Job: School Librarian (preK-12)

3.28.17 – School Librarian (preK-12)
Heidelberg International School, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  Notice about this position was sent to me by the departing librarian with the approval of her Director.  She is open to receiving questions but please send to me and I will forward and/or post in the comments section.  This is a fairly late posting and might be a good opportunity for someone new to the international market.

Librarian notes about the position: 220 students, primary classes on a fixed schedule, upper level classes on semi-fixed schedule, good collaboration possible. Ample budget. Excellent parent support. Highly regarded school in this area. good pay and benefits including relocation allowance.

Starting August 2017

Teacher Librarian (full-time):

To meet the library needs of PYP, MYP and DP students, the successful applicant will be fluent in English with an appropriate qualification and classroom experience. International Baccalaureate training is beneficial.

Applications from qualified teachers, particularly with primary school experience, are welcome for substitution positions. If you would like to be considered for a position at H.I.S., please download and complete the Application Summary form (available on the school website) and submit it with a covering letter.

H.I.S. treats child safeguarding very seriously therefore all applicants are required to submit a clear criminal background check from their current country of residence and references will be verified. 

Applications should be sent to:

H.I.S.  Heidelberg International School

Mrs Kathleen Macdonald

Wieblinger Weg 7

69123 Heidelberg

Phone: +49-6221-759060-0
Fax: +49-6221-759060-99

News: End of ILN Peer Mentoring Program

3.28.17 – The Future of the ILN

Sarah P’s comments: It is sad to see this program end but a big THANKS to the creators and hopefully it will inspire others to take up the reins and keep this going…

To our cherished community,

It is with mixed emotions we write to let you know that after several months of careful consideration we have decided to discontinue the ILN’s peer mentoring program.

It has been over four years since we developed an idea for a program where librarians could ‘meet’ fellow professionals from other parts of the world without the expense of international travel. That idea was the seed from which the ILN grew into the organisation and program you know today.

During that time, it has been our great pleasure to see over 5,500 participants from more than 130 countries explore the international world of librarianship through our program. We have met many wonderful librarians around the world and heard many stories of how new friendships have been formed, knowledge shared and networks forged. We dreamed big with the ILN and the results we achieved together with our volunteers and our community were even bigger than we ever could have imagined.

It is not only the ILN that has grown and changed. Much has changed for each of us since the fateful day when we wondered ‘wouldn’t it be great if…’ We’ve all changed jobs, moved cities or countries and shared experiences as we too truly became international librarians.

It is therefore timely to make other changes, including closing the mentoring program. The program has relied on the efforts of an increasing number of volunteers to support and deliver it over the last four years, but this is not sustainable in the long term. Over the coming months we will document the processes we used to run the program, including the lessons we learned as we went along. This information will be shared under a creative commons licence, so that other passionate professionals can build on our efforts, and create exciting, innovative professional development offerings of their own.

We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary community that has participated in and supported the mentoring program, so we also want to spend the rest of 2017 capturing and sharing stories from the ILN. Our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts will continue, sharing these stories around the world. We will be in touch soon with invitations to contribute.

We want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in, promoted and contributed to the ILN. Together we built this community, together we showed how very special is our shared profession and together we have planted seeds for the next generation of professional development.

Best wishes

Kate, Alyson and Clare

Founders of the ILN

Webinar: Taking your MLIS Abroad…

3.27.17 –
Dear Readers, I am back from the edge of civilization (no cell phone or internet service!) and first of all, would like to send out a reminder for the upcoming webinar being held on Wednesday:
The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites you to join Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips for an informative webinar based on their recent publication, “Taking Your MLIS Abroad.”
The presenters will outline different opportunities for librarians who are interested in pursuing international librarianship, while also guiding you through the process of moving and living abroad. This is the perfect opportunity to get answers to all of your questions about international librarianship.
Speakers: Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips

Date/Time: 3/29, Wednesday at 10 am PST, 12 pm CST and 1 pm EST
We hope you can join us! Webinar will be recorded and shared. If you have any questions, please email us!
All best,
Raymond Pun & Meggan Houlihan
Co-Conveners of ACRL International Perspectives

News: On the Road Again…

3.10.17 –  As you can probably tell by the silence and then flurry of posts, I am traveling again, this time by boat My internet is  limited so posts will be grouped for a few weeks until I return to regular life on shore.

Safe travels to all, Sarah P.

(from Marco Island, en route to the Florida Keys…)

Job: School Librarian

3.10.17 – School Librarian (11-18)
UWCSEA East Campus, United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a one-year  interim position with an established school with positive reviews. It is a late listing so could be a chance to gain some international experience.

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.


Virtual: Liaison Librarian – Nursing

3.10.17 –  Liaison Librarian – Nursing
Walden University, USA (remote/online position)

Sarah P’s comments: Walden listed 3 positions in 2015 and one in 2017. Walden is an established online university with “more than 47,800 students from all 50 states and more than 150 countries pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees”. However, the reviews on Glassdoor are mixed. Read them carefully to see if you could be a good fit with this organization.

Liaison / Outreach Role & Responsibilities

  • Serve as the Library’s expert on the needs of the faculty and students in designated programs.
  • Collect information and data both anecdotal and statistical to identify points in programs that would benefit from library instruction or intervention.
  • Maintain knowledge of the evolving content of the curriculum, goals, and expected outcomes.
  • Identify first courses or early courses where students need to develop information literacy skills and final or large scale research projects where students need advanced research skills.
  • Identify, establish, and maintain contact (outreach) with the key stakeholders in the academic programs, academic centers, and course development.
  • Identify opportunities for library content to be updated, created, and integrated into courses and programs. (course maintenance and development)
  • Networking and awareness of program structure, benchmarking with appropriate institutions and understanding program expectations.
  • Develop an annual review schedule of programs to identify upgrades, outdated materials and new opportunities to support students and faculty.
  • Review course scope and sequence documents and identify problems and/or needs for instruction development.
  • Provide literature review consultations, and support for doctoral students.
  • Complete faculty and staff research support on request.
  • Develop internal training related to assigned programs and subject areas for staff librarians.

Instruction Role & Responsibilities

  • All Liaison Librarians must be trained and involved in production of instructional pieces including assignment guides, quick answers, library labs, tutorials, videos, etc.
  • Liaisons will work more specifically within their programs to develop and deliver instruction.
  • Liaisons will staff in-person and virtual Residencies and develop instructional and informational materials to improve Residency-based Library experience for students and faculty.

Reference Role & Responsibilities

  • All Liaison Librarians will staff the reference desk.


  • ALA accredited master’s degree.
  • Experience in clinical or academic medical librarianship, or as a nursing liaison
  • Experience searching the major academic databases.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • Subject knowledge related to Nursing programs bachelors through doctoral.
  • Expert-level research ability in online databases.
  • Experience teaching information literacy skills including the use of online databases.
  • Experience in an online academic library serving students at a distance.
  • Experience supporting doctoral level information literacy outcomes.

Other information:

  • This position can be done either virtually or from our office in Minneapolis, MN
  • This is a salaried, 40 hour per week, associate librarian position with full benefits.
  • Regular hours are Monday through Friday with occasional nights and weekends.
  • Travel may be required up to four times per year.

Application Information