Note: I have been traveling and working more this year (so far) but this is not the reason I have been posting less. It has simply been because there are fewer jobs to post. The world economy, along with oil, has been depressed the last few years. However, don’t lose heart as this business is cyclical and overall, in the twenty plus years I have been watching this market, the number of international librarian jobs overall has grown significantly.
What can you do? Wait it out, decide to volunteer in order to gain some experience (short-term or long), go and get your school media certification or archivist credential, work for a NGO, arrange for an exchange…these are some examples and more choices are listed in my book. Gaining international experience takes dedication, planning, and yes, some luck. Any expat will tell you, it’s a strange combination of events that usually lands you the position.
On a positive note, I just received an e-mail from someone saying that they located a job via this blog…a circumstance which helps make the effort worthwhile.
Safe travels, Sarah P.
Tag Archives: International Jobs
Date/Time: 3/29, Wednesday at 10 am PST, 12 pm CST and 1 pm EST
2.11.17 – Digital Humanities Librarian
American University in Cairo, Egypt
Sarah P’s comments: Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city. American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment. Many long-term expat residents have left and AUC currently has 100 positions listed which is a sobering statistic.
Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.
The School of Libraries and Learning Technologies invites applications for a fixed term contract (five years renewable) position at the Instructor level beginning in Fall 2017. The search committee is eager to review applications of individuals with demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an interest in living and working in the Middle East.
Leads, plans and supervises Digital Humanities initiatives towards a service-oriented, digital research, specialized reference, consulting and project development program of services for humanities faculty, students and visiting researchers at the AUC. As the Libraries’ designated expert in emerging humanities research tools and methods, this position will collaborate with library and academic colleagues across campus and worldwide to develop and promote innovative new digital scholarship services. The Digital Humanities Librarian will establish and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and researchers and employ communication, organization, analytic and problem-solving skills. Working in tandem with the Digital Collections Archivist who will handle largely the technical and design issues associated with digital creation, the Digital Humanities Librarian will emphasize the selection, metadata assignment and scholarly use of digital collections. The latter will include working with the University Archivist, faculty and RBSCL staff to generate stellar digital humanities projects using RBSCL content. He/she will provide instruction for these digital tools, working directly with faculty and students in the classroom and individually with respect to digital literacy. This collaboration will result in projects that highlight our holdings and broaden access to our collections through digital initiatives, resulting in original scholarship and publications, thereby enhancing AUC’s reputation as a center for scholarship and research.
MLS or equivalent is required at time of appointment. Successful candidates should have an ongoing program of research and publication. Teaching experience is preferred. Responsibilities include undergraduate as well as graduate teaching, an active program of research and publications, and service to the Department and the University.
Priority will be given to applications received by March 8, 2017. Position is open until filled.
All applicants must submit the following documents online:
a) a current resume or CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); e) Please ask three referees familiar with your professional background to send reference letters directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, e-mail Mr. Philip Croom, (email@example.com); Ms. Sahar Sobeih, Assistant Dean, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the department’s website at http://schools.aucegypt.edu/library/Pages/default.aspx
12.12.16 – FYI: for those interested in international positions posted by ALAJobs, I usually recommend going to the ‘All States’ field on the homepage, clicking on the drop down arrow/menu on the right, and choosing ‘Other/Non-US’. This usually results in a list of all non-US positions as well as virtual ones. However last week, when I searched using this filter, I started to receive a message saying ‘Hmm… we weren’t able to find any jobs matching your search: Other / Non-US. Please try a new search with different criteria’.
I searched all positions and found one in Cuba and one in the UK (see my prior posts for more information), so I suspected some sort of update had occurred and wrote to let them know of this error/glitch.
Today, I received the following answer: We currently have filters for British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta, and a number of other international locations. Since we do have those locations listed, a posting in one of those may not show up under the Other/International filter option.
Is it me or is this a non-answer? Anyway, I wrote back pointing out that their answer does NOT solve the problem and in the meantime will look via date posted, which is a complete pain, but hopefully the problem with be soon solved…
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
Sarah P’s comments: I recently received the e-mail shared below. ISS (International School Services) is touting this announcement as ‘good news’ however what you need to know is that in previous years you could simply register directly with AASSA and attend their fair. AASSA , Queens University TORF, and the UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair were the only independent recruiting fairs. All the other recruiting fairs are sponsored by ISS or Search Associates. (For more information about the hiring process for international school librarians please refer to Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Resources page.)
In recent months ISS has been working hard on your behalf to expand the opportunities available to you. Resulting from our efforts is a new partnership we are happy to announce today. This recruiting season ISS will be collaborating with AASSA to enhance your recruiting experience. ISS Candidates who register for the ISS IRC/Job Fair in Atlanta (Dec. 4-6) are also welcome to register and attend the AASSA Recruiting Fair in Atlanta (Dec. 1-4).
AASSA (Association of American Schools in South America) was founded in 1977 to help increase understanding through international education and improve the quality of teaching and learning in Association schools.
Attending the AASSA fair is optional! You will not have to have a recruiting file with AASSA to be able to attend their fair. The only requirement is that you have an active ISS recruiting file. Your active ISS recruiting file will be shared with AASSA for the duration of their recruiting event should you decide to register and attend.
There will be no additional charge for registering and attending either event. This partnership is for the current recruiting season only, however, ISS may choose to continue it for future recruiting fairs. Please do not contact AASSA as all arrangements will come from us here at ISS. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available with regards to this partnership and the upcoming events in Atlanta.
9.15.16 – Two positions: Elementary & Secondary Librarian
American Community School, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sarah P’s comments: It’s September and here are the first of the season’s school positions for next year (2017-2018). If you are interested in pursuing a position as an international school librarian now is the time to polish your resume and submit paperwork to a recruiting agency. In order to apply for these positions you will need to join The International Educator (where these are listed) and/or an agency as well. I always recommend joining International School Reviews as well, an invaluable source of inside information about various international schools. For more on the hiring process of international school librarians please read Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Chapter 3 Resources listed.
About this school: ACS is a well-established top-tier school however has recently gone through some changes which have been discussed in the ISR reviews. Abu Dhabi is a safe, modern city but housing is an issue because the school is located on the bottom of the island near the Corniche where things are both crowded and expensive. Interesting that both positions are open and this early. I would ask about why that is so if interviewed.
Description: PreK-12 co-ed day school serving over 60 nationalities in the residential area of Abu Dhabi.
Age Limit: 65
Other: Please see the following web sites for openings: www.tieonline.com; www.iss.edu; www.acs.sch.ae
Salary: The Director of HR will provide salary information.
Benefits: round trip transportation, housing, professional development, health, dental and disability insurance, annual home leave, end of service bonus, shipping.
Qualifications: A Masters degree with minimum of 4 years experience as a librarian.
Additional materials: Letter of application, resume and contact information for references
Interviews: Interviews will be held via email and Skype
Application Deadline: Please send the required materials by October 1
Other: Please visit our website www.acs.sch.ae to learn more about our learning community
Safe Passage / Camino Seguro, Guatemala City, Departamento de Guatemala, Guatemala
Sarah P’s comments: This is an interesting organization with good reviews. If you are seeking international experience this is a good way to begin and offers some benefits as well (versus some volunteer experiences where you pay a fee.)
Safe Passage, a 501(C)3 non-profit development-focused organization, is seeking an exceptional individual to join our Volunteer Team as the Library Coordinator. Known in Guatemala as Camino Seguro, Safe Passage’s mission is to empower the poorest at-risk children and families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community by creating opportunity and fostering dignity through the power of education. Safe Passage is a secular, non-political organization.
The Position: The Library Coordinator promotes literacy skill development and a love of reading among all members of the Safe Passage Community, including students from preschool-high school, parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers. The Coordinator creates relevant and engaging activities to promote literacy and critical/creative thinking, as well as facilitates conversations around books that stimulate interest in reading and gaining knowledge.
The Coordinator will:
- Supervise a library schedule that provides visits from classes for read alouds, reading/writing activities, and silent self-selected reading; manage current programming and develop new initiatives
- Create and maintain a welcoming and attractive environment that promotes reading as fun for everyone, encouraging reading clubs and reading buddy-system between older and younger students
- Manage library book-lending system with plan to expand program to include weekend access to the library; maintain books and inventory
- Devise systems for on-going sustainability of library; write monthly reports to administration on library progress and proposals
- Lead library committee; train and supervise assistant librarians
- Keep it fun and creative. Be innovative and creative in engaging and motivating students to read!
- Passion for Safe Passage’s mission, commitment to service and ability to engage children, families, staff and volunteers;
- Be a reader (reads regularly and for pleasure) and understands the importance of choice and access to books in becoming a reader
- One or more years experience working directly in youth education, particularly with students at high-risk
- Experience with creating programs that motivate children to recognize and realize their learning potential in the area of language and/or social sciences
- Knowledge of children’s literature by genre, age, and interest (particularly high interest/low reading level books)
- Familiarity with library programs and how to set up a dynamic library centered on getting children and youth “hooked on books”
- Ability to design relevant and engaging activities around books that promote critical and creative thinking faculties among all ages
- University degree (preferable), if not, demonstrated experience developing critical learning activities for youth
- Advanced Spanish and high level English to promote reading in English, to work with the English Department on book selections, and to communicate with international donors
- Strong communication skills to work with teachers, students, and project coordinators in promoting a culture of literacy and love of reading across the curriculum and the community
- Cultural sensitivity, ability to connect across cultural and linguistic divides
- Strong organizational skills and self-direction
- Experience living or working in Guatemala or other developing nations (preferred)
- Ability to commit to this position for a minimum one year
- Opportunity to work and learn with an incredible population while gaining professional experience
- Monthly housing allownace for a commitment of one year or more
- Curriculum provided
- Paid prep time
- Free lunch and transportation to the project
- Diverse organizational culture of friendly, supportive relationships
- Paid sick leave
- 5 paid vacation days per 6-month period
- One month paid vacation during school break (Dec-Jan), if returning for the following school year
6.13.16 – Preparing the Next Generation of African Development Professionals
Wednesday, June 15th at 10am EDT (GMT-4), DEVEX, USA
Sarah P’s comments:If you are interested in using your librarian training and skills to get into NGO work, this webinar should be helpful. Devex was founded in 2000 with the goal of linking development experts with professional service opportunities. It now claims to be the world’s largest international development job board with over 500,000 development professionals registered serving over 1,000 NGO’s in over 100 countries. To search the site is free but to apply for positions you will need to pay to have a ‘career account’. This will also allow you to access their career services such as CV and cover letter writing and review.
