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.

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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.



Job: Information Literacy Librarian

4/17/15 –  Information Literacy Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments:  Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions.  Positions appear periodically (they posted two last year) but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region.  For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai.


Position Summary:

The American University of Sharjah Library seeks an innovative and proactive librarian to join its service oriented team as the Information Literacy Librarian. The IL librarian is responsible for the ongoing development, delivery and assessment of the university’s course-integrated information literacy program and collaborates with librarians and faculty to embed information literacy skills and concepts into the curriculum. The incumbent will develop instructional tools to further the library’s teaching and learning goals, will work in close collaboration with teaching faculty, and will identify opportunities for first year outreach and partnerships on campus that engage and support undergraduate student success. Other responsibilities include providing reference assistance (face-to-face and virtual), working with faculty in assigned liaison areas, and collection development.

Qualifications Required:

  • ALA accredited MLS, ideally with 2 years of instruction and reference experience
  • Demonstrated teaching ability and strong commitment to student learning
  • Knowledge of information literacy standards, effective pedagogies and learning outcomes assessment
  • Demonstrated skills in designing and creating effective teaching materials
  • Commitment to working in a culturally diverse learning environment
  • Strong service orientation, flexibility, and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work collegially and effectively with others.

Preferred: Instructional Design Skills; International experience is beneficial but not required.

If interested, applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names of three references to  The position applied for should be mentioned in the email subject line.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not meet specified requirements will not be shortlisted.

AUS Alumni are encouraged to apply for these positions

News: Travels in Japan…

4/17/15 –  Here is a picture of the International Library of Children’s Literature in Tokyo I recently received from a fellow Florida librarian which she snapped on a recent visit to Japan:

Stephanie in Japan

Stephanie Katz

Reference Librarian – Information Services
Neighborhood Services Department || Manatee County Public Library System  

Central Library ||  Bradenton, Florida

Sarah P’s comments:  Stephanie is also Editor-in-Chief of 805, a new literary magazine supporting emerging writers, poets, photographers, and artists, and where I am an editor as well.  Please submit!

Program: IFLA Webinars

4/16/15 –  New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations

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“New Librarians Global Connection: Best Practices, Models and Recommendations“ is a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians. The free webinars are presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with the American Library Association. Follow the conversation at #newlibgc.

To see what’s coming up in our webinar series visit their Upcoming Webinars page.

For previous webinars visit their Past Webinars page.

News: Librarian in the Marshall Islands…???

4/16/15 – Would the librarian who contacted me about working and living in the Marshall Islands please write me again?!  Sorry, but I read your message on my phone and now it has disappeared…I am glad to respond as yes, we did work and live there however need your e-mail address…

General news for anyone interested in the Marshall Islands: the main atoll is Majuro and there are generally two librarian opportunities which become periodically available:  the College of the Marshall Islands (they posted this position in 2014, see blog) and the Majuro Cooperative School (job posted 2/15, now filled), a small private school.  Life there is funky, challenging, and interesting all at the same time.

If you want to learn more about this area read Surviving Paradise by  Peter Rudiak-Gould. This is an entertaining as well as enlightening story about life there from an American who spent a year as a volunteer teacher.