Jobs in Information Technology: July 16

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.


New This Week

Head Librarian, Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus,  Pennsylvania State University,  Wilkes-Barre, PA

Library Director, Pelham Public Library, Pelham, NH

Summer Reading Regional Presenter,  Kansas Library Consultants for Youth,  Manhattan, KS

Technical Content Specialist, Computercraft Corporation, Bethesda, MD

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Libraries

Being found in commercial search engines, like Google, and writing indexable content have largely been on the periphery of library web development practice. In this course/workshop, we will explore the mechanics and principles of acceptable best practices for SEO, identify components that contribute to successful harvesting of library web sites and microsites, and discuss the need to make library content findable in broader online settings. Come learn why SEO is not just “snake oil” and can be an integral part of library marketing and outreach initiatives.

Topics include:

  • web analytics,
  • creating indexable content,
  • understanding search engines,
  • engineering findability,
  • the business case for SEO,
  • distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable SEO

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Understand the difference between acceptable best practices for SEO and unacceptable SEO.
  • Learn how bots create the web index for your web sites.
  • Learn how to apply the basic activities around acceptable best practices for SEO.
  • Learn how to conduct SEO keyword and topic research
  • Learn how to set up Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools to measure SEO success and diagnose SEO problems.
  • Know how to create a business case for SEO work in your library

Who Should Attend:

  • Web developers and System Administrators with some web management experience
  • Any librarian interested in web analytics and building findable content for the web

Instructors:

(Team teaching with Montana State University research team including:

Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Library; Jason Clark, Head of Library Informatics and Computing;  Patrick OBrien, Semantic Web Research Director Scott Young, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Course Level & Prerequisites

Participants should know how to use a text editor and a current standard Web Browser. Some basic knowledge of HTML will be helpful

Date(s) & Time(s)

10:30 a.m – 12:30  p.m.(CDT) each of these days:

  • July 17 – Best Practices and “Why do SEO?” intro
  • July 18 – Semantic Markup and Structured Data for SEO
  • July 21 – SEO Analytics
  • July 23 – Emerging SEO Techniques

Fee

LITA Member: $135

ALA Member: $195

Non-member: $260

How to Register

For more information, visit the web site, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  or lita@ala.org

Announcing the LITA Blog Editor

We are pleased to announce that Brianna Marshall will be the new editor of the LITA Blog. Brianna is the Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned her MLS and MIS from Indiana University in May 2014. She most recently was the Managing Editor of the popular Hack Library School blog, and brings a lot of great experience and ideas to the LITA Blog.

Watch for calls from Brianna for regular and guest contributors coming soon.

LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee – IG Renewal Document

One of the jobs of the LITA Bylaws & Organization Committee is to oversee the formation and dissolution of LITA Interest Groups. I’ve created and updated a document that has both current names and dates of LITA Interest Groups, renewal dates, and past IGs that have been dissolved.

LITA Interest Group document

If anyone has any questions, please let me know: griffey at gmail.com

Jobs in Information Technology: June 18

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.


New This Week

Head, Instruction and Outreach, University of Arkansas,  Fayetteville,  AR

Head, Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services,  Rice University, Fondren Library, Houston, TX

 

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.

Meet your Board at Annual (including online!)

LITA Board portraint
Back: David Lee King, Rachel Vacek, Jenny Reiswig, Cindi Blyberg, Mary Taylor, Jason Griffey.
Front: Zoe Stewart-Marshall, John Blyberg, Aaron Dobbs, Andromeda Yelton, Lauren Pressley

Hi! We’re the Board, and we’d like to meet you.

Whether you’ll be in Vegas next week or not, there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us, get involved with what LITA’s doing, and tell us how you’d like us to represent you. Here’s your handy list of where we’re likely to be during Annual. Come chat with us!

Social media and Online

Programs and Social Events

LITA Open House
New to LITA? Want to learn more? Start here!

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center S224

Top Tech Trends

LITA Awards Presentation and President’s Program
Featuring Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code!

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center S233

LITA Happy Hour

  • Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Kahunaville in the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd S.

Check out the rest of LITA’s programs at Annual, too.

Board and Committee Meetings

Per the ALA open meeting policy, all meetings are open to all members (though some may have closed portions). You are welcome to attend.

Executive Committee

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 – 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Las Vegas Hotel Conference Room 03
  • Hashtag: #litabd
  • Agenda

All Committees Meeting
Most of LITA’s committees meet during this time slot. If you’re thinking of getting involved and want to learn more, this is a great chance to do so.

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Las Vegas Convention Center Exhibit Hall, Mtg Rm A

LITA Board I

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center S224
  • Hashtag: #litabd
  • Agenda

LITA Board II

  • Monday, June 30, 2014 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Las Vegas Convention Center N217
  • Hashtag: #litabd
  • Agenda

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Open call to all LITA Members for Blog Editor role

LITA is searching for a savvy manager for its WordPress blog: http://litablog.org.

This is the perfect volunteer opportunity to get more involved with LITA outside of the committee structure.

The blog editor would work independently and collaboratively with the Web Coordinating Committee and Committee Coordinator (Communications) to plan, coordinate, solicit, and publish blog content of interest to the LITA community.

Responsibilities (in coordination with above committees and team you want to pull together):

  • Create policies for blogging and blog content. Tag and categorize existing and future content.
  • Schedule, proofread, and post new content.
  • Coordinate guest posts from content authors.
  • Ensure that the blog remains active and free of spam, and moderate comments as necessary.
  • Moderate comments posted to the blog.

Requirements:

  • Must be a current LITA member.
  • Experience with WordPress.
  • Experience or a strong interest in blogging.
  • Clearly communicate in writing and be proactive in soliciting and planning content.
  • Willingness to commit to a 1-year term.

This position has now been filled. Thanks for your interest!

Jobs in Information Technology: June 11

New vacancy listings are posted weekly on Wednesday at approximately 12 noon Central Time. They appear under New This Week and under the appropriate regional listing. Postings remain on the LITA Job Site for a minimum of four weeks.


New This Week

Assistant Coordinator, Book and Serials Holdings Manager, Colorado State University Libraries,  Fort Collins, CO

Program Director, Geospatial Research Support, American University, Washington, DC

UNIX Systems Administrator, University Libraries, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VI

Visit the LITA Job Site for more available jobs and for information on submitting a  job posting.


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