Thursday, April 30, 2009

CSUN Library Assistant Job Filled

It appears that the Library Assistant position that was open at CSUN has been filled. The position is no longer posted on the website. According to the office of Human Resources, an available job is open only as long as it is posted on the website.

The position had originally been posted in January of this year. Unfortunately, we did not notice the posting until April. It is likely that the interview process had already begun by the time Evelyn posted about its availability on the PCC Library Technology Blog.

While this may be disappointing to those of you who were going to apply, keep your heads up! There will be more jobs to come!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Baseball Reliquary Exhibit at the Library Closing today

Reception Today 4/29, 4:30.
Meet the curator, Terry Cannon, PCC Library Technology Program Alumni

One of baseball's greatest barnstorming teams, the House of David from Benton Harbor, Michigan, is featured in the Baseball Reliquary exhibition, Lost to Time: Bygone Baseball Teams, at the ShatfordLibrary, Pasadena City College, from April 1-April 29, 2009, and thePomona Public Library, from May 4-May 29, 2009.
Sporting their signature long hair and beards, the House of Davidballplayers crisscrossed the country playing against a variety ofcompetition, including formidable Negro League teams such as thePittsburgh Crawfords, Newark Eagles, and Kansas City Monarchs.
A fascinating exhibit with historical documents and memorabilia ofhistorical baseball teams. Don't miss it! It is only here until April 29.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Job Opportunity: Interlibrary Loan Assistant - Cal State Northridge

Job Title: Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Job ID: 983 Library Assistant II Interlibrary Loan-8327
Full-Time Regular Job Code: 2905
Salary From: $3060 to $4590

Major Duties
Under general direction of the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor, shares responsibility for lending and borrowing activities. Uses an automated database (OCLC/Illiad) to locate potential sources and process requests; searches other online databases to verify citations; uses specialized Library software to search bibliographic, full-text, and online databases; and processes lending requests. Assists in training, supervising, and advising student employees in lending and borrowing activities. Maintains departmental Accounts Receivable including daily hand checking, keeping daily log of incoming checks, preparing payments for deposit, and maintaining associated files. Prepares statistical reports; consults with patrons regarding document delivery and online databases; identifies and solves problems that may require investigation via telephone and correspondence; interacts with other library and campus departments as needed. Suggests changes, and assists in developing and improving policies and procedures. Works on special projects and performs other duties as assigned.

Equivalent to three years of full-time, Library Assistant experience including public contact OR two years of full-time Library Assistant experience and two years/60 semester units; OR one year of full-time, Library Assistant experience and four years/120 semester units of college. Advanced knowledge of Library of Congress cataloging practices and Anglo-American Cataloging Rules 2 Revised, with thorough knowledge of OCLC searching techniques and cataloging procedures is preferred. One year experience in a higher education library setting, preferably in public service, is desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Working knowledge of practices and procedures applicable to the academic library setting, and library classification systems. Ability and specialized skills to work independently in delivering vital library services; apply judgment in a variety of situations within established standards; interpret, modify, verify, and correct library records within established rules and procedures; understand and operate library computer systems and use the resulting output; understand and interpret library rules and standards, and apply and explain them with accuracy; search library online catalogs and databases; work effectively with the public; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; schedule, train, and evaluate the work of student assistants; and operate standard office machines and computers.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The university offers an excellent benefit package. Hiring Maximum for this position is $3600 per month.

How To Apply
Please complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.

Initial review begins January 29, 2009 and will continue until position is filled.

For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please view the link below:

Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

National Library Workers Day

Today is National Library Workers Day. This is basically a day to recognize all that library staff do. So pat yourself on the back if no one else has done so for all your hard work in the library you work in. What is neat is that you can nominate co-workers, supervisors, a library school student or even yourself at this webpage on ALA! So what are you waiting for? One can read nominations already submitted to get an idea of what people are recognizing others for.

Monday, April 13, 2009

We Interrupt This Announcement...

Sorry folks, I kinda jumped the gun and the event I previously mentioned is only for students of the library technology program. It is that impetuous nature that gets me into trouble each and every time. Anyway, no sense letting a post go to waste, I present to you a personal library that will cause some of you to drool and others to cringe.

I'm not sure they have enough books but it is a start. I'd bet the VHS are lining the steps.

Lili's Book Binding Blog- The Craft of Book Rehabilitation

I remember my visit to The Huntington Library. One of the most memorable parts of the visit was the book restoration area. It was a combination of technology, history and respect for the material to be restored.'s Bookbinder Blog is an opportunity to get a better understanding of the process of restoring a book. Some of the technology is centuries old and some of it is new but the purpose is to make the book aesthetically and functionally whole.

On the blog Lili really does go into the process of how she restores and rehabilitates books and antiquities. There are lots of photographs and clear explanations of the craft. This is a lot more detailed than what we learned to do in our technical services classes.

I hope you will take time to visit and get inspired.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Missing in Action

It didn't seem that much time had passed since I last posted. But lo and behold, it's been over a month. For those of you that haven't seen me around, I've been busy with my other 2 part-time jobs, 3 classes, starting up two new programs at a local library, tackling grad school applications and more.

For the first month of this semester, I've been working extra shifts here at the PCC Library. In the past due to my schedule, I wasn't able to work extra shifts especially during the first two weeks of the semester. Since I was finally available, I felt I should help out as needed. I've also put in extra time at the elementary school library as well this past month or so due to our bi-yearly Scholastic Book Fair and Open House.

Even though I'm taking "fun" classes this semester, they've still been taking up a certain amount of my time. Two of my classes, Art in Childhood Education and Beginning Acting, are directly related to library programs/activities I'm getting involved in now. One of the new programs I'm starting up is an ASL (American Sign Language) storytime at one of the Pasadena Public branches. Right now, I'm teamed up with a library tech that does a family storytime on Thursday afternoons to get some on-the-job training as a volunteer. Eventually, I'll move into my own spot which will be an actual ASL storytime in the near future hopefully. It is also my hope to go to a couple of other local libraries and start up similar programs in whatever free time I still have.

In addition, I have been developing a Deaf Book Club program which will meet for the very first time next Saturday morning at the same Pasadena Public branch I'm doing storytime at. It's been a bit more work than I anticipated but I'm very excited about this new program and am enjoying the work thoroughly. Unlike the storytime which is a weekly event, this will only be a monthly event.

Last Sunday, I was able to participate in a One City, One Story event for the first time ever as I arranged to get a sign language interpreter for the finale program at the newly opened Pasadena Convention Center. I will confess that it was no easy feat getting this to happen. In the end, it was one of my friends who is studying to be an interpreter who volunteered to do the honor. I am hoping that all these things are just the beginning of what I hope for the future for the deaf/HOH and disabled within the library community. One has to start small even for big dreams.

Last but certainly not least, I've been tackling library graduate school applications as well. Between taking the MAT test, writing essays, gathering up recommendations, studying up for the GRE, it's been a whirlwind of activity to say the least. God willing, I get in at least one school. But as one of my former instructors said to me recently, "So many doors are opening up for you right now. Even if you don't get in right now, it would be a disappointment but not detrimental. And you can always apply again." So true! One thing I've learned so far is if you really want this, you can't give up that easily. This may not be an easy road but it's been one of my most enjoyable journeys so far which I don't anticipate ending anytime soon.

Stay tuned for more regular postings in the next week and an upcoming blog event to get more interaction happening here!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Author of The Hummingbird’s Daughter Speaking at PCC

The Author of the City of Pasadena’s One City, One Story selection this year, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, will be speaking on campus in Harbeson Hall on Friday, April 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Please come and welcome Luis Alberto Urrea to the campus.

Free tickets available at the Shatford Library Reference Desk or at the door.

Luis Alberto Urrea
Here is a summary that I “borrowed” from Pasadena Now:

The Hummingbird’s Daughter is the story of Teresita, a distant relative of Urrea, who comes to terms with her destiny with the power of faith. It is the tale of a father discovering what true love is and a daughter recognizing that sometimes true love requires true sacrifice. It is full of cowboys and outlaws, Indian warriors, cantina beauties, silly men who drink too much and desert women who in their dreams travel to the seashore. Urrea completed two decades of research and writing for this fictional history.

Original cover of The Hummingbird's Daughter

Urrea was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and is member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore themes of love, loss and triumph. The critically acclaimed author of 11 books, Urrea is an award-winning poet and essayist who has published extensively in all the major genres.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, to a Mexican father and an American mother, Urrea attended the University of California at San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing, and did his graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. A professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago, he lives in Naperville, Ill., with his family

Tell you friends and the fiscally despondent that this is a good opportunity to reconnect with the literature world.

If they can't make the morning session there is another discussion about the religious aspects of the book at Fuller Theological later that afternoon and for those have a 9 t0 5 you can check Mr. Urrea at the Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom. From 3 to 5pm on Saturday, April 5th.