(This is because I made a small mistake with the blog and WordPress forced me to spend $99.00 on an upgrade, failed to ask me what domain name I would like, or tell me that I would be forced to change my address. Ah, the joys of technology. If you have a blog, take this as a word of warning: never make a mistake with your theme, it’s irreversible!)
For anyone interested in seguing their career toward travel writing, here is a contest which librarian and fellow traveler Cate Carlyle shared with me. It is a scholarship sponsored by World Nomads, a company which offers travel insurance to nuts like me. In addition to travel writing scholarships, they also periodically offer travel photographer and filmmaker scholarships. A legit opportunity with the best part being: it is open to all nationalities.
Deadline: February 28, 2018
I just submitted my entry and would greatly appreciate any likes, shares, and/or comments:
I hope the new year brings you international employment, travel or both! I am still pondering the next phase of my life and how I am going to continue to travel as well as encourage and support others, including librarians, to go see the world.
In the meantime, I have created a small Instagram account where I am posting travel related pictures and quotes as an intention to remind me what it’s all about as well as connect with liked-mind souls. If anyone has a related Instagram account please share and I will follow you.
The time has come for me to say goodbye to both you and this blog, at least for now. As many of you know this has been a completely volunteer effort with the goal being to encourage librarians from everywhere to travel and work beyond their borders. I spent fourteen years of my life doing just that and it enriched and expanded me both personally and professionally. While I still completely believe in this mission, it is time for me to focus on other goals in my life, although I am not yet clear exactly what will be next…
Sarah P’s comments: For US librarians without a MLIS and/or those who would like to break into the Foreign Service, here is an opportunity which calls for librarian skills and experience. FYI: this position was last listed in March of this year. (The Foreign Service does employ librarians. They are called IRO’s – Information Resource Officers. For more information about these positions which open only every 2-4 years, please read Chapter 6 of my book and look at the Resources page.)
We are currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Office Management Specialist (OMS)positions.
As an OMS, you will be a key coordinator in the efficient flow of information, successful project and event management, and essential office support. OMS duties include scheduling meetings, coordinating high-level visits and conferences, arranging travel, preparing written materials, circulating incoming electronic correspondence, and supporting information technology and records. You will provide office management and administrative support to U.S. diplomats in embassies and consulates abroad and domestically in Washington D.C. and New York.
All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcement to ensure that they meet all of the requirements for this position before applying. When you are ready to begin the online application process, visit USAJOBS. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 24, 2017.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 20 years old to apply. They must be at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law, all career candidates must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60, except for preference eligible veterans. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.
Due to the recent hurricane, I need to go to Florida to check on my boat and house. Considering the level of destruction, caused elsewhere by the recent hurricanes, I consider myself really fortunate to have only minor damage reported. However, as I am facing no electricity for an unknown time, I won’t be able to post!
The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs invites the library and information community to celebrate Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day as the world community observes International Day of Peace on September 21, 2017. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The Day’s theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” which is based on the TOGETHER global campaign that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.
Act locally, Connect Globally. Join the LIbraries for Peace (L4P) initiative by celebrating L4P Day on September 21st and adding your event at librariesforpeace.org. Here, you can also pledge an action to advance peace, share your library’s story of building peace, and tour the L4P map to view ways that libraries and librarians around the world are advancing peace. Visit librariesforpeace.org for more information on projects and resources, and to add/map, view and/or search activities. Join the movement to build a peaceful and sustainable world!
Please also share on social media using #librariesforpeace #peaceday.
3 ways librarians and friends recommend celebrating: