Job: Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development

12/12/14 – Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development
Child Aid, Panajachel, Departamento de Sololá, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a paid position with an interesting organization dedicated to developing libraries as well as schools.  They also have a volunteer program although it looks like it is US only. I could not find a review for Child Aid regarding either working or volunteering.


Child Aid is a U.S. based non-profit organization working primarily in Guatemala. The mission of Child Aid is development through literacy; we believe education is the most effective long-term solution to poverty. We focus on rural villages where illiteracy disproportionately affects indigenous people and in early grades where education has been shown to have the biggest impact on literacy and overall life chances. We achieve our mission through an integrated program of teacher training, book provision and library development.

Child Aid is currently in a period of rapid growth. We are looking for an individual who is excited by the chance to join a small team where his/her efforts will have a large organizational imprint and where there is opportunity to grow as the organization grows.

Program Description: Our program has three integrated aspects: Teacher training; library enhancement; and book provision.

Teacher Training: We currently serve approximately 400 teachers in 50 rural schools. Our 4-year teacher training curriculum consists of two yearly school-wide trainings and 4 yearly individual classroom follow-ups. This translates to approximately 80 group trainings and 1,600 individual follow-ups per year.

Libraries: We work directly in classroom, school, and community libraries, and provide group trainings for community librarians. During the long school break, our staff helps librarians and teachers conduct 6-week book club programs called Adventures in Reading.

Book provision:We support the above activities through the provision of over 100,000 Spanish language books per year to teachers, schools and libraries, and we work with teachers and librarians in the use of these books to provide literacy enhancement.

Position Summary: The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development has responsibility for training and professional development of the staff who deliver all of our program interventions. In addition, this position also has a key responsibility for ongoing, as-needed curriculum development. Finally, the Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will work with the Country Director in Guatemala and the CEO and COO in Portland to help develop new program activities and strategize and plan for organizational growth. This is our second most important position in Guatemala and reports directly to the Country Director.

Specific Responsibilities:

A. Training and Professional Development of Staff: The quality of our programs depends completely on the training and development of our staff. The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will have responsibility for:

¨ Direct supervision of a literacy coaching staff currently numbering 14 Guatemalan nationals and expected to grow

¨ Recruitment and training of new staff

¨ Professional development of staff

  • Our staff of literacy trainers comprises various levels of responsibility, with opportunities for advancement between levels. The Director of Literacy Staff Training and Curriculum Development will have responsibility for managing, mentoring and developing this staff to take on increasing levels of responsibility as the staff and programs grow

¨ Conducting and/or supervising on-going training meetings for all staff

¨ Working with the assessors (the highest training staff level)to develop their own coaching abilities

¨ Creating agendas, materials and activities for weekly staff trainings and quarterly staff retreats

¨ Developing and tailoring training materials for staff, introducing new elements as staff needs and growth require

¨ Some interfacing with school principals and district superintendents

¨ Maintaining some direct classroom and training involvement

B. Curriculum Development: The Child Aid teacher and librarian training curricula are well developed and have been evaluated. Nevertheless, we consider the curriculum to be a living entity, and thus the person in this position will need to:

¨ Develop new aspects of the curriculum as program pieces are added

¨ Keep abreast of changes in pedagogical theory and evaluate when they suggest new curriculum or training approaches

¨ Regularly assess aspects of the curriculum that may be working less well and require revision

Reporting: This position reports directly to the Guatemala Country Director.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required for Position: The ideal candidate would have three areas of expertise:

Literacy content:

¨ Content knowledge and experience with literacy learning in primary school

  • Classroom teaching experience in primary school
  • Advanced pedagogy in teaching/ learning of literacy

¨ A Master’s degree in education or another, relevant field a definite plus

Development / cultural experience:

¨ Experience working and living in a developing world setting, ideally in Central or Latin America

¨ Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish and English

  • Knowledge of a Mayan language a plus

¨ Comfort working as part of a multi-cultural team

¨ Willingness to live and travel within rural Guatemala

Training and management experience:

¨ Content knowledge and experience with training of teachers or other literacy staff

¨ Responsibility for direct reports or otherwise overseeing the work and performance of others


Salary Range: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Employer contribution to SEP-IRA; paid vacation; health insurance

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and names of references to:

News: How to Find a Job in an International School Article

12/12/14 –  How to Find a Job in an International School

For those interested in trying to find a library position in an international school here is a recent article from TIE (The International Educator).  You can also check the Book Resources section of this blog – Chapter 3 as well as read my book if you want an in-depth perspective.

For those who join and receive the paper there is also two other relevant articles (see below for headlines).  FYI: I am not affiliated with TIE in any way, I promote them because they are a reputable paper and post the majority of the positions to be found in the international school world.


Saudi Arabia – 17 International Schools Shut Down
The Ministry of Education ordered the closure of 17 international schools and issued warnings to 32 others last year for violating local laws including not integrating the Arabic language and Islamic studies into their curricula and other irregularities…

Japan – International Schools in East Asia Are as Local as They Want to Be
Dubai’s private school sector is showing record growth as demand for a quality education in the UAE region continues to swell…

Conferences: International Perspectives Discussion Group

12/11/14 –  For anyone planning on attending the ALA Mid-winter Meeting in Chicago (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3) here is an interesting discussion group for those interested in international librarianship.

What:  ACRL International Perspectives on Academic & Research Libraries DG
When:  Friday, January 30th from 1 – 2:30pm
Where:  McCormick Place West – W186c

We have three very exciting speakers lined up for our DG this year, I hope you can join us:

  • Zachary Newell – Library Program Area Chair & Arts Librarian – Salem State University Library
    • As a librarian at Salem State University, Zach worked with a group of faculty to successfully write a grant to bring a group of Iraqi Fulbright Scholars to study at the University in the summer of 2014.  Working with the group, he identified effective teaching strategies related to diversity, multiculturalism and social justice. Zach will also address how a “Muslim Journeys” grant highlighted an international context that, combined with the work of the Fulbright Scholars, led to enduring collaborations with area groups.  Zach will also highlight how these initiatives align with the University’s mission and work to internationalize its campus.   
  • Olga Hart, Coordinator of Library Instruction & Rosemary Franklin, ESL Librarian – University of Cincinnati
    • Thanks to special grant funding made available to campus units through University of Cincinnati’s five-year diversity plan, UC Libraries started special library programming for international students. Olga and Rosemary will discuss the identified areas of special service and programming as well as the diversity project’s current success and future planning. 
  • Laurie Kutner, Information & Instruction Librarian – University of Vermont Libraries
    • Laurie ran an ALA sponsored trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2014.  The 13 librarians from all over the US worked on 3 different library projects in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica and contributed a total of 200 hours to these projects.  Laurie will talk about the experiences gained on this trip and the interest of librarians to engage in this kind of international travel and service.   
Each speaker will have about 25 minutes to present their topic, including Q&A.  We’ll take a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to introduce ourselves and should have 10 – 15 minutes at the end of the session for general discussion.  

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