Friday, August 6, 2010

Basic French Reference and Information Services Librarian

This job popped up in my TweetDeck search for librarian and jobs.

Basic French Reference and Information Services Librarian

  • LN3 Librarian 3
  • Term/full-time
  • Renegotiated yearly

Manitoba Education, Bureau de l'éducation française Division
Winnipeg MB

Advertisement Number: 22898

Salary(s):  LN3 $49,287.00 - $60,427.00

Closing Date: September 6, 2010

An eligibility list may be created for similar positions and will remain in effect for 12 months.

The successful candidate will be working within the Direction des ressources éducatives françaises branch located in Collège St. Boniface , 200 avenue de la Cathédrale, under the supervision of the Director.


The successful candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills in French and in English. The incumbent will hold a valid teaching certificate. Experience teaching French as a second language is desirable. Experience in the use of information and communication technologies (word processing, electronic mail, automated library system) is essential. The successful candidate must possess school library experience which includes answering information requests, selecting new resources, organizing book displays, meeting and speaking to groups of students/teachers regarding their search for information, and promoting resources/services. The ability to support other personnel  in the delivery of workshops is desirable.  Ability to work both as a  team member and independently is essential. Excellent organizational skills are essential.

The incumbent will be responsible for:
  • answering information requests;
  • performing circulation functions and other related services for the clients;
  • researching appropriate new resources;
  • promoting resources and services;
  • supporting other personnel (i.e. in the delivery of workshops);
  • provide consultation related to services and resources.

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Advertisement #22898

July's Labour Force Survey

Statistics Canada has released the Labour Force Survey for July 2010, and though there are job losses, there is some good news for students in the 15-24 year age bracket, with increases that meant it was at least better than this time last year. The analysis also indicated that college/university age students did better finding employment than roughly high school age job seekers.

If you go to the bottom of the release, you can review the information by province.

CBC has also prepared a comparison between the US and Canadian data for July.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Upcoming Courses on Economic Gardening

WebJunction is offering a series of three seminars on "economic gardening": helping entrepreneurs, using business databases and library outreach. These seminars will probably be very useful to reference librarians, since they will sometimes get the question, How do I start my own business? especially if the person has given up looking for work.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Do identity theft prevention services really work?

After reading Googlebomb and Wild West 2.0, I've been a bit more interested in this topic, including identity theft. And PC World has written an article about protecting your identity which asks if the services work.

Now there are no reviews of individual services, but the article does have links and advice on how to protect your physical records, which thieves can steal (for Canadians, there is advice on the CBC website). People worry a bit too much about high tech methods of stealing data and don't worry enough about low tech methods (stealing mail, finessing you on the phone, someone unscrupulous takes your file from a cabinet and sells the info).

And this curious mix of low and high tech thievery that was profiled on Marketplace, Who's Minding the Store?

I don't want to be a fatalist and suggest that if thieves want your data, they will get it. Though this is possible, there are steps you can take to make it harder for them to get it. Especially when you are putting your data out online in a job search.

And before you think, whoa, I'm a penniless college student/consultant/professional, what are they going to get from me? here are some examples:
  • Get more credit cards
  • Get a job
  • Get health care services
  • Get insurance
  • Buy property
  • Get arrested while using your identity
So, not to get all John Walsh, but do your best to protect your own identity and show others how to batten the hatches.