Job: Virtual Researcher

2.29.16 – Virtual Researchers

Sarah P’s comments: I received an e-mail from a Research Manager at Wonder asking whether I would be willing to post this opportunity.  After some initial research, I can say they are a legitimate company. Here is some more information about working for this company, and also the job description and application link which was shared with me.  For the sake of others please share your experience with this company.

FYI: Wonder does not hire residents of California, New York, and Massachusetts however I inquired about non-US citizens and received the following reply. ‘Our research positions are open to all, and we welcome non-US citizens. All payment is done through PayPal to make it easy for those outside the US. Our only requirement is a strong command of the English language.’

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Glassdoor Reviews


Join Wonder’s fast-growing network of freelance researchers!

(FAQs, Application, and details below)

Wonder ( is a personal research assistant that saves people time by getting detailed answers and resources delivered to their inboxes by a trusted network of researchers.

We’re looking for individuals with exceptional online research skills to join our community of independent paid researchers. Wonder clients post questions about various topics in economics, business, technology, product recommendations and more, and your job is to efficiently track down the highest quality resources across the Web and explain the results in a personable, human way.  Wonder allows you to combine your researching skills as a librarian (or library sciences student) with your desire to help provide knowledge to those who seek it, and to get paid in the process.

As an independent contractor, you can work whenever you want, as often as you want, and from wherever you want. You also have complete choice over which questions to answer — pick the ones that are interesting to you.

Questions get posted to a central dashboard, from which you can choose to claim whichever seem most interesting to you. For each search you claim, you’ll be tasked with finding 5+ links to high-quality sources, and writing a rich summary directly answering the user’s query while adding any insights you gleaned along the way.


Researchers are problem solvers with a sense of imagination that helps them dig deep and find meaningful insights based on available data. Some characteristics we’re looking for:

  • A discerning eye for quality content

  • Strong general knowledge paired with several areas of expertise

  • Command of the English language and strong/grammatical writing a must

  • Ability to create lean, high-level, often quantitative summaries directly answering users’ questions

  • Critical analysis, logical reasoning skills

  • Keen attention to details

  • Previous experience in a research-intensive role is a definite plus
You can read more about the job description and the FAQs here:
When you’re ready to apply, head over to:

Job: Virtual Contract Cataloguers

2.26.16 –  Virtual Contract Cataloguers
Backstage Library Works, Provo, Utah, USA

Sarah P’s comments: Here’s a short-term project from the ever-developing world of virtual opportunities. This company has been around for over 20 years.  Here are the Glassdoor reviews.


Currently seeking professional catalogers with language expertise in Western European languages for a law cataloging project. The work can be done from home and requires internet access. Knowledge of RDA cataloging rules and experience using OCLC’s Connexion a must. Preference given to those with experience cataloging legal materials.



Ability to work productively and intelligently with minimal supervision

Attentiveness to detail

Strong organizational skills

Familiarity with OCLC’s Connexion Client

General familiarity with library data standards, including RDA, ISBD, MARC21, LC and Dewey Classification, and LCSH

Foreign language ability: We’re particularly interested in Western European languages.

Job: Systems Librarian

2.25.16 –  Systems Librarian
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), St. Kitts, Caribbean

Sarah P’s comments: If you search my blog with the keyword ‘veterinary’ you will see that Ross advertised for a new Library Director six times.  It seems like that has now been filled and they are adding this position (maybe replacing, not sure). Of the Caribbean medical schools, Ross is one of the oldest (1982) and, though student reviews are mixed, seems to enjoy a fairly good reputation.  Note: in 2014 there were seven  medical library positions advertised in the Caribbean. Here is some more info if you are interested:

High Debt and Falling Demand Traps New Vets – 2013 article which includes information about Ross.
Ross Student Life YouTube Video
Glassdoor Reviews – (unclear whether these were for positions at HQ in NJ or on St. Kitts)
Ross Receives US Accreditation – 2011 article


Reporting to the Director of Library Services, the Systems Librarian position provides technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards. The incumbent will use a variety of technologies, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to provide the best possible experience for library patrons and staff as they seek, access, and maintain the information in our library systems. This will include first-line support as well as maintenance and implementation in a broad range of systems with primary, sustained focus on the integrated library system (EOS International).

