Monthly Archives: March 2015

Job: Library Consultant

3/30/15 –  Library Consultant
Xinzheng, Zhengzhou City, Henan, China

Sarah P’s comments:  China appears to be taking over from the Middle East for offering positions in universities (9 positions listed in the past year).  This opportunity is listed as ‘consultant’ but then says it is a full-time job.  They also are welcoming volunteers.  This seems to be a unique opportunity to help develop a new library however I can’t find much info about it.  Anyone out there know more about this position?

Interviews begin April 20th. Offers go out May 1st. Job begins June 25th with attendence at ALA Conference. Volunteers welcome to join us from May 25th to August 20th.

 

Sias International University (SIAS) is inviting applications for the position of University Library Consultant. The new SIAS Library is currently under construction. The finished product will be a 15-story high iconic building showcasing SIAS Universities’ commitment to pioneering “East Meets West” in higher education.

About Sias International University
SIAS is the first solely American-owned university in Central China. Affiliated with Fort Hays State University of Kansas, it was developed and designed in response to the most current educational demands. It is the first full-time undergraduate university approved by the Degree Committee of the State Council in China to grant both Chinese and American Bachelor’s Degrees. It is fully accredited by the China Ministry of Education. Read more at: http://en.sias.edu.cn/AboutSias/2459/9789.html.

SIAS prides itself on its unique architecture. Please learn more from these video and sites:

http://www.academicsinasia.com/sias-and-xinzheng/ (4 Minute Video Interviewing Auburn Univ. Architect Peter Weiss)
http://youtu.be/dhRbvVgcAeA (15 Minute Intro to SIAS Video)
http://youtu.be/aCfasvgBnlU?t=20s (view of where the new library has been built before the old one was torn down in 2013).
http://lib.sias.edu.cn (SIAS University Chinese Library Department Page)
http://en.sias.edu.cn/contents/2240/49841.html (Article of SIAS Founder’s Vision)

The Library Consultant for Administration and Programs will:
– Join a team of Chinese administrators and student workers as a new University Library opens.
– Communicate through a Full-time Chinese translator in conversations with Chinese speakers on the Library staff.
– Provide insight for the development of transformational learning spaces in support of teaching, research, collaboration, group study and individual work.
– Take part in strategic planning processes related to space, equipment and resources.
– Provide basic training in English customer service skills to Library staff.
– Establish relationships and serve as a liaison between Library administration and foreign faculty at the University.

Qualifications:
– Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree; degree in Library Science preferred
– Native English speaker; conversational ability in Mandarin Chinese preferred
– 3 years of experience on a library staff; library administration preferred
– 2 years of teaching experience in any field
– Strong interpersonal, oral and written skills

Hours: 
– This is a full-time position (30-35 hours/week) at SIAS International University.
– Long winter and summer holidays will provide plenty of time to do research and travel.

Remuneration
Remuneration offered will be competitive to the region and commensurate with the successful applicant’s academic qualifications and professional experience. Read more at: http://www.academicsinasia.com/work-at-sias/.

Application Procedure

Review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply at www.academicsinasia.com/apply-now/. The University has appointed Aaron Vorbau to assist in the search process for this position. Applicants may consider their applications not successful if they are not invited for interviews within 1 month of applying.

International Recruiter: Aaron Vorbauaaron@academicsinasia.com; 209-877-7427 (SIAS)

 

 

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Job: e-Librarian

3/26/15 –  e-Librarian
The International Baccalaureate Foundation, The Hague, Netherlands

Sarah P’s commentsThis position was originally posted on 1/16/15 with a proposed start date of 2/1/15 so perhaps they did not find a suitable candidate. Here is an interesting opportunity for a school librarian with IB knowledge and experience.  The IBO is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Switzerland. Founded in 1996, it offers a curriculum which encourages international understanding and responsible citizenship and many international schools as well as American ones are adopting it.  I have worked in an IB Library and been through an IB accreditation.  The good news is that they strongly believe in the importance of the library as central to the school and the librarian to the learning process.  I really liked the High School Diploma Pr0gram which is outside validated, am much less enthusiastic about their younger programs which I find very prescriptive.  Whatever your opinion, there is no doubt that gaining experience and being trained in the IB is going to enhance your job prospects.

Start date: May 1st 2015. Please indicate in your application materials the date from which you would be available to start work.

The International Baccalaureate is a not-for profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world.

This post of e-Librarian is to support the IB Portal Project with the management and the quality assurance of the IB e-Library (all external and internal finished content) and its associated metadata application profile (IBMAP).  The role will involve working within the Hague Global Centre and remotely with the other offices notably in Bethesda, Singapore and Cardiff.
The e-Librarian’s main tasks are to champion the introduction of the new e-Library and to manage and curate the existing IB collections.  This will involve oversight of the quality of the cataloguing and classification of content for retrieval according to the IB metadata application profile (IB MAP); acquisition and description of new collections or resources; communication and support/training for stakeholders using the e-Library and management of the application profile and controlled vocabularies. This includes the first collections (Online Curriculum Centre and Workshop Resource Centre) but in time will include other external collections, free and commercial.  The role does not include entering all the metadata, this has to be done by the content generating departments but it does include being part of the submission workflows to check that the entries are of the right quality.  Bringing on new collections (metadata) will require considerable work with governance processes and technical considerations.  Strong links will exist with many parts of the IB including Academic, IB Publishing, Global PD, Language Services and the OCC/WRC Managers.

The post holder will be responsible for:
• Acquisition and description of new collections
• Management of application profile and controlled vocabularies
• Management and curation of existing collections
• E-Library management and communication with stakeholders
• Ensure quality of the metadata in the e-Library is maintained at the highest level
• Maintain the technical standards of the metadata to ensure external interoperability is not compromised.

The successful post holder must have:
• Masters in Library and Information Science
• 3 years experience in digital content management
• Experience with repository management tools
• Knowledge of metadata standards relevant to the e-learning domain
• Familiar with different aspects of the K-12 sector
• Knowledge of XML
• Strong writing and communication skills in English. An advantage proficiency in English, French and Spanish is a clear advantage.
• Familiarity with IPR and copyright issues (including creative commons licensing) in digital library contexts would be desirable.

Location: The post will be based in the IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East Global Centre, in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Please apply on our website: http://ibo.org/en/jobs-and-careers.

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Job: University Librarian

3/25/15 –  University Librarian
University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Sarah P’s comments: This is a new position with a fairly new (20  ) university – not to be confused with the American University of Central Asia.  This position was posted on ALAjobs. No reviews yet…

Deadline: 05/15/15
Commencement Date: June 2015

Background

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private, secular University whose charger has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic develop­ment of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future.

The Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences will offer five-year Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, including a one year preparatory programme; interdisciplinary core and prerequisite courses; and major and minor programmes of study. Six majors will be offered across the University’s three campuses including Computer Science, Economics, Communications and Media, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Business and Management and Engineering Sciences. Minors will include Development Studies, Central Asian Studies and Globalisation Studies.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Develop and implement a clear and concise strategic plan for the library that promotes the mission of the university and library and enhances continuous improvement.
  2. Maintain a strategic outlook in the development of the library within the context of the 3 campus libraries envisaged for UCA.
  3. Work with different librarians across the Aga Khan Development Network network, with a particularly strong affiliation to the Aga Khan University Library in Pakistan and East Africa.
  4. Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services for students, faculty and staff based on internationally recognized standards and best practices.
  5. Obtain a good grasp of the curricular offerings and research efforts of the university by developing strong partnerships within the various teaching and research departments and collaborate with faculty to assess, provide and improve library collections and services to meet student and faculty needs.
  6. Obtain feedback, compile statistical data, evaluate and assesse effectiveness and efficiency of library services and inform administration of library’s strengths and weaknesses in meeting the larger needs of the university and of the library’s outcomes and impact.
  7. Set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic that support the curricular and research efforts of the university.
  8. Supervise and manage the physical library facilities to ensure these are safe, accessible, effective, efficient and inviting.
  9. Exercise line responsibility for supervision, recruitment, retention, and professional development of library personnel.
  10. Work with the IT staff of the university on the library’s information systems and develop procedural guidelines for technical services such as cataloging, periodicals, course reserves, processing, mending and circulation of materials.
  11. Coordinate with IT staff the implementation of and maintenance of digital library services, including databases and websites; administration and updating of electronic services for an integrated network of library system; and coordinate software, hardware and technical support needs with vendors, consortia, etc.
  12. Develop and teach information literacy classes designed to make the faculty and students utilize the library more effectively and to develop best practices for lifelong independent and continuing education efforts.
  13. Perform outreach tasks to the university community and the community at large and promote the library’s resources and services, including securing displays in the library’s multipurpose facilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited institution.
  2. Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in an academic library setting including supervisory experience in increasingly responsible positions; demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of library operations including extensive knowledge of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  3. Knowledge of library automation systems, online resources, and instructional technologies.
  4. Experience using technologies to provide and enhance library services and their changing roles in higher education.
  5. Knowledge of and experience with outcomes and assessment of library services.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to quality and experience with people of diverse educational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
  7. Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment.

Language

  • Advanced English
  • Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset

Relationships: The University Librarian will report to the Dean of Academic Affairs

The position will be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and would require regional travel.

Salary and International Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 15 May 2015. As your application e-mail “subject”, please write: “University Librarian”

Full link to the University Librarian TOR is http://www.ucentralasia.org/current_vacancies.asp – University Librarian.

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Volunteer: ALA Delegation to Vietnam & Cambodia

3/23/15 –  Volunteer: ALA Delegation to Vietnam & Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  People to People  is a worthy organization and an opportunity to gain some international exposure and meet other traveling professional however please know that the cost for this program is $5,799.00 per person.  Last fall they offered a trip to India which received good reviews.

Delegation leader:

Barbara J. Ford, MLS, M.A.
Past President, American Library Association (ALA); Distinguished Professor Emerita, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Library
Dates: October 5–15, 2015

 

Are you ready to change your world forever?

Consider a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed library and information services delegation to Vietnam and Cambodia in October 2015.

People to People Citizen Ambassador Delegations are unique. For nearly 50 years, we have specialized in providing what no other professional opportunity can—by taking your career out of the office and into the world.

You can experience Vietnam and Cambodia firsthand with your library and information services peers from Vietnam, Cambodia, and around the world through vibrant professional exchanges, valuable networking, and meaningful discussions tailored to your focus and interests.

On a People to People delegation, you can:

  • Interact with recognized experts in your field—including your delegation leader, Professor Barbara Ford
  • Expand your professional knowledge
  • Deepen your understanding of your profession and enhance your value to your organization
  • Make a global impact by gaining an international perspective
This extraordinary opportunity may not come along again. Don’t miss your chance to create lifelong memories in Vietnam and Cambodia. You can contact us at 877.787.2000 (001.509.568.7905 international) or email us at citizens@peopletopeople.com

Can’t join us for the Library and Information Services Delegation to Vietnam and Cambodia in October? Stay informed of future library and information services delegations by requesting information.

 

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Job: Member Support Services

3/20/15 –  Member Support Services  (Virtual)
ORCID (USA) Worldwide

Sarah P’s comments:  This USA-based non-profit is seeking candidates who “live in and can legally work in one of the four regions in which they are hiring: 1) United States, 2) Central/South America, 3) Southeast Asia, and 4) Europe/Middle East/Africa.”  No reviews but here is a Wikipedia link.  Very interesting sounding opportunity if you have the required skill set.

 

ORCID is seeking experienced and enthusiastic professionals for new Regional Member Support Services positions. If you like the excitement of a start-up and the public-service orientation of a non-profit, join us in building our regional engagement programs.

About us

ORCID (http://orcid.org) is a non-profit organization that serves the research community, with an international and interdisciplinary scope. Our core mission is to solve the name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications.  We address this mission by maintaining a persistent registry of unique identifiers, providing tools and training to the community for integrating these identifiers into research workflows, and by building and sustaining a community of users and adopters. We are seeking Regional Member Support Services team members based in four regions, US, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia/Pacific, and Latin America, to build and support our current and prospective members and users regionally through technical and non-technical member support, training, and engagement with end users. Member support personnel report to the Director of Technology and are coordinated by the Senior Member Support Services team member.  In some tasks they will coordinate activities with the Membership Team.  ORCID has a virtual office and all staff members work from home.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to work@orcid.org by April 5th. In your letter please mention your favorite metadata schema.

Job Description

Responsibilities:

Member Solutions– Support the Membership Team to drive ORCID use and increase membership, providing the “technical lens.”

  • Understand diverse goals and challenges of current and prospective members and map them to ORCID’s solution set
  • Solicit business requirements from prospective members to understand and present how ORCID tools are a solution for connecting data and disambiguating researchers.
  • Design innovative solutions to address challenges through ORCID offerings, and present them to current and prospective members

Education & Training – Collaborate with Membership Team to provide technical coaching, consultation and training on the use and benefits of ORCID to current & prospective members, end users, and Ambassadors.

  • Participate in meetings with prospective members, particularly to explain technical features and implementation
  • Develop & provide webinar and in-person programs about ORCID to API & end users to excite/encourage membership and use of ORCID tools
  • Build and evangelize use cases, best practices and examples for member integrations and communications; contribute to the library of resources for members
  • Nurture and develop local ORCID technical community through coding events, meetups and participation in regional outreach events

Technical & Communications Support Services – Ensure quality member integrations & communications that help contribute to implementation success and ORCID societal benefits.

  • Provide personalized webinars, email support, calls and occasional in-person coaching to support technical integrations by members
  • Troubleshoot & support users on technical questions about the user interface and API
  • Contribute to the very responsive Member Support Services team help desk: end user email help, and Member Support “office hours”
  • Perform user acceptance testing for member integrations
  • Identify and execute additional projects to improve members support

Member & end user “Voice” – Contribute to the continuous improvement of ORCID tools by sharing feedback from current & prospective members and end users.

  • Identify challenges experienced by users, particularly in the region you support, and suggest improvements to the engineering team; follow up with users about solutions.
  • Process suggestions, bugs, disputes and other website and API use information to ensure we are constantly improving the user experience.
  • Advocate for users and engage in an array of activities that drive user experience improvements.
  • Identify and execute additional projects to improve member and user experience

Requirements:

  • You can take complex information and communicate it clearly, concisely and accurately
  • You are persuasive, self-starting, and skilled at solving problems
  • You are tech-savvy, can quickly master our internal and external tools, and deeply understand our membership program and support model.
  • You have work experience with APIs, XML, and scholarly communications
  • Your exceptional communication skills, attention to detail, and a strong work ethic help you prioritize effectively and get things done in a dynamic, unstructured environment.
  • You have 2+ years experience extracting actionable recommendations from feedback and data, and communicating it to stakeholders.
  • You have 2+ years experience teaching others about new technology and persuading them to adopt it, ideally through building and presenting prototype solutions.
  • You have experience providing support and training in person and via email.
  • You are fluent in English and other languages relevant in your region.
  • You live in and can legally work in one of the four regions in which we are hiring: 1) United States, 2) Central/South America, 3) Southeast Asia, and 4) Europe/Middle East/Africa

We Provide

  • A committed and awesome team serving a community-driven organization
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Flexible work hours
  • Work from where you want to within your region
  • Occasional travel within your region and worldwide to ORCID outreach meetings
  • Budget to choose your preferred laptop/workstation
  • Knowledgeable and involved Board and community participants

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Job: Access Services Librarian

3/19/15 –  Access Services Librarian
NYU (New York University) Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  NYU posted four positions in 2014 including the Director position and they appear to be continuing their expansion.  For more information see my Spotlight on Ray Pun, an American librarian currently working for NYU Shanghai. No reviews on working for this campus that I can find.

