To celebrate the Creative Commons launch of The Global Librarian, we're sharing stories and advice from five librarians who have lived and worked in countries around the world. This series is co-edited by Ray Pun, Research and Reference Services Librarian at New York University Shanghai. Ray's article Working Abroad As a Librarian: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead is currently featured on INALJ.com.
In this second installment in a series of posts reflecting on living and working as a librarian abroad, we're excited to bring you three videos from literally around the world. Ray, our series co-editor, put together a few questions for Amanda Click (North Carolina by way of Egypt), Beth Daniel Lindsay (Abu Dhabi), and Amy Johansson (Sweden) regarding their move overseas. Ray also captured advice on working as a librarian internationally for those of you who are considering making the same move.
Their videos are available on our youtube playlist, and we've dropped them in below.
About our contributors:
Amanda Click is a doctoral fellow in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her fellowship, ELIME-21, focuses on developing library education in the Middle East and North Africa, and she lived and worked in Egypt for three years. From 2008 to 2011, Amanda was an instruction and reference librarian and the Coordinator of Instruction at The American University in Cairo. Amanda's research interests include academic integrity, information literacy in the Middle East, library services for international students, and library leadership.
Beth Daniel Lindsay is the Access and Public Services Librarian at NYU Abu Dhabi, a position she has occupied since 2010. She holds an MLS from Queens College and an MA in French Studies. Her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science is from Davidson College (NC). She spent her junior year abroad in Paris, studying French history, language and politics. Prior to joining NYU, Beth worked as a legal assistant for a non-profit that finances affordable housing.
Amy Johansson is an American mother of 3 living in Helsingborg Sweden with her Swedish husband. She is originally from Exit 9 and more recently Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The family moved to Sweden 3 years ago after they realized that their family was expanding, and that Sweden offered much simpler childcare/healthcare solutions for families with young children. Amy worked as a digital archivist in the USA and Bolivia, and currently works with technical information as a writer and producer. There are many professional overlaps, but sometimes Amy thinks she’d kinda love to be a YA programming librarian in southern California.
Please take a moment to read Thoughts on Working Abroad as a Librarian, Part I: A Home Away From Home in Shanghai.
This post is presented with thanks to Kyle Brown, Office Manager and Executive Assistant here at METRO, for his help editing these videos.