The Systems Librarian will work with the IT department and Instructional Technologists on campus-wide initiatives, and will be responsible for maintaining the library page on the portal. In addition, the Systems Librarian will be the point of contact for vendor technical support to manage other platforms and retrieval system, the Library’s web pages and file servers, staff applications, and selection, installation, and maintenance of hardware and software.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer, maintain, and support all modules of the Libraries’ Integrated System, EOS International.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to EOS for problem resolution and will be the Library’s representative to the users’ group meetings.
  • Oversee training and instruction of staff on computer services and evaluate performance.
  • Compile and interpret statistics and prepare reports.
  • Maintain documentation and conduct evaluation of policies and procedures for use of computers and computer systems related to the library.
  • Contribute to the library customer service mission by assisting customers and staff as needed.
  • Coordinate library staff and vendors to investigate, troubleshoot and resolve automation system’s hardware and software problems.
  • Work with the cataloging colleagues to develop and maintain database quality and authority control.
  • Collaborate with the IT department and Academic technology team to implement campus-wide information science solutions.
  • Liaise with the Circulation Supervisor to identify and proactively resolve potential systems issues to ensure a seamless user experience.

Completes other duties as assigned.


  • Preferably a Master of Library and Information Degree / MLS from a ALA-accredited school or a Bachelor Degree in Library and Information studies or a related information science field with extensive professional experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of emerging library technologies and awareness of emerging trends in library and information fields.
  • Familiarity with library technology standards and protocols such as Resource Description and Access (RDA).
  • Familiarity with EZProxy

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine:

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians. Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.

Application Information

Job: Clerk, Information Management

2.24.16 – Clerk, Information Management
B.2. NATO, Brussels, Belgium

Sarah P’s comments: Applicants must be citizens of a NATO country:
List of NATO members.

VACANCY N°: 160090 (+ reserve list)


The Archives and Information Management (AIM) Service ensures the accessibility, availability and integrity of all official information produced by and for the North Atlantic Council (NAC) and its Committees within the framework provided by the NATO Information Management (IM) Policy and NATO Security Policy. It provides NATO-wide IM and research support on matters pertaining to the activities of the NAC and its Committees, ensures the preservation of NATO information of historical value on behalf of the NATO Nations, provides training, support and guidance to NATO Nations, partners and entities on the implementation and execution of NATO policies pertaining to information and takes the lead on requirements development for all IM-related technology projects at NATO Headquarters. In addition, AIM is responsible for processing, disseminating, storing, organising and archiving the documentation produced by the NATO Committee structure and by the Departments of the NATO HQ International Staff (IS), taking into account the requirements of NATO Security Policy, NATO IM Policy, and applicable NATO HQ procedures.

The IM Clerk is assigned to a Unit of the AIM Services and provides IM support to a designated clientele. As directed, the Clerk will ensure that support is provided in an effective manner – responsive to customer needs and reflecting NATO IM policy and procedures. The Clerk is responsible for the correct and uniform application of relevant working procedures and of information security regulations.



The incumbent must:

have a good general education at least to higher secondary level or have equivalent relevant professional experience;

have 2 years experience in information support functions or related duties, especially at the international level. Formal training or practical experience in information or library sciences will qualify;

possess the following minimum levels of NATO’s official languages (English/French): V (“Advanced”) in one; I (“Beginner”) in the other.


The following would be considered an advantage:

knowledge of international best practices and standards in the field of IM and familiarity with the life-cycle management of records;

knowledge of documentary research and of the drafting of related reports and summaries;

knowledge of document and records management systems, modern office equipment, current office software packages, and their application to document processing and recordkeeping;

professional training or experience in library/information sciences or in international relations.


