Job: Systems Librarian

2/27/15 –  Systems Librarian
College of the North Atlantic, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P. comments:  This is a position for Canadian citizens as College of the North Atlantic is based in the Canadian Maritimes.  I believe this is a position for a librarian who I met through ILN (International Librarians Network) who is leaving at the end of the semester to pursue further studies back home.  Qatar has mixed reviews these days; still a safe place to live but cost of living has risen and there have been increasing restrictions in liquor licensing and segregation of men and women.  Mixed reviews for the College of the North Atlantic’s Qatar campus are found on Glassdoor.  However having lived in the Middle East I will share that it is a very good lifestyle and it is still possible to have some interesting cultural experiences if you choose go camping outside of the city and/or travel to places like Jordan or Oman.


Application Deadline March 22, 2015

The beautiful and culturally progressive State of Qatar is home to the world class post-secondary institution, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q). Internationally recognized as a comprehensive technical college, CNA-Q is committed to high quality, student-centered education. This commitment is reflected through state-of-the-art facilities, accessible and responsive technology programs and strong partnerships with industry.

The college in Qatar is owned by the State but as part of the Comprehensive Agreement, operates as College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. Only CNA programs or CNA-approved programs are offered, all with CNA instructors and staff. With more than 650 staff and 4500 full and part-time students, CNA-Q is one of Qatar’s largest post-secondary institutions. By providing training
in a range of technical areas including Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Trades, Business Studies and Information Technology, CNA-Q brings the State closer to the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. In 2013, we celebrated a Decade of Excellence of CNA’s presence in Qatar with a three-year extension of the Comprehensive Agreement.

DUTIES: Working within a team environment, the successful candidate will provide professional assistance in all aspects of a resource library, with specific responsibility for: managing the library’s automated library system
and third party open source library software; customization of all ILS modules including acquisitions, serials, circulation, cataloguing, and the online catalogue; maintenance of the library’s website, intranet site, and virtual resources; liaising with the College’s Software Development and IT Departments and external vendors; providing advice and research on best practices in utilizing technology in the provision of library services; and other duties as required. The library currently uses the Virtua (VTLS) Integrated Library System and the SpringShare web platform.

The successful candidate must possess these qualifications and competencies: An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or equivalent, and experience and knowledge of managing an automated library system (VTLS preferred); library software (MARC and non-MARC metadata standards); and managing electronic resources and databases is required.
Experience in developing websites and using social networking tools with attention to accessibility and usability is also required. Candidates must have knowledge of emerging technologies and commitment to continuous learning as well as project management skills including systems upgrades and updates. Experience and knowledge of content and document management software (ie.
SharePoint and SpringShare), web-scale discovery services, web proxy servers, and link resolvers is an asset. Experience working in an academic library, as well as with outreach, training, and instruction is preferred. Analytical skills, organizational skills and the ability to work independently is essential. Candidates must demonstrate exemplary communication and interpersonal skills and
expert fluency in English. Effective problem solving skills, an ability to work in a team and learner centered environment, and the ability to develop effective working relationships across all levels of the organization are also required. Intercultural competence including intercultural sensitivity and adaptability, and the ability to conduct oneself appropriately and effectively in another culture, are essential. Knowledge of technical services and the CNA system and its programs will be considered assets.

NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the State of Qatar visa process.

If you are a CANADIAN CITIZEN with excellent English language skills and are ready for a professional and personal adventure in the Middle East, we’d like to hear from you.

See our website to apply.

If called for an interview, you must send original transcripts directly to our office from the institution(s) prior to the interview. Successful candidates must provide a recent Certificate of Conduct.

View our websites & for all the information you’ll need to know about the employment opportunities, employment contracts, the immigration process, our campus, programs of study, employee life and so much more at CNA-Qatar.

