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.

Job: Medical Librarian

1/17/16 –  Medical Librarian
Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba

Sarah P’s comments: Caribbean medical library positions are posted quite regularly if anyone has any interest in medical library positions in nice places.  The question is about reputation.  Here’s an article discusses the ranking of the Caribbean medical schools. For more information and reviews visit the Caribbean Medical Schools section of ValueMD (also listed in my Book Resources section).


Xavier University School of Medicine, Aruba, is accepting applications for a dedicated and customer focused librarian.  Candidates should have a MS in Library Sciences.  Experience working in a North American or Caribbean medical or graduate school is desired.  This is a full time position located at our Aruba campus.  Duties include maintaining the collections and databases, serving on faculty committees, representing the library during accreditation visits, and other duties as assigned.  Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and a list of three references and their contact information to:


Job: Assistant Professor

1/14/16 –  Assistant Professor
Department of Library, Archive and Information Studies, College of Social Sciences, Pusan National University, South Korea

Sarah P’s comments:  It is rare to see a college level posting in this country.


The Department of Library, Archive and Information Studies at Pusan National University invites applications for one full-time tenure track position. The date of the appointment, at assistant professor level, will be September 1, 2016. Salary will depend on countable years of qualified work experience, both academic and non-academic. A Five-year Housing stipend is provided for the resettlement. The professor will join and be covered by the National Health Insurance Plan of the Republic of Korea and the Government Employees Pension Plan.


The Department is currently offering a bachelor’s program in Library and Information Science and three graduate programs in i) Library and Information Science, ii) Archival Science, iii) Teacher-librarian Education.

Successful applicants will be expected to teach in English at all levels, including courses in the department’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs; experience with teaching information technology and its application preferred. All faculty members are expected to advise students and to serve on department, college, and university committees.


  • Applicants must be of non-Korean nationality, native or native-level English speakers.
  • Applicants for this position must hold a doctorate degree by the date of appointment in library and information science or information science, and
  • Applicants should possess more than five years of teaching or research experiences in information related areas. (Two years of masters and three years of doctoral coursework are the minimum acceptable levels to fulfill the research requirement.)

How To Apply

  • Applicants are required to submit the application materials via email, which includes i) a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for the position and projected research agenda; ii) a current curriculum vitae; iii) a teaching portfolio of no more than 5 pages, including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for teaching effectiveness, and iv) contact information (email address and phone number).
  • The closing date for all applications is February 29, 2016.
  • Online-interviews can take place with prior notice, in March 2016.
  • Applications should be addressed to Professor Moon-Won Seol, chairman of the department, and documents should be sent as separate files (in PDF or Word format) via email to:

If you have any questions, please write Jeong Myoung Park, department assistant at

News: Call for participation – international librarianship experiences

1/13/16 – Call for participation – international librarianship experiences

Sarah P’s comments:  Here’s an interesting opportunity to share if you are an international librarian.  Finally, there is enough interest to publish a book about international librarianship that is not ‘scholarly’. Yay!
Lara Seven Phillips (formerly of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji) and Kate Holvoet (currently at Zayed University, in the UAE) are writing a book on librarianship abroad; basically all the things we either learned the hard way or wish someone had told us before we started. It is scheduled to be published in December 2016 by ABC-CLIO/Libraries Unlimited.

We are looking to include anecdotes, advice, cautions, lessons learned, etc. from other librarians who have worked abroad.  We want to hear from people who work in all areas of librarianship, and at different kinds of libraries.  We want our book to reflect a variety of international experiences.  If you are interested in telling us about your experience, please click on the Dropbox link, download the survey and return it to and

The questionnaire lists the kinds of things we’re looking to find out about your experience working internationally. You can be as brief or as thorough as you like; please don’t feel obligated to answer all the questions if they either don’t apply or you don’t have anything to share on the topic.

We would appreciate having questionnaires returned by 31 January, 2016. If not, feel free to pass our contact information to other American/Western school librarians working internationally who you think might be interested in participating.

I am happy to answer any questions about the book that you may have. I can share the table of contents, a sample chapter, my own “personal narrative’ of my experience working abroad, or whatever else you might like to know about the project.

The questionnaire is in both PDF and a word DOCX formats- please use whichever is easiest for you (an email response is also fine).

Thanks in advance for your consideration!


Job: Assistant Librarian

1/12/16 –  Assistant Librarian II
Pao Yue-Kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Sarah P’s comments:  A well-established institution with a ranking of 5th in Hong Kong and 27th in Asia (QS, 2015). A ‘polytechnic’ university is equivalent to the American technical schools who “combine active classroom learning with in-the-field experiences and unite the arts and humanities with science and technology in ways that provide students with the skills that employers value”.

FYI: Hong Kong continues to offer a growing number of opportunities although with the slowing growth of China’s economy, it will be interesting to see if this trend slows as well. Last year I posted 10 opportunities in Hong Kong and 21 in Asia.


Reporting to Section Head (User Experience and Outreach), the appointee will assist in developing an excellent user experience across all Library’s e-learning support services and social media channels.
The appointee will be required to:
a) collaborate with Library staff and various stakeholders in the University to create interactive contents and innovative services to enhance Library’s e-learning support services;
b) actively engage in the academic and student communities to gauge their needs and collect feedbacks on Library’s e-learning support services;
c) develop partnership with the faculties to facilitate the embedment of Library e-learning support services into subject curricula and the University’s learning management systems;
d) manage and promote the Library’s social media channels;
e) provide reference services at the Research Help Desk of the Library;
f) perform shift duties; and
g) perform any other duties as assigned by the University Librarian or her delegates.
Applicants should:
a) have a recognised degree with postgraduate qualification in Library Science or Information Science (having advanced qualifications would be an advantage);
b) have substantial years of post-qualification experience in information work in an academic library setting;
c) have considerable online pedagogy experience;
d) have demonstrated the ability to use teaching technologies effectively, including learning management systems and massive open online courses;
e) have excellent interpersonal, presentation and organizational skills;
f) be able to communicate effectively in both written and spoken English and Chinese; and
g) be self-initiated and a good team player.
Remuneration and Conditions of Service
A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application.
Please submit application form via email to; by fax at (852) 2764 3374; or by mail to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.  If you would like to provide separate curriculum vitae, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process.  Application forms can be obtained via the above channels or downloaded from  Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  The University Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at
Deadline for the application: 30 January 2016