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Virtual: Program Manager

10.28.16 – Program Manager
LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA, USA
Sarah P’s comments: An interesting position in a fairly new company. Some growing pains but good reviews overall. At it is US-based, I am assuming they are hiring Americans however if you have the qualifications, I would inquire as they might be interested if you can help grow their services overseas.
Glassdoor Reviews
The position is part of a geographically and institutionally distributed team, and, as such, applications from candidates interested in telecommuting are welcome.
Please submit your application to human.resources@lyrasis.org
Position Title: Program Manager Department: CSCSS
Reports to: Director, Collections Services and Community Supported Software
LYRASIS is seeking a dynamic Program Manager for ArchivesSpace, an open-source, archives information management web application designed for managing descriptive information about archives, manuscripts, and digital objects (http://www.archivesspace.org/)
The Program Manager plays a key role working with the community to set the strategy and
goals for ArchivesSpace. The Program Manager is central to the success of the program,
and works closely and collaboratively with the ArchivesSpace community, advisory groups
and Board to ensure success. The Program Manager will be involved in all aspects of the
program, and be a key spokesperson and advocate for the program.
The ArchivesSpace application was first released in September 2013, and it is sustained by
an active member community of over 300 organizations. Community collaboration and
member contributions to all facets of ArchivesSpace—development, code review, migration support, technical and user documentation—are key to the advancement of both the ArchivesSpace application and member community. The Program Manager will lead the community in accomplishing its goals by fulfilling the following responsibilities:
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide strategic vision and program leadership
• Work closely with the ArchivesSpace community to articulate a strategic vision for ArchivesSpace, conveying its value and impact.
• Working with the governance board and community input, set vision for the
program and establish the long-term development roadmap.
• Guide the ArchivesSpace community in the achievement of near-term and long-term
strategic goals.
• Seek out and engage in collaborations and partnerships that will leverage resources
and expertise for the advancement of ArchivesSpace
• Lead successful operations and ensure application meets the needs of stakeholders
JOB DESCRIPTION:
• Lead a dynamic and effective core team, augmented by contributors and volunteers
from consulting agencies and/or member institutions.
• Work with stakeholders, committees, and staff to ensure timely implementation of
projects and services.
• Provide regular status reports to the stakeholders.
• Work together with technical lead to oversee key project processes such as
gathering requirements, setting work priorities, coordinating user acceptance
testing, and coordinating efforts to produce documentation
• Work with the community to develop technical specifications and grant proposals.
• Articulate non-technical needs to technical stakeholders; articulates software
functionality to non-technical audiences.
• Manages ArchivesSpace related projects as necessary
Liaise with and guide the ArchivesSpace community
• Helps recruit and cultivate new members and contributors
• Serve as the strategic liaison with advisory councils, service providers, and other
stakeholders.
• Work with governance groups, providing timely information to groups to enable
discussion and decision-making.
• Work with advisory councils, creating and supporting new community groups as
necessary.
• Represent and promote ArchivesSpace to the wider community
• Actively promote ArchivesSpace and the wider cause of archival collections
management to the international community and other key stakeholders.
• Serve as an effective spokesperson for the program through outreach, public
speaking, and advocacy.
• Initiate outreach to institutions, government organizations, sponsors, funding
agencies, and others throughout the world
• Work with Community Outreach Manager to develop effective marketing strategies
and materials.
EXPERIENCE & TRAINING:
Required
• Graduate degree, preferably MLIS/public history with emphasis on archives
administration
• 5 years or more of progressively responsible experience in information management
environment
• Experience in leading and coordinating efforts and building consensus across a
diverse group of perspectives
• Archival domain experience
• Familiarity with archival arrangement and description including archives standards
such as ISAD[G], DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF, MARC, MODS, Dublin Core and METS
• Strong ability to think and act strategically, and demonstrated success at bringing
concepts to realization
• Experience working with technology project teams; ability to communicate
effectively with technical and non-technical staff
• Excellent program management skills and demonstrated success with managing
teams working in disparate locations
• Ability to communicate effectively both in person and virtually using a variety of
media and technologies
• Familiarity with software development processes, particularly agile
• Strong time and project management skills
• Willing to travel to conferences and meetings
Preferred
• Experience in open source and community supported software
• Knowledge of and experience with archival management systems such as
ArchivesSpace, Archivists’ Toolkit, or Archon

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Job: Online Librarian

9/21/16 –  Online Librarian
American Public University System (APUS), USA
Sarah P’s comments:  APU was founded in 1991 to offer online degrees to the US Armed Forces.  The reviews from students and faculty are generally positive and they seem to be a growing organization. In the past two APUS has posted five different positions so it seem this model is working for them and could give someone a steady income while allowing some freedom to travel as long as you have a good internet connection.  It did not say whether the position requires US citizenship.
GlassDoor Reviews from APU Faculty
RipoffReports for APU

Description• Reports To: Associate Dean, Online Librarians
• Department: Library and Instructional Design
• Office Location: Charles Town, WV
• FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
• Date Posted: September 21, 2016
• Date Closing: Open Until Filled
Synopsis of Role:
The Online Librarian works on a part-time, telecommuting basis and maintains faculty status. This position works in tandem with other librarians along with a departmental team of e-course material staff, copyright/508 auditors, and ePress specialists under the overall direction of the associate dean of online librarians, associate vice president of library operations and associate provost of academic affairs.  The online librarian has developed Web skills and specific subject credentials in support of the University’s academic programs. This position focuses on Web-based collection development and the selection of electronic course materials, including the creation of online program and subject portals in active partnerships with academic deans, program directors, faculty, and instructional developers. In addition, the online librarian collaborates in providing virtual reference services for students, including taking the lead for a select database, e-book program, or tutorial services.
Essential Functions:
• Works in classrooms as adjunct support.
• Develops a Web-based collection and electronic course material selection in support of the following programs:  information technology, information technology management, information systems security, and cybersecurity.
• Provides general reference service for American Public University System (APUS) faculty, students, and staff.
• Works collaboratively with academic deans, program chairs, faculty, and instructional developers.
• Specializes in one or more of the library’s contracted database, e-book, or student tutorial programs.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
• This position will primarily telecommute; therefore, a high-speed Internet connection with the ability to access American Public University System (APUS) VPN and the current campus-teaching platform and online library site is required. Desk space is available at the Charles Town, WV facilities.
• Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.
• Travel to one annual meeting and online training sessions required.
• Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
• Requires a working telephone.
 
Required Skills:
• Professional library/archival skills with an emphasis on electronic formats.
• Ability to interact with students and faculty in a professional and timely manner through electronic media.
• Mastery of online searching and site construction in keeping with the products licensed by the online library.
• Facility with current online searching methods and emerging Web-based applications.
• Working knowledge of educational resources on the deep and open Web.
• Proactive, diplomatic support of the University’s programs.
• Ability to take initiative and work requiring minimum supervision.
• Portal construction skills working with HTML-based content management systems.
Required Experience:
• Master’s degree in Library and Information Science required; other advanced degrees in subject specialties taught at APUS preferred.
• Advanced coursework in APUS related programs, including APUS classes is preferred.
• Academic or special library experience in information technology or IT related field required.
• Online information services experience desired.
• Familiarity with office automation packages and knowledge of the changing web software landscape is preferred.


 

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Job: Online Instructor -Archivist/Librarian

8.4.16 – Online Instructor – Archivist/Librarian
Preserve This, USA
Sarah P’s comments:  I would guess this is a new venture as I was unable to locate any information or reviews. It’s an interesting concept though. If anyone has any info, please share…

This is a contracted job to teach a 4-week self-paced, asynchronous course “Intro to Preservation of AV Materials” for the month of October. Instructor will provide weekly lessons in the form of pdfs, word docs, and screencasting. Instructor is responsible for assigning any readings, requiring any writing, creating any exams, and keeping students on track during the course.Instructor MUST have a comprehensive understanding of how to properly preserve audiovisual materials. Ideal job for a librarian or archivist.
It is preferable that instructor have experience teaching in an online format but it is not required. Tutorials and instruction will be provided for those who have never taught online before. This is a remote job. Compensation is competitive.
Email Resume to: info@preservethis.org
Job Type: Contract

Other course topics we’re interested in:

  • Archival Data Management Systems
  • Digital Preservation
  • EAD3

We’re open to other ideas as well.


Please email: info@preservethis.org for more information.
 

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Job: Virtual Reference Librarian

6.20.16 – Update: position re-posted…not sure what is happening with this but the link is working now…
5.29.16 – Update: Position Removed & also not found on Argosy site either…???
5.27.16 –  Reference Librarian (Remote)
Argosy University, Chicago, IL, USA
Sarah P’s comments:  I haven’t seen a virtual position listed before for this university. See the reviews for further information:
Glassdoor Employment Reviews
Student Reviews
 
This position can be campus based or remote. The Reference Librarian is responsible for providing reference, research and information literacy instruction to the campus community, using library materials in all formats. Will assist faculty, students and staff in development of research skills as well as teach patrons how to use the Library’s integrated catalog. Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion – is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.
Key Job Elements

  • Provide reference and assist all patrons with development of research skills.
  • Create, write and update library publications, such as manuals, guides, bookmarks, bibliographies, subject guides and other information literacy/library promotional materials.
  • Supervise any ILL services offered and contribute content to library web site.
  • Serve as coordinator for collection development. Assist Director of Library in campus community outreach activities, ensuring that library collections meet user needs.
  • Acquire new materials in all formats consistent with overall institutional strategic goals, the library’s collection development policy, and annual budget allocations.
  • Review existing collections for continued curriculum relevance.
  • Oversee repair and maintenance of library AV equipment as well as supervise processing, repair, binding of library materials, in cooperation with Technical Services Librarian.
  • Assist Director of Library in strategic planning and preparation of the annual library budget.
  • Oversee student workers in shelving and inventory of library materials and schedule their work hours to assist in coverage of the circulation desk.
  • Develop, maintain library operations manual. Attend meetings and workshops, and seek additional opportunities for professional development. Other Duties as assigned.

Reports To:
Director of Library
Directly Supervises:
Student Workers (No.# of Direct Reports varies by campus)
Interacts With:
Technical Services Librarian, faculty, students, and staff
Job Requirements
Knowledge:

  • Master’s Degree in Library, Information Science, or related from an ALA accredited school.
  • At least 3 to 5 years experience working in a library in a post-secondary institution.
  • Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the industry.
  • Knowledge of subjects usually taught at a post-secondary institution
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, OCLC, MARC records and current technologies

Skills:

  • Fiscal and personnel management expertise.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both peer and subordinate personnel.
  • Superior organizational skills

Abilities:

  • Work effectively a team member to insure that departmental goals are met.
  • Ability to work well within the principles and practices of collection development.
  • Ability to teach information literacy skills
  • Comfort level with expanding and contracting sphere of influence as required at times by the role.
  • Ability to frequently lift 10 to 15 pounds.

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Job: Info about Becoming a MEDLINE Indexer

5.30.16 – Becoming an Indexer for MEDLINE
Sarah P’s comments:  I was recently contacted by a qualified Health Sciences librarian (with a biomedical degree as well as MLIS) who is searching for a virtual position because there are no local opps in her area.  I have a friend who worked for the NLM (USA) as an indexer and I also happen to be taking a course in Health Sciences myself.  This week’s homework included learning how to use PubMed so I also looked into how to become a virtual indexer for them.
While this is mainly a USA opportunity, it is important to note that “citizenship is not mandatory for contractors” and that “about 1% of MEDLINE indexing is performed by indexers at the International MEDLARS Centers in Sweden and Brazil”.
Here is some information from their Frequently Asked Questions Page:
Who are the indexers, and what are their qualifications?
Most MEDLINE indexers are either Federal employees or employees of firms that have contracts with NLM for biomedical indexing. A prospective indexer must have no less than a bachelor’s degree in a biomedical science. A reading knowledge of certain modern foreign languages is typically sought. An increasing number of recent recruits hold advanced degrees in biomedical sciences. Federal employees must be United States citizens, but citizenship is not mandatory for contractors.
Indexers are trained in principles of MEDLINE indexing, using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) controlled vocabulary as part of individualized training. The initial part of the training is based on an online training module (partially available to the public at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/indexing/index.html), followed by a period of practice indexing. NLM does not accept other indexing training programs as a substitute.
About 1% of MEDLINE indexing is performed by indexers at the International MEDLARS Centers in Sweden and Brazil.


How can I become an indexer?
Indexing vacancies at the National Library of Medicine are filled competitively. Any such vacancy is listed on NLM’s Web site. Indexers generally are classified as Technical Information Specialists, in the GS-1412 job series. The normal career ladder goes from GS-9 to GS-12.
For information about applying for work as an indexer with NLM’s contractors, please contact the Index Section for a listing of all firms with a current indexing contract.


I’ve heard that I can do indexing work at home. How do I apply for this type of position?
Contract indexers work from their homes once their training has been completed. Indexers who are Federal employees may qualify to telework for two or three days each week under the NIH Telework Program. See the preceding paragraph for information on applying for either type of indexing position.


How can I apply for a job as an abstract writer for MEDLINE?
No original abstracts are created for MEDLINE. Author abstracts in English published in a journal are input for MEDLINE.


How can I apply for a job as a translator with the Index Section?
Although journals from many languages are represented in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine does not translate the articles. Indexers who perform subject analysis of the articles typically have a reading knowledge of scientific terminology in one or more foreign languages. They read and comprehend the articles, but they do not need to translate them in order to index them.
 

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Job: Reference Librarian (Remote)

6.20.16 – Update: position re-posted…not sure what is happening with this but the link is working now…
5.29.16 – Update: Position Removed & also not found on Argosy site either…???
5.27.16 –  Reference Librarian (Remote)
Argosy University, Chicago, IL, USA
Sarah P’s comments:  I haven’t seen a virtual position listed before for this university. See the reviews for further information:
Glassdoor Employment Reviews
Student Reviews
 
This position can be campus based or remote. The Reference Librarian is responsible for providing reference, research and information literacy instruction to the campus community, using library materials in all formats. Will assist faculty, students and staff in development of research skills as well as teach patrons how to use the Library’s integrated catalog. Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion – is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.
Key Job Elements

  • Provide reference and assist all patrons with development of research skills.
  • Create, write and update library publications, such as manuals, guides, bookmarks, bibliographies, subject guides and other information literacy/library promotional materials.
  • Supervise any ILL services offered and contribute content to library web site.
  • Serve as coordinator for collection development. Assist Director of Library in campus community outreach activities, ensuring that library collections meet user needs.
  • Acquire new materials in all formats consistent with overall institutional strategic goals, the library’s collection development policy, and annual budget allocations.
  • Review existing collections for continued curriculum relevance.
  • Oversee repair and maintenance of library AV equipment as well as supervise processing, repair, binding of library materials, in cooperation with Technical Services Librarian.
  • Assist Director of Library in strategic planning and preparation of the annual library budget.
  • Oversee student workers in shelving and inventory of library materials and schedule their work hours to assist in coverage of the circulation desk.
  • Develop, maintain library operations manual. Attend meetings and workshops, and seek additional opportunities for professional development. Other Duties as assigned.

Reports To:
Director of Library
Directly Supervises:
Student Workers (No.# of Direct Reports varies by campus)
Interacts With:
Technical Services Librarian, faculty, students, and staff
Job Requirements
Knowledge:

  • Master’s Degree in Library, Information Science, or related from an ALA accredited school.
  • At least 3 to 5 years experience working in a library in a post-secondary institution.
  • Held positions of increasingly responsible experience in the industry.
  • Knowledge of subjects usually taught at a post-secondary institution
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems, OCLC, MARC records and current technologies

Skills:

  • Fiscal and personnel management expertise.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with both peer and subordinate personnel.
  • Superior organizational skills

Abilities:

  • Work effectively a team member to insure that departmental goals are met.
  • Ability to work well within the principles and practices of collection development.
  • Ability to teach information literacy skills
  • Comfort level with expanding and contracting sphere of influence as required at times by the role.
  • Ability to frequently lift 10 to 15 pounds.

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Job: Virtual Associate Librarian

5.15.16 –  Associate Librarian (Virtual)
Northcentral University, Prescott Vallet, Arizona, USA
Sarah P’s comments:  I have not previously seen a remote position before from this university.  Reviews are a bit all over the place:
GradReport Reviews (students)
Glassdoor Reports (employees)
 

