Job: Library Director

4.6.16 – Library Director
Northwestern University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar

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. If interested in this region, I would keep a close eye on oil prices and how they are affecting job stability.

FYI: Northwestern listed one position in 2015 and two positions in 2014 (Public Services and Technical Services). This position shows a listing date of 2/23 however they have only just posted this on IFLAjobs.

 

Job summary

The Library Director of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) is responsible for the overall management and administration of the NU-Q Library; establishing the vision, goals, objectives, policies and procedures and allocating resources within the Library. The director reports to the Chief Operations Officer and has a dotted line reporting relation to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. The Director works closely with NU-Q leadership to review the general state of NU-Q’s operations and to analyze and respond to issues which may affect NU-Q’s ability to achieve its objectives. The Director works with various members of the University Libraries’ team in Evanston.

The NU-Q Library is a user-focused library and part of Northwestern University in Qatar in Education City in Doha, Qatar. The Library serves the research and educational needs of Northwestern faculty, staff and students. The growing collection is made up of print, DVD/Blu-ray, and electronic resources purchased and provided to support the curricular needs of communication, journalism, and liberal arts. In addition, the library collects some recreational information resources for use by the community.

Principal accountabilities

  • Planning and implementing library programs including research assistance, document delivery,  collection development and management, and outreach to the NU community to enable effective use of library and information services and resources; Assessing various aspects of the library including its collections, services, use patterns, and staffing in order to support decision making and priority setting;
  • Directing and participating in daily library operations and services; providing high-quality, timely, and innovative research and information services;
  • Facilitating access to library services and resources provided by home campus or the Qatar National Library as appropriate; Help plan, develop, and implement new technologies to support access to library services and resources including those through the Canvas course management system and the Alma library services platform;
  • Developing innovative and creative ways to bring services to users and to expand on traditional means of delivering library services, user education, and faculty support; Serve as collection and service liaison to the communication and journalism programs;
  • Recruiting, training, and building a solid, skilled, service-oriented team of librarians and non-librarians;
  • Maintaining constant and close communication, coordination, and cooperation with the University Library, Northwestern University in Qatar administrative units, and other Education City libraries;
  • Supervising document delivery and inter library lending and borrowing; Coordinating the provision of technical services and collection development activities and serving as liaison to at least one academic program;
  • Representing NU-Q at conferences, meetings, and other professional development venues;
  • Performing other related duties as required or assigned, including but not limited to
  • Participating on committees and task forces of NU-Q, Northwestern University, and University Libraries.

Required qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in library/information science accredited by an internationally-recognized library association (e.g. ALA, ALIA) or the equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible supervision and leadership in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated awareness and understanding of current trends in academic and research libraries and higher education. Commitment to improving library services.
  • Working knowledge of current and emerging technology developments and applications to enhance user services and programs;
  • Ability to effectively communicate library issues and local needs to administrators, patrons, and members of the home campus library staff.
  • Evidence of successful leadership abilities, excellent communication and presentation skills in English, and effective interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to build consensus.

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and innovative in terms of library services and outreach to the campus community. Experience in a branch campus library environment. Experience in the Middle East or Arabian Gulf.
  • Ability or experience working with a culturally diverse population in an international setting.

Apply

Send a letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references electronically to: directorlib-recruitment@qatar.northwestern.edu

All final candidates will undergo a comprehensive background check.

Date posted: February 23, 2016

Job: Public Services Librarian

10/26/15 –  Public Services Librarian
Northwestern University, Doha, Qatar

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.  FYI: Northwestern posted two positions in 2014 (Public Services and Technical Services).

 

Job summary

In concert with the Library Director and the Technical Services Librarian of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) as well as counterparts on the Evanston campus, the Public Services Librarian works to fulfill the mission of the NU-Q Library to support the information, research, teaching, and learning needs of the NU-Q community. The Public Services Librarian is responsible for the development and implementation of a robust student and faculty engagement program that may include, but is not limited to, information literacy, assessment, improvement of the user experience, and social media outreach. The incumbent of this position serves as the primary contact for and liaison with the Communication Studies program. In this role, the librarian will work with the other librarians to define, develop, and implement coordinated collection development, services, information access, and marketing efforts. To best support the work of the community, the development of relationships with faculty, students, and staff is a priority. Communication and cooperation with appropriate individuals at the home campus in Evanston will be the norm.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Takes the lead on developing and maintaining instructional and information literacy programs, materials, and related initiatives.
  2. Coordinates the reference and information literacy services of the library.
  3. Assesses patron services and the user experience particularly for students.
  4. Participates in developing marketing and outreach materials using various avenues including LibGuides, social media, web pages, and print publications.
  5. Holds workshops for the NU-Q community and presents information and research sessions, on request, to classes in the Communications Program for which the librarian serves as liaison.
  6. Serves as library liaison for specific non-academic departments and administrative teams.
  7. Works to develop appropriate policies, procedures and documentation for collection management and for information search, discover, and fulfillment services in coordination with the Library Director.
  8. Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies to support the Library’s expanding and increasingly integrated services with other library systems such as Primo and ILLiad, and with university systems such as Canvas.
  9. Participates in the planning, decision making, and innovation of NU-Q Library services and programs.
  10. Performs and/or supervises circulation and other public services duties.
  11. Professional engagement and activity is expected.
  12. Performs other related duties and participates in special projects as assigned.

Minimum qualifications

  1. A Master’s degree in Library/Information Science accredited by an internationally recognized library association (e.g. ALA, ALIA) or the equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience.
  2. A minimum of two years’ experience in an academic or research library.
  3. Experience with outreach, student engagement, and instruction in an academic library.
  4. Experience in access services, information services, or collection development.
  5. Strong written and oral communication skills.

Minimum competencies

  1. Knowledge of library instruction and information literacy standards, goals, and strategies.
  2. Knowledge of participatory design or other evidence-based methodology used to support the improvement of the library user experience.
  3. Customer service focus and experience.
  4. Ability to promote library services and engage potential library users.
  5. Knowledge of various library search, discover, and fulfillment systems.
  6. Demonstrated collection management experience.
  7. Excellent oral/written English communication and presentation skills.

Preferred qualifications

  1. Advanced degree or substantial knowledge in the discipline of communication studies.
  2. Experience with instructional and educational technologies including learning management systems.
  3. International experience.
  4. Demonstrated analytical and project planning capabilities.

Preferred competencies

  1. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all types of users.
  2. Ability to coordinate and complete projects with minimal supervision in a team environment.
  3. Awareness of current concerns and developments in higher education, academic libraries and library technology.
  4. Excellent organizational skills; ability to work independently on multiple projects at a time.

Working conditions

The position is based in Doha, Qatar. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.


Apply

Applicants should submit their “paperwork” including cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to libpub-recruitment@qatar.northwestern.edu – and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

FYI: The Director of the Library is  Beth E. Clausen

 

 

Job: Secondary School Teacher Librarian

10/21/15 – Secondary School Teacher Librarian
Gulf English School, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: This is the time of year when the international school library positions begin to be posted for the following school year. As I said in an earlier post, it is always interesting when a school advertises a position outside of regular channels.  In this case, I advise carefully reading the reviews posted on International School Reviews and also be aware that while Doha is a modern, pleasant city in a stable country, 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.

FYI: the salary here is actually a little low for the region.  Be sure to ask about benefits if you decide to apply. Also, as they list ‘teacher librarian’ make sure to ask whether you will be teaching as well as that sometimes happens.

 

The Gulf English School is a private, fee-paying school accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO).

Founded in 1993, the school provides a caring educational environment for both Qatari and expatriate children, in small classes. The international staff ensures that all pupils, from Pre-School to IB-2, benefit from the curriculum, which is based on the National Curriculum of England and Wales and the International Baccalaureate. We require dynamic, motivated and internationally-minded teachers to join our team. Those seeking to share and improve their skills in a Middle Eastern environment are invited to submit a letter of application and a CV. Interviews will be held at the convenience of both parties.

Email hrhead@gulfenglishschool.com to apply for this job.

Job: Technical Services Librarian

9/14/15 –  Technical Services Librarian
Texas A&M, Doha, Qatar

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 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.

Texas A&M Qatar Campus Fact Sheet

Article about Texas A&M Qatar discussing coed education (2012)

Glassdoor Reviews

 

The Texas A&M University at Qatar Library seeks a service-oriented, enthusiastic, flexible, and innovative professional to serve as the Technical Services Librarian. The Technical Services Librarian is part of a team responsible for the libraries’ acquisitions, systems, cataloging, and collection management. These duties serve to advance research, teaching and learning at Texas A&M University at Qatar.  This is an academic appointment carrying full faculty status.

Position Description: The Technical Services Librarian actively participates in a wide range of acquisition, collection maintenance, and systems activities that directly supports faculty, staff, and students. This position focuses on the technical services through various stages of selection to end user access. The position includes a leadership component within the team at the level of assisting the library director with the budget and reporting, updating technical services policies and the day-to-day management of library systems and software. The primary responsibility of this position is to oversee and manage the technical aspects of the acquisitions, cataloging, and other library systems.

