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LJ: Allison Sloan Paralibrarian the Year

From Library Journal: They call them “paralibrarians” in Massachusetts now. The main reason for that is Allison Sloan, the 2010 winner of LJ's Paraprofessional of the Year Award, sponsored by DEMCO, Inc. Her outstanding service and her championship of the term paralibrarian illustrates her passionately held and most fundamental belief: “This is not just a nice job, this is a career.”

Each year at the MLA conference, Sloan is instrumental in developing new and exciting programs to bring librarians and paralibrarians together in a partnership to grow library services, open communication, and demonstrate the strength of teamwork. The 2005 program, “Extreme Customer Service: Springfield College Builds a New Desk,” recounted an innovative project to combine the reference and circulation desks—and cross-train paralibrarians to answer reference questions and librarians to provide circulation tasks.

Sloan's enthusiasm connected a dedicated group of library staffers who rejuvenated the MLA Paralibrarian Section.

NYPL Librarians Take Questions 24/7

The crack team at the New York Public Library is where to go when the Google machine leads you down a dead end. Today the NY Post talks to the six senior librarians who field hundreds of questions a day from their station in the Rose Reading Room. While the most common calls are simply inquiries about obtaining library cards, there are also several dozen "cherry questions" a day.

Those cherry calls often come from the writers of Mad Men, who have been making sure their portrayal of the early '60s is accurate. Bernard van Maarseveen says it's questions like those that "keep us coming in each day." Recently the writers have asked when taxis got their "off duty" lights, and what programming was scheduled to be on TV the day Kennedy was assassinated.

Story from the NYPost.

And Who Will Be the Next Lexington KY Library Director?

Following up on yesterday's story about a public forum on the candidates for Director of the Lexington Library, here's an opportunity to view the three candidates in actionon youTube. Who made the best impression (as if it's up to you...)?

Lexingtonians, Meet the Candidates for New Library Director

The Lexington KY Public Library is inviting members of the community to meet the three candidates for the position of Library Director. The three finalists will be on hand for a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Central Library Theater. Each candidate will address the public and answer questions.

Check out their vitae here. Who's your pick?

Via NPR All Tech Considered Blog: study finds job seekers motivated by high-speed internet

From the Phoenix Center study itself:

"We find that broadband use at home or at public locations reduces defection from the labor market due to discouragement by over 50 percent (50%). Dialup Internet use also has a statistically significant effect, reducing labor market discouragement by about one-third. These results provide useful insights for policymakers: on the demand-side, our results show that programs to promote Internet use keep the jobless active in job search and may equate to more employment; and, on the supply-side, our results demonstrate that the promotion of shared connections, such as at libraries, in unserved and underserved areas may, in fact, produce substantial societal benefits."

Library short staffed? Get tech savvy

One from Times of India: Inaugurating the two-day seminar organized by the Department of Library and Information Centre, St Agnes College, on Empowering Library Professionals in Managing Digital Resources and Providing Extension Activities here recently, she said the adoption of library software could help over come the problem of staff shortage.

It's Good to Be a Librarian

Librarian is the 46th best job for 2009...according to the Wall Street Journal. Five criteria determined ranking...environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress. However, it is clearly not among the best paid positions by far.

Best? Actuary. Worst (out of 200)...would you believe 'Roustabout'??

Want to get a [Archives] job? Read this post

Over the past few weeks Kate had a bunch of conversations with colleagues who have recently gone through the process of hiring a new staff member in their archives, and many were surprised at how many people were making basic mistakes. So she asked for input from herfriends on Facebook and Twitter, and based on the comments of real-world archival managers, here are some things to keep in mind when you’re going through the process of applying for a job:

NH Political Library lays off paid staff

NH Political Library lays off paid staff
The New Hampshire Political Library, which hosts candidates during the presidential primary season and serves as a resource for journalists and researchers, had laid off its paid staff.

Who Runs a Library...A Librarian or a CEO?

What seems obvious to you and me may not seem so obvious to the members of the Tulsa OK Library Board...that a librarian should be in charge of the library system.

Tulsa World editorializes: "The Tulsa City-County Library System continues to hunt for a new chief executive officer. Former CEO Linda Saferite announced Aug. 4 that she would be on extended medical leave until she retires in March.

The library board met last week to talk about what its looking for in a new library boss, who will be earning $130,000 to $150,000 a year.

The responsibilities include fundraising, strategic direction and policies, long-range planning and community relations.

Those are important jobs, and we don't begrudge the planned salary, but the title CEO bothers us."

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