Sunday, May 14, 2006

Membership Directory and News Library News

Just a quick note about two additions to the Special Libraries Association News Division Web site:

The 2006 SLA News Division Membership Directory is now available to members for downloading, thanks to Membership Chair Alice Pepper, the members of the Membership Committee, and Newsbank, which provides support for the directory. Information about how to access the directory is available on the Web site.

The Spring 2006 News Library News, which went online Sunday, contains several articles about Baltimore (the site of the 2006 SLA Annual Conference), a profile of The Baltimore Sun, some info about XML feeds, a bit about Gary Price's talk at Simmons College, and the newsletter's regular features. I'd say "check it out," but since you can download it, you don't need to borrow it from a library. <rim tap>

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

2 Travel Articles about Baltimore

One of my SLA Boston Chapter colleagues posted links to two Boston Globe travel articles about Baltimore to the chapter discussion list. They give good suggestions about where to go, what to do, and where to eat, especially for literary types.

A read on Baltimore: A literary trail worth the legwork

Baltimore itinerary

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Miami opening

The Miami Herald Newsroom Library in Miami, FL seeks a full-time English-language News Archivist to update and maintain the text-based database of published Miami Herald stories stored in the electronic archive SAVEWeb in conjunction with other newsroom Library staff. Other tasks are assigned as necessary such as photographic image digitization, digital image archiving, and adding English-language content to the online Newsroom information portal NewsNet.

- Daily archiving of articles that ran in all Miami Herald editions, including Neighbors.
- Acts as a liaison to the Miami Herald Newsrooms; communicates archiving policy and procedure to/from the Library
- Helps maintain reading room and arrange archives
- Assists newsroom staff with the retrieval and use of Miami Herald archives in print and electronic formats
- Conducts occasional archival research
- Other duties as necessary to assure the smooth running of the department

- English fluency required; Spanish language skills a plus
- Strong attention to detail, grammar, and typing skills
- HS Diploma; Associates or Bachelor's degree preferred
- 2 years database or data entry experience required
- Experience using Windows & MacIntosh applications
- HTML/PHP experience welcome
- Interest in current events, American history, and popular culture
- Ability to learn and continuously apply new knowledge
- Flexible, open-minded and comfortable with working on various tasks

Hours are Monday-Friday or Sunday-Thursday 40 hrs per week; days

Please forward a cover letter and resume via

News Division Activities during the SLA 2006 Annual Conference

The Special Libraries Association News Division has lots of great and useful activities planned during the SLA 2006 Annual Conference. As in years past, the schedule will be in flux a bit going into the conference, but the details are there. Nowhere else can you find a better list of division activities, including committee meetings, than on the division's Web site. Links to conference presentations, etc., will be available through the Web site during and after the conference. Check the blog periodically, too, because some folks at the conference will be writing posts here, too. If I recall correctly, that means this blog is about three years old because Liz Donovan cranked it up in time for the 2003 Annual Conference and it's still going. Yay!

The News Division Suite, by the way, is in the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. The exact location is still unknown.

Need a little cash to go? Don't forget that applications for the 2006 Hayden Fellowship are due Friday, May 6. The fellowship provides funds for professional development activities.

Palm Beach Post opening

The Palm Beach Post has an opening for a News Research Librarian excited about journalism and information. The position is responsible for providing research services to the newsroom, bureaus, and business units. Knowledge of standard reference works, in-depth research services, public records, and current events necessary. MLS and previous news research experience required.

The primary responsibility of the News Research Librarian is to provide daily research and reference service to the newsroom, bureaus, and business units of The Palm Beach Post, La Palma, and the Palm Beach Daily News, which includes attendance at news meetings


- Online and traditional research and reference

- Stay abreast of new research, public records sources, and technologies, and confer with library director about them

- End-user training on specific topics and staff orientation

- Become active member of appropriate professional organizations

- Develop and maintain close communication with other library staff members and the newsroom


- Master of Library Science

- Previous news research experience

- Online, internet, and traditional research skills

- Knowledge of public records’ use

- Excellent communication and writing skills

- Ability to work independently and prioritize research needs

- Strong computer skills including PC, Macintosh and web knowledge

- Familiarity with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs

- End-user training skills

- Reading and writing knowledge of Spanish a big plus


Monday through Friday with some evenings, weekends, and holidays

Application deadline is May 31, 2006

The Palm Beach Post offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Qualified candidates should send a resume with salary history and cover letter to:

Human Resources Dept.

2751 South Dixie Highway

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Or Fax: (561) 820-4192

For information on our application process please call (561) 820-4145