Job: Information Services Librarian

3.28.17 –  Information Services Librarian
Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: With the fall in the price of oil, there have been, naturally, far fewer positions listed in the Middle East.  QNL has in the past always posted numerous positions and has even hosted a job fair in Europe a few years back. There are still many positions listed on their website but this particular one has been posted on ALAjobs which perhaps means they are highlighting this job as necessary.

Concerning QNL,  I have received some private comments noting that:

  • salaries are typically lower than average
  • high job turnover (might be related to salary issue)
  • make sure to apply directly to QNL rather than through a headhunter
  • be aware of  ‘Qatarization‘, a policy whereby all jobs are supposed to re eventually filled by nationals

As for working in Qatar, my comments from earlier posts are that it is a relatively safe and progressive Middle Eastern country.  Negatives are that the cost of living is rising, you must go outside the city for any true cultural experiences, and that lately, the country has tended toward becoming more conservative meaning fewer liquor licenses and more segregation of men and women, etc.  Yes, Qatar is modern but you still need to be willing to accept and respect the religious and social customs of a Muslim country.



Job Purpose:

This position will participate in implementing the Qatar Reference Service by providing reference and reader’s advisory services.  The position will be responsible for collection management in the assigned subject area.  As well, the position will provide literacy and learning opportunities through the development of innovative content and promotional activities for research, education and the general public.  Regularly scheduled evening and weekend work will be required.

* Key Result:

  • Participates in the activities of the assigned Information Services team led by a Senior Information Services Librarian to effectively provide reference and reader’s advisory, collection management, literacy and learning opportunities in the subject areas of Business and Management.
  • Provide reference and reader’s advisory services in the Qatar Reference Service through regular shifts in the Learning Commons, by eReference, and through individual office consultations.
  • Provide information literacy and learning opportunities to researchers, educators and the general public.
  • Develop the library collection in assigned subject areas by searching for, identifying, evaluating and selecting relevant materials through the application of standard library collection development methodologies in conjunction with the Collection Development policy and library procedures.
  • Develop print and virtual resources to support teaching and learning activities and for self-directed learning opportunities.
  • Maintain regular interaction with faculty, students and the general public to determine user needs.
  • Develop displays in order to highlight and interpret the library’s collections and services.
  • Continuously explore new applications of pedagogy and technology in order to design and deliver active learning, critical thinking and learner collaboration.
  • Serve on designated committees throughout the library.
  • Participate in outreach programs to support research, education and community needs.
  • Contributes to the profession by publishing, presenting or participating in professional organizations.
  • Keep abreast of developments, trends and issues in all areas of responsibilities.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties and conducts special projects as required.
  • Other task are assign.

*Operating Environment, Framework & Boundaries:

Work is in a multicultural office and library environment. Must adhere to all applicable QF and Library Policies & Procedures and must ensure that all policies and procedures comply with global standards and best practices. Must comply with QF health, safety, security, and environment policies, procedures, legal regulations and objectives applicable to areas of responsibility to ensure that work is performed in a safe, healthy and environmentally-sound manner. Work hours, days and locations will vary according to QNL requirements. Regularly-scheduled evening and weekend work will be required. Plus any other special notes regarding position such as exposure to hazards, travel requirements, etc.

Communications and Working Relationships:

  • Public Services Manager – on work progress, assignment and feedback
  • Senior Information Services  – on coordination of section work processes, public programs
  • Technical Services staff – for fund accounting, acquisitions and cataloguing issues
  • Administration and Planning staff – for communications and financial reporting issues
  • Web Librarian – on usability of library website, content issues
  • Library partners/stakeholders – on integration of information literacy skills, collection needs
  • Faculty, students and general public – on user needs.

Problem Solving & Complexity:

This is a position which requires a great depth of expertise and knowledge in the field of information management, user education knowledge acquisition, subject specialization and research methodologies. It requires insight, extensive and advanced knowledge of trends in teaching concepts, learning styles, emerging digital library technologies and electronic resources.  The position requires advanced level of knowledge of the assigned subject level and it’s literature.

Decision Making Authority & Responsibility:

The incumbent makes day to day operational decisions regarding the work allocation. The incumbent makes independent decisions on the acquisition of materials up to a maximum of 5,000 QR.  Any major decisions are made in consultation with the supervisor.

RequirementsKnowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Masters degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent. An undergraduate degree in Political Science or Economics would be an asset.
  • Prior experience in Public Services or Information Services would be an asset.
  • Skills and knowledge of web, social media and library technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in English.  Arabic language skills are beneficial but not required.
  • Good interpersonal and people skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team.
  • Flexible and enthusiastic and adaptable to changing environment.

About Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library’s management and planning office is pleased to welcome you to the library’s website. Staff is currently preparing for the National Library’s opening in a spectacular library building designed by the renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.

Qatar National Library (QNL) carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region. The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people, and become information literate.

Included in QNL’s facilities will be a variety of collaborative and individual learning spaces, a Children’s Library, 300 public computer workstations, digital media production facilities, performance spaces, a café, an adaptive technology center, Writing Center and Tutoring Center, and more.

In addition to full-text databases, we are planning for 1.2 million books, 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections. The renowned Heritage Colelction was integrated with the library in the summer of 2011. Our qualified librarians are experts in teaching, research skills, literacy, programs, and knowledge management. Combining all these skills together with QNL’s strong service ethic, there will be much for the local community to do, learn, and discover.

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF). QNL is supporting Qatar in its journey from carbon-based economy to knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

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Virtual: Archive Space Community Coordinator

3.28.17 –  Archive Space Community Coordinator
LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA, USA (remote)

Application Deadline: applications received by April 21, 2017 will receive priority consideration

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: 3-5 in archives or closely related field

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: LYRASIS is seeking an ArchivesSpace Community Engagement Coordinator. This role is responsible for user support, training, outreach, and communications across the ArchivesSpace community and also works closely with member groups responsible for user documentation and testing. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager but in close collaboration with others including the ArchivesSpace Tech Lead, LYRASIS staff and community members.

The ArchivesSpace application was first released in September 2013, and it is sustained by an active member community of over 300 organizations. Community collaboration and member contributions to all facets of ArchivesSpace—development, code review, migration support, technical and user documentation—are key to the advancement of both the ArchivesSpace application and member community.

Full position description is available at:

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Job: School Librarian (preK-12)

3.28.17 – School Librarian (preK-12)
Heidelberg International School, Germany

Sarah P’s comments:  Notice about this position was sent to me by the departing librarian with the approval of her Director.  She is open to receiving questions but please send to me and I will forward and/or post in the comments section.  This is a fairly late posting and might be a good opportunity for someone new to the international market.

Librarian notes about the position: 220 students, primary classes on a fixed schedule, upper level classes on semi-fixed schedule, good collaboration possible. Ample budget. Excellent parent support. Highly regarded school in this area. good pay and benefits including relocation allowance.

Starting August 2017

Teacher Librarian (full-time):

To meet the library needs of PYP, MYP and DP students, the successful applicant will be fluent in English with an appropriate qualification and classroom experience. International Baccalaureate training is beneficial.

Applications from qualified teachers, particularly with primary school experience, are welcome for substitution positions. If you would like to be considered for a position at H.I.S., please download and complete the Application Summary form (available on the school website) and submit it with a covering letter.

H.I.S. treats child safeguarding very seriously therefore all applicants are required to submit a clear criminal background check from their current country of residence and references will be verified. 

Applications should be sent to:

H.I.S.  Heidelberg International School

Mrs Kathleen Macdonald

Wieblinger Weg 7

69123 Heidelberg

Phone: +49-6221-759060-0
Fax: +49-6221-759060-99

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News: End of ILN Peer Mentoring Program

3.28.17 – The Future of the ILN

Sarah P’s comments: It is sad to see this program end but a big THANKS to the creators and hopefully it will inspire others to take up the reins and keep this going…

To our cherished community,

It is with mixed emotions we write to let you know that after several months of careful consideration we have decided to discontinue the ILN’s peer mentoring program.

It has been over four years since we developed an idea for a program where librarians could ‘meet’ fellow professionals from other parts of the world without the expense of international travel. That idea was the seed from which the ILN grew into the organisation and program you know today.

During that time, it has been our great pleasure to see over 5,500 participants from more than 130 countries explore the international world of librarianship through our program. We have met many wonderful librarians around the world and heard many stories of how new friendships have been formed, knowledge shared and networks forged. We dreamed big with the ILN and the results we achieved together with our volunteers and our community were even bigger than we ever could have imagined.

It is not only the ILN that has grown and changed. Much has changed for each of us since the fateful day when we wondered ‘wouldn’t it be great if…’ We’ve all changed jobs, moved cities or countries and shared experiences as we too truly became international librarians.

It is therefore timely to make other changes, including closing the mentoring program. The program has relied on the efforts of an increasing number of volunteers to support and deliver it over the last four years, but this is not sustainable in the long term. Over the coming months we will document the processes we used to run the program, including the lessons we learned as we went along. This information will be shared under a creative commons licence, so that other passionate professionals can build on our efforts, and create exciting, innovative professional development offerings of their own.

We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary community that has participated in and supported the mentoring program, so we also want to spend the rest of 2017 capturing and sharing stories from the ILN. Our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts will continue, sharing these stories around the world. We will be in touch soon with invitations to contribute.

We want to express our sincere thanks to everyone who has participated in, promoted and contributed to the ILN. Together we built this community, together we showed how very special is our shared profession and together we have planted seeds for the next generation of professional development.

Best wishes

Kate, Alyson and Clare

Founders of the ILN

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Webinar: Taking your MLIS Abroad…

3.27.17 –
Dear Readers, I am back from the edge of civilization (no cell phone or internet service!) and first of all, would like to send out a reminder for the upcoming webinar being held on Wednesday:
The ACRL International Perspectives Discussion Group invites you to join Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips for an informative webinar based on their recent publication, “Taking Your MLIS Abroad.”
The presenters will outline different opportunities for librarians who are interested in pursuing international librarianship, while also guiding you through the process of moving and living abroad. This is the perfect opportunity to get answers to all of your questions about international librarianship.
Speakers: Kate Holvoet and Lara Phillips

Date/Time: 3/29, Wednesday at 10 am PST, 12 pm CST and 1 pm EST
We hope you can join us! Webinar will be recorded and shared. If you have any questions, please email us!
All best,
Raymond Pun & Meggan Houlihan
Co-Conveners of ACRL International Perspectives

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News: March 2017 International Leads

3.14.17 –

ALA’s International Leads March 2017 issue is now available…

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News: On the Road Again…

3.10.17 –  As you can probably tell by the silence and then flurry of posts, I am traveling again, this time by boat My internet is  limited so posts will be grouped for a few weeks until I return to regular life on shore.

Safe travels to all, Sarah P.

(from Marco Island, en route to the Florida Keys…)

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