Friday, March 30, 2012

MN Job Posting: Circulation Coordinator

Circulation Coordinator
Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Position Description:
Bethel Seminary Library is seeking an individual to oversee the circulation functions in the seminary library. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: provide information and assistance to patrons who come into/call/email the library; supervise student workers overseeing shelving, filling holds and VDX requests, and mailing materials to other Bethel libraries and distance students; manage the billing of lost and overdue materials, oversee shelf reading and maintenance of the physical collection; process and maintain reserve materials; provide assistance with copy machines and printers; and interact with other CLIC and MTLA circulation and reserve staff and attend meetings representing the interest of Bethel Seminary.
Requires a bachelor’s degree. Library experience, familiarity with Millennium software and biblical or theological materials is beneficial. Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel is required. The successful candidate must have proven oral and written communication skills, demonstrated detail orientation, and be able to organize, prioritize and handle multiple projects. Individual must be able to learn library programs, work independently as well as part of a team, and be able to represent the library in a mature and professional manner.
FT, 12 months, 32-40 hours/week, non-exempt
Application Information:
Priority date for review of applications: April 9, 2012
For more information or to apply, visit our web site at

Monday, March 26, 2012

Topics Class: Final Vote!!!!

Attention Returning/Continuing LIT Program Students If you plan to register for Fall classes and/or have an interest in taking a 1-credit elective, please let us know which class you'd like us to offer Fall 2012: Electronic Resources in Libraries OR Social Media in Libraries Click here to take survey

Saturday, March 24, 2012

MN Library Association Conference: Call for Proposals

If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact the MLA office at 651-999-5343 or

Minnesota Library Association is seeking presentation proposals for the
2012 Annual Conference: “Minnesota Libraries: A Capitol Idea”
The Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries.

The 2012 Annual Conference will be held October 3-5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Sessions will run 60 minutes—a length appropriate for 1-3 speakers. The format of the presentation may include single or multiple speakers, panel discussions, case studies, and/or demonstrations of projects.

New for 2012 is MonstrosiTEEN—a micro, one-day conference on Thursday focused on teens. A teen-related session will be featured in each of the day’s four breakout sessions.

To learn more about the conference and to submit a presentation proposal, please visit The deadline for presentation proposals is April 20, 2012.

About MLA: The Minnesota Library Association is an association of library supporters, representing all types of libraries by helping them accomplish together what none can do alone. MLA provides opportunities to meet library peers and associates, and meets the interests of its more than 625 members by facilitating educational opportunities, supporting strong ethical standards, and fostering connections between the library community and various constituencies. In addition to the annual three-day conference, programs are planned and sponsored year-round by MLA divisions, sections, roundtables, and committees. Find out more at

Register for ARLD Day 2012: Transliteracy: Constructing Knowledge and Networks

NOTE: Students can register for $30! 
ARLD Day 2012
Registration is now open!

Constructing Knowledge and Networks

presented by the Academic and Research Libraries Division, with support from the Public Libraries Division (PLD) of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA) and Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO)

Keynote speaker: Lane Wilkinson, assistant professor and reference and instruction librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Last year, ARLD Day tackled the rise of mobile devices and their effects on libraries. Now we turn to transliteracy—the skills needed to “communicate meaning between media,” as defined by our keynote speaker. From the Beginner’s Guide to Transliteracy on the Libraries and Transliteracy blog comes another definition: “The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.”

Wilkinson is part of a unique group of academic, public and school librarians who blog, debate and advocate for this emerging concept and what it means in our libraries. Wilkinson asks: “Is [transliteracy] a bold new concept or the current enfant terrible of librarianship?”

Join us on April 27 at ARLD Day 2012 to engage, connect and learn. We will begin the day with a full breakfast and networking, so please join us at 8:30!

The day will include breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions, lightning round presentations, and door prizes.

Out of state? Unable to get to ARLD Day? You can still participate in part of ARLD Day through our virtual option for the keynote, Q&A, and Innovators Award presentation!

Get complete details and register »

Questions? Contact Kate Peterson at

Friday, April 27, 2012
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
(registration, breakfast, and networking:  8:30–9 a.m.)

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr.
Chaska, MN  55318

MN Internship: Preservation @ Hennepin County Library

Preservation Internship
Hennepin County Library

The Preservation department with Hennepin County Library plays a vital role in ensuring the long-term viability of the Library’s print collections through repair and restoration measures, book binding, preservation photocopy, and other preservation methods.  The Bindery/Preservation department also performs a consulting and educational function for staff on preservation matters.


