Monthly Archives: July 2017

Job: Foreign Language Researcher

7.28.17 –  Foreign Language Research – Bengali
LAC Group, UK (remote/virtual work)

 

LAC Group UK is seeking a Foreign Language Researcher – Bengali – (Virtual) for short-term engagements that can be undertaken remotely, from home.     The assignments vary in length but success in one will lead to further opportunities. The selected individual, in addition to having Bengali as a native language, must be fluent in English and be able to present good written English.

The focus is a review of the current legislation of a country with your native language and the recording of specific elements thereof.   Candidates should be good communicators and be able to demonstrate previous research experience. Previous legal training or experience is not necessary but some familiarity with legal terminology would be desirable. Full project descriptions will be provided, supervisors appointed and on-line training will be provided.

Pay rates for this work are limited to $18 per hour (or equivalent).  When responding please supply a current CV/Resumé and a covering note/letter, setting out your suitability for the role and your current availability.  Candidates who do not provide a covering note, will not be considered.  Preference will be given to candidates who do not currently have full-time work commitments and could devote at least 20 hours per week to this project.

 

Please apply online at: https://goo.gl/Ehr5dL

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Job: Foreign Language Researcher

7.28.17 –  Foreign Language Research – Korean
LAC Group, UK (remote/virtual work)

 

LAC Group UK is seeking a Foreign Language Researcher – Korean – (Virtual) for short-term engagements that can be undertaken remotely, from home.     The assignments vary in length but success in one will lead to further opportunities. The selected individual, in addition to having Korean as a native language, must be fluent in English and be able to present good written English.

The focus is a review of the current legislation of a country with your native language and the recording of specific elements thereof.   Candidates should be good communicators and be able to demonstrate previous research experience. Previous legal training or experience is not necessary but some familiarity with legal terminology would be desirable. Full project descriptions will be provided, supervisors appointed and on-line training will be provided.

Pay rates for this work are limited to $18 per hour (or equivalent).  When responding please supply a current CV/Resumé and a covering note/letter, setting out your suitability for the role and your current availability.  Candidates who do not provide a covering note, will not be considered.  Preference will be given to candidates who do not currently have full-time work commitments and could devote at least 20 hours per week to this project.

 

Please apply online at: https://goo.gl/eADpNC

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Job: Librarian II/III

7.25.17 –  Librarian II/III (Documentalist/Indexer)
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.  FYI:  They have posted three positions within the past three years.

Application Due:
08/24/2017
Minimum Qualification
Master’s degree in Information Science and/or Library Science from a recognized University.

Experience
Considerable experience in establishing and maintaining educational research information databases. Other desirable experience include:

  • editing and publishing academic documents
  • working in an online environment

Special Responsibilities

  • Maintenance of an educational research information service including bibliographic and numeric databases
  • Indexing and abstracting of documents relevant to educational research
  • Management of the School of Education’s monograph and journal publications
  • Management of the School of Education’s Collections in the University’s institutional repository
  • Compilation and continuous updating of a directory of Research in Progress in education in the Caribbean
  • Compilation and continuous updating of a directory of Caribbean educational researchers
  • Provision of reference and bibliographical services

Personal Attributes
The Department places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team environment. Candidates should possess good communication and interpersonal skills and must be student-centered. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates must also have:

  • the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • the willingness to develop a research agenda
  • the ability to be a team player
  • the capacity to work autonomously and be self-directed
  • demonstrated ability to work comfortably and effectively as part of a professional team, in a cooperative collegial environment
  • the ability to coordinate projects
  • enthusiasm for supporting the dissemination and preservation of the research output of the School of Education
  • commitment to the Vision and Mission of the School of Education

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Postal Address:
The University of the West Indies – St. Augustine
The Campus Registrar
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone:
1 (868) 662-2002
Fax:
1 (868) 663-9684

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Job: Director Library & Digital Services

7.24.17 –  Director Library & Digital Services
British Council, Southeast Asia

Sarah P’s comments:  This is the second job this year from the British Council which is rare. (Search British Council to see other earlier posting.)

