Job: Bilingual Librarian (Arabic)

8/29/15 –  Bilingual Librarian (Arabic)
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington D.C., USA

Sarah P’s comments: I do not normally post US positions however here is a rare opportunity for cultural promotion and interaction within US borders.  When anyone asks me which part of the Middle East was my favorite I unhesitatingly say Oman.  (I have lived and worked in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE as well as other countries). It’s landscape, people, and history are fascinating.  If you can speak Arabic and have the qualifications here is an opportunity worth pursuing.


The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) seeks an experienced bilingual (Arabic/English) librarian to work at two locations in Washington, D.C.

Qualifications Desired:

  • Bachelor’s degree in library science; Master’s preferred
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in a library environment

Experience Required:

  • Knowledge of library and information services, systems, procedures and current developments
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in digitizing collections
  • Background in Cataloging and Acquisitions
  • Familiarity with KOHA ILS
  • Well-developed communication and information technology skills
  • Ability to develop electronic library information tools and services for information delivery


  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently under strict deadlines
  • Arabic fluency required

To Apply:

Interested applicants must submit the following materials to

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is dedicated to educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures.  SQCC promotes mutual respect and understanding between our nations and strives to educate a new generation of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable citizens in each society.  Through outreach programs, scholarships, lectures, educational resources, cultural partnerships, and our Cultural Center in Washington, DC, SQCC brings the culture, history, and heritage of our nations to audiences in the US and abroad.



Job: Senior Librarian/Librarian

8/27/15 –  Senior Librarian/Librarian, Education Resources & Technology
Yale-NUS College, Singapore

Sarah P’s comments:  Hard to tell from this listing how many librarians they are hiring. Here are some articles/reviews about Yale-NUS:
Frequently Asked Questions about Yale-NUS
Failings & Flaws at Yale-NUS
Glassdoor Review


Yale-NUS College seeks innovative, self-motivated and service-oriented professionals to provide research assistance and instruction, and build collections to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the YaleNUS community. You will undertake subject responsibilities in support of the Science faculty, and lead in one or more of the following operational areas: instructional services, reference and research services, web services and outreach. You will work closely with faculty, students and colleagues, promoting an engaged, proactive style of service supportive of the Yale-NUS College living and learning environment.


Reporting to the Librarian of the College, you will:

  • Provide reference and research services, to enhance the information-seeking experience of students, faculty and staff, including individual consultations and some evening and weekend desk shifts
  • Develop and teach library instruction and information literacy classes and workshops to help our students effectively find and discerningly use a variety of information resources.
  • Serve as a liaison to academic divisions
  • Coordinate and perform collection development in assigned subject areas to support curriculum and research needs
  • Develop, promote and assess library services in assigned operational areas. Provide training and documentation as required
  • Create, develop and maintain instructional tools, aids, guides and web content for assigned areas
  • Collaborate on group efforts and participate in the planning and implementation of library programmes and projects
  • Engage in continuous professional development and represent the Library in college and university committees
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • A good university degree, preferably in the sciences AND a master’s degree in library and information management
  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant working experience in instruction and reference, preferably in an academic library setting
  • Be highly service-oriented and enjoy supporting users in their scholarly as well as co-curricular pursuits
  • Able to work independently and as a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Strong organisational and project management skills
  • Proficient in the use of technology, library systems (such as Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium) and social media, with a strong interest in pedagogy and emerging library technologies

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Job: Part-time Virtual Associate Librarian

8/25/15 –  Part-time Virtual Associate Librarian
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)

Sarah P’s comments:  For comments about Walden see my earlier posting from 7/5/15.


Walden University offers advanced degrees online to professionals whose work impacts others. Degree programs include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology, and engineering. Our challenging programs are designed to help students make a difference in the lives of clients, the health of communities, or the success of an organization.

We are currently seeking a professional to join our team as a Part-time Reference Librarian. The part-time reference librarian will provide reference service at a distance to Walden students, faculty, and staff by phone and email evenings and weekends.


