Monthly Archives: July 2016

Job: Executive Director

7.28.16 – Executive Director
National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS)
Port of Spain, Trinidad/Tobago

Sarah P’s comments:  A very rare public library position…

The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the strategic and operational activities of the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) Trinidad and Tobago, in accordance with governmental policies and strategic direction, determined by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is the liaison between the Board and management of the organisation, leading in the development and execution of NALIS’ goals and objectives.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Formulates and develops the organisational strategy (strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Monitors and implements the strategic imperatives of the organisation, proposing solutions for system wide matters needing attention
  • Monitors all library services and participates in the development and implementation of professional standards across the NALIS network of Libraries
  • Ensures adherence and compliance with all legislative requirements in the work environment.
  • Provides information and advice to the line Minister and the Board on matters pertaining to the national library and information services and matters of literacy
  • Leads and oversees the development and implementation of the organisation’s action plans in accordance with its strategy
  • Ensures that the organisation’s Human Resource is managed according to approved policies and procedures and fully conforms to respective laws and regulations
  • Ensures that the Financial Resources of the organisation are utilized in accordance with the required financial regulations and allocations

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND ATTITUDES

 EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Policy formulation and development
  • Strategic Planning and Management

CONSIDERABLE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Library development standards and quality assurance
  • Information Communication Technologies and their applications in library networks
  • Current library principles and practices, professional library policies, library rules and regulations

ABILITY TO:

  • Lead and manage a diverse group of workers within the organisation
  • Work effectively to prioritize and multitask within tight deadlines and respond to changing demands
  • Work outside of normal working hours on a regular basis
  • Establish positive working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public locally, regionally and internationally

SKILLS IN:

  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving/ Analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Human Relations and Communication

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty and integrity in personal and professional relationships
  • Tact and Diplomacy
  • Maintains poise and emotional stability in the full range of professional activities
  • Responds well when faced with unexpected/disturbing situations
  • Remains open to ideas, suggestions in the face of criticisms

ATTITUDES:

  • Must be a transformational leader with strong strategic critical thinking skills, with the ability to transfer enthusiasm to forge a dynamic team
  • Remains positive and focused with an emphasis on a can do, hands on approach and philosophy

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

Essential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science or any other recognised qualification in Library and Information Science
  • A minimum of five (5) years managerial experience in Library and Information services, including three (3) in a senior management position
  • A Post Graduate qualification in management or a related field will be an asset

For consideration, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, together with names and addresses of two (2) references should be submitted by August 25, 2016 to:

Chairman, Board of NALIS

National Library and Information System Authority

National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, Hart and Abercromby Streets,

Port of Spain,

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

Any qualification from a non-regional institution must be accompanied by certification from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).


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Conference: The ALA Library Conference at the Sharjah International Book Fair

7.27.16 –  The ALA Library Conference at the Sharjah International Book Fair
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

(Taken from the American Libraries article by Patricia Wand, 7.14.16)

Plans are under way for the third American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference at the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), to be held November 8–10, 2016, at the Expo Center in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The conference will offer programs, in-depth preconference institutes, and a poster session on a wide range of topics for librarians from academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.

The roster of keynote speakers includes ALA President Julie B. Todaro, who will focus on “The Expert in the Library,” and Center for the Future of Libraries Director Miguel Figueroa, who will discuss societal trends and managing change in libraries.

But what happens when you transplant an ALA conference into an Arabic country? The answer: Conversations about reading, technology, children’s services, faculty research, user services, and library architecture become enriched by multinational perspectives. Diverse, lively exchanges are the best way to describe the ambiance of this event.

SIBF is emerging as the largest book fair in the Gulf. Sharjah Book Authority Chairman Ahmed Al Ameri is eager to provide professional development opportunities to library workers in the region and raise the visibility of libraries. He rightfully envisions the event as an innovative complement to the ever-growing book fair. “Our ongoing collaboration with ALA is helping us in our efforts to be an international leader among regional book fairs and allows us to promote our shared commitment to the love of the written word and its creation,” Al Ameri said in his welcome to conference attendees.

Registration is now open for the 2016 ALA Conference in Sharjah, and there is still time to submit a proposal for a poster session (the deadline is September 22). If you go, be sure to take advantage of the Librarians’ Lounge, a relaxing space to meet colleagues, hold small meetings, and take a break. ALA members will need their ALA ID numbers to register and get the member discount. If you are not an ALA member, email Delin Guerra at dguerra@ala.org to get a special number. Include your first name, last name, email address, and street address in the email.

