Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SSPiN Meeting on 6/9! Come if you can!

Please come whether you're a SSPiN member or not!
The Support Staff and Paraprofessional Interest sectioN (SSPiN) Executive Committee of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) would like to invite you to a general membership meeting. It will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 1 to 3pm at the Northtown branch of the Anoka County Library.
Here’s the link to the library’s web page where you can find the address and a link to a map of the library’s location:
Robin Ewing, current president of MLA will be in attendance. This will be an opportunity for SSPiN members and other interested support staff members to ask questions about MLA’s present and future and to help plan for the future of SSPiN.

Friday, June 3, 2011

ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification Webinar

If any of you are interested in pursuing ALA-APA's Library Support Staff Certification, you may wish to register for this webinar.

On Tuesday, June 7 at 2:00 pm (CDT), LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library Support Staff, employers, and library users. You will also have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered by program staff members. This webinar is open to all interested candidates. Register to attend at and for more information, visit our website!

Ian Lashbrook -

Research Associate

Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)

Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 8:30am - 4:30pm

50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611

(o)312-280-1411, (f)312-280-5297

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ramsey County Library Internship

Looking for a late summer or fall internship? Check this one out!

Position: Comic Book Club Intern (unpaid)
Library: Ramsey County Library, North St. Paul, MN

Description: The Comic Book Club is a partnership between the North St. Paul Community Center and the North St. Paul branch of the Ramsey County Library, and sponsored by The Source Comics and Games. The Comic Book Club is open to anyone who is interested in reading comics, talking about comics, drawing comics or learning about the comic industry, but is primarily targeted to middle-schoolers and younger teens. There is a weekly Open Reading event at the Community Center, and there are special Comic Book Club events held monthly. As well as focusing on all things comic related, activities also include playing games and watching movies.

The Comic Book Club was founded by and is staffed by a Community Center volunteer, in conjunction with the Teen Librarian at Maplewood Library. One unpaid internship position is immediately available to work with the volunteer and Teen Librarian to coordinate Comic Book Club programming. This internship is a great opportunity to work directly with youth, and create a direct link between comic books and graphic novels and literacy.

Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Staffing the Open Reading Room each Tuesday from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Staffing monthly Comic Book Club events on the third Thursday of the month from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Work with Comic Book Club volunteer and Teen Librarian to brainstorm programming ideas
  • Work with The Source on donations and gaming/programming possibilities
  • Outreach with the greater comic book community for possible collaborations
  • Engage with youth in a meaningful manner to encourage ownership and relationship with the library
  • Coordinate snacks and clean up after club


  • Minnesota Voluntary Certification, ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification, MLIS, or current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate-level library information science program
  • Interest in programming for youth
  • Knowledge of and interest in comic books/graphic novels
  • Ability to work independently and on a team

Work Schedule: Two hours every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m.; Two hours the third Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Duration: Four-month commitment required

Application: Send a resume and intern application to Amy Boese via email at or via U.S. Mail at Amy Boese, Maplewood Library, 3025 Southlawn Dr, Maplewood, MN 55109. Background check will be administered prior to appointment.

Contact: Amy Boese,; 651-724-6065

Metronet Wind Down - Twitter for Job Seekers!

More and more often, people are turning to libraries for job-seeking assistance, like we read about in a recent MPR story – Librarian’s job description expands to help unemployed ( You may know about many websites where people can find job listings, but have you ever thought about using one of the biggest social networks in the world to find jobs?

Join us for the next Metronet Wind Down - Twitter for Job Seekers!

Thursday, June 23, 4:15-5:45pm

Wentworth Library meeting room

199 East Wentworth Ave
West St. Paul (Google Map:

Twitter has emerged as one of the best online tools for networking and job seeking. Discover tips and techniques for finding a job and networking on Twitter, with an emphasis on useful information that you can take back to your library's job-seeking patrons. Learn about advanced Twitter searches, hash tags, third party websites, and apps worth knowing about. Presented by Brooke Roegge, Digital Information Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

If you help job seekers in your library, this is a must-attend Wind Down. Hope to see you there!

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