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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):

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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.)

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Two Gems of the week:

1) This “Dressing for TV” advice list is useful and hilarious.  You will never watch people on the screen the same way again.

2) Ask the Past: Advice from Old Books (Hat tip to Rare Book Room blog for the link to Ask the Past and How to Bust a Move)

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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

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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!

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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.

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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).

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