Job: Director of Library

5.20.16 –  Director of Library
American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Kabul

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was lasted posted in May 2016. Here is some info:

Wikipedia article
Glassdoor article
Living in Kabul: Advice for Expats  (a bit dated but still relevant)

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is a private, non-profit university offering an American-style liberal arts education.  We opened our doors in 2005 and currently offer 4 undergraduate academic majors and a MBA program.  We follow a strict non-discriminatory policy, and applicants from all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are a young, dynamic university with a student population of above 1000 students. Construction has recently begun on a new 75 acre international campus.

AUAF is seeking a qualified candidate for the position “Director of Library” to begin in April 2017.

The Director of the Library has overall responsibility for collections, services, and facilities, and provides the leadership and direction for all professional staff, support staff, and student assistants in the university library.  Specific duties include collection development, cataloging, and provision of reference services, as well as the establishment, organization and maintenance of AUAF instructional materials in the library and departmental resource centers and reading rooms.  The Director of the Library has primary responsibility for building the vision and plans for the Library, the management of collections funds and operating budgets; library public relations; staff selection, supervision and development; and facilities planning for this library.  The Director of the Library participates actively in the organizational support of AUAF programs and services, and is included in the AUAF administrative staff meetings; s/he fosters and maintains strong ties with the undergraduate, graduate faculty as well as with administration. The Director of the Library also promotes responsive, high quality services for the entire university community.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop library policies including those for acquisitions, collection development, staffing, book loans/circulation, reference services, and other library operations
  • Collection development and management including acquisition of new materials, based on reviews of the literature and recommendations of faculty and suppliers
  • Design, implement and carry out the system and procedures for processing, cataloguing and indexing of documents, books, and other print and electronic materials.
  • Provide loan and reference/research services to faculty, staff and students, including bibliographic instruction regarding use of library facilities and research tools
  • Review and select electronic resources for the library, including acquisition of databases.
  • Develop links with other libraries or similar institutions that are beneficial to AUAF, including collaboration on the digital library project of the Afghan eQuality Alliance, and serving as the contact person for the AMICAL consortium of American University libraries.
  • Supervise the work of librarians, library assistants, student assistants and/or volunteers.
  • Budgeting for the library including costs of materials acquisition, staffing, and general operations.
  • Liaising with AUAF and external IT and other staff as required.
  • Process new items. Catalog materials using established resource room/lab procedures.
  • Maintain and monitor inventory control (e.g., sign-out and sign-in of materials) and follow-up on missing materials.
  • Monitor supplies and identify requirements for the Audio/Visual resource room and library.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • May teach a course as part of the contract.
  • Conducting self in a professional and ethical manner at all times and not entering into any activities that may adversely affect the image of AUAF or part thereof.

Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited school
  • Extensive knowledge of information sources and content systems, including relevant databases, internet services and library services. Ability to use automated information systems as applicable to libraries.
  • Experience with electronic instructional software, preferably in a university environment.
  • Experience teaching information literacy and online courses.
  • Excellent analytical, project management and organizational skills.
  • Experience in providing reference and research assistance.
  • Experience living in non-western countries, preferably in a post-conflict environment.
  • Experience with information technologies and their applications in a library setting.
  • Good communication and public relation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within limited time frames.
  • Excellent computer skills to include Microsoft Office applications and internet software.
  • Fluent oral and excellent written English. Experience in Dari and/or Pashtu is an advantage.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The American University of Afghanistan offers a generous benefits package that includes a competitive salary, air transportation, university-provided accommodation, and paid health care insurance. This is an unprecedented opportunity to teach at a newly formed American University in an emerging and rapidly changing society.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobs@auaf.edu.af. Please include “Director of Library” in the subject line of the email.

Job: Director of Library

5.20.16 –  Director of Library
American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Kabul

Sarah P’s comments:  I have seen this position listed before but not for several years.  Here is some info:

Wikipedia article
Glassdoor article
Living in Kabul: Advice for Expats  (a bit dated but still relevant)

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is a private, non-profit university offering an American-style liberal arts education.  We opened our doors in 2005 and currently offer 4 undergraduate academic majors and a MBA program.  We follow a strict non-discriminatory policy, and applicants from all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are a young, dynamic university with a student population of above 1000 students. Construction has recently begun on a new 75 acre international campus.

