Monthly Archives: May 2016

Job: Info about Becoming a MEDLINE Indexer

5.30.16 – Becoming an Indexer for MEDLINE

Sarah P’s comments:  I was recently contacted by a qualified Health Sciences librarian (with a biomedical degree as well as MLIS) who is searching for a virtual position because there are no local opps in her area.  I have a friend who worked for the NLM (USA) as an indexer and I also happen to be taking a course in Health Sciences myself.  This week’s homework included learning how to use PubMed so I also looked into how to become a virtual indexer for them.

While this is mainly a USA opportunity, it is important to note that “citizenship is not mandatory for contractors” and that “about 1% of MEDLINE indexing is performed by indexers at the International MEDLARS Centers in Sweden and Brazil”.

Here is some information from their Frequently Asked Questions Page:

Who are the indexers, and what are their qualifications?

Most MEDLINE indexers are either Federal employees or employees of firms that have contracts with NLM for biomedical indexing. A prospective indexer must have no less than a bachelor’s degree in a biomedical science. A reading knowledge of certain modern foreign languages is typically sought. An increasing number of recent recruits hold advanced degrees in biomedical sciences. Federal employees must be United States citizens, but citizenship is not mandatory for contractors.

Indexers are trained in principles of MEDLINE indexing, using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) controlled vocabulary as part of individualized training. The initial part of the training is based on an online training module (partially available to the public at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/indexing/index.html), followed by a period of practice indexing. NLM does not accept other indexing training programs as a substitute.

About 1% of MEDLINE indexing is performed by indexers at the International MEDLARS Centers in Sweden and Brazil.


How can I become an indexer?

Indexing vacancies at the National Library of Medicine are filled competitively. Any such vacancy is listed on NLM’s Web site. Indexers generally are classified as Technical Information Specialists, in the GS-1412 job series. The normal career ladder goes from GS-9 to GS-12.

For information about applying for work as an indexer with NLM’s contractors, please contact the Index Section for a listing of all firms with a current indexing contract.


I’ve heard that I can do indexing work at home. How do I apply for this type of position?

Contract indexers work from their homes once their training has been completed. Indexers who are Federal employees may qualify to telework for two or three days each week under the NIH Telework Program. See the preceding paragraph for information on applying for either type of indexing position.


How can I apply for a job as an abstract writer for MEDLINE?

No original abstracts are created for MEDLINE. Author abstracts in English published in a journal are input for MEDLINE.


How can I apply for a job as a translator with the Index Section?

Although journals from many languages are represented in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine does not translate the articles. Indexers who perform subject analysis of the articles typically have a reading knowledge of scientific terminology in one or more foreign languages. They read and comprehend the articles, but they do not need to translate them in order to index them.

 

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Conference: Library 2.016 Virtual Worldwide Conference

9/30/15 –  Conference: Library 2.016: Library as Classroom

Sarah P’s comments: When I began my  international career in 1996 there were no organizations like this (the internet was in its infancy).  It’s really great to see the library schools promoting more international cooperation and reaching across borders.  I truly believe, having lived overseas for so long, that librarians are the diplomats of democracy and that the work of open information sharing is important for the development and equality of all.

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: “Library as Classroom,” is coming up soon! Register now to join us on June 15th, 2016, from 12:00 – 3:00pm US-Pacific Time (click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. There will be an hour-long opening keynote panel, three half-hour blocks with multiple choices of practitioner presentations, and then a half-hour closing keynote (see below).

In A New Culture of Learning, authors Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write, “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” This could and should define our services for now and in the future. The library as creative classroom means we approach the learning opportunities we create with thought, user-directed planning, and insights from research. This classroom may include physical spaces for instruction and discovery as well as online, multiscale platforms aimed at social learning and participation.

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. These include: play, collaborative exploration of ideas and technologies, and other innovations. There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms. These feature community learning spaces to help learners achieve, game-focused initiatives that make the library a laboratory for exploration, creation zones with requisite digital and 3-D hardware for building things, and potentially endless opportunities to connect virtually with people worldwide.

The library as classroom requires inspired and insightful management that can do those things and more. The library as classroom also requires well-trained, user-focused staff who understand how people of all ages can learn socially. Art programs, DIY tinkering, locally sourced expert forums, and LOOCs (local open online courses) are all part of this ­curriculum.

