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Launched! Re-Envisioning the MLS

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On Monday, October 20, the iSchool hosted its first discussion event as part of our three-year Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative. Led by iSchool faculty members Paul Jaeger and John Bertot (co-directors of iPAC), the Defining the MLS: History, Origins, and Foundations focused on the history, professionalization, and values of the librarianship as defined through the formalization of Library and Information Science education with the Master of Library Science (or variants) degree.

The session particularly sought to engage the iSchool community in a discussion regarding the historical, current, and future roles of information professionals and cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums, others) in a changing and dynamic economic, social, community, information, technology, and policy context. Online and in-person participants offered a range of insights, including the need for:

  • Community engagement;
  • Partnerships to meet increasingly complex community needs;
  • More policy-savvy information professionals;
  • More cross-field learning in areas such as marketing, public policy, education/learning technologies, social work, information technology/systems; and
  • More of an international perspective on information, policy, and best practices.

The archive of the session is available at: We welcome your comments as we continue to Re-Envision the MLS.

Next up (November 6, 2014): Burn the Libraries Free the Librarians

Co-sponsored by iPAC and the iSchool, Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes discusses: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the side of the mission of a community is gone. What’s left: the centrality of librarians in meeting the needs and aspirations of the community. This presentation presents a librarianship unencumbered by buildings or a fealty to traditions. It talks about librarians as facilitators of knowledge creation in libraries, and offices, and schools, and classrooms, and the wide reaches of the Internet.

When: Thursday, November 6, 4:30-5:30pm (EST; reception to follow)
Where: McKeldin Special Events Room, 6137 or online via Adobe Connect at
RSVP: Please RSVP at

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. More information on Lankes is available at

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Experience Architect with Echo & Co. – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:14

Experience Architect

We are looking for an Experience Architect with a strong background in information architecture and content strategy to join our growing team. The ideal candidate will have professional and academic experience in content strategy, information architecture, journalism, copywriting, content production, marketing, strategic communication library sciences, human factors, business, or a related field.

The Experience Architect is responsible for delivering user experience, information architecture, content strategy, and user/usability research solutions for new and existing Echo & Co. clients, products, and services. This includes leading the definition, design, and documentation of user experience and content strategy requirements for delivering web development projects, online strategies, engagement campaigns, and outreach efforts. The Experience Architect position is located in Washington, D.C., and reports to the Director of User Experience.


  • Provide subject matter expertise and strategic consulting for projects and clients to ensure insights-driven, optimal and consistent user experience, information architecture, and content strategy. The Experience Architect is responsible for leading requirements gathering and the definition of user experience strategies and approaches for clients, including overseeing user interface and interaction design specifications, executing user and usability research, content strategy formulation and articulation, development of content and information architectures, and definition of content management system and functional specifications for clients.
  • Participate on project teams as a subject matter expert and discipline lead on user experience, content strategy, information architecture, user/usability research, and user interface and interaction design, collaborating with the project manager, software architects, and creative designers.
  • Support the Director of User Experience in establishing an insights- and best-practices driven user experience discipline at the firm to evangelize a user-centric, content-focused value proposition that leverages user experience at all levels of the client lifecycle, including assessment and strategy development, creative design, technology integration, and ongoing management and consulting.
  • Adhere to internal quality assurance processes to ensure that all experience practice-specific deliverables meet the firm’s standards for excellence. Assist the Director of User Experience in developing these standards.
  • Work with portfolio of Echo & Co. clients, strategy architects, project managers, creative designers, software architects, technical developers, contractors, and third-party providers through all aspects of the client lifecycle, including assessment and strategy development, technical integration, and ongoing service and support.
  • Support project managers and project principals in maintaining and strengthening high-level client relationships by working with client stakeholders.
  • Participate in the business development process by assisting the Director of User Experience in cultivating and executing upsell opportunities on new and existing leads, working on scopes and estimates, reviewing proposals and statements of work, and evaluating RFPs or work orders.
  • Conduct usability research and evaluation to support proposals and projects.


