HKU is hiring Subject Librarians

(18 May 2020) From job posting, the University of Hong Kong –

Applications are invited for appointment as Education Librarian/Engineering Librarian/Science Librarian (at the rank of Assistant Librarian I/II) (3 posts) in the University Libraries (Ref.: 500158), to commence as soon as possible, on a two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.  Successful candidates will be appointed to fill one of the above positions at the rank of Assistant Librarian II (ALII).  One of the appointees will be assigned an additional role of Learning Services Coordinator in the Libraries and be appointed at the rank of Assistant Librarian I (ALI).

Applicants should possess (1) a good university degree and a recognized professional qualification in library and information science (e.g. M.L.S. or equivalent) OR an advanced degree relevant to the position; with at least 1 year of appropriate post-qualification experience in academic libraries for  ALII and at least 5 years of such experience for ALI, OR an equivalent combination of relevant experience in working with learning and research processes. A higher degree in a second subject relevant to the duties is preferable; (2) excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, crisis management and conflict resolution skills; (3) oral and written ability to present ideas unambiguously and convincingly; (4) ability to work independently and with initiative; (5) a collaborative spirit in working with staff within the Library and the University community at large; (6) demonstrated strong leadership with the ability to delegate effectively, discharge duties to staff and set appropriate standards for the delivery of service/work; (7) ability to motivate staff and foster a positive team environment; (8) proven ability to plan and implement significant projects; (9) a demonstrated high level of professional competence in the subject disciplines/areas as well as information resources at research level in academic institutions, information resources management, curricula design and instruction, research, analysis and interpretation; and (10) knowledge of learning and research processes, and latest trends and developments in information technology and in particular those that apply to an educational environment.

The appointees will work under the general direction of the Associate Librarian (Academic Liaison) and Associate Librarian (Learning and Research Services).  Duties include: managing and leading the service provision for a discipline and/or functional area, overseeing Library staff and services in a branch library or the Learning Research Services; developing, facilitating access to, and evaluating subject-based and related information resources responsive to needs; liaison work with the Faculty including understanding and addressing their needs and communicating the Libraries’ collections and services capabilities; providing learning and research support, library training, information services and advanced consultation services via face-to-face and online modes; coordinating and communicating with other units of the Libraries; collaborating with other partners on campus and beyond; and participation in library-wide projects and activities.

The Learning Services Coordinator will report to the Associate Librarian (Learning and Research Services).  His/her duties include: research into user information needs and behaviours to inform the planning of library-wide learning services with a focus on information literacy training through both traditional and e-learning modes; coordinate the development, implementation, promotion and delivery of learning services in collaboration with members of Learning and Research Services Team, Faculties and other campus partners; create learning objects and facilitate e-learning support and integration in the campus learning management system; collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data on usage and feedback with a view to ensuring continuous service improvement; keep abreast of the emerging technologies and facilitate innovative applications in library learning services and programmes.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.

The University only accepts online application for the above posts.  Applicants should apply online at the University’s careers site ( and upload an up-to-date C.V.  Closes June 8, 2020.

The original job posting is here.