Monthly Archives: December 2014

Job: MS/HS Librarian

12/29/14 – MS/HS Librarian
American School of Budapest, Hungary
Sarah P’s comments:  A established school in a beautiful country.  Reviews say the living is good but the school has suffered under an interim director and recent benefit cuts.  This year a new director was appointed but no updated reviews yet.  The job has not yet been listed on the school’s website so in order to apply you need to join TIE (The International Educator). I recommend joining ISR (International School Reviews) as well.
 
AISB is a private, non-profit school offering the highest quality in American/international education from Pre-K3 to Grade 12. Our diverse student body of 840 students representing over 62 nationalities is matched by the vast international experience of our highly qualified and talented faculty. We strive for all students to achieve their highest academic potential and at the same time develop their individuality, interests and special talents. We are an IB World School with a tremendous record of success at the IB Diploma level. Teachers and administrators who join our faculty team, quickly learn why students and teachers thrive at AISB:
– dynamic teacher-driven, student-centered curriculum,
– progressive teaching methodologies,
– one of the best salary & benefits packages in Europe,
– world-class, purpose-built facilities,
– an exceptionally supportive international school community,
– the charm and beauty of Budapest.

Age Restrictions:

No

Other:

Candidates with at least three years “exact match” experience and excellent professional credentials who are interested in joining our team should refer to our website and contact us immediately.

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Job: Remote Business Requirements Writer

12/26/14 –  Remote Business Requirements Writer
Virtual Vocations Listing, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Sarah P’s comments:  I have monitored this site for a few years now as a library or library-skills related job will occasionally pop up.  Make sure you don’t have to live nearby as some positions are 100% virtual.  Note:  you need to join this site into order to apply for positions.
 
A health insurance service company is searching for a person to fill their position for a Remote Business Requirements Writer in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Must be able to:

  • Prescribe knowledge management solutions to meet business goals
  • Apply the established library discipline and actions to existing knowledge infrastructure
  • Support and maintain cross-organizational knowledge

Skills and Requirements Include:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent
  • Excellent document management skills
  • Strong knowledge of MS Word and knowledge of MS Excel
  • Experience in business operations, support, or other equivalent work experience around digital records management, or archives and librarian practices.

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Conference: Deadline extended! Call for papers for the IRRT International Papers Session

12/26/14 –  Call for papers for the IRRT International Papers Session

Deadline for submitting proposals is now January 16, 2015.

The American Library Association, International Papers and Projects Committee invites proposals for presentations to be made at the next ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, USA.  Presentations will be delivered at the International Papers Session scheduled for June 27, 2015.
The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world.  The program also serves to stimulate the interest of U.S. librarians in international library matters. Through its International Papers Committee, ALA’s International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites librarians to submit a presentation proposal.  The 2015 International Papers and Projects Program theme is:
Learning from One Another: Mentoring Across and Within Borders
Mentoring is an effective way of assisting people to progress in their careers through a partnership between two people, an experienced mentor and a less experienced mentee.  Formal mentoring programs exist in librarianship as in other professions and may be found within libraries, library associations, or other professional settings.
This program will feature presentations on mentoring projects and programs from around the world. Presenters are encouraged to consider the theme from diverse angles. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mentoring programs that are international in scope
  • Analysis of successes and obstacles of intra-national mentoring
  • Mentoring as part of sister library partnerships
  • Comparison of mentoring programs in different countries
  • How mentoring across borders has strengthened international connections

Proposals will be selected based on their originality, clarity, and adherence to the theme.  Proposals should be evaluative and not merely descriptive.  Descriptions of mentoring programs that have not been implemented will not be considered.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Proposals, presentations, and papers must be written and delivered in English, which is the working language of the program.
Proposals should include:
1.    Title of the presentation
2.    Name, title, institutional affiliation, and full contact information (including a valid e-mail address) for each  presenter
3.    Abstract (300-500 words)
4.    A short biographical profile of each presenter
Proposals should be submitted electronically (as a single Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to International Relations Office via email to intl@ala.org with a copy to richard.sapon-white@oregonstate.edu and buenaventura.basco@ucf.edu
SELECTION PROCESS
Three official and three (3) alternate proposals will be selected. Alternate proposals will be ranked and considered in place of official ones in case substitutions are necessary. All presenters will be notified of the selection results by February 6, 2015.

PRESENTATION FORMAT
The International Papers and Projects Program is 1.5 hours total.  Presentations should run about 20 minutes each, followed by a Q & A session.  Presenters are encouraged to prepare a dynamic and interactive presentation, incorporating visual prompts, technologies, games, questions for the audience, etc. PowerPoints are common, but speakers who want to read a paper or refer to it are welcome to do so.  Optionally, presenters may submit a formal paper (5,000-10,000 words), to be published on the International Papers Committee website.
We would like to invite you to view previous presentations listed on IRRT’s International Papers and Projects Session Committee site. www.ala.org/irrt

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Job: Virtual Strategic Communications Coordinator

12/23/14 –  Strategic Communications Coordinator
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Strategic Communications Coordinator to collaboratively develop and implement a marketing and communication plan with internal and external stakeholders;
liaise with other departments and communications and marketing professionals across the university community to create innovative approaches to heighten awareness, understanding, and engagement with the Libraries’ services, collections, activities, and initiatives; produce marketing and promotional materials including annual reports, web content, social media campaigns, print brochures, mailers, newsletters, emails, advertisements, signage, digital media, posters, publications, and other marketing materials that communicate, inform and persuade;
design consistent and effective messages, marketing materials, media kits, campaigns and brand standards to represent and promote the Libraries; prepare background materials for meetings for the Dean, write speeches, and draft and edit the Dean’s communications with external and campus constituencies;
help promote Library special events, exhibits and other outreach activities. Collaborate with development and fundraising teams to create diverse communication and marketing strategies for donors; communicate strategic directions, goals and objectives to a variety of constituencies by creating compelling success stories and marketing materials.
Require: Bachelor’s degree in strategic communications, journalism, public relations, marketing, or related field; exceptional writing and communication skills; initiative and ability to manage time, prioritize multiple and concurrent tasks, and quickly produce results under tight deadlines; ability to creatively approach challenges and projects and to work effectively, both independently and in teams, to drive toward common goals, consistent with Library vision and strategies.
Desire: Experience working with library, non-profit, or higher education organization; two years of professional work experience creating, writing and editing a variety of materials such as articles, brochures, news releases and web content; advanced degree in Library Science or related field; creative flair and capability to consistently generate new ideas.
Submit a letter of application, resume, and list of three references to www.miamiujobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=54100. Inquiries to: Donna.Richardson@miamioh.edu. Screening of applicants will begin December 22, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Information

Contact: King Library
Miami University
Online App. Form: http://www.miamiujobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=54100

 

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Job: Senior Assistant Librarian (Cataloguing and Preservation)

12/19/14 –  Senior Assistant Librarian (Cataloguing and Preservation)
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun NT, Hong Kong

Deadline: 01/09/15
Lingnan University, a distinctive liberal arts institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is committed to the provision of quality whole-person education informed by the best of Chinese and Western liberal arts traditions.  It strives to pursue excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and community engagement.  With three academic Faculties, it offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes in arts, business and social sciences.  These programmes are distinguished by the following attributes: disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and pre-professional studies that are based on a broad liberal arts foundation; rich co-curricular and extra-curricular activities; ample global learning opportunities; active community engagement and multifarious workplace experience.  It also offers postgraduates programmes up to the doctoral level.Applications are now invited for the following position:
Senior Assistant Librarian (Cataloguing and Preservation)
Library
(Post Ref.: 14/102/ALA)
The appointee will lead and serve as the head of the Cataloguing and Preservation Team.  He/She will be required to (a) supervise the operations of cataloguing and authority control; (b) supervise the processing and preservation of library materials; (c) formulate and maintain the policies and procedures for cataloguing, authority control, library materials processing and preservation; (d) maintain the library bibliographic and authority databases, and the online library catalogue; and (e) analyze relevant statistics and produce regular reports. The appointee will also represent the University in the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) working committees.
Requirements
Applicants should have (i) recognized professional qualification in Librarianship (MLS or equivalent); (ii) substantial supervisory experience in cataloguing, authority control and preservation operations in an academic library; (iii) a good command of written and spoken English and Chinese (both Traditional and Simplified Chinese); and (iv) working knowledge of AACR2R, RDA, FRBR, FRAD, LCRIs, LCSH, LCCS, MARC21 and the INNOPAC Millennium/Sierra Library System. Familiarity with information processing of CJK materials will be advantageous.
(Applicants with less experience may be considered for appointment as Assistant Librarian.)
Salary and Benefits
The rank and commencing salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The monthly salary range is HK$37,600.- to HK$49,400.- for Senior Assistant Librarian and HK$24,400.- to HK$47,200.- for Assistant Librarian. Fringe benefits, where applicable, include annual leave, medical and dental benefits, mandatory provident fund and gratuity.
Application Procedure
Applicants are invited to forward a cover letter, a resume and a completed application form (Form R2 which is obtainable at www.LN.edu.hk/hr/application-forms) to the Human Resources Office, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong by post, by fax at (852) 2891 5782 or by email: recruit@LN.edu.hk (as attachment in MS Word format) by 9 January 2015.  Please quote the reference number of the post in all correspondence.

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Job: International School Librarian Positions

12/16/14 –   The International Educator (TIE) currently has 23 positions listed.  This is the beginning of the recruiting season for international schools.  Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree.  For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.
 

OMAN AL SAHWA SCHOOLS K-12 LIBRARY 12/13/14
TURKEY BILKENT LABORATORY & INTE SECONDARY LIBRARY 12/11/14
SAUDI ARAB THE KAUST SCHOOL SECONDARY LIBRARY 12/11/14
HONG KONG ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATIO ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 12/09/14
TURKEY MEF INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS K-12 LIBRARY 12/08/14
PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MANI HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 12/07/14
THAILAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL BANG SECONDARY LIBRARY 12/01/14
TURKEY AMERICAN COLLEGIATE INSTI HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY 12/01/14
SAUDI ARAB DHAHRAN AHLIYYA SCHOOLS K-12 LIBRARY 11/30/14
CHINA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF D ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 11/27/14
KUWAIT AMERICAN UNITED SCHOOL OF ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 11/24/14
HONG KONG ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATIO ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 11/19/14
TOGO BRITISH SCHOOL OF LOME K-12 LIBRARY 11/19/14
INDIA KODAIKANAL INTERNATIONAL K-12 LIBRARY 11/14/14
GHANA LINCOLN COMMUNITY SCHOOL SECONDARY LIBRARY 11/11/14
UNITED ARA ESOL EDUCATION ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 11/11/14
ALBANIA ALBANIAN COLLEGE K-12 LIBRARY 11/10/14
UNITED ARA COLLEGIATE AMERICAN SCHOO MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY 11/04/14
OMAN AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SC ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 11/04/14
ETHIOPIA ICS ADDIS ABABA SECONDARY LIBRARY 11/02/14
CHINA CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL S ELEMENTARY LIBRARY 11/01/14
ALBANIA ALBANIAN COLLEGE SECONDARY LIBRARY 09/30/14
JAPAN OSAKA INTERNATIONAL SCHOO K-12 LIBRARY 09/23/14

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Conference: European Conference on Information Literacy

12/16/14 –  European Conference in Information Literacy (ECIL)
Tallinn, Estonia
ECIL is an annual conference initiated by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and the Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It is organized and hosted by a different European partner each year.  ECIL 2015 conference will be organized by the Institute of Information Studies of Tallinn University and held from 19-22 October 2015, at Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia.
The conference will be composed of several types of contributions, such as full papers, posters, PechaKucha (short presentations), best practices, workshops, panels, invited talks, doctoral forum; each has different requirements and restrictions regarding the length, time allocation and content. Contributions should be prepared using the templates available through the Conference website and submitted electronically via the conference management system by March 16, 2015.

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Job: Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development

12/12/14 – Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development
Child Aid, Panajachel, Departamento de Sololá, Guatemala
Sarah P’s comments:  This is a paid position with an interesting organization dedicated to developing libraries as well as schools.  They also have a volunteer program although it looks like it is US only. I could not find a review for Child Aid regarding either working or volunteering.
 

Child Aid is a U.S. based non-profit organization working primarily in Guatemala. The mission of Child Aid is development through literacy; we believe education is the most effective long-term solution to poverty. We focus on rural villages where illiteracy disproportionately affects indigenous people and in early grades where education has been shown to have the biggest impact on literacy and overall life chances. We achieve our mission through an integrated program of teacher training, book provision and library development.
Child Aid is currently in a period of rapid growth. We are looking for an individual who is excited by the chance to join a small team where his/her efforts will have a large organizational imprint and where there is opportunity to grow as the organization grows.
Program Description: Our program has three integrated aspects: Teacher training; library enhancement; and book provision.
Teacher Training: We currently serve approximately 400 teachers in 50 rural schools. Our 4-year teacher training curriculum consists of two yearly school-wide trainings and 4 yearly individual classroom follow-ups. This translates to approximately 80 group trainings and 1,600 individual follow-ups per year.
Libraries: We work directly in classroom, school, and community libraries, and provide group trainings for community librarians. During the long school break, our staff helps librarians and teachers conduct 6-week book club programs called Adventures in Reading.
Book provision:We support the above activities through the provision of over 100,000 Spanish language books per year to teachers, schools and libraries, and we work with teachers and librarians in the use of these books to provide literacy enhancement.
Position Summary: The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development has responsibility for training and professional development of the staff who deliver all of our program interventions. In addition, this position also has a key responsibility for ongoing, as-needed curriculum development. Finally, the Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will work with the Country Director in Guatemala and the CEO and COO in Portland to help develop new program activities and strategize and plan for organizational growth. This is our second most important position in Guatemala and reports directly to the Country Director.
Specific Responsibilities:
A. Training and Professional Development of Staff: The quality of our programs depends completely on the training and development of our staff. The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will have responsibility for:
¨ Direct supervision of a literacy coaching staff currently numbering 14 Guatemalan nationals and expected to grow
¨ Recruitment and training of new staff
¨ Professional development of staff

  • Our staff of literacy trainers comprises various levels of responsibility, with opportunities for advancement between levels. The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will have responsibility for managing, mentoring and developing this staff to take on increasing levels of responsibility as the staff and programs grow

¨ Conducting and/or supervising on-going training meetings for all staff
¨ Working with the assessors (the highest training staff level)to develop their own coaching abilities
¨ Creating agendas, materials and activities for weekly staff trainings and quarterly staff retreats
¨ Developing and tailoring training materials for staff, introducing new elements as staff needs and growth require
¨ Some interfacing with school principals and district superintendents
¨ Maintaining some direct classroom and training involvement
B. Curriculum Development: The Child Aid teacher and librarian training curricula are well developed and have been evaluated. Nevertheless, we consider the curriculum to be a living entity, and thus the person in this position will need to:
¨ Develop new aspects of the curriculum as program pieces are added
¨ Keep abreast of changes in pedagogical theory and evaluate when they suggest new curriculum or training approaches
¨ Regularly assess aspects of the curriculum that may be working less well and require revision
Reporting: This position reports directly to the Guatemala Country Director.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required for Position: The ideal candidate would have three areas of expertise:
Literacy content:
¨ Content knowledge and experience with literacy learning in primary school

  • Classroom teaching experience in primary school
  • Advanced pedagogy in teaching/ learning of literacy

¨ A Master’s degree in education or another, relevant field a definite plus
Development / cultural experience:
¨ Experience working and living in a developing world setting, ideally in Central or Latin America
¨ Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish and English

  • Knowledge of a Mayan language a plus

¨ Comfort working as part of a multi-cultural team
¨ Willingness to live and travel within rural Guatemala
Training and management experience:
¨ Content knowledge and experience with training of teachers or other literacy staff
¨ Responsibility for direct reports or otherwise overseeing the work and performance of others
Details:
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Employer contribution to SEP-IRA; paid vacation; health insurance

How to Apply:
Send cover letter, resume and names of references to: press@child-aid.org

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News: How to Find a Job in an International School Article

12/12/14 –  How to Find a Job in an International School
For those interested in trying to find a library position in an international school here is a recent article from TIE (The International Educator).  You can also check the Book Resources section of this blog – Chapter 3 as well as read my book if you want an in-depth perspective.
For those who join and receive the paper there is also two other relevant articles (see below for headlines).  FYI: I am not affiliated with TIE in any way, I promote them because they are a reputable paper and post the majority of the positions to be found in the international school world.
 

Saudi Arabia – 17 International Schools Shut Down
The Ministry of Education ordered the closure of 17 international schools and issued warnings to 32 others last year for violating local laws including not integrating the Arabic language and Islamic studies into their curricula and other irregularities…

Japan – International Schools in East Asia Are as Local as They Want to Be
Dubai’s private school sector is showing record growth as demand for a quality education in the UAE region continues to swell…

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Conferences: International Perspectives Discussion Group

12/11/14 –  For anyone planning on attending the ALA Mid-winter Meeting in Chicago (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3) here is an interesting discussion group for those interested in international librarianship.
What:  ACRL International Perspectives on Academic & Research Libraries DG
When:  Friday, January 30th from 1 – 2:30pm
Where:  McCormick Place West – W186c
We have three very exciting speakers lined up for our DG this year, I hope you can join us:

  • Zachary Newell – Library Program Area Chair & Arts Librarian – Salem State University Library
    • As a librarian at Salem State University, Zach worked with a group of faculty to successfully write a grant to bring a group of Iraqi Fulbright Scholars to study at the University in the summer of 2014.  Working with the group, he identified effective teaching strategies related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Zach will also address how a “Muslim Journeys” grant highlighted an international context that, combined with the work of the Fulbright Scholars, led to enduring collaborations with area groups.  Zach will also highlight how these initiatives align with the University’s mission and work to internationalize its campus.   
  • Olga Hart, Coordinator of Library Instruction & Rosemary Franklin, ESL Librarian – University of Cincinnati
    • Thanks to special grant funding made available to campus units through University of Cincinnati’s five-year diversity plan, UC Libraries started special library programming for international students. Olga and Rosemary will discuss the identified areas of special service and programming as well as the diversity project’s current success and future planning. 
  • Laurie Kutner, Information & Instruction Librarian – University of Vermont Libraries
    • Laurie ran an ALA sponsored trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2014.  The 13 librarians from all over the US worked on 3 different library projects in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica and contributed a total of 200 hours to these projects.  Laurie will talk about the experiences gained on this trip and the interest of librarians to engage in this kind of international travel and service.   
Each speaker will have about 25 minutes to present their topic, including Q&A.  We’ll take a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to introduce ourselves and should have 10 – 15 minutes at the end of the session for general discussion.  

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