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Brush Up on Your Social Networking People

From Social Signal, a sign of the times (thanks to David Lee King for the suggestion).

Top library jobs restructured in Tulsa

The Tulsa City-County Library system has restructured its top leadership positions by eliminating daily management duties for its chief executive officer, who will continue receiving the same compensation package and work from home up to two days a week.

The library commission approved moving library and business day-to-day operations from Chief Executive Officer Linda Saferite to Chief Operating Officer Laurie Sundborg.

The move has raised questions among library staff while apparently affecting employee morale, according to interviews conducted by the Tulsa World.

Top Interview Questions...What Would You Ask?

ALA Director for Membership Development John Chrastka is preparing a search for a new Director of the Berwyn (IL) Public Library. He posed the following question to facebook users: "What is your best interview question for potential new library directors?" Responses were unusually creative and even entertaining...

Jaime Corris Hammond - One of your librarians has stolen one of your other librarians' pie. What do you do?

Rose Mungovan Hoffman - Why do you think YOU are the *best* candidate for the job?

Eric Odeen - A plane full of librarians crashes on the US-Canada border. Where do they bury the survivors?

Nick Buron - Putting aside how staff is allocated now, what is the best way to allocate your staff to serve the public.

John Amundsen - What is your favorite Replacements song? If they reply, "Bastards of Young," hire him or her immediately, on the spot.

Lori Reed - How do you balance the need for competing priorities in this economy where library budgets are being slashed?
and - Do you think it is beneficial for a director to work the circulation desk?

Daniel Kraus - "What kind of puppy are you going to give me?"

Janet Swan Hill - How soon can we put a masseuse on staff?

Liz Danforth - "Express your views on the comparative role of paraprofessionals and professionals."

Bruce Alan Wilson - How are you going to explain to the mayor and city council (or the county commission, or whatever body funds the library) why the library needs more money in these tough economic times?

Final Four in Sacramento

Four unnamed finalists have been chosen to contend for the Directorship of the Sacramento Public Library reports the Sacramento Bee.

The new director will replace Anne Marie Gold, who resigned amid controversy Dec. 1 after seven years on the job. During Gold's tenure, staff morale plunged and three people were charged with felonies in an alleged overbilling scheme that is still winding its way through Sacramento Superior Court. A grand jury investigation alleged mismanagement and suggested she be fired. The board ultimately paid $25,000 in return for Gold's resignation and a promise she not sue.

Interim library chief Phil Batchelor, a seasoned expert at turning around troubled agencies, was hired for $139,930 over seven months to stabilize the system and help find a permanent head.

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After a Layoff, Law Librarian Starts Consultancy Business

Law.com offers an interview with entrepreneur and librarian Susan Davis, who has just started a statewide business called Law Library On Call LLC.

Davis began her legal career as an attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She moved to Connecticut and was a full-time mom for years before earning a library degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In her last semester, she took a job in the library at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, and worked in the firm's Hartford offices until being laid off earlier this year.

Davis has bounced back with her New Haven, Conn.-based startup business, which offers the skills of a full-time law librarian on an a la carte basis.

Multnomah County (OR) Directorship Decision Time

It's down to three candidates for the position of the country's busiest library. One of these three will three replace Director Molly Raphael who retires May 1:

• Holly Carroll, deputy director of Cleveland Public Library in Ohio
• Christian Kruse, director of Live Oak Public Libraries, Savannah, Ga.
• Vailey Oehlke, deputy director of Multnomah County Library

The finalists will spend April 13-14 visiting the libraries and interviewing. The county will hold a public forum at 1:30 p.m. April 14 at the Multnomah Building where each candidate will give a presentation and then partake in a question and answer session. OregonLive.

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.

And We All Want To Be Better At Our Work, Don't We?

Caught Twittering or on Facebook at work? It'll make you a better employee, according to an Australian study that shows surfing the Internet (in moderation) during office hours increases productivity.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not. Report from Wired...

Can I get a hand

Can some body give me some direction?

I so want to work in a library setting, but getting my foot in the door seems to be VERY hard.
I wish to continue to get a MLS, but not if I cannot even get started.
Does any one have some advice sites to look at that deal with these types of employment or what?

Thanks for any of those who help!

"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." - Dwight D. Eisenhower


Librarians Learn How to Assist Job Seekers

Now, more than ever, librarians are serving the public as employment counselors, helping patrons write resumes and research job opportunities.

Earlier this week, the Mooresville NC Public Library hosted a "Job Search Workshop" conducted by the State Library of North Carolina. It's purpose was to educate regional librarians on how to better assist people who use their libraries' resources to look for employment.

"This is one of the ways we felt we could respond to this economic crisis, the joblessness, the kind of panic that people feel when they're searching for a job and maybe haven't done that for a decade or more," said Mooresville Library Director John Pritchard.

Pam Jaskot, a library consultant with the State Library, said librarians from across North Carolina have been completely overwhelmed by the amount of people coming in to use their facilities, especially those using their computers to search for employment.

Has your State Library or your library system offered programs of this nature? Please let us know.


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