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Are You Studying Library Information Sciences? Apply for the Roger K. Summit Scholarship today!

As a member of the ProQuest® Discover More Corps, you may be interested to learn about the 2014 Roger K. Summit Scholarship, presented annually in honor of Dialog’s founder, a pioneer in information systems design. Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2014.

This $5,000 (USD) award is presented to a student currently enrolled in an accredited library or information science program anywhere in the world. It is one of the many ways ProQuest shows its support for librarianship.

To learn more about the scholarship or to download an application, click here.

If you are an LIS instructor, please share this information with your students. If you are a student, we encourage you to apply for the scholarship. After all, someone is going to receive $5,000. Why not you?

February FLIP Meeting

Hello everyone,

One of the great things about working in libraries is the opportunity, and the expectation, for continual learning. Come join us at this month’s FLIP meeting to hear about the variety of interesting professional development activities your colleagues have been engaged in. If you’ve participated in a conference, workshop, webinar, etc., we’d love to hear about your experience.

Anyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to bring a friend, as well as your lunch. Hope to see you there!

When: 12-1pm Friday, February 14
Where: Room 306, UAA/APU Consortium Library

As Data Proliferate, So Do Data-Related Graduate Programs

I thought this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education might be of interest to FLIP:

As Data Proliferate, So Do Data-Related Graduate Programs

“Last month the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley started what officials there say is the first all-online master’s degree in information and data science. Its mission, in part, is to produce graduates with an awareness of the social and policy implications of data…”


AkLA Conference Grant for Library Employees, Volunteers, or Board Members

2014 AkLA Regional Conference Attendance Grant for an Employee, Volunteer or Board Member of a Library in Southcentral Alaska

Do you live in the Southcentral Region of Alaska and are you interested in attending the Alaska Library Association 2014 Conference in Anchorage? Grant assistance is available to help defray your costs. The Alaska Library Association is offering $500 to one library employee, volunteer and/or board member from a library in the Southcentral region as designated by the Alaska Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (see http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CF_Plans.cfm) to assist with travel and lodging expenses incurred while attending the 2014 AkLA Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient.


  • You must be working in or with a library within the Southcentral region boundaries, as designated by the DCCED.
  • You must be a library staff member, board member or volunteer.
  • You must either currently be a member of the Alaska Library Association, or join before the grant is awarded.
  • Submit your application by Thursday, February 3rd, 2014.

Conditions for Grant Acceptance:

  • The recipient will sign an acceptance statement agreeing to the following conditions:
  • The recipient will attend three days of the conference.
  • The recipient will receive their grant check at an awards function, to take place during the conference.
  • The recipient will keep an informal log or diary about the sessions attended. The log or diary is to be submitted to the Continuing Education Committee as a basis for project evaluation. This will be used by the committee to improve this grant award and its requirements. Both positive and negative comments are helpful.

2014 AkLA Conference Attendance Award Southcentral Region Application

Conference Attendance Award applications may be sent by email (Strongly preferred), fax, or letter by February 3, 2014 to:

AkLA Conference Attendance Grant

c/o Julie Niederhauser

Alaska State Library

P.O. Box 110571

Juneau, AK 99811-0571
Telephone 906-465-2916

Fax 907-465-2665

Email Julie.niederhauser@alaska.gov


Julie Niederhauser

Public Library Coordinator

Alaska State Library

(907) 465-2916 or within Alaska, (888) 465-2916

ListenAlaska Ebooks

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your winter break.

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the January FLIP meeting from the 10th to the 17th.

Date: Friday, January 17, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 309

At this month’s meeting we’ll be giving an overview of ebooks available through ListenAlaska. Whether you’d like to learn more about downloading ebooks or are an expert and would like to share any tips you’ve learned, please join us for this hands-on session. Feel free to bring your favorite ebook reader or tablet.

This session will be open to university faculty, staff, and students, as well as FLIP members, so please feel free to spread the word and bring a friend.

