Presentation on theme: "LIS Abroad: Tips from a Global Librarian"— Presentation transcript:
1 LIS Abroad: Tips from a Global Librarian Heidi Dowding
2 Who I amDigital and Reference Services Librarian working in a university library in Astana, KazakhstanRecent professional librarianThree years of experience working abroadTraveled in twenty countries, lived in three
3 Major Takeaways for Today After this webinar, you will be able to:Find regularly updated job listings for LIS international workOptimize your resume for international workKnow what information you need to make a relatively informed decision
4 Finding International Opportunities The best all-around sites:IFLA LIBJOBS listserv(LISJOBS.comLIS school websites and listservs:University of Michigan’s International Center Job List for Information ProfessionalsFlorida State University’s LIS Jobs Libguide, International Job Sites pageUniversity of Texas’ iSchool International LIS Jobs Sites pageFinding International Opportunities
5 Getting the Interview Include *any* significant experience abroad Emphasize experience with languages (even if it’s not used in the area)Create a strong web presence
6 Web Presence Suggestions Create your own website to showcase your tech skillsGet into the conversations on Tumblr and TwitterUse Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with potential employersConsider joining regional social media
7 The Interview You did it! Now what? Photo Credit:
8 Things to Consider: Travel Are they paying for the flights there and back? How much and how often?
9 Things to Consider: Relocation Is there a relocation settlement?Security depositMoving (either by freight or on the airplane)Costs to tie up loose ends at homeImmunizationsFamily costs (non-working spouse, children)Costs for pets
10 Things to Consider: The Work Visa How long will a work visa take to obtain?How much will it cost and will it be reimbursed?Will the employer pay for lost travel money if the work visa is delayed?
11 Things to Consider: In-Country Assistance What sort of assistance will the employer provide once you’re in the country?Airport pickupGeneral orientation (city and within the organization)Going to the doctorOpening a bank account / Dealing with the organization’s accounting departmentGetting an apartmentGetting a phone
12 Things to Consider: Job Description Get a written breakdown of your job duties if you canHours required, working daysBe aware that things might change once you arrive
13 Making the DecisionMy equation for deciding:Location + Actual Job + Professional Opportunities + Money + Benefits = Yes or No
14 Making the Decision: Location LanguageFoodCost of travel outside of the area
15 Making the Decision: Actual Job Does the description of your day-to-day duties sound like what you want to be doing?Does the work environment sound like a place where you’ll fit in?Do you know what the office environment will be? Shared or solo?
16 Making the Decision: Professional Opportunities Will your employer pay for any professional conferences?Will the job offer networking opportunities (either in the organization, or in the local area)?Will it offer unique research and publishing opportunities?
17 Making the Decision: Money Will the pay vs. cost of living allow you to save money?Will you be able to pay outside bills (e.g., student loans)?
18 Making the Decision: Benefits How many vacation days are offered?What is the healthcare system like in the country?Are housing and living expenses covered?Is there the possibility for financial bonuses?
19 Working Abroad Benefits Challenges Unique professional experience for the resumeExperience working with diverse communitiesChance to have a big impactLanguage immersion/experienceCultural differences/ work atmosphereNetworkingConferencesGetting to the next interview
20 (Like “What is that animal, and why is it riding a bicycle?”) Any questions?(Like “What is that animal, and why is it riding a bicycle?”)Photo Source: