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MLA Asks You to Review Your Member Profiles

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

The PRRC (Professional Recruitment and Retention Committee) of MLA would be thrilled if you could ask your Chapters to review their member profiles on MLANET and indicate their areas of expertise and their willingness to serve as a mentor to a MLA member.  It is easy to do, the steps are below.

Currently only about 10% of MLA members have entered information in these areas.  Check your profile today, you might be able to help another librarian!

  • Go to
  • Select Member Center, then Member Login
  • Select Go to My Member Area
  • Select My MLA Contact & Profile Information
  • Select My Contact and Expertise Info
  • Scroll down and click Edit to update your areas of Professional Expertise or your interest in Mentoring other MLA members.

Job Ad: Associate Director, Biomedical Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library seek a dynamic, energetic, and service-oriented Associate Director, with clinical and educational expertise, to lead and coordinate clinical outreach activities, reference and instructional services, and Patron Services (access services and document delivery). Supervise 5 professional librarians and indirectly 5 support staff and 3 Reference Interns. Serve as a member of the Health Sciences Libraries leadership team. Report to the Associate Director of the Health Sciences Libraries/Director, Biomedical Library. Partner with information services/research and instructional services librarians across the Penn Libraries to ensure collaborations for new and improved services.


MLS from an ALA-accredited program with course work related to the health science and at least 5 years of experience in a hospital, academic health sciences library or relevant healthcare setting or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Health sciences subject expertise.
Supervisory experience.
Teaching experience or demonstrated ability.
Demonstrated collaborative and organizational strength and strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Understanding of the potential of developing technologies for enhancing services and demonstrated knowledge of the latest trends and available tools for teaching and electronic delivery of information.
Ability to work independently as well as operate within a collegial framework of faculty, staff, students and administrators to deliver desired outcomes.
Demonstrated commitment to professional growth and active involvement in professional activities.

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Job Ad: Curator of Historical Collections, Syracuse, NY

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

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Curator of Historical Collections

The Health Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY is seeking a Curator to develop and implement restoration and preservation procedures and to maximize the visibility of the History of Medicine collections through programming, exhibits, and the development of web content. This position reports to the Health Sciences Library Director. Responsibilities include enhancing access to collections through the innovative application of technologies; cataloging items; digitizing photographs; preservation of paper and objects; developing a plan to organize the collections; responding to History of Medicine requests from scholars and the SUNY Upstate community; conducting tours of the collections; supervising scholars’ use of the collections; assisting with primary research; preparation of reports, surveys, budget requests and justifications; and identification of external funding in support of exhibits, programming and digitization projects..

The SUNY Upstate Medical University is Central New York’s only academic medical center and the region’s largest employer. Our community includes colleges of medicine, nursing, allied health, & graduate studies; the downtown and community campuses of University Hospital, the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital and the forthcoming Cancer Center. For more information about us, please visit: SUNY Upstate @ ; University Hospital @ and the Library @

Required: Masters degree in History (Archives emphasis), Library Sciences, or other closely related field; professional archival experience, preferably in an academic archives; demonstrated knowledge of and experience with program planning, web based content development, digital imaging and archives related information technologies, and the preservation process; demonstrated familiarity with primary research methods and materials; a strong customer service orientation; ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex, fast-paced environment; and proficiency with MS Office products.

Preferred: knowledge of history of medicine and experience in an academic library.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Initial appointment will be at the rank of Senior Assistant Librarian. Excellent benefits package including TIAA-CREF and other retirement options. One year term appointment with the potential to be extended. Position is open until filled.

Interested candidates may learn more and apply on-line (Job # 037844) at For initial consideration, please apply prior to March 14, 2014. Position is open until filled. SUNY Upstate Medical University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer seeking excellence through diversity.