Attention: who wants to work at Snell?

  Snell Library has recently posted two open positions for hiring. Both are full time positions that all may apply to. Below are descriptions of the positions. 1. Advancement and Marketing Assistant, Northeastern University Libraries Help us to grow! This position assists with advancement and marketing efforts of the University Libraries. Major responsibilities include setting up appointments with donors, making thank you calls, drafting correspondence to donors and alumni, coordinating tasks, communicating with advancement and marketing staff across campus, running database reports, and assisting the department head with priority projects. S/he will also be responsible for payroll and monitoring departmental expenditures and the department budget. In addition s/he will hire, train, and supervise 1-2 coops and 3-6 work study students. Other responsibilities include collaborating with the Programming & Communications committee and managing coop students on marketing and programming projects such as author talks and panel discussions.         Qualifications   This individual must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, very strong interpersonal abilities, a positive attitude, and be detail oriented. S/he should feel comfortable picking up the phone and calling anyone. S/he should be able to prioritize, manage multiple projects, and to meet project deadlines. S/he must be able to work independently and in teams, possess decision-making abilities and problem-solving skills, and effectively supervise others. S/he should be flexible, adaptable, and creative. Eagerness to grow and learn is a plus. Experience with client relations, sales, or advancement experience is preferred. Two+ years computer experience working with databases, word processing programs, and generating reports is necessary. Experience with SalesForce is a plus. Budget experience is preferred. Bachelor’s degree is required. Flexibility in work schedule is required (some evening and weekends). If you have questions about this position at Northeastern, please contact: Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter Director of Advancement, Marketing & Communications Northeastern University Libraries 617.373.2821 o 857.719.8009 c 2. Digital Library Developer Are you interested in applying your technical skills in an academic environment? Do you think about the future of libraries, scholarly publishing, and digital information management systems?  Do you enjoy working with dedicated colleagues and solving interesting problems?  If so, consider applying to be our Digital Library Developer! As part of a new Digital Library Management department, the Digital Library Developer will develop and maintain the core technical infrastructure for a comprehensive digital library/repository service.  The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Libraries and in Information Services and will play a leading role in designing the primary architecture, workflows and applications for Northeastern’s digital repository service. Typical duties include: working with open-source and commercial applications to develop an OAIS compliant infrastructure that supports the ingestion, storage/preservation, and distribution of digital assets.  The Digital Library Developer will be responsible for designing, developing, testing and deploying new technologies, tools and resources to extend and enhance digital content and services, developing application programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate multiple submission and access pathways; and collaborating with IS colleagues to implement appropriate identity management and authentication policies. Qualifications Qualifications for this exciting position include: –    Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and four to six years of significant development experience in an object oriented development environment such as Java. –    Strong working knowledge of Java, SQL, XML/XSL. –    Experience with web programming frameworks such as PhP, Rails, or Django. –    Demonstrated experience with Unix, Unix utilities, device handling, data storage, and basic UNIX administration. –    Knowledge of current web development standards and cross platform compatibility and accessibility techniques. –    Experience with Open Source software. –    Excellent oral and written skills. –    Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment. –    Experience with IT in a higher education setting desirable. Additional Information Questions about this position or Northeastern’s digital library program should be sent to Patrick Yott at To apply for these jobs: If applying from the Careers @ Northeastern site: 1. Click on the ‘Add to My Positions’ button; 2. Click on the ‘View My Positions’ button; 3. Click on the ‘Apply for Positions’ button; 4. Follow the instructions on how to complete ‘The Application Process’. Important: remember that these jobs will be listed under the heading “College/Area: Libraries” If applying from an external job site: 1. Copy the following URL and paste it into a new browser window: 2. Find the position(s) you are interested in applying for and follow the instructions available on the Careers @ Northeastern site. Please contact only the aforementioned staff if you are interested in applying; feel free to refer friends outside of Northeastern who may be qualified/interested. Furthermore, spread this blog post around! -Damon G

Announcing All Floor 24/7

Students who have experienced frustration over a lack of time or places to study need fear no more. We are pleased to announce that beginning the evening of July 5th, Snell Library will be open twenty-four hours a day while classes are in session for current students, faculty and staff. For over a year, as a direct result of student demand, the first floor of the Library has been open 24×7. This access has proved a huge success with students. Based on this success, by expanding 24×7 access to all floors, the Library will better serve students who need to stay up late studying and who can also access a wider variety of resources than those available on the first floor. Associate Dean for User Services, Lesley Milner said, “The Library has worked closely with student government, student employees at Snell Library, and frequent library users, to get their input to create optimal library hours and study space, for which there is always demand. For students, the resounding response was anytime, day and night, and as much space as possible.  Dean of Libraries, Will Wakeling shared, “We want to give students what they need to succeed in their academic careers— and of course we are delighted that students want 24 hour access to the Snell library building, which complements our suite of online library research tools and resources.” For security purposes students, faculty, and staff are required to present and carry with them a valid Northeastern ID at all times. The public and alumni are welcome to use the Library during previously regularly scheduled hours. Funding for All Floor 24×7 has been provided by the Office of the Provost. See for more information about hours and usage of Snell Library. For questions about this change please contact Lesley Milner at A new era has dawned.

No Family History Film Screening

Next Tuesday, October 13th, the NU Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative, and the Northeastern Facilities Department of Sustainability and Energy will be joining forces to present a free screening of the film No Family History. This film, made by environmental sociologist Sabrina McCormick, addresses the environmental causes of breast cancer, such as toxins in personal care products. It also looks at the movement to improve regulations to prevent breast cancer as opposed to focusing on finding a cure. Sabrina McCormick, who has done extensive research on the connection between environmental toxins and health will be giving a talk after the screening. This event ties in well with both NU’s Sustainability Week and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is sure to be an eye opener. The screening will be held October 13th from 6:00 – 8:30 PM in 105 Shillmam.

Summer Staff Picks

Looking for a good book to read or movie to watch over the summer?  Visit the exhibit showcases on the first floor of Snell Library—in the front of the Library and also in the display case by the first floor elevator.  Northeastern University Libraries staff members share their recommendations.  Browse their selections and settle on a first-rate title to enjoy this summer!  

Senator Ted Kennedy and Student Financial Aid @ Northeastern University

I am sorry to hear about Senator Ted Kennedy’s ill health.  He’s the subject of a new online exhibit by the NU Libraries Archives on Student Financial Aid at Northeastern University.  The exhibit recounts Kennedy’s strong support of federal financial aid for college students, and his relationship with Northeastern.  He spoke at student rallies, heard personal student testimonies, and held a press conference and a senate committee field hearing at Northeastern whenever student financial aid programs were threatened by presidential or congressional proposals.  The exhibit comprises photographs, articles from Northeastern University’s student and faculty/staff newspapers, official statements, and background information.  I wish Senator Kennedy and his family the best.