Job: Project Archivist

9.11.17 –  Project Archivist
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), Amman, Jordan

Application Deadline: 15 January 2018

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: 2+

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Hello. This job is already posted however we have UPDATED the description and we are now specifically looking for someone to start Spring 2018.

Project Archivist Opportunity
International professional opportunity for a graduate student or recent graduate in Library and/or Archival Science

About ACOR
The American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) is an American non-profit overseas research center in Amman, Jordan. Our mission is to promote the study, teaching, and increased knowledge of ancient and modern area studies in Jordan and the surrounding region, particularly related to archaeology and cultural heritage. See www.acorjordan.orgfor complete details about ACOR and the Amman facility, which includes a library, a hostel for scholars, and research facilities.

About the Opportunity

ACOR was recently awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education to digitize and make available to the public a substantial collection of historical photographs of Jordan and the Middle East. Read more about the ACOR Photographic Archive Project or view a lecture about ACOR’s archival digitization efforts here.

We are currently seeking a project archivist with an interest in photographic archives to join us for the Spring 2018 semester (5 months) in a full-time (35 hours per week), paid internship. Round trip international airfare, accommodation (room and half-board at the ACOR facility in Amman), and a stipend of approximately $280 per week are provided to the qualified candidate. The successful candidate must secure their own health and emergency evacuation insurance. Placement date is negotiable, but will preferably be March–July 2018.

This internship is appropriate for advanced students or recent graduates in library and information science, with a preference for those specializing in archives, museums, or cultural resource management.

ACOR anticipates continuing to offer this internship to one archivist per semester for the duration of the project funding, so we are also open to applications for future semesters. This is an excellent opportunity to gain international experience and to travel and live in a safe environment in the Middle East.

About the Work

Working directly with the project coordinator, the Project Archivist will be responsible for the processing (i.e. describing, cataloging, numbering/filing, digitizing, and physical care and maintenance) of the ACOR photographic collections. The Project Archivist will also oversee the work of one or more archival technicians to ensure appropriate photographic digitization standards are met, and consult regularly with project staff for assistance in describing and cataloging archival material.

Key Responsibilities:
• Process and arrange new and existing photo collections according to established project guidelines to prepare them for digitization.
• Weed and curate photographic collections according to established project guidelines.
• Scan, upload, and process images with appropriate metadata in ACOR’s digital collection management system (Starchive by Digital ReLabs). Monitor digitized items for quality control and adherence to digitization standards.
• Administrate Starchive collection management platform, adding new data fields and platform features as necessary, monitoring newly entered data for consistency, and acting as liaison with Digital ReLabs for resolving technical issues with the platform.
• Maintain order and arrangement of the physical collections, ensuring they are properly stored in archival-safe storage boxes, folders, etc. Monitor the condition of the photo archives collections and make recommendations for their preservation.
• Maintain and update the archive’s Instagram feed and contribute photos from the archive to ACOR’s Facebook and other social media sites.
• Each Project Archivist will select one of ACOR’s smaller collections to digitize, process, and research for the creation of a digital photo exhibit.
• Work with ACOR staff members in identifying archival materials for use in public exhibitions, lectures, presentations, and other programs.

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field
• A recent or current graduate student in Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, Digital Humanities, Public History or another related degree program
• Coursework in metadata standards, archives and records management, digital curation, digital preservation, and/or digital libraries
• Working knowledge of archival standards and practices, including metadata and digital imaging standards
• Working knowledge of proper care and handling of photos, slides, negatives, and other paper-based materials

Desired Skills
• High level of computer/technical skills, including MS office (particularly Excel), working with collaborative/shared document environments like Google Docs, digital photography apps (Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom), and a basic understanding of database administration
• Self-directed and independent, with the ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual team environment (English is the primary language at ACOR).
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills with a high attention to detail
• Knowledge of the geography and history of Jordan and the Middle East is helpful but not required
• Knowledge of Arabic language helpful but not required

To Apply:

Please send a current CV and cover letter addressed to Dr. Barbara A. Porter, ACOR Director, to

Questions concerning this position or the application process may be directed to Sarah Harpending, ACOR Assistant Director, at

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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: Secondary School Librarian

5.30.17 –  Secondary School Librarian
American United School of Kuwait, Sabah Al Salem, Kuwait

Sarah P’ s comments: A late posting via TIE but also listed on their website. No reviews on ISR, one on Glassdoor which gave the school 2 stars, and the following short article on Teach Abroad which shared facilities and salary information. I wouldn’t worry about the qualifications in that they are requesting an education major.  A master’s degree in library science is the qualification along with the school media certification.  However, at this late date if you do not have the certification but can at least show you are working toward it, then I believe you will be accepted.  The other acceptable route is to have an education certification with school media certification in addition with no MLIS.

