News: Call for Chapter Proposals

10.24.16 – Call for Chapter Proposals…

Sarah P’s comments: An opportunity for American librarians or for those with experience working in the US.


The Globalized Library:  American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections and Practices (working title)

Editors – Yelena Luckert & Lindsay Inge

For publication with ACRL Press

Proposal submission deadline: December 1, 2016.

Send Proposals to: or to and/or

Editors Yelena Luckert and Lindsay Inge invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on international aspects of American libraries. When reflecting on libraries in the United States, we almost never think of them as being international in nature.  We view them as an “American” institution, serving our “American” patrons and our “American” organizations.  Yet, libraries in America are international to their core.  The book’s primary focus is to take a sort of inventory of what has been done recently in the field of international librarianship in US institutions, inspire more libraries and librarians to do this work, and spark imagination to develop new things. We are open to studies that branch away from higher education or topics outlined below as long as they focus on globalization and international librarianship.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

We are seeking proposals for the topics described below.  However, we will consider other topics provided they are within the spirit of the book and will add another dimension to the overall discussion:

  • Collection development

–        Building general collections of area studies based on foreign acquisitions (approval plans, cataloging, readership, etc.).

–        Building special/archival collections of foreign materials.

–        International digitization projects.

  • Teaching

–        Information literacy for international students on American campuses.

–        Integration of international students into American college culture and environment.

–        Developing new librarians:  teaching global issues through examples in US library and information programs.

  • Library partnership programs

–        Sister library program.

–        International cooperation.

–        International assistance.

–        Readership programs like American Corner.

–        Unique partnerships and agreements.

  • Professional development of librarians

–        Participation in international conferences

–        Exchanges of library professionals (skills, experience, knowledge)

–        Employment abroad for American librarians

–        Pen pal program

Submission procedure: Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, and a writing sample, to by December 1, 2016.  You can also choose to send your proposal to and/or by December 1, 2016. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you think are relevant.  Authors will be notified of acceptance before February 1, 2016.

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample – it is optional to provide multiple writing samples (i.e. not all co-authors have to submit writing samples, but if you feel it best represents your team to submit more than one, please do.)

Note: This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due July 1, 2017, with drafts and edits staggered throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors.

For additional information, contact the editors:

Yelena Luckert, Directory for Research and Learning, University of Maryland Libraries,

Lindsay Inge, First Year Experience Librarian, University of Maryland Libraries,

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Job: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Information Studies

10.24.16 – Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Information Studies
School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, New Zealand


An exciting opportunity to undertake teaching and research of high quality in Information Studies within the School of Information Management whilst establishing relationships with external practitioner communities.

The School of Information Management (SIM) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Information Studies to teach and conduct research of high quality, and to assist in programme development, particularly for the Master of Information Studies and the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Information Studies programmes. Contributions to our growing undergraduate programme are also expected. You will be part of new teaching initiatives using a mixture of conventional face-to-face delivery along with flexible modes of delivery involving distance, online and asynchronous classes. The appointee will be an active researcher in his/her field with a clear record of research and scholarship activity and peer-reviewed journal publications commensurate with experience. We are interested in applications from individuals across the entire Library and Information Studies spectrum, especially those with Archives and Records Management expertise. We are particularly interested in candidates able to teach in the following areas:

· Managing Archives

· Records Management

· Preservation in the context of archives and libraries

Victoria University of Wellington is the only New Zealand university offering a post-graduate programme in Information Studies and as such it holds a special place nationally. It has successfully offered this programme for over 30 years. SIM is located in the Victoria Business School in New Zealand’s capital city and is well positioned to develop close links with national institutions such as the National Library, the National Archives and Te Papa Museum. For more information on SIM, see A completed or nearly completed PhD in a relevant domain is required.

Applications close: Midnight, Sunday 13 November 2016

For further information and to apply online visit

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Program: ALA/IFLA Webinar

10.20.16 – link to the recording of the ALA/IFLA webinar: “Utilizing Partnerships to Expand Professional Development Opportunities Worldwide”:

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Job: Open Science Librarian

10.20.16– Open Science Librarian (European Projects)
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

Please note, only applicants with a valid visa to work in the EU can be considered for this position.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2016. We expect to hold interviews via Skype in the week of November 7th.

As part of LIBER´s work to connect and represent research libraries we initiate and participate in strategic and innovative European projects. All of our projects relate, in one way or another, to Open Science.

Do you have a research background? Are you familiar with the issues addressed in these projects — Open Science, including Open Science Training, Research Infrastructures and Scholarly Communications? Are you experienced in project management, engagement, training and translating technical themes to the greater public? Then we invite you to apply.

The Role

The post-holder will be responsible for the planning and organisation of duties listed in the project descriptions of work which have been assigned to LIBER. Experience in Project Management is essential, as is a proven track record in presenting science-related topics to non-experts.

Duration and Working Hours

The appointment is full-time, and will be for a 23-month contract.


Salary will be on Scale 10: minimum €2,579 to maximum €4,089 gross per month (full-time), plus a vacation allowance of 8% and a December allowance of 8.33%. LIBER has an excellent pension scheme, as set out in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Institutes.

Further Details

Further details about the position are available here.

For an informal discussion regarding the position please contact LIBER EU Projects Manager

To apply for this position please submit a CV and covering letter outlining your eligibility for, and interest in, this position to Use ‘OPEN SCIENCE OFFICER’ in the subject line.


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Job: LIS Faculty Position

6/22/15-  LIS Faculty Position
Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Sarah P’s comments: This position was last listed in June of 2015.  Glassdoor Reviews


Dept. of Library and Information Science in National Taiwan University is seeking to employ one or two full-time faculty

1. Qualification: Doctoral degree in library and information science or instructional technology related fields

2. Documents Required:
*Photocopy of doctoral diploma; Those who have not yet received the diploma at the time of application must provide a formal statement from the degree granting institution indicating that it will be in hand by the time of appointment
*official transcripts of the master’s or doctoral studies
* Photocopy of working experience certification
*at least one academic work published within 5 years (published after Nov. 1, 2010, doctoral dissertation included)
*a list of publications
*a list of courses taught or course plan with detail course outlines, syllabi and bibliography

3. Other Requirements:
*Ability to teach in Mandarin Chinese or English
*The applicants who pass preliminary review by our review board will be invited to give a presentation to our faculty (travel expenses to be paid by applicant)
*All applications will not be returned.

4. Date of appointment and position official rank: Appointment begins on August 1, 2017. Official rank appointed is according to working experience and qualifications.

5. Application deadline: January 25, 2017

6. How to apply: All the documents must be prepared in printed format and mailed to Department of Library and Information Science
Professor Shanju L. Chang
Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 10617, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Tel: 886-2-3366-2958
Fax: 886-2-2363-2859

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Job: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

10.16.16 – Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: This position was posted last February and before that in November of 2015 on IFLAjobs. I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates but, if so, the position has been vacant for almost as year??? Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions. Positions appear periodically but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region. For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai. Traffic is horrendous but it’s an interesting place if you are into city life.

Position Summary:

 The AUS Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections
  • Coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system
  • Troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery
  • Collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics
  • Document delivery

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS degree
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience
  • Knowledge of web-based applications and environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • The ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
  • 2 years’ experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases  or digital serials management
  • Experience working in a university or research environment
  • Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platform
  • Working knowledge of _javascript_, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools

Salary and Benefits

The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Free furnished accommodation and utilities are provided along with over six weeks’ annual vacation. A self-directed benefit plan provides a variety of choices including annual air tickets to place of origin for self and family, healthcare and dependent educational allowance. The UAE levies no income tax; however, some U.S. Federal taxes may apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.


The American University of Sharjah is located in the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 5000 students from 80 different countries. The language of instruction and the workplace is English, and knowledge of Arabic is not required. The UAE offers a high standard of living with abundant cultural, recreational and travel opportunities. The UAE is a safe, open and friendly environment for individuals and families of all cultures.

The AUS Library, in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, serves as a focal point for educational and social interactions on campus. The library features a large Information Commons (135 workstations), 20 group study rooms, 2 computer classrooms, and RFID system. Please see

Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and the names of three professional references to  Only short-listed candidates will be contactedReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Program: US-Germany Sister Libraries Webinar

10.14.16Interested in partnering with a library in Germany?

 US-Germany Sister Libraries Webinar

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:00-10:00 (Central Time)

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) have embarked on a three-year partnership to bring the U.S. and German library communities closer together through collaborative efforts, knowledge, and information sharing.

One goal is to increase the number of U.S- German Sister Libraries. If you are interested in becoming a sister library with a library in Germany, join us for this webinar to meet colleagues in Germany interested in partnering. Hear from the Indianapolis Public Library and the Cologne Public Library on how they’ve created a successful sister library relationship, along with other examples from different types of libraries.

To register for the webinar

The webinar will be recorded and archived.




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