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
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.