AUAF is seeking a qualified candidate for the position “Director of Library” to begin in July 2016.

The Director of the Library has overall responsibility for collections, services, and facilities, and provides the leadership and direction for all professional staff, support staff, and student assistants in the university library.  Specific duties include collection development, cataloging, and provision of reference services, as well as the establishment, organization and maintenance of AUAF instructional materials in the library and textbook store.  The Director of the Library has primary responsibility for building the vision and plans for the Library, the management of collections funds and operating budgets; library public relations; staff selection, supervision and development; and facilities planning for library services for AUAF.  The Director of the Library participates actively in the organizational support of AUAF programs and services, and is included in the AUAF administrative staff meetings; s/he fosters and maintains strong ties with the faculty as well as with administration. The Director of the Library also promotes responsive, high quality services for the entire university community.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Lead the Library in developing high quality, state-of-the-art, innovative services and collections to support the current and future academic needs of faculty and students
  • Develop library policies including those for acquisitions, collection development, staffing, circulation, reference services, and other library operations
  • Collection development and management including acquisition of new print materials, based on reviews of the literature and recommendations of faculty and suppliers
  • Review and select electronic resources for the library, including acquisition of databases
  • Design, implement and supervise the system and procedures for processing, cataloguing and indexing of documents, books, and other print and electronic materials
  • Provide loan and reference/research services to faculty, staff and students, including bibliographic instruction regarding use of library facilities and research tools
  • Develop links with other libraries or similar institutions that are beneficial to AUAF, including serving as the representative for the AMICAL consortium of American University libraries
  • Supervise the work of library staff, student assistants and/or volunteers
  • Devise budgets for the library including costs of materials acquisition and general operations
  • Coordinate with faculty for textbook ordering; supervise textbook procurement, inventory management, and distribution/return; explore options for electronic textbooks and Open Educational Resources
  • Maintain and monitor inventory control and follow-up on missing materials
  • Other duties as assigned
  • May teach a course as part of the contract
  • Conducting self in a professional and ethical manner at all times and not entering into any activities that may adversely affect the image of AUAF or any part thereof

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited school (ALA preferred, but not required)
  • Extensive knowledge of information sources and content systems, including relevant databases, internet services and library services. Ability to use automated information systems as applicable to libraries.
  • Experience with electronic instructional software, preferably in a university environment.
  • Experience teaching information literacy and online courses.
  • Excellent analytical, project management, budget and organizational skills.
  • Experience in providing reference and research assistance.
  • Experience with information technologies and their applications in a library setting.
  • Good communication and public relation skills.
  • Experience living in non-western countries, preferably in a post-conflict environment.
  • Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds and diverse political views while maintaining impartiality and objectivity.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes.
  • Excellent computer skills to include Microsoft Office applications and internet software.
  • Fluent oral and excellent written English. Experience in Dari and/or Pashtu is an advantage.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The American University of Afghanistan offers a generous package that includes a competitive salary, air transportation, university-provided accommodation, and paid health care insurance for expatriate hires.  This is an unprecedented opportunity to work at a young American University in an emerging and rapidly changing society.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to jobs@auaf.edu.af. Please include “Director of Library” in the subject line of the email.

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Rebecca L. Miller, MA, MLS, PhD

Library Director

Bernice Nachman Marlowe Library

American University of Afghanistan

P.O. Box #458

Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone:  +93 (0) 799 45 50 28

Email:  rmiller@auaf.edu.af

Web: http://library.auaf.edu.af / http://librarycat.auaf.edu.af (catalog)

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/auaflibrary

News: Article about Libraries in Afghanistan

4.6.16 – To Feed Hungry Minds, Afghans Seed a Ravaged Land With Books
by Mujib Mashalmarch, 3/30/16, Panjwai Journal/New York Times

PANJWAI, Afghanistan — At first glance, it is not much of a library: two shelves of about 1,600 books and magazines in a basement room deep into a dusty alley of adobe homes in rural Panjwai District, in southern Afghanistan. The mattresses and blankets stacked in the corner still give the vibe of the guest quarters the room once was.

