Job: Associate Director of the Library

2.22.17 –  Associate Director of the Library
Georgetown University, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: With the fall of the price of oil, there are far fewer positions being posted in the Middle East. The last time Georgetown listed a position was in the spring of 2015 and it was for Director of the Library.

Here is my usual statement about Qatar:  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 although recently the cost of living has been rising and the country has been trending toward becoming conservative, for example, cutting off liquor licenses for some establishments, increasing the segregation of men from women, etc.  If you are interested in the Middle East, however, these are cultural differences you need to be willing to accept. Qatar is a stable country with a good safety record however if you want to have come genuine cultural interactions you will need to go camping out of the city, visit the desert in the UAE (Saudi is better but generally off-limits), and/or visit Oman, a must-see country for anyone visiting or living in the region.


The GU-Qatar Library advances and supports the learning, teaching, and research goals of the university while also serving as a resource for the Qatar community.  The Library offers a wide range of collections and services, both independently and in conjunction with libraries at the Georgetown University campus in Washington DC.  The library currently also houses the library collections and provides circulation services to the University College of London in Qatar (UCL-Q).

The Associate Director provides leadership in the development and operation of the Library with primary responsibility for Information Literacy and Learning Programs, Library Customer Service, Collection Development, Digital Media services, Scholarly Communication and Marketing. The position plans and implements library policies, procedures, and communications; recruits, develops, and supervises staff in designated areas; and assists in coordinating operations between the Washington and Doha campuses and for UCL-Q.  The position provides reference and research assistance for faculty and students.


  • Advise the Library Director and the GU-Q leadership team on the development of improved or additional library services
  • Assist the Library Director with library management responsibilities, including planning and monitoring library budgets, recruiting, training, developing, supervising and evaluating library staff
  • Mentor and support a team of instructional librarians in the development and delivery of  information literacy and learning programs (in class, one-on-one, online) and instructional materials to allow students to become self-reliant researchers
  • Meet with faculty in assigned subject areas to determine: student information literacy needs, personal research needs  and course reserve materials
  • Work scheduled hours at the Reference Desk including some evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Develop policies, and procedures for selecting, managing and marketing library collections and content
  • Develop and maintain the library’s collection development profiles for GOBI electronic notifications
  • Monitor library materials budget and prepare monthly collection development expenditure, usage and other statistical data as required
  • Coordinate and monitor the public services work of the Library Support Team (library assistants)
  • Initiate and plan for emerging technologies and innovative ways of providing resources and services
  • Serve as a primary resource to faculty, students and staff and staff on fair use and copyright
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent accreditation body.  Additional graduate degree in a discipline area desirable.
  • 7+ years of academic library experience, in a variety of institutions, including 3 years minimum experience supervising librarians.
  • Extensive experience with information literacy programs, library assessment, collection development and library promotion.
  • Extensive experience with staff supervision and budgetary responsibilities.  Demonstrated knowledge of budgetary planning and monitoring.
  • Thorough knowledge of information literacy standards and development; experience with the American College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Thorough knowledge of academic library collections and core collection building tools and resources.
  • Thorough knowledge of publishing, scholarly communication, and copyright law.
  • Understanding of the challenges working with a diverse population in an international setting.
  • Sound knowledge of library systems (Alma preferred), vendor platforms, and the Springshare suite of products.
  • Must possess a record of professional participation and accomplishment
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • International experience preferred.

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