Friday, December 30, 2011

Head of Library Systems: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Chapel Hill University Library

POSITION: Head of Library Systems
AVAILABLE: March 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Head of Library Systems. The individual in this position provides leadership in the Library Systems Department and the University Library, and helps to define and articulate the vision, strategic directions, and priorities for information technology in a dynamic environment that values creativity, teamwork, and innovation.

The Head of Library Systems is responsible for the management of the Library Systems Department, which includes planning, budgeting, and setting policy for information resources in the University Library and for some operations of the Health Sciences Library. The Head of Library Systems directly supervises unit managers responsible for desktop support, application development, and infrastructure architecture and administration and supports staff in the performance of their duties. The individual in this position leads a service-oriented program that researches, develops, and supports advanced information systems for the Library, and ensures excellent operational management of information systems and support of end users. The Head of Library Systems provides leadership in coordinating and defining system requirements and tasks for library-wide projects and initiatives.

The Head of Library Systems seeks professional engagement and collaboration; works in active partnership with other Library departments, particularly the Carolina Digital Library and Archives and the Health Sciences Library; and leads collaborations with the University's Information Technology Services (ITS) Department (, other technology units on campus, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network ( Additionally, the individual in this position maintains an awareness of developments in the library and information technology fields and demonstrates a successful record of professional activity.

The Library Systems Department has 24 fulltime staff and additional undergraduate and graduate student support. The Department manages the Library’s Millennium ILS with an Endeca-based discovery interface integrating services well beyond the scope of traditional library catalogs. The Library Systems Department also manages a virtualized server farm, a large (400TB) and growing storage network, over 1,200 desktop devices for staff and patron use, and deployment of third-party applications (e.g. CONTENTdm, ILLiad, and Docutek). The Department’s programming staff support application development for library business functions, public access and discovery systems, the Carolina Digital Repository (, and collaborative projects with University faculty.

The University Library is a national leader in developing digital collections and services. The Library Systems Department is focused on open development platforms and is committed to scalable architectures for digital object preservation and delivery. It supports strong programs in the design and implementation of innovative discovery services, mass digitization, and digital preservation. Members of the Library Systems Department actively engage with faculty, peer institutions, and vendors in the research and development of interoperable services and storage.


Required: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree in a related field. Minimum of five years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in a technical setting, including planning and allocating of resources to support information technology. Work experience in higher education. Professional experience in a technical environment focused on system administration and management or application development. Evidence of effective interpersonal competence and excellent oral and written communication skills. Collaborative work ethic and the ability to build effective partnerships, articulate goals, and negotiate priorities. Demonstrated knowledge of current information technology developments in libraries and higher education.

Preferred: Experience developing and managing budgets. Experience in an academic research library. Active professional involvement in the library or information technology fields.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Call for Presentations: 9th Columbia University Libraries Symposium


9th Columbia University Libraries Symposium
?New Models of Academic Collaboration?
Will be held on March 16th, 2012
Columbia University, Uris Hall

The planning committee for the 9th Columbia University Libraries Symposium invites submissions of proposals for presentations to be delivered at the symposium at Columbia University in the City of New York on March 16, 2012.

The theme for this year's symposium, ?New Models of Academic Collaboration? will focus on how research libraries are discovering the value of collaboration among and within institutions. As these collaborative models evolve, they foster new approaches to scholarship among faculty, students, library professionals, and institutions. The symposium will address questions such as: What are these new models and approaches? How are they being applied? How can they be replicated or adapted? Alternative topics within the umbrella theme will also be considered. All proposals should explore both the challenges and possible resolutions and can be based on either actual experience or hypothetical proposition.

Abstracts should focus clearly on the theme of the symposium, and should convey in 250-500 words the scope, conclusions, and relevance of the presentation. Formats for presentations are flexible. We will consider talks, panels, and Pecha Kucha style (lightning talks). Submissions will be accepted until January 18, 2012, and should be submitted by e-mail to Please include your complete contact information with your submission. Responses from the committee will be sent by Feb 12, 2012.

In your submission please state the type of presentation you would like to give. Audio and visual technology needs will be accommodated. The final presentations will be due on March 11, 2012, and represent a commitment on the part of the submitter to present the paper at Columbia University on March 16th, 2012.

