Job: Library Technician (Senior)

11/21/14 – Library Technician (Senior)
US Naval Station, MWR Library, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Sarah P’s comments:  OK, here is one I have never seen before.  I suspect it is for US citizens only (thought the ad did not specify) and single status but interesting to say the least.

Library Technician Senior, NF-1411-03

Announcement Number:
Position Status:
Regular, Full Time
$25,000.00 – $36,000.00 Yearly
Areas of Consideration:
Relocation Expenses:
Opening Date:
Closing Date:
Location: Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
This position is located at the Library, which is a part of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The best candidate for this position is highly motivated, customer service oriented, can work in a fast -paced environment while meeting multiple deadlines with little to no supervision.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring all circulation and technical service operations, and resolves problems and deviations. Trains new staff in circulation and technical services procedures and processes. Evaluates circulation and technical service policies, procedures, and processes and recommends improvements. Devises and adapts various search strategies within the library’s holding and utilizes online databases and CD-ROM resources to provide reference services to customers. Answers more in-depth or difficult questions that require the use of outside sources. Performs descriptive cataloging which does not involve extensive searching or long descriptions by modifying supervisory librarian in developing the library marketing plan. Develops publicity and marketing materials. Administers library programs, including youth services programs, and prepares and after-action report and evaluation.
May be required to oversee daily functions of the library in the absence of the supervisory librarian. Resolves circulation and technical services problems and deviations. Effectively trains lower grade staff in library circulation and technical service policies and procedures.
Minimum Requirements:
Specific knowledge of library rules, policies, and procedures for circulation and technical service. Must be able to read, write, and speak English. Must have computer experience or training in computer applications such as Windows, Word, Excel, Access, and the Internet. Strong typing skills are required; must be able to type 40 words per minute. Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, recurring lifting of moderately heavy items. Must be physically able to frequently lift boxes of up to 40 pounds. Must be able to reach up to 72 inches with or without the assistance of a step stool. Successful completion of a National Agency Check is required. Must possess skill in working with peers and with the public.
Evaluation: Candidates will be evaluated on quality and nature of the experience pertinent to the position. Applications must show sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the full range of duties of
Library Technician.
This position may require the incumbent to drive a vehicle around the installation; therefore a valid drivers license is required.
How to Apply:  Electronic submissions of resume, OF 306, and additional documents, as well as any inquiries can be sent to You may also fax your documents to commercial 011-5399-4378.
A current valid passport is required for this position.

News: International Library Volunteering Experience Article

11/20/14 –  I just received a link to a really informative, interesting and useful article from Canadian Librarian Cate Carlyle who wrote about her recent experience with Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala.  The article also includes some useful links and some really spot-on, thought-provoking  comments such as:

“I found that the participants who got the most out of the volunteer trip were those whose mindset was such that they were open to learning about new ideas and tools from their colleagues.”

“One of the most important things to be aware of when volunteering in Central America is that nothing happens fast.”

“Not all cultures have been exposed to the idea of borrowing an item, caring for it, and returning it on schedule.”

 “In my experience, the personal and professional rewards from volunteering internationally cannot be matched.”


PD with a Passport: Reflections on Professional Development through Volunteer Work in Emerging Central American Libraries



News: Travels in Greece…

11/19/14 –  I recently received this photo from an American librarian who just returned from a trip  to Greece where she stopped by the National Library of Athens.  Check out the architecture.  I am hoping this encourages others to share and am thinking about creating a Pinterest page with photos and maybe a blog page of interesting libraries to visit when traveling.  Please share any suggestions…safe travels, Sarah P.

