Job: Elementary School Librarian

4.28.16 –  Elementary Librarian
American School of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sarah P’s comments: A late opening from one of the top schools in the Middle East. ASD has been around for years and has become as large school with a hectic work pace in a city with crazy traffic. However, it is still a good place to work and, if you like city, life, Dubai is a crazy, vibrant place where something is always happening.

Apply by June 1, 2016

Start date July 31, 2016

Primary Responsibilities:
• Plan and prepare throughout the year for effective instruction within the classroom
• Provide a classroom environment that is conducive to learning
• Effective delivery of the curriculum
• Effectively manage each group of students while providing for a variety of learning styles, ability
levels, and educational backgrounds
• Maintain rigorous and appropriate learning expectations of all students at all times
• Monitor student learning and make appropriate modifications of goals and strategies to meet students’ needs
• Maintain accurate up-to-date records of student progress and attendance
• Engage parents and students in the learning process through frequent and meaningful
communications about student progress
• Be available to parents and students outside of school hours
• Engage in department/team planning, curriculum review, budgeting and other activities
• Interact cooperatively with colleagues in the development of cohesive curriculum materials and the establishment of instructional goals
• Co-operate with and participate in the planning and evaluation of the school program
• Keep current in education through coursework, in-service programs, and by attending professional meetings and conferences
• Remain proficient in school related technologies, Employ technology (computer, video, internet, etc. as appropriate to enhance instruction
• Engage with students in meaningful activities beyond the classroom which extend learning experiences for students (coaching, organizing field trips, sponsorship of clubs, events, community service projects, etc.)

• Engage with the administration in a committed effort to improve one’s own instructional skills
• Openly support and abide by all school policies and procedures
• Model the ‘Core Values’ in interactions with the school community
• Liaise with the Principal, taking on tasks as assigned, including all school goals

• Demonstrate commitment to personal continuous professional growth and development
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships
• Represent ASD with students, parents, colleagues, and broader school community in a professional manner
• Exhibit a professional attitude toward criticism
• Recognize and strengthen personal performance through self analysis of actions, participating inprofessional development activities, exploring educational research,  participating in professional
organizations, and through formal renewal programs

Job Skills and Requirements
• Master’s degree with a valid teaching certificate/license in content area and/or for the position you are applying
• A minimum of two years, current, full time teaching experience in the position you are applying for
• Teaching experience in a North American educational environment
• Experience with current best practices, current teaching materials, and current instructional strategies as well as recent professional growth activities
• Focused instruction and assessment on student learning
• Models ASD Core Values (Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Responsibility

Job: Deputy/Principal Librarian

3.18.16 – Deputy University Librarian
Fiji National University, Nasinu, Fiji

Sarah P’s comments: Re-advertised: note the new closing date of 4/29/16.  I suspect this is a new position as this university was only created in 2010.  On their website they list this position as ‘re-advertised’ so perhaps, as often happens, they were advertising locally first.  Given the high level of education and skills they are requiring I am not surprised they did not yet locate a viable candidate. FYI: The other contender in the region and the usual source for jobs is the well-established, British-based University of the South Pacific located in Suva, Fiji.

FNU Wikipedia article
FNU Library Page
Indeed Review of Working for FNU (includes a Library Assistant review)


The appointee will be responsible to assist the University Librarian in all academic, strategic and managerial affairs of the library and the total operations of library and information services. He / She will be required to assist the University Librarian in formulating planning goals and objectives, recruiting, supervising professional and paraprofessional staff, providing education, and training for its staff. The appointee will also be responsible for reviewing and/or developing Library policies, systems and procedures in accordance with the educational objective of the University, and provide technical advice to staff and students of FNU pertaining to library services. The Deputy University Librarian is also required to train and mentor junior staff and interns. In addition to these duties, the Deputy University Librarian is required to develop and/or teach courses at various levels as per the University Academic Policies.


A Doctoral degree  in Library Science/  Information Science/Information Management and 3 years of experience at a senior managerial position in a recognised university library OR a Master’s Degree in Library Science/  Information Science/Information Management and at least 7 years of experience at a senior managerial position in a recognised university library.

The appointee should have related teaching experience in higher education stream and a demonstrated ability to make a significant contribution to the discipline through research and scholarship.

(Senior managerial position means performing a managerial role e.g.  Section in-charge Librarian, Senior Librarian, Senior Assistant Librarian or a higher position in a university library after obtaining full professional qualification at masters level)


An attractive salary commensurate with qualifications and abilities would be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Applications must be submitted online using the University’s online job applications system which can be accessed at this address:
Incomplete applications will not be considered, therefore your submission as a complete application must include:

  • Cover letter with Job Ref. No. and Position
  • Detailed CV with at least contacts of 3 referees
  • Certified academic credentials & transcripts

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by Fiji National University, then your application has not been successful.


