News: The Pavement Bookworm…

11.9.16 – The Pavement Bookworm
posted by Molly Brown on the International Librarians Network

Sarah P’s comments:  The intention of this blog is to share and discuss international and virtual librarian opportunities however, occasionally, when I see a story which reminds me of the importance of libraries everywhere, I post it.  Here is a story I believe well worth sharing…

Philani Dladla’s story is a beautiful homage to the power of books and reading. The young South African first began his love affair with books and reading when he was 12-years old and given The Last White Parliament by Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, by his mother’s employer. Although his ability to read English was almost non-existent, he refused to be discouraged. He read the book slowly, several times, encouraged by his mother’s employer to discover why it was a special book. Shortly after their relationship began, the employer died, but in his will he left Philani 500 collectible books which included classics by Dickens, Bronte and Shakespeare, to name a few. As Philani states in an interview, “I started reading and I couldn’t stop. I spent most of my time indoors with my books, they were my best friends”.

As he grew into a teenager, Philani’s life changed. He fell in with a rough crowd at school and was eventually expelled. He grew depressed and at his mother’s suggestion, moved to Joburg, South Africa in 2008, to try and start fresh. Although life started out well – a new job and a new flat to live in, eventually the temptations of the city caught up with him and he began using drugs. He lost his job and his apartment and found himself living under the Nelson Mandela Bridge, homeless and an addict. The one thing Philani didn’t lose though were his books. To fund his habit, he would stand on the street and sell book reviews to passing motorists and pedestrians. Word spread quickly and people began lining up to get reviews from the newly dubbed “Pavement Bookworm”. A few years after he began selling the reviews, the writer and documentary film-maker Tebogo Malope interviewed Philani and posted the video online. It instantly went viral. More people from all over South Africa, including the media, came to seek him out, and Philani used this opportunity as a “wake up call” to get clean and do something productive with his life and the money he was making from his reviews.

PAVEMENT-BOOKWORM-COVER-fontchoice-webThe first thing he did was start the Book Reader’s Club for underprivileged children in Joubert Park, where he began to teach children, after school, to read. As he says, “it’s a way of thanking books for saving my life…I could have ended up dead on the streets”. He has also written his own book, The Pavement Bookworm, which tells his amazing story and how the influence of books in his life rescued him.

Philani has a website where you can learn more about him, read his reviews and become involved in his mission. Additionally, he provides links to services for those who find themselves in at-risk situations and need help. This young man is truly inspiring and through his struggles and triumphs, he shows us all that the ability to read is not an activity to take for granted. Books fill our lives with richness and meaning, and in Philani’s case were truly life-savers. He took the one thing that meant something to him during his darkest days, and created a beautiful new life for himself and so many others.

What do you think about the Pavement Bookworm? Please share your comments via our FacebookTwitter or our LinkedIn pages.

Molly Brown, ILN Content Officer

Virtual: Engagement Manager

11.8.16 – Engagement Manager
Altmetric, UK/US

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a UK-based company advertising for a US-based person.  Therefore, I would assume you will need the right to work in the US but, if interested, I would write and check as they might accept Canadian applicants as well.

 

DescriptionWe’re looking for a US-based Engagement Manager to join our growing team! You’d be responsible for ensuring publishers, institutions and non-academic customers around the world are supported in using Altmetric tools and applying our data. Working closely with customers to assess training and educational requirements, this role involves running webinars, in-person training sessions and interactive workshops.

Skilled at developing and nurturing client relationships, you’ll be responsible for ongoing engagement and collaboration with our customers post-implementation. You’ll be reporting to the Head of Implementations & Support, and liaising with our sales teams to successfully embed Altmetric tools across all of our clients.

Responsibilities

  • Build relationships with customers post-implementation to provide training, advice and roll-out support, ensuring relevant stakeholders are engaged
  • Run customer training webinars, in-person sessions, workshops and regular refreshers
  • Work closely with the Head of Implementations and Support and sales teams to conduct regular consultative check-in calls with customers, providing advice and support to help embed Altmetric tools across the organisation
  • Create slide decks, multimedia and print training materials and keep up-to-date
  • Develop a thorough understanding of Altmetric products and customer needs
  • Collect and develop customer roll-out plans and identify support gaps
  • Engage with wider scholarly communications community to ensure training and advice remains relevant and useful
  • Work closely with sales teams to develop and nurture existing client relationships
  • Report back to the Product Development Manager on real-life usage scenarios
  • Provide implementation and onboarding support where required
  • Demo or present at conferences where needed 

Key skills

  • Adept at building relationships with stakeholders, understanding customer needs and tailoring approach accordingly
  • Excellent communications skills to engage with customers, the wider scholarly community, and the team
  • Ability to produce and maintain useful training and roll-out materials, ideally with experience using InDesign
  • Confident presenting/demoing to large groups of people
  • A high level of productivity and good prioritisation skills

Experience

  • 3-5 years’ work experience in the scholarly publishing and academic sector or scholarly software
  • Ideally will have worked in an US academic library or a university environment
  • Need to be an excellent communicator using the written and spoken word
  • Passionate about scholarly communication, creativity and building new businesses
  • Efficient and well-organised, but also pragmatic and flexible
  • A “doer” and a team player
  • Ability to demonstrate personal credibility and integrity

About Altmetric

Altmetric LLP is a UK-based data science company dedicated to producing alternative metrics for research outputs ranging from peer-reviewed journal articles to datasets and software. With a global customer base spanning academic institutions, publishers, government agencies, non-profits, research institutes, and corporations, Altmetric is the gold standard in altmetrics data.

If you’d like to apply for this role please email your CV and a covering letter describing your suitability to jobs@altmetric.com.


 

 

 

Job: Deputy Director of Library

11.7.16 – Deputy Director of Library
University of Kurdistan Hewlêr, Erbil, Iraq

Sarah P’s comments: This university was established in 2006 and has been plagued with all sorts of troubles. I found lots of discussion about their issues up until 2012 when a new Vice Chancellor was appointed. Check it out and decide whether it could be an opportunity.
Wikipedia article
The Rise of Problems at University of Kurdistan Hawler (UKH)
TripAdvisor: Review of Erbil-Kurdistan

Application Information

Contact:
Rang Kalameard, Director of HR
Human Resource Department
University of Kurdistan Hewlêr
Phone: 964-750-652-6048
Email Address: jobs@ukh.edu.krd
The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) seeks the employment of an enthusiastic and well-qualified applicant to fill the position of Deputy Director of Library who provides overall day-to-day management of the Library and its associated areas that may include learning resources areas, IT open access areas, writing centres, and other resource bases.
The Deputy Director of Library will:
* Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Library, implementing new services and new ways of working as appropriate.
* Develop responsive and high quality learner-focused service that works to defined customer service standards; to staff front-line service desks on a regular basis; and to support students effectively in the use of learning resources.
* Ensure that the Library reflects a quality learning environment, that health and safety requirements are met, and equipment, furniture and fittings are maintained to a high standard.
* Manage Library staff members; to carry out training and induction of these staff; to meet regularly on an individual basis and assist in annual performance and appraisal reviews; to participate in interviewing and recruiting staff.
* Organise meetings that are focused on the quality development of the Library.
* Assist in the selection, organisation and maintenance of learning resources in all formats in the Library within a collection development policy; to ensure that learning resources reflect the diversity and educational priorities of the University.
* Assist in the development and delivery of user education, information and research skills programmes, and to develop appropriate learning materials in print and on-line form; to link these programmes to study skills and subject based programmes in tutorials.
* Catalogue, classify and index learning resources as required.
* Work with the e-learning and Systems Manager and the academic staff to ensure coherence of practice and procedures.
* Seek opportunities for income-generation and course delivery in the Library, working with the e-learning and Systems Manager and Chair of Departments.
* Carry out annual self-assessment reviews of the service and adhere to the quality assurance framework of the University; to carry out surveys of student satisfaction and respond actively to student and staff complaints and suggestions.
* Work closely with other staff and departments to ensure a harmonised approach to service delivery wherever possible.
* Take part in University meetings, working groups and committees; to attend curriculum course team meetings.
* Participate in performance and appraisal reviews.
* Keep informed and up-dated with developments in curriculum, education generally and in professional matters.
* Work cooperatively with Library staff, teaching, curriculum and business support staff and University managers.
* Take responsibility for personal and professional development and to attend staff development and training sessions where required.
* Work at any of the sites served by the University.
* Deputise for the Director of Library as and when required.
The Deputy Director of Library should have the following skills and competencies:
* A university degree (Credit Points: 300, Years of Study: Minimum of Three Years*) or equivalent level qualification in Library, Library Management or a relevant field.
* Excellent command of English language as either a native speaker or to have an IELTS band 7.0 or iBT score 100.
* A minimum of five years relevant experience in an academic library or learning resources centre.
* Experience of developing and delivering user education, information and research skills programmes in an academic learning resources context.
* Good interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and motivate a team, and to work effectively with other academic and support staff and University managers.
* Good oral and written communication skills, with ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of staff and students.
* Experience in recruiting, managing and developing staff, preferably within a library setting.
* Generic IT skills with a detailed understanding of new technology and the application of e-learning within an academic Library setting.
* Demonstrable knowledge of higher education and second language learning agendas.
* Commitment to diversity and an understanding of equal opportunities issues within academic library context.
* Understanding of quality systems within education or related areas and their applicability to library services.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants are requested to email their Application Form, CV, and Personal
Statement to jobs@ukh.edu.krd by indicating the Vacancy Title: Deputy Director of Library and inserting the most recent passport size photo in the area provided on the application form.
* Only complete applications: Application Form (with the most recent photo), Personal
Statement and CV will be considered.
* Size of the photo must be 45mm x 35mm with no less than 150 pixels for the quality.
* Any application that does not specify the vacancy applied for will not be considered.
* An Application Form is available at Current Vacancies on the University website
(http://www.ukh.edu.krd).
* Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Job: University Librarian

11.7.16 – University Librarian
American University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments: This is a new one, however please read the reviews carefully before applying. FYI: Dave’s ESL Cafe is a reliable general information and review site for ELS teachers however covers many colleges as well.

Wikipedia article
Job Discussion Forum for AUPP

 

American University of Phnom Penh (AUPP) seeks applicants for full-time University Librarian. The position reports to the VP of Academic & Student Affairs and is responsible for the oversight of the library and its development. He/She will also have administrative oversight of the Learning Center which caters to course-specific tutoring (individual or in group) and academic skills workshop.

Eligible candidates must have a Master’s degree in Library Science or Master in Library & Information Science from an American or other western university and at least 5 years of experience as a librarian in an institution of higher education, with preference for administrative library experience.

AUPP offers a competitive benefits package which includes round trip airfare (conditions apply), free visa and work permit, and subsidized international health plan.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, unofficial transcripts, and three (3) references to careers@aupp.edu.kh. References will only be contacted for applicants who are short listed. For additional information about the university or this position, visit the AUPP website at www.aupp.edu.kh.

Application Information

Contact:
American University of Phnom Penh
Email Address:

Job: International School Librarians

11.4.16 –  Recruiting season for international school librarians is has been moving earlier and earlier each year and thus is now in full swing.  This is the area where the most international positions are listed and thus is the easiest way to break into international work. While it is still a good idea to join an agency and be vetted, the majority of schools are now advertising on TIE and accepting direct applications.

Currently, The International Educator (TIE) currently has 17 positions listed. Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree.  For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.

CHINA GUANGZHOU NANFANG INTERNA K-12 LIBRARY 11/01/16
PANAMA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF P HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 10/28/16
KUWAIT AMERICAN UNITED SCHOOL OF ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 10/26/16
BRAZIL AMERICAN SCHOOL OF BRASIL K-12 LIBRARY 10/26/16
JAPAN K. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL T SECONDARY LIBRARY 10/15/16
PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF I K-12 LIBRARY 10/11/16
SOUTH AFRI AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SC ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 10/10/16
CHINA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF B ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 10/09/16
AUSTRIA AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SC SECONDARY LIBRARY 10/07/16
SAUDI ARAB DHAHRAN AHLIYYA SCHOOLS K-12 LIBRARY 10/06/16
ETHIOPIA ICS ADDIS ABABA SECONDARY LIBRARY 09/29/16
MEXICO COLEGIO AMERICANO DE TORR K-12 LIBRARY 09/26/16
TANZANIA DAR ES SALAAM INTERNATION K-12 LIBRARY 09/22/16
SAUDI ARAB SAUDI ARAMCO EXPATRIATE S K-12 LIBRARY 09/19/16
UNITED ARA AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 09/11/16
UNITED ARA AMERICAN COMMUNITY SCHOOL SECONDARY LIBRARY 09/11/16
CHINA CHENGDU SHUDE HIGH SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 09/06/16

Job: Liaison Librarian

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

Sarah P’s comments:   This is a repeat ad from April and July of this year.  It would appear they are having a hard time finding a qualified candidate. 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.

 

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:  November 18 2016