Thursday, July 28, 2011

Academic Impressions Webinar: Using Senior Class and Reunion Giving to Boost Library Fundraising

October 11, 2011 :: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Boost your library fundraising with senior and reunion class campaigns featuring targeted projects.
Join us online to consider a fresh approach to fundraising for your library. You will be introduced to McMaster University's unique model that raised over a quarter-million dollars by involving senior and reunion classes and learn how you can apply this strategy to your institution.

Advancement managers and library leaders will be better able to increase their library fundraising dollars by more effectively approaching senior and reunion classes with well-defined projects. Please note that this event will not cover fundraising for comprehensive or whole-library capital renovation efforts.

Highlighting the program at their own institution, McMaster University, Karen McQuigge, Director of Alumni Advancement, and Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian, will share information and advice on the following:
  • Making the case for using senior gifts to fund library projects
  • Sample solicitation materials aimed at senior gifts
  • Making the case for using reunion gifts to fund library projects
  • Sample solicitation materials aimed at reunion gifts
  • Addressing coding and renewals
  • Selecting and executing library projects that will resonate with these audiences
  • Implementing this kind of program at your institution, gaining buy-in
  • Translating this approach to a smaller setting

LOUIS Users Conference LUC 2011 Registration Now Open

LOUIS Users Conference (LUC) 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - Friday, October 14, 2011

Louisiana State University
Patrick Taylor Hall (the old CEBA building)
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
LOUIS users will enjoy two days of informative sessions.

This year LOUIS will again be hosting a reception on the evening of Thursday October 13, 2011, in the Atrium area of Patrick Taylor Hall from 6-8 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

LUC 2011 SponsorsEBSCO
LearningExpress, LLC
Gale|Cengage Learning
CQ Press
CAS- A Division of American Chemical Society
Annual Reviews
Marcive Inc.
Thomson Reuters
LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

HBCU Library Alliance Awarded $70K Mellon Foundation Grant

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Preserving The Story of the HBCU Library Alliance - Success Story Submission

The “Preserving the Story of the HBCU Library Alliance” grant project is well underway! A major outcome of this project is increasing the Alliance’s ability to acquire grants and secure new funding sources, thus increasing opportunities for organizational sustainability.

Project Coordinator/Writer Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum will document and disseminate the history of the HBCU Library Alliance for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, over the course of the granting period, eight documents will be written on specific activities of select HBCU Library Alliance members. These eight documents will be disseminated via journals that do not require peer review, such as Against the Grain, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and American Libraries.

This project has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming ASALH 96th Annual Convention, October 5-9, in Richmond Virginia as well as at the 2012 American Library Association Meeting in Anaheim, California. More information on these presentations will be provided when it becomes available.

A Twitter account,, has been created to disseminate information and receive your comments. Your tweets are welcomed as we provide updates on the progress of this significant project.

Dr. Books-Tatum interviewed Founding Committee members Loretta Parham, Janice Franklin, Elsie Weatherington and Emma Perry at ALA and has prepared a draft outline to support writing the historical document. The membership was provided with an invitation and reminders to submit success stories along with submission guidelines. It is critically important, if you haven’t done so, to submit a success story in support of this project’s goals.

Monday, August 1st is the deadline.  Contact Project Coordinator/Writer Dr. Tatum,, with your questions.

I look forward to receiving your submissions as we preserve the story of the HBCU Library Alliance.



Program Director
HBCU Library Alliance

1438 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30309
Toll Free: 1.800.999.8558 (Lyrasis)
Fax: 404.892.7879
Honor the ancestors, honor the children.
Preserving the Story of the HBCU Library Alliance- Success Story Submissions due August 1st.
Click here  to access the guidelines.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Special Report: Library Use of eBooks

