Volunteer: Librarian in Africa

7.11.16 –  Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation
Kasese, Western Region, Uganda

Sarah P’s comments:  I haven’t seen this organization advertise before and could not find any reviews.



Applicants are required to fulfill the requirements;-

1. Be 16 years or older, unless approved by LUYODEFO and accompanied by an adult.

2. Speak and read basic English.

3. Secure funding for travels and accommodations. Volunteers are responsible for the following costs:-

  • Passport and Visa fees
  • All necessary vaccinations
  • Airfare to and from Uganda
  • Room and board at the local Guesthouse ($35 per day)
  • Transportation while in Uganda (including the trip from Kampala to LUYODEFO and back)
  • At least one night hotel stay in Kampala
  • Background check (approximately $50)

4. Submit for approval a detailed plan outlining a project prior to departure. Applicants must be able to start and finish the project in the time period of their visit.

5. Complete a state and national background check

6. Complete all of the pre-trip and post-trip requirements,




Financial Coach

Librarian and or Reading Coach

Volunteers are required to organize a community library (proper cataloguing and classification of books) and take the initiative to open up the library room for local children daily while helping to organize and conduct reading camps for primary students. Materials: Elementary reading level books, funds for books and computers and software.

Sports Coach –Sports for Transformation

Construction Instructor


Minimum time for placement and stay is 1 month.


Website: www.luyodefo-ug.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LUYODEFO

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LUYODEFO

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSENH6DxqGg


Flying into Uganda, you arrive at the Entebbe International Airport on the shores of Lake Victoria, about 3 km from the town centre of Entebbe. Entebbe Airport is about 45 minutes to 2 hours car ride south from Kampala depending on road traffic. Please be sure to have emailed the LUYODEFO Director your flight details prior to your arrival so he can arrange you to be met and greeted on your arrival.


Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and is approximately 45 minutes to 2 hours away from Entebbe International Airport, depending on traffic. At the airport, LUYODEFO staff will be ready to receive you and we get an Airport Taxi take you to your hotel or guesthouse in Kampala for check in. The airport transfer will cost about $60 USD, including vehicle, driver and fuel.


LUYODEFO is located in the village of Kisinga in the Kasese District, about 500 km south west of Kampala. The drive takes about 6 – 8 hours in the bus. Depending on your budget and comfort level, LUYODEFO can recommend and arrange the best transport option for you.


Volunteers can also work in their home country helping with the following tasks:

(a). Helping to connect LUYODEFO with institutions around your community (organization, school/ college/ university, sports club, youth group/women group, church, clinic, etc.)

(b). Organising fundraisers – this can be for a specific project or general program.

(c). Besides all the above, you can support LUYODEFO by donate seed money for community projects (we accept online donations at http://www.luyodefo-ug.org/donate/).


Job: Copyright & Licensing Librarian

7.10.16 – Contract & License Manager (Electronic Publications) / Copyright & Licensing Librarian
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Hamburg, Germany

Sarah P’s comments: This position was advertised on ALAJobs so that would indicate they are open to applications from outside the EU for those who speak English and German.

The ZBW aims to enable free and international access for researchers and students to as many electronic documents in economics as possible. In line with this, negotiating and contracting licenses for national provision of electronic media is the key mission of the license management team at the ZBW.  We negotiate and curate national and alliance licenses for electronic publications in Germany on behalf of the German Research Foundation within the framework of the funding program “Alliance Licenses”.  We also offer national consortia for products in economics in which academic institutions from Germany can participate. Our range of services includes not only negotiating prices and terms of conditions, but also the operative handling of the licenses.

Job description

The successful candidate will negotiate and manage digital resource licenses to help enable the nationwide provision of economic literature. S/he will be responsible for developing, managing and analysing license contracts and user agreements to ensure their compliance with established standards, requirements, best practices, and national and international copyright law.

S/he will support the transition of the ZBW from a classical print-oriented library to a digital library with a transregional provision mandate. This includes the planning and implementation of licensing models in collaboration with providers, publishers and cooperation partners of the academic library system.

Your profile

  • University graduate (Master’s degree, Diploma, or equivalent degree), preferably in Business Law, Law, or Library and Information Science (or related subject), possibly with some professional working experience in academic libraries or licensing experience
  • Business fluent English and German language skills
  • Extensive knowledge of copyright and licensing law and familiarity with contract design are mandatory qualifications
  • Familiarity with licensing processes in academic libraries
  • Familiarity with the academic publishing world (desired)
  • Familiarity in dealing with electronic publications (desired)
  • Knowledge of economics is desirable
  • The ability to clearly communicate complex issues between parties
  • Flexibility, dynamism and the ability to work in a team
  • Self-confident manner as well as high organisational, communication and negotiation skills
  • Willingness to travel frequently on official business
  • Commitment to a learning organisation

We offer

  • Challenging and varied tasks in a dynamic environment where teamwork, transparency, innovation and learning are essential
  • The public sector pension plan (through the VBL)
  • A workplace in the centre of Hamburg or at the fjord of Kiel
  • Equal opportunity and family-friendly policies  

Remuneration is based on the public sector pay scale at grade EG 13 TV-L. The contract will be fixed-term initially for a period of two years in accordance with § 14 Abs. 2 Teilzeit- und Befristungsgesetz (TzBfG), with the option of extension. This is a full-time position. Part-time is possible with a minimum of 30 hours per week. The starting date is October 1, 2016.

Are you interested in joining the license management team?

Apply online now (ID-Nr. A1-06). Your application should contain a cover letter, a current CV, complete transcripts of university grades/certificates, as well as employment references. We look forward to receiving your application.

For further information, please contact Thorsten Meyer (t.meyer@zbw.eu, Tel.: 0049-431-8814-354). Please submit your application with the relevant documents online by July 21, 2016.

We look forward to meeting you!

Job offer in pdf format


Note: ALA Recap…

7.7.16 – For everyone who attended the IRRT program, Leaning International, at the recent ALA annual conference in Orlando…it was great to finally put faces to names and to hear everyone’s stories.  I am just sorry time was so short and that I did not not have the chance to really talk to everyone who came and is interested in working and living overseas.

I am hoping they will expand this program into two next year: a panelist program such as they have had the past two years, as well as a program speaking directly to those who are interested in pursuing international opportunities.

As a member of IRRT, I will be suggesting this, however if anyone else has any ideas of what they believe should be offered, please share.

And my apologies to anyone whom I did not get to spend time with…

Safe travels, Sarah P.






Job: K-12 Head Librarian

7.7.16 – K-12 Head Librarian
The American School of Tampico, Mexico

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a late listing form TIE.  As usual, I recommend joining TIE as well as International School Reviews if you are interested in applying. One review on ISR and it is mixed but seems honest and fair.


Looking for resourceful, flexible teachers who have a genuine interest in student learning and well-being. The American School of Tampico is a co-educational, non-profit, non-sectarian institution founded in 1917. The school facilities are enclosed on a beautiful and modern 13.5 hectare campus. Connecting most of the buildings with upper level balconies and walkways creates a small village-like atmosphere for the 850 students to enjoy.

ATS offers a bilingual and bicultural education which reflect the dynamism and diversity of the area.

Age Restrictions:  65

Job Start Date: 06 January 2017

Apply Online

Internship: Kress Paper Fellowship

7.6.16 – Kress Paper Fellowship
The Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland


The Fellowship is open to Canadian or US graduates of Conservation programmes.

The Preservation and Conservation Department at the Library of Trinity College Dublin is accepting applications for a Samuel H. Kress Conservation Fellowship.  The Fellowship will focus on the treatment of a papyrus Book of the Dead.  This position will suit either a Paper or Papyrus Conservator and will involve carrying out the conservation treatment and materials analysis of the selected Book, as well as developing a template for the treatment, imaging, storage and display of the collection of Books of the Dead held in the Library.

The Kress Fellow will be encouraged to research the imagery, hieroglyphic text and named original owner of the Book of the Dead, as well as the history of the current 19th century mounting and framing system.  The project will be led by the Preservation and Conservation Department with collaboration from the Manuscripts Department and the Department of Classical Studies.

The Kress Fellow will participate in advocacy and public engagement associated with the project, and other outreach activities of the Preservation and Conservation Department.  They will join a dynamic department with 6 conservators, 2 preservation assistants, 1 technician, and 1 intern, and will participate in the responsibilities of the team in delivering the stewardship strategy for the library.

The Fellowship is funded by Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and awarded by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC), to the value of $32,000 US.  The placement will run from October 2016 – September 2017.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae, along with two references to:

Susie Bioletti
Keeper of Preservation and Conservation
The Library
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2, Ireland

The closing date for receipt of applications is 29 July 2016. Interviews will be conducted via Skype in August 2016.  The selection of the Fellow will be approved by FAIC.

Job: Head of Digital Library & Collections

7.5.16 – Head of Digital Library and Collections
Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China


The Head of Digital Library & Collection Development provides supervision, leadership and coordination of the digital library and collection development activities, including the development and deployment of digital library assets, electronic and print collections, and collections budget administration. Reporting to the Library Director, this position strongly influences how effective the University Library can be in delivering all types of materials to students and faculty.  The Library will be largest English Language print and digital academic collection in Zhejiang Province in areas of business, finance, architecture, design, and other academic majors.

The successful candidate will supervise and evaluate staff who are responsible for all facets of digital and print acquisitions.  She/he is responsible for training and performance management and appraisals; establishes priorities; and designs and documents procedures and workflows, in keeping with current and changing system-wide policies and procedures for digital and print materials.

Required Qualifications:

  • M.L.S. from an accredited library science program.
  • Experience or training in digital libraries, managing library collection services with an emphasis on print and electronic resources management, including acquisitions, digital library discovery systems, managing digital and print collections, and vendor relations.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of the electronic publishing environment; negotiating licenses for electronic content; electronic resource management systems.
  • Experience with use of integrated library systems.
  • Ability to plan, initiate, and implement effective programs, projects and services.
  • Work with faculty, staff and students in an English language environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Superior English language competence.
  • Experience with Innovative Interfaces™ (iii) integrated library systems.
  • Demonstrated facility with digital library applications.

Please submit a CV and contact information for three (3) professional references to: 

Huang Jiarui
Human Resources
Wenzhou-Kean University





Jobs: 3 Academic Librarians

6.30.16 – 3 Academic Librarians
University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Sarah P’s comments:I was just at the ALA Library Conference speaking with Librarian Sam  Crawford (read his Spotlight) about the scarcity of positions in that region and then, when I returned home and checked the job lines, I found 3 positions listed in Fiji! If you want to go to the South Pacific, British-based USP is considered the best place to work for. Typically USF has short deadlines however this time they you have a month to apply however if interested I would still get right on it.


Library Systems Manager – Laucala Campus: FLI179, deadline: July 8th, 2016. FYI: this position has been advertised several times in the past 1 1/2 years. Not sure if they are being picky or just not finding a qualified person.

Librarian – Emalus Campus – VAS006: deadline: July 22nd, 2016.

Senior Librarian – Emalus Campus – VAS005: deadline: July 22nd, 2016.





This position is a re-post (original was 8/4/15).