Archive for December, 2009

(via resource shelf)

From the Article:

France’s efforts to digitize its culture, from Marcel Proust’s manuscripts to the first films of the legendary Lumiere brothers, long have been bogged down by the country’s reluctance to rely on help from American internet giant Google.

A new startup launched Thursday says it may be the answer.

The consortium of French technology companies and government-backed IT research labs says it can provide the know-how needed by Europe’s libraries, universities, publishers and others to scan, catalog and deliver to end users the contents of their archives — better than Google can.


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Lots of international news coming in these days. I’m not usually one for digests, but these headlines you may have missed look exciting. What a great push for the end of the year!

  • Nancy Hatch Dupree is interviewed about her experiences living in Afghanistan. Dupree, who was recently recognized for her contributions to literacy and preserving the cultural heritage in Afghanistan through the ACKU Box Libraries Extension (ABLE), questions why international aid organizations do not include information access and books as a mandatory component of their work. “Because it means more money, more thinking, and more work. They love quick fixes to get in and get out.” -via American Libraries
  • A medical library in the Northern Mariana Islands is unveiled at a local hospital. -via Saipan Tribune
  • A union catalog of 18 museum libraries in Spain is unveiled, containing 250,000 bibliographic records and more than 200,000 authority records. -via IFLA
  • Executive Office of President Barack Obama seeks a reference librarian. “The Reference Librarian provides information and research requested by senior officials and staff of the Executive Office of the President working on government-wide and/or national and international issues at the highest level.”-via Careers in Federal Libraries

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Check out this powerpoint from Fiona Bradley, a librarian in the United Kingdom (@fiona_bradley).  She presented “International opportunities for new librarians: With (or without) leaving home”  last year at ALA2008 New Members Round Table. A little old, but not dated.

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The Reference Collection of the Division is offering two unpaid positions as Librarian Assistants (externs) to perform the following duties:
* Support the re-organization of the Division’s Reference Collection;
* Arrange the Collection according to the Library of Congress cataloging system; and
* Support the digitalization of materials.
The externship will be from 15 January to 31 March 2010. Externs are expected to be present during regular working hours (9.30 am to 5.30 pm). The goal is to provide a functional library to fulfill the research needs of the Division’s staff members and the members of Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

* Completion of the first year of studies in a Master in Library Science Degree Program (MLIS);
* Some legal experience preferred;
* Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines; attention to detail;
* Ability to perform heavy work (re-organization of the materials on the shelves);
* Fluency in English is required; knowledge of another UN official language, preferably French, is desirable.

If selected, the Library Assistant will be required to submit the following documentation:
* Duly completed and signed UN forms (to be provided by the UN), including a declaration containing a confidentiality clause;
* A medical statement that you are in good health. This certificate does not require a specific format;
* A copy of your health insurance plan that covers your medical expenses in the U.S; and
* Proof of enrollment in graduate studies which clearly states your expected date of graduation.

Please note that:
* You will be personally responsible for obtaining necessary visas (if required) and arranging your travel to and from New York;
* You are not eligible to apply for, or be appointed to, any post in the United Nations during the period of the externship or for the six-month period immediately following the expiration date thereof; and
* The UN does not accept any responsibility for costs arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during your assistantship.

Interested candidates should send a Personal History Profile form (available by logging in at http://myun.un.org/Galaxy/Release3/Login/login.aspx) by 10 January 2010 to [Mr. Julio Baez, Senior Legal Officer at baez1@un.org and to Ms. Nicola King, Legal Officer at kingn@un.org

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