Job: Deputy Director of Library

11.7.16 – Deputy Director of Library
University of Kurdistan Hewlêr, Erbil, Iraq

Sarah P’s comments: This university was established in 2006 and has been plagued with all sorts of troubles. I found lots of discussion about their issues up until 2012 when a new Vice Chancellor was appointed. Check it out and decide whether it could be an opportunity.
Wikipedia article
The Rise of Problems at University of Kurdistan Hawler (UKH)
TripAdvisor: Review of Erbil-Kurdistan

Application Information

Rang Kalameard, Director of HR
Human Resource Department
University of Kurdistan Hewlêr
Phone: 964-750-652-6048
Email Address:
The University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) seeks the employment of an enthusiastic and well-qualified applicant to fill the position of Deputy Director of Library who provides overall day-to-day management of the Library and its associated areas that may include learning resources areas, IT open access areas, writing centres, and other resource bases.
The Deputy Director of Library will:
* Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Library, implementing new services and new ways of working as appropriate.
* Develop responsive and high quality learner-focused service that works to defined customer service standards; to staff front-line service desks on a regular basis; and to support students effectively in the use of learning resources.
* Ensure that the Library reflects a quality learning environment, that health and safety requirements are met, and equipment, furniture and fittings are maintained to a high standard.
* Manage Library staff members; to carry out training and induction of these staff; to meet regularly on an individual basis and assist in annual performance and appraisal reviews; to participate in interviewing and recruiting staff.
* Organise meetings that are focused on the quality development of the Library.
* Assist in the selection, organisation and maintenance of learning resources in all formats in the Library within a collection development policy; to ensure that learning resources reflect the diversity and educational priorities of the University.
* Assist in the development and delivery of user education, information and research skills programmes, and to develop appropriate learning materials in print and on-line form; to link these programmes to study skills and subject based programmes in tutorials.
* Catalogue, classify and index learning resources as required.
* Work with the e-learning and Systems Manager and the academic staff to ensure coherence of practice and procedures.
* Seek opportunities for income-generation and course delivery in the Library, working with the e-learning and Systems Manager and Chair of Departments.
* Carry out annual self-assessment reviews of the service and adhere to the quality assurance framework of the University; to carry out surveys of student satisfaction and respond actively to student and staff complaints and suggestions.
* Work closely with other staff and departments to ensure a harmonised approach to service delivery wherever possible.
* Take part in University meetings, working groups and committees; to attend curriculum course team meetings.
* Participate in performance and appraisal reviews.
* Keep informed and up-dated with developments in curriculum, education generally and in professional matters.
* Work cooperatively with Library staff, teaching, curriculum and business support staff and University managers.
* Take responsibility for personal and professional development and to attend staff development and training sessions where required.
* Work at any of the sites served by the University.
* Deputise for the Director of Library as and when required.
The Deputy Director of Library should have the following skills and competencies:
* A university degree (Credit Points: 300, Years of Study: Minimum of Three Years*) or equivalent level qualification in Library, Library Management or a relevant field.
* Excellent command of English language as either a native speaker or to have an IELTS band 7.0 or iBT score 100.
* A minimum of five years relevant experience in an academic library or learning resources centre.
* Experience of developing and delivering user education, information and research skills programmes in an academic learning resources context.
* Good interpersonal skills with the ability to lead and motivate a team, and to work effectively with other academic and support staff and University managers.
* Good oral and written communication skills, with ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of staff and students.
* Experience in recruiting, managing and developing staff, preferably within a library setting.
* Generic IT skills with a detailed understanding of new technology and the application of e-learning within an academic Library setting.
* Demonstrable knowledge of higher education and second language learning agendas.
* Commitment to diversity and an understanding of equal opportunities issues within academic library context.
* Understanding of quality systems within education or related areas and their applicability to library services.
Interested applicants are requested to email their Application Form, CV, and Personal
Statement to by indicating the Vacancy Title: Deputy Director of Library and inserting the most recent passport size photo in the area provided on the application form.
* Only complete applications: Application Form (with the most recent photo), Personal
Statement and CV will be considered.
* Size of the photo must be 45mm x 35mm with no less than 150 pixels for the quality.
* Any application that does not specify the vacancy applied for will not be considered.
* An Application Form is available at Current Vacancies on the University website
* Only short listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

