Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MN Job Posting: UMN Library Professional

Job Code and Title
(8421) Library Professional  
Position Title
ABES -- Library Professional  
Job Code
Requisition Number
Position Category
Staff - Professional Non-Faculty  
Appointment Term
A = 12 month  
Appointment Type
Continuing (1)  
Work Hours
Varying between 7:30 am - 6 pm  
Work Days
Monday - Friday  
Total Hours or % Appointment
Starting Rate
Department Name
Lib Rsrch/Lrng-Ag Bio Env Sci (374B)  
College or Admin Unit
Libraries, University  
Campus Location
Twin Cities  
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Internal Promotional Consideration
Required Qualifications: 
- Bachelor's degree AND two (2) years of responsible library experience 
- Demonstrated experience providing excellent customer service. 
- Experience offering library reference and research assistance. 
Full job posting.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Job Posting - User Experience Coordinator

The University of Minnesota--Twin Cities Libraries are seek applicants for the position of User Experience Coordinator. This position is responsible for coordinating system-wide Information Services, designing and building a curriculum, and delivering training for all library staff who interact with library patrons. The User Experience Coordinator will provide direct service to patrons at the Libraries’ most active service point and is also responsible for collaborating with managers and other library staff to ensure that service is of a consistently high quality at all library locations and throughout online environments, including performing regular service assessments. Additionally, the position provides leadership in working with University and statewide entities to coordinate 24/7 virtual reference services.

Required Qualifications: 
- Bachelor's degree AND two (2) years of responsible library experience 
- Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service. 
- Experience offering library reference and research assistance. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
- ALA accredited MLS/MLIS degree. 
- Experience in program assessment and evaluation of library services. 
- Experience providing instruction, reference/information services and research assistance in an academic library. 
- Excellent communication, analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. 
- Strong interpersonal skills including valuing diversity, negotiation, tact, and sensitivity. 

The West Bank Access and Information Services Department (AIS) is part of the Research & Learning Division of the University of Minnesota Libraries. The department is responsible for most public services in the Wilson and Music Libraries. Wilson Library contains 3.7 million volumes in general collections in the humanities and social sciences including: American studies, anthropology, area studies, art, business, economics, education, film, geography, history, language, literature, philosophy, political science, religion, sociology and women's studies and four specialized subject collections. Unit staff deliver services at four public service points and provide a wide variety of services including in-person and digital information services, course reserve, library course instruction, fines services, borrowing & computer access privileges, materials paging, circulation, and collection management and maintenance.

Kate Peterson
University of Minnesota Libraries
Wilson Library 180 | Phone: 612-626-3746 | @umnlib

Thursday, September 12, 2013

MN Job Posting: Customer Service Specialist

Position: Customer Service Specialist
Library: Mackin
  • Desire to help others
  • Understanding of library practices
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage several tasks at one time
  • Computer knowledge in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a group
Education & Experience:
  • Degree in an education related field
  • Customer assistance and support regarding cataloging, processing of materials, and other specialized services related to a library.
  • Assisting customers with a wide range of questions regarding existing orders or assist with new orders.
  • Accurately record details of inquiries, comments, as well as actions taken.
  • Full-time day hours
  • Monday - Friday
Mackin is a friendly working environment, where qualified employees are eligible to enroll in the following benefits: PTO, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Flex Plan, 401 (k), and Paid holidays
To apply for this position please send resume to and reference Customer Service Specialist

MN Job Posting: Library Technician

Position: Library Technician-Intermediate Library: Abbot Northwestern Hospital
Description: Job ID: 442157
Business Unit: Corporate Office
Opened: 09/09/2013
Location: Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Standard Hours: 32.00
Union Position? N
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Introduction: Allina Health is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services with more than 23,500 employees, 5,000 physicians and 2,500 volunteers dedicated to meeting the lifelong health care needs of patients and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina is a vibrant, growing organization with opportunities to suit your professional skills and a diverse work environment to match your specific interests. We believe employees are our greatest asset and are dedicated to helping you develop and maximize your professional skills.
Allina Commons is the Minneapolis-based headquarters of Allina Health, a not-for-profit health care organization serving patients and communities. Approximately 1,600 corporate and administrative service employees work at offices within Midtown Exchange, site of the historic Sears retail complex at Chicago Avenue and E. Lake Street. This community landmark, adjacent to the campus of Allina's Abbott Northwestern Hospital, is the second largest building in Minnesota and includes offices, an internationally themed public market and residential units.
  • Providing service to customers
  • Delivery of articles
  • Retrieval of information
  • Acquisition of material; technical services, cataloging, and processing of materials
Education: BA or equivalent training/experience
  • 5 years experience with customer service
  • Library experience strongly desired
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Cataloging skills preferred
Pay,Benefits, & Work Schedule
  • Part Time Position (32 hours/week)
  • Day Shift (M-F 8a-4:30pm)
  • No Weekends
  • Non Contract

MN Job Posting: Circulation Assistant

Position: Circulation Assistant
Library: Wiliiam Mitchell College of Law
Description: 18-20 hours per week; late evenings and weekends.
The primary purpose of this position is to assist the circulation supervisor in providing for the effective and efficient operation of the circulation desk. This position will provide assistance to patrons and will include: responding to patrons requests; checking materials in and out; assisting students with copying or printing needs; filing; coordinating the re-shelving of materials; and other office duties as needed.

Qualifications: Required: high school diploma with some college (bachelor s degree preferred); 1-3 years direct customer service experience; detail oriented; and ability to consistently maintain excellent customer service standards, work effectively in a busy public workspace, juggle multiple tasks, and work effectively, both independently and as a member of a team. Flexibility to handle frequent schedule changes to meet the business needs of the library. Individuals currently enrolled in a Library Science degree program are encouraged to apply.

Contact: To apply please send cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, by mail to Human Resources, William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105; by fax to 651-290-8645; or by e-mail to Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE.
Job pays: $11-$12 hourly
Starts: ASAP
Apply by: open until filled

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Minitex Webinar: Access vs. Privacy: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Take advantage of the many free and low-cost continuing education opportunities organized and delivered by Minitex and other professional organizations in the area. These  workshops, webinars, and conferences are good ways to build on what you're learning in class, keep your kills fresh, and make new contacts that will help you find your next job.
Access vs. Privacy: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Thursday, September 26, 2013
10:00 AM–11:00 AM (Central Time)
Join the University of Minnesota Libraries' Government Information Librarian, Amy Springer, and Hennepin County Library's Government Documents Coordinator, Helen Burke, as they provide resources to start learning FOIA basics. FOIA entitles citizens to unseal some records and simultaneously allows the government to seal others. What better way to spend Banned Books Week than figuring out how to file a FOIA request? How may patrons file their own FOIA requests? How to distinguish requests for personal records from requests for data that ought to be public? What can patrons do for themselves? When is legal counsel recommended? What exemptions apply and when can they be overcome?
—Amy Springer, Government Information Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
—Helen Burke, Government Documents Coordinator, Hennepin County Library

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Minnesota Archives Symposium Call for Presentations

The Twin Cities Archives Round Table is pleased to announce the second annual Minnesota Archives Symposium, sponsored by the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Department.   MAS is a local educational opportunity for archivists, librarians, records managers, curators and other information management professionals.  We seek to broaden the opportunities for Minnesota Information professions to share knowledge and insights among peers at a local level.  The Symposium will be held on Friday, November 15th 2013.

This year's topic will be: Making Connections: Advocacy, Awareness and Archives.

Call for Presentations:  
We invite the submission of presentations on any topic related to advocacy and/or making connections with others, both within your institution and with the public.  First time presenters and students are encouraged to apply.

Presentation topics could include, but are not limited to: increasing awareness, creating consortia, gaining upper management support, developing partnerships with loca communities, working with IT, collection growth, archives as a part of social advocacy. and creating change within your organization.

Details for Submission
Sessions should be 60 minutes in length, include time for Q&A and can include multiple presenters.  

Include full contact information with submissions, including name of presenters, a short biographical statement, preferred method of contact, and institution or school if applicable.  

Please include a 500 word or less abstract and working title for your presentation.

If you have a great idea for a topic but need presenters, let us know -- we may be able to pair like minded presenters together.

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, October 1st

Submissions should be sent to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table at or Elissah Becknell

Save the Date!!! The Minnesota Archives Symposium will be held at the Special Collections Department of Minneapolis Public Library from 1-5pm on Friday, November 15th.  Registration is FREE, but we will ask that participants register their intent to attend soon.  Look for more details on registering for this event on the TCART listserv and website.

Questions should be sent to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table at or Elissah Becknell