Information Management
Respond to requests for information; conducting research and submitting results for review. Process documents and correspondence in accordance with applicable procedures and guidance.

Planning and Execution
Apply work procedures and guidelines related to the NATO Information Management Policy (NIMP) and to NATO Security Policy, seeking guidance as necessary. Perform tasks related to the secure handling and processing of electronic files (media control, data extraction, network transfers, etc.), including the operation of relevant office equipment. Execute other routine or manual tasks, including filing and regular messenger duties. Contribute to the improvement of routine work processes.

Stakeholder Management
Work with the other members of the Unit to ensure effective support and quality service to the clientele. Advise customers on practicalities of information support.

Knowledge Management
Under supervision, apply an organisational file plan, maintain files, and prepare files for records disposition. Perform quality checks and contribute to statistics and reports.

Expertise Development
Participate in cross-functional training assignments within the service and in other professional training as directed. Provide advice on basic IM practices.
Perform any other related duty as assigned.

The incumbent reports to the Head of a Unit and is responsible to the Head for the performance of all main accountabilities outlined above and such other associated responsibilities as may develop. He/she has frequent contact with Divisional staff to deliver routine information support and to provide advice on related practical and procedural aspects; in this context he/she also works closely with other Archives and Information Management staff to ensure optimal customer support.


The incumbent must demonstrate:

Clarity and Accuracy
Customer Service Orientation
Organizational Commitment


Contract to be offered to the successful applicant (if non-seconded):

Definite duration contract of three years’ duration; possibility of an indefinite duration contract thereafter.

Contract clause applicable:

In accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations, the successful candidate will receive a definite duration contract of three years, which may be followed by an indefinite duration contract.

If the successful applicant is seconded from the national administration of one of NATO’s member States, a 3-year definite duration contract will be offered, which may be renewed for a further period subject to the agreement of the national authority concerned. The maximum period of service in the post as a seconded staff member is six years. – 4 –

Serving staff will be offered a contract in accordance with the NATO Civilian Personnel Regulations.


Applications must be submitted using one of the following links, as applicable:

For NATO civilian staff members only: please apply via the internal recruitment portal (for more information, please contact your local Civilian HR Manager);

For all other applications:

Program: Panelists needed for International Program

2.23.16 –  Speakers Needed for ALA IRRT Program
Sarah P’s comments: If anyone is planning on attending ALA’s annual conference in June (Orlando, FL), has international experience and would like to be a panelist please let me know!  This was a program they began last year and proved very popular so they would like to repeat it this year.  So far, Ray Pun and I are going to be sharing however the more the better…
IRRT Connections sponsors a now-annual session called “leaning international: lessons from the field.”
The event description from last year, which may well be reusable this year,  said,” For MLS students through seasoned information professionals interested in working internationally, this annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians discussing their own unique international experiences.  Discussions are split between prepared topics and audience Q&A time.  These interactive sessions have included such diverse topics as leveraging networks to find work abroad, pre-departure language and etiquette training, adapting to regional librarianship as well as cultural standards, the practicalities of life overseas, and more! This annual program hosted by IRRT’s International Connections Committee features American librarians speaking about their own unique international experiences. 

Past speakers include: Rebecca L. Miller, Senior Research Officer at Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit; Catherine Shreve, Librarian for Public Policy & Political Science, Perkins Library, Duke University; Elly Shodell, Oral Historian Director of Local History Center, Port Washington Public Library, Ray Pun, ALA Emerging Leader 2014, Reference and Research Services Librarian, New York University Shanghai Library, Jim Agee, University Librarian, American University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

If interested please contact me via this blog and/or contact:


Ms. Jennifer T. Nardine, Assistant Professor
Learning Liaison Librarian for Performing Arts, Foreign Languages, English, and Religion & Culture
University Libraries, Virginia Tech, 560 Drillfield Dr, Blacksburg, VA  24061



Opinion: What’s in a Name?

