Job: Archives Assistant

9.6.17 –  Archives Assistant
International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Arusha, Tanzania

Posting Period: 17 August 2017 – 15 September 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Documentation and Information -RMT-83573-R-Arusha (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice
The appointment is limited to the Mechanism. Appointment of the successful candidate on this position will be limited to the initial funding of the post. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds. Appointments of staff members in the United Nations are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General.

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Archives and Records Section of the Registry of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Arusha Branch. Under the supervision of the Head of MARS Arusha, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting the work of the Archivists in the management of the records and archives management by the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals.

Responsibilities
Undertake tasks related to the accessioning, arrangement and description, storage, preservation and conservation, and accessibility of the archives and records managed by MARS Arusha:
– Provide records storage and retrieval services for client offices.
– Arrange transfers of records from client offices to the Section’s repositories.
– Process consignments of transferred records, ensuring that they meet required standards and are stored securely, under the direction of the archivists.
– Maintain records of records transfers.
– Retrieve/return/update records on request of client offices.
– Maintain records of retrievals and loans.
– Assist client offices with complex searches for records.
– Maintain stocks of specialist recordkeeping supplies and issue them to client offices on request.
– Implement Records Retention Schedules and other disposition instructions.
– Maintain the Section’s repositories in good order.
– Undertake environmental monitoring checks.
– Monitor use of space.
– Implement security controls.
– Maintain logs, registers and other records of repository management activities.

Support the work of the archivists by assisting in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the management of the Archives. Assist with preparation and dissemination of finding aids for archives. Assist in the provision of access to archives, and the provision of information and support to researchers. Assist with preparation of presentation and publicity materials.

Support the development and implementation of recordkeeping improvement projects.

Perform other duties as required.

Competencies
Professionalism: Knowledge of UN records and archives policies, procedures and practices. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education
High school diploma or equivalent. Completion of a training or educational programme in archives and records management or a related field is desirable.

Work Experience
Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience in archives management, records management, information management or related area is required. Experience in working with records in both physical and digital format is highly desirable. Experience in international organizations or international tribunals or national courts is desirable.

Languages
English and French are the working languages of the Mechanism. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment
There may be a technical test followed by a competency based interview.

United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job: Chief Records Management Officer

8.17.17 –  Chief records management, classification & archives officer
African Development Bank, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Sarah P’s comments: A reader wrote to ask I share this position, however, I have very little information to share about it other than I believe the position would be located at their headquarters in Côte d’Ivoire and here are the Glassdoor reviews.

  • Grade: PL3
  • Position N°: 50078458
  • Reference: ADB/17/377
  • Publication date: 14/08/2017
  • Closing date: 01/09/2017

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas, all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa

THE COMPLEX:

The President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the ADB and the ADF. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President (PRST0); Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM);  General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat(PSEG).

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:

The role of the Banks’ Office of the Secretary General and the General Secretariat (PSEG) is to facilitate the delivery of the objectives of the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy, High 5s, and Development and Business Delivery Model (DBDM) by enhancing the decision-making process of the governance organs and forging better working relationships with the shareholders and host countries of the Bank. PSEG is comprised of:
(i) the Immediate Office of the Secretary General (PSEG0) which has the additional responsibility of managing the Records Management and Archives Section and the Corporate Governance Policy and Shareholder Relations Section;
(ii) Board Affairs and Proceedings Division (PSEG1);
(iii) Protocol, Privileges and Immunities Division (PSEG2); and
(iv) Conferences and Meetings Division (PSEG3).

THE POSITION:

The key objective of this position is to Coordinate and manage the timely, active and effective provision of information about the Bank Group and its activities, in particular its development operations.

The incumbent will supervise the proper archiving of Board records and documents and make these easily accessible to members of the Boards and users. In addition, the Section coordinates archives and records managements of the Bank Group’s vital records, design record keeping tools and provide regular training to staff.

The job holder will oversee the classification of Bank-wide information in all forms and formats to:

  1. ensure their strategic alignment in support of business objectives before disclosure of such information;
  2. ensure availability, confidentiality, integrity, and audit ability of the Bank’s information;
  3. ensure reduction of adverse impacts on the Bank’s business operations to an acceptable level;
  4. and ensure conformity and full compliance with the Bank’s Information Classification policy;

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Secretary General, the Chief Records Management, Classification & Archives Officer will:

