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Monthly Archives: November 2011

LinkedIn groups provide a great place to discuss MLIS careers

LinkedIn groups provide a great place to discuss MLIS careers. Topic list here


Job candidates with Disabilities

Job candidates seeking a federal position should be aware of the Schedule A Hiring authority for those with disabilities. down until about 11:00 this down until about 11:00 this morning. Still working out the kinks

Explore: Library Science and Intelligence Analysis

On November 8th,  the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science and the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) sponsored   “Library Science and Intelligence Analysis: Converging Educational Paths.”

The expert panel of library science and intelligence educators included:

Ran Hock, CUA Adjunct, author of Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook, 3rd Ed
Kathy Pherson,  Owner, Pherson Associates, Intelligence Education, Training and past chair of the DC Chapter of the IAFIE.
Edna Reid, Dept. of Justice
Dave Shumaker, Clinical Associate Professor, CUA
William C. Spracher,   COL (USA Army, Ret), Ed D, Director, National Military Intelligence Association and Chair of the DC Chapter of International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE).
Blane Dessy,  Executive Director of Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) and Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) and CUA Adjunct

The dialog on this most exciting topic explored the degree to which the theory and practice of library and information science directly correlates to the field of intelligence analysis.
Free to view the video of the seminar here.

Submitted by Marianne E. Giltrud, MSLS, Seminar Moderator

Library of Congress appointments

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington last week announced the
appointments of Roberta I. Shaffer as associate librarian for Library
Services and David S. Mao as law librarian of Congress.
The appointments take effect Jan. 3.

Details here

What you missed . . . ALA scholarship application

Still timely featured posts from our Google groups:

ALA 2012 scholarship online application now available
CHICAGO – Scholarship money is available for future librarians.

ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master’s degree level.  Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  The application and instructions are available on-line at* The application deadline is March 1, 2012.*

There are many types of scholarships available for the study of librarianship.  These include scholarships for students who are interested in children’s librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation.  In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and for people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a masters program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA.  Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Complete guidelines and instructions are available on the website.

The scholarship process is open annually from October through March. For more information, visit or call theALA Scholarship Clearinghouse at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4279.
Aimee Babcock-Ellis, MLS
*Carpe Diem*
“Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Why would you recommend someone early in their career consider working for the government?”

A new answer every week at FedMentors, a feature of FedScoop. Last week’s interview is from Emma Antunes, Web Manager, NASA. FedMentors

What you missed . . . New Feds

Featuring some still timely posts from our Google group.

How do professionals starting their federal careers feel about the
agencies they serve, and how well are those agencies managing their
new class of public servants? In an era of career flexibility and job
fluidity, what does it take to build a federal government workforce of
the future?

Best Places to Launch a Federal Career


What you missed . . . background checks

Featuring some still timely posts from our Google group.

As of May 9, 2011, employers have the option to utilize the services of a background check company that has the approval of the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC-approved Social Intelligence Corporation, a California based company, is a consumer reporting agency in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. As a consumer reporting agency, Social Intelligence Corporation can issue legal background checks “because it assembles or evaluates consumer report information that is furnished to third parties that use such information as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for employment.” Law & Technology News

posted 9/28/2011

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