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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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Internship: Traineeships in the Information Management Division

6.5.17 –  Traineeships in the Information Management Division
ECB (European Central Bank), Frankfurt, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  Note that deadline is in 2 days…just received word on this one. Also note this position is restricted to: nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

 

Reference: 2017-140-TRA
Closing Date for Applications: Wed, 7 Jun 2017
Functional area: Secretariat
Function: The Directorate General Secretariat of the European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking applications from recent graduates in librarianship, archives and/or records management to participate in a traineeship in its Information Management Services Division (IMS) for an initial period of up to six months.
IMS is responsible for the following tasks:

  • developing, maintaining and guiding the implementation of information management policies and procedures, and providing records management services, including in the area of data protection;
  • managing the ECB’s physical and electronic archives and arranging for the disclosure of archived information when required, as well as the disposal of information in accordance with the ECB’s information retention policy;
  • managing the ECB library and providing staff with print and electronic publications and information services;
  • supporting the further development of enterprise content management and coordinating the selection of systems and tools for: (i) the archives and library, (ii) collaboration, and (iii) document and records management;
  • providing related practical training, maintenance and support for the ECB, the Eurosystem, the European System of Central Banks, the European Systemic Risk Board and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

The Division is divided into four teams: Archives, Library, Information Management Policy and Records Management, and Information Management Solutions.
As a Trainee, you will contribute to a selection of the following tasks carried out by the Library, Archives, and Information Management Policy and Records Management teams, according to your expertise:

  • assisting in developing and updating the ECB’s information management policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • streamlining and raising awareness of staff guidance material in order to encourage adherence to the ECB’s information management policies and procedures;
  • compiling an inventory of the ECB’s information-holding systems and helping to assess their compliance with the ECB’s information management policies and procedures;
  • quantitative and qualitative monitoring and reporting on information management practices;
  • arranging and describing archival or library holdings (including audio-visual material) according to recognised standards;
  • acquiring and appraising archives’ material to meet business needs;
  • assisting in carrying out sensitivity reviews of archival records;
  • specifying and/or testing functional requirements for records management and electronic archives management;
  • providing reference services at the Library Welcome Desk using print and electronic resources;
  • supporting the development of tailor-made information services to meet business and research needs through the scanning of literature and the use of news monitoring services, online databases, etc.;
  • contributing to the Division’s information management projects, for example: digital archiving and preservation, digitisation of media assets, implementation of retention, mobile reading.
Qualifications and experience: You will bring to the role:

  • a bachelor’s level qualification in librarianship, information, archives and/or records management or, if your first degree is not in this field, a postgraduate diploma, master’s or higher degree ̶ or enrolment in such postgraduate studies ̶ in any of these subjects;
  • an advanced command of English;
  • a moderate command of at least one other official language of the EU;
  • a working knowledge of MS Office, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • ideally, knowledge of document management systems, such as OpenText Livelink;
  • ideally, knowledge of library management systems, such as Ex Libris Alma.
Competencies: You will also bring with you, your ability to: communicate effectively, understand customer needs and provide user-friendly services, work as part of a team, take initiative and innovate, analyse information and organise your own work.

Further Information: Traineeship of six months, with the possibility of an extension to up to 12 months in total in the same business area or elsewhere within the Directorate General Secretariat.
The offices are modern and well equipped, but you will have to share office space.
Some tasks are physically demanding and you may have to work in conditions typical for book and record storage areas, particularly when processing and retrieving material from basements or locations at some distance from the offices.

How to apply: Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An “Applicants’ Guide” can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise and a telephone interview.

Before applying, applicants should check that they meet the conditions set out in Article 4 of the rules governing the traineeship programme:
https://www.ecb.europa.eu/careers/what-we-offer/traineeship/html/index.en.html

Further information on the ECB’s traineeships can be found via the above link.

Applicants are accepted from nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.

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Internship: Health Library

5.22.17 –  Health Institute Internship
Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed Institute, Dist. Ahmednagar, India

Sarah P’s comments: For people interested in Medical Librarianship, Public Health, and NGO work, this 6-month internship might be useful.

The Comprehensive Rural Health Project, Jamkhed (CRHP), has been working among the rural poor and marginalized for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 by Drs. Raj and Mabelle Arole to bring healthcare to the poorest of the poor, CRHP has become an organization that empowers people to eliminate injustices through integrated efforts in health and development. CRHP works by mobilizing and building the capacity of communities to achieve access to comprehensive development and freedom from stigma, poverty and disease.

Pioneering a comprehensive approach to primary community-based healthcare, known as the Jamkhed Model, CRHP has been a leader in public health and development in rural communities in India and around the world. The work of CRHP has been recognized by the WHO and UNICEF. In the last 40 years, CRHP has directly worked with over 300 villages primarily within Maharashtra, India.

