Wednesday, January 25, 2012

METRO Professional Development Update

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

New Member Benefit

METRO institutional member employees and individual myMETRO members can now access’s online learning resources for a nominal fee through METRO. hosts over 1,000 video tutorials focusing on software, home computing, select business skills, and more. For $10, METRO members can request access to one of our user licenses for a period of two weeks. For more information on and how to request access through METRO, please visit

Webinar: Seeking Synchronicity
Tues, Jan 31 | 3:00pm-4:30pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie Radford will discuss the key findings of their multi-year study that were recently published in the report, “Seeking Synchronicity: Revelations and Recommendations for Virtual Reference.”
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Vendor Demo: Brainfuse, Inc.
Thurs, Feb 2 | 4:00pm-5:30pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Brainfuse is America’s leading provider of live online tutoring and online job search support for your patrons. Join us and learn why libraries throughout New York State and the country enhance their patron support with HelpNow, JobNow, and StudyNow.
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Webinar: Expanding Your Career Potential - Part 1: Broadening Your Existing Skill Set
Wed, Feb 15 | 6:00pm-7:30pm | $25 METRO, myMETRO, 3Rs Council, & SLA-NY Members; $40 Non-members
In this first session we will identify and discuss those skill sets that are in the greatest demand in the library/information world. The presenters will also examine alternative jobs and potential career paths for librarians and information professionals contemplating a career change or transitioning into a non-traditional role.
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Library Assessment
Thurs, Feb 23 | 10:00am-4:00pm | $60 METRO; $40 myMETRO; $100 Non-members
This full-day workshop covers the difference between, and strengths of, qualitative and quantitative data; various ways to gather data; how to run focus groups; how to plan effective surveys, and how market research can help you to run your library.
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LOD-LAM-NYC: A Day of Linked Data Discussion & Activities for the NY Metropolitan Area
Thurs, Feb 23 | 9:00am-6:00pm | There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Join us at the New York Public Library for a day of LOD-LAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums) discussions for the cultural heritage sector in the NY Metropolitan Area. This event will be comprised of a morning plenary and an afternoon hands-on session.
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Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:
Tues, Feb 7 | 10am-12pm | Learn more & register at:

Science, Technology & Medical Librarians: New Developments in STEM Publishing
Fri, Feb 24 | 2-4pm | Learn more & register at:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Internship, Teachers College

The EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our 2012 summer internship program. The internship runs from June 11th to August 17th. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please speak to your qualifications for and interest in specific projects or project teams (see below). All 2012 summer interns will receive stipends at competitive rates.

The Future of Libraries Internship
Get acquainted with the future of technical services! We operate an intensely data-driven Materials and Acquisitions department poised to revolutionize traditional library services. Centered in the EdLab, we go beyond traditional content delivery to explore creative production, product management, social media marketing, and digital archiving. We seek interns with a passion for ushering libraries into the future.

All EdLab Summer Interns participate in a range of lab-wide activities and events, all interns contribute to the EdLab blog and other publications, and all interns have the opportunity to join EdLab teams as they present and participate in conferences and workshops related to EdLab projects.

Head, Collection Development and Management - Medical Library, Yale University

Head, Collection Development and Management
Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian II – III
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library: The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

The Medical Library: The Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library, with a collection of more than 450,000 volumes, 10,000 online journals and a wide range of state-of the art electronic services, serves the Yale Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, the Yale-New Haven Hospital and other affiliated institutions of the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Library staff works together as a team to provide responsive and effective information support to the Medical Center's missions of research, education, and patient care. There is a continuing effort to use technology fully to facilitate patron access to information from library, campus, or remote locations.

The Position: The Head of Collection Development & Management provides leadership and vision in developing and sustaining collection development activities at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Specific areas of responsibilities include resource selection, license and product negotiation, vendor relations, acquisitions, bibliographic control, collection analysis and assessment, and collections budget development and management. The position will be knowledgeable about innovations and changes in the profession, as well as in the scholarly publishing industry. The position will serve as a member of the Medical Library’s senior management team, and report to the Director of the Medical Library.

