A career in library technical services, anyone?

At FLIP meetings, we often talk about different types of librarianship and the variety of career paths in libraries. Here is a chance to learn all about one of those potential options.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services New Member Interest Group (ALCTS NMIG) is offering a FREE webinar developed with all in mind—from the aspiring graduate student to the experienced library professional looking to undertake new responsibilities or for a career change.

Step behind the scenes to learn about the exciting variety of rewarding careers available in technical services librarianship. Our panel of experienced technical services librarians from a variety of positions and institutions will be the tour guides to the world of technical services. This isn’t your grandmother’s technical services department.

Often on the edge of developing technology and the implementation of it on a local level, technically able technical services librarians are necessary in the growth and development of the future of libraries. Panelists will speak about their daily work, what led them to decide on a career as a technical services librarian, and recommendations for those interested in pursuing a similar career path.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will better understand:

  • The different and varied positions available in technical services.
  • What a day in the life of a technical service librarian is like.
  • Ideas and tips regarding pursuing a career in librarianship—including grad school classes, internships, and skills.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. (Alaska)
For more details and registration information, visit the ALCTS page for Technical Services Librarians Matter at Your Library: Finding a Career in Technical Services

FLIP gets published

In case you missed it: an article about the founding and development of FLIP was published in the January 2013 issue of College and Research Libraries News, the official newsmagazine and publication of record for ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries). We were very excited to record our experiences with FLIP and see it all in print! We hope you enjoy the article and encourage any comments or feedback you may have.

Un-mentoring in the Last Frontier: The University of Alaska Anchorage experience

by Daria O. Carle, Christie Ericson, and Kristi D. Powell
College and Research Libraries News
January 2013 74:10-13

First meeting for 2013

Date: Friday, January 11, 2013
Time: 1-2 pm
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 309

If you can’t make it to the Consortium Library, we are happy and prepared to present the meeting via Elluminate Live! If you are interested in participating virtually, please send an email to kdpowell@uaa.alaska.edu to RSVP and receive the link required to join online.

Elluminate Live! meeting for November

This month is the first time we are presenting a FLIP meeting via Elive – we hope you will be able to join us either in person or virtually!

Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Noon – 1pm
Consortium Library Room 309

 Join ELive Session (presented by Jennifer McKay): https://elive.uaa.alaska.edu:443/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1258018735350

Please let us know what you think, any feedback is appreciated! Should we try this again in the future?

October meeting recap

We had 7 people attend our Oct. 19 meeting, which kept the discussion lively and engaging. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it!

For those who weren’t there, we talked a lot about how to promote and plan future FLIP meetings in a way that would allow even more people to attend and participate. Do you have any ideas to put forth regarding future meeting days, times, locations, discussion topics, presentation formats, etc? If so please comment here to let us know! We really do want to make FLIP meetings more accessible to more people.

On that note, we’ve decided that our November meeting will be presented via E-Live from a classroom in the UAA/APU Consortium Library. This means that anyone interested my attend either in person or via a desktop video feed. We’re still working on the details, but for now mark November 9 at Noon on your calendar for the next meeting date.


Museum job opening

The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center has an immediate opening for a Reference Specialist in the Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center.  This position performs library and reference services and assists in planning and coordinating research visits.  A primary responsibility is to administer and implement the image rights and reproduction process.  The person in this position serves as the primary guide to patrons in locating requested information so that they become informed users of the Center’s historical materials including historic photographs, rare books, and printed and electronic resources. 

 To review the complete job description including the minimum qualifications of this position or apply, please visit the Anchorage Museum website employment page. The position is open until filled.

Library job opportunities

Here is a list of a few positions that have opened up at libraries here in Anchorage:

