Job: Associate Director of Learning Support and Student Services

1/30/15 –  Associate Director of Learning Support and Student Services
Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China


This is a library leadership position in Wenzhou-Kean University, a  Chinese-American jointly established higher education institution. Wenzhou-Kean received its final approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education in March 2014.

Reporting to the Library Director, the Associate Director assists in the overall administration of the WKU Library; supervises and manages one or more important sections of the Library including learning support and student services, as well as curriculum and research support and related services.  The Associate Director serves as part of the Library management team; functions as the principal managerial assistant to the Director; acts with the authority of the Director in his or her absence; and performs related work as required. This position is located in Wenzhou, China and requires a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications: Masters degree from an accredited college in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program, a Masters degree in learning support or information systems, a Master of Library Science degree or the equivalent as determined by the appointing authority and a minimum of two years of professional library supervisory experience in an institution of higher education or directly related field required.  Experience in non-library organizations must consist of supervisory responsibility for library priorities such as information services, education and training and public relations to a public or otherwise broad community of users.

Application: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Mr. Charlie Greenberg, Director of the Wenzhou-Kean University Library, by email at . Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made.  Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required prior to the starting date of employment.

– See more at:

I also welcome any questions before an application submission.  Thank you.

Charles J Greenberg MLS MEd, University Library Director
Wenzhou-Kean University
Building A, Room 309 (currently)
88 Daxue Lu, Ouhai
Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, CHINA  325060

Phone (office) +86-57755870651
Phone (cell):  +86-18267770875;

Job: School Librarian

1/29/15 –  School Librarian
Kagman Elementary School, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  This posting appears only once every few years.  For anyone interested in opportunities in the South Pacific there are a few community colleges but only two schools:  the Marianas (public) and one international school on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.  There is one public library position I have seen listed in the past five years and that was also in the Marianas and there is one volunteer opportunity in the Cook Islands offered through Global Volunteers.


Applicants for this position must be eligible and authorized to work in the U.S., including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
POSITION/TITLE: School Librarian
OPENING DATE: January 26, 2015 CLOSING DATE: February 09, 2015
SALARY: PL – VI-VIII; Step(s) 03-12; $30,976.96 – $47,001.36 PA
BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits
(including Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, and Paid Leave/Holidays).
LOCATION: Kagman Elementary School

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of
specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical
assignment to the position.
• Is responsible for performing professional library work in the selection, cataloging,
classifying, indexing and circulation of library materials.
• Checks-in and checks-out books and keeps records of all books.
• Assists teachers in locating instructional material needed and in ordering text books for their classes.
• Assists students in finding information they need from the library for their class work.
Types catalog cards and files them according to established systems.
• Takes periodic inventories of library books and materials.
• Issues lists of new books, periodicals, and other informational materials.
• Supervises and instructs library aides.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

The normal work period shall be a seven (7) days work period with a maximum non-overtime forty (40) hours.
The Public School System (PSS) operates on a 40 hour work week. Actual working hours will be determined on the basis of operational efficiency. School Principals, Supervisors or Program Managers will establish working schedules subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education.

• Graduation from U.S. accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

• Pass PRAXIS I (PPST-Pre-Professional Skills Tests) OR Core Academic Skills for Educators and Pass appropriate PRAXIS II Content Knowledge Test.
• Must have a valid CNMI Basic I certificate or higher.

• Thorough knowledge of prescribed School Board policies, procedures, rules and regulations;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to motivate others to reach their fullest potential;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school officials, students, parents, teachers, support staff, associates, external organizations/companies, federal and local agency representatives.
• Awareness of and sensitivity to cultural and local community practices and norms.
• Excellent Office Automation Skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook)
• Excellent Oral & Written Skills
• Excellent Record Keeping Skills



Job: Director of Online Librarians

1/28/15 –  Director of Online Librarians
American Public University System (APUS), USA

Sarah P’s comments:  APU was founded in 1991 to offer online degrees to the US Armed Forces.  The reviews from students and faculty are generally positive and they seem to be a growing organization.  I think this could be a great opportunity to develop virtual librarianship while giving you the freedom to travel.  FYI: Last fall three positions were listed, one senior online librarian, one online librarian, one part-time online librarian.

GlassDoor Reviews from APU Faculty

RipoffReports for APU

Director of Online Librarians
  • Reports To: VP & Assistant Provost for Library and Instructional Resources
  • Department: Library/Academics
  • Office Location: Charles Town, WV
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Date Posted: January 21, 2015
  • Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Synopsis of Role:

The Director of Online Librarians manages the remote corps of online librarian staff of the American Public University System (APUS) Library, and reports to the Vice President (VP) & Assistant Provost for Library and Instructional Resources. The incumbent is responsible for virtual communications and is expected to possess strong web-based skills, experience with online teaching, online librarianship, information literacy, automated reference, and electronic resources in an academic setting. The role of the Director is a scholarly entrepreneur to help ensure the University’s academic reputation through innovative programs and librarian engagement with academic deans, program directors, faculty, faculty training, and instructional developers. The Director of Online Librarians is a managerial role to include training and scheduling librarians for virtual reference services, and is part of a formal team which includes Charles Town library operations, Course Materials, APUS ePress, and University Archives staff.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages and enhances the APUS Library in keeping with professional standards and to maintain a position as an industry leader.
  • Recruits and supervises professional online library staff with a focus on specialized education and experience to support the University’s degree programs.
  • Develops and manages training process and procedures.
  • Manages scheduling of librarians for general reference service for University faculty, students and staff.
  • Promotes student and faculty information literacy program to support student success and retention.
  • Develops innovative programs to ensure strong partnerships with faculty, library sustainability and promote faculty retention.
  • Works with faculty, staff, and students to proactively build academic excellence and the University’s reputation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

  • Remote position with travel and presence required in Charles Town office environment.
  • Attendance and participation in civic and scholarly events.
  • Scholarly research and contributions expected.
  • Collegial team environment that stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
  • Requires Internet access at home that is sufficient to address the current campus-teaching platform and Online Library site.

Required Skills:

  • Actively acquires pertinent information and understands the APUS business model.
  • Dedicated to the University mission and fulfills its potential as an industry and scholarly leader.
  • Maintains a service and student orientation.
  • Remains conscious of faculty roles and seeks active partnerships with them.
  • Employs strategic thinking to balance academic traditions with innovative Web approaches.
  • Manages staff to include planning, monitoring for results, and individual development.
  • Acts as a rational decision maker.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and requires minimum supervision.
  • Communicates professionally and timely with staff, students, and faculty via email.
  • Advanced knowledge of Web-based Academic Librarianship.
  • Specialized awareness of electronic publishing and Web resources.
  • Web design and office automation software proficiency.
  • Recognized scholarly credentials and professional standing.

Required Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science required and other advanced degrees encouraged.
  • Academic library experience and background in one or more of the University’s program areas are preferred.
  • Previous experience in online information services and management of other librarians for scheduling and online reference service preferred.
  • Management experience in an Academic Library or Archives preferred.
Email to apply for this job.

Internship: U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

1/24/15 –  U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid)

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians interested in a future international career here is an opportunity to get your foot in the door.  It is unpaid but worthwhile if you can afford the time and the lack of income for a short while.  The US government hires librarians as Information Resource Officers however as there are only about 30 of these worldwide, it is advisable to look at other positions which use the same skill set.  (For more info about US gov’t jobs for librarians please see Chap. 6 of my book and visit the Resources section of my blog.)


The U.S. Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2015 Fall Student Internship Program . (You must be a US citizen.)

Please visit for more information about the U.S. Department of State Fall 2015 Student Internship Program (unpaid), and to start the online application process via USAJobs. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is .

The deadline is March 2, 2015 however they highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Fall 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

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.


Job: Campus Librarian

1/22/15 –  Campus Librarian

Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.  FYI:  They also advertised for a campus librarian last October however I do not know if this is a repeat or another position.

Campus Librarian, St. Augustine Campus Libraries

Applications are invited for the post of Campus Librarian, St. Augustine Campus Libraries. The successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership and direction of the Main Library and the Medical Sciences Libraries and will have a coordinating oversight for all libraries on the Campus. He/she will report to the Campus Principal and will be expected to work closely with the Campus Administration, Deans, Faculty as well as fellow Campus Librarians in support of the University’s Strategic Plan.


  • Postgraduate degree in Library and/or Information Science
  • Doctorate in either Library/Information Science or another discipline will be an asset
  • Candidates should have substantial managerial and administrative experience (at least 7 years) in positions of increasing responsibility in a university or research library
  • Distinguished record of contribution and service to the profession locally and internationally
  • A strong record of distinguished publications (e.g. scholarly annotated bibliographies, outstanding contribution to the knowledge of the field based on original research as evidenced by books, chapters in books, articles in refereed professional journals, etc.).

Special Expertise/Area of Concentration

  • A clear understanding of both information technology and information literacy and their changing roles in higher education
  • A thorough understanding of and commitment to the many facets of academic life
  • Commitment to the recruitment and development of a team which is skilled and highly motivated to remain relevant in this age of evolving technologies
  • Experience with grant writing and spatial planning

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to provide visionary and innovative leadership
  • Excellent skills in budgeting, communication, interpersonal relations, management and strategic planning
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement innovative strategies to enhance services.

The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on October 1, 2015.Detailed applications giving i) full particulars of qualifications and experience, date of birth, marital status and nationality; and ii) the names, titles, mailing and e-mail addresses, fax and telephone numbers of three (3) referees should be sent as soon as possible to the University Registrar, Office of Administration, The Regional Headquarters, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica W.I.; Fax: 876-977-1422 or e-mail

Further particulars of the post may be obtained from the Office of Administration or by visiting the web page:

Closing date for the receipt of applications – February 28, 2015.

Application Information

Postal Address: C. William Iton
Office of Administration
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Mona Campus
Kingston 7 WI
Phone: 1876 977-2407
Fax: 1876 977-1422
Online App. Form:
Email Address:

News: State of the Library Market Job Survey

1/21/16 –  State of the Market Job Survey

“204 people who hire librarians have responded to our new State of the Library Job Market Survey.  It’s still open, so if you’ve hired at least one librarian and want to add your voice, please visit:”

Sarah P’s comments:  If you have hired any librarians anywhere in the world in the past year or know of someone who has please forward this post and link as it is helpful information for all to have.

While this is a US-sponsored survey it is open to world-wide participation.  It is also useful to know how the job market is in the US because it means less competition for overseas jobs if the market is improving.  I can add that in my local public library (where I work as a temporary librarian) the hiring librarians are echoing the trend that there are less applicants applying.  To their credit, this library has resisted replacing librarians with para-professionals and part-time positions.  My ‘temp’ position was new to them and their response to patching through until financial times improved.


Job: Elementary Librarian

1/19/16 –  Elementary Librarian
Concordia International School, Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  There seems to be a lot of p0sitions for elementary school librarians, not sure why.  This well established school enjoys a good reputation.  Traditionally they have hired at job fairs however are open to applications and Skype interviews.  Make sure you carefully complete all paperwork – Chinese schools tend to have reams and reams of it…


Position Summary: The Elementary School Librarian, in coordination with the MS/HS Librarian, must manage, develop, and promote the Concordia School Libraries to ensure that an effective resource and information service is provided for elementary students and the elementary school staff.
  • MLS – from an ALA accredited university
  • Library Certification
  • Three to five years school experience including teaching