Library Use of eBooks, 2011 Edition
Primary Research Group | 2011
The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated spending for 2011; usage levels of various kinds of eBooks; market penetration by various specific eBook publishers; extent of use of aggregators vs offering by specific publishers; purchasing of individual titles; use of various channels of distribution such as traditional book jobbers and leading retail/Internet-based booksellers; use of eBooks in course reserves and interlibrary loan; impact of eBooks on print book spending; use of eBooks in integrated search; price increases for eBooks; contract renewal rates for eBooks; use of special eBook platforms for smartphones and tablet computers; spending plans and current use of eBook readers such as Nook, Reader and Kindle; and the role played by library consortia in eBooks.
Data are broken out separately for public, academic and special libraries. The data in the report are based on a sample of academic, public and special libraries in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
  • The libraries sampled had a mean number of 3.51 contracts with individual publishers or aggregators.
  • For colleges, eBook aggregators represented more than 63% of their total eBook contracts.
  • Larger libraries were much more likely than smaller ones to make purchases of eBooks through traditional jobbers.
  • Consortia purchases accounted for only about 35% of eBook purchasing of all kinds
  • Only 5.56% of libraries sampled have ever developed a video to explain any facet of eBook use and only about 19% have developed online tutorials.
  • Only 13.3% of libraries sampled have incorporated eBook use on Smartphones such as Android, iPhjone or Blackberry into info literacy training.
  • On the whole libraries appear satisfied with the quality of usage statistics provided by their major eBook vendors. 11.1% said that the statistics are not too reliable; more than 82% said that they were generally reliable or there were quite reliable.
  • 13.58% of the libraries in the sample have digitized out of copyright books in their collections to enable their patrons to have digital access to the contents. Another 18.52% say that they have not done so but plan to do so within the next two years.
  • More than 23% of the libraries in the sample owned some kind of stand along eBook reading device. 

LRG Books, Bytes & Beyond - July 2011 Issue

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bibliofuture: The Secret Bookstore


Library of Congress Documentary Premieres Monday

The Library of Congress
A C-SPAN Original Documentary
Premieres Mon., July 18, 8 & 11 pm ET on C-SPAN

Join us this Monday evening on C-SPAN for the premiere of our latest original documentary, The Library of Congress. Founded in 1800 and sitting adjacent to the U.S. Capitol in the heart of America 's capital city, the Library of Congress has collected nearly 150 million items, making it the world's largest library. This documentary explores the Library's 211-year history and the scope of its collection. Go behind the scenes and:
  • Learn the history of the institution as you tour the Library's iconic Jefferson Building .
  • See the treasures found in its collections of rare books, photos, and maps, as well as the thousands of pages of presidential and personal papers.
  • Learn how the library uses technolgy to preserve its holdings and expand public access to them.  
Premieres this Monday, July 18, 8 & 11 pm ET on C-SPAN.
For preview clips and more information about The Library of Congress, visit

The Oberlin Group Copyright Guide

The Oberlin Group, a consortium of liberal arts colleges, has developed and posted for public access a copyright guide.  I’m sure we can never get enough copyright advice. J

Take care.

Loretta Parham CEO & Director Robert W. Woodruff Library-AUC 111 James P. Brawley Ave Atlanta, GA 30314 404-978-2018

" is always the right time to do the right thing". Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dillard University CTLAT Blog

Dillard University CTLAT Blog

Monday, July 11, 2011


On behalf of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), I invite
you to identify an emerging leader to be an applicant for the TRLN
Management Academy, to be held in October 2011. This exciting program
prepares current or new mid-level managers in academic libraries to
operate with entrepreneurial and business acumen in the management of
financial and human resources. Appropriate candidates will be those you
identify as high potential/high talent librarians in the early stages of
a management career (for example, new department heads, assistant heads,
or team leaders). Nominees should already be grounded in the
fundamentals of supervision.

The program is designed with input from library directors to support
talent management and succession planning efforts by addressing gaps in
the preparation of librarians for management roles in the current
environment. In this unique program, designed in consultation with
DeEtta Jones-Young, organizational development consultant, academic
faculty from TRLN universities present sessions customized for a library
environment on the topics of:

•Organizational culture and diversity
•Strategy and leading change
•Resource planning
•Influence and communication
•Performance management

The faculty for the Academy come from the TRLN institutions’ academic
faculty and administration. DeEtta Jones-Young serves as the Academy’s
facilitator. Library administrators/practitioners will serve as
panelists to provide a current context for application of the
program of study.

Tuition for non-members is $1,750 for the five-day intensive seminar -
October 24 – 28, 2011. Continental breakfast and lunch are included in
the tuition fee. Travel, lodging, and evening subsistence costs are not

Up to 30 participants will be accepted from academic libraries
throughout North America, with approximately one-half of the slots
allocated to TRLN member libraries. Candidates will submit applications
and selections will be made by a selection committee.

Applicants must provide a letter of support from the director along with
all application materials by July 22, 2011. Selections will be announced
August 5, 2011.

