Job: K-12 Librarian

1/29/16 –  K-12 Librarian
Colegio Interamericano, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed on TIE (The International Educator).  I am sharing some details however if you are interested in applying you should, in all fairness, join TIE for $39 per year.  You will then have access to all 22 of the current international school librarian positions available as well as lots of other relevant information and articles about international school jobs.  Reviews for this school are fairly good, more info can be found on International School Reviews, another must-join organization if you are serious about finding a job in a reputable school. (FYI: I receive no kickbacks from these organizations, I share this information only as an assist to librarians.)  No job description posted for librarian on the school’s website or on TIE.  If interested I recommend writing and asking for one.


Name: Colegio Interamericano
Location: Guatemala
Address: Boulevard La Montana
Guatemala City,
Telephone: 502-2200-2990
Fax: 502-2200-2990 ext. 100
Updated: 01/27/2016

Colegio Interamericano is a private co-educational day school in Guatemala City for children in grades Pk-12, currently enrolling 1170 students. The school is located on the outskirts of Guatemala City in a hilly part of the countryside, adjacent to Rafael Landívar University. The school is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). It also is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala. The school is an active member of AASCA (Association of American Schools in Central America), and students and staff regularly participate in the numerous activities offered by this regional organization.

Students from Guatemala comprise approximately 85% of the student population, while the other 15% are from 23 other countries. The school operates with a USA calendar system, with classes starting in August and ending in June. The school calendar includes a four-week vacation in December, and seven weeks in July and August.

Graduating students from Colegio Interamericano receive a High School diploma from the USA, as well as a Bachillerato en Ciencias y Letras which enables them attend universities in Guatemala, as well as those in the United States or other countries of their choosing.

The teaching staff of the school includes approximately 50% personnel from the USA, Canada, and other foreign countries. The remainder of the staff is from Guatemala.

The school is located on 13 acres of beautiful terraced land. There are 79 classrooms and four science laboratories, a music building, and an art center. The library media center includes both elementary and secondary sections, a computer lab, and a state of the art multi-media lab. Green areas surround all of the buildings. The school has an open air gym, a soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, a theatre, and a recreation area for the pre-school, and the elementary grades 1-5. The cafeteria serves all students and staff. The school infirmary is fully equipped and staffed with a doctor and a nurse.

A fleet of 23 buses picks up and delivers students and staff members throughout the city. All the buses have private radio systems and bus monitors. Colegio Interamericano is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 by Fundación Educativa Guatemala. The mission of Colegio Interamericano is to prepare its students for life and for studies anywhere in the world, by orienting them towards being responsible members of society. The school seeks to provide opportunities for students to grow intellectually, to achieve academic excellence, to be responsible, to think critically, to be creative, and to develop moral integrity.

Age Restrictions: No


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Job: Senior Teacher Librarian

1.28.16 –  Senior Teacher Librarian
Tanglin Trust School, Singapore

Sarah P’s comments:  Well-established, mid-tier school.  A review/discussion on this school can be found on the ISR ForumTheAsianParent also has some reviews.


A leading British international school in Singapore seeks teachers with distinction.  We provide expatriate students, aged 3 to 18, with high quality learning experiences in an environment that values both innovation and tradition.

We are seeking to employ an outstanding, experienced, full-time Teacher Librarian with strong leadership skills and a successful track record in teaching to head up our team of 10 professionals and paraprofessionals in the secondary school library. If you are innovative, and would like the challenge of working in a dynamic, forward-looking, state-of-the-art library please visit the school website for further details about the role and explore the library website for an understanding of the context.

Please see ‘Careers at Tanglin’ on our website at for details of this position and information on how to apply.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to provide an Enhanced DBS disclosure certificate.


News: Follow a Volunteer Librarian

1.27.16 –  Follow a Volunteer Librarian…

Sarah P’s comments:  Over a year ago I posted a volunteer librarian opportunity in a small library in Roatan, Honduras.  Pro-active librarian Cate Carlyle pursued this opportunity and, though it has taken her time to work out the details, she stuck with it and is now about to travel down for a week in February.  I was hoping to be able to accompany her but, as I am still a working librarian and active mother, sadly won’t be able to, at least time…So, I, like many others, will take this opportunity to live vicariously.  I am also hoping that her review of her experience will pave the way for others to be able to commit to volunteering as well.  In the meantime, here is Cate’s Fundrazr page, which I hope readers will visit and, as I already have, contribute to her worthy cause.

