Specialist, EGH Project - Egyptian Gardens and Horticulture Project - Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) (50030951) (Grant Position)

Reports to: Associate Dean- Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL)

Purpose: The Specialist, EGH Project will assist in creating an open-ended, expandable public resource for the history of horticulture in Egypt, from the time of Muhammad Ali till the present day with focus on the numerous pleasure-gardens, parks, and royal palace gardens that have existed (or still exist) in Egypt. The project is inspired by sense of urgency to document the urban history and architectural heritage of Cairo before it is irretrievably lost. 

The holder of this position will assist students, faculty and international researchers to find and use library materials in Horticulture. Contribute to the review, selection and deselection of library materials.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Assist in scanning local holdings at AUC to compile a systematic bibliography of authentic source material that the project relies on to document the layout of gardens, their location, and the plants that existed in these gardens.
  • Assist in the search and compiling of historic photographs of historic botanical gardens in Egypt, and collect reliable information about.
  • Assist in cataloging and applying online records for the formats that will be considered for this project including books, journal articles, maps, and images. The materials thus collected will be digitized and made publicly available, as far as copyright laws permit.
  • Provide Research help related to horticulture subject to AUC community and national universities researchers on daily basis including Saturdays.
  • Assist patrons and staff in locating and using library information resources with specialization in horticulture and gardening.
  • Cover the research help desk on daily basis, including tasks related to patrons: checking in and checking out materials as needed, registering patrons, collecting fines using automated circulation system, Sierra.
  • Maintain and prepare circulation regular statistical reports with special emphasis on horticulture materials (Desk manager).
  • Apply library policies and procedures for circulation and reference services.
  • Provide research help desk services on Saturdays, during special events, extended hours and late shifts.
  • Mentor, train, and direct all assigned library work study students assisting in horticulture off prints processing and listing.
  • Assist in preparing materials to be displayed for RBSCL tours particularly horticulture.
  • Monitor reading rooms and areas to assure the safety and proper use of rare materials.
  • Reserve and monitor the proper use of study carrels.
  • Maintain a current working knowledge of library holdings, including all current formats such as print, audio, digital, etc.
  • Assist in special projects such as inventory and weeding and respacing, particularly for horticultural materials.
  • Make recommendations to ensure Library's horticulture collections are relevant to customers' needs and expectations as well as the Library's current service plan.
  • Assist in selecting new horticulture titles for RBSCL.
  • Other duties as required.



Minimum education requirement:  B A in a relevant field, B.A. in Library and Information Science is a plus.


  • Two years of experience.
  • Specific experience with special collection setting


  • Knowledge of complex systems, in general, and the use of personal computers is required
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail is required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic are essential
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and develop reports
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team


Position is open until July 12, 2018


Placement is based on the candidate’s experience and skills. Only candidates who make it to the short list will be contacted. If interested, please send an updated and detailed resume to hr4@aucegypt.edu, stating “50030951 Specialist, EGH Project” in the subject line.


“We thank all individuals who have expressed interest in working at the American University in Cairo”.