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Multiple Positions – National Museum of American History – Washington, DC

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 15:00

Collections Documentation Services at the National Museum of American
History has openings for several full time contract collections
specialists, a digital asset management specialist, and a photographer. The
project involves a 12 month inventory of Physical Sciences and Chemistry
collections located in the American History Building.

The contract is scheduled to start in early August 2016, but money must be
allocated prior to the start date, so we would like to start interviews
very soon!

The following positions are available:

Inventory Team Leader

-Leads a four person team through the process of identifying, inventorying,
photographing, and documenting objects within the Museum’s collections
database (MIMSY XG)

-Previous Group leading/Team leading experience is desirable

-Previous collections work within multiple institutions is desirable

-Experience writing memos or reports in a museum setting

Inventory Technician

-Works with a four person team through the process of identifying,
inventorying, photographing, and documenting objects within the Museum’s
collections database (MIMSY XG)

-Previous collections work is desirable

Acquisitions Specialist

-Reviews acquisitions documentation for the inventoried objects and
verifies legal title

-Experience digitizing archival materials or museum collections (e.g.
paper, photographs, catalog cards, or acquisition files)

-Previous Acquisitions/Loans work is desirable

-Experience writing memos or reports in a museum setting

Reconciliation Specialist

-Reviews and researches collections issues discovered by the team

-Works with the Team Leader, Acquisitions Specialist, and Museum Registrar
to resolve issues and create memorandums for the object acquisitions files

-Previous Acquisitions/Loans and Collections work is desirable

-Experience writing memos or reports in a museum setting

Digital Asset Specialist

– Supports a physical inventory team with photography equipment setup

– Trains project staff to prepare data for media files

– Evaluates media files for technical and visual accuracy

– Formats data from spreadsheets and embeds metadata into digital media

– Ingests media into a digital asset management system

– Creates and updates records in a collections information system


– Photographs objects as part of an inventory team

– Evaluates media files for technical and visual accuracy

– Prepares data spreadsheets for inventory digital media files

We are looking to interview for these positions in the next few weeks, so
if you’re interested, please send an email to Martin Cullen (
indicating the position(s) you’re interested in, as well as a resume and

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Visiting Archivist for African American Collections – Yale University – New Haven, CT

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:59

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

Position Focus:  The Visiting Archivist for African American Collections is a one-year appointment in the Manuscript Unit of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The Visiting Archivist processes archival collections chiefly in the James Weldon Johnson Collection of African American Arts and Letters in the Yale Collection of American Literature, including literature, history, and the humanities from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Prepares finding aids according to relevant standards and established local practice, including using ArchivesSpace. Creates collection-level records in MARC format for the library’s online catalog; catalogs manuscript items and small collections. Plans, directs, and reviews work of processing assistants and student assistants. Assists in the preservation assessment of collections and in the selection of materials for conservation treatment. Assists in the ongoing development of the unit’s processing and cataloging procedures for manuscript and archival collections. Participates in activities related to events celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the James Weldon Johnson Collection. Completes special projects as assigned.

The Beinecke Library offers this position in collaboration with The HistoryMakers, as a continuation of their initiative to provide training to African American archivists and archivists interested in working with African American collections.  This position will include the opportunity to learn about aspects of archives and special collections librarianship beyond manuscript and archival processing, from professionals throughout the Beinecke and across the University Library system as well as through professional development activities outside of Yale.

The Manuscript Unit is a division of the Technical Services Department. The Manuscript Unit supports the Beinecke Library’s robust acquisition program and is responsible for the accessioning, processing, and cataloging of the library’s manuscript collections. The manuscript collections range from ancient papyri and medieval manuscripts to twenty-first century literary archives. In addition to literary and historical manuscripts, formats include photography and artwork, audio and moving image recordings, born-digital files, and music.

The Beinecke Library is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. One of the great collections in North America, the Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke Library, consult the library’s web site at:

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

*         Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in museum studies or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences may be substituted for a master’s degree in library science. Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted for formal training.

*         Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.

*         Strong knowledge of American literature or history, and broad knowledge in the humanities, as demonstrated through academic degrees or an equivalent combination of training or experience.

*         Experience arranging and describing or providing public services for manuscript and/or archival collections.

*         Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.

*         Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials.

*         Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.

*         Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.

*         Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.

*         Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience processing literary manuscripts and archival collections. Academic background in African-American studies. Graduate-level training in American history or literature. Good reading knowledge of at least one modern European language.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

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

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at The STARS req. ID for this position is 37267BR.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

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Archives Specialist – CCAHA – Philadelphia, PA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:57

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia is hiring two full-time, five-year contract positions to provide archival and preservation services in New York State, to help facilitate New York’s Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services (DHPS) initiative.

