Library Subject Specialist

Date: May 15, 2019

Location: Saudi Arabia

Company: King Abdullah University of Science & Technology

Job/Position Summary

The Library Subject Specialist (Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering) supports graduate-level education and research in assigned subject areas of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering. This position is responsible for library collections development, instruction and research support services to faculty, researchers and students. The subject specialist provides analysis of academic instruction and research programs to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Library's supporting collections, and develop collections accordingly. S/he will serve as the main contact point between the library and assigned academic departments, providing instruction and outreach services, including reference consultations, information literacy instruction, scholarly communication, open access, research data and support for research services.


Major Responsibilities

Collection Development.

  • Assume overall responsibility for the development of the collection in the assigned subject areas of Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering.
  • Assess databases and other electronic products available from publishers in assigned subject areas, and negotiate subscriptions and license terms as appropriate.
  • Select materials in all formats, review requests, book reviews, and other collection development sources, to initiate orders.
  • Gather and analyze usage statistics to aid in collection development decisions and policies.
  • Create and maintain subject webpages (libguides) in assigned areas.
  • Develop collection development policies for assigned subject areas in consultation with faculty and other subject specialists. 

Outreach & Research Support

  • Maintain a level of contact with the faculty that will provide knowledge of academic and research programs sufficient to ensure that collections and services support curriculum and research needs.
  • Work with faculty and researchers to advice on research data management and identify content for KAUST digital repository and special collections.
  • Educate and advocate research community and others about scholarly communications issues, including author rights, open access; seek an understanding of changing workflows and scholarly communications practices among faculty;Reference and Instruction
  • Provide specialized research assistance/consultation services in assigned subject areas, in person, as group and at Info Desk.
  • Active involvement on online reference services and LibAnswers.
  • Class room teaching of information literacy courses to students and faculty in assigned subject areas, databases, reference and research tools.
  • Creation, embedding and marketing of e-learning course modules and video tutorials to supplement library trainings initiatives.
  • Assess and improve instructional activities on par with international standards.


Other Responsibilities

  • Contribute to a dynamic, collegial library team supportive of the university’s goals.
  • Actively participate in local and international partnerships with libraries, scientific societies, and organizations to improve information services in the sciences and engineering disciplines.
  • Assist with the development of library service policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the integration of library resources and services in KAUST teaching and learning. 
  • Work at the library’s Information Desk as assigned.



  • Competent with a variety of relevant information technology tools and applications (e.g., multidisciplinary and relevant disciplinary bibliographic databases such as Scifinder etc).
  • Well-informed on learning resources, developments, and trends in assigned subject areas.
  • Experience in library subscriptions and license negotiations
  • Ability to initiate and develop strong working relationships with faculty, researchers, graduate students, fellow library staff, and vendors.
  • Confident and articulate in presenting training sessions.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong written and spoken English skills.
  • Strong public presentation abilities.
  • Commitment to excellent public service.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • The ability to function in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;





  • Master’s degree in Library Science or an advanced scientific field is required. Doctoral degrees or equivalent research experiences are preferred.



  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an academic or research library required;
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and delivering instructional programming;
  • Extensive experience using research and citation databases and the ability to learn and use new instructional technologies