Friday, August 20, 2010

Two postings from Red Deer Public Library

The postings with the contact information appear on the Red Deer Public Library Employment Opportunities. They both close on September 17, 2010.

Teen Services Librarian (Librarian 1)
Full-time , Permanent (35 hours per week, varied schedules)

Red Deer Public Library is looking for an outgoing and enthusiastic Teen Services Librarian who has a passion for making a difference in our community!

Do you thrive on working with teens and delivering excellent customer service? Are you excited about planning and delivering services in collaboration with diverse communities? Are you comfortable with serving teens in the mezz, our teen space at Red Deer Public Library's Downtown Branch, as well as meeting new people outside traditional library settings? Are you a team player?

Under the direction of the Youth Services Librarian, you will be actively involved in planning, promoting and delivering library services to teens with the help of Library Assistants from the Youth Services Department. You will be responsible for front-line customer service, within and beyond the walls of the library, to customers from a wide range of cultural, economic, social and educational backgrounds. You will be active in community engagement (including outreach and community consultation), staff training and coaching, and collection promotion. You will also be a member of the Library's Management Team and have the opportunity to attend and present at library conferences.


Minimum academic requirement is a Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited library school with two years of related experience, ideally in a public library, serving a diverse clientele (preferably teens). A passion for community and customer service is essential, along with the ability to work effectively outside of traditional library activities and settings, and the capacity to adapt readily to shifting priorities and new service directions. Superior interpersonal, communication, presentation and collaboration skills are essential. Personal commitment to the Canadian Library Association Position Statements on Intellectual Freedom and on Diversity and Inclusion is essential. A working knowledge of a language other than English is an asset. Must have the ability to travel throughout the community and to work varied shifts including evenings and weekends.

Salary for the position ranges from $53,472 to $63,955 per year, with an excellent benefits package. 

Information Technology Librarian (Librarian 1)Full Time, Permanent

Red Deer Public Library is inviting applications for an Information Technology (I.T. ) Librarian.

Winner of the 2005 Canadian Library Association Information Today Award for Innovative Technology, the Library is an innovative organization committed to ensuring community access to the universe of information, experience, and ideas through the creative use of technology. A revitalization of the Dawe Branch library has just been completed, including the conversion of the collection to RFID technology, as well as the implementation of 2 self-checkout units on site. Plans are currently underway to upgrade several key components of the library's technological infrastructure, including the network switching fabric, e-mail system, Office 2007 migration, ILS and OPAC software, and VOIP telephone system.

The I.T. Department at Red Deer Public Library is responsible for ensuring the reliable operation of all Library systems, including the library catalog, IP telephony system, security camera system, web and mail servers, network security, and public Internet gateway service. All members of the I.T. department provide technical support and troubleshooting for the Library's hardware, network, operating system and applications software support.

Reporting to the Assistant Director, the I.T. Librarian will be an integral member of the I.T. team at Red Deer Public Library. He/she will have the responsibility for managing the library's SirsiDynix Unicorn/Symphony integrated library system, as well as the library's web site content management system (Drupal). As well, the I.T. Librarian will take a lead role in staff and customer training. The IT Librarian is a member of the Library's Management Team.

The ideal candidate has
  • Experience and interest in library automation, the Internet and the World-Wide Web, network development and network security.
  • Excellent communication, problem solving, decision making, and time management skills
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited Library School.

Salary for the position ranges from $53,472 to $63,955 per year, with an excellent benefits package.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

An open letter to new graduate students, from Prof Hacker

In today's Chronicle Blog, ProfHacker writes an open letter to new graduate students, giving them advice and suggestions about how to deal with the transition to graduate school. Advice includes work graduate school like a job, meet your subject specialist librarian (I want to say that they want to meet you too, but they may be a bit overwhelmed themselves at first, but they will still be happy to meet you) and network, amongst other suggestions and some advice that was crowdsourced via Twitter.

Welcome (and follow at least some of the advice in the letter).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Job Posting Chemical Reference Librarian

Wow: Chemical Reference

Found on SLA via a TweetDeck search

Librarian IV - Chemical Reference Librarian
Requisition #: 4836 # Positions: 1
Location: US-DC- Experience (Years): ..
Posted Date: 8/13/2010 Category: Library Services and Research - Reference
Security Clearance: Trustworthy Determination (there are links and resources in the External Links section of the Wikipedia article on Security clearance that will help you understand the requirements for security clearances)

As a federal government contractor, ASRC Federal and its subsidiary companies participate in the electronic eligibility verification system (E-verify). This system is used to validate that all of our employees are legally eligible to work in the United States.

More information about this job:

Job Description:

ASRC Management Services (ASRCMS), a Subsidiary of ASRC Federal is currently seeking a Librarian IV - Chemical Reference Librarian in Washington, DC.


  • Providing professional-level library services that include, but are not limited to, reference support, collection development, collection maintenance, and user access support for both client staff and members of the public.
  • The librarian will also coordinate and facilitate the use of additional library services for Headquarters staff that may be provided by the Lead Service Center or through other network libraries.
  • Tracking usage statistics; preparing weekly and monthly reports as determined by supervisory staff and the client; participating in Library Network collaborative activities, including monthly conference calls, providing input for information product evaluations, providing professional input on network procedures and practices, etc.


  • Minimum education level: MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Minimum two years experience providing professional librarian services in the field of chemistry or allied fields such as toxicology, medical science, etc.
  • Strong background working with chemical and toxicological reference materials and electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communications abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets, databases, and office applications.
  • Proficiency with WWW searching and research.
  • Experience in preparing analytic reports and statistics, use of applications such as Excel, and development of logical expressions and database queries.

Report: Unemployment High Because People Keep Blowing Their Job Interviews (from the Onion)

The Onion has it right in their satire about why people can't find work, Report: Unemployment High Because People Keep Blowing Their Job Interviews, that employers are fickle and persnickety over tiny issues during the interview.

In some cases, they can afford to be fickle and persnickety.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

From Workforce Management: Illinois Bars Job Discrimination Based on Credit History

Illinois Bars Job Discrimination Based on Credit History, though some workers, such as those in the financial services and law enforcement, or for "bondable" positions, will still be subject to credit checks and they may miss out on a job due to poor credit.

The first step is to get your credit report--you can get a free one each year--and be aware that there may be discrepancies between reports. For example, on my report, a store credit card I had closed out with 0 on the balance was still showing 3 years later on a credit report with one agency and the other agency was still showing an outstanding balance on a separate student loan that I had also paid off and closed out. And the two credit reports had two different home addresses. The two agencies didn't have the same mistakes in common.

Cleaning up errors and looking for discrepancies is the first thing a person can do if they are worried that an employer may hold a bad credit history against them. You may also want to go through the process for yourself, since you will need to have it updated if you plan to buy a house and some apartment management companies will also ask to view your credit report before approving you as a renter.

Get your credit report:

Monday, August 16, 2010