The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Libraries comprises of the Academy Library and a closed stack Music Library at Wan Chai Campus; and the Film and Television Library at Pokfulam Campus. The Libraries has built up a sizeable collection of physical and electronic materials with strong emphasis on Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre & Entertainment Arts. These materials are managed by a next generation library system powered by Ex Libris. A sound retrieval system named Audiominer houses 282,000 sound effect files and 44,000 production music tracks for the purposes of teaching and learning. Digital files, images, audios and videos of the Academy’s productions, theses, special collections and local performing arts resources are stored in the Digital Performing Arts Repository for staff and students to access online.
The Academy needs a professionally trained Librarian with innovative ideas to lead the Academy Libraries. The Academy Librarian plays a pivotal role in providing strategic leadership to the Libraries and effective management of resources in the delivery of services. He/She is a leader for operational aspects of the Libraries including budget development and management, circulation, reference and research services and developments, and management of physical and online collections.
The ideal candidate is a dynamic leader and an enthusiastic professional with a strong vision of the place of libraries in the digital age, be knowledgeable about emerging technological resources for scholarly communication, and deeply understand the challenges facing academic libraries. He/She will work closely with the academics to develop the Library as a key resource centre for teaching, learning and practice as research.
Applicants should have:
(a) A recognise degree plus an MLS or equivalent qualification;
(b) At least 10 years of appropriate post-qualification experience in academic libraries at a senior level, carrying considerable responsibilities;
(c) Extensive knowledge of library automation, media and the emerging technologies;
(d) Experience in long term planning, resources allocation, and staff development;
(e) Knowledge in the latest technological developments;
(f) Strong team-building and managerial skills;
(g) Excellent communications and presentation skills; and
(h) Good command of spoken and written English and Chinese.
Terms of Appointment
Appointment will be made on a two-year contract with the possibility of renewal, subject to mutual agreement. A gratuity payment equal up to 15% of basic salary earned during the contract period will be payable upon satisfactory completion of contract. Fringe benefits include housing allowance, leave, medical, and dental benefits. Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Please apply in writing with full résumé, expected salary and copies of academic qualifications. Applications with reference code ‘Ln’ clearly marked on the envelope should be sent to the Human Resources Office, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, or email ([email protected]) on or before 26 June 2021.
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