Job: Secondary Librarian

10.10.16 – Secondary Librarian
International Community School of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is listed as ‘tentative’.  This is a practice,which some schools engage in, where they allow staff to indicate they ‘might be resigning’ and allow them to say ‘maybe’ until a later date.  I abhor this practice and, now that the recruiting season has moved so far forward, think this should end. Having said that, if you are interested in Africa here is a well-established school with a mix of reviews but trending toward the positive.  All however say that Addis Ababa can be a challenging play to live.  Please join TIE to see all 15 school library positions available and also join ISR in order to read the all-important reviews.

Description:

The International Community School of Addis Ababa is a premier early childhood through grade 12 school offering a holistic, vigorous and inclusive program. An International Baccalaureate Diploma school, accredited in the United States, ICS serves a diverse, multi-cultural student body on a beautiful, well-equipped campus. We nurture the talents, character and intellect of all learners, challenging them to be a positive influence and empowering them to excel in their world.

International Community School of Addis Ababa:
950+ Students, 60+Nationalities
IB Diploma Program
Accredited by Middle States
1-to-1 Laptop Program
PYP Candidate School

Age Limit: 60

Position Description: MS/HS Librarian

ICS Addis may be recruiting an experienced, qualified and dynamic librarian to join our middle and high school teams. Dedicated to developing and enhancing both literacy and information literacy skills for a diverse range of students, the successful candidate will have experience with Follett’s Destiny system, digital and print resources, as well as Web 2.0 learning tools and social media. Experience teaching in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and supervising the Extended Essay in international schools is highly desirable, while a willingness to collaborate with a variety of colleagues to enhance the school-wide library program is essential. A proven track record of commitment to community outreach, including planning author visits, Scholastic Book Fairs and other event and program planning is necessary. Successful candidates will have completed a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from a recognized university and have teaching certification. Experience working in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) school is preferred.

Job: Middle and High School Librarian

11/6/14  – Middle and High School Librarian
International Community School (ICS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

ICS Addis is recruiting an experienced, qualified and dynamic librarian to join our middle and high school teams. Dedicated to developing and enhancing both literacy and information literacy skills for a diverse range of students, the successful candidate will have experience with Follett’s Destiny system, digital and print resources, as well as Web 2.0 learning tools and social media. Experience teaching in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and in international schools is highly desirable, while a willingness to collaborate with teachers to plan inquiry-based learning units is essential. A proven track record of commitment to community outreach, including planning author visits, Scholastic Book Fairs and other event and program planning is necessary. Successful candidates will have completed a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from a recognized university.

If you feel that your qualifications and experiences match an opening listed below, please review our website for more information on working at ICS and living in Addis Ababa, including our Profile of an Ideal ICS Addis Candidate. To apply to us directly, complete the online application below. We will not accept CVs that are emailed directly to us. Please be aware that we receive hundreds of applications between October and February. We will reply in brief to each applicant and every application will be reviewed by an administrator. Qualified applicants may receive further correspondence as well.

Sarah P’s comments:  Fall is the beginning of the recruiting season for international schools.  Schools can be a way to break into the international market as they offer the most positions.  If you do not have certification it is fairly easy to earn by studying online.   Please read Chapter 3 of my book for an in-depth explanation of this market if you are interested (and see the Book Resources section of the blog as well).  Also, I highly recommend joining both The International Educator (TIE) as well as International School Reviews (ISR) as they will help you to know what positions are available and, more importantly, which ones are the most reputable.

News: Library Collaboration: International Perspectives article

10/15/14 – Published yesterday in the online journal Collaborative Librarianship, an interview (by Dr. Janet Lee) with Dr. Shimelis Assefa. Dr. Assefa, originally from Ethiopia and now a professor at the University of Denver. The article ‘discusses aspects of library collaboration from an international perspective that cover both challenges and opportunities. Insights on collaboration in library science education are also offered’.

The interview, titled “Library Collaboration: International Perspectives” may be found directly at http://collaborativelibrarianship.org/index.php/jocl/article/view/311/236

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a pertinent article for international seeking librarians in that it shares Dr. Assefa’s professional journey from Ethiopia to to the US.  It also offered some sense of the challenges of information collaboration between countries.  To be honest, I would like to have seem more exploration and depth on that topic (but perhaps space did not permit).  A good idea for anyone interested in writing articles…