Job: Reference and Subject Librarian

2.24.17 –  Reference and Subject Librarian
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an advert posted for librarians in 2011.  From what I hear the pay is low as compared to what faculty receive but it is an opportunity to gain international work experience helping to develop an academic library. For more information and to see the history of their listed positions please search by ‘Nazabayev’ on this blog.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews which I would definitely read before deciding to apply:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)

FYI: This is a line which I have not previously seen: Qualified candidates from Southeast Asia, and also from South Korea and Japan are highly encouraged to apply.

Nazarbayev University Library (NUL) invites applications for the position of Reference and Subject Librarian. NUL, as one of most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented librarian to join our team.

The Library is part of Nazarbayev University — a vibrant, research-driven institution that offers undergraduate and post graduate degree programs in the field of Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more. Apply now for a chance to have a memorably unique experience living and working in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan.

Key Responsibilities:

As Reference Librarian

  •  Conduct reference interview to provide targeted research advice and resources
  •  Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library print materials and e-resources
  •  Design training materials, develop and deliver seminars on database use, information literacy, and research
  •  Organize events and exhibits to promote reference services
  •  Develop and integrate new methods in reference service using Western technology and international library experience
  •  Manage the reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included)
  •  Manage “Ask-a-Librarian” service, coordinating requests received and monitoring frequently asked questions
  •  Develop guidelines, rules, and instructions on the basic directions of activity
  •  Participate in evaluation of reference services effectiveness

As Subject Librarian

  • Collaborate with faculty members
  • Provide subject expertise for patrons in area of specialization (e.g. Chemistry, Education, Engineering)
  • Participate in collection development of print and electronic materials
  • Conduct research on patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject-specific reference collection

Other responsibilities:

  •   Assist in other library work areas or committees as needed
  •   Participate in activities aimed at promoting library resources and user awareness
  •   Create and initiate projects in specialized areas of librarianship for further development of the library
  •   Provide mentoring for local staff
  •   Design and present workshops to share best practices to Kazakhstani librarians

Minimum Educational Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from a University in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Southeast Asia. Applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds are welcome; however, applicants with a degree in Education, Business, Sciences, or Social Sciences, will be given preference.

Professional experience: At least two (2) years of relevant experience in  academic library and instructional support; and at least two (2) publications in Library and Information Studies. Experience in working, studying, or teaching abroad is an advantage.

Required professional knowledge and personal qualities:

  • Expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Effective instructional skills
  • Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills
  • Teaching or supervisory experience
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with a team or independently

Language Proficiency: High level of proficiency in English language is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is an advantage.

Computer skills:

  • Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and the internet
  • Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogs
  • Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Please send your resume written in English with cover letter providing contact information and three references to NU Library Coordinator, Reysa Alenzuela at reysa.alenzuela@nu.edu.kz.

Qualified candidates from Southeast Asia, and also from South Korea and Japan are highly encouraged to apply.  The NUL is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce. Only candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted. Please share with interested and qualified colleagues and appropriate lists.

 

Job: Reference Librarian

7.22.16 –  Reference Librarian
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an advert posted for librarians in 2011.  From what I hear the pay is low as compared to what faculty receive but it is an opportunity to gain international work experience helping to develop an academic library.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews which I would definitely read before deciding to apply:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)

 

Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in
Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate,
Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology,
Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities,
Medicine, and more. Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most
progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic,
creative, and service-oriented librarians to join our team. Apply now for the
chance to have the unforgettable experience of living and working in
fascinating Central Asia.

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and
resources;
• Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;
• Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;
• Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);
• Develop training materials for reference;
• Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;
• Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;
• Develop new methods of reference service using Western technology and library experience;
• Develop the collection in print and electronic formats;
• Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;
• Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
• Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).
• Publications in local or international journals/conference proceedings
• Mentoring of local staff

Minimum Educational Requirements:

ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of
academic backgrounds; however, applicants with an undergraduate degree in the
Sciences or Engineering will be given preference.

Required professional experience: Relevant experience in a Western academic
library; instructional experience.

Required professional knowledge and personal qualities:
• Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
• Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;
• Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;
• Teaching or supervisory experience;
• Ability to work flexibly in a team or independently;

Preferred:
• Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required.
Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.

Computer skills:
• Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;
• Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogues;
• Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.

Application Deadline: Open until filled
Please send, in English, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova (asarsembinova@nu.edu.kz)
Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job: University Librarian

2.2.16 –  University Librarian
University of Central Asia, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  A fairly new university (founded in 2000); could not find any reviews; this reads like a new position; they would appreciate Russian language ability; do not confuse with the American University of Central Asia.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the University Librarian will be to:

  • Develop and implement a clear and concise strategic plan for the library that promotes the mission of the university and bring in continuous improvement.
  • Work with different librarians across the Aga Khan Development Network.
  • Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services based on internationally recognized standards and best practices.
  • Obtain a good grasp of the curricular offerings and research efforts of the university by developing strong partnerships within the various teaching and research departments to assess, provide and improve library collections and services to meet student and faculty needs.
  • Obtain feedback, compile statistical data, evaluate and assess effectiveness and efficiency of library services.
  • Set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic that support the university’s curricular and research efforts.
  • Supervise and manage the physical library facilities to ensure these are safe, accessible, effective, efficient and inviting.
  • Exercise line responsibility for supervision, recruitment, retention, and professional development of library personnel.
  • Work with the IT staff of the university on the library’s information systems and develop procedural guidelines for technical services such as cataloging, periodicals, course reserves, processing, mending and circulation of materials.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Energetic and ambitious team player who thrives on a challenge and is comfortable working in a start-up environment
  • A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited institution would be an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in an academic library setting including supervisory experience in increasingly responsible positions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of library operations including extensive knowledge of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies.
  • Knowledge of technology use in library systems (i.e. library automation systems, online resources, and instructional technologies)
  • Experience in using technologies to provide and enhance library services and their changing roles in higher education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with outcomes and assessment of library services.
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Experience working in international educational institutions.

Language:

  • Advanced English
  • Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset

Relationships:

The University Librarian will report to the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences

The position will be based in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and would require regional travel.

Salary and International Package: Hiring Salary Range: $80,000 to $125,000 USD

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to hr.recruitment@ucentralasia.org by 29 February 2016. As your application e-mail “subject”, please write: “University Librarian” and please indicate how you heard about us. Position open until filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University.

UCA consists of its Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. The University brings with it the commitment and partner­ship of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The University is advancing construction of three residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan that will serve 3,600 students when fully operational. UCA will launch its undergraduate degree programmes at its campuses in Naryn in September 2016, in Khorog in 2017, and in Tekeli in 2019.

For more information on UCA, please visit www.ucentralasia.org.


Job: Reference Librarian

11/18/15 –  Reference Librarian
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is another position for Nazarbayev University, the fourth this year and a sign of further development I believe.  For details about this University see my earlier posts.

 

Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more.  Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarians to join our team. Apply now for the chance to have the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and resources;
• Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;
• Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;
• Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);
• Supervise student assistants;
• Develop training materials for reference;
• Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;
• Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;
• Develop new methods of reference service using western technology and library experience;
• Develop the reference collection in print and electronic formats;
• Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;
• Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
• Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Business trips: Possible.

Minimum Educational Requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds; however, applicants with an undergraduate degree in the Sciences or Engineering will be given preference.

Desired professional experience: Relevant experience in a Western academic library; instructional experience.

Desired professional knowledge and personal qualities:
• Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
• Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;
• Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;
• Teaching or supervisory experience;
• Ability to work flexibly in a team, or independently;
• Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.
Computer skills:
• Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;
• Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogues;
• Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled
Please send, in English, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova
(asarsembinova@nu.edu.kz) as soon as possible.

 

Job: Head of Reference Department

4/7/15 –  Head of Reference Department
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is another position for Nazarbayev University, the third this year and a sign of further development I believe.  For details about this University see my earlier posts.

Nazarbayev University is a new, growing, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more.

Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for an energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarian to join our team as Head of the Reference Department. Apply now for a chance at the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Key responsibilities:

  • Administrative and supervisory duties (supervise Reference Department staff and student assistants, staff scheduling, distributing reference duties in the department, gathering statistics and creating reports, etc.);

  • Responsible for the Library’s instructional program;

  • Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an assigned area;

  • Act as library liaison to university faculty and staff in an assigned area;

  • Work with Head of Patron Services to coordinate day-to-day reading room operations;

  • Transfer materials to and from other departments;

  • Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed.

Business trips: Possible.

Minimum educational requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Required professional experience and personal qualities:

  • At least 2 years of experience in supervisory position in a Library or information technology-related environment;

  • Strong planning, organizational, and analytical skills;

  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;

  • Ability to work flexibly in a team, or independently.

Preferred professional experience:

  • Experience working with vendors in acquiring e-resources;

  • Experience in an academic library

Preferred professional knowledge and personal qualities:

  • Teaching experience;

  • Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled.

Please send, in English, your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova (asarsembinova@nu.edu.kz) as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

2 Jobs: Patron Services Librarian & Reference Librarian

2/18/15 –  Patron Services Librarian & Reference Librarian
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  These two positions are posted on ILFAjobs.  I also received an e-mail from Jennifer Rumpel, Patron Services Manager, asking if I would post the positions which I am glad to do.  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an advert posted for librarians in 2011.  At that time I spoke with Library Director Jim Agee (he has recently left this position) and he informed me that that the pay is low but the opportunity a good way for young librarians to gain international work experience helping to develop a new academic library.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)

 

Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more. Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarians to join our team. Apply now for a chance at the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Minimum Educational Requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds; however, applicants with an undergraduate degree in the Sciences or Engineering will be given preference.

Desired professional experience: Relevant experience in a Western academic library; instructional experience.

Desired professional knowledge and personal qualities:

  •  Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;
  •  Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  •  Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;
  •  Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;
  •  Teaching or supervisory experience;
  •  Ability to work flexibly in a team or independently;
  •  Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.

Computer skills:

  • Advanced computer use in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;
  • Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogs;
  • Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled.

Please send, in English, your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova (asarsembinova@nu.edu.kz) as soon as possible.

Patron Services Librarian Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an assigned area;
  • Act as library liaison to university faculty and staff in an assigned area;
  • Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of library services;
  • Develop new methods of patron service using technology, Western methods, or library  experience;
  • Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
  • Work at circulation desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Reference Librarian Key Responsibilities:

·        Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and resources;
·         Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;
·         Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;
·         Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);
·         Supervise student assistants;
·         Develop training materials for reference;
·         Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;
·         Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;
·         Develop new methods of reference service using western technology and library experience;
·         Develop the reference collection in print and electronic formats;
·         Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;
·         Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
·         Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Job: Library General Manager

11/14/14 – Library General Manager
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an ad posted for librarians in 2011.  At that time I spoke with Library Director Jim Agee and he informed me that that the pay is low but the opportunity was a good way for young librarians to gain international work experience.  As this is his position I assume he must now be leaving and that the salary is substantially higher.  If you are seeking international experience and a chance to become a director this might be an opportunity to do both.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)

 

Join the library leadership team at this new academic research university in Kazakhstan. The four-year old university has outstanding global partners, such as Cambridge University, Wisconsin-Madison University, Duke University, and the University of Singapore. Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral programs are offered. Innovative research centers are active in areas such as Energy and Life Sciences. Approximately 35 members of the library staff serve the information needs of the Nazarbayev University community.

This is a senior level library administrator position in an emerging western-style academic research library. The position is to be filled immediately.

Minimum Requirements:

Master of Library Science (MLS, MLIS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited or equivalent (CILIP) western university graduate program;

Three years of progressively responsible library management experience;

Experience with staff management responsibilities;

Experience with staff professional development responsibilities;

Excellent written and verbal English-language communication skills;

Proven ability to succeed in a cross-cultural environment;

A record of scholarly achievement, including publications;

Analytical and Presentation skills;

Knowledge of new and emerging library technologies;

Preferred Requirements:

International work experience;

Academic Library work experience;

Research Library work experience.

Language skills in Russian or Kazakh are useful, but not required.

Qualified applicants should send a Letter of Interest and a Resume to: JAgee@nu.edu.kz

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.
http://library.nu.edu.kz/wps/portal


Jim Agee, MS, MA, MLS
Library General Manager
Nazarbayev University Library
Astana, Kazakhstan