Job: Library Services Engineer

6.19.17 –  Library Services Engineer
EBSCO Information Services, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments: A well-known company with overall good reviews although they are asking for quite a skill set. EBSCO is a world-wide company and you can search by ‘international‘ under open positions and set up a job alert.
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Description

EBSCO Information Services (EIS) provides a complete and optimized research solution comprised of e-journals, e-books, and research databases — all combined with the most powerful discovery service to support the information needs and maximize the research experience of our end-users. Headquartered in Ipswich, MA, EIS employs more than 3,300 people worldwide. We are the leader in our field due to our cutting-edge technology, forward-thinking philosophy, and top-notch workforce. EIS, a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., based in Birmingham, AL, is ranked in the top 200 of the nation’s largest, privately held corporations according to Forbes magazine. EBSCO is a company that will motivate you, inspire you, and allow you to grow. We are looking for the best. If you are too, we encourage you to explore our unique opportunities.

Library Services Engineer – South Africa
EBSCO research databases, ebooks, and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end-users.
The Global Software Services (GSS) team and Library Services Engineers (LSE a.k.a. Sales Engineer, Technology Consultant) are dedicated to increasing sales and adoption of EBSCO technology enabled products internationally through Field Sales Engineering, Customer Satisfaction driven creative technical solutions, Delivering customer input directly into the Software Development Lifecycle, and Technology Partnership management.
The LSE is the primary technical advisor and product advocate for the regional Sales team and most important customers; and responsible for UI customizations and extensions, API integration, and small app development.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Regional/Market (Sub Saharan Africa) authoritative expert on technology aspects of EBSCO’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform functionality, competition, trends.
  • Conduct pre-sales presentations (to small and large audiences) and clear written responses to Requests for Information (RFI) or related inquiries.
  • Create and manage demos, prototypes, and documentation (e.g. app instructions, regular status updates to management).
  • Establish strong relationships with Sales & Customer Support teams and customer staff; supporting the evaluation/trial process, initial post-sales support/nurturing, troubleshooting and resolving customer specific advanced technical issues.
  • Contribute to the app development process with varying levels of: customer requirements definition, coding, testing, documentation, and management.

Cultural Competencies:

  • Drive
  • Positive Attitude
  • Good Judgement
  • Open Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Desire to Make an Impact
  • Eager to Understand
  • Accountable
  • Decisive
  • Team Player

RequirementsRequirements:

  • Minimum two (2) years of progressive experience in either System Librarianship, Consulting, Product Management, or related field.
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience and excellence in presenting as well as written communication describing details for technology, Internet, or software application products to internal and external audiences and various levels of management.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to travel approximately 50% to national and international locations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four (4) year college/university degree.
  • Two (2) plus years’ experience with HTML, JavaScript (jQuery, React/Redux), PHP, Perl and Java development.
  • Two (2) plus years’ experience installing, configuring and maintaining applications on Windows and Linux platforms.
  • One (1) plus years’ experience working on AWS or Azure or other IaaS providers
  • One (1) plus years’ experience working with:
    • Online research database platforms (e.g. EBSCOhost)
    • Integrated Library Systems (ILS e.g. Alma, Millennium, Sierra, Symphony, Koha)
    • Institutional Repository platforms (e.g. ContentDM, DSpace, Fedora)
    • Content Management / Search software (e.g. Sharepoint, Drupal, VuFind)
  • Experience programming with APIs, use of a full web application stack (e.g. LAMP), large data file analysis (e.g. MARC, XML), and Agile methodologies.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently while maintaining team involvement, organized and detail oriented, strong problem solving and analytical skills.

Employee policies and benefits vary by location.

News: The Pavement Bookworm…

11.9.16 – The Pavement Bookworm
posted by Molly Brown on the International Librarians Network

Sarah P’s comments:  The intention of this blog is to share and discuss international and virtual librarian opportunities however, occasionally, when I see a story which reminds me of the importance of libraries everywhere, I post it.  Here is a story I believe well worth sharing…

Philani Dladla’s story is a beautiful homage to the power of books and reading. The young South African first began his love affair with books and reading when he was 12-years old and given The Last White Parliament by Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, by his mother’s employer. Although his ability to read English was almost non-existent, he refused to be discouraged. He read the book slowly, several times, encouraged by his mother’s employer to discover why it was a special book. Shortly after their relationship began, the employer died, but in his will he left Philani 500 collectible books which included classics by Dickens, Bronte and Shakespeare, to name a few. As Philani states in an interview, “I started reading and I couldn’t stop. I spent most of my time indoors with my books, they were my best friends”.

As he grew into a teenager, Philani’s life changed. He fell in with a rough crowd at school and was eventually expelled. He grew depressed and at his mother’s suggestion, moved to Joburg, South Africa in 2008, to try and start fresh. Although life started out well – a new job and a new flat to live in, eventually the temptations of the city caught up with him and he began using drugs. He lost his job and his apartment and found himself living under the Nelson Mandela Bridge, homeless and an addict. The one thing Philani didn’t lose though were his books. To fund his habit, he would stand on the street and sell book reviews to passing motorists and pedestrians. Word spread quickly and people began lining up to get reviews from the newly dubbed “Pavement Bookworm”. A few years after he began selling the reviews, the writer and documentary film-maker Tebogo Malope interviewed Philani and posted the video online. It instantly went viral. More people from all over South Africa, including the media, came to seek him out, and Philani used this opportunity as a “wake up call” to get clean and do something productive with his life and the money he was making from his reviews.

PAVEMENT-BOOKWORM-COVER-fontchoice-webThe first thing he did was start the Book Reader’s Club for underprivileged children in Joubert Park, where he began to teach children, after school, to read. As he says, “it’s a way of thanking books for saving my life…I could have ended up dead on the streets”. He has also written his own book, The Pavement Bookworm, which tells his amazing story and how the influence of books in his life rescued him.

Philani has a website where you can learn more about him, read his reviews and become involved in his mission. Additionally, he provides links to services for those who find themselves in at-risk situations and need help. This young man is truly inspiring and through his struggles and triumphs, he shows us all that the ability to read is not an activity to take for granted. Books fill our lives with richness and meaning, and in Philani’s case were truly life-savers. He took the one thing that meant something to him during his darkest days, and created a beautiful new life for himself and so many others.

What do you think about the Pavement Bookworm? Please share your comments via our FacebookTwitter or our LinkedIn pages.

Molly Brown, ILN Content Officer

Job: Elementary and Middle School Librarian/Literacy Coach

11/24/15 –  Elementary and Middle School Librarian/Literacy Coach
American International School of Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments: Librarian and literacy coach all in one?  I would ask some questions to ensure the job description is doable. Also, they are requiring teacher certification and only preferring a MLIS, a sad commentary on how librarians are often regarded in schools. AISJ also has a high school position open. Overall, it is a well-established school with a good reputation. Reviews of the latest director show an improvement over the last. Jo’burg does have crime however South Africa is a beautiful country.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW
The AISJ staff is fully involved in utilizing the reading and writing workshop best practices for teaching literacy
and staff utilizes the UbD model to capture units of inquiry. The AISJ Pretoria literacy coach/librarian will be
expected to support the classroom teachers in the elementary school and the Language Arts teachers in the
Middle School in this this endeavor. Examples of collaborative interactions include projecting reading and writing
units, reflecting on units and facilitating the on-going development of classroom libraries. In terms of the librarian responsibilities collaboration with teachers in Grades Pre-K to Grade 8 in effective use of the library as a teaching and learning center is an expectation. Utilizing the library as a professional development resource is also a focus. The librarian is in a unique position to work to ensure that all staff are effective and ethical users of ideas and information.
The school literacy coach/librarian position presents a range of opportunities to work with students, parents and teaching staff in literacy practices, children’s literature, information literacy, and the development and implementation of conceptually based units of inquiry.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• The librarian/literacy coach should have:
K–8 teaching certification and, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education
• Additional coursework or specialization in literacy, children’s literature, information literacy, and/or curriculum design
• Demonstrated ability to provide instructional leadership with and to the different members of a school community in reading and writing workshop best practices
• Experience training colleagues in the implementation and interpretation of a variety of assessments including
Running Records and Developmental Reading Assessment II, to colleagues
• Experience with library systems such as Destiny
• Strong technical skills both in terms of library systems and technology as a tool for teaching and learning
• Recent professional development in various areas related to development of Elementary and Middle School students
• 5 years or more of experience in working with a range of grade levels and two years of overseas experience
• Experience as a teacher-leader and with curriculum committees and/or implementation of curriculum is critical
• Experience with UbD or IB PYP/MYP in developing and implementing conceptually based inquiry unit
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• School Librarian certification
Masters in library sciences, literacy or curriculum
• Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural, internationally-minded environment
• Experience with NETS information literacy standards
• Experience in developing workshops for colleagues and parents in the relevant areas of expertise
ATTRIBUTES
• Effective communication skills
• Positive attitude
• Ability to establish and grow collaborative working relationships
• Strategic, receptive, flexible
• Strong organizational ability and initiative
• Follows through on decisions
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• To research, model and teach literacy methods for Elementary School classrooms and Middle School Language Arts teachers
• To facilitate projection of and reflection on reading and writing units
• To maintain and develop the library facility and collection so that it is current, complements classroom libraries and offers a range of materials to readers
• To collaborate with the other campus librarians to create an effective and cohesive school library system
• To collaborate with classroom teachers to develop effective balanced literacy programs and to ensure that the library complements and supports balanced literacy programs Pre-K to Grade 8
• To work with whole class, individual students and small groups in the library
• To be a source of ideas, practical tips, inspiration, and energy for teachers in their unit development
• To find materials and resources for classroom teachers to support their classroom units
• To participate in all-school, team, and grade level unit development meetings
• To work with classroom teachers and specialists to integrate information literacy standards into the existing curriculum and assessments
• To work with teachers to develop a common understanding of the potential of the library to support, extend and enrich learning
Teaching a Middle School Elective such as Media Studies may be part of the work load
SCHOOL HOURS
7:10 am to 3:30 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 7:10 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesdays
Occasional weekend or evening work for presentations etc. will be required
CONTACT
For more information contact the Pretoria School Principal, Rachel Caldwell at recruitment@aisj-jhb.com.

Job: High School Librarian

10/19/15 – High School Librarian
American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments: AISJ is a well-established school with a good reputation.  Reviews of the latest director show an improvement over the last.  Jo’burg does have crime however South Africa is a beautiful country.

 

QUALIFICATIONS
A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or state certification as a school librarian and
have completed a teacher preparation program and/or educational degree.
JOB GOALS
•To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
•To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skilful researchers, and ethical users of information
•To collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness
•To ensure that the school library program (SLP) is aligned with the mission, goals, and objectives of the school, and is an integral component of the learning program.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and school board meetings
• creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
• encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
• remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational research applicable to school library programs
• collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
• joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
• providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school for all staff, including other school librarians
• developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• sharing expertise by presenting at faculty meetings, parent meetings, and school board meetings
• creating an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practices, and collaboration with teaching staff
• encouraging the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire learning community
• remaining current in professional practices and developments, information technologies, and educational
research applicable to school library programs
• collaborating with teachers and students to design and teach engaging inquiry and learning experiences and assessments that incorporate multiple literacies and foster critical thinking
• joining with teachers and others to plan and implement meaningful experiences that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning
• providing and planning professional development opportunities within the school for all staff, including other school librarians
• developing and maintaining a collection of resources appropriate to the curriculum, the learners, and the the teaching styles and instructional strategies used within the school community
• evaluating, promoting, and using existing and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning, supplement school resources, connect the school with the global learning community, communicate with students and teachers, and provide 24/7 access to library services
• organizing the collection for maximum and effective use reading for understanding, for exposure to diversity of viewpoints and genres, and for pleasure
• using information for defined and self-defined purposes
• ensuring that school library program goals and objectives are aligned with AISJ long-range strategic plans
• preparing, justifying, and administering the school library program budget to support
specific program goals
• establishing processes and procedures for selection, acquisition, circulation, resource sharing, etc. that
assure appropriate resources are available when needed
• Other duties as assigned.
SCHOOL HOURS
7:10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mon
day, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and
7:10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday
CONTACT
For more information contact Geoff Smith, High School Principal at recruitment@aisj-jhb.com

Job: University Librarian

9/2/15 –  University Librarian
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sarah P’s comments:  A rare South African opportunity.  Be aware that Jo’burg, while an interesting city, has a high crime rate so please discuss housing and safety options should you be interviewed.

