OPPORTUNITES AT BOOK BUNK IN 2023

BACKGROUND:

Book Bunk’s library restoration work is centred on these pillars: 

  • Experiential: We transform what people do at the library. We believe that these spaces can continue to nurture academic and literary pursuits, while also providing a home for diverse and accessible programmes and events that are free from political or religious agenda and that celebrate art, well being and learning.
  • Architectural: We coordinate the physical renovation of these spaces while ensuring their historical integrity is maintained and showcased. We’re also committed to ensuring the communities living around these spaces are the primary beneficiaries of each of these projects.
  • Social: We want to create ‘Palaces for The People’; public, inclusive and safe spaces where Nairobi’s residents can access whatever they need be it legal advise, tax education, or a neutral space to commune and network. This, in a bid to explore what public space really means in this city.
  • Digital: We’re working to introduce technology into every aspect of these libraries: access control, collections management, online catalogues as well as digital skills training for librarians and library users. We want the digital lives of these libraries to match that of the digital possibilities of Nairobi.

We deliver our interventions through collaboration with individuals from across industries and sectors for the benefit of public libraries and their users. We are currently planning our 2023 programmes, events and research endeavours and are recruiting individuals and organisations to work with us in 2023 in a variety of ways. 

FURTHER DETAILS:

This application process is simply an expression of interest.

The scope of work for each of these engagements varies from role to role but we have tried to provide as much information as we know at the role at this time. Specific contractual details will be provided to all shortlisted candidates. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAMMES

    • HEPA JAM: Hepa Jam offers extended library hours to library users and keeps the library open until 8pm and 4pm on select weekdays and Saturdays respectively. During these hours users can access a range of arts and play based programmes as well as help with their homework/ academic pursuits. In 2023 we are expanding this programme to include skills development programmes 
    • NBO LITFEST:  This is a literature festival that is anchored in Nairobi’s public libraries and featuring stories and ideas emerging from Nairobi and other regional spaces. It is a celebration of public libraries as spaces for art, culture, and knowledge production.This is the second edition of the festival and the first time we host it in person! The festival will take place in Nairobi from August 25th to 27th 2023.
    • THE MISSING BITS: This is a project inspired by the gaps we discovered in the archives of the McMillan Memorial Library. Our 2022 edition added crowdsourced reflections of Kenya’s past and present on to the existing archive. In 2023, we are calling out for stories and materials from those who used the McMillan Library between 1930 and 1990.
  • ART BUNK: In 2023, this programme will deliver a week long visual arts programme to young library users and will also graffiti the perimeter wall of the Eastlands Library 

LIBRARY ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH: This research project works with local guides to conduct detailed research into the number and state of Kenya’s libraries. We’ve completed research into 13 counties and look towards completed the other 34 in 2023. 

ROLE BRIEFS:

Hepa Jam

Role: Academic Tutors
Role Dates: All Year
Role Description:
a. Qualified teachers who are well versed in both 844 and CBC are required to provide 25 hours/2 weeks tuition per month to library users who register in advance for this service.
b. We are also recruiting school leavers to serve as tutor assistants

Hepa Jam

Role: Digital Educators
Role Dates: April to Nov
Role Description:
We seek digital educators to provide digital skills programmes to our library users. We are looking to partner with individuals or organisations with existing digital skills programmes.

NBO Litfest

Role: Festival Curator
Role Dates: Feb to Aug
Role Description:
We are looking for an individual to support the Programmes and Events Manager with creation of the festival programme from a thematic and content perspective.
Other requirements:
Remote applications are welcome

NBO Litfest

Role: Hosts
Role Dates: August
Role Description:
We’re building a database of individuals who would like to host or moderate conversation at the upcoming NBO Litfest.

Library Ecosystem Research

Role: Research Guides
Role Dates: Feb to June
Role Description:
We are looking for individuals based in the counties listed below to serve as local guides to verify existing data and generate route maps ahead of the fieldwork. Target counties: Tana River, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Wajir County, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Embu, Nyeri County, Kirinyaga, Muranga County, Turkana County, West Pokot County, Samburu County, Trans Nzoia County, Uasin Gishu County, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Nandi County, Baringo County, Nakuru County, Narok County, Kajiado County, Bomet County, Kakamega County, Vihiga County, Bungoma County, Busia County, Homa Bay County, Migori County, Kisii County and Nyamira County.

Art Bunk

Role: Graffiti Artists
Role Dates: Feb
Role Description:
We’re looking for a graffiti artist to paint the perimeter wall of the Eastlands Library in Makadara. This artist or team of artists will be required to collaborate with visual artists from the community. The nature of this collaboration can be determined at a later stage

Dance Bunk

Role: Photographers
Role Dates: Feb to Dec
Role Description:
We document everything and are always keen to add to our database of photographers. Please be sure to include a portfolio

Hepa Jam

Role: Professionals: Lawyers, Tax/Financial Advisors, and Mental Health practitioners.
Role Dates: April to Nov
Role Description:
We seek professionals to donate between 6 - 8 hours per month to provide free advice to library users who register in advance for this service.

NBO Litfest

Role: Festival Manager
Role Dates: Feb to Aug
Role Description:
We are looking for an individual to support the Programmes and Events Manager with the production and management of this year's litfest.

NBO Litfest

Role: Writers
Role Dates: August
Role Description:
We’re building a database of writers and literary artists that would like to be showcased at the upcoming NBOLitFest.

NBO Litfest

Role: Performance Artists
Role Dates: August
Role Description:
We’re building a database of poets, actors, and musicians who would like to perform at the upcoming NBO Litfest.

The Missing Bits

Role: Interviewers
Role Dates: March to May
Role Description:
We are looking for individuals who will host the recordings of the conversations with held individuals who sign up for the Missing Bits.

The Missing Bits

Role: Sound Technician and editor
Role Dates: March to June
Role Description:
We are looking for studios/studio professionals who will host the recordings of the conversations with held individuals who sign up for the Missing Bits. These conversations may happen virtually or in person.

Dance Bunk

Role: Volunteers
Role Dates: Feb to Dec
Role Description:
Want to help in one way or another? Please sign up, tell us about your interests and how you would like to help. We come back to this list at various points of the year.

Dance Bunk

Role: Videographers
Role Dates: Feb to Dec
Role Description:
We document everything and are always keen to add to our database of videographers. Please be sure to include a portfolio detailing documentation as well as livestreaming examples

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

The application process requires interested individuals to submit a brief expression of interest based on the specific role they are applying for. Please see an overview of the application questions below:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Email 
  4. Phone
  5. Link to work (website)
  6. Link to work (upload portfolio or company profile)
  7. Please select the role you’re applying for (drop down)
  8. How did you find out about this opportunity
  9. Are you on the BB mailing list? Yes or please add me. 

Timeline:

  • Call for Applications: Dec 20th 2022 to Jan 6th 2023
  • Application acknowledgements: January 13th
  • Shortlisting and additional submissions: January 30th
  • Selection and Contracting: starts Feb 6th to March 30th 2023.