The New York University Shanghai Library seeks a creative and service-oriented Access Services Librarian.   Reporting to the NYU Shanghai Library Director, the Access Services Librarian will develop and lead access services and initiatives that support research, teaching and learning at NYU Shanghai.  The Access Services Librarian will manage all access services operations including circulation, course reserves, stacks, delivery and paging services and oversee the Academic Commons activities and facility.
Required Experience:
  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate LIS degree
  • Two years experience in access, instruction, and/or reference services
  • High degree of facility with technologies and systems in academic library and information services, including experience with an integrated library management system
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written English language skills
  • Demonstrated experience with strong customer service focus and developing creative solutions for library services.
  • Ability to be flexible to the growing demands of the NYU Shanghai Library and NYU Division of Libraries communities.

NYU Shanghai is the newest degree-granting campus within the NYU Global Network University. It is the first Sino-US higher education joint venture to grant a degree that is accredited in the US as well as in China. New York Universitys Global Network University is established as an organically connected, multi-site network that encompasses key global cities and intellectual capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses – New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi – complemented by eleven additional academic centers across five continents.

 The Library of NYU Shanghai will deliver and coordinate a wide range of academic services that support the teaching, learning and research of NYU Shanghais faculty and students.  Drawing on the resources of the libraries at NYU New York, the NYU Shanghai library provides an opportunity to create a forward-looking 21st century library program and facility to serve a culturally diverse and academically talented population.

Salary/Benefits:  Faculty status and an attractive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director of Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to jobs@library.nyu.edu.  CVs will be considered starting in April until the position is filled.

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Volunteer: Assistant Librarian for a Community Library & Bookmobile

2/17/15 –  Volunteer Assistant Librarian for a Community Library & Bookmobile
Roatan Volunteers, Roatan, Honduras

Sarah P’s comments:  I received an e-mail at the end of January from Martin Larsen, the Volunteer Coordinator for this organization.  I usually like to verify these opps and replied asking for more info but, to date, have not yet received a reply.  However, I am intrigued enough to share this information as there are still not many volunteer library opps.  I am including in this post Martin’s e-mail as well as a description of the library. Visit the link for further information and if you know anything about this organization or decide to try volunteering there – please share!

3/18 update – Martin replied to me that that this is indeed a legit volunteering opportunity and there is currently a Canadian academic librarian researching going late next fall if anyone is interested.  She knows of other professors who have worked in this location and with this library.  I am going to try and go too if at all possible…

To Sarah Gibson,

My name is Martin Larsen, and I would like for you to consider RoatánVolunteers as a listing on your website for volunteer opportunities. I am a Danish national living on Roatán in Honduras, where I founded RoatánVolunteers, an organization that provides volunteer and research/internship opportunities.

RoatánVolunteers is located on Roatán, the largest of three Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea. The island is about 50 miles off the coast of Honduras, and is easily accessible via an international airport that flies direct to five US cities.

We have formal agreements with a variety of organizations in need, all of which are dedicated to providing relevant, challenging, and interesting work. We have three areas where volunteers can get involved: Kids, Health Care and Nature. RoatánVolunteers is about personal growth. Our volunteers have opportunities to grow in ways not directly related to their service (e.g. learning to speak Spanish, learning to scuba dive).

We provide pre-travel guidance and planning, airport pickup, safe housing, placement with a local organization, and personal support during their entire stay. I live full-time on the island, and will be there personally to take care of any needs that arise. Living and volunteering in the Caribbean is a unique opportunity, and I hope that we can create opportunities to work together, to improve not only the lives of Hondurans in need, but also the lives of the volunteers.

Saludos / Best regards

Martin Larsen
Volunteer Coordinator

 

SAND CASTLE LIBRARY

Mission: Improve the economic development of the island and quality of life of its people through excellence in education.

Current Programs:

  • Bookmobile visits 14 schools biweekly lending books to students and leading rading activities in the classrooms.

  • Sand Castle Library provides lending library, tutoring, and homework help time; plus board and computer games.

  • Teacher training in Spanish, English, and math.

Possible Volunteer Activities:

  • Join the bookmobile crew

  • Work with our library team as a Librarian Assistant

  • Tutor students

  • Lead science activities

  • Create reading, writing, science, and math activities for use in the schools.

  • Teacher training in areas of science, math, and writing, teaching in a bilingual classroom, classroom management.

  • Assist director with marketing and fundraising strategies

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