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Job: Head Librarian, Media Museum, Qatar

The Head Librarian, International Media Museum (IMM), is responsible for providing library and research services for the organization and maintenance of the photographic research library and its collections and establishing a public reference library.



The Head Librarian reports directly to the Museum Director and provides librarian and research services. Providing adequate services will ensure that materials are current and accessible, and available to library users when required.



1. Manage the planning, administrative and budgetary functions of library and information services


Main Activities

  • Establish and implement library and information policies and procedures
  • Develop and manage convenient, accessible library and information services
  • Establish and manage the budget for library and information services, technology and media
  • Develop and manage cost-effective library and information services, technology and media
  • Order materials and maintain records for payment of invoices
  • Analyze and evaluate library and information services, technology and media service requirements
  • Prepare reports related to library and information services, technology and media services, resources and activities


2. Provide effective access to library collections and resources


Main Activities

  • Develop and maintain collections management policies and procedures
  • Perform original cataloguing and classification of print, audio-visual and electronic resources
  • Develop and maintain special indexing systems and files for special collections



3. Maintain the organization of library materials


Main Activities

  • Ensure an accurate inventory of resources
  • Ensure efficient retrieval by users
  • Search external database programs for the availability of cataloguing copy
  • Maintain inventories, compile statistics and generate reports as required
  • Develop and maintain cataloguing procedures
  • Distribute materials for cataloguing
  • Determine the type of cataloguing required
  • Enter cataloguing data into the library's automated system
  • Process resources for placement on shelf
  • File cards in shelf list
  • Complete cataloguing records where only partial copy is available
  • Index materials for the pamphlet collection


4. Provide library services in response to the information needs of library users


Main Activities

  • Respond to daily on-site requests for information
  • Train library users to effectively search the Library catalogue, Internet and other electronic resources
  • Provide an interlibrary loan service for both book and audiovisual materials and maintain records
  • Maintain records for the interlibrary loan service
  • Maintain circulation files, records and statistics


5. Perform other related duties





Must have proficient knowledge in the following areas: 

  • library policies, procedures, methods, ethics and professional standards
  • library programming standards
  • research and information gathering systems and methods
  • a variety of information database systems
  • conducting Internet searches
  • organization and structure of the library
  • other information and library resources
  • computerized information database systems
  • library systems for cataloguing,
  • acquisitions and searching, on-line bibliographic utilities
  • capabilities and information resources of the Internet and other electronic databases



Must demonstrate the following skills:


  • ability to manage a library and its collection
  • team building skills
  • research skills
  • organizational skills
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • decision making skills
  • effective verbal, presentation and listening skills
  • effective written communications skills
  • computer skills including the ability to
  • operate computerized library, spreadsheet,
  • word-processing, spreadsheets, email,
  • development programs at a highly proficient level
  • computer skills including the ability to
  • operate email and conduct Internet research
  • stress management skills
  • time management skills
  • familiarity with Symphony systems 


Personal Attributes

Must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Librarian.

Must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:


  • be honest and trustworthy
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate sound work ethics



Physical Demands


Environmental Conditions

The Head Librarian is usually the first point of contact for library users.

The head Librarian will spend a considerable amount of time in the library where there are constant interruptions and distractions.


Sensory Demands

Must be especially adept at listening to and understanding

  • others from a variety of cultural backgrounds.


Mental Demands

Accuracy and attention to detail are essential when

classifying and organizing resources to ensure accessibility to library users.


Job is for a full-time position based in Qatar. 

Salary is competitive and accommodation is provided. 

Interested candidates should send CV to Dr. Marcia De Franceschi Neto 

Consideration of candidates close on the 14 September





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