Tuesday, May 29, 2012

MN Job Posting - Minnehaha Academy

Minnehaha Academy is looking for a part-time Library/Media Assistant:
Library/Media Assistant: (4 hours per day on school days)
Role includes to:
  • Assist students and faculty in locating library resources
  • Organize and maintain library materials and space
  • Maintain databases for curriculum and inventory
  • Help plan and participate in special programs and events
  • Recommends new inventory for library; order/maintain library supplies
  • Supervise library activity as needed
Qualifications include:
  • Library experience preferred
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Dependable and organized
  • Basic computer skills including database management
  • Can communicate well with high school age students
  • Can support the mission of our school integrate the Christian faith with learning
If interested, apply on-line and send a resume to:
Nancy Johnson, Upper School Principal
Minnehaha Academy
3100 West River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Fax: (612) 728-7787

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Job Posting -- Media Assistant with Minneapolis Public Schools

Educational Assistant - Media Center

Pillsbury School Math/Science/Technology

Position Code:
2442 - Educational Assistant - Media Center

Work Hours:

20 hr/wk, 41 weeks

Application Deadline:


Position Description:

FUNCTION: With supervision, assist licensed school personnel in a variety of school functions and locations aligned with The Standards of Effective Instructional Support for Educational Assistants.

  • Completed 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits, and/or AA degree required.
  • Attends mandatory Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) trainings within one year of being hired for the position and maintain a current expiration date on the CPI card by taking annual refresher classes.
  • Training and experience in the use of computers and other technology equipment related to the position, MAC and/or PC based systems.
  • Knowledge of related educational programs and the school community.
  • School environment; may involve lifting up to 50 pounds and the ability to sit, walk, and/or stand for extended periods of time, both indoors and outdoors. 

  • Media Assistant working with technology & organization of materials.
  • Establishes positive relationships with students and acts as a role model for appropriate social skills and behavior in all situations.
  • Assists staff in the management of student behavior by applying proactive strategies when dealing with students’ behaviors. Implements district approved techniques for verbal de-escalation, personal safety, and safe physical restraints. Assumes safety responsibilities for students in all environments.
  • Collaborates and works cooperatively, as a team member, with colleagues, staff, and community representatives.
  • Follows written and oral instructions, and independently follows through on teacher directed programming/strategies.
  • Supports the District’s position of valuing diversity and promoting respect.
  • Maintains professional district Educational Assistant competencies by attending mandatory in-services and workshops, and in self-selected professional growth activities as related to the individual Professional Development Plan (PDP).
  • Assumes safety responsibilities for students when providing community-based instruction and vocational training, i.e. field trips.
  • Performs prescribed instructional strategies with individuals and/or small groups, which accommodate differences in developmental levels and learning styles.
  • Documents student progress or behavior.
  • Supervises and monitors groups of students; and maintains discipline and order in halls, lunchrooms, buses, playgrounds, classrooms, and/or other social settings.
  • Assists licensed staff in preparing instructional, informational and referral materials as requested.
  • Meets District’s standards for employee performance and attendance.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Sara Muench / sara.muench@mpls.k12.mn.us
Media Specialist/Pillsbury Elementary
Minneapolis Public Schools

METHOD OF APPLICATION:  All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on employment). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested. Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. On-Line Application
Apply here: https://empapp.mpls.k12.mn.us/
Position Title: Educational Assistant - Media Center
Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Twin Cities Zinefest 2012 Needs Volunteers!

Twin Cities Zinefest is happening September 22, 2012, 12-6pm

The 2012 Twin Cities Zinefest coming up quick and in need of volunteers. Contribute your time, creativity and energy to make this event happen.  Here are some needs:
  1. People to help set up and tear down at Zinefest
  2. Someone to staff the pop-up distro table
  3. A photographer to roam around and take pics
  4. A signmaker to whip up a sandwich board sign to draw people in
  5. Someone to organize workshops or skillshares or whatever you want to happen
If you would like to join the mailing list or volunteer, please email Lacey Prpić Hedtke at zines@zinefest.org.

Twin Cities Zinefest Official Website: http://zinefest.org/about/

You can also contact Lacey if you are interested in setting up a table for Zinefest, or you can register while on the website:

MCTC Library will have a table and we may also need some volunteers.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Minnesota Digital Library: 10th Annual Meeting

This would be of possible interest to anyone wishing to learn more about digital archiving projects/collections. Also a good networking opportunity. And at $25, a pretty good deal as well. 

Date & Location

Monday, June 18, 2012
8:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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Meeting Agenda

8:45 AM – 9:15 AMRegistration (continental breakfast)
9:15 AM – 9:30 AMWelcome

Presenter: Carla Dewey Urban, Minitex
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMKeynote Address

Keynote Speaker: Rachel Frick, Co-Chair, Content and Scope Workstream of the DPLA; Director, Digital Library Federation
Introduction: John Butler, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

A leader in the Digital Public Library of America, Rachel Frick will discuss the concepts, issues, and collaborations that are forming the vision of the DPLA, an initiative to make the cultural and scientific records being digitized across the country available to all. Frick, co-chair of the content and scope workstream of the DPLA, and director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources, will share the early stories and recent developments of this initiative. She is interested in getting to know the people and groups that have come together to form the Minnesota Digital Library and to learn from their success.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AMBreak (refreshments)
10:45 AM – 12:00 PMMinnesota Digital Library Update

Presenters: Carla Dewey Urban, Minitex; Marian Rengel, MDL; John Butler, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Greta Bahnemann, MDL, Jason Roy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities; Jennifer Jones, Minnesota Historical Society; Sara Ring, Minitex
Moderator: Keith Ewing, St. Cloud State University

Hear updates about ongoing and future projects of the Minnesota Digital Library from a variety of MDL representatives. Topics will include governance changes; new content in Minnesota Reflections and a content analysis study; Minnesota Reflections metadata in WorldCat; an MDL digital preservation update; and an update about the Minnesota Historical Society newspapers project. We have allowed extra time to hear your suggestions and have a discussion.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch (buffet)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
(3 concurrent sessions)
The Potential for Regional Collaboration: North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin Projects

Presenters: Sharon Kilzer, Theodore Roosevelt Center Project Manager; Danielle Loftus and Dan Daily, The University of South Dakota and the Digital Library of South Dakota; Emily Pfotenhauer, Wisconsin Heritage Online
Moderator: Tom Steman, St. Cloud State University

Representatives from digital library projects in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – Minnesota's neighbors! – will join us to share their projects, their visions, and their challenges in this regional session. Learn how the Theodore Roosevelt Center, the Digital Library of South Dakota, and Wisconsin Heritage Online are working towards the goal they share with the MDL of making valuable resources available to the people of their states and beyond. 

Minnesota Reflections Panel

Presenters: Greta Bahnemann, MDL; Janet Christensen, Minnesota Historical Society; Jennifer Claybourne-Torkelson, Digital Collections Unit, University of Minnesota; Marian Rengel, MDL
Moderator: Jason Roy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The team members responsible for the day-to-day work of developing Minnesota Reflections will answer your questions about digitization projects with the Minnesota Digital Library. From outreach and project development (Marian Rengel), to scanning processes (Jennifer Claybourne-Torkelson and Janet Christensen), to metadata (Greta Bahnemann), the team will share their insights, then turn the session over to you to ask your questions and hear your ideas. Jason Roy, moderator, will join the team, helping to answer broad vision, mission, and future initiative questions. 

Two Opportunities: Omeka and New Media Consortium's New Horizons Reports

Presenter: Scott Sayre, MDL Consultant, Sandbox Studios and New Media Consortium
Moderator: Keith Ewing, St. Cloud State University

Scott Sayre, who has been involved with the Minnesota Digital Library since its beginnings, advises the MDL Management Team, and is a principle partner in Sandbox Studios and incoming chair of the board of the New Media Consortium, will share ideas for using the Omeka open-source authoring software to create online displays for museum collections and will share an update on the Horizon reports, including new ones for the K-12 and library communities. Join Scott as he brings new ideas to the forefront of the development of the MDL.
2:00 PM – 2:15 PMBreak (refreshments and snacks)
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
(3 concurrent sessions)
Working with CONTENTdm: A Mini User Group

Presenters: Brooke Roegge, MN Department of Employment and Economic Development; Deborah Kloiber, St. Catherine University Library; and other presenters TBA
Moderators: Sara Ring, Minitex; Daardi Sizemore, Minnesota State University Mankato

Using the digital collection management software CONTENTdm can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. During this session we will hear from individuals who are currently working with CONTENTdm at their institutions and how they handle the good and the bad. This session is intended to be interactive, so following the moderator guided questions, there will be a chance for audience questions and response. This session is geared towards current CONTENTdm users, but is open to others who are considering using CONTENTdm. 

