Congrats to Melanie Medina for receiving the PLA Conference Travel Grant!

CUA LIS Student, Ms. Melanie Medina, has been selected to receive the Spectrum Scholar/PLA 2016 Conference Travel Grant. “The purpose of these grants is to create leadership and career exploration opportunities for Spectrum Scholars working in public librarianship through the conference’s array of continuing education and networking activities.”

“The grants provide complimentary registration to the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver, as well as $1,000 for travel and housing arrangements and an invitation to the conference VIP reception.”

“Applicants submitted an essay that answered the following questions:

  • What interests you about public librarianship?
  • Why are you the best person to receive this grant?
  • Why do you want to go to PLA 2016?
  • How will this conference help you BE EXTRAORDINARY?”

Great work, Melanie!

Read more about the scholarship here:


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Congratulations to Elizabeth Lieutenant On Her Presentations At The ALISE 2016 Annual Conference!

Elizabeth Lieutenant presented a number of projects at the ALISE 2016 Annual Conference:

I recently had the privilege of attending the Association for Library and Information Science Education 2016 Conference in Boston. While there, I presented a paper, “LIS Student Engagement in Systematic Program Planning: Inclusion, Impact, and Innovation,” with Bill Kules, an Associate Professor and Chair at The Catholic University of America’s Department of Library and Information Science (on leave) and Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. Our paper presentation highlighted a number of unique and innovate student engagement methods that will aid LIS programs in creating inclusive decision-making processes, collaborating with students to implement positive programmatic changes, and complying with the ALA Accreditation Standards’ systematic planning requirements. I could not be more grateful to Bill, my co-presenter and contributing researcher, for his continuous support of this research project and of student engagement. I was thrilled that so many people attended our session, including a healthy mix of administrators, faculty, staff, and students. In addition to my paper presentation, I also presented two posters during the Opening Reception, including “We’re Expected To Think, Aren’t We? Evaluating LIS Program-level Student Learning Outcomes.” Emily Clough, a fellow master’s student and lead researcher on my second poster, presented “How Confident are LIS students in Their Cataloging Skills?.”

Elizabeth is a current MSL(I)S student who is graduating in May 2016. Her extracurricular work on constituent engagement also includes a poster presentation at the Rutgers iSchool Research Invitational for Master’s Students and a piece published in the Association of College and Research Libraries blog. She looks forward to continuing her support of LIS students through her appointment to the Students and New Professionals Advisory Council of the Special Libraries Association.

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Rovelstad Scholarship Applications now being Accepted through May 9, 2016

Dear Students–

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Howard & Mathilde Rovelstad Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed by the late Dr. Rovelstad, Professor Emerita, and her husband Howard to assist deserving students in the Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree program.

The award covers half of tuition starting in the Fall, through the completion of the program. Up to two awards may be given.

Please visit for details regarding eligibility, application requirements, and timeline. All applications must be received in full by May 9, 2016.

Renate Chancellor
Scholarship Committee Chair


Renate Chancellor, Ph.D.  
Assistant Professor and University Pre-Law Advisor
Catholic University of America
Department of Library and Information Science
457 Columbus School of Law
620 Michigan Avenue
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-6272
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Records Management Analyst- Xentity- Reston, VA

We are searching for experienced Government Records Management (RM) support analysts to provide strategic, technical, and functional consulting, analysis, and program support to federal clients. If you have a passion on advising and supporting the RM lifecycle (develop plans, evaluate efficiencies while ensuring compliance, modify processes, improving performance, prepare communications and training, execute RM support) including R&D and support, working directly with the Government client, this would be of interest to you.

We are looking for RM analysts who are highly motivated to move RM beyond compliance, who in the first month on a new Federal client, can quickly understand current RM concept of operations (as it varies by Agency), their governance, and expected role functions.

  • Within the first three months be able to not only make recommendations for RM improvements, but immediately demonstrate your strong grasp of RM requirements.
  • You will work on strategies, tactical approaches, and hands-on in offsite storage, design, centralizing concepts, and file digitization
  • You will need to not survive but thrive in navigating the nature of bureaucratic, political, and educational complexities of supporting the stakeholder, end investment user, and overall executive committees and governance.
  • Finally, within the first year, see the recommendations come to life by executing, coaching, mentoring, educating, and assuring the implementation is tracking to your transition recommendations, roadmap, and transition plans time, metrics, and costs.

The work is expected to be at a Federal “Earth Agency” (agencies involved in air, land, water, energy, science, remote sensing, mapping, or the like supporting resource management or studies). Tasks may include:

  • Assess and Analyze RM Program – Assist with identifying weaknesses and deficiencies in improving the accessibility and preservation of archival collections and assists in the development of mitigation strategies; Participate in the development and conduct information program surveys, audits, reviews and analyses of current or projected operating programs for actual or potential effectiveness in achieving planned goals and objectives; Review and interprets records and information program directives, instructions, regulations, and delegations of authority for potential impact on program objectives, operating policies, work operations, and progress;
  • Coordinate with other organizational components on records and other information programs providing guidance, coordination, and assistance in complying with Federal regulations and government policies;
  • Provide Solution Architecture for digitizing records and information management
  • Support Off-Site Storage, digitization ‘scanning” projects, and draft RRS Schedules
  • Provide support with inventory management of  electronic data and physical records, including categorizing records for ensuring the appropriate disposition;
  • Monitor data management reporting system(s) affecting programs with interrelated functions and operations.
  • Extract, summarize, and analyze records and information program data; provide technical expertise on records holdings and needs and facilitate the records movement and its corresponding documentation as required by the Records and FOIA Officer; and
  • Prepare documentation on digitization and records management program activities for groups at various organizational levels.

Currently there are no positions open, but we are preparing for additional positions coming soon. We want to have a crack team, and are looking proactively for folks who want a new challenge, who may be bored, or just wants to work on a solid team tr ying to help the Government t ransform its information management practices .

You will work directly with and get domain guidance from our on-site Architecture Team who has years of experience with this client. They have been significant Government change agents for multiple decades. They enjoy mentoring, collaboration, and making appropriate decisions and as quite familiar with these client strategies, tactics, protocols, and solutions that will be successful. Our client base enjoys the value these two bring, and have made repeated requests for support for them and their teams over the years. Our goal would for your personal brand to grow to that level of trusted advisorship as well.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Science, Information Technology, or specific relevant subject area
  • 5 year experience in RM technology or business consulting.  Additionally, this position requires specific 1+ years of project experience with civilian government context of policy and law.
  • Experience in offsite storage, design, centralizing concepts, and file digitization
  • Archivist of the US Certificate of Completion of NARA Federal Records Management Training Program
  • Preferred to be ICRM Certified Records Manager (CRM)
  • Some additional special considerations and skills :
  • Records Management Certification (CRM issued by ARMA)
  • American Society for Access Professionals membership
  • Project Management Certification
  • Subject Matter Expertise in records management, including analyzing, interpreting, and applying records management principles, concepts, and best practices to develop, implement, and improve records management programs, policies, processes, and tools
  • Prefer have legal records and experience in supporting litigation holds as noted
  • Project experience with electronic records management systems (ERMS), planning and conducting formal analyses, evaluations, or reviews of records management functions, programs, activities, and issues and preparing and delivering written reports, briefings, whitepapers, findings, recommendations, and other written communications
  • Knowledge of federal records management statutes, regulations, and policies, including 44 US Code, Chapter 31, Records Management by Federal Agencies, Subchapter B of 36 CFR Chapter XII, Subchapter B – Records Management, OMB/NARA Memorandum M-12-18, and Managing Government Records Directive, August 24, 2012, Chapter 35, A-130, Management of Federal Information Resources, FOIA, GPRA, the Privacy Act, FISMA, CPIC, and FEA
  • Must be able to travel 10-20% of the time in US, possible AK/HI or International
  • Previous experience supporting scientific programs, preferably government related, in earth management and sciences including marine, atmospheric, hydrological, topographic, geological, renewable, or a myriad of dozens of other critical earth sciences.
  • Must be able to rapidly context switch across subject matter, communication and architecture products, and stakeholder audiences.
  • Must be able to pass basic NACI, background, drug and reference checks
  • Have a home office  with frequent on-site presence or on-site 100%
  • Must be able to demonstrate fast, quality typing as well as fast visual prototyping.
  • Tool Experience in PowerPoint, Visio, Office Automation
  • No Relocation Assistance, must be local

About Xentity

We are a fast-growing data consulting and support services firm. Check out to learn about our focus, services, clients, missions, values as well as our excellent benefits package and career information.