(I personally don’t like this as how can anyone learn to be an effective librarian by taking only six classes?  Who cares how wonderful your classes are if you can’t manage the database well enough to check out books? Just saying…)

School Description:

The American United School for Pre-K through Grade 11 opened in September 2013. AUS offers small class sizes with the latest educational materials and interactive technology. The academic curriculum of the American United School is based on the Common Core American Standards Curriculum. These standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. The Common Core Standards focus on conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades for reading, mathematics, science and social studies, enabling teachers to have the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures, and giving students the opportunity to master them. The school provides a 1:1 tablet program, with a high speed Wi-Fi network that allows educators and students to take advantage of this pedagogical change in the way that information is provided in a school setting.

Salary &  Benefits:

AUS offers a competitive salary package, transportation, Housing, Medical insurance, Visa sponsorship, Airline tickets to and from Point of origin, annual home leave, Re-location allowance. Teachers with school-age children enjoy free tuition.


Should hold a Bachelor degree in Education. Major in Information Specialist.
We are looking for candidates who promote, recognize and use technology based learning models in a cooperative learning community for teachers and students.

Age Restrictions:  Yes, 60.

Additional materials:

Applicants interested in joining our team at the American United School of Kuwait (AUS) must fill out the online application form at the following link:

Only successful applicants will be contacted.


4.18.17 –  Librarian for Geospatial Services
NYU, Abu Dhabi, UAE

NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for a Librarian for Geospatial Services to work in an innovative and forward-looking setting. The successful candidate provides expertise and leadership to create a program of specialized research assistance for the current and evolving geospatial research needs at NYUAD. This person will be instrumental in planning and developing library services related to locating, acquiring, managing and analyzing geospatial data across disciplines. The position involves significant collaborative work with library colleagues at NYUAD and NYU in New York, as well as with faculty and students, and therefore requires excellent communication skills and the ability to foster successful working relationships both on site and remotely. The position contributes to the provision of information and research assistance to the gifted faculty, post-doctoral researchers, visiting scholars and student body of NYU Abu Dhabi, often called the “world’s honors college.”

As part of a highly collaborative team, this position plays a key role in the educational mission of NYUAD by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the resources, technologies and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs. This position works in the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) and will be an integral member of the CDS team  in developing programming and outreach initiatives across campus as they relate to digital scholarship, geospatial analysis, data services and more. Reporting to the Head of the CDS, this position may also partner on long-term research projects, collaborating with colleagues within the library and across the university, including those in archives and special collections, digital humanities and social sciences.

A commitment to outreach and service to researchers will be essential to this work. The incumbent will be expected to teach workshops on geospatial data topics, including data access and data literacy, as well as on specific programs such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other tools. This person will work in collaboration with liaison librarians on subject specific geospatial queries, including citation methods and visualization tools. He/she will provide course-integrated instruction upon request in assigned liaison areas and other areas making use of geospatial resources. This person will facilitate access to NYU’s Spatial Data Repository and guide patrons in its use. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing an approach to locating regional data resources and establishing protocols for their translation from English into Arabic. Some facility in working with quantitative data and statistical analysis may also be a requirement of the incumbent. Depending on the incumbent’s academic background, liaison responsibilities with academic departments and service at the library’s reference desk may be assigned.

Initial appointment will be for 3-4 years and is renewable contingent on job performance. Rank depends on professional background and experience. Renewal and promotion require excellent job performance and active professional engagement.

•    ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent
•    Relevant experience in a research library
•    High degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st century library
•    Demonstrated proficiency in the use and application of geospatial tools such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other related software packages.
•    Knowledge of trends in data management, data cleaning, data description and geospatial metadata
•    Programming or scripting experience for geospatial applications
•    Familiarity with data visualization techniques and tools
•    Knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international numeric and geospatial data
•    Ability to develop and deliver formal instruction, workshops and one-on-one consultation sessions as they apply to data literacy
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills
•    Excellent English language communication skills
•    Ability to establish positive long-distance working relationships with NYU Libraries in New York and to work collegially within a highly collaborative local unit
•    Demonstrated history of flexibility, creativity and strong user service commitment

Preferred Attributes:
•    Academic background in Geography, GIS, or a related field resulting in an advanced degree
•    Ability to work with programming languages such as Python, R and Julia
•    Demonstrated effectiveness in library instruction
•    Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
•    Prior international experience
•    Competence in a language other than English, preferably Arabic

Applications will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017. 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 eleven research and study-away sites across five continents.  Faculty and students 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 distinguished in their research and teaching.  NYU Abu Dhabi’s highly selective liberal arts college is complemented by an institute for advanced research, sponsoring cutting-edge projects across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, and Engineering.  The Engineering Division also takes pride in a thriving doctoral program, as well as in the postdoctoral researchers who have chosen to make NYUAD their research home. – See more at:

Job: K-12 Librarian

4.4.17 –  K-12 Librarian
American Academy for Girls, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Sarah P’s comments:  As you can see, I was asked to post this position.  I am usually very willing to do this when someone personally writes because it usually indicates that the institution is sincerely looking to fill the position with a qualified candidate. This job could be a potential position for someone looking to gain both international and school library experience as Shannon says they are willing to take someone without school certification (something you could be working on while in the position). It is also a rare advantage (in my opinion) to have a HS Principal who has an MLS. As always, please read the reviews carefully and think about whether the school and the location would be a good fit. I worked in the Middle East for many years (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE & Oman) and enjoyed it however the experience is not for everyone.

