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- Michigan University Library, Ann Arbor, MI, Persian Cataloguer, (posted May 12, 2015)
- Joint library of the Institute of Ismaili Studies & Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations,, London, UK, Assistant Librarian (systems and metadata), (posted April 27, 2015)
- Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA, South Asian Librarian, (posted April 1, 2015)
- Library of Congress, Cairo Office / Egypt, Librarian, Head of monographs acquisitions and cataloging (posted March 27, 2015)
- University of Central Asia / Kyrgyz Republic, University Librarian, (posted March 24, 2015)
- Vanderbuilt University Library / Nashville, TN, Head of Reference and Research Services / Subject Liaison for Islamic and South Asian Studies, (posted January 6, 2015)
- Princeton University Library / Princeton, NJ, Leader, Middle Eastern Languages Team, (posted January 5, 2015)
- Harvard University Library / Cambridge, MA, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture, (posted January 5, 2015)
- Harvard University Library / Cambridge, MA, Technical Services Library Assistant, (posted November 27, 2014)
Michigan University Library, Ann Arbor, MI, Persian Cataloguer, (posted May 12, 2015)
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 a year. 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.
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.
The University of Michigan Library is seeking a Persian cataloger with linguistic flexibility and superior analytical and problem solving skills. The Persian cataloger is responsible for performing a variety of technical services functions including cataloging, cataloging support, acquisitions, new receipts, and workflow management for Persian materials. The candidate will be expected to maintain knowledge of new and emerging cataloging standards, as well as unit and library policies and initiatives. The library's International Studies Team provides interdisciplinary services and collections to a variety of schools, departments, and centers/institutes on campus. International Studies acquires, catalogs, and manages collections in an array of languages from diverse geographic areas, provides assistance to library users in the use of these collections, and offers formal instruction in the bibliographic resources of various geographic areas. The Persian cataloger reports to the Near East Studies Technical Services Supervisor and works closely with the Librarian for Near Eastern Studies, counterparts in International Studies, and other external staff, to coordinate technical processing and to expedite access to resources.
- Performs copy and original cataloging of materials in all formats in the Persian language according to nationally and locally established bibliographic and authority standards
- Adds Persian parallel fields in records representing Persian materials
- May catalog materials in other Western and Eastern Iranian Languages, or Indo-Iranian languages which use the Persian script
- Cataloguing Support:
- Resolves complex and basic cataloging problems, such as upgrading bibliographic headings to authorized forms
- Performs local catalog maintenance, including complex corrections to bibliographic, holdings, and/or item records; processing added volumes, added copies and added issues.
- Assists in monitoring the Persian/Iranian blanket orders
- Responsible for Persian blanket order receiving/check-in and record keeping
- Verifies blanket order invoices are ready for payment.
- New receipts and workflow management:
- Maintains Persian processing workflow.
- Responsible for searching, counting, organizing and maintaining processing statistics for new Persian language receipts
- Searches local databases and stacks for duplicate verification
- Bachelor's degree and two years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Good reading and writing knowledge of Persian
- Ability to transliterate Persian alphabet accurately, based on the ALA-LC Romanization Tables
- Ability to perform detailed work precisely, quickly, and independently
- Ability to adapt to change and work in a production oriented environment
- Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work well with others
- Demonstrated multi tasking skills and ability to organize workload
- Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
- Knowledge of an additional Near East language written in any script
- Familiarity with Persian/Iranian history and culture
- Familiarity with history and cultures of the Middle East
- Undergraduate or graduate degree in Iranian or Persian studies or equivalent training or experience
- Familiarity with OCLC/Connexion, Aleph, or comparable computer systems
- Knowledge of MARC format, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LC Classification, and other applicable cataloging standards..
Salary range: USD 16,500-17,500. This salary range is the annual rate for the required schedule of 20 hours/week (50% effort). The full-time equivalent salary range for this position is $33,000 - $35,000.
U-M EEO/AA Statement: The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Candidates may apply online.The closing date for applications is Monday May 18, 2015.
Joint library of the Institute of Ismaili Studies & Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, UK, Assistant Librarian (systems and metadata), (posted April 27, 2015)
The post holder leads, administers, maintains, and supports the Library's Integrated Library System (SirsiDynix Symphony) so that faculty, students and staff have access to the full range of system functionality including online public access catalogue, Circulation, Acquisitions, Cataloguing and Serials and other ILS modules. The position holder will take part in the thinking process to acquire a discovery service, and will be responsible for managing and supporting this system. Act as liaison between the vendors (currently SirsiDynix and OCLC) and the Library for problem resolution and enhancement requests and act as Library's representative to the national user group. Provide end user support in the form of report production and distribution, database maintenance and system modifications as required
- Provide end user support in the form of report production and distribution, database maintenance and system modifications, as required
- Act as liaison between the vendor (currently SirsiDynix and OCLC) and the Library for problem resolution and enhancement requests and act as Library's representative to the national user group
- Take part of the thinking process to acquire a discovery service, and will be responsible for managing and supporting this system
- Configuration, maintenance and updating of the library management system
- Support and maintenance for RFID system and other equipment and applications related to library systems (receipt printers, RFID hardware and software, tags, inventory wand etc.)
- Setting up user account for off-site access to online resources through OpenAthens
- Ensure that online resources can be accessed from the library's web page(s)
- Catalogue, and download metadata records to the library database using the international standards, such as AACR2 and MARC format. Knowledge in RDA will be an advantage
- The post holder will be expected to undertake such other duties appropriate to the post as may reasonably be required of him/her, consistent with the mission, vision and values of the IIS. Therefore, the list of duties in this job profile should not be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. Please note that, in consultation with the post holder, the IIS reserves the right to update this job profile to reflect changes in, or to, the post.
- Quality Assurance: the role holder is required to participate in quality assurance procedures to maintain and develop standards of Best practices in all the areas of the department's activities. S/he is also required to implement the outcomes of reviews and evaluations
- Continuous Professional Development: the role holder is expected to maintain and improve the quality of his/her role through continuous professional development within the available time and resources
- Equality and diversity: the role holder is expected to commit to the principle of equality of opportunity for all staff and students and to providing an environment where respect is shown to all. The post holder is expected to familiarise himself/herself with the diversity policies of the IIS and required to uphold the principles and follow the procedures described
- Health, Safety and Environment: the post holder is responsible for ensuring that all activities of the IIS are managed so that the work environment is supportive of staff and students' health, safety, dignity and well-being
- Data Protection: the post holder is responsible for ensuring that workplace responsibilities, within the team or department are carried out in compliance with the requirements of the current Data Protection Act and the Employment Practices Data Protection Code, especially concerning confidentiality, treatment of personal information and records management
- Cross-functional working: the role holder is expected to commit to the principle of cross-functional working and agree to working on projects or other work that may involve close working with other departments in the Institute, or be led by them.
Requirements and qualifications
- Master's in Library or Information Science or equivalent
- Reasonable years of library experience, preferably in an academic library
- Demonstrated experience in leading and managing an Integrated Library System, platforms, and computer operations. Preferred experience with SirsiDynix, but other ILS experience is also acceptable
- Demonstrated experience in managing, implementing or integrating with of link resolvers and ILS data
- Demonstrated experience in doing some scripting or programming to automate tasks
- Demonstrated experience in managing, implementing or integrating with any discovery layers such as WDS, Encore, Summon, Primo etc.
- Demonstrated experience in working with different eBooks platforms
- Extensive knowledge in different schemas and standards of cataloguing and metadata and ability to do some cataloguing tasks
- Familiar with languages in non-roman scripts such as Arabic, Persian, or Urdu
- Experience of working independently
- Excellent planning and organisational skills.
Salary range: GBP 29,500-33,000.
Due to UK immigration regulations we can only accept applications from candidates who have a legal right to work in the UK. Candidates may apply online with CV and covering letter, where a full job description and person specification can be downloaded. For any queries, email Caroline Gomez in Human Resources. The closing date for applications is Monday 25th May 2015.
Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA, South Asian Librarian, (posted April 1, 2015)
The Stanford University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of South Asia Studies Librarian. Scholars of South Asia and/or librarians fulfilling the qualifications who are interested in supporting world-class research and teaching through a combination of traditional and new collections and services are encouraged to apply. This a dual rank posting. This position is newly created, and will support primarily the research activities of scholars affiliated with the Stanford University Center for South Asia, with specialists in the fields of anthropology, drama, economics, education, history, literature, music, political science, and religious studies. At Stanford, scholarship on South Asia comprises India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The library will collect in the following languages: Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Nepali, and Sanskrit. Subject Specialists at Stanford have the responsibility for selecting and acquiring a wide range of resources, including traditional scholarly publications (print and digital), special collections and archival materials, and materials published via emerging forms of scholarly communication. The South Asian Studies Librarian provides specialized support for the planning, development, processing, acquisition, management, and public service of collections on all aspects of South Asian Studies. While the library has been collecting materials about South Asia in Western languages, the creation of this position affords us the opportunity to greatly expand the collections by acquiring materials in South Asian vernacular languages. The ideal candidate should possess an understanding of research and teaching in South Asian Studies and should be familiar with literary, historical, and social science disciplines that make use of South Asian Collections. The Subject Specialist provides advanced reference and bibliographic assistance and will also be expected to develop online services and resources.
- Plans, develops, and manages collections in English and South Asian languages and about the literatures, history, religion, anthropology, politics, environment, and economies of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Selects and acquires materials in all formats
- Manages a library materials budget in excess of $160,000
- Creates original catalog records as needed for South Asian collection materials until a South Asian Collections cataloger can be hired
- Provides a range of public services to South Asian studies communities at Stanford, including advanced reference and instruction. Maintains close contact with faculty and students of appropriate departments and programs. May teach a graduate seminar or colloquium on research methods and resources in South Asian Studies
- Promotes the use of Stanford University Libraries' collections and resources through a range of in-person and online outreach activities
- Collaborates with other curators and selectors in support of interdisciplinary collections and services and in identifying and managing digital library projects and initiatives
- Participates in development activities in support of the Libraries, including fundraising and grant writing. Encourages and cultivates close relations with donors of funds and materials relating to South Asian collections
- May assume responsibilities for additional subjects based on Stanford needs and/or candidate expertise.
- Advanced graduate work in an area of South Asian studies is required, with a preference given to candidates who can respond to the research needs of scholars working on current issues in the social sciences and humanities. Strong preference given to candidates with a PhD and a record of scholarly publication
- Reading knowledge and communication skills in Hindi, Urdu, or Bengali are required. Reading knowledge of Sanskrit and contemporary local languages is highly desired. Reading knowledge of at least one Western European language is desired
- Substantial knowledge of and experience in academic or research libraries and the university research environment are required. MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent in education and experience is desired
- A high level of research skills and knowledge of bibliographic and other information resources in print and online. Demonstrated experience in finding and using a wide variety of research materials, including print and digital texts and/or special collections and archival materials is required. Experience with emerging technologies and their use in scholarly environments is highly desired
- Demonstrated knowledge of the distribution and sources of materials in South Asian Studies, including digital and cartographic resources, is required, with emphasis on the Indian and Pakistani national book trades, but also including other book trades relevant to South Asian Studies
- Experience in providing assistance to students and faculty in the design and execution of research projects is required. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is required. Teaching experience is desired
- Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with library staff as well as with faculty and students is required. Ability to perform effectively in and contribute successfully to a diverse, multicultural workplace environment is also required.
Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Applicants should provide cover letter, resume or CV, and 3 references. Applications must be submitted electronically through http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/
Library of Congress, Cairo Office / Egypt, Librarian, Head of monographs acquisitions and cataloging (posted March 27, 2015)
The Head of the Monograph Acquisitions and Cataloging Section serves as the expert librarian in all of the major library functions of LOC-Cairo:
Under the broad administrative guidance of the Field Director, the incumbent has full responsibility for planning and managing the Regional Cooperative Acquisitions Programs for 22 countries of the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and North Cyprus, on behalf of the Library of Congress and more than 45 participants of the Library's Middle East Cooperative Acquisitions Program (MECAP) to acquire selectively and in-depth a wide variety of scholarly publications and ephemera in all non-serial formats, in all languages of the region. Manages an acquisitions program with a book budget in excess of $200,000. The Head supervises the Monograph Acquisitions and Cataloging Section, which acquires and catalogs materials acquired, by creating on line bibliographic records in Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Kurdish, French and English. Materials are acquired via purchase, exchange agreements and gifts for the permanent collections of the Library of Congress in Washington and for MECAP Participants. The incumbent recommends, plans and implements new directions in acquisition programs both for LC and MECAP; recommends changes and modifications in current acquisition policies; selects materials and reviews selection decisions made by staff, monitors performances of vendors and bibliographic representatives in other countries of the region according to terms of their bibliographic service agreements. Within the scope of established collection development policies, he acts with full authority and independence from staff in Washington. Travels extensively in all countries of the region on acquisition trips to establish and/or maintain effective relationships with sources of acquisitions, including vendors, bibliographic representatives, government officials, NGOs, etc. Secures copyright permissions to acquire non-traditional materials to be acquired, including websites and born-digital content, Documents trips, makes recommendations for follow-up, and keeps a rotating schedule for future trips. As head of cataloging, the incumbent supervises over the creation of online original 'whole book' and 'shelf-ready' bibliographic records for monograph and other formats. Original cataloging includes:
- monograph acquisitions, including sourcing, and selection
- supervising cataloging operations and the creation of bibliographic records; preliminary and initial bibliographic control cataloging
- the creation of electronically transmitted accessions lists
- special format material acquisition and processing.
The Head of the Monograph Acquisitions and Cataloging Section also reviews book lists generated by catalog records created by staff of the section; makes recommendations for improvements.
- descriptive cataloging that consists of describing and recording the physical elements of a publication, using standards established by international bodies and LOC-Washington
- whole book cataloging that consists of analyzing the content of that item, assigning it authorized subject heading and classification number
- shelf-ready cataloging including all of the above, plus a final call number indicating that the book is ready to be unboxed and placed on the shelves without additional intervention of LOC-Washington staff.
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item:
- Bachelor Degree with library experience
- Three years library experience is required, all of which must have been in a position involving professional acquisition of library materials. At least two of these years should be at the supervisory level. If the incumbent lacks this experience, s/he will be placed at the appropriate training level
- Level IV English and Level IV Arabic
- (1) Mission Policy is to hire LES employees at step 1 of the grade. The current annual salary for an LES-10, step 1 is L.E.158, 281.
- (2) Actual FP grade and salary will be determined by the US Department of State.
"Mission policy prohibits pre-selection of applicants."
Best qualified displaced/RIFed employees will receive priority consideration if no US Citizens Family Members or veterans apply. When equally qualified, U.S. Citizen Eligible Family Members (AEFMs) and U.S. Veterans will be given preference. Therefore, it is essential that the candidate address the required qualifications above in the application.
Additional selection criteria
- Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy.
- Current employees serving a probationary period are not eligible to apply.
- Current Ordinarily Resident employees with an Overall Summary Rating of Needs Improvement or Unsatisfactory on their most recent Employee Performance Report are not eligible to apply.
- Currently employed U.S. Citizen EFMs who hold an FMA appointment are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
- Currently employed NORs hired under a Personal Services Agreement (PSA) are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment, unless currently hired into a position with a When Actually Employed (WAE) work schedule.
Interested applicants for this position must submit the following to be considered:
Submit application by 12 April 2015 to:
- Universal Application for Employment (UAE) DS-174 available on the website.
- Candidates must provide in the application (DS-174) names of family members working in the mission.
- Candidates who claim US Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application or the preference will not be applied
- Optional: Any other documentation (e.g. essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above. Candidates sending applications electronically will receive an automatic reply confirming that the application has been received.
Human Resources Office
Attention: Lamiaa Hafez or Cindy El Deib
U.S. Embassy, Cairo - 8, Kamal El Din Salah Street, Garden City
University of Central Asia / Kyrgyz Republic, University Librarian, (posted March 24, 2015)
The University of Central Asia was founded in 2000 by the governments of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, and is the world's first internationally chartered institution of higher education. UCA was created to offer an internationally recognized standard of higher education in Central Asia and create knowledgeable, skilled and creative graduates who will contribute leadership, ideas and innovations to the transitioning economies and communities of the region. The mission of UCA is to promote the socio-economic development of Central Asia's mountain societies, while at the same time helping the diverse peoples of the region to preserve and draw upon their rich cultural traditions and heritages as assets for the future. UCA operates within a framework of values that espouses academic excellence, individual rights and security, responsibility to community and public service, and is committed to ethical and transparent practices.
The University Librarian, who will be accorded faculty status in the university, will maintain strong interface with the educational and research priorities of UCA to build a collection and provide access to a wide range of print and digital resources globally. The library's collections development policy will focus on access to information, which is sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format and currency. The collections will complement the curricular offerings and research efforts of UCA. The library will be a key point of reference for searching and using information from virtually anywhere on and off campus as well as from within the library. The University Librarian will report to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The position will be based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic and would require regional travel.
- Develop and implement a clear and concise strategic plan for the library that promotes the mission of the university and library and enhances continuous improvement
- Maintain a strategic outlook in the development of the library within the context of the 3 campus libraries envisaged for UCA
- Work with different librarians across the AKDN network, with a particularly strong affiliation to the Aga Khan University Library in Pakistan and East Africa
- Work with any working group or advisory committees that may be setup to guide the preparation of strategic and short-term operating plans for the library
- Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services for students, faculty and staff based on internationally recognized standards and best practices
- Obtain a good grasp of the curricular offerings and research efforts of the university by developing strong partnerships within the various teaching and research departments and collaborate with faculty to assess, provide and improve library collections and services to meet student and faculty needs
- Obtain feedback, compile statistical data, evaluate and assess effectiveness and efficiency of library services and inform administration of library's outcomes and impact
- Set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic
- Supervise and manage the physical library facilities to ensure these are safe, accessible, effective, efficient and inviting
- Exercise line responsibility for supervision, recruitment, retention, and professional development of library personnel
- Work with the IT staff of the university on the library's information systems and develop procedural guidelines for technical services such as cataloging, periodicals, course reserves, processing, mending and circulation of materials
- Coordinate with IT staff the implementation of and maintenance of digital library services, including databases and websites; administration and updating of electronic services for an integrated network of library system; and coordinate software, hardware and technical support needs with vendors, consortia, etc.
- Develop and teach information literacy classes designed to make the faculty and students utilize the library more effectively and to develop best practices for lifelong independent and continuing education efforts
- Liaise with relevant AKDN agencies, leverage their library facilities and resources and explore opportunities for synergies and sharing of common IT infrastructure, collections, staff, etc.
- Perform outreach tasks to the university community and the community at large and promote the library's multipurpose facilities. Build capacity among young Central Asian Librarians to enable them to meet and operate at international standards
- Maintain professional development through membership in professional organizations, conduct relevant research, engage in scholarly activities and develop a record of the same.
- A Master's Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited institution
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in an academic library setting including supervisory experience in increasingly responsible positions; demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of library operations including extensive knowledge of contemporary library practices, trends and emerging technologies
- Knowledge of library automation systems, online resources, and instructional technologies
- Experience using technologies to provide and enhance library services and their changing roles in higher education
- Knowledge of and experience with outcomes and assessment of library services
- Demonstrated commitment to quality and experience with people of diverse educational, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds
- Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment
- Language: English, Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset.
Salary and package to attract the best candidate.
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to email by 15 May 2015. Please write: University Librarian as subject to your application email.
Vanderbuilt University Library / Nashville, TN, Head of Reference and Research Services / Subject Liaison for Islamic and South Asian Studies, (posted January 6, 2015)
This is an exciting time to be at Vanderbilt University. With an enrollment of over 12,000, Vanderbilt is ideally situated on a wooded campus in the heart of vibrant Nashville, Tennessee. The Jean and Alexander Heard Library System is an integral part of the intellectual and cultural life of the university and community. Our libraries are engaged in major initiatives within Vanderbilt, as well as nationally and internationally. In a Vanderbilt partnership with the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Committee on Coherence at Scale for Higher Education is examining emerging national-scale digital projects which have the potential to help transform higher education. We are a sponsor and host institute of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows. Our libraries have an exceptionally talented and dedicated staff of almost 200, an annual budget exceeding $26 million, and hold over 3.7 million volumes. The Heard Library includes nine libraries, the campus course management system and the nationally acclaimed Vanderbilt Television News Archive. Our innovative digital exhibits programs have attracted national attention along with our Gold LEED Central Library renovation. Vanderbilt University is ranked among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News and World Report and has ten nationally-ranked schools and colleges. For more information, please see the website.
As Head of Reference and Research Services he/she will supervise and coordinate system wide services and resources. Coordinate consultation and reference services among the campus libraries, as well as managing such services in the Central Library. This position also will supervise services provided at two service desks in the Central Library, and the on-line ASK US service.
As subject liaison, she/he will provide professional research instruction and information consultation services for the interdisciplinary program in Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University. This position will work with students and faculty in a variety of schools and departments across the university, but particularly with undergraduates and graduate students in the College of Arts & Science. An understanding of disciplinary research and teaching methods, and appropriate language skills are expected. An ability to teach research methods and knowledge of disciplinary databases and resources is essential.
- Provide one-on-one consultation services as well as classroom instruction sessions as requested by faculty in undergraduate and graduate level courses
- Develop customized course-integrated research, database and resource guides for Islamic Studies and other related disciplines.
- Create and maintain research guides and other related web pages.
- Manage collection development and maintenance activities in the subject areas for which the position is responsible
- Works closely with relevant departments and centers to develop new initiatives and projects.
- Plan, develop and deliver courses, workshops and orientations for students and faculty
- Coordinates activities with Order Services and metadata department for cataloging of materials to support faculty teaching and research in a variety of non-Roman language materials. Language facility would be particularly useful with Arabic, Hindi/Urdu and Farsi.
All professional staff members are expected to participate on library committees or other library strategic initiatives as an integral component of their responsibilities. These may vary in number and scope over time, but these are not add-ons or distractions from primary responsibilities, they are a substantive portion of the job responsibilities.
The successful candidate will bring a combination of expertise and experience from both the academic discipline and library/information sciences. A graduate degree is expected, whether that is an advanced degree in a related discipline along with library experience, or an MLIS with a combination of relevant library and academic experience. At least two years of related professional experience is required, preferably with experience in teaching, outreach and/or experience in meeting the research needs of students and faculty in Islamic and/or south Asian studies. Fluency in Arabic, Hindi and/or Urdu is highly desirable. The ability to work in a highly collaborative setting, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to service are expected. A wide range of computer and technology skills are now required for library professionals, facility with the technologies and databases relevant to Islamic Studies and knowledge of current trends in library technology are required. Ability to work with a variety of departments across the university and the libraries is important.
Salary commensurate with education and experience. Benefits are those applicable to exempt employees of Vanderbilt University, including health care insurance; retirement plan options; tuition discount program; and paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.
Applications received by February 1, 2015 will receive first consideration; interested individuals must apply to be considered. Please apply online. Refer to Job Number 1414968. Include a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.
Princeton University Library / Princeton, NJ, Leader, Middle Eastern Languages Team, (posted January 5, 2015)
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 7 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.
Princeton University Library seeks candidates for the position of Leader, Middle Eastern Languages Team. Applicants must be strongly versed in Arabic and the history and cultures of the Middle East, and possess the qualities and experience necessary to lead a team of professional experts and highly skilled support staff in the creation and management of metadata critical to the effective use of the Library's renowned Near East Collections. The Princeton University Near East Collections constitute one of the major assemblages of Near Eastern research materials in the United States. All areas of classical Islamic civilization are well represented, with an emphasis on literary, historical, legal, and religious texts. The position reports to the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services and is part of the management group responsible for framing the Department's overall metadata strategy, exploring new technologies, and implementing new workflows to improve user services and enhance discovery access to the Library's collections. The Middle East Languages Team Leader directly supervises three professional librarians, with four paraprofessional bibliographic specialists reporting indirectly to the MELT Leader through one of the team's librarians. The MELT Leader collaborates with colleagues within Technical Services and in other Library departments on projects providing metadata to support digital initiatives, contributing special technical and subject expertise to discovery system configuration efforts, and crafting innovative cataloging strategies to address special acquisition and holdings scenarios. The MELT Leader supplements the team's cataloging production to ensure priority throughput and attends to cataloging instances requiring creative solutions. The Middle East Languages Team Leader is expected to maintain awareness of peer operations and best practices through professional involvement.
- MLS combined with an academic background in Middle Eastern studies; or an advanced degree in Middle Eastern studies with an emphasis on Arabic language, literature, culture, and history, and a minimum of two years of experience in a research library
- Strong reading knowledge of Arabic
- Two years of comparable cataloging experience
- Supervisory experience, or related relevant leadership experience, demonstrating a strong likelihood of success in the position.
Strongly preferred Qualifications
- Reading knowledge of other Middle Eastern languages, especially, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish, and/or Ottoman Turkish
- RDA cataloging experience and/or NACO experience
- Experience providing cataloging and metadata for digital formats, and in creating and editing non-MARC metadata using standards and schema such as Dublin Core, MODS, etc.
- Experience demonstrating initiative implementing new technologies to improve cataloging.
- Experience with metadata issues related to the design and configuration of research library discovery systems and web-based search engines.
Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website and must include a resume/cv, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.
Harvard University Library / Cambridge, MA, Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture, (posted January 5, 2015)
Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into the 21st century. In total there are over 70 libraries at Harvard that comprise the Harvard library system, with combined holdings of over 16 million items. More than 11 million of those items are part of the collection of a centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). For additional information visit the Harvard Library web site.
Reporting to the Visual Resources Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, outreach, and collaboration, through visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture, to faculty, students, and researchers. Visual materials collections in the Fine Arts Library document all aspects of Islamic art and architecture through formats that include digital images, 35mm and glass lantern slides for teaching as well historic photographs and albums, illustrated publications, postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, & participation in collection development/management. Works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library and the faculty/staff of the Aga Khan Program.
Duties and Responsibilities
Collection Management, Development and Access:
- Acquires, evaluates, and identifies digital resources and other visual formats for the Library's image teaching and research collection in Islamic art and architecture
- In collaboration with the AKPIA Bibliographer and the FAL Photographic Resources Librarian, assists in the assessment and selection of historic photographs and other visual materials in the Fine Arts Library's collection for digitization, preservation, or special projects
- Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular needs
- Works with the Visual Resources Librarian, to coordinate and prioritize production of different digital products (scanning, uploading, cataloging); tracks workflows and timely service to users
- Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in OLIVIA, ARTstor Shared Shelf, and other catalogues including collaboration with other staff to establish best practices and authority control
- Contributes to planning and implementing projects involving the digitization and/or publication of Islamic visual materials
- Together with the Visual Resources Librarian, develops long-range objectives for Islamic visual image collections in consultation with AKPIA faculty and staff
Reference and instructional support:
- Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers throughout the University community
- Selects and provides images in appropriate formats for teaching and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites
- Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops and personalized instruction
- Assists faculty and students in integrating visual and presentation technologies in lectures, course websites
- Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic visual materials
- Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications
Collaboration and outreach:
- Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design Library, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
- Collaborates with the AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture such as SAHARA.
- Master's degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
- 3-5 years of academic library experience or equivalent required
- Graduate study in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or background
- Familiarity with at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)
- Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access
- Computer skills including databases, digital image file management, presentation tools, and social media required
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required.
- Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French and German
- Knowledge of the historic and contemporary fields of Islamic art and architecture and historical study and their constituent disciplines
- Familiarity with other archival collection projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East.
Collaboration and outreach:
- Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship, such as academic departments and programs, DASH, CGA, metaLab, and Digital Humanities, to develop content and research/teaching opportunities
- Seeks and collaborates with other stakeholders to develop projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture
- Serves as needed with the Visual Resources Librarian on University-wide library working groups for image metadata tools and standards.
- Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as needed) in the creation of level and collection-level metadata and indexing for Islamic visual materials in all formats
- Hires and trains student and project staff in ARTstor Shared Shelf and/or other cataloging and presentation tools
- Assign metadata creation and indexing projects to student and project staff
- Performs quality assurance for Islamic image metadata.
