10/1/14 – Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian
SQCC (Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center), Washington, DC, USA
The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) seeks an experienced librarian to oversee the establishment of a new library at the center’s Washington, D.C. office.
Bachelor’s degree in library science; Master’s preferred
At least 5 years’ experience working in a library environment
Knowledge of library and information services, systems, procedures and current developments
Background in Cataloging and Acquisitions
Familiarity with open source catalog software
Well-developed communication and information technology skills
Ability to develop electronic library information tools and services for information delivery
Collaborate with task force and groups of diverse national and international members to forge information-sharing partnerships, enhance digital collections, and further database or other digital development initiatives
Strong problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently under strict deadlines
Knowledge of Arabic preferred
Interested applicants must submit the following materials to email@example.com – resume and cover letter
Sarah P’s comments: This position is in the US but is a chance to become involved with Oman and Omanis. Having lived in Oman, my opinion is it is the ‘best of the Middle East’ and I would jump at a chance to work at an institution dedicated to ‘educating the peoples of the United States and Oman about the breadth and richness of our two cultures’ even if it means living in DC for awhile.
Here is an excerpt from my book: Oman is a stark but beautiful, mountainous country which borders the Indian Ocean and Omanis, having traded with India and ruled Zanzibar, are more outward thinking than some of the desert tribes. They also value learning. Opportunities here, however, are rare due to the fact that the University has its own library program. Unfortunately, it is an undergraduate program and not recognized outside of its borders so Omani librarians are generally only employable in Oman.