Job Postings

MELA will post position announcements as a service to the profession.

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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Arabic/Hebrew Cataloger – Ohio State University (posted April 11, 2018)

Summary: This position is responsible for cataloging materials – primarily in Arabic, in addition to other languages of the Middle East, and English – in various formats, using national, international and The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) rules and standards, and for assimilating new rules and practices as they are established. He/she evaluates and modifies existing records and creates new records in international database (OCLC); verifies accuracy of authority files in the online local system and OCLC; creates and/or updates authority records; supports cataloging e-resources in the Middle East materials; supervises the activities and the workflow of the Middle East cataloging student assistants; is responsible for hiring and training students when needed; attends and participates in workshops, meetings and committees; engages in and/or supervises special projects involving the cataloging of material in the general collections of OSUL or other libraries; identifies problems and discrepancies in databases and corrects and/or reports to the appropriate section; compiles statistics and prepares progress reports. Other duties as assigned.

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Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Jewish Studies – UCLA (posted March 28, 2018)

The UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-driven librarian/curator to work with students and faculty to advance research, scholarship, and teaching in the Middle East, Islamic, and Jewish Studies. Reporting to the Interim Head of International Studies, the Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Jewish Studies is responsible for collection development and management, reference, and instruction in assigned areas in order to support and advance research-level scholarship by UCLA students and faculty. The Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Jewish Studies collaborates on the creation of research tools and develops plans to digitize content and collections to increase access to resources; delivers specialized orientations, instruction sessions, and consultations; and serves as a resource on issues related to digital scholarship, scholarly communications and emerging research methods. The incumbent collaborates with campus and UC colleagues on a range of issues related to collections and digital projects, participates in professional forums such as the Middle East Librarians Association and the Center for Research Libraries’ Middle East Materials Project, actively engages in outreach and community engagement activities in support of UCLA Library’s strategic priorities and serves as a member of library teams related to preservation and/or digitization, such as the UCLA Library’s International Digital Ephemera Project. The incumbent has supervisory responsibilities for .5 FTE staff member and student assistants.

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Manuscripts of the Muslim World Cataloging Librarian – University of Pennsylvania (posted February 23, 2018)

As part of the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project (a grant-funded initiative between the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia), the Penn Libraries seeks an Arabic script manuscript cataloging librarian. This position will be responsible for providing original cataloging and descriptive metadata for manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish from the collections of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College. In addition, the cataloging librarian will remediate and standardize selected existing metadata from the grant institutions. The cataloging librarian will work closely with the project management and digitization team as well as staff at the partner institutions to refine and adapt cataloging workflow and procedures.

This is a three-year term position.

Qualifications: A MLS/MLIS and 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. In addition, a graduate degree in Near Eastern Studies, Arabic or related fields is strongly preferred. Working knowledge of metadata standards as well as 1-3 years of experience in cataloging or digitization projects is highly desirable. Cataloging experience in MARC and a familiarity with standard metadata standards, platforms, and tools such as OCLC Connexion, RDA, and MARCedit also strongly preferred. Strong knowledge and prior experience of cataloging and working with manuscripts in Arabic and Perso-Arabic scripts (e.g. Naskh, Nasta liq, Shekasteh, etc.) will be crucial to the project and as such is strongly preferred.

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Metadata Librarian for Middle East Resources – Stanford Libraries (posted January 11, 2018)

The Stanford University Libraries invites applications for the position of Metadata Development Librarian for Middle East Resources.

Reporting to the Head of the Metadata Development Unit (MDU), the Metadata Development Librarian for Middle East Resources supports the creation, organization, and maintenance of metadata to facilitate search, discovery, and access to Middle East language resources in various formats acquired by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL) using traditional cataloging standards as well as existing and emerging metadata schemas and techniques, such as linked data.

TO APPLY, visit Stanford Careers:, and search for Job Number: 77543

Director of Distinctive Collections – Qatar National Library (posted January 9, 2018)

Qatar National Library seeks a visionary leader, adept at both strategy and operations, to serve as the director of the Distinctive Collections which include all heritage material of rare manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, 3D objects, and archival documents.

Essential responsibilities include the overall management and development of collections, conservation, exhibitions and programs.

The ideal candidate must possess a combination of professional education and progressive management experience in special and rare books collections related to the Middle East and Islamic history as well as strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to provide effective oversight of a professional staff, research operation and budget.

