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.
10.2.16 – Upper School Librarian
International School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Sarah P’s comments: They are stating on their website that the first round of interviews will take place the week of October 24th which seems early but every year recruiting seems to be taking place earlier and earlier. This school has okay reviews however all note that the cost of living is high and that 50% of your salary will go for accommodation. This is often the case with European positions. The schools get away with these low salaries because there are always candidates who want to go to Europe.
|Posted: 30/09/2016 08:01
|Salary: 39,367.68€-69,328.56€ / year
|Location: International School of Luxembourg
|Deadline: 21/10/2016 12:00
|Benefits: School Holidays, Lunch Vouchers, Professional development
|Job Type: Indefinite Duration Contract
||The Upper School Librarian / Media Specialist is responsible for all Library services to students, parents and staff
||1st round of interviews: Week of 24th of October 2016 (through Skype)
2nd round of interviews: End of November/Beginning of December 2016
||Leadership, inspiration and support. A competitive salary scale with a range of benefits and we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For further information, please visit our website (www.islux.lu).
||Please submit your online application in English through ISL’s Careers webpage: ISL application link
|Profile: (training, experience, skills and aptitudes necessary to do the job)
- Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferably a teaching degree or one in Library and Information Sciences.
- Excellent skills and experience with collection maintenance and development of a modern school Library collection, in print and online, in English, but preferably also experience with French and German collections.
- At least two years’ experience working in an international school environment as a full-time school librarian with responsibility for the teaching of information literacy;
- An understanding of the student body in international schools, with the emphasis on diversity of culture and experience with students who are English Language Learners.
- An international outlook, with network connections with school Librarians all over the world.
- Experience with international school curricula, in particular the International Baccalaureate and the IGCSE;
- Strong interpersonal skills to support and work with teachers and students in their research efforts and to promote reading throughout the school.
- Excellent ICT skills (online databases, e-books, social media) as well as experience with library information systems (preferably Follett Destiny).
- The ability to raise the profile of the Library and promote reading throughout the school via different channels, including social media, reading events, visiting authors, etc.
- Strong administrative skills, to efficiently manage the Library budget and conduct necessary ordering of Library resources in an organised manner.
- Fluency in English (near-native level); preferably some knowledge of French and German;
|The successful candidates must:
- Be passionate and enthusiastic about students and their education and instilling a love of reading in everyone at ISL;
- Be innovative in library media and information literacy;
- Be responsible for own learning and well-being: value continuous learning, collaborative work, self-reflection, and resiliency;
- Be confident and motivated in working with students, parents and colleagues: build and maintain partnerships;
- Be pro-active, well-organised and discrete;
- Be adaptable to a wide range of situations, work independently as well as part of a collaborative team;
- Be an effective communicator by reading, writing, speaking and listening confidently and reflectively as well as asking questions appropriately;
- Be committed to the health, safety & security of children, including child protection issues;
- Demonstrate ethical behaviour in and out of the School;
- Be a contributor to the World, culturally sensitive, create a caring environment for students and display care, empathy and consideration for others.
|Among main responsibilities:
|Facility and Resources management
- Establish and manage the Upper School library budget in collaboration with the Upper School Principal
- Purchase, in consultation with colleagues, suitable resources, equipment, furniture and supplies for the Upper School Library.
- Catalogue and prepare for circulation all materials received, in the school’s Library information system.
- Manage and maintain the school’s Library information system at a whole school’s administrator level, so that circulation of all materials will run smoothly.
- Troubleshoot any technical issues with the school’s Library information system, in close consultation with the Lower School Library staff and the IT Manager.
- Promote all the Library resources to the staff on a regular basis to ensure maximum use and to enhance continuing professional development.
- Ensure that the collection is kept current, up-to-date and relevant to an international school, as well as making sure that is easily accessible for all members of the community.
- Making sure the Library is an attractive, well-organised and welcoming physical and virtual environment where every member of the ISL community feels comfortable.