2.23.16 –  What’s in a Name…

Sarah P’s comments:  This blog is mainly devoted to helping librarians everywhere find ways to work and travel outside of their own countries so I generally don’t use it as way to talk about myself, my experience, or my professional opinions.  However, I do really enjoy receiving comments, especially where they open a discussion which might be helpful to others.  Thus, I am including below a recent comment and my response in the hopes that it will cause some thought and perhaps more discussion…

Hi Sarah,

I have been following your blog for a while with an interest in moving in to the international arena. I read above you dislike the term Teacher Librarian which I found surprising. I am a very proud Teacher Librarian. I hold a dual qualification and am required to use both in my role. I teach (in the library) and manage a primary school library. The primary positions I have looked at require both as well. In my opinion a Teacher Librarian and Librarian are two different positions. Would you agree?


What’s In a Name?

I am so glad you have written to express your opinion because I believe open dialogue is the key to good solutions and that this discussion points to a large problem for school librarians and libraries.

First of all, I agree that having both qualifications and, thus, an educated foot in both worlds is the best. And, just by your writing the question, I suspect that you are already a good teacher and librarian as well. Sadly, however, that is not always the case and thus I do not support the title of ‘teacher librarian’ because I think it adds to the confusion concerning what our role should be within a school.

Let me explain how I arrived at this conclusion as I did not always think this was true.   (My work experience includes: 2 public libraries and 2 school libraries in the US, 5 schools and 2 colleges internationally.)

I was raised and educated in the US and began my library work experience there. This meant I was initially working with a population that basically understood the premise of libraries and the concept of information sharing, etc. However even in the US, there is great confusion as to what the role of a school librarian should be and the advent of technology has added to this dilemma: hence librarians became school librarians, then media specialists then, in some cases, technology integrationists as well as literacy integrationists. So, there been much confusion as well as conflicting directives about how best to support teachers and students while still operating an open library. This was debated and discussed in my graduate program as well.

I then ventured overseas and here is where I really began to question things. I began to work with faculty, staff, and students who had no concept of the ‘western idea’ of librarianship. Almost immediately I revised my library curriculum (this name has also changed over the years, first research skills, then bibliographic instruction, then information literacy – more confusion!) I realized I needed to begin with the basics: what is a library? What is the purpose of a library? How and why are library staff there to help patrons?

The real surprise was that I found that, often, international teachers as well as admin had no clue as to what the role of the library was in their school or what it should be. I found myself needing to educate them first in order to gain support for developing an integrated and effective program. Tricky because these folks considered themselves knowledgeable and well-educated. (The better of these educators did admit there was very little time devoted in their training to understanding school libraries.) And, to be fair, librarians themselves as well as ALA are continually out mixed signals about this subject in an attempt to convince everyone how central libraries are.

Here are some stories to illustrate my point:

In my career, I was often hired just before an impending accreditation visit and only after the library had been allowed to languish having been being run either by untrained local hires or untrained teachers (meaning not trained in library and information science), who, only seeing the ‘outside’ of the library program, thought they knew what they were doing. This may not be everyone’s experience, it just happened to end up being mine.

In one country, I walked into the library and immediately had to duck. From the ceiling hung huge signs declaring all the PYP and MYP concepts. The information literally hit everyone in the face when they came in and obstructed the view and flow of the library. What the heck? I immediately made plans to remove them but my assistants warned me against this as the Elementary Principal thought they were wonderful and necessary. It took some time to unravel the mystery. What had happened was that in a recent IB accreditation visit, the report had noted that the library lacked ‘signage’. Now, of course, any librarian knows that means there aren’t enough navigational aids displayed to allow a user to find what they need in the library, be it space or materials. However, because there was only a local teacher and assistants running the library, there was no one to tactfully inform the principal that his interpretation of ‘lack of signage’ did not mean PYP/MYP criteria! And, as a further complication, neither did the PYP or MYP Coordinators, who also loved this ridiculous as well as hazardous display. I had to say that I had a very good laugh behind closed doors but then I carefully and tactfully approached these well-educated people and negotiated relocating this information to the walls.

In another library in another country, I arrived and all looked well. The library needed some re-organizing but it had a reputable database, a good-size collection, and an experienced assistant. For my first 40-minute session with a class of second graders, I planned a 20-minute intro/storytime session and then 20 minutes for book browsing and checkout. Just before my class came in, I shared this plan with my assistant and said I would assist with reader advisory while she checked books out for students.

“Um…I don’t think that will leave enough time for book checkout,” she said hesitantly.

I assumed, and here made a huge mistake, that she didn’t really know what she was doing and didn’t listen to her. Storytime went as planned and I began the process of getting to know my students by helping them find books. I soon noticed a huge line had formed at the circulation desk. I came over and was absolutely gobsmacked by what I saw. Each student told the assistant their name which she carefully and slowly typed in the computer, often checking spelling as English was not her first language. Then she slowly picked up a hand scanner and held it over the book’s barcode for EIGHT seconds ( I know because I counted!) before the program beeped and checked the book out. I tried to help speed up the process but needless to say, we did not finish checkout on time and I had to apologize to the teacher. Not a great way to begin.

I then sat down for an immediate chat with my assistant and this time I LISTENED. The poor woman had no idea why it was happening , had received almost no training from the previous person in-charge who had been…yes, a teacher who had transferred from the classroom to the library. I sighed then dug into the database and soon discovered that the reason why the checkout time was so slow was that the system had never been purged. Every transaction from the six years they had operated the program was still stored and this backlog (supposed to be eliminated at the end of every school year according to the manual) was clogging up the system. So, I immediately created a back-up, then purged the system, contacted tech support and did SIX updates to the outdated program. I set up the hands-free holder for the scanner, printed out a notebook with students’ names, barcode and number and then taught every student their number. I made sure my assistant sat and learned all this and understood what I was doing. Checkout time then whizzed along as it was supposed to and my assistant was far less stressed as well as I.

I would like to say that admin was grateful and impressed both by my knowledge as well as ability to fix the problem but in truth they were rather apathetic. This was due to their being qualified educators but not understanding that a lot of library management is unseen and so to them unimportant.

Hence the following scene: they wanted to give me recess duty. This despite my supporting every class in the school as well as sign-up research sessions and being open before school, during lunch, and after school. I carefully explained that I also had to manage a database as well as order and process books and manage the media room. Their reply: they would assign a volunteer to help with cataloguing and database management. I did my best to educate them that this was a very bad idea. But that is how the last librarian did it they said in surprise. I then had to share what a mess the catalog was. The former librarian had imported some records by CD (this was before downloading) but had not checked any of the records and there were many errors. All other material was originally catalogued and she had shunted this job off to untrained volunteers: one had decided to type records in ALL CAPS BECAUSE SHE LIKED THEM, another spelled English as best she could because it was not her first language, another skipped fields she didn’t understand. Lord-of-the-Flies cataloguing! I had a mega-job to try and correct all these errors and no time to do it and they were suggesting more volunteers! I painstakingly explained that handing off the database to inexperienced people was the LAST thing to do because the catalog is the backbone of the program. If it doesn’t function correctly then there is no point having books in the library or teaching students how to use it. And it is a critical skill. As I often share when educating IT staff, the catalog is often a student’s first use of a database.

This position was a challenge because the administrators had to be open to admitting they did not really know all this and that they had made a mistake assigning a teacher to the position. Please understand I have great respect for teachers and many of my friends are teachers. But there is a fundamental lack of understanding that a librarian has to have another complete set of skills in addition to a teacher. And we are often working with administrators and teachers who do not understand all that is involved.

Therefore, the name of the position is crucial in that it ‘starts as you mean to go on’. If you call yourself a teacher-librarian you are reinforcing the idea you are a teacher and therefore are viewed as a teacher which means you will be reviewed as a teacher and your time assigned as a teacher. I have had many discussions with administrators about ‘student contact time’ and reviews which assessed only my information literacy or storytime sessions. One administrator actually told me I had the easiest job in the school because I had the least scheduled contact time with students.

