Job: Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian in Victoria

Librarians are cool. Are YOU gonna tell her different?

Librarians are cool. Are YOU gonna tell her different?

Got this from a friend via Facebook. Temporary (to cover mat leave) full time:

Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian

The Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) is an innovative library system with one of the highest per capita usage rates in Canada.  Our Vision is to inspire literacy, lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Serving 315,000 residents in the Greater Victoria area, we provide library service to 10 municipalities. We are currently seeking a temporary, full-time Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian to fill a maternity leave position which we anticipate will conclude in April 2015.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, enthusiastic, creative and flexible individual with exemplary leadership, programming/outreach and customer service skills. The main duties will be related to service to children, families and teens. GVPL is currently undergoing extensive restructuring and review of service delivery. The successful candidate will be flexible about how their duties will evolve as a result of ongoing improvements and role adjustments.

Highlights of requirements:

•    Proven programming and outreach skills;
•    Proven ability to develop and maintain community partnerships;
•    Project management skills;
•    Proven leadership and advocacy skills;
•    Strong commitment to customer service;
•    Knowledge of current trends and best practices in public library services;
•    Superior time management and organizational skills;
•    Superior written and verbal communication;
•    Innovative and flexible;
•    Technologically nimble;
•    Fosters enthusiasm and teamwork among staff and colleagues.

Required Education and Experience:

•    MLS or MLIS from an accredited academic institution;
•    Previous library experience in a public services capacity.

For more details: Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian Job Description (PDF)

This is a Union position, with an hourly pay rate of $33.15 – $36.49 plus 13% in lieu of benefits.

Applicants will be required to prepare a written and/or oral assignment.

To apply: Send your résumé and cover letter via e-mail to applications@gvpl.ca outlining how your qualifications, skills, abilities and professional goals match the requirements of the position and GVPL values.

Review of applications begins Monday, May 26, 2014. Potentially start date is early June, 2014; however the competition will remain open until we find the right candidate.

Selah.

Persistence is a Virtue: a case study

In which I am shown to possess a virtue, which would be news to a lot of people.

Persistence pays off. About six months ago I heard about a media startup, backed by a billionaire, with a social justice mandate and a partiality for investigative journalism. I, along with everyone else in the news media, applied. I heard nothing back. Two months later I see an article saying they’re hiring for pre-launch, it has a different email address, I send my application in there, I hear nothing back. Two months after that, I hear that an editor I know very slightly (from commenting on his website for ten years) has been hired as editor in chief, so I dig up his personal email and send him my resume and clips. I hear nothing back, so I dig up his email at the NEW site, which is now live. I email him there. Nothing for a week and a half, then “Hey, I didn’t know you were a reporter! Can you send me some more clips and some pitches” so I do. Then, nothing for weeks. I read another article about how they’re actively looking for freelancers, so I take our email conversation, forward it to the email address in that article and ask, “So, are we approaching the point of a formal No, or are we still in play here?” and I get back an email with an apology, his cellphone number, and the request to “Dial relentlessly until I pick up the phone.” So I do. 12 hours later I have an agreement to freelance for a very, very high-profile startup with serious financial backing.

 

EDITED TO NOTE: I would have skipped sending things in that One Last Time, except two good friends nagged me on Facebook even in the face of my “oh, I already tried a million times” so there’s two people who just skipped to the head of the line of People I Owe Dinner To.

Shebeen Club Jump Start Tuesday, May 27

Whee! We're back!

Whee! We’re back!

That’s right, we’re back, bitches! For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the Shebeen Club returns to the back corner of the Shebeen at 7pm Tuesday, May 27 for drinks and eats and catching up on what we’ve all been doing in the what, six? eight? months since last we met.

Heading into our ninth year of existence, I’m sure we have a lot to share and boast and bitch about. I, personally, have some SOOPER EXCITING news that I am saving for the night. There’s no point emailing and asking; I won’t tell you. You gots to put your butt in a chair at the actual event.

Here’s the Facebook post.

It’s high time we Shebeened again! I hereby invite you and your literary homies to the May 2014 meeting of the Shebeen Club, one of Vancouver’s longest-lived literary gatherings. Bring your latest work, your attitude, and your ravenous thirst (for knowledge, of course!) to the Shebeen at 7pm on Tuesday, May 27.

Who knows, you might end up reading some lovely poetry, like Rik Mayall here and his highly supportive audience!

Workshop: Write So Your Soul Smiles by Melba Burns

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you

Melba Burns has been a leader among writing teachers in the Lower Mainland for many years, so we’re very happy to feature her new writing workshop announcement. And no, we’re not getting paid for this!

Hello, and Happy Spring,
It’s been 5 months since I offered a writing workshop, but because it’s a time of renewal and rejuvenation, I decided to create one on the weekend of May 3rd and 4th. It’s also because I will have my book in paperback by then, and because I have also been reading another fabulous book (check out the flyer). And I realized that I love doing these workshops, and I so enjoy everyone who attends.
So, there you have it!
Me again — 5 months later.
There is a discount of $30 off the workshop if paid by next Wed, April 16th. This also includes a FREE copy of my book, Write a Journal So Your Soul Smiles.  Check the flyer for times, etc.
Please let me know as soon as you can because space is limited in my home. It will be a wonderful workshop and I’m excited about doing this one — it’s brand new.
I hope you are doing well, and smiling even more with our beautiful weather.
May I hear from you soon…
Sincerely,
Melba
You can contact Melba and register at soulwrites @ telus . com

 

I Was Plagiarized By Arbitrage Magazine, But I’m The One Who Feels Terrible About It

here’s the pull quote: “If there is one thing I despise, it’s timid, ass-covering organizations that subvert their own stated mission to avoid a little controversy. Fire someone because of rumors? Who does that? And what does that solve? Because, trust me, the controversy comes anyway. And that is why I am writing this article.”

Betabeat

offthemedia-1 A few weeks ago, my work was shamelessly plagiarized by a staff writer at the Toronto-based Arbitrage Magazine .

I know this not because I am an Arbitrage reader, but because the writer tweeted the article to me.

But honestly I feel terrible that it happened. I’m not angry at the writer (to the point that I have decided not to include his name here to spare him a bad Google-Scarlet-Letter forever). Though he clearly made mistakes, it was really his magazine and its negligent and cowardly leadership that failed us both.

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