Friday, December 7, 2012

Branch Out 2013

2013 Branch Out Conference
July 31 – August 1, 2013
Rush Creek Golf Club, Maple Grove
Early Registration cost is same as 2009 and 2011!!!
$75 for either day, $125 for both days
·         Thought-provoking speakers
·         Great workshops to build technology and customer service skills
·         Credit toward your MN Voluntary Certification
·         Wednesday evening dessert event with special entertainment
·         Tour of the “green” Maple Grove Library
·               Networking with other library staff from around the state
·         A lovely venue, great food, and lots of fun
Do You Work In a Library? Then You Belong at Branch Out!
Sponsored in part by the Minneapolis Northwest Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Open Access Presentation

Nancy Sims to speak about open access publishing model
The University of St. Thomas libraries are pleased to host an event with Nancy Sims, who will speak about the issues and challenges of the open access publishing movement, which has the potential of increasing the visibility, access to and sharing of faculty scholarly research.
Nancy is the Copyright Program Librarian at the University  of Minnesota libraries with a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and an MLIS from Rutgers University.   She says that her job is not to be the “copyright police” on her campus, but to help individuals and groups throughout the University community to understand issues surrounding copyright and scholarly communication.  Nancy says that she is fascinated by copyright law in all of its aspects, and in particular, how individuals construct understandings of copyright as it relates to their own scholarly, artistic, professional, personal, cultural, and communicative activities. 
She has published articles and presented at conferences about copyright issues, technology, and emerging forms of scholarship.
Nancy Sims’ presentation and question and answer period will be in McNeely Hall 100 from 3:00 – 4:30 on Thursday, December 13th  This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. 
You will find a map to McNeely Hall here.
If you have any questions please let me know.

Andrea Koeppe
St. Thomas

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: LIT Social 12/16/2012

MCTC Library Tech program faculty invites you (students & alumni) to join us for a celebration to the end of a great semester. This is also a chance to socialize with your fellow program students and instructors.

When: Sunday December 16, 2012 3 pm – 6 pm
Who: Library Information Technology Program Students (and friends)
Where: "Common Room" @ Common Roots Cafe. This is in the back of the cafe.
Why: Converse. Celebrate. Connect. Games.

Come for part or all. We will play some games, have some snacks, and enjoy the sigh of relief that comes with the end of the semester.

RSVP to jennifer.sippel(at) or RSVP on the program's Facebook page!

Common Roots Cafe is located: 2558 Lyndale Ave. S. , Minneapolis, MN 55405

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LIT Career & Advising Workshop

Tuesday, November 20thMCTC Campus (L3400) from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Please join us for an evening focused on preparing for a career in library information technology.  Here is the schedule:

6:30-7: Social Reception & Open Advising w/ Laura Hanstad
7-7:30: MCTC Career Center Programming
7:30-8:15: LIT Alumni Panel
8:15-8:30: Q&A with program faculty & networking

Questions and/or to RSVP, please contact

Monday, November 12, 2012

Part-Time Library Associate Jobs

Job Title: Library Associate (part-time)
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 11/28/12 4:30 PM Central Time
Salary: $18.11 - $24.40 Hourly
$1,448.51 - $1,952.25 Biweekly
$37,661.26 - $50,758.50 Annually
Job Type: Part Time
Location: Saint Paul Public Library System, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Vacancies: 3

For full details go to the City of St. Paul employment web site.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Library Technician Normandale Community College

Normandale Community College
Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Working Title:

Circulation Technician
Hiring Agency:

MN St Colleges & Universities

Who May Apply:

Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:

Employment Conditions:

Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:

Day Shift
Days of Work:

Salary Range:

$14.61-$20.31 hourly, $30,506-$42,407 annually
Job Grouping:

Education and Libraries
Classified Status:


Job Description:

This position will organize the day-to-day operations of the library circulation services, including resolving delinquency/holds disputes; hiring/supervising student assistants; and addressing circulation services issues. This includes the interlibrary loan service, coordinating the processing of the reserves collection, and the direct supervision of student staff.

Hours of Work:
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday - Thursday)
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM (Friday)
Minimum Qualifications:



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.
-Requires occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Minimum of one year experience working in a library
-2 years of college coursework or certificate in library information technology, information media, or equivalent program
-Experience using ALEPH library system and OCLC
-Experience working in an academic library
-Ability to work with diverse communities to provide consistent service to all library users
-Experience supervising work study students
-Advanced computer and technology skills (i.e. strong knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, the ability to troubleshoot problems related to copiers, printers, etc.)
Selection Process:

The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. 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:

Most State selection processes utilize a resume-based screening process. You will be contacted by agency staff if your background best matches the selection criteria on this job posting. To apply for this position go to the State of Minnesota Jobsite <> and create an account. For additional information about the State?s selection process, go to <>.

NOTICE: Applications will only be accepted until the closing date indicated on this job announcement. Job applications received after 11:59 pm on the last date of this announcement period cannot be considered.

NOTICE: In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges and 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 criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.

Contact for More Information:

Cyndee Robinson,

IL Job Posting - Tech Support Specialist

Media Commons Technology Support Specialist
Academic Professional
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign
Position Available:  Position available immediately. This is a 100%-time, twelve-month appointment Academic Professional position. 
Duties and Responsibilities:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional for the position of Media Commons Technology Manager. Creativity, risk-taking, and a desire to explore the intersection of new technologies and classroom learning are essential for this position.  This position is a key contributor to the Media Commons’ mission of teaching students content creation and digital literacy skills that are critical for academic success. The Media Commons Technology Support Specialist investigates the development of web design, applications, training, and related technology support that focus on the creation, storage, and use of media in teaching and course-related activities. Reporting to the Media Commons Coordinator the Media Commons Technology Support Specialist:
·       Identifies and evaluates technology solutions to meet curricular and Library programming needs of the Media Commons;
·       Consults with library faculty and key campus IT personnel on the implementation and execution of the Media Commons’ technology programs, facilities, and teaching programs;
·       Designs web-based access systems and storage to support undergraduate students’ curricular requirements in the creation, dissemination, use, and curation of digital media;
·       Pursues professional development activities to expand knowledge and to maintain current with best practices for implementing new technology in support of digital literacy;
·       Teaches workshops for staff and students related to use of Media Commons technology;
·       Investigates methodologies and best practices for creating, promoting, and disseminating student-authored content;
·       Analyzes data and findings related to Media Commons’ programming to assist in formulating policy and determining strategic direction.
Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree; experience developing, producing and editing video, and other media and digital applications or similar products; experience developing websites, including use of scripting languages; experience providing group or one-on-one training; excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with a variety of staff and user groups; successful experience working in a collaborative environment.  See for Preferred
Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.
To Apply:
To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by Monday, November 26, 2012. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.
 Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
Lori Mestre, Ed.D; M.A.L.S.
Head, Undergraduate Library
245 Undergraduate Library MC-522
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, November 1, 2012

HCL internship - Literacy Activities

Literacy Activities Intern

Opening Date: 10/30/12

Closing Date:   11/19/12

Job Type: Internship

Location: North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Position
Develop programs, services and resources to support literacy initiatives at the Library. This is an excellent opportunity for students in early elementary education, early childhood development (and related fields), or youth services librarianship to gain real work experience in the field.

This unpaid internship is for the duration of one semester, January – May2013, 6-12 hours a week (variable) for 120 hours and can be used for college credit or work experience. Hours are Tuesday - Friday afternoons and evenings. Saturdays are available as well.

Primary Duties and responsibilities include:
·         In partnership with library staff, plan and deliver programming focusing on children birth to 11 and their caregivers.
·         Develop creative and engaging projects and activities to enhance learning and literacy in a drop-in environment.
·         Assist in creating a safe, respectful, and literacy-rich learning environment in the children’s area of the library; making use of the Family Play and Learn Spot and Discovery Room.
·         Establish supportive relationships with youth and their caregivers.
·         Keep accurate records of participation and prepare reports of activities.

Best Qualified Candidates will:
·         Be a student completing an associate’s, bachelor’s or master's degree.
·         Be creative, reliable, patient, adaptable, and possess the ability to approach and engage youth on a one-to-one basis.
·         Possess a strong commitment to literacy and libraries.
   Have not previously completed an internship with Hennepin County Library.

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