Job: Director, Distributed eLibrary

8.7.16 –  Director, Distributed eLibrary
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Doha

Sarah P’s comments:  I have watched the development of Doha’s Education City since its inception in 2002.  Jobs regularly appear and are filled but the process is vague and the length of time to hire very slow.  Salaries are good and Doha is safe but recently has been trending toward becoming conservative.


WCM-Q is in its 14th year of operation and is seeking a candidate for Director of the Distributed eLibrary.

Reporting directly to Dean, the incumbent will partner with other informatics thought leaders at WCM and WCM-Q in imagining, creating, and managing a dynamic, modern information research facility to support education, research, and clinical care for the next generation and beyond. Will be responsible for the strategic planning, management, budgeting, marketing, and administration of library resources and services as well as the Archives of the Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar Library. The Director will also be critical in leading the Library through this transformation to a next generation facility.

The successful candidate is required to have Masters in Library Science from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association, or a comparable information science related degree is expected. S/he should possess 10 years or more of professional experience, with progressive responsibility in an administrative and/or managerial/supervisory capacity in an academic or health sciences library or equivalent organization. Having a strong commitment to information literacy and to developing in students, faculty and clinicians the informatics skills required to practice evidence-based medicine is also a requirement.

Your application requires a CV, including the names and contact information for three references that agree to be contacted, as well as a covering letter. We encourage applicants to describe in their application how they feel they can contribute broadly to the goals of WCM-Q. For additional requirements and responsibilities, please refer to our website listed below. Candidates must be willing to relocate to Doha, Qatar for the duration of the appointment.

Compensation will include a competitive salary with supplement for Foreign Service, housing and transportation.

The screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until suitable candidates are identified.

Application Information

Ms. Noha Saqr
Human Resources
Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
+974 44928614
+974 44928666

2 thoughts on “Job: Director, Distributed eLibrary

    • Hello Nackeshia,
      My apologies about the delay in response…I was overseas working a short contract. To answer your question, I will be more clear in my comments as I realize that was a bit vague. In the countries of the Middle East, there is a great variety of lifestyle defined by how conservative the Muslim culture is in the country. Typically, the Emirates are the most liberal and Saudi Arabia the most conservative with the others falling somewhere in-between. This translates into how women and men are expected to dress, alcohol privileges, entertainment options, holidays, etc. Qatar is viewed as one of the more permissive countries and the lifestyle there is very good. However, my friends who live there report that in the past few years there has been some movement toward allowing less alcohol, more segregation of men and women, encouraging conservative dress, etc. Also reported, and of more concern to those living there, was the rise in the cost of living. However, all that said, if you are open to working in a Muslim country and respecting the values there, Qatar still offers a safe, high quality lifetsyle when compared to many other countries. Just be aware that who you work for dictates a lot of the above.
      Regards, Sarah P.


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