Please send questions to the planning committee at

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Discovery Metadagta Libarian: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Library is seeking a creative individual to focus on the creation, maintenance, and enrichment of metadata representing Cornell's digital, physical, and virtual collections of resources. In cooperation with other library staff, this newly-defined position will provide metadata management and resource discovery expertise to Cornell while monitoring external developments and changing needs in these areas. This position will focus on metadata maintenance activities, the integration of metadata between systems, and building better relationships between resources aligning with the broader context of Cornell's digital and programmatic needs. To be successful, close collaboration will be essential in working with library staff devoted to acquisitions, batch processing, electronic resources, repositories, information technologies, and public services.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manipulate metadata to provide multiple access points for library resources, regardless of location or format.
  • Plan and integrate electronic resources and batch processing work as it relates to cataloging and metadata quality.
  • Perform outreach and seek opportunities for collaborative efforts within Library Technical Services and beyond to enhance and broaden metadata operations.
  • Oversee the creation and management of metadata for various repositories.
  • Develop and provide training to library staff regarding resource description and metadata management.
  • Develop an expertise in linked data, semantic web applications, and ontologies for discovery of bibliographic data and information.
  • Serve as a metadata consultant to larger library projects/initiatives.
  • Serve on a library team to address a better discovery and access solutions for library users.
  • Serve as a leader within and beyond Library Technical Services on matters of resource description and metadata management.
  • Monitor national and international trends in metadata, cataloging, and discovery.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of a variety of library and bibliographic metadata formats, both traditional and emerging.Participate in the growing strategic alliance between Columbia University Libraries (2CUL) on cataloging and metadata initiatives.
  • M.L.S. or equivalent graduate degree.
  • Experience in an academic library, museum, archive, or a comparable environment.
  • Experience in creating, editing, and transforming MARC and/or non-MARC metadata.
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team-based environment.Strong communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to analyze and to solve problems creatively and flexibly in a complex and rapidly changing environment.Strong service orientation and interest in information users' values and needs.
  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and metadata standards.
  • Self-motivation, ability to multi-task, and ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Interest in professional development activities, including research and participation in professional organizations.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with linked data, semantic web applications, ontologies, and RDF.Experience in transformation of XML documents using XSLTAbility to write scripts and/or other programming skills.
  • Experience with metadata issues related to the discovery of academic resources.
Background: Cornell University is an Ivy League comprehensive research university located in Ithaca in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and university offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The university comprises 14 schools with over 2,700 faculty members and nearly 21,600 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The Cornell University Library is a vigorous professional organization with a strong track record in innovation and service quality. It contains nearly 8 million printed volumes, 99,000 current serials in print or online, over 650,000 additional networked electronic resources, and rich materials in other formats. The Library was a recipient of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2002.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

Application Procedure: Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references. Application deadline is January 31, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York, is an inclusive, dynamic, and innovative Ivy League university and New York's land-grant institution. Its staff, faculty, and students impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas and best practices to further the university's mission of teaching, research, and outreach.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

Library Specialist - Resource Sharing Services: Baruch College, CUNY, New York, NY

Job Title: Library Specialist - Resource Sharing Services

Job ID: 5114

Location: Baruch College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Administers one or more aspects of Library operations and coordinates Library services.
- Assists faculty, students, and librarians to evaluate their needs and locate appropriate materials on a timely basis
- Participates in developing collections and acquiring materials in all formats and media
- Reviews Library usage patterns and makes recommendations regarding services; plans and conducts training and outreach activities
- Assists in developing and monitoring Library policies and user service standards
- May oversee a Library unit such as Circulation, Cataloguing, User Services, Reserve, Stack Maintenance, Reference, and Acquisitions - Supervises and/or trains staff, students, and others assigned to the Library
- Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Library Specialist

Higher Education Assistant


The Resource Sharing Services Specialist has responsibility for interlibrary loan, document delivery, and resource sharing activities with other institutions. The position involves workflow and project management as well as collaborative work in a fast-paced environment.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required; MLS degree or Master's in a related field may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirement.


Library experience including experience with Aleph, ILLiad, Ariel, Odyssey, or DOCLINE preferred.


$42,873 - $64,956; commensurate with qualifications and experience.


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


Applicants must provide a resume and cover letter. To apply, go to, select "Employment", and "Search Job Listing". You will be prompted to create an account. Return to this job listing using the "Job Search" page and select "Apply Now".


January 13, 2012


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Head of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Chapel Hill, University Library

POSITION: Head of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library AVAILABLE: March 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, energetic, and effective leader to continue the vision of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library ( as “Carolina’s Learning Library.”

