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Job Posting: Branch Librarian – Pend Oreille County Library District

Job Title: POCLD – Branch Librarian
Location: Calispel Valley, Ione, Metaline Falls or Newport
Supervisor: Director of Library Services
Salary: $13.75 to $20.00 per hour

Under the general supervision of the Director, manages the day-to-day operation of a POCLD Branch. Responsible for creating a climate of friendly and efficient customer service. Manages all activities of the library relating to programming, collection management, and circulation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Process incoming and outgoing materials from CIN libraries and the POCLD courier each week.
Responsible for monies collected from patrons, ensuring accurate recordkeeping.
Responsible for monthly branch reports, tabulating program and daily statistics for district, state and national reports.
Handles all in-depth patron account issues, problems with holds, POCLD discrepancies and CIN patron issues.
Assists patrons in finding information, resources and materials in the library, online and accessing specific databases.
Maintains confidentiality of all patron records and transactions.

Collection Development and Cataloging
Responsible for acquisition, cataloging, de-selection, relocation, and systematic removal of library materials.
Selects, downloads, and verifies bibliographic records from national and local databases.

Assists patrons in use of computers, mobile devices, printing, word processing, faxing and other specialized equipment.
Ability to assist patrons with digital and social media formats. Handles software or hardware questions and computer troubleshooting.

Plans, prepares, promotes and delivers programs to patrons in a variety of settings.
Works with Friends of the Library groups to promote library services and fundraise for branch.
Participates in community outreach and partnerships with local educational, nonprofit and business entities.
Participates and executes the branch summer reading program.

Facilities Maintenance
Follows established opening and closing procedures of library facility.
Monitors branch supplies and plans for needed items in a timely manner.
Maintain library facilities in a neat, orderly, clean, and organized state for patron and staff safety.
Reports all facility and safety problems to Financial and Facilities Manager. In emergency situations, keeps Director of Library Services informed.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Assists with overseeing POCLD library support staff, ensuring timely completion of tasks and assists in recruiting, training, and retaining library support staff and volunteers.

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies and must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Knowledge of library reference and cataloging methods
  • Knowledge of bibliographic sources of information
  • Knowledge of the purchase of library books and materials
  • Ability to keep routine records and make routine reports involving the presentation of facts, data, etc.
  • Knowledge of “MARC” records and “Koha” library system
  • Ability to manage projects to completion
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to resolve conflicts
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior
  • Ability to adapt to a changing work environment and ability to prioritize work activities
  • Practices good work habits
  • Follows established safety and security procedures
  • Knowledge of alphabetical and Dewey Decimal filing systems
  • Knowledge or familiarity with common computer/mobile devices, applications, and digital formats. Extensive use of computer keyboard and terminal required.
  • Ability to work varied schedules, including evenings and Saturdays
  • Requires use of a personal vehicle with a valid driver’s license and proof of current liability insurance.

Education and/or Experience
Associate’s degree in library or information science and three years related library experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and library experience.
US citizenship or documentation of eligibility for this position on US Immigration and Naturalization Form I-9, prior to beginning employment.

Physical Demands
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

For more information, contact:
Lori Slover, Director of Library Services
Pend Oreille County Library District
116. S. Washington Avenue
Newport, WA 99156
Phone 509.447.2158
Fax 509.447.2806

Fall 2015 Workshop – Library as Publisher: From Gatekeeper to Gardener

flyingbooksLibrary as Publisher: From Gatekeeper to Gardener

Friday, November 13th
Moran Prairie Library 6004 S Regal Street Spokane, WA

The Digital Publishing Revolution is here at last, ushering in a host of new possibilities, among them Open Ac-cess scholarship, and the ability to be co-creators of self-published content. But it has also highlighted some key business problems for libraries, pub-lishers, distributors, and authors, such as predatory publishing and un-sustainable licensing mod-els. At this most exciting time in our history, will li-braries be bold enough to understand and embrace disruption — or be passive victims to market forces we can’t be bothered to challenge?

JamieLaRueJamie LaRue has appeared on NPR, been quoted and highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and the Denver Post, and has hosted a local author interview TV program. A newspaper columnist for over two decades, he also wrote The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges. He is a frequent presenter for library associations, regional workshops, and library staff days. From 1990 to 2014, he was director of the Douglas County (Co.) Libraries, widely known as one of the most successful and innovative public libraries in the nation. He was the Colo-rado Librarian of the Year in 1998, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 2003 Business Person of the Year, in 2007 won the Julie J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom, and in 2013 won the Colorado Association of Libraries’ Career Achievement Award. In 2014, he embarked on a career of writing, speaking, teaching, and consulting.

Register for the Morning Session or the Afternoon Session
Register by Friday, November 6th with Tami Robinson,

Morning Session
Registration: 9:00-9:30 am
Workshop: 9:30-11:30

Afternoon Session
Registration: 1:00-1:30 pm
Workshop: 1:30-3:30 pm

No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
$25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
Find more information at
Get directions at

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Job Posting: Reference Instruction Library Associate – Eastern Washington University

Special Faculty, Non-Tenure Track Position [Full Posting]

RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides both in-person and online reference services on Sundays and four other evenings a week. Delivers one-on-one instruction in the use of both print and electronic information resources. May create LibGuides or other library publications. May help to maintain the currency of content on the library’s Website. Contributes to collection development of reference and general collection materials. Reports to the Library Faculty Chair.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library & Information Science. Effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate will have the ability to promote and support cultural competency.

Strongly Desired/Preferred Qualifications: One or more years of professional reference experience in either academic or public libraries; including one-on-one teaching experience (research assistance to patrons, etc.). We seek a candidate who genuinely enjoys helping people and providing outstanding customer service to patrons.

