Job: Reference & Instruction Librarian

8.17.17 – Reference & Instruction Librarian (Outreach Focus)
Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: A follower and librarian at Zayed wrote to tell me this position is open. It was last listed in 2016 however now the title ‘Outreach Focus’ has been added so it might be a new position. Zayed University has been considered one of the better colleges to work for in the UAE however in recent years their reputation has slipped a bit. They have always had sporadic hiring practices; interviewing then no communication, it appearing that a job is likely and then no contract, etc.

Dubai is a new, crazy city with lots of traffic but it is interesting and the Emirates remain a safe to live.  Be prepared for more expats than Arab nationals and watch the low oil prices because this is affecting the economy.

Job: Reference & Instruction Librarian

9.2.16 – Reference & Instruction Librarian
Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: Zayed has been considered one of the better colleges to work for in the UAE however in recent years their reputation has slipped a bit.  They have always had sporadic hiring practices; interviewing then no communication, it appearing that a job is likely and then no contract, etc.

Dubai is a new, crazy city with lots of traffic but it is interesting and the Emirates remain a safe to live.  Be prepared for more expats than Arab nationals and watch the low oil prices because this is affecting the economy.

Zayed University Library and Learning Commons seeks a creative and enthusiastic librarian to join our staff as a Reference and Instruction Librarian with a focus on outreach. The successful candidate will participate in our information literacy program, serve at our reference desk, and act as a liaison to selected Colleges, developing the monograph collection and supporting researchers in those disciplines. The Reference and Instruction Librarian will also take a lead role in the Library’s outreach efforts, coordinating orientations and serving on the Marketing and Publicity Team.

For the full position announcement and to apply, please visit the Employment link on our homepage at or link directly to the announcement at:

Zayed University, one of three higher education institutions supported by the federal government of the United Arab Emirates, provides high quality education in English for over 9000 Emirati students, predominantly female, at our two campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. ZU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University offers salaries that are tax-free in the UAE and a benefits package inclusive of housing allowance, health insurance, yearly travel to your home country and more. Dubai is a vibrant modern city between the desert and the sea, with year-round warm weather and a high standard of living.


Job: Elementary School Librarian

4.28.16 –  Elementary Librarian
American School of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Sarah P’s comments: A late opening from one of the top schools in the Middle East. ASD has been around for years and has become as large school with a hectic work pace in a city with crazy traffic. However, it is still a good place to work and, if you like city, life, Dubai is a crazy, vibrant place where something is always happening.

Apply by June 1, 2016

Start date July 31, 2016

Primary Responsibilities:
• Plan and prepare throughout the year for effective instruction within the classroom
• Provide a classroom environment that is conducive to learning
• Effective delivery of the curriculum
• Effectively manage each group of students while providing for a variety of learning styles, ability
levels, and educational backgrounds
• Maintain rigorous and appropriate learning expectations of all students at all times
• Monitor student learning and make appropriate modifications of goals and strategies to meet students’ needs
• Maintain accurate up-to-date records of student progress and attendance
• Engage parents and students in the learning process through frequent and meaningful
communications about student progress
• Be available to parents and students outside of school hours
• Engage in department/team planning, curriculum review, budgeting and other activities
• Interact cooperatively with colleagues in the development of cohesive curriculum materials and the establishment of instructional goals
• Co-operate with and participate in the planning and evaluation of the school program
• Keep current in education through coursework, in-service programs, and by attending professional meetings and conferences
• Remain proficient in school related technologies, Employ technology (computer, video, internet, etc. as appropriate to enhance instruction
• Engage with students in meaningful activities beyond the classroom which extend learning experiences for students (coaching, organizing field trips, sponsorship of clubs, events, community service projects, etc.)

• Engage with the administration in a committed effort to improve one’s own instructional skills
• Openly support and abide by all school policies and procedures
• Model the ‘Core Values’ in interactions with the school community
• Liaise with the Principal, taking on tasks as assigned, including all school goals

• Demonstrate commitment to personal continuous professional growth and development
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships
• Represent ASD with students, parents, colleagues, and broader school community in a professional manner
• Exhibit a professional attitude toward criticism
• Recognize and strengthen personal performance through self analysis of actions, participating inprofessional development activities, exploring educational research,  participating in professional
organizations, and through formal renewal programs

Job Skills and Requirements
• Master’s degree with a valid teaching certificate/license in content area and/or for the position you are applying
• A minimum of two years, current, full time teaching experience in the position you are applying for
• Teaching experience in a North American educational environment
• Experience with current best practices, current teaching materials, and current instructional strategies as well as recent professional growth activities
• Focused instruction and assessment on student learning
• Models ASD Core Values (Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Responsibility

Job: Information Technology Librarian

4.7.16 –  Information Technology Librarian
Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: Zayed has been considered one of the better colleges to work for in the UAE however in recent years their reputation has slipped.  They have always had sporadic hiring practices; interviewing then no communication, it appearing that a job is likely and then no contract, etc.  This position was advertised in  9/15 so I am not sure whether it was never filled or if someone has left.

Dubai is a new, crazy city with lots of traffic but it is interesting and the Emirates remain a safe to live.  Be prepared for more expats than Arab nationals and watch the low oil prices because this is affecting the economy.

The University

Zayed University, a leading university in the United Arab Emirates, is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. The University has experienced rapid growth, and currently has over 900 faculty and staff serving approximately 9,500 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on its twin campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  Zayed University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, and family life, and to contribute to building a knowledge-based economy and society. Through a curriculum grounded in learning outcomes, the University expects its graduates to be proficient in both English and Arabic, and to possess the skills in communication, technology, information literacy, research, critical thinking, and global awareness that will make them leaders in the interconnected 21st-century world.  English is the primary language of instruction.  Zayed University is fully accredited in the UAE, and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the US.

The United Arab Emirates is a progressive country known for its high standard of living and its safe, family-friendly, multi-national environment.

The Opportunity

The Library & Learning Commons seeks an incumbent for the position of Information Technology Librarian, reporting to the Assistant Director, Technical Services. The position plays a key role in the Technical Services Department of Library and Learning Commons to support the library operations by maintaining Integrated Library System (ILS) and associated applications; incorporating new technologies and implementing innovative solutions to enhance learning and research for the information needs of students, faculty and users of Zayed University Library; providing functional support and training for library staff in the operation of the Library System and associated applications.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of information technology applied in library and research settings
  • Knowledge of current standards in cataloging and metadata description
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively, both independently and with a wide variety of people, staff resources and departments
  • Ability to work in a rapidly changing environment


  • Work with the Assistant Director of Technical Services to prepare the short and long-term plans, implement the technical projects in the Library, and recommend innovative initiatives and technology to expand library services
  • In collaboration with Technical Service Team, Zayed University IT, Library vendor and other business partners, to implement the new ILS with the agreed project outcomes delivering on time, within budget and in optimal use
  • Responsible for the maintenance, coordinate the testing of upgrades and new functionality
  • Manage bibliographic data loads and database maintenance routines, maintain logs of system programs, creates reports and globally update data in the Library System
  • Help with troubleshooting and resolving hardware, software and network problems in the Library
  • Contribute to the analysis of supporting development of Library System and associated applications, and the adoption of functional changes that lead to improvements in service and workflows
  • Collaborate with IT and business partners to ensure system/database integrity and information security
  • Provide functional support and training for library staff in the operation of the Library System and associated applications
  • Contribute to the on-going development of the Library System by participating in user groups and forums locally, in the region and/or internationally
  • Perform any duties as assigned by the superiors


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program or its equivalent
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant library related experience
  • Formal qualifications or studies in a computer studies related field would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of current library information technologies, library bibliographic standards and cataloging rules
  • Skilled in working with current web standards, application programming and mobile technology
  • Experience in system migration at academic library setting and/or working as system administrator, preferably in Millennium/Sierra, is desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential
  • Knowledge of Arabic is desirable but not a requirement


  • The University’s benefits package is highly attractive, with competitive salaries free of tax in the U.A.E., housing, a furniture allowance, annual vacation airline tickets for the employee and immediate family, educational subsidies for children and healthcare is provided to the employee and sponsored family members. ?

To Apply:

  • Please visit our web site click on ‘Employment’ to be directed to the recruitment website. In addition to completing the online application form, attach a cover letter, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references.

While we appreciate all applications, you will be contacted only if you are selected for an interview.



Job: Senior Librarian (School)

2.10.16 –  Senior Librarian (School)
Latifa School for Girls, Dubai, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  This listing was sent to me by the current librarian who is departing to work in Mozambique for a former head of mine.  She has worked hard to bring the library up to par and ‘would like to leave knowing it’s in good hands’.  It is always good to receive personally sent postings because they add authenticity especially when there are no other reviews.  Note: they are a UK curriculum school and the position is female only.  Dubai has crazy traffic but is generally safe and there is always something interesting happening if you are into city life.


Senior Librarian – with a librarianship qualification

Teaching applicants should be UK-trained and have recent experience teaching their subject up to Advanced level, please note Latifa School can only accept female applicants for teaching positions.

Teaching applicants should be degree holders and be UK-trained and/or have had recent experience teaching in a British-curriculum school.

All applications must include:

  • A completed application form
  • C.V. and letter of application
  • Names, email addresses and contact numbers of three professional referees, including current Head/employer.

Shortlisting and interviews will take place in February and March 2016.

Download Application form

Applications should be e-mailed to, stating the position applied for in the subject line.

Whilst we endeavour to reply to all applications, the number of responses received may preclude this.  We would, therefore, ask that if you have not heard from us with one month of application, please consider your application unsuccessful.



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

Job: Librarian

10/28/15 –  Librarian
The College of Fashion and Design, Dubai, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  I believe this is a new college as they state they are not yet accredited, their website is only one page, and there are no reviews or information I can find.  Dubai is crazy and overcrowded but interesting if you haven’t been there.

Institution CFD is a non-federal four-year institution of higher education located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The college prepares students for a successful baccalaureate degree in Fashion Business Management and Fashion Design. CFD has been accorded Initial Licensure by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE, while the programs are presently under review and are yet to be accorded accreditation.

Responsibilities: The Librarian, as a part of the administrative staff of the College, will be directly responsible to the Dean In fulfilling the duties of Department, the Librarian will act within the administrative framework of College. The Librarian plans, administers, and evaluates all Libraries and learning resource programs of the College, thus providing facilities, materials, staff, and services to meet the informational and instructional needs of the academic community and the College as a whole.

The Librarian will be authorized and directed to:

  • Further the interests of the College ;
  • Recommend an annual budget for the support of learning resources;
  • Organize and guide staff as they work with faculty and students to provide an optimum environment for learning;
  • Plan, direct, and integrate learning resource services and programs and policies so as to promote fulfillment of the College’s missions and goals;
  • Approve division requisitions and purchase orders for supplies and equipment;
  • Serve as consultant in instructional services, instructional technologies, and informational delivery systems to College and community;
  • Act as advocate for the libraries with the administration, faculty, staff, and students;
  • Recruit and develop a staff of capable, thorough, and service-oriented persons;
  • Be active in the library profession on behalf of the college and the library;
  • Provide for the annual review of purpose, objectives, and goals of the library;
  • Attend departmental staff meetings upon a department’s request;
  • Conduct research in library management and in the general field of librarianship in order to deal more effectively with administrative issues and to conduct an annual review of this process;
  • Serve as liaison between the learning resources/ libraries division and other divisions of instruction and administration;
  • Serve as advisor and consultant to the Dean.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership and supervision in an academic library environment.
Salary: $45,000 to $50,000 USD Per Year
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants for faculty positions should send their expression of interest along with profile and all other documentation to by Thursday, November 13, 2015.Required Documents
1. Resume/CV
2. Cover Letter
3. Passport Copy
4. Passport Photograph
5. Three references

Application Information

Postal Address:
Dr.Sarita Sahni
President’s Office
College of Fashion and Design
P.O.Box 114973
Dubai , United Arab Emirates
 Phone: +97150 6310 299
 Email Address: