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The Middle Eastern Studies Librarian develops and manages information resources in support of study, teaching, and research on a variety of subjects relating to the Middle East in the context of a very strong and well-established interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies Program. The position reports to the Associate Director for Technical Services.

The Middle Eastern Studies Program is a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Middle Eastern Studies. The Middle East Library Program is part of the University of Texas Libraries Technical Services Division. The Middle East collection, housed primarily in the Perry- Castañeda Library, is one of the nations most significant collections in western and Middle Eastern languages. The Librarys resources are in both Middle Eastern and Western European languages and in all subjects, including history, language and literature, religion, philosophy, politics, economics, anthropology, archaeology, art, etc. The Perry-Castañeda Library is the main library of the University library system, with emphasis on the social sciences, humanities, business and education. For more information on the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, see:, and for the Middle East Library Program, see:

Librarian Responsibilities

Collection Development: Develops a research collection of materials from and about the Middle East and Near East, extending as far as Afghanistan and Central Asia in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and all other languages of significance to this field. Duties include selection of books, journals, and other information resources in all formats, including electronic, and ordering in Middle Eastern languages as well as selection and ordering of Western European language materials. The librarian coordinates collection development within the libraries in this interdisciplinary subject area and participate at appropriate meetings, such as MESA and MELA; acts as liaison with UTs Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Department of Middle Eastern Studies; is responsible for the management, preservation and evaluation of the collection; and participates in Library-wide collections initiatives.

Cataloging: Determines priorities for processing and cataloging, catalogs and oversees the vernacular cataloging operation and participates in the Bibliographic Control Management Group.

Reference AND INSTRUCTION: Provides specialized Middle Eastern Studies reference services, assists library users in locating and evaluating Middle Eastern Studies information and provides outreach to faculty, students and other library users. Public service responsibilities include reference consultations by appointment, bibliographic and library use instruction, in-class lectures, preparation of publications, internet resource development and database searching as needed.

Other: Hires, trains and supervises one half-time Librarian responsible for Jewish and Hebrew Studies, and two half-time Graduate Research Assistants.

Required Qualifications: MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program. Experience acquiring library materials from a variety of sources in and about the Middle East. Fluency in Arabic and working knowledge of Persian or Turkish. Experience with standard cataloging procedures and tools, including working with a bibliographic utility, preferably OCLC.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience as a Middle East Studies Librarian. Advanced degree in Middle Eastern Studies. Supervisory experience. Knowledge of history, culture, economics, politics and literatures of the region. Experience with an integrated library system. Demonstrated potential for leadership in university, state, national, and international programs, and initiatives. Evidence of excellent written and verbal communication and problem solving skills. Evidence of initiative, creative energy and resourcefulness. Experience related to the duties. Proven ability to work collaboratively and efficiently in a fast-paced and evolving technological and team-oriented environment. Proven ability to be flexible in work assignments and environments.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is negotiable depending on qualifications and experience. No state or local income tax. Standard state benefits package including annual vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement plans, and health insurance (comprehensive major medical plans, dental, vision, life, and disability). Deferred compensation and tax sheltered annuity programs also available. Working hours for the position are typically, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm or as arranged for a total of 40 hours per week.

Recruiting Schedule: All interested candidates must complete an online application by going to: ). Please follow all instructions given. When applying online, please also refer to job posting number 12-04-27-01-0080 ( ). An email confirmation will be sent, within 2-3 working days, to those who apply online along with a set of job-related questions that candidates will be asked to return in order for their application materials to be complete. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact: Library Human Resources: [512-495-4360].

The University of Texas Libraries has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups. For more information, see UT Library Online ( The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

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