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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Job: HS Librarian

10/23/13 – HS Librarian
American School of Dubai, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  ASD is the premier school in the region.  In recent years it has grown into a large school and there have been many changes however it still is a quality place to work and Dubai is an always interesting and evolving city.  The current librarian is retiring after many years of service so the position will most likely involve updating service.

Job: Supervisor – Library & Technical Services

10/06/13   Supervisor – Library & Technical Services
Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comment:  There are 13 campuses spread all over the UAE and experiences range from good to awful.  I suspect this position would be at Central Services in Abu Dhabi.  Nice city, pleasant country overall and the most moderate of the Gulf countries however be careful of working with the top management here as ‘off with her/his head’ is the norm.  Or as one professor I knew put it the motto of HCT is “to set up your subordinate to fail and then blame him”.  In this system you are better off being a simple librarian down in Al Ain or over in Fujeirah and staying away from all the politics and strife.  Here is a link to a website that reveals all:  HCT Sucks!

Job: Library Systems Coordinator

10/12/13  Library Systems Coordinator
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Sarah P’s comment:  please read my comments on the previous post for the Science & Technology Subject Specialist position.
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Job: Science & Technology Librarian

10/12/13   Science & Technology Subject Specialist
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Sarah P.’s comment:  Be very careful of accepting a contract in Saudi Arabia. I worked in Saudi Arabia and did actually enjoy my time there. However I did my research before I applied. While there are some reputable companies, colleges, and schools please be aware that you are at the mercy of the institution which hires you.  KAUST has very mixed reviews and like many places in Saudi, was started with great promise and has fallen.  If you do apply know that it is a long and tedious process with very little logic as to who is chosen.  Google ‘Kaust’ and ‘reviews’ for more info.

Job: Business Librarian

10/17/13   Business Librarian
Solbridge International School of Business                                                                                                                                                     Daejeon, South Korea