Job Openings at the Anchorage Public Library

Via Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai

The Anchorage Public Library is recruiting two librarians for the Mountain View branch library. Mountain View is the most diverse census district in the United States and the library has become a strong neighborhood partner with agencies and community groups serving the diverse residents and helping to revitalize the neighborhood.  The library itself is only three years old, LEED certified and a welcoming and friendly environment. While Mountain View Library welcomes and provides programming and services for all patrons, the library shares a parking lot with a middle school and is in walking distance of two elementary schools. As a result the library has a large number of thriving youth and teen programs.

Currently we are recruiting a youth services librarian to plan, present, and evaluate programming for youth from birth to age 18. The YS librarian will also assist with system wide collection development, do outreach to local schools, work on the reference desk, and manage the library in the branch manager’s absence.

We are also recruiting a branch manager who will manage the library staff, facility, and adult collections. The manager also plans and presents programs for adults, builds partnerships with local agencies and community groups, and participates as needed with system-wide initiatives.

For general information about Anchorage Public Library jobs:  http://www.muni.org/jol

For the youth services librarian job:  http://tinyurl.com/k8du2ay

For the branch manager librarian job:  http://tinyurl.com/ll3tel7

Both positions will be open until January 7th.

FLIP Meeting Cancelled

Hi everyone,

Well, we hate to do this, but we are cancelling the December 13 FLIP meeting. We just have too many events going on that day–no one can say the library isn’t a busy place! We will reschedule the ListenAlaska ebooks session for a future meeting. In the meantime, if you do have any questions about ListenAlaska or other ebooks, please feel free to contact Electronic Resources Librarian, Christie Ericson or visit the Ebooks How-To Guide.

Enjoy the holidays!

FLIP Meeting Cancelled

Hi everyone,

Due to the high number of conflicting obligations, the November 8th FLIP meeting will be cancelled. The next meeting will be December 13th and we will be giving an overview of downloading ListenAlaska ebooks. Stay tuned for more information.

I Need A Library Job (INALJ.com)

FLIP members might be interested in this upcoming presentation and opportunity to network with folks in the library field:


Hello AkLA-Anchorage Chapter, AkLA E-Council and other colleagues!

Naomi House, editor, publisher, and founder of I Need A Library Job (INALJ.com) and 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, will be speaking at the Alaska State Library in Anchorage on Friday, September 20th, at 4 pm.

This presentation on personal and library branding and marketing is in part sponored by AkLA-A and is open to the public.


Following the speaker, you are welcome to an evening of fun with colleagues at a restaurant nearby – currently we’re thinking Brown Bag Sandwich Co. for drinks &/or dinner, but open to other suggestions.

A big thanks to Freya Anderson for making this happen!


Please consider joining us for this exciting opportunity, and bring along your library friends, and/or forward this to anyone you think may be intersted!

Feel free to contact me with questions.

Hope to see you there!



PS – the Alaska State Library’s address is 344 W. 3rd Ave., Suite 125.


Jodi Jacques

President, AkLA-A

A career in library technical services, anyone?

At FLIP meetings, we often talk about different types of librarianship and the variety of career paths in libraries. Here is a chance to learn all about one of those potential options.

The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services New Member Interest Group (ALCTS NMIG) is offering a FREE webinar developed with all in mind—from the aspiring graduate student to the experienced library professional looking to undertake new responsibilities or for a career change.

Step behind the scenes to learn about the exciting variety of rewarding careers available in technical services librarianship. Our panel of experienced technical services librarians from a variety of positions and institutions will be the tour guides to the world of technical services. This isn’t your grandmother’s technical services department.

Often on the edge of developing technology and the implementation of it on a local level, technically able technical services librarians are necessary in the growth and development of the future of libraries. Panelists will speak about their daily work, what led them to decide on a career as a technical services librarian, and recommendations for those interested in pursuing a similar career path.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will better understand:

  • The different and varied positions available in technical services.
  • What a day in the life of a technical service librarian is like.
  • Ideas and tips regarding pursuing a career in librarianship—including grad school classes, internships, and skills.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. (Alaska)
For more details and registration information, visit the ALCTS page for Technical Services Librarians Matter at Your Library: Finding a Career in Technical Services