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.

CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS:

  • 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

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Requirements:

  • 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

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 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: Head of Libraries

3.22.16 –  Head of Libraries
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sarah P’s comments: There are an abundance of universities in the UAE, some good, some not so good. KUSTAR does have good reviews to date and I am including a link to an article which mentions them in their discussion of the pros and cons of working in the Middle East.  The article is from 2012 but the information is still accurate and the author shares some insights which you should be aware of if you are considering working in the region.

The Middle East Option  by William Roden, Inside Higher Ed, 2/8/12.

 

About Khalifa University: With campuses in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Khalifa University is dedicated to the advancement of learning through teaching and research and to the discovery and application of knowledge. It endeavours to be an internationally recognised research university, with a world class reputation for interdisciplinary teaching and research and a tradition of partnering with leading academic institutions from around the world.

The University actively develops an international network of partners, faculty members, and research programs to advance regionally relevant research and innovation in the UAE and the region at large.

About the Department:

The Library provides information resources and services responsive to the teaching, learning, and productivity of students, faculty, and researchers. The Library’s main functions and responsibilities are:

  • To provide and facilitate access to quality resources and services for excellence in innovation, research, teaching and learning;
  • To provide leadership and expertise in navigating an increasingly complex and diverse information environment;
  • To develop education and training programs to equip faculty and students with the skills for lifelong learning and to satisfy the information and research needs of these clients;
  • To foster library staff to become innovative information specialists, skilled in providing exceptional service;
  • To contribute to the development and enhancement of the University’s goals and objectives.

The position is responsible for administration of the libraries and their staffing, resources, services, and budget. About the Role:

  • Plans space and equipment for effective utilization
  • Plans and manages staffing to provide effective services including circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, instruction, reference, document delivery, data management
  • Plans for systems implementations and effective use of technology, including LMS, digital repository, visualization and productivity software,
  • Promotes development of new information and innovation through provision of productivity tools
  • Prepares and administers budget
  • Sets collection policies and monitors acquisitions
  • Negotiates contracts for electronic resources and services
  • Provides high-level instruction and research service for faculty and graduate students
  • Encourages staff development to stay current with library trends
  • Represents library in university and beyond
  • Serves on eFADA (UAE library consortium) Board

About The Person:

  • Master of Science in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution. PhD preferred. Masters in science or engineering preferred.
  • Minimum five years experience as professional librarian in science/engineering academic libraries required. Experience with data management preferred.

About Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated interest in academic research and teaching environment;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of resources and information-seeking skills in the sci/tech disciplines;
  • Demonstrated ability to be an effective team leader and team participant
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with students, faculty, and librarian peers;
  • Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills and client service orientation;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage projects, work under stress and meet deadlines;
  • Demonstrated flexibility, skill at multi-tasking, taking initiative, being creative;
  • Demonstrated potential to contribute to profession through research, publishing, teaching, or professional service.

Note: you will be required to attach the following:
1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph

Closing date6.30.16

Application Information

Contact:
Human Resources
Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR)

Job: Information Technology Librarian

9/15/15 –  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.  Last year Zayed advertised for four librarian positions for their two campuses (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), one of them being the Assistant Tech Director, who is the supervisor for this 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 low oil prices because this is affecting the economy.

 

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.

Critical Success Factors:
• 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

The Responsibilities:

  • 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

The Requirements

  • 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 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

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: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

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

Sarah P’s comments: This position was posted last November on IFLAjobs (see my blogpost).  It has now appeared on ALAJobs.  I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates and are now broadening the search to a US-based job list. 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.

 

The AUS 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.

Primary responsibilities include: 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

An ALA-accredited MLS degree with 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 are essential. Candidates must have ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.

Preferred

Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI; 2 years experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases  or digital serials management; Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH Experience working in a university or research environment; Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platforms;

Working knowledge of Javascript, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools


Job: Dean of Libraries

1/11/16 – Dean of Libraries
United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE

Sarah P’s comments:  This is listed as a ‘priority’ position.  The UAE has traditional been a progressive, safe country however falling oil prices are bound to have an effect on budgets.  This could be an opportunity for you to gain experience as a Library Director but read the reviews carefully.  I worked in the UAE and have friends who still live there.  It can be a positive experience but only if you go ‘with eyes open’ and understand what you are signing on for.

FYI: I personally like Al-Ain better than Abu Dhabi or Dubai, the other two major cities.  Al-Ain is south in the desert and near the Oman border.  It is far more laid-back and representative of how things used to be in the region.  If you like camping or hiking this could be a good fit.  If you are a city person then maybe not although the other cities are only 1 1/2 hours away by good roads.

