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.



Job: High School Librarian

2/19/15 – High School Librarian
The International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sarah P’s comments:  For school librarians seeking to go overseas, ISKL is one of the best schools.  Having said that, they require that candidates must have completed confidential recommendation files with one of the established recruiting agencies, such as CIS, Search Associates, UNI, or ISS.  I am posting this as an example of a good school and a well-written job description – to encourage librarians to consider earning their school certification which is not all that difficult (see Chap. 3 Resources) and also show that while it is not necessary to attend a hiring fair it is still important to join an agency and be vetted.

(If you are not registered with an agency there are still schools to consider.  See the next post for a school in Indonesia which has some challenges but still has potential if you would like to go to Asia.)

Position Description:

The HS librarian collaborates with faculty in the development of reading and information literacy skills for students through the administration of the library media program, provides specialized instruction to students and faculty, and oversees the selection, organization, utilization, and maintenance of library, information, and curriculum resources. The HS Librarian will understand and be an agent for the changes in K-12 schooling that are needed for schools to be centres for 21st century learning. Being highly

innovate and creative, the HS Librarian will work with the MS Librarian to move students beyond mere research, practice and group work to a greater level of engagement through exploration, experimentation, and collaboration.

Application Interested candidates will submit a single PDF file with the following to Mr. Jeff Farrington as early as possible, and no later than November 26th, 2014, 4:00 p.m. : current resume, references, letters of recommendation and a one page statement outlining how a HS library meets the needs of 21st century learners. Preference is given to confidential references, therefore, please make it apparent if you are registered with ISS or Search. A short list will be determined using the criteria identified above.
Normally, we ask that internal candidates currently in the first year of their two year contract at ISKL fulfill their initial
*NOTE–Candidates should be aware that in the event an exceptional applicant is identified early in the search process, ISKL
reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline is reached. Therefore it is important that interested candidates apply as early as possible.
The Selection Committee shall hold interviews for short-listed candidates in the office of the High School Principal or via Skype.
The format for the interviews will be: a set of standard questions asked of each candidate, supplementary questions asked by each member of the Selection Committee, and an opportunity for final comments or questions from the candidate. The decision and announcement of the successful candidate will be made as soon as the interview process is complete.
Jeff Farrington
High School Principal
International School of Kuala Lumpur

2 Jobs: Patron Services Librarian & Reference Librarian

2/18/15 –  Patron Services Librarian & Reference Librarian
Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  These two positions are posted on ILFAjobs.  I also received an e-mail from Jennifer Rumpel, Patron Services Manager, asking if I would post the positions which I am glad to do.  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an advert posted for librarians in 2011.  At that time I spoke with Library Director Jim Agee (he has recently left this position) and he informed me that that the pay is low but the opportunity a good way for young librarians to gain international work experience helping to develop a new academic library.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)


Nazarbayev University is a new, research-driven institution located in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan. NU offers undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in fields including Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more. Nazarbayev University Library, currently one of the most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented Librarians to join our team. Apply now for a chance at the unforgettable experience of living and working in fascinating Central Asia.

Minimum Educational Requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Desired Educational Background: We welcome applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds; however, applicants with an undergraduate degree in the Sciences or Engineering will be given preference.

Desired professional experience: Relevant experience in a Western academic library; instructional experience.

Desired professional knowledge and personal qualities:

  •  Demonstrated expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources;
  •  Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  •  Effective instructional skills in group and individual settings;
  •  Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills;
  •  Teaching or supervisory experience;
  •  Ability to work flexibly in a team or independently;
  •  Experience with work, study, or instruction abroad.

Proficiency in languages: Excellent proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is advantageous.

Computer skills:

  • Advanced computer use in Windows, MS Office, and Internet;
  • Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogs;
  • Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques.

Final date of application submission: Open until filled.

Please send, in English, your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Library Director Aliya Sarsembinova ( as soon as possible.

Patron Services Librarian Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an assigned area;
  • Act as library liaison to university faculty and staff in an assigned area;
  • Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of library services;
  • Develop new methods of patron service using technology, Western methods, or library  experience;
  • Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
  • Work at circulation desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Reference Librarian Key Responsibilities:

·        Conduct reference interviews to provide targeted research advice and resources;
·         Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library materials;
·         Assist and instruct patrons in the use of electronic resources for research;
·         Provide subject specialist expertise for patrons in an area of strength (e.g. chemistry);
·         Supervise student assistants;
·         Develop training materials for reference;
·         Develop and give seminars on database use, information literacy, and research;
·         Organize events and exhibits to encourage patron use of reference services;
·         Develop new methods of reference service using western technology and library experience;
·         Develop the reference collection in print and electronic formats;
·         Research patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject specific reference collections;
·         Assist with other library work areas or committees as needed;
·         Work at reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included).

Volunteer: Assistant Librarian for a Community Library & Bookmobile

2/17/15 –  Volunteer Assistant Librarian for a Community Library & Bookmobile
Roatan Volunteers, Roatan, Honduras

Sarah P’s comments:  I received an e-mail at the end of January from Martin Larsen, the Volunteer Coordinator for this organization.  I usually like to verify these opps and replied asking for more info but, to date, have not yet received a reply.  However, I am intrigued enough to share this information as there are still not many volunteer library opps.  I am including in this post Martin’s e-mail as well as a description of the library. Visit the link for further information and if you know anything about this organization or decide to try volunteering there – please share!

