Hesburgh Libraries: Accepting Applications for the Position of Senior Software Engineer

The Hesburgh Libraries is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Software Engineer.

The Hesburgh Libraries’ Sr. Software Engineer plays a central role in the ability of the library to cater technical solutions to the needs of the University in its mission to advance scholarship, learning, and research. This position is responsible for designing reliable back end data services, web based applications and infrastructure which anticipate the evolving information needs of students and faculty members. Responsibilities include the design and implementation of scalable applications and software components, as well as engagement with library constituents in negotiating the diverse research and learning needs of the university.

To view the full position posting and application instructions, please visit the Human Resources job posting website at jobs.nd.edu.

Launch of GOJ Portal Represents a Critical Element of the Transformation of the Public Sector

The Government of Jamaica has launched a single online gateway to all Government information and services.

The e-portal was launched yesterday (August 9) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston.

Speaking at the launch Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the portal represents a critical element of transformation in the public sector.

According to Prime Minister Holness, information technology can revolutionize bureaucracy by increasing the decision-making process and making departments and agencies of government more transparent and efficient.

Jamaica’s Librarians need your Support!

Dear Colleagues,
We recently engaged the Office of the Minister in Jamaica in a bid to have information Literacy  as part of the New Stands Based Curriculum. Our Teacher/Librarians and Information Literacy are constantly left out of  National Curriculum Planning and we need to take a stand and have dialogue with the powers that be .
The Office of the Prime Minister have accepted our advocacy application and entered us on their petition page where we need to get 15,000 signatures. Luckily signatures can be had from across the world from people who support our cause . We would be grateful if you could assist us in joining hands  through our library partners across the world to show how powerful our unified voices can be through the sharing of this link and eventual signatures. Please see instructions below.
  1. Go to the  Jamaica House Petition page
  2. Select the name of the petition:  Review Jamaica National Standards Based Curriculum to Include Information Literacy and Libraries
  3. Enter your names and email address and click SIGN NOW (a confirmation will be sent to your email) Don’t see it? Check your junk mail!
  4. confirm your email by clicking on the link sent from the OPM to you inbox
Jollette Russell, President
Libary and Information Association of Jamaica

Charlottesville, Racism and the Current Crisis in America: Friday, August 25, 2017 12:30pm-2:00pm

PANEL: Charlottesville, Racism and the Current Crisis in America
WHEN: Friday August 25, 12:30pm-2:00pm
WHERE: Hesburgh Auditorium Hesburgh Center for International Studies University of Notre Dame
The violent demonstration in Charlottesville, VA and growing racial divisions across the country have brought into focus the dangers posed by a revitalized White supremacist movement in the United States.
What are the causes of the present crisis, how is it connected to historical justice struggles and collective memory, and where do we go from here? Come listen to experts on American racial politics discuss the current situation and what can be done in response.
Erika Doss Professor in the Department of American Studies
David Anderson Hooker Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Dianne Pinderhughes Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow, Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, Professor in the Department of Political Science
Richard Pierce Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of History
Ernesto Verdeja (moderator) Associate Professor in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Political Science
This event is cosponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Africana Studies.
PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday September 5 at 8:00pm the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will screen the documentary film:
“Whose Streets?” (2017) about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and the ensuing political and social tensions.
Panel to follow
Tickets and information available at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Job Announcement: Librarian Purdue University Black Cultural Center

The Purdue Black Cultural Center invites applicants for Purdue University Black Cultural Center Librarian.  The successful applicant will possess knowledge of African American history and culture and have the ability to communicate that knowledge through programs, workshops, and facilitated discussions.  He or she will be responsible for the management of the BCC library.  Responsibilities include collection development, reference service, instruction and promotion of the BCC through outreach activities.  This position represents a 25% appointment with Purdue Libraries.

