Randa Chidiac

Randa Al-Chidiac




Extensive experience to perform professional, managerial, and administrative work of a highly responsible nature in directing and coordinating the activities and facilities of the library program.; user oriented, well-traveled, diverse cultures, stable, organized, bilingual, and self-motivated.


Professional Experience

October 2012 – Present:

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (Université Saint-Esprit De Kaslik USEK)


Executive Director/   University Library

Supervising general and day-to-day operation of the Library and its Centers;

Establishing and administer library policies and procedures

Monitoring changing needs of the community and promoting library services;

Preparing long-range strategic plan of library development and yearly updates;

Preparing, presenting and interpreting statistical, financial and other reports to proper


Preparing library budget for presentation to proper officials and monitoring library


Coordinating library resources with other educationally and recreationally oriented

programs and services available;

Ensuring that library services are appropriately and effectively provided, in

accordance with the mission statement and the goals of the University;

Managing the library facility through ensuring effective maintenance, security and use

of the building;

Ensuring the effective use of library employees through effective hiring, assignment

of duties, discipline and dismissal;

Maintaining appropriate staff records, establishing work schedules and conducting

regular performance appraisals;

Planning and executing staffing requirements including selection, orientation,

training, development and scheduling.

Applying for and administering grants to supplement and extend the library’s


Maintaining contact and overseeing relationships with national, regional and

international institutions and establishments;

Planning, maintain and conducting an effective public relations program, Library’s

ambassador to the community and to expand the Library’s network.


Feb. 2000 – September 2012: University of Balamand (UOB)

Electronic Resources Librarian/ UOB Libraries

Drafting a strategic plan for the Library in relation to electronic resources

Selecting, evaluating, implementing, administering, marketing, and assessing

networked electronic resources and services for users of the University Libraries

Drafting budgetary proposals in relation to networked electronic resources

Compiling monthly and annual usage reports of networked electronic resources

Developing, with the assistance of the Information Technology Center, a ILL-DDS 
software to be implemented by LIDS members
Supervisor of the Inter-Library Loan and Document Delivery Office

Assisting in preparation of budget projections and financial reports

Holding regular meetings with Deans and faculty members to better understand the

different needs of the UOB community and provide adequate services

Initiating growth and change in library services by constantly examining and pursuing 
current changes, particularly as related to electronic information
Adding new services such as Inter-Library Loan and Document Delivery and Remote 
Coordinating and collaborating with the UOB Information Technology Center as to 
latest additions and modifications of the University network, hardware and software
Developing and designing documentation and user guides for the Library
Developing and maintaining the Library’s website (Library webmaster)
Providing training sessions for library staff, university faculty, and students
Maintaining a high standard of public relations in all community liaison and with 
vendors, distributors and other academic libraries
Acting as coordinator between University Library branches
Acting as consultant of the Safadi Foundation as part of the UOB agreement with 
mentioned foundation
Acting as liaison between University Library and the Yale University Library on the 
OACIS Project
Representing the University Library in the Library Committee of the St. George 
Hospital (Achrafieh, Lebanon)
UOB representative on the Lebanese Academic Library Consortium and Lebanese 
ILL-DDS Consoritum.
Selected as a member of Faculty of Health Sciences Library Committee
Selected as a member of Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences Library 


Feb. 2000 – Present: University of Balamand (UOB)

Lecturer / Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Instructing Freshman and Sophomore students from various faculties in the LISP 200

(Library Use and Research) course, which is aimed at providing them with advanced

research strategy skills

Acting as a member of the Steering Committee in the establishment of the Faculty of

Library and Information Science

Acting a member on the Committee that drafted the curriculum of the BA and MA

degrees in Library and Information Studies


Oct. 1997 - Aug. 1999: University of Balamand (UOB)

Assistant Director /  Office of Development and Public Relations

Acted as Director the first year with absence of the Director, who was located in the

United States of America

Held regular meetings and worked closely with the University President and Vice-

President to plan for future programs and increase University public exposure

Organized University gala events such as the UOB 10th Anniversary Dinner

Organized academic and cultural events in coordination with Faculties and Offices on


Assisted in the publication, editing and design of UOB brochures, pamphlets and the


Charged with maintaining and strengthening contacts with the media and expanded

the University’s mailing database

Developed new programs and activities for current students and recruiting tactics in

conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs

Trained students in administrative duties and as members of an Ushering and

Welcoming Committee


Education and Qualifications

MScEcon Information and Library Studies (1997), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

B.A. English Literature and Teaching Diploma (1994), University of Balamand, Koura, Lebanon



Presented a paper at the IFLA – Managing Library Association Section Congress

(The Future of Information and Library Associations) in The Hague, Amsterdam

(August 2012) on the Lebanese Library Association Experience and the BSLA.

Acted as Workshop Trainer at the Special Library Association – Gulf Chapter

(Manama, Bahrain) on Advanced Licensing and Consortia with Ann Okerson (March


Presented a paper at the IFLA – Building Strong Library Associations mini congress

in Berlin, Germany (February 23-26, 2012) on the challenges and achievements of

the Lebanese Library Association.

Attended the Middle East Medical Assembly workshop (American University of

Beirut, Beirut) on Medical Information Retrieval Skills (EBM) (May 2011).

Attended the general conference of International Federation of Library Associations

and Institutions (IFLA) in Milan, Italy on “Libraries create futures: Building on cultural

heritage” (August 23-27, 2009).

Participated in the organization of a Lebanese Library Association & International

Federation of Library Associations - Asia & Oceania Section Seminar (Beirut,

Lebanon) on “Strategic, Methodological and Practical Issues for Digital Library

Development in the Arab States: A Regional Seminar” (2009)

Acted as Facilitator with Ms. Ann Okerson at a pre-conference workshop organized

by the Special Libraries Association – Arabian Gulf Chapter entitled Negotiating

Licenses for Databases and Digital Resources (April 12-14, 2008)

Attended the general conference of International Federation of Library Associations

and Institutions (IFLA) in Durban, South Africa on “Libraries for the future: Progress,

Development and Partnerships” (August 19-23, 2007).

Acted as Assistant Instructor at a workshop organized by Yale University (Amman,

Jordan) entitled: The Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library (AMEEL)

Interlibrary Loan (March 5-7, 2007)

Presented a paper at the eIFL.net workshop (Beirut, Lebanon) entitled: The

Challenging & Daring Experiment: Lebanese Academic Library Consortium (LALC)

(March 2-3, 2006)

Completed a one-month internship at Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) in

the OACIS project: carrying out a survey of the periodical collection and networking

capabilities of libraries in the Near East and other duties (July 2005)

Participated in the World Customer Education Program, Information Handling

Services Group (Denver, Colorado) and was granted a certificate (September 26-30,


Acted as Teacher Trainer with Librairie du Liban: training teachers of English in

public schools in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan) in preparing interactive

lessons in the four skills (July 2003).

Participated in a regional conference (Beirut, Lebanon) on “Information Management

in the Digital Age” organized by the Lebanese Library Association and AFLI (Arab