  • At least 5-7 years of experience of interactive projects from the agency side, with a focus in requirements analysis, specification development, user experience design, and implementation.
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic consulting, content strategy, information architecture, user experience architecture, and user/usability research.
  • Success in leading client engagements and nurturing client relationships; experience in strategic advising of client stakeholders, including executives; able to assist client organizations in managing project and organizational change.
  • Previous experience leading teams is required. Working closely with multiple Business, Development, and Operational teams throughout the project lifecycle, candidate must have proven experience in experience design, requirements analysis and documentation, leadership, and bringing world-class interactive experiences to market.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and leverage requirements assets such as use cases, user stories, process flows, wireframes, prototypes, content strategies, and presentations is required. The ideal candidate will possess strong technical acumen, ideally with understanding of digital content publishing architecture, development principles, and web technologies. Knowledge across many functional areas, including product management, business development, software architecture, user interface design, and marketing as well as a comprehensive knowledge of operational systems such as ad sales, lead generation, and billing is required.
  • Must be a dynamic team leader, strong communicator, and proactive decision-maker within a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to think strategically and work independently.
  • Direct, assertive, eager, and ready for the challenge.
  • Must possess excellent user experience, strategic thinking, and analytical skills, and be able to provide leadership and strategic direction to account teams and the firm as a whole.
  • Must be trustworthy and sincere, with a “roll up your sleeves” work style.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems at both strategic and tactical (functional) levels.
  • Understanding of and comfort with internet technology and web development tools and processes.
  • Understanding of online organizing, advocacy, fundraising, and engagement strategies and best practices.
  • Must be active in the user experience professional field and have an understanding of industry best practices and trends.
  • Must have a social good orientation with an interest in working for mission-driven clients, including progressive nonprofit organizations, socially responsible enterprises, government agencies, and multinational institutions that seek to make positive change.
  • Must thrive in an environment that promotes change, embraces innovation, and runs on teamwork.
  • Willingness and availability to travel occasionally for job-related activities.

Echo & Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.



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On-Campus Diwali Celebration

MIM Blog - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:38


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Library Technician II at Universities at Shady Grove – Rockville, MD

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:44

Library Technician II – 115596
Basic Information

Employment Category:

Position Title:
Library Technician II

Open Date:
October 10, 2014 (All day)

Close Date:
October 24, 2014 (All day)

The Universities at Shady Grove

Priddy Library


Employment Type:
Full-time (Nonexempt,Regular)

Duties and responsibilities

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland (USMAI) located in Montgomery County, Maryland. USG is a partnership campus—a consortium of 9 USM institutions that offers over 80 upper level baccalaureate and graduate degrees. The service region is a diverse, highly populated economic center of the state, with a large concentration of federal agencies and technology companies, especially in the biotechnology fields. USG currently enrolls approximately 4,000 degree-seeking students and plans to expand to 7,500 students over the next years. USG is administered by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) campus which provides support for on-site academic and management services. The Priddy Library is jointly administered by USG and the UMD Libraries as an off-site branch library.

An agreement, signed in 2007 between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and USG, merged the MCPS Professional Library with the USG Priddy Library to provide enhanced educational resource services to administrators, teachers and staff of MCPS and to the faculty, staff and students of USG

NATURE OF WORK: The candidate is responsible for managing and maintaining all aspects of services to MCPS patrons. Responsibilities also include reference, instructing customers in the use of the library catalog and databases, and other assistance that may be needed for USG patrons.


Minimum Qualifications:
High School Diploma or GED AND three years experience directly related to the primary duties of the position.

Bachelor’s degree preferred. MLS students preferred.

Two or more years work experience in library or office environment.

Ability to set and adjust priorities and be creative in analyzing work flow, to respond to constantly shifting work demands.

Ability to interact with students, patrons and staff in a courteous and efficient manner.

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and execute complicated and continuing assignments without instruction.

General knowledge of and skill in the use of Microsoft and other computer applications, online searching database.

Strong written and verbal communications skills and attention to detail are essential.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit:

Best Consideration Date: October 24, 2014

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Associate at American Federation of Teachers – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:42
Job Title: Associate Unit: AFTSU Job Number: AOF-58-31-1014-N

(Replaces #AOF-58-22-0814-N) Supervisor: Manager, Research & Strategic Initiatives Department: Research & Strategic Initiatives Annual Salary $63,825.94         Special Note: AFT seeks a collaborative, innovative and service oriented individual to administer an information system and assess and develop reference, research and online services available through the AFT Library.  In addition, the strategic research associate position located in the Research and Strategic Initiatives department will have responsibility for acquiring and maintaining information to support the work of AFT leaders, affiliates and staff.         Position Summary: The strategic research associate will work under the direct supervision of the department manager or designee to facilitate and oversee the various functions of the AFT Library. The Associate will lead a cross departmental advisory taskforce to ensure that the AFT Library is meeting the needs of AFT leaders, affiliates and staff.  A major responsibility of the position will be to redesign the library into an information hub providing current and pertinent resources  to AFT leaders and staff that are easily accessible.  S/he will have responsibility to establish and expand contacts with relevant government and private organizations to obtain data and information, and develop contacts within organized labor to obtain and share information to advance the status of all workers and the unions that represent them.      

  • Redesign the delivery of information services to AFT leaders, affiliates and staff.
  • Maintain currency with trends in library systems and play a major role in planning

implementing and training for the introduction of new library technologies.

  • Serve as the lead on the cross departmental advisory taskforce on the AFT Library.
  • Manage and implement and provide technical support for library software and systems.
  • Develop training and resources to guide and support use of the Library for AFT departments.
    Position Responsibilities:
  • Provide assistance, support and training on the Library and the use of purchased databases for staff as needed.
  • Acquire and maintain data that informs AFT on news and developments that impact our members and enables staff and affiliates to track changes affecting our union and its members .
  • Assist staff and affiliates with access to online databases, subscriptions, and services including journals, reports and relevant publications.
  • Review the relevant news of the day and produce strategic summaries.
  • Assist RSI staff with materials and information needed for meetings and conferences.
  • Assist in the development and preparation of data analysis and presentations for AFT staff as needed.
  • Support the work of the RSI researcher’s workgroup.
  • Serve as department representative at meetings and conferences as needed.
  • Minimal travel.
        Primary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of libraries.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to and manage a team in a changing environment.
  • Knowledge of  library software, systems and applications.
  • Ability to maintain currency with trends in library systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to view issues from an organization-wide perspective.
  • Good communication skills including both written and oral.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research on issues and to evaluate research for use by affiliates and staff in representing members.
  • Knowledge of Bureau of Labor online resources and familiarity with federal and state department of education websites.
  • Working knowledge of economic databases such as Moody’s analytics,, EMSI, ERI, as well as Excel and other statistical analysis tools to conduct analyses and prepare reports.
    Secondary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Prior work experience in a union environment is preferred.
  • Familiarity with AFT and/or its affiliates is considered a plus.
        Application requirements: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the director of human resources or via email to Please reference posting # AOF-58-31-1014-N.         Internal Posting Period: Internal posting period expires November 4, 2014.  External applicants may be considered as of, November 5, 2014.


cc:  Alisha Ashley, AFTSU President

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E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at University of California, Irvine – Irvine, CA

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:40

E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Librarian 
Applications are still being accepted.  (Date of first consideration is November 6, 2014)

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a collaborative, creative, proactive, and user- oriented professional for the position E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services (ERDS) Librarian to develop the Libraries’ role in the research and publication lifecycle of digital resources. Reporting to the Head of the Collection Development Department, the incumbent will serve as Head of the E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Unit and will be a member of the Collection Development Department.

The E-Research and Digital Scholarship Services Unit is being formed within the Collection Development Department to capitalize on digital services offered locally and throughout the UC system to assist in the research, publication, and teaching missions of the University. The Unit will perform outreach, advertise, educate, and collaborate with faculty and researchers directly, and through the assistance and education of subject liaisons across all library departments.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Consultation for grant requirements related to data management, data sharing, and publication
  • Consultation regarding UC’s open access policy
  • Assistance in data curation
  • Assistance with linked data
  • Educating faculty, researchers, and librarians about impact metrics
  • Providing digital preservation and migration services
  • Providing and/or training researchers on metadata enhancement

The unit will be involved in project management, workflow development, and provision of ongoing digital services for the scholarly community of UC Irvine and the UCI Libraries.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ERDS Librarian will manage all aspects of the Unit, from strategic planning to daily operations, effectively coordinating staff and technology resources, and working with subject specialists, IT professionals, and public relations staff. The ERDS Librarian will supervise a metadata librarian and a programmer analyst, and there is a likelihood that the unit will expand.

Serving as an advisor to library management, the ERDS Librarian will interact extensively with other campus units and library departments on issues related to digital research, outreach, and publishing. The ERDS Librarian will work with faculty, researchers, librarians, and archivists to promote and support digital publishing and open access, and will encourage experimentation and risk-taking in digital scholarship projects as part of professional growth and innovative services.

The ERDS Librarian will act as a resource within the Libraries for digital services and projects, and will educate librarians and staff about available digital and data services. The ERDS Librarian will build awareness of and support for the management and preservation of digital publications and related materials including research data.
The ERDS Librarian will monitor data-related developments on campus and within the UC system, including the California Digital Library, and will explore ways that the Libraries can best leverage digital collections, local resources such as the UCI repository, UCIspace, and staff expertise to support faculty, researchers, and students in their own research and scholarly activities. The ERDS Librarian will explore and develop new services in the areas of e-research and digital scholarship. In addition, the ERDS Librarian will look for grant opportunities to develop services and expertise in the areas of digital services, data, and e-research.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Computer science, research data management, digital archives, or GIS background.
  • Experience planning and managing projects and project teams.
  • Experience working with faculty, researchers, librarians, and/or archivists.
  • Experience writing, managing, implementing, or contributing to grant proposals.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in digital scholarship, including scholarly publishing, open access, and data sharing.
  • Experience working with repositories or data management programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Ability to think strategically and articulate the evolving role of academic libraries to a diverse audience.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team within a dynamically changing environment where consultation, flexibility and cooperation are essential.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in digital scholarship.
  • Understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.