  1. Develop and maintain a strategic and operational framework for the Bank’s records management and archiving and Information Classification System to ensure consistency with applicable Bank rules and regulations and to obtain and maintain quality management system ISO 15489;
  2. Develop and regularly maintain records management and archiving policies, guidelines and procedures as well as the classification guidelines for the Bank in line with the above strategy and operational framework;
  3. Classify all Bank documents in accordance with the DAI policy;
  4. Undertake extensive inventory of information of the Bank and ensure their classification in accordance with the Disclosure and Access to Information Policy (DAIP);
  5. Establish and regularly maintain an efficient system of document searching according to classification of information in accordance with the DAI Policy;
  6. Develop and apply effective security controls to the Bank’s information systems by establishing appropriate information; classification labels in line with the DAIP prescriptions;
  7. Serve as the focal point in the Bank for records management and archiving, information classification and declassification issues in relation to the DAI policy in particular, and for the Bank as a whole, in general;
  8. Design / Update a training content to be part of the DAI training program along with e-learning tool for staff on constant basis;
  9. Design appropriate steps for staff to follow in classification of documents;
  10. To develop key information management controls to ensure that staff members are aware of their responsibilities and that best practice is being followed;
  11. Assist and advise staff in records management and archiving and classification and declassification of Bank’s documents;
  12. Advise on any current and potential security and regulatory issues affecting the Bank’s information and assess their impact on the Bank;
  13. Develop guidelines for document classification, including the networks for sharing information within the Bank;
  14. Provide leadership on expert innovative systems for records management and archiving and classification of information;
  15. Lead the implementation of and provide expert advice and recommendations to Senior Management and staff on the DAI policy as well as on records management and archiving policies, guidelines and procedures;
  16. Supervise the proper archiving of Board records and documents and make these easily accessible to members of the Boards;
  17. Supervise archives and records managements of the Bank Group’s vital records, design record keeping tools and provide regular training to staff.

Selection Criteria

  1. Hold at least a Master’s degree in Library Science, Information Systems, Governance, Social Science, Public Policy and Administration or any other similar discipline;
  2. Have a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant practical experience in the relevant field;
  3. Good understanding of Records Management, Archiving and Information Classification systems, strategies, policies, principles, procedures, and standards;
  4.  Having private sector experience will be an added advantage;
  5. Good knowledge of information generation and classification, and up-to-date awareness of latest developments in thinking and practice of other MDBs on information classification requirements;
  6. Comprehensive knowledge of industry standards and guidelines pertaining to all aspects of records management, archiving and information classification;
  7. Experience of working to best practice in Information and Records Management (for example ISO 15489);
  8. High level of organizational and analytical skills;
  9. Knowledge in all aspects of computer security in multi IT areas: database, classification, operating systems specific applications, etc.;
  10. Strong experience in the use of Information technology tools, SAP and the standard Bank MS office applications (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint); databases, with good knowledge of Management Information Systems;
  11. Knowledge of Document Management Systems, Information Request Tracking System (IRTS), taxonomy building and metadata standards; report writing skills etc.;
  12. Relevant practical experience in the field such as the Access to Information (ATI) or Freedom of Information (FOI), preferably with any similar institution such as the International Financial Institution (IFI), Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) or in the public sector environment;
  13. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English or French, preferably with a working knowledge of the other;
  14. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access and Power Point); knowledge of SAP (or other integrated document management system or quantitative and qualitative data analysis packages is an added advantage.
INFORMATION ON THE POSITION:   THE AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP HAS RETAINED DEVEX TO ASSIST WITH THIS APPOINTMENT. TO APPLY, PLEASE CLICK ON “APPLY” AS DISPLAYED ON THE APPLICATION PAGE OR ACCESS THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LINK:

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3773150/Chief-Records-Management-Classification-Archives-Officer-PL3

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

Should you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the issue and/or a screenshot showing the problem to: HR Direct HRDirect@AFDB.ORG  

 

Job: Library Services Engineer

6.19.17 –  Library Services Engineer
EBSCO Information Services, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments: A well-known company with overall good reviews although they are asking for quite a skill set. EBSCO is a world-wide company and you can search by ‘international‘ under open positions and set up a job alert.
Glassdoor Reviews

Description

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.

Library Services Engineer – South Africa
EBSCO research databases, ebooks, and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end-users.
The Global Software Services (GSS) team and Library Services Engineers (LSE a.k.a. Sales Engineer, Technology Consultant) are dedicated to increasing sales and adoption of EBSCO technology enabled products internationally through Field Sales Engineering, Customer Satisfaction driven creative technical solutions, Delivering customer input directly into the Software Development Lifecycle, and Technology Partnership management.
The LSE is the primary technical advisor and product advocate for the regional Sales team and most important customers; and responsible for UI customizations and extensions, API integration, and small app development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Regional/Market (Sub Saharan Africa) authoritative expert on technology aspects of EBSCO’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform functionality, competition, trends.
  • Conduct pre-sales presentations (to small and large audiences) and clear written responses to Requests for Information (RFI) or related inquiries.
  • Create and manage demos, prototypes, and documentation (e.g. app instructions, regular status updates to management).
  • Establish strong relationships with Sales & Customer Support teams and customer staff; supporting the evaluation/trial process, initial post-sales support/nurturing, troubleshooting and resolving customer specific advanced technical issues.
  • Contribute to the app development process with varying levels of: customer requirements definition, coding, testing, documentation, and management.

