Thursday, October 15, 2009

Applications being accepted for the Diversity Librarian Residency Program at the University of Tennessee Libraries


Diversity Librarian Residency Program

Appointment Rank: Research Assistant Professor
Salary: $44,000
Available: Fall 2009

Come be a part of The University of Tennessee Libraries' two-year Diversity Librarian Resident Program. UT Libraries will select two librarians for a new cohort group in this successful career growth program. The purpose of the program is to attract recent library school graduates to a challenging and rewarding career in academic librarianship. Residents will work closely with librarians to develop skills and career plans, foster collegial relationships with university faculty, contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university, participate in library committees, and become involved with professional associations. Residents will have the opportunity to work in several areas of the library and take part in a variety of initiatives and projects. Priority areas include:

• Digital Initiatives
• Diversity and Ready for the World Initiatives
• Instructional Services
• Metadata and Resources Management
• Research Services subject specialists
• Special Collections & Archives
• Web 2.0, Library Systems

Mentoring: After orientation, residents will be asked to select one or more mentors. Candidates will receive guidance from a mentor with the goal of completing a specialized project during the second year of their residency.

Environment: The University of Tennessee is the state's flagship institution of higher education, offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; research; and public service throughout the state.

The University of Tennessee Libraries, with an annual budget of more than $16 million, employs over three hundred persons, including 40 librarians. UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, SOLINET, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at

Required Qualifications: A recent graduate degree from an ALA accredited master's program; ability to work effectively in a team environment; a commitment to advancing the Libraries' and University's diversity goals; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated interest in scholarship and professional growth, strong service orientation; knowledge of issues and trends in academic libraries. Must have authorization to work in the United States for duration of the programs (2 years).

Preferred Qualification: Expertise in one of the priority areas.

Salary and Benefits: Two-year appointment as non-tenure track Research Assistant Professor at a minimum salary of $44,000. There is financial support for attending conferences, seminars, and workshops. Relocation assistance will be provided. Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. To find out more about the libraries' commitment to diversity, please visit:

Application Procedure: Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library Personnel & Procurement, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email attachment to Review of applications will begin October 27, 2009 and will continue until candidates are recommended for appointment. Finalists will be brought to Knoxville for interviews. Qualified spring and summer semester 2009 graduates are encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Applications now being accepted for the NCSU Libraries Fellows, 2010-2012

The NCSU Libraries Fellows program offers a unique opportunity to a select group of M.L.S. or M.I.S. graduates who will receive the degree in November 2009 or later. The NCSU Libraries is particularly well known for its digital library programs, its technological advances, and its commitment to defining the future of librarianship. The NCSU Libraries offers Fellows the opportunity for rapid professional growth through assignment to an innovative project, combined with experience and mentoring in a department. Fellows are appointed to the rank of librarian for a two-year term. Search by position number C-60-0916. . Candidates for July 2010 placement are encouraged to apply before December 15, 2009: Interviews will be held in January/February.

See full vacancy announcement and further information at
Apply online at

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Or an ACRL committee! Deadline December 1, 2009

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for service with ACRL. Our division committee volunteers are an integral part of the association who help shape the organization by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Volunteering to work on a committee is one of the best ways to be involved and make an impact with your association.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe
ACRL President 2010-2011

Please review this information before filling out the online volunteer form (a link is provided at the bottom of this page).

Listing of ACRL Committees and their charges

Deadline: The online volunteer form must be completed by December 1, 2009 for consideration for 2010-11 appointments.

Process: The ACRL vice-president is responsible for committee appointments at the division level for the year he or she serves as president. The ACRL Appointments Committee assists the vice-president in an advisory capacity. Appointments to committees linked to a coordinating committee will be made by the chair of the coordinating committee.

For editorial/advisory boards, the editors recommend the names of individuals to fill vacancies. The Publications Committee must approve the recommendation, and the president of ACRL makes the appointment.

Appointments: Appointments will be finalized following the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Requirements of appointment: Certain criteria must be met in order to serve on an ACRL committee. This includes:

* membership in ALA and ACRL
* submitting a signed appointments acceptance form to ACRL

Additionally, committee members should be aware of ACRL's Conflict of Interest Policy, which can be seen in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures, chapter 12.3.

Rewards of volunteering: Volunteers benefit by:

* building ties with academic and research librarians around the country,
* enhancing their leadership abilities through consensus building and project management,
* sharing their experience with colleagues,
* gaining additional expertise about a new area of academic librarianship or updating expertise in a current specialization, and
* advancing the work of the association and the profession.

ACRL structural changes: In 2005, the ACRL Board of Directors identified structural changes to the association intended to coordinate the work of units throughout the organization, reduce duplicative efforts, and allow the organization to conduct work more quickly and effectively. One such structural change was to link committees that have similar or related missions under the umbrella of a coordinating committee. A list of the coordinating committees and the committees they oversee is provided below.

Then volunteer to serve on an ALA committee! Deadline-December 9, 2010

For Immediate Release
October 5, 2009
Volunteer to serve on an ALA or Council committee for 2010 - 2011

CHICAGO—Roberta Stevens, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect, is encouraging members to volunteer for ALA and Council committees during the 2010-2011 appointment process. Stevens is chairing both the Committee on Appointments and Committee on Committees.
To volunteer for a committee, complete the online committee volunteer form at:

Serving on an ALA or Council committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities and experience in working on specific association topics. Stevens is seeking volunteers to serve on the following committees: Accreditation; American Libraries Advisory; Awards; Budget, Analysis and Review; Chapter Relations; Conference; Constitution and Bylaws; Council Orientation; Diversity; Education; Election; Human Resource Development and Recruitment Advisory; Information Technology Policy Advisory; Intellectual Freedom; International Relations; Legislation; Library Advocacy; Literacy; Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory; Membership; Membership Meetings; Organization; Policy Monitoring (current Council members only); Professional Ethics; Public and Cultural Programs Advisory; Public Awareness; Publishing; Research and Statistics; Resolutions; Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds; Scholarships and Study Grants; Status of Women in Librarianship; Training, Orientation and Leadership Development; Website Advisory; ALA-Children’s Book Council (Joint); ALA-Association of American of Museums (Joint); and ALA-Association of American Publishers (Joint).

Deadline for completing the ALA committee volunteer form is Friday, December 4, 2009.

For more information on the committee appointments process, contact Lois Ann Gregory-Wood, COC and COAppt. Staff Liaison (

Apply for an ALA scholarship today! Deadline March 1, 2010!!!

Kimberly Sanders
Program Officer, Education & Scholarships
ALA, Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)
800-545-2433 x4279

For Immediate Release
October 6, 2009
ALA 2010 Scholarship online application now available

CHICAGO - Scholarship money is available for future librarians.

ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master's degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year. The application and instructions are available on-line at The application deadline is March 1, 2010.

There are many types of scholarships available for the study of librarianship. These include scholarships for students who are interested in Children's Librarianship, Youth Librarianship, Federal Librarianship, new media and Library Automation. In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and for people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a master’s program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA. Applicants interested in school library media must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Complete guidelines and instructions are available on the website.

The scholarship process is open annually from October through March. For more information, visit or call the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.

Friday, August 7, 2009

IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship

New York Public Library - New York, NY

Contact: Ms. Evelyn Frangakis
Chief Librarian for Preservation

Project Title: "IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship"
New York Public Library, partnering with the libraries at Yale, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs, will implement a preservation administration fellowship program. This program is designed to give recently graduated preservation librarians an opportunity to put theory into practice while benefitting from the mentoring of experienced professionals. A total of eight fellows will spend nine-month residencies rotating through various preservation units such as collections care, conservation treatment, and audio and moving image preservation. Each fellow will be expected to identify, plan, and complete a major project that combines research and its practical application at his or her host institution.

ARL Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications

ARL Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications
Deadline September 30, 2009

Washington DC— The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is now accepting applications for the ARL Career Enhancement Program (formerly announced as the ARL Minority Fellowship Program). LIS graduate students from underrepresented groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credits hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) from an ALA accredited MLIS program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching program experience.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has four main components.

  • A 6- to 12-Week Internship Experience

Each fellow will have a unique opportunity to work in a research library to gain both educational and professional experience while enrolled in an MLIS program. Fellows will be assembled in groups of two or three to create a fellowship cohort at each host institution.

  • Mentoring Relationship

Each fellow will be assigned a professional librarian from the host institution to serve as a mentor during the program. The mentoring relationship will be different from the supervisory relationship and will provide the fellows with professional guidance and resource sharing.

  • Leadership Development

The fellows will participate in the ARL Leadership Institute held in January in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meeting. During the institute, the fellows will have an opportunity to explore macro-level issues facing research libraries and discuss transitioning into a research library upon graduation. The fellows will have an opportunity to connect with other ARL fellows, library leaders, and other MLIS students who attend the annual Leadership Institute.

  • Career Placement

ARL staff will work with each fellow to network and connect with member libraries to assist with networking during the job search process.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program provides each fellowship participant with a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

Eligible applicants for the fellowship must:

* Be accepted into an ALA-accredited library/information school program
* Be a member of a racial/ethnic minority group as described by the US Census Bureau
* Complete a minimum of 12 graduate-level credits in library and information science prior to beginning the internship

Selection and Institutional Match

The ARL Career Enhancement Program has a unique process for selecting and matching fellows. Each host institution designates a staff member to serve on the Coordinating Committee. The committee will read the entire application pool, select acceptable fellows, and then enter into dialogue about the experience and professional fit (fellows’ goals and desired experience) for each candidate. The committee will then work together to determine the best placement for each fellow, creating a diverse cohort of students.

The fellowship host institutions are:

University at Albany, State University of New York
University of Arizona
University of California, San Diego
Columbia University
University of Kentucky
National Library of Medicine
North Carolina State University
University of Washington

Applications are being accepted until September 30, 2009, and should be submitted online. Information about the program, the application process, timelines, and host institutions can be found at

For more information, contact:
Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity Programs
Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at