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.
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.
Please submit application form via email to; 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  Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  The University Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at
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. 

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


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