The Head of Collection Development & Management supervises collection management staff (3 FTE), and directs collections-related projects. The position acts as liaison to the central Collections, Acquisitions, and Cataloging Departments, and keeps current with changing system-wide policies and procedures in which the Medical Library is increasingly integrated. Chairs the Medical Library’s Collection Development Committee charged to provide guidance and decision support to the Director of the Medical Library on collection development and related matters. Collaborates with staff throughout the Yale University Library on best approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and management.


• Outreach and public services responsibilities, including participation in the Medical Library’s departmental liaison and personal librarian programs.
• Works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and researchers to identify resources and collections for research, teaching and clinical care.
• Manage funds of the Medical Historical and Nursing Libraries.
• Evaluates and implements new practices, services and tools to increase the efficiency of collection management processes and workflows.
• Compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to support data-driven collection development decisions and comply with university library and national library association statistical reporting requirements.
• Works closely with the Medical Library’s Business Manager, the History of Medicine Librarian and the Director to insure the effective management of general account and endowed collection funds, in accordance with university fiscal policies. Collaborates on projects and services.
• Expected to be professionally active and to represent the Library and University in the academic, scholarly and professional community.
• May be required to participate with disaster recovery efforts.


• M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school, with a minimum of two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments, preferably in an academic setting. For appointment at the LIII level, requires five years professional library experience and professional accomplishments, preferably in an academic setting.
• Experience managing library technical services with an emphasis on electronic resources management, including acquisitions, collection development and management, and vendor relations.

• Experience and understanding with library collections and biomedical information resources, as well as knowledge of health science libraries and their evolving roles in medical education, biomedical research, clinical practice and scholarly communication.
• At least two years of demonstrated supervisory experience.
• Knowledge of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues; experience negotiating licenses for electronic content; experience with electronic resource management systems; experience with analyzing usage statistics (e.g. COUNTER compliant usage statistics).
• Experience with use of integrated library systems and OpenURL link resolvers; understanding of emerging metadata and digitization standards.
• Ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective programs, projects and services.
• Experience in vendor and publisher relations and in conducting license and product negotiations.
• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage complex workflows.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public presentations.
• Excellent interpersonal and team collaboration skills; and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, rapidly changing and ambiguous environment.
• Must be able to work with faculty, staff and students in a culturally diverse environment.
• Demonstrated accomplishments and ongoing engagement in professional development, research or services for appointment at the Librarian III level.

• Experience in digitization projects.
• Public services experience and training, preferably in a health sciences library setting.

Salary and Benefits: We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 14751BR. Please be sure to reference # 14751BR in your cover letter.

Background Check Requirements: All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.

Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Call for presentations- Columbia 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

User Services/ Instructional Librarian, Dibner Library, Polytechnic Institute of New York University

About the Position:
The Dibner Library seeks a forward-thinking, creative, enthusiastic, service-oriented librarian to expand our instructional services supporting primarily undergraduate research skills. The individual in this position will serve as a key contact with academic and non-academic departments. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Library Operations, the User Services Instructional Librarian will develop curriculum and implement library focused information literacy programs to increase student literacy competencies, promote the effective use of resources and advance user awareness of in-house collections and services offered by the Dibner Library. The User Services Instructional Librarian will be proactive, hands-on member of the library services team; provide reference to students, faculty and staff; participate in collection development and faculty liaison activities in an assigned subject area.

• Plan, develop and implement information literacy curriculum associated with the First-Year Writing Program
• Provide on-site and on-line reference and instruction to students, faculty and staff
• Create tutorials and organize on-site programs supporting undergraduate-level academics
• Participate in outreach and develop cross campus partnerships
• Collaborate with academic and non-academic units that support the undergraduate experience.
• Plan and organize library involvement in key student events.
• Participate in developing and implementing a framework for transitioning undergraduates from basic research skills to discipline-specific library research methods
• Participate in collection development and faculty liaison activities in an assigned subject field.
• Explore and assist in implementing technologies and tools related to instruction and assessment.
• Contribute to development and design of library online presence.
• Promote use of the collections through presentations, publications and dissemination of online content.

