Friday, January 27, 2012

[SkillShare] SimplyMap Webinar is now online!

If you missed the Getting Started with Data Librarianship Using SimplyMap webinar or would like to revisit this great tool, check out the recording here:

Thanks again to Tim Siftar for a great presentation and to the attendees for your participation.

Remember, if you have expertise to share, you could be the next SkillShare presenter!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Feb. 3: Guided Tour of the American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society, the country's oldest learned society, has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.  Its library houses an incredible collection, including many priceless first editions and much of Benjamin Franklin’s personal library. Don’t miss it!

Friday, February 3 from 3 – 5 PM

There are 12 spots on the tour. Reserve your space by e-mailing by Wednesday, February 1st.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SCALA/DUSLA General Meeting & New Officer Recruitment

Come find out what the student chapters of the American Library Association (ALA) and Special Libraries Association (SLA) have planned for 2012—and how you can get involved.

Several current officers are graduating, opening up opportunities for leadership.  Officer positions are open to both on campus and online students.  Help us continue to expand the resources and professional opportunities we provide for all iSchool students.

On campus: Friday, January 27 from 6 - 8 PM in Rush Room 014 (snacks will be served)

Online: Email or for more info or to submit your name for the upcoming elections

Sunday, January 15, 2012

SkillShare Wants YOU

Would you like to gain presentation experience? Test out a new talk? Highlight favorite resources and tips? Sign up to lead a SkillShare session!

The SkillShare series is an opportunity to share expertise and pick up new skills from colleagues. We welcome professionals at all levels (you too, students!) and diverse ideas.

To lead a session or suggest a speaker or topic, email

More Professional & Job Search Resources

The Job Hunt

The ALA JobLIST Direct, the free bi-weekly e-newsletter from ALA JobLIST! The newsletter keeps you up to date on what’s going on with job-seeking and hiring in the profession—including information on new publications, professional development offerings and opportunities to connect and network. Sign up for it here:

ALA JobLIST Placement Center at ALA Midwinter 
If you’re looking for a job or a new employee, in addition to the networking possibilities at ALA Midwinter Meeting (Dallas, TX, January 20-24, 2012), the ALA JobLIST Placement Center is an excellent resource, with all services free to job seekers. Provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the Placement Center will be open on the Saturday and Sunday of the meeting, with an orientation on Saturday at 8:30am. January 21.

Job seekers should register and search for jobs on the JobLIST website at . Registration (recommended but not required) will give registered employers access to your resume information. It also allows for direct communication between job seekers and employers. 

How to become an Essential Librarian
by Branne Kirsh

Published in the November issue of Endnotes: The Journal of the New Members Round Table 2, no. 1

I Need a Library Job Launches Website

Read the blog about locating a library job, connect with others, and see the jobs list all in on place.

When Looking for a Library Branch out! 

We all know that finding a job after library school can be tough, by expanding your search beyond the traditional library, you expose yourself to more opportunities and just might find the perfect job in an expected place. Here are a few places to look for jobs outside the traditional library realm. 

  • USA Jobs:
The US Government has libraries at every agency and hires MLIS graduates for all sorts of information related jobs. All applications and job announcements for the Federal Government are posted at USA Jobs.

  • LAC Group
Hires for companies across the US. Some jobs are temporary but many are permanent positions.

  • AIM Library Staff: A placement company that works with private organizations throughout the US.

  • NonProfits:
Nonprofits often hire researchers and other positions perfectly suited for someone with an MLIS. Search for nonprofit jobs here or on individual organization websites.

  • Publishers:
Like nonprofits, publishers are looking for talented folks for work with copyright, research, and much more. Take a look here or on individual company websites.


Friday, January 13, 2012

[SkillShare Webinar] Getting Started with Data Librarianship Using SimplyMap

Thursday, January 19 * 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST * Free

Data librarianship is one of the fastest growing fields in library science. Knowing how to access demographic evidence and use data visualization tools can enhance your research, course assignments and reference work. (The skills looks great on a resume, too.)

Join Drexel iSchool Librarian Tim Siftar for an introduction to the amazing data sets available on SimplyMap's user-friendly platform. SimplyMap offers various trial data sets with over 70,000 variables to explore, including census, business, health and consumer information. We'll walk through some examples with lots of time for questions.

RSVPs are appreciated (but not required) so that we can request additional trial user seats for the demo. Please email by January 18.

Image: A nifty example from SimplyMap: Point-data for all libraries and archives in the Philly area (Dun & Bradstreet data) on top of the overall population map showing a record for one site.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Join SCALA & DUSLA for a Guided Tour of the Rosenbach Museum & Library

The Rosenbach collection includes many rare and one-of-a-kind books, manuscripts and works of art.  Don’t miss this special opportunity to visit some of Philadelphia’s singular treasures!

Friday, January 20th
Noon – 2 PM

There are 10 spots on the tour. Reserve your space by e-mailing by Wednesday, January 18.

To learn more about the collection, visit

The Rosenbach Museum and Library is located at 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia.  Directions and travel arrangements will be sent with RSVP confirmation.

Photo via Flickr (P Donovan)