Job: Academic Librarian for Research and Instruction for the Social Sciences

6.15.16 – Academic Librarian for Research and Instruction for the Social Sciences
NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: I was asked if I could post this position, asked for some more info, and received the following: “no dates for interviews as of yet. Given the nature of jobs outside of the US and visa process, we would ideally like someone to start by Spring semester 2016.”

Note: you should be aware that when I spoke with NYU at an ALA conference several years ago they shared that faculty hired for overseas campuses are not considered regular faculty and thus cannot transfer campuses.  Please check whether this policy has changed.

Wikipedia article
NYU Abu Dhabi: Working Abroad in the Middle East, Chronicle of Higher Education Forum
Glassdoor reviews

The NYU Abu Dhabi Library invites applications for a Research and Instruction Librarian for the Social Sciences to work in a highly collaborative, innovative, and forward-looking setting. Reporting to the Director of Libraries at NYUAD, the position plays a key role in the educational mission of NYU Abu Dhabi by providing dynamic and enthusiastic service to students and faculty with a special focus on research in the social sciences. The role involves reference, teaching, collection development, and research assistance to gifted and diverse students and faculty. Program development and participation in tiered information literacy programs are expectations.
The librarian will serve as a resource for students and faculty working with data sources and software common to social sciences research, and as a partner with the other liaison librarians and related University departments. The incumbent will develop creative strategies to understand the information needs of assigned departments and programs, build partnerships with faculty, and actively engage in outreach to sustain strong, consistent, and effective communications between the Library, the assigned departments, and affiliated programs. He or she will develop and maintain subject-related collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty. Collaborative work with colleagues at NYU New York, NYU Shanghai, and across NYU’s global network is an important job expectation. Academic Librarians engage in community and professional service and pursue and active scholarly agenda including publication, and research.
Initial appointment will be for 2-4 years and is renewable contingent on job performance. Rank depends on professional background and experience.
Required Qualifications:
• ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent graduate LIS degree
• Academic background in the social sciences
• Experience with quantitative analysis and its tools, particularly Stata
• Demonstrated analytical skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for instruction and outreach
• Demonstrated aptitude for teamwork, flexible accommodation of a changing environment, and history of collegiality
Preferred Qualifications:
• Advanced degree in the social sciences
• Demonstrated knowledge of or direct experience working with managing research data.
• Experience working in a research library
• Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
• Prior international experience
Renewal and promotion require excellent job performance and active professional engagement. Applications will be accepted immediately. To be considered, all applicants need to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae in PDF format. For instructions and information on how to apply, visit our website at If you have any further questions about the position or NYUAD, please email
About NYUAD: 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 foundational degree-granting campuses: New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai, complemented by a network of over eleven research and study-away sites across five continents. Faculty and students will circulate within this global network in pursuit of common research interests and the promotion of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary solutions for problems, both local and global.
Entering its seventh year, NYU Abu Dhabi has recruited a cohort of faculty who are at once distinguished in their research and teaching. Our students are drawn from around the world and surpass all traditional recruitment benchmarks, both US and global. NYU Abu Dhabi’s highly selective liberal arts enterprise is complemented by an institute for advanced research, sponsoring cutting-edge projects across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering.

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