Job: EFADA Manager

12/11/14 –  EFADA Manager (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in UAE)
Anakut, KUSTAR (Khalifa University of Science, Technology, and Research), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sarah P’s comments:  There are currently 4 librarian positions open with this University (see earlier posts as well). There is an abundance of universities in the UAE, some good, some not so good. KUSTAR does have good reviews to date and I am including a link to an article which mentions them in their discussion of the pros and cons of working in the Middle East.  The article is from 2012 but the information is still accurate and the author shares some insights which you should be aware of if you are considering working in the region.  The Middle East Option  by William Roden, Inside Higher Ed, 2/8/12.


Hello Colleagues,

The UAE library consortium called eFADA is searching once again for a Director. We conducted a search last year but failed to get our candidate of choice. Now we are searching again. By way of clarification, the position is at Ankabut, the national NREN, but Ankabut is currently under the auspices of Khalifa University. Hence Khalifa HR is conducting the search.

–Dorothy Byers, eFADA Executive Committee

Dr. Dorothy Furber Byers
Head of Libraries, Library
Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR)
PO Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE
+971 (0)2 447 2442

About Ankabut:Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer QoS based networks with IPv4/IPv6, multicast and introduce advanced services on a “Closed Group Network” with “Public Interest Purposes”.

Ankabut interconnects universities with a 10G backbone and 1G access links. It enables a closed community network that allows the transfer of real-time services such as converged IM, voice and video communication, time-critical services such as grid computing interconnect (cloud computing), non-real time services such as e-learning, email, library interconnect, off-site disaster recovery, global federated single-sign-on and Wi-Fi networking to name a few.

eFADA, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in UAE, is forming under the leadership of Ankabut, UAE’s Internet 2 network organization. The consortium aims to serve all accredited higher education institutions, as well as related organizations that would add value to the consortium. Ankabut serves 20 institutions and has the capacity to host consortium activities.

About the Role:

The Manager’s prime responsibility is the development and management of the library consortium. In consultation with the Board of Library Directors and the Executive Committee, the Consortium Manager provides vision, develops strategic plans, sets goals and policies, manages operations, and develops/manages staff.

  • Provides vision and leadership, sets strategic goals, and furthers the mission and strategic goals.
  • Prepares budgets and monitors approved capital and operating budgets. Prepares budget reports.
  • Leads initiatives to adopt technologies that enhance resource sharing and services to member libraries.
  • Hires and supervises qualified staff.
  • Administers projects and programmatic activities such as resource sharing, working with vendors, and coordinating members in setting policy and problem-solving.
  • Serves as liaison to the Board, members, working groups, and committees.
  • Implements procedures for managing and coordinating the work of the specialized committees and advisory councils.
  • Offers and manages electronic resources
  • Facilitates communication within the consortium; maintains website for the Consortium.
  • Provides administrative and logistical support for meetings and other member activities related to the Consortium.
  • Assesses and reports on use and costs/benefits of consortium activities.
  • Promotes services, attracts new members.
  • Participates in funding endeavors.
  • Represents the Consortium in local, regional, national and professional venues.
  • Negotiating contracts and licensing agreements.

About the Person:

  • Master of Library Science from accredited library school or equivalent
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic/research library with a consortium similar to the eFADA
  • Experience with and understanding of resource sharing services and systems, Access Services, and automated library management systems.

About the Technical Requirements:

  • Ability to work with library system vendors on operational support and continued evolution of their systems, as needed.
  • Experience with digital repositories.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Management and budgetary experience
  • Effective negotiation skills for licensing digital resources
  • Experience in seeking and securing funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to use technology in current and emerging areas as well as in office applications.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

Application Information

Contact: Human Resources
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR)
Online App. Form:

Volunteer: School Librarian

12/9/14 –  Volunteer School Librarian
Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The mission of Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) is to provide an excellent, Christ-centred, international education that meets western academic standards and equips students to live out a biblical worldview in all areas of life to the glory of God.

Haven of Peace Academy is seeking a Librarian for the 2015/2016 school year. School year: August – June with classes Monday to Friday. HOPAC follows the Cambridge curriculum.

HOPAC, founded in 1994, is an international Christian K-12 school with over 300 students from 33 different countries and a variety of religious backgrounds including Christian, Muslim and Hindu. While the majority of students come from families of missionaries and the non-profit and international business community, one third are Tanzanian.

HOPAC teachers must be committed Christian, 55 years of age or younger with Bachelor degree, at least 3 years of teaching experience and fluency in English. HOPAC expects teaching staff to be supported spiritually and financially through a mission organization or home church. The school provides volunteer staff assistance in the form of a monthly living allowance that covers a significant portion of monthly in-country expenses.


– Bachelors Degree

– Evangelical Christian

– 3+ years experience

How to Apply:  Please email Cover Letter and CV to Kindly state the job posting in the email subject line.

Job: Library Systems Analyst

12/5/14 –  Library Systems Analyst
Department of Nuclear Energy, Vienna, Austria

Issue Date: 19 November 2014
Application Deadline: 18 December 2014
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term, 3 years (subject to a probationary period of 1 year)

Organizational Setting
The objective of the Department of Nuclear Energy is to foster the efficient and safe use of nuclear power by supporting interested Member States in improving the performance of nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle, and the management of nuclear wastes; in catalysing innovation in nuclear power and fuel cycle technologies; in developing indigenous capabilities for national energy planning; in deploying new nuclear power plants; in preserving and disseminating nuclear information and knowledge; and in advancing science and industry through improved operation of research reactors.The Nuclear Information Section consists of the IAEA Library Unit, the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) Unit and the Systems Development and Support Group. It fosters the exchange of scientific and technical information on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology; increases awareness in Member States of the importance of maintaining efficient and effective systems for managing such information; provides information services and support to Member States and to the IAEA; and assists with capacity building and training.
Main purpose
The Library Systems Analyst develops Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) of the Library’s information system and applies technical knowledge in creating an IT plan for the Library, implementing and supporting IT solutions aimed at improving business processes and systems to meet Library needs. He/she maintains effective use of technology and secures IT operational excellence for the Library.
The Library Systems Analyst is: (1) a functional specialist, providing system support; (2) a developer of Library IT strategy and information systems; (3) an analyst of the latest advances in information management and preservation technology; (4) an adviser on IT related topics and technical support to staff; (5) a team member of various projects, working collaboratively towards common goals.
The Library Systems Analyst works closely with the IAEA Library Unit Head and other managers in the Section, while engaging with users at all levels to investigate operational requirements and propose effective IT solutions, taking responsibility for their implementation. Outside the Library, the Library Systems Analyst coordinates with staff within the Division of Information Technology and external parties where and when appropriate.
Functions / Key Results Expected
  • Maintain existing software systems.
  • Provide day-to-day assistance in solving problems related to Library IT applications, including troubleshooting with respect to problems arising from access-related technical issues.
  • Carry out requirement analysis for and design of IT solutions.
  • Design, implement, test and maintain software systems, providing customer training and documentation.
  • Act as a focal point for Library IT operations design, management and improvement.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Technical expertise:
    • Proven experience of operating systems (Windows, UNIX, Linux);
    • Knowledge of CITRIX server, Web servers, Windows client/server environments;
    • Knowledge of JavaScript, VBScript, Python, HTML and XML;
    • Experience in web design and technology;
    • Knowledge of networking and distributed computing systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of data transformation and migration.
  • Extensive experience in managing cloud based systems.
  • Strong knowledge of information security and secure coding techniques.
  • Proficiency in information security practices.
  • Analytical skills and customer orientation: Ability to analyse business processes and translate requests into ICT solutions.
  • Interpersonal skills: Ability to establish and maintain good relationships with internal and external counterparts and to work harmoniously in a multicultural / multidisciplinary team with respect and sensitivity for diversity.
  • Communication skills: Ability to write clearly and in a structured manner and to make effective oral presentations.
  • Knowledge management: Openness to new ideas, technologies and tools in the IT industry and the Library systems field and a willingness to learn and share skills and knowledge. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
Education, Experience and Language Skills
  • University degree in software engineering; a degree in information science would be an asset.
  • Prince2 registered practitioner; ITIL certification an asset.
  • Minimum five years’ relevant experience in providing system support, preferably in an information management setting. Experience with an integrated library management system would be an asset.
  • Broad range of IT skills encompassing PC software, hardware and networks, Windows, UNIX operating system, Java-based technologies, HTML, XML and related formats, web services.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of another official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an asset.
The IAEA offers an attractive remuneration package including a tax-free annual net base salary starting at US $56 198 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), a variable post adjustment which currently amounts to US $32 145*, dependency benefits, rental subsidy, education grant, relocation and repatriation expenses; 6 weeks’ annual vacation, home leave, pension plan and health insurance.How to apply to the IAEAComplete an Online Application

