Job: Elementary School Librarian

11/4/15 –  Elementary School Librarian
The International School of Muscat (TAISM), Muscat, Oman

Sarah P’s comments: Please note that you must be a certified US School Media Specialist.  (If you are not then please read the School Librarian chapter of my book and/or check the Book Resources area for info on how to do achieve this.)  Oman is one of my two favorite countries in the world (the other is Chile) and TAISM is arguably the best school opportunity in the country.  That is not to say it is prefect, there have been complaints in the past regarding wealthy Lebanese students.  However if you enjoy camping, swimming, boating, and good weather this is a fabulous location.

 

TAISM announces an extraordinary opportunity for an Elementary School (ES) Librarian to join our Elementary school team. If you’re a certified librarian (preferably from an American Library Association accredited institution), we invite you to apply to be a part of TAISM’s commitment to academic, social, and professional excellence.

We know that being an overseas educator is more than educational credentials, experience and qualifications. If you’re confident, flexible and innovative – with an adventurous spirit – we want you to be a part of a team that creates the best possible learning environment for our students. Reporting to the Elementary School Principal, the Elementary School Librarian will be joining a dynamic team of top-notch professionals who teach – and learn – in a beautiful purpose-built facility where an American and international student body flourishes in a small class size environment.

The selected candidate will offer a proven ability to appropriately plan, develop and implement a successful school library media program. Key to your success will be your collaborative approach to working with TAISM’s administration, teachers, students and parents and your proven contribution to curriculum development committees and technology leadership teams.

Read on for a snapshot of the skills and talents we’re looking for you to bring to this position.

  • Proven ability to work productively through collaborative interactions with colleagues and parents
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and philosophies affecting school library media programs including technological opportunities
  • Recognized ability to develop and maintain a current collection that supports the established curriculum
  • Communicate with students in a manner that inspires a love for learning through literacy
  • Demonstrated willingness to examine and implement change as appropriate

“Must Have”

  • Valid School Library Media Certification
  • Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, preferably from an American Library Association accredited institution
  • 2 yrs minimum experience in teaching Elementary School students in a library setting
  • Experience in operation of an elementary school library media center

“Nice to Have”

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Library Science

 

Job: Bilingual Librarian (Arabic)

8/29/15 –  Bilingual Librarian (Arabic)
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington D.C., USA

Sarah P’s comments: I do not normally post US positions however here is a rare opportunity for cultural promotion and interaction within US borders.  When anyone asks me which part of the Middle East was my favorite I unhesitatingly say Oman.  (I have lived and worked in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE as well as other countries). It’s landscape, people, and history are fascinating.  If you can speak Arabic and have the qualifications here is an opportunity worth pursuing.

 

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) seeks an experienced bilingual (Arabic/English) librarian to work at two locations in Washington, D.C.

Qualifications Desired:

  • Bachelor’s degree in library science; Master’s preferred
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in a library environment

Experience Required:

  • Knowledge of library and information services, systems, procedures and current developments
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in digitizing collections
  • Background in Cataloging and Acquisitions
  • Familiarity with KOHA ILS
  • Well-developed communication and information technology skills
  • Ability to develop electronic library information tools and services for information delivery

Skills:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently under strict deadlines
  • Arabic fluency required

To Apply:

Interested applicants must submit the following materials to jobs@sqcc.org:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is dedicated to educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures.  SQCC promotes mutual respect and understanding between our nations and strives to educate a new generation of culturally sensitive and knowledgeable citizens in each society.  Through outreach programs, scholarships, lectures, educational resources, cultural partnerships, and our Cultural Center in Washington, DC, SQCC brings the culture, history, and heritage of our nations to audiences in the US and abroad.

 

 

Job: Elementary Librarian

11/6/14 – Elementary Librarian
The American International School of Muscat (TAISM), Oman

TAISM announces an extraordinary opportunity for an Elementary School (ES) Librarian to join our Elementary school team. If you’re a certified librarian (preferably from an American Library Association accredited institution), we invite you to apply to be a part of TAISM’s commitment to academic, social, and professional excellence.

