Job: Digital Humanities Librarian

2.11.17 –  Digital Humanities Librarian
American University in Cairo, Egypt

Sarah P’s comments:  Cairo is a vibrant, crazy, old yet new city.  American Universities do tend to be more established and reputable than some of the new start-up campuses. However I would do some careful research as Egypt is in a particularly vulnerable position at the moment. Many long-term expat residents have left and AUC currently has 100 positions listed which is a sobering statistic.

 

Company Description:

Founded in 1919, AUC moved to a new 270-acre state-of-the-art campus in New Cairo in 2008. The University also operates in its historic downtown facilities, offering cultural events, graduate classes, and continuing education. Student housing is available in New Cairo. Among the premier universities in the region, AUC is Middle States accredited; its Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, its Chemistry program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry, and the School of Business is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. The AUC Libraries contain the largest English-language research collection in the region and are an active and integral part of the University’s pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. AUC is an English-medium institution; eighty-five percent of the students are Egyptian and the rest include students from nearly ninety countries, principally from the Middle East, Africa and North America. Faculty salary and rank are based on qualifications and professional experience. According to AUC policies and procedures, all faculty are entitled to generous benefits.

Job Description:

The School of Libraries and Learning Technologies invites applications for a fixed term contract (five years renewable) position at the Instructor level beginning in Fall 2017. The search committee is eager to review applications of individuals with demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an interest in living and working in the Middle East.

Leads, plans and supervises Digital Humanities initiatives towards a service-oriented, digital research, specialized reference, consulting and project development program of services for humanities faculty, students and visiting researchers at the AUC. As the Libraries’ designated expert in emerging humanities research tools and methods, this position will collaborate with library and academic colleagues across campus and worldwide to develop and promote innovative new digital scholarship services. The Digital Humanities Librarian will establish and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and researchers and employ communication, organization, analytic and problem-solving skills. Working in tandem with the Digital Collections Archivist who will handle largely the technical and design issues associated with digital creation, the Digital Humanities Librarian will emphasize the selection, metadata assignment and scholarly use of digital collections. The latter will include working with the University Archivist, faculty and RBSCL staff to generate stellar digital humanities projects using RBSCL content. He/she will provide instruction for these digital tools, working directly with faculty and students in the classroom and individually with respect to digital literacy. This collaboration will result in projects that highlight our holdings and broaden access to our collections through digital initiatives, resulting in original scholarship and publications, thereby enhancing AUC’s reputation as a center for scholarship and research.

Requirements:

MLS or equivalent is required at time of appointment. Successful candidates should have an ongoing program of research and publication. Teaching experience is preferred. Responsibilities include undergraduate as well as graduate teaching, an active program of research and publications, and service to the Department and the University.

Additional Information:

Priority will be given to applications received by March 8, 2017. Position is open until filled.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:

a) a current resume or CV; b) a letter of interest; c) a statement of teaching philosophy; d) a completed AUC Personnel Information Form (PIF); e) Please ask three referees familiar with your professional background to send reference letters directly to lltjob@aucegypt.edu.

For more information, e-mail Mr. Philip Croom, (pcroom@aucegypt.edu); Ms. Sahar Sobeih, Assistant Dean, (sahar_s@aucegypt.edu) or visit the department’s website at http://schools.aucegypt.edu/library/Pages/default.aspx

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