Biblio Sans Frontieres Job Vacancy: Chief Librarian – Paris, France

Posting Job


November 15, 2015

Expired Job


June 19, 2019




You are passionate about access to information and education, innovation and content management?

Join Bibliothèques Sans Frontières, one of the world’s most
innovative NGOs rencently awarded by the Google Impact Challenge for its
Ideas Box program

And help us work towards a fairer world for vulnerable people and refugees!

Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (Libraries Without Borders)

Founded in 2007 in France at the initiative of Patrick Weil,
Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF) is today one of the leading NGOs
working in knowledge and culture-based development in the world and
supporting libraries in developing countries. We believe that access to
information and the dissemination of culture are two key—yet
under-invested components—of human and economic development, and the
spread of democratic practices and human rights.

Present in over 20 countries, BSF supports local initiatives through
the creation of libraries to promote education, access to information
and culture and the conservation of cultural heritage. Through creating
and reinforcing libraries, training librarians, distributing books,
supporting local publishing, designing library networks and creating
innovative programs for the promotion of access to education and
information, BSF actively promotes access to knowledge throughout the

More inspiration here:

Ideas Box video: CLICK HERE


Duties and responsibilities

The Chief Librarian will work to support the efforts of the Education
and Contents Department to promote a fairer access to education and
information around the world, by providing high-quality and contextually
relevant contents for the programs developed by BSF (Ideas box,
Koombook, reinforcement of libraries in developing countries, specific
information management systems for medics, legal workers, etc.). She/he
will be in charge of the Contents Curation team and will work under the
direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Education and Contents.

Formulation of contents curation strategy

  • Participation to the definition of the contents curation strategy
    and scale-up of contents selection processes for BSF’s current and
    future programs,
  • Identification of key actors and partners for the provision of
    high-quality, context-relevant contents, linked to BSF’s domains of
    intervention (support to culture based-development, access to
    information and education in emergency situations, etc.),
  • Participation in the constitution of an international content-provider consortium.

Identification and management of contents for BSF programs

  • Supervision of the contents selection and the contents management
    processes (books collection activities at a national and international
    level, identification of digital and multimedia contents, etc.),
  • Selection of education, culture, play and information contents for
    BSF programs such as the Ideas box, Koombook, or support to libraries
    and institutions in developing countries,
  • Elaboration and implementation of contents management strategy within BSF.

Advocacy for a fairer access to high-quality and context-relevant contents

  • Participation to the elaboration of the advocacy strategy for the
    promotion of access to information and education worldwide, and
    especially in emergency situations,
  • Responsible for high-quality interactions and public relations, as well as clear and consistent communications with partners.


  • A minimum of 2-year experience in MIS, library or
    collection/contents management, contents strategic monitoring in public
    or private sector,
  • Ability to build efficient processes for the identification and the management of contents, 
  • Ability to forge strong partnerships and relationships with
    content-providers, content curators and communities of contents
    management experts from both the public and the private sector,
  • Strong expertise in curation of books, digital contents from educative, cultural and informational domains, 
  • Knowledge of content contextualization issues, 
  • Ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, rigor and enthusiasm, 
  • Ability to be innovative, solve problems in a dynamic environment and offer new ideas,
  • Ability to manage a team and facilitate a community of various curation experts, 
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team player and to interact successfully with all levels of staff,
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, including attention to detail 
  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Good organizational, multi-tasking, and time-management skills


  • Fluent English required, 
  • Spoken and written French, as well as any other language would be valuable.


  • Contract: 1-year definite contract,
  • Start date: Beginning of November,
  • Location: Paris, France,
  • Hours: 35h hours per week,
  • Salary: according to experience
  • Benefits:health care + ½ transportation fees.
  • Telephone:+
How to apply:

To apply, please submit your application (Resume + letter of motivation) by email to under the reference “Chief Librarian”.

Closing Date: 30 Nov 2015
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