 Purdue Black Cultural Center

The Purdue Black Cultural Center (BCC) is a nationally acclaimed organization and treasured educational resource.  It is a focal point for the African American experience and a force for cultural enrichment and intellectual growth at Purdue University and in the community.  The Black Cultural Center is a place where the black experience in America can be explored, celebrated and shared.  The center provides an environment that fosters cross-cultural exchanges and noteworthy research as well as artistic expression through music, dance, drama and creative writing. The BCC Library contains materials relevant to the historical, sociological, political and cultural aspects of the Black experience.  The library houses more than 7,000 volumes on subjects ranging from political science and religion to cooking, folklore, and literature.  In addition to its extensive collection, the library subscribes to more than 40 periodicals, including scholarly journals, popular magazines, newspapers and electronic resources.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science (M.L.S.) from ALA approved program.
  • Two years Librarian experience required.
  • Experience with collection management and development, reference and instruction and supervision.
  • Experience in an academic or research library preferred.
  • Experience working with archival collections.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and cultural competence.
  • Experience and knowledge in working with students of color in an educational setting
  • Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
  • Strong community building skills and record of collaborating with colleagues to support student success.
  • Ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • The successful candidate must have the ability to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families and communities.


  • Research, select and order library materials.
  • Develop and maintain BCC library website, oversee social media accounts and content across a variety of platforms.
  • Evaluate current holdings against collection development and weeding guidelines to establish the most effective collection possible.
  • Maintain records for budget funds related to the acquisition of materials.
  • Support direct collaboration between BCC and Purdue Libraries on technical services workflow, exhibits and other program initiatives.
  • Provide on-site, telephone and electronic reference service.
  • Instruct faculty, students, staff and community users in the effective use of learning resources through formal workshops, curriculum-based instruction and individualized instruction.
  • Supervise student assistants, including hiring, training, developing and evaluation performance in circulation and shelving activities.
  • Maintain the library collection including purging and reclassification of materials.
  • Coordinate the preservation of materials.
  • Oversee and maintain departmental archives
  • Plan, direct and/or implement special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities such as tours, on-site and off-site displays and outreach programs.
  • Represent the BCC in local, state and national library-related organizations and activities.
  • Serve as a resource to students as they navigate their way through the campus culture, providing leadership on sustaining and enriching a campus climate that is welcoming to all members of the community.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff on cultural literacy programs
  • Promote dialogue and discussion of African American history and popular culture.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on September 5, 2017.

To Apply

All applicants must apply on line www.purdue.edu/hr/careers

Hard copies of application materials can also be sent to:

Renee Thomas, Director

Purdue Black Cultural Center

1100 Third Street

West Lafayette, IN 47906



American Latino Experience Building Curatorial Excellence Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

American Latino Experience Building Curatorial Excellence Pre-Doctoral Fellowships

Armed Forces History

The Division of Armed Forces History is currently accepting applications for a one year Pre-Doctoral fellowship of $37,700 total (includes $5000 from Museum for travel and expenses) that would offer an opportunity for a fellow to conduct independent research or study focused on the experiences of Latino Americans relating to the United States military. This includes the history of Latino participation in the military, its link to citizenship, and the impact of military service on Latinos, their families, and their communities. The Fellow will have an opportunity to receive training in interpreting the existing collections through documenting American Latino stories in the collection and learning how to build new collections in the Armed Forces Division. Just as critically the Fellow will gain personal skills in collections curation, preservation, and exhibition production.

As part of this project, the Fellow will also have an opportunity to conduct independent research on a project of his or her own choosing, which relates to the history of Latino military history. A possible topic, for example, might entail the exploration of the 65th Infantry Division “Borinqueneers” history particularly during the Korean War (recent recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, which is in our collections).Over the course of a year, the Fellow may learn about pinpointing potential objects for collection and documenting this story; this may entail collecting and researching objects, and also conducting oral histories.

Photograph of members of the 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War.
Members of the 65th Infantry Regiment pose for a photo after a firefight during the Korean War. The regiment consisted primarily of Puerto Rican soldiers who spoke mainly Spanish and prided themselves on having mustaches. By 1953, the regiment’s soldiers had earned 14 Silver Stars, 23 Bronze Stars for valor and 67 Purple Hearts. 

