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Subject: Federal Librarian job, Norfolk, VA


New Work from Jessica Wimbley, 2013

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Slavery and the English Country House

Madge Dresser and Andrew Hann (eds.)
English Heritage, 2013

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The British country house has long been regarded as the jewel in the nation’s heritage crown. But the country house is also an expression of wealth and power, and as scholars reconsider the nation’s colonial past, new questions are being posed about these great houses and their links to Atlantic slavery.

This book, authored by a range of academics and heritage professionals, grew out of a 2009 conference on ‘Slavery and the British Country house: mapping the current research’ organised by English Heritage in partnership with the University of the West of England, the National Trust and the Economic History Society. It asks what links might be established between the wealth derived from slavery and the British country house and what implications such links should have for the way such properties are represented to the public today.

In order to improve access to this research, a complete copy of the text is free to download from the left hand side of this page.

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Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.

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Digital Initiatives Librarian - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

FIT Library - Digital Initiatives Librarian
22/hours per week/daytime hours (M-F between hours of 8am-6pm)

The Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology seeks a forward-thinking individual to serve as Digital Initiatives Librarian. Oversees and directs digital initiatives related to access, description and content management. Responsible for metadata creation, analysis and enrichment according to local and national cataloging and metadata standards in a variety of formats. Participates in Library research and instructional services and reference shifts.

Required qualifications:
ALA accredited MLS or MLIS and minimum of two (2) years of library experience. Experience with cataloging in a variety of formats, digital project management and knowledge of emerging technologies. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:
Two (2) years post-MLS professional library experience, experience in academic libraries, experience with digital image databases, video content management, scripting, non-MARC metadata formats and programming languages.

For additional information and to apply:

Emerging Technologies Librarian - Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

FIT Library - Emerging Technologies Librarian
Full time / Faculty status - TENURE TRACK

The Library at the Fashion Institute of Technology-SUNY seeks an energetic, creative, forward-thinking and service-oriented Emerging Technologies Librarian to be a member of the LIbrary’s management team. Leads collaborative efforts to explore, identify, assess, implement and provide training for emerging library technologies to maximize effectiveness in support of education, research and curriculum of FIT. Contributes to strategic and long-range planning, program development and evaluation, resources development, and maintains and promotes interdepartmental communication in support of the Library’s strategic initiatives. Serves as an active participant in the Library’s research and instruction program. Reports to the Library Director and Associate Director.

Required qualifications:
ALA accredited MLS or MLIS and minimum of five (5) years relevant professional experience.  Experience with a wide array of technologies, web design, instructional design, and project management geared toward delivering digital content. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication skills.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience in academic libraries and/or advanced degree or equivalent experience in instructional technology, digital image and metadata management, or interactive media.

For additional information and to apply:

INFORMATION SERVICES COORDINATOR: INSTRUCTION- The successful candidate will coordinate the Library Instruction program, including assessment, and manage the Reference department, supervising three professional librarians. As a part of the reference team, they will perform reference and research duties that either fulfill the information needs of library patrons or effectively teach them how to find the information they seek. The position will instruct students, faculty, and staff in the effective use of library resources by providing one-on-one training, group training, and prepared library instruction sessions; supervise and train Information Services Librarians; plan and coordinate reference assistance to students, faculty, staff, administration, and the community; select and evaluate reference materials, and assist faculty in making decisions for core collections; identify trends, changes and innovations in library science and information technology; and supervise student workers. Experience with ACRL Information Literacy Standards and assessment preferred. Some evening and weekend hours required.  REQUIRED: Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program with minimum of three years of related library research, reference, instruction and  supervisory experience. Strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability in the use of electronic resources. PREFERRED: Additional subject Master’s; and/or academic library experience. Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter and resume (including contact information for three professional references) to: Review of applications begins immediately and continues until filled. AA/EOE

Harrison College in Lafayette, Indiana is currently seeking a Campus Librarian.
The primary function of this position is to facilitate knowledge creation
through administration of Library resources and services. Must be a
collaborative, dynamic leader with a clear understanding about how to create
and deliver collections and services to a diverse audience of students, faculty
and staff.

Qualification: Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from an accredited
program; two years or more of academic library experience preferred or
equivalent combination of education and experience,

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Campus Librarian position available immediately.

Innovators wanted. Create your own vision. Lead peers and colleagues.
Multitasking at all times, something new every day. Watch students change their
lives. Your desk is in the library.


I was passing our community puzzle table and saw several unrelated library patrons of various ages and races hunkered over the table, wordlessly working together to finish a jigsaw puzzle.