One semester,
6 to10 hours per week, June – August 2012.

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

Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Application Deadline:
April 20, 2012

Duties may include the following:
·         Preservation bookbinding
·         Construction of preservation enclosures for library materials
·         Simple mending of library materials
·         General processing of library materials including some clerical work

Candidate must have attention to detail and good manual dexterity.
Coursework and/or experience in book preservation helpful but not necessary.
Candidate has not 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

Friday, March 23, 2012

Branch Librarian Opening

  • Branch Librarian II, Location Milaca: Milaca is one of 14 branches of the East Central Regional Library system. The mission of ECRL is: Connecting and strengthening communities through the power of knowledge.
    • Responsibilities: Oversee operation of a medium-sized branch library. The Branch Librarian is assisted by a Branch Aide who works 26.5 hours a week plus some locally provided support. The branch is open 5 days per week (Tues-Sat) for a total of 37 hours. Branch service statistics for 2011 recorded an average of 4,591 checkouts per month and 4,155 visitors per month. The branch moved into its new building in 2007. The Milaca Branch receives excellent support from its Friends group.
    • Required: Bachelors Degree; Up to date technology skills; 3 years relevant experience.
    • Preferred: MLS, MLIS, or Minnesota Certification.
    • Skills and Abilities: Commitment to providing modern public library service; Above average communication skills; Excellent customer service skills; Demonstrated ability and willingness to lead a library team of staff and volunteers.
    • Compensation: $14.92 per hour; PTO, Health Insurance, PERA.
    • How to apply: ECRL application form is required. An application form is on the ECRL website   under the About ECRL > Jobs tabs. Additionally: Submit statement, not to exceed 2 pages, addressing the following: What is your vision for public library service for the next 3 years and how will you lead the Milaca branch team to carry out your vision?
    • Review of applications: Begins April 2, 2012. Remains open until position is filled. 
    • Submit application to: Director, East Central Regional Library, 244 S. Birch St, Cambridge MN 55008. Also submit digital copy to bmisselt @

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March issue of Associates

The March issue of 'Associates: the Electronic Library Support Staff Journal' has been published and is available at 

Library Technician Position-Bemidji State Univ.


Classification: Library Technician
OPENING DATE: 3/19/2012
CLOSING DATE: 3/26/2012

POSITION LOCATION AND UNIT: Academic Affairs - A. C. Clark Library-Unit 7

WORK DAYS & HOURS: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The incumbent of this position:
  *   Provides day-to-day oversight and implementation of public and technical services in circulation and the library's reserve collection areas
  *   Performs a range of technical tasks which support the day-to-day circulation functions associated with the library's circulating collections
  *   Hires, trains, and provides work direction to student assistants in the circulation area


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:
o    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.
o    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.
o    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.

Preferred Qualifications:
*        Completed at least 64 semester hours (or equivalent) of post-secondary coursework.
*        Completed (1) at least 4 semester hours formal training or course work in computing applications including but not limited to word processors or spreadsheets; or (2) at least 12 months continuous experience working in a position in which the applicant used a computer to perform a substantial portion of his or her duties.
*        Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills.
*        Public or customer service experience.
*        Experience screening, hiring, training, managing the work schedules of and providing work direction to numerous part-time employees.
*        Ability to work collaboratively with others.
*        Ability to work independently and meet critical deadlines.

The applicant should demonstrate a knowledge and interest in diverse culture and populations. Bemidji State University is a tobacco-free workplace (see policy: policy for HR1.pdf>).

Application Information: Any current employee interested in this position and eligible to bid should submit a bid application by March 26, 2012 to Bemidji State University Human Resources/Affirmative Action Office.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your resume through the online Resume Builder at using requisition #12MNSC000091.  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. You may create a Job Search Agent to automatically send an email when a posting that meets your criteria becomes available. Information about this position and application procedures are available on the Minnesota Management and Budget website: Look for vacancy #12MNSC000091. The job posting and complete position description is available on the Bemidji State University/Northwest Technical College Human Resources website: Applications will be accepted through March 26, 2012. Bemidji State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Pete McDonnell
Systems/Distance Learning/Circulation Librarian Bemidji State University / A.C. Clark Library, #28 / 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE / Bemidji, MN  56601 Tel. 218-755-2967 / Email: