Finding a job

Finding a job as a library professional in Nepal involves a combination of networking, searching through appropriate channels, and preparing well for job applications. Here are some steps and resources to help you in your job search:

1. Identify Job Opportunities

  • Educational Institutions:
    • Universities and colleges often have libraries and may advertise job openings for library professionals. Check the career services or HR departments of institutions like Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, and other higher education institutions.
  • Public and Private Libraries:
    • Major public libraries (e.g., the National Library of Nepal) and private libraries (e.g., corporate or institutional libraries) may have job openings. Look for announcements on their official websites or contact them directly.
  • Government Jobs:
    • Government libraries, including those in ministries and public offices, may post job openings on government employment portals. The Public Service Commission (Lok Sewa Aayog) is a key resource for government job announcements.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs):
    • NGOs involved in educational and literacy projects may have library-related positions. Check their websites or contact them for potential opportunities.

2. Online Job Portals

  • Local Job Portals:
  • Professional Networks:
    • Platforms like LinkedIn can be useful for networking and finding job opportunities. Join groups related to library science and information management.

3. Professional Associations

  • Nepal Library Association (NLA):
    • NLA is a key resource for library professionals in Nepal. They may provide job listings, networking opportunities, and professional development resources. Visit their website or contact them for information on job openings.
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Library:
    • Check if SAARC Library offers any job opportunities or internships. They may also provide information on library-related positions in the region.

4. Networking

  • Attend Workshops and Conferences:
    • Participate in library science conferences, workshops, and seminars to meet professionals and learn about job openings.
  • Join Library Groups:
    • Engage with local library groups and forums to connect with other professionals and hear about job opportunities.

5. Prepare Your Application

  • Resume and Cover Letter:
    • Tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight relevant experience, skills, and qualifications specific to the library position you are applying for.
  • Interview Preparation:
    • Be prepared for interviews by understanding the specific requirements of the role, the library’s mission, and relevant current trends in library science.

6. Direct Applications

  • Contact Libraries Directly:
    • Reach out to libraries of interest, even if they do not have current job postings. Sometimes, opportunities arise unexpectedly, and expressing your interest can be beneficial.

7. Government Employment Agencies

  • Public Service Commission (Lok Sewa Aayog):
    • Regularly check the commission’s announcements for government library positions. They provide a structured application process for government jobs.

By leveraging these resources and strategies, you can effectively search for and secure a position as a library professional in Nepal.