Webinar: Why Teach Abroad?

8.21.17 –  ISS sponsored Webinar: Why Teach Abroad
August 304-5PM EST (USA)

Sarah P’s comments:  Here we go for the International School Librarian recruiting season. 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. However, attending this free ISS webinar will give you an overview of the field.

ISS (International Schools Services) is one of the oldest US schools recruiting agencies but please be aware that they also now run their own schools as well, which are, unfortunately, not always top tier.  So, be sure to join ISR, International Schools Review, and carefully read the reviews of any schools you might be interested in.

For more information about the hiring process for international school librarians please refer to Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Resources page.

 

Let’s talk about a few of our favorite things:
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On August 304-5PM ESTjoin us as we explore 5 fantastic benefits of teaching overseas. The webinar will feature some of our most experienced (and fun!) ISS international educators and finish with a 30-minute Q&A panel.
Check out the event page and register!
New to ISS? Join the community here  and email your candidate number to edustaffing@iss.edu to register for the webiner. Actively recruiting with ISS already? Just register through your candidate dashboard!
See you then!

Job: Reference & Instruction Librarian

8.17.17 – Reference & Instruction Librarian (Outreach Focus)
Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: A follower and librarian at Zayed wrote to tell me this position is open. It was last listed in 2016 however now the title ‘Outreach Focus’ has been added so it might be a new position. Zayed University has been considered one of the better colleges to work for in the UAE however in recent years their reputation has slipped a bit. They have always had sporadic hiring practices; interviewing then no communication, it appearing that a job is likely and then no contract, etc.

Dubai is a new, crazy city with lots of traffic but it is interesting and the Emirates remain a safe to live.  Be prepared for more expats than Arab nationals and watch the low oil prices because this is affecting the economy.

Job: Acquisition & Description Librarian

8.14.17 –  Acquisition & Description Librarian
Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, China

Sarah P’s comments:  This job was originally listed on 5/29 along with a Research & Instruction position. It is a position with a fairly new university (2013), formed as a partnership between Duke University in the USA and Wuhan University in China. They’re hiring quite a few positions so it would seem they are expanding. Here is more info:
Wikipedia article
Chronicle of Higher Education article

The Acquisition and Description Librarian’s position at Duke Kunshan University Library has been slightly revised with a new application deadline (Aug. 31). Please feel free to share the following posting link to anyone who is interested in working at a top joint-venture University in China: 

http://joblist.ala.org/jobseeker/job/36363435/acquisition-and-description-librarian/duke-kunshan-university/?str=1&max=25&keywords=DUKE%20KUNSHAN&vnet=0&long=1

Overview

Duke Kunshan University is a partnership of Duke University, Wuhan University and the Municipality of Kunshan, China (https://dukekunshan.edu.cn). The DKU campus is 37 miles west of Shanghai in Kunshan, and is connected to Shanghai via an 18-minute high-speed train and a subway-light rail train system. DKU provides competitive compensation, benefits, and start-up packages.

Job: Director of Library Services

8.12.17 –  Director of Library Services
Palau Community College, Republic of Palau

Sarah P’s comments: A former PCC Library Director has asked me to post this position which is always a positive. I am including his helpful comments below. I would add that, having worked in the region (Marshall Islands), Palau is considered a ‘jewel in the crown’ and the diving is fantastic. However, what is really interesting is the opportunity to serve as both an academic and a public librarian. Yes, the salary is low by international standards but, with housing provided and two months off, it is very fair for the region.

David: Although an academic library in name, the PCC Library is also a public library; it supports the public as well as the PCC academic community. People from the community visit the library because it has the largest collection in the country. In addition to college students, the library serves children at the end of their school day and older people who come daily to sit in the air conditioning and read the newspapers. The director position is an opportunity to participate hands-on in all aspects of library work–administration, acquisition and collection development, technical services, and public services.
The school administration does not mettle or micro-manage but appreciates a director who moves the library’s mission and goals forward. However, they are always there for suggestions and support. In Palau, it seems like you often don’t receive how-to information that you could use to navigate a particular situation until after the situation is over–however, rest assured that you’re then well armed for the next time it happens! The library staff is very experienced, with many of them having completed the associate’s degree in library science that is offered at PCC. They keep things sailing smoothly. They particularly look to the director to be the final decision maker, a “policeman” at times with the students, a negotiator on their behalf with the administration when necessary, and a library professional with a vision of the “big picture” and maybe a new approach or two. A major responsibility of the director is to prepare the library section of the accreditation self-study, which is due, I believe, every three years. (PCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States.) This report isn’t as difficult as it sounds since there are examples to follow and the necessary statistics are collected regularly by the staff. Library funds are always a challenge; there is an annual grant, and the director is encouraged to creatively pursue other grant possibilities.
The school typically hires a librarian who holds a degree from an ALA-accredited program because this satisfies their accreditation requirements.  Although the salary is low by many standards, it’s about 3 times the average salary in Palau. In addition to the salary, housing is provided, as well as a monthly stipend toward electricity costs, freeing up money for savings or new experiences.
Palau is a great mix of ocean beauty, ancient culture and traditions, and emerging country. Koror is a small community of a few thousand people, a mingling of Palauans, Filipinos, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, and those of other nationalities. A group of islands in the western Pacific Ocean, Palau has average temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius (77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit) year-round. Although touted for its diving (and justifiably so!), Palau’s waters can equally be enjoyed through snorkeling, kayaking, swimming … or picnicking on the shore. Palau is not a beach paradise; most of its shorelines are covered in mangroves. But, there are beaches here and there around the islands.
My greatest dislikes: slow Internet … only two department stores. My greatest likes: friendships formed with locals as well as other expats from places I’d never even been … the amazing sunsets and starry skies.

