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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.


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


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.


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.


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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Job: Scholarly Communications Librarian

5.4.17 –  Scholarly Communications Librarian
Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Sarah P’s comments: This university posts 1-2 positions per year. They are a well-established institution. Here are links for more info:
Glassdoor Reviews
IELTS Ranking
Top Universities Ranking
Study Abroad Reviews

Closing date: 13 May 2017

The Library now seeks an enthusiastic, out-going, and organised individual to join the team of Digital and Multimedia Services Section as Scholarly Communications Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian). The successful candidate will:
(i)   oversee for the library’s training and consultation programmes to support faculty publishing, data management, and data curation;
(ii)   facilitate the use of qualitative and quantitative research tools, bibliometrics, and altmetrics within campus;
(iii)  work collaboratively with a library’s committee in developing, managing, and marketing the library’s IR system;
(iv)  coordinate the management of HKBU theses and dissertations;
(v)   explore digital technology to support data management and research processes;
(vi)  assist in other areas of the section that include digital scholarship; and
(vii) participate in the library’s reference services.

Applicants should have (i) a good university degree with a recognised professional qualification in library and information science (e.g., MLIS or equivalent) OR a Master’s degree relevant to the position; (ii) two years of post-qualification and relevant experience in academic libraries; (iii) sound knowledge and practical experience in training provision, research processes, copyright, IR, PlumX, and major data software (such as SPSS, NVivo, GIS, etc.); (iv) strong written and oral communication skills in English; and (v) collaborative spirit in working with the university community and library colleagues. Shift duties are required.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Procedure:

Applicants are invited to write in response to the requirements and provide an updated curriculum vitae and/or fill in the application form which is obtainable (a) by downloading from http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/applicationforms; or (b) by fax at 3411-7799; or (c) in person from the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. The completed application form should be sent to the same address. Please quote PR number on all correspondence. Applicants not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful.

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Job: Director of Academic Library Services

5.1.17 –  Director of Academic Library Services
Yachay Tech, Yachay, Ecuador

Sarah P’s comments:  A new and rare South American position.  Must be bilingual Spanish/English.

Formal consideration of applications begins immediately; position will remain open until filled.

The Director of the Academic Library Services reports to the Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and is responsible for the leadership and overall management of Yachay Tech’s academic collections and academic library services. The new director will be responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, and staffing in support of the academic, instructional and information needs of Yachay Tech’s students, faculty, and staff.


  • Direct library operations, and manage and supervise library professional and support staff.
  • Work to develop the library as a hub for student learning.
  • Consult with university faculty and administration to determine library resource and service needs of academic programs and departments.
  • Develop programs and policies in support of the academic program overall and in key areas identified by the Academic Council.
  • Consult with university administrators to determine budget and personnel requirements and to coordinate library practices and procedures with university policies.
  • Develop and administer the library’s annual operating budget.
  • Select and provide access to appropriate electronic information resources.
  • Manage the library’s physical collections.
  • Participate in leadership positions in appropriate professional associations, establishing and expanding connections on campus and beyond to stay current with trends in library services.
  • Assess quality and effectiveness of programs and services.


  • Degree in Library or Information Science or a degree in a science or engineering discipline, management experience is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Commitment to shared-governance and to serving the Yachay Tech community.
  • Experience in a research university library setting.
  • Knowledge of trends, issues and best practices in academic libraries.
  • Excellent record of collaboration with internal and external partners.
  • Experience with technological/informational services to support the student experience within the libraries.
  • Demonstrated expertise with information technology and library systems.
  • Commitment to higher education at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Yachay Tech is a public university founded in March 2014, whose aim is to position Ecuador as a center of innovation and technological excellence in Latin America. Amongst Ecuadorian higher education institutions, Yachay Tech is the first and only research-focused university.  It is led by a Board of Trustees, composed of professors from Caltech, a Rector from Cornell and Arizona State University, and a Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Deans, and Department Heads, who all come to Yachay from distinguished universities around the globe.   100% of our faculty hold doctoral degrees and hail from over 20 different nations.  Our six Schools (Biological Sciences and Engineering, Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Design Engineering and Innovation, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences and Nanotechnology) embody the concept of close interaction between fundamental discovery and application, each consisting of two departments, one concentrating on basic science and the other on technology and engineering.

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Job: Systems Librarian

4.21.17 –  Systems Librarian (Assistant Librarian I/II)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Closing date: May 12, 2017

CUHK Library seeks a Systems Librarian to join our Library IT & Systems (LITS) team at an exciting time as we implement a cloud-based, next generation Integrated Library System (ILS) shared with the local higher education libraries consortium. The successful applicant is expected to provide the best possible experience for library users and staff as they seek, access, and maintain the information in our library systems.

Applicants should (i) have a good Master’s degree or above in Library and Information Science (MLS or equivalent), plus a strong educational background in computer science, computer engineering or a related discipline; (ii) at least three years’ post-qualification relevant experience (for Assistant Librarian II) OR at least six years’ post-qualification relevant experience, three years of which are at supervisory level (for Assistant Librarian I); (iii) have proven knowledge and experience in the management of library services platforms, technical support for electronic resources, various industry standards and protocols such as XML, SAML, SQL and SIP2; (iv)  have effective communication, interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills, with an ability to work with a widely diverse group of stakeholders; and (v) demonstrate proven ability in learning new technologies independently and adapting quickly to changing technologies. Project management experience and certification, web and mobile applications design and familiarity in handling East Asian languages (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) will be an added advantage.

Reporting to the Head of LITS and working closely with other library managers and a team of computer specialists, the successful applicant will be responsible for (a) providing technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and front line support for the ILS, discovery and reading list platforms, as well as other library specific software such as the archives management system. The Systems Librarian is the primary liaison with vendors for problem resolution; (b) providing technical support to the Library’s electronic resources including administration of the remote access service; (c) managing a wide range of RFID-enabled self-check kiosks, self-return book drops and sorter bins; (d) programming and software development based on various APIs and scripting languages such as Perl and PHP; (e) maintaining knowledge of emerging trends and issues in library systems and user behavior that have potential for enhancing access to resources and services. Evaluating potential new services and technologies and suggesting policy and procedural changes that improve access or efficiency; (f) assisting in other IT projects; (g) deputizing for the Head of LITS; and (h) other duties as assigned. Occasional evening and weekend duties may be required.

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for two years, renewable subject to mutual agreement.

Application Procedure
The University only accepts and considers applications submitted online for the post above. For more information and to apply online, please visit http://career.cuhk.edu.hk.

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4.18.17 –  Librarian for Geospatial Services
NYU, Abu Dhabi, UAE

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for a Librarian for Geospatial Services to work in an innovative and forward-looking setting. The successful candidate provides expertise and leadership to create a program of specialized research assistance for the current and evolving geospatial research needs at NYUAD. This person will be instrumental in planning and developing library services related to locating, acquiring, managing and analyzing geospatial data across disciplines. The position involves significant collaborative work with library colleagues at NYUAD and NYU in New York, as well as with faculty and students, and therefore requires excellent communication skills and the ability to foster successful working relationships both on site and remotely. The position contributes to the provision of information and research assistance to the gifted faculty, post-doctoral researchers, visiting scholars and student body of NYU Abu Dhabi, often called the “world’s honors college.”

As part of a highly collaborative team, this position plays a key role in the educational mission of NYUAD by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the resources, technologies and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs. This position works in the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) and will be an integral member of the CDS team  in developing programming and outreach initiatives across campus as they relate to digital scholarship, geospatial analysis, data services and more. Reporting to the Head of the CDS, this position may also partner on long-term research projects, collaborating with colleagues within the library and across the university, including those in archives and special collections, digital humanities and social sciences.

A commitment to outreach and service to researchers will be essential to this work. The incumbent will be expected to teach workshops on geospatial data topics, including data access and data literacy, as well as on specific programs such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other tools. This person will work in collaboration with liaison librarians on subject specific geospatial queries, including citation methods and visualization tools. He/she will provide course-integrated instruction upon request in assigned liaison areas and other areas making use of geospatial resources. This person will facilitate access to NYU’s Spatial Data Repository and guide patrons in its use. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing an approach to locating regional data resources and establishing protocols for their translation from English into Arabic. Some facility in working with quantitative data and statistical analysis may also be a requirement of the incumbent. Depending on the incumbent’s academic background, liaison responsibilities with academic departments and service at the library’s reference desk may be assigned.

Initial appointment will be for 3-4 years and is renewable contingent on job performance. Rank depends on professional background and experience. Renewal and promotion require excellent job performance and active professional engagement.

•    ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent
•    Relevant experience in a research library
•    High degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st century library
•    Demonstrated proficiency in the use and application of geospatial tools such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other related software packages.
•    Knowledge of trends in data management, data cleaning, data description and geospatial metadata
•    Programming or scripting experience for geospatial applications
•    Familiarity with data visualization techniques and tools
•    Knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international numeric and geospatial data
•    Ability to develop and deliver formal instruction, workshops and one-on-one consultation sessions as they apply to data literacy
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills
•    Excellent English language communication skills
•    Ability to establish positive long-distance working relationships with NYU Libraries in New York and to work collegially within a highly collaborative local unit
•    Demonstrated history of flexibility, creativity and strong user service commitment

Preferred Attributes:
•    Academic background in Geography, GIS, or a related field resulting in an advanced degree
•    Ability to work with programming languages such as Python, R and Julia
•    Demonstrated effectiveness in library instruction
•    Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
•    Prior international experience
•    Competence in a language other than English, preferably Arabic

Applications will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017. To be considered, all applicants need to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format. For instructions and information on how to apply, visit our website at http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/about/careers/faculty-positions.html. If you have any further questions about the position or NYUAD, please email NYUAD.Academic.HR.Affairs@nyu.edu.

About NYUAD:
New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi-site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals.  The network has three foundational degree-granting campuses: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, complemented by a network of eleven research and study-away sites across five continents.  Faculty and students circulate within this global network in pursuit of common research interests and the promotion of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary solutions for problems both local and global.

Entering its seventh year, NYU Abu Dhabi has recruited a cohort of faculty who are distinguished in their research and teaching.  NYU Abu Dhabi’s highly selective liberal arts college is complemented by an institute for advanced research, sponsoring cutting-edge projects across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering.  The Engineering Division also takes pride in a thriving doctoral program, as well as in the postdoctoral researchers who have chosen to make NYUAD their research home. – See more at: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000365435-01#sthash.5gkcAXBT.dpuf

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Job: Law Librarian

4.12.17 –  Law Librarian
The College of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas

Sarah P’s Comments:  COB positions are required to be posted whenever they renew which means that the current librarian might or might not be leaving.  The last time this position was listed was 10/13/15 and I do not know whether it was a true opening and filled or whether this is a re-posting.

The University  Libraries invites applications for a full time faculty position at the rank   of Librarian II, a Law Librarian with responsibilities for the overall management   of the law collections which supports of the university LLB  programme.

The successful candidate will be dynamic and innovative with a strong commitment   to service within a diverse community; experience working within a Voyager   software environment; strong analytical skills; must demonstrate strong   leadership capabilities; demonstrated knowledge of legal research and   resources; must have a sound understanding of emerging technologies and the   ability to apply then within the library setting; and the ability to work in   a fluid and technically changing.

The position reports to the Deputy University Librarian.

  • Complete special projects as assigned;
  • Provide oversight of the smooth operation of the law reference desk services and collections;
  • Training, mentoring and evaluating staff to ensure efficiency of reference desk services and growth in usage of the collection;
  • Evaluate reference desk services and usage of collections and make appropriate recommendations;
  • Formulation of recommended policies and procedures that meet established          standards;
  • Participation in budget analysis and preparation; monitoring expenditure of approved budget allocations;
  • Coordination of collection development activities in keeping with established  policies;
  • Supervision of full time/part time staff and student workers
  • Conducting  bibliographic and information literacy sessions;
  • Preparing  reports; attending professional and general staff meetings;
  • Serving on library and college wide committees;
  • Engagement in research and professional activities;
  • Work evenings and weekends on rotation
  • Providing  legal reference service
  • Assist with selection/acquisition of new legal resources


  • Applicants must possess a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution and a minimum of four years post qualification experience in an academic or law Library. A working knowledge of Commonwealth and Caribbean legal systems would be an asset.
  • Experience in library automation, manipulation of legal database, online searching, bibliographic and information literacy instruction, and
  •  Previous managerial and Supervisory  experience are essential.

