Upcoming professional development opportunities

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, and more opportunities below!


Adventures in International Librarianship: Living and Working Outside of the United States

Are you interested in finding a job in library and information science outside of North America? Are you curious about what it’s like to live and work in a different culture? If so, please join us for a ELIME-hosted online panel discussion on Tuesday 6 November! Our panelists represent an incredible variety of experiences, and have worked all over the world from Switzerland to Azerbaijan to Japan.

You have two opportunities to attend. The first session will take place at 9am EST, and the second at noon EST. Note that the panelists are different for each session, so you could even attend both for a wider perspective. For more information:http://elime.web.unc.edu/interlib/


Call for Proposals: ACRL Image Resources Interest Group ALA Mid-Winter Meeting (held online)

The Association of College and Research Libraries Image Resources Interest Group is accepting proposals for our Mid-Winter meeting, to be held online (using Adobe Connect) on Thurs. Feb. 14, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. CST.

We are seeking proposals for presentations, of about 30 minutes in length, to be followed by questions/answers. Suggested topics include:

Image metadata

Project planning with images

Geolocation metadata

Image collections across systems and platforms

Collaboration with academic departments/community outreach

Visual literacy standards implementation

Digital capture

We are interested in all aspects of image resources and look forward to varied presentations and creative projects.

Please submit proposals or questions to robin.leech@okstate.edu. Proposal deadline is Nov. 30, 2012. Proposals need to include:







Proposal Title

Brief proposal description (150 words or less)

Expected outcomes

Submitters will be notified by the week of Dec. 10th, 2012.

Please visit https://sites.google.com/site/acrlirig/ for additional information.


The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors for the Seattle ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2013 ALA Midwinter Conference! The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide and customized Google Map developed by theACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee to help ALA conference attendees find arts-related venues and events in and around host cities. You do not have to be a member to be a contributor, but it’s a great opportunity to get involved with the ACRL Arts Section. It’s also a fun way to contribute your knowledge of the area to enhance everyone’s conference experience! You can see previous ArtsGuides here:


Please let me know which section you’re interested in contributing to:

Visual Arts & Museums






Submissions would be due by December 3, 2012. If you’re interested please contact me as soon as possible.

Yvette Cortes

Chair, ACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee



“Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping”

You may use tools like Google Maps in your personal life all the time for locating restaurants and local businesses, driving directions or planning trips via public transportation, but have you considered how this same technology could be used at your library to improve library services? RUSA’s online course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping” is the perfect opportunity for librarians and library staff from public and academic libraries to gain a basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and learn about specific technologies they may be exposed to at the library. Registration for this course, which runs Nov. 5-25, ends on Thursday, Nov. 1.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L

If you’ve already taken this introductory course or have a good working knowledge of GIS and want to go further, consider enrolling in “Spatial Literacy II: Incorporation of Maps and GIS”, which shows you how to harness these technologies for reference work, library projects, library administration, collection delivery, instruction, outreach and library promotion. The next session of this course begins Dec. 3.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if several of your staff could take this course and your library could reap the benefits in improved library services? Group discounts are available! Rates for two or more registrants from the same library, library network or library system start at $110 per person.

Learn more about all of our courses and webinars at the RUSA online learning page: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece

Register online now for this and other upcoming RUSA courses:


Questions about registration? Contact registration@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, option 5.



Job Posting: Director of Digital and Emerging Media, Cooper Hewitt Museum

Cooper-Hewitt is looking for a creative leader to serve as Director of Digital and Emerging Media.

This is a senior level position that will:

1) lead the creative and strategic development of the Museum’s presence online (www.cooperhewitt.org)
2) design and develop an effective and highly successful eCommerce component;
3) lead the effort to elevate the museum’s presence on the web during a two year renovation period when the museum will be programming offsite and online; and 4) lead and expand the museum’s digital and social media presence by managing platforms that include blogs, Twitter, Face book, mobile, and others.

This position is crucial to all of the activities that support Cooper-Hewitt’s virtual presence, not only the strengthening of the online presence, including eCommerce, but through other creative opportunities that the incumbent will create and recommend. This position reports to the Director of the Museum and serves as part of the senior management team.

Knowledge and Experience Required:

  • Five or more years experience in a senior strategic and technical leadership/supervisory role.
  • Demonstrated skills as a conceptual, strategic planner and interaction designer who is able to generate usable and useful concepts.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management, administration, and staff supervision in a distributed computing environment involving multiple facilities and varying disciplinary requirements. Ability to balance outsourcing and staff responsibilities.
  • Superior mastery knowledge of the design, prototyping and development of interactive technology, standards, and scripting and programming languages.
  • Experience coordinating the design and development of complex websites and eCommerce sites, receiving input from a variety of non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and executing eCommerce strategies and programs that build top-line growth. Familiarity with websites metrics and social media strategies and initiatives.
  • Has designed, prototyped and managed complex and interactive websites, including visual design and branding across multiple platforms.
  • Experience effectively formulating, analyzing, and presenting project plans, such as recommending software components, media assets and technical approaches for complex and interactive websites.
  • Appreciation and some knowledge of international and contemporary design.

SALARY: Competitive salary plus generous benefits

BENEFITS: TIAA-CREF retirement coverage, Health/Dental/Vision Coverage; generous vacation and sick leave plus 10 paid holidays. Free life Insurance with options to increase coverage at additional costs. Opportunity to work in a renovated landmarked building. Ideally located in Carnegie Hill (Upper East Side), near public transportation and next to Central Park. Opportunity to use 92Y gym and work out facilities. May attend free public and education programs, exhibitions and workshops at the museum and throughout New York. Smithsonian Institution was voted one of the best work places. Family friendly work environment.

How to Apply:

Please email CV that addresses qualification requirements with cover letter to:media@si.edu (please ensure your resume addresses all qualification and experience requirements). Transcripts may be required.

Emerging job trends: Digital Archivists

Thought this article published in this past Saturday’s NY Times might be of interest to folk:

Digital Archivists, Now in Demand

WHEN the world entered the digital age, a great majority of human historical records did not immediately make the trip.

As preservation officer at U.C.L.A., Jacob Nadal safeguards materials (digital and analog) in its collection.
Literature, film, scientific journals, newspapers, court records, corporate documents and other material, accumulated over centuries, needed to be adapted for computer databases. Once there, it had to be arranged — along with newer, born-digital material — in a way that would let people find what they needed and keep finding it well into the future. <more>

At the Airport – Libraries and Museums in Unexpected Places

The San Francisco airport is home to the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library & Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum.  The museum and library are “dedicated to commercial aviation and San Francisco International Airport’s role as the ‘Gateway to the Pacific.'”

Over 6,000 books and periodicals have already been catalogued in the library. The museum collections include over 3,000 photographs and documents, and more than 5,400 artifacts have been accessioned. Collection objects are being professionally conserved and researched and will be available for study by digital imaging with on site and on-line access. Collections will also be utilized for Airport exhibitions programming. This facility, with its focus on commercial aviation and emphasis on the Pacific, will provide a unique repository and study center for scholars, the aviation community, and the traveling public.

More info here.

Summary of Backpack to Briefcase: Life after Library School

Backpack to Briefcase: Life after Library School.

Sarah Carter Moderator Introduced the session saying this session was born from the conference last year at Banff, and envisioned something that would help students, and new professionals jumpstart their role in ARLIS.