College of the North Atlantic – Qatar Project
P. O. Box 1693 St. John’s, NL A1C 5P7 Tel: (709) 758.7347
For general inquiries e-mail:

Job: Diplomatic Courier

2/16/15 – Diplomatic Courier
U.S. Department of State, various international locations

Sarah P’s comments:  If you are a US citizen and interested in getting a foot in the door with the Foreign Service, here is a potential opportunity.  The Foreign Service does employ librarians as Information Resource Officers but requires international experience in order to obtain a position.  (For more information see Chapter 6: US Government Library Opportunities)


Full-Time Permanent after being tenured in the Foreign Service by the Tenure Boards.

The Department of State is developing a rank-order Register to fill a limited number of Foreign Service Diplomatic Courier vacancies. The specific number to be hired will depend on the needs of the Foreign Service in any given year and is subject to change.



Job: Administrative Officer (IPS)

2/26/15 –  Administrative Officer (IPS)
World Health Organization (WHO), WPRO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Duty Station: Manila, Philippines

Sarah P. commentsThis position is for people already living in Manila.Post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the office.’

Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Duration of contract:  One year
Application Deadline: 11 March 2015

To provide guidance and ensure production of high quality WPR information products including efficient dissemination, sales and marketing, promotion, and evaluation of WPRO information products;

To ensure availability of valid health information products, in printed, electronic and other forms to WHO staff, other UN agencies and international organizations, in appropriate language and format;

To promote and enhance regional and global library activities and services; and

To ensure that cost-efficient and timely translation services are provided in the Organization.

Description of duties:
The incumbent will carry out the following duties:

1. Support technical units in the production of technical documents, brochures and other information products (both in print and electronic forms);
2. Plans, designs and implements marketing campaigns in the Western Pacific Region for WHO printed and electronic information and communication products;
3. Develop ideas and support the introduction of new technologies for the dissemination of information products;
4. Manage the social media presence of the WHO Regional Office, draft short stories and support technical units in the production of short stories for the WPRO social media accounts;
5. Promotes and advocates the development and enhancement of regional and global library activities and services; and
6. Support the development and implementation of library initiatives and resources.

A university degree in library science, communication, social sciences or another related field of study is essential. A degree in health sciences or public health is an advantage.
Essential: Knowledge in information, publishing and library services. Knowledge in managing translation and reproduction rights contracts including issues in copyrights. Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal. Strong customer service abilities. Courtesy, tact and ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

Desirable: Artistic creativity combined with sound business judgement. Excellent managerial and delegation skills. Ability to build and maintain external partner relationship. Ability to multi-task successfully in a highly-pressurized environment.

Other Skills: Demonstrated ability to use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Publisher, Outlook and Internet HTML. Thorough knowledge on the use of desktop publishing softwares such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, PageMaker, and CorelDraw. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software such as Visio and Microsoft SharePoint.

1. Knowing and managing yourself
2. Moving forward in a changing environment
3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
4. Communicating in a credible and effective way
5. Fostering integration and teamwork

Minimum of three years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme management, communication or information science is essential. Experience in WHO, other UN agencies or in another international organization an asset.
Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
Additional Information:
This vacancy notice is published in English only. Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

Post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the office.

Annual salary: (Net of tax)
PHP 887 961 at single rate
PHP 887 961 with primary dependants


Job: Librarian III, Head of Public Services

2/25/15 –  Librarian III, Head of Public Services
Learning Resources and Faculty Technology Services, St. Thomas campus, University of the Virgin Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  I have only once before seen a library position available at this University.  The question with the Caribbean is always about whether the salary covers the cost of living and what, if any, housing benefits are offered.  Glassdoor has fairly good ratings as does the student review sites.  If interested I would apply ASAP as this position was posted in the beginning of February (and advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education on 2/12/15.)  Sorry, I missed this one!

Posted: 2-09-2015, open until Filled

Salary Range:  $49,994-$53,062


The successful candidate will manage all library public service operations for St. Thomas library ensuring that customer service focus is visible in functions and service areas; will provide supporting leadership for technology customer service and instruction services, to include leadership of staff for effective library and technology customer interactions; will provide support for developing and implementing the libraries’ information literacy plan and reference services program; will also provide support for developing and coordinating library public service policies and operations and training and directing support staff. The successful candidate will provide supporting leadership for development of policy and plan for storage and development of university documents, functioning as part of leadership team interacting with teaching faculty for development and promotion of library programs. The successful candidate will also provide back-up support for St. John Academic Center and will perform all other related duties as assigned.


Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
Eight (8) years of library leadership experience, preferably in a college university setting.
Additional education or degrees may be accepted in lieu of years of experience.
Knowledge of academic information literacy instruction, project planning and assessment for academic programs, records management database and digital archives development, integrated library systems and online databases for research classroom technology library best practices.
Highly developed computer literacy skills
Proven effective leadership and strong organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and customer orientation as well as demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.                                                                                                                         Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Job: Managing Assistant Director for Business Resources and Liaison Services

2/4/15 — Managing Assistant Director for Business Resources and Liaison Services
Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Sarah P’s comments:  This is the second position listed this year for Wenzhou-Kean University, a new Chinese-American jointly established higher education institution. Wenzhou-Kean received its final approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education in March 2014.  (Click here to see first post.)  Note that for this position they are saying an MLIS degree is preferred.  If you have an MLIS and Information Literacy experience this could be a good break-in international position.  To date there are no posts on the Chronicle’s Working Abroad Forum and only one Glassdoor review.


The Managing Assistant Director for Business Resources and Liaison Services serves as the primary curriculum and research contact for Wenzhou-based College of Business and Public Management students, faculty and administrative staff at the Wenzhou-Kean University campus. Reporting to the Associate Director of Learning Support and Student Services, the Managing Assistant Director strongly influences how effective the University Library can be in meeting business student information literacy goals, bringing library instruction into business and management classes, supporting faculty research efforts and providing appropriate and timely communication to all WKU affiliates from Library units. This position is located in Wenzhou, China and requires a flexible schedule which may include evening and weekend hours.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and a minimum of two years of professional experience in library information delivery systems, digital or library research or business work experience in an institution of higher education or related field required.  An ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, Master of Library Science or the equivalent degree as determined by the appointing authority is preferred.

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:


Conference: Grants for Attending IFLA 2015

2/23/15 –  The International Librarian’s Network just posted the following message.  ILN is a worthwhile organization to join if you are interested in international librarianship news and information.

IFLA Attendance Grants – You might be eligible

by interlibnet

We know many of our participants would love to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress and for many of us, it is often out of reach. This year it is in Cape Town South Africa, and we have serious conference destination envy – just check out the gorgeous video below and you’ll see what we mean.

In case you missed it – there are a few attendance grants available that you might just be eligible to win – so we wanted to share them with you.

First up, The Academic and Research Libraries Section (ARL) is offering THREE (3) Attendance Grants for the IFLA Congress in Cape Town 2015 to information professionals from these regions:

  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Asia/Pacific region

Each grant covers the registration fee of Euro 470 as well as support for travel and/or accommodation up to Euro 700. Deadline for submissions is Friday, 27 February 2015  and you can find out more information at their website.

There are also 20 IFLA World Library and Information Congress participation grants available, which covers the cost of the conference registration fees – so you just have to get yourself there. Application for the participation grants close 1 March 2015, and you can find out more here.

Are you off to Cape Town to attend the IFLA WLIC? If so, we’d love to hear about all about it!

News: For-Profit and Non-Profit Schools: A View from Singapore American School

2/22/15 –  For-Profit and Non-Profit Schools: A View from Singapore American School

Sarah P’s comments: For anyone interested in working for an international school it is important to understand that there are both non-profit and for-profit schools. In the past twenty years there has been an explosion of for-profit schools and this has greatly impacted both the market as well as contracts. As a librarian with a for-profit school you are much more often expected to rationalize your expenditures and fight for a budget. My experience, in both kinds of schools, is that the time administrators most value librarians is before and during the accreditation process (sad but true).  Here is a recent article from TIE which helps to define the differences between the two types of schools.