But the register shows how parts of the community here, particularly younger residents, have come to value any chance to indulge their curiosity, in a place that was at the heart of the original Taliban uprising in the 1990s and became a watchword for the tragedy and deprivation brought by war…

Click this LINK to read the rest of the article…

 

Job: Library Assessment Specialist

2/16/15 –  Library Assessment Specialist
The Asia Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with experience in developing school/public libraries here is a short-term opportunity to expand into NGO work.  The position description says you will ‘work closely’ with your Afghan partners but does not discuss whether you will be located in the country or will visit, a very important detail which you will need to verify and then discuss.

 

Contract Duration: 12 weeks

Submission Guidelines

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their resumes with a brief application letter and contact details, no later than February 27, 2015 to opportunities@asiafoundation.org. Please clearly indicate “Library Assessment Specialist” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Background

The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation, with the support of USAID, will begin a five year project called Strengthen Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II) in 2015. The project will improve institutional capacity in the areas of operations, administration, leadership, management, and fundraising of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, (and provide support to some other program activities.) These institutions include the International School of Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), and the National Science Center in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE). Strategic planning to incorporate USAID goals for education, gender equity, development of youth programming, inclusion of marginalized populations, inclusion of people/children with disabilities, and the development of public-private partnerships will be integrated into the design of the project.

A major focus of this project will be partnering with ACKU, a non-profit organization that collects and makes available resources that contribute to the understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural dynamics of Afghan society in the past, present, and future. ACKU also facilitates research that addresses Afghanistan’s nation-building challenges. ACKU’s Box Library Extension (ABLE) program establishes libraries and provides books and reading materials to rural communities and high schools throughout the country. ABLE is a pioneer of “boxed libraries” in Afghanistan, which aim to enhance and encourage reading among people of all ages and abilities – but especially among the newly literate – by bringing appropriate and relevant reading materials directly to them. These materials provide communities, students, and teachers with simple, informative, technical, and supplementary reading materials. “Boxed libraries” currently reach 225 location including schools and communities in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. For more information please refer to ACKU website www.acku.edu.af. Support for ACKU under the ABLE component focuses on activities that improve literary and primary grade-level reading skills, however currently ACKU/ABLE contributes mainly to enhanced reading of students and teachers at the secondary school level. The responsibility of the library assessment specialist is to make sure ABLE promotes literacy and a culture for reading among the primary grade level students, improve the ABLE library service, and acquire primary grade level books.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will work closely with his/her Afghan national counterparts, enhancing their capacity by progressively transferring skills, expertise, knowledge, and responsibility. This assignment will involve assessment and supporting of the ACKU/ABLE component, the ideal candidate will conduct assessments and provide technical support to ABLE libraries in the following key areas:

Assessment

  • Through a consultative process conduct a technical and capacity assessment of the ABLE libraries, ABLE custodians, and partner NGOs including, developing the methodology and tools for the assessment.
  • Provide technical and capacity assessment report to TAF and ACKU.

Implementation

  • On the basis of the assessment report, develop a capacity building plan for the ABLE school and community libraries, partner NGOs, and ABLE custodians.
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to the TAF and ACKU staff in implementation of the plan.
  • Train ABLE library custodians and partner NGOs to encourage reading through school and community-engagement activities.
  • Support ABLE with the publishing and distribution of primary grade level books.
  • Promote the use of the ABLE through displays, reading competitions, and other promotion activities.

Strategic Planning and Gender

  • Develop a three-year strategic plan for ABLE that considers gender equity in all aspects of the ABLE project.

Requirements

TAF is looking for a candidate with the following skills, experience, and qualifications:

  • PhD or the equivalent in Library Science or a related area of study.
  • Seven years of experience in the development of school and community libraries
  • At least five years experiences in teaching and training in library science.
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in advising, mentoring, and technical supporting.
  • Previous experiences in developing and publishing primary school level reading books
  • Able to produce reports and other standard documents in English
  • A good team player with ability to work in a very challenging environment.
  • Previous experience in under-developed, insecure, or post-conflict environments is highly desirable.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in using libraries to improve the reading skills of students at both the primary school and adult level.