Friday, December 13, 2013

What happens to your digital life after death?

I thought this post from Pew Research Center might be of interest to ALLUNY members. It was a program topic at one of our annual meetings.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Temporary Reference Desk Support - Cornell University Law Library

The Cornell University Law School Library seeks an individual to provide reference and research services to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and the university, alumni and the general public. Staff the Reference Desk on Sundays from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Answer walk-up, phone, e-mail and chat reference questions. Prepare bibliographic guides and contribute content to the Law Library's current awareness services. Salary: Up to $20 per hour, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Requires knowledge of trends and practices in legal research and the use of on-line resources; strong customer service orientation; demonstrated initiative, organizational skills and problem-solving abilities. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. MLIS from an ALA-accredited school and J.D. from a ABA-accredited law school, or either one of the degrees, and at least one year of reference or related experience, preferably in an academic law library.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

Apply for the position at:

Friday, October 4, 2013

Job posting: Competitive Intelligence Research Specialist

Nixon Peabody LLP is seeking a professional, self-motivated, tech-savvy, dynamic individual to provide research support in a fast-paced, exciting work environment.

Position: Competitive Intelligence Research Specialist

Location: Rochester, NY or Chicago, IL

  • Masters of Library Science or equivalent with research experience in a business or legal setting. 
  • Highly developed analytical and critical thinking skills.  Demonstrated ability to filter and synthesize large amounts of data and summarize critical and relevant findings. 
  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage multiple time sensitive and diverse projects. 
  • Ability to excel in a fast paced environment under tight deadlines. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing superior quality client service. 
  • Self-motivated, detail oriented and organized with the ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a multi-office research team. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels. 
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Adobe. 
  • Research, analyze and deliver company and industry information to support firm’s business development and competitive intelligence efforts, with a focus on preparing company snapshots and other background reports. 
  • Effectively search fee based and open web sources for critical and relevant information. Synthesize and present research findings to attorneys and Marketing staff to facilitate decision making and business planning. 
  • Monitor clients, prospects and industries using current awareness tools. 
  • Assist Competitive Intelligence Manager and Librarians with a variety of other projects as requested. 
  • Collaborate with library staff in other geographies to provide seamless business information service. 
  • Participate in professional associations and continuing professional development activities. 
To apply for this position, please visit:

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ALLUNY grants

ALLUNY's Annual meeting will be taking place in Albany this year starting on Friday, October 18. We have two grants available to help with the cost of attending the meetings. The deadline to apply for either grant is Friday, September 27, 2013.

Ernest H. Breuer Memorial Grant
One grant in the amount of $250 will be awarded to a member to attend the ALLUNY annual meeting. The application form will be promoted with other meeting registration materials and the deadline for application published at that time. The application may be submitted online or printed and mailed.

Library Studies Student Grant
One grant in the amount of $150 may be awarded to a library science/studies student to attend the ALLUNY annual meeting. The application may be submitted online or printed and mailed.

The application forms are located at the following:

Questions may be directed to Jean-Paul Vivian (Chair, Grants Committee) at (516) 442-8578 or e-mail at

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New job postings

Two new job postings have been shared via the ALLUNY jobs page (
  1. Provisional Library Clerk 2, SG-9 Part-time 50%, at Moon Library, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Syracuse, NY
  2. Web Information Legal Services in New York City, via LAC Group

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

You're invited! 59th ALLUNY Annual Meeting

All are invited to attend the 59th ALLUNY Annual Meeting, to be held from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th. The meeting will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY.

Full details are available on the ALLUNY website at, including registration form and information package (agenda, program descriptions, presenter biographies and hotel information).  (Please note: hotel reservations must be made by Thursday, September 19th.)

We hope to see you there!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Revision to ALLUNY Newsletter, July 2013

The Government Relations Committee report was inadvertently left out of the last issue of ALLUNY Newsletter -- a revised edition, including the report, is now available at


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Job posting: Research Librarian for Nixon Peabody, LLP in Rochester, NY

Nixon Peabody, LLP, is seeking a Research Librarian, "a professional, self-motivated, tech-savvy, energetic individual to provide research support in a fast-paced, exciting work environment" in Rochester, NY.

The full job posting is available online at

To apply for this position, please visit:

Nixon Peabody LLP is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The 2013 ALLUNY Spring Institute will take place on Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Syracuse University College of Law.  You can find more information, including registration materials, here:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Faculty Vacancy Announcement - Assistant Librarian - Moon Library

State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Moon Library

March 5, 2013


The F. Franklin Moon Library at SUNY-ESF seeks a forward-thinking assistant librarian to serve as the Library’s Interlibrary Loan and Collections Management Specialist. This position is responsible for interlibrary loan, document delivery, and acquisitions using a patron request driven model for collection development. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Library Director and other Library staff to explore and implement the use of emerging technologies for rapid fulfillment of patron information needs. This position will also participate in reference rotations, provision of information literacy instruction, departmental liaison program, and other library activities as assigned.                                                                                                    

Primary Responsibilities Include: 
In addition to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for an Assistant Librarian, the following knowledge skills and abilities may also be required:

·      Manage all aspects of interlibrary loan, including OCLC ILLiad software, holdings queues and other features.
·      Serve as IDS Project contact, as well as primary information vendor contact.
·      Maintain awareness of issues and advances in interlibrary loan, resource sharing, and related library services.
·      Train ILL staff and student assistants.
·      Manage provision of Document Delivery Services.
·      Manage acquisitions of all electronic subscriptions, print resources, and other materials.
·      Management of gifts and donations of materials to the library.
·      Interact with various vendors and suppliers of information resources.
·      Utilize numerous complex research resources such as online catalogs and databases, finding aids, reference sources, technical manuals, etc. to perform job responsibilities.
·      Explore, Implement, and troubleshoot patron-initiated purchasing workflows.
·      Track, compile, analyze, and interpret financial and non-financial statistics.
·      Participate in library-wide planning and serve on campus-wide committees and task forces.
·      Be active professionally and contribute to developments in the field.

