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News: My New Book!

5.23.17 –
Sarah P’s comments: Well, I did it. I finally published my new book: Far Off-Girl. Thanks to all who have supported me in one way or another.  And, as always, comments, edits, reviews, and the sharing of your stories are appreciated…
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Far Off-Girl: 5 Years of Uncharted Wandering (Teenage Traveler) by [Gibson, Sarah P.]Ethel is ecstatic when her father offers her an escape from a long, cold, dark, Maine winter. But the journey turns out to be a maze of country-hopping, desert-crossing, shisha-smoking, friend-making, skinny-dipping, island-kissing, revolution-escaping, boy-betraying, white-knuckled, hairpin turns. Growing up at home is perplexing, growing up overseas is mind-altering.

P.S. Her father is a librarian…

 

Author’s Essay:

EVERYONE IS MULTICULTURAL
All those who incorporate ideas and beliefs of people
from many different countries and cultural backgrounds.

 
‘Multicultural’ became a publishing buzz word in the late 80’s and a genre by the 90’s. As an international librarian I happily embraced this trend, excited to see stories which represented at least some of more of my students’ cultural heritages. In each of my positions I sought out books with global themes, and especially those which represented where I was currently located. At first there were only a smattering but eventually there grew to be a list which I would faithfully order for each new library.

Another welcome trend which emerged were novels about kids from other cultures trying to fit into mainstream American life. I added these to my list as they encouraged discussion and understanding of what it means to try and live in another culture. At the same time some books began to be published about American teens venturing overseas. These books were popular as well and thus I figured it was only a matter of time before stories appeared which would delve deeper into the final frontier: the experience of American teenagers living overseas.

But, to date, nothing has yet appeared which I find surprising because, at last count, there are at least 275,000 global nomads, or TCK’s (third-culture kids), kids who consider America (or another country) their home, but spend most of their lives growing up overseas and attending international schools as they follow their parents’ international careers. These are the students I taught and hung out with in my fourteen years of international living and, to me, they truly are ‘multicultural’ in that their definition of themselves is not based on where they live but how they live, and they are living proof that ‘multicultural’ is something you can become rather than something you must be born as.

Ethel’s story grew out of this understanding and my goal was to find an entertaining way to honestly share some of her experiences and to answer real-life questions such as: What’s it really like to wear a veil? Should I date a guy from a different faith? How do I deal with someone who hates Americans?

And, finally, there is another message woven into this story. It is for all teens who feel stuck, and it is that being multicultural is about acceptance. That if you travel beyond your borders, be it through a book, a plane, or Instagram, you are reaching out. And that, by seeking to understand others, you will find people anywhere and everywhere, who are like you in some way. Travel, as Ethel comes to realize, will not solve all your problems, but what it can bring is perspective, insight, understanding, and hope.

(Thanks also to Cricket Magazine who published an early version of Travel Post #1 as a short story.)

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Job: Learning Centers Director

5.22.17 –  Learning Centers Director
Wings of Hope, Bak Chinhchien, Pursat Province, Cambodia

Sarah P’s comments: Actually, this position is listed as ‘paid volunteer’ but that is an oxymoron. The position does cover expenses plus a small salary which is much better than volunteer positions where you have to pay!  On the negative side, it sounds like quite a job, of which overseeing the library is a small part. The deadline was May 20 but if you are interested, shoot of a quick letter and resume. Volunteer and low pay positions are usually not as strict about deadlines as jobs.

The position of Cambodia Director for Wings of Hope/John Givonetti Giving is a multifaceted position managing a program that aims to provide rural Cambodian children (currently 500 to 600 students in three schools) with the skills to pull themselves out of poverty, primarily through instruction in English and computer skills. Teaching is conducted by an organized group of high school students (Student Teachers) that JGG has trained to teach both subjects (currently 60 Student Teachers). The position is based in Bak Chinhchien, Pursat Province, Cambodia with occasional travel outside the area to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Khmer Language skills are not a requirement. We are seeking a minimum one year commitment.

While the JGG Director is responsible for all JGG program activities, the primary allocation of the Director’s time and effort will be the administrative functions specified in General Responsibilities.

Skill Requirements

1.      Effective organizational skills & multi-tasking ability in a developing country context

2.      Very strong record keeping and reporting abilities are essential. This is a primary skill requirement.

3.      Good written and verbal presentation/reporting

4.      The ability to be culturally sensitive while achieving the goals of JGG.

5.      Good working knowledge of English including writing/conversation/grammar. No teaching degree is required.

Responsibilities

1.      General

a.      Persistent (everything is exponentially more difficult to do in Cambodia) and timely response to tax issues, government NGO operating requirements, insurance maintenance, building maintenance, construction projects, banking and internal accounting requirements.

b.     Manage budget and expense journal entry process (development/implementation/periodic reporting) and clearly reporting this information expeditiously to the JGG Chairman.

c.      Facility management for the two Learning Centers, the Siem Respite Center, the two Phnom Penh Dormitories and smaller projects.

d.     Timely reporting to the Chairman of all JGG activities and prompt response to requests made by the Chairman and to the needs of Wings of Hope, a supporting charity.

e.     Maintain with updates and improvements JGG’s Facebook page and website.

f.       Implement/manage all other JGG activities and new projects as they develop.

g.      Maintain good relationships with all levels of the Cambodian government (National/Provincial/Commune/Village) and school administration leaders.

h.     Manage/develop staff and oversee their activities (currently 3 full-time Program Assistants (one position is open), 1 full-time Librarian, 5 part-time Professional teachers, 2 part-time US Peace Corps Volunteers, 2 House Supervisors (at Siam Reap and Phnom Penh dormitories) and 1 full-time House Attendant in Siem Reap.

2.      English Outreach and Computer Training Programs

a.      Train new and existing Student Teachers in teaching, English and computer skills including conducting weekend instruction classes.

b.     Manage/train the professional part-time English teacher.

c.      Conduct weekly review meeting with JGG staff and Student Teachers.

d.     Monitor classroom activities with Student Teachers to insure the quality of the English training.

e.     Develop/manage computer training for Student Teachers and selected other students.

f.       Manage the four part-time math, science and English teachers preparing Student Teachers in their final high school year for the 12<sup>th</sup> grade exam.

g.      Coordinate JGG activities between Bak Chinhchien, Romlech, and Koh Svey schools.

3.      John Givonetti Learning Centers (2 buildings)

a.      Train/manage Librarian.

b.     Develop program for Student Teachers to assist in Library.

c.      Create/implement development plans for both facilities including implementing computer training, and the acquisition of new books, video material and related programs.

4.      John Givonetti Respite Center & Dormitories – Siem Riep & Phnom Penh (3 buildings)

a.      Utilize the House Supervisor to oversee all Respite Center activities including the housing of former Student Teachers now attending university and JGG guests.

HOW TO APPLY

jessica.watson@wingsofhope.ngo

http://www.wingsofhope.ngo

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Watson at Jessica.watson@wingsofhope.ngo by May 20.

BENEFITS

Compensation: This is a volunteer position, offering a monthly stipend and a year-end bonus. Expenses are covered including airfare, lodging, meals, and insurance. 

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Khmer Language skills are not a requirement. English fluency is necessary.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

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Volunteer or Internship: Librarian

5.22.17 –  Volunteer/Intern Librarian
Arajuno Road Project, Puyo, Ecuador

About us:The Arajuno Road Project (ARP)/Proyecto Ruta del Arajuno was created in 2008 with the goal of supporting the schools and improving the opportunities available in the communities along the road located between the small city of Puyo and the rural community of Arajuno – a culturally and ecologically diverse area – in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The program works in rural communities providing support in education, improving the infrastructure and learning environment of schools, and working on community development and conservation programs, such as school gardens and reforestation.

Find us online at www.arajunoroadproject.org and www.facebook.com/ArajunoRoadProject

Position summary:ARP established a center in collaboration with one of our partner communities in 2016, which acts both as the base for ARP operations and community functions. This position helps with community center development, and runs basic courses and opportunities. Center activities have included infrastructure improvements, tutoring for primary school students, English classes for teachers and community members, overseeing the library, cultural events, and in the future, computer classes.

What we ask from you: Volunteers/interns should be able to commit to at least one pre-defined service period and priority will be given to those applying for consecutive periods. You will live on site in the dormitory at the community center. After an initial orientation, you will be expected to run agreed upon community center activities weekday afternoons/evenings; corresponding planning and administrative duties will be on your own schedule. You will also be expected to participate in a weekly minga (community service) with the community one afternoon each week. Documenting your work will be important for the long-term success of the program and future volunteers. If you have any special abilities/skills, you are also welcome to propose a community class.

