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:

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.

Requirements:
•    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 http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/about/careers/faculty-positions.html. If you have any further questions about the position or NYUAD, please email NYUAD.Academic.HR.Affairs@nyu.edu.

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: https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000365435-01#sthash.5gkcAXBT.dpuf

Job: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

12.15.16 – Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: This position was previously posted in October, February, and before that in November of 2015 on IFLAjobs. I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates but, if so, the position has been vacant for more than a year??? Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions. Positions appear periodically 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. Traffic is horrendous but it’s an interesting place if you are into city life.

Position Summary:

 The AUS Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Acquisitions and Resource Management 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

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

Salary and Benefits

The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Free furnished accommodation and utilities are provided along with over six weeks’ annual vacation. A self-directed benefit plan provides a variety of choices including annual air tickets to place of origin for self and family, healthcare and dependent educational allowance. The UAE levies no income tax; however, some U.S. Federal taxes may apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.

Background

The American University of Sharjah is located in the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 5000 students from 80 different countries. The language of instruction and the workplace is English, and knowledge of Arabic is not required. The UAE offers a high standard of living with abundant cultural, recreational and travel opportunities. The UAE is a safe, open and friendly environment for individuals and families of all cultures.

The AUS Library, in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, serves as a focal point for educational and social interactions on campus. The library features a large Information Commons (135 workstations), 20 group study rooms, 2 computer classrooms, and RFID system. Please see http://library.aus.edu.

Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and the names of three professional references to recruitment@aus.edu.  Only short-listed candidates will be contactedReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Job: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

10.16.16 – Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sarah P’s comments: This position was posted last February and before that in November of 2015 on IFLAjobs. I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates but, if so, the position has been vacant for almost as year??? Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions. Positions appear periodically 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. Traffic is horrendous but it’s an interesting place if you are into city life.

Position Summary:

 The AUS Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Acquisitions and Resource Management 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

Required Qualifications:

  • 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

Salary and Benefits

The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Free furnished accommodation and utilities are provided along with over six weeks’ annual vacation. A self-directed benefit plan provides a variety of choices including annual air tickets to place of origin for self and family, healthcare and dependent educational allowance. The UAE levies no income tax; however, some U.S. Federal taxes may apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.

Background

The American University of Sharjah is located in the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 5000 students from 80 different countries. The language of instruction and the workplace is English, and knowledge of Arabic is not required. The UAE offers a high standard of living with abundant cultural, recreational and travel opportunities. The UAE is a safe, open and friendly environment for individuals and families of all cultures.

The AUS Library, in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, serves as a focal point for educational and social interactions on campus. The library features a large Information Commons (135 workstations), 20 group study rooms, 2 computer classrooms, and RFID system. Please see http://library.aus.edu.

Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and the names of three professional references to recruitment@aus.edu.  Only short-listed candidates will be contactedReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Job: School Librarian (2)

9.15.16 – Two positions: Elementary & Secondary Librarian
American Community School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sarah P’s comments: It’s September and here are the first of the season’s school positions for next year (2017-2018).  If you are interested in pursuing a position as an international school librarian now is the time to polish your resume and submit paperwork to a recruiting agency.  In order to apply for these positions you will need to join The International Educator (where these are listed) and/or an agency as well.  I always recommend joining International School Reviews as well, an invaluable source of inside information about various international schools.  For more on the hiring process of international school librarians please read Chapter 3 of my book and/or visit the Chapter 3 Resources listed.

About this school: ACS is a well-established top-tier school however has recently gone through some changes which have been discussed in the ISR reviews. Abu Dhabi is a safe, modern city but housing is an issue because the school is located on the bottom of the island near the Corniche where things are both crowded and expensive. Interesting that both positions are open and this early. I would ask about why that is so if interviewed.

Description:  PreK-12 co-ed day school serving over 60 nationalities in the residential area of Abu Dhabi.

Age Limit:  65

Other:  Please see the following web sites for openings: http://www.tieonline.com; http://www.iss.edu; http://www.acs.sch.ae

Salary:  The Director of HR will provide salary information.

Benefits:  round trip transportation, housing, professional development, health, dental and disability insurance, annual home leave, end of service bonus, shipping.

Qualifications:  A Masters degree with minimum of 4 years experience as a librarian.

Additional materials: Letter of application, resume and contact information for references

Interviews: Interviews will be held via email and Skype

Application Deadline:  Please send the required materials by October 1

Other:  Please visit our website http://www.acs.sch.ae to learn more about our learning community

 

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 http://zu.ac.ae or link directly to the announcement at:  http://tinyurl.com/r-ilibdxb

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.

 

Conference: The ALA Library Conference at the Sharjah International Book Fair

7.27.16 –  The ALA Library Conference at the Sharjah International Book Fair
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

(Taken from the American Libraries article by Patricia Wand, 7.14.16)

Plans are under way for the third American Library Association (ALA) Library Conference at the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), to be held November 8–10, 2016, at the Expo Center in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The conference will offer programs, in-depth preconference institutes, and a poster session on a wide range of topics for librarians from academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.

The roster of keynote speakers includes ALA President Julie B. Todaro, who will focus on “The Expert in the Library,” and Center for the Future of Libraries Director Miguel Figueroa, who will discuss societal trends and managing change in libraries.

But what happens when you transplant an ALA conference into an Arabic country? The answer: Conversations about reading, technology, children’s services, faculty research, user services, and library architecture become enriched by multinational perspectives. Diverse, lively exchanges are the best way to describe the ambiance of this event.

SIBF is emerging as the largest book fair in the Gulf. Sharjah Book Authority Chairman Ahmed Al Ameri is eager to provide professional development opportunities to library workers in the region and raise the visibility of libraries. He rightfully envisions the event as an innovative complement to the ever-growing book fair. “Our ongoing collaboration with ALA is helping us in our efforts to be an international leader among regional book fairs and allows us to promote our shared commitment to the love of the written word and its creation,” Al Ameri said in his welcome to conference attendees.

Registration is now open for the 2016 ALA Conference in Sharjah, and there is still time to submit a proposal for a poster session (the deadline is September 22). If you go, be sure to take advantage of the Librarians’ Lounge, a relaxing space to meet colleagues, hold small meetings, and take a break. ALA members will need their ALA ID numbers to register and get the member discount. If you are not an ALA member, email Delin Guerra at dguerra@ala.org to get a special number. Include your first name, last name, email address, and street address in the email.