Qatar, Doha

Qatar National Library seeks an innovative and experienced leader to provide strategic direction for the Qatar Digital Library, digital collections and licensing, digital scholarship, and copyright and open access services.

Working as part of the senior management team, the post will contribute to positioning the Library at the forefront of digital cultural heritage developments in the region and globally.

The Director of Digital Content & Engagement will have in-depth knowledge of the international digital library landscape and a track record of contributing to international best-practice or policy in the field of digital cultural heritage or scholarship. Possessing a start-up mindset, the post holder will scale-up digital services and projects, form and maintain effective external partnerships, and develop a clear vision for the role of the Library in preserving and providing access to the scientific and cultural heritage of Qatar and the region.

To apply for this position please submit your CV, cover letter and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers and email addresses, stating how you meet the requirements for this role to: QNL Executive Director Office at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The position remains open until filled. CVs will be reveiwed from July 4, 2019.


The successful candidate should have master’s degree from an accredited library program or equivalent a minimum of 8 years of progressive management experience in the library or digital cultural heritage sector; demonstrable expertise across the areas of digital libraries, open access, repository systems, licensing and negotiation; experience of managing staff and developing their skills and competencies; experience of administering large budgets; evidence of contribution to national and international developments in digital libraries, experience in planning and coordinating international projects; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to advocate for the library to a variety of constituents; ability to communicate with technical and non-technical individuals and demonstrable knowledge and expertise in copyright, digital preservation, and open access policy.

About Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, QNL fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, QNL provides equal access for all Qatari residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all its functions, QNL provides leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector. 

QNL also supports Qatar’s transition from a reliance on natural resources to become a diversified and sustainable economy by providing support to students, researchers, and the public to promote life-long learning and empower individuals and communities for a better future. 

In addition to full-text online resources, QNL currently has around one million books in its collections, more than 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections. The renowned Heritage Library was integrated with the library in the summer of 2011. Our qualified librarians are experts in teaching, research skills, literacy, programs, and knowledge management. Combining all these skills together with QNL’s strong service ethic, the Library offers many activities and opportunities for the local community to do, learn, and discover. 

The QNL project was announced on 19 November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.


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