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    June 8th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Jack B. Blount, an executive with experience leading several technology organizations in a career spanning 35 years, has been named OCLC President and CEO.

    Mr. Blount was most recently President and CEO of Alpha Bay Corporation, a global technologies and services provider based in Salt Lake City, Utah. From 2002 to 2005, he was President and CEO of Dynix Corporation, a technology-based library services organization that was acquired by Sirsi in 2005 to form SirsiDynix.

    Mr. Blount will succeed Jay Jordan, who announced in June 2011 his intention to retire by the end of June 2012. Effective July 1, Mr. Blount becomes the fifth President and CEO of OCLC, the worldwide library cooperative founded 45 years ago.

    “Our search produced several outstanding candidates for this important position,” said Larry Alford, Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries. “Jack Blount’s extensive leadership and management experience, background and expertise in technology, global outlook and demonstrated commitment to and appreciation of libraries will serve the cooperative well as he assumes leadership of OCLC.”

    “After careful consideration and consultation with our community advisory group and search firm, we are confident that Jack Blount is well prepared to lead the OCLC cooperative into an exciting and dynamic future,” said Sandy Yee, Chair, Executive Search Committee, OCLC Board of Trustees, and Dean of the Wayne State University Libraries and Library and Information Science Program.

    “I look forward to joining the talented staff at OCLC who are dedicated to the vision set forth 45 years ago to further access to the world’s information and reduce costs for libraries,” said Mr. Blount. “Social networking, mobile computing, cloud computing and big data present enormous challenges of cost and complexity to libraries and their communities that can best be simplified, managed and enabled by libraries working together through organizations like OCLC. It will be my mission to continue the vision and leadership that is part of OCLC’s rich history by offering new research and services to help further enhance libraries and librarianship around the world.”

    The selection of Mr. Blount was made following an extensive search by the OCLC Board of Trustees, a Community Advisory Group, and executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles.

    “The OCLC cooperative owes a debt of gratitude to the individuals who served on the Executive Search Committee and the Community Advisory Group,” said Ms. Yee. “Their participation and contributions to the selection process were invaluable, and will have a lasting impact on the cooperative for years to come.”

    Mr. Blount founded Alpha Bay in 2005 and served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception through May 2012.

    He began his career in enterprise systems with IBM more than 35 years ago. Since then, he has held numerous leadership positions with many of technology’s most influential organizations, including IBM, Novell, Borland and JD Edwards. While at Novell, he expanded international operations, spending 80 percent of his time in Europe and Japan for several years. Mr. Blount has combined his technical background with expertise in management, operations, marketing and sales to deliver results as an executive with these influential organizations.

    Mr. Blount, 60, is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University with a degree in Mathematics.

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    June 8th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
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    The Valley Automated Library Network Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.' forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Valley Automated Library Network (VALNet), a consortium of public, school, and academic libraries in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho, is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed their migration in late April and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them.

    VALNet's Koha system houses a collection of over 300,000 books, videos, periodicals and electronic resources. The Valley Automated Library Network is made up of 55 library sites and serves a population of over 60,000 residents. The VALNet customized online catalog can be viewed here:

    Directors from the Valley Automated Network's member libraries commented on their recent switch to Koha with ByWater Solutions:

    "Throughout the process of migrating to a new ILS, ByWater Solutions understood our needs and, in Koha, offered us an ILS that helps us meet those needs. Throughout the migration process they worked with us to make the transition go as smoothly as possible for our staff and our patrons. ByWater Solutions has been a great partner throughout the migration and we hope will be our valued partner for years to come."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater commented on the new partnership:

    "We are thrilled to be partnering with the Valley Automated Library Network for their initial and ongoing Koha needs. VALNet is another excellent illustration of the flexibility and scalability of both Koha and the companies who support it. We have enjoyed working with the staff of VALNet during the implementation process and look forward to more collaboration in the years to come."

    About the Valley Automated Library Network:
    VALNet, the Valley Automated Library Network, is a consortium of public, school, and academic libraries in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho working together to share resources and information services.
    VALNet currently serves 60,000 patrons with over 630,000 items throughout 55 library sites.
    In addition to cooperation among different types of libraries, VALNet promotes cooperation among city and county governmental units and school districts in two states. VALNet libraries cooperate in many ways to provide the best possible services to our users and to make optimal use of financial resources:
    - Shared online patron access catalog 
- Shared check-out system 
- Daily courier picks up and delivers items to all VALNet libraries 
- Cooperative collection development 
- Cooperative grant writing 
- Shared staff development programs 
- Shared patron training programs
    For more information about VALNet please visit:

    About Koha:
    Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

    Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies--XHTML, CSS and Javascript--making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit:

    About ByWater Solutions:
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

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    June 8th, 2012KK patelLIS Jobs

    Government of India, Ministry of Railways, Railway Recruitment Board (RRB)

    Indian Railways Centralised Employment Notice No. 03/2012

    Applications in the common prescribed format are invited from eligible Indian Nationals for filling up of following non technical jobs in different Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and Zonal Railways and other Railway organisation. Application should be sent directly to the respective RRBs / Zonal Ofifces :
    1. Commercial Apprentice : 317 posts
    2. Traffic Apprentice : 740 posts
    3. ECRC : 114 posts
    4. Goods Guard : 1768 posts
    5. Jr. Accounts Assistant cum Typist : 791 posts
    6. Sr. Clerk cum Typist : 441 posts
    7. Assistant Station Master : 2646 posts
    8. Traffic Assistant : 12 posts
    Age : 18-33 years 

    Application Fee : Rs.60/- for the General and OBC candidates only in the form of IPO / DD in favour of Assistant Secretary/Secretary/ Member Secretary/ Chairman of concerned RRB where candidate wants to apply. No examination fees for SC / ST / Ex-Servicemen / Physically Handicapped / Women / Minorities / Economically backward classes candidates having annual family income less than Rs. 50000/-.

