Monthly Archives: October 2015

Job: Librarian

10/28/15 –  Librarian
The College of Fashion and Design, Dubai, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  I believe this is a new college as they state they are not yet accredited, their website is only one page, and there are no reviews or information I can find.  Dubai is crazy and overcrowded but interesting if you haven’t been there.

Institution CFD is a non-federal four-year institution of higher education located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The college prepares students for a successful baccalaureate degree in Fashion Business Management and Fashion Design. CFD has been accorded Initial Licensure by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE, while the programs are presently under review and are yet to be accorded accreditation.

Responsibilities: The Librarian, as a part of the administrative staff of the College, will be directly responsible to the Dean In fulfilling the duties of Department, the Librarian will act within the administrative framework of College. The Librarian plans, administers, and evaluates all Libraries and learning resource programs of the College, thus providing facilities, materials, staff, and services to meet the informational and instructional needs of the academic community and the College as a whole.

The Librarian will be authorized and directed to:

  • Further the interests of the College ;
  • Recommend an annual budget for the support of learning resources;
  • Organize and guide staff as they work with faculty and students to provide an optimum environment for learning;
  • Plan, direct, and integrate learning resource services and programs and policies so as to promote fulfillment of the College’s missions and goals;
  • Approve division requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment;
  • Serve as consultant in instructional services, instructional technologies, and informational delivery systems to College and community;
  • Act as advocate for the libraries with the administration, faculty, staff, and students;
  • Recruit and develop a staff of capable, thorough, and service-oriented persons;
  • Be active in the library profession on behalf of the college and the library;
  • Provide for the annual review of purpose, objectives, and goals of the library;
  • Attend departmental staff meetings upon a department’s request;
  • Conduct research in library management and in the general field of librarianship in order to deal more effectively with administrative issues and to conduct an annual review of this process;
  • Serve as liaison between the learning resources/ libraries division and other divisions of instruction and administration;
  • Serve as advisor and consultant to the Dean.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership and supervision in an academic library environment.
Salary: $45,000 to $50,000 USD Per Year
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants for faculty positions should send their expression of interest along with profile and all other documentation to Recruitment@cfd-dubai.com by Thursday, November 13, 2015.Required Documents
1. Resume/CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Passport Copy
4. Passport Photograph
5. Three references

Application Information

Postal Address:
Dr.Sarita Sahni
President’s Office
College of Fashion and Design
P.O.Box 114973
Dubai , United Arab Emirates
 Phone: +97150 6310 299
 Email Address: Recruitment@cfd-dubai.com
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Job: Online Librarian

10/27/15 — Online Librarian
American Public University System (APUS), USA

Sarah P’s comments: Last year APUS posted three remote positions, in January of this year advertised for a Library Director, and in May for a part-time online librarian. It would seem this model is working for them and could give someone a steady income while allowing some freedom to travel as long as you have a good internet connection.  It did not say whether the position requires US citizenship.

Glassdoor Reviews

 

Status: Part-time
Posted: 10/23/15
Deadline:
Online Librarian
  • Reports To: Director, Online Librarians
  • Department: Library and Instructional Design
  • Office Location: Charles Town, WV
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Date Posted: October 23, 2015
  • Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role:

The Online Librarian works on a part-time, telecommuting basis and maintains faculty status. This position works in tandem with other librarians along with a departmental team of e-course material staff, copyright/508 auditors, and ePress specialists under the overall direction of the director of online librarians and department vice president and assistant provost, library and instructional resources. The online librarian has developed their Web skills and specific subject credentials in support of the University’s academic programs. This position focuses on Web-based collection development and the selection of electronic course materials, including the creation of online program and subject portals in active partnerships with academic deans, program directors, faculty, and instructional developers. In addition, the online librarian collaborates in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial services.

Essential Functions:

  • Works in classrooms as adjunct support.
  • Develops a Web-based collection and electronic course material selection in one or more of the University’s academic programs.
  • Provides general reference service for American Public University System (APUS) faculty, students, and staff.
  • Works collaboratively with academic deans, program chairs, faculty, and instructional developers.
  • Specializes in one or more of the library’s contracted database, e-book, or student tutorial programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Must be available to work from a remote, home office location, but desk space is available at the Charles Town, WV facilities.
  • Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.
  • Travel to one annual meeting and online training sessions.
  • Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
  • Requires a working telephone along with Internet access that is sufficient to address the current campus-teaching platform and online library site.

Required Skills:

  • Professional library/archival skills with an emphasis on electronic formats.
  • Ability to interact with students and faculty in a professional and timely manner through electronic media.
  • Mastery of online searching and site construction in keeping with the products licensed by the online library.
  • Facility with current online searching methods and emerging Web-based applications.
  • Working knowledge of educational resources on the deep and open Web.
  • Proactive, diplomatic support of the University’s programs.
  • Ability to take initiative and work requiring minimum supervision.
  • Portal construction skills working with HTML-based content management systems.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science required; other advanced degrees in subject specialties taught at APUS preferred.
  • Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes is preferred.
  • Academic or special library experience and experience in one or more of the University’s program areas are preferred.
  • Online information services experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape is preferred.

 

 

 

 

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Job: Public Services Librarian

10/26/15 –  Public Services Librarian
Northwestern University, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  I have watched the development of Doha’s Education City since its inception in 2002.  Jobs regularly appear and are filled but the process is vague and the length of time to hire very slow.  Salaries are good and Doha is safe but recently has been trending toward becoming conservative.  FYI: Northwestern posted two positions in 2014 (Public Services and Technical Services).

 

Job summary

In concert with the Library Director and the Technical Services Librarian of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) as well as counterparts on the Evanston campus, the Public Services Librarian works to fulfill the mission of the NU-Q Library to support the information, research, teaching, and learning needs of the NU-Q community. The Public Services Librarian is responsible for the development and implementation of a robust student and faculty engagement program that may include, but is not limited to, information literacy, assessment, improvement of the user experience, and social media outreach. The incumbent of this position serves as the primary contact for and liaison with the Communication Studies program. In this role, the librarian will work with the other librarians to define, develop, and implement coordinated collection development, services, information access, and marketing efforts. To best support the work of the community, the development of relationships with faculty, students, and staff is a priority. Communication and cooperation with appropriate individuals at the home campus in Evanston will be the norm.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Takes the lead on developing and maintaining instructional and information literacy programs, materials, and related initiatives.
  2. Coordinates the reference and information literacy services of the library.
  3. Assesses patron services and the user experience particularly for students.
  4. Participates in developing marketing and outreach materials using various avenues including LibGuides, social media, web pages, and print publications.
  5. Holds workshops for the NU-Q community and presents information and research sessions, on request, to classes in the Communications Program for which the librarian serves as liaison.
  6. Serves as library liaison for specific non-academic departments and administrative teams.
  7. Works to develop appropriate policies, procedures and documentation for collection management and for information search, discover, and fulfillment services in coordination with the Library Director.
  8. Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies to support the Library’s expanding and increasingly integrated services with other library systems such as Primo and ILLiad, and with university systems such as Canvas.
  9. Participates in the planning, decision making, and innovation of NU-Q Library services and programs.
  10. Performs and/or supervises circulation and other public services duties.
  11. Professional engagement and activity is expected.
  12. Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.

Minimum qualifications

  1. A Master’s degree in Library/Information Science accredited by an internationally recognized library association (e.g. ALA, ALIA) or the equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience.
  2. A minimum of two years’ experience in an academic or research library.
  3. Experience with outreach, student engagement, and instruction in an academic library.
  4. Experience in access services, information services, or collection development.
  5. Strong written and oral communication skills.

Minimum competencies

  1. Knowledge of library instruction and information literacy standards, goals, and strategies.
  2. Knowledge of participatory design or other evidence-based methodology used to support the improvement of the library user experience.
  3. Customer service focus and experience.
  4. Ability to promote library services and engage potential library users.
  5. Knowledge of various library search, discover, and fulfillment systems.
  6. Demonstrated collection management experience.
  7. Excellent oral/written English communication and presentation skills.

Preferred qualifications

  1. Advanced degree or substantial knowledge in the discipline of communication studies.
  2. Experience with instructional and educational technologies including learning management systems.
  3. International experience.
  4. Demonstrated analytical and project planning capabilities.

Preferred competencies

  1. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all types of users.
  2. Ability to coordinate and complete projects with minimal supervision in a team environment.
  3. Awareness of current concerns and developments in higher education, academic libraries and library technology.
  4. Excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently on multiple projects at a time.

Working conditions

The position is based in Doha, Qatar. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.


Apply

Applicants should submit their “paperwork” including cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to libpub-recruitment@qatar.northwestern.edu – and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

FYI: The Director of the Library is  Beth E. Clausen

 

 

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News: Opportunity to submit to ALA newsletter

 10/25/15 – Anyone out there working internationally or partnering with a library from another corner of the world?

December will be here soon and so will the next issue of the (American Library Association )IRRT’s newsletter International Leads.  We are looking for articles about the ways in which libraries work with each other across borders, provide international services, as well as any special projects or research you are doing.  Please send articles to gailsacco75@gmail.com by Monday, November 16, 2015.  We cannot guarantee that anything received after the deadline will make the December issue.

Your international work is vibrant and interesting.  We hope you will share it with us!

Gail Sacco and Karen Bordonaro, Co-editors

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Job: University Librarian

10/23/15 –  University Librarian
City University of Hong Kong, China

Sarah P’s comments:  This university lasted posted an open position in 12/14, however this is the 8th position to be listed this year for Hong Kong, and the 37th for Asia.  This region is starting to outpace the Middle East in available international positions which is a notable dynamic. FYI: University Librarian = Director.

Worldwide Search for Talent

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education.  As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement.  The University has seven Colleges/Schools.  As part of its pursuit of excellence, the University aims to recruit outstanding scholars from all over the world in various disciplines, including business, creative media, energy, engineering, environment, humanities, law, science, social sciences, veterinary sciences and other strategic growth areas.

 

Applications and nominations are invited for : University Librarian [Ref. B/032/49]

As a large administrative unit with over 100 staff members supporting the University’s academic enterprise, the Library provides a range of user-centred services to support the teaching, learning and research activities of the University community in a dynamic academic environment.  The Library’s current collection includes more than 1 million volumes of print books and over 2.5 million electronic books.  The collection also comprises several hundred thousand volumes of bound periodicals. The Library maintains an expanding number of electronic databases, e-journals, and media resources.

Reporting to the Provost, the University Librarian plays a pivotal role in providing strategic leadership to the Library and effective management of resources in the delivery of services.  The appointee will also work closely with the University senior management to develop the Library as a key resource centre to provide professional intellectual support in the utilization and creation of knowledge and scholarly information

Qualifications for Appointment

Candidates should possess strong academic credentials, preferably at the level of Professor or above, with proven track record of effective management and leadership of an academic library.  Other essential qualities include relevant professional qualifications, commitment to excellence, outstanding interpersonal and collaboration skills to work effectively with different stakeholders, demonstrated management and leadership ability, and considerable knowledge of emerging technologies to support excellence in research and professional education.

Salary and Conditions of Service

The appointee will be offered appointment to a rank commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Remuneration package will be attractive and driven by market competitiveness and individual performance.  Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable).

 

Information and Application

Further information on the post and the University is available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : libsearch@cityu.edu.hk/Fax : (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311].

To apply, please submit an online application at http://jobs.cityu.edu.hk, and include a current curriculum vitae.  Nominations can be sent directly to the Human Resources Office, or email to “libsearch@cityu.edu.hk”.  Applications and nominations received before 30 November 2015 will receive full consideration.  The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

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Job: Secondary School Teacher Librarian

10/21/15 – Secondary School Teacher Librarian
Gulf English School, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: This is the time of year when the international school library positions begin to be posted for the following school year. As I said in an earlier post, it is always interesting when a school advertises a position outside of regular channels.  In this case, I advise carefully reading the reviews posted on International School Reviews and also be aware that while Doha is a modern, pleasant city in a stable country, the cost of living has been rising and the country has been trending toward becoming conservative, for example, cutting off liquor licenses for some establishments, increasing the segregation of men from women, etc.  If you are interested in the Middle East, however, these are cultural differences you need to be willing to accept.

FYI: the salary here is actually a little low for the region.  Be sure to ask about benefits if you decide to apply. Also, as they list ‘teacher librarian’ make sure to ask whether you will be teaching as well as that sometimes happens.

 

The Gulf English School is a private, fee-paying school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

Founded in 1993, the school provides a caring educational environment for both Qatari and expatriate children, in small classes. The international staff ensures that all pupils, from Pre-School to IB-2, benefit from the curriculum, which is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales and the International Baccalaureate. We require dynamic, motivated and internationally-minded teachers to join our team. Those seeking to share and improve their skills in a Middle Eastern environment are invited to submit a letter of application and a CV. Interviews will be held at the convenience of both parties.

Email hrhead@gulfenglishschool.com to apply for this job.

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Job: Librarian/Communication Specialist

10/20/15 –  Librarian/Communication Specialist (P3)
International Atomic Energy Agency (UN), Vienna, Austria

Sarah P’s comments:  Traditionally, the UN is the place most people think about when wishing to be employed internationally by an organization designed to better humankind. UN jobs are posted at UN.jobs.org and Librarian and Public Information Officer positions are posted in the Department of Public Information category (choose from the list in the Department/Office field).

FYI: there are few librarian positions posted and the UN openly states that they are seeking a balance in nationalities which means that a ‘western’ librarian can be at a disadvantage, and being a librarian from an under-represented country can be an advantage (for once!)  depending on the job applied for and the skill set needed. Also, the hiring process is slow and tedious and many librarians I know who applied have never received a response.

 

Closing date: Monday, 2 November 2015

Type and duration of Appointment: Fixed Term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting

The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; in catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; in developing indigenous capabilities for national energy planning; in deploying new nuclear power plants; in preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and in advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.

The Nuclear Information Section (NIS) consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the INIS Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with capacity building and training.

Main Purpose

The Librarian/Communication Specialist provides nuclear information services to the IAEA Secretariat, Member States and partner institutions. He/she undertakes activities to promote awareness and understanding of information services, including analyses and reports on the impact of these activities. In addition, the Librarian/Communication Specialist ensures an efficient and effective web presence of nuclear information services and contributes to the evaluation and implementation of the IAEA Library’s training programme.

Role

The Librarian/Communication Specialist is

  1. a nuclear information specialist, providing complex information services to customers;
  2. a communication specialist, contributing to communication and outreach efforts through research, analysis of assigned topics and timely preparation and distribution of communication and information products (web and others) to target audiences,
  3. a trainer, managing and enhancing the IAEA Library’s training programme, and,
  4. a public relations professional establishing and developing business relationships and collaborative networking with key stakeholders.

Partnerships

The Librarian/Communication works closely with other managers and members of the Nuclear Information Section, the Nuclear Energy and other IAEA departments. He/She liaises regularly with Library customers, Members of Permanent Missions in Vienna, researchers in Member States and members of the International Nuclear Library Network (INLN).

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.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential. Working knowledge of official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and asset.

Remuneration

The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56766 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $ 24126*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged

Applicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process

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