Job Posting: Collection Management Librarian (Technical Services), Museum of Islamic Art (Doha, Qatar)


The Collection Management Librarian has primary responsibility for identifying, locating, ordering, evaluating new materials to add to the library collections and for maintaining quality control for  existing library materials by correcting data inaccuracies in the library’s bibliographic records and holdings, de-accessioning volumes, revising the item location information.  Will perform pre-acquisition assessment of libraries offered for sale to determine level of redundancy or appropriateness of acquisition and make recommendation to library managers. In addition, will contribute to planning and execution of other projects related to the library collections, such as the special collections or rare books.  Works with other technical services staff to insure smooth processing of new and existing materials into the library collection, and will cross-train and act as backup to other positions.  Will learn and be prepared to perform other Technical Services functions when needed. Staffs the Research Desk on an interim basis as necessary.  Bilingual Arabic and English preferred.

This post is full-time, based in Doha, and provide a competitive salary and benefits package, including accommodation.

About the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar:
The Museum of Islamic Art ( opened to great acclaim in December 2008. The spectacular building by I. M. Pei houses one of the world’s most distinguished and important collections of Islamic art ranging from Spain to Central Asia and India, dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries, and encompassing arts of all kinds.

The MIA Library:
The library ( of the Museum of Islamic Art is a major facility with the Museum’s Education Centre, serving both the public and staff.   It has an important and growing collection of books, including historic material and special collections, with a dedicated special-collections reading-room as well as general-reader facilities including AV cubicles and carrels.  The library is non-lending, but caters to drop-in readers of all kinds and levels, from advanced scholars to school-children.  Readers come from a wide range of different backgrounds and countries.  Cataloguing and other information services are provided in English and Arabic.  The library catalogue is available online (

The Library’s subject area is focused on the history of Islamic art; with supplementary material in the history of Islamic culture, in non-Islamic arts and in general reference works.  All European and Middle Eastern languages are covered.  Online and electronic resources in the arts are offered in the library, and other resources are available through the Qatar National Library for all residents of Qatar. There is a significant annual budget for collections acquisition and development of services.

Application Information:
This post is full-time, based in Doha, and provide a competitive salary and benefits package, including accommodation. Application should include a letter of interest, detailed CV and three references in English sent to Carole Thompson, Chief Librarian ( Initial interviews will occur by phone or Skype. Position is available until filled.