Jobs Available: Library Specialist

Position: Library Specialist, Institutional Repository

Employer: SMU Singapore

The Library’s Institutional Repository team requires a contract staff for a one–year period to support the institutional repository services including the ResearcherID service, management of the new Faculty Gallery and populating of the repository and other databases with SMU generated content. The staff will also be expected to support the customer service team.

• Liaise with Office of Human resources and Faculty Administration , Office of Research and school administrators to gather faculty information to meet the needs of the Library in implementing faculty profile systems.
• Coordinate faculty profile data and their publication information in Endnote format
• Create faculty profiles (accounts) and upload data into ResearcherID and Faculty Gallery in InK (SMU repository)
• Follow-up on alerts from library databases such as Web of Science and Scopus such as check copyright permissions and contact faculty for papers
• Provide support for case and electronic dissertations and theses submission into ecch and ProQuest database respectively
• Perform common duties of library including:
– Circulation desk duties such as loans, reservations and membership management
– Answer general enquiries via email, telephone and face-to-face
– Provide support for interlibrary loan and document delivery services
– Maintenance of library collection and resources
• Provide administrative support and any other duties as assigned

The successful candidate may also be required to work a regular shift, including weekends, at the customer / information service desk and support the respective services.

• Minimum undergraduate degree in any one of the SMU disciplines, including Library Science or Information Studies
• Information research skills
• Computer skills
• Knowledge of Endnote or other bibliographic management software
• Strong customer service orientation
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Concise, articulate and confident in written and oral communications
• Organized, responsible, resourceful, enthusiastic and curious
• Able to work positively and productively with diverse agencies in an environment of rapid change
• Able to develop and maintain collaborative relations with faculty, staff and students
• Able to organize and analyze data
• Demonstrated ability to provide instructional presentations
• Personal strengths should include creativity, interest in innovation, flexibility with ability to work with minimum supervision in a growing team environment

How to Apply
Please email to We will be reviewing resumes as they arrive.
Candidates must be eligible to work in Singapore. Local term applies.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Jobs Available: Senior Officer (Knowledge Management and Ethics)

Position: Senior Officer (Knowledge Management and Ethics)

Employer: National Institute of Education

The National Institute of Education invites suitable candidates to join the Office of Education Research (OER) as a Senior Officer. This position is on a two-year contract basis. The Office of Education Research oversees the management of education research across the Institute, to enhance the Institute’s strategic aims of learning, teaching and research as well as to enhance its standing as a leading international research institution.

• A Bachelor Degree in Knowledge Management, Business Administration or other related field
• At least 3 years of related work experience
• Fast learner
• Meticulous with strong analytical skills
• Highly motivated, independent and a good team player
• Able to multi-task and work within tight deadlines
• Advanced proficiency in MS Excel and Access
• Experience in the administration processes of research grants will be an advantage

• Assist the Head of Education Research Administration & Communications (Head/ERAC) in the administration and management of knowledge constructed by the OER’s researchers
• Lead the review of the current knowledge management (KM) needs of OER and make recommendations on building the knowledge management systems and research communities
• Oversee data capturing / retrieval and data analysis for research management use
• Work with IT colleagues and vendors to build, organize and maintain OER’s information systems
• Provide secretarial support in facilitating ethic approval
• Represent OER in committees and taskforces
• Other duties as assigned by Head/ERAC

Closing Date : 3 October, 2011

Other Information:
NIE staff can take chartered buses at their own expense from or near their homes to the NIE campus. This is subject to availability of seats.

Those who are interested to apply for this position, do send your resumes and queries directly to:

Ms. Shalene Anthony
Research Manager
Centre for Research in Pedagogy & Practice
Email :

Jobs Available: Regional Collection Development Manager

Position: Regional Collection Development Manager

Employer: YBP Library Services, Baker and Taylor


YBP Library Services is a global supplier of scholarly resources and services to academic and research libraries. We are a fast-paced, team-oriented company based in the USA (New Hampshire). We are currently recruiting for a Regional Collection Development Manager for the Asian market. The successful candidate will be expected to work from an Asian or Australian based home office.

• Identifying new business opportunities through researching and analyzing sales options.
• Establishing and maintaining long term relationships with customers and prospects by providing support, information and guidance; researching and recommending new opportunities, and recommending product and service solutions.
• Supervising the collection development process between YBP and the library customer, and working closely with customer service bibliographers to ensure that customer profiles reflect library collection needs.
• Remaining current on industry trends, market activities, and competitors.
• Preparing library call reports.
• Communicating and interacting with multiple library departments to ensure adherence to customer requirements and interacting with other business units within YBP.
• Maintaining professional and technical knowledge by attending conferences, reviewing professional publications, and establishing personal networks.

