News: International Table & Programs @ ALA @ 2015 Conference

6/16/15 –

Sarah P’s comments: I have just been elected a committee member for ALA’s IRRT (American Library Association’s International Relations Round Table).  Unfortunately, I cannot attend this year however if you are attending IRRT is hosting some informative programs for anyone interested in international librarianship.


The list of IRC and IRRT meetings is now available. Please click on the title of each program. It will take you to the program’s page on the ALA scheduler. Please take a moment to review the list of speakers and descriptions only. Email me with any changes or corrections.

Meetings and programs:


Dear colleagues,

If you are attending the ALA Conference in San Francisco this June 2015.
Below is the link to the schedule of international programs. Please note that on Saturday, June 27 during the all committee meetings time, we will have a table for new librarians interested in international matters and wanting to network from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel – Tower Salon A&B.
We are looking forward to see you there,
Loida Garcia-Febo
Chair, ALA International Relations Committee
ALA Councilor

IFLA Governing Board Member

Job: High School Librarian

6/12/15 – High School Librarian
The American School Foundation, Mexico City, Mexico



US Librarian

The dean of students/house dean must establish policies and procedures for the operation of the library program consistent with the ASF mission and the IB program needs. S/he facilitates the acquisition and usage of a wide variety of educational materials. Working as a support to the teaching staff, researches and collects items appropriate to the division’s programs and demonstrates the use of materials in the classrooms.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s in Library Science.
Bilingual, English and Spanish

Preferred Qualifications:
• Teaching experience
• Preferred IB experience.
• Knowledge of current student practices.
• Knowledge of data base management.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Knowledgeable about library issues/technology and consistently uses that understanding.
• Take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills related to the library and applies most of them.
• Draw from a repertoire of strategies and effectively adapts them to fit the instructional context.
• Use technology to enhance the library and keeps abreast of how technology can be used to enhance instruction.

Library Management & Organization
• Physical environment consistently accommodates learning activities.
• Consistent understanding of time management, library routine, and behavioral expectations are conducive to student learning.
• Planning is consistently reflective of smooth operation in librarian’s absence.
• Assistants and volunteers are consistently trained and utilized.
• Maintain accurate library database and consistently corrects errors.
• Develop and implement budget in an effective manner.
• Implement policy regarding lost/overdue materials

Working Effectively with Students
• Facilitate use of library when not in use for classes.
• Provide information literacy skills to all students.
• Use technology with students to enhance student learning.
• Promote literacy in a variety of ways.
• Have respectful interactions with librarian and look forward to their time in the library.

Working Effectively with Colleagues
• Enhance the education program in the division.
• Approachable and effectively responsive to colleagues.
• Use and share materials and resources to support the division’s and classroom curriculum.
• Provide colleagues with classroom as well as general support for instructional technology.

Collection Development/Curriculum Support
• Plan for and responds to curricular needs.
• Evaluate the library collection, conducts inventory, and weeds the collection.
• Acquire materials that are appropriate for all students that impacts student learning.

Community/Parent Partnerships
• Promote school/community partnerships.
• Promote use of the library by school-community groups, and supports programs for reading, i.e. Books and Beyond, Battle of the Books, book displays, bookmarks, etc.
• Available to support parents with concerns.
• Volunteers are recruited regularly. Assistants work efficiently.
• Contact parents regarding lost/overdue materials.

Professional Responsibilities
• Willing to participate beyond the academic program, is punctual and reliable with paperwork, duties, and assignments; keeps accurate records.
• Demonstrate professional demeanor and maintain appropriate boundaries.
• Ethical and above-board, use good judgment, and maintain confidentiality with student records.
• Collaborate with colleagues to plan units, share teaching ideas, and look at student work.
• Seek out effective teaching ideas from colleagues, workshops, and other sources and implement them well.

Reports to: Division Head

Application Procedure: Interested and qualified candidates must submit a 1) résumé, 2) cover letter that includes educational philosophy, (3) an ASF employment application (fill in at the ASF Application Requirements included in the ASF employment section). 4) Copy of administrative credential and transcripts. Please submit all information electronically as a single PDF attachment.