To apply please, visit ASPIRE, Harvard's Recruitment Management System
Harvard University Library / Cambridge, MA, Technical Services Library Assistant, (posted November 27, 2014)
Information and Technical Services actively supports the teaching and research mission of the Harvard Library by managing monograph, serial and e-resource acquisitions, metadata creation, and metadata management for the Harvard Library. Founded in 1636, Harvard University is preeminent among the world's research universities. Harvard has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 6,600 undergraduate students, over 14,000 graduate students, and an additional 2,000 part-time students. Over 16,000 people work at Harvard, including approximately 2,100 faculty members. An additional 10,000 individuals have faculty appointments in Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. In the course of 375 years, Harvard's Library has grown from a single collection of 400 volumes to a 73-unit library system whose holdings include nearly 17 million volumes, more than 21 million digital files, 10 million microforms, 8 million photographs, and an estimated 400 million manuscript items. For additional information visit the Harvard Library web site at: http://lib.harvard.edu/about-us
Information and Technical Services actively supports the teaching and research mission of the Harvard Library by managing monograph, serial and e-resource acquisitions, metadata creation, and metadata management for the Harvard Library. As a member of the Monograph Acquisitions & Copy Cataloging Americas & Europe 3 unit within the Acquisitions Section, under the supervision of the Manager for Monograph Acquisitions & Copy Cataloging Americas & Europe 3, the incumbent provides timely access to Harvard Library collections by performing a variety of acquisitions and copy cataloging duties for monographs in multiple languages and formats with the primary focus on materials for the Aga Khan Program. Priorities will be set to maximize contributions to the overall goals of the Information and Technical Services Department of the Harvard Library. Staff may be called upon to apply their skills and/or receive additional training in order to contribute to work in other ITUS units or teams as occasional, short-term needs occur.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Places orders via Aleph and other systems as appropriate with the primary focus on the Aga Khan Program, following bibliographers' directives regarding materials and fund assignments
- May contribute to ordering materials for other libraries and workflows within the MACC A&E 3 unit as time allows
- Serves as the primary liaison with partners regarding scoping, digitization and invoice payment for the Aga Khan Program
- Processes shipments of new materials by receiving titles in Aleph, verifying accuracy of vendor invoices and issuing payments in Aleph, paying careful attention to funding sources as designated by bibliographers
- Searches bibliographic and related data in catalogs and online databases for the purpose of ordering, receiving and cataloging material and updating bibliographic information in Aleph
- Creates, edits and reviews bibliographic, holdings and item records for materials in all formats and multiple languages according to established guidelines
- Places orders for time sensitive materials such as course reserves and follows up with priority processing, including expedited copy cataloging
- Uses PCard for both routine purchases from established vendors and for more complicated orders from unfamiliar sources
- Performs routine and more complex copy cataloging and may serve as primary resource for the team for copy cataloging issues and bringing unresolved questions to the manager
- Orders and copy catalogs works in parts
- Runs Cognos reports for bibliographers and for the unit as needed
- Secures public performance rights for classroom viewing and/or library presentation of DVDs
- Communicates with vendors, publishers, bibliographers and financial personnel; conducts professional correspondence when needed to solve problems or follow up on orders including invoice payment issues.
- Maintains the privacy of patron records and protects high risk/confidential information contained in University records
- Serves as a source of information on established policies and procedures for library patrons and staff
- Works according to changing daily priorities, demonstrates flexibility and the ability to shift between multiple tasks effectively
- Suggests innovations and generates ideas for improving workflows and creating efficiencies
- Participates in unit-wide planning and implementation of new policies and procedures
- May contribute to or oversee special projects, including documentation, training and statistics
- May assist in hiring, training, scheduling and distributing work of other staff or student workers
- Assists with developing training and procedural documentation for unit
- Contributes to overall goals of the department as appropriate
- High school diploma or equivalent education or work experience required
- Previous library or related work experience required, including skills with integrated library system and online bibliographic systems including familiarity with OCLC and ALEPH required
- Working knowledge of Arabic or Persian. Familiarity with one or more other Middle Eastern language, especially Turkish, is desirable
- Proficiency with Microsoft Windows operating system and Windows software required
- Demonstrated facility with automated systems, including using online databases, working with spreadsheets and knowledge of file management techniques.
- College degree preferred
- Reading knowledge of at least one Western European language preferred
- Library acquisitions and basic cataloging experience strongly preferred
- Background in Art and/or Middle Eastern studies preferred
- Work experience in a production-oriented and technology-enhanced environment preferred
- Excellent oral and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to perform repetitive work accurately with fine attention to detail
- Ability to work productively and cooperatively in a team environment, with flexibility and versatility in an evolving work situation. In addition, the ability to work independently to perform complex tasks and meet project deadlines
- Commitment to be part of a continuous learning environment, updating skills as required to perform job duties
- This position involves occasionally lifting and moving loads weighing in excess of 40 pounds and requires bending, squatting, stretching and climbing small step stools when needed to retrieve books and shelve them. May require keyboarding for a least six hours a day.
To apply please, visit ASPIRE, Harvard's Recruitment Management System
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