Web and Digital Services in Jordan

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Web and Digital Services

  • Duration: 2 weeks - 2 months depending on location

Locations: Jordan
Application Deadline: Now accepting applications
Orientation: Virtual and/or in-person
Departure Date: Varies depending on availability of volunteer and project
Return Date: Varies depending on length of stay

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Do you have a passion for IT and design and want to use those skills to help others around the globe?

If so, put your skills to work and apply for the Web and Digital Services in Jordan position today!

Global Reach Libraries (GRL) is an IDEAS project and exists to see people in forgotten and overlooked communities grow in imagination and curiosity, expand their intellectual horizons, and find hope through access to quality information and transformational literature in well-developed libraries. We reach this goal by providing expertise to library projects in these communities, so that librarians are equipped to develop imaginations, spark curiosity, and plant seeds of hope.

In addition to working with librarians in Jordan where we are currently based, the reach of GRL extends to all areas where IDEAS works. We’ve consulted with people from libraries in 7 other countries across Asia and Africa. This position will enable Global Reach Libraries to more effectively respond to the needs of these librarians who are often working with little previous library knowledge and limited resources. We want to have an effective, engaging online presence with digital tools and resources to meet the needs of these librarians and the users they serve. The goal is to leverage online training and mentoring opportunities, as well as to grow online librarian professional communities that will impact both librarians and the communities they serve.

Global Reach Libraries is based out of Amman, Jordan and works with many different libraries. Therefore, daily work will happen at various locations around Amman. Libraries served remotely are from various countries in Asia and Africa.

Ideally, the short-term volunteer will be based in Jordan to be able to actually visit libraries being served. However, because of current difficulties with travel and because of the digital nature of the work needed, a short-term person based in the U.S. is also a possibility.

The approved applicant will learn about the digital needs of GRL and the libraries we work with. Based on this needs assessment, the person in this position will:

  • Redesign and develop GRL’s online presence and resources.
  • Help design a platform for online training of librarians.
  • Help develop ways for librarians to connect with each other using technology.
  • As time allows, coach librarians in the technical aspects of library catalogs, databases, etc.

 

 

  • Website design experience.
  • IT background working with a variety of software packages.
  • Library background – desired but not required. An associate without library background would be asked to complete a short (free) online training program to become familiar with library terminology and processes.
  • Cross-cultural experience – desired but not required.

$1000 for 2 weeks

  • Cost includes housing, food, in-country transportation, and program fees.
  • The cost does not include round trip airfare, international medical insurance, visa, or spending money.
  • Fundraising training is available.
  • If you wish to go longer, please email info@ideasworld.org for an approximate budget.

mike-swigunski-uTQgW9pnNT8-unsplashLibraries have the potential to transform a community, bringing education, awareness, development and hope to its patrons. IDEAS has seen how libraries in Jordan and around the globe are changing families, schools, and neighborhoods. Are you ready to be a part of this transformation?

Joining our team on the ground for two weeks or more can have a tremendous impact! Global Reach Libraries is a project that is growing and needs their online presence and software capabilities to support this growth. Your skills are needed!

In addition, the applicant chosen for this opportunity will be able to explore new cultures, develop new relationships, and grow deeper in your faith! If a short-term opportunity is something that resonates with your heart and mind, click "Get Started" today!

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