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If you would like to submit a CFP or other related call for participation, please contact me, Rebecca Miller, directly (millerrk at vt dot edu). Expired CFPs and past deadlines are removed as soon as possible in order to keep this resource current. Many thanks!

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Call for Proposals: "Short Courses" at Wayne St. University. Due ASAP

The Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science is seeking proposals for a select number of one-credit classes to augment its Winter 2011 course schedule.  These offerings will focus on practical topics that complement the subject matter of regular, full-semester courses.  Topics might include:  library/vendor relationships, project management, budgeting, managing personnel, grant writing, and/or marketing library services.
We hope to offer these courses primarily as a service to our students who need 4 credits per term in order to qualify for financial aid and yet find taking 2 three-credit courses per term too burdensome.  It is also an opportunity for library professionals to highlight and address current trends in the field with future professionals.
These courses will be offered for 5 weeks but can be spread out over a longer period if warranted (as long as total contact time equals 14 hours).  We are looking for a mix of on-campus and online offerings. Compensation is $1327 – $1453 per short course.

If you are interested in teaching a one-credit course for Winter 2011, please send a brief proposal to me (dx1042@wayne.edu) indicating the following:

Learning Objectives:
Format (online/on campus):
Suggested dates:
Stephen T. Bajjaly
Director and Professor
School of Library and Information Science
Wayne State University

Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekly Roundup: 9/20-24


Monday, September 20, 2010

Call for Participation: Volunteers Needed for NMRT Email Resume Review Service

Ready to give back? Be a mentor without breaking a sweat!
We are seeking librarians with experience in human resources, the hiring process or search committees to review resumes & cover letters via email. This service is sponsored by NMRT to assist job seekers new to the profession.
How does it work?
Job seekers (reviewees) send their resumes to the Résumé Review Service (RRS) email account with some information about the type of library that they are interested in and their area of specialization.

The co-chairs of the Résumé Review Service, monitor this email account and match the reviewee with a reviewer from our list.
If you are matched with an applicant, the following will occur:
1. One of co-chairs will contact you and will ask if you are able to complete a review within 2 weeks.
2. Please respond to the email as soon as you can, either accepting or declining the review.
3. If you are unable to review, just reply and let us know. We will contact another reviewer. We realize that everyone is busy and that some times are better than others.
4. If you accept, then we will send you the resume and/or cover letter, along with a bit of information about the reviewee.
5. Please take a look at the review tips here:
. Sometimes the reviewee will ask for specific advice on a part of her/his resume. If so, please comment on that in addition to your overall review.
6. When you are finished with the review, send the review to the reviewee and copy the RRS email (nmrtrrs@yahoo.com). If you would like to remain anonymous, you may send the review to RRS to be forwarded.
(if so, please note in your email that RRS needs to forward the review to the reviewee)
7. At any point during the process, please contact us if you have questions. We check the RRS e-mail every day.
8. Lastly, thanks again. Your time can make a huge difference to new librarians searching for their first job. The RRS committee and NMRT thank you too. Without you, we could not provide this important service.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair by email at:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Call for Proposals: Library Worklife! Due on a rolling basis

Write now, right now for Library Worklife

We need interesting people, programs, and ideas to feature in Library Worklife. Distributed monthly by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today's Leaders covers issues that are important to all library employees, including work/life balance, salaries and benefits, career advancement, and training.

Writing for Library Worklife is easy! Just submit an article that’s 200 to 1,200 words long. (This blurb is about 300 words – piece of cake!) Articles longer than 1,200 words may be accepted by arrangement with the editor.

Articles can be written in almost any style, from humorous pieces to serious academic research. We also accept editorials, individual profiles, excerpts from speeches, and reviews of human resources-related publications. Having your article published in Library Worklife is a great way to boost your resume AND share your innovative ideas with thousands of other ALA members.

The possible topics are endless. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • “No one ever told me my job would include…”
  • Ways to motivate employees and improve morale
  • How your library is doing more with less
  • People and programs that are making a positive impact on libraries
  • Ways to increase diversity in the workplace
  • Tips for dealing with difficult people and challenging situations
  • How to provide training on a shoestring budget
  • Ways to reduce stress
  • Examples of outstanding mentoring
  • How technology has changed your job
  • Innovative perks that libraries offer to employees (massages? work-out
  • facilities?)
  • How continuing education has paid off for you
  • Ways to improve teamwork

We’d love to hear about your experiences, successes, and challenges at work. For details on how to submit articles to Library Worklife, visit http://ala-apa.org/newsletter/call-for-submissions or email the editor, Jenifer
Grady, at jgrady@ala.org.