Job: Information Literacy Coordinator

9/15/15 –  Information Literacy Coordinator

Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments:  This position was originally posted on 4/4/15. 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.  Last year they advertised for an Information Literacy Coordinator for their Abu Dhabi campus in late August, then posted a search extended ad in October.  I assume they did finally fill the position.  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 falling oil prices because this will affect the economy.

 

Zayed University’s seeks an Information Literacy Coordinator for our Dubai campus. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Information Literacy Coordinator at our Abu Dhabi campus to lead and strengthen information literacy programming efforts on campus. Reporting to the Associate Director of the Library and Learning Commons, the Information Literacy Coordinator also serves as a liaison to the University College, the campus unit responsible for providing the general education curriculum.

The Responsibilities

  • Co-Lead the Library’s efforts to develop pedagogically effective learning experiences for students in collaboration with librarians, teaching faculty and other relevant campus partners.
  • Design learning objects, employing appropriate technologies, to support student mastery of the Information Literacy ZULO (Zayed University Learning Objective).
  • Provide support, direction and professional development for library colleagues on new trends and developments in instructional technologies and approaches to information literacy development.
  • Collect and analyze data on library instruction and student information literacy development for program improvement.
  • Participate in the provision of reference services, including some weekends and evenings.
  • Serve as a liaison to the University College; engaging in collection development, providing reference and research consultations for students and faculty and participating in discipline-specific information literacy programming.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of subject guides, user aids and the LLC’s website.
  • Participate in the planning and development of LLC policies and services and serve on LLC and University committees as appropriate.

Engage in professional research and development.

The Requirements

  • M.L.I.S. from an ALA accredited program or equivalent.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant experience in an academic library setting, including teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of instructional design principles.
  • Experience with the assessment of student learning and program evaluation.
  • Experience in providing faculty and staff development programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally-diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Project or team management experience desirable.
  • Fluency in English required. Arabic language skills desirable.

The Benefits
The University’s benefits package is highly attractive; it includes a competitive, income tax-free salary in the United Arab Emirates, housing allowance, and annual vacation ticket.

To Apply
In addition to completing the basics of the online application form, attach a cover letter detailing your experience as it relates to the position, a current CV, and the names and contact details of three professional references.

Review Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

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

 

 

Job: Information Literacy Coordinator

4/4/15 –  Information Literacy Coordinator
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.  Last year they advertised for an Information Literacy Coordinator for their Abu Dhabi campus in late August, then posted a search extended ad in October.  I assume they did finally fill the position.  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.

 

Zayed University seeks an experienced, creative, and adventurous librarian to serve as Information Literacy Coordinator for our Dubai campus. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Information Literacy Coordinator at our Abu Dhabi campus to lead and strengthen information literacy programming efforts on campus.  The Information Literacy Coordinator also serves as a liaison to the University College, the campus unit responsible for providing the general education curriculum.

For the full position announcement, please see: http://tinyurl.com/dubaiinfolit

Zayed University, one of three federal 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 an attractive benefits package inclusive of a tax-free income, 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: Assistant Director Of Technical Services

2/12/15 –  Assistant Director Of Technical Services
Library And Learning Commons, Zayed University, Dubai

Sarah P’s comments:  In the past Zayed enjoyed a good reputation and was considered a fairly good place to work, probably in second place after the American University of Sharjah I have heard however, that there have been management problems in the past few years and thus there has been a high turnover of librarians (they have posted six positions in the past year, keyword: Zayed to find these on the blog).