  • Three to five years school library experience including teaching information literacy component and collection development
  • Previous experience in an international school and familiarity with American educational system
  • Elementary school education experience as a media specialist
  • Collection development experience in public and/or private libraries
  • Collaboration and rapport building capabilities
  • Detailed-oriented organizational skills
  • Skills using the Internet and subscription databases
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Skilled at reader’s advisory for students and parents
  • Working ability of both Mac and PC platforms
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of Follett’s Destiny automation system
General Expectations 
  • Knowledge of professional library principles, practices and techniques
  • Knowledge of library reference materials and research techniques
  • Able to utilize computer technology and software application
  • Understands the importance of information literacy
  • Effective communication skills and organizational skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with administration, teachers, staff
  • Enjoys working with students of all ages in a Christian-based setting
  • Performs responsibilities without close supervision
  • Proven library management skills
Job Specific Expectations
A. Organization
  • Reviews and recommends purchases for books, electronic resources, and periodicals to meet the curricular and personal needs of students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinates the school library media programs
  • Contributes to curriculum development through attendance at faculty and departmental discussions and informal liaison with individual teachers
  • Evaluates Elementary Library programs and makes recommendations for improvement
  • Monitors library usage and records statistical information as required
  • Monitors , maintains, and updates the school archive.
B. Instruction and Instructional Development
  • Promotes effective use of library media programs
  • Trains students and faculty in search techniques, research, and specific database use
  • Assists in preparing Resource lists, pathfinders, wikis
  • Assumes an active role in collaborative teaching and curriculum development
  • Participates with the teaching staff in the planning and developing of the school’s information literacy skills and has an active involvement in the form of delivery
C. Library Media Staff Development
  • Continues to acquire knowledge through in-service, workshops and academic courses
  • Provides in-service education for staff
  • Fosters the use of new development/innovations in instructional media/technology
  • Promote/facilitates communication among library media staff
  • Networks with other library media professionals and professional library organizations
D. Communication
  • Promotes the library media program to the students/faculty/parents via library website
  •  Maintains liaison with other schools and libraries and community when appropriate
  • Corresponds with the families who donate books for the library collection


Job: Primary Teacher Librarian

1/18/16 –  Primary Teacher Librarian
The British School -Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The British School Kuala Lumpur is a member of The British Schools Foundation, one of the largest networks of British international schools in the world with schools in Spain, China, Russia, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, USA, Myanmar, and the Philippines. The School opened its doors in September 2009 and has become increasingly popular. The roll is currently 950 pupils, with 250 in an expanding Secondary School. The Primary School has an Early Years department, comprising seven classes, and years 1 to 6 is five-form entry.

The school is on a purpose built campus in an attractive suburb of Kuala Lumpur. BSKL prides itself on a happy atmosphere, and demonstrates high attainment academically, in performing arts and in sport. Our curriculum is based on, but not constrained by, the English National Curriculum.

To begin in August 2015 (an earlier start is possible), we require an enthusiastic and energetic teacher librarian who is passionate about children’s literature, with a commitment to creating exciting and innovative learning experiences.

Suitable candidates for this post will:

  • Hold a good Honours Degree.
  • Hold a UK-recognised teaching qualification (PGCE or similar).
  • Library qualifications desirable but not essential.
  • Have experience and excellent knowledge of literature and library skills.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ teaching experience is essential.
  • Understand and be able to articulate what constitutes outstanding classroom practice.
  • Want to play an active role in the co-curricular life of a busy international school.
  • Possess the ambition and enthusiasm to want to play a key role in shaping and developing an outstanding school.

The closing date is Monday 2nd, although early applications are strongly encouraged.

Interviews will be held in the UK in the week beginning 9th February 2015 (or sooner for earlier applications).

Remuneration includes a competitive salary, highly generous pension/gratuity scheme, housing, international medical cover, annual flights, relocation allowance and bursaries for accompanying children.

To apply for this post please send a copy of your current CV, including details of two referees (one of whom must be your current employer), along with a letter of application outlining your suitability for this post to the HR department at

BSKL is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be prepared to undergo stringent child protection screening including checks with past employers and an enhanced DBS is required.

Please visit our website to find out more about the school.

The British International School
No. 1, Changkat Bukit Utama, Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +6 03 7727 7775
World Class Education


Job: e-Librarian

1/16/15 –  e-Librarian
The International Baccalaureate Foundation, The Hague, Netherlands

Sarah P’s commentsThis position was originally posted on 1/16/15 with a proposed start date of 2/1/15 so perhaps they did not find a suitable candidate. Here is an interesting opportunity for a school librarian with IB knowledge and experience.  The IBO is a nonprofit educational foundation based in Switzerland. Founded in 1996, it offers a curriculum which encourages international understanding and responsible citizenship and many international schools as well as American ones are adopting it.  I have worked in an IB Library and been through an IB accreditation.  The good news is that they strongly believe in the importance of the library as central to the school and the librarian to the learning process.  I really liked the High School Diploma Pr0gram which is outside validated, am much less enthusiastic about their younger programs which I find very prescriptive.  Whatever your opinion, there is no doubt that gaining experience and being trained in the IB is going to enhance your job prospects.

Start date: May 1st 2015. Please indicate in your application materials the date from which you would be available to start work.

The International Baccalaureate is a not-for profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world.

This post of e-Librarian is to support the IB Portal Project with the management and the quality assurance of the IB e-Library (all external and internal finished content) and its associated metadata application profile (IBMAP).  The role will involve working within the Hague Global Centre and remotely with the other offices notably in Bethesda, Singapore and Cardiff.
The e-Librarian’s main tasks are to champion the introduction of the new e-Library and to manage and curate the existing IB collections.  This will involve oversight of the quality of the cataloguing and classification of content for retrieval according to the IB metadata application profile (IB MAP); acquisition and description of new collections or resources; communication and support/training for stakeholders using the e-Library and management of the application profile and controlled vocabularies. This includes the first collections (Online Curriculum Centre and Workshop Resource Centre) but in time will include other external collections, free and commercial.  The role does not include entering all the metadata, this has to be done by the content generating departments but it does include being part of the submission workflows to check that the entries are of the right quality.  Bringing on new collections (metadata) will require considerable work with governance processes and technical considerations.  Strong links will exist with many parts of the IB including Academic, IB Publishing, Global PD, Language Services and the OCC/WRC Managers.

The post holder will be responsible for:
• Acquisition and description of new collections
• Management of application profile and controlled vocabularies
• Management and curation of existing collections
• E-Library management and communication with stakeholders
• Ensure quality of the metadata in the e-Library is maintained at the highest level
• Maintain the technical standards of the metadata to ensure external interoperability is not compromised.

The successful post holder must have:
• Masters in Library and Information Science
• 3 years experience in digital content management
• Experience with repository management tools
• Knowledge of metadata standards relevant to the e-learning domain
• Familiar with different aspects of the K-12 sector
• Knowledge of XML
• Strong writing and communication skills in English. An advantage proficiency in English, French and Spanish is a clear advantage.
• Familiarity with IPR and copyright issues (including creative commons licensing) in digital library contexts would be desirable.

Location: The post will be based in the IB Africa, Europe and the Middle East Global Centre, in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Please apply on our website:


1/14/15 –  ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference-Extended Deadline: February 13, 2015



Leading from Any Position:  Libraries which are Leaders in their    Communities and Librarians who Lead.

 The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.  The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.

The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures.  To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.

This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries.  This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table.

The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:

Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World

Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields

University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely

Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures

Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library

In the proposal, please provide

  1. Title of the presentation
  2. Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
  3. Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  4. Contact information (email address and phone number)
  5. Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.


Please submit your proposal to: no later than February 13, 2015All proponents will be notified by March 13, 1015.

The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June25—June 30, 2015) in San Francisco.  It will be a half day program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels.  Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place.  Lunch will be provided in the meeting room 12:30-1:30 pm.

All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2015 to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.