Internship: Traineeships in the Information Management Division

6.5.17 –  Traineeships in the Information Management Division
ECB (European Central Bank), Frankfurt, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  Note that deadline is in 2 days…just received word on this one. Also note this position is restricted to: nationals of the Member States of the European Union.


Reference: 2017-140-TRA
Closing Date for Applications: Wed, 7 Jun 2017
Functional area: Secretariat
Function: The Directorate General Secretariat of the European Central Bank (ECB) is seeking applications from recent graduates in librarianship, archives and/or records management to participate in a traineeship in its Information Management Services Division (IMS) for an initial period of up to six months.
IMS is responsible for the following tasks:

  • developing, maintaining and guiding the implementation of information management policies and procedures, and providing records management services, including in the area of data protection;
  • managing the ECB’s physical and electronic archives and arranging for the disclosure of archived information when required, as well as the disposal of information in accordance with the ECB’s information retention policy;
  • managing the ECB library and providing staff with print and electronic publications and information services;
  • supporting the further development of enterprise content management and coordinating the selection of systems and tools for: (i) the archives and library, (ii) collaboration, and (iii) document and records management;
  • providing related practical training, maintenance and support for the ECB, the Eurosystem, the European System of Central Banks, the European Systemic Risk Board and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

The Division is divided into four teams: Archives, Library, Information Management Policy and Records Management, and Information Management Solutions.
As a Trainee, you will contribute to a selection of the following tasks carried out by the Library, Archives, and Information Management Policy and Records Management teams, according to your expertise:

  • assisting in developing and updating the ECB’s information management policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • streamlining and raising awareness of staff guidance material in order to encourage adherence to the ECB’s information management policies and procedures;
  • compiling an inventory of the ECB’s information-holding systems and helping to assess their compliance with the ECB’s information management policies and procedures;
  • quantitative and qualitative monitoring and reporting on information management practices;
  • arranging and describing archival or library holdings (including audio-visual material) according to recognised standards;
  • acquiring and appraising archives’ material to meet business needs;
  • assisting in carrying out sensitivity reviews of archival records;
  • specifying and/or testing functional requirements for records management and electronic archives management;
  • providing reference services at the Library Welcome Desk using print and electronic resources;
  • supporting the development of tailor-made information services to meet business and research needs through the scanning of literature and the use of news monitoring services, online databases, etc.;
  • contributing to the Division’s information management projects, for example: digital archiving and preservation, digitisation of media assets, implementation of retention, mobile reading.
Qualifications and experience: You will bring to the role:

  • a bachelor’s level qualification in librarianship, information, archives and/or records management or, if your first degree is not in this field, a postgraduate diploma, master’s or higher degree ̶ or enrolment in such postgraduate studies ̶ in any of these subjects;
  • an advanced command of English;
  • a moderate command of at least one other official language of the EU;
  • a working knowledge of MS Office, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • ideally, knowledge of document management systems, such as OpenText Livelink;
  • ideally, knowledge of library management systems, such as Ex Libris Alma.
Competencies: You will also bring with you, your ability to: communicate effectively, understand customer needs and provide user-friendly services, work as part of a team, take initiative and innovate, analyse information and organise your own work.

Further Information: Traineeship of six months, with the possibility of an extension to up to 12 months in total in the same business area or elsewhere within the Directorate General Secretariat.
The offices are modern and well equipped, but you will have to share office space.
Some tasks are physically demanding and you may have to work in conditions typical for book and record storage areas, particularly when processing and retrieving material from basements or locations at some distance from the offices.

How to apply: Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An “Applicants’ Guide” can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise and a telephone interview.

Before applying, applicants should check that they meet the conditions set out in Article 4 of the rules governing the traineeship programme:

Further information on the ECB’s traineeships can be found via the above link.

Applicants are accepted from nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.

Job: Library Technician NF-03

4.7.17 –  Library Technician NF-03
US Army Installation Command, Stuttgart, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians here is a chance to get into military library work. I discuss US military work in Chapter 6 of my book, however in short, the positions are listed on USAJobs are either professional positions with overseas benefits, listed as APF (appropriated funds) or local positions, listed as NAP (non-appropriated funds) and which will also state “within local commuting area”.  This position is a NAP position. It is possible to apply for a NAP position and, if you are willing to work without the extra benefits, it is an option to consider as it might be a way to get your foot in the door.

Before applying you should create an account and a profile. Doing so will allow you to have relevant job notifications e-mailed to you as well as store your pre-created resume.  This is important if you are applying for one of the jobs with  a 4-7 day application window as this first step can take up to three days for approval and needs to be done before you are allowed to apply.  The closing date on this position is 4.12.17 so if you are interested you need to begin applying today!

Salary Range:  $29,218.00 to $33,392.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: NF-1411-03/03

Who May Apply:  US Citizens and Non-US Citizens of a NATO Country except Germany eligible for employment under US conditions within the commuting area of Stuttgart, Germany.


Make a positive difference in the life of Servicemembers, families, retirees and civilians in our community, join the Stuttgart Family and MWR Team. Setting the standards that make people & units say: “I’m glad I live here!”

One (1) RFT (required 40 hours per week) position and two (2) RPT positions (20-30 hours per week)

The salary for the RPT is based on a 40 hour regular full-time schedule. Pay will be based on actual hours worked and the hourly pay.

This position is located in STUTTGART, GERMANY at the Patch Barracks Library.

Tour of duty may include weekends and evening schedules.


Incumbent is responsible for or performs a wide variety of public service duties: circulation, reference/reader?s advisory, database searching, collection maintenance, programming, marketing, displays/publicity, interlibrary loans, reserves; and/or a wide variety of technical service duties: cataloging/copy cataloging, ordering/receiving/processing/accounting for and de-acquisitioning of library materials, shelf inventories; and/or a wide variety of systems application and maintenance which may include standard office software, basic Integrated Library System and PC management. Performs selected administrative management duties to include ensuring internal controls are in place in public services and/or technical services. May manage a branch library or serve as a lead departmental library technician. Trains others in the performance of library technician duties.

Incumbent may perform physical exertion such as long periods of standing, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, pushing of loaded trucks; and recurring lifting of heavy items such as boxes of books or journals.  See the following for more information:

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required within USAG Stuttgart Installations and at other Stuttgart Library facilities

Relocation Authorized

  • No


  • Direct Deposit and Social Security Card is required
  • Meet qualification/eligibility/background requirements for this position
  • A one year probationary period may be required


One year of work experience that equipped the applicant with practical knowledge of library or related information services, tools, and methods and procedures. Experience must have been gained at the next lower level.

Conditions of Employment
If selected, a completed and signed copy of our job application form (DA Form 3433) is required prior to entrance on duty. (Click here to view form).

1. A one-year probationary period may be required.
2. Meet all qualification/eligibility requirements.
3. A completed and signed copy DA Form 3433 is required prior to entrance on duty.
4. Appointment is subject to completion of a favorable background checks/investigation to determine suitability for this position.

NOTE (1): No person, regardless of circumstance, will be approved to provide child care services and/or approved for hire in positions designated as having regular and recurring contact with children if the background check discloses that the individual has been convicted for any of the following: a sexual offense, any criminal offense involving a child victim or a felony drug offense.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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

Jobs: Librarian- Technician Manuals

12.14.16 – Librarian – Technician Manuals (2 positions)
AECOM, Dulmen and Mannheim, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  These positions were listed on ALAJobs, supposedly back on 11.17, however because of the recent issues with their site, which I have previously noted, I did not see these until today. This is a rare listing because it is working for a corporation (rather than education) and does not require an MLS, though they are requiring cataloguing skills. Because these were posted on ALAJobs, I assume it means they are open to American candidates, and perhaps other nationalities as well outside of the EU.

Position Title Librarian – Technician Manuals

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line:  Government

AECOM’s Global Support Services (GSS) organization resides within AECOM’s Government business line and is comprised of three divisions — International Development, Operations and Mission Support, and Global Programs. GSS has the international presence, personnel networks and procurement infrastructure to deliver support for any mission, anywhere. We optimize the reliability, availability and sustainability of equipment, logistics systems and facilities for clients around the world. GSS supports the U.S. Government, non-U.S. Governments and industry clients with worldwide program management, planning, design, operations and maintenance, logistics, aviation services, security, international development, environmental and civil engineering and mission and intelligence support.

Job Summary

This position is located in Dulmen, Germany and is contingent upon contract win.

Direct the classification, indexing, cataloging, and storage of books, periodicals, papers, microfiche, classified reports and documents stored on various media (including electronic). Review current literature to determine specific items or data that may be of value to Company and/or customers. Conduct research and investigations and take the necessary steps to secure such information. Provide assistance to technical personnel by conducting library research and preparing bibliographies.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain cataloging methodology to facilitate to storage and retrieval of documents stored in the library.
  • Conduct research and investigations.
  • Provide recommendations to the customer as to storage conversion and retrieval of existing documentation to electronic format.
  • Manage daily operation of Information Center.
  • Conduct on-line document reference service.

Perform all other position related duties as assigned or requested.

Work Environment, Physical Demands, and Mental Demands:

Typical office environment with no unusual hazards, occasional lifting to 20 pounds, constant sitting while using the computer terminal, constant use of sight abilities while reviewing documents, constant use of speech/hearing abilities for communication, constant mental alertness, must posses planning/organizing skills, and must be able to work under deadlines.

Other Responsibilities:

Safety – AECOM enforces a safety culture whereby all employees have the responsibility for continuously developing and maintaining a safe work environment. As appropriate, each employee is responsible for completing all training requirements and fulfilling all self-aid/buddy aid responsibilities, participating in emergency response tasks and serving on safety committees and teams.

Quality – Quality is the foundation for the management of our business and the keystone to our goal of customer satisfaction. It is our policy to consistently provide services that meet customer expectations. Accordingly, each employee must conform to the AECOM Quality Policy and carry out job activities in compliance with applicable AECOM Quality System documents and customer contracts. Each employee must read and understand his/her Quality Management and Customer Satisfaction responsibilities.

Procedure Compliance – Each employee must read, understand and implement the general and specific operational, safety, quality and environmental requirements of all plans, procedures and policies pertaining to his/her job.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Library Science and 2 years of job-related experience or equivalent. Requires operating application software including word-process and spread sheet programs. Position may require the ability to pass and maintain a Security Clearance.

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:

Program: US-Germany Sister Libraries Webinar

10.14.16Interested in partnering with a library in Germany?

 US-Germany Sister Libraries Webinar

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:00-10:00 (Central Time)

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Bibliothek und Information Deutschland (BID) have embarked on a three-year partnership to bring the U.S. and German library communities closer together through collaborative efforts, knowledge, and information sharing.

One goal is to increase the number of U.S- German Sister Libraries. If you are interested in becoming a sister library with a library in Germany, join us for this webinar to meet colleagues in Germany interested in partnering. Hear from the Indianapolis Public Library and the Cologne Public Library on how they’ve created a successful sister library relationship, along with other examples from different types of libraries.

To register for the webinar

The webinar will be recorded and archived.




Job: Copyright & Licensing Librarian

7.10.16 – Contract & License Manager (Electronic Publications) / Copyright & Licensing Librarian
Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Hamburg, Germany

Sarah P’s comments: This position was advertised on ALAJobs so that would indicate they are open to applications from outside the EU for those who speak English and German.

The ZBW aims to enable free and international access for researchers and students to as many electronic documents in economics as possible. In line with this, negotiating and contracting licenses for national provision of electronic media is the key mission of the license management team at the ZBW.  We negotiate and curate national and alliance licenses for electronic publications in Germany on behalf of the German Research Foundation within the framework of the funding program “Alliance Licenses”.  We also offer national consortia for products in economics in which academic institutions from Germany can participate. Our range of services includes not only negotiating prices and terms of conditions, but also the operative handling of the licenses.

Job description

The successful candidate will negotiate and manage digital resource licenses to help enable the nationwide provision of economic literature. S/he will be responsible for developing, managing and analysing license contracts and user agreements to ensure their compliance with established standards, requirements, best practices, and national and international copyright law.

S/he will support the transition of the ZBW from a classical print-oriented library to a digital library with a transregional provision mandate. This includes the planning and implementation of licensing models in collaboration with providers, publishers and cooperation partners of the academic library system.

Your profile

  • University graduate (Master’s degree, Diploma, or equivalent degree), preferably in Business Law, Law, or Library and Information Science (or related subject), possibly with some professional working experience in academic libraries or licensing experience
  • Business fluent English and German language skills
  • Extensive knowledge of copyright and licensing law and familiarity with contract design are mandatory qualifications
  • Familiarity with licensing processes in academic libraries
  • Familiarity with the academic publishing world (desired)
  • Familiarity in dealing with electronic publications (desired)
  • Knowledge of economics is desirable
  • The ability to clearly communicate complex issues between parties
  • Flexibility, dynamism and the ability to work in a team
  • Self-confident manner as well as high organisational, communication and negotiation skills
  • Willingness to travel frequently on official business
  • Commitment to a learning organisation

We offer

  • Challenging and varied tasks in a dynamic environment where teamwork, transparency, innovation and learning are essential
  • The public sector pension plan (through the VBL)
  • A workplace in the centre of Hamburg or at the fjord of Kiel
  • Equal opportunity and family-friendly policies  

Remuneration is based on the public sector pay scale at grade EG 13 TV-L. The contract will be fixed-term initially for a period of two years in accordance with § 14 Abs. 2 Teilzeit- und Befristungsgesetz (TzBfG), with the option of extension. This is a full-time position. Part-time is possible with a minimum of 30 hours per week. The starting date is October 1, 2016.

Are you interested in joining the license management team?

Apply online now (ID-Nr. A1-06). Your application should contain a cover letter, a current CV, complete transcripts of university grades/certificates, as well as employment references. We look forward to receiving your application.

For further information, please contact Thorsten Meyer (, Tel.: 0049-431-8814-354). Please submit your application with the relevant documents online by July 21, 2016.

We look forward to meeting you!

Job offer in pdf format


Job: Information Management Specialist (Records Management)

12/7/15 –  Information Management Specialist (Records Management)
Information Management Services Division (IMS), European Central Bank’s Directorate General Secretariat, Frankfurt, Germany

Applications are accepted from nationals of Member States of the European Union.

Closing Date for Applications: Thu, 17 Dec 2015

The Information Management Services Division (IMS) of the European Central Bank’s Directorate General Secretariat is seeking an Information Management Specialist (Records Management) for its Information Management Policy & Records Management Team (IMP). In particular, the IMS Division is responsible for:

  • developing, maintaining and guiding the implementation of information management policies and procedures and providing records management services, including in the area of data protection;
  • managing the ECB’s physical and electronic archives and ensuring the disclosure of archived information when required, as well as the disposal of information, in accordance with the ECB’s information retention policy;
  • managing the ECB library and providing staff with print and electronic publications and information services;
  • supporting the further development of enterprise content management and coordinating the selection of systems and tools for archives and library and for collaboration, document and records management;
  • providing related functional training, maintenance and support for the ECB, the Eurosystem, the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), the European Systemic Risk Board and the Single Supervisory Mechanism.

The IMP team is also responsible for developing, maintaining and raising awareness of the ECB’s information management policies and practices and for providing the ECB’s business areas and ESCB committees with records management advice and guidance.
The Information Management Specialist (Records Management) will be responsible for ensuring that the current information held by the ECB is managed effectively, efficiently and consistently across the Bank in accordance with the ECB’s information management policies and guidance as well as the relevant international standards (including the International Standard for Records Management (ISO 15489)).
The successful applicant will be entrusted with the following main tasks:

  • providing advice, guidance and support on all matters relating to the management of documents and records by actively liaising with staff and management in assigned business areas;
  • drafting and disseminating written guidance on document and records management topics;
  • implementing the ECB’s filing and retention plan, including the mapping of folders to the ECB’s filing plan;
  • reviewing, advising on and updating folder structures, metadata configurations and business area document and records management procedures;
  • conducting monitoring activities, as well as reporting on compliance with the ECB’s information management policies, procedures and guidance;
  • identifying information series in the business areas for which they are responsible and providing advice and guidance on their effective management;
  • facilitating the controlled move of physical records to the custody of the ECB’s Archives;
  • contributing to information management projects and initiatives;
  • acting as Data Protection Coordinator and keeping abreast of data protection developments;
  • sharing best practices and helping to achieve consistency across the IMP team.

Qualifications and experience:

Applicants must have the following knowledge and competencies:

  • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or higher, university qualification in records, archives or library management (or a very closely related discipline), or at least six years of relevant professional experience combined with professional training in records, archives or library management;
  • at least three years recent full-time equivalent professional experience, in the field of archives, records or library management;
  • knowledge of records management principles and practices;
  • knowledge and experience of electronic document management system(s), ideally Open Text ‘Content Server’;
  • awareness of and interest in the role and functioning of the ECB would be an asset.
  • an advanced command of English;
  • a good knowledge of at least one other official language of the EU;
  • a working knowledge of MS Office, in particular Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


The successful candidate will have the following behavioural competencies:

  • analytical skills – an ability to analyse the information aspects within business processes;
  • communication skills (oral and written) – communicating effectively to people with a variety of backgrounds and at different professional levels thereby ensuring clear and common understanding;
  • customer handling skills– providing timely and high quality services to (predominantly internal) customers in order to help promote good information management at the ECB;
  • team-working skills –Working co-operatively with others in the Division and the Team to achieve common goals by adopting an open attitude and sharing ideas in order to facilitate good information management at the ECB;
  • adaptability – ability to adapt to different situations and responsibilities, new concepts, teams and working methods and ability to modify own patterns of behaviour;
  • seeks opportunities for improvement, taking action where appropriate and initiating new and better ways of doing things;
  • achieves objectives in line with agreed standards and deadlines, tracks progress and manages workload independently, whilst keeping the line manager fully informed and involving others by raising, or escalating, issues when appropriate;
  • handles sensitive information in a discreet manner, thereby respecting confidentiality rules.

Further Information:

Fixed-term contract of 12 months, which may be extended subject to organisational needs and individual performance.
To further enhance the diversity of its workforce, the ECB particularly encourages applications from male candidates.

The selection committee may place suitable candidates on a reserve list, from which candidates may be appointed to similar positions in the same or another business area. It may also be decided to fill the position(s) advertised in this vacancy notice with a suitable candidate or candidates from the reserve list resulting from a recruitment procedure for a similar position. Candidates will be informed accordingly if this happens.

How to apply:

Applications are to be made in English and submitted using our online application form. An “Applicants’ Guide” can be downloaded from our recruitment pages.

The recruitment process may include a pre-screening exercise, a written exercise, a presentation and interviews.

Further information on the ECB’s conditions of employment for fixed-term positions can be found at

The requirements laid down in the vacancy notice must be met by the closing date for applications.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill the same position again, or similar positions, within 12 months of the selection decision.

