Job: Head Librarian

7/30/15 –  Head Librarian
Windward Community College, O’ahu, Hawai’i, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  I don’t usually post US or Canadian positions but Hawaii is a special place with a culture all its own. FYI: the salary seems fantastic but Hawaii is a very expensive place to live.


Windward Community College is a public, co-educational college in Kāneʻohe CDP, City and County of Honolulu, in the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi on the island of Oʻahu. It is one of ten campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi system and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

With the lush serenity of O‘ahu’s Ko‘olau mountains as a breathtaking natural backdrop, Windward Community College provides a nurturing environment for student learning in the liberal and creative arts, the sciences, Hawaiian studies, and select vocations.

WCC seeks applications for a Head Librarian. This is a full time, permanent, 11-month, tenure track position with a minimum salary of $7,098/month (commensurate with education and experience).
Closing Date:  August 25, 2015
Windward Community College:

Job: Research & Instruction Librarian

7/28/15 –  Research & Instruction Librarian
INSEAD, The Business School of the World, Fontainebleau, France

Sarah P’s comments:  For librarians who speak French and English here is a short-term opportunity in Europe, a rare find.


As the Business School for the World, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas from around the world to change lives and transform organizations. The unique global perspective and multicultural diversity of INSEAD are reflected in all aspects of its research and teaching.

We are currently accepting applications for a Research and Instruction Librarian role in the Faculty & Research department (temporary full time contract of 6 months, starting as soon as possible).

Reporting to the Head librarian, the Research and Instruction Librarian assists Library patrons in accessing and using the specialised resources. He/she performs searches (such as targeted literature reviews) for faculty on request and provides accurate and updated data on research impact. To this end, he/she keeps abreast of evolutions in the scholarly landscape.

The candidate will work regular shifts and one evening per week at the information desk and will fill the majority of requests for library instruction.

The ideal candidate should have the following profile:

  • Master’s degree in Information or Library Science
  • Two to three years of experience in a similar position
  • Searching skills for bibliographic and financial databases
  • Excellent written and oral skills (both in English and in French)
  • Knowledge of web page editing
  • Familiarity with new technologies
  • Knowledge in the areas of business & management
  • Excellent customer service attitude
  • Analytical and organisation skills
  • Team player

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a cover letter in English by email to by August 16th 2015.

Job: Virtual Researcher

7/26/15 –  Virtual Researcher
Wonder Library, Work Remotely, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  Interesting concept, not sure whether the pay is feasible for the work.  No reviews yet…


Status: Contract
Deadline: 7/26/15

 Wonder ( is a fast-growing Internet company committed to making online research more accessible to those who need it. We want to employ excellent, seasoned researchers who can efficiently track down the highest quality resources across the web and explain the results to our users in a personable, human way. Check out our feature in Library Journal for more on what we’re up to.

Wonder is a global on-demand research network. Here’s a bit more about how it works: users submit questions about a topic they’re interested in learning more about. This question then gets listed on a central dashboard, from which our researchers can claim it. The researcher’s job is then to find the absolute best content (articles, videos, images, etc.) that help explain the topic, and formulate a rich, written summary of insights.

The best researchers will have a wide breadth of knowledge and specific expertise in several subjects, with an equal penchant for diving into uncharted territory and swiftly becoming an authority. Because many of our users depend on hard data to make decisions, quantitative proficiency is preferred. You not only know how to extract and validate hard stats, but can calculate some of your own on the fly if need be. Previous experience working in a research-intensive role is a definite plus, though not required. Most of all, our researchers are all problem solvers with a sense of imagination that helps them dig deep and find meaningful intelligence.

Our users ask tough questions that can’t be answered with cursory Googling. For example:

  • “What percentage of doctor visits are “house calls” vs. visits to the doctor’s office? What is the total size of the “house call” market in the US today?
  • “What did the French colonial troops do when they were sent to China during the Boxer Rebellion – were they engaged in combat? Did they serve as a peacekeeping force?“
  • ”How much do elected officials (senators, representatives, the president) spend each election cycle on public opinion polls, specifically on millennials’ opinions?”

For each search you claim, you’ll be tasked with finding 5+ links to high-quality sources, and writing a rich summary directly answering the user’s query while adding any insights you gleaned along the way.

We pay $8-16 for each research question you respond to, rate variable depending upon the difficulty of the question.


  • Global community of librarians, professors, scientists, and other expert researchers
  • Work from anywhere, and on your own schedule
  • No fixed hours
  • Be as active as you’d like


  • A discerning eye for quality content
  • Strong general knowledge paired with several areas of expertise  
  • Command of the English language and strong/grammatical writing a must
  • Ability to create lean, high-level, often quantitative summaries directly answering users’ questions
  • Critical analysis, logical reasoning skills
  • Keen attention to details
  • Understanding of basic economics (knowledge of markets a huge plus)
  • Bonus: those with a narrow, deep understanding of a STEM field/prior study in a technical subject are also encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

To apply, please continue to our online application available here:

In this application, we have a few basic questions for you about your background and availability, followed by two trial research requests, intended to give you a sense for what to expect, and give us an opportunity to better determine if it’s a fit. Our users demand a lot from us, so these questions are tough and our QA team, which reviews your application, will be looking for something very specific.

We’ll give you two trial searches to test your mettle before making a decision about whether to bring you aboard. Please reach out to with any questions.




Job: Information Services Librarian

7/24/15 –  Information Services Librarian
Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Sarah P’s comments: This university listed a University Librarian (Director) position in March. This is a position with an an established university. Here are links to  more info:

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Information Services Librarian

The University Library at Hong Kong Baptist University ( supports teaching, promotes learning, and enables research at HKBU, as a partner in whole person education.

HKBU Library’s Information Services Section now seeks an Assistant Librarian to join their dynamic team in delivering a suite of evolving and responsive services to the University community. Reporting to the Section Head, the appointee will be responsible for providing high quality reference, research, and instructional services in a variety of different modes. Special projects, liaison roles with faculty, and a wide variety of public service duties will be integral to the position.

Deadline: 08/08/15

Job: Library Director

7/24/15 –  Library Director
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

The General Library of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus, seeks an innovative, flexible, user-centered, and visionary director that could serve as leader in library transformation for future generations. Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, this position leads and manages all aspects of the library. The successful candidate must be fully bilingual in English & Spanish and should possess the ability to interact effectively with multiple constituencies. The director will serve as an active representative of the library within the academic community fostering successful partnerships to customize and adapt programs and services that support change within the institution. A thorough understanding of library technology and its applications and a collaborative style to create teamwork environment are expected.

The library provides a broad array of services, collections and resources for a community of approximately 12,100 students and supports more than 90 academic programs. An overview of the library and the university can be obtained through

​The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez is an EO/AA employer, values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected class status.​
To view the full job announcement in Spanish, please visit:   ​

To view the full job announcement in English, please visit:

Job: Archivist

7/21/15 –  Archivist
Legislative Council Secretariat, Hong Kong


The mission of the Legislative Council Secretariat is to provide efficient administrative, secretariat and research support for the Legislative Council, enhance community understanding of the activities of the Council and ensure an effective avenue for redress. The Secretariat is looking for a high calibre individual to fill the position of Archivist.

The main duties of an Archivist include:

(a) assisting in operating the LegCo Archives; (b) researching and implementing policies, standards, and the best practices for a comprehensive and sustainable archives and records management programme of the LegCo and the LegCo Secretariat; (c) developing procedures, guidelines and manuals for the creation, maintenance, protection and disposal of records in different formats and content; (d) compiling records disposal authorities and disposal schedules; (e) appraising records for preservation as archives; (f) arranging and describing archival records according to international standards and preparing suitable findings aids; (g) performing records access review and providing records access and reference services; (h) conducting public outreach programmes; and (i) offering advice, guidance, training and conducting inspections on archives and records management.

Candidates should:

(a) have (i) a recognized Bachelor’s degree in History, Political Science, Public Administration, or a related field; and (ii) a recognized postgraduate diploma or Master’s degree in Archives and Records Management. Candidates who do not meet the requirement of (ii) but possess a recognized Master’s degree in the discipline of Information Management, Library Science, History or a related field, and with specialization in Archives and Records Management may also be considered; (b) have at least six years’ professional working experience in archives and records management, preferably three years of which in supervisory capacity. Candidates with less than six years’ relevant experience may also be considered and, if appointed, will be offered an appropriate salary point below the minimum point of the salary scale; (c) have sound knowledge and experience in records appraisal theory and practices; arrangement, description and accessioning of archival records; and records access and reference services; should be conversant with conducting historical research and using General International Standard Archival Description (“ISAD(G)”) issued by the International Council on Archives; (d) have the ability to analyze, organize and interpret records and records systems including records captured and stored in electronic environment, and to solve practical archival or records management problems; (e) have excellent command of written and spoken Chinese and English languages; and (f) possess very good interpersonal, supervisory and time management skills.

Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with microcomputer applications and have hands-on experience in electronic records management, archival digitization and preservation. Working experience in archives or records management in public organizations will be a bonus.

The Secretariat may devise further criteria to shortlist applicants.

Applications should be sent to Human Resources Office, Legislative Council Secretariat, Legislative Council Complex, 1 Legislative Council Road, Central, Hong Kong on or before 3 August 2015. The position applied for should be indicated on the envelope, and an email address should also be provided in your application. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by email or by phone. If interested applicants would like to send their applications by email, they can send to the following address: All personal data provided will be treated in strict confidence. Applicants not invited for interview within eight weeks from the closing date may assume their applications unsuccessful. (A standard application form may be downloaded from the Legislative Council Website (


Additional Salary Information: The starting salary of this position is $47,280 per month, increasing by 5 annual increments to $59,485 (to be adjusted to $49,465 and $62,235 respectively subject to the approval by the Legislative Council). A monthly cash allowance applicable to the rank of Archivist on the date of appointment (the current rate is $1,155 per month) is also payable. The successful candidate will be appointed on three-year agreement terms subject to renewal upon satisfactory completion of service, at which the appointee will be eligible for an end-of-agreement gratuity. The gratuity, when added together with the employer’s contribution to a Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme, is equal to 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the agreement period. Fringe benefits include paid leave as well as medical and dental benefits.

Job: Archivist

7/21/15 –  Archivist
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong


The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority welcomes exceptional talent with a passion to realise the vision and mission of making the West Kowloon Cultural District a prime local and international destination for arts, culture and entertainment.

You are responsible for:• developing and documenting techniques, procedures and policies for acquiring both paper based and digital archives;

• establishing a set of best practices for archives held and acquired by M+, manage cataloguing according to Museum and Archive professional standards;

• supporting and encouraging the use of archival resources for research, exhibitions and other museum programmes;

• advising curatorial staff of the functional requirements for acquiring, preserving and accessioning archives; and

• advising and contributing to the planning of physical spaces for archival functions for both storage and accessibility as part of the museum building project.

You should:1) possess a recognised university degree in archives, records management, library, information sciences or equivalent;

2) have at least 5 years of experience in an archival repository including experience with born-digital archival material, preferably within a museum/cultural institution environment;

3) have knowledge of architecture and design and their archival practices is preferred;

4) have strong command of archival theory and best international practices and knowledge of archival descriptive standards;

5) have excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills with initiative and flexibility;

6) be able to work independently as well as collaboratively and to meet planned goals and deadlines; and

7) be proficient in written and spoken English, and preferably Chinese.

Internal Number: 15043

Jobs: Reference and Research Services Librarians (2)

7/21/15 – Reference and Research Services Librarian + Reference and Research Services Librarian for STEM
New York University, Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  One of these positions is available due to the departure of international librarian Ray Pun who kindly shared: “This is an exciting opportunity to work in China! You’ll gain tons of great experiences and opportunities supporting a very rich, diverse and intellectual environment.”   However, you should be aware that when I spoke with NYU at an ALA conference several years ago they shared that faculty hired for overseas campuses are not considered regular faculty and thus cannot transfer campuses.  Please check whether this policy has changed.

(See further down for STEM Librarian position description)

The NYU Library in Shanghai invites applications for a Reference and Research Services Librarian in an innovative and forward-looking setting. As part of a collaborative team, the position plays a key role in the educational mission of NYU Shanghai by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the services, content and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs.

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. As a research university with liberal arts and science at its core, NYU Shanghai resides in one of the world’s great cities with a vibrant intellectual community (  It recruits scholars who are committed to a global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research.

New York University’s 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. Faculty and students will circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

The Library of NYU Shanghai will deliver and coordinate a wide range of academic services that support the teaching, learning and research of NYU Shanghai’s 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.

The Reference and Research Services librarian serves as the primary liaison to a group of academic departments in the humanities or social sciences, with responsibilities for delivering a program of instruction, consultation, and research support services; developing responsive outreach and other information services; building collections in all formats that support research and curricular needs; and taking a leadership role on projects and initiatives as appropriate.   Collaborative work with colleagues at NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and across NYU’s global network is an important job expectation.  Librarians at NYU participate in library and system-wide committees, and professional activities outside of the university.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate LIS degree
  • Previous experience in instruction, collection development, and/or reference services
  • High degree of facility with technologies and systems in academic library and information services, instruction, and research services
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written English language skills
  • Demonstrated history of flexibility, creativity, and strong customer service commitment


  • Experience in a research university library
  • Second masters degree in a subject area relevant to the NYU Shanghai academic program
  • Familiarity with trends in scholarly communication, including digital scholarship and research, data management, and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
  • Chinese language skills; familiarity with Chinese culture
  • Prior international experience


Excellent and generous benefits package which include medical benefits, paid time-off, and relocation assistance. Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address and telephone number of three references to Enrique Yanez, Director, Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to Please include where you heard about this position.  Resumes will be considered until the position is filled.

STEM Librarian

The STEM librarian serves as the primary liaison to a group of academic departments in the area of science, technology, engineering and math, with responsibilities for building collections in all formats that support research and curricular needs; delivering a program of instruction, consultation, and research support services; developing responsive outreach and other information services; and taking a leadership role on projects and initiatives as appropriate.   Collaborative work with colleagues at NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and across NYU’s global network is an important job expectation.  Librarians at NYU participate in library and system-wide committees, and professional activities outside of the university.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate LIS degree
  • Previous experience in instruction, collection development, or reference services
  • High degree of facility with technologies and systems in academic library and information services
  • Academic background in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or demonstrated experience in providing science information and education services
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written English language skills
  • Demonstrated history of flexibility, creativity, and strong customer service commitment


  • Experience in a research library
  • Familiarity with scientific research, including scholarly communication, publication trends, data management, and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers
  • Advanced degree in a STEM discipline or other subject area relevant to the NYU Shanghai academic program
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
  • Chinese language skills; familiarity with Chinese culture
  • Prior international experience

Job: OSA Archive Director of Public Programs

7/21/15 – Director of Public Programs
OSA (Open Society Archives), Central European University in Budapest, Hungary

Sarah P’s comments:  a position which does not require an MLIS…


OSA Archive at Central European University in Budapest ( invites applications for the position of Director of Public Programs.

OSA is one of the largest Cold War and human rights archives in the world with both analog and digital, textual, audio and visual holdings. OSA has holdings in 32 languages and an international staff; the language of communication is English. Members of OSA’s staff are engaged in archival work, research, teaching, curating exhibitions, and in organizing both in-house and external, small-scale and major public programs. All our public programs and public engagements are directly or indirectly related to our holdings and/or our professional expertise. Public programs are one of the most important defining elements of OSA’s identity and public recognition.

Our current Public Programs Director is leaving the Archive in order to devote his time to , a unique on-line archive of photographs that was conceived in the Archive.

OSA is looking for an interesting, unconventional individual with proven knowledge and interest in issues of recent history and/or human rights; who is able to combine this interest with creative ideas in order to turn archival evidence into persuasive and memorable public experience. OSA has been curating provocative exhibitions on contested issues of recent history; grave violations of human rights; on problems of archiving, classification; the complex relations between data and information, information and knowledge. OSA has been engaged in organizing lectures and seminar series, series of multimedia events related to its exhibitions. In the past years OSA initiated highly visible public programs, such as “House of Freedom of Speech”, “Budapest 100” (, and “Yellow Star Houses” ( OSA provides defining support for “Verzio”, the annual international human rights documentary film festival (

OSA invites applications from outstanding individuals who, besides planning and initiating new public programs, – together with other colleagues and members of our technical staff – would design the programs and be personally involved in setting them up. We are looking for someone with a set of multiple skills.

OSA is more interested in applicants’ previous experience and accomplishments, and affinity to turning historical, legal, ethical, moral facts into serious public concerns, than in their educational backgrounds.

Applicants should send a short CV, naming two referees, together with one-page descriptions and/or links to two previously realized projects or public programs, and a one-page description of an imagined public program related to the holdings of OSA.

The contract is for one year with the possibility of renewal. Salary is commensurate with the expected high quality work of the new Director of Public Programs.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer. Deadline of applications is 15 August, 2015. Applications should be sent to:

News: Sarah P. Traveling…

7/21/15 – Being a traveler (traveller for British readers!) I am currently traveling this summer and thus will be lumping posts together rather than daily. Fortunately, this is a rather slow time of year for job posts.  Having said that, there are several interesting opportunities which I will be sharing next…safe travels, Sarah P.

P.S.  For anyone interested in my whereabouts, I am sailing my boat south from Maine to Florida with my family.  Current location: The Thimbles, Connecticut.