American Univesity of Beirut

University Librarian Search


    About the Search

    The American University of Beirut (AUB) invites applications and nominations for the position of University Librarian. Since 1870, the University Libraries serve as the intellectual hub of AUB, developing, managing, and providing access to distinctive collections, services, and facilities to advance research, teaching, and learning. The University Libraries consist of Nami Jafet Memorial Library as the main library, and the following subject libraries: the Engineering and Architecture Library, the Saab Memorial Medical Library, and the Science and Agriculture Library. These libraries are home to one of the world’s largest and finest collections related to Lebanese, Arab, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies, and also home to the largest collection of English language material in the Arab world. The University Libraries seek to be the information and research destination of choice committed to supporting lifelong learning and scholarship; providing a welcoming, resource‐rich, innovative, and stimulating environment; embracing collaborative opportunities; and to cultivating a technologically enhanced, user‐centered setting for the discovery, creation, organization, preservation, and communication of knowledge. More information is available at the following link

    The University Librarian is the chief administrative officer of the University Libraries. Reporting to the Provost, the University Librarian will work closely with the deans and the university leadership to advance AUB’s mission and provide for the teaching, learning, research, and practice needs of its community. The University Librarian will be a transformative leader with a forward-looking vision who will shape the role, attract external resources, establish partnerships, and lead the expansion of the libraries as part of the University’s global vision to establish twin campuses and hubs​ in key strategic countries over the next two to five years. 

    Leading candidates will be active researchers with a record of accomplishments and a significant and progressive administrative experience in academic and research libraries that span ten or more years. They will have personal qualities to engage and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies (students, faculty, staff and alumni), navigate complex environments, and foster a workplace culture of teamwork and inclusive management. A master’s degree in Library or Information Science or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program is strongly preferred as well as a second advanced degree.​ PhD holders may qualify for an academic appointment in an appropriate faculty/school at AUB.

    Search Committee

    ​Abla Sibai
    ​FHS Interim Dean, co-chair
    ​Yusuf Sidani 
    ​OSB Dean, co-chair
    ​Elie Akl 
    ​Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Professor, FM
    Lina Ghaibeh
    ​Associate Professor, MSFEA
    ​Wassim El Hajj
    ​Professor, FAS
    ​Sonja Mejcher-Atassi 
    ​Associate Professor, FAS
    ​Salma Dannawi Oueida 
    ​Associate VP for Development and Alumni Relations
    ​Khaled Noubani
    ​Engineering and Architecture Librarian
    Hassan Slika 
    ​USFC VP​
    ​Boushra Rahal​​

    ​​Coordinator of the​ Search Process​



    ​March 15, 2022
    ​​Appointment of the Search Committee
    ​March 16, 2022
    ​​Placement of Advertisement​​​
    ​March 18, 2022
    ​​Announcement of the Search by the Provost​
    ​March 28, 2022
    ​SC Co-chairs Call for Nominations and Applications​​​
    ​April 22, 2022 
    ​​Close Applications​


    ​​​If you have questions or comments for the search committee or would like to nominate a candidate for this position, please contact Mrs. Boushra Rahal at​​

    ​All nominations and/or applications should be sent electronically to The position is posted on the AUB HR website​, link​.

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