Near Eastern Studies Librarian

Location
New Jersey, United States
Posted
23 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Dec 2018
Ref
8601
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Princeton University seeks a collaborative, service-oriented subject specialist to shape & enrich its top-rated library collections and provide outstanding library services in the interdisciplinary field of Near Eastern Studies. This librarian is a key member of the area studies & humanities team in the Collection Development Department. Responsible for identifying & acquiring materials from & about the Near East & the greater Muslim world in a wide range of subjects & formats, in western & select languages of the region. This is the Library's key Near Eastern resource person, with broad expertise to assist students & faculty in teaching & researching any aspect of this field. Works closely with faculty, visiting scholars & students in the Near Eastern Studies Department & Program, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and others working on the Near East & related areas, providing liaison, specialized research consultation & instruction & other outreach initiatives.

This is one of many subject specialist professional positions for developing & interpreting Princeton's collections. Responsibilities include current & retrospective collection building (including shaping Near Eastern ephemera collections, manuscripts, film, & born-digital web-based materials); managing sizable acquisitions funds & approval plans; advising on preservation, digitization, & collection maintenance. Collaborates closely with other subject liaison librarians, and coordinates with Preservation, Library IT, Collections Acquisitions, Content Access & Resource Sharing, Rare Books & Special Collections, Center for Digital Humanities, etc. Represents PUL in regional, national & international professional meetings & partnerships (incl. ReCAP, IvyPlus, MESA, AIS, MEMP, MELA etc.); participates in inter-institutional initiatives for coordinated collection development, digitization & services.

Princeton University Library, one of the world's leading research libraries, has a dedicated, knowledgeable staff of 300 in a large central library, 9 specialized branches & 3 storage facilities. PUL supports a diverse community of 5200 undergrads, 2700 graduates, 1200 faculty, and many visiting scholars. Holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data & images. Further info: http://library.princeton.edu

Required: A PhD in a field related to Near Eastern Studies OR an ALA-accredited MLS degree with a BA in a Near Eastern-related field; minimum 2 years professional work experience in an academic research library; broad knowledge of Islam and the history, culture & current affairs of the Near Eastern region, including scholarly resources & bibliographic tools; proficiency in Arabic and Persian, including romanization; excellent oral & written communication skills in English and Arabic and Persian; Near Eastern book trade knowledge; familiarity with current research and print & digital publishing trends in Near Eastern Studies; excellent interpersonal skills & the ability to work successfully & collegially with a diverse group of others.

Preferred: An advanced degree in Near Eastern Studies-related field for MLS holders; experience with instruction, liaison, outreach, & assistance to patrons in an academic setting; experience with new technologies for discovery & learning in a rapidly changing environment; proficiency in Turkish.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/8601 and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.