Job: School Librarian (2)

9.15.16 – Two positions: Elementary & Secondary Librarian
American Community School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sarah P’s comments: It’s September and here are the first of the season’s school positions for next year (2017-2018).  If you are interested in pursuing a position as an international school librarian now is the time to polish your resume and submit paperwork to a recruiting agency.  In order to apply for these positions you will need to join The International Educator (where these are listed) and/or an agency as well.  I always recommend joining International School Reviews as well, an invaluable source of inside information about various international schools.  For more on the hiring process of international school librarians please read Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Chapter 3 Resources listed.

About this school: ACS is a well-established top-tier school however has recently gone through some changes which have been discussed in the ISR reviews. Abu Dhabi is a safe, modern city but housing is an issue because the school is located on the bottom of the island near the Corniche where things are both crowded and expensive. Interesting that both positions are open and this early. I would ask about why that is so if interviewed.

Description:  PreK-12 co-ed day school serving over 60 nationalities in the residential area of Abu Dhabi.

Age Limit:  65

Other:  Please see the following web sites for openings: http://www.tieonline.com; http://www.iss.edu; http://www.acs.sch.ae

Salary:  The Director of HR will provide salary information.

Benefits:  round trip transportation, housing, professional development, health, dental and disability insurance, annual home leave, end of service bonus, shipping.

Qualifications:  A Masters degree with minimum of 4 years experience as a librarian.

Additional materials: Letter of application, resume and contact information for references

Interviews: Interviews will be held via email and Skype

Application Deadline:  Please send the required materials by October 1

Other:  Please visit our website http://www.acs.sch.ae to learn more about our learning community

 

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Meggan Houlihan

6.2.16 –  Here is news about one of the panelists participating in the upcoming Leaning Internatonal IRRT Program which is part of ALA 2016 . We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

MegganMeggan Houlihan is the First-Year Experience and Instruction Librarian at New York University in Abu Dhabi.  In this role Meggan collaborates with the Office of First-Year Students, Writing Program, and Writing Center to equip freshman with basic information literacy skills.  She is a former Coordinator of Instruction at The American University of Cairo, where she handled instructional activity, assessment, and outreach. She is currently serving on the Information Literacy Network of the Gulf’s Steering and Professional Development Committee, LIRT Conference Planning Committee, and IRRT Conference Planning Committee. She is the former Coordinator of Professional Development for the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries. She is a graduate of Indiana University (MLS), the University of Reading, UK (MA Modern History), and Eastern Illinois University (BA History).Her research interests include information literacy in the Middle East, library outreach, and student learning.

Meggan enjoys running, yoga, reading, and traveling. At the time of publication, she has explored thirty-five countries. Only 161 more countries to go!

Impressions of her first year…
 
My first year in Cairo was wild!  When I landed at the Cairo International Airport, there was a porter with a sign for “Mr. Meggan Houlihan.”  I think that sign set the tone for my four years in Cairo–so many random unexplainable things happened, but I put a smile on my face and kept moving forward.  I learned to adjust, haggle, and navigate the maze commonly know as Cairo.  I immersed myself in the culture and the city. Then the Egyptian Revolution happened and things went from crazy to insane. It was incredible. Overall, my first year in Cairo was one of the most memorable years of my life, and Cairo will always feel like home to me.
 
How she found her first international position…
 
I found my first international job on ALAjoblist.  Most Western-style institutions will advertise on ALAjoblist or the Chronicle of Higher Education.
 
Why she wanted to work overseas…
 
I’ve been consumed by wanderlust since I was sixteen. After studying abroad in Wales and attending graduate school in England, I knew I wanted to get back out into the world. AUC gave me that opportunity.
 
Advice for others who would like to do it…
 
When I received my initial offer from AUC, I contacted my library school mentor to discuss the details of my contract.  My offer was lower than expected. (What?! I was under the impression that international librarians made a lot of money. I thought I would be able to tell Sallie Mae to get lost and spend my time eating cheese in exotic locations. It turns out this is not the case.) I was bummed. We discussed everything in detail, and then she finally asked, “What does your heart of hearts say?”  My heart of hearts said go to Cairo. Live. Travel. Eat (cheap) cheese in exotic locations. So that’s what I did.
 
My advice? Follow your heart of hearts…

Job: EFADA Manager

12/11/14 –  EFADA Manager (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in UAE)
Anakut, KUSTAR (Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sarah P’s comments:  There are currently 4 librarian positions open with this University (see earlier posts as well). There is an abundance of universities in the UAE, some good, some not so good. KUSTAR does have good reviews to date and I am including a link to an article which mentions them in their discussion of the pros and cons of working in the Middle East.  The article is from 2012 but the information is still accurate and the author shares some insights which you should be aware of if you are considering working in the region.  The Middle East Option  by William Roden, Inside Higher Ed, 2/8/12.

 

Hello Colleagues,

The UAE library consortium called eFADA is searching once again for a Director. We conducted a search last year but failed to get our candidate of choice. Now we are searching again. By way of clarification, the position is at Ankabut, the national NREN, but Ankabut is currently under the auspices of Khalifa University. Hence Khalifa HR is conducting the search.

–Dorothy Byers, eFADA Executive Committee

Dr. Dorothy Furber Byers
Head of Libraries, Library
Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR)
PO Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
+971 (0)2 447 2442
dorothy.byers@kustar.ac.ae

About Ankabut:Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer QoS based networks with IPv4/IPv6, multicast and introduce advanced services on a “Closed Group Network” with “Public Interest Purposes”.

Ankabut interconnects universities with a 10G backbone and 1G access links. It enables a closed community network that allows the transfer of real-time services such as converged IM, voice and video communication, time-critical services such as grid computing interconnect (cloud computing), non-real time services such as e-learning, email, library interconnect, off-site disaster recovery, global federated single-sign-on and Wi-Fi networking to name a few.

eFADA, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in UAE, is forming under the leadership of Ankabut, UAE’s Internet 2 network organization. The consortium aims to serve all accredited higher education institutions, as well as related organizations that would add value to the consortium. Ankabut serves 20 institutions and has the capacity to host consortium activities.

About the Role:

The Manager’s prime responsibility is the development and management of the library consortium. In consultation with the Board of Library Directors and the Executive Committee, the Consortium Manager provides vision, develops strategic plans, sets goals and policies, manages operations, and develops/manages staff.

  • Provides vision and leadership, sets strategic goals, and furthers the mission and strategic goals.
  • Prepares budgets and monitors approved capital and operating budgets. Prepares budget reports.
  • Leads initiatives to adopt technologies that enhance resource sharing and services to member libraries.
  • Hires and supervises qualified staff.
  • Administers projects and programmatic activities such as resource sharing, working with vendors, and coordinating members in setting policy and problem-solving.
  • Serves as liaison to the Board, members, working groups, and committees.
  • Implements procedures for managing and coordinating the work of the specialized committees and advisory councils.
  • Offers and manages electronic resources
  • Facilitates communication within the consortium; maintains website for the Consortium.
  • Provides administrative and logistical support for meetings and other member activities related to the Consortium.
  • Assesses and reports on use and costs/benefits of consortium activities.
  • Promotes services, attracts new members.
  • Participates in funding endeavors.
  • Represents the Consortium in local, regional, national and professional venues.
  • Negotiating contracts and licensing agreements.

About the Person:

  • Master of Library Science from accredited library school or equivalent
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic/research library with a consortium similar to the eFADA
  • Experience with and understanding of resource sharing services and systems, Access Services, and automated library management systems.

About the Technical Requirements:

  • Ability to work with library system vendors on operational support and continued evolution of their systems, as needed.
  • Experience with digital repositories.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Management and budgetary experience
  • Effective negotiation skills for licensing digital resources
  • Experience in seeking and securing funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology in current and emerging areas as well as in office applications.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

Application Information

Contact: Human Resources
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR)
Online App. Form: http://careers.kustar.ac.ae/kustar/VacancyDetail.aspx?VacancyID=86403

Job: Senior Librarian

10/27/14 –  Senior Librarian
KUSTAR (Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

About Khalifa University:

With campuses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Khalifa University is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. It endeavours to be an internationally recognised research university, with a world class reputation for interdisciplinary teaching and research and a tradition of partnering with leading academic institutions from around the world.

About the Role:

The position is responsible for assisting faculty and students with their research, and for instructing same in using resources as well as in managing research data.

