Libraries Without Borders (Bibliotheques sans Frontieres) is now in the process of recruiting a Chief Librarian who will be in charge of content curation and management, as well as participate in partnership and advocacy strategy. This is a fascinating opportunity to work with one of the leading NGOs working in the library and information world - as anyone who saw their "Ideas Box" at the CILIP conference last year can confirm!
Chief Librarian (Montreuil, France)
Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders) Founded in 2007 in France at the initiative of Patrick Weil, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières
(BSF) is today one of the leading NGOs working in knowledge and culture-based development in the world and supporting libraries in developing countries. We believe that access to information and the dissemination of culture are two key—yet underinvested components—of human and economic development, and the spread of democratic practices and human rights. Present in over 20 countries and in France, BSF supports local initiatives through the creation of libraries to promote education, access to information and culture and the conservation of cultural heritage.
Through creating and reinforcing libraries, training librarians, distributing books, supporting local publishing, designing library networks and creating innovative programs for the promotion of access to education and information, BSF actively promotes access to knowledge throughout the world.
More inspiration here: Ideas Box video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qPbky8XiQc
TED talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIuoLXQBvSc
Duties and responsibilities: The Chief Librarian will work to support the efforts of the Education and Contents Department to promote a fairer access to education and information around the world, by providing high quality and contextually relevant contents for the programs developed by BSF (Ideas box, Koombook, reinforcement of libraries in developing countries, specific information management systems for medics, legal workers, etc.). She/he will be in charge of the Contents Curation team and will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Education and Contents.
Formulation of contents curation strategy
• Participation to the definition of the contents curation strategy and scale-up of
contents selection processes for BSF’s current and future programs,
• Identification of key actors and partners for the provision of high-quality, contextrelevant
contents, linked to BSF’s domains of intervention (support to culture baseddevelopment,
access to information and education in emergency situations, etc.),
• Participation in the constitution of an international content-provider consortium.
Identification and management of contents for BSF programs
• Supervision of the contents selection and the contents management processes
(books collection activities at a national and international level, identification of digital
and multimedia contents, etc.),
• Selection of education, culture, play and information contents for BSF programs such
as the Ideas box, Koombook, or support to libraries and institutions in developing
• Elaboration and implementation of contents management strategy within BSF.
Advocacy for a fairer access to high-quality and context-relevant contents
• Participation to the elaboration of the advocacy strategy for the promotion of access
to information and education worldwide, and especially in emergency situations,
• Responsible for high-quality interactions and public relations, as well as clear and
consistent communications with partners.
• A minimum of 2-year experience in MIS, library or collection/contents management,
contents strategic monitoring in public or private sector,
• Ability to build efficient processes for the identification and the management of
• Ability to forge strong partnerships and relationships with content-providers, content
curators and communities of contents management experts from both the public and
the private sector,
• Strong expertise in curation of books, digital contents from educative, cultural and
• Knowledge of content contextualization issues,
• Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, rigor and enthusiasm,
• Ability to be innovative, solve problems in a dynamic environment and offer new
• Ability to manage a team and facilitate a community of various curation experts,
• Ability to work collaboratively as a team player and to interact successfully with all
levels of staff,
• Strong analytical and organizational skills, including attention to detail
• Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
• Good organizational, multi-tasking, and time-management skills
o Fluent English required,
o spoken and written French, as well as any other language would be valuable.
• Contract: 1-year definite contract,
• Start date: Beginning of November,
• Location: Paris, France,
• Hours: 35h hours per week,
• Salary: according to experience
• Benefits: health care + ½ transportation fees.
• Telephone: +220.127.116.11.75.61
• Website: http://www.bibliosansfrontieres.org/
• Please submit application by email ([log in to unmask]) under the
reference “Chief Librarian”.