Education Requirements
• Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution.

• One to three year experience providing reference/instructional service in an academic library and/or teaching
• Participation in developing and successfully implementing information literacy programs in a college or university library
• Knowledge of information literacy principles and ability to employ tools necessary for monitoring and assessment of effective library instruction
• Proficiency in using instructional technologies and social media to achieve pedagogical goals
• Ability to take initiative and develop engaging instructional materials/programs in collaboration with faculty and staff
• Experience in planning, implementing and executing collaborative projects
• Ability to work effectively in a team-based organization and, individually with faculty, staff and students
• Familiarity or experience with tools supporting online learning

• Excellent interpersonal, research, and oral and written communication skills
• Record of professional involvement

Apply to:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

NELIG 2012 Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

The New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG), an interest group of ACRL New England, is requesting speaker proposals for its annual conference “Connecting to Research through People and Process” to be held at Mount Wachusett Community College, in Gardner MA on Friday, June 1, 2012.

This year's program will explore how instruction librarians can collaborate with others on campus to help students through the research process.
Some of the aspects we could explore include:
  • Collaborations with any members of your campus (faculty, students, staff, etc.)
  • Innovative information literacy programs that enhance individualized learning experience and engage the student in the process of active research
  • Methods of teaching the research process in both reference services and instruction
  • Assessment models that leverage collaborative opportunities.
  • Assessment of the student research experience
  • Use of technology to facilitate holistic learning
  • Instruction programs that include understanding the research process as a learning outcome
  • Any other topics that address how to incorporate collaborations to further students’ connection to the research process in teaching and learning information literacy are welcome.

Each speaker should plan on speaking 30-35 minutes with an additional 10-15 minutes for question and discussion. The total time allotted for each presentation is a maximum of 45 minutes. We are looking for individual, group, or panel presentations by librarians and/or their collaborative colleagues. NELIG encourages librarians with any amount of experience to submit a proposal. Please do not feel shy about submitting a proposal, even if you have never presented before. NELIG is dedicated to providing opportunities for librarians to learn practical ideas from one another. Please feel free to email if you have any questions about presenting.

If you are interested in presenting a session or a panel, please submit the following online form by February 27, 2012: Call for Proposals: 2012 NELIG Annual Program. Questions should be directed to:

Part Time Instruction Librarian, Adelphi University Swirbul Library, Garden City Campus

(Approximately 20 hours a week)

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries and working closely with the Coordinator of Instructional Services and the library faculty of the Garden City campus, the Part Time Instruction Librarian’s responsibilities support the University's goal of developing information literate students. The incumbent participates in all aspects of the Library’s information literacy programs, providing bibliographic instruction in the Freshman Experience Program, course related instructional sessions for undergraduate subject specialties, and graduate level courses in subject areas such as Education, Nursing and Social Work. May assist library faculty with instructional design for their courses and may provide scheduled reference service. The incumbent works a flexible schedule of up to 20 hours per week.

REQUIREMENTS: MLS from an ALA-accredited program. Flexible work schedule during the fall and spring semesters to accommodate some evening and weekend teaching assignments. Ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population of faculty, students and staff. Highly Preferred: Experience teaching library instruction classes for undergraduate and graduate students. Desirable: Experience creating instructional and information materials using Libguides and a working knowledge of applications such as Camtasia, Captivate, or Survey Monkey.

APPLY: Send cv/resume, letter of interest and contact information for three references to Prof. Eloise Bellard, Coordinator of Instructional Services, at

Friday, January 06, 2012

Subject Librarian for Engineering & Visual Arts Librarian - Binghamton University Libraries

Binghamton University Libraries is currently accepting applications for two library faculty positions – Engineering Librarian and Visual Arts Librarian. BU Libraries seek enthusiastic, collegial, and service-oriented librarians to serve as an integral part of the Research and Instructional Services Team providing high quality research, collection development, and instructional services for the BU community.

Engineering Librarian

The Engineering Librarian assesses, develops and manages the engineering collections; serves as liaison with the Watson Engineering School faculty and students; provides reference and instructional services; and represents the Libraries to appropriate campus departments. Required qualifications include an MLS and recent experience in the engineering or science disciplines.

Visual Arts Librarian

The Visual Arts Librarian develops and manages the print and digital visual arts collections of the Binghamton University Libraries in support of teaching and research in Art History and Art, as well as students utilizing resources in these areas; provides reference and instructional services; and represents the Libraries to appropriate campus departments. Required qualifications include an MLS and recent experience in the visual arts disciplines.


Both positions are entry-level, tenure-track faculty positions and report to the Acting Director of Public Services. Review of applications for both positions will begin on February 1, 2012 and continue until the positions are filled. For full qualifications, application instructions and additional information, visit our website at: Binghamton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Sponsorship for US Citizenship is currently not available.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Milne Library Business Manager (revised) - SUNY Geneseo

Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo seeks a full time Business Manager to be responsible for the implementation of programmatic and administrative matters involving library budget planning, monitoring, procurement, facilities, and collections. The position has delegated responsibility for liaison with campus offices and external contacts on behalf of the Director of Milne Library.

The library has 30 faculty and staff members (full time equivalent), a budget of over two million dollars, and serves about 5,500 students and 265 faculty.

Specific roles and duties of the Business Manager include the following:

Administrative and Budget Management (40%): >Supervises one full-time Administrative Assistant. >Works directly with Director of Milne Library on library administration and library projects, including facility planning, evaluation of services, learning environment, etc. >Develops, prepares, and maintains library budget. This position has major programmatic responsibility for the library budget and is responsible for purchases, internal accounting and management of expenditures related to all library operations. >Actively participates in the Library Management Team.

Personnel HR & Policies Management (20%): >Works with College Human Resource (HR) office to manages all files, administrative policies and forms for library personnel. >Assists with the employment process of staff, including interviewing, hiring, training. Makes recommendations concerning the processes for evaluation, promotion, and terminations. >Coordinates execution of annual staff reviews and faculty/professional staff annual reports.

Outreach and Development Officer (20%): >Serves as liaison with College Advancement, Geneseo Foundation, Alumni Relations, and Friends of Milne Library. >Plans, coordinates, and assesses ongoing community engagement, service learning, and internship projects. >Facilitates Library Communications and Marketing Team to develop an effective communication strategy, coordinate marketing, communications, and outreach programs including some events and exhibits.

Assessment and Statistics Officer (15%): >Gathers and manages library's organizational knowledge and business intelligence. >Participates in Assessment Team meetings, assists with library assessment and statistical projects. >Coordinates responses to external requests for statistics. Collaborates with campus offices that collect and disseminate data. >Works closely with Library staff to provide necessary data for their scholarly research activities and grant applications.

Other duties as assigned, as needed. (5%)


Required: Bachelor’s degree in relevant area, e.g. business, human resources, public administration. 3 years experience providing administrative or program support. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Experienced user of MS Office

Preferred: Master’s degree in relevant area, e.g. MBA, MPA, MLS, Human resources. Candidates with demonstrated experience in project management, assessment, statistics, outreach, and development. Strong commitment to customer service. Excellent problem-solving skills and an aptitude for complex, analytical work with attention to detail and organization. Experience providing administrative support for a college, university or library organization. Familiarity with online organizational and collaboration tools, e.g. wikis, webinar software, Google docs, etc.

Complete description and qualifications available at:

Position is a 12-month, full-time position within the library. Initial 1 yr. contract renewable. Starting salary of $47,000. Comprehensive benefits package. Review of applicants begins immediately.

To apply, submit an online professional application at and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. All applicants are subject to drug and criminal background checks.

SUNY Geneseo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.