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Elluminate Live! meeting for November

This month is the first time we are presenting a FLIP meeting via Elive – we hope you will be able to join us either in person or virtually!

Date: Friday, November 9, 2012
Noon – 1pm
Consortium Library Room 309

 Join ELive Session (presented by Jennifer McKay): https://elive.uaa.alaska.edu:443/join_meeting.html?meetingId=1258018735350

Please let us know what you think, any feedback is appreciated! Should we try this again in the future?

October meeting recap

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.


Museum job opening

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.

Library job opportunities

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 employment@anchoragemuseum.org 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.

Spring 2012 FLIP meetings

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!


Job posting: Librarian I position at ARLIS

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:
Celia Rozen
Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS)

(907) 786-7676

Nov. 11 meeting recap: Ebooks

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!

Blog Post by Meredith Farkas

Thought this was a good blog post by Meredith Farkas:

How do you FLIP?

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.

Library Networking Night

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
: UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307

See this linked flyer for more details: AkLA Networking Night