Job: Library Safety and Security Manager (and other “Black Belt Librarians”)

Multnomah County has a job posting for a Library Safety and Security Manager.

If you think this is an easy job, or that libraries are places only for dull dogs, think again (and read Black Belt Librarians).

From the job posting (after the closing date of 4/11/14, start from their main website for other jobs with Multnomah County Library):

…. The Library Safety & Security Manager will be responsible for physical, personal and materials security throughout the Multnomah County Library system. Using your considerable experience, you will conduct security assessments, investigate security incidents, analyze security problems and make recommendations for long range solutions which provide the highest degree of security against intrusion and other security breaches, as well as solutions which protect us against materials loss and damage, personal assault, or other potential security violations.

You will supervise the development and implementation of systemwide security policies and procedures, including the application of the Behavioral Rules Governing the Use of Multnomah County Library. You will manage the enforcement of those rules and the exclusion process including training and coaching library staff. Serves as the Director’s designee for exclusion appeals; responds to appeals in timely manner, consulting with Central and Neighborhood Library management as needed. You will also work with the library’s Executive Management Team, other managers, and staff to implement security and safety programs and promote security awareness throughout the system.

As a partner with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, you will oversee the work of the Facilities Security Officers assigned to library branches. You’ll provide library specific coaching, training, and evaluation as needed, while monitoring coverage and shift fulfillment at our various locations. You will also liaise with local law enforcement personnel throughout the county as well as develop relationships with community groups, neighborhood associations, professional associations, and other key stakeholders….” [Link to job posting at Multnomah County.]

Improvements to the Oregon Legal Research Blog: Tags and Comments

News from Oregon Legal Research Central:

1) We now have a Tag Cloud at the blog (right side, scroll down). Let me know if it works for you or if there is another way you like to find subject-specific blog posts, which leads to the second change ….

2) We’ve also changed the Comment functionality so people can Comment without having to log in. Yay! I hadn’t realized that logging in was necessary and once I found out I went to our fab-host, Justia, to fix the problem. They did so promptly!  (And thank you also to our reader who emailed us directly when she realized the log-in/privacy problem – and the disincentive to Commenting it presented.)

68 Essential eBook Resources: If You Think Managing an eBook Program is Easy, Think Again

Buying that eBook from Amazon is Easy. Downloading that eBook from your public library is Easy. What is Not Easy is being on the other side and managing  eBook programs.

Negotiating and managing eBook licenses, testing software, reviewing RFPs, troubleshooting eBook services for users, finding an eBook vendor for the books your patrons or customers want, etc., etc., etc.  can be a full-time job.

See NSR, “68 essential resources for eBooks in libraries,” by [law librarian] Ellyssa Kroski, to learn a little about what you need to know to be a good eBook program manager.

Librarianship and 23 Things: We’re e-Dancing as Fast as We Can

If you want to work in a library, you need tech, people, library, AND information management skills.

If classes like the ones listed at the Oregon State Library or any classes you see listed in a Master of Library Information Science description of courses interest you, you might be interested in librarianship. This list includes a current link to 23 Things.

For example, see the course descriptions at the San Jose State University MLIS program website.

Lawyers: Save Time & Money: “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual”

Law offices without law librarians can also save time and money with the tips and reviews in the 2013 Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual.

1) How to deter and refuse unsolicited shipments: Do you know about 39 U.S. Code 3009?

2) Do you really need annual print supplements? (They can be expensive up-front and to file/shelve.)

3) Product reviews:  Buy only the best, buy only what you need, buy only what you can afford.

4) Learn how to evaluate legal materials.

5) Learn which used law books are good value.

6) Select the research resource you need from thousands of subject-specific loose-leaf, treatise, and database reviews.

7) Twelve appendices with legal publication costs, publishers, and other spreadsheets, charts, and guides.

Many public law libraries and law school libraries will have a copy for you to read. (It’s almost always a reference copy, so you probably won’t be able to check it out.)

Or, consider buying a used copy of the “Legal Information Buyer’s Guide & Reference Manual,” to take it for a trial run; it is published annually.

Book Bytes on Bike Box: How? Follow the Digital Crumbs

From: “Seattle Public Library Puts Books on Bikes”: “The library is a zebra-print lunch box tucked into the back of a pedicab and stuffed with old-fashioned paperbacks and digital LibraryBoxen.”

To: Mobile Mini Libraries Pepper SXSW

To: LibraryBox

To: PirateBox: “Private and Secure: PirateBox is designed to be private and secure. No logins are required and no user data is logged.”

To: PirateBox DIY (Make one yourself.)

Wikipedia’s Bot article.

Video Conferencing and Skype Service Sites in Oregon

Looking for a place to host a meeting in Oregon that enables participation by those who can’t attend in person?

Check out this recently updated guide on publicly-accessible sites that make videoconferencing equipment available to users. Please note that most require a reservation, and some locations charge for the service.

We admit the list is not as expansive as we’d like; please let us know about places we’ve missed and we’ll gladly include them!

Public Law Librarianship: A Book and a Review

If you are a public law librarian, a public law library trustee, or interested in pursuing a career in public law librarianship, here’s a great book and a book review:

Public Law Librarianship: Objectives, Challenges, and Solutions,” by Laurie Selwyn and Virginia Eldridge. IGI Global, 2012, 281 pages.

We have a copy in our Law Library and your law library may have one, too.

JSTOR Access for Oregon Researchers

While a lot of JSTOR content is free, not all of it is. However, there are other ways to get JSTOR articles for no direct cost.

1) Your local public library may subscribe to the database. (Current Oregon Statewide Databases available at eligible public libraries. Some public libraries have additional database subscriptions.)

2) JSTOR Register and Read program (currently in beta).

3) College and university libraries usually subscribe to JSTOR. If you don’t have access to these collections, use the Oregon State Library’s virtual reference service L-net (soon to become Answerland) to request a JSTOR article.