Applicants should send the following:

  •   A completed College of The Bahamas Application for Employment Form (www.ub.edu.bs/hrprofile);
  •   A letter of interest (highlighting work experience and accomplishments relevant to the position);
  •   An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume;
  •   Teaching philosophy statement;
  •   Evidence of excellence in teaching;
  •   Evidence of research and scholarship;
  •   Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts needed for employment); and
  •   At least three confidential, professional references.

Applications will NOT be considered without the complete package.

The University of The Bahamas
Human Resources Department
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, N.P. The Bahamas
Attention:  Chief Human Resources Officer,
Human Resources


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Job: Deputy Librarian

4.10.17 –  Deputy Librarian, Collections, Technical Services and Digital Technologies
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica

Sarah P’s comments: I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.  FYI:  They advertised two positions in 2015 but none in 2016.

Application Due:  05/19/2017 (but states 4/30/2017 on their webpage)

The University of the West Indies (Mona), Library is seeking innovative, energetic and dynamic Deputy Librarians who work closely with the Campus Librarian and Library staff to achieve transformational change and to foster a culture of collaboration and communication.


Applicants must possess at least a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management position. The applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship and have a leadership style that is consultative and inclusive.

Duties and Responsibilities

The position provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the development and delivery of all technical and technology-related services, and the successful applicant will have overall responsibility for all aspects of Library collections to support teaching and research, including acquisition, cataloguing, metadata creation, digital initiatives, scholarly communication, and data management. The successful applicant will provide vision, direction and leadership in matters to redefine collections, technical services, preservation and digital services in the context of emerging trends in these areas, and will:

  • Be responsible for the management, coordination and direction of collection development, technical services, digital initiatives and library systems
  • Formulate library policies and procedures based on current and emerging trends in academic library operations in keeping with the academic priorities of the Mona Campus
  • Work with Heads of Technical Services and Systems to provide vision, and lead in matters to redefine collections, technology use, and preservation
  • Interpret issues with regards to current trends and developments in library technical services and communicate these to the Campus Librarian
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction in digital initiatives including the creation and maintenance of a Digital Centre
  • Develop strategic directions and work closely with relevant Library staff including the Deputy Librarian Public and Outreach Services to ensure coordinated handling of all aspects of technical services and library information systems
  • Plan new projects and activities including new initiatives in Technical and Digital Initiatives
  • Work with the Head of Systems for all matters in relation to evaluation and maintenance of the Integrated Library System
  • Work with the Preservation and Conservation Librarian in the management of the Bindery, including income generating activities
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Librarian, Public and Outreach Services, and Special Projects, regarding disaster and emergency management, and occupational health and safety, and liaise with the safety and security management consultants

Detailed application giving i) full particulars of qualifications and experience, biodata; and ii) the names, titles, mailing and e-mail addresses, fax and telephone numbers of three (3) referees should be sent as soon as possible to the: UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR, OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION, THE VICE CHANCELLERY, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA, KINGSTON 7, JAMAICA, W.I. ATTEN: Mrs Deon Nicely-Simpson, E-mail: ( oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm OR deon.simpson@uwimona.edu.jm) or Fax: (876) 977-1422.Further particulars of the post including full details of the remuneration package may be obtained from the Office of Administration by contacting us on – Fax: (876) 977-1422; or E-mail: ( oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm). The Further Particulars may also be obtained from our website at ( http://www.uwi.edu).

Closing date for receipt of application – May 19, 2017.

Application Information

Postal Address:
Deon Simpson
Office of Administration
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Mona Campus
Kingston 7 WI
1876 977-2407
1876 977-1422
Online App. Form:
Email Address:

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