Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian

Open Faculty Search 

The Ohio State University invites applications and nominations of energetic and proactive individuals who are interested in joining a dynamic, growing program that enhances teaching, learning and research in the areas of Middle East and Islamic Studies.  Serving as the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian, the incumbent for this position will enhance a substantial, responsive and high impact area studies program which strongly supports scholarship at the University.   The Middle East Studies collection is relevant and distinctive, reflecting the prominence of the Universitys Middle East Studies Center and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  The Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian is a critical partner for these dynamic programs and leads the Libraries engagement and collection building in these areas to advance discovery and learning in a globalized, information-rich environment.

Responsibilities

  • Builds and manages a distinctive, interdisciplinary, responsive research collection in a wide range of languages including primarily Arabic, Turkish, Persian and English in support of distinguished academic and teaching programs.
  • Collection development responsibilities include collection budget management and planning, collection assessment and evaluation, identification of appropriate vendors and sources of acquisitions, and active support for efforts to enhance bibliographic access to the collections.
  • Works closely with faculty, students and other scholars to provide proactive Middle East Studies research support and innovative instruction in collaboration with Teaching and Learning, Research Services and Scholarly Resource Integration departments.
  • Builds partnerships and creates shared practices that connect the Libraries learning environment and research knowledge with constituencys needs.
  • Broadens access to unique and important collections through digital project initiatives and actively acquiring and promoting both licensed and freely available digital resources of value to researchers.
  • Collaborates with other subject, area studies and special collections librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions to integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment.
  • Serves as the primary liaison to the Middle East Studies Center (a pioneering U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center), to faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) and to a variety of other programs with interest in Middle East and Islamic Studies.
  • Actively develops regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries, representing OSU in forums such as the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) and the Middle East Microform Project (MEMP).
  • Supports and engages in fundraising, grant writing, marketing and outreach that strengthen the Libraries programs, in partnership with Development, the Middle East Studies Center and NELC.
  • Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams.
  • Contributes to developments in the field of area studies librarianship through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.
  • Interviews, hires, develops, supervises and evaluates employees.

Required qualifications: 

  • PhD in relevant subject area  or an accredited MLS or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Solid command of the history and major trends in research and scholarly publishing in Middle East and Islamic Studies and the history of the Middle East since the rise of Islam, including digital resources
  • Strong language skills in Arabic and a command of one or more relevant languages, including, Persian, and Turkish
  • Excellent communication skills in English

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience as a Middle East and Islamic Studies librarian, or a comparable combination of academic and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment
  • Evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population
  • Experience in developing and delivering innovative instruction and research support services
  • Experience in using bibliographic utilities and databases to search non-Roman scripts
  • Ability to identify and work with materials in other languages relevant to Middle East Studies, such as  Ottoman Turkish, Uzbek and other Turkic languages, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto, or Somali.

About the OSU Libraries Area Studies Program:

The OSU Libraries has built strong and deep area studies collections in association with the programs of OSUs distinguished Title VI Area Studies Centers,http://oia.osu.edu/area-studies-centers.html, and related departments of language, literature and culture.  As Ohio State aspires to be a globalized academic institution committed to responsible international engagement and its Office of International Affairs, http://oia.osu.edu/mission-and-vision.html, aims to foster excellence in the study of languages, the history of arts and cultures and their societies, and international security, Area Studies librarians partner to advance knowledge building in todays dynamic and diverse global information environment.  Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu/about/administration/vision-mission-strategic-themes/.

About the Middle East Studies Center:

OSUs Middle East Studies Center, http://mesc.osu.edu/mission.php, fosters and generates knowledge of the Middle East, its past and current economic, social and political developments, and promotes teaching, learning, research and public awareness of the diverse array of Middle Eastern languages, cultures, and peoples.  Since its designation as a US Department of Education Undergraduate Title VI National Resource Center in 1988 it has been consistently renewed for a total of 22 years.  The Center draws on the expertise of 50 faculty members from 23 departments and its affiliate faculty in other Ohio and regional universities and colleges.  The center is also a member of the Eastern Consortium in Persian and Turkish.

About the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC)

Founded in 1979, the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), http://nelc.osu.edu/, offers instruction in a number of Near Eastern languages, literatures, and cultures, granting B.A. degrees in Arabic and Hebrew with minors in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish as well as M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.  Study abroad programs are offered during the summer and academic year.  Emphasizing the acquisition of linguistic skills and knowledge of some of the world’s richest cultures, the program also prepare students for careers in government (e.g., foreign service, translation, etc.), journalism, business, or teaching.

Rank/Salary

This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.

Benefits

The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times ones annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, seehttp://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a comprehensive, state university offering a complete teaching, research and learning environment for its 3,000 faculty and 60,000 students. The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the Universitys eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars.  Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available athttp://library.osu.edu. Additional information and a position description are available at http://library.osu.edu/about/jobs/faculty.

Application

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by November 26, 2012. Please send cover letter, CV, references and salary history and requirements via email using the subject line of Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian to Greg Newman at newman.25@osu.edu.

Contact Information

Greg Newman

Human Resources

The Ohio State University Libraries

305 Thompson Library

1858 Neil Avenue Mall

Columbus, OH 43210

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