Age Restrictions:  Yes

Age Limit:  60

Additional materials:

Apply directly to


Process will be:
paper screening
skype or in-person screening
finalist(s) to panel


Job: School Librarian (2)

6/11/15 – School Librarian (St. Croix & St. Thomas/St. John)
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education, St. Croix & St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  Once a year on average the U.S. Virgin Islands Schools advertise their open positions.  This year there are two librarian positions listed.  These positions are not restricted to U.S. citizens although you will need to be certified.


School Librarian Certification Requirements

This certificate is required for anyone serving in the employ of the Department of Education as a school librarian.

Professional Educator Class II Certificate Requirements (valid for five years and renewable every five years with special requirements)

On and after August 7, 2003 to receive a Professional Educator Class II Certificate to serve as a school librarian, an applicant shall present evidence of meeting the following requirements:

  1. Has completed a minimum of 30 school months of successful service as a school librarian or as a teacher at the elementary or secondary level;
  2. Has completed, as part or in addition to the master’s degree, a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credits at an approved and/or accredited institution or institutions in library science classes and related areas designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge needed in the area of library science;
  3. Has completed a minimum of 6 semester hours in child and adolescent psychology:
  4. Has completed a minimum of one introductory course in special education; and
  5. Has completed all required assessments

Invitation To Apply

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education extends an invitation to you to apply for a position among our ranks. An attractive employment plan (combination of compensation, insurance benefits, and retirement benefits) is available to all employees. The territory, because of its location and cultural mix, has a lot to offer. Where else can an individual be exposed to a wide array of cultures and races, on a daily basis, and still retain the rights and privileges of the United States? We invite you to contact the Office of Human Resources concerning the opportunities that exist in the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education.

How to Apply

Download an application from this website (choose from the menu above), then print and fill it out, and mail it in to the addresses provided in the homepage. You can also call or write to us requesting that we mail an application packet to you;

Return completed package with the following supporting documents:

  • Official transcripts from all college (s)/university (ies) attended (sent directly from the college (s)/university (ies) to our office, not student copies);
  • Praxis I (Academic Assessment) scores or Praxis II (Subject Assessment) scores;
  • Verification of prior teaching experience  (if applicable);
  • Professional reference from three persons who have supervised your work or are familiar with your work.
  • Criminal background check;
  • Proof of citizenship;
  • Authorization for Employment History Investigation; You can use this form to request that information.
  • Physician’s statement of good health

**If you are not a U.S. citizen, do not mail us an application packet directly, you need to work through an international staffing agency (visit the Links page for more information)**

News: Nepal Library Relief Fund

6.9.15 –  Nepal Library Relief Fund

The American Library Association is partnering with READ Global (Rural Education and Development) libraries, other NGOs and other government organizations in Nepal to collect monetary donations, which will be sent to continue leading the relief effort. The Nepal Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in Nepal that were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake on April 25, 2015, followed by a series of aftershocks including one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12.

Donate to the Nepal 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 ‘Nepal 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’)

Information on affected libraries in Nepal:

READ Center in Kumari Village, Nuwakot District. – This library is one of the most severely damaged as it was very close to the epicenter and will almost certainly need to be rebuilt. Reconstruction costs are anticipated to be $50k-$75K and possibly higher than that.


Jobs: Telecommuting Librarian Positions

6/6/15 – Telecommuting Librarian Jobs
FlexJobs, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  Along with international positions I also follow the development of virtual library jobs and recently came across FlexJobs which lists telecommuting librarian positions.  The catch is this site costs money.  The question is – is it worth it?  FlexJobs claims to weed out the junk offers and to only list ‘real’ positions.  The reviews are fairly positive.  Here is a link to an article which discusses pros and cons and the costs.  If anyone tries this out please post a comment so others can know whether this site is worth the investment.


Currently on the list is:

Supervisory Librarian – Travel is required for the full-time and telework eligible job. Will plan and oversee library digital services, perform as a subject matter expert, and establish partnerships. Prior library science education and professional experience is needed.

Librarian –  Part-time remote librarian is needed to build a digital library. Will curate online and printed content, act as go-to person for research and information searches, and make book recommendations & purchases. 5-10 hours/week to start. Work from home.

Virtual Cataloguer –  Cataloger will oversee the researching and cataloging of resources and information. MLS and 3+ years’ library cataloging experience required. Must have experience with OCLC, AACR2, & LC classifications. Remote with full-time / part-time options.


