Summer Opportunity for Graduate Student(s) Interested in Large Scale Data Analysis of Large Scale Infrastructure Data
Verisign Labs was founded just a few years ago, and is a new kind of operational research lab. As the operational entity responsible for running .com, .net, two of the DNS’ root instances, and several other top level domains from over 70 sites around the world, Verisign is one of the largest Internet critical infrastructure providers in the world. Servicing an average of 62 billion queries per day provides our researchers with a unique view of Internet traffic, and helps fuel many of our cutting edge research projects.
Verisign Labs uses the massive and unique data sets culled from the transactions we facilitate, combines them with our research team’s diverse set of skills, and adds Verisign’s core operational expertise to make it one of the most hands-on and exciting places to do real operational research. Verisign Labs projects range from DDoS defense systems, to malware detection and remediation, to large-scale data analytics, to Internet routing security and stability, and these are just a handful of the topics that our researchers tackle.
We are seeking highly motivated summer interns to help investigate, develop, and publish meaningful results from our existing research projects. We are seeking students enrolled in full-time masters or Ph.D. programs. Experience in any of the above fields is considered preferable.
Verisign Labs is located in Verisign, Inc. global headquarters, in Reston, Virginia. The office is embedded in Reston Town Center, an exciting cultural area with great social atmosphere and nearby to plenty of outdoors activities. Reston is just about 20 miles from Washington, DC, and is a great place to spend an exciting summer doing cutting edge research and relaxing in (and around) the nation’s capital. Verisign’s headquarters building includes a large fitness center, espresso bar, and cafe.
• Work with technology and business leaders to develop research questions.
• Perform research tasks under the guidance of a Verisign leader.
• Build research tools.
• Document research results in appropriate forums (poster sessions, conferences, etc.).
• Currently enrolled in MS degree program in Computer Engineer/Science or related field; PhD student preferred.
• Research project experience; publications are a plus.
• Appropriate programming experience and knowledge, experience with scripting languages, strong working knowledge of UNIX systems.
• Experience with one or more of the following technology areas:
• Internet infrastructure and application protocols including TCP/IP, DNS, BGP, and HTTP.
• Internet security services including privacy, identification, and authentication.
• Large-scale data analysis.
Interested students should send a resume as soon as possible to: Allison Mankin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Join DC/SLA for “Expand Your Career Potential” Featuring SLA President Deb Hunt Sponsored by LexisNexis February 27, 2013
Having the right skills is everything in today’s very tight job market. How can you know which skills are in the greatest demand and how can you acquire the new skills you need for career advancement?
“Expand Your Career Potential” is the first in a series of webinar workshops on career development for librarians and information professionals. Together with longstanding SLA member and co-instructor, David Grossman, Deb Hunt will teach librarians and information professionals about the 33 hottest skills they need to master to jumpstart their next career move. The workshop also provides sound, practical advice on six ways to acquire those most sought after and essential skills. Participants will construct a customized “road map” plan to achieve their personal objectives.
This 90 minute webinar is designed to help you broaden your existing skillset and construct a plan to attain new levels of expertise, employment, compensation and career satisfaction.
At this webinar you will learn how to:
- Conduct a self-assessment of your current skillset
- Leverage your existing skills to move to the next level in your career
- Acquire 33 essential skills for career growth
- Plan and jump-start your next career move
- Develop YOUR own personalized road map for career advancement
Price:Student/Members in Transition/Retired: $20
General Admission: $30
You can register to view this webinar virtually or register to attend an in person viewing at LexisNexis (1150 18th St., NW)
Registration for the Virtual session (6:25pm to 8pm): http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=209
Registration for the In Person Viewing at LexisNexis (6pm – 6:25pm networking; 6:25pm to 8pm program): http://dc.sla.org/events/?ee=208
“Expand Your Career Potential” has been presented by the Bay Area Library & Information Network, SLA’s Click University, the Illinois SLA Chapter, Infopeople.org, the Internet Librarian conference, the New York Metropolitan Library Council, the New York SLA Chapter and the San Francisco Bay Region SLA Chapter
Spring and Summer Internships at the Smithsonian Libraries
The Smithsonian Libraries is currently seeking applicants for two internship programs:
BHL Marketing Intern (Spring or Summer 2013)
The Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open access digital library of natural history literature (http://biodiversitylibrary.org/), seeks an intern to help tell the story of life on earth within the context of the historical biological literature to benefit the BHL blog (http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org). Interns will conduct research on the publication history of a given species or natural history event, such as a scientific expedition or breakthrough discovery, and communicate these findings in writing to demonstrate the relevance of the BHL collection to modern audiences. Interns will work closely with BHL Outreach and Collections staff to perform an environmental scan of competitive biodiversity related blogs as well as generate ideas to reinvent or create new blog series. Where appropriate, interns will repurpose their research on associated BHL outreach platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
This internship is unpaid, but we are happy to work with students to help them receive credit from their universities. It may also be performed virtually. Please visit our website for more information: https://library.si.edu/internships/bhl-marketing
Professional Development Internships (Summer 2013)
Paid internship opportunities at the Smithsonian Libraries are designed for current graduate students or recent graduates interested in working in research and/or museum libraries. This year, applicants may select from six projects. These projects are in a wide variety of areas, including preservation, art librarianship and cataloging. Applications are due March 11, 2013.
