Friday, June 21, 2013

We're Hiring: Librarian in Chennai

We are looking for librarians to manage and curate our Creative Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired in Chennai. The Creative Resource Centre, a library especially aimed at children with visual impairments, is an initiative by the Karadi Cultural Alliance Trust in association with the Sir Ratan Tata Trust Fund. The library is housed within the Hippocampus Children’s Library in Chennai. The pilot centre houses a variety of non-academic Braille books, audio books, tactile books, and tactile toys.

The centre contains over a hundred Braille titles, including tactile books drawn from books published by popular children’s book houses such as Karadi Tales, Scholastic, Tulika, Mango Books, Ekalavya Publishers, Khaas Kitaab Publishers, Young Zubaan, and Tara. The centre also has a collection of famous folktales of India in the audio format, generously donated by Radio Mirchi. The centre will house tactile kits from Butterfly Fields and toys from Bambaram. 

The pilot centre was set up for the wholesome development of visually impaired children aged four to fourteen years. The design of content, infrastructure, and activity has been carried out with the involvement of multiple institutions with extensive experience in working with visually impaired children. A specialised catalogue of content has also been acquired.

We are now looking for a librarian to manage the library, liaison with schools and other centres for visually impaired children, organise events and curate the collection. The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
  • A love of children's literature
  • An interest in working with children and with disabled communities
  • Strong communication skills in English and basic fluency in Tamil
  • Organisational, documenting, and cataloguing skills
  • At least an undergraduate degree
The position is in Chennai and the candidate will be expected to work 6 days a week (4 hours per day). A competitive remuneration package will be offered. Please send a resume and a covering letter to if you are interested.