CRHP established the Jamkhed International Institute in order to systemize the sharing of the Jamkhed experience with others, people from throughout India and the world, students and faculty in various disciplines, professionals and staff of NGOs and government.

Internship Program

The CRHP Internship Program is currently offering an internship in development, communications, programs, and evaluations. Since its introduction, the internship program has become a very competitive and sought after placement for new graduates from around the world.

The intern will assist the International Training Coordinator with international groups that come for courses and individuals in diploma course (usually in role as liaison); perform the role of ‘office manager’; and assist with the library with the Coordinator and librarian.

The intern will learn about CRHP’s work mainly through the courses s/he assists with, as well as will get to know people from all over the world who come to learn from CRHP staff and villagers.

This is a 6-month minimum unpaid internship. Working hours are typically from 9am-6pm Monday through Saturday. Interns are given one-week holiday during their stay. CRHP provides room and board on its campus in Jamkhed, India to all interns. Internship does not cover flight to and from home country and visa fees.

What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in public health, development, or NGOs
  • Good writing skills and experience writing promotional materials, editing, producing and revising training resources (print, ppt)
  • Competency in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, and Publisher
  • Organizational ability, e.g. files, information, data, timetables
  • Ability to work with a team and alone
  • Willingness to take initiative
  • Flexibility and cultural sensitivity with high interpersonal skills
  • Good interpersonal relations and communication

Duties May Include:

  • Assist international training coordinator with international groups, including ‘hosting’
  • Be liaison between international groups & Institute/library
  • Assist with various tasks for classes (including supplies, laptop & projector)
  • Assist with responsibility of Institute/library office area, ‘office manager’, including maintaining important documents and resources on the Institute computer
  • Assist with organizing and maintaining Institute resources, including keeping Institute computer updated
  • Assist with developing/revising training resources (print, ppt)
  • Assist with design & production of materials – promotion, training, PR materials, etc.
  • Assist with promotion of courses – identify organizations, social media sites, etc.
  • Assist librarian & international training coordinator keeping resources organized
  • Maintain the library computer with relevant documents and resources
  • Assist visitors with resources, being familiar with the resources

HOW TO APPLY

ravi@jamkhed.org

http://www.jamkhed.org

Applications for June 2017 start date are currently accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please email Cover Letter that details why you are fit for this position and CV to Mr. Ravi Arole, Director CRHP, ravi@jamkhed.org

BENEFITS

This is a 6 month, unpaid position. Interns live on CRHP’s campus in Jamkhed and are provided with food and housing.

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Volunteer or Internship: Librarian

5.22.17 –  Volunteer/Intern Librarian
Arajuno Road Project, Puyo, Ecuador

About us:The Arajuno Road Project (ARP)/Proyecto Ruta del Arajuno was created in 2008 with the goal of supporting the schools and improving the opportunities available in the communities along the road located between the small city of Puyo and the rural community of Arajuno – a culturally and ecologically diverse area – in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program works in rural communities providing support in education, improving the infrastructure and learning environment of schools, and working on community development and conservation programs, such as school gardens and reforestation.

Find us online at www.arajunoroadproject.org and www.facebook.com/ArajunoRoadProject

Position summary:ARP established a center in collaboration with one of our partner communities in 2016, which acts both as the base for ARP operations and community functions. This position helps with community center development, and runs basic courses and opportunities. Center activities have included infrastructure improvements, tutoring for primary school students, English classes for teachers and community members, overseeing the library, cultural events, and in the future, computer classes.

What we ask from you: Volunteers/interns should be able to commit to at least one pre-defined service period and priority will be given to those applying for consecutive periods. You will live on site in the dormitory at the community center. After an initial orientation, you will be expected to run agreed upon community center activities weekday afternoons/evenings; corresponding planning and administrative duties will be on your own schedule. You will also be expected to participate in a weekly minga (community service) with the community one afternoon each week. Documenting your work will be important for the long-term success of the program and future volunteers. If you have any special abilities/skills, you are also welcome to propose a community class.

Responsibilities:

  • Run 1-2 classes per week
  • Oversee library hours and keep library resources organized
  • Help with overall infrastructure development and maintenance of the center
  • Assist with center organization
  • Assist during community work days
  • Assist with other center activities when possible
  • Keep activity materials up to date and organized
  • Weekly check-in with program team
  • Document work

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Experience leading activities
  • Intermediate Spanish

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous non-formal education experience
  • Previous experience working with multiple age groups
  • Previous international work or volunteer experience
  • Advanced Spanish

Skills:

  • Excellent people skills
  • First class communication skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
  • Tolerant, patient, and understanding
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn Google Drive/Docs

Dates and Expenses: Positions begin the first Monday of each month. Project participation fees include food and housing, training and administrative support for the position; the expense for the six week minimum is $550, the recommended eight weeks is $650, and additional weeks cost $50. Flights, visas, insurance, local transport and excursions are the responsibility of the volunteer.