  • Provides research assistance and instruction for all engineering programs at upper levels
  • Presents seminars and workshops on research resources, patents, and info management tools such as Mendeley, LaTeX
  • Provides instructional support for data visualization, GIS and the Decision Theater
  • Provides instruction and support in digital scholarship services including research data management
  • Assists graduate students with thesis research and preparation
  • Provides research support for document delivery
  • Creates and maintains instructional materials such as LibGuides
  • Participates in LibRef service
  • Selects materials for disciplines served
  • Participates in relevant meetings with staff and faculty

About The Person:

  • Masters degree from an ALA-accredited institution. Additional graduate degree in science or engineering preferred. PhD or extensive experience in science or engineering research may be considered in lieu of MLS.
  • Minimum three years experience post masters degree as research librarian in sci/tech libraries required.
  • Demonstrated interest in academic research and teaching environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of resources and information-seeking skills in the sci/tech disciplines
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with students, faculty, and librarian peers
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills and client service orientation
  • MS Office applications
  • Instructional experience
  • Experience teaching citation managers
  • Experience in collection development
  • Experience using the patent literature
  • Experience in research data management (data curation, documentation, conversion and interoperability, and preservation) and understanding of metadata preferred
  • Experience with database management systems preferred
  • Experience with simulation software, GIS, and data visualization software preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects, work under stress and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated flexibility, skill at multi-tasking, taking initiative, being creative
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to profession through research, publishing, teaching, or professional service
  • Ability to work well as a team member, and willingness/ability to work some evening hours as service needs demand.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

Sarah P’s comments:  There are currently 4 librarian positions open with this University (see earlier posts as well). There is an abundance of universities in the UAE, some good, some not so good.  KUSTAR does have good reviews to date and I am including a link to an article which mentions them in their discussion of the pros and cons of working in the Middle East.  The article is from 2012 but the information is still accurate and the author shares some insights which you should be aware of if you are considering working in the region.

The Middle East Option  by William Roden, Inside Higher Ed, 2/8/12

Job: Information Literacy Coordinator (search extended)

10/7/14 –  Information Literacy Coordinator
Zayed University, Au Dhabi, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  They have extended the search for this position which was originally advertised on 8/21/14.  For more information see my original blogpost.

Job: Information Literacy Coordinator

8/21/14 –  Information Literacy Coordinator
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Zayed University’s Library and Learning Commons seeks an Information Literacy Coordinator for our Abu Dhabi campus. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Information Literacy Coordinator at our Dubai campus to lead and strengthen information literacy programming efforts on campus.

Zayed University prepares graduates to contribute to building the nation, offering internationally accredited programs of study and a commitment to excellent and innovative teaching and learning practices. The University’s benefits package includes a competitive, income tax-free salary in the United Arab Emirates, housing allowance, and annual vacation ticket. The U.A.E. is a safe and stable nation with a high standard of living, excellent beaches and lovely camels.

Sarah P’s comments:  Lovely camels?  You have to like an ad with a nice sense of humor.  Zayed University enjoys a reputation as one of the better national universities to work for.  Unfortunately they suffer from disorganization which is evident here where the job is not listed on their website even though this is where you need to apply!  It probably will appear soon however if you are interested in this position I would write the person listed in the IFLA post and politely ask for details.

Job: Assistant Librarian

8/21/14 – Assistant Librarian
Khalifa Univerist of Science, Technology, and Research (KUSTAR)
Abu Dhabi, UAE

About Khalifa University:  With campuses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Khalifa University is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. It endeavours to be an internationally recognised research university, with a world class reputation for interdisciplinary teaching and research and a tradition of partnering with leading academic institutions from around the world.

About the Role:  This position is responsible for managing and maintaining the library’s Makerspace and for assisting faculty and students in using its equipment and software. The position also assists in implementing and maintaining library systems and software such as Millennium and the Khalifa Repository.

About The Person:  Master of Science in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or Masters degree in computer science or engineering or Masters degree in Media Technology.
Relevant certifications preferred.
Minimum two years experience as problem-solving geek required, preferably in academic libraries.
Experience with the Makerspace equipment and software preferred.
Experience in sci/tech libraries preferred.

 

Sarah P’s comments:  There is an abundance of universities in the UAE, some good, some not so good.  KUSTAR does have good reviews to date and I am including a link to an article which mentions them in their discussion of the pros and cons of working in the Middle East.  The article is from 2012 but the information is still accurate and the author shares some insights which you should be aware of if you are considering working in the region.

The Middle East Option  by William Roden, Inside Higher Ed, 2/8/12