    How to Apply : Application in the prescribed format should be send to the Assistant Secretary/ Member Secretary of the concerned RRB where candidate want to apply on or before 11/06/2012 (26/06/2012 for the candidates from far-flung areas). Candidates can also apply online at respective RRB websites. The envelope containing the application should be clearly super-scribed “Application for the Post/s of ___________Category No./s ________Centralised Employment Notice No. 03/2012 of RRB/ , Community (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Ex-SM)”.

    Last Date of Application: 11/06/2012 (26/06/2012 for the candidates from far-flung areas) .

    Original Advertisement:

    Krishna Kumar
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    June 8th, 2012KK patelLIS Jobs

    Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Rajasthan, Old Residency Road, Ratanada, Jodhpur - 342011

    Special Recruitment Drive for SCs/ STs and OBCs

    IIT Rajasthan is looking for suitable Indian Nationals for appointment on Contract / Deputation / Regular basis : 
    1. Registrar : 01 post
    2. Project Engineer cum Estate Officer : 01 post
    3. Asst. Workshop Superintendent : 01 post
    4. Scientist 'B' : 01 post
    5. Assistant Registrar : 02 pots
    6. Sr. Technical Superintendent : 06 posts
    7. Sr. Accounts Officer : 01 post
    8. Accounts Officer : 01 post
    9. Superintendent : 02 posts
    10. Junior Engineer (Civil) : 01 post
    11. Jr. Superintendent : 01 post
    12. Sr. Library Information Assistant : 02 posts
    13. Jr. Technical Superintendent : 05 posts
    14. Jr. Accounts Officer : 02 posts
    15. Jr. Tech. Lab Assistant : 04 posts

    How to Apply : The application duly filled in the prescribed form along with supporting enclosures must reach the office of the Recruitment Cell at the address given below. The envelope should be super scribed as “Application for the post of …………………….” :

    The Recruitment Cell, IIT Rajasthan Camp Office, Old Residency Road, Ratanada, Jodhpur – 342011

    Last Date of Application: 30/06/2012 .
    Description: Indian Employment News" ( website will provide Indian Employment News, Careers in India, Current vacancies, Sarkari Naukri, Placement News, Rojgar samachar, Employment opportunities, Government jobs, Job advertisements, Latest vacancy, Recruitments drives or by whatever name you called it.
    Keywords: Indian Employment News, Careers in India, Current vacancies, Sarkari Naukri, Placement News, Rojgar samachar,Employment opportunities, Government jobs, Job advertisements, Latest vacancy, Recruitments drives.
    Disclaimer: Information displayed on Indian Employment News" ( website is provided as a service to the user community. Indian Employment News" ( do not and cannot guarantee about the openings listed. It is each individual’s responsibility to thoroughly research the integrity of each organization by going through the website to which he or she is applying and always check with the hiring organisation for any updates particularly regarding application deadlines. The users of this website should take all care and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position. IndianEmployment News" ( by no way responsible for safety, wages, working conditions or other aspects of employment.

    Krishna Kumar
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    June 8th, 2012KK patelLIS Jobs

    Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ), Brambe, Lohardaga Road, Mandar, Ranchi-835205, Jharkhand

    Central University of Jharkhand invites application for the following posts :
    1. Librarian : 01 post
    2. Internal Audit Officer (on deputation) : 01 post
    3. Assistant : 02 posts
    4. Junior Engineer (Electrical) : 01 post
    5. Personal Assistant : 01 post
    6. Technical Assistant (English Language Lab) : 01 post
    7. Technical Assistant (Engineering & Technology) : 01 post
    8. Technical Assistant (Natural Sciences) : 01 post
    9. Laboratory Assistant (Life Sciences) : 01 post
    10. Laboratory Assistant ( Nanotechnology) : 01 post
    11. Laboratory Assistant (Water Engineering and Management) : 01 post
    12. Laboratory Assistant ( Mass Communication) : 01 post
    13. Driver : 01 post
    14. LDC : 02 posts
    15. Laboratory Attendant (Applied Chemistry) : 01 post
    16. Laboratory Attendant (Life Sciences) : 01 post
    17. Attendant (Kitchen) : 01 post
    18. Attendant Hostel (1-Boys Hostel, 1-Girls Hostel) : 02 posts
    Application Fee : Rs. 300/- only through cross demand draft drawn in favour of Central University of Jharkhand” Payable at Ranchi. SC/ST/PH Candidates need not pay fee. 

    How to Apply : Prescribed application form with APIs form filled in, complete in all respect, should reach to theRegistrar, Recruitment Cell, Central University of Jharkhand, Ratu- Lohardaga Road, Brambe, Mandar, Ranchi-8352085

    Last Date of Application: 02/07/2012 .

    Original Advertisement: .

    Krishna Kumar
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