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.


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.


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: 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 .

Job: Content Manager Team Leader

1.17.16 –  Content Manager Team Leader
Palmerston North City Council, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Sarah P’s comments:  I would normally say this position was restricted to Kiwis but, since it was posted on ALAJobs, it would seem they are open to other nationalities applying…


Applications close: 5.00 pm, Sunday 29 January 2017

Are you passionate about providing amazing library materials for our community? Join an organisation that delights in inspiring people to explore the pathways to the world.

Delivery of content and resources in libraries is rapidly changing. You will be interested in this role if you feel passionate about facilitating community created content, have a format agnostic approach to content management, are innovative and forward-looking in thinking about access and promotion of content, have a strong background in traditional collections management and want to lead and enable a team of highly skilled people to provide the best library materials for our community.

The Content Management team aims to have a positive impact on communities of Palmerston North through selection, acquisition, development, creation, curation, display, promotion, access, and delivery of content across a wide range of formats in an effective, innovative and efficient manner.

You will coach, encourage, and develop the team to ensure they deliver the Unit and team’s required outcomes. This will involve integrating policy, workflows, strategy and working across the Libraries and Community Services Unit to provide accessible resources that meets community needs.

To find out all about living, working and studying in Palmerston North visit

Does this exciting opportunity interest you? Then please apply online today at


Job: Executive Director

7.28.16 – Executive Director
National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS)
Port of Spain, Trinidad/Tobago

Sarah P’s comments:  A very rare public library position…

The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the strategic and operational activities of the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) Trinidad and Tobago, in accordance with governmental policies and strategic direction, determined by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is the liaison between the Board and management of the organisation, leading in the development and execution of NALIS’ goals and objectives.


  • Formulates and develops the organisational strategy (strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Monitors and implements the strategic imperatives of the organisation, proposing solutions for system wide matters needing attention
  • Monitors all library services and participates in the development and implementation of professional standards across the NALIS network of Libraries
  • Ensures adherence and compliance with all legislative requirements in the work environment.
  • Provides information and advice to the line Minister and the Board on matters pertaining to the national library and information services and matters of literacy
  • Leads and oversees the development and implementation of the organisation’s action plans in accordance with its strategy
  • Ensures that the organisation’s Human Resource is managed according to approved policies and procedures and fully conforms to respective laws and regulations
  • Ensures that the Financial Resources of the organisation are utilized in accordance with the required financial regulations and allocations



  • Leadership and Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Policy formulation and development
  • Strategic Planning and Management


  • Library development standards and quality assurance
  • Information Communication Technologies and their applications in library networks
  • Current library principles and practices, professional library policies, library rules and regulations


  • Lead and manage a diverse group of workers within the organisation
  • Work effectively to prioritize and multitask within tight deadlines and respond to changing demands
  • Work outside of normal working hours on a regular basis
  • Establish positive working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public locally, regionally and internationally


  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving/ Analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Human Relations and Communication


  • Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty and integrity in personal and professional relationships
  • Tact and Diplomacy
  • Maintains poise and emotional stability in the full range of professional activities
  • Responds well when faced with unexpected/disturbing situations
  • Remains open to ideas, suggestions in the face of criticisms


  • Must be a transformational leader with strong strategic critical thinking skills, with the ability to transfer enthusiasm to forge a dynamic team
  • Remains positive and focused with an emphasis on a can do, hands on approach and philosophy


Essential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science or any other recognised qualification in Library and Information Science
  • A minimum of five (5) years managerial experience in Library and Information services, including three (3) in a senior management position
  • A Post Graduate qualification in management or a related field will be an asset

For consideration, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, together with names and addresses of two (2) references should be submitted by August 25, 2016 to:

Chairman, Board of NALIS

National Library and Information System Authority

National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, Hart and Abercromby Streets,

Port of Spain,

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


Any qualification from a non-regional institution must be accompanied by certification from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).

Job: Director of Development

4.15.16 –  Director of Development
Lubuto Library Partners, Washington, DC, USA

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a USA position however, as it working with a non-profit organization whose aim is to develop and support libraries in Africa, I imagine it will include some travel to Africa. For those with grant-writing experience it could be a foot in the door of the NGO world.


About Lubuto Library Partners:

Lubuto, which has pioneered a unique, dynamic and effective approach to child- and youth-targeted development in southern Africa, is ready to take a dramatic leap forward in its operations. Providing open library systems and accessible services and working to build the capacity of African colleagues and communities, Lubuto opens the world up to young people. Our mission is to empower African children and youth – especially those not in school and highly vulnerable –and help them gain the knowledge and skills needed to reconnect with their culture and community and participate fully in society.

Lubuto constructs enduring, indigenously-styled open-access libraries stocked with comprehensive collections of well-chosen books and appropriate technology. These libraries serve as safe havens and are the center for Lubuto’s outreach and programs, which offer education, psychosocial support and self-expression through reading, music, art, drama, computers, mentoring and other activities.

More than 80,000 children have visited Lubuto libraries over three quarters of a million times in disadvantaged communities in Zambia.  More information about us can be found at

About the position:

The Director of Development is responsible for identifying grant opportunities that are aligned with Lubuto’s mission, including as a cooperating partner subcontractor. The Director will prepare related proposals, in coordination with other Lubuto staff. The Director will also work with Lubuto’s President and other Board members, in developing and managing Lubuto’s major gifts program.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic and optimistic professional who:

  • Embraces the mission of Lubuto Library Partners.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and writing skills.
  • Has a solid understanding of the funding mechanisms and grant processes of USAID and other internationally focused and Lubuto-relevant funding organizations.
  • Is familiar with international development contractors and their partnership engagements.
  • Displays knowledge and experience in relevant areas of grant development.
  • Possesses the skills to work with and motivate staff, Board members and volunteers.
  • Is a “self-starter,” driven to develop and maintain network relationships.
  • Organizes and leads efforts, and consistently “follows through” on tasks and goals.
  • Displays a positive attitude, shows concern for people and community, and demonstrates presence, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Cares deeply about advancing the educational status and rights of young people in substantially disadvantaged communities globally.
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree.
  • Possesses at least 3 years of relevant professional experience.

Key position responsibilities:

  • Identify and follow-up on grant opportunities relevant to Lubuto’s mission and capacity, including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
  • Work with Lubuto’s President to develop a major gifts program, including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Conduct prospect research.
  • Work closely with Lubuto’s President and Founder, and the Board of Directors, on strategy and outreach.
  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about Lubuto with the donor, stakeholder and beneficiary communities.
  • Coordinate Board Development Committee meetings.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct at all times.
  • Perform other related duties, as requested.


Competitive/commensurate with experience and other qualifications.


E-mail letter of interest with résumé to with the subject header: LLP Development Director.  This position will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

News: Article about Libraries in Afghanistan

4.6.16 – To Feed Hungry Minds, Afghans Seed a Ravaged Land With Books
by Mujib Mashalmarch, 3/30/16, Panjwai Journal/New York Times

PANJWAI, Afghanistan — At first glance, it is not much of a library: two shelves of about 1,600 books and magazines in a basement room deep into a dusty alley of adobe homes in rural Panjwai District, in southern Afghanistan. The mattresses and blankets stacked in the corner still give the vibe of the guest quarters the room once was.

But the register shows how parts of the community here, particularly younger residents, have come to value any chance to indulge their curiosity, in a place that was at the heart of the original Taliban uprising in the 1990s and became a watchword for the tragedy and deprivation brought by war…

Click this LINK to read the rest of the article…


Jobs: 3 Librarian Positions

5/13/15 –  Teen Services Librarian, Children’s Librarian, Arabic Humanities Librarian
Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  Qatar National Library has made quite a splash this year by advertising lots of positions and also supposedly hosting a hiring fair in Zurich last week (I’m waiting to hear confirmation this event happened as there was some question about whether it would).  In the meantime, they have advertised another three positions.   For comments about Qatar National Library as well as Qatar please search ‘Qatar’ on the blog to read my earlier posts.


For position descriptions click on the above-listed titles.

For more information about Qatar National Library or Qatar Foundation, visit or

Jobs: Qatar National Library

3/9/15 –  Qatar National Library Job Fair
Positions: Doha, Qatar
Hiring Fair: Zurich, Switzerland

Sarah P’s comments:  I have never before seen a hiring fair for only one institution so this is an interesting development.  There are a total of five positions listed, all of them needing a level of specialized experience.  If you have the credentials and anything close to the experience requested, I would seriously considering attending.  Yes, it is an expense but for someone trying to expand into an international career, a chance to meet people and interview face-to-face is invaluable.  And, come on, it’s springtime in Zurich…

As for working in Qatar, my comments from earlier posts are that it is a relatively safe and progressive Middle Eastern country.  Negatives are that the cost of living is rising, you must go outside the city for any true cultural experiences, and that lately, the country has tended toward becoming more conservative meaning fewer liquor licenses and more segregation of men and women, etc.  Yes, Qatar is modern but you still need to be willing to accept and respect the religious and social customs of a Muslim country.

3/17 update-  I have received some private comments noting that:

  • salaries are typically lower than average
  • high job turnover (might be related to salary issue)
  • make sure to apply directly to QNL rather than through a headhunter
  • be aware of  ‘Qatarization‘, a policy whereby all jobs are supposed to re eventually filled by nationals

4/4/15 update – there was some question about whether this fair would actually take place however an update has just been posted on IFLAJobs stating that the dates have been altered to: 5-6 May 2015.


Qatar National Library Job Fair   4-6 May 2015, 10:00-4:00 pm      Zurich Marriott Hotel

Qatar National Library is recruiting for the following job opportunities:

Information Services Librarian Senior Writing Specialist Access Officer
Copyrights and Licensing Librarian Senior Program Education Specialist Head of Digitization
Senior Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Head of Community Learning and Engagement Digitization Support Technician
Cataloging Librarian Head of Collections Unix System Engineer
Cataloging Officer Acquisitions Officer Digital Preservation Specialist

Click for full list of opportunities and job descriptions.

A unique library with breadth in its functions, bridging with knowledge Qatar’s Heritage and Future

Qatar National Library (QNL) is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy by providing free information resources to students, researchers and the entire community in Qatar. Resources include a vast collection of exceptional online databases including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.

QNL is one of the biggest knowledge hubs under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). Qatar Nation Library is a non-profit organization that carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age.

When finished, QNL’s state-of-the-art landmark building will be a major physical center for the people in Qatar who share a thirst for knowledge. QNL’s architectural building design symbolizes the library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future. The library will provide, when it opens its doors, 1.2 million books, 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

Qatar National Library plays a key role in supporting Open Access in Qatar and the world, through various information services, including the recent launch of Qatar Digital Library Portal ( which presents over half a million pages of precious historical archives and manuscript material.


Qatar National Library (QNL) is pleased to invite you to participate in its Librarian Job Fair to be held from 4 to 6 May 2015 in Zurich. The purpose of this Job Fair is to promote Qatar National Library current job opportunities and meet with interested applicants. Potential employees will have the opportunity to learn more about QNL and its current vacancies and attend a face-to-face interview directly with the management team.

To register for the Job Fair:

Send your CV to mentioning “Zurich Job Fair” in the subject of the email. Upon registration, job seekers will be contacted to schedule a date/time for their interview.

We look forward to seeing you in Zurich!

Learn more about Qatar Digital Library online at and

Twitter: @QNLib


Volunteer: Community Library

3/4/15 –  Volunteers Needed for a Community Library
Amani Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

Sarah P’s comments:  This is an interesting organisation with lots of information available about them which is always a good sign.  I was not able to find any specific reviews but checking out the following links gives a good picture of what sort of experience you are likely to have.  There is also an informative article about how to have a good volunteer experience in Africa in which someone from Amani Kibra Centre talks about what they are seeking in volunteers.

About Amani Kibera Resource Centre

Information about a Librarian at the Centre

Amani Kibera Library Youtube Video (2014)


Volunteer Opportunity description:

Amani Kibera is looking for volunteer librarians who will help with the work at its community library.

How to apply:

contact us with your CV (resume) through the email to



Job: Library Assessment Specialist

2/16/15 –  Library Assessment Specialist
The Asia Foundation, Kabul, Afghanistan

Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone with experience in developing school/public libraries here is a short-term opportunity to expand into NGO work.  The position description says you will ‘work closely’ with your Afghan partners but does not discuss whether you will be located in the country or will visit, a very important detail which you will need to verify and then discuss.


Contract Duration: 12 weeks

Submission Guidelines

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit their resumes with a brief application letter and contact details, no later than February 27, 2015 to Please clearly indicate “Library Assessment Specialist” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation, with the support of USAID, will begin a five year project called Strengthen Education in Afghanistan (SEA-II) in 2015. The project will improve institutional capacity in the areas of operations, administration, leadership, management, and fundraising of educational institutions and civil society organizations in Afghanistan, (and provide support to some other program activities.) These institutions include the International School of Kabul, the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU), and the National Science Center in coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE). Strategic planning to incorporate USAID goals for education, gender equity, development of youth programming, inclusion of marginalized populations, inclusion of people/children with disabilities, and the development of public-private partnerships will be integrated into the design of the project.

A major focus of this project will be partnering with ACKU, a non-profit organization that collects and makes available resources that contribute to the understanding of the social, economic, political, and cultural dynamics of Afghan society in the past, present, and future. ACKU also facilitates research that addresses Afghanistan’s nation-building challenges. ACKU’s Box Library Extension (ABLE) program establishes libraries and provides books and reading materials to rural communities and high schools throughout the country. ABLE is a pioneer of “boxed libraries” in Afghanistan, which aim to enhance and encourage reading among people of all ages and abilities – but especially among the newly literate – by bringing appropriate and relevant reading materials directly to them. These materials provide communities, students, and teachers with simple, informative, technical, and supplementary reading materials. “Boxed libraries” currently reach 225 location including schools and communities in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. For more information please refer to ACKU website Support for ACKU under the ABLE component focuses on activities that improve literary and primary grade-level reading skills, however currently ACKU/ABLE contributes mainly to enhanced reading of students and teachers at the secondary school level. The responsibility of the library assessment specialist is to make sure ABLE promotes literacy and a culture for reading among the primary grade level students, improve the ABLE library service, and acquire primary grade level books.

Duties and Responsibilities

The ideal candidate will work closely with his/her Afghan national counterparts, enhancing their capacity by progressively transferring skills, expertise, knowledge, and responsibility. This assignment will involve assessment and supporting of the ACKU/ABLE component, the ideal candidate will conduct assessments and provide technical support to ABLE libraries in the following key areas:


  • Through a consultative process conduct a technical and capacity assessment of the ABLE libraries, ABLE custodians, and partner NGOs including, developing the methodology and tools for the assessment.
  • Provide technical and capacity assessment report to TAF and ACKU.


  • On the basis of the assessment report, develop a capacity building plan for the ABLE school and community libraries, partner NGOs, and ABLE custodians.
  • Provide technical support and mentoring to the TAF and ACKU staff in implementation of the plan.
  • Train ABLE library custodians and partner NGOs to encourage reading through school and community-engagement activities.
  • Support ABLE with the publishing and distribution of primary grade level books.
  • Promote the use of the ABLE through displays, reading competitions, and other promotion activities.

Strategic Planning and Gender

  • Develop a three-year strategic plan for ABLE that considers gender equity in all aspects of the ABLE project.


TAF is looking for a candidate with the following skills, experience, and qualifications:

  • PhD or the equivalent in Library Science or a related area of study.
  • Seven years of experience in the development of school and community libraries
  • At least five years experiences in teaching and training in library science.
  • Demonstrated skills and expertise in advising, mentoring, and technical supporting.
  • Previous experiences in developing and publishing primary school level reading books
  • Able to produce reports and other standard documents in English
  • A good team player with ability to work in a very challenging environment.
  • Previous experience in under-developed, insecure, or post-conflict environments is highly desirable.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in using libraries to improve the reading skills of students at both the primary school and adult level.



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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