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Fury as Gardener is Appointed Assistant Librarian

Library hiring can be problematic no matter the location.

In South Africa, concerned residents of Tzaneen in Limpopo have called for an investigation into the municipality’s decision to appoint a gardener as library assistant.

The residents claim the gardener was appointed at the Haenertzburg library though she does not have a matric certificate.

The gardener, whose name is known to Sowetan [ed- why aren't they reporting it?] reportedly attended interviews but did not qualify for the position.

But, the chief librarian of Haenertzburg, Mienie de Villiers, allegedly recommended that she be appointed. More from Sowetan.

Staying in British Columbia

UBC Honors history alumna Ingrid Parent was going to go to library school in the U.S., but instead chose to go the University of British Columbia; now she serves at its chief librarian.

Parent took a seat in her cushy office in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre as UBC’s 14th university librarian on July 1. She cites two reasons for returning to UBC: her parents live here, and UBC holds a place in her heart.

“I’ve always been very proud of UBC,” she said. “I thought I could make a great contribution to the library here.” Before she was hired at UBC, Parent worked as the Assistant Deputy Minister at Library and Archives Canada (LAC).

Profile from Ubssey.

11 Things New Library School Students Should Know

I'm finishing my second quarter at Drexel and here are somethings that you should know before you start your first quarter in library school.  Not all of these will apply to all people.

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ALA announces approval of Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)

The Executive Board of the American Library Association approved
the establishment of a certification program for library support staff
at its Monday, July 13, meeting in Chicago. The LSSC Program is the
first national, voluntary certification program for library support
staff. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, the program will now enter a testing phase in five library
organizations across the United States.

Camilla Alire, ALA president, said, "This innovative certification
program demonstrates the value of all library support staff to our
national association and to our nation's libraries. LSS are critical to
the success of our libraries in meeting the needs of our users."

Candidates must demonstrate achievement of six sets of competencies. Three of the sets, Foundations of Library Service, Technology and Communications and Teamwork are required. Candidates must also demonstrate achievement of three sets chosen from seven additional competency sets. Candidates will either complete approved courses or submit portfolios that demonstrated their achievement.

Here is the document that was approved by the Executive Board.

Arizona Library Students Are Diggin' DigIn

Dewey decimal system, welcome to the digital age.

The University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) received a grant that will allow for students to become tech savvy librarians according to U of A's Daily Wildcat.

The $910,000, received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, goes to the SIRLS "Promoting Diversity in the Digital Curation Disciplines" project.

According to the IMLS, "DigIn" (is an online) graduate certificate program to train library professionals to create, collect, and manage digital information."

Those who complete the program will take their knowledge to rural communities, and be able to create new and easier ways for patrons to find information at libraries and other information institutions. It's not simply learning how to work the internet or Microsoft's Word, they will be learning new ways of finding information and using technology to better assist people in getting that information, officials said.

School Librarians to learn Social Media through $1M grant in WI

The University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium has been awarded almost $1 million to help school librarians become better versed in technology and social media such as Twitter.

The United States Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will award $989,495 that will be used to train 50 new school library specialists for Wisconsin’s rural and high-need urban public schools. This was the only grant awarded in Wisconsin. More from Bizjournals/Milwaukee.

I wonder if Laura tweets?

iSchools respond to the ALA educational task force report

The iSchools (ischools.org) have written a response to the 2009 ALA Library Education Task Force report. Read the iSchools response.

The ALA task force report advocates a shift towards a prescriptive core curriculum, linked to accreditation, as a means of assuring that graduates share a common and well-understood set of knowledge and skills.

Google Introduces Public Data Search Feature

"Google announced a new search feature that makes it easy to find and compare public data from sources. In the first launch, the data are produced and published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division. There are statistics for prices of cookies, CO2 emissions, asthma frequency, high school graduation rates, bakers' salaries, number of wildfires, and the list goes on.

Library hirings slow

UI students hoping to go into the library field are seeing fewer job openings because of the economic crisis keeping retirement-age librarians from leaving their positions, said Jim Elmborg, the director of the UI School of Library and Information Science.

“Before the economy did its recent trick, we had a high placement rate,” he said. “We were graduating students, and they were getting jobs quite nicely.”

But now that’s not the case, Elmborg said. Even so, those seeking the specialization see its merits.

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