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
Texas A&M University at Qatar  |

Job: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

2.17.16 – Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: This position was posted last November on IFLAjobs (see my blogpost).  It has now appeared on ALAJobs.  I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates and are now broadening the search to a US-based job list. Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions. Positions appear periodically but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region. For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai. Traffic is horrendous but it’s an interesting place if you are into city life.


The AUS Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Collection Services Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.

Primary responsibilities include: acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections; coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system; troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery; collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics; document delivery.



An ALA-accredited MLS degree with minimum of 3 years experience. Knowledge of web-based applications and environment; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Candidates must have ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.


Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI; 2 years experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases  or digital serials management; Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH Experience working in a university or research environment; Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platforms;

Working knowledge of Javascript, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools

Job: Patron & Reference Services Librarian

2.16.16 –  Patron & Reference Services Librarian
University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  A fairly new university (founded in 2000); could not find any reviews; this reads like a new position; they would appreciate Russian language ability; do not confuse with the American University of Central Asia.  They also just  advertised for a University Librarian (Director)

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future.

Summary of Position
The Patron and Reference Services Librarian will report to and work closely with the University Librarian. The successful candidate will manage and promote the library’s patron (faculty and students) and reference services while working closely with faculty, staff and students in order to meet their needs for circulation, the search and access of relevant print and digital information, and the utilization of reference services. He or she will also support the University Librarian in all functions of library operations ensuring high levels of service to the university community. This is an exciting opportunity for an early or mid-career, energetic, creative, and service-oriented librarian to gain international experience and to play a pivotal role in the opening of UCA’s first campus in 2016. UCA is an entrepreneurial institution and the Patron and Reference Services Librarian will need to be the kind of individual who can help develop an innovative, technology driven academic library.

Key Responsibilities
The key responsibilities of the Patron and Reference Services Librarian will be to:

  • Manage the functions and operations of circulation and reference services, including train and supervise library assistants, create work schedules, coordinate opening and closing of the library and provide a range of online and onsite references services.
  • Develop and document policies and procedures for circulation and reference services; prepare, submit and analyze reports and statistics, manage circulation process through the integrated library management system and keep track and analyze utilization of reference services.
  • Play a key role in implementing features of the integrated library system and perform all functions required to build a database of library collections, administer the holdings, and generate various reports, including circulation and inventory reports.
  • Become familiar with the library’s network and life cycle of electronic resources ranging from acquisition, access, administration, support to evaluation and participate in the negotiation of licenses and agreements for electronic resources.
  • Participate in the discussion of using information technology to develop, deploy innovative, user-centered services and systems and organize events and exhibits to encourage student and faculty use of library programs and services.
  • Assist in the management of the library’s website in conjunction with information technology staff to create content, develop changes, and evaluate pages.
  • Enable learning and discovery through the teaching library instruction sessions, provide one-on-one assistance at the reference help desk and though online channels.
  • Assist in the development of library collections, obtain feedback from the users and liaise with designated academic departments for input and recommendations on building relevant library resources.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited institution would be an asset
  • An undergraduate academic background in the humanities, sciences or engineering
  • Energetic and ambitious team player who thrives on a challenge and is comfortable working in a start-up environment
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in an internationally recognized academic library
  • Demonstrated experience in using databases, electronic, and print resources
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; effective instructional skills in group and individual settings; strong planning, organization and analytical skills
  • Experience using integrated library systems, library catalogues and knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques
  • Experience working in international educational institutions


  • Advanced English
  • Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset

Relationships: The Patron and Reference Services Librarian will report to the University Librarian.

Salary and International Package: Salary and package to attract the best candidate.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 15 March 2016. In your application e-mail “subject”, please write: “Patron and Reference Services Librarian” and please indicate how you heard about us. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University.

UCA consists of its Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. The University brings with it the commitment and partner¬ship of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The University is advancing construction of three residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan that will serve 3,600 students when fully operational. UCA will launch its undergraduate degree programmes at its campuses in Naryn in September 2016, in Khorog in 2017, and in Tekeli in 2019.
For more information on UCA, please visit

Application Information

Employment Contract
Academic Affairs
University of Central Asia
+996 312 910 822
+996 312 910 835

News: Call for Submissions…

2.12.16 –  Call for Submissions…

Sarah P’s comments:  One of my volunteer jobs is that of editor for 805, a library-supported literary journal which supports the connection between writing and libraries.  We accept submissions from anywhere and right now are focusing on promoting teen writers.  If any of you anywhere know of a teen who likes to write and/or secondary teachers can you please share this notice?  Thanks for your support.

We’re accepting submissions for our upcoming teen issue through March 31, 2016. This issue will highlight teen writers and artists in our community and beyond. We especially hope to publish teen graphic artists. See our submissions page to submit your work.
We accept submissions to our regular issues (geared towards adults) year-round. See flyer.

Volunteer: Graphic Designer for Libraries

2.11.15 –  Graphic Designer for Libraries
Libros Para Pueblos, Oaxaca, Mexico

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with graphic design skills, here is a unique opportunity.  Could not find any reviews.

We are Libros Para Pueblos, a growing NGO based in Oaxaca, Mexico. Our mission is to inspire the love of reading in Oaxaca’s children. We create and support libraries in communities and help librarians to improve their job with children.

We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join us in Oaxaca, Mexico. If you are interested in supporting our work through volunteering, please contact us.

The Graphic Designer position is an exciting volunteer post that offer a wide range of activities: Help to improve all out communication materials through graphic designer, help to develop a visual identity manual, develop brochures, advocacy materials, editorial design, slide shows, photo edition, web design.. Also, you can offer your time for activities like: reading to children once in the week, help us to set up events and workshops. We offer you support to gain experience as a Graphic Designer and support you to integrate to the cultural and social life of Oaxaca

Duration of program: 3-6-12 months

Age requirements: 25-100

Cost: There are no program fees. Volunteers can expect to spend from 20 dollars in food/accommodation.

Other information: We will support volunteers in finding appropriate accommodation, Spanish courses, etc. Recommendation letter at the end of the project.