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:


8/10/15 –  Reference/Instruction Librarian
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sarah P’s comments:  This could be a good opportunity for someone with the required experience to begin an international career. Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city. Having said that, American Universities tend to be more established and reputable than some of the news start-up campuses however I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment and many long-term expat residents have left.


University Description:

Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in both downtown Zamalek and New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Head of Research and Information Services, the successful candidate will be responsible for the development and delivery of library services and resources that facilitate research and learning at the university. Specifically, he/she will participate as a member of the research services team in the provision of electronic and print research services for AUC Library patrons through the Learning Commons and other service points. Other major areas of responsibility include collection development, instruction, outreach in a targeted discipline as a library liaison, and teaching in the Information Literacy program.


The successful candidate must have an ALA accredited MLS degree, excellent oral and written skills in English, skilled in current information retrieval technologies, demonstrated skills and experience in delivering high quality research service using both traditional print and digital resources, broad subject expertise appropriate to a liberal arts educational institution, experience in instruction (one-on-one and classroom) in an academic library environment, ability to work effectively independently and in a team, ability to sustain a strong service oriented attitude to provide a positive and constructive experience for all library users. HIGHLY DESIRABLE: Library subject area experience or academic background. A second masters degree, proficiency in a second language and experience in a multicultural environment desirable but not mandatory.

Additional Information:

This is a Faculty appointment at the rank of Instructor.
The position will remain open until filled. Preferred starting date is September 1, 2015.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:
a) a current CV;? b) a letter of interest;? c) a statement of teaching philosophy;? d) a completed Personnel Information Form;? e) at least three reference letters from referees familiar with your professional background sent directly to

Note: Please remember that your account login enables you to respond to AUC additional questions (if required).

Application Information:

Contact: American University in Cairo
Online App. Form:

More Information on American University in Cairo:



News: ALA Free Pass Program

8/8/15 – ALA Free Pass Program for the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL)


Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is the most important event in the Spanish Language, the doorway to the most recent Spanish language publications in Latin America and Spain. Here in one place is the finest selection for your Spanish readers to make your library the best in your town or city.

FIL offers a wide array of opportunities, rich in contents and authors, representing a core meeting between the Ibero-American publishing industry and the world. Come and apply to the ALA Free Pass Program, you will enjoy our beloved bookfair. Visit the fair where Spanish is the seed that has sprouted hundreds of thousands of books. More than 20,000 book professionals from all over the world are doing it already.

It is simple and easy. Register now and get three nights of lodging for free, three continental breakfasts, free registration, $100 USD airfare reimbursement (courtesy of ALA), an additional $100 of airfare support for the first 100 librarians that have been accepted in the ALA Free Pass Program and have purchased their ticket before October 2nd, among a dozen other benefits.

Submission deadline: September 4th, 2015

The ALA Free Pass program is available to all ALA-member acquisition or selection librarians, in particular those involved in Latin American collection development.

ALA Free Pass program will provide:

  • $100 USD contribution for airfare, courtesy of ALA.
  • 3 nights at the Guadalajara Plaza Ejecutivo López Mateos Hotel, breakfast included (or 6 nights sharing a room with a colleague) courtesy of FIL
  • FIL 2015 registration fee
  • Additional $100 USD reimbursement towards airfare costs, courtesy of FIL (for the first 100 registrations who send their purchased ticket BEFORE OCTOBER 2nd)
  • ALA FIL Gala Dinner (provided by the sponsorship of publishers and distributors)

Applicants to the Free Pass Program must be personal and active members of ALA. For ALA membership information, please contact: ALA International Relations Office, Delin Guerra by tel.: 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201, e-mail:

Job: Archivist (5 Positions)

8/7/15 –  Archivist (5 positions)
NATO, Brunssum, The Netherlands

JFC Brunssum is hiring 5 (Archivists (Full time) :
1 Staff Assistant (Digital Preservation), NATO Grade B-4
1 Staff Assistant (Archival Reference and Access), NATO Grade B-3
3 Staff Assistants (Archival Processing), NATO Grade B-3

These are NATO International Civilian positions; estimated project duration will be 2 years.

