FLIP meeting: Friday, March 26

The March 26 FLIP meeting will feature Julie Varee and Pa Ja Yang talking about Libraries in Bloom. Pa Ja leads the project, which is dedicated to highlighting narratives of nontraditional librarianship as told by library professionals from culturally diverse backgrounds. Nontraditional library positions or services involve innovative and sustainable processes of adapting libraries to meet their community needs in the 21st century. Follow along as we capture the many ways in which libraries are blooming, impacting the environment around them.
Be sure to take a look at the Libraries in Bloom feature on Julie Varee and outreach archivism in Alaska.
Hope you can join us! Friday, March 26 from noon-1pm.

Join FLIP at UAA’s eLearning Luncheon, Feb 26

The February FLIP meeting will be a little different from our usual fare. We have permission from the organizers for FLIP participants to register for the UAA eLearning Luncheon, 11:30am – 1:00pm on Friday, February 26, 2021. Yes, this used to be a real luncheon with real food (deliciously prepared by the UAA Culinary Department) at Lucy’s in Cuddy Hall, but like last year, will be a Zoom event instead.
Register here to attend.  A Zoom invite will be included in the confirmation email.
This year’s theme is Online Community and Innovation: Taking the Distance out of Distance Education and will feature a keynote on “Self-care for Educators” presented by Drs. Hattie Harvey and Sara Buckingham from UAA’s Psychology Department.
Other presentations will feature innovative online teaching strategies being used at UAA by Drs. Ray Ball (History), Mark Fitch (Math), and Mary Dallas Allen (Social Work).
For over a decade, this luncheon has been dedicated to introducing exciting and cutting-edge faculty initiatives to support student learning at UAA. The event is hosted by the UAA Academic Computing, Distance Learning, Instructional Technology, and eLearning Committee, and is generously sponsored by UAA Information Technology Services.
Hope to see you there!
FLIP will be back on March 26 with Julie Varee and Pa Ja Yang, Project Lead of Libraries in Bloom, a blog highlighting innovative librarianship as told by library professioanals from culturally diverse backgrounds to broaden perspective and encourage progress.

Next FLIP meeting: January 29

The first FLIP session of 2021 will feature VILDA, aka Alaska’s Digital Archives, with Arlene Schmuland, Head of Archives & Special Collections at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, at noon on Friday, January 29th.
To make this a more interactive session, Arlene requested that FLIP participants share their questions in advance to get the conversation started. Please send your questions to the FLIP co-chairs (Rebecca or Daria) to pass along to our speaker.
So, what would you like to know? What is VILDA? What/how is metadata used? What is metadata anyway? What is the criteria for describing photos? Who decides what to include in the photo archive? What else?
Thanks for your input. We look forward to an interesting presentation!

FLIP meeting – Nov 20: MLIS Programs Explained : A FLIP Panel

Please join us Friday, November 20, from noon to 1pm, for a panel discussion of library school programs. Recent grads will be providing information about four MLIS programs. Are they offered in person or online? What are the types of online delivery (synchronous vs. asynchronous, course management systems, etc.)? What degrees are offered? What are the costs, benefits, and deficits of each program?

We hope this can be an interactive session! Our speakers are:
Clarion University – Sam Dinges
San José State University – Rochene Hellén
Syracuse University – Adrienne Canino & Chris Turner
University of Washington – Meneka Thiru

Assistant Archivist position in Fairbanks

The Alaska Polar Regions Collection and Archives at UAF is hiring for an Assistant Archivist to work with our patrons directly in public services.

Have you ever been the person at a party talking about the cool 1905 photograph you found in a thrift store? Does the phrase “history immersion” excite you? Do you love people and helping them? Does creating order make you happy? If so, then you may be the perfect candidate for the Public Services Assistant Archivist position at the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives! The University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks engaging, team-oriented applicants for the position of Assistant Archivist.

More information here: https://careers.alaska.edu/en-us/job/514234/assistant-archivist

This is a great entry level position for someone interested in archives and special collections work. Please spread the word! The posting closes on January 28th, 2020.

Part-Time Reference Openings at UAA

The Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage is recruiting for our Reference Services part-time labor pool. These positions work at the Research Help Desk, a combination of evening, weekend, and day hours, and will participate in departmental project work. These positions work no more than 14 hours per week. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and these positions will remain open until filled. For more information and to apply, please see the complete job descriptions below. Contact Page Brannon at  plbrannon@alaska.edu or 907.786.1873 with any questions.

Postings expire on Friday, January 31, 2020. Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received.

Summer Internships at Alaska State Library

The Alaska State Library is currently accepting applications for two internships in public libraries for the summer of 2019. Interns will receive travel reimbursement, per diem ($60/day for 50 days), a honorarium and free housing during the eight-week internship.

The Alaska State Library Internship Project is a grant funded project that will bring two interns who have recently received 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 2019. 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 graduates, and increase the number of MLIS graduates applying for jobs in Alaska. Application period will close February 16, 2019.

To learn more about the Alaska State Library Internship Project and to apply visit:

For more information contact:
Julie M. Niederhauser
Public Library Coordinator
Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building
Mail: PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811
Visit: 395 Whittier St., Juneau, AK 99801
phone: 907.465.2916

Library Assistant (Serials & Collections) position at UAS

The University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library is hiring for a full time Library Technician 2 position to work on their Technical Services team. Job ad below! Please pass along to anyone you think might be interested. Initial review date is August 6th.

Position Summary:

Are you looking to get your foot in the door at an academic library? Want a paraprofessional position with a variety of job duties? This full time (40 hours per week) position is part of the Technical Services team, and is the lead for library serials and collections repair work. Typical serials duties include daily receipt of periodicals; check-in using library software; maintenance of subscription records; and shelving. Ongoing work includes verification of online access to electronic serials; working with the physical collection by ensuring that materials are properly housed in bindings or cases to promote their long-term preservation; and performing book repairs including paper and binding repairs. This position works independently but also collaborates closely with the rest of the library team, assisting at the Circulation Desk, and cross-training with the Interlibrary Loan and Outreach Services assistant. This position is open until filled, with an initial review date of August 6th, 2018.


Electronic Resources Management (20%) Tracks coverage of electronic resources through online tools including the library catalog, OCLC Worldcat, and JournalSearch. Sets up new resources by working with vendors and library tech support to make sure on- and off -campus authentication is working and that access includes all content to which the library is subscribed. Gathers usage data from in-house tools including JournalSearch, the library catalog, in-house serials use statistics, and external vendor reporting modules. Compiles data and reports to Technical Services Librarian as requested. Tracks institutional account information including usernames and passwords for publisher sites. Shares authentication and access information with staff as needed, and maintains security of these assets as appropriate.
Collection Maintenance (25%) Evaluates materials sent to department for repair. Applies knowledge of different repair techniques to select most appropriate method for the item in hand. Using specialized knowledge and tools, conducts paper and binding repairs. Serves as the library point person on book repair, answering questions from other library staff and members of the university community. Reviews labels and records for processed materials, ensuring information is correct for patron and staff use. Performs end processing for all formats including creating and preparing pamphlet binders, comb bindings, cases, and special labels. Maintains awareness of special processing requirements such as use of identifying stamps for depository materials and bookplates for endowment fund purchases. Ensures that requirements are met. Creates lists of withdrawn materials for offering on the Alaska Library Association email list, responds to libraries, and coordinates distribution of materials.
Public and Outreach Services Support (25%) In coordination with Circulation Supervisor, assists with projects at Circulation (reserves, weeding, checkout equipment ) and occasional staffing of the desk during lunch breaks or around unexpected scheduling challenges. Works closely with the Interlibrary Loan and Outreach Services assistant, covering absences, coordinating on work with serials, electronic resources, interlibrary loan, and the institutional repository, cross-training as needed.
Serials (25%) Process incoming serials and periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals, books on standing order), checking-in items using Sirsi Workflows software, and labeling and shelving items as appropriate. Tracks retention policies; withdraws and discards materials according to retention schedule and local procedures. Uses the Sirsi Workflows Serials Control module to track issues received and expected. Uses prediction patterns in the module to generate list of expected issues. Maintains historical notes about library subscription activity in the module. Working with Acquisitions and Catalog assistant, creates summary holdings records in the library catalog and OCLC WorldCat using MARC holdings format, following national standards and data entry conventions required by OCLC. Ensures all information is accurately displayed for patrons using the library catalog. Communicates with vendors (subscription agents, journal and microfilm publishers, book vendors, bindery, shipping agents, etc.), making inquiries, placing orders, and filing claims. Respond to patron and staff queries about serials. Participates in team meetings and work within Technical Services department. Maintains knowledge of functions in the Technical Services department and cross-trains in other areas as necessary. Participates in discussions regarding integrated library system (ILS) capabilities and current procedures both within Egan Library and in relation to Alaska Library Consortium, especially as relating to serials and electronic resources.
Mail & Bindery (5%) Receives and routes incoming library mail (periodicals, standing orders, interlibrary loans, catalogs, etc.) Prepares all outgoing shipments of materials from the TS department, including sending withdrawn materials to other libraries and Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries bookstore. Plans, schedules, and processes items to be sent to the bindery and shelves the volumes when they are returned (twice a year). Prepares all paperwork for bindery including work slips, USPS insurance documentation, and list of titles sent for posting at Reference Desk. Prepares boxes for shipment.

Education & Experience

    • High School diploma or GED, required.
    • One to two years post-secondary education including coursework in Archives or Library practice and theory, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience in a library, museum, business or comparable environment.
    • Without previous experience with library systems expect 3-6 months on-job training to be functioning efficiently; less than that if comes with book repair and/or ILS experience and is familiar with bibliographic records, call numbers, etc.


    • Ability to pay close attention to details and to read, interpret, and accurately enter precise data involving numbers, characters, dates, barcodes, etc.
    • Ability to copy and transcribe written information accurately.
    • Knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, and data entry.
    • Ability to work with library equipment and tools to perform book repairs and basic bindery.
    • Ability to physically process collections including shelving.
    • Ability to work independently; ability to work as part of a team.
    • Ability to write clearly and document procedures.
    • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
    • Experience working with computers and software applications in a work/office environment.
    • Physically able to lift or move moderately heavy boxes of books and move book trucks at least 3/4 full of books, magazines, etc., with or without reasonable accommodations.

This is a full-time, Grade 75, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on August 6th, 2018.

A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references. Contact uas.hr@alaska.edu, or phone (907) 796-6263 for technical support, additional questions, or to request ADA accommodation when completing your application.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.  All interested persons should apply online. For further assistance with the application process contact Human Resources at 907-796-6263.