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Librarian for Islamic Law-Harvard Law School Job.
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Librarian for Islamic Law
Harvard Law School
USA - MA - Cambridge
Time Status
Monday through Friday, 9 to 5
HLS^LIB^Collection Development
Salary Grade
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities
The Collection Development Department’s Area Studies Group handles the receiving, cataloging, authority control, bibliographic maintenance and backlogs of print and electronic materials. The group is also responsible for the monographic receipts and associated invoice processing through Aleph.   As part of this Group, all members are expected to participate fully in collaborative efforts toward efficient workflow and problem solving.  The Group is responsible for catalog maintenance including corrections, updating cataloging records, and maintaining authority control.  This position has autonomy to modify the day-to-day activities to maintain a workflow to update bibliographic and holdings information, processing the materials for the collections.  Specifically this position has responsibility for selection, acquisitions, receipts, cataloging, and reference for the law of Islamic jurisdictions in Arabic, Persian and Turkish.  The position coordinates with the Slavic Law selector for Islamic materials in Slavic languages. The position reports to the Collection Development Librarian for Foreign, International and Comparative Law, working closely to coordinate selection and acquisitions.

•    Performs original and copy cataloging of monographs, serials, and electronic resources for Arabic, Persian, and Turkish materials, including name and series authority information.
•    Follows national guidelines for Arabic, Persian, and Turkish language materials, as well as local cataloging policy.
•    Oversees ordering, receiving, and processing Arabic, Persian, and Turkish materials.  Assists in processing invoices. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with vendors in appropriate jurisdictions.
•    Selects and develops Islamic Law and the civil law of Islamic jurisdictions materials and information resources in all formats.  Monitors Islamic collection development tools, identifies and reviews new electronic resources. Monitors and evaluates library’s approval plan lists for Islamic materials.
•    Provides in-person and virtual reference, research consultations, and instruction services related to Islamic resources, working closely with RTL.  Serves as a liaison and works closely with faculty, students, and visiting scholars to support research needs.  Coordinates with the Islamic Legal Studies Program on collection and research needs.  Provides support to the Islamic Legal Studies Program on digital projects. 
•    Monitors Islamic reference databases, mailing lists, news alerts, news feeds.
•    Serves as a member of the HLSL Collection Development Committee.

•    Coordinates acquisition and cataloging processes with the appropriate teams in the Harvard Library.
•    Communicates with other departments and provides support for Islamic materials.
•    Act as an Arabic language and Islamic Law liaison to HLS and the Harvard Library and beyond.
•    Coordinates and collaborate with other HU libraries on Islamic Collection Development issues.
•    Participates in HLSL and Harvard Library committees as appropriate.
•    Conducts library tours and participates in library outreach programs.

Basic Qualifications
•    MLS from an ALA accredited library school.
•    Advanced reading knowledge of Arabic required.
Additional Qualifications
•    Working knowledge of Persian and Turkish preferred.
•    Minimum 2 years cataloging experience in a large academic library.
•    Experience of automated cataloging systems required.
•    Experience with collection development preferred.
•    Familiarity with acquisitions procedures and experience with the international book trade preferred.
•    Reference experience preferred.
Additional Information
•    This is a one year term appointment with the possibility of renewal, subject to departmental need and funding.
•    Harvard Law School is unable to provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship for this opportunity.
•    All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.


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