Thursday, December 15, 2011

MN Job Posting - Public Services Manager, Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul Campus – Job Posting # 11MNSCU000737

Posting Date: 12/19/2011

Posting Closing Date: 1/3/2012

Position Classification: Office Services Supervisor 2

Work Title: Library Public Services Manager

Bargaining Unit: MMA

Employment Condition: Full-time, limited (unclassified in a classified position)

Office: Library

Hours of Work: Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm; occasional weekend time

Job Responsibilities:
This position performs professional and supervisory library work involving the management of day-to-day activities related to the circulation of library materials, provision of computer support to students and others, and access to library services to Metropolitan State University; supervision of classified staff in Library Public Services (Circulation, Information Commons, and Interlibrary Loan).

MinimumPosition Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science or related field
• Two years of experience supervising staff of at least 5 employees
• One year customer service experience in a library
• Ability to work independently and collegially
• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in English
• Knowledge of culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse student body sufficient to provide consistent service to all students/staff/faculty.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science
• Supervisory experience in a government and/or union environment
• Experience in an academic library
• Experience with the Aleph 500 library system
• Experience with Interlibrary Loan operations
• Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2010

Salary Range: $18.08 – $26.13/hour

Application Procedure:
Submit your resume and supporting information to 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 at a later date should your contact information or experience change. The Resume Builder also collects your work preference information so we can match your skills with future openings that may meet your interest. Once your resume is submitted to the database, you can apply for this position online using the following job posting number: #11MNSC000737.

If you wish to apply by mail, submit your resume to: Minnesota Management and Budget Department, 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Be sure to indicate the job posting number on your application.

Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator
This information can be made available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling (651) 296-2616 or (651) 282-2699 (TTY).

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MN Internship: Children’s Library Internship – Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library)

Children’s Library Internship – Minneapolis Central Library (Hennepin County Library )

Department Description:
The Children’s Library at the Minneapolis Central Library primarily serves children from birth to 6th grade, families, and teachers. The Children’s Library has a unique and historic collection of more than 120,000 children’s books, DVDs, and audio materials that circulate to the youth and families of the Twin Cities area and beyond.
One Semester, 8 hours per week, January 2012 through May 2012.

This is an unpaid position which could be for college credit or work experience.

Minneapolis Central Library – Children’s Library
Hennepin County Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Application Deadline:
December 29, 2011

Duties may include the following:
  • Provide direct information services in the Children’s Library
  • Assist with collection development work, to include:
    • Pull books and other materials from collections for review
    • Process books and other materials through catalog
    • Perform general collection maintenance activities, such as shelving, sorting, labeling, etc.
  • Create and supplement book displays
  • Provide support for children’s programming.

Candidate must currently be enrolled in a library program or be a recent library graduate. Applicant must have completed coursework in information services, and have an interest in youth services and/or collection development. Candidate should not have completed an internship with Hennepin County Library in the past.

To Apply and For Questions:
Submit a resume and brief cover letter outlining your qualifications for this internship to: Barb McKenzie
Hennepin County Library - Ridgedale
12601 Ridgedale Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Monday, December 12, 2011

MN Job Posting - Library Technician, Duluth Public Library

The Duluth Public Library is looking for forward thinking, customer service oriented people to help us expand open hours at our three library locations. Last month the voters of Duluth overwhelmingly supported a referendum that secures dedicated funding for Parks & Recreation and frees up additional general funds for the library. As a result, we are reopening mornings at the Main Library and restoring five-day-per-week service at the neighborhood branches.

The library anticipates hiring four Library Technicians and three Librarian I’s. Last year’s strategic planning process identified our top service priorities as helping the community connect to digital resources, and building a strong foundation in literacy for children birth through third grade. Candidates who have solid skills in the areas of technology and service to children and families are especially encouraged to apply.

The library serves a city population of over 86,000. The Main Library is located in Duluth’s picturesque downtown on the shores of Lake Superior. Two branches, one located in a busy shopping center and another in a multi-use facility that includes a senior center, provide service to neighborhoods. The library employs 45 FTE and has an annual budget of approximately $4 million.

Information and applications can be found online at: Please note that the deadline for applications is December 22.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

MN Job Posting - Library Assistant 3, U of MN

Position Information
Job Code and Title: (4997) Library Assistant 3
Position Title: Library Assistant 3
Requisition Number: 175182
Position Category: Staff - Technical/Paraprofessional
Appointment Term: A = 12 month
Appointment Type: Continuing (1)
Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, plus some nights
Work Days: Monday - Friday, plus some weekends
Total Hours or % Appointment: 100%
Full/Part-time: Full-Time
Starting Hourly Rate: $16.68
Department Name: Lib Acad Prgms/Phys Sci Engr (374E)
College or Admin Unit: Libraries, University
Campus Location: Twin Cities
Job Open Date: 11-11-2011
Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Required/Preferred Qualifications
** Position is represented by AFSCME Technical Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made.**


- Five (5) years of relevant library experience. Up to three (3) years if college education can be substituted for experience.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel (working with tables and formulas) and Power Point (creating presentations and working with animations)
- Experience developing effective web pages, including basic HTML (hand-coding) and creating and/or editing Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
-Demonstrated customer service experience
-Demonstrated strong written communications skills (as evidenced by cover letter and resume)


- Demonstrated experience reflecting initiative, working well independently, managing multiple assignments and meeting deadlines.
- Familiarity with using library resources, including online catalogs and indexes
- Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service
- Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well with others
- Experience creating and manipulating digital media for print and web use
- Demonstrated knowledge of basic graphic/visual design principles and their applications to the creation of print and digital media
- Experience with the following types of Adobe software: Flash, Presenter, Illustrator, Photoshop
- Familiarity with Wiki markup, XHTML, XML, JavaScript, PHP
- Experience creating and maintaining relational databases (in Excel, Access etc.)
- Aptitude for learning and applying new software and technologies
- Public speaking and/or teaching experience
- Experience coordinating events
- Experience developing displays and exhibits

Reference & User-Support Services (35%)
- Independently provide reference, research, and information services requiring judgment and appraisal of the user's needs. Includes in-person, phone chat, and email assistance. Serve as PSE's front line digital reference staff at the desk, answering questions in the campus-wide chat and email queues, making referrals as appropriate (may include evening and weekend hours)
- Instructs/assists users in utilization of online and print materials in the physical sciences and engineering subject areas. Includes instruction of effective database search skills; beginning and advanced Boolean searching, truncation etc.
- Offers support and guidance in using information effectively in all formats.
- Staff the PSE reference desk during scheduled hours (may include evening and weekend hours) and staff the University of Minnesota Libraries seat on the Question Point 24 x7 nation-wide chat queue.
- Serve as backup support staff at the Walter SMART Learning Commons and the Mathematics Library.
- Create and maintain both print and online instructional aides to help users navigate PSE collections
- Help other library units with user support needs and related training as assigned
- Develop and maintain familiarity with reference resources, particularly those in electronic format

Technology & Web Support (30%)
- Help create, organize and maintain content on PSE's web pages, blogs, Wikis and social networking sites.
- Seek out and learn new web technologies that could be used to enhance and/or add functionality to our web presence.
- Learn new software packages and apply them to support library functions/activities
- Use specialized software and/or basic web markup to create/move library resources and exhibits online.
- Provide basic technology support to PSE staff.
- Troubleshoot basic computer and printer problems at public workstations
- Responsible for Sci/Eng digital camera, basic digital image editing and image file management
- Provide regular updates for our bibliographic databases, ejournal lists etc.
- Prepare monthly New Books List

Committee Work, Special Assignments & General Department Support (30%)
- Serve on Libraries-wide groups and committees as assigned
- Contribute to special departmental projects as assigned
- Participate in departmental staff meetings and present on special topics as assigned
- Provide back-up for staff in SMART and the Mathematics Library
- Provide collection development support as assigned (using Aleph and other software)
- Assist with planning, preparation and logistical support for events and exhibits
- Schedule meetings, rooms, and equipment
- Provide support for unit photocopying, mail distribution, supply maintenance and reference room maintenance
- Create and maintain signs, displays, posters and brochures for building and for staff members or groups (committees, conferences, etc.)
- Help create and maintain PSE guides, handouts, print publications, etc.
- Supervise progress and assist with student projects
- File and re-file maps and microforms in a timely manner
- Process new reference materials by replacing superseded items and updating online records. Keep up with advances in the University Libraries, as well as current news and events

Instructional Support (5%)
- Provide support to lead instructors, both in PSE (e.g., Refworks, Grants, Keeping Current, Chemical Information) and Libraries wide (e.g., Intro to library l classes)
Program/Unit Description
The Library Assistant 3 position is a member of the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Department within the Academic Programs Division of the University Libraries. The PSE department directly supports teaching, learning and research in the disciplines of astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, history of science, physics and all areas of engineering. More specifically, the PSE department partners with faculty to facilitate their use, management and preservation of data and other forms of information; develops rich collections; provides excellent user services; works with instructors to help students develop informational literacy skills; and creates new digital tools. The department strives to integrate the library and its resources into the workflow of students and faculty.

Application Instructions
In cover letter, please describe what interests you about this job and address all of your qualifications, both required and preferred...
Must also attach a current resume and list of references.

Does this position require a background check? No

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

End of Semester Gathering

You are invited to join MCTC LIT faculty, staff & students 
for an end of semester get together!

Who: Library Information Technology Program Students (and friends)
What: End of Semester Gathering!
When: Friday, December 16th, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m.
Where: "Common Room" meeting room @ Common Roots Cafe (
Why: Converse. Celebrate. Connect.

Light appetizers will be provided.
Food & drink are available for purchase. 
 Please feel free to come for part or all of the gathering. 
Please RSVP to by Wednesday, December 14th.