Sunday, October 31, 2010

ACRL Conference Scholarships

More Than 80 Scholarships Available for the 2011 ACRL Conference

To facilitate attendance in Philly, ACRL is offering more than 80 scholarships exceeding $40,000 in value to support participation in the conference for librarians, students, Spectrum Scholars, and support staff.

There are five scholarship categories, and all applications must be received by November 9, 2010.

Visit the scholarships section of the conference website for more details.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Get your spook on — Drexel-style

Kick off your Halloween celebration on campus with two events Friday, October 29.

Start with the Drexel University Archives' zombie party from 3-5 p.m. The archives will be bringing their collections “back from the dead” with a hands-on conservation demo and showing off rare books and artifacts. Don't miss the zombie-themed cookies and cupcakes! The archives are located on the ground floor of Hagerty Library (33rd & Market streets).

From there, head to the Graduate Student Association/Chemical and Biological 
Graduate Student Association Halloween Party from 5-9 p.m. in the Van Rensslaer Ballroom (33rd & Powelton). The theme for the costume party is Nerd Alter-Ego. 
There will be music, food, adult beverages, pumpkin bowling, pie eating contest (sign up at the door), 
bobbing for apples, horror movie trivia and more. GSA is our main funding source, so please take the opportunity to check out one of their events.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Resume Review Night Coming Up

SCALA and the iSchool are hosting a Resume Review Night featuring one-on-one resume critiques with librarians in the field and a presentation of best resume practices by a representative from the Steinbright Career Development Center. Sign up for a meeting with a librarian and bring your latest resume draft! If you aren't available for a one-on-one session, join us for our Best Resume Practices presentation and learn something new! Food will be provided as well.

When: Wednesday, October 27th
4-5pm - One-on-one Resume Critiques (15-minute slots available)
5-6pm - Presentation by SCDC on Best Practices followed by Q&A session, FOOD TOO!!!
6-7pm - More one-on-one Resume Critiques (15-minute slots available)

Where: Randell Hall, Room 329, (On Chestnut St between 31st and 32nd Sts.)

Sign up for a resume critique here:

We will contact you individually with your time slot and librarian. Or you can join us from 5-6pm for some food and an informative presentation!

Hope to see you there!

Job - Learning Resource Specialist - Community College of Philadelphia

A great position for someone looking for basic library experience!


Part-Time, Learning Resources Specialist B

The largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia is seeking a part-time, Learning Resources Specialist B to provide outstanding customer service to students, faculty, staff and patrons at the College library.

Hours are Monday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with a ½ hour unpaid lunch totaling 16 hours per week. This position performs clerical and technical duties including check-ins and check-outs; accepts fines and answers policy questions; enters and processes materials; shelf-reading, etc.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED, one year experience in a library environment, and exceptional teamwork and customer service skills required.
For a complete position description, required qualifications and to apply online, please visit our career site at

Interested persons should complete an online application and attach a cover letter of interest and resume. You may also attach the names and contact information of three professional references. Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Review of applications will begin on 11/04/2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Financial Assistance and Scholarships for LIS Students

Via the ALA Student Member Blog ...
"Looking for additional financial assistance? Look first in the 2011 Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies Directory(FALIS). In this annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions and foundations you will find various types of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.
For information on scholarships available through the American Library Association, visit ALAScholarships."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Entry-Level Job Ads for MLS Grads

Want to know more about the current trends in entry-level librarian jobs? Check out Reeves and Hahn's study of job ads for new MLIS graduates and get a better idea of what you can expect to see when applying for that first professional library job.

Reeves, R. K. & Hahn, T. B. (2010, April 21). Job advertisements for recent graduates: Advising, curriculum, and job-seeking implications. Journal of Education in Library & Information Science, 51(2).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sign up for Resume Review Night

Image Credit: Flickr - SOCIALisBETTER

SCALA's Resume Review Night is only two weeks away! If you come to our Fall Meeting tomorrow (10/13/10, 5:00 PM, Rush Rm 209) you can be among the first to sign up for a slot!

On October 27th, you will have the chance to get your resume critiqued one-on-one with a seasoned librarian who has real hiring experience. They will look at your resume from the hiring librarian perspective and tell you what you can do to make your resume grab the attention of prospective employers.

Online sign ups will be happening soon, but why wait? Come to our Fall Meeting, grab a bite to eat, and sign up to get your resume reviewed before the rest of the crowd.

Sponsored by the iSchool and SCALA

Friday, October 8, 2010

Job - Part-time Librarian - Community College of Philadelphia

Librarian, Part-Time

Job Description
Community College of Philadelphia seeks to hire a Part-Time Librarian (up to 24 hours per week as needed) to provide public service activities in a culturally diverse community college library.

Job Requirements
Master of Library Science (MLS) Degree that is ALA-accredited required. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and interviewing skills, knowledge of general reference resources. Must have demonstrated experience with electronic databases, instruction, library automation and an articulated philosophy of teaching.

How To Apply
* Interested persons should complete an online application at

* Cover letter of interest and CV/resume REQUIRED.

* Names and contact information of 3 professional referenced REQUIRED.

* Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

* Applicants must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.

Community College of Philadelphia is an affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access employer. The College encourages applications from individuals from traditionally under-represented groups. AA/EOE.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

SCALA Fall Meeting

Image Credit: Flickr - paul (dex)

Fall means getting out your sweaters, drinking pumpkin lattes, and coming out to SCALA's fall meeting!

We will be planning upcoming events and as well as asking for your ideas on what you'd like to see us do more of in the future.

When: Wednesday, October 13th, 5:00 PM

Where: Rush Building, Room 209


We hope to see you then!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Banned Books Week — the online event!

Do you want to win a banned book of your very own? Share your thoughts, comments and experiences about banned and challenged books and materials below and be entered for a chance to win. SCALA will randomly select one commenter to win a copy of one of the four books given away during Thursday's on-campus event.

After Rancocas Valley Regional High School faced a full-fledged book challenge last spring, librarian Dee Venuto presented her take at ALA's Annual Conference. Check out her talk here (starting around 34 minutes):

For a closer look at the Prezi shown during the talk:

NEW: Check out the notes from "Social Networks, Teens, and Controversial Content: A New Take on Banned Books Week" by iSchool associate professor Denise Agosto.

ALA Banned Books Week site:
Mapping Book Censorship: