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Job: Associate Director of Learning Support and Student Services

1/30/15 –  Associate Director of Learning Support and Student Services
Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

 

This is a library leadership position in Wenzhou-Kean University, a  Chinese-American jointly established higher education institution. Wenzhou-Kean received its final approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education in March 2014.   http://www.wku.edu.cn/

Reporting to the Library Director, the Associate Director assists in the overall administration of the WKU Library; supervises and manages one or more important sections of the Library including learning support and student services, as well as curriculum and research support and related services.  The Associate Director serves as part of the Library management team; functions as the principal managerial assistant to the Director; acts with the authority of the Director in his or her absence; and performs related work as required. This position is located in Wenzhou, China and requires a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications: Masters degree from an accredited college in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program, a Masters degree in learning support or information systems, a Master of Library Science degree or the equivalent as determined by the appointing authority and a minimum of two years of professional library supervisory experience in an institution of higher education or directly related field required.  Experience in non-library organizations must consist of supervisory responsibility for library priorities such as information services, education and training and public relations to a public or otherwise broad community of users.

Application: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Mr. Charlie Greenberg, Director of the Wenzhou-Kean University Library, by email at greenbc1@kean.edu . Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made.  Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required prior to the starting date of employment.

– See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000868400-01#sthash.kWuDTFKU.dpuf

I also welcome any questions before an application submission.  Thank you.

Charles J Greenberg MLS MEd, University Library Director
Wenzhou-Kean University
Building A, Room 309 (currently)
88 Daxue Lu, Ouhai
Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, CHINA  325060

Phone (office) +86-57755870651
Phone (cell):  +86-18267770875;
Email:  greenbc1@kean.edu

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Job: School Librarian

1/29/15 –  School Librarian
Kagman Elementary School, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  This posting appears only once every few years.  For anyone interested in opportunities in the South Pacific there are a few community colleges but only two schools:  the Marianas (public) and one international school on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.  There is one public library position I have seen listed in the past five years and that was also in the Marianas and there is one volunteer opportunity in the Cook Islands offered through Global Volunteers.

 

Applicants for this position must be eligible and authorized to work in the U.S., including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
POSITION/TITLE: School Librarian
EXAMINATION ANNOUNCEMENT NO: PSS-2015-117
OPENING DATE: January 26, 2015 CLOSING DATE: February 09, 2015
SALARY: PL – VI-VIII; Step(s) 03-12; $30,976.96 – $47,001.36 PA
BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits
(including Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, and Paid Leave/Holidays).
LOCATION: Kagman Elementary School

I. ESSENTIAL TASKS:
These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of
specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical
assignment to the position.
• Is responsible for performing professional library work in the selection, cataloging,
classifying, indexing and circulation of library materials.
• Checks-in and checks-out books and keeps records of all books.
• Assists teachers in locating instructional material needed and in ordering text books for their classes.
• Assists students in finding information they need from the library for their class work.
Types catalog cards and files them according to established systems.
• Takes periodic inventories of library books and materials.
• Issues lists of new books, periodicals, and other informational materials.
• Supervises and instructs library aides.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

II. FORTY (40) HOUR WORKWEEK:
The normal work period shall be a seven (7) days work period with a maximum non-overtime forty (40) hours.
The Public School System (PSS) operates on a 40 hour work week. Actual working hours will be determined on the basis of operational efficiency. School Principals, Supervisors or Program Managers will establish working schedules subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education.

III. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE:
• Graduation from U.S. accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

IV. OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
• Pass PRAXIS I (PPST-Pre-Professional Skills Tests) OR Core Academic Skills for Educators and Pass appropriate PRAXIS II Content Knowledge Test.
• Must have a valid CNMI Basic I certificate or higher.

V. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)
• Thorough knowledge of prescribed School Board policies, procedures, rules and regulations;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to motivate others to reach their fullest potential;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, students, parents, teachers, support staff, associates, external organizations/companies, federal and local agency representatives.
• Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and local community practices and norms.
• Excellent Office Automation Skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook)
• Excellent Oral & Written Skills
• Excellent Record Keeping Skills

 

 

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Job: Director of Online Librarians

1/28/15 –  Director of Online Librarians
American Public University System (APUS), USA

Sarah P’s comments:  APU was founded in 1991 to offer online degrees to the US Armed Forces.  The reviews from students and faculty are generally positive and they seem to be a growing organization.  I think this could be a great opportunity to develop virtual librarianship while giving you the freedom to travel.  FYI: Last fall three positions were listed, one senior online librarian, one online librarian, one part-time online librarian.

GlassDoor Reviews from APU Faculty

RipoffReports for APU

Director of Online Librarians
  • Reports To: VP & Assistant Provost for Library and Instructional Resources
  • Department: Library/Academics
  • Office Location: Charles Town, WV
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Date Posted: January 21, 2015
  • Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role:

The Director of Online Librarians manages the remote corps of online librarian staff of the American Public University System (APUS) Library, and reports to the Vice President (VP) & Assistant Provost for Library and Instructional Resources. The incumbent is responsible for virtual communications and is expected to possess strong web-based skills, experience with online teaching, online librarianship, information literacy, automated reference, and electronic resources in an academic setting. The role of the Director is a scholarly entrepreneur to help ensure the University’s academic reputation through innovative programs and librarian engagement with academic deans, program directors, faculty, faculty training, and instructional developers. The Director of Online Librarians is a managerial role to include training and scheduling librarians for virtual reference services, and is part of a formal team which includes Charles Town library operations, Course Materials, APUS ePress, and University Archives staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages and enhances the APUS Library in keeping with professional standards and to maintain a position as an industry leader.
  • Recruits and supervises professional online library staff with a focus on specialized education and experience to support the University’s degree programs.
  • Develops and manages training process and procedures.
  • Manages scheduling of librarians for general reference service for University faculty, students and staff.
  • Promotes student and faculty information literacy program to support student success and retention.
  • Develops innovative programs to ensure strong partnerships with faculty, library sustainability and promote faculty retention.
  • Works with faculty, staff, and students to proactively build academic excellence and the University’s reputation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Remote position with travel and presence required in Charles Town office environment.
  • Attendance and participation in civic and scholarly events.
  • Scholarly research and contributions expected.
  • Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
  • Requires Internet access at home that is sufficient to address the current campus-teaching platform and Online Library site.

Required Skills:

  • Actively acquires pertinent information and understands the APUS business model.
  • Dedicated to the University mission and fulfills its potential as an industry and scholarly leader.
  • Maintains a service and student orientation.
  • Remains conscious of faculty roles and seeks active partnerships with them.
  • Employs strategic thinking to balance academic traditions with innovative Web approaches.
  • Manages staff to include planning, monitoring for results, and individual development.
  • Acts as a rational decision maker.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and requires minimum supervision.
  • Communicates professionally and timely with staff, students, and faculty via email.
  • Advanced knowledge of Web-based Academic Librarianship.
  • Specialized awareness of electronic publishing and Web resources.
  • Web design and office automation software proficiency.
  • Recognized scholarly credentials and professional standing.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science required and other advanced degrees encouraged.
  • Academic library experience and background in one or more of the University’s program areas are preferred.
  • Previous experience in online information services and management of other librarians for scheduling and online reference service preferred.
  • Management experience in an Academic Library or Archives preferred.
Email recruiting@apus.edu to apply for this job.

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Internship: U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

1/24/15 –  U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians interested in a future international career here is an opportunity to get your foot in the door.  It is unpaid but worthwhile if you can afford the time and the lack of income for a short while.  The US government hires librarians as Information Resource Officers however as there are only about 30 of these worldwide, it is advisable to look at other positions which use the same skill set.  (For more info about US gov’t jobs for librarians please see Chap. 6 of my book and visit the Resources section of my blog.)

 

The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2015 Fall Student Internship Program . (You must be a US citizen.)

Please visit http://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is .

The deadline is March 2, 2015 however they highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Fall 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

 

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Job: Campus Librarian

1/22/15 –  Campus Librarian

Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.  FYI:  They also advertised for a campus librarian last October however I do not know if this is a repeat or another position.

Campus Librarian, St. Augustine Campus Libraries

Applications are invited for the post of Campus Librarian, St. Augustine Campus Libraries. The successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership and direction of the Main Library and the Medical Sciences Libraries and will have a coordinating oversight for all libraries on the Campus. He/she will report to the Campus Principal and will be expected to work closely with the Campus Administration, Deans, Faculty as well as fellow Campus Librarians in support of the University’s Strategic Plan.

Qualification/Experience

  • Postgraduate degree in Library and/or Information Science
  • Doctorate in either Library/Information Science or another discipline will be an asset
  • Candidates should have substantial managerial and administrative experience (at least 7 years) in positions of increasing responsibility in a university or research library
  • Distinguished record of contribution and service to the profession locally and internationally
  • A strong record of distinguished publications (e.g. scholarly annotated bibliographies, outstanding contribution to the knowledge of the field based on original research as evidenced by books, chapters in books, articles in refereed professional journals, etc.).

Special Expertise/Area of Concentration

  • A clear understanding of both information technology and information literacy and their changing roles in higher education
  • A thorough understanding of and commitment to the many facets of academic life
  • Commitment to the recruitment and development of a team which is skilled and highly motivated to remain relevant in this age of evolving technologies
  • Experience with grant writing and spatial planning

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to provide visionary and innovative leadership
  • Excellent skills in budgeting, communication, interpersonal relations, management and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement innovative strategies to enhance services.

The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on October 1, 2015.Detailed applications giving i) full particulars of qualifications and experience, date of birth, marital status and nationality; and ii) the names, titles, mailing and e-mail addresses, fax and telephone numbers of three (3) referees should be sent as soon as possible to the University Registrar, Office of Administration, The Regional Headquarters, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica W.I.; Fax: 876-977-1422 or e-mail oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm

Further particulars of the post may be obtained from the Office of Administration or by visiting the web page: www.uwi.edu.

Closing date for the receipt of applications – February 28, 2015.

Application Information

Postal Address: C. William Iton
Office of Administration
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Mona Campus
Kingston 7 WI
Jamaica
Phone: 1876 977-2407
Fax: 1876 977-1422
Online App. Form: http://www.uwi.edu/jobs
Email Address: oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm

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News: State of the Library Market Job Survey

1/21/16 –  State of the Market Job Survey

“204 people who hire librarians have responded to our new State of the Library Job Market Survey.  It’s still open, so if you’ve hired at least one librarian and want to add your voice, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibjobmarketsurvey.”

Sarah P’s comments:  If you have hired any librarians anywhere in the world in the past year or know of someone who has please forward this post and link as it is helpful information for all to have.

While this is a US-sponsored survey it is open to world-wide participation.  It is also useful to know how the job market is in the US because it means less competition for overseas jobs if the market is improving.  I can add that in my local public library (where I work as a temporary librarian) the hiring librarians are echoing the trend that there are less applicants applying.  To their credit, this library has resisted replacing librarians with para-professionals and part-time positions.  My ‘temp’ position was new to them and their response to patching through until financial times improved.

 

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Job: Elementary Librarian

1/19/16 –  Elementary Librarian
Concordia International School, Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  There seems to be a lot of p0sitions for elementary school librarians, not sure why.  This well established school enjoys a good reputation.  Traditionally they have hired at job fairs however are open to applications and Skype interviews.  Make sure you carefully complete all paperwork – Chinese schools tend to have reams and reams of it…

 

Position Summary: The Elementary School Librarian, in coordination with the MS/HS Librarian, must manage, develop, and promote the Concordia School Libraries to ensure that an effective resource and information service is provided for elementary students and the elementary school staff.
Requirements:
  • MLS – from an ALA accredited university
  • Library Certification
  • Three to five years school experience including teaching

Desired:

  • Three to five years school library experience including teaching information literacy component and collection development
  • Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with American educational system
Skills:
  • Elementary school education experience as a media specialist
  • Collection development experience in public and/or private libraries
  • Collaboration and rapport building capabilities
  • Detailed-oriented organizational skills
  • Skills using the Internet and subscription databases
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skilled at reader’s advisory for students and parents
  • Working ability of both Mac and PC platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Follett’s Destiny automation system
General Expectations 
  • Knowledge of professional library principles, practices and techniques
  • Knowledge of library reference materials and research techniques
  • Able to utilize computer technology and software application
  • Understands the importance of information literacy
  • Effective communication skills and organizational skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with administration, teachers, staff
  • Enjoys working with students of all ages in a Christian-based setting
  • Performs responsibilities without close supervision
  • Proven library management skills
Job Specific Expectations
A. Organization
  • Reviews and recommends purchases for books, electronic resources, and periodicals to meet the curricular and personal needs of students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinates the school library media programs
  • Contributes to curriculum development through attendance at faculty and departmental discussions and informal liaison with individual teachers
  • Evaluates Elementary Library programs and makes recommendations for improvement
  • Monitors library usage and records statistical information as required
  • Monitors , maintains, and updates the school archive.
B. Instruction and Instructional Development
  • Promotes effective use of library media programs
  • Trains students and faculty in search techniques, research, and specific database use
  • Assists in preparing Resource lists, pathfinders, wikis
  • Assumes an active role in collaborative teaching and curriculum development
  • Participates with the teaching staff in the planning and developing of the school’s information literacy skills and has an active involvement in the form of delivery
C. Library Media Staff Development
  • Continues to acquire knowledge through in-service, workshops and academic courses
  • Provides in-service education for staff
  • Fosters the use of new development/innovations in instructional media/technology
  • Promote/facilitates communication among library media staff
  • Networks with other library media professionals and professional library organizations
D. Communication
  • Promotes the library media program to the students/faculty/parents via library website
  •  Maintains liaison with other schools and libraries and community when appropriate
  • Corresponds with the families who donate books for the library collection

 

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