Link to Application Form:

Theodosia T. Shields, Ph.D.
 Director of Library Services & Assistant Professor
 North Carolina Central University
 1801 Fayetteville Street
 Durham, NC  27707
 (919) 530-5233 office
 (919) 530-7612 fax

"Transforming Shepard Library to Better Serve NCCU Students, Faculty & Staff "

Benedict College Announcement: Vacant Acquisitions Librarian Position

POSITION: Acquisitions Librarian
DIVISION: Academic Affairs

DEPARTMENT: Learning Resources Center (Library)

WORK SCHEDULE:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., a rotating weekend schedule; 12 month; non-tenure track position
SALARY: Commensurate with experience
REPORT TO: Library Director
The Acquisitions Librarian will be responsible for a wide range of activities related to the acquisition of materials in a variety of formats. The selectee coordinates the selection and acquisition of library resources with librarians and faculty across academic disciplines. The selectee ensures that varied formats of resources are acquired and that inclusions adequately support the College’s curriculum. Responsibilities: coordinates daily operations related to ordering, receiving, and claiming materials; monitors expenditures, payments, and order status; develops, maintains, and evaluates vendor and publisher relationships as it relates to acquiring resources for collections; prepares and submits requisitions, statistical, or other related reports relative to acquisition expenditures; evaluates and processes gift materials; manages and maintains acquisition procedural manual; works in concert with the Catalog Librarian; supervises library assistants and work-study students; assists at the information reference/circulation desk as needed; enforces library policies and regulations; participates in and contributes to appointed College and assigned library committees; and attends local, state and national related professional meetings.
· Master's degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA accredited program
· Minimum of one year of acquisitions experience or any equivalent combination of experience/training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities
· Ability to establish and maintain collegial working relationships with librarians, faculty, library vendors, and other employees
· Familiarity with an integrated library system and general office software
· Ability to effectively organize, coordinate, and manage daily acquisition operations 
· Evidence of individual initiative, flexibility, and analytical skills to resolve acquisition problems and make recommendations for their solution
· Knowledge of current standards, trends, and emerging technologies in acquisition  services
· Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
· SLED background check is required
· Demonstrated experience in acquisition procedures and processes
· Knowledge of book trade & library vendors
·  Experience with an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Interfaces Inc.
·  Experience with collection development in an academic library

HOW TO APPLY: All qualified applicants should submit a completed Benedict College application, three reference letters, official sealed college transcript(s) and resume to:
Office of Human Resources
Attention: Learning Resources Center (Library)
Benedict College
1600 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Review of applications will begin June 17, 2011, but position will remain open until filled. No phone calls to the department please.

"The Future of the Liberal Arts College Library"

Waiver and Stipend Information for ³The Future of the Liberal Arts College Library² Symposium
October 10-12, 2011 - Milwaukee

·        Conference and hotel registration will open on July 13, 2011.Visit starting on July 13 to be redirected to the registration sites.
·     The regular registration fee is $240.
·      Attendees employed at one of CLIR¹s sponsoring institutions will receive a 10% discount on the regular registration fee.
·      Attendees who register by 5 PM, August 13, will receive a 10%discount on the regular registration fee.
·      The CLIR sponsor discount and the early registration discount can be combined for eligible attendees. 

IMLS-funded registration waivers and participant stipends

Through generous funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), CLIR and CIC are able to offer financial support to selected participants.
Support for library staff from eligible CIC member institutions
CLIR and CIC will waive the registration fee for a limited number of library staff from CIC member institutions.  These waivers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 50 participants nominated by CIC library directors.  One waiver per institution.  Requests for registration waivers will be accepted starting at 8:00 AM Eastern time on July 13.
 To request a waiver, library directors should send the following information to  CIC institution name, name of nominated library staff member attending the symposium, nominee¹s job title, e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address.
 Support for symposium moderators and note-takers
Additional support will be available to participants willing to:
·      moderate at least one discussion session, or
·      to record and compile notes for possible publication or dissemination for at least one session. 
 Participants selected as moderators or recorders will be provided with up to three nights¹ lodging at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center for the duration of the symposium.  They will also receive a $150 stipend for each session they moderate or record, up to a limit of three stipends per participant.
Applicants for stipends should e-mail to indicate their interest in moderating or note-taking at the symposium, identifying their preferred role(s) and session(s), including up to three session titles from the preliminary symposium agenda [PDF].  Applicants should include a brief (2-3 sentence) justification for their preferences. Slots are limited and subject to availability; CLIR reserves the right to assign participants to sessions asneed dictates. For some sessions, moderators and/or note-takers will select and assign readings for session participants.  Potential moderators and recorders must apply by August 13, 2011 and have a confirmed conference registration in order to be considered for these roles.
 Questions about ³The Future of the Liberal Arts College Library² symposium may be directed to CLIR Program Associate Lori Miller at

HBCU Library Alliance Success Story - Submission Guidelines

Greetings Colleagues,

I trust you’re well.  Today I’m celebrating the Preserving the Story of the HBCU Library Alliance project. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this project will document and disseminate the history and accomplishments of our unique organization. A historical document will be written and submitted to peer-reviewed journals such as Association of College and Research Libraries. Additionally, seven documents written on specific activities of select HBCU Library Alliance members, will be disseminated via journals that do not require peer review.

Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, Project Coordinator/Writer, is soliciting individual library success stories and forwards the following submission guidelines.

HBCU Library Alliance Success Story Submission Guidelines

We are excited about hearing your library’s success story!  In 350 words or less, please describe your success story.  In your description, please make sure to briefly address:
1)    The challenge faced by your library that prompted the new initiative, programming or other component of your library;
2)    What makes your library’s new program, initiative, etc. a success; and
3)    How your library defines and measures the success of this change, development, or transformation.
Please submit your success story by e-mail to and no later than Monday, August 1st.  Include your name, institution, and email address.

A selection committee will make decisions in early August.

Shanesha R. F. Brooks-Tatum, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator/Writer
HBCU Library Alliance

Program Director
HBCU Library Alliance

1438 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30309
Toll Free: 1.800.999.8558 (Lyrasis)
Fax: 404.892.7879
Honor the ancestors, honor the children.

Position Announcement - Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library


JOB Title: Project Director

DEPARTMENT: Office of Planning, Assessment,  and Communications


The Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library supports the teaching and learning missions of four institutions of higher learning that comprise the world’s largest consortium of HBCUs—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.  Conveniently located and easily accessible to the campuses, the Woodruff Library is the center of the intellectual and social life at the Atlanta University Center. 

The Woodruff Library’s impressiveness is not limited to its physical environment. Our employees work to ensure that the Woodruff Library is an efficient and effective learning environment. Librarians offer engaging information literacy and instruction programs, working closely with faculty to develop expansive and relevant print and electronic collections. Holdings include: 352,000 print volumes; 53,000 electronic books; 31,000 bound journal volumes; 1,500 current journal subscriptions; 7,600 videos, DVDs and CDs; and more than 235 electronic databases. Electronic resources are accessible via the Library's 230 public workstations and remotely through our website,  The Archives Research Center is noted for its extensive holdings of materials on the African American experience, including the John Henrik Clarke Africana and African-American Collection, the Henry P. Slaughter and Countee Cullen Memorial collection of graphic and performing arts, and the Maynard Jackson Mayoral Administrative Records collection. In addition, at the request of Morehouse College, the Library has served as custodian of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection since September 2006. As such, the Library houses and oversees the security, conservation, preservation and access of the collection for scholarly research

The Atlanta University Center - Robert W. Woodruff Library is looking for a self-motivated, energetic, and highly motivated individual to fill the position of Project Director.  The Project Director will report to the Assistant Head of Planning, Assessment, and Communications.  The individual in this capacity will be responsible for managing a grant funded collaborative project with 6 libraries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  This project, “Recruiting Tomorrow’s Leaders” seeks to address the critical shortage of African American professionals in libraries and archives, and to prepare young African American men and women to assume advocacy and leadership roles in these professions.  Working with the Assistant Head of Planning, Assessment, and Communications, the Project Director will develop and implement strategies for recruiting undergraduates from the participating HBCU’s for library internships.  This position is a full-time two year grant funded position. 

·         Maintain project oversight at six participating HBCU Libraries
·         Rewrite the internship curriculum
·         Design recruitment materials, application forms, and assessment tracking tools
·         Plan and manage the implementation of the Summer Field Experience
·         Select, establish and manage a Blog
·         Manage assessment and tracking of student participation
·         Develop and manage the scholarship award process
·         Identify and nurture partnership relations to include a mentorship component
·         Maintain communications with Campus Coordinators and mentors
·         Serve as campus coordinator for the Robert W. Library of the Atlanta University Center schools
·         Promote the program via the media
·         Prepare reports, manage the financial budget, assess project outcomes
·         Create and implement projects and/or exercises to assisting in motivating undergraduates about careers in the library/archival profession

  • M.L.S. degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution
  • Minimum of 2 years experience working in a library
  • Experience developing and implementing a curriculum
  • Relevant experience working with undergraduate students preferred
  • Effective project management and assessment skills
  • Supervisory skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills
·         Ability to work independently and as a member of a team and to foster a team environment
·         Ability to negotiate conflict among users and staff
·         Ability to problem solve (identifying, exercising good judgment, solving)
·         Strong customer service skills
·         Ability to maintain confidentiality
·         Experience using standard office software such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Ability to interact effectively with various audiences
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills

·         Ability to take initiative and be accountable for results
·         Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks


Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, company paid disability plans, company match retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).


Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and resume online to the Human Resources Department at  Please include three professional references and salary requirements.  Application review begins in July 2011 and will continue until position is filled.

The Robert W. Woodruff Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more about our Library visit us online at