Annika in GreeceAnnicka Black, Children’s Librarian
Norway Memorial Library
Norway, ME USA


Job: School Librarian (Foundation Stage & KS1)

11/17/14 – School Librarian (Foundation Stage & KS1)

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a British-based school following the national curriculum. Foundation stage & KS1 means Keystage 1 or pre-school – grade 1 in the US system.  Dulwich College is a respected public (private in US English) school in the UK with branches in Beijing, Shanghai & Singapore administered by GEICC, a private consulting company based in Shanghai.  Reviews are mixed, good things being salary, benefits, and a well-stocked school, some negative comments concerning administration.
(British & American Grade Comparison)


Our library is at the heart of our school and the right candidate will be a highly committed team player with the drive, energy and passion to develop this new and forward-looking school. Applicants must be willing to lead by example and play a full part in the College’s pastoral care and extra-curricular programme. Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of Dulwich College.

Dulwich College (Singapore) is a well-resourced school with a motivated and enthusiastic International student body. An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate.

To apply for this position please go to

The closing date for applications is Friday 28 November 2014.
Interviews will take place in early December.

For further information please see our website at

Dates:   Apply by 28/11/2014, Job start August 2015

Salary: Very competitive

Location:  Singapore

Contract type:  Full Time

Contract term: Fixed Term

Contract Term: 3 Years


Job: Head Librarian

11/14/14 –  Head Librarian
Kodaikanal International School, India

Sarah P’s comments:  Here we go with the hiring season for international school librarians. This position is a bit unusual because it is advertised as needed immediately.  The job was first posted on 3/21/14 and then re-listed on 5/20/14 so I assume they did not find a suitable candidate.  See my first post for more information.

FYI:  for those interested in international school positions you should join TIE (The International Educator) where you can see open positions and also post your resume as well as International School Reviews.  See Book Resources, Chapter 3, for links and I recommend reading my book as well for further information about the hiring process.


Position Start DateImmediately

Position Description: To ensure that library media resources and educational technology are supporting the 9-12 academic programs, and that they are well communicated to students and staff. Provide resources for using technology in education.

Academic Qualifications: B.A (or equivalent) in Library and Information Science; Masters preferred

Professional Experience:

Experience working in a school library, including teaching information and digital literacy; knowledge of IB programs and resources, as well as experience in acquiring library and textbook resources are valued
Experienced working with youth ages 10-18
Experience working with library systems management, including cataloging and classifying; experience with KOHA is valued.
Experience as an effective supervisor

Professional Skills:

Possess a high degree of fluency and accuracy in written and spoken English
Able and willing to stay up-to-date with IB school library standards and best practices, as well as about age-appropriate literature for grades 9-12
Highly skilled in computers, particularly with databases, social media, and internet
Possess a strong interest and confidence in teaching and learning
Skilled in working with teams, as well as being independent, self-directed and creative
Strong leadership skills to motivate and support supervisees
Enthusiastic about interacting with grade 9-12 students from diverse backgrounds, and have a strong desire to be of service to students and teachers
Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication and organizational skills
Experience with cross-cultural integration and adjustment
Dedicated with plenty of energy
Willing to work creatively with available materials/ resources


Develop and teach the one semester course, Information and Digital Literacy, to students in grades 9 and 11
Head of Department:
Supervise all staff in the K-8 and High School Libraries
Prepare and maintain library budget
Develop and support library policies
Maintain the physical and the electronic library collection, as well as the textbook collection, and ensure that they meet the needs of all and is communicated and marketed properly
Ensure the library is well-designed, equipped and maintained to serve and encourage student and staff use, in collaboration with students and staff
Guide teachers who needs help in the use of technology in the classroom; for example, set up blogs, introduce online collaborative tools etc.
Train teachers and students in the use of the physical and digital library resources
Keep the library website and Facebook page up-to-date and well-developed
Support residential life of the school by chaperoning activities and sponsoring clubs
Support and promote Design’94 (click here to read)
Fulfill any other duties assigned by the Principal

Job: Library General Manager

11/14/14 – Library General Manager
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an ad posted for librarians in 2011.  At that time I spoke with Library Director Jim Agee and he informed me that that the pay is low but the opportunity was a good way for young librarians to gain international work experience.  As this is his position I assume he must now be leaving and that the salary is substantially higher.  If you are seeking international experience and a chance to become a director this might be an opportunity to do both.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)


Join the library leadership team at this new academic research university in Kazakhstan. The four-year old university has outstanding global partners, such as Cambridge University, Wisconsin-Madison University, Duke University, and the University of Singapore. Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral programs are offered. Innovative research centers are active in areas such as Energy and Life Sciences. Approximately 35 members of the library staff serve the information needs of the Nazarbayev University community.

This is a senior level library administrator position in an emerging western-style academic research library. The position is to be filled immediately.

Minimum Requirements:

Master of Library Science (MLS, MLIS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited or equivalent (CILIP) western university graduate program;

Three years of progressively responsible library management experience;

Experience with staff management responsibilities;

Experience with staff professional development responsibilities;

Excellent written and verbal English-language communication skills;

Proven ability to succeed in a cross-cultural environment;

A record of scholarly achievement, including publications;

Analytical and Presentation skills;

Knowledge of new and emerging library technologies;

Preferred Requirements:

International work experience;

Academic Library work experience;

Research Library work experience.

Language skills in Russian or Kazakh are useful, but not required.

Qualified applicants should send a Letter of Interest and a Resume to:

Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

Jim Agee, MS, MA, MLS
Library General Manager
Nazarbayev University Library
Astana, Kazakhstan

Job: Head of ISSN Data, Network & Standardization Department

11/14/14 – Head of ISSN Data, Network & Standardization Department
ISSN International Centre, Paris, France

1. Position environment
The CIEPS – International ISSN Centre – is an intergovernmental organization that was formally established in 1975,
under a treaty signed between UNESCO and France. It is located in Paris (45 rue de Turbigo, 75003) and currently
employs 13 people. There are three departments: Data, Network & Standardization, Marketing, Sales &
Communication and IT. The Data, Network & Standardization department comprises a manager, a deputy manager, an office assistant and four serials librarians.
The main activities of the International ISSN Centre ( are:
– Updating and enhancing the ISSN database of standardized numbers allocated internationally to serials and
continuing resources (print and online),
– Coordinating the activities of 88 ISSN national centers worldwide,
– Assigning ISSN numbers to international publications and publications produced in countries without any ISSN
national center,
– Marketing the ISSN database and related services such as ROAD Directory of Open Access Resources
2. Position overview
– The department manager reports to the director. She/he contributes to ISSN IC general strategy. She/he prepares
presentations and documents for the Governing Board, the General Assembly and the Directors’ meeting.
– She/he manages the department and develops a coherent team spirit around key challenges and objectives.
She/he is committed to employee development, talent recruitment and management.
– She/he oversees ISSN data production, coverage, quality and enhancement in cooperation with the IT department.
– She/he takes part in standardization activities at national and international levels (EURIG, JSC RDA, IFLA, AFNOR,
ISO). She/he stays abreast of scientific research trends, data documentation and management tools, and standards
important for data exchange, reuse, and interoperability.
– She/he oversees the development of ROAD, the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (
– She/he develops training tools and documents for ISSN network data producers. She/he coordinates training
– She/he convenes network meetings such as the ISSN review group to monitor ISSN data production.
– She/he develops partnerships and with ISSN stakeholders such as publishers, national centres and libraries.
– She/he travels abroad frequently for meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
3. Profile
– Postgraduate degree (master or PhD) in librarianship and information studies with a technological twist.
– Strong skills in metadata curation, information processing and mapping, bibliographic formats (ISBD, MARC 21,
ONIX, …), web and Linked data standards, online publishing.
– 5-year experience in project and team management.
– Excellent interpersonal communication and reporting skills.
Fluent English and French.  A good command of other languages will be an advantage.
4. Salary and status
– € 42,000 – € 48,000 commensurate with experience.
– International status
– Full-time position, 2-year contract starting Jan. 5th, 2015 with possibility of extension subject to funding and
5. Contact
Please send cover letter, résumé and references to Ms Gaëlle Béquet, director ( For full
consideration please apply by December 5th, 2014.

