10/10/14 – Librarian
Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan
The Librarian will manage the planning, administrative, maintenance and budgetary functions of library and information Services. The Librarian will ensure the availability of materials for all users for their academic and professional work through an efficient library system.
Education: The librarian must have an advanced degree in library science or the equivalent, preferably an M.Lib
Experience: The candidate must have at least 2 years of working as a librarian
Knowledge: Library systems for cataloguing, organization and structure of the library
Skills: Skilled in database searching, research organizational management, as well as patron training and outreach. Ability to select/work with IT personnel to develop library systems including catalogue and search capabilities
Personal attributes: Hard working, facilitating attitude, excellent communication skills, attention to detail and ability to build others’ knowledge and enthusiasm for effective information retrieval.
Sarah P’s comments: A never before seen position. A friend of a friend had mentioned this college to me a few years back as a place to quasi-volunteer as the pay was so low. I am not saying that is so now as the college continues to grow and I think this is a great opportunity to help a new library grow and live in a fascinating country. Who wouldn’t apply? Which means do everything you can to stand out from the crowd…
10/10 update: Whenever possible I check my network to see what folks know. Some feedback I just received is that the salary is still low and housing is substandard. Also, like in many places, local things are cheap but ‘foreign’ items are expensive. This doesn’t mean don’t apply…just make sure to ask questions if you are interviewed.