Associate Librarian (Teaching and Learning Support):China – Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement.

Applications are invited for:

Associate Librarian (Teaching and Learning Support)

Library [Ref. B/058/09]

Aspiring to be a valued learning partner in the 21st century, the Library of City University of Hong Kong is in the midst of an ambitious re-structuring.

Duties : Implement strategic plans to create innovative service models for users and to enhance the user experience; collaborate with stakeholders in and outside the University to fully integrate the Library into the University’s strategic planning efforts and to support the University Librarian in managing the Library operations.

Requirements : A good honours degree plus a recognized post-graduate professional qualification in Librarianship or Information Science (MLS or equivalent), with experience in managing public services in a large, complex organization including operations, facilities and human resources management.  Candidates should demonstrate significant achievements and leadership in activities such as planning, initiation and management of long-term projects, consortium collaboration, staff development and assessment, and library research.  Excellent analytical, communication (written and spoken) and interpersonal skills; and ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty and staff in a rapidly changing, complex, diverse and multicultural environment are required.  Candidates should also have a proven record of professional participation and knowledge of current issues in university library management.  The appointee is expected to represent the Library at all levels. 

Salary and Conditions of Service

Remuneration package will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract; fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and housing benefits.

Information and Application

Further information on the post and the University is available at, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : : (852)2788 1154 or (852)3442 0311]. 

To apply, please submit an online application at  The closing date is 18 January 2016.  Applications will receive full consideration and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.


Policy and Research Officer-The Hague, Netherlands

IFLA Headquarters has a vacancy for a Policy and Research Officer

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is looking for a skilled Policy and Research Officer.


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.


The Policy and Research Officer contributes to the effectiveness of IFLA’s policy and advocacy work by undertaking a range of professional tasks with the general direction of the Manager, Policy and Advocacy. These include carrying out in-depth desk research, supporting managers in producing position and discussion papers, supporting the work of IFLA units engaged in policy matters, monitoring issues that affect libraries, drafting and disseminating high-quality communications on policy and advocacy issues, and planning activities to support IFLA’s policy objectives in collaboration with other staff.


International travel may be required.


How to apply

Applications should be in English and consist of a covering letter that specifies your suitability for the position based on the responsibilities and skills in this job description; a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees.

For further details, please contact:
Christina de Castell, Manager, Policy and Advocacy, email:

Please submit your application before 11 January 2016 to:
Ina Dijkstra, HR, email:

Complete details:

Communications and Publishing Assistant-The Hague, Netherlands

FLA Headquarters has a vacancy for a Communications and Publishing Assistant

Do you have a detail-oriented approach to communications and web technologies working in an international context? Do you have excellent technical skills and a proven understanding of communications process and experience at international, national or enterprise level? Are you experienced in working in a distributed, international team?

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is looking for a skilled and enthusiasticCommunications and Publishing Assistant.

The Communications and Publishing Assistant supports the main communications and publishing activities of IFLA Headquarters, located in The Hague, Netherlands.  The work is done under direction of IFLA’s Manager, Member Services and Communications Officer but requires substantial independent interpretation and judgement.

The job requires an efficient worker with strong writing skills who is comfortable working in a deadline-driven environment. The primary area of responsibility for this position will be in the editing, preparation, support and implementation of IFLA’s various web-based communications, including social media, video and photos.  Full competency with a variety of web-based tools, systems and applications is essential.

How to apply

Applications should be in English and consist of a covering letter that specifies your suitability for the position based on the responsibilities and skills in this job description; detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees.

For further details, please contact:
Helen Mandl, Manager, Member Services, email:

Please submit your application before 18 January 2016 to:
Ina Dijkstra, HR, email:

Complete details:

Reference Librarian, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Reference Librarian, Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more.

Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarians to join our team. Apply now for the chance to have the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Institution: Nazarbayev University Library
Location: Astana, Kazakhstan
Position: Reference Librarian

Key Responsibilities:

• Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and resources;
• Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;
• Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;
• Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);
• Supervise student assistants;
• Develop training materials for reference;
• Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;
• Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;
• Develop new methods of reference service using western technology and library experience;
• Develop the reference collection in print and electronic formats;
• Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;
• Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
• Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Business trips: Possible.

Minimum Educational Requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds; however, applicants with an undergraduate degree in the Sciences or Engineering will be given preference.

Desired professional experience: Relevant experience in a Western academic library; instructional experience.

Desired professional knowledge and personal qualities:
• Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
• Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;
• Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;
• Teaching or supervisory experience;
• Ability to work flexibly in a team, or independently;
• Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.
Computer skills:
• Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;
• Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogues;
• Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled

Please send, in English, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova ( as soon as possible.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.

Public Services Librarian – Northwestern University in Qatar

Public Services Librarian


In concert with the Library Director and the Technical Services Librarian of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) as well as counterparts on the Evanston campus, the Public Services Librarian works to fulfill the mission of the NU-Q Library to support the information, research, teaching, and learning needs of the NU-Q community. The Public Services Librarian is responsible for the development and implementation of a robust student and faculty engagement program that may include, but is not limited to, information literacy, assessment, improvement of the user experience, and social media outreach. The incumbent of this position serves as the primary contact for and liaison with the Communication Studies program. In this role, the librarian will work with the other librarians to define, develop, and implement coordinated collection development, services, information access, and marketing efforts. To best support the work of the community, the development of relationships with faculty, students, and staff is a priority. Communication and cooperation with appropriate individuals at the home campus in Evanston will be the norm.


Takes the lead on developing and maintaining instructional and information literacy programs, materials, and related initiatives.
Coordinates the reference and information literacy services of the library.
Assesses patron services and the user experience particularly for students.
Participates in developing marketing and outreach materials using various avenues including LibGuides, social media, web pages, and print publications.
Holds workshops for the NU-Q community and presents information and research sessions, on request, to classes in the Communications Program for which the librarian serves as liaison.
Serves as library liaison for specific non-academic departments and administrative teams.
Works to develop appropriate policies, procedures and documentation for collection management and for information search, discover, and fulfillment services in coordination with the Library Director.
Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies to support the Library’s expanding and increasingly integrated services with other library systems such as Primo and ILLiad, and with university systems such as Canvas.
Participates in the planning, decision making, and innovation of NU-Q Library services and programs.
Performs and/or supervises circulation and other public services duties.
Professional engagement and activity is expected.
Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.

A Master’s degree in Library/Information Science accredited by an internationally recognized library association (e.g. ALA, ALIA) or the equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience.
A minimum of two years’ experience in an academic or research library.
Experience with outreach, student engagement, and instruction in an academic library.
Experience in access services, information services, or collection development.
Strong written and oral communication skills.

Knowledge of library instruction and information literacy standards, goals, and strategies.
Knowledge of participatory design or other evidence-based methodology used to support the improvement of the library user experience.
Customer service focus and experience.
Ability to promote library services and engage potential library users.
Knowledge of various library search, discover, and fulfillment systems.
Demonstrated collection management experience.
Excellent oral/written English communication and presentation skills.

Advanced degree or substantial knowledge in the discipline of communication studies.
Experience with instructional and educational technologies including learning management systems.
International experience.
Demonstrated analytical and project planning capabilities.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all types of users.
Ability to coordinate and complete projects with minimal supervision in a team environment.
Awareness of current concerns and developments in higher education, academic libraries and library technology.
Excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently on multiple projects at a time.

The position is based in Doha, Qatar. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.


To apply, please email cover letter, resume and the contact information for three professional references to

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

Special Collections Archivist in Concordia University, Montreal

Special Collections Archivist

Concordia University Libraries seeks a service-minded and innovative librarian for a tenure-track position as Special Collections Archivist.