Glassdoor reviews

Working at Persian Gulf Universities Can Be a Challenge for Western Academics (2014 article)

Money Proves Elusive and Progress Difficult at United Arab Emirates U. (2010 article but it’s a good overview of how things work there)

The University

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), the nation’s first university, was established as a government-sponsored, federal institution with a focus on culture and science. Its campus is located in Al-Ain city. The University’s vision is to become an internationally distinguished comprehensive research university. Over the 39 years since its inception, UAEU has evolved from an undergraduate teaching institution to a comprehensive university with much greater emphasis on research excellence. This has led to several important initiatives, including planned growth in graduate programs and establishment of research centers in areas of national importance, such as water, health, public policy, and energy. Its teaching and research activities are accomplished through nine degree-granting colleges, supported by the University College, the College of Graduate Studies, and a preparatory foundations program.

The University has over 3,300 faculty and staff serving about 13,000 students in Colleges of: Business and Economics (accredited by AACSB), Engineering (all undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the EAC of ABET), Information Technology (Software Engineering Program accredited by the EAC of ABET), Education (recognized by CQAIE), Sciences (accredited by CCS for Chemistry Dept), Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Food and Agriculture, and Law. Together, these colleges offer a total of 100 degrees at undergraduate and graduate levels on the main campus.

The United Arab Emirates is known for its rapid social and economic growth and for the open and tolerant society which has resulted from that growth. Al-Ain city is an oasis of natural landscapes, with more than 70 beautiful parks and numerous date palm farms. The city is about an hour and a half drive from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The Opportunity

The Dean of UAEU Libraries provides administrative leadership and has responsibility for UAEU library operations, and serves as the intellectual leader and advocate for all University libraries. The Libraries Deanship is committed to developing comprehensive collections, delivering outstanding service to users in both education and research, capitalizing on new information technologies, and supporting community engagement activities.

The Dean provides strategic planning and policy direction in the areas of collections, public and technical services, facilities planning and personnel policies and works collaboratively with the Deans of all Colleges and administrative units to ensure the provision of both traditional and innovative library resources and services to the university and the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Lead the strategic planning process for the UAEU libraries, including the National Medical Library and other specialized collections;
  2. Oversee the development and management of the print and electronic collections and subscriptions to databases;
  3. Oversee the effective application of emerging information technologies to library services;
  4. Ensure that the libraries provide a comprehensive and high quality service to all users;
  5. Ensure that funding and other resources are effectively used;
  6. Seek external funding for strategic developments, as appropriate, to supplement the core budget allocation;
  7. Develop external partnerships to enhance the services offered by UAEU libraries for faculty, staff, students and the wider community;
  8. Represent the UAEU Libraries within the university and at national, regional and international levels and lead national and international cooperative activities;
  9. Ensure that library staff are appropriately qualified and have access to professional training;
  10. Undertake other duties that may be assigned by the University administration.

Qualifications:
Essential
The candidate must have

  • At least a master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible leadership and supervision in an academic library environment.
  • Awareness of current trends in library science, and library management in a complex academic and/or research environment(s).
  • Administrative, budgetary, fund-raising, and collaborative leadership skills.
  • Skills in teamwork, collaboration, relationship-building, and mentoring.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Skill in advancing digital initiatives and coordinating with information technology units.
  • Ability to anticipate and adapt to priorities and changing needs.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

Desirable

Significant experience in an academic or research library, in any of the following areas: metadata services, collections, acquisitions, archives, special collections, or access services.

Salaries and Benefits

  • Tax-exempt compensation package
  • Housing provided
  • Furniture allowance
  • Employer-paid comprehensive health insurance
  • Educational allowance for children
  • Annual airline tickets for employee and family members
  • End of service gratuity
  • Annual vacation based on University Policy.

Applications
Qualified applicants are requested to send a cover letter, current CV, supporting documents, and the names of three references with full contact information (References will not be contacted without consent from applicants), to: executivesearch@uaeu.ac.ae
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit application materials as early as possible and before the end February, 2016.

Application Information

Contact:
Prof. Essam Abdel Hafiz
VC Office
UAE University

 

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 recruitment@aus.edu. 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 http://www.aus.edu/info/200218/employment/79/staff_positions/2/#2 for any additional details.

Thomas Hodge
Assistant University Librarian for Technology & Technical Services
American University of Sharjah University Library
United Arab Emirates
http://library.aus.edu/
thodge@aus.edu

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 Recruitment@cfd-dubai.com 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: Recruitment@cfd-dubai.com