  • Experience managing a unit and supervising staff.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in intellectual property, copyright, and fair use.
  • Familiarity with the mobile and web-based technologies used in social media and ability to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Evidence of continuing achievement in professional development, particularly at a national level, that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • Ability to articulate the value of digital library collections and digital repositories in a teaching and research environment.
  • Strong public speaking skills in an academic setting.

The Collection Development Department

The Collection Development Department is responsible for the library-wide development and management of general collections in the Langson Library, Ayala Science Library, and Grunigen Medical Library under the administration and coordination of the Assistant University Librarian for Research Resources.  This department takes the lead role in developing and planning the overarching and ongoing collections policies, procedures, and projects that ensure that the scholarly resources available meet the campus teaching, research, and patient care needs.  As an important part of these initiatives, the Department plans and implements the Libraries’ role in e-research and digital scholarship services. The Department consists of 8 librarians (including the department head) and 1 library assistant.  The Department is committed to developing, delivering, and preserving the Libraries’ outstanding collection of significant and diverse research resources and is dedicated to building a research library of excellence.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of change.  The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Ayala Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These buildings contain over 3,300 public seats for study and research and provide more than 600 public access computers.  The UCI Libraries have a staff of approximately 140 FTE plus approximately 30 student assistant FTE.  The library collection consists of over 3.4 million volumes and over 137,000 journals and serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA), and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has a diverse student body consisting of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students.  Among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, UCI employs over 1,100 faculty and 9,400 staff.  Consistently ranked among the nation’s best universities, UCI is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.  Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary of $53,088 – $83,674 plus an annual administrative stipend.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 40% of salary.

Deadline for Applications:
  Candidates applying byNovember 6, 2014 will be given first consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested (cover letter; résumé; and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference’s professional relationship to the applicant) via UC Recruit at:

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Business Librarian at Lehman College of the City University of New York – New York, NY

Blog - MLS - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:39

Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY), has a position opening for a full-time permanent Business Librarian (tenure track):

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Reporting to the Head of Reference, the Business Librarian serves as liaison to Lehman’s new School of Business, which comprises a large number of majors and growing graduate programs.  The Business Librarian provides reference consultations and customized instructional services, as well as selects print, electronic, and multimedia resources in consultation with Economics and Business faculty to support the curriculum, research initiatives, and community development.

The candidate is responsible for outreach and marketing library services by partnering with Business faculty and conducting workshops on new business resources.  Further, develops research guides in specialized areas such as accounting, competitive intelligence, market research, purchasing, and statistics.  The individual also serves on library committees and develops an active research agenda.

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.  Second Master’s required, preferably in a related business or social science field, for appointment to Assistant Professor.  At least two years’ experience in an academic or special library providing business reference and instructional presentations.  Proven expertise in navigating emerging technologies, social networking, and mobile applications.  Candidate must be committed to serving diverse user groups and possess a strong service ethic.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Visit, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title.  Select “Apply Now” and provide the requested information. Candidates should provide a CV-resume and statement of scholarly interests.

Review of applications to begin December 15, 2014.

CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.

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Reminder: Fall Internship & Networking Fair is Next Week!

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 14:19

The semester sure is flying by! The Internship & Networking Fair is happening next week on Tuesday, October 28 from 4:00-6:00pm in the main lobby of Hornbake Library. If you’re taking the field study in the Spring or Summer semester of 2015, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to meet potential supervisors.

There will be many noteworthy institutions represented at the fair, including:

  • Library of Congress
  • DC Public Library
  • National Federation of the Blind, Jacobus tenBroek Library
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • NOAA Central Library
  • American University
  • Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
  • And many more!

Keep in mind that institutions represented at the fair are NOT the only locations available for field study. Look at the Field Study Database ( for other placement opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you at the fair on October 28!

If you have any questions, let us know at

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European Studies Librarian at University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:45

The European Studies Librarian is a tenure track library faculty position in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West). The European Studies Librarian assesses needs and establishes outreach to the students and faculty of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, as well as providing in-depth consultations and engaging in user evaluation and analysis to stay abreast of needs and departmental focus. Responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for the European languages, literatures and cultures collections (Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese). This position supports the University’s academic program in these subject areas as well as in interdisciplinary humanities programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Responsible for analyzing the University’s program in Languages, Literatures and Cultures and collaborating with librarians and the academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities.Evaluates existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. Provides specialized reference services and library instruction for the study of European languages and cultures.  In collaboration with the Arabic, Germanic, Slavic Studies Librarian and others, acts as Libraries’ liaison to the various Centers on campus. Provides general reference and instruction services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Library West Research Assistance Desk, as well as online through the Ask-A-Librarian chat and texting service, email and via telephone queries.

The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the European Studies Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the European Studies Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The European Studies Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

The search will remain open until December 1, 2014, and review of applications will begin on November 17, 2014.  Interested candidates should follow the application procedures outlined on the Position Vacancy Announcement at:

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

All inquiries and submissions of required application materials should be sent to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: according to the application instructions outlined in the Position Vacancy Announcement.

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Digital Archivist at US Army War College – Carlisle, PA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:41
Open period: 20 October 2014 to 10 November 2014


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • This position is Drug Testing Designated.

Manages digitization program to include, serving as the lead for the
acquisition, processing, organization, description, preservation and
accessibility of classified and unclassified archival materials in
electronic formats. Applies advanced knowledge of best practices for digital
processing and preservation including image capture, data migration, and
metadata creation to include web-based applications and the conversion of
existing materials into digital formats. Recommends policies, long-range
plans, goals, and objectives for assigned tasks and programs. Plans,
develops, and implements policies, workflows, processes, and standards to
integrate digitization procedures into the processing of all historical
materials, to include archival, library, printed, and three-dimensional
artifact materials, and the conversion of existing materials into electronic
formats. Collaborates with information technology staffs to support
effective and efficient integration into on-hand integrated library systems
and digital asset management systems as well as emerging Army information
technology initiatives. Identifies required resources, develops procedures,
and oversees execution in coordination with all operating divisions and
staff.  Oversees operation of digital archives, is responsible for external
collaborations, and performs a full range of supervision for three

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Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Libraries – Savannah, GA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:37

If you are interested, please complete application at

Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Libraries

South University

Minimum Education Required
Master’s Degree

Job Code

South University – Corporate Savannah, GA 31406-4805, US

Open Date

Travel Required
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Job Description

Job Summary:
This position is responsible for the leadership in the development, management, and evaluation of resources and services for all South University Libraries, including online. Working in partnership with the campus Head Librarians and the local administration, the Assistant Vice Chancellor provides functional support to all the libraries in the South system.

This position oversees activities of the South University libraries, including the coordination, communication and collaboration of collection development, system wide strategic initiatives, strategic planning, budgeting, university wide library committee, and oversight of the general operations of the libraries.

Incumbent must assure that the South University philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion – is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements:
Coordinate team decision making in all constituent libraries for cost effectiveness and optimum student experience.
Lead and guide movement towards fiscally prudent collection development.
Participate and lead the activities of the EDMC Task Force for the Library consortium, and any other groupings of EDMC libraries.
Provide professional leadership and vision in implementing new services and resources.
Lead the University Wide Library Committee to engage faculty, department heads, and other members of the campus community in long and short term planning for the library to ensure that library collections and technology continue to meet the needs of the university.
Provide support to start up and newly acquired schools in developing resources and services.
Serve as the training resource for new librarians in the system.
Develop and plan meetings and workshops for professional development.

Reports To: Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs
Interacts With: Head Librarians, VP/Deans of Academic Affairs, Heads of other EDMC libraries, EDMC IT

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  •  Master’s Degree in Library, Information Science, or related from an ALA accredited school
  •  Minimum of five years progressively responsible academic library experience, including supervision
  •  of other librarians and experience with and knowledge of emerging technologies relevant to
  •  academic libraries, such as Web-based services and networks
  •  Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the industry.
  •  Knowledge of subjects usually taught at a post-secondary institution


  •  Fiscal and personnel management expertise.
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  •  Strong interpersonal skills with both peer and subordinate personnel.
  •  Superior organizational skills


  •  Work effectively as either a leader or team member to insure that departmental goals are met.
  •  Ability to develop and coordinate collection processes.
  •  Budget development.
  •  Selection and training.

Work Environment & Notice

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

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Education Librarian at Keene State College – Keene, NH

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:35

Education Librarian
Mason Library
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position
To begin July 1, 2015

The Mason Library at Keene State College is seeking applications for an Education Librarian to lead the development of programs, services, and information literacy curriculum in support of students and faculty in the college’s Educator Preparation Program.  This is a tenure track faculty appointment available July 1, 2015.

Under administrative review of the Dean of Mason Library, the Education Librarian collaborates with colleagues on campus and in the local educator community to foster effective use of the Curriculum Materials Library (CML). The Education Librarian exemplifies best practices in the use of curriculum materials, develops and implements policies regarding the CML, and has overall responsibility for collection development in the CML and Education collections.

As a faculty member, this position participates in the design, development, teaching, and delivery of the library’s programs, engages in scholarly activities, and library and campus-wide service.  We are committed to diversity and multiculturalism, and strongly encourage individuals to apply who will contribute to the College’s ongoing efforts to provide opportunities to help students become responsible global citizens.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide, lead, and assess programs in support of students and faculty in the Educator Preparation Programs.
  • Collaboratively develop and maintain information literacy and educational technologies curriculum specific to students in the Educator Preparation Programs.
  • Organize, develop, and enhance physical facilities and collections of the Curriculum Materials Library.
  • Work with Technical Services to develop and implement standards of processing for various materials in the Curriculum Materials Library.
  • Maintain currency in local and state preK-12 curriculum and national education standards.
  • Select, assess, and manage the Curriculum Materials Library and Education collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty in the Educator Preparation Program.
  • Develop outreach activities and communication to promote the Curriculum Materials Library, its programs, resources, and services.
  • Coordinate the Curriculum Materials Library Advisory Board.
  • Supervise student workers as needed to maintain collection and provide services.
  • Cultivate partnerships with cooperating teachers and local library media specialist groups.
  • Coordinate and provide outreach services to high school and community groups to establish positive connections between the library and entering undergraduate students.

Library Faculty Responsibilities:

  • Participates in the design, development, teaching, and delivery of the Library’s programs;
  • Participates in liaison program;
  • Provides services that contribute to student learning;
  • Selects and evaluates library resources;
  • Engages in scholarly activities;
  • Engages in library and campus-wide service.

Qualifications Required: Master’s degree in library science or library media from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent by time of appointment; experience assessing and developing library collections; experience developing curriculum and providing information literacy instruction; demonstrated knowledge of the field of teacher education and the teaching profession; an understanding of pedagogical methods in preK-12 education; familiarity with preK-12 curriculum materials and literature; ability to apply technology to teaching; proven organizational, interpersonal, communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and collegially.

Qualifications Preferred: Library Media Specialist certification; experience with accreditation processes; grant writing experience; experience teaching in or as librarian in preK-12 education environment; experience developing and providing educational technology instruction. This is a tenure track faculty position and will be hired at the rank of Assistant Professor.  Current rank minimum for an Assistant Professor is $61,720.  Subject to change with anticipated Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement.

Application: Apply online at

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents when applying online:

  • Letter of application addressing the required and desirable qualifications
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three references

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until Friday, January 9, 2015.

For more information about Keene State College, Mason Library, the University System of New Hampshire, and the Keene community, visit: or

Keene State College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is engaged in an effort to build a community that reflects the diversity of society.  The College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. 

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Metadata Assistant at California State University Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:33

Library Services Specialist III, 130247
University Library

Salary Range: $3,371-$5,393/Monthly

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am — 5:00 pm; non-exempt position.

Essential Functions: Reporting to the University Library Archivist, the Metadata Specialist devotes most of their time to Special Collections metadata and cataloging projects and works collaboratively with the University Library Archivist and the Digitization Projects Assistant to ensure metadata integrity, normalization, portability, and development of or adherence to local and national metadata best practices. The incumbent will: contribute to quality control of meta data operations; maintain documentation on best practices; track development on standards of all types (descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative) to recommend and design appropriate metadata schema and products for discovery and access; follow the development of new and emerging technologies and analyze their potential application to the Special Collections and Archives unit to significantly improve and transfer information resource discovery and retrieval; process and catalog archive and manuscript collections in all formats (including born digital) in accordance with approved plans and unit procedures; screen for sensitive material; implement necessary preservation procedures; update access tools such as finding aids and catalog records for archival and manuscript holdings in accordance with archival and library standards; and may assist researchers in the Special Collections Reading room.

Required Qualifications & Experience: High school graduate or equivalent. Two years of full-time Library experience that has provided: a solid foundation in overall library policies, practices and procedures, and the ability to use this knowledge in exercising judgment and initiative; experience in cataloging and developing or assigning metadata to one or more specialized collections; experience with or ability to learn one or more library automated systems; and proficiency in using an integrated library system. Must possess: excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication and analytical ability; ability to maintain consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity; commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace; and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population. Fingerprints will be taken and checked by the California Department of Justice and the FBI.

