5.9.17 – Head of Digital
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
The Chester Beatty Library is one of Ireland’s national cultural institutions. It contains a world famous collection of manuscripts, prints, miniature paintings, early printed books and objets d’art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. The Collection is principally focused on the written word and its associated painted and printed images.
Summary Job Purpose
The new position of Head of Digital is a key leadership position and provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced and creative professional to lead the digital department in the Library and to shape the way in which the Library reaches and engages its audiences via digital platforms within the Library and beyond its walls.
Reporting to the Director and a member of the Senior Management Team, the Head of Digital will supervise a team comprising of the Digital Curator, Photographic Services Assistant and two Digital Photographers. In association with these colleagues and the Library’s ICT Manager, Registrar and the Collections team, the Head of Digital will be ultimately responsible for the future digital direction and strategy of the Library, the creation of digital content and the development and management of this content to facilitate access to collections, increase online user numbers, and promote the Library’s aims, objectives and mission.
To apply, interested candidates should submit a cover letter expressing interest in the position and outlining relevant experience, together with a complete curriculum vitae and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail and telephone numbers) of three professional references to: Mary Corless Human Resources Manager Chester Beatty Library Dublin Castle Dublin 2 Ireland Or by email to: email@example.com with “Head of Digital” in the subject line
Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9 June 2017
Interviews will take place at the Chester Beatty Library on Monday 3 July 2017
Note: I have been traveling and working more this year (so far) but this is not the reason I have been posting less. It has simply been because there are fewer jobs to post. The world economy, along with oil, has been depressed the last few years. However, don’t lose heart as this business is cyclical and overall, in the twenty plus years I have been watching this market, the number of international librarian jobs overall has grown significantly.
What can you do? Wait it out, decide to volunteer in order to gain some experience (short-term or long), go and get your school media certification or archivist credential, work for a NGO, arrange for an exchange…these are some examples and more choices are listed in my book. Gaining international experience takes dedication, planning, and yes, some luck. Any expat will tell you, it’s a strange combination of events that usually lands you the position.
On a positive note, I just received an e-mail from someone saying that they located a job via this blog…a circumstance which helps make the effort worthwhile.
Safe travels, Sarah P.
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The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites you to join Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips for an informative webinar based on their recent publication, “Taking Your MLIS Abroad
The presenters will outline different opportunities for librarians who are interested in pursuing international librarianship, while also guiding you through the process of moving and living abroad. This is the perfect opportunity to get answers to all of your questions about international librarianship.
Speakers: Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips
Date/Time: 3/29, Wednesday at 10 am PST, 12 pm CST and 1 pm EST
We hope you can join us! Webinar will be recorded and shared. If you have any questions, please email us!
Raymond Pun & Meggan Houlihan
Co-Conveners of ACRL International Perspectives
3.3.17– Office Management Specialist
United States Department of State, worldwide positions
Sarah P’s comments: I was under the impression that there is a Foreign Service hiring freeze at the moment… but this position was posted yesterday. For US librarians without a MLIS and/or those who would like to break into the Foreign Service, here is an opportunity which calls for librarian skills and experience. FYI: this position was last listed in October, 2016. (The Foreign Service does employ librarians. They are called IRO’s – Information Resource Officers. For more information about these positions which open only every 2-4 years, please read Chapter 6 of my book and look at the Resources page.)
We are currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Office Management Specialist positions.
Announcement No.: OMS-2017-0003
Position Title: Foreign Service Office Management Specialist
Open Period: 3/1/2017 – 3/14/2017
Series/Grade: FP – 0318 07/07
Salary: $35,718 – $52,453
Promotion Potential: 03
Position Information: Work Schedule is Full-time – Permanent after tenure granted by a Foreign Service Specialist (FSS) Tenure Board.
Hiring Agency: U.S. Department of State
Duty Locations: MANY vacancies – Department of State Posts – Overseas and Domestic, United States Announcement No.: OMS-2017-0001
Management Specialist duties include general office management, conference and visitor support, administrative and secretarial support. Take the OMS quiz to find out if this specialization is right for you.
All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. When you are ready to begin the online application process, visit the Foreign Service Office Management Specialist vacancy on USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is March 14, 2017.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.
If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit our forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.
2.24.17 – Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter
Majuro Cooperative School, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Sarah P’s comments: The Marshall Islands are where you should go if you want a funky, out-of-it experience. They are 5,000 miles far anywhere and you will face challenges such as an unmotivated local population, expensive electricity, and the one ATM machine running out of money on weekends.
This position was listed in Feb. 2015 as simply Librarian’ however, I corresponded with the person who applied and eventually secured, the position and know that she was supposed to do some grant-writing as well. I guess it worked because it is now advertised as three positions rolled into one. A lot of work but it is a small school.
My son attended this school while we worked at the college and it was the usual scenario – well-meaning teachers trying to make a difference in a challenging place. If you are interested in the South (really it’s North) Pacific then, with the right attitude, this could be a rewarding and unique experience despite some really irksome moments (we certainly found it so).
FYI: An excellent book to read about life in the Marshall Islands is Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island by Peter Rudiak-Gould who volunteered to teach English on one of the outer atolls for a year.
2.11.17 – Digital Humanities Librarian
American University in Cairo, Egypt
Sarah P’s comments: Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city. American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment. Many long-term expat residents have left and AUC currently has 100 positions listed which is a sobering statistic.
Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.
The School of Libraries and Learning Technologies invites applications for a fixed term contract (five years renewable) position at the Instructor level beginning in Fall 2017. The search committee is eager to review applications of individuals with demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an interest in living and working in the Middle East.
Leads, plans and supervises Digital Humanities initiatives towards a service-oriented, digital research, specialized reference, consulting and project development program of services for humanities faculty, students and visiting researchers at the AUC. As the Libraries’ designated expert in emerging humanities research tools and methods, this position will collaborate with library and academic colleagues across campus and worldwide to develop and promote innovative new digital scholarship services. The Digital Humanities Librarian will establish and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and researchers and employ communication, organization, analytic and problem-solving skills. Working in tandem with the Digital Collections Archivist who will handle largely the technical and design issues associated with digital creation, the Digital Humanities Librarian will emphasize the selection, metadata assignment and scholarly use of digital collections. The latter will include working with the University Archivist, faculty and RBSCL staff to generate stellar digital humanities projects using RBSCL content. He/she will provide instruction for these digital tools, working directly with faculty and students in the classroom and individually with respect to digital literacy. This collaboration will result in projects that highlight our holdings and broaden access to our collections through digital initiatives, resulting in original scholarship and publications, thereby enhancing AUC’s reputation as a center for scholarship and research.
MLS or equivalent is required at time of appointment. Successful candidates should have an ongoing program of research and publication. Teaching experience is preferred. Responsibilities include undergraduate as well as graduate teaching, an active program of research and publications, and service to the Department and the University.
Priority will be given to applications received by March 8, 2017. Position is open until filled.
All applicants must submit the following documents online:
a) a current resume or CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); e) Please ask three referees familiar with your professional background to send reference letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, e-mail Mr. Philip Croom, (email@example.com); Ms. Sahar Sobeih, Assistant Dean, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the department’s website at http://schools.aucegypt.edu/library/Pages/default.aspx
1.20.17 – Information Management Officer
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Basel, Switzerland
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international organisation promoting global monetary and financial stability and serves as a bank for central banks. The BIS’s head office is located in Basel, Switzerland, with representative offices in Hong Kong SAR and Mexico City. We recruit globally, regardless of nationality, and offer competitive employment packages.
We are looking for an Information Management Officer to join our Records & Archives team. The selected candidate will share responsibility for centralised records and archives management at the BIS, will support business areas in efficient management of records, using appropriate tools and applying relevant policies, and will promote quality assurance and work process improvements.
- Ensure the timely processing (registration, scanning, distribution, filing) of business correspondence (mail, fax, e-mail) and internal records, in line with applicable policies and using the Bank’s supporting systems.
- Monitor, improve and promote across the Bank records’ quality against agreed standards, including the timely disposal of obsolete records.
- Support the business areas in records management-related matters and, in collaboration with the Information Governance Group, promote Bank-wide guidelines on confidentiality, retention, classification and access permissions.
- Provide user support for the Bank’s various records management related IT tools.
- Maintain the Bank’s paper and electronic files securely and in good order, ensuring that they can be searched and accessed in line with applicable regulations and restrictions.
- Catalogue records managed by the BIS Archive, using the Bank’s cataloguing system.
- Assess the physical condition of records and carry out reconditioning activities; assist with space management and moves.
- Respond to research requests and make arrangements for visitors to consult the BIS
- Archive in accordance with established procedures.
- Foster continuous improvement in the operational practices associated with document and records management.
- Relevant diploma, degree or post-secondary qualification in records management, information management or related fields, or
- Equivalent professional experience in document management or records and archives management with knowledge of relevant international standards
- A hands-on and practical approach
- Attention to detail and accuracy
- A sound understanding of information management and office collaboration needs
- Experience in working with and administration of computer applications, including an electronic document management system and automated scanning; knowledge of cataloguing systems is desirable
- Absolute discretion in treating restricted and confidential information
- An excellent team player, with good communication and interpersonal skills
- Prepared to work shift hours and occasional overtime if required
- Proficiency in English, with a good knowledge of German. Additional knowledge of another of the BIS’s working languages (French, Italian, Spanish) a plus
- At least three years’ experience in a records or archives management function