Salary : $18,730- $33,262 PER ANNUM (depending on qualifications and work experience). Benefits include health and life insurance, 10/2 annual work schedule (10 months on and 2 months paid) off, and paid relocation expenses. Housing provided.

Summary of Description:

Palau Community College seeks an experienced librarian to manage and direct library services.  PCC is located in the Republic of Palau in the Western Pacific region and is an accredited post-secondary vocational and academic institution serving all of Micronesia. PCC Library is an academic library serving the needs of Palau Community College students and supporting distance-learning programs at the bachelors and masters degree level. The Library also serves community patrons of all ages, functions as repository for international documents, and features a Micronesia Pacific special collection. The Library supports the PCC Library & Information Services Associates Degree programs. This position is a unique opportunity for an experienced librarian to share expertise in library services and to serve as a leader in Palau’s library community.

Examples of Duties consist, but are not limited to:

Provide professional library services to the College and its clients, including but not limited to:  Assist individuals and groups in obtaining library materials; maintain and update the library’s circulating and reference collections with general and technical print resources, serial publications, multimedia resources and electronic resources. Manage collection development, including selecting and ordering, and new resources. Supervise and provide assistance in cataloging, indexing, and technical services. Communicate information and market library services to students, faculty, administration and the public. Plan and organize library activities, programs, instruction services, and special events. Prepare the library budget and manage allocated funds. Manage and expand grant programs. Direct and supervise all aspects of library services, staff, and activities. Develop reports and communicate library success and needs as appropriate. Train, supervise and provide support to a team of library technicians, assistants and student workers.  Take an active role in supporting the Library & Information Services degree program and provide input for program activities and planning. Participate in College committees and engage in College functions and activities. Serve as a leader and role model to the local library community through the Palau Association of Libraries and librarian training activities.  Perform other duties as directed by the College.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

A master’s in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program, or international equivalent; a minimum of two years of experience in an academic or public library, with one year of supervisory experience; must be able to work with a team, as a leader; must have the ability to supervise, motivate, and inspire co-workers; must have strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

A minimum of five years of experience in an academic or public library, with two years of supervisory experience; working knowledge of library administration, planning, and budget management; demonstrated success in library leadership; teaching and instruction experience preferred; grant writing and grant management experience highly valuable; Web development and computer troubleshooting skills an advantage; knowledge of Pacific cultures and familiarity with Pacific information resources a plus.

General information:

Application forms may be obtained from the Human Resources Office or at the college website:  http://pcc.palau.edu/about/jobs/. Send completed application, resume and transcripts to: P.O. Box 9, Koror, PW 96940 (copies of transcripts will be sufficient during review process, but official transcripts and a recent police clearance will be required prior to any issued or offered contract). For further information, call 680-488-2470 x 227, or visit the HRD office on campus or email hr@palau.edu .

Job: K-12 Librarian

8.8.17 –  K-12 Librarian
Tsinghua International School, Beijing, China

Sarah P’s comments:  A late opening.  The school, though young, has positive reviews.

 

Date Posted/Updated 05 August 2017
Apply By Date 15 August 2017
Job Start Date 21 August 2017
Level K-12
Subject/Area Library
Position Description Librarian who will handle the Grade 1-12 library. Will have an experienced assistant. Will also teach research to Grade 6 and Grade 9 students. Request complete job description from Wendy Wang wwang@this.edu.cn
Salary:

$36,000-$55,500 Salary is based on years of teaching experience and increases 5% each year.

Benefits:

– Airline ticket to Beijing and home again at the end of the school year.
– Housing stipend
– CIGNA health insurance. School pays $3086 of the cost and 70% of the cost over $3086
– Provides a settling in amount of $1500

Some benefits apply to dependents.

NOTE: Amounts quoted fluctuate based on currency valuations. Salary and benefits paid in Chinese RMB.

Qualifications:

– At least a Bachelor’s Degree in the listed subject area – Library Science
– Teacher certification School Library/Resource Room
– Native English speaker
– Clean criminal background check
– Two years experience as a school librarian with a Bachelor’s Degree or 0 years with a Master’s
Degree in Library Science
– North American teacher for this position.

Age Restrictions:

Yes

Age Limit:

60

Additional materials:

Resume
Recommendations

Interviews:

Through SKYPE unless the candidate is in Beijing and then the interview will be in person at Tsinghua International School.

 

Job: Librarian II/III

7.25.17 –  Librarian II/III (Documentalist/Indexer)
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.  FYI:  They have posted three positions within the past three years.

Application Due:
08/24/2017
Minimum Qualification
Master’s degree in Information Science and/or Library Science from a recognized University.

Experience
Considerable experience in establishing and maintaining educational research information databases. Other desirable experience include:

  • editing and publishing academic documents
  • working in an online environment

Special Responsibilities

  • Maintenance of an educational research information service including bibliographic and numeric databases
  • Indexing and abstracting of documents relevant to educational research
  • Management of the School of Education’s monograph and journal publications
  • Management of the School of Education’s Collections in the University’s institutional repository
  • Compilation and continuous updating of a directory of Research in Progress in education in the Caribbean
  • Compilation and continuous updating of a directory of Caribbean educational researchers
  • Provision of reference and bibliographical services

Personal Attributes
The Department places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team environment. Candidates should possess good communication and interpersonal skills and must be student-centered. A good command of both oral and written English is essential. Candidates must also have:

  • the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment
  • the willingness to develop a research agenda
  • the ability to be a team player
  • the capacity to work autonomously and be self-directed
  • demonstrated ability to work comfortably and effectively as part of a professional team, in a cooperative collegial environment
  • the ability to coordinate projects
  • enthusiasm for supporting the dissemination and preservation of the research output of the School of Education
  • commitment to the Vision and Mission of the School of Education

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Postal Address:
The University of the West Indies – St. Augustine
The Campus Registrar
St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone:
1 (868) 662-2002
Fax:
1 (868) 663-9684

Job: Director Library & Digital Services

7.24.17 –  Director Library & Digital Services
British Council, Southeast Asia

Sarah P’s comments:  This is the second job this year from the British Council which is rare. (Search British Council to see other earlier posting.)

Description

Are you passionate about the future of libraries? Are you looking for an opportunity to create a global 21st Century Digital Library?

About the Company
The British Council is looking to recruit a Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces, South Asia. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, creating friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. The British Council South Asia region consists of a diverse range of political and economic environments, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Over the last few years, the region has led a revolutionary and innovative approach to re-opening and transforming existing libraries as cultural convening centres. There are now 17 libraries across South Asia (9 in India, 4 in Sri Lanka, 2 in Pakistan and 2 in Bangladesh) which have a total membership of approximately100,000.

What you’ll be doing

The British Council has a far-reaching vision for the future of libraries in South Asia. This ambitious strategy will be to launch a new digital library membership and content proposition across the region. The vision is to provide 5 million South Asians with access to knowledge and cultural resources through a new digital library; this will double membership and increase footfall by 300%. You will be building on the rich, cultural history of libraries in South Asia while developing a keen sense for tomorrow’s needs of the library services.

This is a newly created and exciting opportunity for a Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces. Based in South Asia, you will be creating and implementing the library strategy across the region including leading a team of library specialists who will help deliver key objectives. As well as leadership of the sites you will also be responsible for managing a complex budget for the libraries and key programmes.

One of the key challenges of the role will be to transform the current library offering, breaking out of the current bricks and mortar to operating in a virtual space. You will deliver this transformational change through marketing analysis and insight and working collaboratively with country, regional and global colleagues to ensure insights are embedded in decision-making processes and strategies.

Why you’ll be hired

Applications are invited from individuals with a demonstrable track record in digital transformation change within libraries and information. The successful candidate will have a strong reputation for expertise and knowledge of modern libraries and what makes them successful. You will also have proven leadership abilities and excellent communication skills to develop and manage relationships with stakeholders. A passion for all things digital and the future of libraries is essential.

Why you should apply

This is a unique opportunity to work internationally with a leading cultural organisation to create a 21st Century library and take the lead on an exciting digital transformation change project. You will work autonomously to manage the strategy, engage with stakeholders and develop solutions at this exciting time for the British Council libraries. This role will contribute enormously to the future of libraries globally. If you are passionate about developing libraries and have a vision for how digital library services will operate in the future – this is not an opportunity to be missed.
The Director of Libraries and Digital Spaces role is located in South Asia, ideally in New Delhi but there are options for those based locally to work in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India or Sri Lanka.

The role is pitched as an initial 3 year contract. In return you will receive a competitive salary, plus generous mobility package and attractive benefits offer.