Job: College Librarian / Associate Director

9/29/14 – College Librarian / Associate Director
Yale NUS College, Singapore

The College Librarian / Associate Director, Educational Resources & Technology, reporting to the Director, Educational Resources & Technology will works closely with the College faculty to explore the curricular, pedagogical and technological innovations possible when introducing the best qualities of a traditional liberal arts education, supported by the active participation of two dynamic universities and a campus designed from the outset to support these efforts.


  • Master’s degree, preferably in Library Science from an accredited program
  • At least 10 years of experience in Library Administration
  • Evidence of successful management and leadership within a College or University library
  • Demonstrated ability to lead new initiatives consonant with the liberal arts learning environment
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in budget management, ability to lead, evaluate and supervise staff
  • Evidence of leadership in collaborative activities
  • Knowledge of emerging trends and issues in College and University libraries and related instructional/information technologies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technological applications and trends in College and University libraries, preferably experience in devising and implementing innovative library services
  • Experience in project planning and management
  • Demonstrated record of a commitment to professional development

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to

Sarah P’s comments:  This is the second position at NUS to be listed this year (see my post 3/10/14 – Senior Librarian) which would imply a growing department however they are asking for some impressive qualifications.

Job: Supervisory Librarian (Field Director)


9/28/14 –  Supervisory Librarian (Field Director)
US Library of Congress, Nairobi, Kenya

This position is located in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate (ABA), which acquires and provides access to materials of research value for the Library’s collections from all countries of the world, in all languages. Acquired materials are in all media and all formats by which content is conveyed; e.g., print, electronic, visual, recorded sound, microformat. The work of the Directorate supports the universal collections of the Library, upon which all of its programs are based. Stakeholders include Congress, the Federal government, scholars, the general public, and the larger library and information communities. The overseas offices identify, acquire, catalog, preserve, and distribute selected publications of high research value to the Library of Congress and, through the Cooperative Acquisitions Program, to other research libraries. The incumbent serves under the general administrative supervision of the ABA Director but works independently, exercising considerable judgment, and carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with broad overall guidelines and policies. Work is coordinated with the Department of State in the host country of the office. The position requires a Top Secret Security Clearance, and a Department of State medical clearance to work overseas. The incumbent may be assigned to any of the six offices.

Open Period:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 to Friday, October 24, 2014

Who May Apply:   Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.


Sarah P’s comments:  I have never seen a position posted in this location on USAJobs and an international Library of Congress position is rare.  If you feel you are qualified I would apply ASAP as there is a lot of paperwork involved.



Internships: BUNAC article

9/2914 –  MLIS Internship Experience with BUNAC

For anyone interested in obtaining a library internship here is a recent article about a student who organized one through BUNAC.

News: Now available – How to Become a Traveling Librarian!

9/24/14 – Finally, my long awaited e-book has been published! Thanks to all for your patience and support.  This book  has been many years in the making and I hope it helps you on your journey…cheers, Sarah P.

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Job: Library Assistant (User Services)

9/25/14 –  Library Assistant (User Services)
United Nations, Austria

The Library Assistant (User Services) works closely with other Library and Nuclear Information Section staff involved in the provision of information services. He/she builds and maintains collaborative working relations with libraries, research centres, commercial and other suppliers regarding requests for library publications. He/she contacts IAEA staff and members of Permanent Missions in Vienna to ensure effective information provision, and requests clarification or explanations in relation to requests, deliveries or other issues.

Position and Grade: Library Assistant (User Services) (G-5)
Organizational Unit: IAEA Library Unit
Nuclear Information Section
Department of Nuclear Energy
Duty Station: Vienna, Austria
Issue Date: 8 September 2014
Application Deadline: 6 October 2014
Type of Appointment: Either a Fixed-term appointment (if the candidate already holds a Fixed-term appointment) or Temporary-assistance appointment (in all other cases) may be offered, both subject to a probationary period of 1 year

Job: K-12 Head Librarian

9/25/14 – K-12 Head Librarian
Osaka International School, Osaka, Japan

The position

We are looking for an IB experienced librarian who can support teaching and learning and is a visionary for a 21st century library. A detailed overview of the position, the selection criteria and responsibilities is available here (pdf file).

The post is tentatively scheduled to begin in August, however an earlier start date is a possibility.


Please apply through the online application form. You should include an attachment comprising: a letter of application which addresses the specific post criteria addressed in the job description; a 1 page statement of philosophy of education; and a resume that includes the names, email addresses and contact telephone numbers of three referees, including most recent supervisors.

Sarah P’s comments:  Fall is the beginning of the recruiting season for international school librarians.  I post what I consider the most worthy positions (and sometimes the notorious as a warning) however if you are interested in school positions I advise you to join TIE (The International Educator) to see the whole list of what is available.  Note: this position has a potential mid-year start date so if you can be available then you might have a jump on the competition.

Job: Assistant Professor in e-Science

9/25/14 –  Assistant Professor in e-Science
University of Tsukuba, Japan

The University of Tsukuba in Japan has an opening for an “Assistant Professor in e-Science”. The faculty seeks applicants, who are capable of conducting research and education of e-Science with expertise in any of the following areas: (1) e-Scientific research process; (2) science technology policy regarding to open access and open data; (3) research data management, data curation and training functions in research library; (4) developing e-Science infrastructure such as data repository, electronic laboratory
notes, and data analyzing tools.

Close date: 31st Oct 2014.  More information can be found:
Please send your informal inquiry to


Sarah P’s comments:  It is rare to see a position open in Japan.  It’s very specialized but if you have anywhere near the qualifications – science background and conversational level Japanese, apply…

Job: 2 online librarian positions

9/25/14 – Online Librarian (2e  positions)
American Public University System, West Virginia, USA


Sarah P’s comments:  APU was founded in 1991 to offer online degrees to the US Armed Forces.  The reviews from students and faculty are generally positive and they seem to be a growing organization.  I think this could be a great opportunity to develop virtual librarianship while giving you the freedom to travel.

GlassDoor Reviews from APU Faculty

RipoffReports for APU


Job: Deputy Librarian

9/25/14 –  Deputy to Bodleian’s Librarian
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, UK

Grade B23: Salary from £80,000 p.a.

We are looking for an exceptional individual, with deep experience of, and enthusiasm for overseeing academic services in major academic research libraries. You will make a key contribution to the strategic direction of the Bodleian Libraries as a whole, but especially for its academic services, public engagement activities, and developing the strategic direction to ensure that the Bodleian remains one of the great research libraries of the world.

You will make a significant contribution to the strategic oversight of all library activities, deputise for Bodley’s Librarian, develop and sustain high-quality services for researchers and ensure that the Bodleian’s collections continue to be developed and enhanced for the benefit of scholarship in all disciplines.

To meet the challenges of this role you will have a good degree and a relevant post graduate qualification (or equivalent), the ability to strategically manage large and complex operations and a strong record of innovative and creative leadership within a large research centre or academic library. You will also have interest, enthusiasm and experience in strategic development in academic libraries, excellent analytical and decision making skills and proven ability to manage and supervise in collaboration with internal stakeholders. A demonstrable record of policy development, successful collaborations and influencing others along with a strong user-focussed approach to services are also essential.

Due to the nature of this post, candidates will be required to undertake Disclosure Scotland and financial background checks.

Please contact Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian for an informal discussion about this post.

Applications are to be made online by 12.00 midday (GMT) on Monday 13 October 2014.

Interviews will be held on Monday 27th October and Tuesday 28th October 2014.


Sarah P’s comments:  I think the phrase ‘we are looking for an exceptional individual’ says it all…good luck!

Job: Reference & Research Services Librarian

9/24/14 – Reference & Research Services Librarian (New Position)
New York University (NYU), Shanghai, China

NYU Shanghai is the newest degree-granting campus within the NYU Global Network University. It is the first Sino-US higher education joint venture to grant a degree that is accredited in the US as well as in China.

The Reference and Research Services librarian serves as the primary liaison to a group of academic departments in the humanities or social sciences, with responsibilities for delivering a program of instruction, consultation, and research support services; developing responsive outreach and other information services; building collections in all formats that support research and curricular needs; and taking a leadership role on projects and initiatives as appropriate.   Collaborative work with colleagues at NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and across NYU’s global network is an important job expectation.  Librarians at NYU participate in library and system-wide committees, and professional activities outside of the university.


Sarah P’s comments:  NYU continues to expand despite criticism and some false starts (their Singapore campus has closed: see Anatomy of a Failed Campus for more info).  However no new venture is without risk and they appear to be forging ahead.  This could be a position where you could really help chart the future of the library however make sure to ask what your relationship is to NYU New York.  In the past they have stressed that you are not part of the regular faculty – meaning you cannot transfer campuses.

The Reference Librarian position is listed under ‘staff’ openings rather than faculty.