The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian supports the teaching and research activities of the University by developing and managing—in all relevant formats—the Library’s collection in Middle Eastern Studies and other subject areas as assigned; by providing research, reference, and instructional services; and by coordinating the content and organization of appropriate web pages.
Collection Development: This position serves as the Library’s principal liaison to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students engaged in the study of the Middle East with particular emphasis on the Arabic speaking world. Will also have liaison responsibility for other areas as assigned. For the assigned subject areas: Develops collections in line with the pedagogical and research needs of the University. Works closely with faculty to understand and be responsive to their research and curricular needs, to keep them informed of the Library’s activities, and to integrate the Library’s collection and service resources into faculty research and curricular activities. Contributes to the development of cooperative collection development initiatives with other libraries and library consortia. Recommends annual allocations, manages vendor approval plans, and assists in monitoring the library materials budget in assigned disciplines.
Research and Instruction: This position serves as the expert for all services related to sources for study of Middle Eastern languages, culture, history and society with particular emphasis on the Arabic- speaking world. Provides general reference and information services in the social sciences, business, and the humanities. Interprets and analyzes the information needs of students, faculty, and other users of the University Library, in particular as they pertain to the literary research. Recommends and directs users to appropriate sources of information including those in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections and digital collections. Teaches library research sessions in subject areas congruent with collection responsibilities and creates research guides and other instructional materials. Employs new technologies to enhance reference and instruction services—e.g., social networking tools, multimedia, and learning management systems—in order to reach users in an increasingly online environment. In addition, the Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian is responsible for identifying, creating, managing, and maintaining the content of the web pages and other online resources related to his/her field.
The Middle Eastern Studies Liaison and Reference Librarian reports to the Head of Research Services, along with thirteen other subject liaisons and reference librarians. This position works closely with other department colleagues and with the department’s gifts unit, with the Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communication, the curators in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, and with staff of the ordering, receiving, and electronic resources & serials units of the Technical Services Department.
Requirements and Qualifications
Degree List: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, is required
Second graduate degree focused on the Middle East or Arabic Studies or a related field of study preferred. Equivalent years of work and/or other equivalent expertise will be considered.
A minimum of 2 years of experience working with Middle Eastern language collections in an academic or research library is required; collection development experience is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience in research methodologies, instruction and public services. Reading fluency in Arabic is required, oral fluency in Arabic and fluency in Turkish are preferred.
Demonstrated expertise in use of web-authoring applications. Knowledge of current instructional and multimedia technologies. A high degree of computer literacy and demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies in the relevant disciplines are required.
Evidence of superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Superior analytical and problem-solving skills. Record of participation and/or contribution in library professional organizations. Must have strong commitment to service, and the ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic environment, with all levels of patrons and staff.
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