Job: Medical Librarian

6/20/14 – Medical Librarian
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Medical Librarian in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The successful applicant should have a Masters in Library Science from an Accredited institution (ALA) and at least 3-5 years experience in a medical library or other relevant field. An advanced degree in a life sciences field, knowledge of the National Library of Medical Classification and experience with Medical databases would be an asset. Detailed applications (two copies) giving full particulars of qualifications and experience, biodata and the names, addresses (including email) and telephone numbers of three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) should be sent as soon as possible to The Assistant Registrar, Human Resources, Human Resources Section, The University of the West Indies, P.O. Box 64, Bridgetown, BB11000, Barbados. Fax (246) 417-0330; Email:  A Job Application Pack is available from our website: The closing date for applications is July 17, 2014.

Sarah P’s comments:  Another posting for a medical librarian in the Caribbean…that makes four this year so far…

Jobs: Virtual Researchers

6/20/14 – Virtual Researchers, etc.
Newstex, Work from Home (USA)

Product Evangelist

Managing Editor

Sarah P’s comments:  AlAjobs recently posted two jobs from Newstex as they plan to attend ALA.  There are more listed on their website.  I am posting this because virtual work allows for more travel…but do not yet have any reviews on how this company is to work for.

News: Request for job ad removal from upset HR

6/10/14 – I have received a request to remove a job advert I posted on 4/30/24 for a librarian position with ISR (International School on the Rhine) in Dusseldorf, Germany. They object to the fact that I do not recommend applying to their school.

I am removing this advert as requested and will alter my recommendation to ‘use your own judgment and research carefully before applying’.  However, the e-mail also stated that I based my comments on ‘the ranting of one disgruntled ex-employee’ which indeed would be unfair and is not the truth.  Thus, I also encourage potential candidates to contact the school for their ‘side of the story’ as well as read the multiple reviews on ISR (International School Reviews).


Job: Public Information Officer (UN)

6/9/14 –  Public Information Officer (UN)
New York, USA

This position is located in the Office of the Director of the Outreach Division in the Department of Public Information (DPI). The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement, who also serves as the Secretary of the Committee on Information.

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is located in the US however I am including it because it is an entry level position for beginning a career with the UN in the Department of Public Information. This is the division which maintains the UN information centers and hires librarians.

Job: Library Assistant (G4)

6/8/14 –  Library Assistant (G4)

This international organization is looking for an individual to be assigned in Austria with mid-level experience in library and information services, or other related fields. Good command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish), as well as German, an asset. The incumbent will contribute to the efficient operation of Library services and the proper use of its information resources. S/he is responsible for receiving, identifying and dispatching library materials for processing to the appropriate staff members based on the established guidelines, registering received serial publications in the serials database. S/he will update and maintain serials database: create publication patterns for new and existing serial titles; monitor changes of serial titles (bibliographic mutations), and changes to frequency of publications that require additional, new records, or modifications of existing records and update the information in the serials database.

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed on DEVEX, which is a site devoted to posting international NGO positions.  In order to read the complete add you will need to join.  It is free but if you want resume or career advice there is a fee.


Job: Teacher-Librarian

6/6/14 – Teacher-Librarian (School Librarian)
Gulf English School, Doha, Qatar

We are seeking to appoint a qualified Teacher Librarian who is innovative, enthusiastic and committed to driving student learning forward. The successful candidate will work alongside all curriculum areas, but will have a key role to play in supporting access to non-fiction texts, journals and e-information, as well as supporting the drive to improve and maintain good standards of literacy for all.

Further information about The Gulf English School can be found on our website.

Sarah P’s comments:  This school has branched out and this ad appeared on ALAjobs.  As it is June I suspect they have been unable to locate a qualified librarian via the regular recruiting channels.  As the reviews on ISR (International School Reviews) are very mixed, I can’t say I am surprised.  I do not usually share ISR posts as they are a subscription site but here is a snippet which I thinks sums up whether you should consider applying:

It is worth remembering when taking any job here or indeed anywhere in Qatar or the Middle East that this is not the UK or Australia or NZ. The school follows Qatari Labor Law and the visa and sponsorship laws of the country. If you don’t know what this entails I suggest you do some research or ask.”

(Plus, I dislike any school which uses the term teacher-librarian.  It’s a pet peeve as I believe librarians are important as well as a separate entity and it’s demeaning to both teachers and librarians to have the term combined.  I prefer the term ‘teaching librarian’ as that is more accurate a term!)

Programs: Global Community Library Webinar

6/6/14 – WebJunction is offering a webinar on Global Community Library development on July 16th.  The webinar is presented by the Bill & Linda Gates Foundation who sponsors many international library programs (usually via IREX); the CEO of Riecken Libraries, which are located in Honduras and Guatemala and offer employment and volunteering opportunities if you speak passable Spanish; and EIFL, an organization which works with libraries to enable access to digital information in developing and transition countries.


Libraries as Drivers of Community Development: Global Edition

Join this webinar to learn about and bring home successful, practical grassroots approaches to library-driven community development from libraries around the world.


Programs: Int’l Program at ALA in Las Vegas

6/6/14 – For anyone planning on attending ALA in Las Vegas, here is a program they are offering which discusses international school libraries.  Even if you are not a school librarian, I recommend attending this program if you are interested in international work because IRO Carol Brey is one of the speakers.  IRO stands for Information Resource Officer, the official name for US Embassy librarians.  If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, click on the IRO link and also try and meet Carol.  All the IRO’s I have met in my travels have been very open about sharing the pros and cons of being one.  (I am also currently completing an e-book in which I talk about this opportunity in more depth. I will post when it is available).


The IRRT Chair’s Program Committee invites you to attend the following program at the ALA annual meeting in Las Vegas:

Title:  Expanding the school library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology

Date:               Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time:              3 – 4 p.m.
Location:        Las Vegas Convention Center, S227

We are delighted that the following speakers will be talking about ways school libraries and librarians across international borders interact and can interact with students, libraries, and teachers:

George Breaz, (Library/Media Specialist at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Las Vegas area)

Carol Brey (Information Resource Officer, Office of American Spaces, U.S. Department of State)

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, SC&I)



News: New Website for African Library Association

6/5/14 – For anyone interested in following what is happening in libraries in Africa, AFLIA (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions has launched a new website.  At the moment it is fairly basic but hopefully will develop into a useful link.