Job: K-12 Librarian

9.20.16 – K-12 Library Media Specialist
Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Sarah Prescott’s comments:  Aramco has been around since the 1950’s and has one of the longest established international school systems. Traditionally they offered great pay and benefits and life on the compound(s) was very pleasant if a bit staid. Lately, however there are reports of cutbacks on the benefits and also rumors that the education system will soon be outsourced.  Aramco has always hired via the agencies and hiring fairs: International Schools Services (ISS); Search Associates; TIE (The International Educator); and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). However, they do now let you apply directly online…see above link.

Life in Saudi Arabia is challenging in some ways due to traffic and travel restrictions (women not driving, etc.) but as you are living on the compound, these annoyances do not usually directly affect your life. It’s a situation of can you happily live a life like this?  A lot depends on your situation.  We went to Saudi when our children were very young and it was a good lifestyle. If you are single however it might be boring (and traditionally they have tended to prefer to hire couples and/or families).


Req Number: 13390BR

Position Description:
Saudi Aramco is currently seeking a Library Media Specialist Teacher to work in the Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools Division in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools (SAES) is a well-established American curriculum school owned and operated by Saudi Aramco that opened its doors in 1944 as a one-room schoolhouse. Today, the district is comprised of six schools in four beautiful residential communities that enroll over 4,200 expatriate children who represent more than 80 nationalities. Employees of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company enjoy a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, generous vacation schedule, and a family-friendly lifestyle. SAES strives to be a preeminent school system where students achieve their maximum potential in a culture of continuous improvement. In support of this vision, SAES is seeking highly qualified, accomplished, passionate, and collaborative educators who love to work with children, aspire to learn and grow, and eager to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

Minimum Requirements:
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree with specialization in appropriate subject/grade and hold a valid North American teaching certificate/license that reflects relevant endorsement(s).

A minimum of six years of full-time experience in a preK-12 school setting is required. Candidates must have worked full-time in an educational setting within the past three years.

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent command of oral and written English. Candidates must demonstrate successful capacity to work collaboratively, as well as independently. Membership in professional organizations preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities:
SAES Library Media Specialists work collaboratively to deliver an effective library media program utilizing adopted and approved materials and resources that will support district-wide literacy learning and development. SAES librarians will maintain systems and procedures for effective, ethical, and safe use of the library’s online and physical resources, facilities, and collections. Library Media Specialists adhere to their professional organization code of conduct and research based educational practice. In addition, Library Media Specialists are responsible for nurturing positive professional relationships and for working collaboratively with students, parents, and colleagues to optimize the educational experience for the entire learning community. Library Media Specialists perform under the supervision of school principals and in frequent partnership with other educators, paraprofessionals, and parent volunteers.

Among other essential responsibilities, Library Media Specialists:

Design and deliver an effective library media program within SAES guidelines
Inspire patrons to read for pleasure and to explore literacy genres. Collaborate with teachers to integrate information literacy into instruction. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of content, pedagogy, and learning processes. Deliver effective instruction to support SAES curriculum as needed. Ensure effective operation and administration of library management system. Maintain accurate records of library usage and inventories of equipment. Exhibit and monitor safe, legal, and ethical use of media and information. Develop and maintain a collection that supports the SAES curriculum and patron needs. Uphold and enforce Company and School Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules and regulations
Engage actively in ongoing regional, district, school and independent professional learning and development to hone professional knowledge, skills, abilities.

Benefits:

Job: Digital Collections Coordinator

5.18.16 – Digital Collections Coordinator
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Sarah P.’s comment: This position was originally posted on Higheredjobs.com in January.  Please note that the closing date for the position is 12.31.16 so if you apply it could be a long wait!

Here are my general notes: Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  Also, with falling oil prices affecting the Saudi budget, make sure you follow the news for updates. If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

 

KAUST is an international graduate-level, merit-based research university dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research, acting as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and the world. Our research strives to enhance the welfare of society with a special focus on four areas of global significance – food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, KAUST has attracted top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations represented on campus.

KAUST is seeking a Digital Collections Coordinator to serve as the primary point of contact for creating digital collections at KAUST. S/he works closely with the Library’s Repository Services team and with the Collections Manager and Subject Specialists to provide access to information generated by KAUST’s faculty and student research. The primary responsibilities of this position are to work with Deans, Center Directors, faculty, and students to identify unique materials produced through KAUST research, to develop business proposals to curate and make discoverable these unique materials, and to work with Library staff to implement approved proposals. The Digital Collections Coordinator reports to the Systems and Digital Services Manager.

Key Responsibilities:
• Plan, coordinate, and manage the workflow to acquire, curate, and make available locally created digital content
• Lead, manage, and participate in the planning and implementation of projects in a variety of formats, monitor the timely progress of ongoing projects, and create documentation for project-related activities.
• Assess and report on digital collections use; make recommendations to improve continuously our digital collection services. Benchmark digital collections with peer universities and identify areas for distinction and for strategic development
• Work closely with IT colleagues to ensure our information access systems and workflows are stable, reliable, and are developed in response to community needs and technological changes.
• Work in partnership with the international digital collection community to ensure standards and best practices are developed, followed, and reviewed.
• Perform other duties in multiple operational areas of the Library as necessary

Key Requirements:
• Minimum 3 years’ experience in a library environment providing public access, collection development, or subject expertise
• Experience creating and managing digital collections in a highly collaborative environment
• Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in digital collections, platforms, and products
• Experience with grant writing
• Working knowledge of digital preservation standards and best practices, and metadata standards including Dublin Core, MODS, and TEI
• Experience with digital repository systems
• Clear experience creating project proposals, managing cross-organizational project teams, and working with spreadsheets and integrated library systems.
• Demonstrated commitment to public service and experience interacting with a diverse population including faculty, researchers, graduate students, staff, and vendors.
• Excellent English communication skills, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.
• Able to work and learn independently and as part of a team to produce results, solve problems, initiate ideas and projects

To apply, visit: http://apptrkr.com/809425

At KAUST, we attract people from all around the world who want to create impact beyond their own achievements. Irrespective of their national origins, the people of KAUST are “people of the world” who uphold our values of achievement, passion, inspiration, citizenship, diversity, integrity, and openness. Located on the beautiful Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia, KAUST sets exceptional standards in residences, recreational facilities and boasts a truly multicultural community environment which can be enjoyed by all, along with ample opportunities and time to keep work and life in harmony. Expats are very well looked after, with packages including tax-free salary, relocation, accommodation and various additional incentives.

Job: University Archivist

5.15.16 –  University Archivist
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Sarah P.’s comment:  Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  Also, with falling oil prices affecting the Saudi budget, make sure you follow the news for updates. If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

 

KAUST is an international graduate-level, merit-based research university dedicated to advancing scientific and technological education and research, acting as a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in the region and the world. Our research strives to enhance the welfare of society with a special focus on four areas of global significance – food, water, energy and the environment. Based near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, KAUST has attracted top-notch faculty and staff from all over the world, with more than 80 nations represented on campus.
KAUST is seeking a University Archivist to provide expertise and leadership for the strategic development and maintenance of the University Archives. Given that KAUST is a born-digital university, the successful candidate should have demonstrable experience managing digital archives and the ability to navigate between traditional and innovative approaches thoughtfully, as informed by work experience and a deep technical understanding. The University Archivist will also play a leadership role in the stewardship of KAUST research output and programs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead all planning, policy-making, and other strategic activities related to the acquisition, description, and preservation of archival material
  • Create, document and manage workflows for acquiring, describing, processing, and preserving archival materials in accordance with best practices. Materials to be archived include:
  • publications
  • web sites
  • unique research collections (digital and physical)
  • KAUST-based conference outputs and proceedings
  • KAUST-created research data
  • Manage KAUST’s web archive and other media archives in coordination with the Communications Department and other stakeholders
  • Work closely with repository and systems staff to design and implement archival collections with appropriate preservation and access solutions
  • Work closely with University Records Manager to plan, implement and maintain a comprehensive preservation infrastructure
  • Work closely with subject specialists to identify unique research collections to be preserved
  • Represent KAUST at international and regional professional associations and contribute to the advancement of archival theory and digital preservation practices
  • Report regularly to University leadership on the state of the Archives

Key Requirements:

  • Experience with tools and software used to capture, manage, and deliver born-digital records, such as forensic hardware, FTK, BitCurator, BagIt, and DataAccessioner
  • Experience with digital archiving tools such as Archive-it, Archivematica, and Preservica
  • Experience creating disk images from legacy media such as hard drives, floppy disks and ZipDrives and in archiving research software
  • A high degree of technical facility and the demonstrated ability to learn new technical skills through research and self-study
  • Working knowledge of relevant standards for archival description and preservation including DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF, and PREMIS, and familiarity with other metadata standards
  • Familiarity with digital collections and management platforms, such as Islandora and ArchivesSpace, as well as research data management platforms and solutions, such as virtualized computing environments.

Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library & Information Science program with a concentration in archives, OR equivalent professional degree in Archival Studies, OR accredited graduate degree (master’s or Ph.D) with a specialization in archival management, historic preservation, or museum curatorship, or public records administration, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience

 

Jobs: Academic Librarian (2)

1/7/16 –  2 Librarian Positions
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Special Projects Lead

Digital Projects Coordinator

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a major new graduate university focused on becoming a leader in science and technology research and graduate education. Located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the university’s coastline campus on the Red Sea features high-quality residences, extensive recreational facilities and beach, a multicultural environment, and a high quality of life for employees and their families.

Sarah P.’s comment:  Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  Also, with falling oil prices affecting the Saudi budget, make sure you follow the news for updates. If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

Job: 6 Positions with KAUST University

10/1/14 –  6 Library Positions
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Access Librarian
Digital Collections Coordinator
Head of Special Projects
Life & Biological Sciences Engineering Librarian  (originally posted 5/25/14)
Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian
Systems & Digital Services Manager

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a major new graduate university focused on becoming a leader in science and technology research and graduate education. Located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the university’s coastline campus on the Red Sea features high-quality residences, extensive recreational facilities and beach, a multicultural environment, and a high quality of life for employees and their families.

Sarah P.’s comment:  Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

 

 

 

Job: Librarian – Science & Technology

5/25/14 –  Library Subject Specialist: Science & Technology
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a major new graduate university focused on becoming a leader in science and technology research and graduate education. Located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the university’s coastline campus on the Red Sea features high-quality residences, extensive recreational facilities and beach, a multicultural environment, and a high quality of life for employees and their families.

Job Summary:
The University Library’s Physical Sciences and Engineering Subject Specialist supports graduate-level education and research, primarily in the Physical Sciences and Engineering fields of KAUST focus. This position is responsible for library collections and instructional and outreach services to faculty, researchers and students in assigned subject areas.

Sarah P.’s comment:  Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

Job: Head of Programs & Knowledge Services

3/12/14 – Head of Programs & Knowledge Services
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The successful candidate will be responsible for administering and coordinating the library’s public programs, such as literacy programs and the children’s literature contest. This experienced and visionary professional will play a key role in ensuring the alignment of the library’s public programs with the educational mission of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Bachelor’s degree with qualifications in education or librarianship; or a degree in another field accompanied by sufficient relevant experience. The candidate is expected to have spent at least 5 years in librarianship, library programming, education or educational outreach activities. Some experience of managing budgets would be desirable.

Sarah P’s comments:  There is no doubt that Aramco is the best employer in Saudi Arabia.  Interesting to note that the job does not require an MLIS.

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