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While catching up on the blogs I subscribe to, I came across a post on a blog written by a prison librarian, which I have been reading for quite a while now. I love reading the stories of success, it reminds me of my time in jail (and by that I mean working there).
This time, it was not a story, but the result of a 2010-survey by the Pew Research Center, asking people about their attitudes toward the death penalty for persons convicted of murder. The responses have been categorized by politics and religious affiliation. The questions participants were asked was: ”Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?”
You can find the results at http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/pdf/t200372010.pdf
I am hoping for an interpretation sometime soon … that would be interesting.
Have a good weekend!
Himmelfarb Health Sciences LibraryThe George Washington University
The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at The George Washington University supports the educational, clinical, and research needs of the Schools of Medicine and Health Sciences, Public Health and Health Services and Nursing. The Collections Department is responsible for the acquisition, organization and use of print and electronic materials to maximize the educational and research experience of its users. Cataloging and Collection Content Organization Librarian
Position Summary: Position Summary: The George Washington University seeks an innovative individual to join the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library to manage all cataloging and organization of the current content of the library, including all types and formats of materials. This position manages the Cataloging and Reserves unit and the health science-specific areas of the University-wide Institutional Repository effort. It also supervises production of the faculty publications database and interlibrary loan activities. The position also participates in the Library’s instructional program as an Informatics Tutor. The Cataloging and Content Organization Librarian reports to the Associate Director, Library Operations and is a member of the library operations management team.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The unit encompasses all cataloging, reserves and institutional repository activities. Responsibilities include:
1. Plans and directs the work of staff responsible for the cataloging, classification and organization of library materials in all formats (including monographs, serials, analytics, electronic resources, audiovisuals, and software).
2. Oversees the creation and management of bibliographic and authority files and item records, including those for reserves.
3. Performs original and copy cataloging using OCLC, AACR2r, MeSH, and LC classification. Authority records/files include MeSH, LC Name, and Series.
4. Maintains current knowledge of the development of national and international cataloging standards, advances in technology, and trends in librarianship. Provides leadership within the library on the organization of information.
5. Coordinates the processing of reserve materials by Cataloging and Reserves Specialist, including electronic reserves.
6. Develops and manages Himmelfarb Library’s input to the University’s Institutional Repository
7. Participates in the Library’s instructional program as an Informatics Tutor.
8. Participates in the Library’s Liaison Program, working with one or more departments as assigned within the guidelines and expectations of the program.
9. Collaborates with the Library Director regarding specific copyright issues specifically associated with Reserves.
10. Oversees compilation of cataloging and reserves statistics from the integrated library system.
11. Coordinates with the Electronic Resources & Instructional, Systems and Serials Librarians to ensure that the catalog and electronic resources database are synchronized.
12. Collaborates with the Print Collections Librarian on projects related to collection maintenance.
13. Manages contracts, such as with OCLC Eastern or other similar situations specific to the cataloging function. Maintains or coordinates current monographic holdings in bibliographic utilities like OCLC and SERHOLD and ALADIN.
14. Writes, revises, and implements procedures.
15. Initiates and assists with projects in technical services and systems and maintains up-to-date job manual available to staff.
16. Maintains knowledge of current trends in librarianship and their implementation in the area.
1. Masters in Library or Information Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited school
2. 3-4 years experience cataloging in all formats using an integrated library system and OCLC.
3. Demonstrated working knowledge of MARC21 bibliographic, authority, and holding formats; AACR2r and LC Rule Interpretations (LCRIs); LC classification schedules; use, interpretation, and application of LC subject headings (LCSH) and/or NLM subject headings (MeSH).
4. Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in libraries, especially the digital environment and effects of digitization within technical services and the library as a whole.
