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June 17th, 2011 Comments off



The Belleville Public Library, an historic Carnegie institution, serves patrons in two locations within the city.  We seek a dynamic, experienced leader to serve as Library Director.  The Director will continue to develop the collection while implementing expansion of information technology, electronic books, media and services for our 21st Century patrons.


The Library Director has a high level of responsibility and accountability.  He/she will administer library services in compliance with all applicable laws, policies and decisions of the Board of Trustees and will manage a staff of 29 bargaining unit municipal employees, insuring their compliance with job requirements and professional standards.


The Director prepares, implements and monitors the library’s annual budget; provides monthly reports and budget updates to the Library Board of Trustees; attends regular meetings of the Board of Trustees and Belleville City Council; maintains financial and statistical records; approves all requests for equipment and services.


Belleville is a diverse, vibrant community in Southern Illinois.  The Director will be expected to support cultural, educational, professional and recreational needs by continuous development of relevant and appropriate materials, programs and services for patrons of all ages.  The successful candidate will possess considerable ability in dealing with the public and represent the library as a public relations liaison at local, state and professional functions.


Qualifications: Requires a graduate degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited university and a minimum of five years management experience in a Public Library setting.  All candidates should have experience in financial planning as well as superior technical writing and grant writing skills, considerable knowledge of personnel law, professional library principles, materials and practices.  This person must have the courage of his/her convictions; possess and utilize strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills while overseeing daily operations and building management; must be an excellent communicator; and be able to deal with staff, patrons and the public with a high level of authoritative diplomacy.


Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The Library offers a generous benefits package to include retirement, healthcare, vacation, personal and sick leave.  The selected Library Director will be required to reside within the city limits of Belleville, Illinois.



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Looking Back to Move Forward – June 21, 2011

June 2nd, 2011 Comments off

All library staff, boards, and friends of LCLS are invited to a celebration.  Join us as we look back at the history of Lewis & Clark Library System and move forward and merge into the new Illinois Heartland Library System.


Lewis & Clark Library System
Annual Meeting


Then & Now —
Looking Back to Move Forward
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
3:00 to 5:30
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, Illinois


Light refreshments will be served.


Please RSVP by June 10 to Julia Pernicka
or 656-3216 x142

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May 19th, 2011 Comments off




DIVISION: Library Development

SECTION: Grants & Programs

LOCATION: Springfield/Sangamon County

SALARY RANGE: $5,383 – $7,947 monthly


Subject to administrative approval of the Library Program Administrator of the Library
Development Group, Grants/Programs, serves as a consultant in the specialized area of library
services, administers the collection, analysis and reporting of library data and statistics for all
types of Illinois libraries; oversees the publication of data analysis for statewide and national
distribution, provides library programming and training for library staff who provide services
to children and youth along with statewide statistical and data collection/analysis from the
various types of Illinois libraries; implements policies and administers grants and programs
for school libraries; administers statewide programs and initiatives that target library service
and training for library staff who deal with statistical collection and analysis and who provide
services to children and youth; represents the State Library at appropriate meetings that deal
with these specialized areas of library services; Requires travel – may include nights &
weekends. Requires possession of valid Illinois driver’s license. Requires lifting and
carrying of 0 – 50 lbs.

For information regarding the our testing procedures please visit our website:

or contact one of our Job Counselors at:

Department of Personnel
Howlett Building
Room 113
Springfield, Illinois
(217) 782-4783

PLEASE POST FOR 14 DAYS – May 19, 2011 – June 2, 2011

Department of Personnel
17 North State Street
Suite 1276
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Please contact the Department of Personnel for information and to apply, do not contact the Illinois State Library.

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Adult Services Librarian needed

May 16th, 2011 Comments off

Adult Services Librarian needed
at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center, part of the Mississippi Valley Library District, at 408 W. Main St. in Collinsville, IL.
Important qualifications will include technology expertise, programming experience, cataloging knowledge and management of staff ability.  The position is offered at $35,000 a year to a qualified college degreed individual with significant library experience.  A job description and duties for the position will be emailed upon request by contacting Barbara Rhodes, Director of the MVLD at .  Resumes will be taken until the position is filled.  MVLD is an equal opportunity employer.

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Senior Special Collections Conservator – University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

April 6th, 2011 Comments off


Academic Professional

University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Position is open immediately.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks applications for a Senior Special Collections Conservator. Reporting to the Head of Conservation, the Senior Special Collections Conservator will be responsible for the item-level conservation treatment of rare and unique library materials, as well as keeping written records and photo-documentation of such work. This position will provide conservation support for special collections materials in close consultation with collection managers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Treatment-50%: Provide conservation treatment of rare and unique paper-based library materials, both single-item and collection-based treatments, as well as keeping written and photographic documentation of such work. Treatment will also include exhibition preparation, condition assessment for a variety of digitization and other projects, and disaster recovery and response.
  • Consultation and project planning-20%: Provide conservation support to locations holding rare book and paper-based special collections materials in close consultation with collection managers and other Library units, as applicable. Includes, but is not limited to, identifying treatments, arranging workflow, and aiding in the development of care and handling guidelines for special collections materials.
  • Supervisory-10%: As budgets allow, staff at various levels will report directly to the Senior Special Collections Conservator to support the initiatives of the Conservation Unit. Staff supervision may include, but is not limited to, graduate assistants, graduate hourly, graduate practicum, undergraduate hourly, and volunteers.
  • Outreach and service-10%: The incumbent will allot a portion of his or her weekly time to performing outreach to the Library, campus, state, and Midwest region. In addition, the incumbent is encouraged to serve in leadership positions in professional organizations. The incumbent will also develop and organize a biennial colloquium, suite of workshops, conference, or any combination thereof pertaining to an issue of direct relevance to the conservation community as a whole or to conservation of the collections of the University Library in particular.
  • Research-10%: The incumbent will pursue analytical research on topics of interest that apply to conservation treatment of books and paper documents, conservation management, or book history, in collaboration with research scientists within the University of Illinois scientific community and beyond. Research topics will be approved by the Head of Conservation and pursuits will be supported by the unit and Library. In addition, every effort will be made to share the results of this research with as broad an audience as possible.

Qualifications: Required: Bachelor’s degree. Minimum of three years of professional conservation experience. Extensive knowledge of book and/or paper conservation principles and practices and of the physical and chemical nature of books and paper, as evidenced by (i) a graduate degree in conservation, or (ii) the completion of a conservation apprenticeship with an established conservator, or (iii) other verifiable certification of advanced training and education. Excellent communication skills. Preferred: Experience working collaboratively in a research library; undergraduate or graduate degree or significant coursework in a related field such as history, art history, library science, museum studies, chemistry or studio art; and demonstrated experience in dealing with the intellectual issues involved in the use of research library collections; grant writing or fund-raising experience; experience in professional writing; experience in research methodologies related to conservation; experience in professional outreach and/or service; experience organizing educational or public events; experience of training others.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research collections in the world. With more than 11 million volumes, it ranks third among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and to engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 100 faculty and 300 staff members. For more detailed information, please visit

The Library consists of more than 37 departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into eight divisions. The Preservation and Conservation Program at the University of Illinois Library operates with the holistic vision of developing a comprehensive management program for the entire library system. The Conservation Unit consists of both collections conservation as well as special collections conservation. The Unit also assists in the education, planning, and development of the overall preservation program for the Library.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with credentials and experience. These positions are Academic Professional appointment.

Terms of Appointment: 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 and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public, land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University – Extensive) ranked among the best in the world, including “Top 20″ programs in Chemistry, Engineering, English, Mathematics, Music, Library & Information Science, Psychology, and Veterinary Medicine. Chartered in 1867, its faculty and staff provide undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conduct theoretical and applied research, and provide public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members serving 31,000 undergraduate and 11,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. For more information, see: . The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated approximately 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles 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 and its members. For more information, see:

To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest and resume. Online application will require names and contact information for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration, applications and nominations must be received by 04/28/2011. Interviews may occur before the closing date; however, no decisions will be made prior to the closing date.

Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Application Information

Contact: Human Resources
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Online App. Form:

More Information on University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Library Director – Downers Grove (IL) Public Library

March 30th, 2011 Comments off

Discover Downers Grove! The Downers Grove Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a new Library Director to maintain and grow this excellent library program. Work with the Board to determine the strategic direction for the library; serve as the “face of the Library” with the local and regional community; develop and implement plans for interior renovation and space design, new library programs, and innovative technologies; and work with the Friends of the Library and the Foundation to develop alternative funding streams to enrich library services. The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills that inspire and motivate; experience as budget officer developing annual budget proposal linked to Board policies and priorities; be a good listener who is responsive to needs and concerns of staff, patrons, and the community; and have the ability to create a shared vision of excellent library services. See for the complete job description.

The dynamic Downers Grove Public Library ( serves the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois (a population of 47,833) with a newly expanded 67,000 square foot facility, a dedicated staff (55 FTEs), an active Friends organization, a Library Foundation, and an operating budget of $4 million. The Library loans 1 million items annually and provides an outstanding array of programs and services to the community–30,000 people carry Downers Grove library cards! The Library is an independent library with a permanent tax rate exclusively dedicated to public library services. It is governed by a 6-member appointed library board that focuses on outcomes and looks to the director and management team to devise creative implementation strategies.

Named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the region’s Ten Best Historic Areas, The Village of Downers Grove ( is a comfortable western Chicago suburb that combines residential suburban living balanced with economic growth. Residents, small businesses and large corporations thrive in the small town “feel” of Downers Grove. Located strategically with commuter rail service to Chicago and access to two major airports, the Village has award winning public schools, Midwestern University, extensive downtown revitalization through thoughtful planning , and 600 acres of parks and recreational facilities. Additional information on the Downers Grove Public Library and the Village of Downers Grove can be found at:

Minimum requirements : an MLS from an ALA-accredited program with a broad knowledge of the principles and practices of librarianship; eight years of public library experience in increasingly responsible positions with a minimum of four years at the management level. Essential skills include: excellent administrative, financial planning, communication, and personnel management skills; ability to speak to diverse groups concerning library affairs; ability to handle critical incidents and resolve conflicts involving patrons, staff, materials, or facilities; ability to participate in meetings and conferences outside of normal working hours; ability to inspire and lead staff; initiative, awareness and vision in developing library services; and skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Board, staff and with community leaders. Successful experience reporting to a governing board, developing a strategic plan and experience in library technology are preferred.

Compensation: The starting salary range is negotiable from $100,000 depending on qualifications with a competitive benefits package.

For further information: Contact Dan Bradbury, or Jobeth Bradbury, or by phone at 816-531-2468. To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume as Word attachments via email to Applications will be accepted until May 29, 2011.

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What’s New @ WJIL: Planning for Summer Reading

February 3rd, 2011 Comments off

It’s true the snow is still flying – really flying here in Illinois- but this is still the perfect time to start wishful thoughts for warm weather and the summer reading programming that comes with it. Illinois has a rich tradition of supporting summer reading through the ILA iRead program, but you can still warm up your library’s summer reading program with a creative spark from the resources and ideas listed in the most recent edition of “What’s New @ WJIL”

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My First Library Card: A New Year’s Message

January 4th, 2011 Comments off

My First Library Card: A New Year’s Message

Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing my son’s receipt of his first library card. The sheer excitement of a small piece of paper that opens up countless opportunities cannot be understated. Regardless of library type, it opens a world of possibilities for recreation and study. Possession of the card means that any question can be answered and any interest explored further. What a wonderful gift libraries are to the communities they serve.

It is this gift library Systems strive to support through services such as delivery and automation. We are able to provide this support through System Area and Per Capita grants from the Illinois State Library. As we embark on the second half of a fiscal year tinged with uncertainty regarding the continuation of these (and other) services, and as many individuals work toward mergers of Systems, we must remain faithful to the institutions we serve. Academic, public, school and special libraries depend on materials delivery and the policies and mechanisms which allow resource sharing. When the mergers are complete, we will have resource sharing opportunities on a much broader scale, all to the benefit of library users.

Sam has the idea that his new library card can be used anywhere, because libraries are everything to the curious mind. This is precisely why we need to move forward with our merger discussions. We owe it to patrons of our member libraries to support them in any way we can—even if that support looks different from years past, and comes from individuals we have never worked with. The end result will be continued resource sharing to allow patrons to live a more informed life, find a better approach to a medical concern, or build a better model car. Please take a moment to contact your merger planning representatives and let them know how the merged System can better serve you and your patrons.

Wishing you a New Year full of exciting opportunities!

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

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Proposed Illinois Library Systems map

December 16th, 2010 Comments off

Proposed Illinois Library Systems map ( pdf )

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Copy Cataloger, Belleville Public Library

December 15th, 2010 Comments off

Full-time, 37.5 hourly union position with benefits. Perform copy cataloging and classification of library materials using online databases in accordance with current international cataloging standards of the library, the library system and the cooperative database. Provide expertise to patrons and staff regarding the retrieval of information via the library’s online catalog.

Education: LTA preferred or 2 years of college education.

Experience: 3 years library, 1 year copy cataloging.

Salary: $11.57 hour starting salary.

Closing date: January 7, 2010

Additional Information: Must become City resident within 15 months of hire. Salary increase after 120 days probation and a $.75 increase 5/1/11. Must be able to work day, evening and Saturday shifts. Broad knowledge of principles and practices of professional library work. Ability to communicate clearly, verbally and in writing Analytical and organizational skills. Broad understanding of technology and implementation for library operations. Must maintain established level of continuing education requirements of the cooperative library system. Experience with cataloging in Millennium a plus.

Contact: Peggy Hartmann, Human Resource Department, City of Belleville, IL This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Go to for application form and full job description.

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Director of Technical Services (Assistant or Associate Professor) – SIUE

December 7th, 2010 Comments off


TITLE/RANK: Director of Technical Services (Assistant or Associate Professor)

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Director of Technical Services (TS) is responsible for managing all units of the department including Acquisitions, Cataloging/Metadata, Bindery and Processing, Digitization Lab and Electronic Resources management. The Director reports to the Dean of Library and Information Services, and works with LIS faculty and staff to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate all aspects of the Technical Services operation. As an information professional in a tenure-track faculty position, regular contributions in scholarship, research and other creative activities in library and information science, or other related academic field is required. A high level of proficiency in librarianship including the use of relevant technology and best practices in bibliographic access and control of print and digital formats is expected from the successful candidate.

PRIMARY DUTIES: Plans long and short term projects and operations for Technical Services including, but not limited to, the incorporation of new library systems in the department. Managers all Technical Services personnel. Oversees annual evaluation of work performance and development plans for all department faculty and civil service staff. Develops policies and procedures for Technical Services. Monitors, assesses and evaluates their implementation and effectiveness. Participates in overall LIS planning, consultation, and management activities. Works with the Dean and other LIS faculty to assign resources for technical operations and projects. Manages the budget for the department. Apprises and advises other Library personnel on all department policies and procedural changes. Represents the Library in state and national organizations, as appropriate. Remains current with library trends, issues, and practices, participates in continuing educational opportunities and apprises colleagues of developments.

TERMS OF APPOINTMENT: Assistant or Associate Professor, 12-month, tenure-track, continuing, 100%. Contract available May 1, 2011.


SALARY RANGE: Negotiable dependent upon credentials and experience, with a minimum salary of $58,500 annually. Excellent fringe benefits.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: M.L.S. from an A.L.A. accredited library school. Minimum of three years of progressively responsible and successful management experience in an academic library. Two years of experience in one or more of the following areas: acquisitions, bibliographic control, electronic resource and serials management. Demonstrated knowledge of MARC21 formats and bibliographic utilities such as OCLC. Demonstrated knowledge of current standards, best practices and emerging trends in technical services and library technologies. Demonstrated understanding of academic teaching and research needs. Ability to view issues from a broad library-wide perspective. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. Strong interpersonal and public service skills. Professional commitment to librarianship and evidence of the ability to meet LIS and University standards in librarianship, research and professional service in fulfillment of tenure requirements.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Initial review of applications to begin February 1, 2011 and to remain open until position is filled.


Regina McBride, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Information Services
Director, Technical Services Search Committee
Lovejoy Library
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Box 1063
Edwardsville, IL 62026

SIUE is a state university – benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas.

Applicants may be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. As an affirmative action employer, SIUE offers equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, creed or religion, age, sex, national origin, or disability.

The SIUE ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT contains campus safety and security information and crime statistics for the past three (3) calendar years. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, entitled the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.” You may also access this report through the SIUE Home Page under Ready References, Quick Links, or Publications/Reports. For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained from: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Rendleman Hall, Room 2228.

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Project Compass – libraries and workforce development videos

November 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Over the first year with Project Compass, WebJunction heard about the many successful ways in which public library staff around the country have responded to the needs of the unemployed. They also heard that library staff could use more training and knowledge to augment their ability to help the struggling workforce. And of course, they heard about budget cuts and how little time there is for learning. As a result a collection of 5 short videos were developed in cooperation with library trainer and consultant Pat Wagner with topics covering everything from getting to know job-hunters to popular scams, how to use your time wisely in helping job-hunters and how social media tools can assist your job-hunting patrons. Find out how to connect up with this video collection in the latest “What’s New @ WJIL.”

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Public Library Days and Dates to Remember 2011 – 2012

November 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Public Library Days and Dates to Remember 2011 – 2012 on WebJunction Illinois

Public Library Days and Dates to Remember calendar for 2011 and 2012, starting with Trustee election petition filings December 13, 2010 to December 20, 2010 under the newest election law changes, and many more deadlines to come has been added to WebJunction Illinois’ Administrative Ready Reference resources.

This always valuable resource for public libraries is particularly helpful this year with election date changes of P.A. 96-886 and election filing requirements imposed by P.S. 96-1008.  As always, thanks to Phillip B. Lenzini with Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. for this resource.

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November 19th, 2010 Comments off


Duties include collection development (primarily fiction), programming, staffing the reference desk and reader’s advisory.

The successful applicant will have a commitment to customer service, knowledge of electronic resources and initiative.

A bachelor’s degree with relevant library experience is required.

Salary from $13.45. Schedule is 32 hours per week with evening and weekend hours.

Apply by December 4 to Susan Clark, Head of Adult Services: Zion-Benton Public Library, 2400 Gabriel Ave., Zion or email to

No phone calls, please.


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Facilities & Delivery Supervisor – Alliance Library System

November 12th, 2010 Comments off

The Alliance Library System seeks a Facilities & Delivery Supervisor responsible for:

  • Ensuring proper maintenance and upkeep of all ALS physical assets, including facilities, grounds, and vehicles.
  • Coordinating the purchase and sale of assets and property.
  • Managing all aspects of the ALS delivery system, supervising drivers, updating delivery routes and compiling delivery statistics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree in business management, facilities or related field, two to four years office experience in an administrative capacity, two to four years experience in building maintenance and repair, two to four years experience in vehicles maintenance and repair, or any acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience.

The salary range for this position is $26,400 to $39,500.  Starting pay will be based on qualifications and experience.

Alliance Library System offers the following benefits:

  • 7 ½ hour work day
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • 13 paid holidays annually
  • 20 paid vacation days annually
  • 12 paid sick days annually
  • 2 paid personal days annually
  • Participation in IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund)

Please send resume, letter of application and three references to Paul Santos, Finance, Facilities & Human Resources Director, Alliance Library System, 600 High Point Lane, East Peoria, IL  61611, phone at (309) 694-9200 ext. 2104, via fax at (309) 694-9230, or via email at by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2010 for consideration.

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CMC Cataloging Assistant – LCLS

November 8th, 2010 Comments off

LCLS is a customer service oriented organization that values people, equity, access, collaboration, excellence, intellectual freedom and diversity.  We have an opening for a full time Cataloging Maintenance Center Cataloging Assistant which is funded by an annual grant received from the Illinois State Library.  This position will work a 7.5 hour work day performing copy cataloging and database maintenance for a variety of Illinois libraries.

Requirements include a Library Technician Associates degree, applicable certification, or successful completion of a college level cataloging class and at least one year of experience performing complex copy cataloging and classification of all formats of library materials. Experience using Microsoft Word, Access, Outlook, the Internet, E-Mail and other electronic business applications; and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.

This position pays $25,000/yr and includes an excellent benefit package.

Interested applications should submit a cover letter and resume by November 26, 2010 to:

Lewis & Clark Library System
Attention:  Juliette Douglas
Regarding:  Cataloging
Maintenance Center Assistant
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025

Or e-mail:

A complete job description will be provided upon request:

Juliette E. Douglas, Business Manager and Consultant Lewis & Clark Library System
6725 Goshen Road
Edwardsville, Il 62025
618.656.3216 Ext. 108
Fax: 618.656.9401

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Information Technology Support Associate – Northeastern Illinois University

October 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Information Technology Support Associate – Library

Information Technology Support Associate


  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • 60 semester hours of college course work which included Information Technology (IT), or a closely related discipline, OR
  • One year of progressively more responsible work experience in an Information Technology (IT) related profession, OR
  • Any combination of educational or work experience totaling one year


  • Demonstrated experience with Mac and Windows operating systems and multimedia software
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience in maintenance of computer hardware and multimedia equipment
  • Ability to teach and work with the public in a computer lab environment

$13.54 to $16.00 per hour with excellent benefit, vacation and tuition waiver package

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; some evenings to 8:00 p.m.
(Hours may vary depending on departmental needs.)


Under the supervision of the Library Operations Associate (LOA) in the Multimedia Learning Resource Center (MLRC), this position oversees the maintenance and operation of the multimedia equipment and applications in the MLRC; assists users in the use of computer equipment and software applications in the MLRC.  Under the  direction of the Associate University Librarian (AUL), this position assists the Library Systems staff in providing support and technical assistance related to library systems, computers and software applications.

To apply:
Submit cover letter and resumes to later than the close of business 11/1/10.  Submissions other than through this e-mail will not be accepted.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 773-442-5200.
Northeastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. spacer

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Information Technology Manager – Six Mile Regional Library District (SMRLD), Granite City, IL

October 14th, 2010 Comments off

Are you a proactive leader with a demonstrated background in technology?  SMRLD has an immediate opening for a full-time Information Technology Manager who will coordinate SMRLD’s technology.  The primary responsibility is to manage SMRLD’s computer hardware, software, network, and telecommunications technology.  The person in this position will also provide advice, offer demonstrations, make recommendations, and provide information on best practices pertaining to technology issues for library services.  This is a management position that participates as part of the Administrative team and reports to the Executive Director.

Qualifications include: a bachelors degree with coursework in computer science or information technology or other relevant coursework and/or equivalent experience; 2-3 years progressively increased responsibility in technology related positions; experience administering networks, Web site, data security, and with standard productivity tools.

Job Description

Please submit a resume to Tina Hubert at by November 1, 2010.

Six Mile Regional Library District, 2001 Delmar Avenue, Granite City, IL 62040

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Assistant Librarian / Head of Circulation – Collinsville Memorial Library Center

October 14th, 2010 Comments off

The perfect candidate will

have an excellent working knowledge of the Millennium Circulation software;

understand and be able to manipulate the List and Reports module of Millennium;

have worked with and supervised a staff of ten or more people;

can work independently and delegate responsibility when needed;

have good decision making abilities that are consistent with the library district’s policies and procedures;

can problem solve quickly and be tactful and customer service oriented when dealing with the public.

The perfect candidate would have a Master’s Degree in Library Science or a related field or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with significant management and library experience.  Requires three to five years of progressively responsible experience in library services.  An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered when determining salary.

The Mississippi Valley Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request.

Barbara Rhodes

Mississippi Valley Library District
“Celebrating 95 years in Service”
408 West Main
Collinsville, IL  62234
618.344.1112  ex. 113
618.345.6401  FAX
AIM name “LibrarianBarb”

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Thoughts on the Feb 8, 2010 RDA Webinar

February 17th, 2010 Comments off

On February 8, 2010, ALA Publishing presented a free webinar on the RDA Toolkit.  You can watch the webinar yourself here.

RDA (Resource Description and Access) is the proposed new rules intended to replace AACR2.  The RDA Toolkit is the online interface to the RDA rules, and is expected to be available in June of 2010.

The bulk of the presentation consisted of a demonstration of the Toolkit – giving a preview of what we can expect to see and what kind of functionality will be available.  A very brief set of screenshots is available here.

The online rules will allow easy navigation between the sections needed at any point during cataloging, via links to other points in RDA rules.  It is expected that there will also be external links to OCLC information, MARC documentation, and talks are apparently in progress to have links to ILS (integrated library system- Millennium is an ILS) vendor information – the specifics of what that will entail are not yet clear.

RDA Toolkit will not be available on Cataloger’s Desktop, though there are currently discussions with the Library of Congress to work out a pricing agreement to purchase both resources as well as to possibly provide some degree of integration between the tools.

There will be a searchable AACR2 which will allow look-up of an AACR2 rule with links to the corresponding rule in RDA, there will be a FRBR (Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records) based drill-down menu with links to corresponding RDA rules, as well as mappings of RDA rules to the appropriate MARC fields.

There have been many delays in the publication of RDA, and many questions that have come up throughout the process of developing both the rules and the Toolkit.  Some of these questions were addressed in the webinar.

Pricing has been one of the major concerns, particularly of smaller libraries, and the recent announcement of the pricing structure has done little to allay the fears of smaller libraries about their ability to afford the RDA Toolkit.

The pricing structure is as follows:

Base price-$325 for one user at a time, unlimited number of registered users.
Additional concurrent users:
2-9     $55
10-19  $50
20+     $45

For those libraries who are part of a consortium (such as LCLS), it was confirmed that there will be special consortial pricing, though the specifics have not yet been determined.

There will also be an open-access period, where libraries can try the new interface at no charge, from the time of the release in June until August 31.  This open-access will require registration.

In the question and answer period, it was made clear that there are currently no plans for a print version of RDA, as the RDA Toolkit is designed to be used as an online tool, and using a print version would not be ideal.  It appears that printing a copy from the online version will be permissible, though any copy printed will be for personal use only.

There was a question about training, and it appears that the only training being offered by ALA Publishing will be online webinars on how to use the Toolkit.  Training on cataloging will be left to other institutions to arrange and implement. will be updated as more pricing information becomes available, and will soon include  FAQs to address some common questions.

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Help Us Help You

December 7th, 2009 Comments off

LCLS is moving to a new helpdesk software, to replace HelpMe, which we will be calling Help Us Help You, or HUHY.

For detailed instructions, as well as explanatory screencasts, visit the LCLS website:

Why are we making this change?

For a couple of reasons…

First, HelpMe is based on a vendor software called Wonderdesk, which we have to pay for.  HUHY is based on an open-source software called osTicket, which is free – aside from the staff time required to set up and maintain.

Second, there have been issues with HelpMe since we began using it, and we thought we could probably find a software that we could be happy with that would be easier to use.

We started by researching open-source helpdesk tools to see which ones would best fit our needs.  After looking at the features offered by a large number of options, we narrowed the list to two.

Our IT staff configured both of these options and presented them to select LCLS staff to evaluate.  The consensus was that osTicket was the better option, in large part due to it’s simple interface.

Once the staff had chosen osTicket, then we tested the software with some member libraries.  After some trial and error, and some changes in configuration based on LCLS and member library staff recommendations, it was determined that osTicket would be a suitable replacement for HelpMe.

And osTicket became the platform for what we are now calling Help Me Help You/HUHY.

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RSS and other tools for catalogers

August 11th, 2009 Comments off

At the monthly catalogers meeting in August, we discussed some tools for following the latest information on cataloging.

There are a number of blogs available that keep up on the latest news, rule changes, and other information of interest to catalogers and one way to follow all of this is using a blog aggregator.

We discussed two of the most popular, Bloglines and Google Reader, and also demonstrated briefly how to use Microsoft Feeds from within Internet Explorer 7 or above.

In order to subscribe to Bloglines or Google Reader, you need to set up an account by entering an email address and password – you can use your existing Google account for Google Reader.  Then to add blogs to your aggregator, click on the orange RSS feed tab in the address bar on a blog or other site that provides an RSS feed.

To use Microsoft Feeds, just click on the RSS tab on any website that allows feeds (which looks like a little orange box and should be visible in the address bar at the top of this page) while in IE7 or above.  You can see your feeds if you click on Favorites and then the Feeds tab.

Microsoft Outlook also allows RSS feed subscriptions, and directions on setting that up can be found here.

We also talked about one blog in particular that collects feeds from various cataloging-related blogs that is good to follow, either on its own or in your blog aggregator, Planet Cataloging. Links to that blog and a number of others will be posted to the LCLS delicious account, which can also be found on the LCLS website under What’s New -> Social Media.

Feel free to post any questions, comments or additional information on RSS feeds below in the comments section.

RDA to be released at the end of November 2009

June 23rd, 2009 Comments off

This information about RDA has been released (no information on the RDA demo that was scheduled for release in May 2009):

News from the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA:

* Finalization of RDA text: The RDA text was handed to the co-publishers on schedule on 22 June. RDA is scheduled to be released at the end of November 2009. [emphasis mine]
* New Chair: Alan Danskin will be the JSC Chair from 1 July 2009.Danskin is the Metadata and Bibliographic Standards Coordinator at the British Library.
* During July, the JSC Secretariat will move to the British Library:
* Web site: The JSC Web site has moved to There are redirections in place from the old site to pages on the new site explaining the change.

Nathalie Schulz
Secretary, JSC

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RDA implementation scenarios

May 12th, 2009 Comments off

The RDA (Resource Description and Access) Joint Steering Committee (JSC) produced, in 2007, a document showing graphic representations of three possible database implementation scenarios.

RDA Implementation Scenarios

Scenario 3 is the flat-file structure of today’s ILS (integrated library system, Millennium is the GateNet ILS). Scenario 2 adds links between bibliographic and authority records. Scenario 3 is a relational database structure representing the full FRBR implementation of RDA, including records for the work, expression, manifestation and item (WEMIs) which are all linked.

The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)/RDA Task Group has developed a series of cataloger scenarios to give a better idea of work flow after the implementation of RDA in Scenario 1.

Cataloger Scenarios

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May 4th, 2009 Comments off

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) is a conceptual model for cataloging, on which the new cataloging code, Resource Description and Access (RDA) is based.

FRBR has been developed under the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

The ILS (integrated library system) vendor VTLS has developed FRBR Software as a Service (SaaS): FRBR SaaS builds on a library’s own ILS database and web-based online public catalog by providing a hosted database of matching FRBR records, an online public interface designed to match the source database, and hyperlinks to provide seamless navigation between the two.

For more on FRBR, you can view the presentation from the April 2009 GateNet cataloger’s meeting below:

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Survey on proposed OCLC Record Use Policy

March 27th, 2009 Comments off


The State Library also encourages participation in a Web-based survey among librarians and other interested constituents. The primary goal of this survey is to gather input from both OCLC members and non-members about a proposed OCLC policy, Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat’s Records.

From OCLC:

Dear Colleague:

As chair of the OCLC Review Board on Shared Data Creation and Stewardship, I invite you to participate in a Web-based survey among librarians and other interested constituents. The primary goal of this survey is to gather input from both OCLC members and non-members about a proposed OCLC policy, Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat® Records.

The Review Board will consider the results of this survey in its recommendations to OCLC.

Please review the existing guidelines and proposed policy if you have not already done so:

•          Guidelines:
•          Proposed Policy:

The OCLC Review Board is an independent committee convened by the OCLC Board of Trustees and the OCLC Members Council. If you wish to find out more about the Review Board, please visit these links:

•          OCLC Review Board:
•          Press release – formation of Review Board:
•          Press release – Review Board members:

The survey is available online at the following site, where you will find specific instructions on completing the survey:

I invite you to complete this survey yourself or forward it to a colleague with an interest in this issue. Your opinions and comments are vital to our evaluation, regardless of your current level of usage of OCLC services or your relationship to OCLC.

Please complete the questionnaire online by April 8, 2009. To protect the confidentiality of your responses, all data will be collected, tabulated, and analyzed by Linray, an independent market research consultant. We will receive data in aggregate form only; your answers will not be associated in any way with you or your organization.

If you have questions about the content of the survey, please send an e-mail to As an alternative to the survey, we welcome your feedback by sending an e-mail to or posting comments at Please feel free to provide input in the language of your choice.

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OCLC Expert Community Experiment

March 3rd, 2009 Comments off

In response to calls for more freedom for catalogers to edit records in OCLC, the Expert Community Experiment has begun.

The Experiment is scheduled to last six (6) months, at the end of which time, the results of the Experiment will be evaluated by OCLC and a decision made whether to make it a permanent policy or to return to the original policies on updates, or something in-between.

The idea of the Experiment is to allow all Full-level and higher OCLC member catalogers greater freedom to make changes to records that haven’t been possible in the past. Changes that have required a report and copies of title pages to be sent to OCLC can now be made, as-needed, by catalogers.

There are some limits, Full-level catalogers can’t make changes to PCC records (records done by libraries which are members of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging) and to records that are encoding level E. While catalogers can make changes to CIP (ELvl 8 ) records, they can’t change the encoding level – to I or anything else.

One of the most important things to remember in all this is, as OCLC puts it “First, do no harm” – which may be a bit much, as we’re not talking about medical decisions, but…

  • NEVER remove correct and accurate information from a master record (such as classification numbers or subject headings) simply because your institution does not find it useful.
  • NEVER change the basic nature of a master bibliographic record into something different.
  • AVOID including local data or local practices in master bibliographic records.
  • Be cautious about changing bibliographic records with a different Language of Cataloging (identified in field 040 subfield ‡b). Bibliographic Formats and Standards, Section 3.10, “Parallel Records for Language of Cataloging” has details on working with these records.

“If in doubt, DON’T.”

For more information on the Experiment, you can visit the official site: Expert Community Experiment

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