Cultural Competencies:

  • Drive
  • Positive Attitude
  • Good Judgement
  • Open Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Desire to Make an Impact
  • Eager to Understand
  • Accountable
  • Decisive
  • Team Player

RequirementsRequirements:

  • Minimum two (2) years of progressive experience in either System Librarianship, Consulting, Product Management, or related field.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience and excellence in presenting as well as written communication describing details for technology, Internet, or software application products to internal and external audiences and various levels of management.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to travel approximately 50% to national and international locations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four (4) year college/university degree.
  • Two (2) plus years’ experience with HTML, JavaScript (jQuery, React/Redux), PHP, Perl and Java development.
  • Two (2) plus years’ experience installing, configuring and maintaining applications on Windows and Linux platforms.
  • One (1) plus years’ experience working on AWS or Azure or other IaaS providers
  • One (1) plus years’ experience working with:
    • Online research database platforms (e.g. EBSCOhost)
    • Integrated Library Systems (ILS e.g. Alma, Millennium, Sierra, Symphony, Koha)
    • Institutional Repository platforms (e.g. ContentDM, DSpace, Fedora)
    • Content Management / Search software (e.g. Sharepoint, Drupal, VuFind)
  • Experience programming with APIs, use of a full web application stack (e.g. LAMP), large data file analysis (e.g. MARC, XML), and Agile methodologies.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently while maintaining team involvement, organized and detail oriented, strong problem solving and analytical skills.

Employee policies and benefits vary by location.

Volunteer: Librarian

6.2.17 –  Volunteer Librarian
CADIP: Togo programs

Sarah P’s comments:  The key to finding a good volunteer opp is to make sure you do your research. The Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects (CADIP) is a non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to promoting peace, cooperation, tolerance, and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. They offer affordable (their words) short term volunteer projects. CADIP opportunities are listed regularly on Idealist so I decided to do a check-in e-mail which is one of the tools I use to check volunteer opportunities.  If they reply, I take this as a positive. Is this case, they did and I have included their e-mail below.

Here are some reviews of their programs in general, I wasn’t able to find a review of the program in Togo:   http://www.abroadreviews.com/search/node/CADIP

 

Hi Sarah,

Thank you for your message and your interest in our activities. The international volunteer programs are an affordable and exciting opportunity for involvement in wide variety of projects. You can access the short-term volunteer programs with updated list of the free places and detailed descriptions of the projects by following this link: http://www.cadip.org/workcamps. The long-term volunteer projects can be seen at: http://www.cadip.org/projects.

I can recommend the projects: Teaching and promoting the library in Yeviepe, Togo (www.cadip.org/volunteer-in-togo) and Managing a library and promoting reading among school children in Kpalime, Togo (www.cadip.org/volunteering-in-togo).

The placement of volunteers is done on a first-come first-served basis and projects usually fill up pretty quickly. That’s why we advise all the interested volunteers to get enrolled as soon as they’ve found in the program the project they would like to join. The enrollment procedure is quick and easy and can be completed online (www.cadip.org/enrol).

Each applicant chooses the projects he/she wants to apply for and puts them in order of preference in the Volunteer enrollment form. Only the first project choice is a compulsory field, however one or two alternative choices will increase your chances to be placed. We proceed the placement in this same order. Our organization is well-known for its easy and fast procedure. Your placement will be confirmed no later than 7 days after you submit all required documents and payment information. With the application we require the payment information because we charge the participation fee and the annual membership right after successful placement and before confirming it to the person. Please, note that we don’t have an application fee or any other kind of non-refundable deposits, which means that if we cannot accept you for any reason, you will not be charged anything.
In terms of fees, we have the best pricing in North America. Other experience-based travel opportunities, including tourist packages and other volunteer organizers, bill in the thousands of dollars and often demand a non-refundable deposit equal to our fee. At CADIP, we believe in the importance of making volunteering abroad affordable and keep the cost of the experience-based travel we offer low.

For more links to volunteering in general, participation requirements, enrollment procedure, former volunteer comments, and other information, visit our main web at www.cadip.org.

Any questions or concerns? Feel free to write us or call the office at 646-657-2900.
Thank you for considering volunteering with CADIP.

Best wishes,
Rose
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CADIP – Volunteering in Canada and Abroad
phone: 646-657-2900 web: http://www.cadip.org

News: Rebuilding in Malawi

10.11.16 – Rebuilding in Malawi
by Paul Hover, American Libraries, Sept. 23, 2016

A fire destroyed the library of Mzuzu University in Malawi in 2015. (Photo: TEAM Malawi)

A fire destroyed the library of Mzuzu University in Malawi in 2015. Photo: TEAM Malawi

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VT) has been running student service opportunities to Malawi for several years, so it was no coincidence the university was one of the first to hear about the fire. The student service initiatives, known as TEAM Malawi, are part of a multidisciplinary program based on a community wellness model of health care that incorporates technology, education, advocacy, and medicine (TEAM).

