MELA will post position announcements as a service to the profession. Positions must be related to the field of Middle East Librarianship. Positions will be posted for a maximum length of six months. To request posting contact MELA Webmaster.
- Northwestern University Library, IL, George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator, (posted January 13, 2014)
- Private Library in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Librarian, (posted December 13, 2013)
- American University of Sharjah, Library, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Public Services Librarian / Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, (posted October 15, 2013)
- King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Library, Archives and Research Division, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Chief Librarian, (posted September 7, 2013)
BackgroundNorthwestern University is a major private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 4.6 million volumes and a full array of digital resources. Established in 1954, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University is the largest separate Africana collection in existence. The Africana collection is a resource for the entire university, and most of Northwestern's disciplinary programs are reflected in the collection: spanning a broad array of subjects and disciplines, it includes books, periodicals, recordings, artifacts, and other materials that document African art, literature, politics, religion, communications, and nearly all aspects of culture, past and present. The Herskovits Library supports the Program of African Studies, the new Program of Middle East and North African Studies, and all aspects of African studies across disciplines at Northwestern, along with the work of researchers worldwide. In addition to serving the NU community, the Herskovits Library staff supports regional, national, and international scholars as well.University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participates in programs of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC). See more information about the Library at: http://www.library.northwestern.edu.
The George and Mary LeCron Foster Curator
- establishes departmental priorities and policies, supervises staff, and provides leadership in developing programs and services related to the Herskovits Library
- manages departmental budgets
- determines collection development policy for the Herskovits Library in consultation with the Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries, including the acquisition of materials in all languages and formats relevant to African and Middle Eastern Studies through purchase, exchange, as gifts, and through other means
- acts as principal selector and liaison with Northwestern faculty, staff, and students in disciplines related to Africana, delegating appropriate responsibilities to Herskovits Library staff
- develops and oversees public service policies for orientation, reference, and instructional services
- develops needed services in consultation with clientele and other Departments in the Library, delegating appropriate responsibilities to Herskovits Library staff
- provides specialized reference and instructional services to Herskovits Library clientele
- plans, implements, and administers programs to house and maintain African and Middle Eastern collections
- develops preservation programs for the Herskovits Library in cooperation with Head of the Preservation Department
- works with the Dean, the Library Development Officer, other library staff, and other campus entities such as the Office of Foundation Relations to plan development activities and to consult with donors to obtain gifts, endowments, grants, and gift collections
- maintains relationships with existing donorsfosters communication and develops productive working relationships among Herskovits Library staff and with all Library units by convening regular meetings and liaising proactively with the Program of African Studies as well as with other university and academic units
- serves on the Library's Management Council. Serves on elected or appointed Library and University committees. Represents the Herskovits Library at the university, city, regional, national, and international levels through conference participation, by accepting/seeking out speaking opportunities, and through publications and exhibitions relevant to the collections and activities of the Herskovits Library
- maintains professional contacts appropriate to the mission of the department
- conducts research and creative activities consistent with personal, departmental, and organizational goals
- takes on other job-related duties as assigned.
Required qualifications include a master's degree from an accredited program in library science or significant experience in library, archival, or academic administration; evidence of significant advanced study in a discipline related to African studies; five or more years of successful library or equivalent experience in African studies, including administrative and collection development experience; and two or more languages relevant to African, Maghrebian, and/or Middle Eastern Studies. Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively with faculty, students and staff; strong supervisory skills and the ability to assume a leadership role. Other desired qualifications include a strong record of research and publication, an advanced degree in a discipline related to Africana, and significant experience and understanding of African and Middle Eastern cultures gained through study, travel, or residence.
Send PDF formatted letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references to Jan Hayes, Personnel Librarian. Northwestern University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.
Librarian needed to organize and manage a substantial and growing private library in Abu Dhabi. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of books, both antiquarian and modern, managerial expertise in the acquisition and cataloging of books, and in the organization and services of libraries. The librarian will also provide reference and research assistance for the collection, and supervise daily operations.
Utmost discretion will be mandatory; candidates will be required to sign a non-disclosure statement. The collection will be housed in a new library facility that is currently under construction, and the librarian will administer, supervise, and interpret the collection for library users. The candidate will work closely with book dealers and recommend purchases in keeping with the library's collection development policy.
Library degree from an accredited graduate library school, and a minimum of five years experience in the field, including experience with rare books and manuscripts.
Advanced degree in a related field and proficiency in Arabic language. The candidate will have a minimum of five years experience in the field, including experience with rare books and manuscripts.
Salary and Benefits
Salary range: $75,000 to $85,000 plus housing and benefits.