This is a free event, being held online. Please register HERE to attend live or to receive the recording links.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2016 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
We are still accepting proposals for a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. http://www.library20.com/page/call-for-proposals.

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Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Elana Grayson

5.27.16 –  Here is news about one of the panelists participating in the upcoming Leaning Internatonal IRRT Program which is part of ALA 2016 . We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

 

View photo in messageElana Grayson just completed her first year as the Middle School Librarian at Korea International School, Jeju Campus, a for-profit Nursery-12 American-style school on Jeju Island, South Korea. She currently provides services to just over 200, mostly Korean, middle school students and 40 international faculty. Previously, she was the only Librarian at The British International School of New York, a Nursery-8 for-profit independent International Baccalaureate school in Manhattan. She holds a Master in Library and Information Science degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.

 

I have always wanted to live and work abroad and recall making a list in high school of all the cities in which I hoped to live. During one of my library student teaching experiences, the Librarian told me about a friend of hers who worked in a DODEA library and I was hooked on the idea of international librarianship. I was lucky enough to land a US based international school job as my first full time position, which allowed me to put both international and IB experience on my resume.

 

After consulting with a few coworkers, I opted to sign up with Search Associates for my international job search. Overall, I was pleased with their system and will use them again for my next job hunt. However, I did not attend any Search fairs because they assigned me to one that had no library openings. Instead, I went to the Queen’s University fair where I was offered two positions, neither of which I took because I was offered my current position via Skype that same weekend.

 

I ended up in a place I’d never heard of in a country I never considered with no regrets. I love living abroad and have no plans to return to the US anytime soon. It finally feels like I’ve found my people. They understand the perpetual need to wander and all say they left previous positions “because it was time to move on.” They get it. I would recommend this experience to everyone though not every location fits every person. I have learned that while escaping from a city lifestyle is relaxing, there needs to be a certain amount of urban excitement for me to feel whole. But that is OK and I can’t wait to see where this career takes me next…

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Job: Reference Librarian (Remote)

6.20.16 – Update: position re-posted…not sure what is happening with this but the link is working now…

5.29.16 – Update: Position Removed & also not found on Argosy site either…???

5.27.16 –  Reference Librarian (Remote)
Argosy University, Chicago, IL, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  I haven’t seen a virtual position listed before for this university. See the reviews for further information:
Glassdoor Employment Reviews
Student Reviews

 

This position can be campus based or remote. The Reference Librarian is responsible for providing reference, research and information literacy instruction to the campus community, using library materials in all formats. Will assist faculty, students and staff in development of research skills as well as teach patrons how to use the Library’s integrated catalog. Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion – is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements

  • Provide reference and assist all patrons with development of research skills.
  • Create, write and update library publications, such as manuals, guides, bookmarks, bibliographies, subject guides and other information literacy/library promotional materials.
  • Supervise any ILL services offered and contribute content to library web site.
  • Serve as coordinator for collection development. Assist Director of Library in campus community outreach activities, ensuring that library collections meet user needs.
  • Acquire new materials in all formats consistent with overall institutional strategic goals, the library’s collection development policy, and annual budget allocations.
  • Review existing collections for continued curriculum relevance.
  • Oversee repair and maintenance of library AV equipment as well as supervise processing, repair, binding of library materials, in cooperation with Technical Services Librarian.
  • Assist Director of Library in strategic planning and preparation of the annual library budget.
  • Oversee student workers in shelving and inventory of library materials and schedule their work hours to assist in coverage of the circulation desk.
  • Develop, maintain library operations manual. Attend meetings and workshops, and seek additional opportunities for professional development. Other Duties as assigned.

Reports To:
Director of Library

Directly Supervises:
Student Workers (No.# of Direct Reports varies by campus)

Interacts With:
Technical Services Librarian, faculty, students, and staff

Job Requirements

Knowledge:

  • Master’s Degree in Library, Information Science, or related from an ALA accredited school.
  • At least 3 to 5 years experience working in a library in a post-secondary institution.
  • Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the industry.
  • Knowledge of subjects usually taught at a post-secondary institution
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, OCLC, MARC records and current technologies

Skills:

  • Fiscal and personnel management expertise.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both peer and subordinate personnel.
  • Superior organizational skills

Abilities:

  • Work effectively a team member to insure that departmental goals are met.
  • Ability to work well within the principles and practices of collection development.
  • Ability to teach information literacy skills
  • Comfort level with expanding and contracting sphere of influence as required at times by the role.
  • Ability to frequently lift 10 to 15 pounds.

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Job: Digital Archive Assistant

5.27.16 –  Digital Archive Assistant
National Theatre, London, UK

Sarah P’s comments:  This looks like a fab opportunity although I believe it is only for EU passport holders (bummer).  Note the quick deadline.

 

The NT are seeking an individual with extensive experience in digital media or digital archiving to join us in an exciting role within a busy, innovative Archive requiring high digital literacy and knowledge of digital asset management systems.

The Digital Archive Assistant will support the work of the Archivist in managing digital archive material; digitise outstanding items in the National Theatre’s production photography collection and to add these digitised images to the archive catalogue. Transferring the photographs, platforms and films among other items covering formats such as DAT, DV tapes, CDs and DVDs to digital format will give this collection increased flexibility and allow us to use it for display, online features, interactive tools, publications, documentaries and exhibitions.

Appointment Procedure
Please note that applications can only be considered if they are submitted through the National’s Online Recruitment System, and returned by the closing date.

The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is: 12:00 Tuesday 31 May 2016

The anticipated date of first interviews is: Week Commencing 06 June 2016

For any queries, please contact the HR Department by emailing: jobs@nationaltheatre.org.uk

The National Theatre is committed to being an equal opportunities employer

Hours: 35 per week, although additional hours may be nece

Contract Type: Temporary – Full Time

Department: Other

Pay Range: £23,600 per annum paid monthly on the 15 of each month

Closing Date: 12pm, Tuesday 31 May 2016

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Job: Assistant Librarian

5.23.16 –  Assistant Librarian II
Pao Yue-Kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Sarah P’s comments: A re-posting of a position listed in January and again in April of this year. This is a time when, if you have most of the qualifications, you should apply. For example, if you are an experienced academic librarian but don’t speak Chinese. Stress you are willing to learn and are flexible, adaptable, and for Asia, a hard-worker!

HKPU is a well-established institution with a ranking of 5th in Hong Kong and 27th in Asia (QS, 2015). A ‘polytechnic’ university is equivalent to the American technical schools who “combine active classroom learning with in-the-field experiences and unite the arts and humanities with science and technology in ways that provide students with the skills that employers value”.

FYI: Hong Kong continues to offer a growing number of opportunities although with the slowing growth of China’s economy, it will be interesting to see if this trend slows as well. Last year I posted 10 opportunities in Hong Kong and 21 in Asia.

 

Assistant Librarian / Assistant Librarian II
Reporting to Section Head (User Experience and Outreach), the appointee will assist in developing an excellent user experience across all Library’s e-learning support services and social media channels.
The appointee will be required to:
a) collaborate with Library staff and various stakeholders in the University to create interactive contents, instruction videos, storyboards and innovative services to enhance Library’s e-learning support services;
b) actively engage in the academic and student communities to gauge their needs and collect feedbacks on Library’s e-learning support services;
c) develop partnership with the faculties to facilitate the embedment of Library e-learning support services into subject curricula and the University’s learning management systems;
d) manage and promote the Library’s social media channels;
e) provide reference services at the Research Help Desk of the Library;
f) perform shift duties; and
g) perform any other duties as assigned by the University Librarian or her delegates.
Qualifications
Applicants should:
a) have a recognised degree with postgraduate qualification in Library Science or Information Science (having advanced qualifications would be an advantage);
b) have substantial years of post-qualification experience in information work in an academic library setting;
c) have considerable online pedagogy experience;
d) have demonstrated the ability to use teaching technologies effectively, including learning management systems and massive open online courses;
e) have excellent interpersonal, presentation and organizational skills;
f) be able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English and Chinese;
g) be creative, user-focused, self-initiated and a good team player.
Candidates with less experience may be considered for the post of Assistant Librarian II. [Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement on 16 January 2016 need not re-apply.]
Remuneration and Conditions of Service
A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.
Application
Please submit application form via email to hrstaff@polyu.edu.hk; by fax at (852) 2764 3374; or by mail to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.  If you would like to provide separate curriculum vitae, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process.  Application forms can be obtained via the above channels or downloaded from http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/job/en/guide_forms/forms.php.  Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  The University Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/job/en/guide_forms/pics.php.
THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is the largest government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong in terms of student headcount. It comprises a family of over 31,000 students and 3,500 staff members. Committed to academic excellence in a professional context, PolyU is a world-class university with an emphasis on the application value of its programmes and research. 