For a complete list of projects and additional information, please visit our website: https://library.si.edu/internships/2013-professional-development
Getting Published (new) – ALCTS (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)
Interested in publishing, but are unsure of where to start? ALCTS offers a wide variety of publications!
- ALCTS Newsletter Online (ANO)
- ALCTS Paper Series
- Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS)
- Paper Series
- And more!
All of these can be found at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources.
Still unsure of where exactly you’d like to publish or even how to begin? ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) would like to help! We’d like to start a thread to help connect people with others who are interested in writing about a certain subject area or topic or for people who are looking to find a mentor to pursue publishing. If you’d like to find a writing partner to collaborate with or are looking to find someone that can guide you through the publishing process, please comment on the main discussion thread located at: http://connect.ala.org/node/190391. The ANMIG community is a wonderful place to start!
If there are any questions that you can’t find an answer to, the ANMIG officers will do their best to help guide you in the best direction.
Good luck and happy writing!
To view this Discussion in Connect, go to http://connect.ala.org/node/190395.
VLA Conference Presentations on VLA.org
Just wanted to remind you all of this treasure trove on the VLA website, http://www.vla.org/?page_id=1421. This is our Past Conference Presentations page, and includes the handouts and presentations from our concurrent sessions that have been provided us by the presenters. This page is not limited to the Annual Conference; please scroll down for VLACRL presentations, the VLA Paraprofessional Conference, and other CE events.
If you don’t see a presentation that you are looking for, please let us know and we will get in touch with the presenters to have it added.
Lisa R. Varga, Executive Director, Virginia Library Association
vla dot lisav at cox dot net
Announcement: ACRL Instruction Section’s New Conference Attendance Policy
I am pleased to announce that the Instruction Section (IS) is transitioning to a new conference attendance policy that takes into account not only that many IS members are unable to attend ALA conferences but also that much of the Section’s work can be conducted virtually. As such, beginning with the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, there will be no conference attendance requirement for all but three committees. The following committees will continue to meet as indicated below:
- Local Arrangements – attendance required at the conference where they are hosting the Soiree.
- Conference Program Planning – attendance required at the Annual conference during the year they host the program.
- Discussion Group Steering Committee – attendance required at Annual conference.
We hope this change will make it easier for our members to participate in the important work of our committees. Please consider volunteering for a committee today (http://bit.ly/UaGxqh), and feel free to contact me with your questions about getting involved with the Section.
Christy Stevens, Instruction Section Vice-Chair
seeking a 2013 VLA public library forum chair
I am seeking a volunteer to be the next Public Library Forum chair for VLA. Please email me if you are interested or if you know someone who is interested.
Jenny Novalis, VLA Public Library Forum Chair
jnovalis at bpls dot org
Public Services Quarterly seeks Marketing Column Editor
Public Services Quarterly is published four times per year by Taylor & Francis, and features a strong set of columns each issue, including professional reading reviews, a special libraries column, internet resources reviews, and others.
One of the columns is focused on marketing in libraries. The column has featured essays about a variety of creative and innovative marketing strategies used to highlight collections or promote services in all types of libraries.
The column editor is stepping down, so I’m recruiting contributors and/or a new editor for Volume 9 (2013) and beyond. We do have an item lined up for issue #1; the first deadline for a new editor or contributor will be March 1, 2013. If you would be interested in contributing a column or taking on the column editor duties, please send me an email with some info about your experience and qualifications.
Beth Blakesley, Editor, PSQ
OCLC Research Diversity Fellow Open Position Available July 2013
Overview: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. Tens of thousands of libraries around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials. We are currently seeking candidates for a Diversity Fellow (Research) position at our Dublin, Ohio, office. The complete position description and links for applying for the position are available at http://www.oclc.org/careers/hub/view/default.htm.
The research fellow has the opportunity to work on OCLC Research projects associated with the Resources Information Management and User Behavior and Synthesis Activities.
The User Behavior and Synthesis Activity area includes several projects.
Visitors and Residents project (http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/vandr/): This is a collaborative project that is funded by JISC and Oxford Universities in the UK and OCLC. The study utilizes the visitors and residents principle described in the University of Oxford’s Technology Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) blog, which hypothesizes that neither age nor gender determines whether one is a visitor (one who logs on to the virtual environment, performs a specific task or acquires specific information, and then logs off) or a resident (one who has an ongoing, developing presence online). This work will increase understanding of how learners engage with the Web and how educational services and systems can attract and sustain a possible new group of lifelong learners. The trans-Atlantic partnership will support comparison of students’ digital learning strategies in different cultural contexts. The project will be in its final phase, which will require quantitative and qualitative data analysis and dissemination of research findings. The results can influence the development of OCLC and member organizations’ systems and services.