News: Help Rebuild the University of Baghdad’s Destroyed Art Library

2.3.16 – Help Rebuild the University of Baghdad’s Destroyed Art Library, One Book at a Time…
by Carey Dunne on January 14, 2016Baghdad
Wafaa Bilal, “The Ashes Series: Al-Mutanabbi Street” (2003–13) (all images courtesy Wafaa Bilal)

In 2003, during the invasion of Iraq, looters set fire to the library of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad. Seventy thousand books were reduced to ashes. Thirteen years later, the collection has still not been replenished, and local art students struggle to find books from which to study.

In 168:01, an upcoming installation at Ontario’s Art Gallery of Windsor, Iraqi-born, New York-based artist Wafaa Bilal has enlisted the public to help rebuild the College of Fine Arts’ library, one book at a time. The installation consists of a library of 1,000 blank white books, “a symbolic monument to the texts that were lost in 2003,” Bilal tells Hyperallergic. This 40-foot long, six-foot-high stack of six bookshelves is flanked with Bilal’s Ashes Series — photographs of his small-scale recreations of buildings destroyed in the Iraq War, dusted with ashes.

The physical exhibit itself is only half of the project. It’s linked to a Kickstarter campaign, and every donation goes towards purchasing educational texts from a wish list compiled by faculty at the College of Fine Arts. When a donor pays for a new art book, it will replace a blank white book on the shelves at the Windsor installation.


News: Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul’s libraries

2/28/15 –  Isis burns thousands of books and rare manuscripts from Mosul’s libraries

This blog is not a political one but I can’t ignore this.  When I was in Abu Dhabi, one day a man came to deliver something and he lingered by my desk.  I asked him to sit down and he then shared that his father has been a librarian in Iraq but had been forced to leave when the Shah was deposed.  He did not comment on the politics of the situation (overseas most everyone tries to be tactful and keep opinions out of the workplace when possible) but he did say how sad his father was as he knew his library had been destroyed and all the valuable manuscripts and objects in it.  I rarely offer personal comments on this blog but these stories shared with me during my years elsewhere are part of the reason why I encourage others to go.  It may be the only way we can continue to reach out. Sarah P.

News: Ransacking of Libraries in Mosul, Iraq

2/6/15 –  UNESCO deplores ‘cultural cleansing’ of Iraq as armed extremists ransack Mosul libraries

Sarah P’s comments: Sadly, here we go again.  In times of trouble libraries are always seen as a threat.  The question is why?  I am open to discussion on this topic and, partly as a result of my global wandering, have spent some time thinking about this question.  The result was an article I published in Progressive Librarian titled Libraries Burning.  If anyone knows of a way to protest this destruction and/or support Iraqi libraries and librarians please post a comment.


3 February 2015 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced alarm today over the reported destruction of thousands of books in museums, libraries and universities across Mosul – the northern Iraq city currently controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

According to the UN agency, the books – on topics ranging from philosophy and law to science and poetry – have been “deliberately burned” over the past several weeks in what may be “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history.”

“This destruction marks a new phase in the cultural cleansing perpetrated in regions controlled by armed extremists in Iraq,” UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, declared in a press release issued earlier today. “It adds to the systematic destruction of heritage and the persecution of minorities that seeks to wipe out the cultural diversity that is the soul of the Iraqi people.”

UNESCO has been taking stock of the “cultural cleansing” perpetrated by armed groups in Iraq over the past several months and has repeatedly condemned the targeting of cultural heritage sites as well as minorities.

Drawing comparisons with recent book burnings by Islamist extremists in Mali, Ms. Bokova said that the act constituted “an attack on the culture, knowledge and memory” and was evidence of “a fanatical project, targeting both human lives and intellectual creation.”

“UNESCO was created 70 years ago to combat this type of violence, through education, science and culture, using the tools of dialogue and peace,” she continued. “Such destruction is a cruel reminder that the nations of the world must remain united to combat such fanaticism today.”