Also, several colleagues have commented about their frustrating experience with the hiring process which is both slow and contradictory.  Ex. you apply, wait several months, have an interview, have a second interview, discuss details with HR and then nothing!  (This story is actually typical of Middle Eastern hiring practices.)  This doesn’t mean do not apply as life in Abu Dhabi, if you like city living, is comfortable and the UAE is a great jumping off point for exploring the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

 

The University

Zayed University, a premier 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 1000 faculty and staff serving approximately 9000 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Zayed University prepares graduates to become leaders in government, business, civil society, arts and culture, 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

Zayed University’s Library and Learning Commons seeks an innovative and collaborative individual to serve as Assistant Director of Technical Services. The successful candidate will plan, implement and evaluate the operations of the Technical Services unit including: overseeing the integrated library system, the search and discovery tools, and other information technology in the library; managing the acquisition, cataloging and processing of monographs and serials; and, in collaboration with the Director, administering the Library’s materials budget. The Assistant Director of Technical Services will also serve on the Library’s Leadership Council, contributing to the development of Library-wide policies, procedures and priorities.

The Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, evaluate and supervise Technical Services staff.
  • Administer the operation of the integrated library system and the Library’s discovery tool, including implementing system upgrades and enhancements and ensuring the integrity and development of the database.
  • Administer all aspects of technical services including acquisitions, metadata creation, bibliographic and systems management and the expenditure of the Library’s materials budget.
  • Set policy and recommend adoption and compliance with appropriate international standards for cataloging and metadata.
  • Coordinate effective and efficient acquisitions processes and policies, work with vendors and campus procurement and finance units to ensure that requested library materials are ordered, received, processed and distributed in a timely manner.
  • In collaboration with the Electronic Resources Librarian and the Information Technology Librarian, maintain the Library’s link resolver and database access.
  • Participate in the planning and development of LLC policies and services and serve on the Library Leadership Council and other LLC and University committees as appropriate.
  • Engage in professional research and development.

The Requirements

  • M.L.I.S. from an ALA accredited program or equivalent.
  • A minimum of six years of relevant experience in an academic library technical services department, with increasing management responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and new developments in technical services.
  • Experience in the acquisition of library materials and providing online access to information.
  • Experience with library vendors and content providers.
  • Supervisory experience including recruitment, training, employee development and performance management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of information technology and contemporary bibliographic maintenance standards and cataloging rules and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated experience with Innovative Interface’s Millennium product, ProQuest’s Summon tool and 360 Link preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally-diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • Fluency in English required. Arabic language skills desirable.

The Benefits 

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 www.zu.ac.ae and 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: Learning Commons Librarian

5/25/14 –  Learning Commons Librarian
Zayed University, Dubai, UNited Arab Emirates

The University:  Zayed University is an innovative institution based on an international model of higher education. With approximately 550 full-time faculty serving approximately 9500 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students on its campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. English is the primary language of instruction and administration. 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 and family-friendly environment.

The Opportunity:  Zayed University seeks a librarian to assist in the daily operation of the Learning Commons on the Dubai Campus.  The new Learning Commons is a space in the Library that seeks to support students, staff, and faculty in their use of rich and emerging technologies for learning and research, and specializes in assistance with the pursuit of English language skills and development.

Sarah P’s comments:  Zayed is arguably one of the better academic institutions in the UAE.  That said I have had friends apply there, have interviews that went well, and then…nothing.  This is business as usual for hiring practices in the Middle East.

Job: Web Services Librarian

5/29/14 – re-posted on IFLAjobs

3/31/14 –  Web Services Librarian
The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

As part of Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will manage web services in collaboration with other professional staff to achieve the library’s mission and goals. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business and Management, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to 5000 students from 80 different countries.

Sarah P’s comments:  AUS is one of the more reputable institutions in the UAE.  Daphne Flanagan was previously a librarian with the Higher Colleges of Technology and had been in the region for quite  a few years.  Interesting to note that this position has only been listed on IFLAjobs.

 

Job: HS Librarian

10/23/13 – HS Librarian
American School of Dubai, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  ASD is the premier school in the region.  In recent years it has grown into a large school and there have been many changes however it still is a quality place to work and Dubai is an always interesting and evolving city.  The current librarian is retiring after many years of service so the position will most likely involve updating service.