Saturday, May 13, 2017

Internship Opportunity!

Jefferson College Library in Hillsboro, Missouri is offering a paid internship for Library Science students in the Fall of 2017.  Applications will be open until July 31, and we'll be looking to have the intern start around early August. 

Please see the full description and application process at

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Don't forget to sign up for the MOBIUS Conference in Columbia, MO!

MOBIUS invites you to attend the 2017 MOBIUS Annual Conference, June 5-7, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri! The MOBIUS Annual Conference provides an opportunity for all of us to network, share ideas, learn from our colleagues, and support our consortium. This year’s schedule relies on many of your colleagues as well as a track dedicated to the highly anticipated Innovative products being introduced this year to make up a diverse schedule that will keep you engaged and on top of the latest library trends and issues in the profession. Please plan to join us on Monday evening, June 5th as we kick off this year’s conference with a MOBIUS Welcome Reception! We will follow this up with the very popular ‘Dine Arounds’ at various local Columbia restaurants for dinner. Please note that If you choose to participate in this event, you will need to indicate this during online registration!
 Transportation will be provided once again thanks to Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Tuesday, June 6th will be a full day of sessions and exhibits including five tracks that will help to focus your conference experience. Lastly, you’ll have the chance to attend one of two training sessions Wednesday, June 7th. You will have a unique opportunity to participate in the Management Development Institute’s workshop on ‘Engaging Millennials at Work.' The second training workshop is another full-day workshop entitled, ‘ERM and Knowledge Base by Innovative.’ To register for one of these workshops, simply add the one you would like to attend to your schedule on Space is limited and slots will fill up fast for these workshops, so please register soon! Conference registration is now open until June 4th. As in past conferences, registration is at no cost to Missouri library employees and hotel rooms will be paid for by the LSTA grant. However, attendees are encouraged to share a room with another conference attendee. If the roommate is working in a Missouri library, the total cost of the room will be paid using LSTA funds. If an attendee does not want to share a room, or chooses to share a room with someone who is not attending the conference (such as a family member), they will have to pay for half of the total room cost. The conference rate for rooms is $105.85. Funds are limited for rooms, so call and reserve a room as soon as possible. 


To register for the conference, please visit <> and follow the "Register" link in the top menu which will take you to Eventbrite for registration. Once there you will click the big green 'Register' button, and fill out the short form on the following page. Please read these pages because there is valuable information about room sharing and the potential costs to you if you choose not to have a roommate. After you've made it through the registration process, you will be taken to - a tool for checking out the conference schedule and choosing the sessions you would like to attend. Although it isn't strictly necessary to sign up for the majority of sessions, we recommend you do so. **IMPORTANT**Certain choices have a "Limited" tag next to their name. These sessions have a maximum capacity and if they fill up before you get there you will have to go on the waiting list or choose another session. Specifically, this is the case with the "Dine Arounds" and one of the post-conference training sessions.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Travel Scholarship for the NCAAL Conference this August!

Award Announcement (Black Caucus of ALA) --

BCALA's Smiley Student Travel Award plans to support at least one student for the upcoming NCAAL conference August 9-13, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. The winner(s) will receive a $500 award to attend the conference.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled as a student in an LIS program;
  • Condition of selection, student must have already registered to attend 10th NCAAL (National Conference of African-American Librarians);
  • Submit a 250 word essay reflecting on the theme of the conference: “Beyond Library Walls: Innovative Ways to Engage Our Community” and discuss why you plan to attend;
  • Submit an article to the BCALA Newsletter by deadline for issue after the conference about your experience attending the conference;
Deadline is June 1, 2017 by 11:59pm!  Please send entries and inquiries to Gladys Smiley Bell (GLADYS.BELL@HAMPTONU.EDU).

Winner(s) will be announced at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, during BCALA's Membership Meeting, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Fall 2017 Practicum Opportunity!

A practicum opportunity at MU Libraries is available for the fall 2017 semester.  This practicum will be jointly supervised by Special Collections and Digital Services and will allow a student to work on a project through several stages, including planning, implementation, and marketing.  The practicum will focus on digitization of a collection of original political cartoons by John Tinney McCutcheon, a cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune during the early twentieth century.  The position will allow the student to develop experience in scanning, image manipulation, and metadata, as well as research experience in verifying or estimating publication dates.  The student will also re-describe the collection, update the finding aid on the collection website, and promote the collection through blogs and social media posts.  Successful candidates will have an interest in archives, special collections, and/or digital libraries and will be able to spend time at Ellis Library during the work week.

If interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume to:

Kelli Hansen
Special Collections Librarian


Felicity Dykas
Head, Digital Services

Friday, May 5, 2017

Interested in Special Libraries? Attend this meeting!

You are invited to a special meeting of the Mid-South Chapter of the Special Libraries Association! You and a group will be visiting the Northwest area of Arkansas and would love for you to join us. The plan is to meet up at the University of Arkansas with rising star librarian Kathleen Lehman, to tour the Mullins Library at 10 a.m. Discussion and questions will follow. Next, you will head to the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art a little after 1 p.m. There will be a carpool so you can ride along if you do not have a ride, but we expect limited seating. Finally, you will enjoy a nice meal while at the museum, which closes at 6 p.m.

Who: Mid-South Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (SLA)
What: Library Crawl of Northwest Arkansas
When: May 20, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: In Fayetteville, University of Arkansas, and Bentonville (about 1-2 p.m.)

Questions, concerns and carpooling, please send an email to:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ARL Program Opportunity - Apply by May 15th!

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and racial minority groups into careers in research libraries and archives. The IRDW includes: 

- A stipend of up to $10,000 over two years in support of MLIS education
- Leadership and career development training
- A site visit to an ARL member library
- Financial support for skills development
- A formal mentorship program
The IRDW is funded by ARL member libraries. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library workforce that will better reflect the changing demographics of higher education and society and will advance our goals of creating more inclusive, equitable, and just organizations. 
Program Goal and Objectives
The ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce seeks to: 

- Attract MLIS students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries and archives
- Strengthen participants’ leadership and job searching skills via a Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
- Develop a network of peers and mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants
Applicant Criteria
Successful applicants will meet the following criteria: 
- Identify as an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous classifications
- Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico
- Be accepted into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
- Have a strong interest in pursuing a career in a research library or archive, especially one that is a member of the Association of Research Libraries
To Apply
All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Monday, May 15, 2017: 

- Résumé
- Essay (400 words maximum) describing what attracts you to a career in a research library or archive
- Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed
- Unofficial graduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed OR official letter of acceptance into a graduate-level program in library and information science
- Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) website
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at

Monday, May 1, 2017

Call for Proposals: 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium! Deadline: May 5th!

The Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of ACRL is soliciting presentation proposals for its December 1st 2017 Symposium.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is the academic library mission within the twenty-first century information environment.

The planning committee is accepting proposals for 20-minute presentations on the following three topics:

1) Ways in which librarians at institutions with limited acquisitions capacity can contribute to the preservation, accessibility and discoverability of research-valuable information.
How do librarians at smaller institutions participate in inter-institutional efforts to build and maintain rich shared collections? How do they advocate on behalf of students and faculty to ensure that materials required for teaching, learning and research remain accessible?

2) Benefits and challenges of academic libraries’ collaboration with their commercial partners
What are the roles of libraries and vendors within the academic information ecosystem? 
How do we reconcile the interests of profit-driven commercial entities with the academic mission of college and research libraries?  Proposals that address the status quo or delineate aspirational ideals will be welcomed. We are especially interested in frameworks that define how academic libraries’ functions are or should be distinct from those of our commercial partners.

3) Ways in which academic libraries have worked to ensure the preservation, accessibility and discoverability of endangered research-valuable content.
How have libraries and librarians from all kinds of academic institutions taken responsibility for the preservation and accessibility of endangered research-valuable content? Proposals may also address specific gaps where our profession is failing to fulfill our mission regarding such content.

Categories of endangered research-valuable material include (but are not limited to):
  • materials in danger of disappearing because they are inconvenient for or hostile to a political regime or agenda;
  • genres of materials historically seen as not of research value and so outside the traditional purview of academic and research libraries;
  • materials in non-traditional formats that are seldom collected by academic and research libraries
Proposal submissions should be 250-500 words in length and should be received by May 5, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in late May/ early June.
Abstracts for presentations should be submitted using this form:

The 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium will be held December 1st, 2017 at the Vertical Campus at Baruch College, City University of New York.
Questions about the submission process or about the Symposium in general should be sent to