THE PAO YUE-KONG LIBRARY
With library holdings of over 5 million items, the Pao Yue-kong Library is the most accessed academic library in Hong Kong. In addition to its extensive collection, over 130 Library staff provide a wide range of services and facilities to support students and staff with their learning, teaching and research needs. For more information, please access the Library’s Homepage at www.lib.polyu.edu.hk.

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Job: Associate Librarian

5.22.16 – Associate Librarian – Education, Research & Clinical Support
RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons) Dublin, Ireland

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a one-year position for anyone with a health sciences background to gain some international experience with a reputable institution.  Thanks to Library Director, Kate Kelly for sharing this position.

Please note the deadline is this Wednesday, 5/25/15.

5.23/16 update:  Kate Kelly verified this opportunity is open only to  EU passport holders.

 

The Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support is a member of the library management team which has collective responsibility for all library services. The Associate Librarian Education, Research & Clinical Support is responsible for developing and delivering strategy, policy and programming within three key areas of activity namely: teaching & learning, research support and clinical library services.

Specific Responsibilities include:
 Working collaboratively with the Director of Library Services, the Associate Librarian Library Services (ALLS) and LRC Manager RCSI Bahrain to ensure library services and resources are aligned with, and support RCSI strategy.
 Leading and developing one of two new teams & engendering a creative, supportive, and innovative team culture.
 Articulating the vision, scope and scale of services for: Academic liaison and curriculum support; Research support and Clinical Library Services.
 Managing & directing the work of the three team members: Scholarly Communications & Research Support Officer; Teaching & Learning Librarian; Clinical Librarian (based in Beaumont Hospital)
 Taking a hands on approach to design, development and support of relevant team activities.
 Maintaining & sharing knowledge and experience of emerging technologies & practices used to support the provision of innovative, high quality library support for research, learning teaching and clinical activities.
 Management and administrative responsibility for the planning, delivery, monitoring, evaluation and development of these three support services to RCSI.
 Working with the Associate Librarian Service Delivery to establish and ensure cross-team communications and working relationships at all times and to raise awareness of the Library’s expertise and services to support the teaching, learning, clinical and research activities of RCS
 Promoting a work culture than enables individuals and teams to perform enthusiastically and consistently at high level.
 Building and maintaining strong strategic & working relationships with stakeholders and key support departments at the appropriate level within RCSI and building strong working relationships within the library
 Performing other duties and leading projects as requested in response to specific opportunities and needs and representing the Library at meetings and on committees as appropriate with delegated authority from the Director Library Services
 Complying with statutory legislation and rules and requirements in furtherance of your own and general staff welfare and safety
 Undergoing programmes of training and development relevant to the role and as may be required from time to time.
 Representing the best interests of RCSI at all times.

Person Specification:
 Post-graduate qualification in library or information science or equivalent
 Evidence of commitment to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) ;     membership of LAI (Library Association of Ireland) or equivalent highly desirable
 5 years’ minimum experience of planning & managing delivery of library services, including staff management
 Significant knowledge of library support services in either research OR curriculum domains.
 Academic health sciences library background highly desirable
 Self-motivated & self-directed, team player with strong service ethic & commitment, energetic and resilient
 Strong interpersonal, communication, leadership, project management and organisational skills

The Process:
Interview and presentation
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview and a panel-based presentation at our main campus at RCSI Dublin.

Particulars of Post
This post is a one year appointment at sub-librarian grade. The appointee reports to the Director of Library Services.

Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries are invited in the first instance through Mags Browne, Human Resources Department on +353 (1) 4022528 (email: Mags Browne).

Specific enquiries about the nature of the post can be addressed directly to Kate Kelly, Chief Librarian on +353 (0)1 402 2412 (email: Kate Kelly).

 

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