We have high profile clients and projects that our staff really delivery for, as well enjoy knowing they make a large difference.

Our President has a vision to continue to focus on solutions that transform the Next Generation. He seeks projects in renewable energy, integrating geosciences, high performance computing, big data and advanced concepts like fuzzy logic, changing interfaces points mobile or augmented reality and many more disruptions. He wants to continue to put the I back in Information Technology by concentrating on pragmatic designs, leadership and management, and the all too forgotten focus on outreach and engagement strategies and solutions.

More can be found at

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Stone Lecture, Friday, April 22 @ 7 p.m.

The Library & Information Science Alumni Board cordially invites
CUA alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to the
2016 Dr. Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture
Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. 
Byron Auditorium, Room 204 in the Columbus School of Law
Sponsored by the Department of Library & Information Science
This year’s guest will be oceanographer and archivist at the NOAA
National Centers for Environmental Information
Don Collins
“An Oceanographer’s Voyage Into Librarianship”
We will also be presenting the 2016 Raymond Von Dran Memorial Award to
Barry Trott (MLIS 1997) for his contributions to the field of library and information science 
We ask that you please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Find out more about the Dr. Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture Series
Donate to the Elizabeth W. Stone Scholarship Fund for CUA Library & Information Science Students
(remember to designate your gift as Stone Scholarship Fund).
Free parking will be available in the law school garage
For more information or for accommodations please contact the
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Head of Digital Services Unit- Georgetown University- Washington DC

Georgetown University Lauinger Library (
invites applications for the position of Head, Digital Services Unit.

View the posting and Apply at:

The *Unit Head, Digital Services* coordinates the planning, designing,
implementation, maintenance, expansion and communication/outreach of the
digital collections/projects, digital services, and institutional
repository services, collections and content, including the design,
deployment and maintenance of digital services and platforms which includes
DigitalGeorgetown and related digital tool sets, representations of digital
content, digital conversion, interoperability of digital platforms, and
integration of digital resources into learning management systems.

The Digital Services Unit is one of two core units of LIT along with
Library Applications and Systems Support. The Unit Head, Digital Services
position reports to the Head of Library Information Technology, who
provides strategy, planning, and policy direction. Supervises 1 FTE digital
services staff and 2-3 FTE student assistants. Duties include but are not
limited to:

– Initiates and is the first point of contact for all new digital
projects and digital initiatives, and works with both internal and external
project stakeholders to develop an achievable project plan guided by a
clear project charter.
– Monitors progress toward project milestones and coordinates with
stakeholders of participating departments in the library and the University
to ensure timely progress toward completion, making necessary adjustments
in keeping with the priorities of the GU Libraries as a whole.
– Keeps current on technology trends, to identify possibilities for
collaboration and partnership on digital initiatives within the GU
Libraries, university and consortially, and to be proactive in ensuring
that the GU Libraries remain current and relevant with their digital
collections and digital repositories and systems.
– Seeks out new opportunities for GU Libraries with emphasis on
innovation, digital developments, and new roles for academic libraries in
digital pedagogy and curriculum. In addition, the Unit Head, Digital
Services will serve as a public face for digital initiatives by
representing the GU Libraries on external committees, working groups, and
other professional organizations as needed.


– Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an
ALA-accredited program or related degree.
– Minimum two years of direct experience with digital initiatives
(digitization projects, digital content management systems and/or Web-based
delivery of digital objects).
– Experience with some digital collection management platforms or
extensible services such as DSpace, Islandora, Omeka, DigiTool, Blacklight
– Demonstrated ability to analyze user requirements to deliver digital
solutions and experience performing usability surveys.
– Experience with digital image file formats, conversion and software
such as Adobe CS
– Knowledge of audio and visual applications in the virtual environment.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving many
stakeholders simultaneously.