HOW TO APPLY

project.arajuno.road@gmail.com

http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

Please apply at http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

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Internship: Library Consultant

5.11.17 — Library Consultant Internship
OCLC, Leiden, Netherlands

You have a life. We like that about you.

At OCLC, we believe you’ll do the best work of your life when you’re living the best life possible. We work hard to build the technology that connects thousands of today’s libraries. But we also work hard to make a job at OCLC a meaningful part of a balanced life- not a substitute for one.

The Job Details are as follows:

This challenging internship with the largest co-operative for library services in the world is focused on expanding our services in the French market.

In our EMEA headoffice in Leiden, Netherlands we offer the right candidate in Information sciences the opportunity to learn and experience our commitment to service Libraries world wide. The team in Leiden is multi origin including French native speakers. The tasks consist of supporting the writing, editing, and producing proposals outlining OCLC’s solutions that are in response to Requests For Proposal (RFP), Requests For Information (RFI), and similar requests from OCLC users, prospective users and OCLC staff. will learn to understand the OCLC sales process, including positioning, pricing, packaging, and the strategies used for each service and type of library/group.

We are looking for a native French speaker with the following skills:

  • A bachelor’s degree in information science, speciliazed in library, library automation, or and/or technical and business writing experience.
  • Document editing, proofing and formatting ability with a high attention to details.
  • Highly organized and be capable of performing well in deadline-intensive environment.
  • Good English language skills and other languages a plus.

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Internship: United Nations and UNCITRAL

3.29.17-  Library Internships
The United Nations Library in Vienna and the UNCITRAL Law Library, Vienna, Austria

The deadline for applying has been extended to April 6, 2017.

The United Nations Library in Vienna and the UNCITRAL Law Library would like to invite students and recent graduates of Library and Information Science programs to submit an application through the UN Careers website (https://careers.un.org/lbw/Home.aspx).

The UNOV Library provides full library and information services to the staff of the United Nations units and Permanent Missions in Vienna.  The collection focuses on issues related to drugs and crime, outer space affairs, as well as translation and interpretation. We also house an extensive collection of UN official documents and publications. More information is available at: http://www.unvienna.org/unov/library.html

The UNCITRAL Law Library serves the Secretariat and delegates of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. It houses one of the largest multi-lingual trade law collections in Europe. More information is available at: http://www.uncitral.org/uncitral/publications/library.html

For both libraries, intern duties include assisting with reference and client services, collections maintenance, cataloguing and digitization projects.  Interns are required to have an excellent command of written and spoken English.  Working knowledge of other UN languages would be considered an asset.  In addition, experience or course work related to reference, cataloguing and/or special libraries is desirable. For the UNCITRAL Law Library, experience with legal materials or course work in law would be considered an asset.

Please note that the United Nations does not remunerate interns in any way. Costs and arrangements for travel, accommodation and living expenses are the responsibility of the interns or their sponsoring institutions. The minimum duration of an internship is 2 months.

Interested candidates can find the internship opportunity posted on the UN Careers website at:

https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=75976

Kind regards,
Giovanna Gossage
Chief Librarian, United Nations Library Vienna
Vienna International Centre

 

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Internships: Archivists (2)

2.2.17 – Archives Interns
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Geneva, Switzerland

Date of issue:02-02-2017

Closing date (Geneva time zone):16-02-2017
Duration:3 months each position

Background

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 190 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

Organizational Context

Archives contribute to the organization in three main ways. They foster and facilitate: 1. Organizational Memory: as evidence of past actions, the archives can help to avoid duplication of effort by acting as sources of information on key issues or problems that the Federation faces again and again. 2. Historical Research: the archives are everyday business records that have been preserved, so they can give a researcher a closer look at the way the Federation operated in the past than any other source. 3. Accountability: the archives can be checked to ensure that the activities and responsibilities that have been entrusted to the Federation have been carried out as effectively as possible.

Job Purpose

The Federation is looking to hire two archival studies students for 13 weeks to work on archival arrangement and description projects. The projects will be suitable for students going into the second year of archives studies. The students must be able to read French, as some of the records are only in French. The students will have to work fairly independently, and often with limited supervision.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

– Appraise (in consultation with supervisor) records in storage to determine which should be transferred to the Archives.
– Arrange and describe the records, and enter the descriptions into a database.
– Assess the physical condition of the records and identify those requiring conservation treatment.
– Re-box and re-file the records.

Education

Completion of first year of archival studies.

Experience

Knowledge, skills and languages

Must be able to read French. Ability to speak French is useful but is not essential.

Competencies and values

Accountability Professionalism Teamwork Communication Innovation

Comments

Successful candidates could start April 24th or May 1st.

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