Library Receives Grant Funds for Middle Eastern Collections

Selection of books from Georgetown's Middle Eastern and North African collection

As part of a Title VI grant recently awarded to the Center for Contemporary Arabic Studies, the Library will receive funds to build Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) collections. The award includes $24,000 over four years to acquire books and other materials in MENA languages, as well as funding to hire one student worker annually for four years to work with Middle Eastern Studies Librarian Ryan Zohar on processing these collections.

“The funding is a sizable contribution to the Middle East acquisitions budget and will greatly shape collecting for years to come,” said Zohar. “The funds will be used to collect items in Arabic and other regional languages that are often underrepresented in traditional North American research libraries.” Those materials will support teaching, learning, and research in Arabic Studies at Georgetown.

The Library will start the hiring process for the student worker soon. Candidates must speak and read Arabic, and should be interested in knowledge production in the Middle East. If you are interested in the position, use the “Email a Reference Librarian” form on our website and indicate your interest in the “Question” field.