 

The University of the Witwatersrand Library is one of the leading academic and research libraries in South Africa, and is a highly valued component of the University’s research and teaching and learning activities. A key strategic priority is for the Library to more actively support the University’s research, e-research and e-scholarship, research training and research data management agendas. Committed to open access, the Library also offers cutting-edge programmes and a full spectrum of services, from rare and historical books and manuscripts collections to a growing network of digital resources, including active digitisation and digital archiving projects.

Led by the new Librarian with the goal to create a responsive 21st Century University Library, a series of future-orientated strategies must be developed to meet the fast changing environment. These will include an appropriate policy framework, innovative learning and research spaces, flexible IT platforms and systems for information and knowledge management, learning and research. This position is for someone who will redefine the Library function, and lead in the implementation thereof.

The University Librarian is responsible for the management and efficient, cost-effective functioning of the Library that includes 2 main and several branch libraries. Leadership and motivation must be provided to actively build and develop a diverse, skilled and engaged team providing a superb service to the University community. He or she ensures that the Library attains its mission to support the teaching, research and service programmes of the University by facilitating access to information and developing the collections. The curation of historical works and the digitisation initiatives to preserve and enhance access to information resources will mean that the Library is ready to face the challenge of new developments in education in South Africa. Included in the duties are the provision of advice and input to several University committees, such as Senate, Academic Development and Planning, Senate Library Committee, Strategic Financial Resources Allocation Committee, etc and representation of the University on relevant national and international Library committees and organisations.

Requirements:

  • At least a Master’s degree and relevant tertiary qualifications in Library/Information Science/a field relevant to the transformational trends in libraries
  • Extensive experience in administering a large library function/information systems and management of people
  • Leadership skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Initiative
  • The ability to communicate as well as to harness technology to deliver effective library services
  • A thorough knowledge of libraries, library systems and development
  • Insight into the functioning of a university, its administrative systems and infrastructure is essential.

Contact person: Prof Bea Lacquet, DVC (Knowledge and Information Management, Infrastructure and Operations), tel. (011)-717-1108/9, e-mail: beatrys.lacquet@wits.ac.za.

To apply:
Please apply via i-Recruitment: www.wits.ac.za/vacancies.

Please include the following:

  • A covering letter clearly indicating which post you are applying for
  • A detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees
  • Certified copies of qualifications and South African ID or passport/work permit if not South African

Closing date: 30 September 2015

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with short-listed candidates.

Conference: Grants for Attending IFLA 2015

2/23/15 –  The International Librarian’s Network just posted the following message.  ILN is a worthwhile organization to join if you are interested in international librarianship news and information.

IFLA Attendance Grants – You might be eligible

by interlibnet

We know many of our participants would love to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress and for many of us, it is often out of reach. This year it is in Cape Town South Africa, and we have serious conference destination envy – just check out the gorgeous video below and you’ll see what we mean.

In case you missed it – there are a few attendance grants available that you might just be eligible to win – so we wanted to share them with you.

First up, The Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) is offering THREE (3) Attendance Grants for the IFLA Congress in Cape Town 2015 to information professionals from these regions:

  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Asia/Pacific region

Each grant covers the registration fee of Euro 470 as well as support for travel and/or accommodation up to Euro 700. Deadline for submissions is Friday, 27 February 2015  and you can find out more information at their website.

There are also 20 IFLA World Library and Information Congress participation grants available, which covers the cost of the conference registration fees – so you just have to get yourself there. Application for the participation grants close 1 March 2015, and you can find out more here.

Are you off to Cape Town to attend the IFLA WLIC? If so, we’d love to hear about all about it!