Users, Minnesota Reflections, and the Whole Puzzle of Spreading the Word

Presenters: Representatives of contributing organizations
Moderator: Marian Rengel, MDL Outreach Coordinator

Minnesota Reflections passed a hallmark in April 2012; it grew to more than 105,000 objects. At the same time, the MDL is working hard to help students and the general public learn about Minnesota Reflections. This session will be a round-table discussion that starts with a statistical analysis of user data by Marian Rengel, MDL Outreach Coordinator. Participating organizations who sign up for the session will be invited (in advance of the meeting) to highlight their collections and share information on how they work to get their digital collections into the hands of the people of Minnesota. 

Preserving State Government Digital Information: An MHS NDIIPP Project

Presenter: Carol Kussman, Minnesota Historical Society
Moderator: John Butler, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The Minnesota Historical Society was the lead partner in one of the four National Digital Information and Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) state initiative grants from 2008-2011. In this session, Carol Kussman, MHS, who was also part of the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach & Education program, will define digital preservation, present some of the challenges of preserving digital content, and discuss how the MN NDIIPP project explored digital preservation, access to, and authentication of digital records.


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Monday, May 14, 2012

Lunch for Libraries: Wed, June 13th

Registration is open for the  5th annual Lunch for Libraries

Seven authors and storytellers featured in the book Libraries of Minnesota will speak at the fifth annual Lunch for Libraries Wednesday, June 13 at Kagin Commons, Macalester College in St. Paul.
Book sales and signing will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch and author stories will follow at noon.
The Lunch for Libraries authors (Marsha Wilson Chall, Pete Hautman, John Coy, David LaRochelle, Nancy Carlson, Kao Kalia Yang and Will Weaver) are among Minnesota’s best-known writers of books for children and young adults.

If enough LIT program students and/or alum are interested in attending, the LIT program will reserve a table for 8. Cost is $40 per seat. A limited number of scholarships may be available for individuals with financial need wishing to attend. If you are interested, please contact jennifer.sippel(at)minneapolis.edu and indicate whether or not you would like more information about the scholarship. Please let me know if you interested in attending this event by Friday, May 18th.
Thank you!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Volunteer Cataloger Needed - MN

Organization: Forecast Public Art
Position: Volunteer Cataloger
Reports to: Program and Administrative Associate
Hours: 5 to 10 hours per week
Duration: June – August 2012 (flexible)

Forecast seeks a volunteer cataloger to assist with the classification overhaul and maintenance of their Public Art Library. Housed in Forecast’s office, the Public Art Library maintains a non-circulating collection of more than 2,000 print, digital, and multimedia materials from the field of public art. With a collection as diverse as the field of public art itself, the library includes exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, journals and periodicals, reference materials, public art maps and guides, and DVDs.

Volunteer’s responsibilities will include:

·      Oversee the physical and digital transition of a 2,000 volume collection into Library of Congress classification system
·      Catalog unique/original items including public art maps, guides, and work samples
·      Process incoming materials

Qualified candidates will be/have:

·      Some experience/education in cataloging and library science
·      Familiar with a Mac OS environment and LibraryThing.com
·      Interest in the field of public art
·      Motivated, curious, self-starter

Position is unpaid, but experience may be applied toward credit or work experience.

Please send a brief letter of interest, resume, and two references to Amelia. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
                Name: Amelia Foster
                Address: 2300 Myrtle Ave Suite 160, St. Paul, MN 55114
                Phone: 651-641-1128 ext. 105
                Fax: 651-641-1983
                Website: www.forecastpublicart.org
                Email Address: amelia@forecastpublicart.org

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

LIT Social: May 15th, 2012 @ Merlins Rest

MCTC LIT program faculty invite you (students & alum) to join us for an end of semester social gathering.

Tuesday, May 15th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

We will be at Merlin's Rest. Come for part or all. We will have a space in the back of the restaurant. RSVP to jennifer.sippel(at)minneapolis.edu

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LIT student/alumni Updates/Contact Info

Dear Students (past and present),

Earlier this year, we posted the MCTC Library Information Technology Program Student Contact Form. 

If you have not already done so or if you have any new updates to share, we invite you to complete the survey to help us keep in touch. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Your Library Information Technology Faculty

Friday, May 4, 2012

LIT Student/Alumni Profiles

We know you are doing cool things and have interesting perspectives on the LIT program experience, and we want to hear them and share them with others!

Please contact me if you'd be willing to write a testimonial on your experience in the Library Information Technology program. Thanks! jennifer.sippel@minneapolis.edu

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

SAVE THE DATE: End of Semester Get Together

LIT Program Faculty would like invite you to get together for some face2face socializing on...
Tuesday, May 15th, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m., Location TBD 

Please save the date!

Also, if you plan to attend, please RSVP to jennifer.sippel@minneapolis.edu so we have an idea of how many people to expect. Also, I will send details about the location to those who email me confirmation.