To view positions: visit www.devex.com and click on ‘jobs’ then ‘job board’. Enter ‘librarian’ in the keyword search. Only occasionally have I found a position this way. If there are no results try ‘library’ and this usually result in a list of opportunities some of which will be related. For example, today’s search yielded a short-term consultant job conducting a feasibility study on the establishment of a digital library in Cote d Ivoire.
For more information about working for NGO’s please read Chapter 7 of my book.
For the past few years, localization has been a buzzworthy topic across global development. Hiring practices have expanded to include more professionals at the project source, and there’s been a noticeable shift in how recruiters work to fill open positions.
2016 has been no exception to this trend – particularly in Africa – where it’s predicted that at least half of all available positions will be filled by local candidates, opening up a wide net of new opportunities for the next generation to lead the development of their home countries for the first time. Are you among them?
Find out at our free webinar on Wednesday, June 15th at 10am EDT (GMT-4). During the session, I’ll be sitting down with Ericka Copening from the World Bank and Kate Vivian from Paris School of International Affairs to discuss development hiring trends across Africa and the skills, education, and trainings needed to qualify and succeed in these positions.
Devex career webinars are typically offered exclusively to our members with a Career Account, but based on the background in your Devex profile, I thought this one would be of particular interest and wanted to offer you complimentary admission. Register now to secure your spot.
6.1.16 – Open Science Librarian
CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
Sarah P’s comments: To be eligible to apply for this position you must be a citizen of the 21 CERN countries. Thank you librarian Daisy Larios for shairng this position. I always appreciate anyone notifying me of any open positions as there is only me writing this blog (in my spare time!) and I know I miss some opportunities…
THOR builds on the DataCite and ORCID initiatives to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts (beyond articles: such as data and software) and attribute them to researchers through `persistent identifiers’. THOR project partners aim to support Open Science by facilitating, discovery and re-use of scientific artefacts, and deploy enhanced metrics to assess their impact. THOR partners design and deploy services both in general, across the ORCID and DataCite infrastructures, and in partnership with data repositories and emerging publishers’ solutions as well as concrete examples in High-Energy Physics (at CERN), Humanities and Social Sciences, Life Sciences and Geosciences. More information about the THOR project can be found here.
Job Reference: FELL-EINFRA-THOR-2
The successful candidate will join the team working on Open Science services for the High-Energy Physics community, including the CERN Open Data portal (link is external), INSPIRE (link is external) and HEPData (link is external). In collaboration with all THOR partners, the successful candidate will participate to the design and delivery of services to uniquely identify scholarly artefacts in the field (such as data, but also software) across several platforms through persistent identifiers, and attribute them uniquely to researchers by using the ORCID services. The successful candidate will collaborate with the entire international and multidisciplinary THOR team and contribute to R&D for interoperability solution across scientific communities.
- BSc or MSc in Library and Information Science and an exposure to Open Science principles.
- A maximum of 4 years relevant experience after obtaining the highest diploma
- First-hand experience in one or more of the following: research data management, persistent identifiers, metadata requirements.
- Interest and experience in software development lifecycle and/or usability studies are an asset.
The position is within the Junior Fellowship Programme. We welcome applications from nationals of all Member States irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or personal situation.
Applications should include:
- a completed electronic application form;
- your Curriculum Vitae;
- a copy of the last (highest) qualification;
- a motivation letter;
- two letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.
- Attractive remuneration under CERN Fellow employment contract (stipend scale for Junior Fellows is 5165CHF – 6413CHF).
- Excellent social conditions including pension, private health insurance, family allowance.
- More information on the CERN Fellowship program is available here.
- Applications will be considered by a panel of experts after the deadline.
- As part of the selections, video interviews may be held.
- The starting date of the contract would be as soon as possible. In any case, the contract will end no later than 30 November 2017 to coincide with the end of the THOR project.
- For more information please contact email@example.com (link sends e-mail)
As an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO), CERN is funded primarily through contributions from its twenty-one Member States, Associate Member States, and one Candidate for Accession to Membership. Accordingly, as is standard for IGOs, CERN recruits its Staff Members, most of its Fellows and the participants in its Student Programmes from nationals of these countries.
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