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Job opening - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

  • 1.  Job opening - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

    Posted 05-11-2018 16:51
    Edited by Joseph Piazza 06-29-2018 11:25
    POSITION:                  Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

    Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian

    REPORTS TO:            Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West)

    SALARY:                     Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $58,898

                                         Minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $68,125

                                         Actual salary will reflect selected professional's experience and credentials

    Requisition #:             507315

    DEADLINE DATE:      July 16, 2018 - applications will reviewed as received


    The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian [AMES Librarian] is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for these subject areas. The position supports the University's academic programs including the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC), as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as International Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies. The AMES Librarian also liaises with the Harn Museum of Art in support of the Asian Collection. Responsibilities include analyzing the University's programs in the LLC and International Studies, collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities; and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. Collaborates with other subject librarians to provide support in religious studies and other interdisciplinary areas. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services.

    The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the AMES Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the AMES Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The AMES Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.



    • Communicates with appropriate academic faculty. Keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interest to ensure that the Libraries' collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries' issues.
    • Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists, and librarians, with respect to resources for the Asian and Middle Eastern studies, and related collections.
    • Analyzes the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies collection development program activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required.
    • Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program.
    • Participates in outreach and instruction programs using traditional classroom and active learning methods and innovative educational technologies.
    • Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, including the development of LibGuides and other online resources.
    • Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly service and research resulting in publication.
    • Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library scholarship initiatives and partnerships.
    • Participates in Library fundraising efforts.
    • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.




    • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or other relevant advanced degree in subject specialty.
    • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience.
    • Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin).
    • Familiarity with scholarly literature of Asian studies.
    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
    • Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources.
    • Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
    • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills.
    • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
    • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at
    • Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities.
    • Strength in both Asian and Middle Eastern studies.
    • Working knowledge of Japanese, Arabic, or South Asian language.
    • Sound knowledge of collection management, reference, and instructional practices and standards.
    • Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for in-person and online instruction.
    • Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
    • Experience in the digital humanities.
    • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities, Asian and Middle Eastern studies in an academic or research library environment.

    Application Process

    To apply, submit 1) a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; 2) a written statement regarding your approach to outreach to students and faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Center for Global Islamic Studies (500 words); 3) your current resume or CV; and 4) a list of three references including their contact information (address, telephone number, and email). Apply by July 16, 2018 (applications will be reviewed as received). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 507315. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please contact Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at

    Joseph Piazza
    University of Florida
    Gainesville FL
    (352) 273-2595