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Job: Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter

2.24.17 –  Librarian, Technology Integration Specialist, and Grantwriter
Majuro Cooperative School, Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Sarah P’s comments:  The Marshall Islands are where you should go if you want a funky, out-of-it experience.  They are 5,000 miles far anywhere and you will face challenges such as an unmotivated local population, expensive electricity, and the one ATM machine running out of money on weekends.

This position was listed in Feb. 2015 as simply Librarian’ however, I corresponded with the person who applied and eventually secured, the position and know that she was supposed to do some grant-writing as well.  I guess it worked because it is now advertised as three positions rolled into one. A lot of work but it is a small school.

My son attended this school while we worked at the college and it was the usual scenario – well-meaning teachers trying to make a difference in a challenging place.  If you are interested in the South (really it’s North) Pacific then, with the right attitude, this could be a rewarding and unique experience despite some really irksome moments (we certainly found it so).

FYI:  An excellent book to read about life in the Marshall Islands is Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island by Peter Rudiak-Gould who volunteered to teach English on one of the outer atolls for a year.

Majuro Cooperative School is a pre-K to 12th grade school located in Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands. We are seeking adventurous teachers who are looking for a professionally challenging and rewarding teaching experience. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to begin their career in the international teaching world.


  • Flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take directions as needed
  • Ability to work with students and their families in a variety of capacities
  • Passionate, organized, collaborative, and flexible.
  • Strong communication and ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers, parents, students and the Coop School community
  • Bachelor’s degree required and teaching certification preferred

Start date:  July 2017


We offer a compensation package based on a 2 year contract. Our compensation package includes: roundtrip airfare to and from your home at the beginning and end of your contract, pay based on experience, housing, and an electricity allowance. Please inquire for additional information regarding compensation.

News: School Librarian Recruiting Fairs 2016-2017

9.24.16 – Upcoming Recruiting Fairs
The International Educator, Sept. 24, 2016

Sarah P’s comments: Here is TIE’s list of recruiting fair dates for this year. If you are interested in pursuing this kind of library opportunity, I recommend you join The International Educator (they post jobs) and International School Reviews as well as read my book.  Note: the fairs are moving earlier each year – the first is now in November!


To register for a recruitment fair, please contact the sponsoring agency directly. We have provided links to their websites where you will find much more information about each event. Please be aware of deadlines for registration, and prepare as far ahead as possible.

November 18-20, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand | Search Associates Leadership Fair
Tel: +902 753 6006

December 4-6, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia- USA | ISS Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (609) 452-0990

December 9-11, 2016 Toronto, Canada | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +902 753 6006

January 3-6, 2017 Melbourne, Australia | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 5-8, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand | ISS Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (609) 452-0990

January 8-11, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 13-16, 2017 London, U.K. | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 19-22, 2017 London, England | CIS Teacher Recruiting Fair
+31 (0) 71 524 3300

January 20-22, 2017 Hong Kong, China | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 26-29, 2017 Cambridge, MA -USA | Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

January 27-29, 2017 Kingston, Ontario – Canada Queens University Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (613) 533-6222

February 3-5, 2017 Waterloo, IA – USA University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Overseas Recruting
Tel: +1 (319) 273-2083

February 8-10, 2017 San Francisco, CA- USA ISS Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (609) 452-0990

February 10-13, 2017 San Francisco, CA – USA Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

February 23-25, 2017 Dubai, UAE Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

March 9-12, 2017 Bangkok, Thailand Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600

April 21-23, 2017 London, U.K. Search Associates Teacher Recruiting Fair
Tel: +1 (570) 696-4600



Job: K-12 Librarian

9.20.16 – K-12 Library Media Specialist
Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Sarah Prescott’s comments:  Aramco has been around since the 1950’s and has one of the longest established international school systems. Traditionally they offered great pay and benefits and life on the compound(s) was very pleasant if a bit staid. Lately, however there are reports of cutbacks on the benefits and also rumors that the education system will soon be outsourced.  Aramco has always hired via the agencies and hiring fairs: International Schools Services (ISS); Search Associates; TIE (The International Educator); and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). However, they do now let you apply directly online…see above link.

Life in Saudi Arabia is challenging in some ways due to traffic and travel restrictions (women not driving, etc.) but as you are living on the compound, these annoyances do not usually directly affect your life. It’s a situation of can you happily live a life like this?  A lot depends on your situation.  We went to Saudi when our children were very young and it was a good lifestyle. If you are single however it might be boring (and traditionally they have tended to prefer to hire couples and/or families).

Req Number: 13390BR

Position Description:
Saudi Aramco is currently seeking a Library Media Specialist Teacher to work in the Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools Division in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools (SAES) is a well-established American curriculum school owned and operated by Saudi Aramco that opened its doors in 1944 as a one-room schoolhouse. Today, the district is comprised of six schools in four beautiful residential communities that enroll over 4,200 expatriate children who represent more than 80 nationalities. Employees of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company enjoy a highly competitive compensation and benefits package, generous vacation schedule, and a family-friendly lifestyle. SAES strives to be a preeminent school system where students achieve their maximum potential in a culture of continuous improvement. In support of this vision, SAES is seeking highly qualified, accomplished, passionate, and collaborative educators who love to work with children, aspire to learn and grow, and eager to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

Minimum Requirements:
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree with specialization in appropriate subject/grade and hold a valid North American teaching certificate/license that reflects relevant endorsement(s).

