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- Associate Professional Specialist/Central Asian Numismatic / Princeton University (posted April 20, 2016)
- Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture / MIT (posted April 17, 2016)
- Middle East and North African Studies Librarian / Northwestern University (posted January 24, 2016)
- Librarian (Middle East Section) / Library of Congress (posted December 17, 2015)
- Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian / Duke University (posted October 7, 2015)
Associate Professional Specialist/Central Asian Numismatic / Princeton University (posted April 20, 2016)
The Princeton University Library is one of the world's leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 8 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data, and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities.
Position Summary: The Princeton University Library and the Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University announce a one-year position at the rank of associate professional specialist. The successful candidate will be expected to study and provide detailed descriptions of over one thousand pre-Islamic coins of Central Asia in the Library's Numismatic Collection, including those in the newly-acquired Schaaf Collection of Sasanian coins. This work includes examination of coins, comparison with published descriptions when available, data entry in a specialized database, digital photography, sorting coins into trays and labeling. The position reports to the Library's Head of Technical Services for Special Collections.
Essential Qualifications: The position requires an advanced degree in a relevant subject area, advanced experience with the Persian language, preferably Middle Persian, and with Pahlavi script, and familiarity with the history and geography of the pre-Islamic Middle East.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
To view the posting, go to Jobs at Princeton: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs
Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture / MIT (posted April 17, 2016)
The MIT Libraries seek a knowledgeable professional with image metadata expertise to join the Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC). The Center supports the teaching of, and research on, the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies, with particular focus on research and teaching activities of the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture. The Visual Resources Librarian has responsibility for managing and ensuring access to the Center’s materials and collections and will play an important role in supporting digital scholarship at MIT.
Required qualifications for the position include:
- MLS/MLIS or an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Middle East, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Familiarity with architectural description, as well as editing and/or curatorial experience.
- Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation tools, including XML, HTML, MARC, Dublin Core, VRA Core, and general open source software.
- Experience with digital image file management with tools such as FileMaker, Excel, Photoshop, and Archivist Toolkit/Archives Space, and ability to work with image databases.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability in working successfully within a diverse community.
- Strong organizational skills with proven ability to manage projects and competing priorities, to adapt to change, and to work successfully in a fast Ã‚Âpaced, dynamic environment.
- Strong analytical and problem Ã‚Âsolving skills with ability to be flexible, collaborative, and to work across organizational boundaries.
- Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Middle East.
- Reading knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Farsi, Turkish).
- Working knowledge of one or more western European languages.
- Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecture historical study and its constituents.
- Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East.
- Experience participating in an academic/professional community via a virtual platform.
- Two or more years of related professional library experience.
Apply online at: http://hrweb.mit.edu/staffing/. Applications must include cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to applications received by May 16, 2016; position open until filled. MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates.
Middle East and North African Studies Librarian / Northwestern University (posted January 24, 2016)
Northwestern University Library seeks a dynamic, creative, and innovative individual to provide subject expertise and scholarship for the interdisciplinary fields of the Middle East and North Africa and vastly expand our visibility and offerings in these areas. Northwestern supports undergraduate and graduate level research and teaching on the Middle East and Africa through the Program of African Studies and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) working group. The librarian will provide instruction and research consultations to students and researchers at all career stages, select resources in all formats, create LibGuides and other instructional materials, and seek opportunities for collaboration within the library and university communities. The Middle East and North African Studies Librarian is part of a team of librarians within the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies.
Position Title: Middle East and North African Studies Librarian
Job Title: Librarian
Supervisor: Head, Academic Liaison Services
Department: Distinctive Collections
Unit: Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
Percent Full Time: 100%
Available Positions: 1
Date Posted: 01/15/2016
Reporting to the Curator of the Herskovits Library, the Middle East and North African Studies Librarian will contribute to the Library’s strategic goals, supporting a suite of activities which include teaching and instruction, research, digital initiatives, outreach to researchers, and collection development. The successful candidate will: • Serve as a liaison to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) working group and other related programs and disciplines. Stay abreast of current academic programs and anticipated programming across the relevant disciplines. • Provide reference, instruction and scholarly services to faculty and students with an interest in the Middle East and Africa. • Develop and maintain website content, and effectively use instructional technology and social media in order to promote the subject area and reach online users. • Establish and maintain relationships with colleagues, other libraries and institutions in the field. • Contribute to the collaborative collection development programs within the MENA community and in which the University Library participates. • Provide guidance on bibliographic control of resources related to the area and work collaboratively with colleagues in technical services on the acquisition, cataloguing and creation of metadata as needed. • Serve on Library or University committees, task forces and working groups, contribute to the intellectual life on campus and within the profession.
