9.26.16 – Systems Librarian
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar Campus, Doha, Qatar
Sarah P’s comments: The good news about this position is that the search has been opened to nationalities other than Canadian due to the fact that they have been unable to locate a suitably qualified candidate (this news comes Cathleen de Groot, Manager of Library Services at CNA, Qatar.) The position was first advertised in January of this year.
Glassdoor reviews for CNA-Q
Qatar is still a safe place to live but cost of living has risen and there have been increasing restrictions in liquor licensing and segregation of men and women. However having lived in the Middle East I will share that it is a very good lifestyle and it is still possible to have some interesting cultural experiences if you choose go camping outside of the city and/or travel to places like Jordan or Oman.
The beautiful and culturally progressive State of Qatar is home to the world class post-secondary institution, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q). Internationally recognized as a comprehensive technical college, CNA-Q is committed to high quality, student-centered education. This commitment is reflected through state-of-the-art facilities, accessible and responsive technology programs and strong partnerships with industry.
The college in Qatar is owned by the State but as part of the Comprehensive Agreement, operates as College of the North Atlantic-Qatar. With more than 600 staff and 2,400 students, CNA-Q is one of Qatar’s largest post-secondary institutions. By providing training in a range of technical areas including Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Industrial Trades, Business Studies and Information Technology, CNA-Q brings the State closer to the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
DUTIES: Working within a team environment, the successful candidate will provide professional assistance in all aspects of a resource library, with specific responsibility for: managing the library’s automated library system and third party open source library software; customization of all ILS modules including acquisitions, serials, circulation, cataloguing, and the online catalogue; maintenance of the library’s website, intranet site, and virtual resources; liaising with the College’s Software Development and IT Departments and external vendors; providing advice and research on best practices in utilizing technology in the provision of library services; and other duties as required. The library currently uses the Virtua (VTLS) Integrated Library System and the SpringShare web platform.
An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or equivalent, and experience and knowledge of managing an automated library system (VTLS preferred); library software (MARC and non-MARC metadata standards); and managing electronic resources and databases is required. Experience in developing websites and using social networking tools with attention to accessibility and usability is also required. Candidates must have knowledge of emerging technologies and commitment to continuous learning as well as project management skills including systems upgrades and updates. Experience and knowledge of content and document management software (ie. SharePoint and SpringShare), web-scale discovery services, web proxy servers, and link resolvers is an asset. Experience working in an academic library, as well as with outreach, training, and instruction is preferred. Analytical skills, organizational skills and the ability to work independently is essential. Candidates must demonstrate exemplary communication and interpersonal skills and expert fluency in English. Effective problem solving skills, an ability to work in a team and learner centered environment, and the ability to develop effective working relationships across all levels of the organization are also required. Intercultural competence including intercultural sensitivity and adaptability, and the ability to conduct oneself appropriately and effectively in another culture, are essential. Knowledge of technical services and the CNA system and its programs will be considered assets.
NOTE: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the State of Qatar visa process.