Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Metronet Wind-Down

You’ve probably seen QR Codes, and maybe you’ve even scanned a QR Code with your smartphone, but have you thought about using them in your library?
Join us for our next Metronet Wind Down…
QR Codes in Action!
Tuesday, May 17, 4-5:30pm
Minneapolis Community & Technical College Library, Room L1200
1501 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis (Google Map:
On-street parking or use the MCTC parking garage at 1420 Hennepin Ave S
“I like QR Codes because they are this weird amalgam of analog and digital. They're like a universal a-to-d converter, whether the analog part is a page in a magazine, an image on a monitor, or a ginormous tag on a billboard hundreds of feet away.”--Glenn Fleishman
QR Code use is quickly growing. You can find QR Codes in magazines, at light rail stops, and increasingly in libraries. Whether you are familiar with their use or would like to learn more, we hope you join us at the QR Code Wind Down.
Jenny Sippel and John Daniels of Minneapolis Community & Technical College will present the what, why and how of QR Codes. They will give a tour of QR Code use at MCTC Library and will leave plenty of time for discussion. Bring your questions, experience, and mobile device*!
*mobile device not required!
If you have any questions, contact LeAnn Suchy at
LeAnn Suchy
MILI Program Manager, Metronet
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 314

St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 651.646.0475

Friday, April 29, 2011

Upcoming ALCTS E-Forum - Job Hunting

Job Hunting: A Conversation About How To Do It Well

May 4-5, 2011

Hosted by Tiffany Eatman Allen and Erica Findley

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at:

Pacific: 6am – 2pm
Mountain: 7am – 3pm
Central: 8am – 4pm
Eastern: 9am – 5pm

In this free and open e-Forum discussion, our hosts will look at performing a successful job search in library technical services. Whether you are new to the field or just changing career focus, this e-Forum will provide you with the pointers you need to secure your next position in this continually changing area of librarianship. What can you do to put yourself ahead of the competition? How can you make yourself more visible in the crowded job market? Need a refresher on cover letters and resumes? How about interview basics? Do you know how to best manage your on-line presence while conducting a job search? We will explore these questions and many more with our two hosts: Tiffany Allen, Library HR insider and Erica Findley, a new graduate who recently landed an academic library position.

Tiffany Eatman Allen is the Director of Library Human Resources at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Library. She works extensively with librarians, staff, and Information and Library Science graduate students, and is also currently the Chair of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) Human Resources Section. She holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology and an MLS, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has published in traditional print media, including C&RL News and in The Librarian’s Career Guidebook, as well as several articles written online for Additionally, she has served as co-editor of and as co-author of “Career Q&A with the Library Career People” for since 2003.

Erica Findley is the Digital Resources/Metadata Librarian at Pacific University Library in Forest Grove, Oregon. She earned her MLIS is 2008 and has held a variety of appointments in ALA. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the ALCTS New Members Interest Group where she has led two on-line discussions about performing successful job searches. She is also serving on two search committees one for a library staff position and the other for the ALCTS ANO Editor position.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

20th Annual Minitex ILL Conference

20th Annual Minitex ILL Conference

Date & Location

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
8:30 AM – 3:15 PM

Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota—St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
(formerly known as the Earle Brown Center)


Registration Fee
$45.00 for first person, $35.00 for each additional person registering from the same library. When completing the registration form, please list only one participant per form. Please send all registrations in together to qualify for multiple participant discount.

· Register now!

Keynote Presentation – "Why the Future Needs Libraries"

Patricia Martin.Patricia Martin
CEO and Founder, LitLamp Communications

Patricia Martin, author of the popular book, RenGen: Renaissance Generation, shares her most current research on what we can expect from the coming cycle of re-birth. A sought after strategist who understands how to use the culture as a medium to reach communities of users, Martin has worked with clients such as Discovery Channel, Microsoft, and Target. She reveals what lies at the beating heart of the social movements forming the next wave of opportunity. Martin understands the challenges ahead for libraries and provides solid ideas for how to respond so they are reborn, not left behind.

Patricia Martin is CEO and founder of LitLamp Communications, a marketing and communications boutique acclaimed for using culture as a medium to connect brands with communities of consumers. Martin tunes in to social tremors before they become trends to help clients win hearts and change minds. She conjured a strategy for the Asian tour of the New York Philharmonic, spearheaded a viral Information Privacy initiative funded by George Soros, launched Animal Planet, introduced Dannon products into school lunch rooms nationwide, and re-focused Sun Microsystems' higher education strategy.

Before founding her firm in 1995, Martin created the first-of-its-kind sponsorship marketing division for the American Library Association. While there, she partnered with some of the world's most recognized brands, including Microsoft, where she built the blueprint for what is now the Gates Library Foundation, an initiative Mr. Gates believes "History will get right," as his most important legacy. (New York Times, Nov. 6, 2002).

Martin has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, NPR, the Wall Street Reporter, Market Watch, Harvard Business Review, and Advertising Age.

Morning Presentation – "Resource Sharing: Perspectives on the Future"

Bill DeJohn.Bill DeJohn
Director, Minitex

DeJohn will share his views on changes in resource sharing and impacts that he foresees in the coming years. This includes copyright, e-books, licensing, delivery, HathiTrust, and other issues. He will discuss how these issues will affect the Minitex participating libraries and ultimately, our end users. And, he'll talk about what we can do to prepare for this future.

