Job: Head of Reference Department

4/7/15 –  Head of Reference Department
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is another position for Nazarbayev University, the third this year and a sign of further development I believe.  For details about this University see my earlier posts.

Nazarbayev University is a new, growing, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more.

Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for an energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarian to join our team as Head of the Reference Department. Apply now for a chance at the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Key responsibilities:

  • Administrative and supervisory duties (supervise Reference Department staff and student assistants, staff scheduling, distributing reference duties in the department, gathering statistics and creating reports, etc.);

  • Responsible for the Library’s instructional program;

  • Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an assigned area;

  • Act as library liaison to university faculty and staff in an assigned area;

  • Work with Head of Patron Services to coordinate day-to-day reading room operations;

  • Transfer materials to and from other departments;

  • Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed.

Business trips: Possible.

Minimum educational requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Required professional experience and personal qualities:

  • At least 2 years of experience in supervisory position in a Library or information technology-related environment;

  • Strong planning, organizational, and analytical skills;

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;

  • Ability to work flexibly in a team, or independently.

Preferred professional experience:

  • Experience working with vendors in acquiring e-resources;

  • Experience in an academic library

Preferred professional knowledge and personal qualities:

  • Teaching experience;

  • Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled.

Please send, in English, your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova ( as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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