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Department: International Studies

Rank and Salary: Assistant Librarian – Librarian ($60,843 – $119,734)

Position Availability: Immediately

Application deadline for first consideration: April 23, 2019


The UCLA Library seeks a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-driven librarian/curator to work with students and faculty to advance research, scholarship, and teaching in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.


Position Duties

Reporting to the Head of International Studies, the Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies is responsible for collection development and management, reference, and instruction in assigned areas in order to support and advance research-level scholarship by UCLA students and faculty. The Librarian/Curator for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies collaborates on the creation of research tools and develops plans to digitize content and collections to increase access to resources; delivers specialized orientations, instruction sessions, and consultations; and serves as a resource on issues related to digital scholarship, scholarly communications and emerging research methods. The incumbent collaborates with campus and UC colleagues on a range of issues related to collections and digital projects, participates in professional forums such as the Middle East Librarians Association and the Center for Research Libraries’ Middle East Materials Project, actively engages in outreach and community engagement activities in support of UCLA Library’s strategic priorities and serves as a member of library teams related to preservation and/or digitization, such as the UCLA Library’s International Digital Ephemera Project. The incumbent has supervisory responsibilities for .5 FTE staff member and student assistants.


UCLA librarians and academic staff are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment.


Description of Unit

As a partner in the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the International Studies Department in the Charles E. Young Research Library supports the UCLA community by selecting the resources and providing the services necessary for world-class research and instruction. The department’s subject specialists in area and international studies serve as liaisons to academic departments and research units in their areas of responsibility, partnering with faculty and students on a wide variety of research projects and teaching initiatives. Departmental librarians and support staff serve the faculty and students in these disciplines by cultivating research-level collections in a variety of formats as well as providing high-level research services in person and via e-mail and digital reference. These subject specialist librarians work closely together and in cooperation with librarians from other UCLA Library units to support interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning.


The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures ( offers a wide range of courses covering the languages, history, and cultures of the Near East and Middle East and their diasporas. The well-established Centers for Near Eastern Studies (, and the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World ( also provide arenas for interdisciplinary research and teaching in this area.


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