The purpose of this paper is to set out to give a personal view of potential opportunities and challenges to be considered when taking up senior managerial posts in libraries overseas.
The findings and recommendations in the paper are based solely on personal experience of positions in Germany and The Netherlands. Personal and professional issues are discussed as well as formal considerations and possible cultural differences.
The paper makes a number of recommendations and stresses the importance of agreeing on key issues/parameters with overseas employers in advance of signing a contract. The paper affirms the value – to both parties – of a library manager from one country taking up a senior post in another.
Based on personal experience, the paper provides practical guidance for those considering applications for senior management posts in libraries overseas.
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