News: IRRT blog

11/14/14 – ALA IRRT Blog

FYI:  I wanted to mention that ALA’s IRRT (International Relations Round Table) maintains a blog which you can follow to find recent news and information.

Job: Tech Services & Web Services Librarians

11/14/14 –  Technical Services / Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian & Web Services Librarians
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments:  These two positions are still posted as available on the University’s website although they were originally posted last April.  As I said on my recent Zayed University post, Middle East hiring practices tend to be slow and confusing and sometimes they reverse direction.  This is, in part, because they rely on enrollment numbers which have been fluctuating in recent years due to the worldwide economic downturn.

Web Services Librarian

Technical Services / Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian

Job: Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator Library & Learning Commons

11/14/14 –  Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator Library & Learning Commons
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  In the past Zayed enjoyed a good reputation and was considered a fairly good place to work, probably in second place after the American University of Sharjah  (who currently have two librarian positions posted).  I have heard however, that there have been management problems in the past few years and thus there has been a high turnover of librarians (they have posted four positions in the past year, keyword: Zayed to find these on the blog).

Also, several colleagues have commented about their frustrating experience with the hiring process which is both slow and contradictory.  Ex. you apply, wait several months, have an interview, have a second interview, discuss details with HR and then nothing!  (This story is actually typical of Middle Eastern hiring practices.)  This doesn’t mean do not apply as life in Abu Dhabi, if you like city living, is comfortable and the UAE is a great jumping off point for exploring the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.


The University

Established in 1998, Zayed University, a premier university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 1000 faculty and staff serving approximately 9500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Through a curriculum grounded in learning outcomes, the University expects its graduates to be proficient in both English and Arabic, English is the primary language of instruction.

The Opportunity

The department of Library & Learning Commons seeks an incumbent for the position of Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator who is responsible To provide leadership in the development and operation of the Curriculum Resource Centers (CRC)  in accordance with the university goals in general, and more specifically, with those goals which emphasize skills and knowledge for all students in the College of Education.

The Responsibilities

  • Assists students in developing the knowledge and skills needed for educators. Is available to provide guidance to students and provides orientation to CRC services, resources and equipment. Serves as a resource to faculty.
  • Teaches Information literacy classes each semester to students in the Colloquy program, College of Education and other assigned liaison areas.
  • Coordinates resources and staff in the CRC and oversees day to day tasks and  supervises CRC Technicians on both campuses.
  • Manages the CRC resource and materials budget, including creating annual budget proposal.
  • Coordinates the development and management of a print, electronic and multi-media collection of curriculum, pedagogy and education learning materials  for the CRC.
  • In collaboration with the Education Liaison Librarian in Dubai Campus, selects  and develops the collection of education materials that meet the needs of students and faculty, and to the strategic learning of ZU.
  • Creates and develops guidelines on the production of materials used to support curriculum development and learning for future teachers, and ensures quality control.
  • Facilitates faculty and students involvement in the materials development process.
  • Promotes awareness of the CRC materials and services across the College of Education and to the broader education community in UAE.
  • Informs faculty regularly on the availability and use of resources in the CRC/Library, in particular  those related to curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Stays informed  and advises on issues that could be integrated into instruction, both in the subject liaison responsibility and College of Education courses
  • Serves on the Library Reference Desk and rotates to cover extended hours.
  • Serves on relevant library teams, councils and university committees.

The Requirements

  • Must possess a Master’s degree in Library and Information Management (MLIS/MLS) ALA accredited or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 3 years  work experience in a library setting in a western style educational institution.
  • Minimum of 2 years supervision experience.
  • Teaching experience
  • Familiarity with the UAE education system.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proficient in  Arabic (desirable).
  • Knowledge of IT and computer applications for library and CRC functions.
  • Experience in academic services.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Ability to travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai

The Benefits

The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the U.A.E.,housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and healthcare is provided to the employee and sponsored family members.

To Apply

In addition to completing the online application form, attach a cover letter, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references.

While we appreciate all applications, you will be contacted only if you are selected for an interview.