Friday, June 25, 2010

Job Opening - Library Director - Winfield Public Library

The Winfield Public Library is seeking a new Library Director for 28 hours a week, salary depending on qualifications. Benefits include IPERS, vacation, holiday pay, personal days and sick leave. AA Degree or comparable library experience preferred. Job description available upon request. All applications must be received by July 9, 2010. The successful candidate will begin work July 26, 2010. The Winfield Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.
Send or deliver a cover letter, resume and references to:

Winfield Public Library
c/o Library Board of Trustees
112 West Ash St.
Winfield, IA 52659

Friday, May 21, 2010

Assistant Dean of Library/Learning Resources Center - Scott Community College

Deadline Date for Application:
June 11, 2010

Responsible for the overall leadership, coordination and, management of library services and resources.

Minimum Qualifications:
Person filling this position must have a Master’s Degree in library science from an accredited graduate school. Must be able to meet State certification requirements. Experience in collection development at a comprehensive community college. Knowledge of emerging trends in academic libraries and with automated systems, microcomputers and electronic search procedures Prefer previous supervisory and management experience. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with staff, faculty and students.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides leadership, coordination and management of library services.

2. Keeps abreast of trends affecting community college libraries and makes recommendations to meet future needs.

3. Coordinates progress toward accomplishing college’s library goals and objectives.

4. Develops and manages library budget.

5. Coordinates SCC Library’s collection development.

6. Promotes awareness and use of library services and resources.

7. Establishes and maintains communication with administration, staff, faculty and students.

8. Investigates, develops and implements new library services, or the revisions of existing services, to meet user needs.

9. Prepares proposals for library grant funds and administers grant objectives and budgets.

10. Proposes facility changes and participants in facility planning.

11. Supervises, recommends for hiring, and evaluates library staff.

12. Maintains consistency and reliability of staffing and services.

13. Recommends and coordinates staff development activities.

14. Maintains an awareness of resources and services

15. Maintains inventory of library equipment, furniture and materials and makes provisions for their upkeep.

16. Stays abreast of developing technologies and makes recommendations to meet user

17. Serves as representative to local, state, and national organizations/consortia.

18. In association with college foundation directors, seeks opportunities to receive public and private funds.

19. Is committed to providing quality service that meets or exceeds the expectations of internal and external customers.

20. Performs other duties as assigned.

Commensurate with education and experience

# of days 200 annually
% of Full-Time 100%

Send cover letter and resume to: Human Resources Department, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 306 West River Drive, Davenport IA 52801-1221 or e-mail resume and cover letter to:

Women and Minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants with
disabilities who require special accommodations in the application or testing
process should notify the Human Resources Department prior to the closing
Youth Services Librarian - Kalona Public Library

The Kalona Public Library, located just 20 miles south of Iowa City, is seeking a responsible, well-organized and creative person for the postion of Youth Services Librarian. Working full time in a newer facility, job responsibilities include planning and supervising programs for children and teens, assisting in collection development and web site design, and performing library related duties. The successful candidate will have a high school diploma, experience working in a library, experience working with children, and have extensive computer skills. A college degree and knowledge of children's literature preferred. Full time, benefits included. Salary range starts at $22,800. Contact: Anne Skaden, Director, Kalona Public Library, PO Box 1212, Kalona, IA 52247-1212 Call (319) 656-3501 or e-mail kaloplib{AT} for more information. Deadline: June 9.

Anne Skaden, Director
Kalona Public Library

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

March CE Opportunities

We have a lot of in person events available this month. Registration, as always, is available through the State Library’s CE Catalog at

Adobe Drop-In Orientation (No registration needed)
CE Units: 0

For those who have not taken an online class before or haven’t taken one with the new platform, this is your chance to explore Adobe Connect before taking online classes offered throughout the state. Pop into the SLS classroom anytime in the one hour session for the 20 minute presentation.

SLS Online classroom
Thursday, March 4th
10 am to 11 am

Youth Services with Michele Gorman
CE Units: 6 total, 3 per session

The Burlington Public Library has kindly opened up their staff development day with Michele Gorman to the rest of us! The day will consist of two three-hour programs for a total of 6 continuing education credits (3 for each program). If you are unable to spend the entire day with us, you are welcome to come for one session or the other. Please note in the comments if you intend to do this.

Morning (9 am to 12 pm)
"This Ain't Your Mama's Library! Adolescent Development and the Developmental Needs of Teens" Very few people who work in a public library setting have ever received any kind of formal training about what is happening inside the body and brain of a teenager. In order to best meet the needs of teens, adults who work with this demographic will be best served by developing a foundation of knowledge about what teens need and where they are coming from emotionally and physically. Topics covered in this foundation presentation will include the stages and milestones of adolescence, the 7 developmental needs of teens, the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets(c), and what new research about the teen brain tells us about adolescent behavior.

Afternoon (1 pm to 4 pm)
"Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy in Your Library!"
The popularity of graphic novels for readers of all ages is on the rise, with new books being published everyday in a comic format. From comic biographies to graphic novels about science and math - this format is exploding with new and exciting titles for young readers. In this afternoon session attendees will learn more about why it is important to add these books to every library collection, how these books contribute to literacy, and the role these books can play with helping develop struggling, reluctant, and proficient readers of all ages!

Burlington Public Library
Monday, March 15th
8:30 am to 4 pm

Health Information with Chris Childs
CE Units: 2

Review of online reference sources for consumer health topics available through the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and techniques for dealing with health reference inquiries. Chris Childs is the Education and Outreach Librarian at the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa.

Washington Public Library
Tuesday, March 16th
10 am to 12 pm

Facebook Fanpage FUNdamentals
CE Units: 2

You've heard a lot about Facebook, perhaps you've dipped your toes in, but now have decided it's time to give a library fan page a try. This workshop will show you how to set up a Facebook fan page (we'll set up a page for a library during the workshop) as well as give you ideas for how you can use it in your library. And you'll have a chance to get started on your own page, "hands-on"!

SWILSA Online classroom
Thursday, March 18th
9 am to 11 am

Summer Library Program Kick-Off!
CE Units: 1.5

Join your fellow libraries to discuss what events are being offered, practice crafts, and learn how Southeastern Library Services can support your SLP efforts! Katie will also be teaching her Flickr/Creative Commons class on finding photographs and art to use in your marketing efforts.

West Liberty Public Library
Tuesday, March 30th
10 am to 12 pm

Eldon Public Library – Annex
Wednesday, March 31st
1 pm to 3 pm

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Eldridge Resident Wins with Poem about Scott County Library System

Leslie Powell-Skinner took first place in the American Library Association's "@Your Library: Creative Essay" Contest with a poem about the Scott County Library System. Her accomplishment, along with the poem, were recently featured in the River City Reader. Congratulations to Leslie and the Scott County Library System!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Free Applications to Solve Problems, Maintain Tech and More!

Software doesn't get any cheaper, so it's always nice to have a list of free applications. Lifehacker's list of 61 free applications cover everything from defragging your hard drive to increasing your computer security, and everything in between.
Making your Website Mobile Friendly

As patrons are continually moving more and more toward using mobile devices for all their communication needs, websites need to evolve to meet that demand. Here are 7 tips from SitePoint to help your website evolve.

Monday, November 30, 2009

lifehacker Selects the Top 5 Online Data Backup Tools
None of them are free, but are as low as $4.95 per month to back up all your data. There is a detailed explanation of each tool, plus a reader poll indicating lifehacker readers' choice for the best. Learn more at
Using Flickr to Create a Photo Gallery
Using a step by step process, this article will help you set up a photo stream for your website that is easy to update! If you use PLOW, be sure to check with PLOW staff to be sure that the process will work for your site.
Grants for The Big Read from IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, announces the 2010 deadline for The Big Read, a program to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 with the grant size determined by community population, number of activities planned, and artistic excellence and merit. Selected communities will participate in The Big Read from September 2010 – June 2011.

Press release and more information at
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Integrated Library Systems Webinar
Join WebJunction and ALA TechSource for a December 10 ILS webinar at Noon. They will discuss new features and capabilities available in the most modern library software, and what it really means for these tools to be customizable. Information on the session and for registration, visit
ALA Offers Stats and Research on Libraries
From an ALA press release: American Library Association (ALA) members and other Web visitors can now quickly locate library research and statistics with new top-level navigation from the ALA home page.

Library statistics are organized by type of library for easy access and include links to annual studies of library expenditures and services, state-level library data, library value studies (return on investment), opinion research from national household studies, and topical articles such as “Economic Hard Times and Public Library Use Revisited.”

The Research and Statistics section is at

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Free Webinar: Writing a Patron Behavior Policy
Infopeople is at it again! They're offering a free webinar on December 10 at 2:00pm CST. The link to the session will be available a half hour before the session at the information page at

As always, Infopeople archives all of their webinars, with slides included if possible, at

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Free Space Shuttle Artifacts for Libraries

NASA is giving away artifacts, like gloves, helmets, simulators and more, from the space shuttle program. There are charges for shipping, so for the larger items it could be quite pricey. To get more information and apply to be one of the recipient libraries, visit the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) press release at

Imagine how cool your next space themed storytime or library display would be with one of these pieces, not to mention playing a part in preserving and sharing a part of American history!

Teen Tech Week March 7-13
"Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators, parents, and other concerned adults meant to encourage teens to take advantage of libraries' nonprint resources. The 2010 theme — Learn Create Share @ your library — fosters teen creativity and positions the library as a physical and virtual place for safe exploration of the many types of technology available at libraries, including DVDs, music, gaming, video production, online homework help, social networking, tech workshops, audiobooks and more."

For resources, registration and more, visit the YALSA Teen Tech Week website.
From The Bubble Room Blog - Top 10 Things Marketers Should Do
We hear it all the time - librarians need to be marketing their libraries and services. This blog post outlines 10 things that are essential to effective marketing. Read it at Library Journal online.
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Best Illustrated Books of 2009

The November 8 New York Times Book Review offers up its annual list.