Job: Archive Manager

4.24.16 –  Manager, Archive of Maori & Pacific Music (AMPM)
The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Sarah P’s comments: highly specialized, but oh so interesting…

Libraries & Learning Services:

The Archive of Māori & Pacific Music houses an ethnographic sound collection relating to the Māori and the Pacific which is of national and international significance.  Established in 1970 to promote research into the music of Māori, and other peoples of the Pacific Islands, it includes material from most tribal groups of New Zealand and most Pacific Islands, commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, oral histories, stories and language resources.  The Archive is open to the general public as well as researchers, scholars and students.

The University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services team is seeking an experienced audio-visual archivist to manage the Archive. The appointee will be familiar with current best practice in the preservation and digitisation of audio-visual archives, with experience in appropriate handling of obsolete or deteriorated audio-visual materials, as well as familiarity with audio-visual formats, playback equipment, and digital editing software.

The successful applicant will have an in depth understanding of the issues surrounding the creation, preservation and management of digital audio-visual objects. Experience in the maintenance and calibration of audio-visual equipment would be an advantage. Familiarity with ethical issues surrounding ethnographic recordings is important and knowledge of Maori and/or a Pacific Island language would be useful.

Desired qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualifications or comparable industry experience indicating relevant technical credentials in audio-visual media technology, sound and video engineering, materials science, audio-visual media archives, or related areas. The mix of tertiary qualifications and comparable experience must include a high level of expertise in audio technologies.
  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications in conservation or comparable professionally recognised institutional training and experience, including both practical and theoretical conservation theory and materials science.

The Archive Manager’s primary duties will include:

  • Responsible for ensuring the ongoing development and maintenance of the archive through the development and implementation of preservation, digitisation and collection management plans.
  • Managing the description of all Māori & Pacific Music Archive collections through appropriate metadata standards, and to facilitate discovery of the metadata via the Archive’s and Library’s discovery systems.
  • Managing the provision of access to, and copies of AMPM recordings within the conditions of donor agreements
  • Supervision of the AMPM Library Assistant

This is a full-time 37.5 hours permanent level 6 position, working Monday to Friday.

If interested in this position, please include with your online application, a cover letter, CV and two referees.

The University has an equity policy and welcomes applications from all qualified persons.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students.

 Applications close: 8th of May 2016 (NZST)




Jobs: ISS Hiring Fair for School Librarians

4.22.16  – ISS Hiring Fair for School Librarians
Online, USA

Sarah P’s comments: International School Services (ISS) is one of the large recruiting agencies for international educators including librarians.  They offer a range of hiring fairs as well as online fairs and you must pay a fee to join. ISS recruits for their managed schools as well as other schools.  The general consensus is that the schools they manage, particularly in China, are inferior, however they can be an opportunity for you to break-in to the international circuit.  Please see my book for further information.


Join ISS for our fifth iFair® on May 11, 2016!
The iFair® combines interview sign-up with the latest technology platforms to bring interviewing directly to your phone or laptop. We’re pleased to announce that Skype has been fully integrated into the platform, allowing recruiters to request a Skype call immediately after your text-based chat. All communication can still be done from your laptop or mobile device.
Registration is now open! Sign up today to participate in this exciting event. You must be an active ISS candidate to participate in the iFair.

If you have questions about creating or updating your account, please email the EdStaffing team (

Job: Associate Information and Evidence Officer

4.21.16 – Associate Information and Evidence Officer, P-2
Office of the Prosecutor, ICC (Int’l Criminal Court), The Hague, Netherlands

A roster of suitable candidates will be established for this post as a result of this selection process for both fixed-term established and general temporary assistance posts.

Candidates who have already applied to this position (VA 4241), do not need to re-apply.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the general supervision of the Senior Manager of the Services Section and the direct supervision of the Head of the Information and Evidence Unit, the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties:

  • Supervise technicians and processes associated with securing electronic evidence at the seat of the Court;
  • Write technical scripts and programs that transform the structure of data to become useful in the Office’s evidence management systems;
  • Ensure the registration, digitization (wherever possible), the secure permanent storage, the registration and tracking of hardcopies (where appropriate) and the forwarding of all physical information and evidence material for court proceedings, including the maintenance of the chain of custody and the classification and confidentiality regime of the Office of the Prosecutor;
  • Translate the objectives of investigations into technical activities to assist teams in their examination of evidence in Ringtail, in the case of evidence, or TRIM for Information related to Preliminary Examinations;
  • Understand the structures and purposes of collected data and advice teams on appropriate measures to extract relevant information while maintaining forensic integrity of the evidence;
  • Populate evidence selection systems to allow teams to select potentially relevant items for registration as evidence;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Essential Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree in archive and records management, information management, law, or other relevant field.  A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience is accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • Training in database management or equivalent including certified training in the field of forensic data management, evidence and property room management  or other relevant fields;


  • A minimum of two years (four years with a first level university degree) of practical experience in the field of data automation, data management and functioning of electronic devises, preferably in a legal environment;
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Advanced skills in the use of MS Access database programming and general advanced skills in the use computer software;
  • Experience in the population of litigation support or evidence review tools;
  • Excellent communication skills and client orientation;
  • Ability to work effectively and constructively in teams;
  • Ability to work in a non-discriminatory manner, with respect for diversity;
  • Ability to keep strict standards of confidentiality and security;
  • Professional integrity.

Knowledge of languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, English and French is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is considered an asset.

ICC Core Competencies
Dedication to the mission and values
– Acts consistently in accordance with the mission and values of the Organisation;
– Maintains confidentiality, acts with integrity and shows respect for diversity;
– Shows commitment to the organisation;
– Presents a positive image of the organisation during external discussions.
– Applies professional and technical expertise;
– Keeps abreast of organisational issues;
– Produces workable solutions to a range of problems;
– Listens, consults and communicates proactively;
– Handles disagreements with tact and diplomacy;
– Recognises and rewards the contribution of others;
Learning and developing
– Identifies development strategies needed to achieve work and career goals and makes use of developmental or training opportunities;
– Learns from successes and failures;
– Seeks feedback and gives feedback to others to increase organisational effectiveness;
– Seeks opportunities for improvement of work;
– Has an open mind and contributes to innovation.
Handling uncertain situations
– Adapts to changing circumstances;
– Deals with ambiguity, making positive use of the opportunities it presents;
– Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances;
– Manages time effectively.
– Expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly;
– Handles contacts with diplomacy and tact;
– Communicates in a transparent and open way with internal and external contacts while complying with confidentiality requirements.
Realising objectives
– Accepts and tackles demanding goals with enthusiasm;
– Keeps to agreements with others;
– Focuses on client needs;
– Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people;
– Monitors and maintains quality and productivity.

General Information
– The selected candidate will be subject to a Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) process in accordance with ICC policy. The PSC process will include but will not be limited to, verification of the information provided in the personal history form and a criminal record check.
– Applicants may check the status of vacancies on ICC E-Recruitment web-site.
– Post to be filled preferably by a national of a State Party to the ICC Statute, or of a State which has signed and is engaged in the ratification process or which is engaged in the accession process, but nationals from non-state parties may also be considered.
– In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions, representation of the principal legal systems of the world for legal positions, and equitable geographical representation for positions in the professional category.
– Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.
– The Court reserves the right not to make any appointment to the vacancy, to make an appointment at a lower grade, or to make an appointment with a modified job description.
– The International Criminal Court is a member organization of the Inter-Organization Mobility Accord and is interested in secondment of staff from organizations of the United Nations Common System.


Volunteer Int’l Academic Program Leader

4.20.16 –  International Academic Program Leader
Outreach 360, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

Sarah P’s comments: This is a volunteer position listed as a ‘job’ which is a little confusing.  The position does include room and board and a stipend.  While not strictly library, it is a position supporting literacy and if you have ESL experience and are seeking a way into international work, here is a chance to get your foot in the door.  FYI: this position is restricted to citizens of the United States, Canada, or the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Here is a review.


Outreach360 is a non-profit organization working in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Our mission is to enable children to live a life of choice- to help them to stay in school, to be qualified when completing high school to be able to choose between a college education or gainful employment.

We involve American and Canadian high schools, colleges, churches, individuals, and families to teach in our “Learning Centers”, focusing on teaching English to motivated students. We also involve children in fun and exciting English Immersion Camps, where they have the opportunity to engage in fun and unique activities such as art, music and drama while having authentic opportunities to practice and improve their English speaking skills.

We have openings for individuals and couples to join us in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The ideal candidates will be enthusiastic, flexible, love people, speak Spanish and English fluently, have at least five years post undergraduate work or academic experience, have 2+ years international experience in a country other than their own, and have proven leadership and management ability. Both members of couples team will need to qualify as a staff member (Team Leader or Program Leader). Candidates are not able to have partners or spouses who are not leaders nor children accompany them for this position due to the minimal educational opportunities available, the heavy workload, the extreme flexibility required, and the limited living accommodations available. Applicants must be citizens of the United States, Canada, or the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.


Your primary role will be to implement and manage challenging and productive academic classes that work to transform the lives of students we serve. You will also be responsible for involving short-term volunteers to be a meaningful contribution to the program and to our results in the community. You will quickly have the opportunity and expectation to take on increasing leadership roles, including administration and supervision. Your transportation to and from your home location in the U.S. or Canada and the Dominican Republic/Nicaragua are covered, along with your room and board, and excellent international medical insurance. A basic monthly financial stipend based on experience with a possible gradual increase.


The northwest section of the Dominican Republic in the town of Monte Cristi.

In the northern mountains of Nicaragua in the town of Jinotega.


To “Release the Hero Within” all people you come in contact with. To make a difference in the local community. To make a difference with our international volunteers.


We are looking to fill this position with a qualified candidate as soon as possible. This position will remain open until filled.

Additional Outreach360 info:

To learn more about Outreach360, visit:

General Selection Process:

  • Review this job description to determine if you are qualified to apply.
  • If qualified and interested, fill out the online application by clicking “apply for this job” below.
  • You will be notified within 7 days if you have been selected for a video interview with one of our leaders. Couples applying for the position will be interviewed separately, but hired jointly.

Position Specific Accountabilities:

The Outreach360 Program Leader has overall responsibility for the “difference making” Outreach360 volunteers have, and the success students in the community are having in the program.

The Program Leader’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the volunteer’s safety and health (#1 Priority).
  • Creating an experience such that our volunteers know they made a difference during their time with Outreach360.
  • Manage student enrollment and progress in academic programs, and attendance at English Immersion Camps.

The Program Leader’s tasks include:

  • Designing each week to best match volunteer abilities with local needs.
  • Coordinating with local leaders.
  • Leading program orientation to make sure volunteers are well prepared for their week.
  • Volunteer oversight and guidance, especially as it relates to program delivery.
  • Lead academic programs in the absence of short-term volunteers.

Program Types:

EFL, Literacy, Community Health, Environment, Life Skills.

The Program Leader’s position could be compared to that of a camp activities director, curriculum planner, school department head, or ESL Director.

The Rewards:

This is a position where you can make a significant difference. Both with the children you are impacting, and also with the many American and Canadian volunteers who join us. It is a life-changing experience for almost all volunteers; you create that opportunity for them. This is also an opportunity to be immersed in a new and different culture.

Time Requirement:

This is more than a full time position. The days are long and the weeks are full as we have volunteer teams arriving week after week. We do our best to manage the well-being of our leaders by offering generous time-off; You will have down time and days off each month, but it is definitely not an 8-5 job. These positions should be filled by individuals who are high energy, and who enjoy lots of work.


The Dominican Republic is a great country with friendly and welcoming people. We are working in the small, beautiful town of Monte Cristi on the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic. It is a great community filled with motivated and deserving children.

The town of Jinotega is located in the mountains of Nicaragua, two hours north of Managua. It is the coffee capital of Nicaragua. This small town is often called the “City of Mists” for the mist that hangs on the surrounding mountain tops.

  • Our Team Leaders and Program Leaders may be living in either of these locations, and may need to occasionally move from one to the other.


At all locations you should plan on having living and sleeping facilities the size of a hotel room dorm room, with private bathroom. All meals are eaten in a common area, so there is no need for personal kitchen facilities. Most of your time is spent away from your room, so housing is not critical. We have internet and phone access at all locations. Our Leaders should understand they will be working outside of their room, and be satisfied with very simple yet adequate accommodations.

Additional Considerations:

Outreach360 is a very structured organization, protective of our volunteers and local reputation. We have a no alcohol and no smoking policy. You must maintain appropriate relationships with Outreach360 staff, international volunteers, students, and locals.

Please contact with any position specific questions prior to applying.


  • 5+ years of full-time post college graduation experience leading education/ESL programs.
  • International experience.
  • High level of fluency (oral and written) in Spanish and English.
  • Proficient driving skills with a stick shift (manual transmission) before arrival in country.
  • First aid and CPR certified.
  • Flexible.
  • People person.


  • Food, housing and travel expenses are covered.
  • Salary based on experience.
  • Yearly travel stipend
  • Great international medical insurance
  • Quarterly performance review and development support

Please make sure that you meet the minimum requirements prior to applying. If you have any questions about the position or your qualifications, email:

News: A Quixotic Mission…

4.19.16 – A Quixotic Mission: Indonesia’s Library on Horseback
By David Gonzalez,  The New York Times, Apr. 12, 2016

Who doesn’t remember the magic of libraries, where new wonders awaited on each shelf, ready to take young minds to far-off places? Of course, if you live in a far-off place, a library may be something you’d only read about in books. That is, if you had books to begin with.

That became the mission of Ridwan Sururi, an Indonesian man with a plan — and a horse…

Ridwan arriving at a nearby village with his mobile library.