Tuesday, July 26, 2005

NewsLib Mini: a new Wiki!

This message on NewsLib came from Anne Holcomb of the Kalamazoo Gazette:

NewsLib Mini is a Wiki for news librarians working solo or in small news libraries. Like the iPod mini, we are small but colorful!

If you are a solo news librarian or work in a smaller-size news library (or if your department is especially small compared to the rest of your organization), you're invited to post and participate on NewsLib Mini.

the website is http://newslibmini.pbwiki.com/

Please email me at aholcomb@kalamazoogazette.com to obtain the password to NewsLib Mini.

I would especially invite anyone who has previous experience with editing a Wiki and who can make some fun changes to the site, and maybe help out the rest of us (this is my first one...)!!

Some of the features so far include a place for you to introduce yourself and talk about your job, relevant information from the news of the day, a Q & A help page on issues facing administrators of small/solo news libraries, resources page, and fun/humor page.
Everything is pretty basic right now but I hope you can take a few minutes to participate and add something you have been thinking about or working on lately.
Anne M. Holcomb
Newsroom Librarian
Kalamazoo Gazette
401S. Burdick St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Job opening, Toronto

Toronto Star
Research analyst
Job Type: Full-time, permanent
Location: Toronto, ON, CANADA
Job Category: Media, Communications
Industry: Journalism
Company URL: www.thestar.com
Year(s) of Experience: 3

Canada’s largest circulation newspaper is looking for an experienced researcher with database skills.
The successful candidate will combine the skills of database analyst and journalist. We are looking for a person who can both help obtain data for newspaper stories and analyze the information.
On the data side, candidates should be proficient in building and querying relational databases and spreadsheets. Must be fully trained on Access and Excel and comfortable programming in SQL. Candidate should also have experience working with statistical programs SPSS or SAS; and mapping software (MapInfo, ArcView).
On the journalist side, candidates should have a track record in figuring out what type of information is available from all levels of government and other sources and in working to obtain that data. The person should have good communications skills. Experience with freedom of information requests is an asset.

Please submit your confidential resume to kdonova@thestar.ca. Only those chosen for interviews will be contacted; no phone calls, please.

Thursday, July 14, 2005


Apologies for mistakenly posting information for my other blogs here. Seems I've done it a couple times in last few days. If you saw something here that didn't belong, that's why.

Another Job Posting, New York




CBS News has an immediate opening in its editorial Reference Library for a Research Librarian. Hours are 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, with an 11:00 am to 7:00 pm shift at least one day per week. Holiday coverage as assigned, also 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Will be assigned extended hours and weekends as breaking news events demand.

Skills/Requirments: MLS/MLIS degree. Minimum two years reference/research experience, preferrably in a corporate or news environment. Ability to work under tight, frequent deadlines. Working knowledge of major commercial database systems: Dialog, EBSCO, Factiva, Gale, Nexis, ProQuest, etc.
Knowledge of public records research mandatory. Strong knowledge of current events, popular culture, and a broad range of interdisciplinary print and electronic resources. Ability to make decisions regarding editorial value of information and evaluate information for accuracy and relevance. Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and respond to change and assignments positively and productively. Technical knowledge of intranets and supervisory experience an advantage. Excellent desktop, interpersonal, and communication skills.

General Responsibilities: Perform reference and in-depth research for CBS News production units and other CBS departments and entities. Manage futures/daybook calendar. Develop product and web search guides for end-users and assist in training. Participate in intranet project team. Supervise one paraprofessional.

Apply online at: www.cbscareers.com. Include salary requirements and referral source.

CBS News is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Job opening: CNN Atlanta

CNN has an immediate opening for a research librarian at its Atlanta headquarters.

The CNN Library functions as both a research center and video archive, and supports worldwide newsgathering and production for CNN networks and web sites, as well as other Turner companies. The librarian will focus primarily on providing video and information research on our reference desk to CNN news staff in a fast-paced environment. The librarian will also contribute to special research projects and work with our video archive collection through detailed indexing of footage selected for archiving.

Qualifications: Masters degree in Library or Information Science required. Research experience in a corporate or news library required. Proficiency in online search skills and experience using commercial databases such as Lexis-Nexis and Factiva are essential. Experience with spreadsheets, web development, and databases highly desirable. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of current events and news personalities, and will be a highly motivated self-starter who is detail-oriented and adaptable to a changing work environment. Candidates should thrive in a highly charged, deadline-oriented atmosphere and be able to stay focused under pressure. Ability to work independently and creatively and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously a must. Effective written and verbal communication skills are a top priority.

Workload may sometimes require more than a 40 hour workweek. This position will work Tuesday-Saturday.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Please send a cover letter and resume via email or snail mail to:

Susan Bennett
Director, News Research
CNN Library
One CNN Center - NT 1006C
Atlanta, GA 30303


Job Opening, Palm Beach

POSTING (available September 5, 2005)
The Palm Beach Post has an opening for a full-time Photo Archivist,
bilingual English/Spanish given preference. The position is responsible
for the development and maintenance of the photo collections of The
Palm Beach Post, La Palma, and the Palm Beach Daily News. A college
degree is required and previous news library/photo handling experience
is highly desirable. Macintosh and PC experience is necessary and
accurate typing is a must.

