Jobs: Qatar National Library

10/7/15 –  Qatar National Library @ Frankfurt Book Fair
Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  This is yet another interesting development form QNL.  Last year they hosted a hiring fair in Switzerland, the first individual institution one I have ever heard of.  Now this year they are going to be attending the Frankfurt Book Fair.  It is interesting that they continue to have so many open positions.  For more information and comments from readers please see my earlier post about QNL.

Qatar National Library (QNL) will be attending the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair from the 14th to the 18th of October 2015, we have several job opportunities and would like to meet with interested applicants, Qatar National Library stand will be located in hall 4.2 stand No. N82.

Qatar National Library is recruiting for the following job opportunities:

Information Services Librarian Law Senior Writing Specialist Access Officer
Information Services Librarian – Children’s Services Information Services Librarian – School Aged Children Digital Preservation Specialist
Copyrights and Licensing Librarian Senior Program Education Specialist Head of Digitization
Senior Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Head of Community Learning and Engagement Digitization Support Technician
Cataloging Librarian Head of Collections Unix System Engineer
Cataloging Officer Acquisitions Officer Electronic Resources Librarian
Library Relations Officer Senior Information Services Librarian Senior Content Specialist
Special Collection and Exhibitions Coordinator Cataloging Officer Statistics and Data Services Librarian


For interested job seekers:

If you are interested to explore our vacancies, please send us your CV to mentioning “Frankfurt Book Fair” in the subject of the email. Upon receiving your email, we will contact you to schedule a date/time to meet us and discuss potential opportunities. Walk in candidates are welcome as well, Qatar National Library stand will be located in hall 4.2 stand No. N82.

For more information about our organization, please visit and


Program: Webinar about Rebuilding Nepal

9/28/15 –  Webinar about Room to Read’s Rebuilding Efforts in Nepal

Offered two times: October 5th @ 6:00 pm PDT / October 7th @ 7:30 am PDT.  Register by: September 30th.

Dear Sarah,

We are excited to invite you to a special webinar featuring our Founder, John Wood, sharing details from his recent trip to Nepal. As you know, the earthquakes that struck earlier this year devastated much of the country’s infrastructure, including its schools. The Nepalese people have started the long, hard road to recovery, but in many regions—especially in the poorer, remote areas where Room to Read works—communities lack the means to rebuild on their own.

During John’s trip, he met individuals throughout Nepal who are eager to overcome these challenges. He spoke with Girls’ Education Program participants who lost their homes, parents who hope to see their communities thrive, and the President of Nepal, Ram Baran Yadav, who wants to see Room to Read’s education model implemented throughout the country. Join this webinar to hear John’s first-hand account of our plans to help rebuild safe, effective learning environments in Nepal.

We look forward to connecting with you!

-The Room to Read Team

I left the site visits saddened by the desperate condition of the schools and more in awe than ever at the power of nature. I also felt inspired by the resilience of these communities. Rather than being incapacitated by the earthquake, parents had already cleared away the rubble and were eager to rebuild. The children were still putting on their school uniforms and walking miles to their temporary schools each day.

– John Wood 

News: Library for Migrants in Calais

Jungle Books: Calais migrant camp’s newly opened library needs books!

Verso London is sending books to Jungle Books (or Livres de la jungle in French), the makeshift library at the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle. Mary Jones, who set up the library, wants to add more books in the native languages of the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and hopes that eventually, the camp inhabitants will run the library. Besides stocking around 200 books, the Guardian reports, “the library supports a school that offers classes to the refugees and asylum seekers that live in the camp.”

Jones, who has been bringing items to the camp for years as part of a growing number of volunteers, activists and support groups practicing everyday solidarity, said: “I wanted to start something that offered real, practical help. Many people here are well-educated — they want to get on and they want books that will help them read and write English, apply for jobs, fill-in forms.”

Calais Migrant Solidarity requests “books, dictionaries, texts, zines etc – in any and all languages” in their call for supplies under ‘What people need on the ground’. Jones told Roger Tagholm of Publishing Perspectives that camp inhabitants ask for all sorts of books, including short stories and poetry, and she made a specific request for the following donations: “Pashto-French dictionaries, Pashto-English dictionaries, Eritrean dictionaries, books in native languages.”

