Job: University Librarian

2.2.16 –  University Librarian
University of Central Asia, Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan

Sarah P’s comments:  A fairly new university (founded in 2000); could not find any reviews; this reads like a new position; they would appreciate Russian language ability; do not confuse with the American University of Central Asia.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) is a private (not for profit), secular University whose charter has been signed by the Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, ratified by the parliaments of the founding states and registered with the United Nations. UCA is the first internationally chartered university in the world. UCA’s mission is to foster the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its mountain societies, while helping the peoples of the region preserve and draw upon their rich cultural heritages as assets for the future.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the University Librarian will be to:

  • Develop and implement a clear and concise strategic plan for the library that promotes the mission of the university and bring in continuous improvement.
  • Work with different librarians across the Aga Khan Development Network.
  • Plan, implement and administer library functions, resources and services 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 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.
  • Set priorities and budgets for the staff, facilities, collections, including print, media and electronic that support the university’s curricular and research efforts.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Energetic and ambitious team player who thrives on a challenge and is comfortable working in a start-up environment
  • A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Science from an accredited institution would be an asset.
  • Minimum of 5 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 technology use in library systems (i.e. library automation systems, online resources, and instructional technologies)
  • Experience in 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.
  • Excellent communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment.
  • Experience working in international educational institutions.


  • Advanced English
  • Working knowledge of Russian would be an asset


The University Librarian will report to the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences

The position will be based in Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic and would require regional travel.

Salary and International Package: Hiring Salary Range: $80,000 to $125,000 USD

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 29 February 2016. As your application e-mail “subject”, please write: “University Librarian” and please indicate how you heard about us. Position open until filled.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The University of Central Asia (UCA) was founded in 2000. The Presidents of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan and His Highness the Aga Khan signed the International Treaty and Charter establishing this secular and private University.

UCA consists of its Undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Continuing Education, the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, the Mountain Societies Research Institute, the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit, the Central Asian Faculty Development Programme and the Aga Khan Humanities Project. The University brings with it the commitment and partner­ship of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The University is advancing construction of three residential campuses in Khorog, Tajikistan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Tekeli, Kazakhstan that will serve 3,600 students when fully operational. UCA will launch its undergraduate degree programmes at its campuses in Naryn in September 2016, in Khorog in 2017, and in Tekeli in 2019.

For more information on UCA, please visit

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