Job: Supervisory Librarian

4/1/15 –  Supervisory Librarian
Army Installation Management Command, Department of the Army, USAG Library, Wiesbaden, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  This is actually a long application window for USAJobs.  If interested and eligible you need to apply ASAP because you first have to create a profile and this step can take 2-3 days to be processed and approved.  Only then can you apply for the position. For more information about applying for international US Government positions please see the Chapter 7 Resources of my Traveling Librarian book.


SALARY RANGE: $61,000.00 to $81,000.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to Friday, April 10, 2015
DUTY LOCATIONS: Wiesbaden, Germany
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens and Non-Citizens of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) country (except Germany) eligible for employment under U.S. conditions in Germany

JOB SUMMARY: The FMWRC mission is to create and maintain “FIRST CHOICE” MWR products and services for America’s Army, essential to a ready, self-reliant force.

HOW TO APPLY: You must submit a complete application by 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date reflected on the vacancy announcement. A complete application contains a Resume (or DA Form 3433), any required documentation to support any preference/priority claims, certification, licensure or education requirements as well as a completed Occupational Questionnaire. All these documents must be uploaded/faxed/dropped off/mailed based on the application method. If faxing, mailing or dropping off in person, your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire must be completed on the OPM Form 1203-FX to receive consideration; no other document will be accepted instead of the OPM Form 1203-FX.

ONLINE APPLICATION (preferred): Apply electronically via This will ensure faster processing of your application and provide faster status updates. You can download the app to your smart phone for easy access and convenience.

Directs overall library operation. May also be responsible for one or two branch libraries. Responsible for the full scope of library functions to include library management/administration; personnel management; public/patron services, e.g. reference/research services, selective dissemination of information, circulation services, programming, interlibrary loans, up-to-date web presence; technical services, e.g. acquisitions, cataloging/classification, accountability of materials, procurement strategies; automation systems and other library technology implementation and support, e.g. ILS, workstations, Internet access, and network applications. Evaluates effectiveness of the library’s automated services, determines requirements and conducts studies to improve systems operations. Responsible for the library facility; i.e. justification and planning for new facility, maintenance and improvements, purchase of furniture and equipment, and allocation of space. Develops budgets, justifies requirements, and establishes short and long-range plans/goals. Monitors funding allocations and meets expenditure targets. Reviews library operations for effectiveness. Determines internal library policies. Advises on external library policies. Establishes standard operating procedures and sets internal controls. Prepares a variety of correspondence/reports/briefs. Conducts oral presentations and presides over group meetings. Promotes library services and programs. Develops marketing strategies to increase library awareness. Liaisons with community/user groups and establishes partnerships/networks for efficiencies with local, state, regional and/or national organizations. Attends professional meetings, conferences, workshops, and seminars as required.

Performs reference and research services using text and online searching principles. Selects a variety of print, non-print, and online resources to meet the organizational, educational and personal needs of customers. Catalogs and classifies library materials as required. Supervises assigned staff, conducts employee appraisals, advocates training, and provides appropriate recognition and feedback for performance.

A master’s degree in library science, information services, or information management from an accredited college or university. Additionally, one (1) year of progressively responsible work experience equivalent to the next lower grade level is required which showcases the ability to perform in library management, personnel management, public/patron services, technical services, and library automation service functions. Must have a working knowledge of office software products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Must have the ability to communicate orally and in writing.

A master’s degree in library science, information services, or information management from an accredited college or university.

News: Request for job ad removal from upset HR

6/10/14 – I have received a request to remove a job advert I posted on 4/30/24 for a librarian position with ISR (International School on the Rhine) in Dusseldorf, Germany. They object to the fact that I do not recommend applying to their school.

I am removing this advert as requested and will alter my recommendation to ‘use your own judgment and research carefully before applying’.  However, the e-mail also stated that I based my comments on ‘the ranting of one disgruntled ex-employee’ which indeed would be unfair and is not the truth.  Thus, I also encourage potential candidates to contact the school for their ‘side of the story’ as well as read the multiple reviews on ISR (International School Reviews).