* Subject to change without notice

Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouragedApplicants should be aware that IAEA staff members are international civil servants and may not accept instructions from any other authority. The IAEA is committed to applying the highest ethical standards in carrying out its mandate. As part of the United Nations common system, the IAEA subscribes to the following core ethical standards (or values): Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for diversity. Staff members may be assigned to any location. The IAEA retains the discretion not to make any appointment to this vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade or with a different contract type, or to make an appointment with a modified job description or for shorter duration than indicated above. Testing may be part of the recruitment process.

Job: Assistant Librarian I/II (2 posts) in the Library

12/5/14 –  Assistant Librarian I/II (2 posts) in the Library
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement.

Applications are invited for Assistant Librarian I/II (2 posts) in the Library:
(a) Teaching and Learning Support [Ref. B/009/09]
(b) Research Support and Business Development [Ref. B/010/09]


For post (a): as a subject librarian for the designated departments/programs, the appointee is required to work closely with faculty and students to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the University. Main duties include providing information literacy instructions and reference consultation, developing course-related instructions, organizing academic exchange and outreach activities, reviewing collection policies, and developing collections in the assigned subject areas.

For post (b): spearhead the Library’s initiatives to assist faculty and students in managing the lifecycle of data resulting from all types of research projects; and develop a data management services program to support the use, curation and reuse of data; and develop an institutional repository of academic scholarship to facilitate knowledge sharing and knowledge branding.

For both posts, evenings and/or weekends shifts may be required.

Requirements:  A good honours degree plus a recognized postgraduate degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science (or equivalent). Good planning and organizational skills; ability to work independently, cooperatively and collegially; excellent interpersonal skills and written English; demonstrable professionalism with strong motivation, innovation, flexibility and commitment are required. At least 5 years’ experience at Assistant Librarian II level with supervisory role is required for appointment as Assistant Librarian I.

For post (b), knowledge of academic research process, institutional repository trends and best practices, and copyright issues in academic library; and experience in knowledge/data management and curation, with particular focus on research practices relating to data, format migration, preservation, reuse and retrieval are also required.

(Further enquiries can be directed to Ms. Sheena SHUM of Library at email:

Salary and Conditions of Service:  Remuneration package will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract; fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and housing benefits (where applicable).

Information and Application:  Further information on the posts and the University is available at, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : : 2788 1154 or 3442 0311].

To apply, please submit an online application at The closing date is 15 January 2015. Applications will receive full consideration and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially those who will enhance the diversity of our staff.  City University of Hong Kong was ranked 5th among the world’s top 50 universities under the age of 50 in the Quacquarelli Symonds 2014 survey

Job: Secondary Teacher-Librarian

12/5/14 –   Secondary Teacher-Librarian
The British School, Caracas, Venezuela

The British School Caracas was founded in 1950. We have slowly expanded over the years and are looking for inspirational teachers to join the team. We have 200 students in the Primary Section and 100 students in the Secondary Section. Our curriculum follows the English National Curriculum in years 7-9, IGCSE in years 10-11 and the IB Diploma programme in years 12-13.

