Job: Collection Services Librarian

11/28/15 –  Collection Services Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments:  Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions.  Positions appear periodically (two so far this year including Director) but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region.  For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai.


The American University of Sharjah Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Collection Services Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.

Job Responsibilities:
Acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections.
Coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system.
Troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery.
Collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics.
Document delivery.

Qualifications Required:
An ALA-accredited MLS degree
Minimum of 3 years’ experience
Knowledge of web-based applications and environment
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
The ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI
Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
2 years’ experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases or digital serials management
Experience working in a university or research environment
Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platform
Working knowledge of JavaScript, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools

If interested, applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names of three references to The position applied for should be mentioned in the email subject line.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not meet specified requirements will not be shortlisted.
AUS Alumni are encouraged to apply for these positions

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: AUS complies with the US Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. During the interview process, you may be asked questions concerning your ability to perform job-related functions. If you are given a conditional offer of employment, you may be required to complete a post-job offer medical history questionnaire and undergo a medical examination, and all information will be kept confidential and in separate files.

See for any additional details.

Thomas Hodge
Assistant University Librarian for Technology & Technical Services
American University of Sharjah University Library
United Arab Emirates

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