Cyber Synergy project (http://www.oclc.org/research/activities/synergy/default.htm): This is a collaborative project that is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Rutgers University to investigate the possibility of seamless collaboration between knowledge institutions such as libraries and the Social Q&A (SQA) community. This project will require quantitative and qualitative data analysis, dissemination of research findings, and development of models for virtual reference and SQA services to initiate new collaborative library services.
2. The Resources Information Management Activity area includes several projects.
Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project (http://www.dipir.org): This is a collaborative project that is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), University of Michigan, and OCLC Research. The project is exploring how to facilitate the reuse of digital data and collections. In partnership with the Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context we are studying data reuse by quantitative social scientists, zoologists, and archaeologists to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved. This project will be in its final phase, which will require quantitative and qualitative data analysis and dissemination of research findings.
Librarian and Data Management: This project is exploring the management of research data from the academic librarians’ point of view. Of particular interest are librarian intentions towards and involvement in helping university researchers manage their data. This project will involve developing and administering an online survey, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and disseminating research findings. A major aim of the project is to inform the development of effective social and technical infrastructures (e.g. education, training, systems, services, etc.) that support librarians that have this new responsibility.
Working on two OCLC Research Activities from Summer 2013-Summer 2014, our intent is to provide the Diversity Fellow with a rich learning experience in two of the six activities supported by OCLC research – User Behavior Studies and Synthesis and Research Information Management.
The Diversity Fellow will have an opportunity to assist in several ongoing research tasks for the User Behavior Studies and Synthesis and Research Information Management activities. Professional Development opportunities include:
- Developing and administering online surveys
- Conducting user interviews
- Collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
- Reviewing and coding interview transcripts
- Preparing papers and presentations
- Aggregating and analyzing web server logs to identify user behaviors.
Modeling: Since all of the projects collaborate with people in other OCLC divisions, as well as external institutions, we also see an opportunity for the Diversity Fellow to engage with a variety of people that extends beyond OCLC Research to OCLC’s product area, the academy, and the designated communities of users each project intends to serve.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and applicable market compensation
The Fellow will be eligible for health & welfare benefits such as is provided to other similarly situated term-limited employees
Relocation Assistance will be offered in the form of a lump sum distributed in two installments (50% at signing of offer and 50% after 90 days of start date). The amount of the lump sum will be determined by the distance required for relocation during the term of the fellowship
OCLC Candidate Profile: Create your candidate profile at the OCLC Career Center Internet site. Once you select to apply for the OCLC Diversity Fellowship opening, you will be asked the following questions:
- Are you legally authorized to work in the United States?
- Will you now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B, F-1 visa status)?
- List your library-related educational experience. Please include: name of degree and major; educational institution city/state/country; year degree awarded.
- List any additional educational experience. Please include: name of degree and major; educational institution city/state/country; year degree awarded.
- List the names of two persons (unrelated to you) who will be submitting letters of recommendation for you. Please include the e-mail address and phone number of the two recommenders.
- List your involvement with professional/student organizations (provide detailed listings of your activities and involvement with library and information science-related organizations); publications (citations for up to five key publications); and honors and awards.
- List any employment experience, most recent position first. Please include: position title; institution; institution mailing address; dates of employment; and key responsibilities.
Essay: Provide an original essay (to be submitted as part of your resume file) of no more than 1,000 words describing why you want to participate in the OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program, and how the experience will contribute to your short-term and long-term career plans. The essay should also demonstrate insight into the problems and opportunities surrounding diversity and inclusion in the library workforce.
Letters of Recommendation: Two persons (unrelated to you) will need to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf directly to: email@example.com. Letters of recommendation MUST be sent separately via e-mail from the recommender’s e-mail account (applicants cannot submit the letters). Recommenders should state how long they have known you and in what capacity, discuss evidence of your commitment to professional development and service, and give an assessment of your promise as a developing professional.
Application Procedures: Application is initiated by applying to the specific fellowship requisition at the OCLC Career Center Internet site, http://www.oclc.jobs, where you will need to create an OCLC candidate profile. The OCLC Diversity Fellowship (WorldShare ILL) Job ID number is 2163. Note: If you have created an OCLC candidate profile in the past, please do not create a duplicate profile.
If you are applying for multiple OCLC positions, you only need to create one OCLC candidate profile, but you must apply towards each particular position via your candidate profile.
When creating your profile, you will arrive at a section to ‘upload your resume’. Please use that section to upload your original resume and essay in one file (both your resume and essay should be in one document before submitting the file online). If you experience problems uploading your resume and essay document, please submit the resume and essay via email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application initiation and all required submissions (original essay and two letters of recommendation) MUST be completed and received by Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00pm ET.
Timeline and Key Dates
- 2013 Program Applications Accepted (Fall 2012 to February 28, 2013)
- 2013 Application Deadline (February 28, 2013)
- 2013 Fellow Selection Process (April 2013)
- 2013 Notification of Decision (April/May 2013)
- 2013 Fellowship Program Starts (July 2013)
- 2013 Fellowship Program Ends (12 months after start date)
The OCLC Diversity Fellowship Program 2013 Program Guidelines document can be found at: http://www.oclc.org/us/en/community/careerdevelopment/minorityfellows/default.htm
OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. OCLC maintains an ongoing commitment to equal opportunity and seeks to sustain a diverse workplace.
Qualifications: The following skills are required to accomplish the projects/tasks across the two projects.
- A Master’s or Ph.D. in Library and Information Science or related discipline (Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Archives, Records Management) is required, though candidates with advanced degrees in social science disciplines (Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology) are also encouraged to apply.
- Strong communication and analytical skills
- Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
- Experienced in Microsoft office programs
- Familiarity with database design principles
- The following skills are preferred:
- Undergraduate or graduate research experience
- Ability to quickly learn new software applications
Reference Reviews (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=rr), the international journal devoted to the review of new or updated electronic and print reference sources, is looking to expand its pool of reviewers and contributors. If you would be interested in joining the reviewing team please email the publisher Ruth Glasspool at Emerald Group Publishing Limited (email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) giving current position, areas of subject expertise, any relevant experience and contact information. No CVs or attachments thank you.
Call for submissions: LearningExchange
Want to see your name in print? Have you done a new type of training lately? seen or done something innovative or a bit different? Have research in learning or training to share? Then send your articles to the Learning Exchange newsletter!
Submission guidelines: Articles should be 500-700 words long, written in an informative style. Topics have included techniques, resources, and programs, and future programs. Anything related to training and learning in libraries is welcome. Articles are due by the 15th of the month prior to publication. The newsletter also accepts member news. These should be brief 1-3 sentence statements.
Each issue also includes a member profile. If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming issue please let the editor know.
All inquiries, article submissions, and correspondence should be sent to email@example.com.
Lockheed Martin Launches Innovation Contest
Lockheed Martin Corporation has announced a worldwide innovation contest with cash awards totaling $50,000.
The “Innovate the Future” contest creates a global forum for interested participants to share their ideas on how innovation can enable a more secure future for the planet. Participants are invited to submit their thoughts on a range of topics facing the world community, including the need for sustainable energy, cyber security, and healthcare.
“Lockheed Martin has 100-year legacy of discovery, innovation, and breakthroughs that have made lasting impacts on society, from human’s first attempts at flight, to systems for controlling the world’s air traffic, to our earliest exploration of space,” said Dr. Ray O. Johnson, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Lockheed Martin.
“An important lesson from this legacy is that good ideas can come from anywhere. Through this contest, we are creating an online environment that helps people with diverse backgrounds and experiences share their ideas,” continued Johnson.
To enter the contest, participants must complete a brief submission online by September 30, 2012. Up to five ideas will be selected for cash awards by a committee comprised of Lockheed Martin employees and at least one independent third party.
There will be up to one $25,000 grand prize, one $10,000 second place prize, and three $5,000 third place prizes. The grand prize winner will also receive an incubation contract with the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute at the University of Maryland to help validate and develop the idea.
Lockheed Martin is currently commemorating its Centennial anniversary and the company’s history of innovation. For more information, including stories of innovation, please visit: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/100years.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
The University of Maryland and Lockheed Martin Corporation established a unique strategic partnership in 2010, building on more than 60 years of close collaboration. This alliance provides a framework for closer cooperation between the two institutions in sharing and developing research, resources, talent and innovative solutions to national and global challenges. The strategic partnership, managed by the University of Maryland’s Division of Research, promotes work in three key areas: Centers of Collaboration, Joint Pursuit of Business Opportunities, and Enhanced Research and Development. For more information: http://www.research.umd.edu
Questions? Contact Michael Frame at firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Q&A from a recent discussion on collib-l
Q: I am currently employed full-time at an academic library; however, I am looking to supplement my income with a part-time/contractual position performing online reference/research. Would anyone be able to provide me with any companies or contacts that I could get in touch with that offer these positions?
A: After I graduated from library school and before I found my first “real” library job, I had a year and three months of no work. I took my services to Elance.com where you can bid on reference and research jobs (among other jobs, like writing and database admin). I had moderate success on there – it just depended on the availability of jobs I was interested in. Sometimes there were many, sometimes very few. More often than not I was able to find jobs. I found that for every 10 jobs I bid on, I would usually secure at least one, and about half of the time, two of the jobs.
