Job: Advocacy Officer

4/30/15 –  Advocacy Officer
LIBER, The Hague, Netherlands


LIBER is seeking an Advocacy Officer to work on our European projects relating to policy and advocacy and to support the Executive Director in developing our advocacy programme.

The post-holder will work on advocacy and policy in the areas of copyright and text and data mining, open access, and research data management.

S/he will work to build LIBER’s network and identify and implement new opportunities for engagement with relevant stakeholders e.g. though workshops, drafting of targeted information material, online engagement.

You will be joining a small and international team of highly motivated individuals and must be comfortable working both as part of a team and autonomously.

Full job description available here: AdvocacyOfficer

Terms and conditions of employment

This position is full time for a period of 2 years.

The post will be located in the LIBER Office in the National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague. Travel outside The Netherlands will be required.

Salary will be based on Scale 10: minimum €2,512 to maximum gross €3,804 per month fulltime, plus a vacation allowance of 8% and a December allowance of 8.33%. In addition you will be entitled to 42 days holiday per year. The Labour Agreement is based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Research Centres (

Out-of-hours working, including occasional weekends, will be expected in association with conferences and meetings.

For further information contact Susan Reilly, LIBER Executive Director: e-mail:


Interested? Please send your CV with a covering letter in English to: Please mention clearly your phone number and skype ID. Only applications from individuals with a valid visa to work in Europe can be considered.

Applications from LIBER members or other individuals wishing to work on secondment are strongly encouraged.

Deadline for applications: 18th of May 2015Skype interviews will be held on the week of the 1st of  June (to be confirmed).

News: Library Tour to Nicaragua

4/29/15 –  ILCE-IG will sponsor a Library Tour to Nicaragua Nov. 7 – 16, 2015

Please join members of the International Library and Cultural Exchange as we visit libraries, cultural centers, and natural sites and participate in local library events in beautiful Nicaragua.

Local arrangements will be made by Jane Mirandette, Founder of the Hester J. Hodgdon Libraries for All Program, a Colorado-based nonprofit. Jane is the Director of the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca in San Juan del Sur, a beautiful coast town.

Join us to:

Tour various cultural sites in Nicaragua including Masaya Volcano and its Natural History museum; the 16th century city of Granada, with its cathedrals and the Museo San Francisco with its large collection of pre-Columbian statues; and a visit to a pottery studio and a Clay to Kiln demonstration of the local and very famous pottery techniques.

Visit rural and urban, large and small libraries including the Palacio Nacional, the headquarters of the National Library network.

Volunteer and travel with the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil on its regular route to rural schools and participate in the lending process.

Celebrate the 14th anniversary of the SJDS Biblioteca, the highlight event of the year, with a library festival and street fair for over 400 children, events for Nicaraguan librarians and teachers, and an evening Gala event.

Bi-lingual guides for all cultural sites and 24/7 support from managers Jane Mirandette and Edwin Vasquez for all participants.

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners except for arrival and departure travel days, with opportunities to dine with speakers and invited guests are included.

In country costs: $1,995 CAL Members;  $2,095 non-CAL members.
Airfare to and from Nicaragua not included (approximately $800 from Denver).
Deadline for $500 Deposit: July 1, 2015
Balance due: September 1, 2015
Make checks payable to:
HJH Program
1716 Del Norte Ave.
Loveland CO 80538  

View this amazing video: 

Click on links for details:

Nicaragua Library Tour Announcement

Nicaragua Library Tour 2015 Registration Form

Nicaragua Library Tour 2015 Itinerary

For more information about Jane Mirandette’s project in San Juan click HJH Libraries for All Program

Join Jane on San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Facebook page.

News: Vanuatu Library Relief Fund

4/28/15 –  Vanuatu Library Relief Fund

National Library & Archives, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu

Sarah P’s comments: Here is an opportunity to help support a deserving library and archive as well as make a connection to the region with a possible goal of volunteering or working. The South Pacific is not a place you go to make money but the experience is always amazing in one way or another. Vanuatu is part of the University of the South Pacific system, notably the best in the region. Another interesting option is Palau Community College.  Positions for both pop up periodically.


On March 13, Cyclone Pam roared across the islands of the Republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific causing major devastation and displacement. Though the National Library and Archives were little damaged, many school libraries have been destroyed by Cyclone Pam to the detriment of students across the island archipelago.

June Bela Naviti Vanuatu, Chief Librarian of the National Library and Archives (Facebook), has asked for support to help replenish the collections in school libraries.

ALA is partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to collect monetary donations in North America, which will be sent to ALIA, which is leading the relief effort.

Donate to Vanuatu’s Library Relief Fund:

Credit card: Please visit the ALA Development Office page (1. click on the GIVEALA logo, 2. Enter your ALA Login number and password or create a new record, 3. Go to “Fund Categories”, 4. Click on “ALA Major Initiatives”, 5. Scroll down to ‘ALA Vanuatu School Library Relief Fund’, 6. Enter amount you wish to donate, 6. If finished, click the ‘Checkout’ box, 7. Review your transaction, 8. Click on “Add to basket”, 9. Click on “Proceed with Checkout”, 10. Enter your credit card information, 11. Click on ‘Complete Order’)


When a disaster strikes, books can be a critical part of emergency relief

Job: Director of the Library

4/25/15 –  Director of the Library
Georgetown University, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: I have watched the development of Doha’s Education City since its inception in 2002. Jobs regularly appear and are filled but the process is vague and the length of time to hire very slow. Salaries are good although recently the cost of living has been rising and the country has been trending toward becoming conservative, for example, cutting off liquor licenses for some establishments, increasing the segregation of men from women, etc.  If you are interested in the Middle East, however, these are cultural differences you need to be willing to accept. Qatar is a stable country with a good safety record however if you want to have come genuine cultural interactions you will need to go camping out of the city, visit the desert in the UAE (Saudi is better but generally off-limits), and/or visit Oman, a must-see country for anyone visiting or living in the region.


Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) welcomes applications for the position of Director of the Library. SFS-Q’s library advances and supports the learning, teaching, and research goals of the university while also serving as a resource for the greater Qatar community.  The library offers a wide range of collections and services, both independently and in conjunction with libraries at the home campus in Washington DC.

The Director will lead and manage the development and operation of the Library, with responsibility for staff, collections, services, systems, and budgets to support the mission and goals of the SFS-Q campus and to provide academic resources and services to patrons from outside the University.  He/she will liaise with the Main Campus Library to ensure equivalent access to resources and services for students and faculty at the Qatar campus.


  • Collaborate with SFS-Q departments, main campus libraries, and across institutional boundaries to ensure provision of resources and services that anticipate and meet the learning, teaching, and research goals of the university;
  • Manage human resources for the Library, including hiring, developing, mentoring, and evaluating staff and student assistants;
  • Oversee the implementation, development, operation, and use of the Library’s integrated software system and technical infrastructure;
  • Develop policies and procedures for all areas of library activity;
  • Oversee physical space and monitor budget expenditures;
  • Coordinate the development and provision of services to the community through access and training programs, consortium agreements and collaborative arrangements, with a specific focus on assisting in the development of the Qatar University Library and the region as a whole;
  • Collaborate with SFS-Q departments to implement the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education;
  • Lead and facilitate research projects where appropriate;
  • Represent SFS-Q in Qatar and the region.


  • MLS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent accreditation body; additional graduate degree is desirable.
  • 5+ years of academic library experience, including management in a senior library role.
  • Specific understanding and knowledge of all aspects of library administration and operation, including technical services, systems and software applications, information technologies, collections, information delivery and instructional programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of establishing and facilitating collaborative relationships and working with diverse cultures.
  • Must possess a record of professional participation and accomplishment.
  • Experience in manning research funding applications and research project management.
  • Experience of participation in senior management-level decision-making at institutions equivalent to SFS-Q.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be fully conversant with library systems and information technologies, and in particular with the III integrated library software system.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Some experience in conference organization would be beneficial.
  • Arabic language proficiency would be an asset.

