Library and Information Services Adviser
British Council
Lahore
11d ago

The British Council Pakistan is recruiting for Library and Information Services Advisers (two positions) based in Lahore .

PURPOSE OF JOB

To support the Manager Library Services in the operational running, content development as well as customer services at the British Council Lahore library.

CONTEXT AND ENVIRONMENT

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.

We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.

Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

We have been in Pakistan for over seventy years, and during that time we have developed deep and lasting relationships with individuals and organisations.

We are re-opening Libraries as convening spaces, content hubs and information services that support our wider strategy in Pakistan.

These will initially be in Karachi and Lahore, but a key component of this is building outreach services to Tier 2 cities and supporting the work of the SBUs as part of our strategy of Moving Beyond Walls .

We have three key areas of work English and Exams, the Arts and Education and Society, through which we engage with leaders, policy makers, influencers and opinion formers, from senior politicians through to teachers and youth leaders.

In Pakistan we operate at scale supporting 500,000 exams a year, working with over 150,000 teachers and all Higher Education Institutions.

We have ambitious plans for Arts, further work in English especially in Sindh and KP building on our success in the Punjab.

  • Key features of our activity over the coming years will include : the delivery of English language learning opportunities across the public and private sectors;
  • world-class teacher education and educational policy fora; collaborative research projects in higher education; schools partnerships;
  • personal development through digital information services and UK qualifications; platforms for arts and cultural exchange and technology solutions to give access to all our products and services on the widest and most cost-effective basis.

    Unit Details :

    The British Council libraries have re-opened in Pakistan after 15 years. The libraries aim to be vibrant hubs attracting the modern audiences that want to interact, share and engage with each other.

    Secure spaces for dialogue, discussion and creativity, they provide access to books, DVDs magazines and state of the art technology, including workstations, VR headsets, a Macbook for designers, iPads and a digital touchscreen, which members are welcome to use on the premises.

    The library also serves as a venue for workshops, performances, screenings, storytelling sessions and other events that are part of the library’s exciting monthly calendar.

    In addition, the library and its grounds offer Wifi and a café, so that it is the perfect space for creativity, learning or socializing with one’s friends and family on the weekdays as well as the weekends.

    This post in Lahore , is being recruited as part of a core Library and Digital Services team (LDS). The post holder will report to the Manager Library Services, Lahore.

    The Library hubs will act as both a delivery channel for our Strategic Business Units (SBUs), and a content development partner and training supporter, creating a lasting, transformational impact in four areas :

    Providing state-of-the art access to information for customers in Pakistan through physical and digital platforms

    Connecting people to opportunity by convening active networks and cross cutting communities of interest online and F2F

    Supporting our core areas of work in cultural relations English and Exams, Arts, Education and Society by delivering 1,000 programmes per year in our 28 centres throughout Pakistan, exclusively through partners by 2020

    Developing Content Services for our core programmes and ensuring that we have innovative, relevant and accessible online services

    OTHER IMPORTANT FEATURES AND REQUIREMENTS OF JOB Regular evening or weekendworking where programme requires.

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