VT’s University Libraries joined TEAM Malawi when a call for library expertise went out on social media. Anita Walz, open education, copyright, and scholarly communications librarian, spotted the tweet and directed it to me. Honestly, I had my doubts about what I could do to help, but as I picked my way through the snow and ice to the meeting at the College of Engineering, it hit me: There are big-hearted librarians all over the world who will help.

Tapping the international community

First, I sent an email to ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Chair John Hickok before the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting. He wrote back stating that IRRT endorsed publicizing the relief effort. IRRT not only published a story about the fire in International Leads but also wrote about it on its Facebook page and blog.

Second, I contacted the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Julia Brungs, policy and research officer based in The Hague, Netherlands, put me in touch with Douwe Drijfhout, director of preservation services at the National Library of South Africa. Drijfhout offered to help and connected me with the National Library Service of Malawi.

Back home at VT, Brian Mathews, associate dean of learning, emailed a number of resources to Felix P. Majawa, university librarian at Mzuzu University. The resources, assembled by Mathews while leading the ongoing renovation of Newman Library, included information about learning spaces, details on VT’s philosophy and characteristics, and documents on active learning environments and libraries of interest.

 

 

Job: Secondary Librarian

10.10.16 – Secondary Librarian
International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed as ‘tentative’.  This is a practice,which some schools engage in, where they allow staff to indicate they ‘might be resigning’ and allow them to say ‘maybe’ until a later date.  I abhor this practice and, now that the recruiting season has moved so far forward, think this should end. Having said that, if you are interested in Africa here is a well-established school with a mix of reviews but trending toward the positive.  All however say that Addis Ababa can be a challenging play to live.  Please join TIE to see all 15 school library positions available and also join ISR in order to read the all-important reviews.

Description:

The International Community School of Addis Ababa is a premier early childhood through grade 12 school offering a holistic, vigorous and inclusive program. An International Baccalaureate Diploma school, accredited in the United States, ICS serves a diverse, multi-cultural student body on a beautiful, well-equipped campus. We nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world.

International Community School of Addis Ababa:
950+ Students, 60+Nationalities
IB Diploma Program
Accredited by Middle States
1-to-1 Laptop Program
PYP Candidate School

Age Limit: 60

Position Description: MS/HS Librarian

ICS Addis may be recruiting an experienced, qualified and dynamic librarian to join our middle and high school teams. Dedicated to developing and enhancing both literacy and information literacy skills for a diverse range of students, the successful candidate will have experience with Follett’s Destiny system, digital and print resources, as well as Web 2.0 learning tools and social media. Experience teaching in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and supervising the Extended Essay in international schools is highly desirable, while a willingness to collaborate with a variety of colleagues to enhance the school-wide library program is essential. A proven track record of commitment to community outreach, including planning author visits, Scholastic Book Fairs and other event and program planning is necessary. Successful candidates will have completed a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from a recognized university and have teaching certification. Experience working in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) school is preferred.

News: August doldrums…

8.20.16 – Dear Readers,

As some of you already know, I have been away in Algeria helping to set up a new school library. Many people in the US questioned the wisdom of my traveling during this time of heightened anxiety.  Well, for me, it was wise, because it reaffirmed and reminded me of what I already know: the world is still a good place.  There will always be evil lurking in corners but the majority of people in every country I have been to (24!) just want to get along and get on with their lives.

I came away exhausted by all the work of helping open a new school compacted by the fact that many of the items to start the school came from the closed one in Tripoli. This meant re-living our 2011 evacuation from Libya which was tough at times but also good as it was both closure and a positive in that the new school is being built from the ruins of the other, like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Library 1

The Library day 1…more about this later.

About Algiers: the old French architecture, the fresh fish, the azure Mediterranean…but best of all were the people.  My Arabic was all wrong (Gulf words) and my French non-existent but they were, always, charming and friendly. I saw young women in short sleeves strolling with women in hijab, all just getting on with their day.  Life is not easy there, unemployment is high, but there is a feeling of hope and happiness. Part of me wishes the government would issue more tourist visas so others could see this gem of a city, but, having grown up in Maine as well as having traveled to many places, it is my opinion that lots of tourism invades the culture and causes people to retreat rather than share what is precious about their home and their life.

Enough ranting…what I really want to let you know is that I am back and even more committed to helping other librarians travel. Having said that, you should know that the lack of posting jobs is also because much of the world is on holiday in August. Things will pick up again in September so if you a seeking an international position, hang in there until the fall.