Middle East and North Africa Librarian

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Posting Number: F001343 Academic Title: Middle East and North Africa Librarian Rank: Librarian I, Librarian II Administrative Title: Middle East and North Africa Librarian Discipline Libraries Specialty: Contract Type: Librarian, Renewable Appointment (initial appt period) - 11/1/2018 - 10/31/2019 Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Proposed Start Date: 11/01/2018 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Position Description Summary:

The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) seeks candidates for the position of Middle East and North Africa Librarian (MENA Librarian). The successful candidate will have a deep academic interest in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa; bring a flexible, collaborative approach to their work; and have a strong commitment to active engagement, research support, and teaching. The MENA Librarian will join a dynamic institution dedicated to advancing the university's research and education agenda. The successful candidate will be a member of the Research and User Services unit in GWLAI, providing support for the collections and activities of the Global Resources Center (GRC), a preeminent collection of contemporary area studies resources that serve the needs of researchers in international relations and regional studies. GRC patrons include not only members of the GW community, but scholars from around the globe who rely on these unique resources for their ground-breaking research. The MENA Librarian is responsible for the informed development of collections in Arabic, English and other languages of the region and purposeful outreach to faculty, students, and colleagues. The MENA librarian is a strong collaborator and an active participant in teams, projects and other efforts originating across GWLAI.

The University is located in the heart of Washington, DC, and has strong synergistic relationships with its globally focused neighbors. This juxtaposition has informed the university's distinctive approach to global studies, which blends policy-oriented and professional education with a strong academic foundation culled from disciplines across the social sciences and humanities. As with all GRC research centers, MENA services and collections mirror the university's globally focused profile, and support GW's unique approach to the study of non-Western parts of the globe. Resources are selected with a special emphasis on political, cultural, and social events and trends as they emerge over time; the way these events and trends are interwoven into, impact, and are impacted by society, government, and culture among other guiding influences; and as framed within their historical context. Building the collection is a dynamic and ongoing effort requiring close monitoring of real-time events; analysis of underlying social, cultural, economic and political currents; and active analysis of potential future directions.

The MENA librarian position is funded through a generous endowment established by the Government of Kuwait.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The MENA librarian is responsible for developing, planning and managing the collections and services of the MENA Research Center, including the coordination of the acquisition and processing of content to ensure timely access and discoverability. The Center was established in 2010 as part of the GRC and is one of five specialized GRC research centers that support area-focused research at GW.
  • MENA-related services include classroom instruction, individual research support, the development of workshops, participation in broader organizational events, and engagement in a variety of outreach and networking efforts to connect with students and faculty distributed across the University. Through this work, the MENA librarian effectively supports the research, teaching, and learning objectives of the university and also acquires direct insight into GW's evolving approach to the study of the Middle East and North Africa so that collections and services are responsive to current needs.
  • Other responsibilities include serving on library or university committees and contributing to the profession through publications, talks, or other scholarly/creative endeavors, or through service to appropriate professional organizations.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree in a social science or humanities discipline, with an emphasis on Middle East/North African Studies.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in reading and writing Arabic.
Advertised Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Other Benefits:

Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance (http://www.gwu.edu/employee-benefits).

Other Information:

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • PhD in a social sciences or humanities discipline, with an emphasis on the Middle East/North African Studies.
  • Experience providing research support in a college, university or other research setting.
  • Experience living, studying, and/or working in the Middle East or North Africa.
  • Creative programming (donor events, exhibit openings, etc.) experience.
  • Demonstrated potential to conduct instruction.
  • Experience identifying, collecting and making available academically relevant content.
  • Demonstrated success in developing outreach initiatives.
  • Excellent oral and written English-language skills.
  • Reading knowledge of Persian, Turkish or other languages relevant to the study of the contemporary Middle East or North Africa.
  • Demonstrated potential to cultivate meaningful relationships with colleagues, faculty, students, donors and other stakeholders.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
  • Only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, please complete an online application and upload a curriculum vitae and cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications.
  • Review of applications will begin August 27, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.
  • The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.
Department Link: http://lai.gwu.edu Posting Close Date: Open Until Filled: Yes Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Quick Link http://www.gwu.jobs/postings/52939
Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have a graduate degree in a social sciences or humanities discipline, with an emphasis on Middle East/North African Studies.
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you demonstrate advanced proficiency in reading and writing Arabic?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. What experience do you have working with students and faculty in a college or university setting?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Sample Publications
  2. List of Publications
  3. Assessment of Skills Relevant to Basic Qualifications





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Posted: 11/24/2018
Application Due: 1/8/2019
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