Posts Context:
Joint Force Headquarters Brunssum is a deployable joint HQ capable to execute effective command and control over an assigned Joint Task Force. The Director of Management (DOM) is responsible to the Chief of Staff (COS) for integrating, coordinating and implementing services and activities to support, facilitate and contribute to the full JFHQ mission spectrum. Branch Head Business and Information Management Branch (BIM) is responsible for staff and workflow management, management/process planning and the management of the information workflow within the JF HQ and with affiliated, parent and higher HQ. The
Information Management Section is responsible for implementing ACO IM Policy; developing JFHQ specific concepts and directives; coordinating IM activities; facilitating functional services across the HQ (deployed and static); and supporting NATO entities. The incumbent will provide support to the Command Archivist in the preservation and access to the records generated by the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. The Assistants report to the Command Archivist.

For each position’s job description, please visit the website – Application URL below.


For each position’s qualifications, please visit the website – Application URL below.

Application deadline:

Aug 17 2015

How to apply:

Applicants are required to apply electronically, in accordance with the
instructions (‘How to apply’) as published on , vacancies.
If interested in more than one post, please use the same form for all posts and indicate order of preference.
Initial screening for these posts is scheduled to take place second part of August 2015. Interviews for those invited after initial screening, may be expected in September 2015. (minimum ca. 10 days notification)
Posts should ideally be filled before February 2016.

Job: K-12 Librarian

8/6/15 – K-12 Librarian
CIA FIRST International School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a break-in position for a school librarian.  This school is somewhat new (2004) with two fairly good reviews. They are using Follett and also appear to have some other library resources as well.  Could be a chance to build the library and your international resume. The position is listed as date passed but as they just posted this on The International Educator (which you should join) it is obviously still open.  However I would contact the school immediately if you are interested.  At this late date this  is an opportunity for those without school certification and/or prior international experience.  Also, no age restriction!


Name: CIA FIRST International School
Location: Cambodia
Address: Street 2004, no. 108
Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh
Telephone: +85511322944
Updated: 08/05/2015



CIA FIRST International School is a private, non-sectarian international school that opened in 2004 with 16 students and the mission to cater to all students without prejudice, and to enable the “whole child” (physical, mental, moral, and social) to master local and global competence and citizenship. Students additional tracks in French and Chinese (Mandarin). The Khmer curriculum elective, which includes workbooks developed by CIA FIRST International School for K5 – Grade 12, has been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. Our school values diversity and global citizenship, which is reflected in the enrollment of our student body representing more than 18 countries and 12 primary languages spoken in the student’s homes. While some may see this as a challenge for educators, at CIA FIRST International School we see this as a rich opportunity for our students to learn side-by-side with peers from diverse backgrounds, thereby enriching their education experience and global competence.

Our school hosts student enrollment from K3 (pre-school three year olds) through high school grade 12. The coming school year we will open up a new campus site that will host our middle – high school students (grades 6 – 12) and in following years also kindergarten and elementary school alumni. CIA FIRST International School uses a standards-based curriculum supported by the American AERO framework – challenging, professionally validated, voluntary academic standards. CIA FIRST International School is in the process of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation. CIA FIRST International School values innovation and has innovative initiatives around parent engagement, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and technology. CIA FIRST International School has a partnership with the Rotary Club Phnom Penh (“Interact” – the Rotary Club’s international youth service club for youth 12 – 18 years of age). In addition, we have three Parents as Partners Associations (Kindergarten, Elementary, and Middle/High School).

Age Restrictions:



Globally minded, passionate educators are encouraged to apply now for various teaching positions in school year 2015/2016, starting on 15th of August 2015.