  • The Anchorage Museum Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center is seeking enthusiastic applicants for this year’s William E. Davis Internship. This summer internship position is funded by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and the Anchorage Museum Association. The recipient will receive a stipend of $3000. Training will include assisting with library and archival work, including processing and describing photograph collections, creating finding aids, and reference services.  To apply or for further details, please visit the Museum’s website. Any questions about the internship should be directed to Brandi Kirk, HR Director at employment@anchoragemuseum.org or (907) 929-9217. The position will last for 10 weeks, May-September 2012, start and end dates are flexible. Work schedule will be Monday – Friday. Open until filled.
  • The UAA/APU Consortium Library seeks a Circulation Evening Supervisor. The person in this position will be the key circulation contact to manage and guides evening operations of the library, particularly in its function as an “After-Hours Study Facility”. This position provides supervision of the Library Patrol student pool and direction for other circulation staff working in the evenings. Work hours are typically Sunday-Thursday, 4:00pm – 1:00 AM, with an earlier shift during the summer.   Application deadline: April 30. Details and instructions for applying can be found at UAKJobs.
  • The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is now accepting applications for a part-time Student Temporary Employment Program position at its Anchorage facility. Duties include performing routine and repetitive tasks which are incidental to the  placement, storage, and maintenance of Federal agency records. More information can be found via NARA’s Facebook page.

Spring 2012 FLIP meetings

At the December 2011 FLIP meeting we decided which dates to meet for the Spring semester. We are still meeting on Fridays, but note that  we moved the meeting start times to 1 p.m. in hopes that this will make it easier for more people to attend.

All meetings are scheduled to take place in room 204 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. We’ll send out a notice if we ever have to change the meeting location. Please mark your calendars:

What: FLIP meetings Spring 2012
Where: UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 204
When: 1pm – 2pm

Friday, January 20: Bring a Friend to FLIP!
Friday, February 17
Friday, March 9
Friday, April 20
Friday, May 18

As usual we welcome comments, suggestions, and feedback for fun ideas, meeting topics, and future discussions. Hope to see you at a meeting soon!


Job posting: Librarian I position at ARLIS

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) will be hiring a Librarian I via the State of Alaska for a temporary one-year term. This position will be working on a specific project.  Duties will mainly be split between cataloging project materials and website enhancement of project reports.

This will be an opportunity to learn MARC cataloging one-on-one with one of the best catalogers in Alaska! We expect to provide on-the-job training for a library school graduate who has a strong interest in cataloging as a career. In addition, we are looking for an incumbent who is familiar with website design and has the skills to enhance an existing website for project reports.

ARLIS is a special library with federal, state, and University partners. The collection is mainly technical materials and agency reports. This opportunity to learn cataloging with especially challenging materials will provide the incumbent with a great head-start for a career in cataloging.

All state benefits, except for retirement benefits, will be provided, including health insurance, for the term of the appointment. The per-hour rate is $23.93.

To apply, please visit the job posting at the Workplace Alaska website.

The last day to apply is 12/12/11, open to Alaska residents only. Anyone who is graduating by December 30, 2011 is eligible to apply.

For more information, contact:
Celia Rozen
Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS)

(907) 786-7676

Nov. 11 meeting recap: Ebooks

We had a better than average turn out for the meeting today. Thanks to everyone who attended – we had a really great conversation and the hour seemed to fly by. For those who could not be there, I thought I’d point out some of the things we discussed in case you’re interested in having a look.

The general topic of discussion for the meeting was ebooks. A couple of us brought in items to share:

We Don’t Read That Way from ACRLog, the blog for the Association of College and Research Libraries. This is a brief but interesting post about how faculty use ebooks versus print materials and how they access items based on their need. The article poses a lot of good questions for academic libraries and, as is usually the case, the reader comments are interesting too.

“It’s one thing, they tell us, to read for pleasure on a screen – but it’s quite another to read for understanding, for critique, for engaging in the scholarly conversation. And this isn’t a generational matter – some of the faculty I know who seem most committed to print are younger than forty.”

Dramatic Growth from Library Journal, 10/15/2011, Vol. 136 Issue 17, p32-34. This article reports on the “2011 Ebook Penetration & Use in U.S. Libraries Survey,” which indicated that electronic books (ebooks) had become widely popular in American libraries as of October 2011. Over 80% of public libraries were offering ebooks to their patrons, and the percentage was even higher for academic libraries. Several other statistics from the survey are also analyzed.

“…despite the ebook hype, and fear about the demise of libraries, the library experience is enriched by ebooks as another popular addition to collections already rich with various formats that keep users coming back.”

Finally, Christie introduced us to a website called Blurb, that allows users to create their own books including an option to make ebooks for iPhones and iPads.

Next FLIP meeting: Friday, Dec. 16. We hope to see you there!