Monthly Archives: November 2015

Job: Collection Services Librarian

11/28/15 –  Collection Services Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments:  Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions.  Positions appear periodically (two so far this year including Director) but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region.  For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai.

 

The American University of Sharjah Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Collection Services Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.

Job Responsibilities:
Acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections.
Coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system.
Troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery.
Collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics.
Document delivery.

Qualifications Required:
An ALA-accredited MLS degree
Minimum of 3 years’ experience
Knowledge of web-based applications and environment
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
The ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI
Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
2 years’ experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases or digital serials management
Experience working in a university or research environment
Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platform
Working knowledge of JavaScript, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools

If interested, applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names of three references to recruitment@aus.edu. The position applied for should be mentioned in the email subject line.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not meet specified requirements will not be shortlisted.
AUS Alumni are encouraged to apply for these positions

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: AUS complies with the US Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. During the interview process, you may be asked questions concerning your ability to perform job-related functions. If you are given a conditional offer of employment, you may be required to complete a post-job offer medical history questionnaire and undergo a medical examination, and all information will be kept confidential and in separate files.

See http://www.aus.edu/info/200218/employment/79/staff_positions/2/#2 for any additional details.

Thomas Hodge
Assistant University Librarian for Technology & Technical Services
American University of Sharjah University Library
United Arab Emirates
http://library.aus.edu/
thodge@aus.edu

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Job: Elementary and Middle School Librarian/Literacy Coach

11/24/15 –  Elementary and Middle School Librarian/Literacy Coach
American International School of Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments: Librarian and literacy coach all in one?  I would ask some questions to ensure the job description is doable. Also, they are requiring teacher certification and only preferring a MLIS, a sad commentary on how librarians are often regarded in schools. AISJ also has a high school position open. Overall, it 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.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW
The AISJ staff is fully involved in utilizing the reading and writing workshop best practices for teaching literacy
and staff utilizes the UbD model to capture units of inquiry. The AISJ Pretoria literacy coach/librarian will be
expected to support the classroom teachers in the elementary school and the Language Arts teachers in the
Middle School in this this endeavor. Examples of collaborative interactions include projecting reading and writing
units, reflecting on units and facilitating the on-going development of classroom libraries. In terms of the librarian responsibilities collaboration with teachers in Grades Pre-K to Grade 8 in effective use of the library as a teaching and learning center is an expectation. Utilizing the library as a professional development resource is also a focus. The librarian is in a unique position to work to ensure that all staff are effective and ethical users of ideas and information.
The school literacy coach/librarian position presents a range of opportunities to work with students, parents and teaching staff in literacy practices, children’s literature, information literacy, and the development and implementation of conceptually based units of inquiry.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• The librarian/literacy coach should have:
K–8 teaching certification and, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education
• Additional coursework or specialization in literacy, children’s literature, information literacy, and/or curriculum design
• Demonstrated ability to provide instructional leadership with and to the different members of a school community in reading and writing workshop best practices
• Experience training colleagues in the implementation and interpretation of a variety of assessments including
Running Records and Developmental Reading Assessment II, to colleagues
• Experience with library systems such as Destiny
• Strong technical skills both in terms of library systems and technology as a tool for teaching and learning
• Recent professional development in various areas related to development of Elementary and Middle School students
• 5 years or more of experience in working with a range of grade levels and two years of overseas experience
• Experience as a teacher-leader and with curriculum committees and/or implementation of curriculum is critical
• Experience with UbD or IB PYP/MYP in developing and implementing conceptually based inquiry unit
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• School Librarian certification
Masters in library sciences, literacy or curriculum
• Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural, internationally-minded environment
• Experience with NETS information literacy standards
• Experience in developing workshops for colleagues and parents in the relevant areas of expertise
ATTRIBUTES
• Effective communication skills
• Positive attitude
• Ability to establish and grow collaborative working relationships
• Strategic, receptive, flexible
• Strong organizational ability and initiative
• Follows through on decisions
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• To research, model and teach literacy methods for Elementary School classrooms and Middle School Language Arts teachers
• To facilitate projection of and reflection on reading and writing units
• To maintain and develop the library facility and collection so that it is current, complements classroom libraries and offers a range of materials to readers
• To collaborate with the other campus librarians to create an effective and cohesive school library system
• To collaborate with classroom teachers to develop effective balanced literacy programs and to ensure that the library complements and supports balanced literacy programs Pre-K to Grade 8
• To work with whole class, individual students and small groups in the library
• To be a source of ideas, practical tips, inspiration, and energy for teachers in their unit development
• To find materials and resources for classroom teachers to support their classroom units
• To participate in all-school, team, and grade level unit development meetings
• To work with classroom teachers and specialists to integrate information literacy standards into the existing curriculum and assessments
• To work with teachers to develop a common understanding of the potential of the library to support, extend and enrich learning
Teaching a Middle School Elective such as Media Studies may be part of the work load
SCHOOL HOURS
7:10 am to 3:30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 7:10 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesdays
Occasional weekend or evening work for presentations etc. will be required
CONTACT
For more information contact the Pretoria School Principal, Rachel Caldwell at recruitment@aisj-jhb.com.

