We had 7 people attend our Oct. 19 meeting, which kept the discussion lively and engaging. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it!
For those who weren’t there, we talked a lot about how to promote and plan future FLIP meetings in a way that would allow even more people to attend and participate. Do you have any ideas to put forth regarding future meeting days, times, locations, discussion topics, presentation formats, etc? If so please comment here to let us know! We really do want to make FLIP meetings more accessible to more people.
On that note, we’ve decided that our November meeting will be presented via E-Live from a classroom in the UAA/APU Consortium Library. This means that anyone interested my attend either in person or via a desktop video feed. We’re still working on the details, but for now mark November 9 at Noon on your calendar for the next meeting date.
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center has an immediate opening for a Reference Specialist in the Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center. This position performs library and reference services and assists in planning and coordinating research visits. A primary responsibility is to administer and implement the image rights and reproduction process. The person in this position serves as the primary guide to patrons in locating requested information so that they become informed users of the Center’s historical materials including historic photographs, rare books, and printed and electronic resources.
To review the complete job description including the minimum qualifications of this position or apply, please visit the Anchorage Museum website employment page. The position is open until filled.
Here is a list of a few positions that have opened up at libraries here in Anchorage:
- The Anchorage Museum Bob and Evangeline Atwood Alaska Resource Center is seeking enthusiastic applicants for this year’s William E. Davis Internship. This summer internship position is funded by the Cook Inlet Historical Society and the Anchorage Museum Association. The recipient will receive a stipend of $3000. Training will include assisting with library and archival work, including processing and describing photograph collections, creating finding aids, and reference services. To apply or for further details, please visit the Museum’s website. Any questions about the internship should be directed to Brandi Kirk, HR Director at email@example.com or (907) 929-9217. The position will last for 10 weeks, May-September 2012, start and end dates are flexible. Work schedule will be Monday – Friday. Open until filled.
- The UAA/APU Consortium Library seeks a Circulation Evening Supervisor. The person in this position will be the key circulation contact to manage and guides evening operations of the library, particularly in its function as an “After-Hours Study Facility”. This position provides supervision of the Library Patrol student pool and direction for other circulation staff working in the evenings. Work hours are typically Sunday-Thursday, 4:00pm – 1:00 AM, with an earlier shift during the summer. Application deadline: April 30. Details and instructions for applying can be found at UAKJobs.
- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is now accepting applications for a part-time Student Temporary Employment Program position at its Anchorage facility. Duties include performing routine and repetitive tasks which are incidental to the placement, storage, and maintenance of Federal agency records. More information can be found via NARA’s Facebook page.
At the December 2011 FLIP meeting we decided which dates to meet for the Spring semester. We are still meeting on Fridays, but note that we moved the meeting start times to 1 p.m. in hopes that this will make it easier for more people to attend.
All meetings are scheduled to take place in room 204 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. We’ll send out a notice if we ever have to change the meeting location. Please mark your calendars:
What: FLIP meetings Spring 2012
Where: UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 204
When: 1pm – 2pm
Friday, January 20: Bring a Friend to FLIP!
Friday, February 17
Friday, March 9
Friday, April 20
Friday, May 18
As usual we welcome comments, suggestions, and feedback for fun ideas, meeting topics, and future discussions. Hope to see you at a meeting soon!
Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) will be hiring a Librarian I via the State of Alaska for a temporary one-year term. This position will be working on a specific project. Duties will mainly be split between cataloging project materials and website enhancement of project reports.
This will be an opportunity to learn MARC cataloging one-on-one with one of the best catalogers in Alaska! We expect to provide on-the-job training for a library school graduate who has a strong interest in cataloging as a career. In addition, we are looking for an incumbent who is familiar with website design and has the skills to enhance an existing website for project reports.
ARLIS is a special library with federal, state, and University partners. The collection is mainly technical materials and agency reports. This opportunity to learn cataloging with especially challenging materials will provide the incumbent with a great head-start for a career in cataloging.
All state benefits, except for retirement benefits, will be provided, including health insurance, for the term of the appointment. The per-hour rate is $23.93.
To apply, please visit the job posting at the Workplace Alaska website.
The last day to apply is 12/12/11, open to Alaska residents only. Anyone who is graduating by December 30, 2011 is eligible to apply.
For more information, contact:
Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS)
We had a better than average turn out for the meeting today. Thanks to everyone who attended – we had a really great conversation and the hour seemed to fly by. For those who could not be there, I thought I’d point out some of the things we discussed in case you’re interested in having a look.
The general topic of discussion for the meeting was ebooks. A couple of us brought in items to share:
“We Don’t Read That Way“ from ACRLog, the blog for the Association of College and Research Libraries. This is a brief but interesting post about how faculty use ebooks versus print materials and how they access items based on their need. The article poses a lot of good questions for academic libraries and, as is usually the case, the reader comments are interesting too.
“It’s one thing, they tell us, to read for pleasure on a screen – but it’s quite another to read for understanding, for critique, for engaging in the scholarly conversation. And this isn’t a generational matter – some of the faculty I know who seem most committed to print are younger than forty.”
“Dramatic Growth“ from Library Journal, 10/15/2011, Vol. 136 Issue 17, p32-34. This article reports on the “2011 Ebook Penetration & Use in U.S. Libraries Survey,” which indicated that electronic books (ebooks) had become widely popular in American libraries as of October 2011. Over 80% of public libraries were offering ebooks to their patrons, and the percentage was even higher for academic libraries. Several other statistics from the survey are also analyzed.
“…despite the ebook hype, and fear about the demise of libraries, the library experience is enriched by ebooks as another popular addition to collections already rich with various formats that keep users coming back.”
Finally, Christie introduced us to a website called Blurb, that allows users to create their own books including an option to make ebooks for iPhones and iPads.
Next FLIP meeting: Friday, Dec. 16. We hope to see you there!
For the June 10 meeting, our topic of discussion will be FLIP itself and how it is so far benefited all those involved. We feel that this is a rather unique type of group and are looking into the possibility of writing an article to submit to C&RL News for publication. But we need your input and would love for you to come to this meeting to join the conversation. Please consider the following questions and let us know your answers. If you can’t attend the meeting in person, feel free to reply in comments on this post. Your feedback is very much appreciated:
1. How has FLIP benefited you?
2. How do you think FLIP has benefited the Consortium Library?
We would like to hear multiple perspectives - from library faculty, staff, current and past library school students, and/or folks considering library school in the future. Please let us know if and how participating in FLIP has made a difference for you.
The Anchorage Chapter of the Alaska Library Association is hosting a special event for those who are attending, have attended, or are thinking about attending library school.
When: Tuesday, April 12, 7:30-9:30 pm
Where : UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307
See this linked flyer for more details: AkLA Networking Night
We are trying again! At the next FLIP meeting, we will discuss the book “Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder” by David Weinberger (2007). We actually tried this early in the year but the discussion meeting never came to fruition (note: don’t plan this type of thing in the weeks approaching the AkLA Conference). But we are determined to follow through because 1) it really is an interesting and relevant read and 2) the author himself actually commented on the post where our discussion of his book was first announced (you can find that here, second comment below the post).
Anyway, our new approach is to break the discussion into smaller and (hopefully easier to keep up with) portions of the book. So when we meet again (on Friday, Dec. 17), we’ll talk about the first three chapters of the book which amount to just over 60 pages.
In case you’re wondering what “Everything is Miscellaneous” is all about, here is a blurb from the Amazon.com Review: “Human beings are information omnivores: we are constantly collecting, labeling, and organizing data. But today, the shift from the physical to the digital is mixing, burning, and ripping our lives apart. In the past, everything had its one place–the physical world demanded it–but now everything has its places: multiple categories, multiple shelves. Simply put, everything is suddenly miscellaneous.”
Want even more information? Weinberger also maintains a blog (of the same title) that discusses the topics covered in the book. The author also has his own website, Evident, which includes his full biography.
So back to the discussion of the next FLIP meeting: the first three chapter titles are listed below to pique your interest and/or get you motivated to start reading. You have 30 days to read about 60 pages, that’s not impossible, is it??
Chapter 1: The New Order of Order
Chapter 2: Alphabetization and Its Discontents
Chapter 3: The Geography of Knowledge