Sunday, June 16, 2013

Job Posting: Technical Services Specialist

Position: Technical Services Specialist
 Library: Carleton College

Description: The Gould Library welcomes applications for a full time
Technical Services Specialist. This position works towards achieving Library
goals by efficiently organizing and presenting library collections; making
resources accessible to the College and broader communities; working
collaboratively with Technical Services staff to meet routine needs, solve
problems, and devise new ways to achieve goals throughout the department;
participating in departmental, Library and consortium committees and
meetings; and working closely with Loan Services and Reference & Instruction
staff to ensure accuracy of online catalog records and accessibility of

This is a full time position, scheduled between the hours of 7:00 am and
6:00 pm, that is eligible for the College's benefits package. 

Essential Responsibilities: 
.Periodicals: Train students to check in new periodicals; monitor their work
and resolve problems. Coordinate sending/receiving of periodicals and other
materials to be bound. Work with Loan Services to insure accurate shelving
of periodicals. 
.Cataloging and Database Maintenance: Perform copy cataloging for books and
videos that meet specified criteria. Review and edit bibliographic records
added to the library's online catalog to meet national standards, as well as
local conventions. Add item-specific information regarding local holdings,
location, gift data, and special handling. Manage withdrawal, replacement,
and transfer of items from one location/collection to another, including
updating information in the Library's integrated library system (ILS). Work
closely with Reference & Instruction and Loan Services staff to resolve
cataloging inconsistencies and problems as they arise. 
.Processing [shelf preparation]: Train and oversee student workers in the
physical processing of materials. Coordinate flow of new materials through
cataloging, physical processing, and dispersing of materials to their proper
.Government Documents: Receive new Carleton government documents cataloged
by St. Olaf staff. Assist in maintaining accuracy of bibliographic records
for documents in the Library's integrated library system (ILS). Withdraw
superseded volumes, handle errata sheets and other corrections and
coordinate maintenance of the physical documents collection with Loan
Services staff. 
.Supplies Inventory: Maintain an inventory of specialized supplies used in
Technical Services. Monitor supplies on hand to insure that quantities are
adequate for ongoing work. Assess annual needs and order when needed. 
.Supervision: Hire, train and monitor the work of student workers for
specific tasks. Participate in evaluation of student workers, in
collaboration with other staff. Prepare and update training materials, as
.Projects: Manage projects related to the work responsibilities above. 
.Staff development: Participate in staff development events and other
training sessions. Attend specialized workshops on cataloging and related
.Bridge Consortium: This position also supports the Bridge Consortium and
works collaboratively and in tandem with peers at the St. Olaf College
Libraries to ensure that work is not duplicated and that costs are contained
or reduced. Additionally, this position may be asked to provide services to
the St. Olaf College Libraries, and will participate in all appropriate
Bridge working groups, meetings, and functions.

Required Qualifications: 
.Bachelor's degree. 
.Ability to manage complex and detailed information with a high level of
.Computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office programs; basic
email and internet searching skills; and familiarity with the use and
function of databases. 
.Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly-changing environment. 
.Willingness to learn new tasks and skills, including a variety of software
and computer systems. 
.Cooperative service attitude and strong interpersonal skills when working
with coworkers and the public. 
.Demonstrated initiative to solve problems independently and in
collaboration with others. 
.Ability to train, supervise and coach student workers for effective
.Ability to physically lift and carry 15 lbs.

Desired Qualifications: 
.Library experience, preferably in a liberal arts college setting. 
.Experience using an integrated library system (ILS), such as III or Aleph. 
.OCLC copy cataloging experience. 
.Previous supervisory experience.

Application Instructions: If interested, apply online at Please include a resume, cover
letter, and the contact information for three references with your online
application. Carleton College is an equal opportunity employer committed to
excellence through diversity. 

Contact: Emily Luhman,, 507-222-7629

Job pays: DOQ


Apply by: Open Until Filled

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Save the Date: MN Library Association Annual Conference

The Minnesota Library Association is pleased to announce the featured speakers for its 2013 Annual Conference, to be held October 10-11 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers.

Minnesota Library Association
2013 Annual Conference
Libraries ROCK!
October 10-11, 2013
St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN
Visit for complete details and registration.

A press release and a PDF flyer with more information are available for download here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

July LIT Gathering...

We'd like to schedule an LIT program gathering/social and are looking at doing so some time the evening Tuesday July 23rd.  Do you have any suggestions for exact time/venue? If so, please contact jenny and let her know! Thanks.

ARLD Live Interactive Webcast

Sparking Innovation in Your Library: Lessons from Startup, R&D, and Venture Capital

June 13, 2013, 1:00-2:30pm
Elmer Anderson Library, Room 120
University of Minnesota
222 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Map and directions »

Join the Academic and Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association for a free webinar,Sparking Innovation in Your Library: Lessons from Startup, R&D, and Venture Capital. The complimentary access for our Minnesota Chapter is provided by ACRL.
Academic libraries are experiencing tremendous change. Advances in publishing, technology, pedagogy, and research are shifting roles across campuses. Librarians are expected to address emerging needs, requiring entrepreneurial thinking in order to deliver these new services. This live, interactive webcast will explore ideas from startups, R&D labs, venture capital firms, and other innovative organizations. Learn how you can apply the mindsets, toolsets, and cultural qualities to your library.
The presenter, Brian Mathews, is Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach at Virginia Tech. He blogs at The Ubiquitous Librarian for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His website