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PTPL [Potomac Technical Processing Librarians] SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT 2016‏. DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 30, 2016

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) announces the availability of two $1,000 scholarships for future librarians interested in technical services. Students living or working in the PTPL membership region (DC, Maryland, Virginia) and who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited Library and/or Information Science program, including distance education programs, are invited to apply.

Criteria Requirements for the Award:

The applicant must

  1. be a full or part-time student in an ALA-accredited Library and/or Information Science at the Master’s level at the time of the award and have completed at least one three-hour credit course; 2. demonstrate an interest in library technical services through employment, course of study, or research interests. Technical services work centers on the “.acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification, and preservation of all kinds of library materials.” see: ALCTS,, and; 3. be employed or living in the PTPL membership region (Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia).

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. PTPL scholarship application
  2. Two written references (see below for details) 3. Current resume 4. One-page, double spaced statement of the applicant’s interest in library technical services

Please submit all materials in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), plain text (.txt), or PDF (.pdf) format to Karl E. Debus-López at

References are accepted from two faculty members OR one faculty member and your current supervisor. References should be able to address your potential or experience in library technical services. Letters may be emailed directly from the faculty member or your supervisor to Karl E. Debus-López at < > .

Incomplete application packets and those received after the application deadline will not be considered.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  June 30, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT

Recipients will be notified by August 31, 2016, and publicly awarded at the annual PTPL meeting in the fall.  The recipients will receive a free one-year membership in PTPL and have registration fees for the annual conference waived.

View this announcement and download the scholarship application at Caution-

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ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships. Applications are due by 8am EDT on June 13th, 2016.

2016 ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships

This year, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Digital Library Federation (DLF) will again sponsor a number of fellowship and travel awards meant to foster a more diverse and inclusive practitioner community in digital libraries and related fields.

ARL+DLF Forum Fellowships are designed to offset or completely cover travel and lodging expenses associated with attending the annual DLF Forum, which will be held November 7-9, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Intern position at Bain Chicago Office‏

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The Information Services/Library intern will assist the Manager and IS team with their administrative tasks. The internship provides valuable experiential learning opportunities to build the many skills that are foundational for a career in library services. Interns are full members of the team for the duration of their internship and are invited to attend regular team meetings and social events.  The intern will work 20 hours per week in Bain’s Chicago office.


Administrative and Research Support

  • Under close supervision, supports the local IS department
  • Ensures invoices are paid on time for online services, books, journals, and stationery. Involves regular liaison with suppliers and the Finance Department
  • May manage subscription and journal acquisition for the department and consultants. Includes suggesting relevant material for purchase, placing orders, updating a subscriptions database and circulating journals
  • Catalogues books for Information Services, plus shelving book and magazine returns as quickly as possible to make them available for other users
  • Builds knowledge of  basic business sources
  • Initiates and undertakes key project work when required such as organizing & updating the Information Services Portal
  • Proactively seeks opportunities to broaden and deepen skill set by participating in special projects
  • Provides ongoing support for basic asset-building activities including processing orders and new acquisitions, cataloging and serials check-in, end-user system updates, tracking circulation of materials from the collection and ongoing maintenance of print and other special collections


  • Currently working towards undergraduate or graduate degree, preferably in Library or Information Sciences
  • Previous work experience in administrative support, preferably in a professional environment
  • Attention to detail, effective time management and strong verbal skills required
  • Must possess an ability to learn quickly, multi-task and work independently
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English required

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