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The George Washington University Libraries has a long history of support for the University’s globally-focused mission. In 2010 the Libraries established the Middle East and North Africa Resource Center (MENA) as part of its Global Resources Center. The GRC has five specialized resource centers that parallel the university’s priorities; these include the China Documentation Center; and the Resource Center for Russia, Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe; and the Middle East and North Africa Research Center (MENA). MENA’s collections focus on contemporary Middle East/North African politics, society, economics, history and culture. MENA staff members work in collaboration with other GRC staff and the broader GWUL community to develop coordinated services and collections.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The librarian for the Middle East and North Africa is responsible for developing, planning and managing the services and collections of the Middle East and North Africa Research Center. Primary responsibilities of the position are to develop and manage strong interdisciplinary collections; develop associated programming, provide research and instruction support; conduct ongoing outreach to faculty, students and researchers focusing on the Middle East and North Africa in departments, programs and schools across the social sciences and humanities. The person in this position selects, acquires resources in Arabic, English and other relevant languages published in the region and associated areas.

The incumbent will actively engage in fundraising, grant writing, marketing and outreach in support of MENA and the GRC. The incumbent will evaluate library services and resources required to meet university research and teaching needs in the interdisciplinary fields of Middle East and North African studies; work closely with colleagues both on and off campus to establish library-related relationships; collaborate with the library’s Resource Description Group in describing Arabic-language materials; and, coordinate the delivery of reference and instruction services with librarians offering related services, including the librarian for international relations for courses offered within the Elliott School of International Affairs.

As a member of the Global Resources Center, the librarian will participate in the ongoing development of GRC collections and services. The person in this position will serve on library and university committees, which provides unique opportunities to promote GRC/MENA services and collections across diverse constituencies. The position reports to the Director of Global Resources.


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or similarly appropriate/equivalent advanced degree (e.g. MLIS, MIS, etc.).
  • Graduate coursework in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with an emphasis on the Middle East & North Africa;
  • Reading and writing fluency in Arabic;
  • Excellent written English language skills.


  • Excellent oral English language skills;
  • Graduate degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with expertise in an area of Middle East & North African Studies;
  • Experience in an academic or other research library;
  • Experience conducting outreach and/or providing research assistance;
  • Experience providing research assistance in a university or research library setting;
  • Experience selecting and acquiring Arabic language materials;
  • Experience with an integrated library system (Voyager preferred);
  • Experience managing publisher and vendor relationships.


  • Reading knowledge of Persian, Turkish or other languages relevant to the study of the contemporary Middle East or North Africa.
  • Ability to apply systems thinking and use teamwork in problem-solving and decision-making;
  • Interest in building digital collections and curating virtual exhibits;
  • Interest following technology trends relevant to the changing academic library environment;
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment;
  • Demonstrated success in developing academic library collections;
  • Demonstrated success in developing outreach initiatives for an academic audience;
  • Record of successful fund raising and donor cultivation;
  • Record of grant writing and grant administration;
  • Ability to create positive relations with faculty, students, donors and support groups;
  • Creative programming (donor events, exhibit openings, etc.) experience;
  • Ability to conduct classroom instruction;
  • Evidence of understanding of key issues, ideas, and approaches to providing successful reference and instruction.

Rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Only complete applications will be considered. Please send a letter containing a brief statement of interest and an assessment of skills related to the basic qualifications, a curriculum vita, and complete contact information for at least 3 references. Submit applications online Questions may be directed to Emma Mosby, Manager of Librarian Recruitment and Outreach Programs, at:

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. The George Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Review of applications will begin on December 12, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

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