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AVAILABLE:   April 1, 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative and user-centered librarian to lead and expand research partnerships with faculty and scholars, contribute to student success, and develop research collections and outreach programs that support the study of the Middle East and Islam. Reporting to the Director of Research and Instructional Services, the successful candidate will work within a dynamic and flexible team structure in support of the research and teaching missions of the UNC Libraries. The Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian is an integrated member of the UNC Libraries and collaborates regularly with librarians and staff across a variety of library units including, but not limited to, the Wilson Library (Special Collections), Digital Research Services, Resource Description & Management, and User Experience and Assessment. The Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian also works closely with many campus and external partners, such as UNC Chapel Hill’s Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies; the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies; regional consortia; and national and international groups to build interdisciplinary partnerships in support of local research, teaching, and learning needs. The UNC Libraries also collaborate closely with the Duke University Libraries in building cohesive Middle East & Islamic Studies collections in the Research Triangle.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a strong commitment to Middle East and Islamic Studies, with strong emphasis. The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies is a member of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, and one of 5 UNC Chapel Hill National Resource Centers. Faculty affiliated with the Center number more than 50 and represent 28 departments and disciplines across campus. In collaboration with campus programs, the UNC Libraries actively engage with faculty and students on research and programming; create partnerships in support of teaching and learning; and develop collections and services that support research throughout its lifecycle.

The Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian will:

  • Partner with the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, as well as relevant academic programs, to develop a program of in-depth research consultations for scholars at all levels based on a deep understanding of subject resources.
  • Develop relevant curriculum, assignments, and research guides in support of teaching and learning in Middle East & Islamic Studies, utilizing innovative instructional design principles.
  • Curate collections in all formats and time periods, including rare and specialized materials housed at the Wilson Library, based on regular analyses of campus program needs, trends in scholarship, and an understanding of scholarly communications in the Middle East.
  • Provide consultation at all points of the research lifecycle, including locating, managing, and preserving information and publishing within the fields of Middle East & Islamic Studies.
  • Partner with colleagues across the UNC Libraries to provide support for digital humanities projects and data management.
  • Supervise the Assistant to the Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian and student employees.
  • Establish and foster relationships with donors and community members in partnership with the UNC Libraries’ Development Office.
  • Participate in UNC Libraries’ initiatives, serve on Library committees and engage with professional associations related to Middle East & Islamic studies both domestic and international.
  • Collaborate with Duke University Libraries to curate Middle East and Islamic studies collections.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program, or a related advanced degree.
  • Written and spoken proficiency in Arabic or Persian.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as excel in a dynamic, collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Knowledge of historical, cultural, linguistic, and political issues of importance to scholars of the Middle East and Islamic Studies.
  • Experience with library instruction, training, or classroom teaching.
  • Knowledge of scholarly publishing and research dissemination practices in the Middle East and North Africa, including trends in digital scholarship.
  • Experience with library research resources and tools in relevant subject areas.
  • A commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints are valued.


  • Knowledge of a second relevant language such as Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Turkish or other languages of the region.
  • Successful experience in fund-raising, donor relations, and/or grant-writing.
  • Evidence of successful participation in collaborative projects.
  • Experience with digital scholarship tools and projects.
  • Experience with assessing the impact of library services and/or collections
  • Experience with building research collections in an academic library.

 Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies

The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, established at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, offers a unique combination of regional and cross-regional approaches. The Center supports a full range of Middle East studies, including the region’s non-Muslim peoples and civilizations, as well as a broader focus on Muslim communities and civilizations outside the region. This combination of perspectives sets the Center apart from geographically limited Middle East centers. The Carolina approach emphasizes: 1. Flows within and between regions, as opposed to static visions of geographically immobile cultures. 2. Collaboration among scholars and teachers with different regional specialties. 3. Exploration of regional definitions and how they have changed over time.

In collaboration with the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, UNC’s Center is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, which promotes and coordinates programs at the two universities.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is part of the University Libraries and is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. The University Libraries’ collections include over 7.5 million volumes. The UNC Libraries also include theResearch Hub, which provides spaces, technology, and expertise to assist with all phases of research. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke UniversityNorth Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains and the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin upon receipt.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 8.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online.  Please include a resume of relevant experience, a cover letter highlighting your interest in this position and Carolina’s libraries, and the names, titles, and contact information for three professional references.  Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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