Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Occidental seeks applications for a part-time, temporary Cataloging Assistant in the College Library.

Prime candidates will be those who have experience as a copy cataloger (especially complex copy cataloging), or individuals showing substantial aptitude for learning at a detailed level the USMARC coding and the LC/BIBCO practices regarding AACR2Revised.

According to the web site the position pays $12-15 an hour for a 15 to 20 hour week.

Visit the Human Resources website at Occidental for the announcement, including application requirements and procedures

Monday, February 26, 2007

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Wants You!

This position is still open to folks willing to work part time at JPL.

Join the leader in Space Exploration; we currently have a need for part-time student employees to work with our Library, Archives and Records Section

In this role you will:
  • Support the Library, Archives and Records Section by: shelving books and periodicals
  • Serve at the public service desks
  • Update archives, library and records databases
  • Prepare reports and maintain on-site collections
  • Pack and unpack boxes of books, sort them and maneuver large carts of bound volumes
  • Assist with other library and clerical duties
We are looking for:
  • Current students with a G.P.A of 2.8 or better, enrolled at a local college or university (Sophomore, Junior or Senior; all majors welcome)
  • Familiarity with desktop applications such as the MS Office Suite
  • The ability to perform tasks with a high level of detail accuracy and follow through
  • Self-starters who take the initiative to complete assignments
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Someone who likes working with the public and in a team environment
Additional skills:
  • Some experience using online library systems
  • Work experience
  • Experience using Adobe Acrobat.
Enjoy a competitive salary and impressive benefits with the renowned leader in space exploration. If you’d like to discover new worlds with our innovative team, apply on line at (Requisition # 5465). EOE.

Public Library Cataloger Position - Santa Monica

Mrs. Kim's e-mail box has been piling up with job leads. Here is another opportunity.

Santa Monica Cataloger Temporary Position

"The candidate will classify and catalog a wide variety of library material for both children and adults including books, periodicals, audiovisual media, governments documents,and other formats in accordance with national and international guidelines.

The candidate will be working alongside a permanent employee who will provide ongoing training and orientation regarding local practices, policies and procedures."

  • Experience with AACR2
  • Experience with LCSH
  • Experience with DDC
  • Experience with OCLC
  • Experience working in the cataloging module of an ILS
  • Experience cataloging juvenile materials
  • Experience cataloging non-print formats
  • Works well with others in a team-based environment
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion
  • Experience with Sirsi Unicorn ILS
If you are interested in this position contact Belinda Beardt toll free at 877-965-7900 x102 and/or email resume to with your minimum hourly pay rate requirements and availability information. Referrals always welcome!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Catalog Technician postion at Chapman University

Mrs. Kim picked up on this opportunity via the Los Angeles Times.

Chapman University in Orange, CA is recruiting a Catalog Technician. Apply online at or submit 2 resume, application letter with salary history to: Job#0507 to Human Resources, 1 University Dr., Chapman University, Orange, CA 92866.

I checked it out - it is in their law school library, it is a full time position. Some of the job requirements are:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Prior library experience to demonstrate the ability to master basic library techniques.
  • Experience with conducting searches on a bibliographic utility.
  • Knowledge of MARC records and INNOPAC.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse group of individuals at all levels.
  • Writing skills to prepare clear and concise records for new materials.
  • Computer skills in using a word processing application, preferably of Microsoft Word.
  • Ability to read and understand bibliographic and item records.

For more information about this specific job and to download an application form visit the employment page at Chapman.

March of the Librarians - Video

This is funny.

Even if you have only seen the commercial or a trailer for the movie "March of the Penquines" your will definately get the joke.

Keep an eye out for how many male librarians have beards.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Religion Newswriters Online Library

It it a rough time for the word "religion". For some folks it is right up there with the "F-Word". What? I was going with "faith." What were you thinking?

How do you find information about the various faith based systems. Well for writers and journalists (and info junkies of all permutations) you might want to visit the Religious Newswriters Associations Online Library.

Two items of interest that you might want to put in your tool kit. First, on the right side of the screen is a link to a Adobe PDF book about writing on religion.

It is a 53 page primer on how to find reliable experts, the worlds largest believe systems and information about the three main groups in America. It is a good tutorial on faith based systems and how to locate solid sources.

Second, there is a meta - listing of various religious organizations links. For example if you or a patron was looking for information about religion and ethics as it pertains to medicine there is a link to the Center on Biomedic Ethics from the University of Virginia. Contrast that link with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

Definitely worth a visit

I'm sure I've mentioned it before but just in case you also want to visit Beliefnet at They have an extensive collection of reports about faith systems, opinions, articles and using the prism of religion to view the contemporary world.

For research, I'd start at Beliefnet but for tips and suggestions on how to find people or books I'd check out the primer at RNA.

Psst... if you just need to know what "Jainism" means then visit the Religion Style Book, click the letter J and get the strait skivvy.

Bobbie Smith's Library Support Staff Jobs

Library Support Staff Jobs is one long lists of all of the job opportunities that Bobbie M. Smith could find and then some. The positions are located all over the country and it is what it claims to be.

There are a number of ways to use this site. You can use it to match wages to duties, to find out what other LibTech folks are doing around the country or maybe just as a relocation aid. Not everybody wants to stay in southern California.

Council on Library/Media Technicians 40th Annual Conference

The Council on Library and Media Technicians will hold its 4oth annual conference in Washington, D.C. June 20-22, 2007.

It is still early for details (and to be truthful there wasn't any on the web site) but the conference will be held at the Wyndem Washington D.C. hotel. According to Jackie Hite, COLT Vice President:

"Our goal for this conference is to provide informative sessions touching on resposibilities support staff have now that we didn't have say - 10 years ago. To that end, we have confirmed a session being presented by Libraries Unlimited who will be introducing a new publication of theirs titled "Crash course in...". They have various topics including storytelling, children's services, technical services, etc. Just what we're looking for."

For more info check out