Required: Master’s Degree in library and information science from an accredited institution (or international equivalent) and/or a graduate degree in Middle East Studies or another discipline; relevant research experience or advanced knowledge of the religion, history, literature and culture of the Middle East and Africa. Oral and written Arabic proficiency; ability to work in Arabic using Microsoft applications; Demonstrated experience in effective curriculum development, instruction, and presentation skills; initiative and proactive engagement in a university environment and potential for scholarship in a relevant discipline; excellent oral and written communication skills. The successful candidate will possess organizational skills and enjoy working in a rapidly changing, supportive, and engaged team environment. Preferred: Experience in an academic or other research library; experience managing publisher and vendor relationships with knowledge of the publishing industry in the Middle East and Africa. Experience in collection development or library assessment; an interest in exhibits and publicity. Reading knowledge of another Middle Eastern language, preferably Turkish; or another European language relevant to the Middle East and North Africa; or reading knowledge of an African language.
Librarian (Middle East Section) (Vacancy #: 150255) / Library of Congress (posted December 17, 2015)
GS-1410-09 — Library Services — $52,668.00 - $68,465.00
Opening Date: Dec 17, 2015
Closing Date: Jan 4, 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. This position will require the incumbent to have knowledge of one or more of the Turkic languages.
Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian / Duke University (posted October 7, 2015)
The Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian actively engages with faculty, students, visiting scholars and staff in Middle East and Islamic Studies from a variety of departments and academic programs at Duke to support current teaching and research needs, as well as to identify emerging areas for library support in the interdisciplinary areas of Middle East and Islamic Studies. S/he manages the Libraries’ collections in these areas and collaborates with colleagues throughout the library, on campus, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and nationally to provide support and guidance related to scholarship throughout the research lifecycle.
- Serves as primary liaison to and actively develops professional relationships with faculty, students and staff in a variety of departments and academic programs at Duke University, including the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC); the Duke Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC); and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center.
- Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in assigned areas.
- Teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline.
- Connects faculty and students with and promotes library services related to scholarly communication, data management, open access, institutional repositories, digital scholarship, and information literacy.
- Works with library and campus colleagues to envision new projects and services to support teaching and outreach.
- Collaborates with Data & Visualization Services to develop, promote, and teach discipline-based practices for data literacy and effective data management practices.
- Proactively and systematically develops and manages collections in relevant formats and languages to support the research and teaching needs of the Duke University community.
- Leads Duke's participation in national projects, such as MEMP (Middle East Microform Project, based at CRL).
- Collects, analyzes, and reports on metrics relevant to departmental goals; uses relevant metrics in making judgments and recommendations; identifies and uses trend information in planning.
- Collaborates with colleagues at Duke, in TRLN, and in Ivy Plus to acquire materials and to ensure their ongoing accessibility.
- Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional and academic activities related to Middle East and Islamic Studies and professional librarianship, and service to the library, university or community.
- Participates in the planning, review, and implementation of the goals, policies, and procedures of the International & Area Studies Department and in Duke University Libraries activities, as appropriate.
- Depending on interest, background and availability, may participate in the rotational schedule of the general library service desk, answering research questions and assisting patrons in person, through e-mail, phone, and instant messaging.
- Works with Library Technical Services to ensure accurate and easy access to scholarly resources; depending on interest, background and availability may perform copy or original cataloging.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Supervisory Responsibilities
- Recruits and supervises student workers as appropriate
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.
Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or PhD in relevant subject area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred: Advanced degree in a relevant subject field.
- Experience as a Middle Eastern studies librarian (including collection development responsibilities from a variety of sources) or comparable academic experience in an academic library;
- High level of fluency, both spoken and written, in Arabic;
- Knowledge of the Islamic and Middle Eastern history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures;
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of collection development and management for both print and electronic resources;
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects;
- Must be service-oriented and demonstrate a strong commitment to public services;
- Proficiency with information resources in a variety of formats and subject areas.
- Advanced knowledge Arabic and at least one other regional languages.
- Familiarity with the culture and society of the Middle East.
- Teaching or library instruction experience.
- Understanding of current trends in scholarship.
- Must be flexible and a self-starter; have the ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment;
- Possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills in English;
- Interest in and aptitude for learning emerging technologies and web applications; commitment to data-informed decision-making.
- Three years’ experience working in an academic research library.
- High level of fluency, both spoken and written, in Arabic and at least one other regional language;
- Knowledge of Turkish and Persian.
- Reading knowledge of a Western European language, preferably French
- Experience using libraries or archives in the Middle East or North Africa.
- Experience with the publishing and book trades of the Middle East and North Africa.
- Familiarity with electronic resources and reference tools for Middle East & Islamic Studies.
- Experience with data management, with quantitative and qualitative research methods in the humanities and social sciences.
- Experience with digital arts and humanities research tools and approaches (e.g., text mining, data visualization, image analysis, and augmented reality).
- Knowledge of data issues in the research/knowledge creation life cycle.
More information about this position is available on the Duke Library website.
Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/6438. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
No further postings at this time.
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