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APALA Mentoring Program

Are you a library school student or early career librarian looking for mentorship? Are you a librarian interested in mentoring new librarians or library students? Then consider Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)!


On behalf of APALA, we would like to invite you to be part of the 2018-2019 Mentoring Program as a Mentor or a Protégé. The APALA Mentoring Program seeks to provide professional and personal development, inspiration, and encouragement through a supportive mentoring relationship.


The program helps new, future and mid-career librarians by providing coaching and guidance in their careers. Mentoring builds relationships between future librarians and professionals to enhance communication and leadership in APALA, ALA, and other library associations. 

  • Protégés are librarians with no more than 5 years professional experience or library school students. Protégés must be or agree to become APALA members. (two categories: early career and mid-career)
  • Mentors are APALA members who possess at least 5 years professional experience and are active in professional library associations.


For more information, visit: The application deadline is August 17, 2018.

Founded in 1980, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was organized and founded by librarians of diverse Asian and Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian Pacific American communities.

The purpose of APALA is:

  • To provide a forum for discussing problems of APA librarians and allies.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by APA librarians with other librarians.
  • To support and encourage library services to APA communities and allies.
  • To recruit and mentor APA librarians and allies in the library/information science professions.
  • To seek funding for scholarships in library and information science masters programs for APAs.
  • To provide a vehicle whereby APA librarians and allies can cooperate with other associations and organizations having similar or allied interests.

For more about APALA visit

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Marsted Curatorial Fellow For Contemporary Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

This position works closely with the Curator of Contemporary Art to primarily assist with the preparations for two collection-based special exhibitions to be presented consecutively in the summer and fall of 2019.

Responsibilities may include: researching individual works of art and artists in the collection as well as potential acquisitions; maintaining and updating exhibition files and checklists; coordinate photography and framing of collection and non-collection artworks; create PowerPoint presentations for internal use and assist in the development of texts and labels for the exhibition. May attend and participate in off-site collection, gallery, and studio visits as well as departmental meetings.

Qualified candidates will have a Master's degree in Contemporary Art or American studies required. ABD or Ph.D. in art history or other humanities fields; post-war and African American studies, gender preferred. Prior art museum experience required. Twelve month position- Fall 2018 - Summer 2019.

Apply to: Please send a resume, a letter of interest tailored to Fellowship, and two letters of recommendation from a professional and/or academic affiliate to: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Attn: HR Department 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

Or Email 

Deadline for applications: August 17, 2018


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Privacy and Confidentiality Issues Workshop, Boston College Libraries, Chestnut Hill, MA

Workshop Description

This course covers privacy and confidentiality legal issues specific to archives of digital material. You'll examine the intersection of (and the tension between) privacy/confidentiality, free speech, and freedom to research/write, and focus on how digital records and the digital realm have altered the scene. You'll look at privacy and confidentiality issues in the context of third-party rights, donors, special situations such as medical and education records, national security legislation, and the overriding impact of the digital world. Through case studies, you will examine specific situations pertinent to the work of archivists.

The focus of the day will be on how to think through and identify options for resolving the most commonly encountered privacy and confidentiality legal issues regarding digital records.

To obtain the A&D certificate, you must take either Copyright Issues for Digital Archives or Privacy and Confidentiality Issues in Digital Archives.

Upon completion of this course you'll be able to:

  • Recognize and discuss common legal issues relating to privacy and confidentiality issues in general and for digital archives in particular.
  • Interpret these issues from an archivist's perspective.
  • Realize when ingested records pose possible privacy and confidentiality legal issues.
  • Identify, employ, analyze, and compare the ramifications of a variety of legal steps that you might take to prevent or address one of the legal issues.
  • Communicate and work more effectively with your legal counsel and administration.

Who Should Attend? Archivists and others who need to address privacy and confidentiality legal issues relating to the digital archives of their institutions.

What Should You Know: You should have intermediate to advanced knowledge of archival practices and basic knowledge of general privacy and confidentiality concerns and their effect on archives, including an understanding of how archivists typically address such concerns.

This course builds on others, including Basics of Managing Digital RecordsDigital Records-The Next Step, and Providing Access to Born-Digital Archives.

DAS Core Competency: 

2. Communicate and define terminology, requirements, roles, and responsibilities related to digital archives to a variety of stakeholders.

If you intend to pursue the DAS Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

A&D Core Competency: 

2. Description: Analyze and describe details about the attributes of a record or collection of records to facilitate identification, management, and understanding of the work.

6. Ethics: Convey transparency of actions taken during arrangement and description and respect privacy, confidentiality, and cultural sensitivity of archival materials.

7. Risk Management: Analyze threats and implement measures to minimize ethical and institutional risks.

If you intend to pursue the A&D Certificate, you will need to pass the examination for this course.

Attendance is limited to 28.

For more information, click here.

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Library Diversity Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Library Diversity Fellow Position at Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon 


Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range: 1.0 FTE; Salary commensurate with experience, minimum $50,000.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library seeks applications from early-career librarians, with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, for the position of Library Diversity Fellow. The role is a full time, two-year appointment, non-renewable, entry-level faculty position.

As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, OHSU Library is committed to increasing the number of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups going into academic and health sciences librarianship. The OHSU Library seeks qualified candidates whose backgrounds and experiences will enrich our community.

The experience will provide a foundation for a strong career in academic librarianship.  A flexible program will address the Fellow's goals and interests as well as the Library's needs. The Library will support the Fellow's career interests through mentoring, training, professional development, and participation on library committees.

Position Description:

The Library Diversity Fellow will collaborate with library leadership and colleagues to develop a two-year program that will provide broad exposure to the work of academic librarianship. The program will include on-boarding, mentoring, scholarship and service, as well as practical experience in selected areas of the library.

In the first year of the program, the Fellow will develop skills in library instruction, collaborating with colleagues to teach information literacy to health sciences students and professionals. Both years of the residency will provide opportunities to rotate through other operational areas of the library, which could include collection development, systems, digital collections and repositories, research data management, and special collections. In the second year, the Fellow will develop and complete a capstone project, with the prospect of presenting original research at a conference or in an academic journal. The Fellow will participate in ACRL Diversity Alliance events and activities, and engage in professional service and scholarship.

Librarians at OHSU hold non-tenured faculty appointments; this position will be filled at Instructor rank. All librarians are members of the Library Faculty Assembly.  Faculty rank, salary, benefits, and professional development opportunities are commensurate with entry level library faculty appointments at OHSU. OHSU is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. To learn more about diversity initiatives at OHSU, please visit the Center for Diversity & Inclusion at

The duties of this position:

In the first year of the program, the Fellow will develop skills in library instruction, collaborating with colleagues to teach information literacy to health sciences students and professionals.  Both years of the residency will provide opportunities to rotate through other operational areas of the library, which could include collection development, systems, digital collections and repositories, research data management, and special collections. In the second year, the Fellow will develop and complete a capstone project, with the prospect of presenting original research at a conference or in an academic journal.  The Fellow will participate in ACRL Diversity Alliance events and activities, and engage in professional service and scholarship.

Position Conditions/Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program conferred by August 2018, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Early career, up to and including 2 years of post-MLIS or post-graduate experience
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in academic or health sciences librarianship
  • Demonstrated experience working both independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Excellent analytical, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines/work under tight timelines
  • Ability to work with diverse communities to meet ever-changing needs
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in librarianship and the university community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with reference, training, teaching, instruction, or equivalent front-line services
  • Ability to adapt one's approach to most effectively meet user needs
  • Ability to contribute service and scholarship to the profession
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to a highly technological environment.

Applications: To apply please visit and search for position IRC71586. Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Screening of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

OHSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or protected veteran status. Applicants with disabilities can request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148.