Concordia University is one of Canada’s most dynamic universities in one of North America’s most livable cities. It reflects a unique blend of commitments to diversity, accessibility, social responsibility, and innovation. With over 43,000 students (6,300 international) and nearly 1,800 full-time and part-time professors, Concordia is recognized for offering a rich academic experience combined with strong community engagement.

Concordia University Libraries serves the lively university community from two campus libraries, the Georges Vanier Library at the Loyola campus and the R. Howard Webster Library at the downtown campus, as well as the Grey Nuns reading room. With a team of over 30 professional librarians, its services are founded upon the university’s strategic framework and academic plan. For more information about the services and operations of the Libraries, see

The Special Collections Archivist is a member of the Libraries professional team, reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Collection Services, or her delegate. The incumbent provides leadership for the advancement of Special Collections and works collaboratively with faculty, staff and other librarians to develop, deliver, promote and evaluate library services to students, faculty and others in support of teaching and research activities, and of library objectives.

The successful candidate will receive a probationary tenure-track position at Concordia University.

Librarians are members of the Concordia University Faculty Association (CUFA).



Provides leadership for the advancement of Special Collections.

Coordinates the development of collections and the delivery of services for Special Collections.

Assists the Associate University Librarian, Collection Services in developing the service offerings and establishing priorities in Special Collections.

Ensures preservation and access for materials held in Special Collections, including making recommendations for facilities improvements.

Coordinates access to special collections and archival materials, including the creation of finding-aids and inventory tools, guides, and websites.

Determines needs and develops policies and procedures in line with international archival standards for the maintenance, preservation and access of special collections and archival materials.

Provides training and coordination for staff working on Special Collections projects and services.

Provides knowledgeable, efficient and effective research assistance to members of the Concordia University community and external researchers.

Evaluates appropriateness of potential donations for inclusion in Special Collections. Meets with donors; arranges or conducts appraisals of donations; negotiates terms of donation.

Identifies library collections for digitization, and determines resource needs.

Establishes and promotes various instructional programs, workshops and exhibitions to further engage users.

Working with librarians, identifies, plans, and implements outreach programs to integrate special collections and archives into the teaching, learning and research activities of the University.

Works with Advancement to identify donor opportunities in Special Collections.

Prepares grant proposals to external agencies to secure funding for projects.

May participate in Library collection evaluation, development and management, in consultation with faculty, librarians, and the Associate University Librarian, Collection Services, as required.

Undertakes project manager roles or contributes to special projects, as assigned.

Participates in Library and University committees and working groups.

Keeps current with changing professional and research expectations, service requirements, and developments in academic libraries, especially developments in archival studies and practices.


A graduate degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association, or approved equivalent education and training acceptable for membership in the Corporation of Professional Librarians of Québec, with a specialization in archival studies.

Two years relevant professional experience in an archives or equivalent.

Experience providing reference services in an archives or manuscripts repository.

Sound knowledge of, and experience with, MARC and RAD (Rules for Archival Description).

Knowledge of best practices in digital preservation.

Demonstrated commitment and ability to apply creative ideas in the pursuit of institutional goals.

Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills, flexibility, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.

Initiative and strong leadership skills, with willingness to share expertise, work in teams and negotiate solutions with diverse groups.

Familiarity with trends in practices and technologies for academic library services.

Aptitude for service oriented work, and ability to work with the public and colleagues in a tactful manner.

Ability to manage projects, and to handle multiple priorities and tasks.

Interest in and capacity for conducting research.

Demonstrated excellent communication and presentation skills. Ability to prepare and present quality written and oral reports.

Oral and written fluency in English required. Oral fluency and basic written French are assets.

Proficiency working with digital content systems (such as AtoM, ContentDM, Drupal, Documentum) is an asset.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation and rank are commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position includes a competitive and comprehensive benefit package.

Librarians are members of the Concordia University Faculty Association (CUFA). Responsibilities include research, publication and service to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.

Concordia University is committed to employment equity.


Application Procedure

Interested candidates must supply the following in one (1) single attachment:

·         a letter of interest;

·         curriculum vitae, which includes a statement of your citizenship;

·         the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.

All qualified candidates will be considered. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


Candidates should apply in confidence by email to Ms. Hélène Bureau, Manager, Office of the University Librarian at


Applications must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.


Head, Rare Books & Special Collections, UBC Library, Vancouver, Canada

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus
(Full-time, ongoing Librarian position with 5 year renewable Head term)
Anticipated Start Date: January 4, 2016
The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.
The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and full-text databases.
More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning. To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us<>.


The Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) Division holds and manages the majority of the Library’s rare books, maps and manuscripts with a special emphasis on material related to British Columbia. The archival collections at RBSC include the world-renowned Chung Collection, the archives of artist and author Douglas Coupland and the Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, containing over 18,000 images of B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. More information about Rare Books and Special Collections can be found under

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) Collection Development and Management Programs, the Head of Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) will guide the unit through its continuing evolution into a dynamic and innovative resource serving diverse and changing scholarly needs and interests. The Head will articulate a vision and strategic direction that promotes the visibility, accessibility and impact of the University’s primary rare and unique research materials, facilitates collaboration with relevant initiatives and programs, participates in the development of fundraising strategies and donor stewardship and integrates RBSC’s rare and unique holdings into teaching, research and learning activities at UBC and beyond.

The Head, in consultation with the AUL, Collection Development and Management Programs and the University Librarian, develops and implements a collection policy for Rare Books & Special Collections, and works closely with the Director of Library Development in external advancement efforts. The Head participates in developing and implementing policies and procedures that enhance growth of and access to special collections, working collaboratively with other Library units. Within the context of a changing special collections environment, the Head will be knowledgeable in the emerging areas of digital scholarship and its intersection with Special Collections holdings, and will foster advancement in these new areas of scholarship.


* A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science is required.

* A strong academic background, in a relevant subject area, preferably at the graduate level in humanities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

* Minimum of 5 years professional library experience, with increasing leadership responsibilities.

* Minimum of 3 years supervisory experience, preferably in a unionized environment.

* Demonstrated experience in acquiring and managing rare books and/or special collections in an academic or research environment is required and, preferably, experience with archival material.

* Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating and stewarding donor relationships.

* Proven record of effective collaboration with students, faculty, donors and researchers.

* Record of achievement in fundraising, writing and obtaining grants, gifts, awards and expertise in gift-in-kind donations.

* Familiarity with current scholarship and research methods involving the use of rare books and manuscripts, as well as extensive knowledge of the antiquarian book trade, rare books, manuscripts and archives.

* Working knowledge and demonstrated ability in addressing the processing, curatorial and conservation issues associated with special collections and archives.

* An understanding of the role of technologies in enhancing information discovery and access, including the growing importance of collecting, preserving and providing access to born-digital primary source materials.

* Proven management and supervisory experience with success in leading, guiding and fostering a dynamic and respectful workplace.

* Excellent organizational, planning and project management skills, including sound judgment and ability to implement organizational change.

* Successful experience developing and managing outreach and exhibition programs.


* Relevant research experience, publication, or demonstrated record of scholarly activity in the field of book history and print culture

* Knowledge of current and emerging trends that support the development of digital collections.

* Excellent knowledge of the history of the book
* Bibliographical expertise
* Experience with the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board certification process.
* A working knowledge of a second language (e.g. Chinese, Japanese, Latin, French.)
WORKING relationships:
The Head of RBSC reports to the AUL, Collection Development and Management Programs and works closely with the Head of Technical Services, Digital Initiatives, Library Development, Conservator and liaises with other Public Service Unit Heads to ensure the effective management of an increasingly integrated rare book and archival infrastructure. The Head works with the Director of Communications as well as Director of Development in working with external communities to both secure and promote RBSC collections. The Head works closely and cooperatively with the University Archivist in the development of policies relating to the shared reading room area as well as joint storage facilities.
Works closely with Communications and IKBLC staff on promotion, marketing and community engagement activities relating to RBSC collections.
The Head of RBSC leads, with a participatory and inclusive style, current staff of one librarian, one archivist and five library assistants as well as student workers. RBSC is a highly productive environment, one characterized by teamwork, respect, and collegiality.
Evening and weekend work may be required.

a) Serves as the unit head for RBSC with programmatic responsibility for RBSC functional areas and direct supervision of librarians and staff.
b) Oversees reference, instruction services and use of RBSC resources for faculty, staff and students to meet research, study, and teaching needs.
c) Coordinates the development and management of print, manuscript, map, and archival collections, building upon existing strengths and collaboratively exploring new areas for development.
d) Provides dynamic leadership in shaping services, promotion of the collections and outreach to academic departments, individual teaching faculty, and relevant campus groups to integrate RBSC resources and services into the coursework or programming of those groups.
e) Oversees the implementation of systems and workflows for requesting and tracking the use of special collections material by researchers and staff.
f) In consultation with the Head of Technical Services and following established Technical Services standards and procedures, identifies and quantifies metadata, preservation and cataloguing needs. Following established Technical Services standards and procedures ensures the cataloguing of rare maps and the accessioning of manuscripts and photographs.
g) Identifies opportunities (e.g. lectures, exhibits, publications) to showcase and highlight the Library’s special collections. Maybe asked to assist in the preparation and organization of such Library events as requested.
h) Serves as a resource to the rest of the Library with regard to issues relating to special or rare materials.
i) Working with the Library’s Facilities Manager and the AUL, Collection Development and Management Programs to ensure the physical care of the Library’s special or rare collections. Works with CTS and Conservation staff to protect these collections from deterioration, loss or damage.
j) As appropriate, works with other rare book libraries, archives or special collections located at UBC and in British Columbia (e.g. Museum of Anthropology archives, Belkin Art Gallery)
Collection Development
a) Identifies and advises the AUL, Collections Development and Management Programs on the development of new concentration for the Library’s rare books and special collections and the growth of traditional areas of strength.
b) Oversees the acquisition of resources in accordance with RBSC collection policy and as determined by the AUL, Collection Development and Management Programs.
c) Works closely with the Library Development team to build a robust program to engage, cultivate, and steward donors and other supporters and solicit and encourage gifts from prospective donors.
d) Attends meetings of the Faculty of Arts or other Faculties where they concern the Division.
e) As required, establishes professional working relationships with antiquarian booksellers.
f) Keeps abreast of developments in the field of local and Canadian history, rare books, librarianship and archives management.
g) Promotes the collection to the community at large to enhance the visibility on an international level.
a) Ensures the development and revision of divisional procedures as necessary.
b) Participates in the recruitment of new staff and staff development and training. Manages the performance review cycle for staff, including the development and review of job descriptions, annual setting of goals and objectives and conducting annual reviews. Actively promotes teamwork, collaboration, continuous learning and staff development within the framework of a learning organization.
c) In discussion with the other division staff, prepares budget submissions and grant applications for RBSC. Prepares annual and other reports on the operation of the Rare Books and Special Collections Division as requested.
d) Oversees the compilation of statistics and develops narrative and statistical reports on RBSC activities and programs. Analyzes RBSC activities and statistics and tracks institutional trends to facilitate comparison to national trends.

e) Communicates senior administrative decisions and policies to all Division staff and provides input to portfolio discussions and strategic and operational committees as required. Conducts regular RBSC meetings to ensure employees are kept up-to-date on RBSC activities, projects, and initiatives. Meets regularly and communicates with colleagues in UBC Library units (CTS, DI, Asian and LSIT) to co-ordinate collaborative work.

This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position with a five year renewable administrative term as Head, Rare books & Special Collections. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.
To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on November 23, 2015.