Many people are wary of Elance, because of the competition and the difficulty starting out as a new person. But, should you decide to give it a try, I strongly suggest that you do not try to be the absolute lowest bidder. Anyone on the site that wants a job well done rarely goes with the lowest bidder. They look for someone who knows their worth and will do the work properly. For the very first one, you might want to go just slightly below what you think the value to be, but after this, I would not recommend doing so. Be sure to write detailed, personalized proposals and give a small sample of work relevant to the job in question. If you do this, you will get your first job easily, and the rest will follow.
Virginia Libraries seeking book reviewers
Pick a book by a Virginia author or about a Virginia topic, and tell Virginia Libraries readers about it! See page 29 of the current issue for a list of candidates for possible review and submission guidelines on page 4.
Cordial Call for Contributions
I’ve been working on a fun project this summer, and wanted to see if any of my fellow New Librarian’s Listers wished to become a part of it. As a sort of non-traditional internship, I’ve been working with a few members of ASIS&T (the American Society for Information Science & Technology) and our trusty web developer to create a not-for-profit educational website to promote the information professions (http://www.infoprofessionals.org/). I know it doesn’t look like much yet–we’re still fine tuning content, layout, etc.–but we envision an end product appealing to a wide audience (i.e. not just information professionals themselves). We hope to accomplish this by featuring engaging multimedia content that dispel stereotypes and portray the stories of real people in the field: a photo of a museum curator in the midst of setting up an exciting exhibit, a short video of an independent information broker describing why his/her job is both important and fun, and the like.
If you’d like to contribute a piece of content for the site, I would love to hear from you. It doesn’t have to be terribly fancy, and could even be an extant photo that’s sitting on your hard drive – every little bit helps! Similarly, if you know any information professionals who aren’t on this list serv that may have something to add to the site, please put them in touch with me. Many thanks for taking the time to read this!
Christine @ Drexel University
Invitation to become an officer of HETL by its incoming President
By Charles Wankel, St. John’s University, New York
It is a wonderful time to come into the leadership of the most dynamic and fastest growing higher education association. I would like to invite you to get more involved in HETL by taking on the role of a liaison to your discipline or to your country. The role of liaison will involve your soliciting submissions and organizing sessions at our future conferences. So, for example, an HETL liaison to anthropology might locate people interested in issues associated with teaching anthropology and organizing a panel or symposium of papers or individual presentations on that topic for our next conference. Such a liaison might organize a special issue in one of our affiliated journals or join a chapter book effort sponsored by HETL with one of our partner publishers. Our liaisons to various nations are currently called HETL ambassadors. I am planning to have the ambassadors brainstorm on collaborative endeavors, such as books, special issues, and conference sessions.
For you to take a leading role in this, send an email to me at email@example.com expressing your interest in a liaison role and explain what discipline or country you are interested in representing. In the subject field of your email put “Interested in an HETL liaison role”, to direct my attention to it. I look forward to your active role in our society and also look forward to personal connection and collaboration with you.
Libraries and Information Stack Exchange Public Beta
The proposal for a Libraries and Information Science site has received enough support to go into an open, public beta as part of the Stack Exchange network of question-and-answer sites. This resource may be of particular interest to the iSchool community.
The goal of the Stack Exchange sites is to collect and curate reliable expert knowledge. LIS.SE is seeking more participation from librarians—ask questions, answer questions, build reputation on the site, help shape the public understanding of libraries and librarianship. Your participation will help the LIS.SE community demonstrate public engagement with questions about libraries so that the site can be promoted to full status.
The Libraries and Information Science Stack Exchange site is here: http://libraries.stackexchange.com/
Take a look, ask a question, contribute an answer, and consider helping develop this public knowledge resource.
Library Journal Book Reviewers Needed
Please visit this website for more information: http://www.ccumc.org/media-review
Need to Publish? About Higher Education? About Technology? Consider the College & University Media Review as a vehicle for your creativity.
The Consortium of College and University Media Center’s (CCUMC) professional journal publishes articles that focus on media and technology, related research, instructional development, and management and supervision, as related to the operation of instructional support service units in higher education. You can also submit interviews with leaders in the field or persons involved in interesting, related practice, as well as annotated bibliographies and case studies.
Some Archival Career Advice (from the Smithsonian)
“The Smithsonian Institution Archives receives dozens of inquiries every year from students and recent graduates about the archives profession and how to become an archivist. Since this is such a popular topic, we decided to make our responses to the most common questions available to a wider audience. While the responses below are intended to address the archival profession in general, they ultimately reflect my own experiences and those of my immediate colleagues.”
Call for participants: peer reviewers for core bibliography
Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources (CR), a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Choice magazine and Bowker, is currently seeking academic librarians and faculty to participate in our peer review process.
Career Resources (CR) is the essential list of core works for vocational, technical, and career education programs at two and four-year undergraduate institutions. It includes over 4,500 titles in 56 subject areas. The successor to Vocational and Technical Resources for Community College Libraries, CR contains print and electronic resources essential for supporting programs in ten major career clusters and is available online at http://rclweb.net.
We are currently seeking referees for the following ten career clusters (with subject areas):
*Allied Health (Dental Auxiliary Careers; Diagnostic Technologies; Dietetics and Nutrition; Emergency Medical Services; Medical Assisting and Medical Records; Medical Laboratory Technology; Nursing; Occupational Safety and Health; Occupational Therapy Assisting; Physical Therapist Assisting; Respiratory Therapy Assisting)
*Business (Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Income Tax Preparation; Computers and Data Processing; Culinary Arts and Food Service Management; Hospitality Management; Office Technologies; Real Estate; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Travel and Tourism)
*Building and Construction Trades (Cabinetry and Woodworking; Construction and Remodeling; Electrical Technology; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning; Masonry; Plumbing Technology)
*Communication (Journalism; Public Relations; Radio and Television Production Technologies)
*Criminal Justice and Law (Court Reporting; Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Legal Secretarial; Paralegal)
*Education (Early Childhood Education; Library Technology)
*Engineering and Technology (Aircraft Technologies; Automotive Technologies; Aviation; Diesel Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Operation; Environmental Technologies; Industrial and Mechanical Design; Laser and Electroptics Technology; Computer Systems, Networks, and Technologies; Surveying; Welding)
*Graphic and Apparel Arts (Desktop Publishing and Printing Technologies; Fashion Design and Apparel Arts; Interior Design; Photography; Visual Communication and Graphic Arts)
*Sciences (Fire Services; Forestry; Funeral Services; Landscape Horticulture Technologies; Veterinary Technology; Agricultural Science and Agronomy)
*Social Services (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling; Social Work and Human Services)
Referees will be responsible for evaluating the CR subject’s bibliographic content, both qualitatively and quantitatively. All referee work is scheduled for completion by May 30, 2012. This is a one-time peer review commitment and the review should only require 1-3 days time in total. Referees will receive temporary access to the online CR database during April and May to complete the review.
Please consider submitting your name to participate in this professional service opportunity. Preference will be given to those with experience in teaching and/or collection development in the subject or program area. To volunteer as a reviewer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information, CV/resume, and a brief description of your qualifications, particularly any experience maintaining or assessing core bibliographies in the subject area.
For more information about Resources for College Libraries: Career Resources, visit: http://www.bowker.com/en-US/products/rcl/rcl_cr/index.html
Contact: Anne Doherty, Project Editor, Resources for College Libraries, CHOICE/ACRL
email@example.com, 860.347.6933 x140
Announcing a new Professional Development Blog
The College Library Section Professional Development Committee has been developing a new blog to highlight professional development opportunities that may be of interest to subscribers of COLLIB. The blog is located at http://clspd.blogspot.com
The blog consists of three important sections.
Section 1 is the calendar which lists events in calendar order.
Section 2 is the blog itself which provides descriptions of items on the calendar. The blog is fully searchable.
Section 3 is the Labels which provide keywords that can be used to narrow down the options to find relevant materials. The label section also includes cost labels that allow you to limit by the cost of the program.
The blog will be updated regularly. We hope that you find this to be helpful.
Thanks, Clem Guthro, Chair, CLS, Professional Development Committee
LL&M seeks submissions for New Perspectives in Leadership
Library Leadership & Management, the LLAMA journal, seeks submissions for its New Perspectives on Leadership column. Check out previous columns at http://journals.tdl.org/llm. If you have questions or an article to submit, please contact Associate Editor Beth Blakesley at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to hear from you!
Video Available: Roberta Shaffer’s CUA SLIS Colloquium lecture
Did you miss the CUA SLIS Colloquium last week with Roberta Shaffer, the recently appointed Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress? Or, did you attend and want to see it again?
If so, the video of her lecture from Feb. 23rd, “Our Challenge of the 21st Century: Defining the Role of the Library and Librarians in Everyone’s Everyday Lives,” is available on our CUA SLIS YouTube channel<http://www.youtube.com/user/CUASLIS/>, along with other previous lectures at our school.
You can watch Roberta Shaffer’s SLIS lecture here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CUASLIS/
Call for Papers: Journal of Library Innovation
The Editors of Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI) are accepting submissions of research articles and articles about innovative practices in libraries on an ongoing basis. Information about the focus and scope of JOLI, along with the previous issues, can be found at the journal’s website: http://www.libraryinnovation.org
If you have tried out a new program, changed a work flow, connected with patrons in a way different from the way you have done so in the past, please consider sharing your experience by writing about it. If you aren’t sure if it was innovative, consider the following:
• What was eye-opening?
• What was unexpected?
• What were the benefits?
• What failed?
• What risk did you take in trying something innovative?
•You may have tried something done by many other libraries already, but your results are different from those documented in library literature.
• You have tried something never done in a library setting before.
If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Jones, Managing Editor, at email@example.com
Resources for Job Seekers
I came across the blog Hiring Librarians (http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/) courtesy of INALJ’s LinkedIn page and wanted to pass it on for those that don’t subscribe to INALJ LinkedIn updates. The blog surveys anyone who oversees hiring in libraries to gain insight into their thought processes during hiring. There are various categories for the number of staff, type of library (academic, public, etc.), and various others such as stats and graphs.
Another site that has been useful is Open Cover Letters (http://opencoverletters.com/) which posts cover letters from successful applicants for library and archival positions; all personal information is redacted. There are various categories for types of libraries (corporate, federal, international, etc), as well as one for Archives and Museums, and numeorus tags, “recent grad” being one of the most common. The site moderator is also trying to get a Conversation Starter session at ALA Annual in which participants would be able to work on cover letters in the session. If you’re going to ALA Annnual and want to vote for any of the Conversation Starter program proposals, use this link: http://connect.ala.org/ala12csvoting.
Katie Seeler, UMD SLA Student Group, President
Call for Technology Review Authors
The International HETL Review publishes a diverse set of scholarly articles that reflects the diversity (interdisciplinary, international, institutional type and mission, etc) of the global higher education community. Within the fast-changing higher education environment, the number of educational technology applications continues to proliferate and makes it increasingly hard for educators to keep up with all the applications available to educators. So, we are looking for technology savvy educators who have expertise in using technology applications (both Web-based and non-Web-based) both in and out of the classroom and would like to be considered to write technology review articles for the Review.
The technology review article will entail providing a critique and overview of a technology application – its usefulness to educators, its applications for teaching and learning, its strengths and weaknesses, etc. The articles will be between 1,500 – 2,000 words and will be published in the HETL Review. The technology review article would be part user experience (how you or other educators are using the technology, what benefits it provides to teaching and learning, etc) and part literature review (with references) on the specific application and the broader technology in general. This type of article is not necessarily a theoretical work or research study; rather we are interested in its practical application to enhance teaching and learning.
If you have extensive experience in using an educational technology application and are interested in potentially writing a technology review article for the Review, please submit to Patrick Blessinger at firstname.lastname@example.org a half page proposal describing the technologies you have experience using and are comfortable writing about as well as any articles/books/chapters you may have written on the topic area. Also include your position, your institutional affiliation, and the country you reside in.
LITA seeking authors for LITA Guides published by Neal-Schuman
LITA is looking for authors for the following LITA Guides to be published by Neal-Schuman Publishing:
- How to Implement Creative Commons Licenses
- Protect your library against data security breaches
- How to set up experimental technology areas in the library (tablet checkouts, apps testing, space redesign, etc.)
- WordPress for libraries
- Integrating E-books into library collections
- A guide to RDF and linked data library projects
- Quick improvements for library web pages.
Authors receive 10% in royalties for their work. The turnaround time for publication is relatively short.
Please get in touch with me if you are interested in authoring one of these guides or have a proposal of your own.
You can email me directly at email@example.com
new listserv for cinema and media studies librarians
We’re pleased to announce CAMSLIB, a new email discussion list for Cinema and Media Studies librarians. Its purpose is to facilitate communication, collaboration, and professional development among librarians and related professionals interested in all aspects of cinema and media studies librarianship. Please join us! Subscribe at https://lists.carleton.edu/info/camslib.
Elizabeth Peterson and Matt Bailey, list administrators
HETL CALL FOR BOOK REVIEWERS
The International HETL Review ( http://hetl.org ) is now accepting self-nominations from individuals who would like to serve as book reviewers for select higher education books. If you would like to be added to our roster of scholars and educators who are willing to occasionally review books for the HETL Review (e.g., not more than one book review per year), please send me your name, your title/position, your affiliation, and a very brief bio (one paragraph) that includes your major awards, accomplishments, and publications. Selected book reviews will appear in the International HETL Review as a “book review article” and will appear in the annual volume of the Review.
Fantastic report on opportunities in Federal government
Job Shadowing opportunity
Are you contemplating a career as an academic librarian specializing in English language or literature, rhetoric and composition, drama, or related areas of the humanities? Humanities librarians use their subject knowledge to select appropriate books and resources for collections, give specialized library instruction classes, and help faculty and students with their research. If this sounds interesting, you are invited to participate in the job shadowing program sponsored by the Literatures in English Section of ACRL (LES).
Job shadowing is a way to learn more about the field of librarianship and the day-to-day work of an academic librarian. It can also help future librarians form mentoring relationships. LES will attempt to match you with a nearby volunteer from our membership. You will spend the day with an academic librarian as he or she works, get a sense of what the job entails, and have an opportunity to chat about the real-life challenges and rewards of subject librarianship. This program is free and open to anyone in the United States. We welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, and those considering switching careers.
If you are interested in being hosted by an LES librarian, please fill out the out the form found on this web page: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEFzN2xSTmZWRDZ4Z2NTSDhjNlhMZGc6MA. We will attempt to match you with an academic librarian working at an institution in your area.
For more information, please contact Liorah Golomb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, enjoy this video about the relationship between literature librarians and teaching faculty: http://youtu.be/icxmYxHyDxw.
Seeking Book Reviewers for Catholic Library World
I am seeking some additional book reviewers for Catholic Library World (CLW). CLW reviews books and media, including children’s titles, young adult titles, and nonfiction for adults. We have very strong coverage of religious studies, theology, and spirituality titles, as well as library science, and selective coverage of other topics.
Please email me with your qualifications, and areas of interest, if you would like to be considered as a reviewer for Catholic Library World.
Sigrid Kelsey, email@example.com
Editor, Catholic Library World http://www.cathla.org/catholic-library-world-clw
Write for The Hub!
Love YA literature? Want to explore and talk about teen lit with fellow fans? Become a blogger for The Hub!
We’re looking for new voices at The Hub. We need readers of YA lit who are strong writers with good communication skills and a spirit of collaboration to join our team. You must be a current YALSA member who can commit to writing one post a month. We’re especially interested in people with a unique perspective who can write more than a book review (Do you work in a correctional facility? Do you serve a multicultural patron base? Do you have an angle on YA lit most don’t?) or those who can recruit teens to contribute to the blog.
Hub bloggers help promote YALSA’s selected lists and awards, connect readers of teen lit to great new books, and spread current news about YA lit. Becoming a Hub blogger is a great way to become more involved with YALSA, to develop your writing and viewpoint on YA lit, and to connect with other fans of books for teens.
For more information on blogging for The Hub, read the blogger guidelines and contact the Hub’s member manager, Gretchen Kolderup, at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voices of the Future
This looks like a great opportunity for students to get their best papers published. Note—faculty are asked to recommend papers.
My name is Rick Block and I am editor of Voices of the Future, a column in The Serials Librarian featuring papers written by students enrolled in library and information science programs. We have published some outstanding student papers in the past and are now seeking new papers for publication in the column. Instructors are invited to recommend for publication in the column outstanding serials-related term papers or other works students have written for their LIS courses. Please contact me with any questions or papers for publication.
Rick J. Block, Metadata Librarian, Seattle University
DC/SLA Radio: Your key to professional development programming
DC/SLA provides a lot of programming aimed at professional development. Since we rely on local libraries/businesses to host our events we’re usually limited to having our programs during the week. I know that when I was doing library school online and working it was impossible for me to make most of the events.
Fortunately this year we’ve launched a new way you can access our professional development program asynchronously: DC/SLA Radio. DC/SLA Radio is our chapter’s free audio podcast of most of our events. You can stream or download the full library of episodes at:
I usually send an email announcement whenever we post a new episode. But DC/SLA Radio has a built in RSS feed so you can just subscribe and get notifications of new episodes pushed to you.
Christopher M. Vestal
DC/SLA 2011 Communications Secretary
Short Book Reviews Wanted
The American Indian Library Association Newsletter is looking for <1/2 page book reviews. Please indicate in your review whether the book is appropriate for university, college, or tribal libraries.
Send reviews attention to John Berry at email@example.com.
20% Discount on “The New Graduate Experience: Post-MLS Residency Programs and Early Career Librarianship”
I’d like to share with you some good news about the book, “The New Graduate Experience: Post-MLS Residency Programs and Early Career Librarianship.” The title is a paperback, but one of the most expensive titles in the Libraries Unlimited collection. Since the largest market segment for this book is LIS students who have limited resources, the publisher has agreed to reduce the price by 20% using a special promotional code: 101FLA4. There is no expiration date for this discount.
Unfortunately, the publisher’s website is not order friendly for individual orders using a credit card. It’s more for institutional orders. I recommend ordering by phone: 800-368-6868. The publisher is in CA so phone orders can be placed between 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST (Monday-Friday).
Please let me know if you have any questions or encounter any problems.
Thanks very much,
Megan Perez, Former Librarian-In-Residency at the University of Arkansas
New Journal Features Student Research
On July 15, 2011, the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) published the inaugural issue of its Student Research Journal, which provides a venue for the School’s graduate students to share their knowledge with the professional community.
The peer-reviewed research journal is an open-access scholarly publication comprised of SLIS student submissions. “We want it to represent a broad spectrum of scholarship,” said SLIS student Suzanne Scott, who is Editor-in-Chief of the new journal. Articles will feature graduate scholarship in the fields of library and information science, archives and records management, and museum studies.
Nine SLIS students serve on the journal’s editorial team, with guidance provided by faculty advisor Dr. Anthony Bernier and an editorial advisory board.
The journal will receive submissions on a rolling basis and publish two issues annually. It is the university’s first student governed, online, peer-reviewed research journal.
For more information about the SLIS Student Research Journal, visit: http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/
For more information about the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, visit: http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/