The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of domestic and international affairs, founded at Stanford University in 1919 by Herbert Hoover, the thirty-first president of the United States. The Institution’s Library and Archives, with more than 700,000 volumes and 6,000 collections, constitute one of the world’s largest repositories of materials on twentieth- and twenty-first century social, economic, and political change.
Under the direction of the Director of the Hoover Library & Archives, the Curator of the Middle Eastern and North African Collection develops and pursues acquisition opportunities, formulates policies and plans programs for the Middle Eastern and North African Collection, and participates in related activities as described below. The geo-political area generally covers the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan, and collections related to those regions elsewhere in the world.
Core responsibilities include assisting the Director in long-term planning for the continued growth of the Collection and in maintaining a high quality acquisitions strategy in line with the Hoover Institution’s mission and the Library & Archives’ strategic plan; assessing the needs and strengths of the Collection and writing collection policy statements for the Collection; coordinating the collection development with needs of Hoover fellows and researchers and Stanford faculty, students, and academic programs, and with Stanford University Libraries and other libraries; identifying and contacting potential donors of archival materials, focusing on unique original materials illuminating the careers of individuals or the workings of organizations; establishing and maintaining relations with donors and other sources of materials; evaluating the historical importance and research potential of possible archival acquisitions; negotiating acquisitions with donors and finalizing deeds of gift or bills of sale.
Minimum requirements include:
• PhD in Middle Eastern and North African studies or related field strongly preferred, with strong knowledge of 20th and 21st century Middle Eastern and North African history, politics, economics, and culture
• Fluency in written and spoken Arabic, with knowledge of other regional languages preferred
• Professional experience in scholarship and/or libraries and archives, with a proven record of accomplishment and publications
• Interest in collecting born-digital materials and willingness to work with other staff in exploring best practices in this area
• Demonstrated experience in addressing acquisition issues and ethics, particularly with ownership problems (provenance and cultural property) and appraisal; understanding of library and archival theory and practice, particularly the role and impact of acquisitions on library and archives activities; and firm understanding of intellectual property, copyright, privacy, and other access issues preferred
• Valid passport for international travel.
The appointment is for an initial three-year limited term, with the possibility of renewal. This is a career track position. To view the complete job description and apply for this opportunity, please visit https://stanford.taleo.net/careersection/ jobdetail.ftl?job=67451&lang=en. To be considered, you must include your resume and cover letter with your application. EOE