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Librarian for the Arts and Instruction, NYU Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The NYU Abu Dhabi Library invites applications for a Librarian for Arts and Instruction to work in a highly collaborative, innovative, and forward-looking setting. This position plays a key role in the educational mission of NYU Abu Dhabi by providing dynamic and enthusiastic service to students and faculty with a special focus on academic instruction. The role involves reference, teaching, collection development, and research assistance to our diverse students and faculty. Program development and participation in tiered information literacy programs are expectations.

The librarian will sustain and develop the varied information literacy programs, outreach opportunities, and assessment activities that connect the Library to the educational mission of the university. This position provides leadership in developing programmatic and tiered support of instructional services, including the Library’s ongoing collaborations with different programs both within and outside the University. The incumbent will serve as a resource for students and faculty in the Arts, and as a partner with the other liaison librarians. The incumbent will develop creative strategies to understand the information needs of assigned departments and programs, build partnerships with faculty, and actively engage in outreach to sustain strong, consistent, and effective communications between the Library, the assigned departments, and affiliated programs. He or she will develop and maintain print and electronic subject-related collections to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and faculty. Collaborative work with colleagues at NYU New York, NYU Shanghai, and across NYU’s global network is an important job expectation. Librarians at NYUAD engage in community and professional service and pursue an active scholarly agenda including publication and research.



NYU Abu Dhabi is a pioneer of higher education in a global world, dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, while advancing cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. Part of the NYU global network, NYU Abu Dhabi offers an outstanding liberal arts and science education to students from the United Arab Emirates, United States, and around the world, focusing on intercultural understanding and leadership. It supports innovative research that pushes the frontiers of knowledge forward and responds in powerful and interdisciplinary ways to vital global and local questions. NYU Abu Dhabi advances NYU as a model university for the 21st century and contributes in multiple ways to the development of a sustainable, knowledge-based economy in Abu Dhabi.

As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students, and providing an intellectually rich environment. Students are drawn from around the globe, surpassing all traditional academic benchmarks. The NYU Abu Dhabi undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school appointments, and many other honors.


Working for NYUAD

A world-class institution deserves world-class benefits. At NYUAD, we recognize that Abu Dhabi is more than where you work, it’s your home and in order for you to research, teach, and thrive, we’re offering a comprehensive benefits package to our top talent. Start with generous relocation allowances to ensure a smooth transition to Abu Dhabi, followed by competitive salaries, housing and transportation allowances, and educational assistance for your dependents. Health and wellness services round out our offerings, plus more. Click here for more information on benefits for you and your dependents.

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Initial appointment will be for 3 years and is renewable contingent on job performance and active professional engagement. Rank depends on professional background and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent graduate LIS degree

  • Demonstrated success in coordinating and teaching information literacy programs at the post-secondary level

  • Experience with assessing library programs and services

  • Demonstrated knowledge of ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for instruction and outreach

  • Demonstrated aptitude for teamwork, flexible accommodation of a changing environment, and history of collegiality

  • Demonstrated commitment to building inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity in professional practice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in the Arts

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or aptitude for designing online learning objects

  • Experience with both in-person and online instruction

  • Experience working in a post-secondary research library

  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment


Application Instructions

To view the full position and apply, please visit the following link. Please submit the following documents:

  • Cover Letter

  • CV


Applications will begin to be reviewed as they are received. We anticipate that the successful candidate will be appointed for the academic year 2020-2021 and can relocate to Abu Dhabi in August 2020.


For questions about this position, please email the search committee chair at [email protected]

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.