Thursday, November 21, 2013

Califa Saves Libraries Money

Each year we try to quantify the benefits of Califa membership for our libraries, and we are thrilled that we helped save libraries over $4 million in FY 2012-2013! 

A number of Califa Members individually saved over $300,000 for their libraries. These Super Savers hopefully can inspire others to take advantage of all the savings Califa can offer.

We negotiated discounted pricing for some of the most popular products in the library market, with pricing on services ranging from databases to library patron satisfaction surveys.

We organize shared eBook collections for libraries that want to offer new technologies at a consortial price.

We also host popular software on our own servers, cutting down the need for staff time to work with a vendor to set up hosting on a library server.

Check out the 2012/2013 Member Savings Report to make sure your library is getting the most out of your membership dollars.

Additionally, if your library was unable to save money through your Califa membership this year, we'd love to speak with you about ways that you may be able to save next year!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Enki Update

For those of you who saw our presentations at CLA or Internet Librarian, you'll know that the enki platform, the eBook platform created by librarians for librarians, is up and running, and will be available for all Califa members to join in January.  For pricing, email Heather at
The enki team has started a public blog to communicate the updates and new additions to the platform, available at  Some highlights of new additions this month are: 
- there are five new reports in addition to the circulation statistics for your library.  You can now search the most popular titles, a summary of usage for each title, unique users, and top 100 searches.  These reports are available to anyone, whether you're an enki member or not.
- the book carousel on the front page of enki now has tabs where you can see different books available in different genres.  The Available Now tab only features books that have copies available.  These tabs allow users to see the breadth of the collection available.
- There are now 26 libraries up and running on enki and we're excited to add more Califa members to that growing list.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Full-time Faculty Position at USC

Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
Master of Management in Library and Information Science Program
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Requisition ID: 022060

The Marshall School of Business seeks an outstanding full time faculty member to teach in the Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) degree program.

The faculty member may teach from the Spring (January) Semester 2014. This is a non-tenure track faculty position. Rank is dependent on qualifications and experience.

This position requires firm grounding and experience in management and LIS.

Candidates must demonstrate a combination of skills and confidence that will transform education in library and information science through the integration of leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities across the curriculum.

Working with the Director, Master of Management in Library and Information Science, successful candidates will:
  • Design, teach and assess courses for the MMLIS degree program;
  • Teach in an a/synchronous online learning environment;
  • Assess student learning outcomes;
  • Plan, promote, and assess the MMLIS program.
  • All MMLIS faculty will be encouraged to make scholarly contributions that advance pedagogy and instructional innovation.
  • Successful candidates will be well-recognized and regarded professionals providing demonstrable leadership to the field. These positions are for an a/synchronous online degree program.

Full-time appointments will be for the academic year with flexible contracts to accommodate three semesters of 15-week courses; fall, spring and summer.

Instructional design and media technology assistance will be provided to ensure proficiency in using the program's highly interactive learning management system.

Rank and salary commensurate are with experience and qualifications. These positions are subject to the requirements and needs of the MMLIS program. Candidates cannot be USC students.

Applicants must have a terminal degree in Library and Information Sciences or a related field.
A PhD (or equivalent) completed or near completion and a combination of academic/professional qualifications and senior experience appropriate to a graduate academic program offered in management.

The candidate will have demonstrated:
  • Experience developing and teaching academic courses in management and library and information science at the graduate level;
  • Experience with teaching or instructional methods and principles, particularly in an online environment;
  • Experience assessing student learning outcomes;
  • Experience using social media, computer-assisted learning applications, or have previous experience using technology to support instruction and learning;
  • Demonstrated skill in responsiveness to diverse student populations;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work in a collegial, collaborative environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Applications must be submitted via USC’s online faculty application website:

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains, as appropriate, the following: 1) a letter clearly indicating area(s) of specialization and teaching experience, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, 3) a concise statement of current and future research directions and funding, 4) a sample of teaching evaluations 5) a list of at least four academic/professional references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee, and 6) required supplemental questions (limited to one page for each question): a) briefly describe your reasons for wanting to join the MMLIS team and b) explain the contribution you might make to an evidence-based online graduate school program.

Interested candidates should apply on-line.
For more information about this position, see:
or contact Dr. Ken Haycock, Search Committee Chair, at

Closing date for applications: Open until filled.

USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.