Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional development includes unpaid opportunities such as: mentoring, leadership, volunteering, call for papers (cfp).

UK Event: An Introduction to Art & Design Reference Resources

There are places still available for the Introduction to Art & Design References Resources workshop on November 5th 2007 at the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

More details and booking form here:

Rachel Campbell
Liaison Librarian
Libraries & Learning Resources
Nottingham Trent University
Boots Library
Goldsmith Street

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – ARLIS/NA Internship Award 2007-2008

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award.The ARLIS/NA Internship Award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. The award grants $2,500.00 to the selected recipient to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection.The deadline for applications is October 15, 2007.For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website:

ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee
Cathy Billings (chair), Maureen Burns, Robert Gore, Kristen Regina, Rina Vecchiola

Fall 2007 Continuing Education Workshops at Simmons College

Fall/Winter 2007
*Continuing Education* *Workshops* from Simmons College GSLISCE


* Beyond Booklists & Book Discussions for Youth: Shifting Formats and Multiple Venues
* Creating Online Tutorials: A Designer’s Challenge
* Creating Website Indexes
* Feed Your Site: Building a Dynamic Web Presence for Your Library
* Fundamentals of Database Design
* Instructional Design: Creating Materials for an Online Course
* Introduction to Standards Compliant Web Design with (X)HTML + CSS
* Introduction to Virtualization and Linux Administration
* JavaScript: A Gentle Introduction to Web Programming
* Lone Arranger: How Do You Survive?
* Programming for Babies and Little Ones: From Research into Action
* Reference Collection Development on the Web
* The Read/Write Web: Social Software and Libraries
* We Live Online: Exploring Virtual Communities
* Where in the World is…? Web Resources and Tools for Kids
* Where the Teens Are: Using Technology to Get Your Message Out to Adolescents

Check out our ONSITE WORKSHOPS in Boston, Millis, Needham, Providence, and South Hadley.


* Advanced Web Searching
* Basic Web Searching
* Challenges in the Digital World: Electronic Records and ESI
* Creative Writing Programs for Youth
* Dreamweaver 1 for Information Professionals
* Dreamweaver 2 for Information Professionals
* Is It Ours? Museum Archives as Records of Ownership and Authenticity
* Joining the 21st Century: Integrating Current Technology into Antiquated Institutions
* Library Service to Patrons with Disabilities: Disability Awareness & Etiquette
* Open Access and Free Scholarly Resources: What Are They and How Can You Find Them?
* Practical Approaches to Controlling Your Institutional Archives
* RSS Feeds and Podcasts for Library Services
* Technology and the Non-Omnivore’s Dilemma: Essential Tech Skills and Tools in a 2.0 World
* The Care and Feeding of Architects: How to Achieve Your Dream Library
* Using Comics and Graphic Novels in Libraries and Classrooms
* Using Primary Sources, a Tutorial for Educators
* Using the Archivists’ ToolkitTM to Implement DACS Compliant Descriptions
* World Beat Bookmaking for Children

For more information, go to:

or contact:
Jody Walker, GSLISCE Program Manager
Simmons College
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617 521 2803 Fax: 617 521 3192

Historical Society of Frederick County (MD) Internship

The Historical Society of Frederick County is offering a paid internship for a student interested in developing skills in archival processing and historical research. The 24-week internship will pay $10.00 per hour and will entail approximately twelve hours per week, working under the supervision of the Historical Society’s archivist. The internship will focus upon processing, and making available for research, papers and photographic images associated with the Byerly photographic studios in Frederick, Maryland.

Qualified applicants will be enrolled in graduate program in library science, museum studies, archival science or a related field. Prior archival experience is preferred but not required. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Mark S. Hudson, Executive Director, Historical Society of Frederick County, 24 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701 or email them to Review of applications will begin on September 4, 2007.

The position is being funded through a generous grant from the Rothwell Family Foundation.

Marie Washburn


Historical Society of Frederick County

Free/Cheap Professional Development

Since most of us fall into the Student/New Professional category, I imagine that there are many among us who:

A) Are interested in professional development opportunities
B) Don’t get institutional support or funding for professional development.

So, I was curious… what kinds of opportunities are folks taking advantage of in terms of free or cheap professional development?  I know that most of us keep up with professional literature and read a lot online, but I’m primarily interested in having people share their sources for more structured learning.   Opportunities like Five Weeks to a Social Library would certainly fit into this category, as would some of the courses offered through Infopeople, including this upcoming online course offered by Meredith Farkas of Information Wants to Be Free.

Anyone want to add a favorite source for free/cheap workshops?

Archives Intern, The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is seeking an Archives intern for the Fall 2007. This is a paid position totaling 150 hours. A minimum of eight hours per
week is required.


Under the direction and supervision of the Archivist, the Archives Intern is responsible for performing various tasks related to the Clark’s archival and records management programs. Functions may include, but are not limited to, assisting in inventory and appraisal of existing collections, arrangement and re-housing of permanent records in a variety of media, and description of materials utilizing relevant descriptive standards and
EAD encoding.


Candidates must be enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school or a graduate program in history, art history, or museum studies. Ability to lift heavy boxes, demonstrated attention to detail, and familiarity with Microsoft Office software are required. Familiarity with principals of archival and records management, and excellent communication skills, are preferred.


This is a grant-funded project. For more information, please visit the project website at

Individuals interested in applying should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references via email to, fax 413-458-2318, or mail to:

Human Resources
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

For more information and application
instructions, please refer to our website at

Booth Volunteers needed for Resume Review Service at ALA

*Please excuse cross-posting.


The 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. is coming very soon! NMRT Resume Review Service needs you! Please consider volunteering to greet participants.

Consult the current ALA 2007 Annual Conference Volunteer Booth Schedule [] for available time slots.

Sign-up early and reserve your preferred time slots. The location of the booth will be in Hall E of the Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Once you’ve consulted the schedule and picked a preferred time to greet people, please e-mail Maureen Cropper at

See the RRS wiki at for more information and email me at if you have any questions.

Kristina Keogh
NMRT Resume Review Committee

Reference Librarian for the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Going to ALA's Annual Conference? We'd Like to Talk to You :)

In preparing for a next-gen OPAC proposal, Megan Macken & myself are looking for resources to tap.

If you’re going to this year’s annual ALA conference in Washington, DC, we’d like you to check out any sessions that would shed some more light on next-gen OPACs & their users. There is one program in particular that would be of interest –

1. Saturday (June 23rd), 1:30-2:30

Transforming Your Library, and Your Library’s Future, with Technology
Track: Transformation & Innovations
Technology can transform your library and its services, as it is transforming the lives of your patrons. From do-it-now technology improvements to next-generation implementations, from software to SOPACs, from in-your-face competition to over-the-horizon transformations, three accomplished experts will instruct, enlighten and challenge you to use technology to make your library more relevant to your patrons — today and tomorrow.
Speakers: Alan Kirk Gray, co-Chair, Darien (CT) Library; John Blyberg, co-Chair, Ann Arbor District Library, MI; Lori Ayre, The Galecia Group; Casey Bisson, Plymouth State University, NY; Roy Tennant, California Digital Library

Also, the Digital Information & Technologies track seems very next-gen oriented.

There are also sessions like “Building the Next Generation Public Library Web Site with Drupal” that do not fall under the afore mentioned track but seem possibly pertinent.

Finally, I’m willing to throw in a little incentive. Last year’s ALA conference was in New Orleans. I attended & shot quite a few pictures. I’ll print, frame, & send you a digital print of the Piazza D’Italia.

Please e-mail Bryan Loar at webmaster [at], if you are interested.

Thanks :-)

Session Recorder Needed for ARLIS/NA Conference in Atlanta

Session recorders are needed for the AskARLIS Backpack to Briefcase: Life After Library School and New Voices 2 sessions at the 35th Annual Art Libraries Society of North America conference in Atlanta, GA. The sessions will be held, respectively, on Friday, April 27th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, April 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The job requires that the recorder submit a written summary of the session within a certain amount of time (usually 4 days after the conference closes). This is then posted on the conference website. It would be ideal, although not required, if you had a laptop or voice recorder. Here is an example of a session which has been recorded. This is a very low-commitment way to volunteer, is useful as a resume-builder, and would be highly appreciated. Contact for more details or to volunteer!