Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Job Posting: City Library Director-New Haven (CT) Free Public Library

City Library Director-New Haven (CT) Free Public Library
The position closes May 25, 2014.
Creating Community – Unleashing Potential - the New Haven Free Public Library Board of Directors seeks an exceptional leader to help realize the Library’s strategic goals, create community, and unleash the potential of the city and the library at its heart. The successful candidate will exhibit strong management skills and excellent cultural competencies. The Library Director will work well in a complex environment and be a strong team leader who builds consensus internally and be a passionate advocate who connects the library system externally with a broad mosaic of community stakeholders. The library, with a $5 million annual budget ($4.5 from City appropriations), a strong senior management team and a dedicated staff (52.3 FTEs), provides services and programs through the historic Ives Main Library (on the New Haven Green and adjacent to the Yale campus), four branches and a ReadMobile. The Library Director, working with the board and a related foundation board, will build on fundraising successes of the last decade and secure new financial resources to increase services.  The Library will serve as a powerful catalyst for strong neighborhoods, academic success of every school child, and workforce development. For additional details see NHFPL Strategic Plan 2014-2016.

New Haven is one of America’s most dynamic small cities. The City proper has a population of 130,000. The principal municipality of a metropolitan region on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, it is in close proximity to Boston and New York City, which is accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. New Haven had the largest population growth of any New England city in the 2000-2010 U.S. Census and it has the highest apartment occupancy rate in the nation, with construction of more downtown residential sites underway. Like most communities, New Haven is also home to people with socio-economic challenges – but it has a scale and assets that make connecting residents to opportunity more possible. The local economy has a lot of STEAM – with science, technology, education, arts, and medicine as key drivers. Bioscience is growing, fueled by university research and the presence of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the fifth largest hospital in the U.S. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the main library. New Haven has professional theater, practicing architects, new and classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has 376 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture spanning three centuries – and nature is always nearby, with beaches, hiking trails, parks and farms not far from the city center.  Such recreational opportunities are beneficial, given that New Haven is also a great restaurant town – from fine dining to the best pizza anywhere. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links.

Responsibilities: The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions.  The Library Director provides leadership and vision in the creation and administration of a city library system committed to public service that shares, cooperates and collaborates with other educational, cultural and social agencies in the community.  The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Directors on policy, strategic planning and fundraising matters and to the Chief Administrative Officer on administrative, personnel and budget issues. The Library Director also leads the Foundation Board of the New Haven Free Public Library (the Library’s fund raising arm). Additional information on the position can be found in the official job description.

Qualifications:  A master’s degree in library science, business, non-profit management or other related fields.  A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership, management and board governance experience.   Five (5) years of which includes experience in administration, working with unions and authority over personnel.  This position requires an enthusiastic, service-oriented leader; well-versed in trends and the new technologies.  Must have a proven track record in fund raising and development.  Previous experience working in a multi-branch system, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing Board are highly desirable.     

A combination of training, proven experience and concrete results, which will provide the management, administration and supervisory functions needed to advance the New Haven Free Public Library and be a catalyst for New Haven’s civic renaissance. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.

Compensation.  The position offers a hiring salary range of $80,000-103,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone.  To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth BradburyThe position closes May 25, 2014.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Black Caucus of ALA Denounces ALA’s Decision to Hold 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

For immediate release: March 10, 2014
Media Contact: Jason Alston, jasonalston@gmail.com

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), condemns the American Library Association’s (ALA) decision to continue with plans to hold the ALA 2016 annual conference in Orlando, Fla. in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict and that state’s refusal to revise or repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws, which were included in jury instructions in Zimmerman’s trial for second degree murder for fatally shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. in 2012.

BCALA believes that “Stand Your Ground” laws enable a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality against African-American men perceived without merit to be threats or assumed without evidence to be engaged in criminal behavior. Kenneth Nunn, a professor at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, wrote in the New York Times in 2012 that, “African-Americans, black males in particular, have been constructed in popular culture as violence-prone and dangerous,” and that this construct produces a fear in Americans that deadly force against such people is consequently reasonable in general.

