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Positions must be related to the field of Middle East Librarianship and will be posted for a maximum length of six months.

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Middle East Studies Librarian / University of Pennsylvania (posted January 24, 2017)

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Duties

The Middle East Studies Librarian serves as chief bibliographer for the selection and acquisition of library materials from and about the Middle East, in a wide range of subjects and topics and primarily in Arabic, Persian and Turkish. Supervises the processing of such materials upon receipt, including complex description and cataloging according to national standards and technologies; provides specialized reference services, instruction and consultations with scholars from both the Penn community and elsewhere; and maintains a seminar room with its own collection and teaching/lecture facilities.

Qualifications

A Master’s Degree or more and 3 years to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

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Order and Receipts Specialist for Middle Eastern Language Materials / Duke University (posted January 22, 2017)

Performs bibliographic searching, ordering, receiving, invoicing, copy cataloging, and cataloging preparation and support for library materials in various formats and languages, with special concentration on Middle Eastern Languages, including Arabic, Turkish, and/or Hebrew language materials. Exercises considerable autonomy in performance of daily activities, with minimal supervision. Reports to the Team Lead, Non-Roman Languages within the Monograph Acquisitions Department.

Responsibilities

  1. Searching and Ordering:
  • Performs complex pre-order searching in Arabic language and transliteration to obtain and verify bibliographic and order information, determine availability and price, and prevent duplicate orders
  • Executes ordering processes for print monographs, electronic monographs and new standing order sets: communicates with Arabic language vendors to place orders; resolves order, supply, and payment issues; uses Duke procurement card to place orders, as necessary, according to established procedures
  • Creates bibliographic and order records in the integrated library system in Arabic language and transliteration to support discovery and preclude duplication; releases purchase orders and encumbers funds in appropriate foreign currency; troubleshoots errors, corrects transliteration and character set problems
  • Loads vendor-supplied (Leila) bibliographic and order records into the integrated library system whenever invoices are supplied. Reviews LC CAP bibliographic records for completeness and creates holdings, items, and bar code records using MARC Edit.
  1. Receiving and Check-in:
  • Manages receipt of shipments of Arabic language materials: oversees students’ verification of material against invoice/packing slip; performs complex research and problem-solving to resolve conflicts between shipment, invoice, and/or local records (e.g., incorrect title received, title change, missing materials)
  • Supervises and reviews students’ arrival of material and creation of invoice in local system for accuracy and completeness of invoice information (i.e., vendor address, amount charged, and fund code); ensures timely invoice creation and material arrival in case of student assistant absence; routes print copy of invoice to Acquisitions Accounting Services
  • Verifies Duke procurement card transactions and reconciles monthly statement; monitors monograph budgets in area of responsibility to ensure funds do not exceed appropriations
  1. Cataloging Support:
  • Collaborates with Team Lead for Non-Roman Languages to monitor and regulate workflow of Middle-Eastern language material
  • Copy catalogs Arabic language materials: searches OCLC and other online bibliographic databases in native language characters and transliteration; exports records to ILS
  • Assists monograph and serials catalogers in providing additional bibliographic access to Arabic language materials by consulting on bibliographic data, and by correcting transcription, transliteration, and typographical errors
  1. Claiming and Cancellations:
  • Manages orders in process: issues claims for materials not received by expected arrival date; ensures claim reports and vendor responses are processed in a timely manner; communicates persistent non-receipt problems to section head
  • Cancels unfilled orders based on established policies and procedures; reorders cancelled titles as appropriate, and records updates in order and encumbrance in local system
  1. Communication and Collaboration:
  • Supervises, trains, and revises the work of student assistants; assists in training new staff
  • Serves as a resource to colleagues in Collection Development, Cataloging and Acquisitions Departments for matters relating to the acquisition of Arabic language materials
  • Works in close collaboration with the Librarians for Arabic language to ensure timely acquisition and cataloging of materials
  • Works cooperatively with colleagues in Order Management and within the Acquisitions Department to achieve unit, department and division goals
  • Provides appropriate information to Acquisitions Accounting for setting up new vendors in Aleph and R3 accounting system
  1. Other Related Duties:
  • Collects and reports statistics each month; compiles counts of orders in process and other required statistics or budget and order data on demand
  • Attends and participates in required meetings, workshops, planning sessions and development opportunities
  • Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Qualifications

It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.

Education:

Required:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Preferred: BA/BS

Experience:

Required:  Fluent knowledge of relevant Middle Eastern language, including Arabic or Turkish; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team; demonstrated proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies; ability to effectively organize and prioritize daily work; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services; experience that demonstrates the conceptual, analytical and creative problem-solving skills required to acquire and provide access to library resources; skills in time management and multitasking; demonstrated ability to analyze and organize detailed tasks; and attention to detail and accuracy in performance of work.

Preferred:  Working knowledge of at least one other Middle Eastern language, including Arabic, Turkish or Hebrew; two years of library experience to obtain a specialized knowledge of library systems and procedures; experience with at least one bibliographic utility (OCLC) and experience with a local library system (Aleph); prior experience working in an academic research library.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift library materials;
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

$17.69 per hour (minimum). Comprehensive benefits package upon eligibility includes vacation, 13 holidays, sick leave, health, dental, disability, life insurance, educational assistance, and tuition grants.

Environment

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke’s library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Application

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of references should be submitted at: https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply.  Refer to requisition # 401216919.

Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian / Ohio State University (posted January 15, 2017)

The Ohio State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian to join a responsive and high impact area studies program which strongly supports research and teaching at the University. The Middle East Studies collection is relevant and distinctive, reflecting the prominence of the University’s Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  The Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian is a critical partner for these dynamic programs and leads the Libraries’ engagement and collection building in these areas to advance discovery and learning in a globalized, information-rich environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Actively engages and communicates effectively with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, developing strong working relationships with and serving as liaison to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, the Middle East Studies Center, and to a variety of other programs with interest in the languages and culture of these
  • Provides proactive research support and innovative instruction in collaboration with the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning, Research Services and Publishing and Repository Services departments.
  • Analyzes trends in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Culture and the Middle Eastern Studies Center teaching and research programs to stay abreast of scholarship in the disciplines themselves, and use this knowledge to respond to departmental
  • Be knowledgeable about and be able speak to a range of library issues, including scholarly communication, copyright issues, digital initiatives, the development of new online tools, and the integration of information literacy skills into the
  • Builds and manages a distinctive, interdisciplinary, responsive research collection in a wide range of languages including primarily Arabic, but also Turkish, Persian and English in support of distinguished academic and teaching
  • Collaborates and builds partnerships with other subject, area studies and special collections librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions and create shared practices to integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic
  • Broadens access to unique and important collections through digital project initiatives and actively acquiring and promoting both licensed and freely available digital resources of value to researchers.
  • Actively develops regional, national and international collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries, representing OSU in forums such as the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA).
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces and
  • Contributes to developments in the field of area studies librarianship through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate

Required qualifications:

  • Accredited MLS or PhD in relevant subject area.
  • Solid command of the history and major trends in research and scholarly publishing in Middle East Studies and the history of the Middle East since the rise of Islam, including digital scholarship and dissemination
  • Strong reading and writing proficiency in Arabic and language skills in one or more relevant languages, including, Persian and Turkish
  • Proficient reading, writing, and oral communication skills in English

Desired qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment
  • Strong speaking proficiency in Arabic
  • Evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative instruction and research support services
  • Experience in using bibliographic utilities and databases to search non-Roman scripts
  • Ability to identify and work with materials in other languages relevant to Middle East Studies, such as Ottoman Turkish, Uzbek and other Turkic languages, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto, or Somali.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by February 12, 2017. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Erica Jonak at jonak.3@osu.edu. Please include Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian in the subject field.

Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian / Emory University (posted January 11, 2017)

The Emory Libraries seek an energetic, user-oriented, and collaborative professional to serve as Middle East and Islamic Studies Subject Librarian. Focused primarily on the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, the librarian will provide a full range of subject specific library services in collection development, cataloging, research consultation, and instruction.

Emory’s teaching and research in the Middle East occur mainly in the fields of language studies, Islamic studies, history, and literature. The Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian at Emory has responsibility for acquiring and cataloging materials from or about Islamic studies and the history and cultures of the Middle Eastern and North African countries. The successful candidate will have a passion for the teaching and research missions of the University, and understand the Libraries’ role in advancing those missions. This position offers opportunity for strategic and interdisciplinary approaches to the selection, teaching, discovery, and delivery of digital and print information resources.

Position Duties

Reporting to the Area Studies Team Leader, the subject librarian for Middle East and Islamic Studies provides the full range of subject specific library services to the academic department, including collection management, consultation, instruction, cataloging and assessment. The subject librarian serves 22 faculty, 10 graduate students, and 12 undergraduate majors and 2 minors. The subject librarian maintains and expands research-level collections, acts as an expert guide, provides research help at the time of need, and contributes to the programmatic and collaborative work of the Services Division and the library in general.

Specific duties include:

Engagement

  • Serves on the Area Studies Team as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in the assigned subject areas. May include other areas within the Area Studies Team, if needed.
  • Plans and delivers point-of-need instruction services; teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline.
  • Collaborates with faculty to achieve information literacy and learning outcomes in course-specific ways, including providing instruction sessions and assignments, research guides, and/or tutorials.
  • Provides in-depth, specialized research consultations in support of the entire research lifecycle.
    Develops content for subject-based web pages.
  • Assists faculty engaged in digital scholarship projects and teaching and learning with technology initiatives. Collaborates as needed with Emory’s Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) and Academic Technology Services.
  • Partners with other libraries, such as Emory’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.
  • Contributes to University efforts to assess and promote institutional scholarship.

Collections

  • Develops and manages excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections in the relevant disciplines to support the research and teaching needs of the Emory University community.
  • Promotes resources using current tools and technologies.
  • Provides marketing and assessment of library services.
  • Acquires material in a variety of languages, including English, French, German, Arabic and Persian. Catalogs any materials in Arabic script based languages.
  • Responsibility for additional subject areas may be assigned.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Participates in professional and scholarly associations.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic
  • libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank.
  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent education and experience (subject expertise).
  • Advanced degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Fluency in Arabic, with reading knowledge of Persian.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with instruction, information literacy, and assessment of library services and resources.
  • Strong interest in technology and tools for research and teaching.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong understanding of the key issues and trends in instruction, collection development, and research, in the subject areas of Middle East and Islamic Studies.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the relevant disciplines.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, teaching, writing and analytical skills.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership.
  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, or leadership in local, state, regional, national, or international professional or scholarly associations.
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Library experience as a Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian.
  • Cataloging experience.
  • Reading knowledge of Persian.
  • Practical knowledge of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Experience working with ALMA, vendor sites such as YBP’s GOBI, libguides, LibAnswers, and other assessment tools.

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Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies Librarian / University of California, Berkeley (posted January 9, 2017)

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and service-oriented librarian and/or research specialist to support world-class research and teaching through the Library’s engagement with faculty and students and development of the Library’s interdisciplinary and multilingual research collections to advance understanding of the Middle East, Near East, North Africa, and religious studies with a focus on Islam.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of the Arts & Humanities Division, the Middle Eastern & Near Eastern Studies Librarian/Research Specialist supports research, teaching, and multidisciplinary scholarship by shaping the Library’s rich research collection; developing research tools to facilitate user access to resources in various formats and languages; providing specialized orientations, instructional sessions, and research consultations for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students; and contributing to reference services for the humanities and social sciences. The incumbent cultivates and sustains connections with faculty, students and staff of key academic departments, programs, and centers, including serving as a resource for emerging technologies, scholarly communication, and research methods to meet the evolving needs of these fields.

Collection development/management includes responsibility for selection, acquisition, access, assessment, and disposition of wide-ranging resources in all formats that are appropriate to the research and teaching needs of the UC Berkeley campus. Through collaboration with colleagues and library leadership, the incumbent fully manages collections budgets, including endowments and collaborative purchases, and guides the development of the core collections and special collections related to Middle Eastern, Near Eastern, and

North African Studies. The librarian/research specialist will assume primary responsibility for other subject areas that complement the campus’ research and teaching needs as well.

In order to effectively enhance support for multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, the incumbent partners with other campus colleagues specializing in social sciences, humanities, area studies, international documents, and digitization, as well as with other UC Libraries, the California Digital Library, and the Center for Research Libraries. The librarian/research specialist broadens access to our unique and important collections through participation in digital projects, contributions to collaborative collection initiatives, and representation in forums such as the Middle East Librarians Association.

UC Berkeley librarians and academic staff are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Qualifications

Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

  • Master’s degree in library and information science and/or a related field (such as Middle Eastern studies, Near Eastern studies, literature, history, religion, philosophy or rhetoric)

Additional Required Qualifications by start date of position:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Arabic, and reading knowledge of Turkish and/or Persian
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of researchers studying topics in humanities and area studies fields, including ways research methods and scholarship are evolving
  • Demonstrated ability to provide highly responsive public service and to work effectively with
    diverse staff and campus user communities
  • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities, social sciences, and/or area studies in an academic or research library environment
  • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library, including
    familiarity with core print and e-resources relevant to studies of the Middle East, Near East, and North Africa
  • Knowledge of initiatives and trends related to research in international and area studies fields and to the evolving scholarly communication landscape, including knowledge of the publishing industry in the regions relevant to studies of the Middle East, Near East, and North Africa
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills in English

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree
  • Proficiency in additional languages of the Middle East, Near East, and/or Europe
  • Knowledge of and interest in religious studies, with a focus on Islam
  • Demonstrated success developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching
  • Demonstrated contributions to collaborative projects at the local, regional, national, and/or international level
  • Knowledge of cataloging and access issues for non-English language materials
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising

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Librarian (Middle East Section) / Library of Congress (posted December 6, 2016)

This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. Often there will be a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

Qualifications

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

  • Ability to communicate in Arabic and preferably Persian and Turkish languages.**
  • Knowledge of library acquisitions and cataloging rules, practices, and procedures. **
  • Ability to use integrated library systems, applications, and/or other information technologies. **
  • Knowledge of the culture and/or civilization of Middle Eastern and North African countries.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.
  • Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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Middle Eastern Studies Librarian / University of California Santa Barbara (posted November 29, 2016)

The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities (AAU). In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a collaborative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to foster excellence in scholarship and teaching by facilitating access to scholarly information resources in Middle Eastern Studies. The successful candidate will actively engage and build relationships with campus scholarly communities in the assigned areas, serving as an expert resource to support traditional and emerging research practices and curricular development. The effective date of the position is the 2016-17 academic year.

Qualifications

Required:

  • ALA-accredited Masters in Library or Information Science
  • Graduate-level study, or equivalent experience, in a field directly relevant to Middle Eastern studies
  • Experience with teaching in a library or academic setting
  • Proficiency in Arabic

Additional:

  • Research-level knowledge of Middle Eastern literature and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, assessment, problem solving, and project management skills
  • A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and service

Preferred:

  • Advanced degree in Middle Eastern studies or relevant fields
  • Two years of experience in Middle Eastern studies librarianship
  • Proficiency in additional Middle Eastern languages, preferably Persian, Turkish, or Hebrew
  • Experience with cataloging Middle Eastern language materials
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing issues
  • Experience conducting or supporting digital scholarship or data-intensive research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic and popular publishing industries relevant to the Middle East and North Africa

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Judaica and Western European language cataloger / University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (posted November 27, 2016)

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

This cataloger role is responsible for copy and original cataloging of materials in multiple formats in Hebrew characters, English, and any Western European language in accordance with local and national standards. A successful applicant who meets the required qualifications will receive training in the necessary cataloging skills that are needed. This role applies knowledge of the Hebrew and Yiddish languages as well as Judaism, Jewish culture and civilization, and Israel to create and update bibliographic records that are shared across the world. The role involves extensive work with online catalogs, databases, and web resources. This role is involved with culturally diverse faculty, students and staff to achieve objectives and nimbly respond to new challenges in a dynamic environment.