Dear Sarah,
I am a fan of your blog, and ask if you would be so kind as to post our current opening for a librarian.  This is a great opportunity for someone who may just be starting out and needs to work and save their income to perhaps pay off student loan debt and gain international librarian school experience.  It isn’t necessary that she be a certified school library media specialist, a Bachelors in Library & Information Science will do.  Our school is relatively small, all girls and has an easy going atmosphere.  Thank you, I appreciate it.  Shannon Rooney, MLS (Kent State University, 2005)
  • American Academy for Girls – Salwa, Kuwait
  • Located in a residential suburb of Kuwait
  • Female Librarians may only apply: an all girls private academy K-12
  • Bachelors in Library and Information Science; 1+ years of library work experience preferred.
  • Fluent in English a must
  • Follett Destiny Software experience
  • School hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • The School Librarian is an administrative school position who works with and oversees an Library Assistant.
  • Conducts library instructional classes for ECE and Elementary small number of students (30 minutes in duration) 4/5 classes a day.
  • Overseas the checking in/out of all school library materials and school textbooks.
  • Updates student library records in order to distribute library card privileges.
  • Creates an environment that is targeted towards active and participatory learning, resource-based instructional practises, and collaboration with teaching staff to meet the school’s overall goals.
  • Actively participates in developing and updating policies regarding material selection, circulation, reconsideration of materials, administering MOE censorship guidelines.
  • Encourages the use of modern technology to commit students to improve learning and resource research online retrieval.
  • Ensure safeguarding inventory practises including collection weeding and material repairs and replacements if necessary.
  • Participates in professional development and training.

Generous holiday and summer vacation time.   2 year contract.  Competitive overseas package:  single furnished housing provided, utilities paid/ transportation to and from school provided / tax-free salary/ medical/dental insurance/ annual round-tip airline ticket / relocation /extra baggage allowance / Visa and documentation assistance and fees paid for by the school / end of year bonus.

If interested in the position, please send you CV to:

Eszter Hunyadkurti, ECE Principal

Shannon Rooney, HS Principal

Job: Information Services Librarian

3.28.17 –  Information Services Librarian
Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar

Sarah P’s comments: With the fall in the price of oil, there have been, naturally, far fewer positions listed in the Middle East.  QNL has in the past always posted numerous positions and has even hosted a job fair in Europe a few years back. There are still many positions listed on their website but this particular one has been posted on ALAjobs which perhaps means they are highlighting this job as necessary.

Concerning QNL,  I have received some private comments noting that:

  • salaries are typically lower than average
  • high job turnover (might be related to salary issue)
  • make sure to apply directly to QNL rather than through a headhunter
  • be aware of  ‘Qatarization‘, a policy whereby all jobs are supposed to re eventually filled by nationals

As for working in Qatar, my comments from earlier posts are that it is a relatively safe and progressive Middle Eastern country.  Negatives are that the cost of living is rising, you must go outside the city for any true cultural experiences, and that lately, the country has tended toward becoming more conservative meaning fewer liquor licenses and more segregation of men and women, etc.  Yes, Qatar is modern but you still need to be willing to accept and respect the religious and social customs of a Muslim country.



Job Purpose:

This position will participate in implementing the Qatar Reference Service by providing reference and reader’s advisory services.  The position will be responsible for collection management in the assigned subject area.  As well, the position will provide literacy and learning opportunities through the development of innovative content and promotional activities for research, education and the general public.  Regularly scheduled evening and weekend work will be required.

* Key Result:

  • Participates in the activities of the assigned Information Services team led by a Senior Information Services Librarian to effectively provide reference and reader’s advisory, collection management, literacy and learning opportunities in the subject areas of Business and Management.
  • Provide reference and reader’s advisory services in the Qatar Reference Service through regular shifts in the Learning Commons, by eReference, and through individual office consultations.
  • Provide information literacy and learning opportunities to researchers, educators and the general public.
  • Develop the library collection in assigned subject areas by searching for, identifying, evaluating and selecting relevant materials through the application of standard library collection development methodologies in conjunction with the Collection Development policy and library procedures.
  • Develop print and virtual resources to support teaching and learning activities and for self-directed learning opportunities.
  • Maintain regular interaction with faculty, students and the general public to determine user needs.
  • Develop displays in order to highlight and interpret the library’s collections and services.
  • Continuously explore new applications of pedagogy and technology in order to design and deliver active learning, critical thinking and learner collaboration.
  • Serve on designated committees throughout the library.
  • Participate in outreach programs to support research, education and community needs.
  • Contributes to the profession by publishing, presenting or participating in professional organizations.
  • Keep abreast of developments, trends and issues in all areas of responsibilities.
  • Performs miscellaneous duties and conducts special projects as required.
  • Other task are assign.

*Operating Environment, Framework & Boundaries:

Work is in a multicultural office and library environment. Must adhere to all applicable QF and Library Policies & Procedures and must ensure that all policies and procedures comply with global standards and best practices. Must comply with QF health, safety, security, and environment policies, procedures, legal regulations and objectives applicable to areas of responsibility to ensure that work is performed in a safe, healthy and environmentally-sound manner. Work hours, days and locations will vary according to QNL requirements. Regularly-scheduled evening and weekend work will be required. Plus any other special notes regarding position such as exposure to hazards, travel requirements, etc.

Communications and Working Relationships:

  • Public Services Manager – on work progress, assignment and feedback
  • Senior Information Services  – on coordination of section work processes, public programs
  • Technical Services staff – for fund accounting, acquisitions and cataloguing issues
  • Administration and Planning staff – for communications and financial reporting issues
  • Web Librarian – on usability of library website, content issues
  • Library partners/stakeholders – on integration of information literacy skills, collection needs
  • Faculty, students and general public – on user needs.

Problem Solving & Complexity:

This is a position which requires a great depth of expertise and knowledge in the field of information management, user education knowledge acquisition, subject specialization and research methodologies. It requires insight, extensive and advanced knowledge of trends in teaching concepts, learning styles, emerging digital library technologies and electronic resources.  The position requires advanced level of knowledge of the assigned subject level and it’s literature.

Decision Making Authority & Responsibility:

The incumbent makes day to day operational decisions regarding the work allocation. The incumbent makes independent decisions on the acquisition of materials up to a maximum of 5,000 QR.  Any major decisions are made in consultation with the supervisor.

RequirementsKnowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • Masters degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent. An undergraduate degree in Political Science or Economics would be an asset.
  • Prior experience in Public Services or Information Services would be an asset.
  • Skills and knowledge of web, social media and library technologies.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills in English.  Arabic language skills are beneficial but not required.
  • Good interpersonal and people skills and the ability to work effectively both independently and within a team.
  • Flexible and enthusiastic and adaptable to changing environment.

About Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library’s management and planning office is pleased to welcome you to the library’s website. Staff is currently preparing for the National Library’s opening in a spectacular library building designed by the renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.

Qatar National Library (QNL) carries out its mission through three functions: National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region. The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people, and become information literate.

Included in QNL’s facilities will be a variety of collaborative and individual learning spaces, a Children’s Library, 300 public computer workstations, digital media production facilities, performance spaces, a café, an adaptive technology center, Writing Center and Tutoring Center, and more.

In addition to full-text databases, we are planning for 1.2 million books, 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections. The renowned Heritage Colelction was integrated with the library in the summer of 2011. Our qualified librarians are experts in teaching, research skills, literacy, programs, and knowledge management. Combining all these skills together with QNL’s strong service ethic, there will be much for the local community to do, learn, and discover.

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF). QNL is supporting Qatar in its journey from carbon-based economy to knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

Job: Digital Records Manager

2.22.17 –  Digital Records Manager
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. For new librarians, they do state that they are open for applications from ‘early career applicants’ with relevant experience. 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 105 positions listed which is a sobering number.


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 Libraries and Learning Technologies invite applications for a fixed term contract (two 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 records management, and an interest in living and working in the Middle East.

The Digital Records Manager will address the challenges of AUC’s hybrid information environment, providing leadership within the AUC Records Management unit to support the university in transitioning to an electronic information environment. The position holder will work to ensure that records and corporate legal, financial and other information (in all formats including paper documentation) are managed according to best practices and standards: retrieved when needed (for legal, financial and operational needs), and preserved or disposed of as appropriate, for the benefit and protection of the University, including playing a key role in identifying and selecting systems for email management and other systems. The position holder will oversee AUC Records Management staff and storage areas and assure the efficient running of the operation and best use of space and resources. He/she will also seek opportunities to provide educational offerings beyond the AUC community via classes and workshops.


MLS or equivalent is required at time of appointment. While early career professionals are invited to apply, applicants should have experience in a records management setting including supervisory responsibilities.

Additional Information:

Position is open until filled.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must submit the following documents online:

  1. 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

For more information, e-mail Mr. Philip Croom, (; Ms. Sahar Sobeih, Assistant Dean, ( or visit the department’s website at

Apply Here: