Call for Applications: Bibliothekar/in zur Katalogisierung am OI Beirut

Bewerbungsschluss: 31.12.2016logo alone

The Orient-Institut Beirut (part of the German Max Weber Foundation) is currently seeking a part-time (30 hours/week) Cataloguing Librarian to work under the direction of the Head Librarian.

The position is for local recruitment only, starting 1st February 2017 initially for one year. The contract is renewable, potentially as full-time position. Salary according to the Payment Scheme of the German Embassy Beirut.

Job description:

  • Perform advanced original and copy cataloguing of all library material in Arabic and European languages (in the library system PICA and according to RDA and the German rules for transliteration)
  • Correct catalogue entries and carry out retro-cataloguing projects and revision works
  • Assist with administrative tasks associated with cataloguing as required
  • Consult with colleagues on improving cataloguing process
  • Attend continuing education classes
  • Assist with user service as required


  • Graduation with a Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent
  • At least 2 years of demonstrated experience as professional cataloguer
  • Excellent knowledge of computerized cataloguing
  • Good knowledge of standard cataloguing rules (such as RDA, AACR2 or RAK-WB) and digital formats (such as Pica or Marc21)
  • Good knowledge of rules for the transliteration of classical Arabic
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Arabic and English
  • Ability to organize workflow according to highest priority
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to demonstrate a positive attitude towards co-workers
  • Flexibility in work schedule to map to business requirements
  • Preferably: Working knowledge of German and German cataloguing rules

Applications must be submitted by 31st December 2016 via email containing CV, a cover letter that addresses all required qualifications and letters of recommendation as pdf attachments to:

Orient-Institut Beirut
Prof. Dr. Stefan Leder
Rue Hussein Beyhoum 44
Zokak El Blat P.O.B. 11-2988
Beirut / Libanon

E-mail: dir(at)

Max Weber Stiftung

The Max Weber Foundation promotes global research, concentrated around the areas of social sciences, cultural studies and the humanities. Research is conducted at ten institutes in various countries across the globe with distinctive and independent focal points. Through its globally operating institutes, the Foundation is able to contribute to the communication and networking between Germany and the host countries or regions of its establishments. By promoting scientific dialogue and merging academic as well as non-academic employees from several countries with different cultural backgrounds, the Max Weber Foundation is able to strengthen the Internationalization of research in its three fields of dedication.

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