Monthly Archives: April 2012

Workshop for Working with Tweens @ your Library

Betwixt and Be Tween –Tips on how to effectively serve your Tween population.
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – Noon at the Castro Valley Library in the Chabot/Canyon meeting rooms.

Speakers include:
Christie Inocencio –Owner of “Christie’s Creative Cupboard,” Home Schooler and mother of six.
Penny Peck –Librarian for 25 years, part-time Instructor at San José State University, and author of Reader’s Advisory for Children and Tweens (Libraries Unlimited, 2010).
Pete Villasenor –Children’s Librarian from Oakland Public Library, will speak on successful everyday dealings with tweens.
Contact: Sandy Silva, 925-931-3412 or
Register online to hold your spot:
Price: $15.  Deadline is May 3, 2012.  (And for $15, why not?  What a bargain!).
Checks should be made payable to Pacific Library Partnership.

Surly tweens

Surly tweens, coming to a library near you

Alameda Free Library Seeking Supervising Librarian

The Alameda Free Library is looking for qualified candidates for a full time position.  Please post or pass on to those you think may be interested in applying.
Please see attached recruitment for:
Supervising Librarian
Open: 4/17/2012
Close: 5/3/2012
CalOPPS Link:
Any questions should be directed to the Human Resources Department at 510.747.4900

Librarian I/II positions at City of San Mateo

San Mateo Public Library is hiring librarians!  Check out the description and apply online at

Booklist’s Mystery Webinar

If you’ve never taken advantage of any of Booklist’s webinars on what is upcoming and hot in a particular genre, you’re really missing out.  They are free, informative, and give the listener a lot of good ideas for what to read next, and naturally, that information is passed on to your library patrons.  Next Tuesday, 11 a.m. Pacific time, mysteries will be the highlighted genre.  Representatives from five different publishers will be sharing what is the hottest off of their presses.  Register here.

Casual Librarians Wanted in Sunnyvale

Sunnyvale Public Library is recruiting for Casual Librarians.  See the job description and particulars below.

Job Title:  Casual Librarian

Closing Date/Time:  Friday, May 4, 2012 by 5 p.m.

Hiring interviews:  week of May 7, 2012

Salary: $27.4713- $31.8015 per hour

Sunnyvale Public Library is currently recruiting for librarians who are willing to work primarily evenings and week-ends to cover public service desk hours and occasionally assist with programs and projects, as needed.

Job description:   Provides information, reference, reader’s advisory, and programs for the public.  Casual librarians may be assigned to Adult, Teen, Children’s Services or special projects as needed.

Working Conditions: Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, stooping, and keyboard manipulation in the performance of daily activities.

Education and Experience:  A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program.

Knowledge and Abilities:  Current practices, procedures and technologies used in professional library work; on-line data searching and other automated technologies used to access information; book and non-book materials, reference resources; basic computer skills; online social networking applications.

Able to: plan and present material to diverse groups; interact tactfully and effectively with the public and other staff; communicate clearly, accurately and concisely both orally and in writing.

Hours will include evenings, week-ends, holidays, daytime.

Ability to speak other languages that represent the demographics of the community is desirable.

How to apply:  Fill out the City of Sunnyvale’s application form and return it to:

Susan Denniston:,  or  Sunnyvale Library,   665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale CA 94086

Teens’ Top Ten

Yalsa has released its top ten nominations for teen reads.  Check it out here!

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Open Source Software for your Library

Are you using Open Source software at your library? You may already be blogging with WordPress, creating documents with Open Office, or managing content with Drupal. There are many more Open Source solutions for everyday tasks.

With space still available in this online course, you can join author and self-described “evangelist” Nicole Engard to increase your awareness of how your library can benefit from flexible and affordable Open Source solutions.

Title:  Practical Open Source Software for Libraries (An Infopeople Online Learning Course)

Dates:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Monday, May 28, 2012

Instructor:  Nicole Engard

To register for this course:  Click the link to Online Registration at:

Fee:  $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

With the growing popularity of applications like Koha, Evergreen, Open Office, and Ubuntu, the library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use, change, or improvement in a public, collaborative manner. More than just programming, open source is about following a philosophy of free distribution and access. The open source world and the library world live by the same principles.

What does open source mean to you and your library? The benefits are immediately evident:

  • More flexibility and freedom than using software purchased with license restrictions
  • More affordable options than other alternatives on the market
  • The ability to provide exceptional service with ever-decreasing budgets

This course will introduce you to what open source is, how easy it is to implement, and how to evaluate open source software options. You’ll be able to separate the facts from misconceptions and come away with a toolbox of over 60 open source applications that you can start using right away at your library.