For those who possess an ALA-accredited degree, there are opportunities to work in library settings around the world—and many of these attractive career options do not require non-English language skills or an EEC/Commonwealth citizenship. This guide to library work in countries outside the United States and Canada explains the benefits of taking on a library position in an international setting, how to find such a job, what to expect in working in a library outside of North America, and what strategies to employ to be successful and happy living and working in your host country.
This guide answers all the questions that a librarian considering a position abroad would have, and it also covers subjects and concerns that might not be as obvious. Based on the direct experiences of the authors as well as anecdotal accounts from other librarians who have worked around the world, the book informs readers about common cultural differences with the application and interview process; explains how workplaces and working assumptions can be different from American expectations; profiles the different procedures, collection scope, curricular support, and intellectual freedom policies of libraries outside the United States and Canada; and describes the unique experience of moving to another country and living as an expat.
- Supplies potential expat librarians invaluable information about what to expect from libraries abroad, identifying differences, constraints, and obstacles as compared to U.S. norms
- Describes the realities of moving and working abroad, thereby enabling readers to accurately assess if a foreign job would be a good fit
- Guides librarians taking a job outside the United States and Canada through the intricacies of moving abroad, thriving in their new job, and building networks (professional and social)
- Provides practical information suited to librarians with experience in academic, school, or special libraries as well as newly graduated librarians