Job: Business Librarian

8/29/17 –  Business Librarian
Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, UK

Sarah P’s comments:  Thanks, Librarian Ray Pun, for sharing this opportunity…


There is a vacancy for a Business Librarian at the University of Oxford (Bodleian Libraries) to lead and manage information services in the fields of business, management and finance at the highest level. Responsible for the development of innovative, user-focused services, provision of information resources and the management of library staff, the Bodleian Business Librarian is a key member of the Saïd Business School and the Bodleian Libraries, and works to ensure that the Sainsbury Library is widely regarded as a leading library among top and emergent business schools.

The current incumbent is retiring after 9 years in the role during which time the Library has made significant advancements in: expanding access to research resources; the online dissemination of the School’s research outputs; new approaches to instructional support and a number of improvements to the library study environments.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to build upon this work and develop new services to meet current challenges and emerging needs.

Details are at and our Head of Social Sciences Libraries, Louise Clarke: can be contacted for an informal discussion about the role.

Job: Int’l School Librarians

11.20.16 –  Here is the latest list of international school librarian positions available via TIE (The International Educator). This is the area where the most international positions are listed and thus is the easiest way to break into international work. While it is still a good idea to join an agency and be vetted, the majority of schools are now advertising on TIE and accepting direct applications.

Currently, The International Educator (TIE) currently has 20 positions listed. Many, but not all, require media certification as well as a master’s degree.  For more information about this market please join TIE and also review Chapter 3 of my book.


News: International Librarianship article

8.31.16 – Strategies for Engaging in International Librarianship: Misconceptions and Opportunities
by Melanie Sellar, SLIS Student Research Journal 6(1) 2016, San Jose State University, CA, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a link to an excellent article which librarian Cate Carlyle recently brought to my intention.  Melanie succinctly defines the modern concept of ‘international librarianship’ which is one of shared practice rather than specific location, and which this blog tries to reflect.

‘If we aim to practice a form of international librarianship that is reciprocal, action-oriented, and focused on advancing our shared profession, while also applying a philosophical lens of critical librarianship, we can move our activities beyond short-term charity work or descriptive studies into work that can have an influential and long-lasting impact.’  – Melanie Sellar

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Joan Petit

6.18.16 –  Here is news about one of the panelists participating in the upcoming Leaning Internatonal IRRT Program which is part of ALA 2016 . We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

Petit2016Joan Petit is the Communications and Outreach Librarian at Portland State University in Oregon. She coordinates communications for the library and serves as the liaison to Black Studies. Before joining Portland State, she lived in Egypt for two years and worked as Instruction and Reference Librarian at the American University in Cairo, from 2007-2009 (before the Egyptian Revolution). She wrote about her family’s experience in Cairo for the Oregon Library Association Quarterly.
In the upcoming academic year, Joan will be on sabbatical from Portland State (a great privilege after earning tenure last year!). In September, Joan, her family, and their dog will travel to Ethiopia, where she’ll be serving as a Fulbright Scholar in the Information Science department at Jimma University for ten months.
Joan holds MSLS and BA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an MA in English from Western Carolina University. And she really can’t believe her good luck and fortune.

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Brenda Hahn

6.21.16 – Here is news about one of the attendees of the upcoming Leaning International IRRT Program which is part of ALA 2016 . We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

Brenda Hahn PhotoBrenda M. Hahn, MLS

Why the IRRT? My work history includes two years working in a library at an IB school in the Middle East. Working with classroom teachers and students, with a global curriculum, inspired me to model this higher-level 21st century life-long learning skill set, and I have never looked back. This experience brought home to me the value of creating a global perspective at the center of academic and enrichment-based life-long learning—no matter what library I am in.

Over the past 13 years, I have worked in schools and public libraries, with a range of patron demographics. My school experiences include IB and Title I programs; and I have implemented grades K-12 curricula. I have been a Family & Youth Librarian in a public library, implementing enrichment-based programming. Over time, I combined the best of my academic and enrichment library work into a transferable skill set that allows me to move between school and public libraries.

In the last year, I took time to complete my graduate degree, splitting my MLS program between school and public libraries. My undergraduate degree in Business has been put to excellent use, as I have opened three libraries (two elementary and one high school), including managing substantial budgets, researching vendors and technology, and holistic planning. I have revamped several library spaces as well. I opened my first library while completing my undergrad—this happened because I had an amazing library mentor and a perceptive administrator, who both saw my skill sets, knew my work ethic, and who trusted me to get the job done.

Exploring global learning in all its forms is what I do, because that’s what my patrons explore and want to be prepared for. I look forward to making new friends at the ALA Conference in Orlando; at IRRT—where I just know there will be fellow librarians who will share new perspectives and ideas, adding another layer to my quest for all things global in libraries.

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Meggan Houlihan

6.2.16 –  Here is news about one of the panelists participating in the upcoming Leaning Internatonal IRRT Program which is part of ALA 2016 . We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

MegganMeggan Houlihan is the First-Year Experience and Instruction Librarian at New York University in Abu Dhabi.  In this role Meggan collaborates with the Office of First-Year Students, Writing Program, and Writing Center to equip freshman with basic information literacy skills.  She is a former Coordinator of Instruction at The American University of Cairo, where she handled instructional activity, assessment, and outreach. She is currently serving on the Information Literacy Network of the Gulf’s Steering and Professional Development Committee, LIRT Conference Planning Committee, and IRRT Conference Planning Committee. She is the former Coordinator of Professional Development for the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries. She is a graduate of Indiana University (MLS), the University of Reading, UK (MA Modern History), and Eastern Illinois University (BA History).Her research interests include information literacy in the Middle East, library outreach, and student learning.

Meggan enjoys running, yoga, reading, and traveling. At the time of publication, she has explored thirty-five countries. Only 161 more countries to go!

Impressions of her first year…
My first year in Cairo was wild!  When I landed at the Cairo International Airport, there was a porter with a sign for “Mr. Meggan Houlihan.”  I think that sign set the tone for my four years in Cairo–so many random unexplainable things happened, but I put a smile on my face and kept moving forward.  I learned to adjust, haggle, and navigate the maze commonly know as Cairo.  I immersed myself in the culture and the city. Then the Egyptian Revolution happened and things went from crazy to insane. It was incredible. Overall, my first year in Cairo was one of the most memorable years of my life, and Cairo will always feel like home to me.
How she found her first international position…
I found my first international job on ALAjoblist.  Most Western-style institutions will advertise on ALAjoblist or the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Why she wanted to work overseas…
I’ve been consumed by wanderlust since I was sixteen. After studying abroad in Wales and attending graduate school in England, I knew I wanted to get back out into the world. AUC gave me that opportunity.
Advice for others who would like to do it…
When I received my initial offer from AUC, I contacted my library school mentor to discuss the details of my contract.  My offer was lower than expected. (What?! I was under the impression that international librarians made a lot of money. I thought I would be able to tell Sallie Mae to get lost and spend my time eating cheese in exotic locations. It turns out this is not the case.) I was bummed. We discussed everything in detail, and then she finally asked, “What does your heart of hearts say?”  My heart of hearts said go to Cairo. Live. Travel. Eat (cheap) cheese in exotic locations. So that’s what I did.
My advice? Follow your heart of hearts…

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Sam Crawford

5.10.15 –  In the upcoming weeks I am going to be spotlighting librarians with international experience who are planning on attending ALA 2016 and the Leaning Internatonal IRRT Program.  We are creating a list so we can all learn a little about each other and to help connect before, during, and after the program. However this information is for all librarians everywhere so feel free to connect via the blog or write me an e-mail.

Sam CrawfordSam Crawford, MLIS
Academic Librarian at Northern Marianas College (NMC)
Saipan Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

Since January, I’ve been working as the Academic Librarian at Northern Marianas College (NMC) on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).  I’m still learning “how things work” on the island and within the College itself, but I’m continuing to dig into this opportunity, full force, and I am thrilled beyond measure to be here. 

Broadly, I would describe myself as a musician and self-proclaimed “library nerd” with a bent towards the creative.  I earned degrees in music from East Tennessee State University (B.M., Vocal Music Education, ’09) and New York University (M.M., Music Composition and Theory, ’11).  More recently, I completed a Master’s in library and information science at the University of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences, where my studies focused on academic librarianship (specifically related to music and the humanities), archives and records management, and digital curation.  

I have provided information services for a variety of both federal and academic institutions, including the Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the University of Tennessee.  Before coming to NMC, I served as the interim K-12 Instructional Librarian at the University School of Nashville, in Nashville, Tennessee.”

I have very high hopes of attending this year’s ALA meeting in Orlando.  For me, the chance to personally meet you and others involved with the IRRT would be a tremendous opportunity to share and discuss alternative views of information work, connect with some like-minded professionals, and expand and strengthen myriad professional networks in the spirit of simply sharing information and learning / growing together.”

Volunteer: Call for Country Ambassadors with ILN

4/21/15 –  Country Ambassadors
International Librarians Network

Have you been a participant in the ILN Program? Do you want to extend your international network further and help us at the same time? How about joining us as an ILN Country Ambassador? Country Ambassadors (CA) are our volunteers on the ground around the world. We currently have a lively and active community of CAs from a diverse range of countries and we believe it’s a rewarding and fulfilling professional development activity.

The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do.

A meeting place for librarians from around the world.

1/14/15 –  ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) Preconference-Extended Deadline: February 13, 2015



Leading from Any Position:  Libraries which are Leaders in their    Communities and Librarians who Lead.

 The American Library Association IRRT Preconference Committee invites proposals for presentations at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco on June 26, 2015.  The IRRT Preconference provides a forum for librarians interested in international librarianship to discuss the current and future state of librarianship.

The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions (governmental, educational or corporate) face rethinking of structures.  To survive and thrive libraries need to have strong leadership from within. Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities.

This year the IRRT Preconference is inviting proposals from around the world addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries.  This year there will be time set aside for breakout sessions, during which each presenter will facilitate discussion related to his or her topic at a table.

The following topics are suggested for presenters to consider, but other topics pertaining to the theme are also welcome:

Sustainable Community Based Library Projects in Developing Areas of the World

Public Libraries that have raised their profiles by taking the lead in Education, Career Preparedness and other Fields

University Libraries that have taken the lead in innovation at their Institution or more widely

Librarians leading positive change outside Management Structures

Projects to nurture leadership at all levels in any library

In the proposal, please provide

  1. Title of the presentation
  2. Abstract of the presentation (no more than one page or 300 words)
  3. Name, title of position, and affiliation of the presenter(s)
  4. Contact information (email address and phone number)
  5. Brief biographical statement of the presenter(s)’ credentials.


Please submit your proposal to: no later than February 13, 2015All proponents will be notified by March 13, 1015.

The IRRT Preconference will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference (June25—June 30, 2015) in San Francisco.  It will be a half day program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Up to six presenters will be selected and grouped into two panels.  Each presenter is expected to give fifteen minutes of presentation; there will be a very brief Q&A session after each panel. After the panels each presenter will facilitate a break out group on their topic, where more extensive discussions will take place.  Lunch will be provided in the meeting room 12:30-1:30 pm.

All presenters are encouraged to submit a copy of PowerPoint slides or full length paper by May 1, 2015 to be included in the preconference packets and published on the IRRT web site after the conference.