Saturday, February 27, 2010

Save the Date! Minnesota Library Annual Conference

2010 Annual Conference: Serious Play

October 6-8 • Mayo Civic Center • Rochester, MN



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

College of DuPage Webinar/Teleconferences

MINITEX is pleased to announce that availability of the College of DuPage teleconference, "Cataloging: Where are we now? Where are we going?”

The following streaming video link is available for teleconference. It will be active for approximately 30 days after the broadcast (which was Friday, February 19th).

ALSO, MCTC will continue hosting the College of DuPage teleconferences in S3420 from 11-12:30, with a brief discussion to follow if people are interested. Brown bag lunches welcome. Mark your calendars and watch for more details on the specifics of each teleconference to come...

Friday, March 12: Information Literacy Education: A National Overview
Friday, April 9: Technology Trends in libraries: Tools, Skills, Staffing, Training

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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

Come join your LIT colleagues and MCTC Faculty in viewing the next College of DuPage teleconference on:

Friday, February 19, 2010, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, with brief discussion to follow.
Bring a lunch to eat too, if you like. We will watch the teleconference on a large screen in the new MCTC Science building conference room S3420.
No charge; but please RSVP to (if you did not do so via evite)

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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

MLF seeks Silent Auction chair(s)

Minnesota Library Foundation is seeking a chair/ chairs
for this year’s Silent Auction

Who or what is the Minnesota Library Foundation? The Minnesota Library Foundation (MLF) is a non-profit (501 (c)) organization that was set up to “benefit the community by raising and distributing funds to enhance the services and increase public awareness of Minnesota libraries.” Money raised from MLF activities has been used to help several libraries recover from disasters, sponsor events such as the MILE leadership Institution and the Minnesota Library Book Awards, and providing grants to assist individual library programs.
What is the Silent Auction? The Silent Auction is one of the fund raising activities of MLF. It has been part of the MLA conference for the past 15 years and is one of its highlighting events.
What is the role of the chair? There is a lot of planning and organizing that goes into the Auction. Donations need to be solicited and processed, bid sheets need to be created, transportation to the conference, and set up.
Silent Auction chair/chairs are the ones responsible for the planning, organizing and ultimately the implementing. As MLF is a non-profit, it relies on volunteers and not salaried employees, meaning it is an unpaid internship. That said, the Silent Auction internship does offer a few perks that non-volunteers may not have access to:
•    Networking with the greater Minnesota library community;
•    Networking with the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) community and conference coordinators;
•    Learning about and actually work for a non-profit institution;
•    Participate in MLA Conference Oversight Committee meetings;
•    MLA membership fee, conference fee, food and hotel stay (during the MLA conference) paid for by MLF  (~$500.00)

What are some of the responsibilities? In general:
•    Attend MLA Oversight Committee meetings
•    Mailing solicitations for donations (warm lists)
•    Processing donations
•    Boxing and transporting materials
•    Facility setup
•    Supervising volunteers and facility
•    Cleanup
•    Report
•    Thank you letters

•    Be enrolled in a library program
•    Be able to give 1 years worth of time to the position

Interested? Contact Belinda E. Lawrence @ or 651.690.6648

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Library Technician Job at Dakota Technical College

$14.61 - $20.31 hourly

Date Posted:                            02/02/2010
Closing Date:                           02/05/2010
Working Title:                          Library Technician
Hiring Agency:                        MN St Colleges & Universities
Division/Bureau:                      Dakota County TC
Location:                                 Rosemount
Who May Apply:                      Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:                      10MNSC000039
Employment Conditions:           Permanent, Part-time , 75%
Work Shift:                              Day Shift
Days of Work:                         Monday-Friday , 07:30 AM-02:00 PM
Travel Required:                       no
Job Grouping:                          Education and Libraries
Classified Status:                     Classified

Job Description: This position is Part-Time, Monday through Friday, 6.5 hours per day with an unpaid lunch. Hours are reduced during the summer months.

The purpose of this position is to assist library patrons in locating materials through oversight of circulation, inter-library loan, and assisting with reserves and periodicals. This involves opening the library, maintaining the appearance of public spaces, responding to requests for basic resource assistance, circulation of materials, processing inter-library loan requests, weeding of materials, and providing work direction to work study-students.


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.
  • English (fluent speaking, writing and reading).
Preferred Qualifications:  Ability to work independently and within a team.
Ability to follow directions closely and react quickly to assist patrons.
Well organized and efficient.
Ability to work under stress of many users needing simultaneous assistance. Attention to detail and accuracy. 
Ability and willingness to learn new developing library operations and technologies that affect this position.

Selection Process: The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Your resume will be entered into a database. The software program matches your skills with the skills needed to perform the duties of the position. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do not need to submit another.

How to Apply: You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume to the database through the online Resume Builder at . You may copy and paste 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 you with this posting and future job openings to which you apply.

If you have already submitted a resume to this database within the last 12 months that clearly identifies your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience, you do to submit another. However, to ensure consideration for this position, both new and returning applicants need to apply directly to this posting number by checking the Apply for this job box found near the top of this announcement.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to both your current and anticipated Human Resources offices.

If you wish to apply with a paper copy, submit your resume AND a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management Budget (MMB), 400 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the posting number of this job on your application. The paper application is available on the State Employment Web and MMB web sites, at any state agency HR office, or by calling 651-259-3637.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU's vehicle use critieria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

Contact for More Information:  Lynne Weierke, HR, 651-423-8339;