Archive for October, 2009

Water Mountains in Guilin, China

In my biased opinion, Guilin, China = the most beautiful place in the world.

Every since starting this blog, I’ve noticed more and more written about international and global librarianship. I might be crazy — but this month it seems to be a hot topic . The awesome Meaghan O’Connor at IREX wrote an intriguing piece about international development and librarianship; Ellen Tise, President of IFLA, spoke at the Mortenson Center about libraries playing a role in lifelong learning and cultural development in Africa; and TechSoup Global (@TechSoup) got some good press from Peter Scott, blogjunction, the Huffington Post and others in the library and non-profit sector.

With all this highlighted in the library world, it’s natural to feel a little tingle of wanderlust.

And then along comes this article by Sarah P. Gibson, a Maine children’s book author and a former international librarian. A native Mainer myself, I couldn’t help but give her a little publicity. Her must-read article “Going International!” was featured in Library Journal. It’s a great beginner’s article about the (non-American) library job market and includes a resource list for getting that first international job.


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Congrats to the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) emerging leaders — mighty fine!

2010 Class of Emerging Leaders for IRRT
Rachael DiEleuterio
Nadya Iotova
Zola Maddison (twitter @zolamaddison)
Sara Thompson (twitter @librarienne )

More awesome folks here.  (.pdf)

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Digital Divide Data (DDD) is looking for a passionate, driven individual to help us build our online presence and implement our social media strategy. This is an exciting opportunity to live in Southeast Asia, work with an internationally acclaimed social enterprise and lead a vital initiative. The primary function of this job will be to understand our organization and make the DDD story accessible and compelling for the global online audience.

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Start Date: Mid-to-late November 2009
Term: One year minimum
Reports to: Strategic Planning Associate (based in San Francisco, CA)

Details at Digital Divide Data.

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Vacancy at headquarters of the International Federation
of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

The International Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions (IFLA) is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with its headquarters in The Hague (in the building of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Netherlands. IFLA has decentralized regional offices and language centres throughout the world. At IFLA Headquarters an
international staff of 14 people is taking care of daily coordination.

There is a vacancy at headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, for the position of Policy Officer (Copyright specialist). More information on the job and how to apply you can find on

Applications deadline 13 November 2009.

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