- Daily archiving of photos that have run in The Palm Beach Post,
La Palma, and the Palm Beach Daily News.
- Classification and filing of new paper and slide photos
- Works in close consultation with the Photo Department, News
Illustration, newsroom and bureaus
- Photo research assignments
- Other duties as necessary to assure the smooth running of the
library photo operation

- Previous photo archiving and collection development experience
- News library experience highly desirable
- College degree required
- Experience with Macintosh and PC applications, particularly Adobe
Photoshop highly desirable
- Excellent problem solving, time management, and communication skills
- Ability to set priorities and work well as a team member
- Good spelling and grammar
- Fluency in written Spanish high desirable
- Accurate typing 35 wpm

Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and occasional
holiday hours

Human Resources Dept.
2751 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Or Fax: (561) 820-4192

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

New to the blogsphere

Stephen Abram, Vice President of Innovation at Sirsi and a familiar face to many News Division members, has begun his own blog, titled Stephen's Lighthouse. Welcome to the blogsphere Stephen!

Monday, July 11, 2005

Memories of Toronto

For those News Division members who didn't get to attend the Special Libraries Association's annual meeting in Toronto last month, or for those who were at the Awards Dinner and want to see photos of the frivolities there, Barbara Semonche has posted a page of photos, a program scan, and audio files from the News Division Awards Dinner and from the Globe and Mail's party the next night.

Friday, July 08, 2005

UN Pulse: A blog about United Nations news and publications

The United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library offers this blog as a source of news, publications, and information about the UN.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Job Opening

The San Antonio Express-News has an immediate opening for a full-time
news archivist available.

The archivist will enhance published stories and photos for an archive
and for our website. He or she will also prepare and send newspaper
copies to our microfilm vendor and the U.S. copyright office. Other
tasks assigned as necessary.

News judgment and attention to detail are required.

Applicants should have strong computer skills working on a Windows
platform. They should also have a broad knowledge of current events,
facts, and people. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are
a must as is the ability to work within a deadline driven environment.
Familiarity with digital photography formats and IPTC standards a plus.

Interested candidates please e-mail cover letter and resume to Michael
Knoop at mknoop@express-news.net

Michael J. Knoop

News Research Editor

San Antonio Express-News


Friday, July 01, 2005

Job Openings

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
I have a temporary (12 months) job open for an enhancer. Below is our in-house ad.
We cannot relocate for this position.

Interested parties can respond directly to this e-mail (mmeiners@post-dispatch.com).
Full-Time, Temporary

News Research is looking for someone to help create and maintain the newspaper's archives. Job duties include processing all published text, photos, graphics and pages to insure the accuracy and completeness of the archives, meeting production deadlines and maintaining legacy archives. This position's schedule will be Tuesday through Saturday 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., and is subject to change.

The qualified candidate will be detail-oriented and must have excellent reading comprehension and strong typing skills. Newsroom experience is preferred but not required.

To apply, submit information about your professional experience and a brief biography to: Cynthia Todd, director of newsroom recruitment, ext. 8282. The application deadline is July, 22, 2005.

Mike Meiners | Director of News Research | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | 314-340-8275

Christian Science Monitor:

The Christian Science Monitor is seeking applicants for the position listed
below. It will be publicly posted next week, with more details, at:


Assistant Librarian


The purpose of this position is to support all activities of the information center of an international daily newspaper. The assistant librarian will be a key position in transforming the library from service center to proactive newsgathering partner in support of Monitor journalism. Responsibilities include providing deadline and in-depth research on any subject requested by the reporters and editors of The Christian Science Monitor, Monitor Publishing or any other Church Center department. This includes performing research on commercial database services, the Internet, print and other internal and external resources. The assistant librarian will also
assist in training news and management end-users in applications for the newsroom, archiving and maintaining data quality in the Merlin photo database, and other responsibilities essential to the functioning of the Monitor's library. In addition, the creation of custom tools and databases for the newsroom staff is an emerging part of the job.


Performing Research
- Selecting appropriate database and determining most
effective search procedure
- Select articles, data, graphics, photos or other information

- Edits out extraneous material, transfers data to requestor
- Performing research in-house accessing reference material
including encyclopedias, back issues, directories, print-only resources

Coaching / Training
- Assist patrons with search strategy, research consultation
- Set up tracking folders for coverage / editing areas
- Giving library orientations to new staff, training them on
the databases, Intranet, photo archive, Monitor Library web sites
- Giving refresher training to correspondents or other
- Works with librarian in planning and giving training
sessions on Factiva.com, Monitor archives, Merlin, ProQuest, or other
Internet-related topics for efficient web usage in journalism

Photo / archiving
- Archiving published photos, cartoons and other content for
data quality assurance
- Works with photographers and photo editors to identify gaps
/ out of date material to help in planning
- Training other photo staff and newsroom users in use of the
photo archive

Library Staffing

- Maintaining library web pages, news calendars, experts
- Assisting with reader requests from the request line,
feedback from CSMonitor.com, Scholarly queries for Monitor articles, or other
information-store related requests.

- Attending news budget meetings
- Planning and participating in special projects / analytic


MLS in library science, progress toward a library degree, or the equivalent in experience, such as 1 - 2 years in a newsroom or corporate information center. Bachelor's Degree, preferably in journalism, politics, or international studies.

Deep interest in news and libraries' contribution to journalism essential. Expert skills and knowledge of online databases, particularly Factiva.com, Lexis / Nexis, ProQuest, proficient Internet user. Background knowledge of domestic social, political, economic and international affairs required.

In addition to the aforementioned high comfort level with online databases, familiarity with archiving systems, Excel and web page programs helpful but not required. Enthusiasm for computer-assisted reporting / analytic journalism a plus.

Also desired: Skills in oral presentation to a group. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, in addition to sense of collegiality, a must. A daily news reading habit firmly in place is also required.

Apply online with cover letter and resume to: montgomeryl@csmonitor.com, by post to the address below, or via the web site at: http://www.tfccs.com/gv/jobs/jobs.jhtml

Leigh Montgomery
The Christian Science Monitor Library
One Norway Street P02-20
Boston, MA 02115 U.S.A.