Job: Information Literacy Lead Faculty (Full-time remote position)

4/24/15 –  Information Literacy Lead Faculty (Full-time remote position)
Ashford University, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed as ‘remote’ however, if interested, check the definition – are you required to be based at one of their campuses in California, Colorado, or Iowa.  Also, must you be a US citizen or is this open to all?


Ashford University’s Division of General Education is looking for a faculty member who is passionate about teaching nontraditional student populations in the subject of Information Literacy, and who understands the needs and challenges adult student populations face. As the Lead for the Information Literacy course, the faculty member would also manage associate faculty and oversee any required curriculum revisions, reviews, and augmentations for the subject area. The ideal candidate should have a strong grasp of Information Literacy and the importance of general education in the development of core competencies across a curriculum.

For a full job description and link to apply, click here:



Volunteer: Education Assistant Internship (Spanish-speaking)

4/23/15 –  Education Assistant Internship (Spanish-speaking)
La Choza Chula, El Paredon, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  La Choza Chula has a library and is seeking help as well as donations.  Click here for more information about the library. No reviews yet but more information can be found via their website as well as Facebook page.  If you are a spanish-speaking, surfing librarian this could be an interesting place to support and volunteer…

Friendly person with a passion for working with children and fun through learning. Unique opportunity to gain incredible experience in remote, welcoming surf community in Guatemala.

● 3-month opportunity, with potential to extend
● Working hours 9.30am-4.30pm five days a week, flexible timings

La Choza Chula creates positive change and opportunities for young people in the surf community of El Paredón, Guatemala. The Education Assistant is a key role in our small team – responsible for supporting our Education Manager to deliver a range of literacy activities through the local library, teaching English and creative educational programmes.

Main tasks

Key support for Education Manager to achieve La Choza Chula’s Educational goals
Help in La Buena Vista Biblioteca – the community library – includes working with local librarians to develop resources and displays and working with Elementary school and Secondary students
Teaching English to children in the primary school
Sourcing materials and developing new programmes

Candidate Profile


Strong work ethics, which include self motivation and ability to take initiative
Competency in Spanish (minimum intermediate level)
Ability to work with a range of people from different backgrounds
Passion for community/international development
Ability to be self-sufficient in a rural environment
Adaptable, good humored, patient


Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word
Previous experience in teaching, education or youth development work
Experience living in a remote location or in a developing country

Interns need to cover own living costs ($750 for 3 months), health insurance and all travel

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) and a current CV to Adriana Guerrero, Education Manager:

Job: Cruise Ship Librarian

4/22/15-  There are two jobs regularly open:

Just Cruis’n Cruising Recruitment
Holland America Line

Sarah P’s comments:  I keep hearing about this job avenue.  With cruising still on the rise in popularity this seems to be a new thing.  Not sure how good a life it is however some folks are blogging about their experiences.  See the links below for more info.  If you would like to go to sea but want a more traditional, short-term, and/or academic experience check out Semester-at-Sea (search under staff positions – nothing open at this date.)

Interview with a Cruise Ship Librarian
Librarian Alternatives:  Ship Librarian Discussion
You Tube Video: A Shipboard Librarian Discussed the Pros and Cons

Job: Foreign Service Information Management

4/21/15 –  Foreign Service Information Management Specialist
US Foreign Service, Worldwide

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians with IT skills and/or a degree this position could be a good entrance into the foreign service.  Librarians are generally hired as Information Resource Officers but there are only about 30 of those positions worldwide whereas there are IT management positions everywhere thus both the chance of being hired and the upward mobility is better.  (For example, this position was posted twice last year whereas the Info Resource Officer was last posted in 2012).  For more information see Chapter 6 in my book and/or the Book Resources section of the blog.


