Friday, April 28, 2006

Work in academia in Miami

JOB POSTING - Miami, Florida

University of Miami

School of Communication Liaison / Reference Librarian.

The University of Miami Libraries invites applications and nominations for an enthusiastic and imaginative liaison reference librarian to provide library and
information services to School of Communication faculty and students and the greater university community. This is a new position.

For full details see:

ALA accredited master's degree or equivalent; minimum two years professional experience in an academic, research or special library; expertise in collection development, reference service, and library instruction/information literacy; demonstrated subject expertise in communication studies, advertising/public relations, journalism, broadcasting, video/film or related field. 12-month faculty appointment at librarian assistant or librarian associate professor rank; excellent
compensation and benefits.

Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae,
and the names of three references to Rudy Montejo, Personnel
Administration, University of Miami Libraries, P.O. Box 248214, Coral
Gables FL 33124-0320, e-mail:

The University of Miami is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Work at Sports Illustrated

The Sports Illustrated library has an opening for a temporary (could become permanent)full-time research librarian. The library provides both reference and in-depth research for Sports Illustrated reporters and writers.


--M.L.S. from ALA accredited school preferred.

--Experience working in a news or special library.

--Extensive experience using various databases (including Nexis, Dialog, Factiva, Autotrack and Accurint) and the internet.

--Knowledge of standard print reference sources.

--Familiarity with cataloging, database design and construction (specifically using Inmagic or Filemaker Pro) and archival preservation are also a plus.

Applicant should have excellent communication skills, be creative, flexible and have a broad knowledge of sports.

Please send resumes to:
Joy Birdsong
Sports Illustrated
1271 Ave. of the Americas, 32-318
New York, NY 10020
Fax: (212) 522-1719

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

St Petersburg, FL position

Missed this one earlier....

The position of Research Editor is available at Florida's best newspaper.

The St. Petersburg Times (FL) is seeking a replacement to manage one of America's top news libraries.

Under our current structure, this editor directs the work of our research librarians and the staffers who archive our stories and photos.

The editor oversees a budget, negotiates with vendors and takes a lead role in news department technology.

The editor is part of the paper's senior editor corps and works closely with departments outside news. While this structure has served us well, we are taking this opportunity to re-examine it and explore other options. All ideas welcome.

We are seeking someone with an MLS, supervisory experience, and prior newsroom experience. Top research skills are essential, as is familiarity with major commercial databases. Exhibiting grace under pressure and a sense of humor are also minimum requirements. Knowledge of the area or of the state of Florida is a bonus as is experience as a trainer.

Please send resumes and letters to Rob Hooker; Deputy Managing editor:

hooker -- at


Rob Hooker
Deputy Managing Editor
St. Petersburg Times
490 1st Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Friday, April 21, 2006

Position at New York Times

(I thought I posted this yesterday, but it seems to have disappeared. If anyone else deleted it by request, please let me know.)

Researcher/ metadata specialist

The Times is seeking a researcher with specific skills in designing, editing and maintaining metadata for its multimedia resources.

Specifically, we are inviting a replacement for a job that we have known as a cataloger in our editorial library, but that now must include someone who selects, evaluates and relates various types of information resources in a comprehensive, logical and searchable system. Traditionally it covered books and magazines. It now covers reports, documents, video, DVDs, CDs, databases, web links, audio, books and magazines and whatever else comes down the pike that potentially contains useful, relevant, reliable information.

The Times has invested in a new cataloging system, capable of relating multimedia resources in ways we haven’t done before.

And it needs a driver...someone who can take a ‘document of the day’ relate it to other holdings, point to what can readily be obtained to amplify a story; someone who can monitor enterprise and add perspective. We seek someone with a demonstrated desire to seek out, vet, organize and share information in ways that make it easy, effective and more valuable to the end-user, in ways that capitalize on our existing print resources and combine them with new formats.

Duties would include developing and maintaining appropriate metadata for shared electronic access, cataloging electronic and print resources, and migrating print resources to digital access; keeping one eye on expanding resources of long term significance and the other on costs. The Researcher/metadata specialist, using good news judgment, will cull, collect and manage data, sources, links, and reference materials regardless of format, with the aim of sharing it all across a mobile newsroom with a continuous news cycle, the IHT, the Web, broadcast and other forms of publication.

If interested, contact ..

Barbara Oliver
Director of Research
New York Times
229 W 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036

barbol -- at --

Researcher librarians and Pulitzers: another one

Via NewsLib, the San Diego Union-Tribune announces that their researchers were part of their Pulitzer series. Congratulations to all. It's good to see that nearly every year, at least one Pulitzer includes a researcher component lately:

We want to point out that four staff librarians from The San Diego Union-Tribune received published credit on several stories in the entry that received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (as well as the 2006 George Polk Award for Political Reporting.) The reporting exposed the bribery and influence peddling by Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham that resulted in his resignation and prison sentence.

In addition to writers Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer of Copley News Service and Dean Calbreath, Bruce Bigelow and Onell Soto of Union-Tribune, the librarians are Cecilia Iniguez, Erin Hobbs, Denise Davidson and Peter Uribe.

Sadly, Cecilia passed away on April 19. We salute her spirit and dedication. We would also like to recognize the contributions of Erin, Denise and Peter and the rest of the library staff for this important watchdog journalism effort.

Sharon Reeves, Library Manager
Merrie Monteagudo, Library Research Supervisor
Anne Magill, Library Administrative Supervisor
The San Diego Union-Tribune