A minimum of six years of full-time experience in a preK-12 school setting is required. Candidates must have worked full-time in an educational setting within the past three years.

Candidates must demonstrate an excellent command of oral and written English. Candidates must demonstrate successful capacity to work collaboratively, as well as independently. Membership in professional organizations preferred.

Duties & Responsibilities:
SAES Library Media Specialists work collaboratively to deliver an effective library media program utilizing adopted and approved materials and resources that will support district-wide literacy learning and development. SAES librarians will maintain systems and procedures for effective, ethical, and safe use of the library’s online and physical resources, facilities, and collections. Library Media Specialists adhere to their professional organization code of conduct and research based educational practice. In addition, Library Media Specialists are responsible for nurturing positive professional relationships and for working collaboratively with students, parents, and colleagues to optimize the educational experience for the entire learning community. Library Media Specialists perform under the supervision of school principals and in frequent partnership with other educators, paraprofessionals, and parent volunteers.

Among other essential responsibilities, Library Media Specialists:

Design and deliver an effective library media program within SAES guidelines
Inspire patrons to read for pleasure and to explore literacy genres. Collaborate with teachers to integrate information literacy into instruction. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of content, pedagogy, and learning processes. Deliver effective instruction to support SAES curriculum as needed. Ensure effective operation and administration of library management system. Maintain accurate records of library usage and inventories of equipment. Exhibit and monitor safe, legal, and ethical use of media and information. Develop and maintain a collection that supports the SAES curriculum and patron needs. Uphold and enforce Company and School Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules and regulations
Engage actively in ongoing regional, district, school and independent professional learning and development to hone professional knowledge, skills, abilities.


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.

Job: K-12 Head Librarian

7.7.16 – K-12 Head Librarian
The American School of Tampico, Mexico

Sarah P’s comments:  Here is a late listing form TIE.  As usual, I recommend joining TIE as well as International School Reviews if you are interested in applying. One review on ISR and it is mixed but seems honest and fair.


Looking for resourceful, flexible teachers who have a genuine interest in student learning and well-being. The American School of Tampico is a co-educational, non-profit, non-sectarian institution founded in 1917. The school facilities are enclosed on a beautiful and modern 13.5 hectare campus. Connecting most of the buildings with upper level balconies and walkways creates a small village-like atmosphere for the 850 students to enjoy.

ATS offers a bilingual and bicultural education which reflect the dynamism and diversity of the area.

Age Restrictions:  65

Job Start Date: 06 January 2017

Apply Online

Job: Head of Library (K-12)

6.3.16 – Head of Library Department & ICT (K-12)
International School of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, Japan

Sarah P’s comments:  This is a late posting for the school year beginning next fall.  Reviews are mixed, I advise reading International School Reviews, but I do not see many postings for Japan and it is an established school.


The International School of the Sacred Heart (ISSH) takes great pride in the quality of its academic program; the cornerstone of which is the belief in nurturing the whole child.
Located in central Tokyo, ISSH was founded in 1908 and belongs to a worldwide network of the Schools of the Sacred Heart.

ISSH is a Catholic school with a co-educational Kindergarten (ages 3-5) program and an all girl’s program from Grade 1 through Grade 12. The school offers an international curriculum with Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Grades 11 & 12 and the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) in Kindergarten through Grade 4. ISSH prepares its students for universities in Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries. Most of our graduates are accepted into colleges and universities of their first choice in various fields around the world. The student body represents approximately 50 nationalities with a teaching staff from over 15 countries. ISSH is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).

Minimum Teaching Requirements:

  • Support the school’s philosophy and goals
  • Three to five years of full-time teaching experience, preferably in a multi-cultural international school setting
  • Valid teaching credentials in the subject area for which you are applying
  • Preferred Master’s degree
  • Good technology skills
  • Experience with AP or other external exams (IB, A Level) (preferred)

Application Requirements:

  • Cover letter describing why you want to work at ISSH and how you can contribute to our school and its goals
  • Current CV
  • Contact information with email address and telephone number for three referees who are familiar with your performance as an educator
  • Clear copies of your current teaching credentials
  • Official background check required

Who To Contact:

Yvonne Hayes
International School of the Sacred Heart
4-3-1 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0012 Japan
Fax: 81-3-3400-3496

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: Elementary School Librarian

4.28.16 –  Elementary Librarian
American School of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sarah P’s comments: A late opening from one of the top schools in the Middle East. ASD has been around for years and has become as large school with a hectic work pace in a city with crazy traffic. However, it is still a good place to work and, if you like city, life, Dubai is a crazy, vibrant place where something is always happening.

