Monthly Archives: October 2014

News: The Spookiest Haunted Libraries from Around the World!

10/31/14 – The Spookiest Haunted Libraries from Around the World!

Happy Halloween!

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Job: Educational Technology Specialist

10/30/14 –  Education Technology Specialist
IREX, Worldwide

Location: Worldwide
Division: Center for Collaborative Technology
Reports To: Director
Date Posted: 9/30/2014
Application Deadline: 12/31/2014

Position Summary:  IREX seeks Education Technology Specialist candidates for anticipated education/technology centered international development programs. The expected programs will likely focus on enhancing and transforming educational institutions through interactive technology tools, such as tablets and mobile phones. The technology tools will help teachers drive day-to-day instruction and enhance student achievement with the use of sustainable technology tools in the classroom.

Sarah P’s comments: This position is for those who have education experience and preferably international development experience. IREX (The International Research & Exchanges Board) is an international nonprofit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., whose goal is to provide “thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally”. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $70 million and a staff of over 400 professionals worldwide and does have some  library development projects (ex. Namibia).

 

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Conference: ALA IRRT Proposals for 2015 Int’l Papers and Projects Program

10/28/14 –  ALA IRRT Proposals for 2015 Int’l Papers and Projects Program

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.

The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.  The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:

Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders

Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.  Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.

This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring programs that are international in scope
  • Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
  • Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
  • Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
  • How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections

Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme.  Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive.  Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.
Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter

Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to intl@ala.org with a copy to richard.sapon-white@oregonstate.edu and buenaventura.basco@ucf.edu

Deadline for submitting proposals is December 19, 2014.

SELECTION PROCESS
Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.

PRESENTATION FORMAT
The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.

We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT’s International Papers and Projects Session Committee site. www.ala.org/irrt

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Program: ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015

10/28/14 –  ALA International Mentoring Pilot Program 2014-2015

Are you interested in serving populations from different regions of the world?
Are you a subject librarian or would like to be one specializing in geographical regions of the world, multi-ethnic populations?
Are you interested in learning more about libraries in different regions of the world?
Are you an early career librarian interested in international librarianship?
Are you interested in learning more about the work of the ALA International Committees?

If your answer is yes to any of the above, the International Pilot Mentoring Program is for you.

The International Relations Committee and the International Relations Round Table are sponsoring this pilot to:
Provide librarians with resources to help them understand international librarianship.
Provide mentoring related to career development in international librarianship, library services in different regions of the world,  and sister libraries among many others.
Connect mentees with experts in one of the following:

  • IRC geographical areas committees: Africa, Americas, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, and Near East and South Asia.
  • IRRT Sister Libraries Committee
  • IRRT International Exchanges Committee

If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, please submit a one-page expression of interest by November 15, 2014 to alainternationalmentoring@gmail.com.  Mentors and mentees will be matched based on the information provided. Up to 25 mentees will be selected for this Pilot. Membership in ALA is required, and IRRT membership is strongly encouraged.

Mentors Expectations:
Mentors will be expected to initiate contact with the mentee at the start of the program with an introductory email. At the end of the program, mentors will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentors will receive a letter recognizing their service in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.
Mentees Expectations:
Mentors will be expected to introduce themselves to mentees initially via email at the start of the program, at which point mentees will respond with an introduction of their own. At the end of the program, mentees will be asked to give feedback to the Committee to help determine how the program can be improved. Mentees will receive a letter recognizing their participation in this program for their files upon request. Members of the IRC and IRRT would be available to work with the mentors as needed.

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Job: Senior Librarian

10/27/14 –  Senior Librarian
KUSTAR (Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

About Khalifa University:

With campuses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Khalifa University is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. It endeavours to be an internationally recognised research university, with a world class reputation for interdisciplinary teaching and research and a tradition of partnering with leading academic institutions from around the world.

About the Role:

The position is responsible for assisting faculty and students with their research, and for instructing same in using resources as well as in managing research data.

  • Provides research assistance and instruction for all engineering programs at upper levels
  • Presents seminars and workshops on research resources, patents, and info management tools such as Mendeley, LaTeX
  • Provides instructional support for data visualization, GIS and the Decision Theater
  • Provides instruction and support in digital scholarship services including research data management
  • Assists graduate students with thesis research and preparation
  • Provides research support for document delivery
  • Creates and maintains instructional materials such as LibGuides
  • Participates in LibRef service
  • Selects materials for disciplines served
  • Participates in relevant meetings with staff and faculty

About The Person:

  • Masters degree from an ALA-accredited institution. Additional graduate degree in science or engineering preferred. PhD or extensive experience in science or engineering research may be considered in lieu of MLS.
  • Minimum three years experience post masters degree as research librarian in sci/tech libraries required.
  • Demonstrated interest in academic research and teaching environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of resources and information-seeking skills in the sci/tech disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with students, faculty, and librarian peers
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills and client service orientation
  • MS Office applications
  • Instructional experience
  • Experience teaching citation managers
  • Experience in collection development
  • Experience using the patent literature
  • Experience in research data management (data curation, documentation, conversion and interoperability, and preservation) and understanding of metadata preferred
  • Experience with database management systems preferred
  • Experience with simulation software, GIS, and data visualization software preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects, work under stress and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated flexibility, skill at multi-tasking, taking initiative, being creative
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to profession through research, publishing, teaching, or professional service
  • Ability to work well as a team member, and willingness/ability to work some evening hours as service needs demand.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

Sarah P’s comments:  There are currently 4 librarian positions open with this University (see earlier posts as well). There is an abundance of universities in the UAE, some good, some not so good.  KUSTAR does have good reviews to date and I am including a link to an article which mentions them in their discussion of the pros and cons of working in the Middle East.  The article is from 2012 but the information is still accurate and the author shares some insights which you should be aware of if you are considering working in the region.

The Middle East Option  by William Roden, Inside Higher Ed, 2/8/12

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Job: New International School Services Online Recruiting Fair

10/23/14 –  ISS Online Recruiting Fair

Sarah P ‘s comments: This is a new online fair for recruiting for the international schools.  It is the earliest date ever attempted so it will be interesting to read the reviews of how it goes.    This agency has been around since 1955 and used to be the top choice but now it has competition and fellow colleagues believe it has been slipping in popularity in recent history and that this early fair is an attempt to recoup its recruiting market share. If you are interested in being a school librarian this could be worth a try simply because the fair is new.

 

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The event, held on November 13, will be held at the beginning of the hiring season. Schools will be looking to fill positions for the 2015-16 school year. We’ve combined interview sign-up with exciting new technology platforms to bring interviewing directly to your phone or laptop. It’s the best part of an IRC from the comfort of your couch. Log on, connect with recruiting schools and set up interviews to take your career to the next level.

Become an ISS candidate and create an online portfolio with us to be part of this exciting event!

Application deadline is October 30. Visit our website for more information: educatorcareers.iss.edu

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Job: Deputy Campus Librarian

10/23/14 –  Deputy Campus Librarian
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate must possess a Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science with at least seven (7) years of managerial and administrative experience in positions of increasing responsibility in a university or research library.

Knowledge of/experience in:

  • Strategic planning, financial management and human resource management
  • Integrated library systems, information literacy and digital initiatives
  • Developing a quality management system
  • Expansion/renovation projects and in the marketing and promotion of information services

Special Responsibilities

  • Overseeing daily operations and administration of the Alma Jordan Library
  • Assisting/Collaborating with the Campus Librarian on the following:
    • Overall management, planning and decision-making of the Campus Libraries
    • Coordinating the Campus Libraries’ network
  • Preparing and monitoring of the Campus Libraries’ budget
  • Development and Maintenance of library facilities
  • As a member of the Libraries’ Senior Management Team, working collaboratively to articulate the vision and strategic direction of the Libraries
  • Participating in the development and advancement of Special Projects
  • Personal Attributes
    The Campus Libraries places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of English is essential. Candidates must also possess:

    • demonstrated leadership and people management skills
    • excellent skills in budgeting, management and planning
    • a good record of contribution and service to the profession
    • understanding of both information technology and information literacy and their changing roles in higher education
    • understanding of and commitment to the many facets of academic life.

    Detailed application (two copies) and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the University Registrar, Office of Administration, The University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica, W.I., Fax No. 1-876-977-1422; e-mail: oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm. Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated. Application forms can be obtained at http://www.uwi.edu/hrd, Job opportunities section. Further particulars including remuneration package can be obtained at the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send their references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY to the University Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the University.

    Deadline for application: 2014 December 11

     

    Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.

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