NCU is currently seeking a dynamic individual to become part of our Learning Resources team as Associate Librarian.
The Associate Librarian is responsible for providing leadership for the Northcentral University Library. The Associate Librarian works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, and the community to ensure the Library engages in activities that fulfill the mission/vision of the Library and University.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct and supervise all functions of the library in support of the university mission
  • Serve as the primary advocate for the library
  • Develop and implement assessment of student learning and continuous improvement programs to measure library effectiveness and make improvements based on the results
  • Supervise staff and foster an environment that encourages the retention of highly qualified staff
  • Provide strategic leadership for the coordination and management of library services and the integration of emerging technologies and trends
  • Oversee strategic planning, department reviews, budgeting, accreditation tasks, resource management, and overall library policy and procedure planning and development
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors vigorously
  • Maintain strong collaborative relationships within the library, department, and university
  • Work closely with all schools to support faculty research and teaching, service, and student learning
  • Incorporate appropriate technologies within the learning philosophy of the university to support its distance education programs
  • Provide creative leadership for design of web pages used by faculty and students
  • Foster an organizational culture based upon respect, service, teamwork, professional growth, and responsibility
  • Collaborate with school leaders to integrate information literacy across the curriculum
  • Ensure that students who are referred to the library are supported fully with respect to their unique growth area(s)
  • Collaborate with other departments/institutions supporting students
  • Coordinate/establish cooperative agreements needed with other institutions/organizations
  • Serve on various committees of the institution and represent the library at professional committees both locally and nationally
  • Seek external support for program initiatives
  • Investigate and implement new ideas and innovations in reference and instruction
  • Help the library to evolve with the changing needs of students and faculty members
  • Publicize library services and resources via various and appropriate means on a regular basis
  • Actively engage in professional development, research, and publication/ presentation of knowledge
  • Fill in for library team members on PTO when another team member with the same skillset is not available
  • Participate in required training, coaching, and other professional development activities that promote high-quality support services
  • Plans and prioritizes work within the scope of responsibility
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning Resources

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skill
  • Ability to establish online rapport and maintain a friendly, helpful, patient attitude and demeanor
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office products
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in an online, asynchronous environment
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize work to meet goals
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving skills
  • Skill in operating equipment, such as personal computer and phone system
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with aggressive goals and a commitment to educational quality as well as faculty and student success
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds working in various functions

Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library, information studies, or related field
  • Experience managing a traditional or virtual (preferred) academic library
  • Minimum 2 years managerial experience in management, budgeting and administration of online Library services/programs
  • Experience in strategic planning, assessment of student learning, continuous improvement, accreditation, contract negotiation, and budget management
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies for academic libraries
  • Knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities associated with working with students, faculty members, and other stakeholders in a virtual library
  • Strong record of scholarship, research, and professional service
  • Demonstrated ability to use data to enhance effectiveness and efficiency as part of a continuous improvement initiative

Who We AreNCU was founded with the goal of providing accessible, high-quality, online graduate degrees to working professionals. No other university can match NCU’s uniquely flexible approach to online learning, which includes weekly course starts and personal one-to-one mentoring from our professionally seasoned, all-doctoral faculty in a class size of one. With no residency requirements, NCU is perfect for the independent, self-motivated student who seeks a world-class education no matter where they live!
Across all of our Schools – the School of Business & Technology Management, School of Education, and School of Social & Behavioral Sciences – NCU is committed to helping students achieve academically to become valuable contributors to their communities and within their professions.
With administrative offices in Prescott Valley and Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Diego, California, as well as students, alumni and faculty in more than 50 countries, NCU is an excellent choice for professionals around the world who share our passion for excellence. We envision growth trends to continue, and eagerly seek highly-credentialed and enthusiastic individuals to join our team.

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Job: Part-time Liaison Librarian

8/25/15 –  Liaison  Librarian (part-time)
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)
Sarah P’s comments:  Walden is an established online university with “more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees”.  As such this is an interesting opportunity to work independently while establishing an international aspect to your career.  It is also a chance for non-US librarians to work for a US university.  The cons are that the reviews on Glassdoor are mixed.  Read them carefully to see if you could be a good fit with this organization.

General Summary:
Walden University offers online graduate and undergraduate degree programs in education, business, health, nursing, and the social and behavioral sciences. The University Library is seeking a professional to join us as a Liaison Librarian.
Liaison / Outreach Role & Responsibilities (Approximately 20 hours/week)

  • Serve as the Library’s expert on the needs of the faculty and students in designated programs.
  • Collect information and data both anecdotal and statistical to identify points in programs that demand library instruction or intervention.
  • Maintain knowledge of the evolving content of the curriculum, goals, and expected outcomes.
  • Identify first courses or early courses where students need to develop information literacy skills and final or large scale research projects where students need advanced research skills.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain contact (outreach) with the key stakeholders in the academic programs, academic centers, and course development.
  • Identify opportunities for library content to be updated, created, and integrated into courses and programs. (course maintenance and development)
  • Networking and awareness of program structure, benchmarking with appropriate institutions and understanding program expectations.
  • Develop an annual review schedule of programs to identify upgrades, outdated materials and new opportunities to support students and faculty.
  • Review course scope and sequence documents and identify problems and/or needs for instruction development.
  • Provide literature review consultations, and support for doctoral students.
  • Complete faculty and staff research support on request.
  • Develop internal training related to assigned programs and subject areas for staff librarians.

Instruction Role & Responsibilities (Approximately 10 hours/week)

  • All Liaison Librarians must be trained and involved in production of instructional pieces including assignment guides, quick answers, library labs, tutorials, videos, etc.
  • Liaisons will work more specifically within their programs to develop and deliver instruction.
  • Liaisons will staff in-person and virtual Residencies and develop instructional and informational materials to improve Residency-based Library experience for students and faculty.

Reference Role & Responsibilities (Approximately 10 hours/week)

  • All Liaison Librarians will staff the reference desk.

Requirements:

  • ALA accredited master’s degree
  • At least one year of recent academic library experience.
  • Experience searching the major academic databases.
  • Expert-level research ability in online databases.
  • Experience teaching information literacy skills including the use of online databases
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Desired:

  • Experience in an online academic library serving students at a distance.
  • Experience supporting doctoral level information literacy outcomes.

Other information:

  • This is a full time 40 hour per week associate librarian position.
  • Regular hours are Monday through Friday with occasional nights and weekends.
  • Travel will be required up to four times per year.

Application Information

 

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Job: Virtual Researcher

2.29.16 – Virtual Researchers
USA/Worldwide
Sarah P’s comments: I received an e-mail from a Research Manager at Wonder asking whether I would be willing to post this opportunity.  After some initial research, I can say they are a legitimate company. Here is some more information about working for this company, and also the job description and application link which was shared with me.  For the sake of others please share your experience with this company.
FYI: Wonder does not hire residents of California, New York, and Massachusetts however I inquired about non-US citizens and received the following reply. ‘Our research positions are open to all, and we welcome non-US citizens. All payment is done through PayPal to make it easy for those outside the US. Our only requirement is a strong command of the English language.’
Work From Home Happiness Review
Glassdoor Reviews
 

Join Wonder’s fast-growing network of freelance researchers!

(FAQs, Application, and details below)

Wonder (askwonder.com) is a personal research assistant that saves people time by getting detailed answers and resources delivered to their inboxes by a trusted network of researchers.

We’re looking for individuals with exceptional online research skills to join our community of independent paid researchers. Wonder clients post questions about various topics in economics, business, technology, product recommendations and more, and your job is to efficiently track down the highest quality resources across the Web and explain the results in a personable, human way.  Wonder allows you to combine your researching skills as a librarian (or library sciences student) with your desire to help provide knowledge to those who seek it, and to get paid in the process.

As an independent contractor, you can work whenever you want, as often as you want, and from wherever you want. You also have complete choice over which questions to answer — pick the ones that are interesting to you.

Questions get posted to a central dashboard, from which you can choose to claim whichever seem most interesting to you. For each search you claim, you’ll be tasked with finding 5+ links to high-quality sources, and writing a rich summary directly answering the user’s query while adding any insights you gleaned along the way.

QUALIFICATIONS

Researchers are problem solvers with a sense of imagination that helps them dig deep and find meaningful insights based on available data. Some characteristics we’re looking for:

  • A discerning eye for quality content

  • Strong general knowledge paired with several areas of expertise

  • Command of the English language and strong/grammatical writing a must

  • Ability to create lean, high-level, often quantitative summaries directly answering users’ questions

  • Critical analysis, logical reasoning skills

  • Keen attention to details

  • Previous experience in a research-intensive role is a definite plus
You can read more about the job description and the FAQs here:  http://bit.ly/1RYyG27
When you’re ready to apply, head over to: askwonder.com/application

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Job: Virtual Contract Cataloguers

2.26.16 –  Virtual Contract Cataloguers
Backstage Library Works, Provo, Utah, USA
Sarah P’s comments: Here’s a short-term project from the ever-developing world of virtual opportunities. This company has been around for over 20 years.  Here are the Glassdoor reviews.
 

Currently seeking professional catalogers with language expertise in Western European languages for a law cataloging project. The work can be done from home and requires internet access. Knowledge of RDA cataloging rules and experience using OCLC’s Connexion a must. Preference given to those with experience cataloging legal materials.
 
Requirements:
Ability to work productively and intelligently with minimal supervision
Attentiveness to detail
Strong organizational skills
Familiarity with OCLC’s Connexion Client
General familiarity with library data standards, including RDA, ISBD, MARC21, LC and Dewey Classification, and LCSH
Foreign language ability: We’re particularly interested in Western European languages.


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