Jobs: Qatar National Library

3/9/15 –  Qatar National Library Job Fair
Positions: Doha, Qatar
Hiring Fair: Zurich, Switzerland

Sarah P’s comments:  I have never before seen a hiring fair for only one institution so this is an interesting development.  There are a total of five positions listed, all of them needing a level of specialized experience.  If you have the credentials and anything close to the experience requested, I would seriously considering attending.  Yes, it is an expense but for someone trying to expand into an international career, a chance to meet people and interview face-to-face is invaluable.  And, come on, it’s springtime in Zurich…

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.

3/17 update-  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

4/4/15 update – there was some question about whether this fair would actually take place however an update has just been posted on IFLAJobs stating that the dates have been altered to: 5-6 May 2015.

 

Qatar National Library Job Fair   4-6 May 2015, 10:00-4:00 pm      Zurich Marriott Hotel

Qatar National Library is recruiting for the following job opportunities:

Information Services Librarian Senior Writing Specialist Access Officer
Copyrights and Licensing Librarian Senior Program Education Specialist Head of Digitization
Senior Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Head of Community Learning and Engagement Digitization Support Technician
Cataloging Librarian Head of Collections Unix System Engineer
Cataloging Officer Acquisitions Officer Digital Preservation Specialist

Click for full list of opportunities and job descriptions.

A unique library with breadth in its functions, bridging with knowledge Qatar’s Heritage and Future

Qatar National Library (QNL) is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy by providing free information resources to students, researchers and the entire community in Qatar. Resources include a vast collection of exceptional online databases including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.

QNL is one of the biggest knowledge hubs under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). Qatar Nation Library is a non-profit organization that carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age.

When finished, QNL’s state-of-the-art landmark building will be a major physical center for the people in Qatar who share a thirst for knowledge. QNL’s architectural building design symbolizes the library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future. The library will provide, when it opens its doors, 1.2 million books, 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

Qatar National Library plays a key role in supporting Open Access in Qatar and the world, through various information services, including the recent launch of Qatar Digital Library Portal (www.qdl.qa) which presents over half a million pages of precious historical archives and manuscript material.

 

Qatar National Library (QNL) is pleased to invite you to participate in its Librarian Job Fair to be held from 4 to 6 May 2015 in Zurich. The purpose of this Job Fair is to promote Qatar National Library current job opportunities and meet with interested applicants. Potential employees will have the opportunity to learn more about QNL and its current vacancies and attend a face-to-face interview directly with the management team.

To register for the Job Fair:

Send your CV to recruitment@qf.org.qa mentioning “Zurich Job Fair” in the subject of the email. Upon registration, job seekers will be contacted to schedule a date/time for their interview.

We look forward to seeing you in Zurich!

Learn more about Qatar Digital Library online at www.qnl.qa and www.qf.org.qa

Twitter: @QNLib

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheQatarNationalLibrary

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