses the position requirements, including your interest and qualifications for a leadership role in library systems. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word, rich text format, or PDF. The position is open; review of applications begins September 18 and continues until position is filled. AA/EOA/ADA.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

MN Internship Posting: Classical Music Library intern

Basic Info:

To assist the Music Director and Assistant Music Director with Minnesota Public Radio's large collection of classical-music compact discs, and the related databases for our two classical on-air services. There will be opportunities to observe on-air broadcasting and production, though this is not the main focus of the internship.

Position Responsibility:
- Entering classical compositions into a database, and related database maintenance.
- Filing and locating compact discs in our large music library, to support on-air broadcast, and digitization of CDs in Netia software
- Other record-keeping and archiving assignments related to classical music and our broadcasts as needed.

More info:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

MN Internship Posting: Music Library intern at The Current

Basic info:
This is an unpaid position. The Current Intern will assist the Assistant Producer with various on-air and online components of the radio station as well as organization and maintenance of the library.

- Responsible for library maintenance including ripping and filing CDs as well as database management.
- Assists producers with in-studio performances by writing leads, preparing Web content, and assisting with bands.
- Prepares and publishes the daily Song of the Day podcast.
- Assists with scheduling of promos and giveaways.
- Assist with fulfilling giveaways.
- Maintains The Current MySpace page.
- Board op for broadcasts as necessary.
- Copy-edit and proof-read the weekly Cross Currents e-newsletter.
- Sort mail on Mondays.
- Other duties as assigned

More info:

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

MI Job Posting: Library Cataloging Assistant

The Hekman Library of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI is looking for a full-time staff assistant to help the Cataloging Librarian in overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Cataloging Department. Major duties include copy cataloging, database maintenance, student supervision and training, processing materials for inclusion in the library's collections, inventory of the library's holdings and purchasing supplies for the department.

Applicants should be very detail-oriented with effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, self-motivated and very comfortable with computer technology. All applicants should be prepared to work cooperatively and flexibly with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.

Minimum qualifications are a Bachelor’s degree; one to three years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Desirable qualifications include experience in a cataloging or technical services department, knowledge of Library of Congress Subject Headings and the LC classification system, MARC, AACR2, and the OCLC bibliographic utility.
Proficiency in Microsoft's suite of products is desirable but experience with a variety of software packages will be beneficial. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds and push book carts weighing over 100 pounds.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2009.

Application and additional information online at Contact human resources ( with additional questions.

Francene Lewis
Cataloging Librarian
Grand Rapids, MI

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

MN Job Posting: Acquisitions Technician

Library Technician position at Inver Hills Community College

Library Technician

Acquisition Technician

Inver Hills Community College is looking for an individual to provide technical assistance in the College’s Library.

Application Deadline: September 8, 2009

Appointment: Unlimited, Full-time.

Pay: $14.61 - $15.28 an hour, depending on qualifications.

Work Schedule: M, T, W, Th – 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

F – 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Every other Wednesday from 12:30 pm to 9:00 pm and one Saturday a month from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm during the academic year with the following Monday off.


· Oversee library acquisitions;

· Maintain Aleph serial records;

· Perform general maintenance of the physical periodical and newspaper collection;

· Prepare orders for library subscriptions and back issues;

· Catalogue library materials (books, serials, audiovisual, etc);

· Assist library users in locating materials;

· Provide some supervision of student workers.

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:

· Working knowledge of MnPALS library catalog system, OCLC, and CatMe/Connection;

· Academic library experience.

Application requirements:

You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume through the online Resume Builder at , the requisition # 09MNSC000367.

You may copy and paste in your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. You may edit your resume later should your contact information or experience change. The Resume Builder also collects your work preference information so we can match your with future job openings that meet your interests.

Application forms will be provided in alternative format to people with disabilities upon request to Inver Hills' Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at or (651) 450-8672; TTY (651) 450-8369.

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this selection process, please contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at or (651) 450-8670; TTY (651) 450-8369.

Founded in 1970, Inver Hills is a comprehensive community college offering 20 degree options including the Associate in Arts (A.A.), a liberal education degree that leads to transfer to four-year colleges; the new Associate in Fine Art (A.F.A.) degree in studio arts; and the career-related Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in leading occupational areas such as nursing, paralegal, computer networking, law enforcement, human services, business, emergency health care, and more.

Located 10 minutes from downtown St. Paul, scenic Inver Hills Community College serves over 5000 students each semester. Recognized for adult experiential learning, Learning Communities, and its Center of Excellence for Access and Opportunity, Inver Hills is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) institution. We strive to reflect a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds among our administrators, faculty and staff.

Inver Hills is committed to quality improvement, Learning Communities, campus-wide assessment, innovative instruction, integrating technology in instruction, collaboration with Pre-K-12 for college readiness and access, and civic engagement.

We offer excellent benefits including health and dental insurance; paid annual and sick leave; defined benefit and defined contribution (401(a)) retirement plans; 457 and 403(b) retirement savings plans; and tuition waiver for employees and dependents.

Visit and to learn more about Inver Hills.

Inver Hills Community College is an equal opportunity educator/employer. A member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System.

"Green Libraries" Online Conference

Conferences a-go-go...
Subject: Green Online Conference - Early Bird Registration 9/9/09

Amigos Library Services, Inc. will present an online conference "Going
Green @ Your Library -Lean, Green, Clean Ideas" on Wednesday, October 7
from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. central time. The online conference will
address a variety of "green" issues from LEED certification to
practical, low cost/no cost suggestions for library and IT operations.

Keynote speaker, Florence Mason, will kick off the conference with her
talk "Going Green" Successfully. She brings her many years of expertise
with libraries, government organizations, and corporations on library
building issues, library long range planning, library training, and
other issues related to the management of library and information

Early bird registration ends on September 9! For more information, the
conference schedule and to sign up for the conference, visit

Christine Peterson
Continuing Education Librarian, Technology
Amigos Library Services, Inc.
14400 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75244-3509
800-843-8482 x2891
972-991-6061 (fax)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2009 Women’s Leadership Institute

You may be wondering, why is this posted here on a blog for a two-year undergraduate library science program? Isn't this for big shots in libraries?

The truth of the matter is that in smaller institutions and in more remote areas, it may be the case that some of these mid-level administrator folks may be what we like to call, "non-MLS librarians." In other words, they may have some other library or other related background, but not have their MLS. And, someday, if you're a student or recent graduate of our program, that might be you. In fact, it may already be you!


ACRL is partnering with seven higher education associations to offer the 2009 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held from Dec. 6-9, 2009 in Amelia Island, Fla. The early-bird registration deadline for the institute if Sept. 18. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available at

The institute brings together mid-level administrators from across campus functions to share experiences, develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture, and create new networks and networking skills. This year's program will have a special focus on the economic challenges facing colleges and universities and what is being done to address them. Through presentations, small group exercises, and discussion, attendees will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus.

The program is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. Institute content will also be useful to other campus administrators involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.

Registration fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, two dinners, two lunches, brunch and two continental breakfasts. Institute participants will stay at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, where a discounted rate of $159 per night has been secured for the program.

Direct questions on the Women’s Leadership Institute to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

Job Posting: Library Technician in DC

VNS Group, Inc. has an opportunity for a full time Library Technician in
Washington, D.C. with experience in copy cataloging using OCLC Connexion,
AACR2, LC Classification and LCSH.

MLS students with a course work in cataloging are encouraged to apply.
Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language is preferred.

VNS Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please submit resume to

Kind regards,
Vesselina Stoytcheva
President & CEO

VNS Group, Inc.
Celebrating our 7th Anniversary on July 2, 2009!

Information Management & Business Services
Tel: 202-216-0031 (office); 240-441-7302 (mobile)
Fax: 202-216-0031

District of Columbia office
805 15th Street NW
Suite 100-14
Washington, D.C. 20005

Maryland office:
1019 Canterbury Lane,
La Plata, MD 20646