Responsibilities:

  • Run 1-2 classes per week
  • Oversee library hours and keep library resources organized
  • Help with overall infrastructure development and maintenance of the center
  • Assist with center organization
  • Assist during community work days
  • Assist with other center activities when possible
  • Keep activity materials up to date and organized
  • Weekly check-in with program team
  • Document work

Mandatory Qualifications:

  • Experience leading activities
  • Intermediate Spanish

Desired Qualifications:

  • Previous non-formal education experience
  • Previous experience working with multiple age groups
  • Previous international work or volunteer experience
  • Advanced Spanish

Skills:

  • Excellent people skills
  • First class communication skills
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
  • Tolerant, patient, and understanding
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn Google Drive/Docs

Dates and Expenses: Positions begin the first Monday of each month. Project participation fees include food and housing, training and administrative support for the position; the expense for the six week minimum is $550, the recommended eight weeks is $650, and additional weeks cost $50. Flights, visas, insurance, local transport and excursions are the responsibility of the volunteer.

HOW TO APPLY

project.arajuno.road@gmail.com

http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

Please apply at http://arajunoroadproject.org/apply

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Volunteer: 3 positions…

5.22. 17 –  Idealist

Sarah P’s comments:  While obtaining an international position may be your goal, one way of gaining experience is to volunteer.  Idealist currently has three positions of interest.  Idealist, a US nonprofit organization, began life in 1995 as Action Without Borders, with the goal of creating a global network of people and organizations working towards the goal of a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Online and globally, Idealist.org connects 100,000 people with jobs and volunteer and action opportunities posted by 90,000 organizations around the world. The organization operates in English, Spanish and French. You can use this site to post information about yourself and/or search for both internship and volunteer opportunities.

I have noticed in recent years, many more jobs posted vs. internships and volunteering opps. There has also been an increasing number of US postings, however there are still international listings.  Unfortunately, there is no way to search for only ‘international’ and the best method is to enter ‘library’ or ‘librarian’ as a keyword and scroll through the listings.

For more about volunteering please read Chapter 9 of my book and/or visit the Resources page.

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Job: School Librarians (3)

5.18.17 –  TeacherHorizons, UK

Sarah P’s comments: I just received this e-mail (group mailing) from TeacherHorizons, an international recruiter for schools. I have no reviews for this agency but on their site, it says they were started by a group of former international teachers is is interesting. One item I did not like was that in order to locate Librarian positions, you must choose ‘Other’! As always, please read reviews on International Schools Review of the schools before applying.

Hi Sarah P,

Take a look at some of the Librarian opportunities we are looking to fill this week.

Dulwich College SeoulLead Librarian – August 2017

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, Republic Of Korea, KoreaThe school caters to the local expatriate community and is also fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), WASC and the International Baccalaureate.   Applicants will need to be able to stretch students academically, differentiate for the broad range of abilities at the school and be committed to the school’s extensive program of extra-curricular activities.  As in many Asian schools, the job will entail hard work but will be very rewarding.  As a large school of nearly 500 students, professional and career development opportunities will be excellent.

Yew Wah International Education School of Shanghai-LingangLibrarian – August 2017
The ideal candidate will be well informed of western literature and able to deliver a reading programme at the library.

Pudong, Shanghai, China, Bund, Skyscraper, Tower, SunThe school is looking for enthusiastic and globally-minded candidates.  The group established a new model of global education offering the unique richness and diversity of both Eastern and Western cultures that equip children to be bilingual, global-minded, appreciative and caring. The school nurture globally competitive students and shape their good character as responsible global citizens with the competencies and skills required in the 21st century.

Beijing Chaoyang KaiWen Academy – Librarian – August 2017

Beijing, The Scenery, BeautifulBeijing Chaoyang KaiWen Academy is a large, 170,000 square meter school that has a capacity of 3000 students. Students live and study at BCKA and are immersed in a range of extracurricular sporting and artistic activities that cultivate the students’ independent thinking and team spirit. The school has a newly built campus with very good facilities – a tournament-level professional sports venue, unique arts classrooms, well-equipped science labs and a grand 800 seat theater. The school follows the IB curriculum, adopting both Chinese and Western cultural approaches and attaching importance to learning ability, creative thinking, and subject knowledge.

Get in touch as soon as possible to apply!

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Parkman
Operations Manager
www.teacherhorizons.com

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Job: Executive Director

5.16.17 –  Executive Director (remote/part-time)
Open Preservation Foundation, UK

Hours:​ Part­ time (24 hours/week)
Contract type:​ Fixed term for 12 months, renewable upon mutual agreement
Salary: £45,000+ a year pro rata , depending on skills and experience
Reports to:​ Board of Directors
Location:​ Negotiable (with significant travel within EU and beyond)
 
The Open Preservation Foundation is looking for an experienced, motivated and visionary leader to fill the position of Executive Director.
 
The Foundation is an international not for profit membership organisation providing open source digital preservation technology and knowledge to memory institutions around the world.
 
The Executive Director is expected:
  • To lead, manage, and develop the Foundation and build an international community of  practitioners working in the field of digital preservation.
  • To grow the membership of the Foundation and ensure that member organisations benefit from their association with the organisation.
  • To create strategies and seek funding to sustain and develop the Foundation’s open source digital preservation solutions and services.
  • To provide leadership and management of OPF staff (currently 2.0FTE) and budgets  (c. £350k/annum) and to run the organisation responsibly and with accountability.
Full job description
To apply
Please email your letter of application and CV to Becky McGuinness (becky@openpreservation.org).
 
Closing date
12:00 noon BST on Wednesday 7 June 2017.
 
We will invite successful candidates to first interviews by video conference. The Board may decide to hold a subsequent face-to-face interview with top candidates (location to be confirmed).
 
If you have any enquiries about the post, please contact me.
 
Becky McGuinness | Community Manager

@openpreserve | Skype: becky.mcguinness1
Open Preservation Foundation

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Job: Reference & Outreach Archivist

5.12.17 –  Reference & Outreach Archivist
University of Hong Kong, China

Applications are invited for appointment as Administrative Assistant I (holding the functional title of Reference and Outreach Archivist) in the University Archives, to commence in September 2017, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.

Responsibilities

The appointee will be expected to: (a) provide guidance, access and research support to faculty, students and scholars in the use of archival collections; (b) provide expert and in-depth assistance in the use of collections when processed; (c) work with faculty to incorporate University Archives materials into their teaching and scholarship; (d) create and support teaching and research content for the University Archives’ web interfaces and seek out other forms (particularly digital) for promoting the collections to users and increasing access; (e) lead in providing reference services personally and coordinate all reference desk services for other staff; (f) lead in researching and preparing exhibitions when asked and to participate actively in teaching and outreach in the larger Hong Kong community; and (g) to promote the archives profession and professional standards of work.

In addition, the appointee will participate actively in the shared decision making for University Archives, resource management, and program and policy development; participate in identifying opportunities for grants and development funds and any subsequent application process; participate actively in the archival profession as part of professional development; and perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education/Experience:

Applicants should possess a Master’s degree from an accredited program with a major in archival administration; this degree may be directly in an Archives and Records Management program or in a related field with a concentration in archival work; these related fields may be Public History, Information or Library Science, or Museum Studies; at least 5 years of relevant professional experience working in archives and manuscripts.  Applicants must be fluent in Cantonese and English and have solid translation skills.

Certifications:

Applicants should have Academy of Certified Archivists and Digital Archives Specialist certifications; if not attained yet then the applicants should be in pursuit of at least one of these certifications and the other may be acquired within the first three years of employment.

Skills:

Applicants should have the ability to speak well and in a professional and engaging manner to researchers, students, faculty and outside interest or professional groups; and the ability to articulate and advocate for the use of the University Archives collections and to promote information technology and other solutions to archival challenges as needed.  This will require thorough knowledge of archival principles and best practices of archival processing, description, access, archival technologies, preservation, digital curation, and reference. They should have knowledge of relevant archival and bibliographic standards and frameworks (DACS, ISAD(G), MARC, OAIS modeling, PREMIS, MODS, and METS use) and archival processing standards and techniques; and fluency with relevant software for managing archives information and assets, particularly ArchivesSpace.  Applicants will need strong research, verbal and written communication skills; and the ability to work in a team-based environment as well as to be self-motivated.  Supervisory experience and strong leadership skill will be a plus. Ability to adapt to, and thrive in, a quickly-changing work environment as well as strong EQ abilities are preferred.  Excellent demonstrated customer service skills and a commitment to maintaining quality service will be an advantage.  Demonstrated general computer skills, including a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, are required.

Duties will include:

The appointee will be collecting, aggregating, and reporting statistics relating to Archives operations and events and performing other related duties to support the goals and priorities of the University Archives.  He/She should be able to perform the physical activities associated with the position including lifting, carrying, and climbing four foot ladders with boxes of up to 20 kilograms (or about 45 pounds).

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants who have: public service experience in an archival/special collections or museum setting; knowledge of Hong Kong history; familiarity with East Asian history; experience working with rare or fragile materials; demonstrated familiarity with archival processes, procedures, and resources; training in conservation work with paper, photographs, or rare books; demonstrated experience with digital archival management programs, digital repository software, and/or a digital, archival preservation management program(s); and possession of other appropriately related, graduate degrees and other languages

A highly competitive salary (min. HK$48,345 per month) commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.

Applicants should send a completed application form (inclusive of the contact information for three professional references) together with a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V. and a small sample (two paragraphs) of translated work (classical Chinese to English) to hkua@hku.hk.  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc and further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/. Closes June 30, 2017.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.

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