International Employment Resources

Opportunities for employment in foreign countries can be limited, and immigration policies of individual countries should be investigated. Employment for Americans is usually limited to U.S. Government libraries, libraries of U.S. firms doing worldwide business, and American schools abroad. Library journals from other countries will sometimes list vacancy notices. Some persons have obtained jobs by contacting foreign publishers or vendors directly. Non-U.S. government jobs usually call for foreign language fluency.

Archives for LIBJOBS at
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)


  • National Archives of Australia

    Gives current employment opportunities for ongoing positions at the National Archives of Australia. If you intend to apply, you should ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria and are strongly encouraged to address each of the selection criteria in your application. Selection for all positions is based on assessment against the selection criteria.

  • National Library of Australia Employment Opportunities

    Application process and listing of current job openings at the National Library of Australia.

  • The One Umbrella Group

    Current Job Ads; A listing of jobs in the library, information, knowledge, and records management professions around Australia.

  • Australian Library Related Organisations

    Links to Australian library networks, professional associations, groups, jobs and information on systems and document delivery.



United Kingdom

  • Aslib Professional Recruitment

    Specialises [UK spelling] in recruiting and supplying permanent and temporary staff for Library and Information Departments throughout the UK, with a constant flow of job vacancies in commerce, law and industry and in many other types of organizations.

  • BUBL Information Service: Job Vacancies

    BUBL is an Internet-based information service for the UK higher education community. BUBL is not an acronym. When BUBL was first established in 1990 the name stood for BUlletin Board for Libraries. Now, however it is known as the BUBL Information Service, or BUBL for short.

  • Careerjet

    A searchable database of job listings aggregated from online resources around the UK. Registration is free, and enables users to post CVs. Vacancies can be searched by company, location, keyword and industry and jobs in other countries can also be searched.

  • CharityJOB

    Free employment service for those seeking and offering job vacancies within the UK charity sector including posts in administration, care, finance, fundraising, information technology, management, personnel, and public relations.

  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

    Membership organisation resultant from the merging of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) and The Library Association (LA). Publicises jobs and careers, qualifications, training and events, professional practice, and advocacy in the field.


International Exchanges

  • Most exchanges are handled by direct negotiation between interested parties. A few libraries have established exchange programs for their own staff. In order to facilitate exchange arrangements, in the past, the
    International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Journal has listed persons wishing to exchange positions outside their own country. All listings must include the following information: full name, address, present position, qualifications (with year of obtaining), language, abilities, preferred country/city/library and type of position. Send to: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters, 2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands, phone: 31-70-3140884, fax: 31-70-3834827, e-mail:

  • University of Wales Aberystwyth Human Resources, Old College, King St., Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 2AX, Wales, United Kingdom, Tel: 01970-628555, fax: 01970-622975, e-mail: Assists in exchanges for British librarians wishing to work abroad and for librarians from the U.S., Canada, and other countries that wish to undertake exchanges.

Other Opportunities

  • LibWeb Library Servers

    Updated daily, Libweb currently lists over 6600 pages from libraries in over 115 countries. Capability of keyword searches, browsing US libraries by type and international libraries by country, or by OPAC vendor. Includes links to other sites listing library links. This is not a direct link to job postings, but provides the starting point for locating the job openings for libraries.

  • Librarian Job Postings (Type the word jobs in the search field). Gives a listing of U.S. and foreign jobs collected by BUBL Information Service, Andersonian Library, Strathclyde University, 101 St. James Rd., Glasgow G4 0NS, Scotland, tel: 0141 548 4752, e-mail:

  • Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

    3007 Tilden St., N.W., Suite 5L, Washington, D.C. 20008-3009, 202/686-4000.

    Administers U.S. government Fulbright awards for university lecturing and advanced research abroad. Usually 10-15 awards per year are made to U.S. citizens who are specialists in library or information sciences. In addition, many countries offer awards in any specialization of research or lecturing for which specialists in library and information science may apply. Lecturing awards usually require university or college teaching experience. Several opportunities exist for professional librarians as well. Applications and information may be obtained, beginning in March each year.

  • Department of Defense, Education Activity (DODEA), 4040 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203-1635.

    Overall management and operational responsibilities for the education of dependent children of active duty U.S. military personnel and DOD civilians who are stationed in foreign areas. Also, responsible for teacher recruitment. For complete application brochure, write to above address. The schools are operated on military installation for the children of U.S. military and civilian personnel stationed overseas.

  • International Schools Services, P.O. Box 5910, Princeton, NJ 08543, phone: 609/452-0990, fax: 609/452-2690, e-mail:

    Private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to serve American schools overseas, other than Department of Defense schools. These are American, international elementary and secondary schools enrolling children of business and diplomatic families living abroad. ISS services to overseas schools include recruitment and recommendation of personnel, curricular and administrative guidance, purchasing, facility planning, and more. ISS also publishes a comprehensive directory of overseas schools and a bi-monthly newsletter, NewsLinks, for those interested in the intercultural educational community. Information regarding these publications and other services may be obtained by writing to the above address.

  • Peace Corps, 1111 20th St., NW, Room 2300, Washington, D.C. 20526, 800-424-8580, fax 202/692-1201, e-mail:

    Volunteer opportunities exist for MA/MS or BA/BS in library science with one year of related work experience. Two year tour of duty. U.S. citizens only. Living allowance, health care, transportation and other benefits provided.

  • Search Associates, P.O. Box 922, Jackson, MI 49204-0922, 517/768-9250, fax: 517/768-9252, e-mail:

    A private organization comprised of former overseas school directors who organize about ten recruitment fairs (most occur in February) to place teachers, librarians and administrators in independent, K-12 American/international schools around the world. These accredited schools, based on the American model, range in size from under 40 to over 4,000 and serve the children of diplomats and businessmen from dozens of countries. Annually, they offer highly attractive personal and professional opportunities for experienced librarians.

This page last revised Feb. 2010