SALARY/APPOINTMENT: This is a one-year appointment at the Library Associate level, September 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016; position is budgeted for 10-months, 55% time. Salary will be approximately $30,000 a year for this appointment including comprehensive benefits: TIAA/CREFF retirement program; comprehensive medical insurance; accrued annual leave, established paid holidays, and sick leave.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application materials through our online faculty portal ( Submittals must include a letter of application which addresses each of the qualifications; curriculum vita including a list of three references with name, title, organization, addresses, contact information (email and phone numbers) and their relationship to you (colleague, supervisor, etc.) You will also be asked to complete a short candidate profile form as part of the online process. Applications will not be accepted via email, regular mail, fax or any other mode of delivery.

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Successful candidate(s) will be required to pass a background check and show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. pursuant to U.S. immigration laws.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Eastern strives to satisfy all requests for special access needs for persons with disabilities. Requests for such accommodations are welcome and may be made by calling Human Resources at: (509) 359-2381.

PNLA 2015 Conference


PNLA 2015 Conference
August 5th – 7th, 2015
Hilton Vancouver
Vancouver, WA

SAVE on the registration fee and REGISTER by July 3rd, 2015

RESERVE your room TODAY! (Room block is filling up fast)

*If possible bring a silent auction item – ALL proceeds from our silent auction will benefit LEADS*

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Request for Program Proposals – WLA Conference 2016

Program proposals are now being accepted for the 2016 Washington Library Association Conference at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, April 27-29. All proposals from public, school, academic and special libraries, and library staff and advocates, will be considered. Now is the time to reach out to the dynamic presenters in your professional communities or share your own skills and experience by leading a Conference Session or a Preconference Workshop.

·         Proposals are due no later than June 29.

·         Primary Contacts will be notified of proposal status by August 7.

·         All Preconference Workshops will be held April 27.

·         All Conference Sessions will be held April 28-29.

To submit a Preconference Workshop proposal (3-7hrs long), please use this form.

To submit a Conference Session proposal (75 minutes long), please use this form.

To submit a Spotlight on Success proposal (table displays), please use this form.

If you have questions regarding conference programs or this proposal process, please contact the program team below. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

— 2016 Conference Program Chairs, Cathy Grant & Emily Keller

— WLA Conference Program Coordinator, Kate Laughlin;;

Spring 2015 INCOL Workshop – Burnout or Bounce Back? Building Resilience to Prevent Burnout

burnoutBurnout or Bounce Back? Building Resilience to Prevent Burnout with Debra Westwood

Friday, May 1st
Spokane Public Library, South Hill Branch, 3324 South Perry, Spokane, WA

Have you ever noticed that some people just seem to bounce back from life’s changes while others really struggle or become jaded or burn out? We’ll look at aspects of our work, lifestyles and personalities that affect resilience and explore ways to build up or maintain our psychic & emotional reserves so we not only survive but thrive when changes come our way.

Debra brings a wealth of experience in management and specializes in change management for staff and leadership teams. She is an expert in personal and workplace resilience, stress management and avoiding burnout in libraries. She also specializes in customer service, community outreach, and strategic partnerships. Debra works under the assumption that “everything you do has the power to change a life.” She believes that libraries often don’t know or see the full impact of their actions, and she wants staff to embrace the shared mission of the library. debra westwood

Register for the Morning Session or the Afternoon Session
Register by Friday, April 24th with Tami Robinson,

Morning Session
Registration: 9:30-10:00 am
Workshop: 10:00 am-noon

Afternoon Session
Registration: 1:30-2:00 pm
Workshop: 2:00-4:00 pm

No registration fee for employees of INCOL member libraries
$25 for non-INCOL members and $5 for library tech students
Find more information at
Get directions at

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2015 PNLA Conference Call for Program Proposals

Call for Program Proposals

2015 PNLA Conference in Vancouver, WA
“Pushing the Boundaries”

The 2015 PNLA Conference will be held August 5-7, 2015 at the Hilton Vancouver in beautiful Vancouver, Washington.  Vancouver is an historic town located on the north shore of the Columbia River.

The PNLA conference planning committee is seeking program proposals for one hour presentations at the conference. Please submit your proposal to Karen Yother at or mail to:

8385 N Government Way
Hayden, ID 83835

by January 9th 5:00pm. Submissions will receive a response from the planning committee by March 6, 2015.

Be sure to include the following information with your submission:

About you:
· Name
· Affiliation
· Position/title
· Contact information: including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
· PNLA member?

About your program:
· Program title
· Program description (no more than 100 words)
· Three Program goals or objectives
· Program Format (single or double speaker, panel, hands-on, etc.)

Program Logistics:
· Speaker needs (if any)
· Equipment needs (PNLA will provide laptop and projector for each room)
· Any other special requirements or additional information

Questions? Contact Karen Yother at 208-772-5612, ext 121

Important Dates:
Deadline for submissions: January 9th
Submissions will receive a response by: February 20th
Registration opens: March 20th
Early Registration deadline: July 3rd
Regular registration deadline: July 31

Faculty Reference Librarian (Part-time) – Gonzaga University

Deadline: 31 October

Gonzaga University is looking for a part-time reference librarian to work evening and/or weekend hours, depending upon library needs. The position will start in November, 2014 and is a year-round position.

Job Description
• Work and interact effectively with students, faculty and staff to provide reference services in person, via chat, phone and email.
• Provide one on one assistance with library resources, including a wide range of online databases and electronic resources.
• Work on special projects delegated by the Reference Department;
• Attend staff meetings; and
• Participate in safety and training activities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited program.

DESIRED QUALIFICATION: Community college or other academic library experience.

If you are interested, please complete an online application form at Gonzaga University’s Human Resources website at — the closing date is October 31 at midnight.
If you have questions about the position, contact John S. Spencer, Reference Services Coordinator (