Professional Librarian Positions: To work in a professional librarian position, usually you will need to have earned post-graduate level qualifications such as those from the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and the EU member states. This means a Masters of Library and Information Science or equivalent degree accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) or the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) from the UK. Typically, librarians work in positions that require advanced knowledge of library and information science. Examples of positions include Reference Services, Outreach Librarians, Cataloging Librarians, Bibliographers, Archivists, and Heads of Departments.
Technician Positions: There are several types of qualifications that are generally required for technical positions, depending on the type of position. For example, a Bachelor's degree in a subject discipline such as Computer Science may be required for computer related positions. A Library Technician's diploma may be required for positions such as an Interlibrary Loan Technician or Cataloging Technician. Other qualifications such as a university degree plus library experience will also be considered. Depending upon the position, extensive library experience may allow candidates to supervise functional units.
Assistant Positions: These positions usually require a high school diploma. Examples of these types include Circulation Desk Assistants and Cataloging/Processing Assistants.
Other types of positions: There are other types of positions that will be available in the National Library. The qualifications required will be determined by the type of position.
Language Requirements: The language of the Qatar Foundation is English. Candidates will need to be able to communicate in English verbally and in writing at a professional level. Candidates who are fluent in Arabic or other languages are strongly encouraged to apply. A number of positions will require both English and Arabic language skill proficiency.
Qatari Applicants: If you are a Qatari national and interested in a career with the National Library, we would like to talk to you. There may be ways we can support your ambitions and career goals through the Qatar National Development Program.
When applying for positions within the National Library, please make sure your resume clearly identifies your qualifications.
Qatar National Library (QNL) recently hosted the International Federation of Library Associations’ (IFLA) International Advocacy Program (IAP) regional workshop for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).
Dr. Sohair Wastawy, the Executive Director, Qatar National Library of Qatar Foundation delivered the KAUST Library Outreach Lecture 2017 on 26th January 2017 at KAUST conference center on “Global Trends in Science and Technology Research Libraries”.