New York University Abu Dhabi Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections


Assistant Librarian for Archives and Special Collections
New York University Abu Dhabi

The New York University Abu Dhabi Library seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual to help grow the university’s Archives and Special Collections, and to provide general library services to a motivated and engaged student body and faculty. Situated in the dynamic and culturally diverse city of Abu Dhabi—the capital of the United Arab Emirates—the university and its library support innovative research and teaching that seek to respond in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local challenges, and in the process, create a student body who are truly global citizens.

Reporting to the Head of Archives and Special Collections, the incumbent will work both in Archives and Special Collections and will be part of our interdisciplinary library faculty who engage in library-wide instruction and research services. The Librarian will be responsible for scholarly engagement with the University’s archives and special collections, for assistance with solicitation and organization of materials for the University Archives, as well as for providing reference service, undergraduate instruction, and participation in student programs across the library as a whole. We seek a flexible, collegial, and energetic librarian, with demonstrated skill in instruction and reference, and a serious interest in developing special collections and archives who will augment our existing programs in instruction and research services and to advance our rapidly developing Special Collections. We would welcome advanced academic background in the humanities.

New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi-site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses – New York, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi – complemented by 11 additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global. Working across the network, NYU Libraries are highly integrated and collaborative. NYU Libraries’ shared mission across the globe is to be closely integrated, collaborative and focused on the faculty/student experience globally. The libraries share resources and its staff collaborates extensively to provide seamless access to resources, services, and expertise globally.

Exemplary duties include:

  • Instruction in primary-source research, drawing from physical and virtual collections, and research and reference help using historical and archival documents;
  • Outreach to NYUAD academic and administrative departments to obtain material for the University Archives;
  • Arrangement and description of archival collections in a variety of formats, including born-digital records;
  • Creation of exhibits and other programming that features archival and special collections;
  • Participation with virtual and in-person reference and research assistance at all university levels at the library’s main reference desk and in introductory research programs for high-school students;
  • Participation in our first-year instruction program and student programming in general.


  • M.L.I.S. or international equivalent
  • 1-2 years of experience in reference and instruction.
  • Coursework or direct experience with archival organization and management.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the concepts of accessioning, describing, and preserving born-digital materials.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with primary sources, both physical and online.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • Demonstrated skill in attention to detail.
  • Comfort working in a multi-lingual environment. (This position includes an opportunity to learn basic Arabic.)
  • Evidence of collegiality, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and imagination.

Candidates with the following skills will be preferred

  • Language skills in two or more major research languages.
  • An advanced degree in the humanities.

This position is a Library Faculty position, with attendant requirements for publication and professional development and opportunity for promotion. Participation in Library, University, and other professional committees is a job expectation.

To ensure full consideration by the search committee, please submit all application materials by October 15, 2018, though the position is open until filled. Please use Interfolio to submit a cover letter, a complete curriculum vitae, and provide a list of three references, in PDF format. Please visit to apply.

If you have specific questions, please e-mail Brad Bauer, Search Committee Chair at For more information about the NYU Abu Dhabi Library please visit

NYU Abu Dhabi provides salary and benefits at a highly competitive rate.

This position is not located in the United States. You must be willing to relocate to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

NYU Abu Dhabi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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