This role jointly reports to the Technical Services Coordinator in International Studies and the Head of Resource Description and Maintenance in Technical Services. Approximately half of the role’s effort will be in support of Judaica cataloging in International Studies and half will be in support of Western European language cataloging in Technical Services.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library’s mission.

Responsibilities

  • Create original or substantially edit bibliographic records to full level, including classification and subject analysis, utilizing and applying RDA and AACR2 metadata metadata schemas and the MARC content standard, while adhering to local collection procedures and established production standards.
  • Process tangible and electronic materials including, but not limited to, monographs, serials, microforms, scores, video and board games, visual and electronic items for general and Special Collections in Hebrew, Yiddish, English or any Western European language.
  • Transliterate Hebrew and Yiddish according to the American Library Association-Library of Congress (ALA-LC) Romanization Tables and add or edit Hebrew script in records representing materials in Hebrew or Yiddish.
  • Assist with receipt of Israeli blanket order and gifts.
  • Share responsibility for maintenance of the Judaica workflow and its component parts.
  • As needed, cover additional and evolving services or functions related to enhancing the discovery and delivery of library content.
  • Maintain current knowledge of new and emerging cataloging standards.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education.
  • Extensive knowledge of Hebrew; oral and written, including the ability to translate and transliterate Hebrew.
  • Reading knowledge of Yiddish.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively, either independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with multiple teams and balance priorities.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in backgrounds, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Reading knowledge of an additional non-English, Western European language.

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International Studies Librarian / University of Iowa (posted November 2, 2016)

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a self-motivated, forward-thinking, and engaged area studies professional for an International Studies Librarian position. Reporting to the Head of Research & Library Instruction (RLI), the International Studies Librarian serves as the subject liaison for African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies and supports the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students in African Studies, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, and/or South Asian Studies. The final assignment of subject areas will depend on the strengths of the successful candidate. The International Studies Librarian will assume direct responsibility for collection development, reference and research consultations, and instruction for a primary and a secondary area of specialty.

Required Education:

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with a strong academic background in African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies; or an advanced degree in African, Middle Eastern, and/or South Asian studies or a related field and significant library work experience.

Required Experience:

For appointment at the Specialist Librarian level: two years of professional experience plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.

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Special Collections Librarian /  American University of Beirut (posted October 16, 2016)

The Jafet Library has an opening for the position of Special Collections Librarian, above grade 12. Since this provides an opportunity for promotion from within, please circulate this information and/or post it in your area of jurisdiction so that those interested and having the minimum qualifications may apply not later than October 21, 2016.

I. Basic Functions:

Performs duties related to managing and directing a special project: the Palestinian Oral history Archives; Plans, organizes, directs and supervises the work with the Special Collections. Identifies and selects items for acquisition. Facilitates and promotes the effective and appropriate use of the materials for which the Section is responsible: the University theses, manuscripts, rare books, maps, photographs, posters, and audio visuals other miscellaneous collections. Recognizes material that needs conservation and coordinates such activities. Responsible for analyzing, evaluating and developing the Special Collections policies.

II. Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science and/or BA (or preferably MA) in library Science and/or degree in History or Middle Eastern Studies.
  • Three years related experience as a Special Collections Librarian and familiarity with AUB, history of region, Arabic manuscripts, rare books and special collections.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, patience and great attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current scholarly research trends in Middle Eastern and Arab history.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with latest standards for the organization, long term care and accessing of historical print collections.
  • Attention to detail, patience.
  • Familiarity with computer uses and applications.
  • Very good knowledge of Arabic, English and French.

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