2014 ALA Annual Conference
June 26-July 1 / Las Vegas, NV

Career Development Workshop: Getting a Library Job in a Foreign Country: How (and why) to do it and How to Thrive Once You Do

Sunday, June 29, 2014 -
9:00am to 10:30am

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Hall N - Placement Center

Ever dream of leaving the US for a library job in an exotic metropolis or on a sunny tropical isle, but were too bewildered by uncertainty to actually apply? Wondering what types of people get hired by foreign libraries and how to maximize your chances of getting an interview? Meet two American librarians currently working abroad: Kate Holvoet, Library and Learning Commons Supervisor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Lara Phillips, Reader Services Librarian at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. Lara and Kate will give you the scoop on what working for a foreign library is really like, how to decide if a foreign job is the right move for you and what you need to know about the search and application process to succeed. Even if you're not considering taking a job abroad, you will enjoy this peek at the unique challenges presented by university and library life in other countries.

Presenters: Lara Phillips and Kate Holvoet

Katherine Holvoet supervises the Learning Commons in the library at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Kate has held several academic library positions during the course of her career, from State and Local Documents Librarian at Florida International University to International Documents Librarian/Head of Government Documents/Head of Online Services at the University of Utah. Thirteen years at the same institution and eleven years living in a condo with an insane Home Owner's Association board lead her to apply for her current position in the Middle East.

Lara Seven Phillips oversees the Pacific Special Collections at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. During her more than two decades as a librarian she has worked in both public and academic libraries of all sizes, as well an NLS library for the visually impaired. A budget-related lay-off and lengthy job search in her home state of Washington led her to look overseas and accept the opportunity of a contract position with her current university.

For more information on the ALA JobLIST Placement Center activities, contact Placement Manager, Beatrice Calvin (

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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:55am PDT
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