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Save the date for Unlocking Open Access: Making it work for publishers, authors, and institutions More transparency (and less abuse) for Impact Factor? Librarians and Research Impact
Save the date for Unlocking Open Access: Making it work for publishers, authors, and institutions

Save the date for Unlocking Open Access: Making it work for publishers, authors, and institutions

Save the date for Unlocking Open Access: Making it work for publishers, authors, and institutions Date: Friday, 17 October Location: Craftsman Inn, Fayetteville, NY Please plan on joining the Upstate New York chapter of SLA (UNYSLA) to dig deep into the evolving world of open access. Open access content is only free to the end […]

More transparency (and less abuse) for Impact Factor?

More transparency (and less abuse) for Impact Factor?

As was reported this month in Nature, Thomson Reuters is planning changes to the calculation system for its Journal Impact Factor metric. The company says this is being done in order to address longstanding and widespread criticism that Impact Factor is affecting the behavior of researchers, causing a crush of would-be authors all trying to […]

Librarians and Research Impact

Librarians and Research Impact

Elsevier’s LibraryConnect blog recently made available a PDF handout detailing the impact librarians can have on the output of researchers, whether in academia or industry. Take a look at the post, then download the handout for yourself and give it out to the researchers in your community or workplace.

Job Opportunities at SCRLC, Ithaca, NY

South Central Regional Library Council, Ithaca, New York is accepting applications for two librarian positions:

Digital Services Librarian (full-time, 37.5 hours per week)

Educational Services Librarian  (25 hours per week)

Salaries and Benefits: Salaries are commensurate with experience. SCRLC offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, 21 vacation days, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 14 holidays. Benefits for part-time positions are prorated.

About SCRLC: One of nine NYS multitype Reference and Research Library Resources Councils (NY3Rs), from its headquarters in Ithaca SCRLC serves 70 members across 10,000 square miles in its 14-county region of Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates. Members include academic, hospital, corporate and non-profit libraries, public library systems, and school library systems and their members. As a result, SCRLC serves over 500 libraries.

How to Apply: Email a cover letter (indicate for which position you are applying ), resume, and three references to Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Executive Director, South Central Regional Library Council, Send documents as Word or PDF attachments.

Deadline for Application: Applications received by Monday, September 15, 2014 will be given preference, though they will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Solo Librarian Special Interest Group Lunchtime Networking

SCRLC is hosting a meeting for their Solo Special Interest Group (SoloSIG)

Tuesday, August 26
12:00 noon-1:00 pm

This online gathering will permit solo library managers/directors/staff to explore common issues, solutions, and network with others in similar situations across the region.

Topics of discussion will be some best practices, tips, and tricks solos have discovered or invented to serve their users. The attendees will determine the format, topics, and timing of future sessions.

To register or express your interest, please send an email to Registration deadline is noon on 8/25.

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Archives Processor (3 positions) – Union College

Excellent opportunity for graduate students or recent grads!

The Adirondack Research Library invites applications for part time graduate assistants to perform basic processing of materials in two archival collections, the John S. Apperson papers and the Paul Schaffer papers. The selected candidates will assist in the creation of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids, following standard rules of description: Describing Archives -A Content Standard (DACS). Additional responsibilities include appraising, preserving, rehousing, arranging and describing the two archival collections following prescribed guidelines, and flagging items of interest found in the collections for simultaneous item level metadata description. In addition, the Graduate Assistants will supervise the work of undergraduate students who will complete the metadata entry into specialized software programs.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and familiarity with archival processing and descriptive standards required, graduate student or recent graduate in Library and Information Science program strongly preferred. Must also be able to lift 40 lb. boxes on a regular basis, and handle one-of-a-kind materials with the utmost care.

This position is part of a grant funded project running through December 30, 2015.

Visit Union College’s Human Resources website for more information.

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Emerging Technologies Librarian – RIT

The Emerging Technologies Librarian is a member of the IT Support and Development Department within The Wallace Center. This position will identify and implement innovative uses of emerging information and web technologies to enhance the delivery of online content in a university setting including projects related to libraries, instruction, and student learning.

Specific projects may include piloting vendor applications, or using web services to improve the user experience in discovering, searching, or acquiring library materials and content. Additionally, the position will assist users in working with the Drupal CMS, customizing the interface for various applications, and integrating services from separate applications, including library databases and services supporting digital collections. Projects will likely include implementation and customization of open source code, using various API’s made available by Google, OCLC, or Code4Lib members, as well as various library vendors, universities or development groups.

Full requirements and details are available at:

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Meet the Candidates for President-Elect

Thursday, August 14 2:00 pm EDT
Jim DelRosso and Tom Rink

Register at

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Meet the Candidates for Cabinet Chair-Elects

Wednesday, August 6 1:00 pm EDT

Chapter Cabinet Chair-Elect
David Cappoli and Kim Silk

Division Cabinet Chair-Elect
Ruth Kneale and Valerie Perry

Register at

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Free Webinar: Ready, Set, Go: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective “How-To” Tutorials

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Presents -

Ready, Set, Go: Easy-to-Use Online Tools to Create Effective “How-To” Tutorials (TechTime session)

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)

Presenter: Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies, NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region


MAR offers 1 MLA Continuing Education (CE) credit per session-details will be provided at the end of the session.

Summary: This presentation will feature a select group of easy-to-use, (mostly) free online tools to plan and create online tutorials (aka, screencasts). Key features of these online tutorial creation tools will be demonstrated and best practices for screencasting, including voice-over narration and storyboarding, will be discussed.

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Free Webinar: Disaster-Related Awardee Project Reports

National Network of Libraries of Medicine Presents

Disaster-Related Awardee Project Reports (Lunch with the RML session)

Date / Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 / 11 am – Noon (ET)



Bridget Quinn-Carey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Queens Public Library
Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, New Jersey State Library

Summary: Bridget will provide a report for the Queens Library Mobile Health Information Classroom: Superstorm Sandy had a devastating effect on the residents of Far Rockaway. Two Queens public libraries were severely damaged and will be under repair for some time. Mobile units were being used. This award supports technology purchases for Queens Library to offer health information services within the mobile units.

Michele will provide a synopsis of two NN/LM MAR funded events that took place following Superstorm Sandy. The primary goal of these events was to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities so the libraries can engage in disaster response in their communities. As a result, a cohort of public libraries proceeded to receive additional NN/LM MAR funding to partner with emergency planners in order to increase awareness of the value of a public library before, during, and after a disaster.

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