Announcing…PLCMC Learning

A few weeks ago I announced a new communication tool to our staff for training and learning. PLCMC Learning where we will be posting information about our in-house staff learning and training opportunities as well as links to webinars, tutorials, and upcoming training from around the library community that may be of interest to our staff.

While this site is geared to PLCMC staff, the site is public and I hope that other libraries will find information to use here. So bookmark it, tag it, subscribe to it.

PLCMC Learning

Job Opening – Library Automation Systems Analyst

As announced on our employment opportunities site. This is a great opportunity for someone with library automation experience. Our IT department is great, and Charlotte is a wonderful place to live!

POSITION TITLE: Library Automation Systems Analyst


LOCATION: Main Library

STARTING SALARY: $59,784-$74,730


DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Serves as the lead administrator for the Library’s library automation systems (LAS), and is responsible for all aspects thereof, including development and maintenance of interfaces between the LAS and other systems, integration of locally developed and third party applications with the LAS, functional support for all LAS modules, and creation of custom SQL reports. The LAS includes modules for cataloging, acquisitions, serials, circulation, an online catalog, and interacts with telephony notification, Self-checkout, patron authentication, e-payment, and computer reservation and timing systems. Administers, configures and optimizes the LAS and its partner products (OPAC, Reporting, Telephony, etc.), manages user accounts and security, assures system and database security and integrity; and manages all database maintenance, including upgrades, indexing, and data clean-up and purges. Assures secure connectivity and data transmission between LAS and ancillary library applications and databases. Oversees the writing and programming of custom reports and scripts for undertaking routine and non-routine maintenance database tasks using SQL or a similar reporting and database modification language. Develops and configures user displays, search and index options in collaboration with Cataloging and Reference librarians for optimum access to library resources, primarily for the LAS staff client, the public online catalog, and ancillary products. Creates and maintains procedures and documentation, including software configurations, for LAS and related 3rd-party applications. Serves as “final” internal tier for support of LAS and ancillary products: analyze, resolve and respond to trouble tickets, service requests and information queries from library staff and public. Serves as the primary technical contact with LAS vendor and related user communities, and third-party technology vendors and internal technology staff.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or other related field from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program, or alternative analytical/research M..A. preferred. 5-7 years progressively responsible experience with library automation systems (LAS) or other major database systems (system administration, database maintenance, custom reports). Familiarity with professionally accepted library standards of classification, cataloging and data transmission (USMARC format, metadata standards, authority control, Dewey Decimal Classification System, Library of Congress Subject Headings, SIP, X12, etc.); and experience/understanding of their application and implications in library automated systems. Demonstrated solid understanding of typical library functions that are automated (circulation, reference, online catalogs, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, interlibrary loan, etc.) and the knowledge of data, management, and service interdependencies among these integrated components. Extensive scripting experience in a Windows or *NIX environment, or other programming or SQL/report languages experience, or with RDBMS (Sybase, MS SQL, Oracle) administration. Demonstrated understanding of client/server environment, and experience with software applications needed to administer Library Automation Systems.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8-5.


ALA Part V: CLENE Fun and MaintainIT Project Fun

CLENE Training Showcase

I spent Sunday afternoon with fellow trainers at the CLENE Training Showcase. I am new member of CLENE, and let me just say that this is a great group of people! It makes it so much easier to navigate through ALA when you have a relatively small group like this to be a part of.

The showcase was similar in format to the poster session I did on Saturday, participants were at tables around the room with displays and prepared to talk about, i.e. showcase, what they are working on. There was a much larger crowd for the showcase which may have been because members were standing in the lobby encouraging people to come in or because of the raffle for prizes every 15 minutes led by Stacy Schrank.
Stacy Schrank Drawing Raffle Winners @ CLENERT Training Showcase

I was able to use the same display I used on Saturday, and I brought general information about PLCMC and copies of handouts about PLCMC’s Core Competencies program and live online learning to share. I gave away Brarydog magnetic poetry sheets which were a big hit.

My Display for CLENERT Training Showcase

Late Saturday afternoon I attended a train-the-trainer session with Stephanie Gerding and Kam McEvoy given by Brenda Hough and Sarah Washburn of the MaintainIT Project. Here’s a photo of Sarah explaining, Common Craft style, the relationship between WebJunction, MaintainIT Project, and TechSoup.

Afterwards we all went out to dinner in downtown Disney and celebrated Louise Alcorn‘s birthday.Girls Night Out in Downtown Disney/Happy BDay Louise!

Thank you again to Sarah and Brenda for hosting a wonderful evening!

2008 Technology Summit: Digital Youth Wired for Action

Come visit me in Charlotte next month at the 2008 Technology Summit: Digital Youth Wired for Action

The 2008 Technology Summit “Digital Youth Wired for Action” is a high-impact conference designed to inspire new learning and creativity in library staff, educators and others from around the region interested in youth development and learning. The day will be filled with practical tips and methods to help integrate new technologies into the programs and services you offer to children and teens.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Anastasia Goodstein. Goodstein is the author of Totally Wired: what teens and tweens are really doing online. Her blog, YPulse, is a leading media, technology and youth development information source, and School Library Journal recently published Goodstein’s article What Would Madison Avenue Do? Marketing to Teens.

Tickets to this exciting event are just $20 per person. Purchase tickets online through the library’s partnering agency, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, or call 704-973-2828. (Note: a $5 handling fee will be added to all Internet and telephone orders.)

8:30–9:00 AM: Registration for Morning Session
9:00 AM: Morning Session: A focus on Teen Services
12:15 – 1:45 PM: Break for lunch (Maps of nearby dining choices will be provided.)
1:45–2:15 PM: Registration for Afternoon Session
2:15-5:00 PM: Afternoon Session: A focus on Children’s Services

ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
First time visiting ImaginOn? Visit the ImaginOn web site for directions, map and underground parking information.

A live audio stream of Anastasia’s presentations will be available on Second Life at Alliance Library’s InfoIsland Open Air Auditorium (103, 117, 33). For more information, contact Kelly Czarnecki at or IM BlueWings Hayek in Second Life.

Are You a Champion of Learning?

I received this certificate and a nice letter in the mail today and that reminded me that it’s time to start thinking about and planning for Employee Learning Week which takes place December 8-12, 2008.

What is ELW?
Employee Learning Week is an awareness campaign highlighting the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results.

For last year’s ELW I kept things simple and sent out a daily email to all staff highlighting a learning benefit/opportunity available to them from the library. It seems like such a small thing but the response from staff was amazing. So this year I want to raise the bar.

So what ideas do you have? How will you celebrate learning at your library? And if you work at PLCMC what ideas do you have for this year?

p.s. You don’t have to be an ASTD member to participate.