To apply, please go to the following URL <

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Assistant Photo Librarian- The Niels Bohr Library & Archives- Washington DC

Job Description:

The Niels Bohr Library & Archives, a special collection in the history of modern physics, astronomy, and allied sciences at the American Institute of Physics, seeks an Assistant Photo Librarian to be responsible for administering the print and digital photograph collections held in the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.  This position is responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, including access, preservation, copyright, and promotion of the photograph collection. Duties include acquisitions, cataloging, preservation, database maintenance, providing reference services, overseeing digitization and other related activities. The successful candidate will work to improve access to the photograph collections, supervise part-time assistants and student interns, and assist in the daily operations of the Niels Bohr Library as needed.


MLS degree (ALA approved) and a minimum of two years of professional experience are required, as well as knowledge of best practices concerning digital collections (not limited to visual materials).  Experience/familiarity with Drupal or other content management systems, copyright research, metadata and cataloging standards for visual materials is preferred.  Must be able to lift 40-pound boxes of library materials. Knowledge of science is not required.


If you are qualified for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to AIP Human Resources<>.

For the full posting please see:

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Reference Librarian- University of Virginia University Library- Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia University Library seeks a Reference Librarian for the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The position of Reference Librarian directly supports the academic and scholarly initiatives of University faculty, students, staff, and researchers by providing collection-based liaison relationships, consultations, and course-related support for research projects. Primarily responsible for managing the Public Services desk in Special Collections, the Reference Librarian provides excellent service and convenient and timely access to collections.

The Reference Librarian:
-guides users in how to use finding aids and bibliographic tools and by knowing the content of collections;
-provides security for the collections and teaches users proper handling of the collections;
-helps users with digital reproduction needs;
-handles online reference and manages an orderly, quiet Reading Room;
-establishes circulation policies and user services protocols;
-develops and delivers task-specific training to student assistants in the public services unit and writes training or procedural documentation.

For further details please see:

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Cataloger- Special Counsel- Washington DC


Special Counsel is searching for proven catalogers to join a long-term cataloging project that will be conducted completely remotely. This is a fantastic opportunity for the candidate with strong cataloging experience, preferably within an educational library, School library (PreK-K)  setting, to contribute to a large-scale knowledge management project completely remotelyunder the direction of a Project Analyst. The ideal candidate will have:

  • An MLS from an accredited university, preferably with an emphasis on special collections, digital media, and cataloging.
  • Demonstrated cataloging experience in a professional setting, preferably within an educational environment such as a school library.
  • Familiarity with producing knowledge management hierarchies as confirmed to standard curriculum requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as the project will be conducted completely remotely under the direction of a Project Analyst. Reliable access to a computer with strong internet access required.

If you are interested in this position and your skillset meets the required qualifications, please submit your resume


If you are selected for a phone screen, a recruiter will connect with you via telephone.

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Technical Services Librarian- Virginia Theological Seminary- Alexandria, VA


Employment Opportunity
Technical Services Librarian

The Bishop Payne Library at Virginia Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology in Alexandria, VA, seeks a full-time Technical Services Librarian. Duties include original and copy cataloguing in all formats; name and series authority work; training and supervising staff; overseeing system administration and technical processing. Additional duties include establishing department priorities; collecting and analyzing data; create reports; and serve as liaison between the department and other library staff regarding bibliographic control of library materials. This position will also serve as Librarian in Charge as needed. Some evening and week-end hours required.

The successful candidate must be knowledgeable of MARC formats, RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Library of Congress classification system. An ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science is required. Ability to move library materials up to 35 pounds required.

Educational background in theology, church history, or Biblical studies preferred. 2 years of cataloging experience preferred. Supervisory experience preferred. Experience with Innovative Interfaces library system preferred.

Those interested in applying are invited to submit a resume and cover letter by May 15, 2016.

VTS is committed to racial and ethnic diversity at every level of its life and mission. VTS is an EEOC employer.

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