Job: Foreign Service Information Management

4/21/15 –  Foreign Service Information Management Specialist
US Foreign Service, Worldwide

Sarah P’s comments:  For US librarians with IT skills and/or a degree this position could be a good entrance into the foreign service.  Librarians are generally hired as Information Resource Officers but there are only about 30 of those positions worldwide whereas there are IT management positions everywhere thus both the chance of being hired and the upward mobility is better.  (For example, this position was posted twice last year whereas the Info Resource Officer was last posted in 2012).  For more information see Chapter 6 in my book and/or the Book Resources section of the blog.

 

The US government is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist positions.

Read the vacancy announcement for more information, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is May 7, 2015.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and Information Technology systems world-wide. At overseas posts, IMS manage both staff supporting these programs and perform hands-on duties themselves. IMS provide customer support, knowledge management, application support, and manage a world-wide telecommunications network, computer networks, telephone systems, radio networks, and the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail program.

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.

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. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

 

Job: Foreign Service Information Management Specialist

11/4/14 –  Foreign Service Information Management Specialist

The US government is currently accepting applications for Foreign Service Information Management Specialist positions.

Read the vacancy announcement for more information, and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is December 2, 2014.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) are responsible for the Department’s Information Resource Management programs and Information Technology systems world-wide. At overseas posts, IMS manage both staff supporting these programs and perform hands-on duties themselves. IMS provide customer support, knowledge management, application support, and manage a world-wide telecommunications network, computer networks, telephone systems, radio networks, and the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail program.

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.

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. Applicants must also be available for worldwide service, and be able to obtain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

Sarah P’s comments:  For librarians with IT skills and/or a degree this position could  be a good entrance into the foreign service.  Librarians are generally hired as Information Resource Officers but there are only about 30 of those positions worldwide whereas there are IT management positions everywhere thus both the chance of being hired and the upward mobility is better.  For more information see Chapter 6 in my book and/or the Book Resources section of the blog.

News: Book update

10/6/14 – Thanks for the great response to my new book How to Become a Traveling Librarian.  So far there have been 176 downloads and I hope the information will be of use to all in their quest to travel.  Please share ideas and comments on Amazon and/or this blog.  A particular thank you to Laura from Maine for her kind review on Amazon.

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News: Now available – How to Become a Traveling Librarian!

9/24/14 – Finally, my long awaited e-book has been published! Thanks to all for your patience and support.  This book  has been many years in the making and I hope it helps you on your journey…cheers, Sarah P.

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Internship: US Dept. of State 2015 Summer Student Internship Program

9/3/14 – U.S. Department of State 2015 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid).

The U.S. Department of State 2015 Summer Student Internship Program (unpaid) is now accepting applications (must be a US citizen).

Click here (https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/379670800) to go directly to USAJobs to start the Gateway to State online application. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is October 17, 2014.

Please note this is an earlier-than-usual deadline. We highly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.

As an unpaid intern, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meetings with senior level U.S. government or foreign government officials;
  • Draft, edit, or contribute to cables, reports, communications, talking points, or other materials used by policy makers in furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Help organize and support events, including international and/or multi-lateral meetings and conferences on critical global issues;
  • Contribute to the management and administration of the Department of State and America’s foreign policy; and
  • Engage directly with U.S. or foreign audiences to promote U.S. foreign policy and improve understanding of U.S. culture and society.

So consider spending your Summer 2015 with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives. You’ll not only have an experience of a lifetime, you may even earn educational credit.*

* Applicants who are selected for a U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program (unpaid) can contact the selecting bureau, or the central Student Programs office, if they require further details about the program to support their request for academic credit.

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

 

Programs: Int’l Program at ALA in Las Vegas

6/6/14 – For anyone planning on attending ALA in Las Vegas, here is a program they are offering which discusses international school libraries.  Even if you are not a school librarian, I recommend attending this program if you are interested in international work because IRO Carol Brey is one of the speakers.  IRO stands for Information Resource Officer, the official name for US Embassy librarians.  If you are interested in knowing more about this opportunity, click on the IRO link and also try and meet Carol.  All the IRO’s I have met in my travels have been very open about sharing the pros and cons of being one.  (I am also currently completing an e-book in which I talk about this opportunity in more depth. I will post when it is available).

 

The IRRT Chair’s Program Committee invites you to attend the following program at the ALA annual meeting in Las Vegas:

Title:  Expanding the school library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology

Date:               Sunday, June 29, 2014
Time:              3 – 4 p.m.
Location:        Las Vegas Convention Center, S227

We are delighted that the following speakers will be talking about ways school libraries and librarians across international borders interact and can interact with students, libraries, and teachers:

George Breaz, (Library/Media Specialist at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Las Vegas area)

Carol Brey (Information Resource Officer, Office of American Spaces, U.S. Department of State)

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, SC&I)

 

 

Internship: US Department of State

5/14/14 –  2015 Internship with the US Department of State

The US Department of State is now accepting applications for the 2015 Spring Student Internship Program (unpaid).  Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 1, 2014.

This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.

The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 270 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.