Job: High School Librarian

10/19/15 – High School Librarian
American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments: AISJ is a well-established school with a good reputation.  Reviews of the latest director show an improvement over the last.  Jo’burg does have crime however South Africa is a beautiful country.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or state certification as a school librarian and
have completed a teacher preparation program and/or educational degree.
JOB GOALS
•To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
•To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skilful researchers, and ethical users of information
•To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
•To ensure that the school library program (SLP) is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school, and is an integral component of the learning program.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and school board meetings
• creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
• encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
• remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs
• collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
• joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
• providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school for all staff, including other school librarians
• developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and school board meetings
• creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
• encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
• remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational
research applicable to school library programs
• collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
• joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
• providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school for all staff, including other school librarians
• developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community
• evaluating, promoting, and using existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning, supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services
• organizing the collection for maximum and effective use reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure
• using information for defined and self-defined purposes
• ensuring that school library program goals and objectives are aligned with AISJ long-range strategic plans
• preparing, justifying, and administering the school library program budget to support
specific program goals
• establishing processes and procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing, etc. that
assure appropriate resources are available when needed
• Other duties as assigned.
SCHOOL HOURS
7:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon
day, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and
7:10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday
CONTACT
For more information contact Geoff Smith, High School Principal at recruitment@aisj-jhb.com

News: INALJ is 5 years old today & needs funding to continue!

10/16/15 – Support INALJ

Sarah P’s comments:  Naomi House is way ahead of me in providing a great service for free.  INALJ (I Need a Library Job) not only provides job listing but other great info as well.  For the internationally minded crowd INALJ has a separate International Jobs page as well as a page featuring virtual positions: INALJ Virtual – Telework.

Please support her efforts so the INALJ site will stay live!

Job: Director for Research, Instruction & Information Services

10/16/15 –  Director for Research, Instruction & Information Services
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sarah P’s comments:  Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city.  American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment and many long-term expat residents have left. FYI: AUC also advertised a reference/instruction position in mid-August.

 

University Description:

Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will be responsible for directing and supervising the Main Library’s service oriented, highly digital research, information and instructional services and coordinating with the Center for Learning & Teaching the services for the Learning Commons. He/she will work closely with university faculty, students and staff regarding reference, research, information, and instruction services as well as develop new services/policies for the AUC community and external users. Specifically, he/she will participate as a member of the research services team in the provision of electronic and print research services for AUC Library patrons through the Learning Commons and other service points. Other major areas of responsibility include collection development, instruction, outreach in a targeted discipline as a library liaison, and teaching in the Information Literacy program.

Requirements:

The successful candidate must have an ALA accredited MLS degree, excellent oral and written skills in English, high-level skills in current information retrieval technologies, demonstrated skills and experience in delivering high quality research service using both traditional print and digital resources, broad subject expertise appropriate to a liberal arts educational institution, demonstrated experience in instruction (one-on-one and classroom) in an academic library environment, a minimum of 3-5 years experience in an academic library (preferably in the public service areas), including 2-3 years supervisory and administrative experience, ability to work effectively independently and in a team, ability to sustain a strong service oriented attitude to provide a positive and constructive experience for all library users. HIGHLY DESIRABLE: Library subject area experience or academic background, second masters degree, proficiency in a second language, and experience in a multicultural environment desirable but not mandatory.

Additional Information:

This is a Faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor.
The position will remain open until filled.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:
a) a current CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed Personnel Information Form; e) at least three reference letters from referees familiar with your professional background sent directly to lltjob@aucegypt.edu.

Application Information

News: International Librarianship Novel

10/15/15 – A Maze of Moments  by Sarah P. Gibson

Dear Readers,

This blog is now two years old and continues to grow each month – thank you for reading and I hope it is helpful.  As you all know this blog is devoted to promoting International Librarianship and I generally keep my posts focused on job and industry news.  However, fourteen years of international living in nine different countries, including being evacuated from Libya, cannot help but leave me with feeling I want to share some of my experiences.  The question was how?

Well, it has turned out to be a novel which I have just completed and created a separate blog for. I am sharing this link here because the story is about an American teen named Ethel who travels with her father (a librarian) around the world.  Although it is fiction, much of this story is based on true experience which I hope helps make it authentic.

My other reason for writing it is that I have not found many stories which deal with the world of expat living, Global Nomads or TCK’s and, as with this blog,  I hope the story will help others to try this lifestyle. It is both my belief and experience that the kindness of strangers does still prevail in this troubled world.

If anyone would care to read and comment good or bad (but please use constructive criticism) I would appreciate it as it help to make a better story…

A Maze of Moments

by Sarah P. Gibson

Job: Postgraduate Programs Coordinator

10/14/15 – Postgraduate Programs Coordinator
Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia

Sarah P’s comments: Monash University is an old, well-established Australian institution with a good reputation.  They also have branches in South Africa and this one in Malaysia which was opened in the mid-1990’s.  No reviews but here is some info:

Monash University Malaysia Wikipedia article

Monash University Malaysia YouTube

 

We are seeking suitably qualified candidates for the position of   Postgraduate Programs Coordinator which provides coordination and expertise in the provision of research skill development programs to support postgraduate coursework, research degree programs and multidisciplinary research platforms. The scope of the position includes the design, planning, implementation, delivery, quality assurance and evaluation of innovative programs and initiatives. The position will work closely with the Schools’ Liaison Librarians and other Units of the Library to ensure consistency and quality of services across Schools and programs. The position will liaise with, and establish opportunities with Schools, Campus Research Management and Monash postgraduate representatives to maximize engagement with the Library.

Key Selection Criteria:

1. University degree and completion of (or progression towards) a postgraduate qualification in a relevant area, e.g. librarianship, knowledge management, instructional design, education, with relevant professional experience. Alternatively, an equivalent combination of relevant knowledge, training and experience.

2. Advanced degree in a subject discipline relevant to Monash University Malaysia’s Schools will be an asset though it is not a requirement.

3. A minimum of three years’ teaching experience, preferably in an academic setting.

4. Demonstrated experience in delivering information and research services, including information literacy and research skills and/or collection development in a subject area.

   5. Demonstrated ability to search electronic resources using advanced techniques in relevant subject disciplines.

   6. Demonstrated capacity to contribute to strategy development, and plan and manage projects.

   7. Interest for and capacity to engage with new technologies in blended learning and teaching environments and ability to use and learn relevant software.

  8. Knowledge of trends and issues in information and research services in higher education .

  9. Excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills.

10. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a complex environment.

11. Demonstrated organisational and time management skills, including the ability to plan activities, set priorities, work independently and perform well under pressure.

Other job related information

  • Evening and weekend shifts at library service points may be required.
  • Travel to and work on other campuses may be required
  • Other duties consistent with the position classification descriptors for the classification level, as defined in the Monash University Classification Management Manual

For further information see :http://jobs.monash.edu.au/cai/en/job/539584/postgraduate-programs-coordinator

Applications

To apply, send your Cover Letter and Resume to recruit@monash.edu

Your application must address the selection criteria.

Closing Date : Wednesday, 21th October 2015

Job: Elementary School Librarian

10/13/15 –  Elementary School Librarian
International School of Beijing, China

Sarah P’s comments:  It’s always interesting when a school advertises a position outside of regular channels.  In this case, an ad on ALAJobs, because the school is seeking a certified Chinese speaking media specialist which I suspect is a rare thing and why they are casting the net wide.  However, in case you are not fluent in Mandarin, they actually have two positions listed as available, one for English-speaking as well.  Therefore, if you are certified  and interested in China, check it out.  As always I recommend reading the reviews on International School Reviews (you will  need to join) and, as an aside, I once interviewed for a position in Beijing and you should know that both pollution and weather can be a challenge.

Go to the ISB website to apply.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Collaborates with teachers, students, administrators, and others to create programs, facilities, services, and schedules that are welcoming and appealing.
  • Creates and maintains an inviting, attractive physical environment coupled with a warm, nurturing atmosphere conducive to positive learning experiences.
  • Helps students and teachers develop the skills necessary to effectively identify and choose appropriate information.
  • Improves the teaching and learning process through strong collaborative relationships with teachers in support of the curriculum.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and implements lesson plans that focus on improving student learning opportunities through planned library experiences in grades PreK-5.
  • Provides reading guidance and instructional assistance to students and teachers.
  • Accommodates different learning styles and ability levels through the use of a variety of formats, including print, non-print and technology-based resources
  • Provides the encouragement and flexibility needed to promote regularly scheduled and spontaneous uses of the LMC.
  • Maintains, evaluates and develops the Elementary Library collections, which currently number more than 18,000 items.
  • Keeps abreast of recent developments and trends in curriculum, teaching/learning strategies, instructional design and technology, particularly as they apply to the Library Media Center.
  • Participates in professional development activities.
  • Supervises & evaluates library staff.
  • Solicits and oversees the work of parent volunteers.
  • Promotes the effective use of resources and information sources, systems and services within and beyond the school.
  • Actively promotes parent and community interest and support of children’s reading.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned

ISB EDUCATOR ATTRIBUTES

ISB educators exhibit a constant working understanding of the school’s vision, mission, and core values in a balanced academic environment. Working collaboratively, we engage in active, inquiry- based, and reflective teaching. Our educators foster positive relationships and promote a school culture of equity, excellence, and relevance.
USING L21, OUR CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK, OUR EDUCATORS:
  1. Increase relevant learning through authentic, compelling local and global engagements
  2. Optimize each student’s capacity to learn through individualized experiences and opportunities
  3. Nurture the whole child including social-emotional, academic, and physical well-being
  4. Invigorate ISB’s practice based on best research on teaching and learning methods and the changing realities of the 21st Century
  5. Increase access to expertise and new learning opportunities through additional collaborative efforts and networks beyond ISB

 

Skills & Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • Qualified / certified librarian
  • At least 2 years’ full time experience in the area of expertise
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to work well with students, peers and parents
  • Strong technology integration skills

 

 

Job: Law Librarian

10/13/15 – Law Librarian
The College of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas

Sarah P’s Comments:  COB positions are required to be posted whenever they renew which means that the current librarian might or might not be leaving.  The last time this position was listed was 2/2/15 and I do not know whether it was a true opening and filled or whether this is a re-posting.

 

Summary: Established in 1974, The College of The Bahamas is the national higher education institution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. With an enrolment of 5000 students, the College offers master, bachelor and associate degrees.

Position: The Department of Libraries and Instructional Media Services invites applications for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Librarian II, Law Librarian, with responsibility for the overall management of the law collections which supports the Bachelor of Laws degree programme.

The successful candidate will be dynamic and innovative with a strong commitment to service within a diverse community; will have experience working within a Voyager software environment; strong analytical skills; strong leadership capabilities; demonstrated knowledge of legal research and resources; a sound understanding of emerging technologies and the ability to apply then within the library setting; and a strong commitment to developing a cohesive and strong integrated library service within the academy.

The position reports to the Deputy Librarian.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversight of the smooth operation of the law reference desk services and collections;
  • Training, mentoring and evaluating staff to ensure efficiency of reference desk services and growth in usage of the collection;
  • Evaluating reference desk services and usage of collections and making appropriate recommendations;
  • Recommending policies and procedures that meet established standards;
  • Participating in budget analysis and preparation; monitoring expenditure of approved budget allocations;
  • Coordinating collection development activities in keeping with established policies;
  • Supervising full-time and part-time staff and student workers
  • Conducting bibliographic and information literacy sessions;
  • Preparing reports; attending professional and general staff meetings;
  • Serving on library and college wide committees;
  • Engaging in research and professional activities;
  • Working evenings and weekends on rotation

Qualifications

  • Applicants must possess at least a master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited institution and a minimum of five years post qualification experience, preferably in a Law Library;
  • Skills in library automation, manipulation of legal database, online searching, bibliographic and information literacy instruction, and evidence of managerial or supervisory experience.
  • A Law degree and knowledge of the Commonwealth and Caribbean legal systems are desirable.

Applicants should send the following:

  • A completed College of The Bahamas Application for Employment Form ( www.cob.edu.bs/hrprofile);
  • A letter of interest (highlighting work experience and accomplishments relevant to the position);
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Librarianship philosophy statement;
  • Evidence of excellence in librarianship;
  • Evidence of research and scholarship;
  • Evidence of service to the profession;
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts needed for employment); and
  • At least three confidential, professional references.

Applications will NOT be considered without the complete package.

Application Information

The Assistant Vice President
Human Resources
The College of the Bahamas
Thompson Boulevard & Poincianna Drive
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau 0000  Bahamas
 Fax: (242) 302-4539
 Email Address:  facultyapply@cob.edu.bs