Assistant Archivist - Al Mawrid, Arab Center for the Study of Art

Posting Number 2021-8026
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/23/2021 8:00 AM)
Arts & Humanities - Art and Art History
NYU Abu Dhabi (AD00001)
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Academic Program Support

Position Summary

UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply


New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint a Archivist, reporting into and assisting the Assistant Vice Provost of Global Educational Administration.


The suitable candidate should have a background in or familiarity with the subject matter of the collections (modern and contemporary art of the Arab world) and practical experience working in libraries, archives, or museums, preferably focused on collections relating to North Africa and West Asia.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Appraise of archival collections for their informational, evidential, and research value based on established al Mawrid guidelines
  • Arrange and describe archival collections leveraging demonstrated relevant experience, including practical historical research
  • Generate metadata using established cataloging standards and write accurate English and Arabic item-level descriptions according to the in-house style
  • Devising, implementing and standardizing a keyword vocabulary/system ensuring accurate caption, tagging and metadata standards in English and Arabic in coordination with archival team and under supervision of PI, Co-PIs, and Post-Doctoral Associate
  • Translate catalogue descriptions, metadata, and related website content to and from Arabic and English
  • Proactively monitor progress of individual collections’ processing, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action when required in collaboration with the Center’s post-doctoral associate and archival team
  • Collaboratively maintain and update tracking sheets to provide regular reporting of collection processing progress to al Mawrid team
  • In collaboration with the Center’s post-doctoral associate and the archival team, coordinate activities, expected timelines and milestones for al Mawrid’s archiving plans
  • Train, monitor, and review output of student assistants’ work on ArchivesSpace, cataloguing, digitizing and processing
  • Work closely with al Mawrid’s website lead and the NYUAD development team to test and shape the design and functionality of the Center’s website in English and Arabic
  • Add content modules and text in Arabic and English to the Center’s website
  • Provide reference and liaison services to patrons, fulfill image requests, provide course support to NYUAD faculty in the form of guest lectures and presentations
  • In collaboration with the Center’s digitizing lead, develop proficiency with the Center’s digitizing equipment and assist with tasks as needed


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree, ideally in art history, North Africa/West Asia history, or related fields


Preferred Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in library and information science (MLIS) or a Master’s Degree in a related archival practice discipline


Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years relevant professional experience
  • Fluency with web HTML and experience with basic web design

Additional Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.


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