Job: Systems Librarian Consultancy

6/5/15 –  Systems Librarian Consultancy
International Seabed Authority, Kingston, Jamaica


International Seabed Authority is seeking the consultancy services of a
systems librarian/project manager to evaluate the library services and
systems, identify technology requirements and make recommendations for the
procurement and implementation of two solutions: i) information management
software to manage the library resources and ii) appropriate related
technologies and systems, to meet the needs of the library in automating and
upgrading its operations.

The consultancy will be done in phases. The first phase will be to evaluate
and made recommendations for an Integrated Library Management System and
related technologies to improve services, where applicable. The present
consultancy is for the first phase only.

The other phases will entail selection of appropriate systems, installation
and launch. For continuity, we ideally would like to have the same consultant
on-board for these phases, and separate arrangements will be made.

The TOR for the consultancy is available on request.

Preference may be given to applicants from the Americas for access purposes,
but is not restricted.

Background on the International Seabed Authority
The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international
organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law
of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI
of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Authority is the
organization through which States Parties to the Convention shall, in
accordance with the regime for the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof
beyond the limits of national jurisdiction (the Area) established in Part XI
and the Agreement organize and control activities in the Area, particularly
with a view to administering the resources of the Area. The office was
established on 16 November 1994 with the entry into force of the 1982 Law of
the sea Convention. It has a current staff of 34. The office is located in
Kingston, Jamaica.

Please share information about this consultancy with individuals you know who
may be qualified for, and interested in the position.



Job: Librarian NF-04

6/4/15 –  Librarian NF-04 Department of the Army, Sembach, Germany


$45,000.00 to $60,000.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 1, 2015 to Monday, June 15, 2015




Full Time – Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Sembach, GermanyView Map


All interested and qualified applicants eligible for employment under U.S. conditions worldwide.


Not Applicable




You must submit a complete application by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date reflected on the vacancy announcement. A complete application contains a Resume (or DA Form 3433), any required documentation to support any preference/priority claims, certification, licensure or education requirements as well as a completed Occupational Questionnaire. All these documents must be uploaded/faxed/dropped off/mailed based on the application method.  If faxing, mailing or dropping off in person, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire must be completed on the OPM Form 1203-FX to receive consideration; no other document will be accepted instead of the OPM Form 1203-FX.  You may apply for this position using one of the four methods identified below.

1. ONLINE (preferred):  Apply electronically via This will ensure faster processing of your application and provide faster status updates. You can download the app  to your smart phone for easy access and convenience.

2. FAX: Fax your application package to (478) 757-3144.  For Fax Applications, an OPM Fax Coversheet must be submitted for all documents.

3. MAIL: Mail or email your application package to the point of contact listed for this vacancy announcement.

4. IN PERSON: You may drop off your application package in person to the servicing CPAC, NAF HR Office listed as the point of contact for this vacancy announcement if you are within the area of the servicing CPAC, NAF HR Office. 


Performs work that requires full professional knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of librarianship to select, organize, preserve, access, manage, and disseminate information associated with public/patron services including services for children and/or teens, technical services, and automation services. Provides all members of the Military Community with reference/research using text and online searching principles, reader’s advisory/selective dissemination of information, circulation, programming and library instruction, marketing/public relations, interlibrary loans, and an up-to-date web presence. Performs technical services functions including acquisitions, procurement, cataloging/classification, physical processing, and accountability of materials. Performs automation services including ILS maintenance, network operations, and workstation and Internet issues. Develops and implements long-range automation plans for the library within the parameters defined by the supervisory librarian. Monitors fund allocations within assigned department(s). Supervises assigned staff. Assists chief librarian in overall management of the library.


A master’s degree in library science, information services, or information management from an accredited college or university. Additionally, one (1) year of progressively responsible work experience is desired which showcases the ability to perform patron/public services, technical services, and/or library automation service functions. Must be familiar with office software products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing.


Those meeting the below highly qualifying criteria will be referred first.

  1. Experience in selecting materials in a variety of formats including electronic and physical collections.
  2. Experience working with contracts.

3.Experience working with library material and database vendors.

4 Experience with technical services especially processing and cataloging of materials.

  1. Experience supervising library technicians or paraprofessionals in a technical services environment.
  2. Experience with Interlibrary Loans.

A master’s degree in library science, information services, or information management from an accredited college or university.

For more detail click on job title to go directly to the USAJobs site…