We know that being an overseas educator is more than educational credentials, experience and qualifications. If you’re confident, flexible and innovative – with an adventurous spirit – we want you to be a part of a team that creates the best possible learning environment for our students. Reporting to the Elementary School Principal, the Elementary School Librarian will be joining a dynamic team of top-notch professionals who teach – and learn – in a beautiful purpose-built facility where an American and international student body flourishes in a small class size environment.

The selected candidate will offer a proven ability to appropriately plan, develop and implement a successful school library media program. Key to your success will be your collaborative approach to working with TAISM’s administration, teachers, students and parents and your proven contribution to curriculum development committees and technology leadership teams.

Read on for a snapshot of the skills and talents we’re looking for you to bring to this position:

Proven ability to work productively through collaborative interactions with colleagues and parents
Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and philosophies affecting school library media programs including
technological opportunities
Recognized ability to develop and maintain a current collection that supports the established curriculum
Communicate with students in a manner that inspires a love for learning through literacy
Demonstrated willingness to examine and implement change as appropriate

“Must Have”

Valid School Library Media Certification
Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, preferably from an American Library Association accredited institution
2 yrs minimum experience in teaching Elementary School students in a library setting
Experience in operation of an elementary school library media center

“Nice to Have”

Master’s degree or equivalent in Library Science

 

Sarah P’s comments: Oman is a unique and beautiful country, certainly the best the Middle East has to offer and TAISM enjoys a fairly good reputation. However what is with saying you must be school certified but a master’s degree is optional!  That I have rarely seen.  Perhaps they are trying to encourage Omanis to apply (which is good) as their University offers only a bachelor’s degree. Traditionally this has been an issue for Omani librarians who must then obtain a master’s degree outside of their country if they wish to work professionally elsewhere in the world.  Either way it does open things up for a variety of people.  If you do not have school certification it is fairly easy to obtain by studying classes online.  Please read Chapter 3 of my book for an in-depth explanation of this market if you are interested (and see the Book Resources section of the blog as well).  Also, I highly recommend joining both The International Educator (TIE) as well as International School Reviews (ISR) as they will help you to know what positions are available and, more importantly, which ones are the most reputable.

Job: Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian

10/1/14 –  Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian
SQCC (Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center), Washington, DC, USA

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) seeks an experienced librarian to oversee the establishment of a new library at the center’s Washington, D.C. office.

Qualifications Desired:

Bachelor’s degree in library science; Master’s preferred
At least 5 years’ experience working in a library environment

Experience required:

Knowledge of library and information services, systems, procedures and current developments
Background in Cataloging and Acquisitions
Familiarity with open source catalog software
Well-developed communication and information technology skills
Ability to develop electronic library information tools and services for information delivery
Collaborate with task force and groups of diverse national and international members to forge information-sharing partnerships, enhance digital collections, and further database or other digital development initiatives

Skills:

Strong problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently under strict deadlines
Knowledge of Arabic preferred

To Apply:

Interested applicants must submit the following materials to jobs@sqcc.org – resume and cover letter

Sarah P’s comments:  This position is in the US but is a chance to become involved with Oman and Omanis.  Having lived in Oman, my opinion is it is the ‘best of the Middle East’ and I would jump at a chance to work at an institution dedicated to ‘educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures’ even if it means living in DC for awhile.

Here is an excerpt from my book:  Oman is a stark but beautiful, mountainous country which borders the Indian Ocean and Omanis, having traded with India and ruled Zanzibar, are more outward thinking than some of the desert tribes. They also value learning. Opportunities here, however, are rare due to the fact that the University has its own library program. Unfortunately, it is an undergraduate program and not recognized outside of its borders so Omani librarians are generally only employable in Oman.