Afternoon Presentation – "Perceptions of Libraries"

George Needham.George Needham
Vice President for Global and Regional Councils, OCLC

George Needham is Vice President for Global and Regional Councils at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio. His primary responsibilities include OCLC's Global and Regional Councils, being part of OCLC's Speakers Bureau, and the OCLC Library. He's an occasional contributor to The OCLC Cooperative blog, and, with his consulting partner Joan Frye Williams, to Viral Optimism. Since July 2010, he has also had a private consulting business practice, focusing on library sustainability strategy.

A librarian for nearly 30 years, George has worked in a variety of settings: at three public libraries, as state librarian of Michigan, and in several library-related nonprofit organizations. He holds MLS and BA degrees from the University at Buffalo, New York, and has taken additional courses at Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. His sole brush with non-library fame was as a two-time champion on the television show Jeopardy in 1994.

Learn More

For registration, the full agenda, and more information about the 20th Annual Minitex ILL Conference, visit the conference website.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MN Job Posting - East Central Regional Library

Branch Library Aide, multiple locations (see below) - includes Saturday and evening hours: A High School Degree or GED is required, but Bachelor's Degree is preferred. Customer service and computer skills essential. $9.78/hr starting. Review of applications begins May 2, 2011 and continues until position is filled. Submit application to: Barbara Misselt, Director, East Central Regional Library, 244 S. Birch St, Cambridge MN 55008. download application above

Job description summary: The Branch Library Aide is responsible for the clerical operations of the automated library circulation system. The aide is also responsible for the operating a branch library, under the direction of the Branch Librarian. Ability to work courteously and effectively with other employees and the public; ability to read, comprehend and orally communicate English; ability to be tactful and adept in dealing with a wide variety of people; ability to interpret library policies, resources, and services to others.

Branch Library Aide vacancies are currently at:
North Branch - 1 vacancy, average 8 hours per week
Cambridge - 2 vacancies, average 12 hours per week each

MN Job Posting - East Central Regional Library

East Central Regional Library seeks a Branch Librarian for the Pine City Library, to fill the vacancy created due to the retirement of long-time Branch Librarian Christy Koch. Pine City opened its newly expanded and completely remodeled facility in February 2011. The library is bright and cheery, with a huge bay window and welcoming fireplace area. The community loves the new space and usage is exploding!

An ECRL application is required -- available on the webiste:

A Bachelor's Degree is required, MLS/MLIS or completion of Minnesota Voluntary Library Certification is preferred. Customer service and computer skills are essential. $13.32/hr starting. Review of applications begins May 2, 2011 and continues until position is filled.

May Trainings from Lyrasis

All times are Eastern.

For more information, or to register visit > Classes & Events


(10:00 - 12:00)

E-Resource Wrangling: An Introduction to ERMS (Live Online)Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register

5/03/11 - 5/05/11

(2:00 - 4:00)

Practical Approaches to Information Literacy (Live Online)Distance Education-$230 / $280 Register


(10:00 - 12:00)

E-Resources Licensing: Overview and How -to for the Non-Lawyers (Live Online)Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register


(9:00 - 4:00)

Discovering RDA (Face-to-Face) Hosted at Vanderbilt University $230 / $280 Register


(10:00 - 3:00)

Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale Free session at the The Library of Virginia $0 / $0 Register

5/10/11 - 5/11/11

(10:00 - 12:00)

Open Source for Your Library's Website (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register


(10:00 - 11:00)

Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session (Live Online) Distance Education-$0 / $0 Register


(2:00 - 4:00)

The Library As Place (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register


(10:00 - 12:00)

Status Discarded: The Who, What, and How of Weeding (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180Register


(2:00 - 4:00)Gifts: Unwrapping the Process for the Library (Live Online)

Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register

5/11/11 - 5/12/11

(2:00 - 4:00)Time Management for Librarians (Live Online) Distance Education-$180 / $230 Register


(9:00 - 4:00)Discovering RDA (Face-to-Face) Hosted at University of Kentucky-Center for Applied Energy Research $230 / $280 Register

5/12/11 - 5/13/11

(10:00 - 12:00)OCLC Connexion Client Copy Cataloging Skills (Live Online) Distance Education-$180 / $230 Register


(2:00 - 4:00)The Joy of Text: Text Messaging and Reference Services (Live Online)Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register

5/13/11 Our second 2nd Friday Series Session!

(12:30 - 2:00)Free E-books for Everybody (Live Online) Distance Education-$25 / $35 Register


(10:00 - 12:00)Cataloging for Non-Catalogers (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register


(4:00 - 6:00) FRBR, FRAD and FRSAD: A New Model for Cataloging (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register

5/18/11 LYRASIS Ideas & Insights Series!

(10:00 - 4:30)Ideas and Insights Series: Resource Sharing! Hosted at Villanova University $99 / $99 Register


(10:00 - 3:00)Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale Free & Hosted at Denver Public Library $0 / $0 Register


(2:00 - 3:00)Mass Digitization Collaborative Information Session (Live Online)Free Session Distance Education-$0 / $0 Register

5/24/11 - 5/25/11

(10:00 - 12:00) The Greener Library (Live Online) Distance Education-$180 / $230 Register

5/24/11 - 5/25/11

(2:00 - 4:00)Web Tools for Reference Librarians: Widgets and Toolbars (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register

5/26/11 LYRASIS Ideas & Insights Series

(10:00 - 4:30)Ideas and Insights Series: Resource Sharing! Hosted at Quinnipiac University $99 / $99 Register


(2:00 - 4:00)Using Batch Processing in Connexion Client (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register

5/31/11 - 6/01/11

(10:00 - 12:00)Foundations of Reference Services for Non-Librarians Distance Education-$180 / $230 Register


(10:00 - 12:00)RDA: On the Road to Implementation (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register


(10:00 - 12:00)Management 101: What is Management? (Live Online) Distance Education-$130 / $180 Register