Special Desired Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university; post undergraduate library work experience in Technical Services, Special Collections, or Digital Collections; in-depth knowledge of metadata schema already in use; knowledge of national digital library initiatives and metadata standards; experience working with Extensible Markup Language (XML) and related specifications in a resource description context, including use of XML metadata formats; and experience with historical materials.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received. A COMPLETED ON-LINE CSULA EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION IS REQUIRED. RESUMES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF A COMPLETED APPLICATION.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, California State University, Los Angeles is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

Candidates must demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multicultural/multiethnic environment. Certain positions require fingerprinting. The University actively encourages qualified minorities, women and persons with a disability to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause an undue hardship.  We are an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

To obtain employment information for the impaired call:
TDD Line (323) 343-3670
24-hour Dial-A-Job Line (323) 343-3678

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Assistant Head Librarian at Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World – New York, NY

Blog - MLS - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:31

Assistant Head Librarian, Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University


New York University seeks a qualified Assistant Head Librarian for the Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  The Assistant Head Librarian reports to the ISAW Head Librarian.

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is a unique center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D. degree through NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world, incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its teaching of doctoral students, ISAW emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It supports scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries – art history, literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and sociology, among others – to create a new intellectual framework for understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars steeped in that integrated approach.


The Assistant Head Librarian is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, including:

Library Operations – Coordinate workflow, establish priorities and assign work to ISAW’s library staff.  Train new staff.  Manage special projects by devising appropriate workflows and providing supervision.

Technical Services – Supervise the work of ISAW’s cataloging team, a group performing original and complex copy cataloging for all formats in a wide range of subjects and languages using the Ex Libris Aleph client. The cataloging team consists of ISAW staff members and adjuncts from NYU’s cataloging department. Facilitate patron resource discovery and access by ensuring the quality of bibliographic and digital databases through compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LCCS, NACO, CONSER, and LC cataloging practices as well as other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards. Provide leadership in the area of metadata management through the selection, creation and application of appropriate metadata frameworks for print and digital records. Participate in the development of standards, policies and procedures to ensure accurate and timely maintenance of print and digital records. Serve as a liaison to Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS) and other related departments in the Division of Libraries.

Digital Projects – Serve as the library liaison on ISAW’s digital projects team to help develop and coordinate activities linking digital initiatives to library projects. Work closely with the Head Librarian and other members of ISAW’s staff to assist in the planning and implementation of The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL), one of the Digital Initiatives underway at the Institute. AWDL is a joint project shared between ISAW and NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) department and the incumbent shares responsibility for envisioning the development of the digital library and its resources.

Collection Development – Sort collections acquired and determine appropriateness for inclusion in the ISAW library or beyond. Maintain inventories for acquired collections, duplicates, and serials. Provide data to the Head Librarian to assist with the task of analyzing the library collection, especially with regard to the curation of on- and off-site collections. Participate in the acquisitions workflow by using the spreadsheet and ticket system to track requests and purchases.

Public Services – Work closely with Head Librarian to provide leadership in the planning, design, and provision of public access services in the ISAW Library, including: producing and revising of library guides; giving individual and group instruction and orientation; serving as a liaison to faculty and graduate students; contributing to the library’s public relations efforts; working with faculty members, Visiting Research Scholars, and students on integrating electronic resources into teaching and research; responding to written, telephone, and email reference questions; participating in Division and other institutional committees and activities as appropriate.



  • ALA-accredited MLS and second subject Master’s degree required for tenure;
  • The ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in history, archaeology, art history and other areas relevant to ISAW’s core research areas.
  • Working knowledge of the appropriate languages of scholarship;
  • Familiarity with current trends in technical services;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially within a small unit that is flexible and responsive to patrons;
  • Minimum three years professional experience.


  • Subject area background relevant to the areas of study at ISAW;
  • Awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in librarianship;
  • Working knowledge of a non-Western language, with a strong preference for Chinese or Russian.

New York University Libraries:  

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to

Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background. 

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director of Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to  Resumes will be considered until the position is filled. 

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

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[CLIP Talks] Improving Access to Clinical Data Locked in Narrative Reports: An

MIM Blog - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 10:16

Improving Access to Clinical Data Locked in Narrative Reports: An Informatics Approach

Wendy W. Chapman – University of Utah

3258 A.V. Williams Building (AVW)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 11:00am

= Abstract

What symptoms are associated with the patient’s genotype? Did patients treated with medication fare better than patients treated surgically? Which patients are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital? Many of the pressing problems in health care today require access to detailed information locked in narrative reports. Natural language processing offers better access to symptoms, risk factors, diagnoses, and treatment outcomes described in text; however, accurately identifying this information requires a plethora of resources and tools. In this talk I will describe the work our research lab has done to help NLP developers, clinicians and researchers, informaticists, and patients better access the rich data contained in narrative reports.

= Bio

Dr. Chapman earned her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and her PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2000. From 2000-2010 she was a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Chapman became the chair of the University of Utah, Department of Biomedical Informatics.

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Art and Design Librarian at George Washington University Libraries – Washington, D.C.

Blog - MLS - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:24

The George Washington University Libraries announces a Search for an Art and Design Librarian

The George Washington University Libraries announces an opening for an Art and Design Librarian. Working as a member of the Research and User Services (RUS) Librarians team, the Art and Design Librarian will administer the collection and provide research services primarilyfor the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design within the Columbian College of The George Washington University. For further information, please visit

A key challenge for the position is to evaluate the relationship between the Corcoran School and the Art Department, and to develop a cohesive plan for their mutual needs. This is a newly created position that offers strong opportunities for leadership in developing the collections and services of a prominent art school within a major research university.

The successful candidate will support both the creative and scholarly aspects of the subject of art, including the use of social media to enhance and promote the collection and services. As a member of the RUS Librarians team, the successful candidate will participate in general orientation, reference, and instruction initiatives, including the University Writing Program, and will participate in strategic team-wide projects. The Librarian also will perform collection development duties for art and art history.


  • ALA-accredited MLS with a minimum of two years of professional academic or research library experience
  • Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in art, design, or art history
  • Demonstrated understanding of the unique information and research needs of art and design students and faculty
  • Knowledge of major research sources for art and design
  • Library instruction experience for the subject of art
  • Demonstrated application of social media for the subject of art at the college or university level
  • Experience in creating web pages and research guides
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional service and scholarship
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability and desire to work closely and collegially with all levels of staff in a multi-faceted team environment

For a full list of qualifications, additional information and to apply, please visit Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Publicist at Rowman and Littlefield – Lanham, MD

Blog - MLS - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:22

Publicist (L-40-14)

Rowman and Littlefield is seeking a librarian with knowledge of the key professional library journals—as well as knowledge of today’s progressive public library market—to serve as publicist for the publisher’s General Interest list. The successful candidate will join a seven-person publicity team, and will work closely with Choice, Library Journal, Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly to coordinate all efforts required to reach the marketthrough review coverage and professional development webinars and events. This position reports to the Publicity Manager, and is located in the company’s Lanham, Maryland headquarters

Major Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement publicity strategy for select titles, including electronic pitches, review copy mailings, and related follow-up
  • Write and update press releases and pitches
  • Generate accurate and comprehensive media lists using Cision
  • Coordinate efforts of authors, agents, freelance publicists and the R&L creative department
  • Liaise with bookstores and their sales department for author signings, as well as secure coverage in local media for author events
  • Use social media to amplify media hits and spread the word about author events
  • Communicate media hits to internal staff
  • Submit books for appropriate awards programs
  • Create and implement special promotions of key titles
  • Help plan author receptions, book launches, and trade show appearances as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Masters of Library Science required
  • Established media contacts highly preferable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail under tight deadlines
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media outlets/technology
  • Ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects for stakeholders

About Our Company

An independent publisher with an outstanding reputation, Rowman & Littlefield publishes innovative, high-quality college texts, provocative and timely titles for general readers, and professional and scholarly books throughout the humanities and social sciences. Headquartered in Maryland, R&L also has offices in New York City, Boulder, Colorado, Connecticut, and London.If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a resume and cover letter (including the ad number, where you learned of the opening, and your salary expectations) to Michael Wiles via email or post using the below contact information:

Michael Wiles

Rowman & Littlefield

c/o Human Resources

4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200

Lanham, MD 20706

Rowman & Littlefield

Lanham, MD

VEVRAA Federal Contractor

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Please refer to for Rowman & Littlefield’s Equal Employment Opportunity–Affirmative Action Policy Statement, as well as additional information relating to equal opportunity employment.If you are a candidate with a disability in need of an accommodation in the application process, please contact Rowman & Littlefield’s human resources department at

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Re-Envisioning the MLS: Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians

Blog - MLS - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 11:43

Join us as the iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center Re-Envision the MLS with our thought leader speakers series. We are pleased to present Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes as our first speaker on November 6, 2014. Please join us in-person or online! Details are below.

Burn the Libraries and Free the Librarians
Dr. R. David Lankes discusses: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the side of the mission of a community is gone. What’s left: the centrality of librarians in meeting the needs and aspirations of the community. This presentation presents a librarianship unencumbered by buildings or a fealty to traditions. It talks about librarians as facilitators of knowledge creation in libraries, and offices, and schools, and classrooms, and the wide reaches of the Internet.

When: Thursday, November 6, 4:30-5:30pm (EST; reception to follow)
Where: McKeldin Special Events Room, 6137 or online via Adobe Connect at
RSVP: Please RSVP at

R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book,The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. More information on Lankes is available at

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