  • ALA accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science
  • At least one year of academic library reference experience including email, chat or web
  • Experience searching and teaching the use of online databases
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Application Information:

Volunteer: Galapagos Islands Librarian

8/24/15 — Galapagos Islands Volunteer Librarian
Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Sarah P’s comments:  I am glad to see this six-month volunteer position is still active (thank you to Robin Kear for sharing) as it is a rare and wonderful chance to visit an off-the-track place.  I included this in the ‘Other Opportunities‘ section of my book as it is one I have watched for many years however last year CDF completed building a  new library and were advertising for a full-time (local) librarian so I was concerned they were doing away with this opportunity.  It is really a cataloguing opportunity for those who speak Spanish well enough to converse and write and who have KOHA experience.  FYI: International volunteers are responsible for paying their own travel costs, living expenses, and medical insurance. Lodging at the Research Station may be available for rental. Valid life & health insurance certification is required.
Blog post from a Canadian Volunteer Librarian


The Charles Darwin Research Station is currently seeking a Volunteer Librarian. The Corley Smith Library at the Charles Darwin Foundation and Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos, is a small, research library that serves scientists, researchers, graduate students, National Park officials and guides, and other visitors. Collections include books, reports, a reprint collection of published articles on Galapagos science and conservation, print and online journals, photographs, slides, and archival document collections.

Application due date:  15.09.2015
Expected starting date:  15.11.2015

To find out more, please see the pdf at


Kristin M. Jacobi, Librarian, and past Galapagos Librarian Volunteer, 2008
Head of Cataloging Dept.
Eugene Smith Library, Eastern Connecticut State University”>


Job: Library/Media Specialist

8/20/15 –  Library/Media Specialist
British International School, Kiev, Ukraine

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a late posting and I would apply immediately if interested.  Familiarity with the British National Curriculum as  well as The IB curriculum would be really helpful.  At this late date it may be possible to get into the position and learn on the job but at least do some research for the interview to prove you can come up to speed. FYI: Kiev is a vibrant, beautiful city even in these difficult times. I had a teacher colleague when went to this school and liked it.


The British International School, Kiev, established in 1997, serves the international and local community who are committed to the ethos of an international education. We offer the IB PYP and IB Diploma with the National Curriculum for England leading to IGCSE being taught in secondary school across two campuses. We have exciting plans to expand and develop the school further, taking it from being a very good school to a great one!

We are looking to recruit for the 2015/16 academic year an outstanding Library / Media Coordinator.

Our ideal candidate will:

  • Be passionate in their drive to ensure that all children achieve their full potential
  • Be able to lead, motivate and inspire others
  • Be able to advise staff about best practice and model this where appropriate
  • Be innovative, creative and a strategic thinker
  • Be proactive and collaborative in your approach to working with others
  • Be highly organised and work well under pressure
  • Be able to analyse data effectively to identify and track the progress of our children

If this sounds like you and you would like to know more, please send an up to date CV along with a letter of application to: and


News: Updated Higheredjobs website

8/20/15 –  Updated Higheredjobs Website…

I have long followed Higheredjobs for international academic jobs.  While the Chronicle of Higher Education posts the ‘top’ jobs such as Library Directorships, this site usually lists more entry-level and small college positions.  I notice in the past few years however that they are posting a wider variety of positions.

To search international library positions via the new site:

  1.  Go to
  2. Click on ‘Administrative’
  3. Click on ‘Libraries’
  4. On the right hand side of the page under ‘Refine Results’ click on ‘Country’ to see a list of positions by country.


Job: Information Services Librarian: Law

8/18/15 –  Information Services Librarian: Law
Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  For comments and information about Qatar National Library and life in Doha please search ‘Qatar’ on the blog for earlier posts.


Qatar National Library has a new opening for an Information Services Librarian – Law position, if interested please send me your CV to Sandra Montesinos

Job Purpose:

To deliver interdisciplinary research, reference, instructional services and public programs for Law, in both Arabic and English, as well as develop and manage the collection. To act as the primary Law Librarian for the Hamad bin Khalifa University Juris Doctor program in partnership with the Northwestern University School of Law.

 Key Result Areas:

  • Participate in the activities of the assigned Information Services team led by a Senior Information Services Librarian in order to effectively provide reference and reader’s advisory, collection management, literacy and learning opportunities in the assigned subject area
  • Provide reference and reader’s advisory services in the Qatar Reference Service through regular shifts in the Learning Commons, by eReference, and through individual office consultations
  • Provide information literacy and learning opportunities to researchers, educators and the general public
  • Develop the library collection in assigned subject areas by searching for, identifying, evaluating and selecting relevant resources in all formats through the application of standard library collection development methodologies in conjunction with the Collection Development policy and library procedures
  • Provide information literacy and learning opportunities through the development of innovative content and promotional activities for researchers, the education community (advanced education and K-12) and the general public
  • Develop print and virtual resources to support teaching and learning activities and for self-directed learning opportunities
  • Maintain regular interaction with faculty, researchers, students and the general public to determine user needs
  • Develop displays in order to highlight and interpret the library’s collections and services
  • Continuously explore new applications of pedagogy and technology in order to design and deliver active learning, critical thinking and learner collaboration
  • Assist on designated committees throughout the library
  • Participate in outreach programs to support research, education and community needs
  • Contribute to professional development initiatives by publishing, presenting and / or participating in professional organizations
  • Keep abreast of developments, trends and issues in all areas of responsibility
  • Other tasks as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent
  • Legal expertise gained through an internationally recognized Law degree (American Bar Association or equivalent) is required
  • 2 years of professional library experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, both oral and written English and Arabic (Native speakers of Arabic are required to have high IELTS or TOFEL scores)
  • Good interpersonal and people skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

For more information about Qatar National Library or Qatar Foundation, please feel free to visit or


Travel: ALA-Havana Book Fair Tour

8/18/15 –  ALA-Havana Book Fair Tour

Sarah P’s comments:  Everyone is jumping on board to visit Cuba these days…

Vamos a Cuba! Join the American Library Association on a tour of Cuba during the 25th International Havana Book Fair.

Each February, Havana’s International Book Fair transforms the old Spanish fortification San Carlos de La Cabana that overlooks the Havana harbour into one of the biggest book parties in the world. It takes place in Havana City for 10 days before continuing on to the other cities for two more weeks. The book fair ends in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

The festival consists of book vendors, poetry readings, children’s activities, art exhibitions, and concerts in the evenings. It is considered Cuba’s premier cultural event, as well as the event with the highest attendance in Cuba: the XX International Book Fair drew over 2.3 million people to the Capital City!

Authentic Cuba Travel is able to offer U.S. librarians this eight day study tour to Cuba because of a rare political opening in U.S. policy that allows professionals and educational groups to go to Cuba legally as part of Cuba study tours. Do not miss this unique chance! Reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis . This trip will be limited to a maximum of 30 people.


View itinerary – Itinerary is subject to change. Please click on the “BOOK” button to make a reservation.


A $300 non-refundable per person deposit would be required to secure hotels and flights. Balance would be due 60 days prior to departure.


Ground tour cost per person in a group of 20 to 30 paying: $1,959 USD**

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy. All taxes included.

Single Room Supplement (optional): $389 USD

(**Flights from your state to Miami are not included)

 Services Included:

5 nights at Hotel Nacional or similar with breakfast included.

2 nights at Jagua Hotel with breakfast and dinner included.

16 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners included.

Havana International Book Fair Pass.

Luxury air-conditioned coach transportation and professional driver.

All activities, speakers, meetings and meals as described in itinerary except those noted as “optional” or “not included in cost.”

An expert Cuban English speaking guide and translator throughout the program, together with ongoing support from Authentic Cuba Travel’ staff in Cuba and Canada.

Official Asistur Cuban health insurance coverage.

Services NOT Included:

Activities listed as “optional” or “not included in cost” in itinerary.

International airfare to and from Cuba. Flights from your home state to Miami are not included.

Gratuities for Cuban tour guide, bus driver, chambermaids, restaurant staff, porters, etc.

Cuban airport departure tax of 25.00 Cuban convertible pesos.

Optional travel interruption and cancellation insurance.


Step 1: Go to reservation website.
Step 2: Create an account. Click on ‘Create New’.
Step 3: Log into the account you just created to start a booking form (it is a button you push once you’ve logged into your account)

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Job: Information Scientist

8/15/15 –  Information Scientist
Freshwater Biological Association, Windermere, Cumbria, UK


The FBA is a charity dedicated to the understanding and the sustainable management of fresh waters around the globe. Founded in 1929, we are a membership organisation with a rich history and we pride ourselves on being one of the finest sources of freshwater information in the world.

The work that we do together with the resources and facilities that we provide are incredibly important. This is increasingly so as along with others we seek to understand and promote the effective management of our rivers and lakes to ensure the sustainable use of freshwaters.

Like the ecosystems we seek to protect and nourish, the FBA is an organisation that is not immune to external threats and changes in the environment in which it operates. We, like many other charitable organisations, have seen our role change over the last few years and have a new strategy in response to these changes.

This is a new role offering you the scope not only to make your mark, but also to contribute to making a genuinely lasting legacy for generations to come. In this role you will lead on the maintenance, development and promotion of the FBA’s collections and information sources to all of our audiences.

Salary: £27,500 – £30,000

How to apply:

NFP Consulting is our recruiting partner for this vacancy.  A full candidate information pack can be downloaded via the NFP Consulting website:

Closing date: 10.00 a.m. Tuesday 1st September 2015

Job: University Librarian

8/13/15 –  University Librarian
PNG University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea

8/13/15 –  This is a position which pops up every 2-3 years. For those interested in the South Pacific/Oceania region it should be of interest.  They offer accommodation on a compound and the salary and benefits are good for the region.  I once interviewed with them and they were very nice to chat with and asked some interesting questions mostly on the theme of  ‘making do’.  Then they contacted my references however nothing materialized after that.  I have had two colleagues apply with one having the same experience and the other hearing nothing.  So not sure how organized they are with the hiring process.


The Papua New Guinea University of Technology is located in the industrial city of Lae, the second largest city in Papua New Guinea with population of over 100,000. The city is accessible by air from any part of the world. The University is the only technological university in Papua New Guinea. It has a main campus and three amalgamated colleges. The main campus has 14 academic departments including one in Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It offers undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, natural and applied sciences, built environment, language and business. The university has also an Information Technology Services department and a Library. Applications are invited for the following positions. For more information go to:


Matheson Library, named after the first Chancellor of the University, was founded in 1967.
It has a current book stock of 130,000 volumes and receives 600 periodical titles. It is the only library in the university serving some 250 academic staff and 3,000 full time students taking a range of degree, diploma and certificate courses in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Communication Engineering, Business Studies, Architecture and Building, Surveying and Land Studies, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Applied Sciences, Applied Physics, Forestry, Agriculture and Communication and Land Studies.

The Library system is automated and it operates 7 days a week with limited operation during weekends. The library seeks to appoint a University Librarian to immediately fill the vacancy.


The University Librarian is responsible for the overall management and development of library services, collections, budget and staff. The University is concerned that it gains access to the information superhighway and its new Librarian will be expected to continue this process.

Applicants should have a first degree and an internationally recognized professional qualification in librarianship. Candidates must, at minimum possess an MLS. In addition, the successful candidate must have experience working in academic or research libraries and operational concepts involved in the delivery of users and bibliographic services and library automation. The appointee must be able to manage emerging trends in academic libraries especially those resulting from electronic access to information. The appointee should have excellent written and verbal communication skills, business skills and good interpersonal skills.

Base Salary Range : University Librarian K77,639 – K 94,892
per annum
Base International Market Range : K75,749 – K113,272
per annum

(Level of appointment depends upon qualification and experience)

Initial contract period is normally for three years. Other benefits include a gratuity of 30% of salary in the first year, 35% in the second year and 40% in the third year (paid on fortnightly basis), support for approved research, appointment and repatriation fares for yourself and dependants, book & equipment allowance of K750.00 per annum, settling-in/out allowance of K1,700.00 for single & K3,600.00 for accompanied plus K200.00 each for two authorized dependent child (under 19 yrs) on appointment and repatriation, six weeks paid leave per year, recreation leave fares for yourself, spouse & two authorised dependants after 18 months of service, education fares and assistance towards school fees for authorised dependants are available. Staff members are also permitted to earn from consultancy up to 50% of earnings annually. Free fully furnished accommodation provided on campus.

Detailed application with curriculum vitae including certified copies of qualifications, names and addresses including email addresses, fax/phone numbers of three (3) referees including one from past/present employer, if any, and an indication of the earliest availability to take up the appointment should be received by: The Registrar, PNG University of Technology, Private Mail Bag, Lae, Papua New Guinea by 30 September 2015. Applications may also be sent by email through: and This advertisement and further information on these positions can be found at

Application Information

Postal Address: Registrar
Office of the Registrar
PNG University of Technology
Lae 411
Papua New Guinea
Fax: ++(675) 475 7667
TDD: ++(675) 473 4254
Email Address: