Job: Executive Director

5.16.17 –  Executive Director (remote/part-time)
Open Preservation Foundation, UK

Hours:​ Part­ time (24 hours/week)
Contract type:​ Fixed term for 12 months, renewable upon mutual agreement
Salary: £45,000+ a year pro rata , depending on skills and experience
Reports to:​ Board of Directors
Location:​ Negotiable (with significant travel within EU and beyond)
 
The Open Preservation Foundation is looking for an experienced, motivated and visionary leader to fill the position of Executive Director.
 
The Foundation is an international not for profit membership organisation providing open source digital preservation technology and knowledge to memory institutions around the world.
 
The Executive Director is expected:
  • To lead, manage, and develop the Foundation and build an international community of  practitioners working in the field of digital preservation.
  • To grow the membership of the Foundation and ensure that member organisations benefit from their association with the organisation.
  • To create strategies and seek funding to sustain and develop the Foundation’s open source digital preservation solutions and services.
  • To provide leadership and management of OPF staff (currently 2.0FTE) and budgets  (c. £350k/annum) and to run the organisation responsibly and with accountability.
Full job description
To apply
Please email your letter of application and CV to Becky McGuinness (becky@openpreservation.org).
 
Closing date
12:00 noon BST on Wednesday 7 June 2017.
 
We will invite successful candidates to first interviews by video conference. The Board may decide to hold a subsequent face-to-face interview with top candidates (location to be confirmed).
 
If you have any enquiries about the post, please contact me.
 
Becky McGuinness | Community Manager

@openpreserve | Skype: becky.mcguinness1
Open Preservation Foundation

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Job: Reference & Outreach Archivist

5.12.17 –  Reference & Outreach Archivist
University of Hong Kong, China

Applications are invited for appointment as Administrative Assistant I (holding the functional title of Reference and Outreach Archivist) in the University Archives, to commence in September 2017, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.

Responsibilities

The appointee will be expected to: (a) provide guidance, access and research support to faculty, students and scholars in the use of archival collections; (b) provide expert and in-depth assistance in the use of collections when processed; (c) work with faculty to incorporate University Archives materials into their teaching and scholarship; (d) create and support teaching and research content for the University Archives’ web interfaces and seek out other forms (particularly digital) for promoting the collections to users and increasing access; (e) lead in providing reference services personally and coordinate all reference desk services for other staff; (f) lead in researching and preparing exhibitions when asked and to participate actively in teaching and outreach in the larger Hong Kong community; and (g) to promote the archives profession and professional standards of work.

In addition, the appointee will participate actively in the shared decision making for University Archives, resource management, and program and policy development; participate in identifying opportunities for grants and development funds and any subsequent application process; participate actively in the archival profession as part of professional development; and perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education/Experience:

Applicants should possess a Master’s degree from an accredited program with a major in archival administration; this degree may be directly in an Archives and Records Management program or in a related field with a concentration in archival work; these related fields may be Public History, Information or Library Science, or Museum Studies; at least 5 years of relevant professional experience working in archives and manuscripts.  Applicants must be fluent in Cantonese and English and have solid translation skills.

Certifications:

Applicants should have Academy of Certified Archivists and Digital Archives Specialist certifications; if not attained yet then the applicants should be in pursuit of at least one of these certifications and the other may be acquired within the first three years of employment.

Skills:

Applicants should have the ability to speak well and in a professional and engaging manner to researchers, students, faculty and outside interest or professional groups; and the ability to articulate and advocate for the use of the University Archives collections and to promote information technology and other solutions to archival challenges as needed.  This will require thorough knowledge of archival principles and best practices of archival processing, description, access, archival technologies, preservation, digital curation, and reference. They should have knowledge of relevant archival and bibliographic standards and frameworks (DACS, ISAD(G), MARC, OAIS modeling, PREMIS, MODS, and METS use) and archival processing standards and techniques; and fluency with relevant software for managing archives information and assets, particularly ArchivesSpace.  Applicants will need strong research, verbal and written communication skills; and the ability to work in a team-based environment as well as to be self-motivated.  Supervisory experience and strong leadership skill will be a plus. Ability to adapt to, and thrive in, a quickly-changing work environment as well as strong EQ abilities are preferred.  Excellent demonstrated customer service skills and a commitment to maintaining quality service will be an advantage.  Demonstrated general computer skills, including a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, are required.

Duties will include:

The appointee will be collecting, aggregating, and reporting statistics relating to Archives operations and events and performing other related duties to support the goals and priorities of the University Archives.  He/She should be able to perform the physical activities associated with the position including lifting, carrying, and climbing four foot ladders with boxes of up to 20 kilograms (or about 45 pounds).

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have: public service experience in an archival/special collections or museum setting; knowledge of Hong Kong history; familiarity with East Asian history; experience working with rare or fragile materials; demonstrated familiarity with archival processes, procedures, and resources; training in conservation work with paper, photographs, or rare books; demonstrated experience with digital archival management programs, digital repository software, and/or a digital, archival preservation management program(s); and possession of other appropriately related, graduate degrees and other languages

A highly competitive salary (min. HK$48,345 per month) commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.

Applicants should send a completed application form (inclusive of the contact information for three professional references) together with a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V. and a small sample (two paragraphs) of translated work (classical Chinese to English) to hkua@hku.hk.  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc and further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/. Closes June 30, 2017.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.

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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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Job: Head of Digital

5.9.17 –  Head of Digital
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

 

The Chester Beatty Library is one of Ireland’s national cultural institutions. It contains a world famous collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings, early printed books and objets d’art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Collection is principally focused on the written word and its associated painted and printed images.

Summary Job Purpose

The new position of Head of Digital is a key leadership position and provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced and creative professional to lead the digital department in the Library and to shape the way in which the Library reaches and engages its audiences via digital platforms within the Library and beyond its walls.

Reporting to the Director and a member of the Senior Management Team, the Head of Digital will supervise a team comprising of the Digital Curator, Photographic Services Assistant and two Digital Photographers. In association with these colleagues and the Library’s ICT Manager, Registrar and the Collections team, the Head of Digital will be ultimately responsible for the future digital direction and strategy of the Library, the creation of digital content and the development and management of this content to facilitate access to collections, increase online user numbers, and promote the Library’s aims, objectives and mission.

Application Instructions

To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining relevant experience, together with a complete curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail and telephone numbers) of three professional references to: Mary Corless Human Resources Manager Chester Beatty Library Dublin Castle Dublin 2 Ireland Or by email to: personnel@cbl.ie with “Head of Digital” in the subject line

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9 June 2017

Interviews will take place at the Chester Beatty Library on Monday 3 July 2017

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Job: K-12 Librarian

5.8.17 –  K-12 Librarian
Tshinghua International School, Beijing, China

Sarah P’s comments:  I’m usually leery of China school library jobs because there have been so many slightly shady start-ups in the past few years. However, this school, according to International School Reviews, has an overall good rating although please read the reviews carefully as there is a lot of good information provided which can help you make a choice whether you should apply.  This is a late posting so there is a stronger chance of your being offered a job if you are new to international work or still working on your school library certification. Note: pay is local currency, check exchange rate.

School Description:

Tsinghua International School is a non-profit, WASC accredited, Grade 1-12 school located on the campus of Tsinghua University in the Haidian District of Beijing, China. The school utilizes a progressive/inquiry approach to the American based curriculum wth a Chinese cultural influence.

Age Restrictions:  Yes – 60

Qualifications:

• Degree in appropriate content area or elementary as appropriate
• Teaching certification in appropriate content area
• Two years teaching experience with a Bachelor’s Degree or 0 years with a Master’s          • Degree in the content area to be taught.
• Native or near native speaker of English

Salary:

$36,000-$55,500 Salary is based on years of teaching experience and increases 5% each year.

Benefits:

– Airline ticket to Beijing and home again at the end of the school year.
– Housing stipend
– CIGNA health insurance. School pays $3086 of the cost and 70% of the cost over $3086
– Provides a settling in amount of $1500
– Some benefits apply to dependents.

NOTE: Amounts quoted fluctuate based on currency valuations. Salary and benefits paid in Chinese RMB.

Send inquiries and resumes to Maxine Klimasasa at mklimasara@this.edu.cn

Additional materials:

Resume
Recommendations

Interviews:

Through SKYPE unless the candidate is in Beijing and then the interview will be in person at Tsinghua International School.

 

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Comments: from Sarah P…

5.8.17 –

Note: I have been traveling and working more this year (so far) but this is not the reason I have been posting less.  It has simply been because there are fewer jobs to post.  The world economy, along with oil, has been depressed the last few years.  However, don’t lose heart as this business is cyclical and overall, in the twenty plus years I have been watching this market, the number of international librarian jobs overall has grown significantly.

What can you do?  Wait it out, decide to volunteer in order to gain some experience (short-term or long), go and get your school media certification or archivist credential, work for a NGO, arrange for an exchange…these are some examples and more choices are listed in my book. Gaining international experience takes dedication, planning, and yes, some luck. Any expat will tell you, it’s a strange combination of events that usually lands you the position.

On a positive note, I just received an e-mail from someone saying that they located a job via this blog…a circumstance which helps make the effort worthwhile.

Safe travels, Sarah P.

 

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Hiring Fair: ISS Virtual iFair

5.4.17 –  ISS (International School Services) iFair / Virtual Hiring Fair

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone interested in the international school librarian market ISS is hosting another hiring fair, this one after the height of the hiring season has concluded.  This is an opportunity to gain a break-in position for those without the ‘A list’ attributes, namely international experience, school media certification on top of an MLIS (but you should be able to show you are working to obtain it), and/or being single or part of a teaching team. You must be a registered ISS candidate to attend so if you are interested you need to contact ISS ASAP because establishing a file can take time due to credentials and recommendations needing to be verified.

Please be aware that, while ISS is a recruiting agency they also now run their own schools as well, which are, unfortunately, not always top tier.  So, be sure to join ISR, International Schools Review, and carefully read the reviews of any schools you might be interested in.

 

May 17, 2017

 What is an iFair®?

International Schools Services is proud to be the first to offer this type of event for schools and candidates worldwide! It’s the best part of an IRC from the comfort of your home/office. Connect with schools early in the season and set up interviews. No taking time away from school – just you, your laptop (phone or tablet) and ISS recruiting schools connecting online. Everyone will be online at the same time, so you can instantly schedule your interviews.

With the use of technology, finding a position has never been easier or more convenient.

Schools will create a virtual booth, which candidates will enter when the event is live. Each school can customize its booth with information such as: logo and website; information about the school and country; salary and benefits packages; and open positions. Recruiters will be online and waiting to talk to candidates. Candidates can enter as many booths as they like, queue and communicate with recruiters.

Initial communication will be done via instant messaging, but Skype is now fully integrated, so you can move directly to a follow-up Skype interview.

 

 

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