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Thursday, September 22, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Reference and Subject Librarian, Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in 
Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, 
Master's, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, 
Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, 
Medicine, and more. Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most 
progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, 
creative, and service-oriented librarians to join our team. Apply now for the 
chance to have the unforgettable experience of living and working in 

fascinating Central Asia. 


Institution: Nazarbayev University Library


Location: Astana, Kazakhstan       


Position: Reference and Subject Librarian


Key Responsibilities:

· Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and resources;

·   Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;

·   Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;

· Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);

·   Develop training materials for reference;

·   Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;

·   Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;

· Develop new methods of reference service using Western technology and library experience;

·    Develop the collection in print and electronic formats;

·   Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;

·    Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;

·   Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included);

·   Participation in activities aimed at the promotion of the library collection and promoting user awareness;

·   The delivery of resources not available in the library collection, in cooperation with partner universities (InterLibrary Loan Service);

· Managing the «Ask-a-Librarian» service, coordinating requests received and monitoring frequently asked questions;

·  Developing guidelines, regulations, and instructions on the basic directions of activity;

·  Developing and implementing projects in specialized areas of librarianship for further development of the library;

·   Mentoring of local staff;

· Developing and implementing workshops for convey best practices to Kazakhstani librarians.


Minimum Educational Requirements: Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from a University in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Southeast Asia.


Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds; however, applicants with a degree in the Education, Business, or Sciences will be given preference.


Required professional experience: Relevant experience in an academic library; instructional experience.


Required professional knowledge and personal qualities: 

• Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;

• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;

• Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;

• Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;

• Teaching or supervisory experience;

• Ability to work flexibly in a team or independently.


Preferred: Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.


Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.


Computer skills:

• Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;

• Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogues;

• Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.


Application Deadline: Open until filled


Please send, in English, resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to NU Library Director, Aliya Sarsembinova (, as soon as possible.


Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.


Kind regards,

Madina Kairatbekkyzy  
Head, Reference DepartmentNazarbayev University Library
address: Block 5, 53, Kabanbay batyr ave., Astana, Kazakhstan


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