Please send cover letter and CV, and the names of two professional referees to John F. Dean, American consultant to the hiring committee in Abu Dhabi.
Public Services Librarian / Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic, American University of Sharjah, Library
The American University of Sharjah is located in the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business and Management, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to 5000 students from 80 different countries. The language of instruction and the workplace is English. The UAE offers a high standard of living with abundant cultural, recreational and travel opportunities. The UAE is a safe, open and friendly environment for individuals and families of all cultures. The AUS Library serves as a focal point for educational and social interactions on campus. The library features a large Information Commons (135 workstations), 20 group study rooms, 2 computer classrooms, and RFID system. Please see http://library.aus.edu.
An exceptional international opportunity awaits an innovative forward-thinking librarian at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (near Dubai). As part of the Public Services Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing collection development for Arabic language materials and in the area of Middle Eastern Studies, liaising with the Arabic and Translation Studies program and other programs as required, as well as for providing instruction and reference. In collaboration with librarians in the Technology and Technical Services Department, the position also catalogs and acquires Arabic language material. Areas of responsibility include: serve as liaison to the Arabic and Translation Studies faculty and other programs as required; select, acquire and assist with cataloging Arabic language materials; select materials related to Middle Eastern Studies; provide reference and instruction services; other areas of responsibility will be assigned.
Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited school with a minimum of one year of recent experience in an academic library; fluency in Arabic language (reading, writing, speaking); excellent oral and written English language skills; strong public service orientation; commitment to working in a culturally diverse learning environment; flexibility; and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work collegially and effectively with others, solve problems, meet deadlines, and thrive in an environment of constant change; excellent communication and presentation skills are also essential.
Degree in an area related to Middle Eastern Studies; familiarity with Arabic cataloging issues (name and subject authorities, transliteration, etc.).
Salary and Benefits
The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; includes a 10% of base salary payment in lieu of retirement benefits. Free furnished accommodation and utilities are provided along with nine weeks' annual vacation. A self-directed benefits plan provides a variety of choices including annual air tickets to place of origin for self and family, healthcare and dependent educational allowance. The UAE levies no income tax; however, some U.S. Federal taxes may apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.
Priority will be given to applications received by November 7, 2013. Please email a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
As a member of the Center's senior management, this position provides organizational leadership in alignment with the mission of the Center. This position leads and coordinates a major component of the Center, and exercises responsibility for planning, deploying and managing library operations and services to the user community.
Saudi Aramco's Industrial Relations (IR) Business line is dedicated to building, maintaining and enhancing the relationships the Company develops with people and institutions inside the Kingdom and around the world. It is through the IR business line that the Company cares for the health, wellbeing and security of its employees and their families, maintains the high quality of life found in Company communities, operates the school system for the children of expatriate employees, and communicates with various audiences through a variety of media, including print publications, events, films and websites.
Saudi Aramco operates one of the largest and most successful industrial and professional training programs on the planet to ensure that its employees are provided with the training they need to meet emerging challenges. The King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture is one of the company's wide-ranging corporate citizenship initiatives.
The King Abdulaziz Center for Knowledge and Culture is a dynamic and state-of-the-art institution that inspires passion for learning, creativity, volunteerism and cross-cultural engagement. The Center is the result of a monumental, forward-thinking Saudi Aramco initiative that exemplifies the company's commitment to the Kingdom and its communities. For more information about the King Abdulaziz Centre for World Culture please visit: http://www.kingabdulazizcenter.com/.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Chief Librarian will be responsible for the following areas and duties:
- Leads the library's management team in goal setting, personnel administration, program initiation and implementation, problem solving and achievement of program objectives
- Leads the development and implementation of new systems, services, programs and technologies
- Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of service programs
- Directs budget preparation and administration
- Performs long-range planning for library development
- Oversees personnel administration for library staff
- Represents the Library outside the Center to promote its programs and services and to create cooperation with other organizations both inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Coordination of the Library Component's programs and services with those of the Archives and Research components
- Master's degree in library science
- Fully bilingual in Arabic and English
- Strong customer service orientation
- Ten years of professional librarian experience including five years of experience in a senior management position; at least two years in a senior management position in a public library is preferred
- Supervisory skills, including the ability to train, motivate and evaluate staff as well as plan and coordinate divisional workflows
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with library staff to achieve goals and objectives
- Thorough knowledge of library automation and information technology used in library operations and services
- Thorough knowledge of current library principles, practices and resources
- A PhD in Library/Information Science is be preferred
Interested applicants should submit a CV and a current resume with the subject line - [Your Name] Chief Librarian - to: Lord Cultural Recruitment
No further postings at this time.
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