Job: Foreign Language Researcher

7.28.17 –  Foreign Language Research – Korean
LAC Group, UK (remote/virtual work)


LAC Group UK is seeking a Foreign Language Researcher – Korean – (Virtual) for short-term engagements that can be undertaken remotely, from home.     The assignments vary in length but success in one will lead to further opportunities. The selected individual, in addition to having Korean as a native language, must be fluent in English and be able to present good written English.

The focus is a review of the current legislation of a country with your native language and the recording of specific elements thereof.   Candidates should be good communicators and be able to demonstrate previous research experience. Previous legal training or experience is not necessary but some familiarity with legal terminology would be desirable. Full project descriptions will be provided, supervisors appointed and on-line training will be provided.

Pay rates for this work are limited to $18 per hour (or equivalent).  When responding please supply a current CV/Resumé and a covering note/letter, setting out your suitability for the role and your current availability.  Candidates who do not provide a covering note, will not be considered.  Preference will be given to candidates who do not currently have full-time work commitments and could devote at least 20 hours per week to this project.


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Job: Secondary Librarian

7.19.16 –  Secondary Librarian
Gyeonggi Suwon International School, Suwon, Korea

Sarah P’s comments: A late posting…this school is fairly young and has run into some financial trouble which has caused the reviews to slip.  However it can sometimes be advantageous to begin working at a school when it is rebounding.  A few questions and notes if you are interested in this position:  Please define ‘Christian worldview’?  Why is this position available now?  Will I receive IB Librarian training? Have you resolved your legal and financial issues?  Depending on the answers this position could be a chance to break-in to the international market offering a chance to gain IB experience in an interesting location.

The Secondary Librarian models the attributes of a 21st century educator and creates thriving physical and virtual environments that connect learners to construct knowledge, collaborate and creatively solve problems. The librarian is an excellent communicator who instills enthusiasm in others by making them feel they are important members of a team. The librarian fosters an environment of creativity, innovation, and openness to new ideas, welcoming and encouraging input from others, while anticipating future obstacles and continually retooling to meet challenges. The librarian is an integral part of the learning process as an instructional partner through collaborating with teachers and IB coordinators.

Job Goals
● To ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information
● To empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information
● To instill a love of learning and reading in all students through meaningful experiences
● To collaborate with teachers and IB coordinators to design and implement units of inquiry
● To provide the leadership and expertise necessary to ensure that the library program
supports the school’s mission, goals, and objectives

Roles and Responsibilities
As an Instructional Partner , the Secondary Librarian works with teachers and IB coordinators to build and strengthen connections between student information and research needs, curricular content, and information resources.

As an essential partner in the instructional process the MYP/DP librarian
● Collaborates with teachers and departments to provide instructional support for
course content, assignments, and research. This includes research skills,
information literacy skills, media literacy skills, technology skills, or other content as
agreed upon collaboratively with teachers.
● Contributes to MYP and DP planners for the units of inquiry that he or she
collaborates on with teachers
● Teaches classes on a flexible schedule in conjunction with subject area teachers.
● Develops information literacy tools and resources to assist students with the skills
necessary for inquiry and research in a 21st Century digital environment.
● Provides group and individual support for the MYP Personal Project and DP
Extended Essay.

Library Administration and Management
● Maintain and monitor budget expenditures according to school policies and procedures to ensure availability of resources and proper use of funds.
● Maintain and ensure timely technical support for software, systems, peripherals, and
database services. (Example: Follett Destiny, Accelerated Reader, EBSCO)
● Select relevant and high quality resources which meet the reading and information needs of students and faculty. Use appropriate library standards and justifications
when removing resources from the collection.
● Develop policies and procedures for all aspects of the library. (Examples: weeding
the collection, requesting additional titles, circulation, requests to remove a title due
to inappropriate content, etc.)
● Organize library and textbook materials, equipment, and facilities for effective and
efficient circulation and use.
● Ensure cataloging standards are maintained when adding resources to the
library/textbook catalog using either copy cataloging or original MARC cataloging.
● Conduct annual inventories of library collection, textbook materials, and equipment
to ensure accurate recordkeeping and documentation of lost and/or damaged materials
● Prepare reports relative to the operation of the media center to disseminate
information to appropriate parties. (Examples: circulation and patron statistics, etc.)