Description

Are you passionate about the future of libraries? Are you looking for an opportunity to create a global 21st Century Digital Library?

About the Company
The British Council is looking to recruit a Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces, South Asia. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, creating friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. The British Council South Asia region consists of a diverse range of political and economic environments, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Over the last few years, the region has led a revolutionary and innovative approach to re-opening and transforming existing libraries as cultural convening centres. There are now 17 libraries across South Asia (9 in India, 4 in Sri Lanka, 2 in Pakistan and 2 in Bangladesh) which have a total membership of approximately100,000.

What you’ll be doing

The British Council has a far-reaching vision for the future of libraries in South Asia. This ambitious strategy will be to launch a new digital library membership and content proposition across the region. The vision is to provide 5 million South Asians with access to knowledge and cultural resources through a new digital library; this will double membership and increase footfall by 300%. You will be building on the rich, cultural history of libraries in South Asia while developing a keen sense for tomorrow’s needs of the library services.

This is a newly created and exciting opportunity for a Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces. Based in South Asia, you will be creating and implementing the library strategy across the region including leading a team of library specialists who will help deliver key objectives. As well as leadership of the sites you will also be responsible for managing a complex budget for the libraries and key programmes.

One of the key challenges of the role will be to transform the current library offering, breaking out of the current bricks and mortar to operating in a virtual space. You will deliver this transformational change through marketing analysis and insight and working collaboratively with country, regional and global colleagues to ensure insights are embedded in decision-making processes and strategies.

Why you’ll be hired

Applications are invited from individuals with a demonstrable track record in digital transformation change within libraries and information. The successful candidate will have a strong reputation for expertise and knowledge of modern libraries and what makes them successful. You will also have proven leadership abilities and excellent communication skills to develop and manage relationships with stakeholders. A passion for all things digital and the future of libraries is essential.

Why you should apply

This is a unique opportunity to work internationally with a leading cultural organisation to create a 21st Century library and take the lead on an exciting digital transformation change project. You will work autonomously to manage the strategy, engage with stakeholders and develop solutions at this exciting time for the British Council libraries. This role will contribute enormously to the future of libraries globally. If you are passionate about developing libraries and have a vision for how digital library services will operate in the future – this is not an opportunity to be missed.
The Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces role is located in South Asia, ideally in New Delhi but there are options for those based locally to work in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India or Sri Lanka.

The role is pitched as an initial 3 year contract. In return you will receive a competitive salary, plus generous mobility package and attractive benefits offer.

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Job: Library Systems Manager

7.22.17 –  Library Systems Manager
University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Sarah P’s comments:  This job was last open in 2016 and 2015. When I lived in the region (Marshall Islands), USP was touted as the best college to work for. That still may be the case, but be careful to read the reviews and think about whether living and working in this area is for you. That is not to say that the South Pacific is better or worse than any other region in the world, just that every place has its challenges.  I’m a sailor and ocean person, so I enjoyed my time but lack of AC can do a lot of people in…

Fiji Expat Forum Review

USP: About Suva

Daily Living in Suva, Fiji

Closing Date: 5th August, 2017

Library Systems Manager

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a regional university, supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries, and is the premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific region and an international centre of excellence for teaching, research and training on all aspects of Pacific culture, environment and human resource development needs. USP is seeking to recruit a well-qualified, experienced, and dynamic individual to join their management team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with other library networks where s/he will constantly be challenged and developed in this critical role.

The Library Systems Manager will be based with the Main Library in Fiji and will be responsible for the Systems section of the network of libraries at USP. S/he will provide excellent leadership, support, and advice in all areas relating to the utilization and implementation of ICT in a regional and global context, in consultation with the USP Librarian and professional library staff. This is a unique opportunity to provide successful organisational results in line with the USP’s strategic goals. The Library Systems Manager will be responsible to:

  • Plan, implement and manage an Integrated Library Systems (ILS) and software programs associated with library functions
  • Manage wide area and local area networks
  • Manage electronic office and relational databases
  • Manage and provide oversight of digitized projects
  • Program, design, digitize and manage websites, software and specific projects
  • Develop and implement strategies and policies that are aligned to the Library and USP’s Strategic Plan. The person we seek will have a Master’s Degree or higher qualification in Library Information Science from a recognized accrediting body or a Master’s Degree in Information Technology/Computer Science with preferably 8 years’ experience in a Library, post-qualification

Preference will be given to applicants with a combination of the stated qualifications.  The successful applicant will also demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to analyse and resolve complex problems, set priorities, meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Spydus and other commercial and open-source integrated library systems and software
  • Knowledge of and experience with digital management systems e.g. Greenstone
  • Knowledge of LINUX, Javascript, Perl, HTML, XML, MS Office OS
  • Knowledge and experience with e-resource access and management services and Web Scale Discovery Service
  • Involvement with the local library associations and/or regional and international professional associations.

Salary Scale: FJ$81,145 to FJ$93,629 per annum (Inclusive of 15% Gratuity).

USP also contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, and provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate. The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

 

Further Details:

Role descriptions and further details are available on the Maxumise Facebook page or www.maxumise.com/jobs

Contact: Sharlyn Singh +679 330 3137; info@maxumisefiji.com

How to Apply: For online submission, click on, or paste into your browser, the following URL: http://app.hrmonise.com/job/usp/LSManager or, Email applications with the subject “Library Systems Manager” to uspjobs@maxumisefiji.com

 

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Job: Records Management Consultant

7.18.17 –  Records Management Consultant
WIPO Headquarters Geneva, Switzerland

Name of unit/sector: Records and Archives Section, Conference and General Services Division
Expected duration of assignment: 5 months full-time equivalent (Possibility of extension to be determined)

Open until 20 July 2017

1. Objective of the assignment

The Records Management Consultant will work with the Records and Archives Section (RAS), Conference and General Services Division, and the IT Enterprise Architecture Division (EAD) to strengthen the management of records and archives at WIPO in the context of an ongoing project to implement an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system using the OpenText Content Suite. The Consultant will support the development and adoption by WIPO business units of good records management (RM) practices consistent with business needs and with a strengthened internal regulatory framework for records and archives management.

The Consultant will also support RM-related communication linked to the ECM project, and will assist RAS, EAD and the project team in consultations on relevant issues with the ECM external implementing partner.

2. Responsibilities

Under the supervision of Records and Archives Section, review existing and proposed elements of the RM framework for consistency with best practice standards and with WIPO’s business needs; identify gaps and propose solutions.

Support a smooth transition to records and archives management in the OpenText ECM environment by assisting WIPO business units to develop their filing plans; to improve the management of their own records and archives; to understand the use of the OpenText ECM system for records lifecycle management; and to implement records retention schedules.

3. Deliverables/services

Deliverables and services will be provided in three overlapping phases.

Phase 1 – RM framework

a. Review of the following elements of the RM framework for consistency with best practice standards, with WIPO’s business needs, and ECM integration; identify gaps and propose solutions:
• The updated WIPO Records and Archives Policy
• WIPO RM Classification Scheme
• Consolidated Records Retention Schedule
• FAQs and practical guidance for publication on the Intranet

Phase 2 – ECM “subprojects” 

For each business unit involved in the first three ECM subprojects (i.e. those scheduled for roll-out in 2017), the Consultant will:

a. Assist  managers and records administrators to modify their filing plans consistent with business needs and with WIPO’s overall RM Classification scheme;

b. Mentor managers and records administrators on the practical application of lifecycle records management, including:
i) File new records correctly and consistently using the unit’s filing plan;
ii) Identify any business-specific classifications for inclusion in the RM Classification;
iii) Identify business-specific metadata to be added at the filing plan folder level or to individual records;
iv) Inventory existing business unit information holdings:
• identify records as distinct from non-record information;
• note security and handling requirements;
• verify the accuracy of document types listed in the unit’s records retention schedule and the inventory of items transferred by the unit to archives;
• identify records to be migrated to the OpenText Content Server;
v) Implement disposition actions, including the “Sort” action, before migration;
vi) Recommend modifications to existing records retention schedules, if needed;
vii) Monitor and report on activities, and document observations;
viii) Identify opportunities to save costs; simplify and enhance processes, systems and documentation; and recommend changes; and
ix) Identify legal, regulatory, information security, records management or software issues requiring resolution, and refer for advice or action as needed.

Phase 3 – Preparation for Organization-wide roll-out of ECM records management capabilities 

a. Recommend changes in resource levels, if any, on the basis of documented observations, monitoring reports and experience gained in subprojects 1 through 3;
b. (Time permitting) assist selected managers and records administrators to modify existing filing plans consistent with business needs and the RM Classification scheme.

4. Reporting 

The ICS Contractor will report to the Head, Archive Unit, Records and Archives Section under the overall management of the Acting Director, Conference and General Services Division, and will liaise closely with the ECM project team in EAD.


5. Profile (e.g. area of specialization/expertise, specific knowledge/skills/experience)

Essential:
a. University degree in a relevant discipline
b. At least 6 years of relevant professional experience as a records manager or archivist in an electronic environment;
c. Knowledge of the OpenText Content Suite or similar ECM systems; and
d. Ability to communicate fluently in English.

Strongly Desirable:

a. Ability to communicate fluently in French;
b. Experience performing a similar role on an ECM project;
c. Experience of developing and implementing records and archives management best practices in an organization.

6. Duration of contract and payment

We expect the deliverables and services, as listed in 3, above, to be completed within 5 months (by end 2017) in line with the projected delivery of the first three ECM sub-projects by the external implementation contractor.  The possibility of extending the contract will be reviewed after 3 months.

Payment will be effected on a Time Material basis with a monthly time sheet.

Applicants are requested to provide an indication of their remuneration expectations in Swiss francs.

ICS contractors fall outside the coverage of employment contracts for WIPO Staff members and are not subject to the WIPO Staff Regulations and Rules. The contractor has no entitlement to vacation or sick leave, except for WIPO official holidays, or to medical insurance or staff pension. Absences from work will be deducted from the contractor’s payment on a pro-rated basis.

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Exchange: Request for Assistance…

7.16.17 –
Dear Readers:  In addition to posting open positions, I try to assist, when possible, with any request I receive for help with information.  However, I am one librarian doing this on a strictly volunteer basis, so am sharing a letter (with permission) which I recently received from a librarian in Brazil.  He has a lot to share and would like to exchange/work abroad, preferably the USA.  I have already shared the IRRT Resources page as well as the LIBEX site. If anyone knows of any other jobs, exchanges, resources which might also be helpful to him in his quest, then please comment on this blog and/or contact either him or me directly.  Thank you, Sarah P.

Dear Mrs. Gibson,
 
My name is Almir Mendes, a Brazilian librarian who lives in Recife, Northeast of Brazil.
 
I have 20 years of experience in public, school and specialized libraries. I also have extensive experience in archives.
 
My conversation is not so fluent in English, although I read very well in English. I also read well and speak a little bit in Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Hebrew (I speak a little better). For this reason, I am interested in spending a season in one or more libraries in the USA, to improve my speech. I am not looking for a salary, just a place to stay during this time with my wife. Some help for food and transportation would be welcome.
 
I think my work could be very useful in several libraries and I would like to offer and get work experiences. I have a lot of experience with computers as well as basic programming in Java, PHP, HTML, CSS and assembly, analysis and organization of databases using SQL and Microsoft Access among other programs.
 
I’m experienced in creating community libraries. As my wife is from the Sertão de Pernambuco, a very poor region, which suffers greatly from droughts, I intend to move there when I return and open small community libraries in the region.
 
Currently, I work as a librarian in a company that works in the area of archival custody and digitalization of documents.
 
I know you are not an employment agency or an internship, but I come to ask for your help, taking into account your experience and knowledge of the world.
 
I appreciate your attention and I look forward to your contact.

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