5. Demonstrated working experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
6. Supervisory experience.
1. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
2. Ability to solve problems and to work collaboratively.
3. Experience with Sirsi-Dynix Symphony integrated library system.
4. Experience with cataloging of medical and health sciences materials
5. Working knowledge of or experience with Dspace and institutional repositories.
6. Working knowledge of interlibrary loan.
7. Working knowledge of FRBR and RDA
The minimum salary is from $54,000, based on experience and qualifications, plus excellent academic benefits. Application procedure: The review of applications will begin on February 8, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Send resume, cover letter that outlines assessment of skills as they relate to basic qualifications and salary requirement to the address below. Also provide the names and contact information of 3 references including telephone numbers and addresses. The successful candidate will be required to submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment background check. Only complete applications will be considered.
The George Washington University
Attention: J. Marie Miller
Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
2300 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
The George Washington University is an
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
Oh I was SO Excited! Yesterday they researchers at the TFHRC scheduled a crash test, and employees from the DOT HQ here in DC can take a shuttle and watch the test. So two of my co-workers and myself went there, met another librarian, and first got a tour of their small but really cool library. It was interesting to see the difference between their collection and the stuff that we have here at NTL. Of course, their collection is a lot more specialized, mainly dealing with FHWA publications, research papers, reports, and all kinds or stuff, which also means they usually have a complete collection of a series of reports etc.
After having lunch we went to the observatory hill … only to learn that the test had to be rescheduled due to the weather (at least that’s what we assumed). NO rain in over three weeksm, and on crash-test day the sky opened up. Of course -.-
Oh well, there is always another opportunity to see a car crash into a wall, a metal something etc … so in the meantime I wanted to share some pictures that I took. They show the crash test site as well as two labs where researchers test bridges, concrete, and all kinds of other cool stuff. Seriously, I need to be reborn and go into engineering … Enjoy the pix!
In my position as law librarian for the CRRL, I do not only serve the general public and attorneys, but I also receive letters from people incarcerated in jails and state prisons. Before I started, the previous law librarian would receive letters from all over the state. Now, with a smaller budget, I can only answer letters that are sent from facilities located within our service area.
By far the largest number of inmate letters come from the Rappahannock Regional Jail in Stafford. Most inmates ask for cases, statues from the Virginia Code, or some other kind of regulations. Female inmates also request poems, song lyrics, puzzles, coloring pages, and inspirational material.
You might ask yourself: Do jails/prisons not have legal publications on-site? The answer is yes. Most state prisons even have librarians or at least qualified staff that can help inmates with their legal research. But, you might wonder, why don’t those inmates consult the library at their facility? Why send a letter to a public library?
As I have mentioned before, most letters I receive come from the RRJ. This facility is a regular regional jail, housing inmates that have been arrested on the street, await trial or transport to a state facility if they have been convicted. The RRJ offers legal material, but oftentimes inmates do not want to for for an appointment, don’t want to pay for copies they make or got their library privileges revoked because of bad behavior. And sometimes they Request Things that they know are Not permitted: Gang-related information and other banned materials.
What inmates who write me do not know is that I have a background in correctional librarianship and therefore know what jails/prisons do not like to see. The problem is, of course, that I am in no position to judge, or to refuse answering a letter just because I know that the information I send might be used for, let’s say, questionable activities. However, I frequently check policies on jail/prison web sites, and if I cannot get an answer in regards to their mail policies, call the jail directly and inquire about them without disclosing which inmate wanted what information.
Usually though letters are harmless and I have no problem answering them. This can not be said, howeveer, for letters that are sent by sex offenders. How do I know they are sex offenders? Well, because they disclose this information in their letters I order to receive the intformation they received. Or, when they simply state cases they want to work on their appeal, I can tell by looking at the cases. Every time I receive such a letter I am torn between my duty as a librarian, and my professional belief that every person is equal in regards to receiving information, and my personal belief that these crimes are so disgusting that people like this do not deserve my help.
So, I. The end, I answer each and every letter, but with a very bad feeling in my stomach.
What about you? What do you think about this situation? Have you been in similar situations, where personal and professional values clashed? I look forward to reading your comments!