Library Supervision
● Provide an environment that is conducive to collaborative learning.
● Oversee and assign tasks to additional support staff, student helpers and/or volunteers
● Maintain a library schedule that provides students with optimum usage of space and resources

● Promotes the library as more than a physical and virtual repository of information by
creating a learning commons with an integrated media program where collaboration,
research, creation, problem solving and innovation occur.
● Create an atmosphere and climate that stimulates a love of learning and reading.
● Contributes to the development of information literacy and media literacy skills
across the curriculum.
● Builds the capacity of teachers and students to effectively implement aninquirybased,
student centered learning environment.

Professional Development
The Secondary Librarian attends the secondary division PD on Monday afternoons. He or she also meets with department teams and grade level teams on a regular basis.

Spotlight: Meet International Librarian Elana Grayson

5.27.16 –  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.


View photo in messageElana Grayson just completed her first year as the Middle School Librarian at Korea International School, Jeju Campus, a for-profit Nursery-12 American-style school on Jeju Island, South Korea. She currently provides services to just over 200, mostly Korean, middle school students and 40 international faculty. Previously, she was the only Librarian at The British International School of New York, a Nursery-8 for-profit independent International Baccalaureate school in Manhattan. She holds a Master in Library and Information Science degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.


I have always wanted to live and work abroad and recall making a list in high school of all the cities in which I hoped to live. During one of my library student teaching experiences, the Librarian told me about a friend of hers who worked in a DODEA library and I was hooked on the idea of international librarianship. I was lucky enough to land a US based international school job as my first full time position, which allowed me to put both international and IB experience on my resume.


After consulting with a few coworkers, I opted to sign up with Search Associates for my international job search. Overall, I was pleased with their system and will use them again for my next job hunt. However, I did not attend any Search fairs because they assigned me to one that had no library openings. Instead, I went to the Queen’s University fair where I was offered two positions, neither of which I took because I was offered my current position via Skype that same weekend.


I ended up in a place I’d never heard of in a country I never considered with no regrets. I love living abroad and have no plans to return to the US anytime soon. It finally feels like I’ve found my people. They understand the perpetual need to wander and all say they left previous positions “because it was time to move on.” They get it. I would recommend this experience to everyone though not every location fits every person. I have learned that while escaping from a city lifestyle is relaxing, there needs to be a certain amount of urban excitement for me to feel whole. But that is OK and I can’t wait to see where this career takes me next…

Job: Assistant Professor

1/14/16 –  Assistant Professor
Department of Library, Archive and Information Studies, College of Social Sciences, Pusan National University, South Korea

Sarah P’s comments:  It is rare to see a college level posting in this country.


The Department of Library, Archive and Information Studies at Pusan National University invites applications for one full-time tenure track position. The date of the appointment, at assistant professor level, will be September 1, 2016. Salary will depend on countable years of qualified work experience, both academic and non-academic. A Five-year Housing stipend is provided for the resettlement. The professor will join and be covered by the National Health Insurance Plan of the Republic of Korea and the Government Employees Pension Plan.


The Department is currently offering a bachelor’s program in Library and Information Science and three graduate programs in i) Library and Information Science, ii) Archival Science, iii) Teacher-librarian Education.

Successful applicants will be expected to teach in English at all levels, including courses in the department’s bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs; experience with teaching information technology and its application preferred. All faculty members are expected to advise students and to serve on department, college, and university committees.


  • Applicants must be of non-Korean nationality, native or native-level English speakers.
  • Applicants for this position must hold a doctorate degree by the date of appointment in library and information science or information science, and
  • Applicants should possess more than five years of teaching or research experiences in information related areas. (Two years of masters and three years of doctoral coursework are the minimum acceptable levels to fulfill the research requirement.)

How To Apply

  • Applicants are required to submit the application materials via email, which includes i) a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for the position and projected research agenda; ii) a current curriculum vitae; iii) a teaching portfolio of no more than 5 pages, including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of potential for teaching effectiveness, and iv) contact information (email address and phone number).
  • The closing date for all applications is February 29, 2016.
  • Online-interviews can take place with prior notice, in March 2016.
  • Applications should be addressed to Professor Moon-Won Seol, chairman of the department, and documents should be sent as separate files (in PDF or Word format) via email to:

If you have any questions, please write Jeong Myoung Park, department assistant at

Job: School Librarians(2)

4/20/15 –  Secondary Librarian and Elementary Librarian
Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS), Gyeonggi, Korea

Sarah P’s comments:  There are tiers in the international school world.  At this time of year the first tier positions have generally been filled. Third tier positions I do not list. Second tier, of which this school is one, I post after looking at the reviews and gathering opinions.  This school is fairly young and has run into some financial trouble which has caused the reviews to slip.  However it can sometimes be advantageous to begin working at a school when it is rebounding.  A few questions and notes if you are interested in this position:  Please define ‘Christian worldview’?  Why are there two librarian positions available?  Will I receive IB Librarian training? Have you resolved your legal and financial issues?  Depending on the answers this position could be a chance to break-in to the international market offering a chance to gain IB experience in an interesting location.

(For position descriptions click on the above links.)

School Description:

Gyeonggi Suwon International School (GSIS) is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) based pre-K to 12th grade program located in the ever-changing city of Suwon, South Korea. The school was established to provide a high-quality international education with a Christian emphasis for foreign children in Korea. The school is authorized with the International Baccalaureate Organization in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). Currently, GSIS is one of only two schools in South Korea that offers all three programs.

Our Program
The dynamic and rigorous curriculum at GSIS is designed to kindle a passion for inquiry, to recognize diverse intellectual talents, to seek areas of service, and to cultivate a Christian worldview. We believe that our students experience individual achievement most effectively in a safe, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment. Our pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 educational plan is a continuum of carefully designed, standards-based courses in which students are introduced to and guided through to master the skills and attitudes of specific learning goals. Our comprehensive curricular and co-curricular learning experiences are responsive to the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of each student. The efforts of our total GSIS learning community focus on the development of productive, contributing global citizens equipped to lead lives of integrity and to exert influence for Christ.

Technology @ GSIS
GSIS proudly uses Apple devices for learning in both elementary, lower secondary and upper secondary divisions. While GSIS has operated a successful 1-to-1 laptop program since 2007, it is now enhancing this program by implementing dual-device learning environments. Learning with laptops and tablets, helps prepare students for their future by developing skills for both devices and the skills associated with the digital ecosystem needed to successfully navigate in a dual-device world. Additionally, a dual-device learning environment provides teachers and students new ways to learn that cannot be experienced in a traditional 1-to-1 laptop program.

Our Campus
GSIS is located on ten and one-half acres of garden grounds surrounded by green belt property in the exciting and developing city of Suwon. The main academic building greets visitors arriving to the campus and includes the upper secondary, lower secondary, and elementary divisions. “World class” secondary school science labs and classrooms support the inquiry-based curriculum and enable engaging, hands-on instruction. Adjacent to the academic building is a performing arts center with fine arts classrooms and laboratories. This facility includes a five-hundred seat performing arts auditorium, choral and instrumental classrooms, music practice rooms, drama rooms, and visual arts laboratories. A recreational and fitness educational center inclusive of a regulation-sized soccer pitch, two full sized gymnasiums, tennis courts, a regulation-sized swimming pool, and other supporting facilities for physical fitness development sits at rear of the campus.