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Volunteer Librarian

The Charles Darwin Research Station is currently seeking a Volunteer Librarian. The Corley Smith Library at the Charles Darwin Foundation and Research Station (CDF) in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos, is a small, research library that serves scientists, researchers, graduate students, National Park officials and guides, and other visitors. Collections include books, reports, a reprint collection of published articles on Galapagos science and conservation, print and online journals, photographs, slides, and archival document collections. An online catalog is available locally, as well as a small reading room and one local staff member.The Library relies on professionally-trained volunteer librarians to assist in the management and operation of the library, and the general support and training of local staff.

Term is a minimum of 6 months.  Start date:  Nov. 15, 2015

Responsibilities 1. Update current KOHA catalog to latest version and other KOHA improvements.

2. Work with local library para-professional on cataloging, implementing KOHA circulation module, and other library issues.

3. Collaborate on the setup of an institutional digital repository (DSpace).

4. Update library and archives operation manuals.

5. Address equipment, supplies needs for the library and archives.

6. Resolve environmental control, mold, and other preservation issues with archival collections.

7. Include library information in internal and external communications.

8. Provide reference services for station scientists and local visitors as needed.

9. Other priorities as identified by the library para-professional, the CDF staff and your analysis of existing conditions.

Granting body
Number available
Type of assistance
Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
International Issues
Reference Services
Type of library
Research Library
Educational Program Level
No restrictions
Ethnic background
Not Restricted By Ethnicity
Deadline to applySept. 15, 2015
CityPuerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos
State (US/CA)-- (U.S. Territories) --
Open to non-U.S. residents?Yes
Open to non-ALA membersYes
Academic and Other Requirements1. Masters Degree in Library and Information Science. 2. Cataloging or technical services librarian with at least 3 years of full-time experience. Experience with KOHA platform preferred. 3. D-Space experience or experience managing digital collections. 4. Archival science credential and/or professional experience managing archival collections and addressing preservation issues such as environmental control, collection housing, and mold for document, photograph and slide collections. 5. Spanish language ability (working language with local library staff will be Spanish) 6. Ability to work independently in a one-person library. 7. A background in science, environmental studies or conservation is preferred. Conditions The volunteer will report to the knowledge management responsible and work with the local library staff person and the Library Advisory Board. The volunteer will be based at the CDRS on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. A volunteer assignment with CDF does not imply a continuing relationship with the volunteer beyond the expected duration of the assignment. The volunteer is expected to work 40 hours per week, from 7:30-12:00 and 13:30-17:00. Vacation or other time away from the Station may be requested in advance by the volunteer but will be subject to the approval of the supervisor. The international volunteer is responsible for paying his/her own travel costs, living expenses, and medical insurance. Lodging at the Research Station may be available for rental. Valid life & health insurance certification is required.

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