Essential Requirements:
• A graduate degree in library science (or equivalent experience).
• Minimum 3 years experience in the library or publishing industry (professional staff or managerial position)
• Ability to speak, read and write Chinese
• Strong command of English language (written and spoken)
• Exceptional interpersonal and written communication skills and the ability to present confidently to large groups.
• Excellent PC skills, a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software and internet applications.
• The ability to travel 40% of workdays.

Desirable requirements:
• Specific knowledge of library technical services, systems, and complex bibliographic databases.
• A high tolerance for ambiguity yet the capability of working with considerable detail.
• Demonstrated ability to achieve sales targets and independently manage the territory to a budget.

This position would be ideally suited to an independent, flexible and motivated person who is sensitive to the unique needs of the Chinese speaking market.

YBP Library Services
a Baker & Taylor Company
999 Maple Street
Contoocook, NH 03229
Fax: 1-800-451-8667
Questions can be directed to:

Jobs Available: Information Services Manager

Position: Information Services Manager

Employer: MAS Information Resource Centre

You will be part of the Information Resource Centre team supporting the information and research needs of the authority. Your primary responsibility is to manage the procurement of books, serials and electronic resources. Duties include overseeing order/receipt/payment processing and renewals for serials and related resources, as well as interacting with vendors and user departments to evaluate existing and new resources. You are expected to contribute to other professional work, such as providing current awareness alert services, conducting induction and information skills programs, and compiling subject guides and pathfinders. The candidate will contribute in a team setting.

• Good University degree and a Post-graduate qualification in Library and/or Information science, with minimum 2 years of relevant experience preferred
• Good understanding of economics and finance issues with keen interest in current affairs
• Proficient in the use of technology and computer applications such as MS Access and Excel
• Budget/fiscal planning experience will be an advantage
• Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills
• Attention to detail and accuracy
• Team player with good communication, presentation, interpersonal skills
• Self-motivated, resourceful and service-oriented

To apply, visit here.

Jobs Available: University Librarian

Position: University Librarian

Employer: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PAO YUE-KONG LIBRARY)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has the largest student population of all the tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. It offers programmes at Doctorate, Master’s, Bachelor’s degrees and Higher Diploma levels. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,200 and 25,000 fte students. The total consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$4 billion per year.

The Pao Yue-kong Library is a very dynamic and service-oriented library and learning organisation. Planning for the future is at its core of operations and presence in its community. Future planning has defined its service approach and its recently revitalized building. The Library has strongly involved its community in establishing significant collection development practices and strong outreach liaison programmes to all Faculties and Schools. The Library Building is a six-storey purpose-designed building with a current area of 16,662 square metres, providing approximately 3,623 study places. Further developments are imminent. This Learning Hub has social and collaborative learning spaces and an innovative Research Enhancement Centre. The Library offers one of the largest collections of scientific, engineering and business materials in East Asia. The present collection exceeds 2.2 million, with over 70% of its budget being spent on electronic resources. It has a very strong web and discovery presence as well as vital links into e-learning and other programmes such as Second Life and READ@PolyU. For more details, please visit our website at

The University is now inviting applications or nominations for the post of University Librarian who will assume managerial accountability over all functions relating to the Library including the strategic development, management and the operations of the Library.

Roles and responsibilities:
Reporting to the Vice President (Academic Development), the appointee will be required to:
• provide strategic leadership in setting the direction for the development of the Library, prepare staffing and budgeting plans, implement the approved plans, and advise on the information services to be provided to the University community;
• lead a team of professional and operational support staff for the effective and efficient operations of the Library;
• represent the Library to the University, to advocate for the Library and information needs within the University administrative governance structures, to enhance the role that the Library plays within the University and globally, and to represent the Library for local, regional and international library collaboration endeavours; and
• chair a number of Library Committee and sit on various University committees.

Applicants should:
• have a postgraduate university qualification in Library Science or Information Science and extensive professional and managerial experience in an academic library setting;
• have eligibility for membership of the Hong Kong Library Association and / or other international library associations;
• have strong leadership and people management skills;
• be able to demonstrate a vision for what the Library can become and the role it would play for the University’s programmes;
• be an active contributor to the library profession as a leader and as an author;
• have held strong leadership roles in major libraries;
• demonstrate clear and articulate views regarding the uses and future of the digital delivery of content; and
• have excellent interpersonal presentational and communication skills.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service:
Salary offered will commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. Remuneration package will be highly competitive.

Applicants are invited to send detailed curriculum vitae with names and addresses of two referees, quoting position applied for and reference number, to

the Human Resources Office,
13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower,
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University,
Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
[Fax: (852) 2764 3374; E-mail:].
Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement need not re-apply. Consideration of all the applications received will commence by the end of September 2011. Candidature may be obtained by nomination. The University reserves the right not to fill this post or to make an appointment by invitation.

General information about the University is available on the University’s World Wide Web Homepage or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5301]. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at

Jobs Available: Manager (2 positions)

Employer: School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Position: Manager (Academic)

You will manage student outreach, admission, and public relation matters, plan and coordinate promotional campaigns and materials, prepare regular updates and reports, work with colleagues to enhance student learning experience, and undertake any additional duties as required in order to support the School’s programmes and functions.

• Bachelor’s degree in communication, marketing, public relations, journalism, or any other relevant disciplines
• Excellent command of the English language (oral and written)
• Familiar with the local educational system
• Good knowledge and experience in new and social media
• A team player with good interpersonal and organisational skills with the ability to multi-task
• Preference will be given to applicants with proven track records and relevant experience. Established contacts with junior colleges / polytechnics will be an added advantage.

Position: Manager (Research)


You will assist the Associate Chair (Research) in:
• Providing administrative support to ensure the smooth running of the Associate Chair (Research) office
• Coordinating various research activities within and outside the School of EEE, which includes
o Liaising with various mega centres and departments of the university in research related matters
o Liaising with companies, funding agencies, government bodies, statutory boards, research institutes and universities, etc.
• Database management
• Monitoring of research grants
• Report preparation, including both management and strategic reports
• Writing of minutes and taking notes
• Any other administrative support related to research; The exact mix of responsibilities at any given time will be determined by the Associate Chair (Research) based on priorities and workload considerations

• Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences or Bachelor of Communication Studies, and other relevant disciplines
• Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
• Excellent command of the English language
• A team player with good interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
• Resourceful, dynamic and keen to take on new challenges
• IT savvy
• Preference will be given to those with relevant working experience

Interested applicants are invited to apply by using the prescribed
Application Form for Administrative & Support Positions (click here to download form),
and submit it together with a detailed resume and
all relevant educational certificates / transcripts, to: .

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Scholarship Awards for top students AY 2010/2011

We congratulate the following scholarship winners in the past Academic Year (AY2010-2011):

 Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund Graduate Scholarship (AY2010/2011):

  • Ow Tsin Li Stephanie (MSc in Information Studies)
  • Zhang Liming (MSc in Information Studies)
  • Yeo Han Chong (MSc in Information Systems)
  • Li Wen  (MSc in Information Systems)   

 KM Scholarship for Best Students (Semester 2, AY2010/2011):

  • Foo Huey Yih     
  • Leow Su Hui Angeline   

 KM Scholarship for Best Students (Semester 1, AY2010-2011):

  • Wee Chui Neo Janet  (Matric No. G0901262K)
  • Lee Lin Ping  (Matric No: G0801814H)

 Wee Kim Wee Legacy Fund Graduate Scholarship (AY2009/2010)

  • Ng Kiak Peng (MSc in Information Studies)
  • Grace Leong Wai Fun (MSc in Information Studies)
  • Tan Jun Jie (MSc in Information Systems)
  • Gaurav Gupta (MSc in Information Systems)

K6225 Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining

What the instructor, Dr Chris Khoo, says about the course:

There are two data mining courses offered in the School:

  • a technical course offered in the MSc Information Systems programme (CI6227 Data Mining)
  • a practical course (this course, K6225) using a how-to-do-it, how-does-it-work and how-to-apply-it kind of approach, with a minimum of mathematics.

This course seeks to develop the student’s commonsense ability to manipulate data from different angles. When I first taught this course more than 10 years ago, I focused on teaching methods and techniques, expecting students to be able to use commonsense to apply them. I was horrified at the end of the semester to find in the term reports and exam answers that students had many misconceptions and was applying the methods incorrectly. I gradually learnt then “commonsense” is actually uncommon, and that data analysis is an art, requiring knowledge, skill and creativity. The course now adopts a more problem-based approach where students analyse a particular dataset throughout the course of the semester — each week applying the technique they have learnt in class. Every week, 2 or 3 groups of students give a 3 minute presentation of their data analysis results — so that I can point out misconceptions, how the analysis can be improved, and subtleties not highlighted in the lecture material.

This semester, I’m experimenting with social media to supplement classroom interaction. A blog and twitter account will be set up for students to send comments, questions and reflections. This is in addition to the discussion forum in EdveNTUre.

The first half of the semester is devoted to statistical analysis, and the second half to machine-learning methods. This is because there is no separate statistics course in the KM programme, and I think it is dangerous to go into an organisation to do data mining without knowing basic statistical analysis.

PhD students have found this a good substitute for a stats course. I must caution students though the course doesn’t cover experimental design and Analysis of Variance, which PhD students doing quantitative research should know. (Courses on ANOVA are available in the Psychology Division.)