From Cate:

I will soon be traveling to the Sandcastle Library in Roatan, Honduras to help train library staff, create literacy kits for the library and bookmobile, and assist with collection organization and classification. The library is overseen by the NGO Partners in Education Roatan (PIER) which is dedicated to improving education and quality of life for the Roatan people.

I will be paying  my own way and taking personal time from work to volunteer as advocating for libraries and providing access to library services in order to improve quality of life for EVERYONE are very important to me.

We are very privileged to live in North America and to have access to excellent libraries, information services, reading materials, tehcnology and schools. Please help me to  improve access for those less fortunate, one library at a time!

Sand Castle Library




Job: Secondary Librarian

1.26.16 – Secondary Librarian
German Swiss International School, Hong Kong

Sarah P’s comments:  German language is listed as ‘highly desirable’. A well-established school with good reviews with the exception that Singapore is an increasingly expensive place to live.


The German Swiss International School (GSIS) is one of Hong Kong’s leading international schools and also an IB world school with 200 faculty and staff providing dual language education to a multinational student body of more than 1300 students. We are inviting applications from experienced candidates for the following position, commencing August 2016.


We seek to recruit an excellent information specialist who is passionate about working with teachers and making the library an inviting and information-rich learning environment for both the German and English stream.

The successful candidate will have:

  • a degree/diploma in Library and Information Science (or similar degree);
  • at least 3 years of relevant experience;
  • previous experience working in an educational environment;
  • German language skills highly desirable;
  • experience in an international context.

GSIS offers an excellent working environment and a newly refurbished library in an international school with strong links to German-speaking countries. We welcome candidates who show a commitment to continuous professional development and are willing to contribute to wider school activities.
Please apply with cover letter, CV and references, via our online recruitment portal (, to the Head of Human Resources.

German Swiss International School
Head of Human Resources     Tel. +852 2849 6216
11 Guildford Road      Fax: +852 2849 6347
The Peak, Hong Kong      E-mail:

Further information on the school, its facilities and programmes is available on the school’s website

Applicants not invited for an interview after six weeks after the closing deadline may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Job: Associate Dean for Main Library

0/16/15 –  Associate Dean for Main Library
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sarah P’s comments:  Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city.  American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment. Many long-term expat residents have left and AUC currently has 72 positions listed which is a sobering statistic.

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 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:

The American University in Cairo Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT) seeks a dynamic person with proven leadership and management qualities to motivate and maintain the Main Library’s drive to excellence. The AUC Library holds the largest English-language collection in Egypt and serves the AUC and local community.

The Associate Dean for the Main Library’s responsibilities are twofold: 1) to play a leadership and supervisory role in assuring excellence in the public service and information literacy aspects of the Main Library including the ongoing evolution of these and 2) to build on excellence in education, collections and research in order to enhance sustainability of the Libraries through attracting funding, endowments, donations in kind and grant opportunities.

Working closely with and reporting to the Dean of Libraries and Learning Technologies, the Associate Dean for the Main Library will direct a public service tea, consisting of the directors and managers of that area in order to define strategic needs, set priorities, initiate action plans, develop policies, budgets and resource bases in view of promoting excellence in collections and services.

The Associate Dean will work closely and collaboratively with the leadership of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library and the Center of Excellence for the Middle East and Arab Cultures in the planning of events, publications and other marketing tools in view of attracting funding and opportunities to collaborate nationally and globally.

The holder of the position will also be collaborating with the Advancement and Communication leadership and team, the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Vice Provost for Research and Office of Sponsored Programs.


The candidate must have an MA degree with a proven record of achievement in progressively responsible administrative positions in libraries; excellent communication skills, experience in collaboration and international events and exhibits both national and global, proven record of attracting funding and donations in kind, proven record of the ability to think strategically while planning, organizing, coordinating and directing multiple activities with varied deadlines in support of a complex agenda. Excellent command of both Arabic and English is required.

Additional Information:

This is a faculty position at the rank of instructor.

Preferred starting date is February 15, 2016. Full description and requirements of the position are at

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:

a) a current CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a completed Personnel Information Form; d) at least three reference letters from referees familiar with your professional background sent directly to


News: International Sharing/Writing Opportunity

1/23/16 – International Sharing/Writing Opportunity…

The International Information & Library Review is currently seeking articles and proposals for the journal’s “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column.

The overall mission of the International Information & Library Review is the provision of knowledge that will assist in the success of libraries and information-related institutions around the world. Based on a global perspective, the International Information & Library Review publishes current and anecdotal information for library and information professionals and paraprofessionals in public, academic, special, government, and corporate environments.

The “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column features news and reports from around the world. Contributions do not need to be lengthy, but should be informative. The strength of the column is its broad, international focus, and contributors are encouraged to explore issues and share news relevant to their geographical region, as well as the larger, global audience.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Reports from on-the-ground projects
  • Recaps of conferences and meetings around the world
  • Accounts of professional development experiences
  • Summaries of research projects
  • Grants and other funding opportunities

If you are interested in contributing, please contact us with a short description of your proposed topic. Email and

Jacqueline Solis & Robin Kear, Co-editors of “Global Postcards: Research, Projects, and Experiences from the Field” column for International Information & Library Review

Job: Information Management Officer

1.22.16 – Information Management Officer P-3
United Nations Mission in the Southern Sudan (UNMISS), Juba

Duty Station: Juba
Posting Period: 15 January 2016 – 13 February 2016
Job Opening Number: 53783


Within delegated authority, the Information Management Officer will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be performed by all Information Management Officers.)

• Provides advisory services on recordkeeping practices include: needs and business process analysis; organization and maintenance of UN information assets; records preservation and disposition; and information management policies and procedures, with an emphasis on technological applications.
• Researches, analyses and evaluates new applications of information technology to archives and records management and makes recommendations for their deployment.
• Participates in record-keeping improvement projects, contributing to feasibility studies, systems analysis, design, development and implementation and in the evaluation and testing of record-keeping application improvements and new systems; provides user support.
• Develops detailed system and other functional specifications and standards from the recordkeeping perspective and user documentation for new systems.
• Develops training materials and user manuals; trains staff in use of the recordkeeping system assigned.
• Manages records accession and disposition functions by applying the life-cycle concept to information assets, including appraisal by liaising with records-originating offices regarding the transfer and/or disposal of their records; assures that retention schedules, registration and physical aspects of records transfers meet established standards; oversees space management and commercial storage contracts; supervises General Service staff in implementing related tasks; and performs records appraisal.
• Understands, keeps current with and applies preservation techniques and strategies for records in all media. Ensures that the Section’s storage facilities meet environmental standards.
• Manages archival processing activities by overseeing adherence to preservation, international bibliographic, description and database standards; produces descriptive inventories; prepares mark-up of descriptive inventories for electronic dissemination; and makes recommendations regarding the planning and prioritisation of preservation and description programme requirements.
• Performs and supervises reference functions by advising internal and external users about records holdings and accessibility; maintaining communications with other information management networks and records and archives specialists; supervising retrieval and reproduction activities of General Service staff.
• Evaluates adequacy of existing records management and reference tools.  Implements new technologies in information management to ensure that tools developed for efficient access to information are accessible to staff throughout the Organization.
• Maintains access and declassification standards by liaising with records-originating offices/offices of interest regarding access to security-classified materials and implements access and declassification determinations.
• Participates in developing client outreach strategies and in their implementation. Conducts programmes of outreach and user education to improve client use of desktop information resources; uses judgement of relevant institutional needs to develop presentations appropriate to client audience; develops publicity materials to facilitate outreach.
• Assists in programme administration, including provision of assistance to or supervision of contractual employees and General Service staff, formulation of consultant and institutional contracts and subsequent implementation, development of the programme budget, etc.
• Performs other related duties, as required.

Core Competencies:
Knowledge of information management, recordkeeping, and archives management principles and standards.Knowledge of electronic records management, including description, sentencing, appraisal and migration management. Ability to assess and define business needs for the development of technology systems and tools to support business processes and to act as an interface between the substantive and technology components of the process. Excellent problem solving skills. Ability to demonstrate conceptual, analytical and evaluative skills and conduct independent research and analysis, identifying and assessing issues, formulating options and making conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Planning & Organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in information science, archival science, library science, or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in modern recordkeeping, archives management, library science, information management or related field. Experience implementing electronic document and/or records management systems required. Experience with the processing of sensitive and confidential information. Experience in developing and implementing filing schemes and records retention policy. A minimum of one year supervisory experience in the UN system. At least three years of experience in document management is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Assessment Method
Kindly note that you may, as part of the evaluation of your application for this position, be requested to undergo written knowledge-based assessment exercises, which may be followed by a competency-based interview depending on the result of the test.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job: Elmentary School Librarian

1/20/16 –  Elementary School Librarian
The American Foundation School, Mexico City, Mexico

Sarah P’s comments:  A well-established school with good reviews overall.  Pluses include a vibrant city, reputable school, good professional development.  Challenges include a high cost of living and that is a large school.  This position was last advertised in the spring of 2014.  Now is the height of the season for the hiring of international school librarians.

The librarian 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.
• Encourage students to have respectful interactions with librarian in order to enhance 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.

Supervises: Library Clerk and Cataloguer.
Reports to: Division Head

Application Procedure: Interested and qualified candidates must submit a

1) resume
2) cover letter that includes educational philosophy
3) an ASF employment application (fill in at: ).
4) Copy of official transcripts / credentials.

Please submit all information electronically as a single PDF attachment.

Age Restrictions: Yes; age 60

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


Job: Senior School Librarian

1/18/16 –  Senior School Librarian
Dulwich College, Singapore

Sarah P’s comments:  Sorry, this one slipped by me…if you are interested apply ASAP as this position closes Jan. 22, 2016.

Dulwich College (Singapore) is recruiting a Librarian for its Senior School from August 2016.  This is a unique and challenging opportunity to join the Senior School as it moves into a brand new building with an impressive library space, set over two floors.

The new Librarian will play a major role in creating a lively, vibrant space that develops into one of the core parts of the Senior School community.
The successful candidate will develop, manage, and promote the library within the school and the community, and ensure a vibrant and professional library service is provided to students, teachers and parents. The Librarian will be tasked with raising the profile of the libraries and promoting reading across the school.  The Librarian will also have a significant role in developing research skills for Senior School students in preparation for University entrance.
Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of Dulwich College.  An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate, and details will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

To apply for this position please go to  The closing date for applications is 22nd January 2015.  Previous applicants need not apply.

Interviews will take place at Dulwich College London, in Singapore, or via Skype.  UK-based applicants need to be available for interview in the week commencing 1st  February 2016.

For further information please see our website at

Our College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care. We follow safe recruitment practices and appointments are subject to vetting including reference checks, and identity and criminal record checks.

Volunteer: Join the International Librarian Network

1/18/16 – Join the International Librarian Network

Sarah P’s comments:  If you are looking for a way to begin to have an international connection here is an opportunity.  I was involved in their previous round and was paired with a Canadian librarian working in Qatar.  It was an interesting experience and I am probably going to do it again with the hope of being paired with someone working in a different region as I already know so much about the Middle East from my years of working there.

The ILN Motto: A meeting place for librarians from around the world.

Applications are now open: new round begins March 2016

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. We are pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in early March 2016.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 3500 librarians from 120+ countries take part so far.

Applications for the next round of partnerships will open in mid January and close at midnight on Sunday 14th February 2016. Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.

The ILN is open to anyone working (or studying) in the library and information industry around the world. The program is free and the only requirements to participate are an internet connection, fluent English skills, an hour each week and a desire to build professional connections and learn from colleagues.

Get involved now! Find out more about the way the program works, or apply online.