Quote 23 Jul 38 notes
Librarians get little education in research design and then are told they must do research to keep their jobs. If we can barely find the time to do our scholarship, is it any wonder that we don’t have time to become good researchers?
Link 23 Jul 4 notes On tenure, after three years on the tenure track | Information Wants To Be Free»

Whether you agree or disagree with Meredith Farkas regarding tenure track for librarians, this is an important read for academic librarians.

Photo 23 Jul 26 notes "I use the term ‘platform’ for the library in the same way you’d refer to a software platform—a set of tools one can employ to perform neat tricks and accomplish specific tasks. The library has always performed this function in many ways—helping people get things done like start businesses, find jobs and of course discover great books. Technology makes it possible to expand our focus, and to help bring people of all stripes together to do great things."
- Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy for Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Public Library, in an interview with Pop City.

"I use the term ‘platform’ for the library in the same way you’d refer to a software platform—a set of tools one can employ to perform neat tricks and accomplish specific tasks. The library has always performed this function in many ways—helping people get things done like start businesses, find jobs and of course discover great books. Technology makes it possible to expand our focus, and to help bring people of all stripes together to do great things."

- Toby Greenwalt, Director of Digital Strategy for Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Public Library, in an interview with Pop City.

Photo 20 Jul 12 notes Chicken! (Not ours).

Chicken! (Not ours).

Photo 20 Jul 11 notes Drums! (Not ours.)

Drums! (Not ours.)

Text 19 Jul 127 notes Oakland librarian collects ephemera left behind

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For decades librarians at Oakland’s main library have collected the scraps of paper ephemera left behind in returned books, shoved into nooks in the library shelves or secretly slipped to librarians.

The collection ranges from half-done to-do lists to childish notes about gossip and crushes passed in the hush of the library children’s room. There are letters of adult love and tragic scrawlings of lonely longing, perhaps used as bookmarks in pulpy romance novels.

Source: Oakland librarian collects ephemera left behind

As I started reading this article, I wondered, is this going to be a librarian I know? It is! Hi Sharon!

Link 18 Jul 1 note Writing your ALA Emerging Leaders Application»

Annie Pho chimes in on Emerging Leaders with some sound application advice.

Writing your ALA Emerging Leaders application | Cat Lady Librarian

Link 18 Jul 4 notes Emerging projects: My experience as an ALA Emerging Leader»

Several people, perhaps considering their own 2015 applications, asked me about my experience as a 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader and how I felt the program helped me develop my leadership skills.

This prompted a bit of reflection on my part. I’d say that the line between the Emerging Leaders program and leadership training is actually an indirect one – but that’s a good thing.

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Video 18 Jul 1 note

I’m finally going back through some photos from ALA. Here’s a few with my EL team, serious and not so serious. And one from one the lights went out.

Link 16 Jul 2 notes Visiting Librarian, 2014-2015 | Paul J. Cushing Library»

The Paul J. Cushing Library seeks a Visiting Librarian for the fall and spring semesters of the 2014-2015 academic year. This is a part-time position, 15 hours per week, 16 weeks per semester, that offers the right candidate the opportunity to gain work experience and build that c.v. You will work with our team of forward-thinking library professionals as we provide innovative, user-centric services to one of the most diverse universities in the United States. The work schedule will be two weekday afternoons and evenings and part of one weekend day.

The Visiting Librarian will be responsible for providing direct reference service and research assistance, in person and through phone, chat, text, and email services, to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the Holy Names University community. Responsibilities include attending a late afternoon staff meeting once a week and meeting with the University Librarian once a month. “Other duties as assigned” for previous temporary librarians have emphasized their skills and interests, and have included creating and updating research guides, developing lecture-capture videos on popular reference topics, assisting at events, and using the inevitable slow times at the desk for weeding and copy-cataloging activities as we prune and groom our small traditional print collection.  

Required qualifications:

  • Master of Library and Information Science (we will also consider candidates close to completion of their degree).
  • Experience providing reference in an academic setting.
  • Customer service experience and demonstrated ease in working with diverse faculty, students, and staff.
  • Tact, enthusiasm, and optimism.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with various electronic databases.
  • Availability to work weekends and evenings.

Read more and apply »>


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