The Secondary Section is looking at doubling numbers in the next few years. If you would like to be part of these exciting times, we look forward to receiving your application. Our teachers are flexible, enthusiastic, motivated, excellent communicators and always willing to go the extra mile. We are committed to educating the whole child and are not simply a results factory.

We are looking for a Teacher-Librarian with some knowledge of the English National Curriculum, IGCSE and/or IB Diploma Programme. The ideal candidate would be a qualified teacher. A minimum of two years’ teaching experience is required. In return, teachers receive a flight to and from the place of hire at the end of their contracts, a furnished apartment and health insurance. A generous salary is offered, both locally and offshore.

Please apply with a letter of application that must highlight why you would like to work at TBSC (and live in Caracas), and five essential traits of an international teacher.

Please apply by clicking ‘Apply online’ or by sending letters of application and CV (including two referees) to the Head of School, Yasir Patel,

Job: Librarian (Learning and Student Centre Manager)

12/5/14 –  Librarian (Learning and Student Centre Manager)
ABC International School, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Applicants with relevant qualifications and experience are invited to submit an application for  the position of Librarian.  Successful applicants will show a desire and willingness to work with school age children (aged 3 – 18).

The final closing date for applications is 0900hrs on the 5th January 2015 but applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at the very earliest opportunity as strong candidates may be offered interviews before the closing date. There is a downloadable pdf document on the school web-site that gives further details about the position.

How to apply:

Please visit the school website and complete an application form on the employment opportunities page. This should be sent electronically, along with the attachments requested in the application form and marked for the attention of the Director of Human Resources at the following e-mail address: Only applications made on the official application form will be considered.

The ABC International School is a thriving, popular and well established learning community that is a highly respected part of society in one of Asia’s most rapidly developing and exciting cities. It teaches the British Curriculum through the medium of English to high achieving, well-motivated International students. It is unashamedly proud of its teaching faculty of more than seventy colleagues who are a well-qualified and experienced team that promote the very highest levels of student achievement through the use of experiential and holistic teaching methods.

The terms and conditions offered to successful applicants are generous and reflect the high levels of commitment, loyalty and dedication that are expected of individuals wishing to become part of a high performing team of like-minded professionals. The school reserves the right to re-advertise and/or to seek to appoint the best possible applicants through alternate means of advertising.

All offers and appointments will be confirmed as soon as possible after interview.

Job: Recent Graduates Program – US Dept. of State

12/3/14 –  U.S. Dept. of State Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP)

Sarah P’s comments:  For recently graduated US Librarians considering a career in the foreign service, here is an opportunity.  Librarians are usually hired as Information Resource Officers but as there are only 32 of these, you might want to consider other positions which would utilize information/research/IT skills.  This program is part of a larger program which also offers internship opportunities for those still in school as well as a Fellows program for experienced librarians. For more information about US Government opportunities see Chapter 6 of my book.

The U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for the Pathways Recent Graduates Program (RGP).

Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and search for the following vacancy announcement numbers. Applications received after the closing of the announcement will not reviewed.  Therefore, timely submission of applications is important.

Recent Graduates Program Announcement

Announcement Number: AN1230604

Location: Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Arlington, VA

Grade: GS-0343-07

Number of positions: 1

The Recent Graduates Program targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion.

Veterans who, due to military service, were unable to apply for positions, will have up to two years from their release or discharge from active duty, not to exceed six years after degree and/or certificate completion.

Successful applicants will be placed in a one-year career development program.

Pathways internship opportunities with the U.S. Department of State allow students to witness and participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, and work closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Job: International School Librarian Positions

12/2/14 –   The International Educator (TIE) currently has 20 positions listed.  This is the beginning of the recruiting season for international schools.  Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree.  For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.