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Job: Primary School Librarian

11/23/15 –  Primary School Librarian
The Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sarah P’s comments:  Note that interviews are being conducted in-person in either London or Kuala Lumpur so in order to be considered you must travel to either of those locations.  However, if you can not but are a truly qualified candidate then I would apply and say you are available for a Skype interview because experienced librarians can be hard to find.

 

One of the most prestigious and successful British curriculum schools in South East Asia is seeking to recruit a high calibre teacher for August 2016. For full details visit www.alice-smith.edu.my

The Kuala Lumpur Alice Smith School (KLASS) is fully accredited as a British School Overseas by the Department for Education in London, receiving an ‘Excellent’ grade from its very recent inspection. Our school has an established reputation for excellence, and as a not-for-profit educational foundation, all resources are focused on the development and well-being of students. Located on two sites in Kuala Lumpur with excellent facilities, it has a total student population of approximately 1,600 and caters for the full age range from 3 to 18 years.

The school has an established reputation for excellence, and as a not-for-profit educational foundation, all resources are focused on the development and well-being of students. Located on two sites in Kuala Lumpur with excellent facilities, it has a total student population of approximately 1,600 and caters for the full age range from 3 to 18 years.

A KLASS teacher librarian is an inspiring, innovative, high achieving professional with a strong track record of teaching success.  They are able to implement best practice in order to achieve all-round excellence and ensure outstanding learning outcomes for students.

The role of the Primary Teacher Librarian is essential for promoting and facilitating a love of literature and inquiry across the school. The Teacher Librarian selects relevant and stimulating materials for a variety of needs and purposes including child-led inquiry and storytelling. They encourage and facilitate learning with students as young as three years old, provide an environment that stimulates creativity and high order thinking and support class teachers with selecting resources to support our exciting cross-curricular curriculum. They will have a strong understanding of how children think and learn, think creatively and truly embody the spirit of the Alice Smith School ethos.

At Alice Smith you will be encouraged and nurtured to be the best teacher you can be through professional development, peer to peer review, monitoring and evaluation and personal study. This is truly a forward thinking and innovative environment to work and learn. Educators need to know; how children think and learn, key developmental milestones, what play is and why it is so important and how to implement and assess it. They must also understand what role a teacher has in play.

We deliver a child-centred, skills based curriculum across all the primary age range.  Teachers with a special interest in or experience of working in the Foundation Stage who are interested in transferring their skills to working in other year groups will have a particular advantage.

Please address all of these aspects in your letter of application. In addition, for whichever role you apply for, please ensure that your CV and letter clearly show how you meet the KLASS teacher job description and person specification in the first instance.

The KLASS benefits package includes a highly competitive salary, a generous contribution towards housing, excellent medical insurance, contract renewal incentives, relocation flights and allowances and free school places for dependent children.

To apply, you MUST go through the online system at: http://www.kingpartnership.com/alicesmith/

In case of query contact Susan King at email: klass@kingpartnership.co.uk or Tel +44 1580 755877.

Closing date for applications: Monday 7th December 2015

Successful candidates will be interviewed in Kuala Lumpur from 9th to 11th January 2016 or in London between 14 – 21 January 2016. Skype interviews may be used for final shortlisting.

 

 

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Job: Emerging Technologies School Librarian

11/21/15 –  Emerging Technologies School Librarian
American International School of Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique

Sarah P’s comments:  Dr. Heatherington was my first overseas Director (in Brazil) so I admit to a favorable bias here as she is supportive of libraries and librarians (and, trust me, many are not!)  I am not sure about this job title having never seen this particular phrasing before so if you apply be sure to ask for a full job description.  Also, make sure you read the reviews on International School Reviews.  Many people say they are over-critical but be grateful they are there because overseas there are no teachers unions and the reviews do at least help you to know what questions to ask (although don’t mention ISR, administrators universally dislike the site!)

 

Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in library science
Knowledgeable in emerging technologies
IB DP experience
3+ years’ experience in school libraries

Salary:
Teachers: $usd45,000 – 56,000; Taxes 19-20%

Benefits include:
Airfare beginning and end of employment
Annual cash travel allowance $usd2500.00 for staff and up to $1875 for dependent children
Tuition waivers up to 2 dependents
Furnished housing
Relocation: $1500 at the beginning and end of employment
$1500/3500 Renewal Bonus
Onsite SUNY Masters Program
Interest-free loan up to $5000 towards purchase of a car
Healthcare: TIECARE

Age Restrictions:
No

Additional materials:
Cover Letter
CV
Names and email addresses of 2-3 supervisors

Interviews:
internet / telephone

AISM offers a great work environment, competitive benefits and compensation. Send a statement of interest and résumé in confidence to:

Dr. Mary Jo Heatherington, Director
American International School of Mozambique
Rua do Rio Raraga, 266
Bairro da Costa do Sol
Maputo, Mozambique
Email: aismdirector@aism-moz.com

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Job: K-12 Library Media Specialist

11/20/15 –  K-12 Library Media Specialist
Academia Cotopaxi, Quito, Ecuador

Sarah P’s comments:  Quito is a nice city in a beautiful country however recent inflation has made living there more expensive.  This school will recruit directly as well as through the traditional agencies and hiring fairs however make sure to read the reviews on International School Reviews as well as the employment FAQs on their well-organized website.

 

Requirements:

  • Proficient use of English, Spanish a plus
  • Proven experience administrating library in schools preferred.
  • At least 3 years experience working with children ages 5 -17.
  • Advanced Library Media Sciences degree preferred.
  • Innovative, creative, and flexible personality.

 

To apply for a specific position, interested candidates should email detailed resume, photo, copies of diplomas/certification, and minimum 3 current references (with email and phone) to: myHR@cotopaxi.k12.ec

All applications are reviewed but we are unable to respond to the hundreds of applications we receive annually. Candidates whose profile matches our needs will be contacted directly.

 

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Job: Reference Librarian

11/18/15 –  Reference Librarian
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

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

 

Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more.  Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarians to join our team. Apply now for the chance to have the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and resources;
• Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;
• Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;
• Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);
• Supervise student assistants;
• Develop training materials for reference;
• Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;
• Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;
• Develop new methods of reference service using western technology and library experience;
• Develop the reference collection in print and electronic formats;
• Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;
• Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
• Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Business trips: Possible.

Minimum Educational Requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds; however, applicants with an undergraduate degree in the Sciences or Engineering will be given preference.

Desired professional experience: Relevant experience in a Western academic library; instructional experience.

Desired professional knowledge and personal qualities:
• Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
• Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;
• Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;
• Teaching or supervisory experience;
• Ability to work flexibly in a team, or independently;
• Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.
Computer skills:
• Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;
• Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogues;
• Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled
Please send, in English, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova
(asarsembinova@nu.edu.kz) as soon as possible.

 

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Job: Communications Manager

11/17/15 – Communications Manager (External Relations/Media)
EIFL – Electronic Information for Libraries, Vilnius, Lithuania

Sarah P’s comments:  If you have the necessary public relations skills this is a fairly new and upcoming non-profit based in Europe.  EIFL works with libraries worldwide to enable access to digital information for people in developing and transition countries.

 

Position Summary: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), a dynamic, growing international not-for-profit organization, is seeking a creative, experienced communications professional to develop and implement the organization’s long-term strategic communication plans. This is a consultancy position, full-time, with a minimum duration of one year. The position is a work from home role. Preference will go to candidates in Vilnius, Lithuania, or London, UK, where other relevant EIFL staff are located.

EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) works with libraries to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Our vision is a world in which all people have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead strategic communications planning and positioning for the organization as a whole, that includes, but is not limited to, communication goal setting and measurement metrics, earned media, social media, message and materials development, conferences and events.
  • Implement the organization’s communications activities, which include ongoing earned and social media outreach, managing the organization’s website update process, maintaining and updating a set of core communication materials for the organization.
  • Work in close collaboration with team members who oversee EIFL programmes and initiatives to ensure their communications interests and needs are incorporated into communications plans.
  • Transform raw content provided by programme staff into multi-media communications tools.
  • Develop and implement a plan to leverage organizational leadership to raise the organization’s profile among global-and country-level opinion leaders, policy makers, and donors.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media contacts in order to achieve the organization’s communication objectives.
  • Prepare organizational leadership and other designated spokespersons for media and public speaking opportunities.
  • Identify communications opportunities and challenges and determine how they should be addressed by the organization.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate studies in a communications field or related area a plus.
  • 8+ years of experience in communications/public relations (international advocacy, development sector, or philanthropy experience a plus).
  • Proven understanding on how traditional, digital, and social media engagement tactics work in concert for effective advocacy and fund-raising.
  • Previous experience working with international media.
  • Native speaker of English, with high proficiency in written English.
  • Experience in conceptualizing and developing materials in different formats including video, photographs, and print. This includes digital video and audio editing, and layout and design skills.
  • Experience using digital channels (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) to raise the profile of an organization with media, policymakers, and other influencers.
  • Knowledge of library field is a plus.
  • Excellent time-management and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to travel is a requirement.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their resume, a listing of relevant work, and a cover letter (including salary expectations) to jobs@eifl.net with the subject line “Communications Manager” by 9 December 2015.

 

 

 

 

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