Job: Director of Library

5.20.16 –  Director of Library
American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Kabul

Sarah P’s comments:  I have seen this position listed before but not for several years.  Here is some info:

Wikipedia article
Glassdoor article
Living in Kabul: Advice for Expats  (a bit dated but still relevant)

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is a private, non-profit university offering an American-style liberal arts education.  We opened our doors in 2005 and currently offer 4 undergraduate academic majors and a MBA program.  We follow a strict non-discriminatory policy, and applicants from all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are a young, dynamic university with a student population of above 1000 students. Construction has recently begun on a new 75 acre international campus.

AUAF is seeking a qualified candidate for the position “Director of Library” to begin in July 2016.

The Director of the Library has overall responsibility for collections, services, and facilities, and provides the leadership and direction for all professional staff, support staff, and student assistants in the university library.  Specific duties include collection development, cataloging, and provision of reference services, as well as the establishment, organization and maintenance of AUAF instructional materials in the library and textbook store.  The Director of the Library has primary responsibility for building the vision and plans for the Library, the management of collections funds and operating budgets; library public relations; staff selection, supervision and development; and facilities planning for library services for AUAF.  The Director of the Library participates actively in the organizational support of AUAF programs and services, and is included in the AUAF administrative staff meetings; s/he fosters and maintains strong ties with the faculty as well as with administration. The Director of the Library also promotes responsive, high quality services for the entire university community.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Lead the Library in developing high quality, state-of-the-art, innovative services and collections to support the current and future academic needs of faculty and students
  • Develop library policies including those for acquisitions, collection development, staffing, circulation, reference services, and other library operations
  • Collection development and management including acquisition of new print materials, based on reviews of the literature and recommendations of faculty and suppliers
  • Review and select electronic resources for the library, including acquisition of databases
  • Design, implement and supervise the system and procedures for processing, cataloguing and indexing of documents, books, and other print and electronic materials
  • Provide loan and reference/research services to faculty, staff and students, including bibliographic instruction regarding use of library facilities and research tools
  • Develop links with other libraries or similar institutions that are beneficial to AUAF, including serving as the representative for the AMICAL consortium of American University libraries
  • Supervise the work of library staff, student assistants and/or volunteers
  • Devise budgets for the library including costs of materials acquisition and general operations
  • Coordinate with faculty for textbook ordering; supervise textbook procurement, inventory management, and distribution/return; explore options for electronic textbooks and Open Educational Resources
  • Maintain and monitor inventory control and follow-up on missing materials
  • Other duties as assigned
  • May teach a course as part of the contract
  • Conducting self in a professional and ethical manner at all times and not entering into any activities that may adversely affect the image of AUAF or any part thereof


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited school (ALA preferred, but not required)
  • Extensive knowledge of information sources and content systems, including relevant databases, internet services and library services. Ability to use automated information systems as applicable to libraries.
  • Experience with electronic instructional software, preferably in a university environment.
  • Experience teaching information literacy and online courses.
  • Excellent analytical, project management, budget and organizational skills.
  • Experience in providing reference and research assistance.
  • Experience with information technologies and their applications in a library setting.
  • Good communication and public relation skills.
  • Experience living in non-western countries, preferably in a post-conflict environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes.
  • Excellent computer skills to include Microsoft Office applications and internet software.
  • Fluent oral and excellent written English. Experience in Dari and/or Pashtu is an advantage.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The American University of Afghanistan offers a generous package that includes a competitive salary, air transportation, university-provided accommodation, and paid health care insurance for expatriate hires.  This is an unprecedented opportunity to work at a young American University in an emerging and rapidly changing society.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Please include “Director of Library” in the subject line of the email.


Rebecca L. Miller, MA, MLS, PhD

Library Director

Bernice Nachman Marlowe Library

American University of Afghanistan

P.O. Box #458

Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone:  +93 (0) 799 45 50 28


Web: / (catalog)



Internship: Web Content Correspondent

5.19.16 – Web Content Correspondent Traineeship
Cedeforp, Thessaloniki, Greece

Sarah P’s comments:  This sounds interesting…

Would you like to gain professional experience in an international

Cedefop, the EU Agency based in Thessaloniki, Greece, offers the following
9-month traineeship starting on 1 October 2016:

Project description:
– Assistance in generating content for Cedefop’s webportal and social media.
– Database development, maintenance and updates.