The Head of the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library will provide vision and leadership in developing and sustaining innovative and traditional services that support the information, learning, and teaching needs of students, faculty, staff, and the citizens of North Carolina; provide leadership in anticipating user needs, critically evaluating existing services and systems, and exploring new opportunities to ensure user needs are met; maintain a dynamic, service-oriented organization that collaborates with other campus libraries and service organizations in the development of programs and services that meet the constantly changing information environment; direct the development and management of the library’s collections and participate in the provision of reference, instruction, or other library services as appropriate; manage the overall administration of the library including planning, assessment, program development, facilities management and budget formulation.

The Head of the Undergraduate Library will manage the expenditure of endowed gift funds assigned to the Library and, with the support of the Library Development Office, will actively identify and pursue gift and grant funding opportunities. Additionally, the individual in this position will steward relationships with donors to the House Undergraduate Library by providing annual reports on the use of gifts and through tours and in-person meetings as opportunities arise.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services, the Head of the Undergraduate Library manages a team of 6 librarians, 12 support staff, graduate and undergraduate student assistants, and temporary staff.

The House Undergraduate Library provides an exciting and inviting environment for research, study, learning, and collaboration. The library provides 24-hour service and is designed to meet the changing needs of undergraduates and the faculty who support them. The House Undergraduate Library is devoted to introducing undergraduate students to Carolina’s rich library system; continuing to broaden the partnership between faculty and librarians to assist undergraduate students in navigating the complex digital information landscape; and serving as a resource for undergraduate teaching and learning initiatives.

The House Undergraduate Library facilities include a design lab, a computer classroom, the library system's electronic and print reserves service, an information commons, reference and circulation service, film viewing rooms, digital media labs for editing video and audio, and a media resources center (


ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science. Significant supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions. Knowledge of academic and research library trends and familiarity with effective methods of instruction and scholarly research in a rapidly changing environment. Commitment to individuality and diversity. Ability to work with diverse groups of users and staff. Experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating user service programs and a commitment to strong assessment practices. Ability to find, adopt, and use relevant new technology and apply it to improve services. Ability to develop and maintain a staff committed to an environment of mutual respect and excellent public service. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. A proven service orientation. Demonstrated ability to manage time, plan, set priorities, and organize work in order to focus on what is critical. Experience managing budgets. Commitment to professional growth and ability to facilitate the professional development of library staff.

Preferred: Facilities management skills, including the ability to anticipate and solve problems. Evidence of leadership in regional or national library or scholarly organizations, publications, or other indications of contributions to the profession.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

Monday, December 05, 2011

SUNYLA Call for Proposals, June 6-8, 2012

SUNYLA 2012: Fashioning the Library of the Future June 6-8, 2012

Academic libraries are responding to a whirlwind of challenges and disruptions - from distance education to demonstrating value, from new technologies to new services. Staying “en vogue” means responding to these challenges in interesting and creative ways. Are you trying a new, user centered service or experimenting with patron driven technology at your library? Are you using new teaching strategies or experimenting with new technology in the classroom? How are you and your staff enhancing the value of your library? Come share your fashion forward knowledge with us at SUNYLA 2012 at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan!

We welcome proposals for pre-conference workshops, conference sessions, panel discussions and poster presentations on any topic related to the future of libraries including but not limited to:
  • Customer Service
  • Reference Leadership/Management
  • Accountability/Assessment
  • Marketing
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Intellectual Property/Copyright
  • Information Literacy · Collection Development
  • Patron driven acquisitions
  • Archives/ Digitization projects
  • Reserves
  • Space Management
  • Stacks Maintenance
  • Student Workers Management
  • Security

Submissions are accepted through our Google Form. If you are submitting proposals for multiple sessions, please fill out a form for each.

Deadline for proposals: February 24, 2012

Pre-conference Workshops
Scheduled Day: Wednesday, June 6
Format: 90 minutes or 3 hours and should include some interactive or hands-on component.
Notes: Special Interest Groups are invited to take advantage of this pre-conference time. Computer labs will be available for up to 3 pre-conference workshops. Please indicate whether you prefer or need a computer lab for your pre-conference session.
Contact: Rosanne Humes (Nassau), 1-516-572-7402

Conference Sessions
Scheduled Day:
Thursday, June 7 or Friday, June 8
Format: 45 or 90 minutes, Choose the time frame that is most appropriate. This venue has small presentation spaces so presentations which include interactive and hands-on activities are welcomed.
Contact: Bonnie Swoger (Geneseo), 1-585-245-5593

Panel Discussions
Scheduled Day: Thursday, June 7 or Friday, June 8
Format: 45 or 90 minutes
Notes: Do you have a bit of experience or knowledge in any of the areas below? The planning committee is seeking participants for panel sessions on the following topics:
  • Open Educational Resources and Open Content
  • Repositories
  • Intellectual Property Trends and Issues
  • Distance Learning and the Library
  • Libraries in the state's and nation's political and economic climate
  • Other topics will be considered
You don’t need to be an expert, but your knowledge and experience, combined with others, will be a valuable resource for your fellow librarians.
Contact: Bonnie Swoger (Geneseo), 1-585-245-5593, if you are interested.

Poster Sessions
Scheduled Day: Thursday, June 7.
Format: Posters will be set up between 7:30 to 9am with the poster session in the evening from 4:30 to 6pm.
Contact: Stephanie Herfel (Orange), 1-845-341-9051

Please refer to the “Guidelines for the SUNYLA Annual Conference Expenses” available at: for information on expense reimbursement.

Looking forward to seeing you at FIT for SUNYLA 2012.

Internships: Maritime College, SUNY, Bronx, NY

The Stephen B. Luce Library, Maritime College State University of New York, Throggs Neck, NY is offering internships for the Spring, 2012.

Potential interns may apply for the following areas:

· Archives – The Stephen B. Luce Library has several collections of documents and artifacts that deal with the maritime history of the port of New York. Internship projects include: Processing, arranging and describing, creation of finding aids, creation of digital and physical displays, Digitization and the creation of metadata. Materials can include registers, scrapbooks, photographs, recordings, letters, and other ephemera.

· Information Literacy and Reference – Internship projects include working with reference librarians to provide bibliographic instruction, assisting librarians in the creation and the teaching of information literacy lessons.

· Technical Services, Collection Development and Acquisitions – Internship projects include material selection and deselection, assisting with the budgeting process, user analysis studies, processing of physical and digital materials including hands-on cataloging training. Exposure to government documents and the Federal Depository Libraries Program.

Interns may choose to either focus on specific areas or mix areas depending on desire of the intern to be exposed to different areas and the requirements of the intern’s graduate program. This is an unpaid internship.


Applicants should be either enrolled in a Library and Information Science program or a recent graduate looking for experience. Skills and abilities required: learn quickly and take initiative, be detail oriented, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, proficiency in basic computer skills. Students should submit the following:

• Letter of application explaining what library functions and potential projects they are interested in (as described above)

• Current resume

Qualified applicants will be contacted for interview. If accepted to the program, students, sponsoring librarian(s) and/or the student’s academic advisor (if required by academic institution) will work together to negotiate terms of the internship and an agreement and plan of action regarding goals and objectives, training program, schedule and methodology for recording work accomplished and evaluation of the intern’s accomplishments.

Send inquiries or applications by email to:

Joseph Williams
Stephen B. Luce Library
6 Pennyfield Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465-4198


This four-year college of the State University of New York is situated at the beautiful Bronx peninsula. Surrounded by the Long Island Sound in a historic 19th century fort, SUNY Maritime College provides an outstanding education in the areas of Engineering, Naval Architecture, Marine Transportation/Business Administration, Marine Environmental Science, and Humanities. SUNY Maritime College prepares both men and women as leaders in their respective professional careers, including licensing of merchant marine officers. 100% of Maritime graduates are employed in careers of their choice within three months of graduation. Maritime College's 17,000 ton, 565 foot training ship, EMPIRE STATE VI, is the best equipped training ship in the nation and visits several foreign ports each summer.

For more information see:


The Stephen B. Luce Library is named in honor of Admiral Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827-1917), outstanding educator and seaman, author of the classic text Seamanship, and an effective and persistent advocate for the establishment of state nautical schools and improved training for merchant marine officers. The Luce Library, recipient of the AIA/ALA award of merit for outstanding library design, occupies 19,000 square feet of the north wing of historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula in the Bronx. Fort Schuyler, a granite two-story pentagonal fortification, was built in the early nineteenth century and served as part of New York City's coastal defense.

For more information see:

Open Invitation to the Annual, Holiday Dinner of the New York Library Club

The New York Library Club Holiday Dinner Thursday Dec. 15th.
Thursday, December 15, 2011, 6:30pm
Les Sans Culottes

Les Sans Culottes
1085 2nd Avenue (at 57th Street), New York, N.Y.

Please RSVP to Larry Kroah (

Hope to see you there!

