[LWB News] Call for Applications: Librarian, Miguel Angel Asturias Academy

September 6, 2011 at 1:08 am Leave a comment



Call for Applications:

Librarian, Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, Quetzaltenango Guatemala

Reading for Change: Build a love of reading in Guatemalan children

Position Description:
As librarian, you will be responsible for planning library activities for students ages 4-18. Past activities have included read-aloud time and independent reading, as well as familiarization with the library and research methods. The librarian is responsible for maintaining the library, keeping records of books borrowed and returned, building a “wish list” for further expansion, leading library class for students, and assisting teachers with how they might better utilized the library in their classes. Outside of the library, the librarian attends one weekly meeting, and participates in school field trips and activities (such as recess). Once a month, you will submit a “blog post” of your experience at the school. This position is very rewarding, as you will work directly with students, but can also be challenging. We are a private nonprofit school serving very low income families. As such, our resources and staffing are limited. This position requires you to be friendly, outgoing, patient, a quick learner and culturally flexible.

[Como bibliotecario, estarás encargado de planear actividades en la biblioteca para estudiantes de edades 4-18. Actividades en el pasado han incluido lectura de alto voz, lectura independiente, y familiarización de la biblioteca y como hacer investigaciones. La bibliotecario esta responsable para mantener la biblioteca y manejar los libros prestados, desarrollar un listado de “deseos” para aumentar la colección de libros, y ensenar la clase en la biblioteca y ayudar a los maestros en cómo pueden utilizar la biblioteca. Afuera de la biblioteca, el bibliotecario asiste a una reunión cada semana y participar en actividades escolares y viajes escolares. Una vez al mes, entregas un “blog post” de tus experiencias. Esta posición da mucha satisfacción, así que estás trabajando directamente con estudiantes, pero también puede ser difícil. Somos un colegio no-lucrativo con estudiantes y familias de pocos recursos. Así que también nuestros recursos están limitados. Debes ser amable, paciente, aprendes rápido y flexible culturalmente. Debes hablar español muy bien, preferible tener experiencia en bibliotecas y alfabetización, experiencias en América Latina y en trabajo de desarrollo social.]

Desirable skills: Spanish language fluency (reading, written and oral), library experience, experience with low-literacy youth, experience in Latin American countries, experience in limited resourced and staffed environments.

Required: Passport, independent accommodations, laptop

Position duration: January 1, 2012-October 31, 2012, 40 hours/week
13 Calle 24-43 Zona 3, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, CA

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume and contacts for 3-5 references to Jorge Chojolan at info@asturiasacademy.org

For more information contact:
Jorge Chojolan
info@asturiasacademy.org
(502) 5757-6380


More about the Asturias Academy:

Miguel Angel Asturias Academy is a private, non-profit Pre K-12 school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition, and create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.

By creating a library to serve students, their families and the surrounding community, the Asturias Academy hopes to foster a love of reading and ultimately shift societal attitudes toward literacy and education. Since 2009, the Asturias Academy has partnered with Librarians Without Borders in the development of the library. Librarians Without Borders members participated in a service learning trip in April 2010, working in the library and bringing with them books and plans. In April 2011, Librarians Without Borders representatives visited the Academy a second time to continue the project by expanding the library’s collection, programming, and services to eventually serve the wider community of Xela. To read more visit: http://www.asturiasacademy.org/

 


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