The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Adjunct Teaching & Learning Librarian (72.5% FTE). The successful candidate will collaborate with other members of the Cabell Library Teaching & Learning (T&L) team to integrate research and information fluency skills into the undergraduate curriculum through course-integrated instruction, the development of online learning tools, and strategic partnerships with groups and programs across the university, with a particular emphasis on the University College and Global Education Office. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

This is a temporary appointment, available immediately and ending on May 31, 2015. For a full position description, please visit


South Africa:

Young ladies train in Ballet in Soweto through The Joburg Ballet Development Programme

Photos by Madelene Cronje.

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Several lucky women will be selected to receive a two-week writing fellowship, which includes free room, board and meals, and various other perks, as they spend 14 lovely days of uninterrupted time to create, while relaxing in an historic, elegant, harmonious mansion; nestled in the gloriously plush landscaped beauty of  nature and copious verdant meadows; to stimulate the muse and allow the recipients time and space to engage in creative revelry as they write, stretch their imagination, begin a new  project, or to continue and complete an ongoing project. Africa House is an elegant, expansive, historic mansion in Gallatin, TN, built on more than 30 acres of gorgeous landscape, and boasts 16,330 square ft., of luscious living. $35 applicaton fee. Deadline August 31, 2014. 

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Check out these awesomely cute and sleepy pieces of topiary in the Jardin des Plantes de Nantes, a botanical garden located in Nantes, France. Created by French artist and children’s book author Claude Ponti, they’re part of the “Journey to Nantes" (Le Voyage à Nantes) art festival. These delightful topiary sculptures are just one stop on the festival’s 10-mile-long trail of public artwork on display throughout Nantes.

Photos by Molaire & Tentacules, Les petits nantais, Jean-Sebastian Evrard and Big City Life Nantes respectively. (The sleepy bird in the bottom image is from the 2013 festival.)

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“Whose little boy are you?” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Photo: “The young colored American”, from The Colored American magazine, October 1900. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University



What they won’t show you on CNN tonight: Ferguson residents line a parade of roses down W Florissant, leading to where Mike Brown was taken from this world. #staywoke #powerful #insolidarity 


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Another pair of commissioned work. Done digitally

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Samford University Library seeks a reference librarian. Located in suburban Birmingham, Samford is the largest privately‐funded and fully‐accredited institution of higher learning in Alabama. The university library, with nearly one million holdings, serves the university community of more than 4,800 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 700 full‐time employees. Additional information about the university can be found<>.

User Experience Librarian

The University of Arkansas Libraries seek experienced public service-oriented candidates for the position of User Experience Librarian.  Through the use of innovative approaches and emerging technologies, the User Experience Librarian will design new and expanded programs in a collaborative environment to provide quality user-centered services and programs that meet the needs of the University community.  Reporting to the Director for Academic and Research Services, this position will provide leadership and oversight for User Experience services which will include the primary functions of reference desk and virtual reference services, print and electronic reserves, current periodicals and microforms, and circulation services.

Major responsibilities include: collaborating with library departments and campus units; formulating policies and procedures; planning, implementing and evaluating service programs; chairing the library committee responsible for assessing user services activities and reporting on department activities; and supervising 17 FTE.

Responsibilities of this position include research and creative work and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated a record of achievement sufficient for appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian / Associate Professor and should possess an exemplary service orientation, the ability to work effectively in a diverse and changing environment, and a willingness to engage in faculty liaison activities.

Qualifications.  Required:  A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; five years of library experience; demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience; excellent communication skills; and demonstrated experience or knowledge of the following: delivery of user services, issues related to service of microforms, issues related to copyright and academic dishonesty, and analysis and assessment.  Preferred: Experience managing the circulation module of an automated library system, learning management systems, or other technology related to access and reference services; demonstrated knowledge of trends in access and reference services; experience in strategic planning; and experience working in access services or reference services.

Rank and Salary:  Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Librarian / Associate Professor.  Salary: $65,000.

Benefits:  Relocation allowance available.  Benefits include TIAA/CREF, Fidelity Mutual Fund, or the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students.  The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH).  The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities.  The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered.  The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (  The University of Arkansas campus ( in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 25,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System.  With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters.  This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. (

Application deadline and contact information.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications received by September 4, 2014, will receive full consideration.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.  Send letter of application, résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references<> to the attention of Jeff Banks, Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs, University of Arkansas Libraries, 365 N. McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.