Job: 22 positions with the Qatar National Library

2/20/15 –  Library positions with the Qatar National Library
Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  The Qatar National Library has the following positions listed as open (see below).  They are part of the Qatar Foundation which is reviewed on GlassdoorApplicants who are fluent in Arabic will be given preference.  Also, there are two positions which have been listed on IFLA which do not appear to be on this list: Information Services Librarian Biology & Chemistry and Copyright & Licensing Librarian.

Jobs regularly appear and are filled but the process is vague and the length of time to hire very slow.  Salaries are good and Doha is safe but recently has been trending toward becoming conservative, for example, cutting off liquor licenses for some places, increasing the segregation of men from women, etc.  If you are interested in the Middle East, however, these are cultural differences you will need to accept.


Head, Digital Library Repository

Library System Officer

Senior Researcher

Head,Research Data Curation

Library System Officer

Senior Information Services Librarian Social Sciences

Library Relations Officer

Head of Archives

Senior Content Specialist

Head of Collections

Information Services Librarian Historical Maps

Information Services Librarian Qatar

Information Services Librarian Photography

Head Of Preservation & Conservation

Cataloging Librarian

Senior Cataloging Librarian

Cataloging Librarian

Acquisitions Librarian

Senior Access Librarian

Senior Information Services Librarian

Digital Preservation Specialist

Head of Community Learning and Engagement


Professional Organization: IAMSLIC

2/20/15 – IAMSLIC or International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers
Newport, Oregon, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone interested in possible work or, more likely, volunteer opportunities for Marine Science Libraries here is an organization with an impressive international connections list.  Visit their homepage and scroll down to see a map of all their members locations.  They offer resource sharing and have an annual conference located in a different country every year.


The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) is an association of individuals and organizations interested in library and information science, especially as these are applied to the recording, retrieval and dissemination of knowledge and information in all aspects of aquatic and marine sciences and their allied disciplines. The association provides a forum for exchange and exploration of ideas and issues of mutual concern.

The 41st IAMSLIC Annual Conference Blue Growth: Motivating Innovations in Aquatic Information Management will be held at FAO in Rome, Italy, September 7-11, 2015, in conjunction with the 16th EURASLIC Biennial Meeting.



Job: K-12 Librarian

2/19/15 –  K-12 Librarian
North Jakarta Intercultural School, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta, Indonesia

Sarah P’s comments:  This advert is on The International Educator (and not the school’s website) and thus to apply you must join TIE. This school is privately owned and fairly new with mixed reviews however if you would like to be in Asia this could be a break-in opportunity.



NJIS is an independent, not-for-profit, co-educational day school for students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The expatriate teaching staff have traditionally come from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, and Indonesia. The school is located in Kelapa Gading, a self-contained residential susburb about three miles from the Java Sea, and within twenty minutes of the city center(when traffic allows!) You can learn more about NJIS at

NJIS was founded in 1990 and is accredited by WASC. We offer a U.S.-based, international school program for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. Our emphasis is on a strong academic program enhanced with specialist instruction in music, art, information technology, foreign languages, and physical education. High priority given to those with AP and/or IB certification for the Core Subjects.

Age Limit: 60  (age limit set by Indonesian government)
Preference given to singles and teaching couples

Five years teaching experience a MUST
University certified to teach
Endorsements in area of instruction

Salary:  $33 – $39K USD tax free
(Teachers can typically save half of their salary while still living comfortably and traveling in the region. All Indonesian taxes are paid by the school. Your salary is paid in US dollars at a local bank.)

Housing provided
Medical (Aetna) provided
Utilities subsidized
Flights paid annually
Transportation provided from apartment to school.
One teacher may have one dependent. A dependent is considered a child.

Additional materials:
Please send a copy of your information to:
Letters of reference you may have on file
Philosophy of Education

Interviews:  Skype

Application Deadline:  Please ensure materials are sent ASAP. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter upon review of candidates.