Job: Primary School Librarian

11.29.16 – Primary School Librarian
Victoria Shanghai Academy, Hong Kong

Sarah P’s comments:  Good reviews overall and Hong Kong is a fascinating place. For more international school librarian positions visit TESjobs (UK-based) or TIE (there is a fee to join).


Teacher Librarian for Primary Section

Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) is a well resourced and successful private independent non-profit IB World school in Hong Kong offering a bilingual PYP programme and MYP and DP programmes from Grades 1-12.  The primary school comprises 950 students served by 90 plus teachers, more than half of whom are expatriate. The majority of our students are local Cantonese for whom English and Putonghua are second languages. The Academy aspires towards a student-centred community of academic and personal excellence, combining international perspectives and Chinese heritage.

VSA is now recruiting enthusiastic and committed teacher for the above position for the school year beginning August 2017:

  • Recognized teaching qualification and have at least two years of teaching experience
  • Strong ICT Skills and knowledge of Library Systems
  • A commitment to student centred inquiry based learning
  • IB experience an advantage but not essential
  • Ability to work with a range of students from Y1-5

Applicants please download and complete the application form and email along with a statement of your educational philosophy and full resume to the Primary Principal ( by 5 January 2017.

Application Form


Webinar: Global Librarianship Services

11.28.16 – Global Librarianship Services Webinar

Date: 12/5, Monday at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST // 11:00-12 pm PST


  • Dan Perkins (Global Services Librarian at NYU)
  • Lindsay Wharton (Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian at FSU)
  • Hong Cheng (Global Services Librarian at University of Cincinnati)


As the opportunities and challenges raised by globalization become more a part of people’s everyday lives, colleges and universities are committed to providing their students with academic opportunities on a global scale. This has led academic libraries to focus their efforts on meeting the needs of their students and faculty at global campuses and study abroad sites. Also under the same trend, the number of global services/education librarians is on the rise with unique responsibilities and experiences. In this panel, we’ll be discussing:

  • the similarities and differences between the global library services programs at our respective sites;
  • the opportunities and challenges we’ve faced, including how to work with partners in headquarters as well as overseas;
  • discuss how global library services may be evolving in the future.
  • Experiences we have had
  • Future trends in global librarianship

Audience participation in this discussion is welcome and strongly encouraged.
45 minutes for presentation, 30 minutes for discussion.

Job: Senior Assistant

11.23.16 – Senior Assistant to the Documents and Records Management Officer
Frontex, Warsaw, Poland

Sarah P’s comments:  To apply, you must have:

  • qualifications that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are subject to the equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the said EU Member States
  • produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the EU and of a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the EU to the extent necessary for the performance of his duties;
  • be a national of one of the Member States of the EU or the Schengen Associated Countries and enjoys the full rights as a citizen
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), has been established under Regulation (EU) 2016/1624 of 14 September 2016 (the ‘Regulation’). The agency was created on the foundations of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (established under Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004), which has been coordinating operational activities at the EU external border since 2005.

The Documents and Records Management Officer ensures that the internal handling of unclassified and sensitive non-classified documents and records is effective and in line with the agency’s documents and records management policy and that all necessary measures are taken in order to ensure that Frontex fulfils its obligations associated to the publication, archiving, destruction, transfer of records and documents it produces. S/he will be responsible for the functional evolution of the Document Management System.

Click on the job title above to read the full job description…

Job: School Librarian

11.22.16 – School Librarian
St. Anthony School, Costa Rica

Sarah P’s comments: This post is being shared via the ALAWorld e-mail group.  I could not find any reviews and the school’s website is in Spanish so I would say speaking Spanish, though not listed, is a requirement…
General Info about the School (in English)
YouTube video


Saint Anthony School, a private-bilingual school in Costa Rica is looking for a k- 12 School Librarian to be in charged of:

  • Ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
  • Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
  • Instill a love of learning/reading in all students and ensure equitable access to information
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction.

Candidates must:

  • Be willing to live in San José, Costa Rica.
  • Be certificate or have formal education as a Librarian.
  • 5 to 7 years as a School Librarian or related field.

Interested can send resumes to:

You can check our website to be familiar with the institution at:

Job: Int’l School Librarians

11.20.16 –  Here is the latest list of international school librarian positions available via TIE (The International Educator). This is the area where the most international positions are listed and thus is the easiest way to break into international work. While it is still a good idea to join an agency and be vetted, the majority of schools are now advertising on TIE and accepting direct applications.

Currently, The International Educator (TIE) currently has 20 positions listed. Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree.  For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.


Job: Library Director

11.17.16 – Library Director
Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin, Germany

The Library Director is responsible for building and overseeing the Library and Music Archives at the Barenboim-Said Akademie. This individual will oversee the cataloging, access, and use of collections, and work closely with students and faculty at the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

The Library Director reports to the Dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.
We are looking for someone who is a self-starter and accustomed to working in a dynamic,
multicultural environment. Must be goal-oriented and a team player, and exhibit cultural
sensitivity and discretion.

The Barenboim-Said Akademie’s main language is English. For more information on the Barenboim-Said Akademie, please go to:
Primary Responsibilities

  1. Build and develop a library at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in coordination with the Dean and the Director of Humanities.
  2. Introduce and maintain a management, loaning and access system for the Barenboim-Said Akademie, maintaining access to faculty, students, and staff.
  3. Maintain ties with Berlin library music collections at other Musikhochschulin and at the Staatsbibliothek.
  4. Represent the Barenboim-Said Akademie in all matters pertaining to its library collection. Assist with representation of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in matters pertaining to reference and research.
  5. Oversee public and reference services including library policies and procedures, circulation, loan, and reserve functions.
  6. Maintain subscriptions to academic journals, score collections for the Barenboim-Said Akademie and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and sound collections.
  7. Coordinate on-campus library related events, such as orientation library tours, library and reference resources for open days, etc.
  8. Manage and oversee library computer lab.
  9. Hire and manage staff of student workers and interns, with approval from the Dean.
  10. Provide assistance, as needed, with the Barenboim-Said Akademie’s Preparatory Program.
  11. Provide assistance, as needed, with the Barenboim-Said Akademie’s Orientation Program for new students.
  12. Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  1. University undergraduate degree required, with preference given to those holding a degree in music; graduate degree in Library Science desired.
  2. Familiarity with a Musikhochschule, music conservatory, or university school of music is essential, as well as being conversant and knowledgeable about music as an academic and performance- related higher education field.
  3. At least two (2) years of higher-education administrative responsibility in a music library required; four (4) years desired.
  4. Must possess excellent organizational skills, an ability to problem solve, and a demonstrated attention to detail.
  5. Fluent English, with excellent knowledge of oral and written German; reading knowledge of French or Italian required. Additional languages—especially Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and/or Farsi—desired.
  6. Experience with library management software.
  7. High level of proficiency with technology, social media, and office productivity tools.
  8. Capacity and desire to learn and upgrade a variety of computer software skills.
  9. Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills in English and German.
  10. Must be able to handle a demanding work schedule, and have a demonstrated ability to work in an environment that celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity.

Compensation is in line with the federal payscale for similar positions at German public
universities (TVöD-Bund, EG 09B). The position is due to begin as soon as possible.

Please send a resume and cover letter to

– See more at:

Spotlight: Recruiting Agency CIS

11.16.16 – Council of International Schools (CIS)
The Netherlands & New York, USA

The international school recruiting season is in full swing with more positions being posted almost daily on either The International Educator (TIE) or TesJobs.  TIE is American-based but offers a wide range of international school jobs while TesJobs is British-based and tends to represent schools who offer either the British National Curriculum and/or IB.

In my book, I discuss the pros and cons as well as the cost of the various agencies, however here is a short blurb and the link to CIS (Council of International Schools), one of the better known and established agencies who recruit staff for international schools including librarians. Also included are some answers to questions about the agency from Tanja Janjic, one of their Career & Recruitment Services Administrators

CIS was formed in 2003 as a spin-off from ECIS (European Council of Schools) and handles both the accreditation of schools and the Teacher Placement service. It is a world-wide organization however due to its origin is still heavily European and British-based and is the service the majority of teachers from these regions recruit through. CIS holds one recruitment fair in January in London where they claim that 50% of the interviews for open positions take place. The remainder are recruited via online interviews or independent in-person meetings. The fee for registration and membership, lasting three years is €180.


  1. Why choose CIS rather than another recruitment agency?

CIS Career & Recruitment Services can connect candidates with more than 700 high-quality, reputable member schools located throughout the world that are expressly committed to continuous improvement and preparing students to become active global citizens. We support our candidates in their career development and finding the position that will benefit both candidates and the school, resulting in a successful international experience. Being a CIS-Approved candidate is an indication of quality that our member schools recognise and value. The application process is thorough, ensuring that we represent candidates and their skills in the most competitive and effective way. We are committed to supporting our candidates throughout their career in international education through our events, resources and other professional development opportunities.

  1. CIS traditionally focused on European Schools, how worldwide is the focus and coverage now?

CIS has a truly global network, currently including 706 member schools in 112 countries and all Member Schools are accredited. (530 schools are outside of Europe.)

  1. Are librarians from countries other than US/UK/Canada/Europe able to obtain positions (if they have the credentials)?

As long as they meet the CIS criteria, candidates from any country are welcomed to apply. In the last couple of years, we had 97 librarian vacancies available in CIS member schools in 32 countries. CIS-Approved Educators come from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities.

  1. Is it still worth the expense of attending a hiring fair?

The CIS Career & Recruitment Fair does more than bring together leaders from more than 100 Member Schools in one venue to facilitate the job interview process. Past attendees have stated that in addition to finding positions, the CIS Educator Recruitment Fair helped them gain confidence, learn interview techniques and how to present to schools, learn about the diverse range of opportunities to teach internationally, build a network with other educators and advance their careers. We have a variety of workshops for candidates in different stages of their careers.