Provides collection development, management, and reference support for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and the Central Eurasian Studies Collections by assisting in developing and maintaining collections and providing specialized reference services in these subjects. Works intensively with a wide variety of materials in the many vernacular languages of the Middle East and Central Eurasia. Primary responsibilities include identifying the language and bibliographic data for various materials; reviewing, translating and recommending items to acquire from various sources; using online databases and printed sources to locate, translate and verify bibliographic information; answering reference questions and providing other public services. Overseeing the gift and exchange program. Developing, maintaining the collection's websites. Maintain office databases and records. Manage the office when the librarian is absent. Monitor and train student employees.
Two years of college level coursework and one year of library experience.
Knowledge of at least one major Middle Eastern or Central Eurasian Language (such as Arabic, Persian, or Turkish) or one Uralic language (such as Hungarian, Finnish or Estonian) and bibliographic knowledge of additional area languages. Knowledge of library procedures and resources. Experience with standard office systems, including email, Internet applications, database searching. Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook). Experience in searching and editing online library databases. Demonstrated dependability and flexibility. Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to effectively communicate and exchange information and a demonstrated ability to interact tactfully and courteously with faculty, staff, students, and other library users. Strong organizational skills. Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making abilities. Strong critical-thinking skills. Ability to investigate and resolve problems independently and effectively/ Ability to perform complex duties with high degree of accuracy. Ability to pay attention-to-detail and follow established guidelines.
Bachelor degree/graduate-level course work with an emphasis on Central Eurasian and/or Middle Eastern Studies. Two years of academic library experience and additional experience in area studies bibliography, especially graduate level. Experience with HTML, web page development tools, and major Middle Eastern, Islamic and Central Eurasian databases such as Index Islamicus.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
Lifting and carrying piles of book, pushing carts of books, reaching, bending, or kneeling; long periods of sitting, extensive use of keyboard, repetitive twisting of neck and back, and focusing on computer monitor. There is a possibility of exposure to mold and dust.
Salary Plan: SS
Salary Grade: 0F
Department: LIBRARIES (BL-LIBR-IUBLA)
Internal Number: 76759
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