Alaska State Library accepting applications for summer internships

The Alaska State Library is accepting applications for three summer internships in public libraries. Interns will receive travel reimbursement, a $4,000 stipend and free housing during the eight-week internship.

The grant-funded Alaska State Library Internship Project will bring three interns who have recently or are near completion of their Master’s degree in Library or Information Science to work in Alaska public libraries for two months in the summer of 2018. The goals of the project are to provide assistance to public libraries in Alaska who lack staff expertise to sustain long-term projects that would benefit their libraries and communities, provide internship and professional development opportunities to MLIS students and increase the number of MLIS students applying for jobs in Alaska. Application period will close February 15, 2018.

To learn more about the Alaska State Library Internship Project and apply visit http://lam.alaska.gov/library_internship

Joint AkLA-A/FLIP Meeting

Please join us for a joint AkLA-A/FLIP meeting at Moose’s Tooth on Tuesday, November 14th, at 7 pm.

At this month’s meeting, we’ll be giving updates on planning for the 2018 AkLA conference, discussing the possibility of offering an AkLA-A conference scholarship, and eating some good pizza.

MLS (or potential MLS) students are encouraged to attend this informal networking get-together. Feel free to invite anyone who might be interested in the field of library and information science.

American Library Association Annual Conference Funding

Are you interested in attending the 2018 American Library Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA? Apply for the New Members Round Table Shirley Olofson Memorial Award and you may receive a $1000 check to help defray the cost of attendance! The deadline is Wednesday, December 14, 2017.

Applicants must:

1.   Be a member of ALA and NMRT

2.   Be active in the library profession

3.   Show promise for activity in the area of professional development

4.   Have a valid financial need

5.   Have attended no more than five ALA annual conferences

To apply, please visit: http://www.ala.org/nmrt/initiatives/applyforfunds/shirleyolofson.

 

Alaska Library Association Scholarship

The AkLA Scholarship is awarded annually to an Alaska resident who is pursuing an MLS in an ALA-accredited Program.

For more than twenty-five years the Alaska Library Association has been offering scholarships to MLS students in order to provide financial assistance to worthy students pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies and to encourage graduates to return to Alaska and work in professional library positions. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. Preference will be given to an individual meeting the federal definition of Alaska Native ethnicity.

An applicant must be an Alaskan resident who:

  • is eligible for acceptance, is currently enrolled, or will be a student in a graduate school library media specialist certificate program during the academic year, semester, or academic quarter for which the scholarship is received.
  • makes a commitment to work in an Alaska library for a minimum of one year after graduation as a paid employee or a volunteer, or for two semesters for one semester’s financial assistance. A scholarship recipient who fails to fulfill this commitment will be expected to repay the money received. Candidates awarded the scholarship must supply proof of admission to an accredited program before the scholarship is disbursed.

The AkLA Scholarship Committee will select an individual based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s response to an essay question regarding his/her professional goals and objectives in pursuing a library career
  • Demonstrated scholastic ability and writing skills
  • Strength of references. Three Applicant Reference Evaluation Forms are required, at least one of which must be from a librarian. References may include additional comments or letters.
  • Financial need

Please note new application procedures! Fill out the online form, and then mail a current resume, official college transcripts, and three references using this printable Word form, to AkLA Scholarship Committee, Att: Julie M. Niederhauser, Alaska State Library, 395 Whittier St., Juneau, AK 99801.  A complete application packet must be received by January 15 of the award year. The recipient is announced at the annual spring AkLA conference.

Alaska State Library Hiring

The Alaska State Library is seeking to fill two positions:

SCHOOL LIBRARY COORDINATOR

Are you passionate about improving library service for students in Alaska?

Have you worked in a school library?

Are you excited about the vital roles that school librarians play in their schools for

the benefit of students and teachers alike?

