Job: Librarian

10/10/14 – Librarian
Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a vacancy for a librarian at Royal Thimphu College ( in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The term is for 1-3 years, renewable contract, starting in mid-February 2015. Interested candidates may send their cover letter and CV to to apply.
Warm regards,
Samir Patel, Associate Dean
Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan

The Librarian will manage the planning, administrative, maintenance and budgetary functions of library and information Services.  The Librarian will ensure the availability of materials for all users for their academic and professional work through an efficient library system.

Education: The librarian must have an advanced degree in library science or the equivalent, preferably an M.Lib

Experience: The candidate must have at least 2 years of working as a librarian

Knowledge: Library systems for cataloguing, organization and structure of the library

Skills: Skilled in database searching, research organizational management, as well as patron training and outreach. Ability to select/work with IT personnel to develop library systems including catalogue and search capabilities

Personal attributes: Hard working, facilitating attitude, excellent communication skills, attention to detail and ability to build others’ knowledge and enthusiasm for effective information retrieval.

Royal Thimphu College
FAQ for Expatriate Faculty

Sarah P’s comments:  A never before seen position.  A friend of a friend had mentioned this college to me a few years back as a place to quasi-volunteer as the pay was so low.  I am not saying that is so now as the college continues to grow and I think this is a great opportunity to help a new library grow and live in a fascinating country.  Who wouldn’t apply?  Which means do everything you can to stand out from the crowd…

10/10 update:  Whenever possible I check my network to see what folks know.  Some feedback I just received is that the salary is still low and housing is substandard.  Also, like in many places, local things are cheap but ‘foreign’ items are expensive.  This doesn’t mean don’t apply…just make sure to ask questions if you are interviewed.




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