Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 50-27976
School Name University Library
Org Special Collections Library
Posted to the Web 02/22/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 026
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule 9-5
Months 12
Position Length End Date Established
Position End Date 03/31/2021
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit


As part of the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project (a grant-funded initiative between the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia), the Penn Libraries seeks an Arabic script manuscript cataloging librarian. This position will be responsible for providing original cataloging and descriptive metadata for manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish from the collections of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College. In addition, the cataloging librarian will remediate and standardize selected existing metadata from the grant institutions. The cataloging librarian will work closely with the project management and digitization team as well as staff at the partner institutions to refine and adapt cataloging workflow and procedures.

This is a three-year term position.


Qualifications: A MLS/MLIS and 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. In addition, a graduate degree in Near Eastern Studies, Arabic or related fields is strongly preferred. Working knowledge of metadata standards as well as 1-3 years of experience in cataloging or digitization projects is highly desirable. Cataloging experience in MARC and a familiarity with standard metadata standards, platforms, and tools such as OCLC Connexion, RDA, and MARCedit also strongly preferred. Strong knowledge and prior experience of cataloging and working with manuscripts in Arabic and Perso-Arabic scripts (e.g. Naskh, Nasta liq, Shekasteh, etc.) will be crucial to the project and as such is strongly preferred.

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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
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  4. * Do you possess a strong knowledge and prior experience of cataloging and working with manuscripts in Arabic and Perso-Arabic scripts?
    • Yes
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  5. * Do you have a Master of Library and Information Science or Master of Library Science degree?
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