After Charlottesville: How to Approach Confederate Memorials in Your Community

Statement by Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation:

The hateful white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on August 11-12, 2017, reinvigorated a challenging national debate about what we should do about Confederate monuments in our public squares. The historic preservation community has been grappling with many of these difficult issues for some time now.

As such, we wanted to share some examples, resources, and tools to help communities broach the difficult and necessary conversations surrounding the future of these monuments, and move forward in an informed and inclusive way that does justice to both the past and the needs and concerns of today.

Our position statement on Confederate memorials, which we updated this summer in light of an earlier pro-discrimination rally in Charlottesville, is available here. As it says, while we always want to engage with rather than obscure the past, we also recognize that many of these memorials were intended as, and are clearly still being taken to represent, symbols of white supremacy, and that public monuments in public spaces, and maintained with public money, should represent our public values.

Our understanding of our own history has been distorted in too many minds by silence and deliberate misinterpretation.

Given these facts, many communities are right to insist that these monuments are unjust, intolerant, and undemocratic. At the same time, that some Americans seem not to understand why and how these monuments are offensive to so many illustrates the real problem at hand. Our understanding of our own history has been distorted in too many minds by silence and deliberate misinterpretation.

That is why, now more than ever, the task of historic preservation is to tell the full American story in an inclusive way, and see that our historic places recognize the experiences and embrace the contributions of all our diverse citizens. Read more.

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C.L.R. Fellowship – Apply Now!

C.L.R. James Research Fellowship


Application Deadline–January 15, 2018

The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is pleased to announce the 2018 C.L.R. James Research Fellowship to support research towards the completion of a dissertation or publication of a book. Named after Afro-Trinidadian theorist C.L.R. James, the research fellowships are intended to promote research in black intellectual history by graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty members at any rank. Three fellowships of $2000 will be awarded this year to help cover the costs of domestic or international travel necessary to conduct research. One of these awards will be reserved for a scholar who is currently working or studying at an HBCU. The award will be announced formally at the AAIHS Conference. Membership in AAIHS is required.

All application materials should be received by January 15, 2018. Please send the following documents in a single PDF document: short c.v. (no more than 3 pages), 3-5 page project proposal, budget, and arrange to have one letter of recommendation sent to AAIHS (aaihs10@gmail.com).

Applicants will be notified in March 2018. Funds must be used by December 30, 2018. Recipients will be required to submit a detailed report to the conference chair. Graduate student applicants must have passed their qualifying exams.

2017-2018 Prize Committee

Dr. Christopher CameronUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte (chair)

Dr. Devyn BensonDavidson College 

Dr. Ashley D. FarmerBoston University 

*Please do not email submissions to the committee–send all submissions and inquires directly to AAIHS (aaihs10@gmail.com)

Previous Recipients
  • Crystal EddinsMichigan State University
  • Garrett FelberUniversity of Michigan
  • Brian LefresneUniversity of Guelph
  • Merve FejzulaUniversity of Cambridge

Grant Opportunity!

The Kapor Center for Social Impact is seeking proposals to design and implement research projects that illuminate biases and innovative interventions to ameliorate barriers faced by underrepresented populations throughout the tech pipeline. For an overview of the grants program, including currently funded projects, please see this link. To apply for funds, please see the attached RFP (also available at this link).
Proposals are due by August 31, 2017.  Three awards of $15,000 per award will be made. Let me know if you have any questions, and please feel free to forward to your networks!
Many thanks,
Alexis Martin, Ph.D.
Director of Research

A New Multi-Media Resource: Kanopy

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Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer thousands of award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines.

Collections include titles from the DEFA Film Library, ArtMattan Films, HBO, Frameline, Ruscico, Pragda, BBC, Flicker Alley, National Film Board of Canada, First Run Features, Cinema Libre Studio, New Day Films, and the Criterion Collection/Janus Films.

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