Apply by June 1, 2016

Start date July 31, 2016

Primary Responsibilities:
• Plan and prepare throughout the year for effective instruction within the classroom
• Provide a classroom environment that is conducive to learning
• Effective delivery of the curriculum
• Effectively manage each group of students while providing for a variety of learning styles, ability
levels, and educational backgrounds
• Maintain rigorous and appropriate learning expectations of all students at all times
• Monitor student learning and make appropriate modifications of goals and strategies to meet students’ needs
• Maintain accurate up-to-date records of student progress and attendance
• Engage parents and students in the learning process through frequent and meaningful
communications about student progress
• Be available to parents and students outside of school hours
• Engage in department/team planning, curriculum review, budgeting and other activities
• Interact cooperatively with colleagues in the development of cohesive curriculum materials and the establishment of instructional goals
• Co-operate with and participate in the planning and evaluation of the school program
• Keep current in education through coursework, in-service programs, and by attending professional meetings and conferences
• Remain proficient in school related technologies, Employ technology (computer, video, internet, etc. as appropriate to enhance instruction
• Engage with students in meaningful activities beyond the classroom which extend learning experiences for students (coaching, organizing field trips, sponsorship of clubs, events, community service projects, etc.)

• Engage with the administration in a committed effort to improve one’s own instructional skills
• Openly support and abide by all school policies and procedures
• Model the ‘Core Values’ in interactions with the school community
• Liaise with the Principal, taking on tasks as assigned, including all school goals

• Demonstrate commitment to personal continuous professional growth and development
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships
• Represent ASD with students, parents, colleagues, and broader school community in a professional manner
• Exhibit a professional attitude toward criticism
• Recognize and strengthen personal performance through self analysis of actions, participating inprofessional development activities, exploring educational research,  participating in professional
organizations, and through formal renewal programs

Job Skills and Requirements
• Master’s degree with a valid teaching certificate/license in content area and/or for the position you are applying
• A minimum of two years, current, full time teaching experience in the position you are applying for
• Teaching experience in a North American educational environment
• Experience with current best practices, current teaching materials, and current instructional strategies as well as recent professional growth activities
• Focused instruction and assessment on student learning
• Models ASD Core Values (Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Responsibility

Jobs: ISS Hiring Fair for School Librarians

4.22.16  – ISS Hiring Fair for School Librarians
Online, USA

Sarah P’s comments: International School Services (ISS) is one of the large recruiting agencies for international educators including librarians.  They offer a range of hiring fairs as well as online fairs and you must pay a fee to join. ISS recruits for their managed schools as well as other schools.  The general consensus is that the schools they manage, particularly in China, are inferior, however they can be an opportunity for you to break-in to the international circuit.  Please see my book for further information.


Join ISS for our fifth iFair® on May 11, 2016!
The iFair® combines interview sign-up with the latest technology platforms to bring interviewing directly to your phone or laptop. We’re pleased to announce that Skype has been fully integrated into the platform, allowing recruiters to request a Skype call immediately after your text-based chat. All communication can still be done from your laptop or mobile device.
Registration is now open! Sign up today to participate in this exciting event. You must be an active ISS candidate to participate in the iFair.

If you have questions about creating or updating your account, please email the EdStaffing team (

Job: Librarian, Senior School

4.13.16 – Librarian (Senior School)
Woodstock School, Mussoorie, India

Sarah P’s comments:  Positions in India appear fairly rarely.  This well-established boarding school is located in a remote area and might not be a good fit for those who enjoy city life.  The school is well-established however and the reviews are positive overall (see International School Reviews for specifics).


The School

Founded in 1854, Woodstock School is an MSA accredited international school in membership of the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Round Square and HMC.  Woodstock has a worldwide reputation for providing a challenging education in a remarkable Himalayan environment. Our unique educational philosophy requires the balanced development of the whole person in relationship with the world.  Academic study is complemented by a thriving residential experience and an exceptional enrichment programme, including opportunities for performance, sports, community engagement and mountain expeditions. An eagerness to play an active part in cultivating global understanding through these programmes is essential. For further information, visit us at

The Role

Woodstock is looking to recruit an enthusiastic, dynamic and experienced Librarian who can effectively manage and develop its school library. This is a key role within the school provides support to both pupils and staff, and has responsibility to oversee four full time library assistants

Applications are invited from professionals with proven experience of working within a library or learning resources centre, preferably in a high school environment. The person should have an excellent knowledge of maintaining and developing learning resources and other aspects of managing a school library. The successful candidate should be able to bring in significant technology, leadership and management skills, as well as familiarity with educational trends such as learning commons and design of effective learning spaces

We especially welcome applications from candidates keen to explore additional responsibilities in our student residences and those who can offer subject areas or specialisms in addition to those we specifically require.

Woodstock Offers

  • An attractive compensation package and a wide variety of benefits, including free accommodation
  • An opportunity to work in one of Asia’s oldest and most renowned residential schools
  • An international work environment that is welcoming of diversity
  • A proud history of deep engagement with the Himalayan communities that surround us

To Apply

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