3/18 update – Martin replied to me that that this is indeed a legit volunteering opportunity and there is currently a Canadian academic librarian researching going late next fall if anyone is interested.  She knows of other professors who have worked in this location and with this library.  I am going to try and go to if at all possible…

To Sarah Gibson,

My name is Martin Larsen, and I would like for you to consider RoatánVolunteers as a listing on your website for volunteer opportunities. I am a Danish national living on Roatán in Honduras, where I founded RoatánVolunteers, an organization that provides volunteer and research/internship opportunities.

RoatánVolunteers is located on Roatán, the largest of three Bay Islands in the Caribbean Sea. The island is about 50 miles off the coast of Honduras, and is easily accessible via an international airport that flies direct to five US cities.

We have formal agreements with a variety of organizations in need, all of which are dedicated to providing relevant, challenging, and interesting work. We have three areas where volunteers can get involved: Kids, Health Care and Nature. RoatánVolunteers is about personal growth. Our volunteers have opportunities to grow in ways not directly related to their service (e.g. learning to speak Spanish, learning to scuba dive).

We provide pre-travel guidance and planning, airport pickup, safe housing, placement with a local organization, and personal support during their entire stay. I live full-time on the island, and will be there personally to take care of any needs that arise. Living and volunteering in the Caribbean is a unique opportunity, and I hope that we can create opportunities to work together, to improve not only the lives of Hondurans in need, but also the lives of the volunteers.

Saludos / Best regards

Martin Larsen
Volunteer Coordinator



Mission: Improve the economic development of the island and quality of life of its people through excellence in education.

Current Programs:

  • Bookmobile visits 14 schools biweekly lending books to students and leading rading activities in the classrooms.

  • Sand Castle Library provides lending library, tutoring, and homework help time; plus board and computer games.

  • Teacher training in Spanish, English, and math.

Possible Volunteer Activities:

  • Join the bookmobile crew

  • Work with our library team as a Librarian Assistant

  • Tutor students

  • Lead science activities

  • Create reading, writing, science, and math activities for use in the schools.

  • Teacher training in areas of science, math, and writing, teaching in a bilingual classroom, classroom management.

  • Assist director with marketing and fundraising strategies

Job: Library Assessment Specialist

2/16/15 –  Library Assessment Specialist
The Asia Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with experience in developing school/public libraries here is a short-term opportunity to expand into NGO work.  The position description says you will ‘work closely’ with your Afghan partners but does not discuss whether you will be located in the country or will visit, a very important detail which you will need to verify and then discuss.


Contract Duration: 12 weeks

Submission Guidelines

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their resumes with a brief application letter and contact details, no later than February 27, 2015 to Please clearly indicate “Library Assessment Specialist” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation, with the support of USAID, will begin a five year project called Strengthen Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II) in 2015. The project will improve institutional capacity in the areas of operations, administration, leadership, management, and fundraising of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, (and provide support to some other program activities.) These institutions include the International School of Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), and the National Science Center in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE). Strategic planning to incorporate USAID goals for education, gender equity, development of youth programming, inclusion of marginalized populations, inclusion of people/children with disabilities, and the development of public-private partnerships will be integrated into the design of the project.

A major focus of this project will be partnering with ACKU, a non-profit organization that collects and makes available resources that contribute to the understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural dynamics of Afghan society in the past, present, and future. ACKU also facilitates research that addresses Afghanistan’s nation-building challenges. ACKU’s Box Library Extension (ABLE) program establishes libraries and provides books and reading materials to rural communities and high schools throughout the country. ABLE is a pioneer of “boxed libraries” in Afghanistan, which aim to enhance and encourage reading among people of all ages and abilities – but especially among the newly literate – by bringing appropriate and relevant reading materials directly to them. These materials provide communities, students, and teachers with simple, informative, technical, and supplementary reading materials. “Boxed libraries” currently reach 225 location including schools and communities in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. For more information please refer to ACKU website Support for ACKU under the ABLE component focuses on activities that improve literary and primary grade-level reading skills, however currently ACKU/ABLE contributes mainly to enhanced reading of students and teachers at the secondary school level. The responsibility of the library assessment specialist is to make sure ABLE promotes literacy and a culture for reading among the primary grade level students, improve the ABLE library service, and acquire primary grade level books.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will work closely with his/her Afghan national counterparts, enhancing their capacity by progressively transferring skills, expertise, knowledge, and responsibility. This assignment will involve assessment and supporting of the ACKU/ABLE component, the ideal candidate will conduct assessments and provide technical support to ABLE libraries in the following key areas:


  • Through a consultative process conduct a technical and capacity assessment of the ABLE libraries, ABLE custodians, and partner NGOs including, developing the methodology and tools for the assessment.
  • Provide technical and capacity assessment report to TAF and ACKU.


  • On the basis of the assessment report, develop a capacity building plan for the ABLE school and community libraries, partner NGOs, and ABLE custodians.
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to the TAF and ACKU staff in implementation of the plan.
  • Train ABLE library custodians and partner NGOs to encourage reading through school and community-engagement activities.
  • Support ABLE with the publishing and distribution of primary grade level books.
  • Promote the use of the ABLE through displays, reading competitions, and other promotion activities.

Strategic Planning and Gender

  • Develop a three-year strategic plan for ABLE that considers gender equity in all aspects of the ABLE project.


TAF is looking for a candidate with the following skills, experience, and qualifications:

  • PhD or the equivalent in Library Science or a related area of study.
  • Seven years of experience in the development of school and community libraries
  • At least five years experiences in teaching and training in library science.
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in advising, mentoring, and technical supporting.
  • Previous experiences in developing and publishing primary school level reading books
  • Able to produce reports and other standard documents in English
  • A good team player with ability to work in a very challenging environment.
  • Previous experience in under-developed, insecure, or post-conflict environments is highly desirable.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in using libraries to improve the reading skills of students at both the primary school and adult level.