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Internship: Info Systems & Communication

7.26.16 – Information Systems & Communication Internship
ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), United Nations, Bangkok, Thailand

Posting Period: 1 August 2016-31 January 2017
Job Opening number: 16-IST-ESCAP-62128-P-BANGKOK

To apply: A complete online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. To complete an online application, please create and complete a personal history profile (PHP) and a cover letter in the UN e-Recruitment system (careers.un.org).

Please ensure that you indicate your proficiency in the English language in your PHP.

Please note that incomplete applications with not be reviewed.

The cover note should include

  • Title of the degree currently being pursued by the applicant and the specific subjects taken;
  • Expected graduation date from the degree programme that the applicant is enrolled in;
  • List the IT skills and software programmes that you are proficient in;
  • Explain how an internship with the Office of Information and Communications Technology in the United Nations fits within your career plans and why you would be the best candidate for this team.

Please note that due to high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

In your Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences (if any), education, skills, languages and three references

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This internship is located with the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), Department of Management (DM). The internship is UNPAID and full-time (five days per week for 35 hours), for a minimum duration of two (2) months and can be extended up to six (6) months. Interns will work under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

Responsibilities

The intern will provide support to HR-IT Office of Information and Communication Technology’s strategic and/or operational programmes. Examples of duties to be performed may include the following

  • Support towards the various stages of systems development using information technology project management methodology, to include for example design, development, installation, systems analysis, programming and operations support;
  • Participate in training activities, including the preparation of training material and user documentation, and compilation of relevant information;
  • Support towards strengthened business relationships to include coordination of responses to client requirements and the delivery of HR-IT Office of Information and Communication Technology services and solutions;
  • Provide support towards ensuring adoption of HR-IT Office of Information and Communication Technology initiatives, to include the development of communications and marketing materials, using design, publishing and/or video production software;
  • Attend and support the preparation of meetings, conferences, workshops and other events;
  • Support the activities of HR-IT Office of Information and Communication Technology as needed as deemed necessary by their supervisor
  • Modify and update manual of operations containing specific and relevant written procedures, policies and forms to meet quality standard requirements.
  • Assist on the assignment to develop and maintain methodologies for project and resource reviews during projects or when they complete.
  • Compile feedback on resource performance on a project and store for future reference.
  • Additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work team.

NOTE: The intern will have an opportunity to gain practical knowledge and understanding in the project and resources planning, implementation, and operation of United Nations global support centre, and the application of the new United Nations Talent Management System built on a modern ERP platform (PeopleSoft).

Competencies

Communication

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Teamwork

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

Technological Awareness: -Keeps abreast of available technology

  • Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office
  • Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks
  • Shows willingness to learn new technology

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements

  • be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
  • be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
  • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
  • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views;
  • Have demonstrated intention to study further or work in a field relevant to the work of Information and Communications Technology, Information Management, Project Management, Business Management, Marketing, Communications and/or Library Science;
  • Be computer literate in standard software applications;
  • Be familiar with cutting-edge technology and tools and/or have experience with social networking and collaboration platforms;

Work Experience

  • Applicants are not required to have professional work experience for participation in the programme.

Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
  • For this position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

Assessment

Applicants are encouraged to clearly indicate their areas of interests and highlight their specific skills and/or experience in their cover note. They are asked to do so carefully in order to enhance the value of the internship for both themselves and the receiving UN department.

Potential candidates may be contacted by the hiring manager for further consideration.

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Job: Liaison Librarian

7.25.16 –  Liaison Librarian
Monash University, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

Sarah P’s comments:   This is a repeat ad from April of this year. Monash U. is a branch of  this Australian University with eight campuses: six in Australia, one in Malaysia, one in South Africa, and a centre in Prato, Italy.  They appear to be growing and posted two positions in 2015 however I recommend reading the Glassdoor Reviews before deciding to apply.  Note the closing date of 8.15.16 which is is a short listing period.

 

Monash University is Australia’s largest university, with five local campuses throughout Victoria, as well as two international campuses – Malaysia and South Africa – and international centres in the People’s Republic of China, Italy and India. A unique alliance with the University of Warwick (UK) sits alongside an array of international collaborations with leading universities and corporations around the world, expanding the University’s global network.

Monash University Malaysia provides a distinctive international experience, with excellence in teaching and research. It engages with Malaysian and regional societies to improve the human condition. The campus is a dynamic community of scholars comprising staff and students, supported by collegial processes and comprehensive first-class infrastructure, and aspiring to intellectual achievement of the highest order. It continues to grow rapidly, and currently has more than 6,400 students and 770 staff.

Monash Malaysia is a registered private higher education institution in Malaysia. It employs all staff of the campus, and consequently line management is via the campus President and Pro Vice-Chancellor, who is also Chief Executive of the campus company.

For further information see: www.monash.edu.my.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced candidate for the position of Liaison Librarian to join the Library and Learning Commons Unit. The successful applicant is responsible for providing a comprehensive information service, developing library collections to meet the needs of their assigned Schools and collaboratively developing and delivering embedded information literacy and learning skills programs and activities. Liaison librarians have subject responsibilities for a number of areas and this involves, among other duties, liaising and working with academic staff to maximise their engagement with the Library.

Your application must address the selection criteria. 

The Benefits

The appointment will be under Malaysian benefits, terms and conditions.

Position Description

Download File PD – Liaison Librarian

Enquiries and Applications

For general enquiries, please refer to FAQ.

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

Closing Date:  August 15 2016

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News: My Traveling Adventure…

7.23.16 –

Dear Readers,

For the next three week I will be posting only sporadically because I leave tomorrow to help setup a small school library in a new international school in North Africa.  I will be sharing the story as well as photos as I go however, as I will be working long hours plus dealing with possible connectivity issues, I will probably group my job posts.  Actually, this is a good time for me to go because summer is a quiet time in the international job arena.

So, while you might not yet find an interesting job post, maybe you will find encouragement in following this story…

Safe travels all, Sarah P.

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Volunteer: Retired/Experience Librarians

7.23.16 –  Retired/Experienced Volunteer Librarians
International Professors Project, New York, USA (Virtual)

Sarah P’s comments: A chance to become involved with international work without leaving home and part-time as well for anyone who is working.

1. 3 Librarians needed to identify, organize and curate Open Educational Resources for an online global university currently being established for populations in developing countries. Experienced retired librarians are most welcome to apply. Please be available for 6-8 hours a week with a minimum 6 month commitment.

Our all volunteer group enjoys some Google backing.

2. 2 Librarians wanted for helping us design and develop a networked organization, beginning with integrating in house activities with our growing reliance upon social media activities to serve professors, students, university deopertments, NGO and nonprofit organizations, mainly within the developing world.

Retired librarians are warmly welcomed to share their expertise, imaginations and experience with our all volunteer-driven group,which sports some Google backing.

 

The International Professors Project ( IPP ) is a global network of professors assisting emerging nations, especially in higher education. We accomplish this as academic citizens of the world, on university campuses around the globe, and also remotely via email, Google+, Skype, LinkedIn, etc.

Academic professionals and students now are part of IPP’s development .

IPP is an innovation, inspired in large part by current trends towards globalization.It uses interconnections , conultations, promotions and recruiting to fulfill its mission.

We are a technologically-oriented, hybrid academic organization, working to meet the higher education faculty and libarian needs around the world. Google has for years been generous, with a grant, a gift, volunteers, and free tools.

Helping less developed countries improve domestic educational opportunities, especially by assisting professors, is how we spend much of our volunteer time.

Spreading partly by our dedicated networking diffusion, with each participating professors group, individual academic, and university department making its own cultural, social, ideological, and technological contributions.

International Professors was also founded to create and maintain a new institutional pathway towards an appropriate and ‘developing-world-sensitive’ internationalization of higher education.

We also work to engage and volunteer for universities and professors less attached to locale, such as transnational and expatriate professors, and those academics who identify themselves as international professors.

We serve developing world professors, students, NGOs and universities

The International Professors Project is a U.S. not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

 

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Job: Reference Librarian

7.22.16 –  Reference Librarian
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an advert posted for librarians in 2011.  From what I hear the pay is low as compared to what faculty receive but it is an opportunity to gain international work experience helping to develop an academic library.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews which I would definitely read before deciding to apply:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)

 

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);
• 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 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).
• Publications in local or international journals/conference proceedings
• Mentoring of local staff

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.

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

Required 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;

Preferred:
• 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.

Application Deadline: 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)
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

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