The US government is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist positions.

Read the vacancy announcement for more information, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is May 7, 2015.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and Information Technology systems world-wide. At overseas posts, IMS manage both staff supporting these programs and perform hands-on duties themselves. IMS provide customer support, knowledge management, application support, and manage a world-wide telecommunications network, computer networks, telephone systems, radio networks, and the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail program.

All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

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.


Volunteer: Call for Country Ambassadors with ILN

4/21/15 –  Country Ambassadors
International Librarians Network

Have you been a participant in the ILN Program? Do you want to extend your international network further and help us at the same time? How about joining us as an ILN Country Ambassador? Country Ambassadors (CA) are our volunteers on the ground around the world. We currently have a lively and active community of CAs from a diverse range of countries and we believe it’s a rewarding and fulfilling professional development activity.

The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do.

A meeting place for librarians from around the world.

Job: School Librarians(2)

4/20/15 –  Secondary Librarian and Elementary Librarian
Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS), Gyeonggi, Korea

Sarah P’s comments:  There are tiers in the international school world.  At this time of year the first tier positions have generally been filled. Third tier positions I do not list. Second tier, of which this school is one, I post after looking at the reviews and gathering opinions.  This school is fairly young and has run into some financial trouble which has caused the reviews to slip.  However it can sometimes be advantageous to begin working at a school when it is rebounding.  A few questions and notes if you are interested in this position:  Please define ‘Christian worldview’?  Why are there two librarian positions available?  Will I receive IB Librarian training? Have you resolved your legal and financial issues?  Depending on the answers this position could be a chance to break-in to the international market offering a chance to gain IB experience in an interesting location.

(For position descriptions click on the above links.)

School Description:

Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) based pre-K to 12th grade program located in the ever-changing city of Suwon, South Korea. The school was established to provide a high-quality international education with a Christian emphasis for foreign children in Korea. The school is authorized with the International Baccalaureate Organization in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). Currently, GSIS is one of only two schools in South Korea that offers all three programs.

Our Program
The dynamic and rigorous curriculum at GSIS is designed to kindle a passion for inquiry, to recognize diverse intellectual talents, to seek areas of service, and to cultivate a Christian worldview. We believe that our students experience individual achievement most effectively in a safe, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment. Our pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 educational plan is a continuum of carefully designed, standards-based courses in which students are introduced to and guided through to master the skills and attitudes of specific learning goals. Our comprehensive curricular and co-curricular learning experiences are responsive to the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of each student. The efforts of our total GSIS learning community focus on the development of productive, contributing global citizens equipped to lead lives of integrity and to exert influence for Christ.

Technology @ GSIS
GSIS proudly uses Apple devices for learning in both elementary, lower secondary and upper secondary divisions. While GSIS has operated a successful 1-to-1 laptop program since 2007, it is now enhancing this program by implementing dual-device learning environments. Learning with laptops and tablets, helps prepare students for their future by developing skills for both devices and the skills associated with the digital ecosystem needed to successfully navigate in a dual-device world. Additionally, a dual-device learning environment provides teachers and students new ways to learn that cannot be experienced in a traditional 1-to-1 laptop program.

Our Campus
GSIS is located on ten and one-half acres of garden grounds surrounded by green belt property in the exciting and developing city of Suwon. The main academic building greets visitors arriving to the campus and includes the upper secondary, lower secondary, and elementary divisions. “World class” secondary school science labs and classrooms support the inquiry-based curriculum and enable engaging, hands-on instruction. Adjacent to the academic building is a performing arts center with fine arts classrooms and laboratories. This facility includes a five-hundred seat performing arts auditorium, choral and instrumental classrooms, music practice rooms, drama rooms, and visual arts laboratories. A recreational and fitness educational center inclusive of a regulation-sized soccer pitch, two full sized gymnasiums, tennis courts, a regulation-sized swimming pool, and other supporting facilities for physical fitness development sits at rear of the campus.