- Oversee the circulation of all the Upper School’s student textbooks, together with the Library Teaching Assistant.
Teaching and curriculum
- Provide library induction and ongoing support for all teachers and students.
- Work in partnership with teachers, the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and the ICT Facilitators on incorporating information fluency and technology skills throughout the curriculum.
- In collaboration with teachers, guiding students through every aspect of the research process, from asking the right question to finding appropriate information, evaluating information and teaching academic honesty.
- Offer professional development opportunities to the teachers to keep them up-to-date on teaching resources, best practices in teaching information fluency, technology in education, and reading.
- Promote reading actively throughout the school in a variety of ways (for example booktalks, reading lists, reading challenges, Book Week, author visits and workshops, Summer Reading programs and other promotional activities).
- Collaborate closely with the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and Dean of External Programmes to provide resources to support the curriculum to enhance student learning and teacher practice.
- Teaching the IB Diploma students best research practice, in particular for Extended Essays and ToK Essays.
Staff management and other duties
- Willing to be an advisor or homeroom teacher.
- Supervise and direct the work of the Library Assistant, volunteers and student assistants.
- Liaise on a regular basis with the Upper School Principal.
- Carry out other duties as may be assigned by the Upper School Principal or the Director.
9.29.16 – Off-island, En-route, In-between…
I am sitting in the Paris airport watching all the people flow around me…transitioning from one world to another. Leaving the intense, sublime, problematical, heartfelt world of Algeria and returning to the fast-paced, familiar, autumn-colored world of America.
I love this part of traveling because it is in the moment living…however the point of this message is to say that, when I have recovered from this vortex, I will be paying more attention to posting jobs and answering e-mails. (My apologies if I have been slow to respond.) I will also write more about my library in Algiers…
Bon voyage, Sarah P.
7/24/15 – Associate Librarian (Technical & Collection Services)
Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Sarah P’s comments: This university listed two jobs last year included a University Librarian (Director) position. This is a position with an an established university. Here are links for more info:
Top Universities Ranking
Study Abroad Reviews
The University Library invites applications for a creative, forward-thinking, energetic and collaborative Associate Librarian to lead, coordinate, and manage the Library’s Technical & Collection Services Division. This person will lead the transformative efforts to enhance and streamline Technical & Collection Services processes and services to aim at developing practical solutions and creative problem-solving, workflow analysis, assimilation of multiple perspectives and continual exploration and adoption of new technological skills and tools.
Reporting to, as well as advising and assisting, the University Librarian, the successful candidate will serve as a key member of Library’s senior leadership team and, assume a vital role in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, the coordination and leading of cross-functional project teams for enhancing the services, operations and developing library policies, while overseeing several technical services functions of the Library.
Applicants should possess a recognised degree plus an MLS or equivalent qualification, with at least ten years’ appropriate post-qualification experience in academic libraries, of which at least five years at a managerial level, carrying considerable responsibility. He/She must be able to demonstrate updated knowledge of academic library resources, systems, services, and trends. Applicants should also possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse range of people within and outside the Library. Strong service orientation, ability to manage multiple department operations in a dynamic and changing environment, demonstrated excellent leadership and supervisory skills, solid project management experience, as well as experience performing research, compiling and analysing data, and preparing reports & recommendations are essential. Excellent communication skills in English are required; additionally, proficiency in written Chinese, spoken Putonghua / Cantonese are desirable.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants are invited to write in response to the requirements and provide an updated curriculum vitae and/or fill in the application form which is obtainable (a) by downloading from http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/applicationforms; or (b) by fax at 3411-7799; or (c) in person from the Personnel Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, AAB903, Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon. Completed application form should be sent to the same address. Please quote PR number on all correspondence. Applicants not invited for interview 4 months after the closing date may consider their applications unsuccessful. Details of the University’s Personal Information Collection Statement can be found at http://pers.hkbu.edu.hk/pics.
The University reserves the right not to make an appointment for the post advertised, and the appointment will be made according to the terms and conditions then applicable at the time of offer.
Closing date: 15 October 2016
9.26.16 – Systems Librarian
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar Campus, Doha, Qatar
Sarah P’s comments: The good news about this position is that the search has been opened to nationalities other than Canadian due to the fact that they have been unable to locate a suitably qualified candidate (this news comes Cathleen de Groot, Manager of Library Services at CNA, Qatar.) The position was first advertised in January of this year.
Glassdoor reviews for CNA-Q
Qatar is still a safe place to live but cost of living has risen and there have been increasing restrictions in liquor licensing and segregation of men and women. However having lived in the Middle East I will share that it is a very good lifestyle and it is still possible to have some interesting cultural experiences if you choose go camping outside of the city and/or travel to places like Jordan or Oman.
The beautiful and culturally progressive State of Qatar is home to the world class post-secondary institution, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q). Internationally recognized as a comprehensive technical college, CNA-Q is committed to high quality, student-centered education. This commitment is reflected through state-of-the-art facilities, accessible and responsive technology programs and strong partnerships with industry.
The college in Qatar is owned by the State but as part of the Comprehensive Agreement, operates as College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. With more than 600 staff and 2,400 students, CNA-Q is one of Qatar’s largest post-secondary institutions. By providing training in a range of technical areas including Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Trades, Business Studies and Information Technology, CNA-Q brings the State closer to the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
DUTIES: Working within a team environment, the successful candidate will provide professional assistance in all aspects of a resource library, with specific responsibility for: managing the library’s automated library system and third party open source library software; customization of all ILS modules including acquisitions, serials, circulation, cataloguing, and the online catalogue; maintenance of the library’s website, intranet site, and virtual resources; liaising with the College’s Software Development and IT Departments and external vendors; providing advice and research on best practices in utilizing technology in the provision of library services; and other duties as required. The library currently uses the Virtua (VTLS) Integrated Library System and the SpringShare web platform.
The successful candidate possesses these qualifications and competencies:
An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or equivalent, and experience and knowledge of managing an automated library system (VTLS preferred); library software (MARC and non-MARC metadata standards); and managing electronic resources and databases is required. Experience in developing websites and using social networking tools with attention to accessibility and usability is also required. Candidates must have knowledge of emerging technologies and commitment to continuous learning as well as project management skills including systems upgrades and updates. Experience and knowledge of content and document management software (ie. SharePoint and SpringShare), web-scale discovery services, web proxy servers, and link resolvers is an asset. Experience working in an academic library, as well as with outreach, training, and instruction is preferred. Analytical skills, organizational skills and the ability to work independently is essential. Candidates must demonstrate exemplary communication and interpersonal skills and expert fluency in English. Effective problem solving skills, an ability to work in a team and learner centered environment, and the ability to develop effective working relationships across all levels of the organization are also required. Intercultural competence including intercultural sensitivity and adaptability, and the ability to conduct oneself appropriately and effectively in another culture, are essential. Knowledge of technical services and the CNA system and its programs will be considered assets.
NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the State of Qatar visa process.
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.
9.20.16 – 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
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.
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.
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
9.10.16 – here is a recording of a webinar about international librarianship which may be of interest. The link was shared by fellow international librarian, Ray Pun.
(FYI: ACRL DG stands for Association of College & Research Libraries Discussion Group)
Here is the recorded webinar (below) on Fresno State’s Library Diversity Committee and Services to International Communities on Campus:
Summary: Interested in learning ways to engage with international students? This webinar will offer examples on international student engagement from librarians at Fresno State in California. At Fresno State, a special library committee called “Library Diversity Committee” support international student through a program called “International Coffee Hour” series where international students give presentations about their home countries to the public in the Library each week of the semester; librarians and staff bring our resources, encourage engagements and participations. This committee made up of staff/faculty to promote diversity and inclusivity awareness in the library and around campus.