Required Qualifications:
·      MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited Library Science program and library or related work experience.
·      Strong Analytical and budget management skills.
·      Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
·      Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with faculty, students, vendors and academic administrators.
·      Excellent oral and written communication skills.
·      Ability to use independent judgment, effective organizational and time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
·      A second Masters degree in a STEM subject area.
·      Experience with ILLiad, OCLC, integrated library management systems, MS Office suite and current interlibrary loan standards and practices.
·      Experience with developing academic research collections.
·      Ability to work across organizational boundaries.
·      General knowledge of discovery and delivery tools including ALEPH, Encore, ILLiad, bibliographic records and call numbering systems.
·      Prior academic library experience, including the delivery of information literacy instruction.
·      Experience providing reference/instructional services in an academic library setting, teaching experience, or knowledge of instructional methods.
·      Experience with LibGuides and RefWorks or similar tools
·      Excellent customer service skills.

Salary/Benefits:  Twelve-month, Full-time, Tenure-track position Competitive salary. Excellent benefits.

About the College:
Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry  (ESF) is the nation’s oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future.  The ESF campus occupies 17 acres in Syracuse and 25,000 acres on its regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. The ESF student body consists of approximately 2170 undergrads and 550 graduate students.   ESF alumni number more than 18,000 worldwide. ESF is a doctoral granting institution, and offers 22 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs in the sciences, engineering, and landscape architecture.   US News & World Report ranks ESF among the "Top Public National Universities" and number 25 of all national universities in the “ Great Schools at Great Prices."   Ninety percent of ESF students are employed or pursuing graduate study within six months of graduation. 

About the Library:
The F. Franklin Moon Library ( supports the College’s specialized disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, forestry, environmental science, and landscape architecture. Offering over 135,500 volumes, access to more than 800 journal titles and vast electronic resources, the Moon library its collection by sharing recourses with neighboring Syracuse University, and with other SUNY campus libraries.  The Moon Library is a member of the IDS project (   The mission of the Moon Library is to provide information resources to the ESF community and to teach library users to learn independently.

About the Community: 
SUNY-ESF is located in the ”University Hill” section of Syracuse, NY, a mid-sized metropolitan area with plentiful cultural and civic opportunities.  The Places Rated Almanac ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of “Best Places to Live.”  People from all over the world who settled in the area have enriched its diverse history.  Syracuse is within a five-hour drive to New York City, Boston, Toronto, and Montreal.  The Syracuse metropolitan area has over 600,000 residents that live in a region characterized by rolling hills, flat plains, abundant lakes, and waterfalls. The area boasts a wide variety of cultural organizations and activities, parks, theaters, and museums.

Application Deadline:  Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by April 5, 2013 to assure optimal consideration.

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line. Submit a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references online at

In accordance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:

SUNY-ESF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Position Available at Cornell Law Library

Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian, Cornell Law Library

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  The town and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 620 J.D. students, 75 LL.M. students, 25 J.S.D. students, and 52 full-time faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute.  The Law Library houses over 700,000 volumes and disseminates extensive legal information through its web site. The Library promotes a challenging environment which supports the use of new technologies with a tradition of excellent services.  Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system, and advancement is through the CUL promotion process. 

Benefits:  Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options).  Professional travel funding available.

Position: Cornell Law library seeks an energetic and creative librarian for a new Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian position. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Research and Instruction, the Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian is responsible for building productive relationships with faculty and students by developing and implementing the outreach activities of the Law Library.
Duties include:
·          Develop, coordinate, and implement new and innovative library programs and services for faculty, students, and other groups in the law school and university community.
·         Facilitate the growth of the library’s scholarly services, which include an active faculty liaison component and a faculty scholarship repository.
·         Work collaboratively with library staff to develop and coordinate library marketing and outreach efforts such as open houses, orientation and alumni events, exhibits, brochures, reports, other print-based and web based social media.
·         Develop and conduct surveys to assess information technology, research, instruction, and other library services and programs geared towards faculty and students.
·         Provide extensive reference and research service to the Law School and university communities in Anglo-American, international, and foreign law.
·         Develop and organize library workshops and sessions in real and virtual environments.
·         Teach in the first year lawyering course and various research courses for upper level credit.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required, as well as a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial environment. 
The Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities, and is expected to be professionally active. 
Salary is competitive. Position is available July 1, 2013; however, the start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting will close on April 1, 2013.
Requirements:  J.D. from ABA accredited school and M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program; strong service orientation; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

Preferred:  A minimum of two years professional academic law library or related experience; demonstrated experience coordinating and managing projects; teaching experience; knowledge of and interest in new and emerging technologies; demonstrated experience with assessment methodologies and conducting analysis.

Application:  To apply for this position go to:, search under the job category of Librarians, select job posting 19644 and follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references.

For more information, contact Thomas Mills, Associate Director for Collections and Administration, 607.255.5859,

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Hot off the presses! New issue of ALLUNY Newsletter available now!

The latest (Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013) issue of ALLUNY Newsletter is now available online at

Congratulations to editor Barbara Briggs on another fantastic publication!

Past issues are also available for your reading pleasure at