Thursday, January 28, 2010

MetroNet WindDown on Copyright in the Information Age

Join MetroNet at the Lindell Library at Augsburg College on February 3, 2010 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. for the first WindDown of the year! 

Three academic librarians, Lyndi Finifrock (Bethel University), Jessica McIntyre (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), and Betsy Dadabo (Bethel University), will lead a lively discussion of copyright in the information age.  The session will explore issues of copyright by showing a remix of “RiP: A remix manifesto,” an open source documentary on copyright and remix culture by web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor.  The history of copyright, development of digital copyright, intellectual property, and Creative Commons will be addressed.  The presenters will facilitate an interactive discussion following the film.
This presentation is very similar to one they gave at the Minnesota Library Association Conference.

Attendees to their MLA presentation loved it, so we hope you make time to join us on February 3rd.  We guarantee a good discussion on this hot topic!

Details about the WindDown (including a link for a map of the Augsburg campus) can be found on the Metronet home page.

Parking is available on the streets around the campus or in the Riverside Ramp.

You do not need to RSVP for this event, but if you have questions please contact Metronet at 651-646-0475.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Save the Date 2009 Enhancing Quality Staff
University of Minnesota Libraries present the 18th annual
EQS Symposium for library paraprofessionals and support staff

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Radisson University Hotel
University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus

More Information

Early Registration Now Available! 

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Making the Best of a Shrinking Budget: Creative Practices in a New Economy”

Watch the teleconference for free with fellow colleagues! 
MCTC will be hosting. 
Please contact 
jennifer (dot) sippel (at) minneapolis (dot) edu 
to RSVP.

"Making the Best of a Shrinking Budget: Creative Practices in a New Economy”

Presented by the College of DuPage

Friday, January 29, 2010, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)

Costs rise while budgets and our buying power shrink.  And if we want to innovate, the incorporation of new formats and technologies taxes our budgets even further.  Librarians, traditionally used to budgets with modest or no growth, now face steep cuts. 
In the face of insufficient funding, libraries reduce hours, cut subscriptions, step up their resource sharing efforts, engage in consortial buys, outsource where possible, use staff more creatively, deal more aggressively with vendors, boost fundraising efforts, mount advocacy campaigns, seek open source solutions, seek input from focus groups to prioritize services, and even merge with other libraries. . .

Join Leslie Burger, Director of the Princeton (NJ) Public Library and founder of Library Development Solutions, and Alice Calabrese-Berry, Executive Director of Metropolitan (Chicago) Library System for a discussion of best ways to deal with these difficult budget trends.   What principles should guide librarians in saving money?  How can we sustain our core services?  Our panelists will share their knowledge and experience and explore creative library practices in this new economy.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Cataloging: Where are we now? Where are we going?

Presented by the College of DuPage

Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)

Fee: No charge; registration is required.


Librarians are justly proud of their accomplishments in organizing the world’s published information through the use of standard subject headings and the ubiquitous, demanding MARC record. But, with the explosion of more information stored electronically, are our old standards still relevant today? Has keyword trumped the subject heading? Librarians also see their roles changing as more information description and metadata production are handled by other professionals. Will online tagging or vendor descriptions diminish the need for librarians? Questions are rife on what exactly are the thrust of RDA and the new AACR2?


Renee Register, Senior Product Manager at OCLC and Karen Coyle, noted consultant and leader in the area of digital libraries will review current cataloging practices and discuss the future of metadata, the MARC record, the Resource Description and Access standard, and the librarian's place in online information organization and access.

To register to attend this teleconference at Wilson Library, go to .

To register to stream to your desktop, go to Select the button next to Bundle - Both Series, Paid for by State Library or Agency. Residents of MN, ND, and SD will not be charged; complete only the shipping area and e-mail address, NOT the billing information. College of DuPage will forward links directly to registrants.

Watch the teleconference with fellow colleagues!  Minnesota Regional Sites include:  Alexandria Technical College, Byron Elementary School, University of Minnesota–Duluth Library, SMILE, NLLN and Fargo–Moorhead Tri-College Libraries, MINITEX,  and NCLC/ALS.
To contact and RSVP to a Regional Site, go to:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Library Technician - Cataloging Position

Library Associates Company seeks a LAC seeks a Library Technician - Cataloging for a long term project in New Orleans, Louisiana. Under the supervision of the Cataloging Team Lead, the Cataloging Tech will search, retrieve and/or update bibliographic records in OCLC and the Voyager integrated library system; perform basic and complex copy cataloging of monographs, scores, audiovisual, microform, government documents and foreign language materials; create and update holdings records; ensure work conforms to client standards, and collaborate in a team environment.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 1 - 3 years of cataloging experience in a library.
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion Client.
  • Experience in data entry.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency using Word & Excel.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instruction.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to multitask and work with changing priorities in a production based environment.
  • Previous experience using Voyager ILS preferred.
To Apply:

In order to apply and be considered for this position, please follow the registration link below.

Library Associates Companies (LAC) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values diversity in the workforce.