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Library Assistant at Brookings Institution Library – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:18


Prepare library for its daily operations. Attends circulation desk and assists staff with general questions. Assist Librarians as needed. Maintain stacks. Scan and maintain archival documents and institutional records.


College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Minimum one year of relevant work experience required. Proven interest in library and/or research work.


Familiarity with PC operations, online library resources including OCLC, and automated library systems. Excellent communication and customer service skills. Attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to lift and move heavy library books. Ability to pick up and deliver books from area libraries. Familiarity with document imaging and management systems a plus.


40% Circulation Desk

Attend circulation desk and assists staff in the use of the Library by answering informational and directional questions.

Use automated circulation system to charge, discharge, and request Library materials.

Route requested materials.

20% Digitization

Scan Brookings Archives paper documents, and indexes and uploads them to the Institution’s document management system.

Scan and files vendor invoices.

15% Stack Maintenance

Shelve materials and maintains collection in proper order.

Sort and arranges newspapers and other periodicals.

Shift books, periodicals, and newspapers as necessary.

Repair damaged materials.

10% Library Information Dissemination

Prepare Library electronic newsletter.

Compile table-of-contents links and images, as well as links to new books and other resources.

10% Interlibrary Loan

Assist Interlibrary Loan Librarian by mailing books to other libraries, and picking up and dropping off books at area libraries.

Perform other ILL tasks as needed including requesting materials through OCLC and entering information in the ILL management system.

05% Other Tasks as Assigned

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. No phone calls and no employment agencies please.

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Systems and Digital Services Librarian at University of Arkansas Little Rock – Little Rock, AR

Blog - MLS - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:15

Systems and Digital Services Librarian / Assistant Professor / R99683

University of Arkansas Little Rock,
Little Rock, Arkansas

Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Deadline: 04/01/15

Want to make a difference? Want to put your great ideas to work? Are you ready to be part of a team that is reimagining what libraries and archives mean to a metropolitan, research-intensive university?

The Collections and Archives division at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is seeking highly-motivated professionals to join its team and reinvent what a library and archives can do for the university. We are currently accepting applications for Systems and Digital Services Librarian/Assistant Professor (R99683). UALR has recently undergone academic restructuring that aims to position the university as one of the top metropolitan, community-engaged, research universities among the 16 member states of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB). The new division was formed as part of that restructuring and includes Ottenheimer Library, Center for Arkansas History and Culture, and Sequoyah National Research Center.

We will be answering questions about the university and this position at ALA Midwinter. We expect to conduct on-campus interviews in April with an anticipated start date of July 2015.

Please contact if interested in talking at ALA Midwinter in Chicago 2015:
Anne Liebst

This position is an important part of the university’s plan to create a library and archives unit that contributes to student success in a community-engaged metropolitan research university. Duties include administering the ILS and supporting other campus library and archive information systems, contributing to the technology strategy and projects planning efforts of the division, supporting the development of search and access systems, and assisting with training and development efforts. This position holds a faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure.

The librarian supports the creation, redesign, and ongoing maintenance of the library’s websites and projects, plugins, and social media projects. The librarian is responsible for development and maintenance of interfaces between application platforms, applications, and other systems; integration of locally-developed and third-party applications; providing functional support and training for all applications modules; and the creation of custom reports.

Minimum Qualifications:  Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited school is required with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a library setting.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with mobile and responsive web design, application development, project management skills, interface design, usability testing. Experience managing Innovative Interface products.

UALR is positioning itself for the future by emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, high impact learning experiences, community connections, and a campus-wide commitment to student success. The campus is currently undergoing an extensive administrative and academic reorganization in order to align its assets more effectively with these priorities. This is an exciting time to be at UALR. For more information visit the reorganization web site at

Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about this position and application requirements are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position.  Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

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Archival Assistant 3 at Tennessee Department of State – Nashville, TN

Blog - MLS - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:04

Archival Assistant 3 (Public Services)
Tennessee Department of State
Tennessee State Library and Archives


The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-centered environment.

Supervisor: Director of Public Services

Summary: Assist the General Assembly, staff and the public in person, in writing, via email and by telephone by answering reference questions from simple to complex.


  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills as a representative of the State Library and Archives and its collections and policies to the public.
  • Perform general reference services such as greeting the public, handling routine history and genealogy inquiries, and suggesting research strategies to patrons.
  • Provide access to microfilm collections, using and assisting patrons with equipment.
  • Retrieve and file materials.
  • Staff a Public Service desk in the Microfilm Room and/or the South Reading Room (Tennessee Room), including a minimum of one Saturday per month.
  • Collaborate with staff on a variety of project assignments both large and small, including but not limited to data entry, digital scanning, archival processing, and historical research.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in American History or related field.
  • Experience equivalent to two years of full-time office/clerical or library/archival work of which at least one year must have been in library work or the archiving and storage of original documents.
  • Additional post-secondary education may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis for the required general experience.
  • Experience in genealogy or Tennessee history desired.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Possesses skills in researching print and microfilm sources and websites for the purpose of gathering and collating data for patrons.
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Possesses skills in intermediate to advanced computer operations.
  • Communicates complex information to individuals and small groups.
  • Applies sound analytical thinking to problem solving.

Health, safety and collections security

  • Assist the organization in creating a safe and healthy working environment by working safely with the equipment provided.
  • Follow instructions given for health and safety purposes and immediately report any unsafe working practices or hazardous working conditions.
  • Take whatever measures are necessary to protect materials, property, and/or the collections from loss, mutilation or theft.

