Archive for December, 2014

12.18.14

NMRT Resume Review Service Recruiting Volunteer Reviewers and Reviewees

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:01 am by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters, as well as taking resume review appointments for ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting. We are in need of volunteers to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer.

The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA Placement Center, is open Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st, from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The service is free of charge to anyone. Appointments are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. While we encourage advance appointments, on-site walk-ins are seen as time permits. More information about volunteering and making an appointment is available at http://bit.ly/1vArIPT . If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair, Nicole Spoor, at nicolespoor@gmail.com.

12.17.14

NMRT Member Spotlight: 7 Questions with Sarah Wade

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:32 pm by nmrtsecretary

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Sarah Wade

Campbell University – Buies Creek, NC

Assistant Medical Librarian

A little about Sarah’s job:

I am the assistant medical librarian in a brand-new medical school and because of this, one part of my job consists of working with the faculty to build up our collection. Our building houses not just doctor of osteopathic medicine candidate students but also physician assistant candidate students, so we work with faculty in both departments. I also answer and help with reference questions, create LibGuides, and work with campus-wide library programs and activities.

1) What are some things you like about your job or working in libraries in general?

One thing I really love about my job is the opportunity to learn from different professionals in different medical disciplines. The professors that work here are some of the best in the field of medicine and because of this they have a lot of knowledge to share with others. Something else I really love about my job is the opportunity to work with the students. Because we are a small library I have gotten the chance to get to know some of them very well which makes it easier for them to approach me and makes me feel like I am better known in the medical school.

2) What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

Every spring our main campus library hosts an academic symposium where the students on campus can exhibit any research work they have done. This was one of the committees I became a part of when I took this position and I have gotten really excited about it. This year we will also include both our distance education students and the PA and DO students.

 3) What got you interested in libraries?

I think, like a lot of my fellow librarians, I was a book- and library-lover from childhood. I have always loved libraries and am very passionate about their importance and place in society. When I was a little girl I used to pretend my living room was a library and I made my younger brothers go through and check books out. I had the due date cards (index cards cut up with a scribble for the date and signature) in them and everything.

4) What is one of your favorite things about NMRT?

I really like the resume review service. I think it helps those that are struggling to find a job be more aware of the weak places in their resume and gives them a better idea of how to fix them and make their resume better. I know I personally used it when I was looking for a job.

5) Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

When you first get out of school it can be hard to find jobs in libraries so don’t be afraid to use your connections. Did you do an internship? Ask the person you worked for to help you. He or she might know of a job or might even be willing to create a position for you. That is how I got the job that landed me where I am now. I knew someone at the university I currently work for and she knew I was finishing up library school and so she specifically asked me to fill a library assistant position. I will forever be thankful to her and thankful that I was willing to put myself out there and make it known who I was and that I was interested in working for academic libraries.

6) What advice do you have for job-searching librarians?

Don’t wait for the jobs to come to you because they won’t. You need to put yourself out there and make it your job to find one. Even if it is a job you are not sure you will like or you think is beneath you, apply anyway. You might be surprised and turn out to really like it or maybe it will lead you to something even better. Once you get in that position you are more likely to be hired for a better position than someone who has not been working in that particular library and doesn’t know the ins and outs of the cataloging system and the circulation system, etc. Libraries want someone who is competent in their products and is confident about what they are telling the patrons. Be that person!

7) What strategies for finding entry-level library positions have worked for you?

While I was working as a library assistant I started looking for full time jobs and when I did that I utilized a lot of different websites and joined several listservs. I also put an alert for the term librarian on Indeed so every morning I got an email with all the librarian jobs that had been listed from the previous day. I also checked out all the local universities and colleges that were near me. One of the websites I thought was really good was the ALA JobList. One of the things I like about it is I can limit my search by keyword, city, and state. The other nice thing is it lists all library types and not just one particular type. The listservs I joined were NMRT, College and Libraries Section, University Libraries Section, and now that I am a medical librarian I have joined the Medical Library Association’s. The College and Libraries Section and University Libraries Section are both run through ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries). I joined this one because I work in an academic library, but if you work in another kind of library they are sure to have their own association and that association will more than likely have a listserv you can join.

Are you a new NMRT member? Consider nominating yourself for our NMRT Member of the Week spotlight–we want to get to know you! New or experienced, give the gift of recognition by nominating a librarian that deserves to be featured here!

12.11.14

Candidates for 2015 NMRT Election

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:36 pm by nmrtsecretary

The NMRT Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following candidates for election. Before the elections next April, NMRT members will have the chance to get to know the candidates via our Candidate Forum.

The forum will take place on the NMRT blog, Notes, in late February. Each candidate will be discussing their qualifications and motivations for running, as well as answering questions posed from the NMRT membership.

