Job: Librarian / Communication Specialist

9/29/15 –  Librarian / Communication Specialist
International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), Vienna, Austria

Job Description

Functions / Key Results Expected

• Develop and keep updated the web presence of the IAEA Library. This includes ongoing updating of the existing web pages; facilitation of all aspects of the Web presence and initiating enhancements based on user feedback;
• Conduct and regularly update the IAEA Library communication and training policies;
• Manage the online communications of the Library, including social media;
• Produce marketing communication materials (e.g. brochures, articles, reports, content for web platforms, event kits) for Library customers and other key stakeholders: propose topics, undertake research, compile and prepare data, determine appropriate format and target audience, prepare drafts, obtain clearances, conduct photo and graphic research, edit and coordinate design approval, printing procedures and distribution;
• Review, manage and enhance the IAEA Library training agenda;
• Review and enforce brand and library messaging guidelines across Library web sites, social media, print and e-publications;
• Plan and coordinate partnership functions; contribute to the management of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN);
• Research, analyse and synthesize information into accurate answers or actionable information and ensure that customers have the tools or capabilities to apply them.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree – Library and Information Science, Communication or closely related field
• First level degree in library or information science, communication or closely related field is required. An advanced degree would be an advantage.
• At least 5 years of experience in information services and communications with increasing responsibilities.
• Experience in a multicultural environment desirable.
• Knowledge of trends and issues and experience in the use of web tools and technologies including electronic reference services.
• Experience in nuclear science and technology would be an advantage.

Skill Required: HR and Admin, Media and Communication

Preferred Experience: 3 to 10 Years

Apply By:  Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 00:00

Organizations: About IFLA

9/28/15 –  For anyone interested in International Librarianship, IFLA is the United Nations of libraries. IFLA, which stands for The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, is the ‘global voice’ of the library and information profession worldwide. The organization was founded in 1927, currently has over 1500 Members in approximately 150 countries around the world, and is headquartered at The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands, in The Hague.

To be honest, I have followed IFLA’s activities for many years but not participated partly because they were very ‘white-paper’ based and partly because of the expense of traveling to their conferences. However, in recent years I have noted they are becoming much more hands-on and I they are collaborating more with organizations such as ALA.  For example here is here is the latest news supplement.

FYI: They also maintain  a very useful international jobs list (LIBJOBS).


Program: Webinar about Rebuilding Nepal

9/28/15 –  Webinar about Room to Read’s Rebuilding Efforts in Nepal

Offered two times: October 5th @ 6:00 pm PDT / October 7th @ 7:30 am PDT.  Register by: September 30th.

Dear Sarah,

We are excited to invite you to a special webinar featuring our Founder, John Wood, sharing details from his recent trip to Nepal. As you know, the earthquakes that struck earlier this year devastated much of the country’s infrastructure, including its schools. The Nepalese people have started the long, hard road to recovery, but in many regions—especially in the poorer, remote areas where Room to Read works—communities lack the means to rebuild on their own.

During John’s trip, he met individuals throughout Nepal who are eager to overcome these challenges. He spoke with Girls’ Education Program participants who lost their homes, parents who hope to see their communities thrive, and the President of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav, who wants to see Room to Read’s education model implemented throughout the country. Join this webinar to hear John’s first-hand account of our plans to help rebuild safe, effective learning environments in Nepal.

We look forward to connecting with you!

-The Room to Read Team

I left the site visits saddened by the desperate condition of the schools and more in awe than ever at the power of nature. I also felt inspired by the resilience of these communities. Rather than being incapacitated by the earthquake, parents had already cleared away the rubble and were eager to rebuild. The children were still putting on their school uniforms and walking miles to their temporary schools each day.

– John Wood 

News: Library for Migrants in Calais

Jungle Books: Calais migrant camp’s newly opened library needs books!

Verso London is sending books to Jungle Books (or Livres de la jungle in French), the makeshift library at the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle. Mary Jones, who set up the library, wants to add more books in the native languages of the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and hopes that eventually, the camp inhabitants will run the library. Besides stocking around 200 books, the Guardian reports, “the library supports a school that offers classes to the refugees and asylum seekers that live in the camp.”

Jones, who has been bringing items to the camp for years as part of a growing number of volunteers, activists and support groups practicing everyday solidarity, said: “I wanted to start something that offered real, practical help. Many people here are well-educated — they want to get on and they want books that will help them read and write English, apply for jobs, fill-in forms.”

Calais Migrant Solidarity requests “books, dictionaries, texts, zines etc – in any and all languages” in their call for supplies under ‘What people need on the ground’. Jones told Roger Tagholm of Publishing Perspectives that camp inhabitants ask for all sorts of books, including short stories and poetry, and she made a specific request for the following donations: “Pashto-French dictionaries, Pashto-English dictionaries, Eritrean dictionaries, books in native languages.”

Verso is sending a selection of English-language titles including John Berger’s A Seventh Man, Hsiao-Hung Pai’s Scattered Sand, Jeremy Harding’s Border Vigilsour graphic novels, as well as foreign editions of our books in several languages.

To contact Jungle Books directly, email Mary Jones at

Job: Virtual Reference Librarian

9/28/15 –  Virtual Reference Librarian
Shapiro Library, Southern New Hampshire University, NH, USA


Shape the future of higher education at one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most dynamic private, nonprofit universities. Help drive student success in a unique culture of innovation that values teamwork, openness and diversity. Enjoy a highly competitive benefits package from an organization ranked a Best College to Work For eight years in a row by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Shapiro Library at Southern New Hampshire University seeks an engaged, service-oriented Reference Librarian who welcomes the opportunity to offer services that meet the learning needs of SNHU students, faculty, and staff. Reporting to the Head of Reference, the Librarian works as a member of a collaborative staff providing prompt, courteous and supportive virtual reference service to all library users seeking information via an electronic means; such as email, chat, VoIP (voice over IP such as Google Voice) and through videoconferencing.

Staffing the virtual reference desk, the librarian will assist users with research, utilizing library tools and resources, and suggest materials for further study. This individual will also assist users with general inquires of citation styles, technology and University information as needed. The Librarian may also work with individual students on a scheduled appointment basis over the phone and/or through videoconferencing. Other projects as assigned can include: creating subject and course guides, video tutorials, etc.

This individual will work selected reference shifts during the academic year (late August-mid December and January – early May) depending on reference desk needs. There may be a possibility of summer hours.

Fall schedule:

Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Monday-Thursday: 12pm-5pm

Shift hours may change due to schedule needs, as appropriate.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Staffs the virtual reference desk and provides service to all SNHU community members
  • Conducts thorough reference interviews to determine users’ questions and extent of information needed
  • Instructs library users on use of print and electronic resources
  • Assists users in developing research strategies to locate, evaluate and use resources in an effective and ethical manner
  • Assists users with general information on citation styles, technology and University information
  • Assists with basic troubleshooting of access issues and/or refers to appropriate person or department
  • Works with scheduled individual students via phone and/or videoconference as assigned
  • Refers users to make individual instruction appointments for more in depth research assistance as needed
  • Refers users to other departments on campus for information as needed
  • Creates subject Libguides as assigned
  • Other projects as assigned

The successful applicant must have:

  • A Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
  • Knowledge of Internet, print, and online resources
  • Strong computer-based skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office, e-mail, web searching and basic computer troubleshooting
  • Experience with automated library systems, Millennium preferred
  • Ability to handle complex questions
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with students from a wide range of cultural, linguistic, and academic backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Commitment to instruction and building student knowledge as it relates to research
  • High level of comfort with technology, able to learn new technology quickly and efficiently
  • Two years professional experience providing reference and/or virtual reference for an academic audience
  • Reliable computer/laptop setup and high speed cable/ DSL connection required with speeds of at least 50mbps

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with Springshare Products such as LibAnswers, LibChat and LibGuides
  • Experience working with distance education students

Application Information

Postal Address:
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Rd
Virtual, NH 03101


Job: Secondary Librarian

9/25/15 –  Secondary Librarian
International School of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Sarah P’s comments:  ISK has been known as a good, long-established school in an interesting region however has had some troubles in recent years due to increased unrest in the country as well as a reportedly difficult administration.  Apparently, things are now getting better in both areas however if you are interested in applying I would recommend reading the reviews on International School Reviews first.  FYI: The position is to begin the 2016-17 school year.

The Middle/High School (Secondary) Librarian shares responsibility for the daily operation and supervision of the library and implementation of all prog rams and services necessary to allow students and faculty to maximize use of the facility and its resources, particularly the middle/high school divisions. Performance will be evaluated annually by the High School or Middle School Principal and according to the ISK appraisal system, including the ISK Librarian Growth and Appraisal Rubric. The Middle/High School librarian may teach one section of the Scholarly Research and Writing Course and will support students and teachers in the Extended Essay. Additionally, the librarian will be expected to participate in a variety of collaborative teams and committees; fulfil supervision duties as assigned, including some evening and weekend events (as well as off-campus trips); possibly serve as advisor to a small group of students; and contribute to the co-curricular program.

Job: University Librarian

8/13/15 –  University Librarian
PNG University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea

9/17/15 – re-posted:

8/13/15 –  This is a position which pops up every 2-3 years. For those interested in the South Pacific/Oceania region it should be of interest.  They offer accommodation on a compound and the salary and benefits are good for the region.  I once interviewed with them and they were very nice to chat with and asked some interesting questions mostly on the theme of  ‘making do’.  Then they contacted my references however nothing materialized after that.  I have had two colleagues apply with one having the same experience and the other hearing nothing.  So not sure how organized they are with the hiring process.


The Papua New Guinea University of Technology is located in the industrial city of Lae, the second largest city in Papua New Guinea with population of over 100,000. The city is accessible by air from any part of the world. The University is the only technological university in Papua New Guinea. It has a main campus and three amalgamated colleges. The main campus has 14 academic departments including one in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, natural and applied sciences, built environment, language and business. The university has also an Information Technology Services department and a Library. Applications are invited for the following positions. For more information go to:


Matheson Library, named after the first Chancellor of the University, was founded in 1967.
It has a current book stock of 130,000 volumes and receives 600 periodical titles. It is the only library in the university serving some 250 academic staff and 3,000 full time students taking a range of degree, diploma and certificate courses in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Communication Engineering, Business Studies, Architecture and Building, Surveying and Land Studies, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Physics, Forestry, Agriculture and Communication and Land Studies.

The Library system is automated and it operates 7 days a week with limited operation during weekends. The library seeks to appoint a University Librarian to immediately fill the vacancy.


The University Librarian is responsible for the overall management and development of library services, collections, budget and staff. The University is concerned that it gains access to the information superhighway and its new Librarian will be expected to continue this process.

Applicants should have a first degree and an internationally recognized professional qualification in librarianship. Candidates must, at minimum possess an MLS. In addition, the successful candidate must have experience working in academic or research libraries and operational concepts involved in the delivery of users and bibliographic services and library automation. The appointee must be able to manage emerging trends in academic libraries especially those resulting from electronic access to information. The appointee should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, business skills and good interpersonal skills.

Base Salary Range : University Librarian K77,639 – K 94,892
per annum
Base International Market Range : K75,749 – K113,272
per annum

(Level of appointment depends upon qualification and experience)

Initial contract period is normally for three years. Other benefits include a gratuity of 30% of salary in the first year, 35% in the second year and 40% in the third year (paid on fortnightly basis), support for approved research, appointment and repatriation fares for yourself and dependants, book & equipment allowance of K750.00 per annum, settling-in/out allowance of K1,700.00 for single & K3,600.00 for accompanied plus K200.00 each for two authorized dependent child (under 19 yrs) on appointment and repatriation, six weeks paid leave per year, recreation leave fares for yourself, spouse & two authorised dependants after 18 months of service, education fares and assistance towards school fees for authorised dependants are available. Staff members are also permitted to earn from consultancy up to 50% of earnings annually. Free fully furnished accommodation provided on campus.

Detailed application with curriculum vitae including certified copies of qualifications, names and addresses including email addresses, fax/phone numbers of three (3) referees including one from past/present employer, if any, and an indication of the earliest availability to take up the appointment should be received by: The Registrar, PNG University of Technology, Private Mail Bag, Lae, Papua New Guinea by 30 September 2015. Applications may also be sent by email through: and This advertisement and further information on these positions can be found at

Application Information

Postal Address: Registrar
Office of the Registrar
PNG University of Technology
Lae 411
Papua New Guinea
Fax: ++(675) 475 7667
TDD: ++(675) 473 4254
Email Address:

Job: Senior Assistant Librarian

9/24/15 –  Senior Assistant Librarian (Collection Development and Gift & Exchange)
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong


Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education informed by the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions.  It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement.  With three academic Faculties, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, business and social sciences.  These programmes are distinguished by the following attributes: disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and pre-professional studies that are based on a broad liberal arts foundation; rich co-curricular and extra-curricular activities; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience.  It also offers postgraduate programmes up to the doctoral level.

Applications are now invited for the following post:

Senior Assistant Librarian (Collection Development and Gift & Exchange)
(Post Ref.: 15/64/ALA)

The appointee will lead and serve as the head of the Collection Development and Gift & Exchange Team. He/She will be required to (a) formulate and maintain the policies and procedures for collection development, management, and gift and exchange; (b) supervise operations of collection acquisitions, development, management, donation/gift, and exchange; (c) monitor and plan budgets and expenditures for library resources; (d) negotiate price and license terms with library resource vendors; (e) manage the electronic resources and serials collections and discovery/online service platform; (f) supervise cataloguing of electronic resources and serials; and (g) manage in-house developed collection development and management systems. The appointee will also represent the University in the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) working committees such as Consortiall and HKMAC.


Applicants should have (i) recognized professional qualification in Librarianship (MLS or equivalent); (ii) substantial supervisory experience in collection development and management, acquisitions, electronic and serials management, electronic resources cataloguing, and gift and exchange operations in an academic library; (iii) sound knowledge of current collection development and management practices and trends; (iv) demonstrated experience in utilizing information technology in collection development and management; (v) excellent coordination, planning, analytical, and project management skills; and (vi) a good command of written and spoken English and Chinese. Working knowledge of the Innovative Millennium/Sierra Library System will be advantageous.

Salary and Benefits

Commencing salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Fringe benefits, where applicable, include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund and gratuity.

Application Procedure

Applicants are invited to forward a cover letter, a resume and a completed application form (Form R2 which is obtainable at to the Human Resources Office, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong by post or by fax at 2891 5782 or by by 30 September 2015.  Please quote the reference number of the post in all correspondence.

News: Writing Opportunity

9/23/15 –  If you are doing anything Steve talks about, consider writing for this journal. It is not paid but it will up your ‘international profile’ and add to your CV.


Dear Colleagues,

As you are beginning new research projects, considering where to submit recently completed work, or editing a recent conference paper, please consider IFLA Journal.  The journal publishes peer reviewed articles on library and information services and the social, political and economic issues that impact access to information.  The journal publishes research, case studies and essays that reflect the broad spectrum of the profession.

All papers are peer reviewed, and we provide prompt feedback within 30 days of submission. IFLA Journal is widely disseminated to IFLA members around the world and available online on the SAGE Journals platform: hosted by HighWire.  Articles are available Open Access with no embargo on author archiving of the accepted version of your work in institutional repositories (RoMEO Green).

Although IFLA Journal no longer publishes IFLA Congress papers directly, the journal editorial committee is pleased to review papers presented at the IFLA Congress and other conferences.  All papers previously presented at a conference must be edited with at least a 30% change in content.  In addition, the paper must have a new title.

How to submit:

SAGE Track:
Visit the IFLA Journal website at

Steve Witt
Editor, IFLA Journal

PS: Follow IFLA Journal on Twitter to stay up to date on relevant research and issues in the field.

Job: Junior School Librarian

9/22/15 –  Junior School Librarian
Dulwich College Junior School, Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was advertised last January (2015) so am not sure if it was unfilled and this position is for this year or whether they hired someone for one year (or that person is leaving early) and this position is for next year.  If interested you should inquire about the expected starting date.


Dulwich College Shanghai seeks an outstanding and inspirational educator to join Dulwich College. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a contribution in one of Asia’s most successful and well known international schools. You should be able to offer experience in (I)GCSE and/or IBDP.

Dulwich College Shanghai has 1,475 students aged 2-18 and offers the English Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, the English National Curriculum, International GCSEs and the IB Diploma with outstanding results. In 2015, our students achieved an IB average of 36 and an IGCSE A*/A average of 73%. Our philosophy draws on 400 years of experience in education from our founding, partner school, Dulwich College in London, which has pioneered the development of British independent education in Asia. Our guiding philosophy is that students come first. We are committed to securing the highest possible standards of teaching and learning and to ensuring that all our students enjoy a rich and varied experience of education.

Dulwich College Shanghai was the first of the Dulwich International Group of schools, which now comprises nine Colleges and High Schools throughout the Asia-Pacific region and continues to grow. The Group is committed to drawing upon its position as a global family of schools to enhance the education of its students and provide its teachers with the opportunity of building enriching and rewarding careers within the Group.

Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of the College. Dulwich College Shanghai is a well-resourced school with a motivated and enthusiastic international student body. DCS operates its own competitive salary scale and provides annual flight allowance, domestic bills allowance, fully furnished accommodation within easy reach of the school, medical insurance and family benefits (where applicable).

To apply for any position please go to The closing date for applications is 14 October 2015, but applications will be reviewed on receipt and we reserve the right to make an early appointment. Your application should include a brief cover letter, CV, statement of your educational philosophy and a recent photograph.

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2015
Interviews will take place in London, Shanghai and online.

For further information please see our website at