Verso is sending a selection of English-language titles including John Berger’s A Seventh Man, Hsiao-Hung Pai’s Scattered Sand, Jeremy Harding’s Border Vigilsour graphic novels, as well as foreign editions of our books in several languages.

To contact Jungle Books directly, email Mary Jones at

News: An Innovative Chinese Library

7/14/15 – An Innovative Chinese Library Lifts the Fortunes of a Chinese Town

Li Xiaodong, a prize-winning architect, was inspired by the branches of local fruit trees, which he used to cover the Liyuan library’s roof and exterior walls. Credit Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times


News: The Role of Community Libraries in Nepal Earthquake Relief

7/7/15 –  The Role of Community Libraries in Nepal Earthquake Relief…

Sarah P’s comments: For anyone interested in international library development but unable to travel/live abroad here is a way to become involved with a worthwhile organization.


On April 25 2015, when the first 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, Keshab Acharya immediately sprang into action. In Chitwan District in the south of Nepal, Keshab was at a safe distance from the earthquake’s epicenter, and he knew he was in a position to help.

Like many of the unsung heroes following natural disasters, Keshab does not work for an international relief agency, or as a government official. He is an ordinary, local community member – the Chairperson of Jhuwani Community Library and Resource Center.

Keshab immediately began calling his counterparts at 59 libraries (READ Centers) across the country, to assess damage and coordinate relief efforts. Power outages and damaged phone lines meant that he had to try for days on end. Keshab and other library members went to every single home in their village to collect donated food and relief funds. When they heard that a village several hours away had been badly hit and received no outside support, they organized volunteers to deliver emergency supplies.

Jhuwani Library volunteers deliver 162 packages of rice, potatoes, oil, salt, and other food to Khadga Bhanjyang village.
Keshab Acharya pictured far right.

Keshab and the Jhuwani community were able to respond to the earthquake quickly because they are part of a strong network of community-owned libraries with local leadership.

Jhuwani is one of 83 READ Centers across South Asia established by the non-profit organization READ Global. READ Centers provide 1.9 million rural people with free access to critical information and trainings in literacy, livelihood skills, agriculture, women’s empowerment, health, and technology. This is all done through a community-owned building that includes:

  • library with 3,000 – 5,000 books in local languages
  • computer room with free access to the Internet
  • training hall that can be used by partner organizations and visiting medical professionals
  • Women’s and children’s sections with specialized resources
  • Communications and A/V equipment

READ’s advantage following the earthquake has been its ability to mobilize local leadership and resources to provide direct relief independently, and also to coordinate relief efforts with other NGOs and government agencies that may not have this kind of direct access to rural communities.

The Kumari READ Center in Nuwakot district is another example of an innovative response to earthquake relief – using solar panels, children’s toys, and temporary shelter.

Of the 2,100 homes in Kumari village, none remained undamaged following the earthquake. The Kumari Center sustained significant structural damage, and cannot be occupied until repairs are done, but the library staff has worked with READ to mobilize critical relief efforts: hundreds of tents, tarps, and mats for temporary shelter have been distributed to the community, as well as food, medical supplies, solar lamps, and newborn care packages.

The Center’s solar panels remain intact, providing the only source of electricity in the village, and allowing people to charge their mobile phones to reach family and friends – a critical lifeline in a crisis.

In the weeks following the earthquake, the Kumari Center set up a children’s area and temporary library structure, so that the community can safely continue to learn and engage in activities to help them recover from the trauma of the earthquake.

The strength of libraries following the Nepal earthquake is not only local – it is global. READ has teamed up with the American Library Association to raise funds to repair and rebuild damaged READ Centers across Nepal.

Twenty-four READ Centers will need to be repaired, so they can continue to provide critical access to information and resources. While Centers are being rebuilt, READ will offer ongoing programs to help community members recover the loss of their homes and livelihoods. READ Centers will offer ongoing trauma counseling, as well as activities and educational resources for children whose schools have been destroyed. In the long run, Centers will provide training in sustainable income-generating activities such as sewing, weaving, beekeeping, and dairy farming, so that families can rebuild their lives.