The Library Development unit of the Alaska State Library is recruiting for a full-time Librarian III to serve as the School Library Coordinator in our Library Development unit. This position is located in the beautiful Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum building in Juneau…

To view the job posting, please go to: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/

Select: SEARCH FOR JOB OPEN TO ALL JOB SEEKERS

Search for: LIBRARIAN III (PCN 05-3093)

Deadline to apply: November 6, 2017

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS LIBRARIAN

Are you a digitally savvy librarian, excited about history, interested in computer programming and Big Data?

Is it a high priority for you to continually and independently develop your professional skills and knowledge?

Are you a self-starter who thrives in a collegial atmosphere?

Do you love organization and details, as well as innovation and new ideas?

We need you to assist with Alaska’s Digital Newspaper project at the Department of Education & Early Development (DEED), Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums!

In 2016, the Alaska State Library became a participant in the joint National Endowment for the Humanities, Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). We are preserving and making accessible historically significant Alaska newspapers via the national portal and searchable database, Chronicling America. During the 2016-2018 award period, we expect to complete digital production of 100,000 pages of Alaska newspapers, to be uploaded by Library of Congress. There is room for you to learn and grow in this job, and to add your own flair and skills to our outreach campaign, and all other aspects of the project!

The position is long-term, non-permanent with benefits. The project is scheduled to last through August 31, 2018, with a possible extension of the grant.

To view the job posting, please go to: http://doa.alaska.gov/dop/workplace/

Select: SEARCH FOR JOB OPEN TO ALL JOB SEEKERS

Search for: LIBRARIAN I (PCN 05-N17003)

Deadline to apply: November 7, 2017

 

Win a $1500 grant to attend a library conference!

The Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians

Wiley is offering three (3) $1,500 reimbursement grants to attend a library conference of your choice:

Charleston
ALA Midwinter
ACRL
ER&L
MLA
SLA
ALA Annual

All early career (first five years) academic and research librarians and ML(I)S students in the US and Canada are eligible to apply.

Applicants must complete a brief questionnaire, upload a CV, and submit a short video about what you have learned working in a library that you might not have learned in library school. What advice would you pass on to other early career librarians? Feel free to be creative with your video! Short on time? A video chat-style cell phone video is fine. Camera-shy? Say it with stop-motion animation. Feeling extra creative? Captioned interpretive dance will be accepted, too. The only constraints you have are time and video format– please keep your video under five minutes and MOV, MP4 (MPEG4), AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, WebM files are preferred.

Entries will be judged on quality, creativity, and content. Be sure to include the following in your video:

-Your name
-What kind of librarian are you/are you interested in becoming?
-Where do you work?
-What have you learned working in a library that you might not have learned in library school?
-What advice would you pass on to other early career librarians?

Applications are due by Friday, September 30. All winners will be selected by October 7, 2016.

Take a look at our contest rules here

Job Opening at ARLIS: Librarian I/Assistant Cataloger

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) is seeking a Librarian I/Assistant Cataloger for a special project involving the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill collection at ARLIS. Alaska Department of Fish & Game is the hiring agency. The appointment will be for one year and the job will include all State of Alaska employment benefits excluding retirement. ARLIS is seeking a candidate with a strong interest in special collections and cataloging. Experience with cataloging or technical services is preferred. Please see the posting on Workplace Alaska at:

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/alaska/jobs/1422583/librarian-i-pcn-11-n16146

Please do not delay as the initial closing date is May 19, 2016, at 5:00 pm Alaska Time. If you have questions about the position, please contact Ed Kazzimir at 786-7699.

Ed Kazzimir
Lead Cataloger
Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) Suite 111, Library Building
3211 Providence Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508

Phone: (907) 786-7699 / FAX: (907) 786-7652
Email: ed@arlis.org

May FLIP Meeting

Members of FLIP and of the Anchorage Chapter of the Alaska Library Association (AkLA-A) are invited to a special tour of the Alaska State Court Law Library on Friday, May 13th from 12noon-1pm. Law Library staff will be providing a tour of the facility and its unique resources for both FLIP and AkLA-A members.

Hope to see you there!

Alaska State Court Law Library
303 K Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

*Allow plenty of time to find a parking spot and remember to bring money to feed the meter.

Promote Summer Reading and Work with Teen Volunteers as a VISTA Associate at the Anchorage Public Library

VISTA Summer Associates at Anchorage Public Library

Do you love working with teens and youth?
Would you like to spend your summer working with library staff to engage Anchorage youth in lifelong learning?
Consider becoming one of our Summer Associates!

Through the AmeriCorps Vista program, Anchorage Public Library is hiring four summer associates to promote summer reading and work with teen volunteers:

Duties include:
Recruit, train, and supervise VolunTEENs (volunteers between 12 and 18 years of age)
Develop team building and training opportunities for VolunTEENs to supplement their community service to the library
Promote summer reading celebration to youth from birth to age 18, including signing up kids and distributing prizes
Assist library staff with summer reading celebration programs and other library programs
Assist library staff with special projects

Who is eligible to apply? Interested individuals with a minimum age of 20 and a High School Degree or Equivalent. Must be available to serve from May 23 to July 30, 2016.

Compensation: A living allowance of approximately $1136 every four weeks and a $1,174.60 education award upon completion of the full term of service (or a smaller cash award)

We will have one Summer Associate at the following locations: Z. J. Loussac Library, Muldoon Library, Mountain View Library, and the Chugiak-Eagle River Library.

Review of applications—April 14, 2016.

To apply: https://my.americorps.gov
For questions, please call
Elizabeth Nicolai
907-343-2840
NicolaiEL@muni.org

Intellectual Freedom Course & Scholarship for LIS Students

FTRF GSLIS

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course, in its third year, will be taught by GSLIS professor Emily Knox, who was awarded a 2015 Instructor of the Year award by the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium for the course. It is a project of the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” is a 2-credit course and will meet online Tuesdays August 23–October 11, 2016. It is open to any student enrolled in an LIS degree program. As part of the collaboration, Freedom to Read Foundation staff and volunteers will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and FTRF and ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom archival materials will be made available to students.

“Our culture is at a tipping point, a shift in its tolerance for the First Amendment. It is imperative that today’s library students have a deep and thoughtful exposure to the value of free speech. And who better to receive it from than the 2015 WISE instructor of the year?” said James LaRue, Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

“I’m excited to teach the intellectual freedom and censorship class again this Fall,” said Professor Emily Knox. “The course is one of the highlights of my semester. I, like the students, enjoy listening and learning from our weekly speakers and I love our spirited class discussions.”

To encourage students outside the University of Illinois to participate, FTRF is offering four half-scholarships ($700 each). Applications for the scholarships are due May 2, 2016. For more information and to apply for the scholarship visit www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Education

Students enrolled in programs affiliated with the WISE consortium will be provided course credit automatically upon completion of the course. Others will need to coordinate course credit with their home institution.

For more information and questions regarding registration please contact: Karla Lucht at U of I, klucht@illinois.edu, 217-244-3810, or staff at the Freedom to Read Foundation, FTRF@ALA.org or 312-280-4226.

For information about technology used for online education at U of I please see: http://www.lis.illinois.edu/academics/itd/welcome.

The Freedom to Read Foundation (www.ftrf.org) is a First Amendment legal defense and education organization affiliated with the American Library Association. In 2009, following the death of its founding executive director Judith Krug, FTRF created the Judith Krug Memorial Fund. The Krug Fund has two purposes: to support Banned Books Week via event grants to organizations, and to provide intellectual freedom education. For more information on the Krug Fund, or to make a donation to support its work, please visit www.ftrf.org/?Krug_Fund.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois (http://www.lis.illinois.edu) is the premier LIS program in the nation, consistently ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report. We offer advanced degrees with areas of specialization including data curation, digital libraries, social and community informatics, socio-technical data analytics, and youth services as well as continuing professional development opportunities. Courses are available both on campus and online.