Oregon Health &Science University values a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or

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Fellowship, American Art, Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA


The Boston Athenæum invites applicants for the Polly Thayer Starr Fellowship in American Art. The Fellowship will constitute a full-time, one-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal for a second year, under the supervision of John Buchtel, the Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections.

The fellowship is open to graduate students in Art History, American Studies, and allied fields in the final stages of doctoral study (ABD) or to scholars who have attained the PhD within three years of the start of the fellowship. Reflecting the Quaker values of Polly Thayer Starr, the Athenæum seeks candidates whose expertise and experience will further its goals around matters of representation and inclusion, bringing a fresh perspective to its collections through the critical lenses of African American or Native American studies, women's and gender studies, or peace and conflict studies, as well as other areas of interdisciplinary inquiry.

The Starr Fellow will be a vital part of the Athenæum's curatorial team, participating in a broad range of departmental initiatives and projects designed to further cultural equity. The Fellow will be an active partner in expanding access to, and fostering critical dialogue around, the Athenæum's Special Collections through writing, research, and educational outreach.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation from authorities familiar with the applicant's scholarly abilities and achievements to Human Resources at by July 31, 2018.


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Open Carpentries Instructor Training Course

We are pleased to announce an open Carpentries instructor training course on 30-31 August geared specifically for the Library Carpentry ( movement supported by a grant to the California Digital Library ( from the IMLS.
Open call for instructor training
This course will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the University of Calgary Libraries ( The two-day course is open to anyone and the event will focus on preparing members of the library community as Carpentries instructors. The sessions will be led by Carpentries staff and community members, Karen Word, Juliane Schneider, and Chris Erdmann.
What is Library Carpentry?
For those who don't know, Library Carpentry is a global community of library professionals who are developing Carpentries-style lessons to train the library community in software and data skills.
There are a number of ways to get in touch with us starting with our Twitter account:
Library Carpentry is actively creating training modules for librarians and holding workshops around the world. It's a relatively new movement that has received support from two IMLS grants, Shifting to Data Savvy ( and Expanding Library Carpentry ( You can learn more about it by reading: Library Carpentry: software skills training for library professionals (
Why should you get certified as a Carpentries Instructor?
Library Carpentry is a movement tightly coupled with The Carpentries, a project that comprises the Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry lesson projects. Since all are based on a train-the-trainer model, one of our challenges has been how to get more experience as instructors. This issue is handled within The Carpentries by requiring instructor certification. Although certification is not a requirement for involvement in Library Carpentry, doing so will help us refine workshops, teaching modules, and grow the movement. Also, by getting certified, you can start hosting your own Library Carpentry, Software Carpentry, or Data Carpentry events on your own campus or within your own organization. It's a great way to engage with your campuses and library community!
Applicants will learn how to teach people the skills and perspectives required to work more effectively with data and software. The focus will be on evidence-based education techniques and hands-on practice; as a condition of taking part, applicants must agree to:
Abide by The Carpentries Code of Conduct, which can be found at,
  • Agree to teach at a Library Carpentry workshop within 12 months of completing the course, and

  • Complete three short tasks after the course in order to complete the certification.

The tasks take a total of approximately 8-10 hours: see for details.
This course will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, funded under the IMLS grant RE-85-17-0121-17 and supported by the California Digital Library. No-one will be turned down based on inability to pay and a small number of travel awards will be made available.
Discounts will be available thanks to the University of Calgary Libraries at the on-campus Hotel Alma.
How to Apply
We hope to see you there! To apply for this Carpentries Instructor training course for librarians, please submit your application by July 15, 2018:
Under "Group Name" on the application form, it is extremely important to include "2018-08-30-ttt-calgary", otherwise, your application will not be considered.
More information
If you have any questions about this instructor training course, please contact And if you have any questions about the Library Carpentry movement, please get in touch with us:


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Fellow or Postdoctoral Fellow, Franco-American Studies, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME

Library Administration - PLY

Nonrep Faculty
Monday - Friday 8am - 4:30 pm, nights and weekends as necessary

The University of Southern Maine seeks applicants for a one or two year, fixed-length, full-time position as Fellow or Postdoctoral Fellow in Franco American Studies. 

The Fellow will coordinate the Franco-American collection at the University of Southern Maine. This includes management and general oversight of the collection with the University Libraries: all books, archival materials, artifacts and other resources that make up the Collection in collaboration with faculty, Director of Libraries, the staff of the Special Collections, and the Advisory Board. The Fellow will facilitate access to materials and produce original scholarship. Additionally, the Fellow will teach undergraduate students.

The University community is committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates.

Want to know more about employment, benefits and local resources?  Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the Greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

USM's three environmentally friendly campuses are unique, yet all share the extensive resources of the university -- and all are energized through strong community partnerships.  Offering easy access to Boston, plus the ocean, mountains and forests of coastal, inland and northern Maine, USM is at the heart of Maine's most exciting metropolitan region.

Complete Job Description


  • Doctoral degree in related field or ABD
  • Experience with library or archival procedures, or related.
  • Familiarity with Franco-American culture and history.
  • Native or near native fluency in French
  • Ability to teach intermediate French.



  • Degree in liberal arts or library science preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in immigration since 1900, french-speaking communities, or interdisciplinary approaches to research preferred.
  • Ability to teach advanced French

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All required materials must be submitted by July 8, 2018. 

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

USM is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Cover Letter, CV/Resume, References

To apply, click here.

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Kress Interpretive Fellow, Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, CT

The Fairfield University Art Museum (FUAM) seeks a Kress Interpretive Fellow to work on curatorial and education-focused special projects and initiatives including, but not limited to, special exhibitions, collections-based interpretive print and digital publications and electronic resources, collections research and cataloguing, gallery didactics, docent training, and audience engagement.

The Fellow will be supervised by the Museum Director/Chief Curator and Curator of Education and Academic Engagement, and will also work closely with the Assistant Director/Collections Manager and Museum Assistant. The Fellow will also collaborate with student interns, docents, volunteers, and Fairfield University faculty to complete several project assignments. The Interpretive Fellow will be an integral member of the small but highly productive professional staff of this young, award-winning academic art museum.

The term of the fellowship (full-time, occasional evening/weekend hours) is late September 2018 through May 2019.

The fellowship stipend is $30,000, of which $25,000 is designated for the Fellowship stipend, with the remaining $5,000 available to defray the cost of housing, health care, and/or professional travel.

Requirements: M.A. in art history, art education, or museum studies required (Ph.D. preferred); outstanding verbal and written communication skills; the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Application Deadline July 20.

Submit cover letter, CV, and 2 brief writing samples (500 words or less) at

Fairfield University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

SALARY RANGE: $25,000-$30,000

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ASIS&T 2018 SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop, Vancouver, Canada

ASIS&T 2018 SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop: The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies

ASIST Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada, November 10, 2018
Submission Deadline is August 1st

The emergence and fast-paced development of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and embedded and ubiquitous computing present myriad forms of opportunities and challenges. For example, the increasing role of AI in autonomous systems (e.g., self-driving cars or production robots) and the role of social media in disseminating misinformation have created anxieties in our society ranging from discussions about safety, job security, and the future of democracy. Understanding the impacts of emerging technologies requires a multidisciplinary, sociotechnical approach; accordingly, this line of investigation must inevitably engage with major questions regarding sustainability, privacy, human agency, equity, and the ethics and governance of information technologies.

The Social Informatics, Information Ethics and Policy, and Social Media SIGs seek contributors for a full-day pre-conference workshop, the 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, 10 November, 2018 from 09:00 am - 05:00 pm during the ASIS&T annual meeting.

We seek proposals for one panel and three papers, in the form of extended abstracts, that examine theories or propose practical solutions to problems of ethics and sustainability in our technologically-dependent lives. We are especially interested in proposals that critique technologies in relation to developing countries, or global perspectives on information policy.

More Information & Submission Details here:

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ALA Career Development, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Visit Us at our ALA Career Development Center Booth!

June 23rd & 24th

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Booth #6


The Library of Congress is the world's largest collection of knowledge in almost all languages and formats, offering access to the creative record of the United States - and extensive materials from around the world -both on-site and online. It is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.


With various different librarian job types - from doing research, general reference, collection development and management, technical services, digital services, to knowledge management, and more - our work is diverse and challenging. We look for employees with a wide range of skills and professionals who will share and help shape our mission. The Library of Congress seeks professionals with different backgrounds and is committed to workforce diversity. Whatever your aspirations, the Library of Congress is a great place to build a career. Learn more about our current job opportunities by visiting our booth #6 while at the ALA Conference or go to

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Digital Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Williams College Museum of Art Williams College Museum of Art invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The Fellow's work is part of WCMA Digital, a major initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to make the museum's collections open and accessible to all, and develop a set of digital tools to support new pedagogical, creative and intellectual explorations of the collection.

WCMA's Mellon Fellow for Digital Humanities will explore and encourage digital humanities scholarship and methodologies within a museum context, with access to collections and involvement in exhibitions and public programs. WCMA is uniquely suited to connect and collaborate with programs, people and projects across campus. The project builds on digital humanities projects across the College in the departments of English, History and American Studies, and the College's Library.

The Fellow will also be art of Williams' academic community, including its postdoc peer group, which spans academic programs.

For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by June 25, 2018.

Review of resumes will continue until the position is filled.

For the detailed job posting and/or to apply for this position, please visit

AA/EOE PI102887807

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Digital Archivist, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Harvard University seeks a proactive and collaborative early career library professional for our Resident Digital Archivist position. As a digital-first library, the skills required to manage digital content of all forms go beyond archives and special collections.  The Loeb Library will provide a fellowship experience that would move digital archiving skills into libraries that have special collections and general collections needs for these kinds of skills. This position will collaborate with the archives and other special collections departments across the university.


This position is a full time, benefitted, two-year term appointment.


To view the complete position description and to get information about our application process, please click here.

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Call for Proposals: Midwest Data Librarian Symposium

Midwest Data Librarian Symposium (MDLS) invites session proposals for its 4th symposium taking place at Iowa State University (Ames, IA) on October 8-9.  


MDLS is a low-cost, 2-day, hands-on, unconference style event for Midwesterners who support research data management and research data services (RDS) at their institutions. The greater data community, not limited to data librarians, is invited to present interactive sessions at this year's event. Presenters from all disciplines and regions are encouraged to apply.


Full details and a link to the application form can be found on the MDLS website.


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Library Science Fellowship, National Transportation Library, Washington, DC

A Library Science Fellowship is now available at the National Transportation Library (NTL).


The National Transportation Library (NTL) Fellows Program offers a broad-based learning experience with exposure to research and reference, digital library operations, cataloging, data services, knowledge networking and outreach. 


The selected candidate will support NTL and its parent agency, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).  After training on NTL systems and services, the Fellow will be provided the opportunity to learn cataloging and reference services.


This appointment is full-time (40 hours per week) for one year and may be extended in increments of one year, up to three years total, contingent upon project needs and funding availability.


Award Details: 

  • Stipend: $60,000
  • Professional Development: $1,500
  • Relocation: $1,000
  • Health Insurance stipend: $4,800


  • U.S. Citizen only
  • Post Master's degree


To apply please visit 

The USDOT is actively reviewing applications and is looking to fill positions as soon as qualified applicants are identified.  

Desired start date is June 4, 2018. The selected applicant does not become a DOT employee.

This program, administered by ORISE through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USDOT. The appointment is full-time at USDOT in the Washington DC, area. Participants do not become employees of USDOT, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

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International Congress on Metadata 2018: The Revolution of Data

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