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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
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.

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Jobs: Qatar National Library

3/9/15 –  Qatar National Library Job Fair
Positions: Doha, Qatar
Hiring Fair: Zurich, Switzerland
Sarah P’s comments:  I have never before seen a hiring fair for only one institution so this is an interesting development.  There are a total of five positions listed, all of them needing a level of specialized experience.  If you have the credentials and anything close to the experience requested, I would seriously considering attending.  Yes, it is an expense but for someone trying to expand into an international career, a chance to meet people and interview face-to-face is invaluable.  And, come on, it’s springtime in Zurich…
As for working in Qatar, my comments from earlier posts are that it is a relatively safe and progressive Middle Eastern country.  Negatives are that the cost of living is rising, you must go outside the city for any true cultural experiences, and that lately, the country has tended toward becoming more conservative meaning fewer liquor licenses and more segregation of men and women, etc.  Yes, Qatar is modern but you still need to be willing to accept and respect the religious and social customs of a Muslim country.
3/17 update-  I have received some private comments noting that:

  • salaries are typically lower than average
  • high job turnover (might be related to salary issue)
  • make sure to apply directly to QNL rather than through a headhunter
  • be aware of  ‘Qatarization‘, a policy whereby all jobs are supposed to re eventually filled by nationals

4/4/15 update – there was some question about whether this fair would actually take place however an update has just been posted on IFLAJobs stating that the dates have been altered to: 5-6 May 2015.
Qatar National Library Job Fair   4-6 May 2015, 10:00-4:00 pm      Zurich Marriott Hotel

Qatar National Library is recruiting for the following job opportunities:

Information Services Librarian Senior Writing Specialist Access Officer
Copyrights and Licensing Librarian Senior Program Education Specialist Head of Digitization
Senior Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Head of Community Learning and Engagement Digitization Support Technician
Cataloging Librarian Head of Collections Unix System Engineer
Cataloging Officer Acquisitions Officer Digital Preservation Specialist

Click for full list of opportunities and job descriptions.
A unique library with breadth in its functions, bridging with knowledge Qatar’s Heritage and Future
Qatar National Library (QNL) is supporting Qatar on its journey from a carbon-based economy to a knowledge-based economy by providing free information resources to students, researchers and the entire community in Qatar. Resources include a vast collection of exceptional online databases including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.
QNL is one of the biggest knowledge hubs under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF). Qatar Nation Library is a non-profit organization that carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age.
When finished, QNL’s state-of-the-art landmark building will be a major physical center for the people in Qatar who share a thirst for knowledge. QNL’s architectural building design symbolizes the library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future. The library will provide, when it opens its doors, 1.2 million books, 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.
Qatar National Library plays a key role in supporting Open Access in Qatar and the world, through various information services, including the recent launch of Qatar Digital Library Portal ( which presents over half a million pages of precious historical archives and manuscript material.
Qatar National Library (QNL) is pleased to invite you to participate in its Librarian Job Fair to be held from 4 to 6 May 2015 in Zurich. The purpose of this Job Fair is to promote Qatar National Library current job opportunities and meet with interested applicants. Potential employees will have the opportunity to learn more about QNL and its current vacancies and attend a face-to-face interview directly with the management team.
To register for the Job Fair:
Send your CV to mentioning “Zurich Job Fair” in the subject of the email. Upon registration, job seekers will be contacted to schedule a date/time for their interview.
We look forward to seeing you in Zurich!
Learn more about Qatar Digital Library online at and
Twitter: @QNLib

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News: The Second ISS Hiring iFair

3/6/15 –  ISS (International School Services) Hosts Second Virtual Hiring Fair
Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone interested in the international school librarian market ISS is hosting another hiring fair, this one after the height of the hiring season has concluded.  This is an opportunity to gain a break-in position for those without the ‘A list’ attributes, namely international experience, school media certification on top of an MLIS (but you should be able to show you are working to obtain it), and/or being single or part of a teaching team.  ISS held the first fair of this kind last November before the season started and claims to ‘have created over 2,300 connections between schools and candidates’ whatever that means!  You must be a registered ISS candidate to attend so if you are interested you need to contact ISS very soon because establishing a file can take time due to credentials and recommendations needing to be verified. And please join ISR, International Schools Review, to read reviews of any schools you might be interested in.

ISS iFair 2015
April 23, 2015 – April 23, 2015

Join ISS at a virtual interview sign-up session!

ISS is pleased to present a virtual interview sign-up event. Log on, connect with recruiting schools and set up interviews to take your career to the next level. We’ve combined interview sign-up with exciting new technology platforms to bring interviewing directly to your phone or laptop.
International Schools Services is proud to be the first to offer this type of event for schools and candidates worldwide! It’s the best part of an IRC from the comfort of your home/office. Connect with schools early in the season and set up interviews. No taking time away from school – just you, your laptop (phone or tablet) and ISS recruiting schools connecting online. Everyone will be online at the same time, so you can instantly schedule your interviews.
With the use of technology, finding a position has never been easier or more convenient.
Schools will create a virtual booth, which candidates will enter when the event is live. Each school can customize its booth with information such as: logo and website; information about the school and country; salary and benefits packages; and open positions. Recruiters will be online and waiting to talk to candidates. Candidates can enter as many booths as they like, queue and communicate with recruiters.
All communication will be done via instant messaging so that attending this event is truly hassle-free; there’s no pressure to check the lighting of your webcam or background noise. After this initial meeting, follow-up Skype interviews can be arranged.

Schools Attending

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