Minimum Experience of 8 years.

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Director, NYU Abu Dhabi Library – New York University Abu Dhabi (posted November 29, 2017)

New York University seeks a forward-looking, creative and thoughtful leader to become Library Director for its NYU Abu Dhabi portal campus. A world-class research university with liberal arts and sciences at its core, NYUAD resides in the United Arab Emirates at a new crossroads of today’s changing world, and a critical portal in NYU’s Global Network University. NYUAD recruits scholars who are committed to our global vision of innovative research and transformative teaching. The new Library Director will join an extraordinary team of pioneers engaged in fostering discovery and scholarship of one of the finest and most selective liberal arts colleges and research universities in the world.

The Library of NYU Abu Dhabi delivers and coordinates a wide range of academic services that support the research, teaching and learning of NYU Abu Dhabi’s faculty and students. Drawing on the resources and infrastructure of the libraries at NYU New York, leadership of the NYU Abu Dhabi Library provides an opportunity to develop a forward-looking 21st century library program serving a culturally diverse and academically talented population. The Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Library provides leadership for an interdisciplinary, collaborative and central source of intellectual and technological resources for cutting edge research and transformative teaching across over 20 undergraduate majors and an expanding offering in graduate programs. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead an emerging intellectual enterprise with a talented staff and established habits of innovation. The Director of the NYU Abu Dhabi Library works closely with colleagues in New York and NYU Shanghai on services that optimize library staff and resources across the NYU Libraries and with the senior staff of NYU Abu Dhabi to plan and implement emerging programs. The incumbent will be based in Abu Dhabi, with some travel required to NYU New York. The position reports jointly to the Provost of NYUAD and the Dean, Division of Libraries at NYU.

New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi-site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses – New York, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi – complemented by 11 additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global. Working across the network, NYU Libraries are highly integrated and collaborative. NYU Libraries’ shared mission across the globe is to be closely integrated, collaborative and focused on the faculty/student experience globally. The libraries share resources and its staff collaborates extensively to provide seamless access to resources, services, and expertise globally.

Principal Duties

  • Takes primary responsibility for the strategic planning, coordination and implementation of library services and policies at NYU Abu Dhabi in conjunction with NYU New York Division of Libraries counterparts, including collection development, technical services, research and instructional services, public programs, academic technology and audio-visual services, access services, and facilities.
  • Provides leadership for the Library’s innovative Center for Digital Scholarship, Archives and Special Collections, and major projects including local responsibility for the University’s Arabic Collections Online digital collection.
  • Contributes to NYU Abu Dhabi campus and program planning and ongoing program development.
  • Recruits, develops and manages an outstanding library staff, and provides direction for the continuing recruitment, selection, orientation, development, training and retention of library staff. Takes a leading role in mentorship of NYUAD’s Library Faculty.
  • Leads the effective and efficient ongoing operation of all aspects of library service on the NYU Abu Dhabi campus consistent with the mission and service philosophy of NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York.
  • Develops and manages the NYU Abu Dhabi library budget.
  • Leads the development of print and digital collections, including participation in joint NYU-wide collection development, budgeting, acquisitions and processing.
  • Develops productive relationships and collaborations with the Emirati academic and research community. Advances the NYUAD Library’s place among Emirati research institutions.

Required Qualifications

  • Substantial knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic library and information services, instructional/information technologies, and scholarly communication.
  • Knowledge of developments in higher education that affect research libraries, scholarly process, and the University’s core mission in research, teaching, and learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with the Provost’s Office, the academic Deans and faculty to sustain and develop innovative Library programs suited to the research and teaching of NYUAD and to share an in-depth understanding of academic programs.
  • Strong commitment to service excellence.
  • Demonstrated creativity in leadership.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in implementing innovative user services and technologies in the library program.
  • Demonstrated experience in assessment, planning and program development.
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment and communicate complex issues and perspectives to project team representatives across a global network.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
  • ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years successful administrative experience and at least 8 years managing and/or supervising a department in an academic setting, including budget and management of professional personnel.


  • Second advanced degree in a subject taught at NYUAD
  • Experience in a research university library
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
  • Prior international experience
  • Interest in and awareness of the Middle East, from a professional or scholarly standpoint.

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Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian / Emory University (posted October 2, 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 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:


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 the relevant fields/disciplines, 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.