Assessing Our True Impact: Understanding Library Impacts Protcol: Columbia University Libraries Assesmment Forum, December 13, 2011

Next Columbia University Libraries Assessment Forum 12/13
"Assessing Our True Impact: The Understanding Library Impacts Protocol"

The Columbia University Libraries (CUL) Assessment Working Group is pleased to announce our next Assessment Forum, "Assessing Our True Impact: The Understanding Library Impacts Protocol (ULI)." Our speaker will be Lisa Norberg, Dean of the Library & Academic Information Services at Barnard College, who will be speaking about Barnard's participation in the development of the ULI protocol.

The ULI protocol is designed to help libraries detect and communicate their contributions to general education and discipline-specific undergraduate student learning outcomes. It explores student use of library and information use in the capstone experience within an academic major. Focusing on the capstone experience can reveal rich data about ways in which library and information uses contribute to student learning outcomes of highest relevance to students, faculty, and other stakeholders. It uses a web-based critical incident survey to explore the range of library information resources, services, and facilities students used during work on the capstone project. At Barnard, the library collaborated with our History Department to gather data from seniors completing their thesis.

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
Location: Butler Library, Room 203

All CUL staff, and the public, are invited to attend CUL Assessment Forums.

We hope to see you there!
Catherine Ricciardi, Interim Co-Chair of the Assessment Working Group

Friday, December 02, 2011

Adjunct Librarian Positions: New York City College of Technology (City Tech), CUNY: Brooklyn, NY

City Tech Library is seeking adjunct librarians holding an ALA-accredited MLS for part-time day, evening, and Saturday hours for the Spring 2012 semester. Adjunct librarians will join a team of library faculty in providing reference services and information literacy instruction to the City Tech community. Adjunct librarians will also work on projects to support reference, instruction, the library's website and resource sharing. Excellent communication and project management skills and other library or educational technology experience are a must. Website development experience is preferred.

Successful candidates will have an established record of excellence in reference service in an academic library, including experience with information literacy instruction. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with diverse student populations and to those accustomed to the responsibility of overseeing service operations during assigned hours.

Interested candidates should send a CV and a cover letter briefly outlining their interest and background to Prof. Tess Tobin at

City Tech is located between Brooklyn Heights and downtown Brooklyn, near the Brooklyn side of the Great Bridge. For more information about our library, please visit our website.

Monday, November 28, 2011

METRO Professional Development Update, New York, NY

Every month, METRO offers an exciting range of learning and networking opportunities – details and registration are just a click away!

Whether you want to expand your skills or join us for exciting industry presentations and discussions, all the information you need is available online at To make sure you never miss out on news about METRO programs and events, you can also subscribe to the METRO Calendar RSS feed in your favorite reader.


Preservation Management Fundamentals for Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions
Wed, Nov 30 and Thurs, Dec 1 | 10:00am-4:00pm each day | $175 METRO; $125 myMETRO; $250 Non-members (covers both days)
This two-day workshop will cover preservation program basics, including environmental control, disaster preparedness and recovery, collections care and storage issues, digitization and digital preservation basics, and grantwriting/fundraising basics for preservation and digitization projects.
Learn more & register at

Introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD)

Fri, Dec 9 | 10:00am-4:00pm | $60 METRO; $50 myMETRO; $100 Non-members
Instructor Lara Nicosia will begin with a brief introduction to EAD, its applications, and its relationship to other standards (LCSH, DACS, etc.). After learning about the basic structure of an EAD document and the elements required by DACS for minimum-level description, participants will use an EAD template to encode a basic finding aid. The afternoon will be spent working with common tags such as those needed to create an inventory list. Other topics include project workflow, best practices, ways EAD is being used, and additional tools for getting started.
Learn more & register at

Vendor Demo: AccessMedicine

Mon, Dec 12 | 12:30pm-1:30pm | There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.
Join us for a lunchtime vendor demonstration of AccessMedicine, a full comprehensive medical resource for students, residents, faculty and clinicians.
Learn more & register at

Tour of the Juilliard School Library

Tues, Dec 13 | 10:00am-12:00pm | $10 METRO & my METRO; $20 Non-Members
Learn more about the unique treasures in The Juilliard School Library, including the renowned Juilliard Manuscript Collection of 140 original manuscripts, sketches, and annotated editions of works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Mozart, Stravinsky, and others.
Learn more & register at

Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:

Thurs, Dec 15 | 2-4pm | Learn more & register at:

Please contact Laura Forshay at, 212.228.2320 x 110 with any questions.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) Event, Nov. 30, 2011

Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) Event

Co-Sponsored with New York University Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
"Fellow Travelers: Processing Across Professions"

Wednesday, 30 November 2011 - ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5.00 for ART Members
$10.00 for Non-Members
Free for NYU Students, Faculty, Staff (I.D. required at door)
NYU Tamiment Library

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Social
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm Programming Event

The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University is one of the oldest special collections in the United States devoted to the history of left politics, labor, and social protest movements. The collections include important materials relating to the fight for academic freedom, the Cold War at home, the women’s movement, the cultural left, and the social history of New York City. It is also the repository for the Archives of Irish America, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, and a growing Asian American labor collection. Tamiment’s holdings include oral histories, film, and more than 75,000 monographs, 20,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, 15,000 periodical titles, an 850,000 item pamphlet and ephemera collection, and a million photographs.

In 2006, the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) donated its archives and the Library of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies to the Tamiment Library in order to make its history accessible to students, scholars, and activists. The donation included over 430 linear feet of organizational records, approximately 500,000 images from the photograph morgue of the Party’s newspaper, the Daily Worker, and thousands of monographs, serials, and pamphlets from the Reference Center for Marxist Studies. These materials form one of the most important collections in the United States documenting the history of communism, socialism, Marxist theory and practice, and the cultural left, as well as the history of the varied movements that have struggled for progressive social change in America. Among the organization’s archives are records relating the formation of the American Communist Party in the 1920s, the Red Scare, the Cold War, the New Left era, and the breakup of the Soviet Union during the 1980s and 1990s. They describe how the Communist Party was organized and functioned and document the Party's role in the labor and civil rights movements and its relationships with international communist parties and movements. The library of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies contains rare and ephemeral publications issued by left-wing and labor presses, and a nearly complete run of Communist Party publications, monographs, journals, pamphlets, and newspapers published in Cuba, Eastern Europe, China, the Soviet Union, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, many of which are not available in North American research libraries. The Daily Worker photo morgue depicts labor, civil rights, peace, and political struggles from 1917 through the 1990s. It graphically captures nearly 75 years of world-wide Communist activities and illustrates the Party's relationship to a wide variety of international social movements.
For ART’s November meeting, the project staff responsible for processing the CPUSA collections at Tamiment Library will discuss the histories of these collections and relate challenges encountered during processing, as well as highlight interesting finds.


Hillel Arnold is the Project Archivist for the photo morgue of the Daily Worker. He holds an MA in History from NYU and a MLIS from Long Island University’s Palmer School. He has worked as Digital Projects Manager for the Foundation for Landscape Studies, developing a digital library of cultural landscape images in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and ArtStor, as well as Archives Assistant at the Woody Guthrie Archives.

Jillian Cuellar is the Processing Archivist for the Communist Party, USA records. Prior to her current position, she worked as a project archivist at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library and as an assistant project archivist at Parsons the New School for Design. She holds a MSLIS with an Advanced Certificate in Archives from Pratt Institute.

Daniel Eshom is the Catalog Librarian for the library of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies. Previously, he worked at Columbia University as metadata specialist for the National Science Foundation's Digital Library, and at Simon & Schuster as copy chief. He is the author of two nonfiction books for young adults (Rosen Publishing) and numerous teacher's guides (Penguin-Putnam). He holds an MA in English Literature from Colorado State University and an MSLIS from Pratt.
Complete details with address and directions will be sent with registration confirmation.

Questions concerning this event may be sent to:

Adjunct Reference Librarian, St. John’s University Library, Queens Campus (Queens, NY)

Adjunct Reference Librarian, Queens Campus

St. John’s University Library


  • Provide traditional and electronic reference services (including virtual and text reference to students, faculty, administrators, and community library users). Schedule includes weekends, some evenings, and some holidays.
  • Instruct library patrons in searching print sources and electronic information resources effectively including online catalog and subject databases.
  • May provide library Instruction classes and other workshops as needed.
  • Serve as building level liaison for safety and facilities issues as they arise. Act as backup for evening/weekend supervisor for student workers.
  • Perform other professional duties as requested: may include participation in selection and de-selection of materials, preparation of library instruction materials, and evaluation and assessment of resources.


  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution. Additional subject master’s preferred.
  • Academic library experience preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Familiarity with and experience with reference and public service within a digital and web environment.
  • Supervisory experience desirable.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Prof. Lucy Heckman, Head of Reference,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Substitute Instructor: Baruch College/Newman Library, CUNY (New York, NY)

Baruch College – Newman Library

Instructor (Substitute)

Compensation: $51,869 - $65,267


Reporting to the Head of Collection Management, lead a project to determine the curricular relevance of individual titles in the library’s collection and provide traditional and virtual reference assistance. Schedule may include weekend and evening rotations.


A Master's degree in area(s) of expertise, and/or active progress toward a Doctorate, or equivalent as noted below. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, interest in productive scholarship or creative achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.


ALA accredited Master's degree in Library & Information Science; professional experience in an academic, research, corporate, or large public library; excellent interpersonal skills and written and verbal communications skills; experience with acquisitions, collection use analysis, and deaccessioning; commitment to effective user-centered services.

TO APPLY: send resume and cover letter to:

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Metadata Librarian (Librarian II or III): Eastern Washington University Libraries (Cheney, WA)

The Eastern Washington University Libraries invites applications for a Metadata Librarian (Librarian II or III). The position has professional responsibilities in librarianship, scholarship, and service. Responsibilities in librarianship focus on developing and maintaining the discovery engine used to find library resources; activities in cataloging, classification, and metadata creation for library resources; participating in production of archival digital collections and microfilm preservation; guiding the selection and use of metadata schemas, controlled vocabularies, and data dictionaries to facilitate use of digital collections and institutional repository as these develop; communicating and consulting with others about the organization, description, and discovery of library resources; and coordinating physical processing of tangible resources. This is a 100% 11-months per year tenure-track library faculty position. Workload includes: 80% responsibilities in librarianship, including metadata, cataloging, and bibliographic control and coordination of staff and processing operations; 20% service and professional development including research and publication.

Position is open until further notice; screening will begin 12/1/2011. To be assured full consideration, your application must be complete and submitted through the online portal by the screening date. All materials will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified.


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or comparable accredited foreign program
  • At least three years of successful professional library experience
  • Knowledge of and experience in use of current and emerging cataloging standards, including RDA, AACR, LCCS, LCSH, OCLC Bibliographic Input Standards, etc.
  • Experience in cataloging library resources in a variety of formats
  • Knowledge of and experience in use of MARC; knowledge of a minimum of one other metadata standard, such as such as DC, CCO, DACS, DCRM(B), EAD, METS, MODS, VRA, CCO, etc.
  • Demonstrated success in managing personnel and operations in cataloging/metadata functions
  • Demonstrated high level of written and oral communication, organizational, problem-solving and planning skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of faculty, staff, and clients
  • Ability, during the probationary period, to meet library faculty requirements for tenure in the areas of scholarship and service, as defined in Library Faculty Policies & Procedures
  • Commitment to excellence in bibliographic control and discovery of library resources
  • Commitment to excellence in services to students, faculty, and staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active participation in professional dialogue and contribution to academic librarianship, through participation in professional associations, publication, etc.
  • Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change, to improve access to library collections.
  • Knowledge of ContentDM or comparable system.
  • Knowledge of one or more digital repository systems.
  • Knowledge of additional metadata standards.
  • Successful experience in staff training, position design, workflow design, and other management and supervisory functions.

Apply Here:

I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony - Thursday, December 8, 2011

On behalf of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, American Library Association, and The New York Times, METRO members are invited to the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award Ceremony.

Ten winners from around the country will arrive in New York for the ceremony.
I hope you’ll join METRO staff in congratulating them and connecting with the local library community at the reception afterward.

What: I Love My Librarian 2011 Award Ceremony
When: Thursday, December 8, 2011 – 6 to 8 pm
Where: The Times Center
242 West 41st Street
New York, NY

RSVP: There is no charge to attend.

A reception with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres follows the program.

Tom Nielsen, MLS
Member Services Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
57 East 11th Street - 4th Floor
New York, New York 10003-4605
212 228 2320 x116
Not a METRO Member? Contact me to find out more about
METRO's money-saving benefits for libraries, archives and

Monday, November 07, 2011

RUSA BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award

Are you an aspiring business librarian or do you know someone who is? Apply for student travel support to attend ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA in June 2012.

The BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel award is a $1000 cash award given to a student enrolled in an ALA accredited master's degree program to fund travel to and attendance at the ALA Annual Conference and a one-year membership in the Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of RUSA. Applicants should have demonstrated interest in a career as a business reference librarian, and a potential to be a leader in the profession as demonstrated by activities that may include (but are not limited to) coursework, internships, jobs, special projects, and publications.

Applications for the 2012 Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel are being accepted until January 31, 2012.

More information as well as the nomination form can be found at

Please send the complete nomination packet in electronic format to the Committee Chair Carol L. Anderson at with this subject line: BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award

Questions? Contact Carol Anderson, Chair of BRASS Gale Cengage Learning Student Travel Award committee: 518-442-3546


Carol L. Anderson

University Library 104

University at Albany, State University of New York

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12222 USA


ACRL/NY Mentor/Mentee Pilot Project Needs Volunteers

The Association of College and Research Libraries/Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter, is looking for members willing to be mentors and mentees. ACRL/NY will start a regular mentoring program in the near future, but for now a pilot program is in place that needs participants.

Want to be a mentor? A mentor is someone who:

  • Encourages professional behavior;
  • Listens to problems and offers advice and counsel;
  • Points out negative behaviors and attitudes;
  • Assists the mentee in a specialized area, e.g. publishing an article, guidance in changing library career tracks, etc.
  • Offers encouragement and inspires self-confidence and excellence;
  • Assists with career development, exploration and advancement.

To apply to be a Mentor in the ACRL/NY Mentoring Pilot Program, fill out the form at:

What is a mentee? A mentee is someone who:

  • May need some initial help navigating professional library settings;
  • Has no one outside the library organization with whom to confide in about problems and from whom to seek advice and counsel;
  • Is unaware of how his/her behaviors and attitudes are being interpreted by co-workers;
  • Does not possess the experience in certain specialized areas, e.g. publishing an article, guidance in changing library career tracks, etc. and needs the help of another;
  • Needs an outside professional eye to inspire self-confidence and excellence;
  • Is not sure about how to develop in the profession, know how to explore other areas of academic librarianship or how to advance.

To apply to be a Mentee in the ACRL/NY Mentoring Pilot Program, fill out the form at:

Questions? Please contact:

Michael Handis (

Chair, Ad Hoc Mentoring Committee


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Digital Services Manager Organization: Metropolitan New York Library Council (New York, NY)

Located in New York City, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), a non-profit serving more than 260 libraries in NYC and Westchester County, seeks a dynamic and innovative leader to manage a suite of digital services for the membership.

This position offers the opportunity to provide leadership in the region for a diverse membership of libraries, archives, museums, and related information management organizations. METRO’s digital services provide members with funds, training, and resources to initiate and/or to improve their library’s digital services; including, but not limited to digitization, digital preservation, mobile technologies, and more.

The successful candidate will work with national digital information management consultants and leading statewide and regional digitization and emerging technologies initiatives. The candidate will also work with an excellent team of colleagues on the METRO staff and with METRO member libraries, including some of the largest and most progressive digital library initiatives in the nation.

Position Overview:
Serves as METRO’s digital services specialist with member libraries, developing and implementing educational programs, grant programs, and consulting services. The position reports to METRO’s Executive Director.

Major Position Responsibilities:

  • Provides consultation and referral services to METRO members on issues related to digital services and emerging technologies; provides access to news and related resources via monthly digital services email newsletter
  • Researches, develops, implements, and promotes digital services programs and projects aimed at serving existing members’ needs and expanding the institutional and individual member community
  • Generates and plans professional development workshops, events, and in areas of digital services and emerging technologies; recruits instructors and speakers.
  • Manages METRO’s Collaborative Digitization Grants Program, including promotion of the program and administrative oversight of application development and the grant review process
  • Manages METRO’s own in-house digital strategy initiatives aimed at improving METRO members’ online experiences via and social media outlets; works to improve members’ access to on-demand information and resources related to digital services and emerging technologies
  • Recruits, contracts with, and oversees the work of outside program consultants to enhance the planning and implementation of METRO’s digital programs and services when appropriate
  • Represents METRO in the New York and national digital library community
  • Performs any other department or related duties or special projects as directed by METRO’s Executive Director


  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science or related advanced degree in Information Management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital library standards and best practices, including digital imaging, metadata schemas, content management, digital preservation strategies, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of content management systems, digital repositories, and legal issues impacting digital services for libraries, archives, and museums
  • Experience in program and project development, implementation and management
  • Strong collaboration, networking, and negotiation skills
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability and desire to work within a team environment and independently
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including visits to member libraries (New York City and Westchester County) at least twice a month, and attendance at up to four regional or national meetings a year
  • Commitment to ongoing professional growth and development, particularly within the digital services for libraries, archives, and museums environment.
  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science or a Master’s degree in Information Management preferred

Salary range begins at $70,000; 403B with organization contribution; 20 days annual leave; 12 sick leave; 13 + paid holidays; NYS Retirement; excellent health/dental benefits; relocation expenses subject to negotiation

To Apply:
Application review will begin November 30, 2011. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Please forward letter of interest, resume and salary requirement with “Digital Services” in the subject line to