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

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PROJECT METADATA LIBRARIAN FOR MIDDLE EAST RESOURCES / Stanford University (Posted November 9, 2017)

The Stanford University Libraries invites applications for the position of Project Metadata Librarian for Middle East Resources (Librarian 1, two-year term position).

Reporting to the Head of the Metadata Development Unit (MDU), the Project Metadata Librarian for Middle East Resources will carry out a wide range of complex duties to organize, categorize and catalog a collection of library materials in Middle Eastern languages, primarily Arabic and Turkish. The librarian will also spend 10% of time on curatorial duties such as monitoring approval and bulk purchase plans, and responding to faculty requests for special orders.


  1. Creates discovery metadata for resources in Arabic, Persian, other Arabic script languages, and Turkish in multiple bibliographic formats, applying the metadata schema appropriate to the material as defined by policy.
  2. Responsible for associated entity management, authority work, and quality control as defined by policy for particular schemas.
  3. Manages operations of the Middle East backlog cataloging project, including planning, maintaining production statistics, and writing detailed procedures as needed.
  4. Participates in relevant professional activities.
  5. Maintains active link with other metadata librarians and SUL curators.
  6. Performs other duties as needed.


  1. Advanced knowledge of Arabic; familiarity with and ability to work with materials in other languages written in Arabic script preferred; working knowledge of Turkish (fluency preferred).
  2. Basic knowledge of current cataloging procedures and principles as defined in RDA, MARC Bibliographic, Holdings, and Authorities formats.
  3. Ability to rapidly learn and implement new cataloging procedures and principles adopted by the Department.
  4. High level of proficiency using PC-based applications (Windows, word processing, spreadsheets) and other computer applications (email, Internet, Integrated Library Systems); high level computer competency kept up to date through continuous learning.
  5. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills combined with attention to detail for complex, detail-oriented work.
  6. Effective oral and written communication skills.
  7. Ability to work independently, as a team member, and across departmental boundaries in a fast-paced environment.
  8. Flexibility to be organized, productive and effective in a dynamic environment.
  9. Commitment to professional development and service.
  10. Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries or equivalent in education and relevant experience.

TO APPLY, visit Stanford Careers and search for Job Number: 77005

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.


Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture / Harvard College Library (posted July 17, 2017)

Duties & Responsibilities

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.  Working in a patron-oriented service environment, this position provides assistance in all aspects of research, teaching, and learning with Islamic visual materials held the Fine Arts Library, as well as with related online resources. Visual materials collections in the Fine Arts Library document all aspects of Islamic art and architecture in all formats, including digital images, 35mm and glass lantern slides for teaching, 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 and management, and assisting in the development and promotion of Fine Arts Library resources and services. The incumbent works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library, as well as the faculty and staff of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Collection Management, Development, and Access:

  • Acquires, evaluates, and identifies visual resources in all formats for the FAL’s image teaching and research collection in Islamic art and architecture.
  • 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) to ensure timely service to users.
  • Coordinates workflow and quality control of digitization of Islamic collection materials, working closely with Harvard imaging staff or designated outside vendors, as directed.
  • Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in ARTstor Shared Shelf and other catalogues, including collaboration with other staff to establish best practices and authority control, as well as the application of innovative methodologies for efficiency in metadata creation.
  • Together with the Visual Resources Librarian, develops long-range objectives for Islamic visual image collections and plans and implements projects involving the digitization and/or publication of Islamic visual materials.
  • 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.

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.
  • Advises users on copyright and intellectual property issues regarding image reproduction and publication.
  • Collaborates with the Fine Arts Library staff in reviewing, developing, and promoting patron-oriented services offered by the library.

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
  •  3-5 years of academic library experience or equivalent experience
  • 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 (Turkish, Persian, Arabic), with willingness to develop competency with additional Middle Eastern languages
  • Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access Well-developed computer skills including databases, digital image file management, presentation tools, and social media

Additional Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French, German, and Italian
  • 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
  • Demonstrated expertise with Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Bridge, Shared Shelf, and content management systems

For more information and to apply, click here to read the original job posting.