Saturday, April 29, 2017

Webinar about Makerspaces - FREE FOR ALISE MEMBERS!

Date: May 3, 2017

Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm EST

Registration Fees: 
Free for ALISE members
$50 for non-members

Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating Change through Active Partnerships with Communities  

This webinar will discuss how libraries promote active community engagement through Makerspaces. A Makerspace is a place for community members to engage in creative making activities in a range of domains, offering access to fabrication technologies and social opportunities with other Makers. Community engagement is the key to success. Several library Makerspaces are currently practicing innovative approaches to engaging their communities. However, there seems to be a lack of consensus regarding what social responsibilities library Makerspaces must assume in today’s society. The panel proposes the following overarching questions:
  • What social responsibilities do Makerspaces in a library have to their community?
  • What are some of the effective ways Makerspaces currently practice to engage community?
  •  What should LIS educators do to promote community engagement and social responsibility in and through library Makerspaces?


Kyungwon Koh, PhD, Assistant ProfessorDr. Kyungwon Koh is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. Her areas of expertise include the Maker movement in libraries and education, information behavior, and youth services. She earned a PhD and Masters at Florida State University. Currently, she is the principal investigator of two IMLS-funded research projects on youth and Makerspaces.


June Abbas, PhD, Professor
Dr. June Abbas is a professor at OU. Youth, libraries services, technologies, and understanding and representing users’ information behavior through system design are at the center of her research.

Leanne Bowler, PhD, Associate Professor
Chair of the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Her research explores youth interactions with information, data, and technology, as well as librarianship for the 21st century. She is currently investigating ways to support young people’s critical technical practices and data literacy in community-based maker spaces.

Heather Moorefield-Lang, Ed.D, Assistant Professor
Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. Her research is focused in emerging technologies and their use in education and libraries. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types and levels. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.comor follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Rebekah Willett, PhD, Associate Professor
Dr. Willett has conducted research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of play, literacy, identity, and learning. Her publications include work on makerspaces, playground games, amateur camcorder cultures, online chat and gaming, and children’s story writing.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The MLA Conference's Call for Proposals is almost over!

2017 Missouri Library Association Annual Conference Call for Proposals

The 2017 Missouri Library Association Annual Conference will be held on Wednesday October 4 through Friday October 6, 2017 at the Sheraton Westport Chalet in St. Louis, MO. 
Mark your calendars! 

We are now accepting submissions for all of the following types of proposals: breakout sessions, table talks, poster sessions, pre-conferences, and networking events.
The proposal form is here:​.


Questions? Send them to

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

KC SISLT Students: Social Event!

KC SISLT students,

Join Professor Lebeau and Bailey Grim for drinks and appetizers at The Brick.  Indulge in some well deserved R&R before finals! 

Where*: The Brick, 1727 McGee St., Kansas City, MO 64108 

When: Friday, April 28th at 7:00 pm


Sunday, April 23, 2017

National History Day Volunteer Opportunity!

Celebrate National History Day at the state contest on April 29 at the University of Missouri in Columbia!
The State Historical Society is seeking volunteers to serve as judges at this exciting annual event. They hope you will support Missouri students as they express their passion for history through five diverse competition categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites. 

The creativity and hard work that History Day students put into their projects is amazing! Top finishers will advance to represent Missouri at the national contest in the Washington, DC, area in June. If you decide to volunteer, thank you in advance for sharing your time and your talents with these students.
Judges can expect to spend the day interacting with students from across the state in grades six through twelve and providing constructive comments on their work. This feedback contributes to their learning experience and helps prepare top finishers for nationals. 

To thank you for your essential participation in National History Day in Missouri 2017, you will be provided with a light breakfast, lunch, and a travel stipend of up to $50 for those whose round trip mileage exceeds 75 miles.
Sign up today. If you have already volunteered, thank you for saving the date of April 29 for an exciting, interactive day of history. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested and email, or call 573.882.7083 with questions.

Friday, April 21, 2017

In St. Louis? Do you like museums & conferences? Volunteers needed!

The American Alliance of Museums is seeking a diverse group of volunteers to welcome attendees at the world’s largest gathering of museum professionals, which will be held in St. Louis in May.

The 2017 Annual Meeting & Museum Expo attracts leaders and decision makers from a wide range of cultural institutions, including art, history, and science museums; military and maritime museums; children's museums; aquariums, zoos, arboretums, and botanical gardens; and historic homes and sites. For more information, visit or follow on Twitter at #AAM2017.

Volunteers will be needed to assist with logistics at the Annual Meeting – held May 7-10 at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis – as well as assist at tours, workshops and other events at area museums.

Volunteers must live, work, or study in Missouri or Illinois, commit to a four-hour shift, and attend an orientation session. Volunteers will receive one complimentary day’s registration at the conference in return for covering a four-hour volunteer shift.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scholarship! - Deadline: April 21, 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), and four half scholarships for students to attend “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” a 2-credit graduate course in Intellectual Freedom offered through the University of Illinois iSchool, sponsored by the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund. 

The Conable Conference Scholarship provides funding for an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the American Library Association's Annual Conference. The 2017 ALA Annual Conference will be held June 22-27 in Chicago. The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. The scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, and housing for six nights, along with a $300 stipend for meals and other expenses. In return, the recipient is expected to attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and provide a report about their experiences. The recipient also will receive a one-year FTRF membership and will be invited to provide updates about his or her experience on the Freedom to Read Foundation blog

FTRF is pleased to also offer four half scholarships ($700 each) and textbooks for “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship,” an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course will be taught by iSchool professor Emily Knox, who was awarded the 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium. 

The deadline to apply for the Conable Conference Scholarship or the “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” course scholarship is April 21, 2017. Learn more and apply at If you have questions, contact the Freedom to Read Foundation at or 312-280-4226.

Monday, April 10, 2017

NMRT Member? Attending ALA? Want to try and win funds for a ticketed event?

This year’s ALA Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award committee is happy to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2017 cycle. This award will allow two recipients to attend a ticketed event of their choice ($100 or less) at the 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago.  This award is intended to help NMRT members attend an event that will enhance their professional development and networking experience that might be otherwise out of reach. Applications are due by April 15, 2017 at 6pm EST. Winners will be notified by May 6, 2017.

For more information and to apply visit: v6TexRFIORpoinDQ2

Friday, April 7, 2017

2-Year Residency Position Available! Apply by APRIL 17th!

Visiting Residency Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor (Four Positions)
University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Library is pleased to announce a new opportunity for early-career librarians to gain professional experience and mentoring through a new library residency program. The residency program is offered to librarians within two years of receiving their degrees. The University Library seeks opportunities to help early career librarians embark on successful careers in academic and research libraries. Through the program, the residency librarian will gain in-depth work experience in academic librarianship, will be introduced to academic library administration, and will gain experience designing, conducting, and sharing the results of a research project. As part of a cohort of new professionals, the resident will benefit from mentoring and the opportunity to work closely with a group of individuals in the University Library. Individuals hoping to help the library advance and with the interest in developing themselves as a professional and scholar are encouraged to apply.

Time period:  Start date August 16, 2017 through – August 15, 2019

We are recruiting to fill four, two-year positions with individuals who desire to build their skills and contribute to one of the following four areas of strategic importance and need to the institution: African American Studies Resident, Data Visualization, Digital Humanities Pedagogy, and Digital Preservation.  . 

Information on the projected responsibilities of the four positions is available here:

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services which help the Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:

·         ALA-accredited Masters of library and information science or an equivalent degree received in 2015-2017 with degree received by August 16, 2017.
·         All successful applicants will have demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively with others in a team environment.
·         All successful applicants will have demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing as evidenced by their cover letter
·         Familiarity with or demonstrated interest in the area(s) of librarianship relevant to the specific residency positions in which the candidate has an interest.

·         African American Studies Resident :
o   Additional advanced degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with a focus on African American Studies;
o   Familiarity with or demonstrated interest in digital publishing and scholarly communications;
o   Teaching experience or experience conducting training;
o   Familiarity with collection development in an academic library setting     
·         Data Analytics and Visualization Resident:
o   Coursework or experience in data visualization;
o   Familiarity with data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, Splunk, R);
o   Familiarity with best practices in data visualization;
o   Coursework or experience in statistical analysis; 
o   Familiarity with conducting training and teaching, and developing program materials;
o   Demonstrated ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies;
·         Digital Humanities Pedagogy Resident:
o   Knowledge of or demonstrated experience with research methods and tools in digital humanities, especially for text analysis or digital publishing;
o   Demonstrated experience or familiarity with teaching workshops or conducting other types of training events, especially for digital tools;
o   Demonstrated experience with instructional design or development of program materials;
o   Ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies;
·         Digital Preservation Resident:
o   training or professional experience in digital preservation and born-digital content processing and/or data curation;
o   knowledge of best and evolving practice for providing access to content stored in proprietary, obsolete, and threatened file formats;
o   ability to install and evaluate computer programs; 
o   demonstrated interest in developing digital preservation procedures and policy; 
o   strong project management and research skills 

Position Available:  The expected start date for the four Visiting Resident Librarians is August 16, 2017. 

Salary and Rank:  The salary for all four positions is $50,000. A relocation allowance will be provided to offset documented expenses. Successful candidate will join the University Library as Visiting Assistant Professors. 

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus & Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of interest (detailing which position or positions you are interested in being considered for and details about your skills and experiences in that area),curriculum vitae, and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Please see this web page for more information on each position (  Samples of relevant work or links to portfolios are also appreciated. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please contact Library Human Resources at 217-333-8169. 

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 17, 2017. The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Travel Stipend Award Opportunity

The S. Kirk Cabeen Travel Stipend Award is offered to a library school student or first time conference attendee. This $1,000 award, generously supported by SPIE Digital Library, is to be used toward expenses of attending the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ on June 16-20, 2017.

QUALIFICATIONS: Be a library school student at an ALA-accredited library school OR, if NOT currently a student, then the applicant should be a recent graduate from an ALA-accredited program attending his or her first SLA Annual Conference. 
Be a current member of SLA, preference going to Science-Technology Division members. Please note, membership in SLA for students or low-income librarians is very affordable ($50 US). See

NOMINATIONS: Self-nominations are encouraged.
Send an application letter via email including complete title, Library School and anticipated graduation date (if applicable), employer (if applicable), and all professional and personal contact information.
All nominations MUST also include a short essay (500 words or less). As Sci-Tech Librarians, we need to be nimble and able to adapt to change. Please write a short essay on the theme of “Trends in libraries that will affect Sci-Tech Librarianship in the next five years”. Neatness, spelling and grammar will count in judging. 
Supporting documentation MUST include a current curriculum vita OR resume for the candidate. 
Supporting documentation SHOULD include supporting letters from instructors, employers, or colleagues, as applicable. A list of significant publications (if applicable), or other documentation regarding qualifications may be included.
Applications should also mention if you are currently applying for other SLA Division awards or any other SLA awards.
Nominations and all accompanying materials should be sent to Janet Hughes, Chair of the Sci-Tech Division Awards Committee, at the following email address:

1. Recipient(s) will write a brief article (approximately 1,000 words) on the conference experience for the November 2017 Sci-Tech News. Alternately, the recipient(s) could film a short video discussing the conference experience to be posted on the DST web page.
2. Recipient(s) will be asked to serve on the Science-Technology Division Awards Committee in the following year. Recipient(s) may continue on the Awards Committee after that year if desired.
1. Applicants will receive notification of award status by early May 2017. The award check can be presented at the Annual Conference or sent to the recipient as soon as the receipts (travel expenses, registration, hotel, etc.) are received by the Awards Chairperson or Treasurer. 
2. The recipient’s name will be posted to the Science-Technology Division’s Web site, as will the winning essay.
3. The award will be announced and presented to the recipient at the Science-Technology Division’s All-Sciences & Engineering Poster Session. The presenter may be the DST Chair, the DST Awards Committee Chair, or a representative from the vendor supporting this award, SPIE Digital Library.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Free webinar! Prepared by an MU Faculty member!

The SAA Encoded Archival Standards Section will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 12th, 12:00-1:00pm, to highlight recommendations for using EAD3 -- from the EAD3 Study Group initiative.

This free webinar will highlight the "Implementing EAD3: Search and Exploration" report (, prepared by Sarah Buchanan (University of Texas), Michele Combs (Syracuse University), J. Gordon Daines III (Brigham Young University), Cory Nimer (Brigham Young University), and Elizabeth Russey Roke (Emory University). The report summarizes the results of the Study Group's work to review the impact of newly introduced EAD3 elements on user discovery tasks. For each element, the group has provided a discussion of the desired functionality and possible discovery interface implementations, as well as a series of recommendations on encoding. An analysis of the costs and benefits of using these elements is also provided to assist community members in their decision-making.

Details for joining us on the webinar, on the day of the event:

Saturday, April 1, 2017

APRIL 7: Final Job-Seeking Skills Session!

Interview and Negotiation Skills:  A panel of employers talk about the interview questions they ask, skills they seek, and how and what you can negotiate at the hiring point.

This session takes place on April 7th at noon in 222 Townsend Hall.

Not in Columbia? These sessions will be live-streamed and recorded via Collaborate Ultra:

Did you miss the previous sessions? You can watch the recordings here: 
Finding and Reading Job Ads: 
Cover Letters and Resumes: