Job: Reference and Subject Librarian

2.24.17 –  Reference and Subject Librarian
Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  As I commented in an earlier post NU is a fairly new university and I first saw an advert posted for librarians in 2011.  From what I hear the pay is low as compared to what faculty receive but it is an opportunity to gain international work experience helping to develop an academic library. For more information and to see the history of their listed positions please search by ‘Nazabayev’ on this blog.

NU has now been around long enough to garner some reviews which I would definitely read before deciding to apply:
Academic Job in Kazakhstan?
Glassdoor Reviews
Pol Sci Rumors  (some comments are culturally insensitive)

FYI: This is a line which I have not previously seen: Qualified candidates from Southeast Asia, and also from South Korea and Japan are highly encouraged to apply.

Nazarbayev University Library (NUL) invites applications for the position of Reference and Subject Librarian. NUL, as one of most progressive and dynamic libraries in Kazakhstan, is looking for energetic, creative, and service-oriented librarian to join our team.

The Library is part of Nazarbayev University — a vibrant, research-driven institution that offers undergraduate and post graduate degree programs in the field of Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Humanities, Medicine, and more. Apply now for a chance to have a memorably unique experience living and working in Astana, the exciting young capital of Kazakhstan.

Key Responsibilities:

As Reference Librarian

  •  Conduct reference interview to provide targeted research advice and resources
  •  Assist and instruct patrons to locate and use library print materials and e-resources
  •  Design training materials, develop and deliver seminars on database use, information literacy, and research
  •  Organize events and exhibits to promote reference services
  •  Develop and integrate new methods in reference service using Western technology and international library experience
  •  Manage the reference desk in accordance with library schedules (note that evening and weekend hours are included)
  •  Manage “Ask-a-Librarian” service, coordinating requests received and monitoring frequently asked questions
  •  Develop guidelines, rules, and instructions on the basic directions of activity
  •  Participate in evaluation of reference services effectiveness

As Subject Librarian

  • Collaborate with faculty members
  • Provide subject expertise for patrons in area of specialization (e.g. Chemistry, Education, Engineering)
  • Participate in collection development of print and electronic materials
  • Conduct research on patron needs and analyze effectiveness of subject-specific reference collection

Other responsibilities:

  •   Assist in other library work areas or committees as needed
  •   Participate in activities aimed at promoting library resources and user awareness
  •   Create and initiate projects in specialized areas of librarianship for further development of the library
  •   Provide mentoring for local staff
  •   Design and present workshops to share best practices to Kazakhstani librarians

Minimum Educational Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from a University in the United States, Canada, Europe, or Southeast Asia. Applicants from a variety of academic backgrounds are welcome; however, applicants with a degree in Education, Business, Sciences, or Social Sciences, will be given preference.

Professional experience: At least two (2) years of relevant experience in  academic library and instructional support; and at least two (2) publications in Library and Information Studies. Experience in working, studying, or teaching abroad is an advantage.

Required professional knowledge and personal qualities:

  • Expertise in using databases, electronic, and print resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Effective instructional skills
  • Strong planning, organization, and analytical skills
  • Teaching or supervisory experience
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with a team or independently

Language Proficiency: High level of proficiency in English language is required. Knowledge of Kazakh, Russian, or other major languages is an advantage.

Computer skills:

  • Advanced computer user in Windows, MS Office, and the internet
  • Experience using integrated library systems and library catalogs
  • Knowledge of electronic databases and advanced search techniques

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Please send your resume written in English with cover letter providing contact information and three references to NU Library Coordinator, Reysa Alenzuela at

Qualified candidates from Southeast Asia, and also from South Korea and Japan are highly encouraged to apply.  The NUL is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce. Only candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted. Please share with interested and qualified colleagues and appropriate lists.


Job: Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter

2.24.17 –  Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter
Majuro Cooperative School, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  The Marshall Islands are where you should go if you want a funky, out-of-it experience.  They are 5,000 miles far anywhere and you will face challenges such as an unmotivated local population, expensive electricity, and the one ATM machine running out of money on weekends.

This position was listed in Feb. 2015 as simply Librarian’ however, I corresponded with the person who applied and eventually secured, the position and know that she was supposed to do some grant-writing as well.  I guess it worked because it is now advertised as three positions rolled into one. A lot of work but it is a small school.

My son attended this school while we worked at the college and it was the usual scenario – well-meaning teachers trying to make a difference in a challenging place.  If you are interested in the South (really it’s North) Pacific then, with the right attitude, this could be a rewarding and unique experience despite some really irksome moments (we certainly found it so).

FYI:  An excellent book to read about life in the Marshall Islands is Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island by Peter Rudiak-Gould who volunteered to teach English on one of the outer atolls for a year.

Majuro Cooperative School is a pre-K to 12th grade school located in Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands. We are seeking adventurous teachers who are looking for a professionally challenging and rewarding teaching experience. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to begin their career in the international teaching world.


  • Flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take directions as needed
  • Ability to work with students and their families in a variety of capacities
  • Passionate, organized, collaborative, and flexible.
  • Strong communication and ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers, parents, students and the Coop School community
  • Bachelor’s degree required and teaching certification preferred

Start date:  July 2017


We offer a compensation package based on a 2 year contract. Our compensation package includes: roundtrip airfare to and from your home at the beginning and end of your contract, pay based on experience, housing, and an electricity allowance. Please inquire for additional information regarding compensation.

Job: Teacher Librarian (Secondary)

2.22.17 – Teacher Librarian (Secondary)
United World College of Southeast Asia, Singapore

Sarah P’s comments:  This is an interim position for one year at a well-established school with a good reputation and positive reviews.

UWCSEA East Campus has a vacancy for August 2017 to June 2018 for an Interim Teacher Librarian in the Middle and High Schools (ages 11-18).

The appointee will be an experienced Teacher-Librarian with successful classroom teaching experience. Considerable experience in running library facilities is a pre-requisite, as is a very good understanding of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme and the (I)GCSE.

The Context

UWCSEA welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. If you have a strong sense of adventure and an exceptional level of commitment to teaching and learning, UWCSEA might be the perfect next step for you. Here are some reasons why:

  • We provide an extensive professional learning programme that brings international experts to the school
    and sends teachers to courses and programmes in the region and beyond.
  • Our academic results are outstanding, but our focus on holistic education means teachers are involved in all aspects of the programme. At UWCSEA you can take students trekking in the Himalayas or kayaking in Thailand, building houses in Cambodia or skiing in Switzerland. Equally, you can support them in making real connections with the local communities, working with children with multiple disabilities or teaching life skills to domestic workers who have been the victims of violence. All our students and teachers, from Kindergarten1 to Grade 12 are involved in outdoor education and service activities.
  • As a non-profit organisation, we invest 3% of income in scholarships for nearly 100 students each year. These scholars come from a wide variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. You can teach and learn from these exceptional students.
  • The College is at an exciting time in its development and you can be part of that. Our College-wide curriculum articulation project, the Centre for International Education, the integration of technology into teaching and learning and the development of our outdoor education facilities are just some of the exciting initiatives our staff are currently involved in.
  • A highly competitive benefits package allows you to enjoy remarkable access to Asia through personal travel

The Benefits

As well as a competitive remuneration package, UWCSEA offers extremely high levels of professional development and the satisfaction of working with remarkable young people in a climate of innovation, collaboration and collegiality.

Teachers arriving from overseas will be provided with a housing allowance, flights on arrival and at the end of each two-year contract, baggage allowance and medical insurance. It should be noted that the medical insurance is provided within industry-standard limits.

Teachers arriving from overseas are entitled to tuition fee exemption at the College for up to 3 children. Teachers’ children are subject to the same admission standards as all other applicants. It should be noted that provision for learning support is limited in scope.

Job: Digital Records Manager

2.22.17 –  Digital Records Manager
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sarah P’s comments:  Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city.  American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. For new librarians, they do state that they are open for applications from ‘early career applicants’ with relevant experience. However, I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment. Many long-term expat residents have left and AUC currently has 105 positions listed which is a sobering number.


Company Description:

Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.

Job Description:

The Libraries and Learning Technologies invite applications for a fixed term contract (two years renewable) position at the Instructor level beginning in Fall 2017. The search committee is eager to review applications of individuals with demonstrated excellence in records management, and an interest in living and working in the Middle East.

The Digital Records Manager will address the challenges of AUC’s hybrid information environment, providing leadership within the AUC Records Management unit to support the university in transitioning to an electronic information environment. The position holder will work to ensure that records and corporate legal, financial and other information (in all formats including paper documentation) are managed according to best practices and standards: retrieved when needed (for legal, financial and operational needs), and preserved or disposed of as appropriate, for the benefit and protection of the University, including playing a key role in identifying and selecting systems for email management and other systems. The position holder will oversee AUC Records Management staff and storage areas and assure the efficient running of the operation and best use of space and resources. He/she will also seek opportunities to provide educational offerings beyond the AUC community via classes and workshops.


MLS or equivalent is required at time of appointment. While early career professionals are invited to apply, applicants should have experience in a records management setting including supervisory responsibilities.

Additional Information:

Position is open until filled.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:

  1. a) a current resume or CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); e) Please ask three referees familiar with your professional background to send reference letters directly to

For more information, e-mail Mr. Philip Croom, (; Ms. Sahar Sobeih, Assistant Dean, ( or visit the department’s website at

Apply Here:

Job: Associate Director of the Library

2.22.17 –  Associate Director of the Library
Georgetown University, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: With the fall of the price of oil, there are far fewer positions being posted in the Middle East. The last time Georgetown listed a position was in the spring of 2015 and it was for Director of the Library.

Here is my usual statement about Qatar:  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 becoming 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.


The GU-Qatar Library advances and supports the learning, teaching, and research goals of the university while also serving as a resource for the Qatar community.  The Library offers a wide range of collections and services, both independently and in conjunction with libraries at the Georgetown University campus in Washington DC.  The library currently also houses the library collections and provides circulation services to the University College of London in Qatar (UCL-Q).

The Associate Director provides leadership in the development and operation of the Library with primary responsibility for Information Literacy and Learning Programs, Library Customer Service, Collection Development, Digital Media services, Scholarly Communication and Marketing. The position plans and implements library policies, procedures, and communications; recruits, develops, and supervises staff in designated areas; and assists in coordinating operations between the Washington and Doha campuses and for UCL-Q.  The position provides reference and research assistance for faculty and students.


  • Advise the Library Director and the GU-Q leadership team on the development of improved or additional library services
  • Assist the Library Director with library management responsibilities, including planning and monitoring library budgets, recruiting, training, developing, supervising and evaluating library staff
  • Mentor and support a team of instructional librarians in the development and delivery of  information literacy and learning programs (in class, one-on-one, online) and instructional materials to allow students to become self-reliant researchers
  • Meet with faculty in assigned subject areas to determine: student information literacy needs, personal research needs  and course reserve materials
  • Work scheduled hours at the Reference Desk including some evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Develop policies, and procedures for selecting, managing and marketing library collections and content
  • Develop and maintain the library’s collection development profiles for GOBI electronic notifications
  • Monitor library materials budget and prepare monthly collection development expenditure, usage and other statistical data as required
  • Coordinate and monitor the public services work of the Library Support Team (library assistants)
  • Initiate and plan for emerging technologies and innovative ways of providing resources and services
  • Serve as a primary resource to faculty, students and staff and staff on fair use and copyright
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent accreditation body.  Additional graduate degree in a discipline area desirable.
  • 7+ years of academic library experience, in a variety of institutions, including 3 years minimum experience supervising librarians.
  • Extensive experience with information literacy programs, library assessment, collection development and library promotion.
  • Extensive experience with staff supervision and budgetary responsibilities.  Demonstrated knowledge of budgetary planning and monitoring.
  • Thorough knowledge of information literacy standards and development; experience with the American College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Thorough knowledge of academic library collections and core collection building tools and resources.
  • Thorough knowledge of publishing, scholarly communication, and copyright law.
  • Understanding of the challenges working with a diverse population in an international setting.
  • Sound knowledge of library systems (Alma preferred), vendor platforms, and the Springshare suite of products.
  • Must possess a record of professional participation and accomplishment
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • International experience preferred.

Job: K-12 Librarian

2.21.17 – K-12 Librarian
The American School of Asuncion, Paraguay

Sarah P’s comments:  I’m back from my week off and the good news is that there is a list of jobs to share. So, I will be posting quite a bit in the next two days. I am going to start with this school opp because there is a stated application deadline of 2/28/17 (posted 2/17).  This school is well-established but, as always, I encourage you to read the reviews on International School Reviews before deciding whether to apply. I am a fan of South America and loved my time there however there are challenges such as the cost of living and teaching wealthy students. For more information, visit the school link (above) where they have a Working at ASA FAQ PDF as well as a Living in Paraguay guide.



The American School of Asuncion offers an early childhood through college-preparatory program to a multi-national student population of more than 703 students representing over 24 different nationalities. Class sizes range from 18–20 students and we have instructional assistants to assist each teacher in the elementary classrooms. With the exception of language and Paraguayan studies classes, all classes are taught in English. The school has an established, standards-based curriculum accessible on the web and provides a wide range of co-curricular activities. ASA is fully accredited by AdvancED as well as the Paraguayan Ministry of Education. The ASA faculty consists of certified teachers from North American and Paraguay, and many of the faculty possess advanced degrees. The school also offers on-site Master’s Degree courses from a U.S.-accredited university to help enhance the continued professional development of teachers.

Located in a pleasant suburban area within the capital city, our spacious and well-maintained 12 acre campus has an open design with separate air-conditioned buildings to support the early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and specialist programs. Educational facilities include a library, computer labs, multipurpose room, indoor gymnasium, cafeteria, track, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, an elementary covered basketball court and play area, two playgrounds, and soccer fields. We invite you to visit our website at to discover the many personal and professional benefits of working at ASA.

Age Restrictions: No

Salary: $34.632 – $39.832


  1. Settling-in allowance 2
  2. Monthly housing allowance
  3. Shipping allowance at beginning and end of contract
  4. Round-trip ticket for initial contract and then each year after renewal
  5. Clements worldwide health insurance (80-20 policy)
  6.  Stipend for advanced degree(s)
  7.  Salary step increase
  8. Contract renewal bonus ($3,000)
  9. Schools covers all costs for work visa and transition paperwork
  10. Assistance with Master’s Degree program


  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Minimum of 2 years of experience

Age Restrictions:  No

Additional materials:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Current Resumé
  3. Reference Contact Information

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