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Job: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

12.15.16 – Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sarah P’s comments: This position was previously posted in October, February, and before that in November of 2015 on IFLAjobs. I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates but, if so, the position has been vacant for more than a year??? Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions. Positions appear periodically but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region. For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai. Traffic is horrendous but it’s an interesting place if you are into city life.
Position Summary:
 The AUS Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections
  • Coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system
  • Troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery
  • Collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics
  • Document delivery

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS degree
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience
  • Knowledge of web-based applications and environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • The ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
  • 2 years’ experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases  or digital serials management
  • Experience working in a university or research environment
  • Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platform
  • Working knowledge of _javascript_, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools

Salary and Benefits
The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Free furnished accommodation and utilities are provided along with over six weeks’ annual vacation. A self-directed benefit plan provides a variety of choices including annual air tickets to place of origin for self and family, healthcare and dependent educational allowance. The UAE levies no income tax; however, some U.S. Federal taxes may apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.
Background
The American University of Sharjah is located in the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 5000 students from 80 different countries. The language of instruction and the workplace is English, and knowledge of Arabic is not required. The UAE offers a high standard of living with abundant cultural, recreational and travel opportunities. The UAE is a safe, open and friendly environment for individuals and families of all cultures.
The AUS Library, in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, serves as a focal point for educational and social interactions on campus. The library features a large Information Commons (135 workstations), 20 group study rooms, 2 computer classrooms, and RFID system. Please see http://library.aus.edu.
Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and the names of three professional references to recruitment@aus.edu.  Only short-listed candidates will be contactedReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Job: Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian

10.16.16 – Acquisitions & Resource Management Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sarah P’s comments: This position was posted last February and before that in November of 2015 on IFLAjobs. I would assume they did not fill it due to a lack of qualified candidates but, if so, the position has been vacant for almost as year??? Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions. Positions appear periodically but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region. For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai. Traffic is horrendous but it’s an interesting place if you are into city life.
Position Summary:
 The AUS Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.
Job Responsibilities:

  • Acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections
  • Coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system
  • Troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery
  • Collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics
  • Document delivery

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS degree
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience
  • Knowledge of web-based applications and environment
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • The ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
  • 2 years’ experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases  or digital serials management
  • Experience working in a university or research environment
  • Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platform
  • Working knowledge of _javascript_, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools

Salary and Benefits
The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Free furnished accommodation and utilities are provided along with over six weeks’ annual vacation. A self-directed benefit plan provides a variety of choices including annual air tickets to place of origin for self and family, healthcare and dependent educational allowance. The UAE levies no income tax; however, some U.S. Federal taxes may apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.
Background
The American University of Sharjah is located in the United Arab Emirates and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to over 5000 students from 80 different countries. The language of instruction and the workplace is English, and knowledge of Arabic is not required. The UAE offers a high standard of living with abundant cultural, recreational and travel opportunities. The UAE is a safe, open and friendly environment for individuals and families of all cultures.
The AUS Library, in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, serves as a focal point for educational and social interactions on campus. The library features a large Information Commons (135 workstations), 20 group study rooms, 2 computer classrooms, and RFID system. Please see http://library.aus.edu.
Please e-mail a cover letter, résumé and the names of three professional references to recruitment@aus.edu.  Only short-listed candidates will be contactedReview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Job: Collection Services Librarian

11/28/15 –  Collection Services Librarian
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sarah P’s comments:  Of the various UAE universities and colleges, AUS is considered near the top of the list of reputable institutions.  Positions appear periodically (two so far this year including Director) but I have heard they suffer from the same convoluted hiring practices which exist in the rest of the region.  For those unfamiliar with the Middle East, the UAE is a safe and progressive country and Sharjah is basically an overgrown suburb of the Dubai.
 
The American University of Sharjah Library is seeking an energetic and knowledgeable Collection Services Librarian to join its service-oriented team. Reporting to the AUL for Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will work closely with library colleagues to provide an integrated approach to the acquisition and management of the library’s electronic, print and media resources.
Job Responsibilities:
Acquisitions, licensing, implementation, assessment and ongoing maintenance of the library print and electronic collections.
Coordinating with the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian to arrange description and control of resources in the library’s WMS system.
Troubleshooting problems arising from ordering, subscription, licensing or access-related technical issues including linking and discovery.
Collecting and analyzing collection usage statistics.
Document delivery.
Qualifications Required:
An ALA-accredited MLS degree
Minimum of 3 years’ experience
Knowledge of web-based applications and environment
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
Superior technology skills with openness to emerging technologies
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
The ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner
Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with standards such as EDI/EDIFACT, OpenURL, COUNTER, SUSHI
Knowledge of metadata standards and formats including MARC, KBART, Dublin Core, AACR2, RDA, LCSH
2 years’ experience in print or electronic resource management, commercial knowledge-bases or digital serials management
Experience working in a university or research environment
Experience with OCLC WMS or other library services platform
Working knowledge of JavaScript, XML, HTML, CSS and web development tools
If interested, applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names of three references to recruitment@aus.edu. The position applied for should be mentioned in the email subject line.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants who do not meet specified requirements will not be shortlisted.
AUS Alumni are encouraged to apply for these positions
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: AUS complies with the US Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. During the interview process, you may be asked questions concerning your ability to perform job-related functions. If you are given a conditional offer of employment, you may be required to complete a post-job offer medical history questionnaire and undergo a medical examination, and all information will be kept confidential and in separate files.
See http://www.aus.edu/info/200218/employment/79/staff_positions/2/#2 for any additional details.
Thomas Hodge
Assistant University Librarian for Technology & Technical Services
American University of Sharjah University Library
United Arab Emirates
http://library.aus.edu/
thodge@aus.edu

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Conference: Attend SIBF/ALA 2015

10/1/15 – Attend the SIBJ/ALA 2015 Conference
Sharjah International Book Fair/American Librarian Association, Sharjah Expo Center, UAE
Sarah P’s comments:  For anyone in the Middle East or interested in working in and/or learning more about libraries in that region here is a joint conference.  Sessions are an eclectic mix of offerings for public, school, and academic librarians. Interesting.
FYI: Traditionally anyone working in the region belonged to SLA – Arabian Gulf Chapter and could attend their annual regional conferences.
 
Take a look at the program and sessions now confirmed, and join hundreds of your colleagues at the Sharjah Expo Center, November 10-12, 2015.  Register now!
Your registration includes:

  • International expert presenters
  • 15 concurrent programs on topics for all types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special libraries) covering the topics that help you stay on top of library transformation and needs
  • Keynote speakers, including ALA 2015-16 President Sari Feldman, Columbia University Librarian Emeritus James G. (Jim) Neal, and Sharjah dignitaries
  • All sessions in English and Arabic (simultaneous translation)
  • Poster sessions for more best practices and ideas. List of poster session presenters. (PDF file)
  • Certificate of participation after in-person attendance
  • Networking opportunities and use of the Librarians’ Lounge
  • Access to all session recordings
  • The chance to chat with sponsors and exhibitors about the latest technologies and services
  • Free hotel for anyone who purchases $10,000 or more of materials for their library at SIBF
  • Coffee, snacks, and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Conference bags and program book


Conference registration rates

ALA member 250 AED ($70 USD); non ALA member 350 AED ($100 USD)

Optional preconference Tuesday, November 10: RDA: Resource Description and Access (full day with Magda El-Sherbini, head of The Ohio State University Libraries’ Cataloging Department). ALA members 525 AED ($140 USD); non ALA members 750 AED ($200 USD). You can add this optional preconference during the registration process.

You may need a visa
if you are traveling from another country to the United Arab Emirates. SIBF will help with the arrangements; use this SIBF page to find out if you need a visa and how to apply. Deadline to apply for a visa is Saturday, October 10, 2015. (If you request a letter of invitation, we will send it after you register.)
2014 participants said it was “a great conference. . . . really inspiring . . . . memorable experience!”
Register now!
Check www.ala.org/sibf or track the tag #SIBFALA15 for updates. Join us!
For additional information, please contact the ALA International Relations Office at intl@ala.org.

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Job: Tech Services & Web Services Librarians

11/14/14 –  Technical Services / Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian & Web Services Librarians
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sarah P’s comments:  These two positions are still posted as available on the University’s website although they were originally posted last April.  As I said on my recent Zayed University post, Middle East hiring practices tend to be slow and confusing and sometimes they reverse direction.  This is, in part, because they rely on enrollment numbers which have been fluctuating in recent years due to the worldwide economic downturn.
Web Services Librarian
Technical Services / Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian

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Job: Web Services Librarian

5/29/14 – re-posted on IFLAjobs
3/31/14 –  Web Services Librarian
The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
As part of Technology and Technical Services, the successful candidate will manage web services in collaboration with other professional staff to achieve the library’s mission and goals. Established in 1997, the university consists of four Schools and Colleges: Architecture, Art and Design, Business and Management, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to 5000 students from 80 different countries.
Sarah P’s comments:  AUS is one of the more reputable institutions in the UAE.  Daphne Flanagan was previously a librarian with the Higher Colleges of Technology and had been in the region for quite  a few years.  Interesting to note that this position has only been listed on IFLAjobs.
 

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