Ashkal Alwan is seeking a part-time Library Coordinator to take care of the library space, content, and activities; interacting with library visitors; developing and maintaining our cataloguing system and audiovisual archive. Starting date is October 1, 2016. Job Description General Library Maintenance – To maintain the upkeep of the library’s physical space. – To assist all guests in reaching the material they need. – To coordinate with visiting professors, fellows, artists for reading recommendations/donations – To set-up and keep track of library borrowing subscriptions (currently only for HWP fellows) – To maintain and upkeep the Ashkal Alwan Archive (digital and physical : past productions, publications, documentation, press, etc.) – To ensure and coordinate maintenance for the media center (computers, digital storage, printer) – To assist Ashkal Alwan staff in compiling reports on the performance of the library. – To maintain the storage room. – To ensure communication, transparency and continuity among library staff Library Cataloging – To setup and maintain a suitable ILS or cataloguing system, through consulting with expert bodies working in the field/ region (currently using LibraryThing.com) – To revise existing catalogues, and to compile and complete the entry of remaining data for cataloguing (publications, films, digital archive) – To setup short orientation for staff, partners, and providing hands-on training when needed. – To complete and maintain the alphabetical sorting of all items in the library, keeping an accurate call-numbering and labeling system in place with the existing books as well as new arrivals. Audiovisual Archives – To complete the migration of the audiovisual materials, from various mediums (tapes, DVDs, and hard drives) onto the new pan.do/ra system. – To maintain clear documentation of the process of adding materials to the archives, and backing up. – To maintain a robust backup system for all materials on the AV archives. – To continue the improvement of the system and solving any technical bugs and glitches. – To ensure that users and researchers are oriented to how to use the tool, and to encourage further use of it (and populating it). – To complete the collections of existing artists in mediatheque and contact non-existing artists for new material. Outreach, Collaborations & Library Development – To propose and contact possible other specialized libraries to collaborate with. This includes conducting field visits, collaborating with other libraries’ staff, and acquiring any existing indexes for the libraries of choice. – To provide input for new material to purchase and for the programming to be developed within the space. – To actively improve the library’s public profile through online activity that includes faceBook posts about new arrivals, tweets, and maintaining the web page and newsletter for library related information. Publication Distribution – To set up publication exchanges with institutions regionally and internationally. – To maintain the bookshop, keep track of the sales and inventory. – To update the publications page on the Ashkal Alwan website. – To coordinate online book distribution (Antoine online/Keeward). – To maintain, outreach and build on library social media presence (Facebook, instagram). – To manage and assist with staff and visitors’ use of the media center (Xerox copying, scanning, printing; burning/copying CDs/DVDs; supervising access to digital storage). Skills – Working knowledge of library cataloguing, indexing, and data entry – Broad knowledge of ILS programmes available on the market – Basic knowledge of wordpress/html – A commitment to the engagement of audiences with libraries and discursive spaces – Interest in researching for and developing the library content material – General knowledge in art, multimedia material, and/or art publications – Good knowledge of social media tools (Facebook, Instagram) – Flexibility and basic knowledge of I.T. tools (computers, network, digital storage, Xerox) – Organization and attention to detail – Ability to keep track of expenses, and create financial reports – Good command of English and Arabic language, written and spoken – Ability to work independently, within a team, and with partner organizations Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your CV.