Salary: $2,083 per month plus State of Tennessee benefits package.

To apply, please email your letter of interest and resume to Maggie Bahou, Director of HR, or mail to the above address by Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

Genny Carter

Archives Development Program
Tennessee State Library & Archives
Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett
403 Seventh Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243 615.741.2083

This electronic mail may be subject to the Tennessee Public Records Act, Tenn. Code Ann. 10-7-503 et seq.  Any reply to this email may also be subject this act.

The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to exceed expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-centered environment.

Secretary of State Social Media Links:

Genny Carter []

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 6:37 PM

Tre Hargett, Secretary of State

State of Tennessee

Division of Human Resources and Organizational Development

312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 7th Floor

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1102

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Metadata & ERM Librarian at Ferris State University – Big Rapids, MI

Blog - MLS - Wed, 17/12/2014 - 09:55

Job Posting: Metadata & ERM Librarian, Ferris State University

Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan is seeking applicants for the position of Metadata and Electronic Resources Management Librarian. This is a 12-month tenure track position.

Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community.  The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individual with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups.

The Metadata and Electronic Resources Management Librarian is responsible for coordinating both the management of metadata and the management of electronic information resources. This librarian works collaboratively with other librarians and staff to ensure consistent indexing, findability, and display of library holdings across multiple platforms including the library’s catalog database and discovery service. This position will provide leadership in implementing electronic resources management (ERM) functionality, adopting new cataloging and metadata standards, and transitioning from the MARC-based catalog to next-generation library management systems, linked data, and multiple metadata schemas.

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6 IT Workforce Predictions for 2015

MIM Blog - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 15:23

Written by Sharon Florentine – covers IT careers and data center topics for 

Original article could be found @

Every new year brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities for IT workers as existing technologies evolve and new technologies emerge. The first half of 2015 looks promising based on these six predictions from career experts.

Prediction 1: Expect Hiring Explosion in Q1 and Q2 The forecast for the first half of 2015 looks bright for IT workers. Eighty-seven percent of 2,400 CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology say they will add more staff, whether to fill vacant roles or new positions. With that expected hiring boom, its likely salaries will increase for existing workers, or they’ll receive a bevy of new benefits, according to Jason Berkowitz, vice president of client services, Seven Step RPO.

“We are seeing a noticeable increase in IT hiring and we expect this to continue. Because of increasing competition, we also are seeing pressure to raise salaries and other benefits,” says Berkowitz. “In some cases, competition is so tough that companies are looking outside of their geographic areas and considering relocating candidates from areas where talent is more available.”

Prediction 2: Companies Will Leverage Mobile and Social Networks to Recruit Passive Talent

“Social recruiting is yesterday’s news — all serious recruiters are already deeply networked through social channels. If Facebook unveils rumored job search function — the so-called ‘Linked-in killer’ — this could change, but for now even new anonymous job search tools aren’t likely to change the landscape in favor of one network or another,” says Berkowitz. The new paradigm for 2015 is using social networks and mobile tech to increase connections with passive candidates, which will also serve to drive up salaries.

“Good candidates already get multiple outreach requests per week through LinkedIn, so finding candidates isn’t the issue. It’s convincing them to make a move. Candidates are understandably taking advantage of this candidate’s market by making increasing demands and driving up salaries across the board,” Berkowitz says.

Prediction 3: Increased Focus on Employee Engagement and Retention

The upward pressure on salaries and benefits will make it necessary for companies to employ better engagement and retention strategies, at least if they want to hold onto elite talent already in their ranks. “[Rising salaries and benefits] will likely lead to a lot of ‘job hopping,’ and, as we’ve seen before, to avoid this, companies are going to start emphasizing retention as well as placing a premium on potential employees who display loyalty and longevity,” says.

“Smart employers are definitely increasing their investment in keeping the people they have — not just through bonuses and perks, but by really focusing on keeping their people engaged. We’ve seen everything from corporate-sponsored hackathons and other team-building activities to group volunteering activities — anything to provide more collaboration and meaning to peoples’ jobs. Smart employers understand that there is always a higher paying job out there, but people will stick around for jobs that have true meaning for them,” says Emily He, CMO at Saba Software.

Prediction 4: Emphasis on Education and Training

Education and training will be a major focus for 2015, says Cristin Sturchio, global head of talent at Cognolink — especially for millennials. “When you invest in training your people, you’re providing them with skills and tools they can not only use today, but also continue to draw upon throughout their career,” says Sturchio.

“We’re also confident this approach significantly enhances their loyalty to our company. For example, initiatives like Corporate Universities, which are multi-year programs built with learning and development in mind, aren’t just for large, Fortune 500 companies. When it comes to developing your people, size doesn’t matter; the results do. Employees are engaged as teachers and facilitators, and they are invested in teaching others,” says Sturchio.

For the newer generation entering the workforce, engagement isn’t just about having a ping-pong table in your office or hosting happy hours after work. “It’s about knowing that as the company grows, so will they. It’s about creating an environment that encourages active participation and engagement. [It] makes them feel like a valued part of the company from day 1. It’s about providing rewarding opportunities like being selected to serve as campus ambassadors to represent the company at their alma maters and teaching training courses that give back to the employee community,” says Sturchio.

Prediction 5: Employees Shift Focus from Full-time Work to Contracting/Freelancing

“During the last hot employment market, we saw an increase in IT contracting and we expect that trend to return,” says Seven Step RPO’s Berkowitz.

“A strong IT professional can do very well contracting — making a higher hourly rate than they would make as a full-time employee — and they can move from project to project every few months and take time off in between. It’s a very attractive model for some employees. Employers would be smart to consider laying in some contract staff in addition to their full-time employees, especially for very hard-to-find or niche requirements,” says Berkowitz.

“The global economy in general is moving to a contract or freelance workforce. It’s now a $1 billion worldwide market, and projected to be $5 billion in the next five years,” says Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder and CEO of PeoplePerHour and SuperTasker.

“The flexibility benefits for both employees and employers are hard to beat; the ability to find exactly the talent you need for exactly the job you need them for is one of the drivers, as well as the desire for specialization without having to pay a premium long-term for a full-time employee,” says Thrasyvoulou.

Prediction 6: HR Department Turn to Big Data

Big data will play a big role in the employment landscape in 2015, says Saba Software’s He, as HR departments try to leverage data and translate it in ways that are meaningful to employees.

“We call it ‘Intelligent Talent Management,’ taking advantage of all that data around employee behavior, productivity, skills, system usage and workflow to grow workers skillsets and continue engagement and productivity. Using Big Data from employees can be helpful in determining who they should be connecting with on their career path, what skills and education might be valuable to them, what information they need and how better to improve their performance,” says He.

“Looking ahead to 2015, we will see the emergence of the Chief Data Officer. This person will advance from the organization’s Data Scientist role, and will possess strong left-brain and right-brain competencies. They will excel in the areas of math and science, but will also be extremely curious, collaborative, and communicative, and will work hand-in-hand with other key business leaders such as the Chief Digital Officer and the CIO,” says Piyush Pant, vice president of strategic markets, MetricStream.

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Science Research Services Librarian at University of Chicago Library – Chicago, IL

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:34

The University of Chicago Library invites applications for the position of Science Research Services Librarian.

Under the direction of the Co-Director (Public Services) for the Science Libraries Division, this position serves as a member of the John Crerar Library librarian team to serve as a liaison between the library and researchers, with a focus on research support services.

As the first person to fill this position, the successful candidate has an opportunity to identify and shape emerging research services and strengthen existing services for faculty, students and staff in the sciences at the University.

Works with colleagues to identify and meet the information and research needs of faculty, students and staff in science programs, departments and centers at the University.

Provides research support for faculty and researchers in the Biological and Physical Sciences Division at the University, and the Medical Center. Determines the research needs of faculty and researchers and identifies services to support their research and teaching for implementation by the Library. Areas of focus for this new position include, but are not limited to, data management, grant requirements, bibliographic management tools, increasing research visibility using tools such as author identifiers, and support with literature reviews. Collaborates with colleagues in the emerging campus wide institutional repository efforts. Ensures that library staff is informed of current trends and activities at the University and nationwide, including research tools and resources available.  Identifies and organizes applicable training sessions for University and Library staff in consultation with others at the University involved in scientific research.

Plans and conducts assessment activities with library colleagues to ensure information and research needs of science library users are being met. Participates in scheduled reference shifts (including weekends on rotation) in the John Crerar Library, providing reference by phone, email, and instant messaging.   Conducts library orientation and instruction in the use of print and electronic resources including bibliographic, full-text databases, and citation management software in collaboration with colleagues in both the science libraries and broader library system.

Provides collection development support in selected science subject areas.

Other responsibilities include service on library and university-wide committees and task forces, and participation in local, regional, and national professional and scholarly organizations.

Identifies and develops research support services for the sciences; collaborates with colleagues to provide services; serves as a member of the Crerar Library reference team, providing daily reference services to both biomedical and physical science users, including responding to reference queries in person, by email, phone and via instant messaging.  Develops and participates in science communication activities including print and web publications, web page development and exhibitions; Responsible for print and digital collection development activities coordinating with other science subject bibliographers on collection decisions as appropriate.
Participates in library-wide, University-wide and divisional committees, task forces, and work groups.

A graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited library school; 2- 3 years related experience in an academic library; demonstrated knowledge of online databases and resources in the sciences; demonstrated understanding of scientific research process; demonstrated knowledge of current and developing information technologies.  Demonstrated ability to use office productivity software (e.g. MSOffice); demonstrated experience with web authoring tools; demonstrated ability to communicate respectfully and effectively, and work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups; to perform complex problem solving and decision making; to plan, and to prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; demonstrated strong commitment to professional development.

An undergraduate or graduate degree in the biological or physical sciences is strongly preferred.  Knowledge of scientific statistical methodologies and reading knowledge of either German or French preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

Apply here at:

Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by January 10, 2014. Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity <> / Disabled / Veterans Employer.

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Associate User Researcher at Nickelodeon – New York, NY

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:33
ASSOCIATE USER RESEARCHER Brand(s): Nickelodeon Location(s): New York, NY Function: Research Req ID: 8664 Description The User Researcher will be responsible for conducting digital user experience research for the games, websites, apps, and other digital experiences in the Nickelodeon Digital portfolio, with a particular focus on preschool digital experiences. You will work closely with the Nickelodeon Digital Consumer Insights Team and serve as a key resource to provide insights into our users. You will use your research and analytical skills to find ways to improve the user experience of these properties and work closely with the product teams to provide actionable design recommendations.


  • Work directly with designers, product managers, and research managers to identify and prioritize research opportunities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
  • Design research protocols and prepare research plans.
  • Plan user research activities such as participant recruiting and scheduling, materials production, lab preparation, and other logistics.
  • Conduct research with kids 3-11 on how they interact with and experience the various games, websites and educational properties under the Nick Digital umbrella.
  • Collect and analyze user behavior through benchmark studies, lab studies, and surveys.
  • Conduct rapid iterative usability testing of wireframes, mockups, and prototypes.
  • Translate research findings into design recommendations to quickly improve product designs early in the design cycle.
  • Translate research findings into actionable, prioritized recommendations.
  • Evangelize research findings to diverse audiences through written reports and oral presentations.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have a demonstrated ability to work with kids as young as 3 years old in either a research, educational, or equivalent setting.
  • An advanced degree or equivalent experience, preferably in human computer interaction, cognitive science, experimental psychology, anthropology, information science, media studies, educational technology, or related field.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in an applied research setting. Internet, mobile, gaming or experience working with preschoolers are a plus.
  • Interest in curriculum evaluation and design.
  • Experience integrating user research into product designs and design practices
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong interest in working across media platforms.

Additional Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding of best practices in user research, particularly for young children.
  • Proven experience in research methods such as formal and informal usability testing, ethnographic research, contextual inquiry, think-alouds, task and use-case analysis, heuristic analysis, user personas, etc…
  • Strong understanding of both current and future trends in Internet and mobile technologies, gaming, and online/mobile design with a critical awareness of implications on user-centered design and functionality.
  • Ability to convert research data and results into actionable product and design recommendations that improve the user experience and inform product strategy.
  • Experience presenting research findings and recommendations to product, brand, and executive teams.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.

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Digital Analytics Manager at the Peace Corps – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:30
The Communications team at the Peace Corps is looking for someone to spearhead an as-of-yet blank slate on the digital analytics front. It will primarily be around website and social media channels, but given that it’s a brand new position, will be open to interpretation. A great opportunity for someone who wants to stand up their own framework rather than dive into a pre-existing one that you have to bend. The position is located in Washington, D.C. and is full-time.

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Manager of Digital Assets at San Francisco MOMA – San Francisco, CA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:29

Manager, Digital Assets

Reporting to the Head of Collections Information and Access, the Manager, Digital Assets has a pivotal role in cohesively integrating use of an enterprise digital asset management system (DAMS) into all activities related to the museum’s ambitious program. Position is key in realizing the roll-out, development, and use of a new system.

The manager oversees the day-to-day administration and use of the digital asset management system, while also working hands-on with assets, data, and the system by directly contributing, organizing, describing, and disseminating assets.

Working collaboratively with staff across the museum, the manager develops and supports sustainable practices around the digital asset lifecycle to ensure the availability and integrity of assets related to the museum and its history, collections, programs, and operations.


  • Spend significant time with individuals and departments to develop and support good, sustainable practices for the digital asset lifecycle, using the DAMS to its greatest potential, benefitting staff and program:
    • Own sustainable procedures for contributing, accessing, and using assets via the system.
    • Actively track trends in use and needs, and act accordingly.
    • Routinely measure outcomes of practices against objectives.
  • Lead user training, support, and advocacy efforts around the system and its contents. Assist users with all aspects of the system.
  • Contribute leadership and creativity in developing and supporting projects that use assets and data.
  • Ingest, organize, describe, and disseminate assets.
  • Manage a full complement of data elements and data values across asset types. Ensure desired level of good data is present for assets in the system.
  • In partnership with departments, assist in planning and managing growth of asset collections.
  • Liaise with stakeholders to effect successful integration or synchronization of the DAMS with other systems, applications, and repositories.
  • Provide day-to-day and long-range administrative oversight of the DAMS.
  • Apply project management methodologies for the DAMS and related projects.
  • In close partnership with Information Technology, plan system customizations, upgrades, integrations, testing, and maintenance.  Play a key role in vendor communications and management.

Represent the museum through conference and committee participation, research, and publications.


Education and training: Master’s degree in information science or management, museum studies, or equivalent. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art practices. Knowledge of museum purposes, organization, and programs.
Work experience: Minimum three years recent related experience in an art museum or similar institution.  Demonstrated supervisory experience.
Skills and abilities: Demonstrated experience with:

  • User support and services
  • Digital asset lifecycle including: capture, formats and codecs, metadata, color management, file conversion, and dissemination
  • Databases, digital asset and collections management systems, web technologies
  • Experience with NetXposure DAMS a plus
  • Project management
  • DAMS development and implementation methodologies

Proven ability and commitment to working collaboratively and pan-institutionally. Strong leadership skills. Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills. Ability to work effectively under pressure, with challenging and often simultaneous deadlines. Excellent written, oral, and visual communication proficiencies.
Special Environmental Factors: Close office setting.


POSITION:                   Manager, Digital Assets
DEPARTMENT:             Collections Information & Access (CIA)
SUPERVISOR:              Head of CIA
SCHEDULE:                   35 hours/week

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Assistant/Associate Professor & Regional Head Librarian at University of Illinois at Chicago – Chicago, IL

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:24

Assistant/Associate Professor & Regional Head Librarian


The University of Illinois–Chicago (UIC) seeks a librarian to lead the Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana, which supports UIC programs in medicine and nursing that are located on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana is one of three regional sites of the Library of the Health Sciences, headquartered in Chicago. In addition to providing a range of services and resources for its primary clientele, the Urbana-Champaign campus, and neighboring communities, Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana participates in the activities of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region. This is a tenure-system faculty position with research and publication expectations. The regional head librarian is responsible for all aspects of the management of a user-centered academic health sciences library, with emphasis on outreach, user support, information and instructional services, information access, and collection development. The head has an active leadership role in UIC programs on the Urbana campus and serves on administrative and curriculum committees. This position offers the opportunity to mentor library science graduate assistants.

*Salary:* $65,000 Minimum. For fullest consideration, apply by 1/12/15; closing date is 1/26/15. For the complete job posting, including the job responsibilities and minimum qualifications, please visit: UIC is an AAE/EOE/minority/female/individual with disability/veteran employer. (108)

Estelle Hu, MLS, AHIP
Health Sciences Bibliographer
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at

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Nursing Librarian at Howard University – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:21

The Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service oriented Nursing Librarian. Under the direction of the Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, the Nursing Librarian is responsible for the provision of information services to LSHSL users with a specific focus on Nursing Faculty, Students and Administrative Staff.

He/She will assess information needs, plan services and evaluate programs for the Division of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. The Nursing Librarian is appointed by, serves at the will of, and receives management oversight and direction from the Executive Director.

MLS from an ALA Accredited school of library or information sciences and 2 years of professional experience in an academic library environment.
Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

HOW TO APPLY: For more information and to apply, please go to:

Position number: 30394

Howard University is a comprehensive, research oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

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Reference Librarian at Lone Star College – Houston, TX

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:14

Job Title: Faculty, Reference Librarian (#17242) MC
Job ID: 17242
Location: LSC-Montgomery
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Nationally recognized, globally connected and locally focused, Lone Star College is the largest college or University in Houston and one of the fastest growing community colleges in the United States.  With more than 80,000 credit students and a total enrollment of 95,000, Lone Star College is committed to student success and credential completion.  LSC adds $3.1 billion to the local and regional economy by providing educational opportunities across the north Houston region. Lone Star College–Montgomery, the premiere student-centered educational institution in Montgomery County, serves The Woodlands and Conroe communities.  LSC–Montgomery provides a relaxing and conducive learning atmosphere while offering leisure learning opportunities, individual classes, and unique programs such as radiologic technology, physical therapy, and biotechnology.

Position Summary

The librarian’s role encompasses the general areas of learning facilitation, personal and professional development, and institutional and community service. Reference services include developing or acquiring instructional materials and providing assistance to the college community in the use of research and technology.

Under the supervision of Library Director, provides appropriate professional reference, detailed research and reader’s advisory assistance. Develops and maintains assigned library collections; provides one-on-one and group instruction for library users.

Job Functions

  • Works with the campus and system librarians to incorporate library-developed instructional tools into the online course management system.
  • Provides reader’s advisory and reference services during the day, evenings, and weekends to meet student, faculty, and community research needs. Uses library catalog, the internet and databases to meet these needs.
  • Maintains the reference desk schedule, including the schedule for Library instructional classes.
  • Establishes annual objectives in consultation with supervisors.
  • Teaches students, faculty, and other library users to access and use print, audio-visual, and electronic information resources. Plans, organizes and delivers research instruction in ways that maximize student learning, information literacy and technology.
  • Promotes the use of general and subject-oriented print and electronic research guides and other instructional materials.
  • Evaluates, acquires, and provides access to information resources in a variety of formats to support student learning, and specific programs or courses.
  • Meets institutional service and professional development goals as determined in collaboration with dean.
  • Responsible for other reasonable related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Recent related experience
  • Experience with curriculum and instruction and formal teaching

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to effectively use computer technology in the performance of the job and in the classroom.
  • Ability to teach information literacy courses at a variety of times and locations in response to institutional needs.
  • Understanding of the importance of information literacy in developing student learning in an academic institution.


Commensurate with education, experience and qualifications

Work Schedule & Conditions

PC workstation running on a LAN in a Microsoft Windows environment, calculator, phone and other general office equipment.

Internal and external contacts as needed to carry out the functions of the position.

Work is performed in a climate-controlled office with minimal exposure to safety hazards.

Benefits Marketing Statement

By joining our top notch institution, you will enjoy being a part of an organization recognized for the 3rd year in a row as a “Great College To Work For”.  We offer a supportive, collegial work environment, excellent work/life balance, full comprehensive and competitive benefits package, wellness program, professional development opportunities, sabbatical opportunities and more

How to Apply


To learn of all available opportunities go to:  Search by keyword or click the “Advanced Search” link to search by keyword or Job Opening ID.  Application materials will not be accepted via fax, e-mail, mail or hand delivery.

Normally there is no contact with applicants unless they are selected for interview.  At the conclusion of each search all applicants will be notified via e-mail.  Some openings are posted year-round and are re-posted periodically; these applicants will be notified and asked to re-apply in order to remain active applicants for those positions.

All positions are subject to a criminal background check.  EEO Employer

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Research and Instruction Librarian at Lafayette College Library – Easton, PA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:12


Lafayette College Library seeks a creative, energetic librarian to join an interdisciplinary organization committed to teaching and scholarship. The Research and Instructional Librarian will participate broadly in the Library’s information literacy program, with a special responsibility for providing Digital Humanities training and promoting the use of new digital scholarship tools in the classroom.

This position requires a strong academic background, curiosity about how technology is affecting research and teaching, and enthusiasm for collaboration with faculty and students in a liberal arts context. We seek candidates who are familiar with the tools and methodologies of digital scholarship  (e.g., text encoding; visual and statistical analysis; data curation; network visualization; geospatial analysis) and welcome those who may not have a high degree of experience with any particular technology so long as they can demonstrate the ability to learn new tools quickly, distill core concepts, and teach them to others.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS or other relevant graduate degree; strong academic background in the liberal arts; facility with methods and tools for at least one area of digital scholarship; superior teaching skills; strong interpersonal skills and service orientation; knowledge of a wide range of information sources and technologies; knowledge of new models of scholarly communication; ability to work collegially and communicate effectively with faculty and students.

Lafayette College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college with degree programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering. It offers a small college environment with large college resources. Lafayette received the 2014 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, which recognized, among other accomplishments, the Library’s innovative approaches to information literacy and digital scholarship.  Librarians at Lafayette hold faculty status, without rank or tenure, and participate in college governance as members of the Faculty.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; excellent benefits, including college tuition support for children. The Library strongly encourages and generously supports professional development.

For consideration, please submit a resume and letter addressing job qualifications and three professional references to: Neil McElroy, Dean of Libraries, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042 or via email to:

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Electronic Resources Librarian at Coastal Carolina University – Conway, SC

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:08

Kimbel Library at Coastal Carolina University seeks a creative, innovative, service-oriented librarian to manage the library’s electronic resources and related products that are used to manage electronic resources throughout their life cycle including evaluation, setup, implementation, and troubleshooting. Reporting to the Head of Library Technology and Systems, this twelve month, tenure-track position at either the assistant or associate level will coordinate the acquisition, evaluation, and maintenance of electronic resources, assess the effectiveness of electronic resources and identify ways to make access more effective and efficient.

The Electronic Resources Librarian serves as the primary liaison to vendors regarding electronic resource trials, acquisitions and licensing, pricing, and technical issues. This position works with database providers, vendors, publishers, consortium partners, and other personnel to resolve problems with accessing electronic resources, proactively manage technical changes to preempt resource access problems, and responds to end-users’ issues with electronic resources in a timely manner. This position is also responsible for maintaining very accurate usage data in a variety of systems such as our link resolver, usage consolidation tool, and discovery platform knowledge base (EBSCO’s EDS). Must be intellectually curious with the aptitude to identify and track changes and trends in technology, business models, organization structures and user culture that may impact the management of electronic resources at Kimbel Library. This position will be a bibliographer for electronic resources, keeping abreast of new resources and recommending these resources for the curriculum, and will ultimately become responsible for the entirety of collection management responsibilities as they relate to electronic resources.

Required: MLS degree or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution; Demonstrated professional experience working with electronic resources; Evidence of flexibility, innovative thinking, and demonstrated excellence in organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; Knowledge of the electronic product market, publishing issues, pricing models, and serials issues; Experience with an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Interfaces, Inc.; Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external parties and diverse constituencies, including faculty and staff, cross-department committees and teams, and patrons; Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office, including Outlook and Excel; Ability and interest in fulfilling tenure and promotion requirements for job performance, scholarship, professional development, and service.

Preferred: 2-3 years demonstrated experience working with electronic resources; Experience with EBSCO Usage Consolidation Tool, Usage Loading Service, and knowledge of SUSHI/ COUNTER statistics harvesting initiative and usage report standards; Knowledge of ILLiad, HTML, CSS3, and Adobe CS Suite, and experience working in various vendors’ web-based electronic resources administrative interfaces.

Candidates should submit electronically a letter of application, a current CV, copies of transcripts, and names, phone numbers, and addresses (postal and email), of three current references to: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to any offer of employment.

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Director of Decatur Public Library – Decatur, AL

Blog - MLS - Tue, 16/12/2014 - 10:04


The Director is employed 40 hours per week. The Director must be available to work the schedule of hours required by the library’s public service needs. The Director is an exempt employee.

The Director is the executive officer of the Board and has sole charge of the administration of the library under the direction and review of the Board. The Director supervises the care of the building and equipment, the employment and direction of the staff, the efficiency of the library’s service to the public, and for the operation of the library under the financial conditions as specified in the annual budget. The Director is responsible for compliance with local, state, and federal laws, and must be able to work with elected officials to improve the library’s financial situation. Director must attend all Board meetings except those at which her/his appointment or salary is to be discussed or decided. The Director serves as the representative for the Library before both the public and private sectors.


State Retirement

Medical Insurance for Employee

12 Paid Sick Days per Year

11 Paid Holidays per Year

Paid Vacation

Term Life Insurance

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all services, departments, and programs of the library.
  • Establishes long range strategic plan and goals with the Board and measures accomplishments against recognized standards.
  • Studies and makes plans to develop the services of the library to meet more effectively present and future community needs.
  • Prepares speeches and correspondence.
  • Develops library procedures, policies, plans, and public information.
  • Negotiates contracts.
  • Oversees annual state report.
  • Participates in state and national professional organizations.
  • Advises, consults, and confers with the Board, other libraries, professionals, officials (at State and local levels), citizens, and community groups to improve the library’s service to the community.
  • Maintains current knowledge of new developments in the library field
  • Directs the public relations program to promote and publicize the library in the community.
  • Supervises the maintenance of the physical plant and equipment to assure against deterioration.
  • Oversees collection development.
  • Enforces library rules for the protection of library property and the safety of staff and patrons.
  • Manages the staff.
  • Selects, supervises, schedules, trains, and evaluates the staff she/he directly supervises
  • Oversees staff development and training.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings.
  • Actively seeks grants, gifts, and other new sources of funding for the library.
  • Works with elected officials to ensure the continued funding of the library.
  • Oversees the preparation and administration of library budgets and expenditures.
  • Responsible for library funds and must be bonded.
  • Signs checks and requests for leave.
  • Maintains effective internal financial controls.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of Library procedures.
  • Knowledge of Excel and Word for report
  • Ability to supervise personnel and programs to achieve goals.
  • Ability to communicate with people in a patient and tactful manner.
  • Ability to project a positive, pleasant manner while at work.
  • Ability to relate well with other employees, elected officials, and the general public.
  • Ability to be punctual.
  • Flexibility to adapt to a variety of work situations.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team and be able to work independently.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and interruptions at one time.
  • Willingness to follow library policy.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment including computers, calculators, faxes, copiers, etc.
  • Ability to make sound decisions.
  • Possesses a valid driver’s license.
  • Speak, read, and understand English.
  • Strong interest in reading.
  • Three years of management experience.
  • Ability to speak, read, and understand Spanish is a plus.

Physical Requirements

A physical condition that allows the Director to stand or walk for extended periods. Must be able to sit for long periods of time. Requires good hand dexterity, good vision, and excellent speech.

Reasonable accommodations requested by qualified individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Education Requirements

B.A. or B.S. and be willing to obtain a library master’s degree online within the first two years of employment, or an ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) or a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS)

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iSchool Scholarship Winners Announced

Blog - MLS - Mon, 15/12/2014 - 11:13

Eleven students from the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, have been awarded scholarships in the 2014-2015 scholarship competition. All scholarship award winners will be recognized during the College’s commencement ceremony, to be held on May 22, 2015.

The winners of the 2014-2015 scholarship competition are:

Helen A. Tegnell Scholarship
Established in December 1982 by a donation from Col. and Mrs. Russell M. Tegnell in memory of their daughter, Helen A. Tegnell, to provide financial assistance to worthy students enrolled in the MLS or PhD programs in the College of Information Studies.

Holly Callen Berardi (MLS – School Library)
Amanda Waugh (PhD)
Kerry Huller (MLS – Curation and Management of Digital Assets)

Library Systems & Services (LSSI) Scholarship
Established by Library Systems & Services, LLC, in June 2000.

Winner: Rebecca Reeves (MLS)

Mary Lee Bundy Scholarship
Designated for an MLS student planning on a career in public libraries, this scholarship was established in March 2007 by William G. Wilson to honor the memory of former faculty member Mary Lee Bundy, and her outstanding participation and influence in the Library and Information Services profession.

Winner: Alexandre Adrian (MLS)

Noyes Library Association Scholarship
Designated for a student with demonstrated financial need and an interest in children’s librarianship, this scholarship was established in April 1988 by the Noyes Library Association of Kensington, Maryland.

Winner: Lauren Olson (MLS – School Library)

Frank G. Burke Scholarship
Designated for a student who has completed his/her first year in the History and Library Science (HiLS) specialization in the MLS program and who has a demonstrated interest in archives and record management.

Winner: Richard Green (MLS – History/Library Science Dual Degree)

MIM Alumni Scholarship
Established in 2012 by the alumni and friends of the MIM program, this fund provides academic support to a student enrolled in the MIM program based on financial need and academic excellence.

Sruthi Bandi (MIM – Information Management Research)
Sangeetha Hariharan (MIM – Data Analytics)
Mohit Juneja (MIM)

iSchool Alumni Chapter Scholarship
Established by the iSchool Alumni Chapter, this award provides support to one student with demonstrated financial need pursuing any degree program at the College.

 Winner: Jocelyn McNamara (MLS – Curation and Management of Digital Assets)

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What Does All That Healthcare Data Really Mean?

MIM Blog - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:08

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Written by Kenneth Corbian –  a Washington, D.C.-based writer who covers government and regulatory issues for

Bringing more data into the public domain may be a critical step toward increasing transparency in the famously opaque healthcare sector, but raw data alone will only go so far, experts warn.

At a conference on Monday at the Brookings Institution in Washington, industry and government officials cautioned that simply releasing data in bulk without context or meaningful comparative tools won’t achieve the goals of lowering the costs of care, increasing operating efficiencies and, ultimately, improving care.

“We talk about transparency, and lately I find myself asking the question, what does that really mean?” says Stuart Guterman, vice president of Medicare and cost control at the Commonwealth Fund.

Healthcare Data Without Context is Just Data

Guterman describes the release of large, unordered datasets as the “proverbial black box inside a Lucite box, and calling that transparency,” while in practice those efforts do little to unlock meaningful insights about the working of the healthcare system.

“It’s great to have a lot of data, but what we really want is information,” Guterman says. “That means we need to have data in a usable form.”

At the same time, panelists acknowledge that the push for open data in the healthcare system is only in its infancy, and give credit to the federal government for some of its recent efforts on that front, including the release of a trove of physician payment data under the Medicare Part B program this April.

At the federal level, the drive to release more healthcare data has gained momentum through the various open government directives promulgated by the Obama administration, a charge picked up by Todd Park, formerly the CTO of the Department of Health and Human Services who went on to hold that role for the whole of the federal government.

Niall Brennan, who holds the newly created position of chief data officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, credits Park as an early champion of open data at HHS, but admits that some of the early releases didn’t immediately translate into the type of information that would support the efforts of the research community or help patients make more informed decisions about their care.

“I think how you have to view our various data releases and exercises in transparency is it’s been an ever-evolving journey,” Brennan says. “Those first couple of years were an interesting process, because the commitment to transparency was definitely there, but some of the resulting datasets — they were good, but they left people wanting more.”

What Types of Health Data Will Go Public Next?

Brennan won’t say what types of data the government is considering pushing out to the public next, though he acknowledges that the more contextual information is included in those datasets the more useful they will be. So, for instance, researchers combing through a bulk list of payment data could benefit from sorting tools that would enable them to classify physicians by geography or the types of patients they typically treat.

Some of that information was included in last year’s release of billing data for some 3,000 hospitals, the first release of its kind, which offered side-by-side comparisons that unveiled wide swings in billing rates for the same procedures at comparable facilities and garnered significant attention in the popular press.

“It highlighted massive variation in hospital charges for the same procedures often in the same geographic area and certainly nationally,” Brennan says. “I think it really resonated with people, frankly I think more than we thought it would.”

The reaction within the community of care providers to broadening access to health data has been mixed, with some groups voicing concerns about the accuracy of the information and the lack of context leading to erroneous interpretations.

Charles Cutler, an internist and the immediate past chair of the American College of Physicians, warns that aberrantly high Medicare billing rates alone are not enough to indict a practitioner for bilking the system.

In some practices, Cutler argues, a physician’s patient base might be disproportionately comprised of Medicare beneficiaries, and the cumulative charges reported in CMS data might be perfectly legitimate.

“Simply because costs are high, we have to be careful not to attribute that that is somehow fraudulent or that the high utilizer is wasting services,” Cutler says.

“He or she may be,” he acknowledges, but “we have to be careful that there’s not guilt by association.”

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Full-time Job: UCD Expert at Pragmatics, Inc.

MIM Blog - Wed, 10/12/2014 - 12:08

UCD Expert-Alexandria, VA

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to David Doubroff @


Would you like to perform rewarding work while contributing to the success of an established, growing company?   Pragmatics, Inc. is seeking a UCD Expert to support a Federal Customer located in Alexandria VA. This multiyear position is a terrific opportunity to support a critical, high profile effort.

The successful candidate must have 10 years of development experience, 5 of which specifically focused on UCD and human factors design including development of complex Web/UI/Front-End design and development.  The UCD Expert must be capable of directing development of complex interactive functionality for various applications.  The following are required skills:

  • Deep understanding of human factors and usability
  • Understanding of business, technical and customer inputs to define new and/or changes to existing customer experiences
  • Able to drive design discussions and collaborative sessions with teams and stakeholders, helping generate concepts and inspire peers and teams
  • Demonstrated understanding of User Experience, Information Architecture and Interaction Design concepts
  • Able to develop high fidelity schematics, user scenarios, wireframes, workflows, interaction storyboards, and design deliverables that guide creative, content and development efforts
  • Outstanding presentation skills and ability to present designs and articulate approaches to gather feedback and approval from all key approvers and stakeholders
  • Expert-level experience in conducting user interviews, focus groups and contextual analysis to generate actionable insights for user experience designs
  • Expertise in designing usability tests/draft test scripts
  • Able to develop interactive design simulations using industry-standard design tools
  • Understanding of Federal accessibility requirements including how to develop and test for Section 508 compliance

A candidate should demonstrate a passion for keeping current with technical trends and develops and incorporates them within assignments as appropriate.  In addition to the skills above, outstanding candidates for this position must be able to perform the following tasks:

  • Work with the development team in the implementation of UX solutions
  • Support the continuous improvement of user experience strategies, tools, documentation and processes
  • Effectively represent the voice of the user to influence and improve design decisions
  • Work closely with technical lead and architect in the development of word-class enterprise applications
  • Demonstrate meticulous attention to detail and a proper sense of urgency
  • Create and document Web UI coding standards/guidelines and design patters
  • Monitor industry, technology and competitive trends to continually identify opportunities for applying improvements
  • Provide expertise in cross-browser design/development


  • Experience with Pneumatic UI library


Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of experience


Must be able to obtain/ maintain a Public Trust

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Spring 2015 Graduate Research Assistant

MIM Blog - Wed, 10/12/2014 - 11:59

Closing the User-Model Loop for Understanding Topics in Large Document Collections

Dr. Leah Findlater  is looking for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for Spring 2015 to join an NSF-funded project on interactive topic modeling.

Topic models are a common tool to help users understand large, unannotated digital document datasets (e.g., court proceedings, presidential libraries, WikiLeaks). But, these models are complex and are often presented to users as a “take it or leave it” proposition.This project brings together research in human-computer interaction and machine learning to create topic modeling interfaces that intuitively allow the user to refine the topic modeling process—for example, specifying topics of interest or correcting malformed topics. The project team consists of researchers at UMD, Colorado, and BYU. A student will work primarily with Dr. Findlater and Jordan Boyd-Graber (now at Colorado).

Strong software engineering skills are required. The ideal candidate would also have background or demonstrated interest in user interface design, computational linguistics, information visualization, and/or machine learning.

Tasks could include:

– Designing and implementing new topic modeling interfaces

– Running user studies and analyzing collected data

– Identifying how to effectively incorporate user input into the modeling process


For best consideration, please send your resume and unofficial transcripts to by Friday 12/12 at 5pm.


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