BCALA therefore contends that Florida law should require more than perception of a threat before use of deadly force is deemed justifiable. BCALA predicts “Stand Your Ground” will be used in future killings where racial bias played a factor in the actions of the accused. Months after the Zimmerman verdict, another travesty of justice occurred when a Florida jury failed to convict Michael Dunn of murder for shooting into a car and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn said he fired because he felt threatened by Davis and other Black teens in a car Davis was riding in, but the unarmed Davis had not exited his vehicle or physically confronted Dunn. Dunn was convicted only for attempted murder after he continued firing at the vehicle as the teenagers attempted to flee.

BCALA believes that ALA, which claims various commitments to diversity and tolerance, should have begun plans to find a new venue for ALA 2016 following the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman. BCALA must question ALA’s true commitment to diversity and racial tolerance when ALA, North America’s largest and strongest library association, still plans to hold its largest and most financially lucrative function in a state that has become Ground Zero in initiating weapons laws, as well as voting policies, that potentially put the rights and safety of African-Americans at risk. ALA annual conferences are generally well-documented and publicized, and BCALA fears that librarians, 20,000 strong, conducting business and spending money in Orlando will negate any claim that librarians have to being advocates of equality and social justice.

BCALA, rather, is committed to creating, supporting and cheerleading initiatives that facilitate success in young Black males. The organization is particularly encouraged by President Barack Obama’s recent unveiling of the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, which the president hopes will, “(I)mprove significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color (including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) and their contributions to U.S. prosperity.” An initiative to support Black male success coming from national leadership will hopefully catch on with those who otherwise wouldn’t care or would see these youths as a threat.

BCALA was formally established in 1970 and remains the forefront networking and professional development vehicle for African-American librarians. An independent non-profit organization, BCALA sponsors scholarships and travel assistance, produces a quarterly publication and holds a biennial conference. BCALA serves in an advisory role to the American Library Association and collaborates with other ethnic affiliate organizations on diversity initiatives in libraries. More information about BCALA is available at www.bcala.org.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

BCALA Announces the 2014 Literary Awards Winners

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc.
BCALA Literary Awards Committee

Press Release                                                                                        Contact: Gladys Smiley Bell 757-727-5185
For Immediate Release or gladys.bell@hamptonu.edu
January 25, 2014                                                                                 
Press Room-Philadelphia Convention Center
 The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announces the winners of the 2014 BCALA Literary Awards during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Philadelphia, PA. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2013, including an award for Best Poetry and a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing. The recipients will receive the awards during the 2014 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Las Vegas, NV.
The winner of the 1st Novelist Award is The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel by Edward Kelsey Moore (Alfred A. Knopf).

The Fiction category winner is The Good Lord Bird: A Novel by James McBride (Riverhead). The Honor Book for Fiction is The Residue Years: A Novel by Mitchell S. Jackson (Bloomsbury).

The winner in the Nonfiction category is Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven Wilder (Bloomsbury).
Honor Books for Nonfiction are Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer  (Temple University Press); Kansas City Lightning: The Life and Times of Young Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch (Harper); and Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time by Adrian Miller (The University of North Carolina Press).
The BCALA Literary Awards Committee presents the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation to Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Harper Design).
The winner for BCALA’s Best Poetry Award is Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow). The Honor Book for Poetry is Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers Frank X. Walker (University of Georgia Press).

Members of the BCALA Literary Awards Jury are: Gladys Smiley Bell (Chair), Hampton University; Jennifer Baxmeyer, Princeton University; Tracy Crawford, Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center; Carolyn Garnes, Atlanta, GA; DL Grant, San Antonio Public Library; John Page, Washington, D.C.; and Apryl Price, Florida State University.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Job Posting: Librarian 2/LSTA Coordinator; CT State Library

Please see the attached job announcement for a Librarian2/LSTA Coordinator. 

The application deadline is February 17, 2014; 4pm – no exceptions.

Direct all questions to:
Deborah Craig, Human Resources Specialist
Department of Administrative Services, Small Agency Resource Team – SmART Unit
165 Capitol Avenue, 5th Floor East
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Confidential Fax: (860) 622-4921 (preferred method of submission)
Email to DAS.HR.SMART@ct.gov MUST include Lib2 (last name) 35044 in subject line.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SAA Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award

The application period for the 2014 Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student
Award is now open!

The Pinkett Award was established in 1993 and recognizes and
acknowledges minority graduate students, such as those of African,
Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and
personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional
archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

The recipients of the award will receive full complimentary
registration to the SAA Annual Meeting and related expenses for hotel
and travel for attending the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, D.C. in August 2014.  In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

Eligibility: The Pinkett is awarded to minority students, with
preference given to full-time students possessing a minimum scholastic
grade point average of 3.5 while enrolled in a graduate program
focusing on archival management during the academic year proceeding
the date on which the award is given.

For more details or to download the application form please visit:

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2014.

Source: [BCALA Listserv, 1/14/2014]

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Best African American Book lists of 2013

The PowerList: what African Americans are reading; http://powerlist.info/

The Fairfield County Library Administrators Group (FLAG) 2014 Scholarship

The Fairfield County Library Administrator’s Group (FLAG) is pleased to announce the FLAG 2014 Scholarship Application is now available for distribution. FLAG will award up to 2 scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each to matriculating MLS students at an ALA Accredited Master’s Program in Library and Information Studies. Applicants must be currently employed, or employed during the current membership year (September 2013-August 2014), at a FLAG Library. Please see below for the list of member libraries. Winners will be presented with the award at the 2014 CLA annual conference. Award recipients will also receive free registration and lunch on awards day.
This year’s application is in a fillable PDF format. All applications and transcripts must be received in electronic format. Paper submissions will not be considered.
All application information must be submitted by 11:59PM on February 26, 2014 to kgiotsas@westhavenlibrary.org.
FLAG Libraries:
Danbury Library, Darien Library, Easton Public Library, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Fairfield Public Library, The Farmington Libraries, Ferguson Library, Greenwich Library, Guilford Free Library, Hamden Public
Library, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Mark Twain Library, Milford Public Library, New
Canaan Library, Norwalk Public Library, Pequot Library, Perrot Memorial Library, Ridgefield
Library, Rowayton Library, Sacred Heart University Library, Stratford Library, Trumbull Library,
West Haven Public Library, Weston Public Library, Westport Library, and Wilton Library.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CLA 2014 Scholarships

The Career Development Committee offers scholarships annually to CLA members enrolled in MLS or LTA degree programs. This year the committee, in partnership with the Association of CT Library Boards (ACLB), is awarding two MLS scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00. The Career Development Committee will also award one LTA scholarship in the amount of $750.00. Application and all materials must be submitted/postmarked by February 7, 2014 in order to receive consideration. In addition to the monetary award, scholarship winners receive complimentary 1-day registration and lunch at the 2014 CLA Annual Conference.

Award Criteria

  • You must be 1) a CLA member and 2) a CT resident or employed in a CT library.
  • You must be enrolled, but not graduated, in an LTA or ALA-accredited MLS (MLIS) program.
  • Please send a copy of your letter of acceptance (MLS only). 
  • If you have received an ALA Spectrum Scholarship, please submit an official notification of the award.
  • Please send official transcripts of post-secondary education by the deadline; MLS students need only send official transcripts of completed Baccalaureate and other advanced degrees and should forward an official transcript of any work completed toward the MLS thus far.
  • Scholarships are not automatically renewed; students must reapply.
  • Award recipients will receive complimentary 1-day registration and lunch for the 2013 CLA annual conference.

Apply Online!  - MLS form or LTA Form

Not a CLA member? Don't worry! A student membership is only $25.00. Read about the benefits of membership.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Sarah Marek (mareks@ccsu.edu) or 860-832-3408