To learn more about READ’s earthquake relief and rebuilding efforts, or to donate directly, visit our blog:

To help rebuild a library through the American Library Association – READ Global joint fundraiser, visit

Job: Manager of Reference

7/5/15 –  Manager of Reference
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)

Sarah P’s comments:  Walden is an established online university with “more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees”.  As such this is an interesting opportunity to work independently while establishing an international aspect to your career.  It is also a chance for non-US librarians to work for a US university.  The cons are that the reviews on Glassdoor are mixed.  Read them carefully to see if you could be a good fit with this organization.

The Manager of Reference Services reports to the Director of Library Services and is responsible for developing and implementing policies, procedures, and training for the Walden Library Reference service and Quick Answers service. This position works closely with the Director of Library Services and the Library management team to align the reference services mission strategies and goals with those of the Center for Student Success and the University.

  • Develops and maintains the mission, goals, and governing documents for reference service and staff.
  • Develops and administers policies, procedures, requirements, and training for the library’s reference service and staff.
  • Develops and administer policies, procedures, requirements, and training for the library’s Quick Answer service.
  • With the Manager for Assessment and Strategic Planning, collects, analyzes, and reports reference and Quick Answer service statistics to stakeholders.
  • With the Manager for Assessment and Strategic Planning, sets metrics for quality and success of reference and Quick Answers services, and tracks and reports success over time
  • Trials, selects, evaluates, pilots the use of new and emerging technologies to deliver reference services.
  • Contributes to the library’s strategic planning processes.
  • Collaborates with the Information Literacy Manager to integrate instructional best practices into the reference service.


  • Collaborates with the Library management team on policies, procedures, and requirements that impact the reference and Quick Answer service and staff.
  • Collaborates with the Center for Student Success staff on policies, procedures, and requirements that impact the reference and Quick Answer service.
  • Engages in library and Center for Student Success governance by actively participating on groups, committees, and functional teams.
  • Engages in library instructional programs such as residencies and webinars.
  • Engages in professional development activities to remain up-to-date on professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, and continuing education opportunities.
  • May be required to work nights or weekends to cover reference shifts for those on vacation or as needed.

Direct the work of those librarians providing reference services.
Serves as member of the Library management team.

REPORTS TO: Director of the Library
POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Reference librarians


  • Knowledge of the Business
  • Management Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Problem-Solving / Critical Thinking
  • Communication Skills


  • Master of Library Science/Master of Library Information Science
  • Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
  • At least one year demonstrated successful experience managing reference services in an academic library preferred.
  • 3 years’ experience providing reference services in an academic setting preferred.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team participation, team building, and human relation skills.
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in a collaborative manner
  • Ability to creatively solve problems.
  • Ability to write effectively in both business and academic styles.
  • Experience with distance learning preferred.
  • Some travel required.

Application Information

Contact: Walden University
Online App. Form: mFwbGl0cmFrLmNvbQ


News: Nepal Library Relief Fund

6.9.15 –  Nepal Library Relief Fund

The American Library Association is partnering with READ Global (Rural Education and Development) libraries, other NGOs and other government organizations in Nepal to collect monetary donations, which will be sent to continue leading the relief effort. The Nepal Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in Nepal that were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake on April 25, 2015, followed by a series of aftershocks including one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12.

Donate to the Nepal Library Relief Fund

Credit card: Please visit the ALA Development Office page (1. click on the GIVEALA logo, 2. Enter your ALA Login number and password or create a new record, 3. Go to “Fund Categories”, 4. Click on “ALA Major Initiatives”, 5. Scroll down to ‘Nepal Library Relief Fund’, 6. Enter amount you wish to donate, 6. If finished, click the ‘Checkout’ box, 7. Review your transaction, 8. Click on “Add to basket”, 9. Click on “Proceed with Checkout”, 10. Enter your credit card information, 11. Click on ‘Complete Order’)

Information on affected libraries in Nepal:

READ Center in Kumari Village, Nuwakot District. – This library is one of the most severely damaged as it was very close to the epicenter and will almost certainly need to be rebuilt. Reconstruction costs are anticipated to be $50k-$75K and possibly higher than that.