Have questions about the nomination and election process? Contact Tammy Ivins (nominating committee chair) at NMRTNominations@gmail.com.

Vice-President/President-Elect
Jessica Sender
Kate Kosturski

Member Services Director
Stephanie Santiful
Margaret Howard
Sarah Abrams
Julia Frankosky

Leadership Development Director
Nicole Spoor
Michelle Demeter

Secretary
Sam Millsap
Karen Doster

12.10.14

NMRT Member of the Week Spotlight: 5 Questions with Casey McCoy

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:06 pm by nmrtsecretary

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Casey McCoy

Lincolnwood Public Library District –  Lincolnwood, IL

Program Coordinator

A little about Casey’s job:

As the Program Coordinator I am responsible for coordinating budgeting, scheduling, and evaluating outside programs & presentations by speakers, authors, and performers. I’m also responsible for establishing relationships to broaden the range of programs offered by the library as part of the new Community Engagement Department.

1) What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I love working with people, whether that means working on a task with my department, scheduling and setting up performers, or helping out patrons. I have always worked in customer service and thrive off engaging with diverse populations.

2) What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

I’m currently on my library’s Circulating Device Committee with the goal to introduce Kindles, iPads and laptops to circulation. My main role in the group is to research marketing details and how to best engage our community with the new devices. I am also learning a lot about creating library policies and the importance of having a wonderful technical services department.

3) What got you interested in libraries?

I originally applied to GSLIS with plans to focus on Community Informatics and to go into non-profit management; I actually denied any interest in working in a library! After my first semester I started to realize how community engagement and technology is actually a big part of today’s public libraries, so I began volunteering at our local library’s teen makerspace. This got me hooked and led to my first library job after graduation.

4) What is one of your favorite things about NMRT?

I love all of the resources NMRT provides. I am a new member, but have followed along with NMRT news and events for the past year. NMRT was especially helpful when attending my first ALA Annual this summer in Las Vegas, which was very intimidating for a new professional!

5) Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

Find a good balance between Libraryland and your personal life. It is very easy to say “yes” to every opportunity and feel pressured to serve on all the committees, but this is also a quick way to burnout. Personally, I vowed to leave work at work and not feel guilty about binge-watching Orange is the New Black instead of reading the newest YA book series. Burnout is still inevitable sometimes, but I will at least have other hobbies to escape to.

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Are you a new NMRT member? Consider nominating yourself for our NMRT Member of the Week spotlight–we want to get to know you! New or experienced, give the gift of recognition by nominating a librarian that deserves to be featured here!

12.03.14

NMRT Member Spotlight: 5 Questions with Sean Buckner

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:37 am by nmrtsecretary

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Sean Buckner

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Digital Preservation System Coordinator

A little about Sean’s job:

I administer the library’s Ex Libris Rosetta digital preservation system and oversee the ingestion of all digital content into the permanent repository. I ensure the integrity of the preservation master files and corresponding metadata preserved within Rosetta. I help coordinate digital preservation activities, manage legacy archives, and establish submission standards and workflows.

1) What are some things you like about your job or about working in libraries in general?

I love the university environment and the mission and work of academic libraries. I feel that my efforts and accomplishments are services rendered to the university and library patrons, and that my work with digitized historical materials is a form of outreach to a larger academic community.

2) What’s a project or committee you’re working on right now that you’re excited about?

I have for some time been working on inventorying, reorganizing, and preserving the archival master files of the Utah Digital Newspapers program. I love viewing Utah newspaper front pages from the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s and the historical record they relate. It helps me to appreciate even more the virtues of digital preservation.

3) What is your dream library job?

Since the beginning of library school, I knew that I wanted to become the digital preservation librarian for a university library. I feel extremely fortunate to be given that opportunity so early in my career as very soon I will be leaving my duties at the University of Utah and assuming the new position of Digital Preservation Librarian at Texas A&M University.

4) What got you interested in libraries?

I have served as a Military Intelligence professional and linguist in the Army for almost 13 years now. My experiences working with people of various ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, my efforts to gather and provide information to others, and my love of academia all kind of blended in a way that got me interested in working in libraries. Additionally, my wife has worked in libraries a little longer than I and her professionalism and work ethic have to me served as an excellent example of true librarianship.

5) Do you have any advice for other new librarians?

Having come to librarianship later in life and in a roundabout manner, I have many years of varied experiences to draw upon. Looking back at those experiences, I have discovered that my greatest opportunities and subsequent accomplishments have almost always come about from situations that at the time I considered to be less than ideal. My advice to other new librarians would be to accept work, projects, and tasks that may not be your first choice or most desired. Embrace challenges and draw experience and opportunity from circumstances.

Are you a new NMRT member? Consider nominating yourself for our NMRT Member of the Week spotlight–we want to get to know you! New or experienced, give the gift of recognition by nominating a librarian that deserves to be featured here!