Monthly Archives: June 2015

Job: Senior Project Fellow/Project Fellow/Postdoctoral Fellow

6/29/15 –  Senior Project Fellow/Project Fellow/Postdoctoral Fellow
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Pao Yue-kong Library
 
Appointment period: twelve months, with possibility of further appointment for up to three years
Duties:
The appointee will assist the project leader in the research project – “Enhancing information literacy in Hong Kong higher education through the development and implementation of shared interactive multimedia courseware”.
The appointee will also be required to:
(a) take a substantial leadership role in conducting educational needs assessment for the project;
(b) co-ordinate the intellectual input of collaborators, and communicate with vendors and contractors to develop and refine the shared interactive multimedia courseware;
(c) liaise with trainers and speakers to conduct training programmes for stakeholders to enhance and promote information literacy in the higher education sector;
(d) administer the course enhancement funds to promote partnerships building between faculty and librarians; and
(e) manage the implementation, promotion and evaluation of the project, as well as report writing.
Qualifications:
Applicants should have:
(a) a doctoral degree in Education, Social Science, Information/Knowledge Management or related discipline, plus at least six years of postdoctoral research experience or equivalent (applicants will less years of relevant experience will be considered for the post of Project Fellow or Postdoctoral Fellow);
(b) course design and authoring experience as well as IT, multimedia and content authoring skills;
(c) experience in managing and implementing research projects at the university level;
(d) good analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills, and
(e) an excellent command of English.
Applicants are invited to contact Mr William Ho at tel no. 2766 6893, or email lbwkho@polyu.edu.hk for further information.
Remuneration:
A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.

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Job: e-Learning Consultant

6/25/15 –  e-Learning Consultant
The Kaizen Company, Washington, D.C. USA (position located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Sarah P’s comments:  This position is not labeled ‘librarian’ but involves many of our skills and education.  This is a small, fairly new NGO however there are two positive Glassdoor reviews as well as a short promotional video on YouTube.
 

Synopsis
The Kaizen Company (www.thekaizencompany.com)is soliciting applications for the position of E-learning consultant for the USAID-Local Capacity Development (LCD) project.
Job description
Under the general direction of senior staff of the company, consultant will be responsible for providing support to the LCD project office and program operations. However, the majority (80%) of his/her time will be spent working on developing E-learning tools.
Mainly the consultant will work with our technical team to convert their management presentations into e-templates and e-trainings, which will make up LCD’s e-learning library of support offerings. This is one of the major project that LCD want to work in-depth and capture the valuable documents produced so far through its specialists.
USAID has recently approved LCD’s initiative to take a ‘flip the classroom’ approach in the provision of trainings, and the creation of an e-learning library consisting of e-training videos, short e-tests, and other e-tools and templates (e.g. how-to guides, templates with instructions)  to meet this objective.
This is to provide our partner organizations access to online tutorials and be able to:
1. Learn about different (mostly management) topics by watching short video presentations or filling out templates prior to attending in-person trainings or receiving technical assistance.
2. Refer back to the online training materials and use them as a reference whenever needed.
3. Share these e-trainings with a greater number of their colleagues, both at their home office and field locations
4. Request LCD for further guidance on the topics after watching these online materials on their own.
The consultant will also assist in ensuring LCD team engagements with partners and clients are recorded and updated in LCD data base continuously and timely and other areas related to communications and project implementation, and responding to a wide array of routine tasks and requests related to program management and implementation.
Tasks Related to Accomplishing the Objectives
The Consultant shall use his/her education, considerable experience, and additional understanding gleaned from the tasks specified in section A above to:

  • Establish standard, branded formats and guidelines for each e-resource type
  • In consultation with LCD staff members, identify & propose a suitable and effective way of recording the training materials on a video format.
  • Work closely with LCD team members convert the training materials produced by LCD to online video tutorials.
  • Establish a pipeline and systems for identifying, prioritizing, and creating subsequent e-tools at reasonable cost

Qualifications
The Consultant shall have the following minimum qualifications to be considered for this consultancy:
Educational and Work Experience Qualifications

  • BA degree, preferably in Management, Communications, Information Technology, or on related area
  • 2+  years of experience in e-learning, e-video creation or other highly  relevant area
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Proficiency in computer skill more than MS office application is required.

 

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News: International Leads Newsletter, June 2015

6/25/15  – ALA IRRT publishes International Leads, an increasingly relevant newsletter about international librarianship.

This month there is a list of all IRRT events for those attending ALA in San Francisco, an interesting article about efforts to preserve Middle East culture among an era of unprecedented destruction, and a call for submissions for anyone with any news to share about libraries worldwide:

(You must be a member of ALA/IRRT to submit)

Call for Submissions
Do you have news about…
  • International library activities?
  • People in international librarianship?
  • Upcoming international conferences?
Then why not submit to International Leads? Send your news
and stories to the co-editors:
Elizabeth Cramer, crameree@appstate.edu
Kevin Murphy, kevin.murphy@kctcs.edu

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Job: LIS Faculty Position

6/22/15-  LIS Faculty Position
Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C.
 
Dept. of Library and Information Science in National Taiwan University is seeking to employ one or two full-time faculty
1. Qualification: Doctoral degree in library and information science or instructional technology related fields
2. Documents Required:
*Photocopy of doctoral diploma; Those who have not yet received the diploma at the time of application must provide a formal statement from the degree granting institution indicating that it will be in hand by the time of appointment
*official transcripts of the master’s or doctoral studies
* Photocopy of working experience certification
*resume
*at least one academic work published within 5 years (published after Nov. 1, 2010, doctoral dissertation included)
*a list of publications
*a list of courses taught or course plan with detail course outlines, syllabi and bibliography
3. Other Requirements:
*Ability to teach in Mandarin Chinese or English
*The applicants who pass preliminary review by our review board will be invited to give a presentation to our faculty (travel expenses to be paid by applicant)
*All applications will not be returned.
4. Date of appointment and position official rank: Appointment begins on February 1, 2016. Official rank appointed is according to working experience and qualifications.
5. Application deadline: August 21, 2015
6. How to apply: All the documents must be prepared in printed format and mailed to Department of Library and Information Science
Address:
Professor Shanju L. Chang
Department of Library and Information Science, National Taiwan University
No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Taipei 10617, Taiwan, R. O. C.
Email: lis@ntu.edu.tw
Tel: 886-2-3366-2958
Fax: 886-2-2363-2859

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Job: Secretary General IFLA

6/19/15 –  Secreatary General
IFLA, The Hague, Netherlands
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is seeking a proven leader with a compelling vision to fill the position of Secretary General. IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. IFLA has now 1500 members in approximately 150 countries around the world and is registered in the Netherlands. The headquarters is located in the Royal Library, the National Library of the Netherlands.  IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization.
IFLA’s aims are to: Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services, Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library and information services, Represent the interests of our members throughout the world.
Responsibilities
The Secretary General is the Chief Executive Officer and head of IFLA’s Secretariat, responsible for the organization’s success and the consistent achievement of its mission including the strategic and operational direction and financial management of IFLA within policies determined by IFLA General Assembly and Governing Board; appointment of staff; provision of advice to the officers and Governing Board of IFLA and the implementation of decisions; coordination of IFLA programs including the core activities and regional offices; ensuring that the Board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it; serving on the Board of trustees of the IFLA Stichting Foundation and as an officer of the IFLA conference holding companies, and, such other responsibilities as are necessary for the effective and efficient operation of IFLA.
Requirements
The Secretary General is the Chief Executive Officer, with managerial, leadership, diplomatic, executive, communication and financial skills of a high order and able to deal with the full range of management activities in an organization with worldwide interests and an expanding number of staff (16 FTE in the Secretariat). The Secretary General is expected to embrace diversity and foster a culture of professional development and trust in staff. The incumbent is expected to further develop the IFLA brand and to exploit its potential to achieve greater recognition and impact. The appointee should be fluent in written and spoken English and able to communicate in one or more of the other six official languages of IFLA: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish.
Term of employment: Initially an 18-month contract with an option to renew.
Salary and benefits: An attractive package of salary and benefits will be negotiated with the successful applicant. The successful applicant must be prepared to live in or near The Hague, The Netherlands.
Working hours: 36 hrs/week
Start date: It is expected that the successful applicant will relocate (if required) to The Hague by March 2016. The appointee will assume the position of Secretary General in May 2016.
Applications: A letter stating why you should be considered for the job along with a Curriculum Vitae should to be sent to: IFLA President-Elect Donna Scheeder [donna_scheeder@comcast.net] before 10 September 2015.
Contact: For more information, please contact Donna Scheeder: donna_scheeder@comcast.net.
 

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News: Call for submissions…

6/18/15 –  Call for international submissions for the Journal of Web Librarianship:
 

Journal of Web Librarianship Special Issue: International Voices

Do you work in a library outside of the U.S. and Canada? The Journal of Web Librarianship is seeking research articles, case studies, and other types of submissions from librarians around the world. AlthoughJWL has aimed to be an international journal from the beginning, the bulk of JWL submissions come from authors at U.S. and Canadian libraries. For this special issue, therefore, JWL will focus on library web projects and research outside these countries.
Topics for the special issue can include (but are not limited to):

· library web page design and redesigns,
· web project management,
· usability testing of library or library-related sites,
· cataloging or classification of Web information,
· user behavior on the web,
· search behaviors,
· social networking and libraries,
· mobile web librarianship,
· digitization or finding aids for unique collections,
· integrating digital collections into catalogs / discovery.

Submissions for this special issue will still undergo a double-blind peer review. However, to support consistency of organization across the issue and offer support to authors who use English as a second language, submissions will first undergo one or more rounds of “collegial review” to provide early feedback to authors about their manuscripts before submission to the blind peer review process.

In addition to following the regular JWL manuscript preparation guidelines, authors are asked specifically to provide information in the introduction about the role and status of libraries in their country or countries, as well as the state of any relevant technologies in their country relative to their topic. For example, an article about a library’s use of social networking to market services would include an explanation about how social networking technologies are generally used in that country (level of adoption, purposes, challenges, etc.).

Please submit manuscripts for consideration by August 15, 2015 to jwl.special@gmail.com
Questions about this issue should also be submitted to jwl.special@gmail.com

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Job: Technical/Vocational School Librarian

6/17/15 –  Technical/Vocational School Librarian
ADVETI, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Sarah P’s comments:  The UAE has recently taken the unprecedented step of outsourcing ALL their K-12 and vocational training which means that foreigners are being brought in to manage and teach their schools.  Why this step has been taken could be the subject of a book however the short story is that they at first tried to teach their own teachers but this has basically failed because, in my opinion, there are far more lucrative and easier jobs for nationals.
Therefore, ads periodically appear for librarians on job sites posted by Teach Away who recruits both for ADEC (Abu Dhabi Educational Council) as well as ADVETI (Abu Dhabi Vocational Education & Training Institute). ADEC is in charge of the K-12 schools whose librarians are normally hired locally.  I have heard from several colleagues that while their libraries do have an ILS (Follett) no one knows how to use it. This situation might be changing however as I notice that ADEC now has a section on their website called ‘Library Upgrade Project‘.
I recently ran into a librarian who had recently worked for ADVETI for two years and she shared some insights about her experience:
Hiring Process:  can be long and frustrating and don’t bank on anything until the contract is signed. Delays and problems have happened to many colleagues. (Sarah: at this time of year however the process will usually be quicker due to an August start date.)
Job & Benefits:  Contracts are for two years and pay and benefits are good.  Libraries in general however are not seen as critical to the mission of the school in the eyes of the administrators in charge.  Therefore, your program, even if successful, may be cut (as happened to this librarian) and/or you may be transferred.  Be careful if you have a teaching degree because there is a large chance you will be asked to teach instead, or in addition to, your librarian duties.  Your success and happiness somewhat depends on which school you are assigned to as there are both good and bad administrators and work situations.
Overall, this could be an opportunity worth pursuing if you understand the benefits as well as the pitfalls.  UAE remains a stable and safe country and is culturally very open due to the fact only 11% of the country are Emiratis!*  This means that you will be speaking English as it is the common language however it also means that you will not be seeing much of Arabic culture unless you venture into the desert.  It also means that you will encounter some nationals who feel a sense of entitlement and who, having been raised in this climate, will see you are there but to serve them.
(* UAE Population by Nationality)
 

Teaching Job Description

Teach in Abu Dhabi!  Teach Away is hiring for Librarian positions at a highly esteemed vocational and training institute in the UAE.
This institute offers top resources to staff and students, in addition to a wide variety of certificate and diploma programs, while focusing on integrating career and technological training with a rigorous academic curriculum.
Successful candidates for this opportunity must possess a degree in a relevant subject field, and at least 3 years of experience teaching English at the middle/high school level. Experience working within the Gulf region is also an asset. Successful candidates will be dedicated, flexible, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Teaching Job Benefits

Accommodation: Subsidized
Airfare Reimbursement: Full
Airfare Description: Return airfare provided for teacher, spouse, and up to 3 dependent children
Vacation: Summer vacation; national holidays
Health Insurance Provided: Yes
Health insurance Description: Family medical insurance provided
Education Allowance Provided: Yes
Education Allowance Description: Tuition allowance for dependents provided

Qualifications & Requirements

Preferred Certificates: Teaching Credential/License
Level of Education Required: Bachelor
Major: Library Science
Teaching Experience: Minimum 3 years of teaching experience
Additional Requirements: Experience in the Gulf region an asset; Master’s degree preferred

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News: International Table & Programs @ ALA @ 2015 Conference

6/16/15 –
Sarah P’s comments: I have just been elected a committee member for ALA’s IRRT (American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table).  Unfortunately, I cannot attend this year however if you are attending IRRT is hosting some informative programs for anyone interested in international librarianship.
 
The list of IRC and IRRT meetings is now available. Please click on the title of each program. It will take you to the program’s page on the ALA scheduler. Please take a moment to review the list of speakers and descriptions only. Email me with any changes or corrections.
Meetings and programs: http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/iroactivities/meetingsprograms
 
Dear colleagues,

If you are attending the ALA Conference in San Francisco this June 2015.
Below is the link to the schedule of international programs. Please note that on Saturday, June 27 during the all committee meetings time, we will have a table for new librarians interested in international matters and wanting to network from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel – Tower Salon A&B.
We are looking forward to see you there,
Loida Garcia-Febo
Chair, ALA International Relations Committee
ALA Councilor

IFLA Governing Board Member

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Job: High School Librarian

6/12/15 – High School Librarian
The American School Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico
 

Qualifications:

US Librarian
The dean of students/house dean must establish policies and procedures for the operation of the library program consistent with the ASF mission and the IB program needs. S/he facilitates the acquisition and usage of a wide variety of educational materials. Working as a support to the teaching staff, researches and collects items appropriate to the division’s programs and demonstrates the use of materials in the classrooms.
Required Qualifications:
• Master’s in Library Science.
Bilingual, English and Spanish
Preferred Qualifications:
• Teaching experience
• Preferred IB experience.
• Knowledge of current student practices.
• Knowledge of data base management.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Knowledgeable about library issues/technology and consistently uses that understanding.
• Take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills related to the library and applies most of them.
• Draw from a repertoire of strategies and effectively adapts them to fit the instructional context.
• Use technology to enhance the library and keeps abreast of how technology can be used to enhance instruction.
Library Management & Organization
• Physical environment consistently accommodates learning activities.
• Consistent understanding of time management, library routine, and behavioral expectations are conducive to student learning.
• Planning is consistently reflective of smooth operation in librarian’s absence.
• Assistants and volunteers are consistently trained and utilized.
• Maintain accurate library database and consistently corrects errors.
• Develop and implement budget in an effective manner.
• Implement policy regarding lost/overdue materials
Working Effectively with Students
• Facilitate use of library when not in use for classes.
• Provide information literacy skills to all students.
• Use technology with students to enhance student learning.
• Promote literacy in a variety of ways.
• Have respectful interactions with librarian and look forward to their time in the library.
Working Effectively with Colleagues
• Enhance the education program in the division.
• Approachable and effectively responsive to colleagues.
• Use and share materials and resources to support the division’s and classroom curriculum.
• Provide colleagues with classroom as well as general support for instructional technology.
Collection Development/Curriculum Support
• Plan for and responds to curricular needs.
• Evaluate the library collection, conducts inventory, and weeds the collection.
• Acquire materials that are appropriate for all students that impacts student learning.
Community/Parent Partnerships
• Promote school/community partnerships.
• Promote use of the library by school-community groups, and supports programs for reading, i.e. Books and Beyond, Battle of the Books, book displays, bookmarks, etc.
• Available to support parents with concerns.
• Volunteers are recruited regularly. Assistants work efficiently.
• Contact parents regarding lost/overdue materials.
Professional Responsibilities
• Willing to participate beyond the academic program, is punctual and reliable with paperwork, duties, and assignments; keeps accurate records.
• Demonstrate professional demeanor and maintain appropriate boundaries.
• Ethical and above-board, use good judgment, and maintain confidentiality with student records.
• Collaborate with colleagues to plan units, share teaching ideas, and look at student work.
• Seek out effective teaching ideas from colleagues, workshops, and other sources and implement them well.
Reports to: Division Head
Application Procedure: Interested and qualified candidates must submit a 1) résumé, 2) cover letter that includes educational philosophy, (3) an ASF employment application (fill in at the ASF Application Requirements included in the ASF employment section). 4) Copy of administrative credential and transcripts. Please submit all information electronically as a single PDF attachment.
Age Restrictions:  Yes
Age Limit:  60
Additional materials:
Apply directly to http://solutions.asf.edu.mx/application/

Interviews:

Process will be:
paper screening
skype or in-person screening
finalist(s) to panel
 

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Job: School Librarian (2)

6/11/15 – School Librarian (St. Croix & St. Thomas/St. John)
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Croix & St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Sarah P’s comments:  Once a year on average the U.S. Virgin Islands Schools advertise their open positions.  This year there are two librarian positions listed.  These positions are not restricted to U.S. citizens although you will need to be certified.
 
School Librarian Certification Requirements
This certificate is required for anyone serving in the employ of the Department of Education as a school librarian.
Professional Educator Class II Certificate Requirements (valid for five years and renewable every five years with special requirements)
On and after August 7, 2003 to receive a Professional Educator Class II Certificate to serve as a school librarian, an applicant shall present evidence of meeting the following requirements:

  1. Has completed a minimum of 30 school months of successful service as a school librarian or as a teacher at the elementary or secondary level;
  2. Has completed, as part or in addition to the master’s degree, a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credits at an approved and/or accredited institution or institutions in library science classes and related areas designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge needed in the area of library science;
  3. Has completed a minimum of 6 semester hours in child and adolescent psychology:
  4. Has completed a minimum of one introductory course in special education; and
  5. Has completed all required assessments

Invitation To Apply

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education extends an invitation to you to apply for a position among our ranks. An attractive employment plan (combination of compensation, insurance benefits, and retirement benefits) is available to all employees. The territory, because of its location and cultural mix, has a lot to offer. Where else can an individual be exposed to a wide array of cultures and races, on a daily basis, and still retain the rights and privileges of the United States? We invite you to contact the Office of Human Resources concerning the opportunities that exist in the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education.

How to Apply

Download an application from this website (choose from the menu above), then print and fill it out, and mail it in to the addresses provided in the homepage. You can also call or write to us requesting that we mail an application packet to you;
Return completed package with the following supporting documents:

  • Official transcripts from all college (s)/university (ies) attended (sent directly from the college (s)/university (ies) to our office, not student copies);
  • Praxis I (Academic Assessment) scores or Praxis II (Subject Assessment) scores;
  • Verification of prior teaching experience  (if applicable);
  • Professional reference from three persons who have supervised your work or are familiar with your work.
  • Criminal background check;
  • Proof of citizenship;
  • Authorization for Employment History Investigation; You can use this form to request that information.
  • Physician’s statement of good health

**If you are not a U.S. citizen, do not mail us an application packet directly, you need to work through an international staffing agency (visit the Links page for more information)**

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