I therefore believe the term ‘teaching librarian’ is far better in inferring the true role. However, the best title overall is ‘librarian’. It is simple, is a name understood in various languages the world over (it’s the second oldest profession!), and clearly represents what we do. Because aren’t ALL librarians teaching librarians? In every setting and situation we are always helping by informing, teaching and demonstrating.

Just because a library operates in a school does not make it less a library or you less a librarian. In fact, school libraries are crucial in introducing the concept of the library and encouraging life-long library users which, in my opinion, is the best way to help support the development of life-long learners. When explaining this to teachers I like to use a Venn diagram:

Venn Diagram

It is an easy and visual way of showing how you have a foot in both camps. I find that once teachers understand this basic concept that we are able to forge better working relationships. If teachers believe you are only a fellow teacher, or worse that you are only there to support them, then mutual respect does not develop.

Interestingly, my students don’t normally have a problem with this concept. However, that might be because I always begin information literacy classes with a discussion of why the library is an important cultural institution. It is also one of the reasons I always seek out all librarians around me. I find it very helpful to develop relationships with other librarians (as you will often be the only one in a school) and, whenever possible, try to arrange a field trip to a local public or academic library. When students can see another library and understand the role it can/will play in their life (be it physically or virtually) then I feel I am truly fulfilling the mission. (Note: library mission which is a subset of the school mission.)

That is not to say that supporting curricula or teachers is not important and much of my time is devoted to that goal as well.

If this all sounds not very positive, please know that I have worked with administrators who do understand the library as a separate entity and have worked cooperatively with me to create/upgrade the library. There has also been movement toward a more accurate review process for specialists including librarians.

I have lots more stories…but that is why I call myself a librarian and the place I work a library.





Course: Free IFLA/ALA webinar: Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees

2.22.16 –  Free IFLA/ALA webinar: Library Services to Immigrants and Refugees

Sarah P’s comments:  A timely and important webinar for all librarians…

March 31, 2016 (see below for times). The link to the webinar will be announced at a later date.  I will share this when received however click on the link above to mark the page.


IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG have partnered with the American Library Association to present a one-hour webinar about library services to immigrants and refugees including models and best practices from different regions of the world.

We believe in libraries serving all the groups in our communities. Therefore, we are glad to collaborate with various library groups to share the most current best practices and models to serve immigrants and refugees. IFLA’s Public Library Section has developed an impressive compilation of services from different regions of the world and a recent campaign about services to refugees. EBLIDA in Europe has developed a strong campaign to promote services to these populations. IFLA’s Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section has produced detailed guidelines and a toolkit about the topic.

This is a super team and we are so happy to be able to produce an online resource that will be recorded for colleagues to revisit and listen anywhere at any time. A summary of the online event including links to resources presented during the webinar will be shared later in the Spring.

Join us and hear our speakers:

  • Jan Richards, Secretary/Information Coordinator, IFLA Public Libraries Section, and Manager of Central West Libraries, Australia
  • Jukka Relander, President of EBLIDA, and President of the Finnish Library Association
  • Jack Hang-tat Leong, Chair, IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section, and Director of University of Toronto Libraries, Canada

Event moderated by Loida Garcia-Febo, Webinar Series Coordinator, IFLA Governing Board Member, ALA Executive Board Member. Garcia-Febo will share early findings of her research about public libraries serving refugees in the U.S.A.

March 31, 2016


3:00pm Central time (Chicago)

4:00pm NYC

10:00pm Helsinki

7:00am Sydney

World Clock:

 Link to access the webinar: To be announced at a later time.


Job: Elementary Librarian

2/4/15 — Elementary Librarian
Kodaikanal International School, Tamil Nadu, India

Sarah P’s comments:  This school claims to be rated the #1 international residential school in India. Lasy year they advertised for a Head Librarian (three times). There is only one review on International School Reviews which indicated that the area was beautiful and that the school was nice but in decline.  Here is another review from Glassdoor:  If you would like a chance to work in India and/or are looking for that first break-in position overseas, I think this would be a position to consider.  Just make sure to ask whether and how the problems of the school are being addressed.

FYI:  For those interested in international school positions you should join TIE (The International Educator), where you can see open positions and also post your resume, as well as become a member of International School Reviews.  See Book Resources, Chapter 3, for related links and I recommend reading my book as well for further information about the hiring process of this segment of international librarianship.

This school also offers a chance to volunteer.  This could be a good way to gain international library experience in an IB school (very advantageous).

Volunteering at KIS: For decades, KIS has encouraged personal and professional philanthropists in an extraordinary and popular volunteer program. People of all ages, nationalities, backgrounds are welcomed into this residential community and spend one or two semesters at KIS helping out with whatever needs doing. Volunteers are housed, provided with all essential services, may eat all meals in the school cafeteria with the students and residential staff and receive an honorarium to acknowledge their contributions. If you have professional skills to offer or time to spare or a sabbatical to take, consider a Volunteer assignment at KIS. To apply, complete the application form (click here) and send and send along with your CV/resume and letter of interest to, Human Resources Officer at

Click to read volunteering FAQs

Job Description:

K-8 Teacher Librarian, School library media specialist
Supervisor: Head Librarian; Vice Principal
Department: Library
Purpose: To ensure that library resources support the K-8 academic programs and to teach information and digital literacy

A. Essential Selection Criteria
1 Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent.
2 Possess a high degree of fluency and accuracy in written and spoken English
3 Able and willing to keep yourself up to date with school library work in the 21th century
4 Highly skilled in computers and use of databases and Internet in general
5 A strong interest and confidence in teaching and learning – for students, teachers and yourself.
6 Enjoy teamwork as well as being independent, self directed and creative.
7 Sufficient experience of working in a school library.
8 Enthusiastic about interactive with grade K-8 students of various nationalities, and have a great sense of service towards the students and the teachers
9 Effective communication and organizational skills

B. Desirable Selection Criteria
1 Information and digital literacy teaching experience
2 Knowledge of and experience with the PYP/MYP programs and resources
3 Leadership skills
4 Cataloging and classifying library resources in DDC
5 Up to date knowledge about age appropriate literature for grade K-8 children

C. Responsibilities
1 Collaborate with K-8 teaching staff and the MYP/PYP coordinators to make sure that the library materials support and enhance the goals of the MYP/PYP program.
2 Collaborate with the Head Librarian to create a well-rounded, accessible, and innovative school Library program.
3 Stay up to date with recent children’s and young adult book publications, and make sure that the library collection supports the interests and reading level of the student body.
4 Encourage and support the K-8 teaching staff to integrate new resources and online digital tools in their classroom curriculum.
5 Teach staff and students how to use and access both the physical and digital library resources.
6 Be an advocate for information and digital literacy to both staff and students; act as the primary resource person on research, citation, and digital resource evaluation for the K-8 campus.
7 Coordinate library activities (for ex. Book-To-Movie nights, book art events, Edible Book Festival) for both the K-8 and HS libraries.
8 Collaborate with the Head Librarian in annual budget preparations and library policies.
9 Contribute to the KIS Library e-newsletter “bookclicks” monthly.
10 Ensure that the library is well-designed, equipped, and maintained to serve and encourage student and staff use.
11 Fulfill other duties as required by the Principal / vice principal

Age Limit: 60

Please send your resume along with your educational and work experience certificates to Short listed candidates will be notified via email for a phone or Skype interview.


School Description:

Kodaikanal International School, in Tamil Nadu, India, is a leading international school in South India, with a distinguished history of service over 100 years. It is a residential, co-educational school for 500 students from K-12 located in the Palni hills, Tamil Nadu. KIS is accredited by MSA and offers the IB program and US high school diploma

At KIS you will be working in a multicultural environment with a wide range of highly qualified and experienced colleagues. You will find camaraderie, strong friendships, a wealth of experiences and information shared amongst staff and students. Opportunities for new experiences abound in the diversity offered by life at KIS such as:

1. Hiking and camping in world heritage nature conservation areas
2. Unique outdoor education environment – KIS Wilderness Campus at Poondi
3. Annual field trips within South India that provide cultural and service oriented experience
4. Social experience – an opportunity to make a difference to KIS and the community around us

The safety and security of Kodaikanal with little traffic congestion and pollution ensures a quality of life that cannot be underestimated. All amenities are within walking distance of any KIS campus. The hiking program allows easy access to the beauty of the local environment. Friendships with people from other national, cultural, religious and language backgrounds are common and KIS community life provides a busy out of school circle of events

Kodaikanal International School is ranked the No.1 International Residential School in India, in the Education World India Schools Ranking 2014 Survey. Second year in a row.

Job: Junior School Librarian

9/22/15 –  Junior School Librarian
Dulwich College Junior School, Shanghai, China

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was advertised both in January and September of last year (2015) so am not sure if it was ever filled.  This is a well-established, reputable school but please read the reviews on International School Reviews before applying as there have been some administrative changes in recent years.


Dulwich College Shanghai seeks an outstanding and inspirational educator to join the Junior School. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a contribution in one of Asia’s most successful and well known international schools. You should be able to offer experience in (I)GCSE and / or IBDP.

Dulwich College Shanghai has 1475 students aged 2 – 18 and offers the English Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, the English National Curriculum, International GCSEs and the IB Diploma with outstanding results. In 2015, our students achieved an IB average of 36 and an IGCSE A* / A average of 73%.

Our philosophy draws on 400 years of experience in education from our founding, partner school, Dulwich College in London, which has pioneered the development of British independent education in Asia. Our guiding philosophy is that students come first. We are committed to securing the highest possible standards of teaching and learning and to ensuring that all our students enjoy a rich and varied experience of education.

Dulwich College Shanghai was the first of the Dulwich International Group of schools, which now comprises nine Colleges and High Schools throughout the Asia-Pacific region and continues to grow. The Group is committed to drawing upon its position as a global family of schools to enhance the education of its students and provide its teachers with the opportunity of building enriching and rewarding careers within the Group.

Successful applicants will need to be sympathetic with the ethos and values of the College. Dulwich College Shanghai is a well-resourced school with a motivated and enthusiastic international student body. DCS operates its own competitive salary scale and provides annual flight allowance, domestic bills allowance, fully furnished accommodation within easy reach of the school, medical insurance and family benefits (where applicable).

To apply for this position please go to . The closing date for applications is 1 March 2016, but applications will be reviewed on receipt and we reserve the right to make an early appointment. Your application should include a brief cover letter, CV, statement of your educational philosophy and a recent photograph.

Interviews will take place in London, Shanghai and online.

For further information please see our website at


Job: Academic Librarian (2)

2.18.16 –  Technical Services Librarian and Public Services Librarian
Texas A&M, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: The Tech Services position was advertised last September. Not sure why it was not filled. I have watched the development of Doha’s Education City since its inception in 2002. Jobs regularly appear and are filled but the process is vague and the length of time to hire very slow. Salaries are good although recently the cost of living has been rising and the country has been trending toward beco Deming conservative, for example, cutting off liquor licenses for some establishments, increasing the segregation of men from women, etc.  If you are interested in the Middle East, however, these are cultural differences you need to be willing to accept. Qatar is a stable country with a good safety record however if you want to have come genuine cultural interactions you will need to go camping out of the city, visit the desert in the UAE (Saudi is better but generally off-limits), and/or visit Oman, a must-see country for anyone visiting or living in the region.

Texas A&M Qatar Campus Fact Sheet

Article about Texas A&M Qatar discussing coed education (2012)

Glassdoor Reviews


We are seeking to fill two positions at the moment – excellent communication skills a must!  Work experience in an academic environment (science/technology) would also help. For details please see these postings:

Job Description: Technical Services Librarian

Job Description: Public Services Librarian

Adam E. Cath
Library Director
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