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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI, on behalf of UMDCC)

Registration ends Friday, July 29, for the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference and CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting, taking place on August 9-11 at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Don’t miss out on this regional opportunity to connect with your digital collections colleagues. Register now!

The Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (#UMDCC16) features the following events.

  • keynote speaker Trevor Owens on IMLS’s national digital platform priority
  • workshops on metadata for oral history collections, copyright, and managing born-digital content (seats available)
  • presentations on a range of topics from A/V digitization to web archiving to community engagement
  •  tours of local museums and archives

The CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting includes the following activities.

  • keynote panel with Bruce Washburn and Jeff Mixter of OCLC Research and the Strategic Advisory Group for Digital Collections: “CONTENTdm Data Refinery: A Linked Data Pilot Study”
  • a CONTENTdm product update and Q&A with Product Manager Shane Huddleston
  • a preview of the next phase of CONTENTdm development
  • presentations from CONTENTdm users

Registration fees

  • $55 for Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (August 9)
  • $35 for workshops (August 10)
  • $0 for CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting (August 10-11)

The conference is organized by Minitex, WiLS, and RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), along with a regional planning committee. The UMDCC sponsors include Holder Printworks, Minitex, and St. Ambrose University Library. The CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting is sponsored by OCLC; their support means that this portion of the conference is free to current and potential CONTENTdm users.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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Chu Named ALA Representative to UNESCO Commission

Dr. Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus), has been chosen as the American Library Association’s representative to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Dr. Chu’s term will last through June of 2018. The Commission includes representatives from 50 professional organizations; the American Library Association is one of only two that are library-related. The role of the Commission is to advise the U.S. government on programs and projects undertaken by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. The Commission works with UNESCO to help the organization accomplish its goals of eliminating poverty, promoting intercultural dialogue, and achieving sustainable development, through worldwide projects focusing on communication, education, and other challenges.

To see the full announcement, click here.

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(via LeEtta Schmidt, University of South Florida and Editor of the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve)

The peer-reviewed Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve provides a forum for the presentation of pure and applied research results, innovative services and service enhancements, discussion of best practices and review of literature regarding all aspects of library resource sharing, document delivery and reserves services. In addition to traditional resource-sharing topics of interlibrary loan and electronic reserves, the journal encourages submission of scholarly papers regarding the following topics.

  • new models and emerging technologies for resource sharing
  • cooperative training ventures and collection development
  • shared storage facilities
  • document delivery
  • shared virtual library services and digitization projects
  • networks and cooperatives
  • copyright and permissions issues in Interlibrary loan and electronic reserves
  • ILL of specialized library materials such as music and media
  • consortial training and continuing education
  • other multi-library collaborative efforts

The  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve also features a “Reports from the Field” column that aims to capture the discussions, experiences, news, solutions, and innovations of interlibrary loan, document delivery, and reserves departments from practitioners and students.  No abstract is required for column submissions; all column submissions are subject to editorial review only.

Manuscript Submissions

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 12, 2016, for the Winter 2016 publication and November 12, 2016, for Spring 2017 publication.  Submissions should be around 3000-6000 words for peer-reviewed articles and 1000-4000 for the non-peer-reviewed “Reports from the Field” column; Letters to the Editor and Book Reviews have no word count requirement.  Please visit the journal’s webpage for more information and complete submission guidelines. Electronic submissions should be sent to the journal’s ScholarOne website. Any questions or concerns can be sent directly to the journal’s editor at

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Call for Submissions–Special Issue of Journal of Access Services

(via David McCaslin, Caltech Library)

What is the role of textbooks in today’s libraries? Like the cost of journal subscriptions, the price for textbooks have been increasing.  Unlike with journals, students feel an immediate financial burden when the time comes to purchase their course textbooks.  Universities and libraries have recognized this and many are doing interesting things to address this issue.  The increased popularity of Open Educational Resources (OER) and other similar endeavors provides us with an opportunity to share those stories.  But I know there are other stories out there to share.  The Journal of Access Services is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special issue that will address the role and impact of textbooks within libraries.  This special issue will be comprised of case studies from a variety of types of libraries and hopefully a guest editorial.

Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics.

  • Impact of textbooks on course reserves
  • Designing unique textbook programs within a library
  • Interlibrary loan and textbooks–how do libraries handle this?
  • Assessment studies on textbook use within a library
  • Collaborations/partnerships with faculty/bookstore/student services regarding textbook access
  • OER or similar programs–how were they developed and what was the impact on library users/staff?
  • What is the future of the textbook in libraries?

I’m very excited to see what is happening in this area and look forward to sharing a great topical issue with all of you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, at, about this particular topic or any other possible submissions. FYI–while this will be an upcoming special topic issue, we are always reviewing submissions for other related topics for other upcoming issues.

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Legislative Update, 7/27/2016


On July 13, the Senate confirmed Carla Hayden to be the next Librarian of Congress. Hayden’s nomination was endorsed by both the MLA and AAHSL. Read the press release on the event from the Library of Congress. You may also view how your state representatives voted on the nomination, which received 74 votes of support.

Congress has adjourned for the summer having not yet approved FY17 appropriations bills. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding has been increased in the House and Senate bills. School library funding is supported with funds allocated to Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act, “Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants,” but looming is a proposal to eliminate the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program, which received $27 million in FY16. A number of riders may impede the passage of the House funding bill. Congress will reconvene in September. More on this story is available at the District Dispatch.


On July 15th, the Governor signed SB0399 into law which amends the Liquor Control Act of 1934.  This amendment makes it legal for liquor to be sold within a public library building upon the approval of the library’s own board and assuming certain requirements are met.  The change allows for more flexibility for libraries, especially in planning their fundraising events. Visit the Illinois General Assembly website for full details and links to the final act: SB0399.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

DePauw University has an opening for a one- or two-semester graduate internship. The Liberal Arts Librarianship Graduate Intern will provide current library school students with hands-on experience in several areas of academic librarianship. Working closely with our professional librarians, the person in this role will provide research support to undergraduates, as well as explore other areas of service such as outreach, digital scholarship, metadata creation and information literacy. In consultation with the librarians, the successful candidate can identify their own key areas of interest to customize their experience in a liberal arts college library.

Primary job requirements include the following.

  • provide research support to the DePauw community via a variety of avenues. For example, reference desk, individual consultation, etc.
  • develop and manage online subject and class guides via the LibGuides product •Keep statistics on the number and nature of research interactions
  • identify particular areas of interest within the library for additional focused experience • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university and enrolled in a master’s/doctoral in library science or a related field program. Comfort and familiarity with desktop computing, web-based information and library system-related environments. The internship offers 20-25 hours per week with a generous hourly wage plus
$3000.00 per semester towards tuition.

To apply, submit resume, contact information of three references, transcripts, and a letter of interest here. Any questions should be directed to Rick Provine, Dean of Libraries, at


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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

This is a full-time position at 37.5 hours per week and a minimum salary of $20.50 per hour.

Position Description

The Library Operations Associate (Circulation Desk Manager) manages Circulation operations at the Richard J. Daley Library, including the supervision, training and scheduling of staff and student employees. In collaboration with the Head of Circulation, the Circulation Desk Manager will provide leadership in evaluating and improving circulation services and policies. He/she also takes charge of patron and building security during his/her shift reporting and resolving problems in collaboration with appropriate third-party personnel and/or Library administration. This position manages the Sunday shifts and Monday – Thursday evening shifts. The work schedule for this position is Sunday through Thursday 10:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Must be able to occasionally flex work schedule to serve as back up or cover shifts as needed.

Job Responsibilities

Hire, supervise, develop and evaluate staff to meet departmental and organizational needs. Establish and provide ongoing training to develop staff and improve access services provided to Library patrons.Manage Circulation operations, including scheduling of coverage for desk and door service points, opening/closing of the building, reserve services, billing operations, hold shelf maintenance and updating of patron records. Ensure appropriate coverage to effectively maintain operations and serve as backup if necessary.In collaboration with the department head, provide strategic leadership for the Circulation department. Analyze data and trends to plan, develop and assess services. Recommend and write updates to policies and procedures to improve access services. Interact with other Library departments to coordinate effective services.Monitor building use and ensure user compliance with the Library Code of Conduct. Oversee building and patron safety and security during shift. Report and resolve security problems in collaboration with the UIC Police department and private security personnel. Monitor facilities and equipment and report problems to Facilities Management or Library Administration. Interpret, explain and enforce Circulation policies. Trouble-shoot and resolve complex problems and escalated situations. Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

High school graduation or equivalent. Any combination totaling 4 years (48 months) from the following categories

  • work experience in a library or equivalent setting.
  • college course work in any field

Preferred Qualifications

  • demonstrated experience supervising full-time staff members.
  • experience in a Library public services unit.
  • experience working with the Circulation module of an integrated Library system
  • knowledge, skills, and abilities required in the lower levels of this series
  • detailed knowledge of library system technology and its capabilities
  • skills in organization, coordination, supervision, and work flow analysis
  • individual initiative and judgment in utilizing library principles and procedures
  • proficiency in providing assistance and guidance in use of the library collections
  • ability to develop and manage budgetary expenditures of a major functional unit
  • ability to compile, interpret, and use statistical information

To apply, go here. Please complete an online application AND submit an Exam Request for Library Operations Associate no later than Tuesday, July 26.


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(via Jacqueline Leskovec, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The Merge & Converge Tech Forum Planning Group is looking for panelists who want to share their IT collaboration success stories as either a “technology therapy” for those of us struggling with new technology initiatives in our institutions or an inspiration to those of us looking for new and exciting ventures. Have you participated in your college’s Learning Management System (LMS), integrated library resources in your hospital’s Electronic Health Record (EHR), collaborated on 3D printing/imaging, Big Data projects, instructional technologies, or other exciting tech projects?

If so, we want to hear from you and (if possible) your non-library technology collaborators! (Note: Some funding may be available to defray the cost of attendance for non-library personnel.)

The Tech Forum will be taking place on Monday, October 24, from 3:30 to 5:00 PM CST. The conference website, including the full schedule, is available here. If you are interested in serving on this panel, please fill out this form by Monday, August 1. Submissions should be around 250 words or less. Panelists will be notified of acceptance by Thursday, September 1. Any questions should be directed to Amy Blevins, at

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Call for Posters–HSLI 2016 Annual Conference

(via Molly Horio, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center)

The HSLI Program Committee invites proposals for posters for the HSLI 2016 Annual Conference: “Running with It: Library Trends in 2016″, to be held from Wednesday, November 9, to Friday, November 11, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. We encourage you to take a liberal approach to our theme, and present on any of a variety of topics, such as teaching or education, administration, practical problem-solving, collaborative efforts or outreach activities, innovative programs, or research, just to name a few ideas. Posters that have been presented at other conferences are welcome.

The posters will be presented during Nancy’s Reception, Thursday evening, November 10, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Setup will start at 6:00 pm. The reception will be from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, so posters may be kept on display during the entire event.

Poster sizes–please let me know which one you will be using

  • poster board 24” x 36” (for setup on an easel)
  • tri-fold poster 36” x 48” (for setup on a table)
  • for other sizes, please contact Molly Horio for approval

Please submit a proposal abstract no longer than 250 words describing your poster.

  • include your name, position title, address, phone number and email address on all submissions
  • e-mail your abstracts to Molly Horio, at

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, September 2. Notification of poster acceptance will be made by mid-September. Poster presenters must register for the HSLI Conference. Registration opens Monday, August 15.

More information on the HSLI Annual Conference is available here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

The University Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago seeks an energetic and knowledgeable librarian to lead our reconfigured Circulation Department. The Circulation Department manages circulation operations, entry desks, overnight services, course reserves, and interlibrary loan for the Richard J. Daley Library. The Circulation Librarian will provide strategic leadership and management of the department (currently 20 FTE staff positions and numerous student employees). He/she will be a vital part of the Library’s management team and will work with colleagues throughout the library to provide excellent services to our students, faculty, and staff.

The University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago supports the teaching, research and service mission of the university. It serves an urban campus of more than 29,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff as well as the Chicago metropolitan area and the State of Illinois. The Library is part of the statewide CARLI consortial integrated library system. The Richard J. Daley Library serves as the main library on the east side of the UIC campus. Collections cover the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Provide strategic leadership to the Circulation department, including setting, implementing and assessing goals and objectives for the department. Provide oversight and expertise relating to circulation of library materials, processing and handling of reserve requests, interlibrary loan, overnight building management, and other circulation activities. Hire, train, and supervise departmental personnel and lead them in providing quality services to users. Serve as a member of the Library’s management team. Monitor operations related to building security and maintenance, including coordination with Library and Security staff in emergency situations. Promote and advance UIC’s participation in resource sharing consortia such as CARLI and GWLA to maximize the benefits to the UIC community. Play a leadership role in collaborative development of library policies and procedures, coordinating with staff at Library of the Health Sciences sites.

Minimum Qualifications 

Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association. Five or more years of progressively responsible professional experience. Evidence of successful supervision of faculty and/or staff. Excellent written and verbal communication skills to work effectively with Library and campus colleagues. Demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity and inclusiveness in the Library and the academic community. Strong organizational, leadership and relationship building skills. Keen analytical and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to meet University standards in research, publication and professional service commensurate with appointment as a clinical faculty member.

Additional Desired Qualifications

Work experience in an academic library. Experience managing library circulation functions using an integrated library system


Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The minimum salary is $60,000. This is a twelve month clinical faculty appointment; 24 days of vacation; 12 days annual sick leave with additional disability benefits; 11 paid holidays; medical and dental insurance (with employee contribution); participation in one of the retirement options of the Illinois State Universities Retirement System compulsory. For further description of benefits, go here.

Please apply with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references. For fullest consideration apply by Monday, August 1, 2016. The position close date is Monday, August 15, 2016.

All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click here.


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