DHPS Archives Specialist. The responsibilities of this position include conducting on-site archival needs assessments and preservation needs assessments with written reports; developing, presenting, and organizing educational programs and workshops; presenting lectures and preparing programs for professional and lay audiences to promote awareness of archival and preservation concerns and practices; and providing technical information via telephone, e-mail, and in print on archival and preservation topics.  The DHPS Archives Specialist also maintains familiarity with archival and preservation literature, and may also be called upon to write articles for publication.

Qualifications include training in and a thorough understanding of archival theory, practice, and standards; practical knowledge of archival policies and procedures; experience with archival processing; knowledge of preservation principles, practice, and issues; experience in conducting and writing archival and preservation assessments for cultural institutions; talent in teaching and public speaking; excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills; ability to work independently; MLS (or equivalent) with a concentration in archival management, and a minimum of two years experience working in an archival setting.  Frequent travel in New York is required.

Send letter of application, resume, writing sample (preservation assessment if relevant), and three references via email with the subject line “DHPS Archives Specialist Application” to:  Ms. Anastasia Matijkiw, DHPS Program Coordinator, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts,  Position is open until filled; applications received by May 31, 2016 will receive priority review.

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Head of Research Services and Assistant Curator – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:55

Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is
seeking a Head of Research Services and Assistant Curator.

Reporting to the Director of the Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, the Head of Research Services (HRS) will be responsible for
overseeing all aspects of onsite and remote reference and research services
in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC). In cooperation
with other RMC staff, the HRS will promote the visibility and use of
Cornell’s rare book, manuscript, archival, and media collections,
administering reference and access services.  The HRS will play a primary
role in the daily management of RMC’s active special collections reading
room, overseeing the responsible use of Cornell’s primary source research
collections. The HRS will also provide supervision for reference and
reproduction services staff.

As Assistant Curator, the HRS will work with the Assistant Director for
Collections to promote and build the collections, foster classroom use of
the collections by conducting instruction sessions and other presentations,
interpret RMC’s collections through the preparation of exhibitions and
related outreach efforts, and assist with collection development by
identifying and recommending materials for acquisition.

For more information and to apply:
Please note that preference will be given to applications received by May

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Outreach & Evening Librarian – McDaniel College – Westminster, MD

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:54

We have a wonderful opportunity for an Outreach & Evening Librarian position at McDaniel College’s Hoover Library for a professional who enjoys having their mornings and two months of the year to themselves.  New librarians are welcome to apply.

SCOPE: A regular, full time, 10 month professional position responsible for coordinating liaison support for academic departments including collection development activities and making a positive impact through outreach and promotional activities. This position is required to work evening and weekend hours; schedule is typically 1pm-9pm Sunday through Thursday; some variation in schedule based on library hours which correspond with the academic calendar. Provides evening reference services and ensures oversight of library operations in the evening.

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Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency – Folger Shakespeare Library – Washington, DC

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:53

The Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) invites applications for the Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency. The Nadia Sophie Seiler Rare Materials Cataloging Residency (“Seiler Residency” for short) is a nine-month term-limited position for new library professionals made possible by the Nadia Sophie Seiler Memorial Fund and hosted at the Folger. This Residency runs from September 2016 through June 2017.

The 2016/17 Seiler Resident will work hands-on with 17th-century printed books while being actively trained and mentored by Folger librarians. The focus of the residency will be on rare book cataloging, but the Seiler Resident will also have the opportunity to work directly with acquisitions staff, curators, and other professionals in order to gain a thorough and practical understanding of rare materials librarianship. Specific activities will be tailored to match the Seiler Resident’s individual interests and needs, with the understanding that these may change over the nine months as the resident develops professionally. The Seiler Resident will be an integral part of the Folger staff, participating in departmental meetings, attending talks, and contributing to the collegial environment on a professional level in order to gain genuine career-oriented experience. Additional information about the residency and potential projects  is available on Folgerpedia.

Interested applicants are required to submit a cover letter and CV, and must have received a master’s degree within the 18 months prior to application from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Familiarity with key people and events from early modern British culture is required. Our ideal candidate will have a background (or coursework) in the field of rare books or descriptive bibliography, and bibliographic knowledge of Latin. Ability to carefully handle fragile materials is necessary. Applicants must have strong computer and organizational skills, the ability to work well within a team environment, the ability to follow technical instructions, and a meticulous attention to detail. Knowledge of basic technical processing/cataloging functions and services to include cataloging standards such as RDA, and MARC21 as well as the use of OCLC Connexion preferred. Knowledge of DCRM(B) a plus. Working knowledge of Voyager desired. Experience cataloging for a research library environment a plus. This is a full time, 35 hours per week, residency with salary and benefits. Applications are due by June 30, 2016.

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Sr. Assistant Data Librarian – Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell – Ithaca, NY

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:51

This position is the Roper Center Data Librarian and will play a critical role within the senior leadership team of the Roper Center. The incumbent will manage, develop and lead the collection of public opinion survey/research archives, including assuring that data accepted into the Roper Center Archive are maintained using the best practices in archival methods and data curation, and are offered in current formats so as to permit both long term preservation and dissemination. The Data Librarian develops and adopts archival standards for the Roper Center’s collections; manages and coordinates various workflows within the archive collections in accordance with expanding data curation and online accessibility requirements; supports Roper Center’s member clients in the use of data files for secondary analysis, and coordinates day-to-day operations that ensure the quality, timeliness, and comprehensiveness of the Roper archive holdings. This individual also plans, implements and directs data quality review and metadata production workflows, as well as researches, proposes and implements policies for long-term preservation and accessibility of Roper Center polling and survey data.

The Data Librarian also identifies and pursues opportunities to promote the quality of the Roper Center’s Archive through meeting accreditation processes and maintaining these accreditations, such as Data Seal of Approval and AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative. The incumbent will also work with data donors, providers and innovators/developers to develop collections with the potential to enhance the Roper Center’s Archive and related services as a resource for the Center’s existing and future members, and respond to user inquiries in regard to finding, accessing and using Roper Center data files for secondary analysis. The position is also responsible for maintaining knowledge of emerging trends within public opinion research data, including the interface between business and academic data and trends in tools and provision in other domains. The Data Librarian supervises archive staff including the Data Manager and student interns.

The Data Librarian maintains and expands outreach and professional engagement, including promoting the resources and services of the Archive through presentations, webinars, and publications; participating in writing proposals to funding agencies and execution of accepted proposals; and establishing and maintaining professional relationships with organizations and individuals engaged in similar or complementary goals, such as IASSIST and Data-PASS.

The successful applicant will be an adaptive problem-solver familiar with social science research methodologies and the use of quantitative data, particularly public opinion. A key facet to this position will be working closely and productively with other data and information services professionals at Cornell and beyond as well as with various IT staff members.


Required Qualifications:

MLS from an ALA accredited school or Master’s Degree in a quantitatively-oriented social science field. Minimum of three to five years’ experience in digital archiving or data management.  Demonstrated knowledge of archives and records management theory and practice, including experience processing archival records.

  • Knowledge of data preservation theory and practice, as well as strategies and technologies utilized by the archival community for managing data.
  • Knowledge of relevant standards for archival data description, including DDI, and familiarity with other metadata standards such as METS and PREMIS.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of data in an archive.
  • Familiarity with social science data and analysis. Comfortable with SPSS, Stata, or similar statistics software.

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Associate Taxonomist – CEB – Arlington, VA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:49


The Associate Taxonomist supports the maintenance of the enterprise taxonomies, automated categorization system, and enterprise search engine.


Key Responsibilities

  • Supports Corporate Taxonomist in the development and maintenance of the firm’s taxonomies, including reviewing of content for possible gaps in coverage, identifying new terms, synonyms, and term relationships
  • Creates categorization rules for new taxonomy terms as well as maintains and improves categorization rules for existing terms
  • Performs regular tests of the automated categorization system to evaluate and improve the relevancy of the categorization rules
  • Evaluates search performance as well as the relevancy of search results using a quality assurance scorecard to identify areas for improvement
  • Monitors search usage logs and enhance search relevancy through management of search dictionaries
  • Generates analytical reports on categorization, search, and related user behavior
  • Provides stakeholders guidance on taxonomy and search, as well as explains decisions made by taxonomy team
  • Researches and explores innovations and best practices in discipline. Recommends and leads implementation of improvements


  • Master’s degree in library or information science
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in taxonomy /controlled vocabulary development, search engine optimization, or auto-categorization
  • Understanding of taxonomy management and standards
  • Familiarity with content management systems, XML, or tagging of text content
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience with SAS text miner, auto-categorization tools a plus
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (e.g.Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

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Elementary Library Media Specialist – Manassas Park City Schools – Manassas Park, VA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 14:46

Manassas Park City Schools has a great opportunity for a Library Media Specialist at our prek-2 elementary school! If you are interested in promoting literacy at the younger elementary level – including teaching literacy related lessons and leading school wide activities like the Bedtime Read (yes, read in your jammies!) and Read Across America (Dr. Suess hat optional!)


  • Must hold or be eligible for endorsement with the Virginia Department of Education in library media PreK-12
  • Must have organizational skills and interpersonal characteristics necessary to work effectively with students, teachers, parents, administrators and the general public
  • Proficiency in selecting, evaluating, organizing, and processing materials and equipment
  • Knowledge in computer technology required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Selects and acquires materials to implement the curriculum to meet the individual interest, ability and maturity levels of the students for the pertinent grade levels of the building
  • Organizes and distributes all media and audio-visual equipment in the building
  • Participates in curriculum planning and program development and implementation. Develops a close working relationship among teachers, principals and other media librarians within the school division
  • Coordinates school-wide activities and events that promote literacy
  • Creates an attractive environment and atmosphere that encourages students and teachers to use the media center
  • Stimulates and guides students in all phases of their reading, viewing and listening so that they may effectively assimilate information
  • Provides library instruction to promote literacy skills and teaches as part of the specialist rotation; provides learning experiences compatible with the educational needs of the students
  • Provides media center experiences to help students develop satisfactory personal relationships, social attitudes, academic and vocational interests
  • Provides in-services with teachers, students, staff and volunteers on the proper use of all media equipment they may be required to use
  • Acquaints the staff and students with the media collection and new materials and equipment when they are included in the media program
  • Maintains an inventory of all materials and equipment
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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iSchool Spring 2016 Experiential Learning Expo May 10

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 13:53
Spring 2016 Experiential Learning Expo
May 10, 2016
5:00–7:00 pm Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland 

iSchool students will present posters describing their work completed this semester as interns and consultants.

Come join us and learn more about the tremendous projects our students are working on in their iSchool field study and capstone project experiences. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope you can join us!

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Georgia Library Association Scholarships

Blog - MLS - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:15

The Georgia Library Association awards two scholarships annually to students
pursuing a master’s degree in library science. The Hubbard Scholarship, a
$3,000 award, is intended to recruit excellent candidates for librarianship
in Georgia and defray some of the costs of their education. The Beard
Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500, is targeted for applicants of
excellence who show strong potential for leadership in the library
profession. Recipients of both awards must agree to work for at least one
year in Georgia following graduation. Applicants need not be residents of
Georgia to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2016 scholarships is May 21.

See the Georgia Library Association website for details:

Questions and application materials may be directed to:

Linh Uong
GLA Scholarship Committee Vice-chair
c/o Northeast Georgia Regional Library
P.O. Box 2020
Clarkesville, GA 30523

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Digital Archivist – The McCall Library, University of South Alabama – Mobile, AL

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 14:25

The Processing/Digital Archivist processes The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book
and Manuscript Library collections of all format types by arranging,
preserving, and writing finding aids. Coordinates the processing and
preservation of program materials and maintains the website. Digitizes
McCall materials and creates corresponding metadata. Composes descriptions
as needed for digital objects and submits the descriptions to the director
for review and approval. Supervises student workers and also monitors the
transcription process. Provides research and reference assistance to users
of The Library. Monitors reading room and explains and enforces The
Library’s policies and procedures. Assists in designing exhibits. Posts
daily to The Library’s social media platforms.

This is a twelve-month, tenure-track library faculty appointment at the
rank of Assistant Librarian with an estimated start date of August 15, 2016.


– ALA accredited MLS or MA in a related field.
– One year of experience in an archive, library, or museum processing
archival collections and writing finding aids, and applying metadatacontent
and metadata standards relevant to the archival control of digital objects
(Dublin Core, MODS, etc).
– Previous publications or scholarly presentations.
– Knowledge of best practices for the arrangements, description, and
preservation of collections.
– Familiarity with archival collections management systems or databases
such as PastPerfect.
– Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a
team environment.
– Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
– Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.


– Understanding of copyright and rights management issues.
– Experience working with social media platforms such
as Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2016, and will continue until the
position is filled. Submit letter of application, CV, official transcripts,
Biographical Data Form, and three signed professional letters of
recommendation to:

Carol Ellis, Chair of Processing / Digital Archivist – Assistant Librarian
Search Committee
Marx Library, University of South Alabama
5901 USA Drive North
Mobile AL  36688
Or at

*The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including
pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression),
religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran

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Assistant Manger, Records Management – Denton County – Denton, TX

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 14:24

Assistant Manager performs consultative services and technical assistance
work for the Records Management Division of the Department of Technology
Services.  Work involves planning, developing, and implementing an
electronic records preservation program and providing consultative
services, training, and technical assistance to staff, other county
departments, and elected officials.  This position will also train,
schedule, assign, and prioritize records staff workloads.


Research, analyze and recommend strategies and actions necessary to plan,
develop and implement an electronic records program for preservation of
electronic records generated by Denton County departments in accordance
with State law and County Records Policy.

Assist with developing program policies, procedures, standards and manuals
in accordance with Denton County Records program objectives and goals.

Appraise and assist with the development of records retention and
disposition schedules for Denton County records; coordinate data conversion
and migration; description of records series and other tasks and procedures
necessary to ensure preservation and access to electronic records.

Provide consultative services and technical assistance to County
Departments and Elected Officials on issues related to the transfer,
preservation, and accessibility of government records.

Provide guidance to staff in the development and integration of methods and
procedures related to the management and preservation of government
records, as well as providing oversight and management of staff,
volunteers, and inmate activities.

Supervise employees and ensure all work complies with established policies
and procedures; delegate or assign job functions and activities; complete
time sheets as necessary; train employees as necessary.

Assist in the preparation of reports and budget requests; Research, write,
and/or prepare training materials for Denton County departments and Elected

Conduct special projects as assigned and represent the division on working
groups and committees.

Regular and punctual attendance is required.

Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree with course work in library science, archival
administration, information technology, or related discipline and a minimum
two years of experience in managing electronic records or digital content;
or an equivalent combination of education and related experience required.

Possession of a valid driver’s license required.  Must obtain a valid Texas
driver’s license within 90 days of employment.

Must not have any Class B misdemeanor or higher convictions or deferred

May be required to be certified as a Jailer by the Texas Commission on Law

Master’s degree in library science, archival administration, information
technology or related discipline preferred.

Certified Archivist or Certified Records Manager designation preferred.

*The starting salary for this position ranges from $53,200 to $61,712
annually, depending on qualifications.*
to apply follow this link

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Digital Engagement Librarian/Asst. Professor – University of Nebraska at Omaha – Omaha, NE

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 14:22

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) seeks an enthusiastic individual for the position of Assistant Professor / Digital Engagement Librarian.

Reporting to the Director of Archives & Special Collections, the Digital Engagement Librarian creatively collaborates with and supports faculty, students, and community members involved in digital scholarship and digital projects. Participates in the development of digital projects and collections by providing a full range of instruction and sustainability services and best practices. Responsible for consulting with faculty, staff, and students from across the university on projects related to digital publishing and digital exhibitions, as well as on emerging forms of digital scholarship. This position will provide outreach services through instruction and research consultations, and will act as a liaison to university & community partners & outside vendors when appropriate. Will also recruit, train & supervise student assistants when needed. Fulfills requirements of faculty status in the areas of librarianship, scholarly activities, and service.

The salary range is $45,000-52,000. Reminder that the review will begin April 29, 2016. The position is open until filled. See below for full description.

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Travel Awards for Underrepresented Professionals to Attend 2016 Library Assessment Conference—Deadline Extended to May 31

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 14:15
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is extending the application deadline to Tuesday, May 31, for scholarships to support individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to attend the 2016 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment in Arlington, Virginia, on October 31–November 2. The Association is offering 10 awards, each of which will include conference registration and $1,000 to cover travel costs and/or workshop registration fees.

Eligibility Requirements Eligible applicants are:
  • students enrolled in graduate programs;
  • fellows or scholars participating in ARL’s diversity recruitment programs; or
  • library professionals within the first three years of their careers.
The Association’s goal is to encourage conference participants to engage with a diverse group of people relatively new to the library assessment community to share knowledge and skills in methodologies, research, and evaluation.

Selection Criteria The selection criteria for the scholarship are:
  • diverse representation—eligible classifications include those outlined by the US Census Bureau and Statistics Canada as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications;
  • a record of strong interest in assessment demonstrated by related coursework and activities; and
  • potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies.
Three to five scholarships are reserved for current participants in ARL diversity recruitment programs. Students and practitioners with fewer than three years of professional experience are especially encouraged to apply. Benefits and Responsibilities The $1,000 scholarship is to cover registration fees for any of the pre- and/or post-conference workshops, air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. Awardees will be responsible for:
  • making arrangements for travel and hotel accommodations;
  • paying for any meals above and beyond what is covered by the scholarship; and
  • registering for the conference and selecting invoice as the payment option—ARL will cover the conference registration fee.
Each awardee will also be asked to post a blog entry on the Library Assessment blog about the conference as a way to share their experience with the assessment community. Applications Apply online by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The selection committee—composed of members of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the ARL Assessment Committee—will notify applicants of selection decisions in early June. Each applicant must provide:
  • a statement of interest (400 words maximum) that describes how attending the Library Assessment Conference supports your learning and development goals;
  • a résumé or CV; and
  • a recommendation letter from a faculty member or supervisor.
Registration Early-bird registration for the 2016 Library Assessment Conference closes July 1. Register online at Pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday, October 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and post-conference workshops will be held on Thursday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Information about the workshops, including fees, is available on the conference website at

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Library Assistant – Montgomery College – Takoma Park, MD

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Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Springs Campus, has need for a PT Library Assistant, S03653 in the Library-TP/SS department. Normal work schedule is Monday-Friday 12:30pm-4pm

Job Summary:

This position relates library information to students, faculty, staff, and the general public

  • Provides patron services associated with duty at the access services desk.
  • Using a library management system, such as Voyager, creates, updates, verifies status of patron records, and checks library materials in and out. Clears fines in automated system for overdue and lost library materials.
  • Places holds and recalls of materials.
  • Assists faculty with placing material on course reserve both in paper and electronic formats.
  • Processes print and non- print materials submitted by faculty for course reserve. Provides services associated with collections shelved in closed stacks. Explains and helps students access e-reserve collection
  • Processes library materials identified for deselection, shelf reads collection, and arrange library items on carts.
  • Explains and helps students access e-reserve collection and assists patrons with the interpretation of citations and locating materials held in the library using the internet, library  automated system terminals, microform reader/printers, etc. (Assists patrons with the interpretation of citations found in the library’s on line public access catalog and with locating materials held in the library.
  • Monitors library security system. Uses software to record associated statistical information
  • Answers directional and library policy-related questions and uses software to record statistical information.
  • Assists patrons in interpreting library policy and procedural and other routine questions, including posted copyright guidelines.
  • Refers patrons’ questions or issues to appropriate library personnel, organizes and manages courses reserves.
  • Directly provides access to collections in the stacks, controls access to restricted collections, and communicates with instructors regarding materials on course reserve.
  • Maintains course reserve stacks in predetermined arrangement.
  • Contributes information regarding course reserves for inclusion in library handouts.
  • Produces and runs Voyager Access Reports as needed, modifies canned reports or builds reports as instructed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of modern office procedures and practices as applied to the operations of College libraries, library fundamentals, library management system, and standard office applications used by the College.
  • Skill in using word processing equipment and personal computers; effective communications; and customer service.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to work effectively with others.
  • High School diploma or G.E.D.
  • One year of customer service in a library or two years of customer service experience in a similar environment
  • Eligible applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States and not require employer visa sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree or two years of college coursework completed preferred.

Application Process:

  • Step 10 is a Summary of your information. You can update and edit information up to the closing date for the receipt of applications for a specific job announcement.
  • For consideration, you must:
  1. Include dates of employment in your application or attachment;
  2. Complete a set of pre-screening questions (Step 4); and
  3. E-sign your application. (Step 9)


Failure to complete the pre-screening questions or to e-sign your application will automatically result in your elimination from consideration for this position.


As a condition of employment, the following are required at the time of hire:

  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Participation in a retirement plan
  • Submission of an official transcript of the relevant degree

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Coordinator, Collections – District of Columbia Public Schools – Washington, DC

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Job Title: Coordinator, Collections Office: Office of Teaching and Learning Salary Range: 1-4 / $62,264 – $68,255

Position Overview

The mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is to deliver high-quality instructional resources, enhance classroom practice and scale effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and prepare all students for success in college, career, and life.OTL spans four core competency areas:

  1. Curriculum;
  2. Professional learning;
  3. Enrichments and interventions; and
  4. Formative assessment.

Team members support school-based staff in implementing DCPS’s existing academic programs while simultaneously working to rethink and redesign school programming, academic and curricular resources and educator professional development.

The Educational Technology & Library Programs division is responsible for creating and implementing the district’s vision to support schools and content areas in technology integration, blended learning initiatives, and library programs. The use of technology in the classroom and school libraries are a high priority for the Chancellor and are integral to achieving the goals set forth in A Capital Commitment. DCPS believes in the power of technology and digital resources to personalize and accelerate student learning in all content areas. The goal of technology use in DCPS is to provide students with high quality educational experiences which increase technology literacy and personalize and accelerate student learning. Integrated experiences must allow for collaboration, creativity, and development of critical thinking skills to better prepare students for college and career. School library programs that are staffed by credentialed school library media specialists have a high impact on student achievement, literacy development, and college and career readiness. By working with classroom teachers, school libraries become a powerful part of the full educational program. This team works together to support each content team in achieving schools’ academic goals.

The Coordinator, Collections functions as a liaison between DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Library (DCPL), assisting with collection, development, and management for all DCPS school libraries, including overseeing the purchasing and receipt of materials for DCPS libraries. Working with DCPS and DCPL staff, the Coordinator develops and implements the procedures to negotiate vendor contracts, conveys cataloging specifications, places, and receives orders, establishes purchase orders, pays invoices, and maintains quality control for the materials selected for DCPS libraries. The Coordinator, helps to design and facilitate methods to organize and track individual school needs, procures vendor-generated selection lists and creates individualized selection lists, and solves related problems. The Coordinator, Collections stays current on trends in the publishing and educational arenas to ensure that each library collection is aligned with curriculum standards and school needs. The Coordinator, coordinates communication between DCPS and DCPL related to collection analysis, purchasing, and any issues that arise.

The Coordinator, Collections will report to the Specialist, Library Media Specialist.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develops policies, procedures, and plans for each school library’s collection development and purchasing in conjunction with DCPS and DCPL staff.
  • Communicates regularly with DCPS school library media specialists to develop and coordinate responsive, cost effective, and efficient methods to select collections that are aligned with curriculum standards and school needs.
  • Employs online tools to assess individual school library needs, share vendor-generated and individualized order lists, and collect suggestions.
  • Participates in interagency committees, visits schools, and develops intentional strategies to develop buy-in for new practices and inspire trust, collaboration, and positive relationships between DCPS and DCPL staff.
  • Has knowledge of and communicates school needs, coordinates orders, and tracks the allocation spending for library materials.
  • Attends meetings to share information and keeps abreast of DCPL collection practices and DCPS needs, applying changes to workflow as needed. Keeps supervisor informed of issues in a timely fashion; recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Facilitates collections-related professional development for and information exchanges between DCPS and DCPL through workshops, newsletters, or other opportunities.
  • Seeks out and recommends best practices from national models of school-public library collaboration and shared collection development.
  • Evaluates the processes and policies regularly, adapting to new tasks or revised expectations as necessary.
  • Assists with the development of a business plan and pilot for Phase 2 of shared tech services; phase 2 includes: selection, ordering and delivery of DCPL materials to DCPS schools for use in classrooms; delivering items students and teachers order to school locations; sharing a collections operations and distributions center with schools.
  • Stays abreast of children’s and teen books, authors, and relevant issues and trends in the field including knowledge of practices, trends, tools, and vendors associated with library materials.


  • Bachelor’s degree and two to four years of related work experience.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Master’s of Library Science preferred.
  • Previous experience as a school library media specialist preferred including strong knowledge of collection development in school settings, ability to collect and analyze bibliographic, narrative, financial, and statistical data.
  • Must be detail oriented, self-motivated, and task-focused, with attention to accuracy and the ability to track multiple demands in fast-paced environments in various locations, including DCPS central office, schools, and DCPL technical services.
  • Facility with platforms and services that enable management of workflow and documents, i.e., SharePoint, Dropbox, procurement systems, etc., as well as library collection management systems, i.e., SirsiDynix’s Workflows, Follett’s Destiny.

Personal Qualities of Top Candidates

  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.

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Cataloger/Taxonomist/Librarian – NASA – Greenbelt, MD

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 14:06
Job Description: Are you a master cataloger and organizer? Have you ever said “there’s a taxonomy for that?” Are you interested in the adventure of undertaking a brand new project at NASA?

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is hiring a taxonomist/cataloger to spearhead a new effort within NASA’s Earth Sciences Division (ESD). This position will be located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The main objectives of this project, and the responsibilities of the position, are to:

+ Develop and maintain a procedure for identifying and cataloging all new, web-based content produced by ESD on a daily basis (e.g., stories, imagery, videos, original social media).

+ Develop and maintain a process for associating (through cataloging) ESD content with related NASA Earth science data.

+ Develop and maintain new taxonomies as necessary in order to facilitate the above cataloging. Maintain and enhance existing relevant taxonomies as necessary.

+ Develop and maintain daily processes for curating the Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET) catalog of natural events. Curation involves identifying new events, determining applicability for inclusion in the system, and determining the closing of events that have ended.

+ Document the above processes and procedures.

+ Educate, train and promote the use of the taxonomies and the catalogs.

You will work in collaboration with communication and domain experts from throughout ESD in order to determine taxonomy requirements and business needs, and with web application developers to implement the catalog and APIs (application program interface) to support catalog syndication. You will also work with stakeholders and other internal users to understand the role that a properly curated and cataloged collection of resources can be used to meet multiple needs throughout the agency. Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, knowledge management, information management, or related, or a BS/BA degree and related professional experience
  • 3+ years experience working with catalog and classification systems
  • Understanding of taxonomy development, controlled vocabularies, and ontologies
  • Excellent English language skills
  • Superior written communication skills, particularly spelling and vocabulary
  • Strong research, analysis and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Desired Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of multiple Earth science disciplines and remote sensing
  • Basic coding/scripting experience (Perl, PHP, Python, or other languages of choice)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of relational databases and SQL
  • Project management experience
  • Experience establishing information management best practices; architecting and designing the application of metadata standards, controlled vocabularies and data rules
  • Entrepreneurial experience and desire is highly desired

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Electronic Services Librarian – The Catholic University of America – Washington, DC

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 13:59
The libraries of The Catholic University of America have as their purpose to support and enrich the instructional, research, and service programs of the university. Electronic Resources and Services is responsible for providing the technology and resources necessary for quality instruction and research, acquisition of electronic resources, organizing and maintaining the access to the electronic resources, creating and managing the local digital resources, and developing and overseeing the libraries public and staff Web sites. The Electronic Services Librarian will be responsible for planning and managing the libraries’ public and staff Web sites. Develop and maintain systems which support electronic resources and digital collections for the library system. Essential Responsibilities Include: Plan and manage the libraries public and staff Web sites. Develop and maintain systems which support electronic resources and digital collections for the library system. Support the administration of library information systems by performing hardware and software installations, upgrades, and troubleshooting for library computer systems. Assist in train ing the ERS assistant/GLP and in training other library staff on ERS supported system. Participate as a professional member in the University Library system with academic status, in shared collegial decision making and planning; participate in committees and ad hoc projects contribute to the library profession and engage in professional development activities; participate in and contribute to professional organizations and publications. Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library Science is required. Applicants who will have obtained the MLS by 08/20/2016 will be considered. At least one (1) year of relative experience. Demonstrated proficiency with web development skills, such as HTML, CSS, JQuery, etc. and usability assessment. Knowledge and work experience with database technology (such as MySQL, Oracle, and the SQL language) and at least one computer programming language (PHP preferred). Work experience with system administration and digital collection process. Familiarity with Unix/Linux environments. How to apply: forward resume, cover letter and salary requirements (salary expectations are considered part of application process): Reference position 101644 in subject line of email. This position is open until filled. Applications submitted before 6/1/2016 will receive priority consideration. The Catholic University of America Human Resources, 170 Leahy Hall 620 Michigan Ave, NE Washington, DC 20064 Fax: (202) 319-5802 Telephone: (202) 319-5050 For more information visit

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Web Services and Communications Librarian – Montgomery College Libraries – Rockville, MD

Blog - MLS - Mon, 02/05/2016 - 13:51

Online applications must be received by Thursday, May 19th 2016

Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, has need for a full-time, Librarian II, #S03756, in the College Libraries. The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Job Summary: This position provides user-centered, innovative and service-oriented leadership in the vision, development, planning, coordination, maintenance and evaluation of the Libraries web presence, with an emphasis on enhancing the user experience. This position manages the Libraries’ external communications and outreach/marketing efforts to ensure consistent and strategic branding and service and event promotion via multiple communications methods.

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Serve as the Chair and lead the Libraries’ Web Services Committee.
  • Utilize user-centered design focus, work closely with the E-Resources & Discovery Services Librarian and lead the Libraries’ Web Services Committee in the planning for current and future web development/technologies.
  • Act as point person overseeing migration of Libraries website content to new College Content Management System.
  • Establish and manage training program for Libraries employees to input and manage content on website for their functional areas.
  • Collaborate with the E-Resources & Discovery Services Librarian to enhance and improve the Libraries’ discovery services environment through user testing, adherence to industry best practices and integration of new services.
  • Create and charge a Libraries’ Marketing Committee.
  • Serve as the Chair of Marketing Committee and work collaboratively with members from across the Libraries’ departments to create and implement a College wide marketing strategy for the Libraries.
  • Produce and coordinate production of graphic and editorial copy for Libraries’ external communications, including service announcements, policy changes, events and programs.
  • Design and edit external promotional and information materials with a focus on online methods.
  • Coordinate creation of selected communications in print form.
  • Work closely with the College Communications Office to create Libraries’ brand strategy including re-design of the Libraries logo and color scheme for implementation on the Libraries’ website and external communications.
  • Coordinate the Libraries’ social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter and news blog.
  • Coordinate production of an annual report of Library services.
  • Maintain current awareness of web design and development practices in libraries, with an emphasis on enhancing user experience.
  • Actively participate in local, national and international meetings and organizations that relate to web services, user experience and marketing and communications.
  • Keep abreast of new trends and developments in the library field.
  • Read professional literature.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited institution.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible professional library experience in a functional area or specialized services in academic, research, or public library.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of library science as applied to the operation of academic libraries.
  • Ability to instruct and assist students in the use of library resources.
  • Ability to remain current in trends, topics, developments and issues in area of information and library technology, by attending training, workshops, and credit and non-credit classes provided by colleges and universities, and professional organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrated initiative, resourcefulness, creativity and an open mind; flexibility, excellent teamwork and team leadership skills; strong listening skills; professional competence using research tools in an online environment and basic Microsoft Office Software.
  • Eligible applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States and not require employer visa sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of experience with user-centered web design, instructional design theory and usability, and an understanding of information seeking behaviors in the online library environment.
  • Technical fluency with web authoring standards (HTML, JavaScript, CSS), accessibility standards, and content management systems.
  • Experience in gathering and evaluating analytics related to the website and other web-based services, and making data-driven decisions regarding website usability, architecture, and design.
  • Experience with social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, blogs) as a communications tool.
  • Experience with mobile website and services development.
  • Experience with OmniUpdate Campus CMS.
  • One (1) year of experience with coordinating print and online communications and marketing materials.
  • Experience with graphic design and relevant software.
  • Experience working on projects or initiatives with libraries and their parent institution (college, university, etc.).

Application Process:

  • Step 10 is a Summary of your information. You can update and edit information up to the closing date for the receipt of applications for a specific job announcement.
  • For consideration, you must:
  1. Include dates of employment in your application or attachment;
  2. Complete a set of pre-screening questions (Step 4); and
  3. E-sign your application. (Step 9)

Failure to complete the pre-screening questions or to e-sign your application will automatically result in your elimination from consideration for this position.

As a condition of employment, the following are required at the time of hire:

  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Participation in a retirement plan
  • Submission of an official transcript of the degree required for the position

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