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s Degree (or international equivalent)
  • At least 2 years of professional library experience in an academic library
  • Familiarity with managing library systems
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving ability
  • Understanding of acquisition and cataloging processes
  • Demonstrate understanding of cataloging rules and guidelines
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Familiarity with budget management
  • Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience managing library systems and software
  • Experience with data analysis and statistical software applications
  • Experience with project planning
  • Familiarity with best practices that govern various acquisition and cataloging processes
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with colleagues of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, in a rapidly changing environment
  • Experience working in a library technical services or cataloguing department

The University
Texas A&M University at Qatar is a distance education campus for the main campus in College Station. It serves the faculty, staff, and students of the university, as well as, people in the community. TAMUQ is one of seven American universities participating in Education City in the State of Qatar. TAMUQ offers four Bachelor of Science degree programs in Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, and Petroleum engineering. Each program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Founded in 1876, Texas A&M University has an enrollment of over 50,000 students, making it the seventh largest university in the United States. Texas A&M’s designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding.

The Libraries: Texas A&M University Libraries is a member of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is the University’s principal research and information center, providing more than 5 million volumes, 5.7 million microforms, 91,580 print and electronic serial titles, 557,777 electronic books, and over 1000 databases. The University Libraries ranks 18th among ARL libraries in materials expenditures, with an acquisition budget of $13.5 million.  There is a total budgeted staff of 242, including 75 librarians with faculty status. Librarians work in a sophisticated online environment utilizing Voyager, EDS and a full range of automated information retrieval services.

Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include health and life insurance, several retirement plans. TAMUQ offers a competitive salary package including 12 month salary, overseas salary premium, housing, annual home leave allowances, dependent education, local transportation allowance, medical insurance, plus appropriate relocation and repatriation expenses.

Applications: Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Please submit application letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.  References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission.  Send nominations and applications via email to adam.cath@tamu.edu.

Job: Information Services Librarian: Law

8/18/15 –  Information Services Librarian: Law
Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  For comments and information about Qatar National Library and life in Doha please search ‘Qatar’ on the blog for earlier posts.

 

Qatar National Library has a new opening for an Information Services Librarian – Law position, if interested please send me your CV to Sandra Montesinos smontesinos@qf.org.qa

Job Purpose:

To deliver interdisciplinary research, reference, instructional services and public programs for Law, in both Arabic and English, as well as develop and manage the collection. To act as the primary Law Librarian for the Hamad bin Khalifa University Juris Doctor program in partnership with the Northwestern University School of Law.

 Key Result Areas:

  • Participate in the activities of the assigned Information Services team led by a Senior Information Services Librarian in order to effectively provide reference and reader’s advisory, collection management, literacy and learning opportunities in the assigned subject area
  • 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 resources in all formats through the application of standard library collection development methodologies in conjunction with the Collection Development policy and library procedures
  • Provide information literacy and learning opportunities through the development of innovative content and promotional activities for researchers, the education community (advanced education and K-12) and the general public
  • Develop print and virtual resources to support teaching and learning activities and for self-directed learning opportunities
  • Maintain regular interaction with faculty, researchers, 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
  • Assist on designated committees throughout the library
  • Participate in outreach programs to support research, education and community needs
  • Contribute to professional development initiatives by publishing, presenting and / or participating in professional organizations
  • Keep abreast of developments, trends and issues in all areas of responsibility
  • Other tasks as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent
  • Legal expertise gained through an internationally recognized Law degree (American Bar Association or equivalent) is required
  • 2 years of professional library experience preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, both oral and written English and Arabic (Native speakers of Arabic are required to have high IELTS or TOFEL scores)
  • Good interpersonal and people skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications

For more information about Qatar National Library or Qatar Foundation, please feel free to visit www.qnl.qa or www.qf.org.qa

 

Job: Director of the Library

4/25/15 –  Director of the Library
Georgetown University, Doha, Qatar

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 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.

 

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q) welcomes applications for the position of Director of the Library. SFS-Q’s library advances and supports the learning, teaching, and research goals of the university while also serving as a resource for the greater Qatar community.  The library offers a wide range of collections and services, both independently and in conjunction with libraries at the home campus in Washington DC.

The Director will lead and manage the development and operation of the Library, with responsibility for staff, collections, services, systems, and budgets to support the mission and goals of the SFS-Q campus and to provide academic resources and services to patrons from outside the University.  He/she will liaise with the Main Campus Library to ensure equivalent access to resources and services for students and faculty at the Qatar campus.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with SFS-Q departments, main campus libraries, and across institutional boundaries to ensure provision of resources and services that anticipate and meet the learning, teaching, and research goals of the university;
  • Manage human resources for the Library, including hiring, developing, mentoring, and evaluating staff and student assistants;
  • Oversee the implementation, development, operation, and use of the Library’s integrated software system and technical infrastructure;
  • Develop policies and procedures for all areas of library activity;
  • Oversee physical space and monitor budget expenditures;
  • Coordinate the development and provision of services to the community through access and training programs, consortium agreements and collaborative arrangements, with a specific focus on assisting in the development of the Qatar University Library and the region as a whole;
  • Collaborate with SFS-Q departments to implement the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education;
  • Lead and facilitate research projects where appropriate;
  • Represent SFS-Q in Qatar and the region.

Requirements:

  • MLS degree from an ALA accredited program or equivalent accreditation body; additional graduate degree is desirable.
  • 5+ years of academic library experience, including management in a senior library role.
  • Specific understanding and knowledge of all aspects of library administration and operation, including technical services, systems and software applications, information technologies, collections, information delivery and instructional programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of establishing and facilitating collaborative relationships and working with diverse cultures.
  • Must possess a record of professional participation and accomplishment.
  • Experience in manning research funding applications and research project management.
  • Experience of participation in senior management-level decision-making at institutions equivalent to SFS-Q.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be fully conversant with library systems and information technologies, and in particular with the III integrated library software system.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite.
  • Some experience in conference organization would be beneficial.
  • Arabic language proficiency would be an asset.

Job: Senior Information Services Librarian Children’s Services

3/31/15 –  Senior Information Services Librarian Children’s Services
Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments:  This is the 23rd position recently listed for Qatar National Library.  Please read my earlier post about Qatar National Library for more information.

 

Qatar National Library has a new opening for a Senior Information Services Librarian Children’s Services position, if interested please send me your CV to Sandra Montesinos smontesinos@qf.org.qa

Job Purpose:

As a Team Leader, this position will coordinate and facilitate the work of the Children’s Services team in creating, providing, and assessing services, collections, and programs that meet the developmental, sociological, and informational needs of children from ages 0 – 11, along with the needs of their parents, caregivers, and educators.  This position is responsible for ensuring all children’s collections meet user needs, as well as for collection management in this area. The position will provide literacy and learning opportunities through the development of innovative content, programs, and promotional activities for children, and educational support to parents, caregivers, and educators. Regularly scheduled evening and weekend work will be required.

 Key Result Areas:

  • Coordinate and facilitate the work of the Children’s Services team in order to create an integrated and developmentally appropriate approach to services, collections, and programs.
  • Plan, present, and evaluate early literacy story times, programs, activities, and workshops for children ages 0 – 5 and their parents, caregivers, and educators.
  • Assist children, parents, caregivers, and educators with their reference, informational, and reader’s advisory requests  through regular shifts in the Children’s Library.
  • Plan, present, and evaluate programs, activities, and opportunities for ages 6-11 that encourage reading, learning, and creativity to develop lifelong learners and innovators.
  • Develop and provide, and participate in outreach services to schools and other groups or organizations serving families and children.
  • As the team representative on the Internal Library Collections Committee, the position participates in collection goal setting, recommending budgets and policies and advocates Children’s Services collection needs and priorities.
  • 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 early literacy, reading, and teaching and learning activities.
  • Maintain regular interaction with children, parents, caregivers, and educators 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 for children, parents, caregivers, and educators.
  • Serve on designated committees throughout the library.
  • Contributes to the profession by publishing, presenting or participating in professional organizations.
  • Keep abreast of developments, trends and issues in all areas of responsibilities.
  • Familiarize, understand and implement QF health, safety, and environment policy, procedures, legal regulations and objectives applicable to areas of responsibility. Ensures coordination with HSE department in implementing, monitoring and reviewing of HSE performance to ensure work under his/her control is performed in a safe, healthy and environmentally sound manner.
  • This position includes, but is not limited to, other duties as required and defined by the scope, purpose, and spirit of the institution and are not always indicative of the title and grade of the position.

 Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in children’s or youth library services
  • Team leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail.
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in both oral and written English. Arabic language skills will be an asset.
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team.
  • Flexible and versatile in performing challenging and changing responsibilities.
  • Familiarity with Library / Web 2.0 technologies as a user.

For more information about Qatar National Library or Qatar Foundation, please feel free to visit www.qnl.qa or www.qf.org.qa