News: International Librarian Blog

11/24/14 –  I recently received an e-mail from  a reference librarian at NYU Shanghai who is chronicling his international experience.  For anyone interested his name is Ray and this is his blog:

Thanks for sharing Ray…


Job: Associate Professor of Library Services

11/23/14 –  Associate Professor of Library Services
Palau Community College, Koror, Palau

Sarah P’s comments:  Palau is arguably one of the nicest places in the South Pacific.  The pay is low but that is true for the whole region.  This is an interesting position because it is an ‘opportunity for a librarian with experience in instruction to share expertise in library services and to serve as a leader in Palau’s library community‘.  Earlier this year the college advertised for a Director of Library Services (first 5/2 and then re-posted 9/22) however this appears to be a different position.  For anyone interested in gaining some Library Science teaching experience without needing a PHd, it could be a good opportunity.

Salary: $18,009 TO $27,725 Per Annum (depending on qualifications and work experience). Benefits include health and life insurance, 10/2 annual work schedule (10 months on and 2 months paid leave), and paid relocation expenses. Housing provided.

Summary of Description: Palau Community College seeks an experienced librarian to teach the college’s Library & Information Services Associates Degree Program. PCC is located in the Republic of Palau in the Western Pacific region and is an accredited post-secondary vocational and academic institution serving all of Micronesia. This position is a unique opportunity for a librarian with experience in instruction to share expertise in library services and to serve as a leader in Palau’s library community.

Examples of Duties consist, but are not limited to: Responsible for teaching courses in accordance with the approved course outlines and developing curriculum for his/her respective division; maintain accurate attendance and counseling and advising students as needed. Participate in College committees and engage in College functions and activities. Serve as a leader and role model to the local library community through the Palau Association of Libraries and librarian training activities. Perform other duties as directed by the College.

Minimum Experience and Qualifications: Master’s or Bachelor degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent with 5+ years experience preferred in an academic or library with progressive levels of responsibility. Teaching and instruction experience is highly preferred. Knowledge of Pacific culture and familiar with Pacific information resources is a plus.

General information: Application forms may be obtained from the Human Resources Office or at the college website: Send completed application, resume and transcripts to: and

(Copies of transcripts will be sufficient during review process, but official transcripts and a recent police clearance will be required
prior to any issued or offered contract).

For further information, call 680-488-2470 x 227, or visit the HRD office on campus or email .

Job: Medical School Librarian

11/21/14 – Medical School Librarian
Xavier University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba

Sarah P’s comments:  This is the seventh medical librarian position listed for the Caribbean this year.  If you are interested in this part of the world, I would study health sciences!

Xavier University School of Medicine is an accredited medical school, located on the beautiful island of Aruba. The school was founded to train students in medicine via a U.S. based curriculum. The entire focus of our program is to ensure students enter U.S. residency programs as competent physicians. We are accepting applications for a dedicated and customer focused medical school librarian.Candidates should have a MS in Library Sciences.  Experience working in a North American or Caribbean medical or graduate school is desired.  This is a full time position located at our Aruba campus.  Duties include maintaining the collections and databases, serving on faculty committees, representing the library during accreditation visits, and other duties as assigned.  Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references and their contact information to:
Email to apply for this job.

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