– Degree in Web content management, Communication, Library and Information
Studies, or related field
– English at level C1 (Common European Framework of reference for languages)
– IT literacy
– Experience with web communication, database development, html and web

A monthly grant of EUR 600-900 is offered.

To apply, for further information and for alternative traineeship offers go

Candidates are advised to read all information before submitting their online
Deadline for submission: 6 June 2016


Bettina Brenner
Cedefop – Department for Learning and Employability
PO Box 22427, GR-551 02 Thessaloniki
(+30) 23 1049 01 73

Job: Digital Collections Coordinator

5.18.16 – Digital Collections Coordinator
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Sarah P.’s comment: This position was originally posted on in January.  Please note that the closing date for the position is 12.31.16 so if you apply it could be a long wait!

Here are my general notes: Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  Also, with falling oil prices affecting the Saudi budget, make sure you follow the news for updates. If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.


KAUST is an international graduate-level, merit-based research university dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research, acting as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and the world. Our research strives to enhance the welfare of society with a special focus on four areas of global significance – food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, KAUST has attracted top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations represented on campus.

KAUST is seeking a Digital Collections Coordinator to serve as the primary point of contact for creating digital collections at KAUST. S/he works closely with the Library’s Repository Services team and with the Collections Manager and Subject Specialists to provide access to information generated by KAUST’s faculty and student research. The primary responsibilities of this position are to work with Deans, Center Directors, faculty, and students to identify unique materials produced through KAUST research, to develop business proposals to curate and make discoverable these unique materials, and to work with Library staff to implement approved proposals. The Digital Collections Coordinator reports to the Systems and Digital Services Manager.

Key Responsibilities:
• Plan, coordinate, and manage the workflow to acquire, curate, and make available locally created digital content
• Lead, manage, and participate in the planning and implementation of projects in a variety of formats, monitor the timely progress of ongoing projects, and create documentation for project-related activities.
• Assess and report on digital collections use; make recommendations to improve continuously our digital collection services. Benchmark digital collections with peer universities and identify areas for distinction and for strategic development
• Work closely with IT colleagues to ensure our information access systems and workflows are stable, reliable, and are developed in response to community needs and technological changes.
• Work in partnership with the international digital collection community to ensure standards and best practices are developed, followed, and reviewed.
• Perform other duties in multiple operational areas of the Library as necessary

Key Requirements:
• Minimum 3 years’ experience in a library environment providing public access, collection development, or subject expertise
• Experience creating and managing digital collections in a highly collaborative environment
• Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in digital collections, platforms, and products
• Experience with grant writing
• Working knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices, and metadata standards including Dublin Core, MODS, and TEI
• Experience with digital repository systems
• Clear experience creating project proposals, managing cross-organizational project teams, and working with spreadsheets and integrated library systems.
• Demonstrated commitment to public service and experience interacting with a diverse population including faculty, researchers, graduate students, staff, and vendors.
• Excellent English communication skills, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
• Able to work and learn independently and as part of a team to produce results, solve problems, initiate ideas and projects

To apply, visit:

At KAUST, we attract people from all around the world who want to create impact beyond their own achievements. Irrespective of their national origins, the people of KAUST are “people of the world” who uphold our values of achievement, passion, inspiration, citizenship, diversity, integrity, and openness. Located on the beautiful Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, KAUST sets exceptional standards in residences, recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural community environment which can be enjoyed by all, along with ample opportunities and time to keep work and life in harmony. Expats are very well looked after, with packages including tax-free salary, relocation, accommodation and various additional incentives.

Program: International Sharing Opp @ ALA

5.18.16 –  Sharing International Perspectives & Experience…

Sarah P’s comments: Another sharing opportunity for those attending this year’s annual ALA Conference in Orlando. This year’s theme seems to be ‘international’ which I think is both great and long overdue.


Do you have an international program at your library you’d like to discuss? Have you had an opportunity to integrate your library into your campus’ international agenda and you’d like to share your experiences? Are there issues or practices that you’ve found informed by work happening abroad?

If you have something to share with your colleagues on these, or any other internationally related topics, AND you’ll be physically attending ALA Annual in Orlando, please either email me directly or share with the list by Friday, May 20th.  You will be notified by May 25th if your proposal has been accepted.

Friday, June 24th 10 – 11:30am

Location TBA

Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.

Evviva – ACRL IPDG Convener


Evviva Weinraub
Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies
Northwestern University Library
Northwestern University
Phone: 847.467.6178



Job: Technical Lead, Digital Collections

5.16.16 –  Technical Lead, Digital Collections
National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

The National Library of Ireland (NLI) is seeking a talented, self-motivated library technology specialist to lead the development of its digital services infrastructure.

Brief Description of Position:

The NLI’s current digital services infrastructure combines open-source software, vendor-supplied products, and locally-developed middleware and interfaces. Core systems include a Library Management System (VTLS Virtua), discovery and access systems (VuFind and Blacklight), a digital repository system (Fedora Commons/Hydra) which currently manages over 40TB of digitised material.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Collections, the successful candidate will play a key role in designing and developing the NLI’s technical infrastructure to meet the NLI’s core strategic objectives and challenges. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a stimulating, challenging environment, to solve interesting problems, and to greatly enhance public access to the invaluable cultural heritage resources of the NLI.

Principal Tasks:

Provide technical oversight and strategic leadership to develop and enhance the NLI’s digital services infrastructure, including the NLI’s Digital Repository, Library Management System, Online Catalogue, and other core systems
Lead, manage and support a small team of technology specialists.
Provide technical leadership and architectural analysis to expand the NLI’s digital repository to meet new strategic requirements, e.g. the acquisition, management and preservation of born-digital content including archival material, web-harvested content, and e-publications
Ensure the ingest, management and online delivery of digital content generated by the NLI’s existing digitisation programme. Provide technical leadership to expand the NLI’s digital repository to accommodate new digitisation workflows, including mass-digitisation by external agencies
Formalise Digital Preservation policy and workflows, and secure certification of trustworthiness for the NLI’s digital repository, e.g. the Data Seal of Approval, ISO-16363
Represent the NLI in relevant national and international collaborations and partnerships, including collaborations with CONUL, the European Library and various Open Source communities
Work with NLI business areas and external users to determine strategic goals and corresponding technical solutions
Provide technical expertise to the Senior Management team and AKI group to inform strategic and operational planning.

For full details please visit

News: Nepal Library Relief Fund

5.16.15 – A year after the earthquake, Nepal’s libraries are still struggling to rebuild…

The American Library Association is partnering with READ Global (Rural Education and Development) libraries, other NGOs and other government organizations in Nepal to collect monetary donations, which will be sent to continue leading the relief effort. The Nepal Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in Nepal that were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake on April 25, 2015, followed by a series of aftershocks including one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12.

Information on affected libraries in Nepal:

READ Center in Kumari Village, Nuwakot District. – This library is one of the most severely damaged as it was very close to the epicenter and will almost certainly need to be rebuilt. Reconstruction costs are anticipated to be $50k-$75K and possibly higher than that.

Adopt a Library–Become A Sister Library

ALA is encouraging libraries, friends of libraries, and other organizations to adopt a library in Nepal.  There are many public, community, academic, and school libraries that need help.  If you would be interested in adopting a library or becoming a sister library please contact Michael Dowling at

Donate to the Nepal Library Relief Fund

  • Credit card: Please visit the ALA Development Office page (1. click on the GIVEALA logo, 2. Enter your ALA Login number and password or create a new record, 3. Go to “Fund Categories”, 4. Click on “ALA Major Initiatives”, 5. Scroll down to ‘Nepal Library Relief Fund’, 6. Enter amount you wish to donate, 6. If finished, click the ‘Checkout’ box, 7. Review your transaction, 8. Click on “Add to basket”, 9. Click on “Proceed with Checkout”, 10. Enter your credit card information, 11. Click on ‘Complete Order’)
  • Mail: Please print Donation Form (PDF file, 135 KB). Checks should be made out to “American Library Association” with a notation for Nepal and sent to: c/o International Relations Office, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795

Job: Virtual Associate Librarian

5.15.16 –  Associate Librarian (Virtual)
Northcentral University, Prescott Vallet, Arizona, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  I have not previously seen a remote position before from this university.  Reviews are a bit all over the place:

GradReport Reviews (students)
Glassdoor Reports (employees)


NCU is currently seeking a dynamic individual to become part of our Learning Resources team as Associate Librarian.

The Associate Librarian is responsible for providing leadership for the Northcentral University Library. The Associate Librarian works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and the community to ensure the Library engages in activities that fulfill the mission/vision of the Library and University.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct and supervise all functions of the library in support of the university mission
  • Serve as the primary advocate for the library
  • Develop and implement assessment of student learning and continuous improvement programs to measure library effectiveness and make improvements based on the results
  • Supervise staff and foster an environment that encourages the retention of highly qualified staff
  • Provide strategic leadership for the coordination and management of library services and the integration of emerging technologies and trends
  • Oversee strategic planning, department reviews, budgeting, accreditation tasks, resource management, and overall library policy and procedure planning and development
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors vigorously
  • Maintain strong collaborative relationships within the library, department, and university
  • Work closely with all schools to support faculty research and teaching, service, and student learning
  • Incorporate appropriate technologies within the learning philosophy of the university to support its distance education programs
  • Provide creative leadership for design of web pages used by faculty and students
  • Foster an organizational culture based upon respect, service, teamwork, professional growth, and responsibility
  • Collaborate with school leaders to integrate information literacy across the curriculum
  • Ensure that students who are referred to the library are supported fully with respect to their unique growth area(s)
  • Collaborate with other departments/institutions supporting students
  • Coordinate/establish cooperative agreements needed with other institutions/organizations
  • Serve on various committees of the institution and represent the library at professional committees both locally and nationally
  • Seek external support for program initiatives
  • Investigate and implement new ideas and innovations in reference and instruction
  • Help the library to evolve with the changing needs of students and faculty members
  • Publicize library services and resources via various and appropriate means on a regular basis
  • Actively engage in professional development, research, and publication/ presentation of knowledge
  • Fill in for library team members on PTO when another team member with the same skillset is not available
  • Participate in required training, coaching, and other professional development activities that promote high-quality support services
  • Plans and prioritizes work within the scope of responsibility
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning Resources

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skill
  • Ability to establish online rapport and maintain a friendly, helpful, patient attitude and demeanor
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in an online, asynchronous environment
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work to meet goals
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving skills
  • Skill in operating equipment, such as personal computer and phone system
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with aggressive goals and a commitment to educational quality as well as faculty and student success
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds working in various functions

Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library, information studies, or related field
  • Experience managing a traditional or virtual (preferred) academic library
  • Minimum 2 years managerial experience in management, budgeting and administration of online Library services/programs
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of student learning, continuous improvement, accreditation, contract negotiation, and budget management
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies for academic libraries
  • Knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities associated with working with students, faculty members, and other stakeholders in a virtual library
  • Strong record of scholarship, research, and professional service
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to enhance effectiveness and efficiency as part of a continuous improvement initiative

Who We AreNCU was founded with the goal of providing accessible, high-quality, online graduate degrees to working professionals. No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to online learning, which includes weekly course starts and personal one-to-one mentoring from our professionally seasoned, all-doctoral faculty in a class size of one. With no residency requirements, NCU is perfect for the independent, self-motivated student who seeks a world-class education no matter where they live!

Across all of our Schools – the School of Business & Technology Management, School of Education, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences – NCU is committed to helping students achieve academically to become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.

With administrative offices in Prescott Valley and Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Diego, California, as well as students, alumni and faculty in more than 50 countries, NCU is an excellent choice for professionals around the world who share our passion for excellence. We envision growth trends to continue, and eagerly seek highly-credentialed and enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

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