Monday, January 12, 2009

Specialist - Information (2008-R-44)

From Ms Mila Ramos email about an opening at IRRI Library at Los Baños, Laguna.

International Rice Research Institute
Human Resource Services - National Staff

The Library and Documentation Services (LDS) invites applicants for the position:

Specialist - Information (2008-R-44)

Basic purpose : The successful candidate shall develop the Library's capability to deliver digital information to clients by enhancing the Library's online information sharing environment, while using the latest in information technology. This includes giving support to the Assistant Chief Librarian in developing the rice bibliography and eventually assuming all tasks related to database management upon the retirement of the Assistant Chief Librarian.

Major responsibilities:

1. Manage/enhance the library's key electronic database (mainly the rice database, the Dspace repository and other special databases)

* Revise database management procedures/policies as needed

* Spearhead the publication of the Rice Literature Update CD-ROM

* Coordinate regular back-up of files


2. Oversee the hardware/software requirements of the Library

* Install new releases/upgrades of the integrated library system (ILS) as soon as they are available

* Activate enhancements as needed

* Perform basic troubleshooting

* Test/evaluate new products

* Design new platforms for information retrieval


3. Perform other information sharing tasks

* Coordinate the enhancement of the library website to include updates, enhancements, and functionalities to be done in coordination with the Chief Librarian and the Senior Librarian (Readers' Services and Electronic Resources (RSES)

* Render reference service

* Deliver research support by designing current awareness activities/alerts and conducting electronic literature searches for local and worldwide clients.

* Procure technical rice literature from free sources

* Provide orientation/ training to IRRI staff, scholars, and other clients in the use of knowledge-based resources in an electronic environment and in database management; and

* Perform other duties that may be assigned from time to time


Qualification requirements:

Minimum education : BS Computer Science or Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) or MS Information Science or Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

Experience required : 2 years experience in database management; preferably with subject background in agriculture or rice and familiarity with the library environment

Skills and abilities : Advanced computer/programmin g skills, excellent communication skills, excellent organizational skills, strong commitment to service and client-oriented, excellent oral and written communication skills, able to work independently with minimal supervision, good team worker.

Applications : Qualified candidates can submit letter of application, comprehensive resume, transcript of records, name and contact details of 3 referees to IRRI Recruitment at the HRS-NS Office, FF Hill Building, IRRI Los Baños, Laguna or email to IRRIRecruitment@ They can also mail application with complete requirements to:

Specialist - Information (2008-R-44)
Human Resources Services - National Staff
International Rice Research Institute
DAPO Box 7777 Metro Manila

*Screening will start on 23 January 2009 and shall continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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