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City University of Hong Kong: Associate Librarian

City University of Hong Kong

Associate Librarian [Ref. B/591/09]

The Library of City University of Hong Kong is embarking on a major re-structuring so that it can remain as the intellectual centre of the University in the new information age. It is a key resource for education and research support, providing the facilities and an environment conducive to learning in a variety of print and digital formats. Within an IT-rich institution, the Library is also an integral part of the overall Information Services infrastructure for the University. The Library holds a collection of 800,000 volumes of books, 154,000 bound serials, 27,000 titles of journals, of which 20,000 are electronic journals. Currently, it has 20 professional and 90 supporting staff members.

The Position

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Librarian tenable immediately to take charge of technical services together with library systems and technology.

The Library seeks an experienced and innovative leader to facilitate the identification and implementation of best practices in acquisitions, cataloging, serial management, library automated systems and technology. The successful candidate should be able to plan and lead implementation of traditional, digital, and future services in acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, serials management, electronic resources licensing, and information technology; have the technical oversight of hardware and software applications in a networked environment; and know the importance of enhancing service quality and operational efficiency.

This is a senior administrative position reporting directly to the University Librarian and serves as part of the senior management team. The position thus requires analytical and decision making skills, an ability to achieve concrete results by motivating and empowering staff and colleagues, and a strong user-centered approach to quality service provision. The successful candidate should know how to foster effective working relationships with all constituents, and contribute to system-wide planning and policy making. A record of professional participation, knowledge of issues and trends, and the ability to represent the Library at all levels is essential.

Qualifications for Appointment

A good University degree plus a recognized professional qualification in Library and Information Science (M.L.S. or equivalent) are required. Applicants should have demonstrated evidence of sustained and progressively responsible experience and decision making in the areas of strategic planning, project management, process analysis and budgeting in a large organization, preferably in higher education or a large academic or public library environment. A strong record of leadership and accomplishment in the management of human resources is essential. Excellent analytical, writing, speaking and interpersonal skills; and the ability to work effectively with colleagues, students, faculty, and staff in a rapidly changing, complex, diverse and multicultural environment are required. Experience in or liaison with academic or public libraries in the Mainland or Taiwan is a definite advantage.

Salary and Conditions of Service

Salary offered will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment will be on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract of two/three years. Fringe benefits include annual leave, medical and dental schemes. Provision of housing benefit is under review.

Application and Information

Additional information is available at or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Please send your application enclosing a current C.V. to the Human Resources Office. The closing date for application is 9 July 2005. Please quote the reference of the post in the application and on the envelope. The University reserves the right to consider late applications and nominations, and to fill or not to fill the position.

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