Thursday, July 3, 2014

University of California Berkeley: Asian American Studies Librarian

Asian American Studies Librarian-Ethnic Studies Library

Hiring range: Mid-range Associate Librarian
$59,089 – $64,006 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a 75% time appointment available starting January 2015
The Ethnic Studies Library of the University of California, Berkeley seeks an energetic, creative and service-oriented librarian to provide curatorial and research support to the UC Berkeley community in the area of Asian American Studies. As a curator, selector and reference specialist, the Librarian will work with community members and organizations to promote donations of archives and special collections and will enhance access to Asian American archival and special materials by applying standard archival practices. The Librarian will contribute to public services and work closely with colleagues to secure external funding and to address comparative ethnic studies areas.

The Ethnic Studies Library

The Ethnic Studies Library is an Affiliated Library on the UC Berkeley campus and is a unit of the Ethnic Studies Department. The Asian American Studies Collection, the Chicano Studies Collection, and the Native American Studies Collection were established in the late 1960s and developed into separate libraries. These libraries were merged in 1997 to establish the Ethnic Studies Library. At that time a fourth collection, the Comparative Ethnic Studies Collection, was established. The Ethnic Studies Library serves the research and curricular needs of the Ethnic Studies faculty and students majoring in Asian American and Diaspora Studies, Native American Studies, Chicano Studies, and Ethnic Studies. In addition, it serves Ethnic Studies graduate students, students fulfilling the American Cultures course requirement, other students enrolled in Ethnic Studies courses, and national and international scholars. The staff consists of four librarians (Asian American Studies Librarian, Chicano Studies Librarian, Native American Studies Librarian, and Digital Access Librarian), three technical support staff persons, and about twenty part-time student workers. The Library contains unique and valuable archival and special collections and is hiring librarians who will work toward the continued development of and access to these collections by acquiring unique materials, securing external funding for processing them, promoting the materials to the campus community and beyond, and applying standard archival practices and current digital technologies and procedures that enhance access.


Reporting to the Head Librarian of the Ethnic Studies Library, the Asian American Studies Librarian will serve as curator for all the materials in the Asian American Studies Collection with an emphasis on archival and special collections. The Librarian will work with individuals and organizations from the Asian American community to promote donations of archival and special materials and will select materials in all formats, manage collections through storage and weeding, and monitor budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The Librarian will supervise archival processing projects. The Librarian will contribute to reference and research assistance; teach course-integrated instruction and workshops; create instructional materials, online subject guides, and library exhibits; and sustain ongoing communication with and outreach to students and faculty. The Librarian will work towards the establishment of digital research tools, including an Asian American Studies bibliographic database. The Librarian will assume chief responsibility for one of the following duties: (1) grant writing/fund raising (both government and private funds) OR (2) development of the Comparative Ethnic Studies Collection.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, to work effectively in a shared decision-making environment, and to be active professionally. Professional contributions beyond the primary responsibilities are required for advancement in the Librarian series. The successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions.

Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:

MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution by time of application.

Additional Qualifications:

Experience working with Asian American communities
Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library, preferably experience developing and managing ethnic studies collections
Familiarity with archive collections and archive processing plans
Experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic or research library

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in fundraising/grant writing
Demonstrated commitment to public services and improving the user experience
Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
Demonstrated initiative, the ability to work creatively, independently and as a team member Understanding of current and emerging trends in ethnic studies
Knowledge of electronic and information technologies, including bibliographic management tools and data management and planning.
Advanced degree and/or equivalent experience in Asian American Studies

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

Professional librarians at UC are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, two days per month vacation leave, one day per month sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

DEADLINE: Initial review date will be August 5th, 2014, please apply by this date to receive full consideration. The position will be open until filled.

Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant's qualifications for this position. Referees for the finalists only will be contacted for references. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the University of California Statement of Confidentiality, prior to submitting their letters. All applications will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

For inquiries contact:
Lillian Castillo-Speed, Head Librarian, Ethnic Studies Library

Saturday, May 24, 2014

UC San Diego: Korean and Japanese Studies Librarian

The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The University and the Library
UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels.  With more than 30,000 students, UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong, and is ranked 5th among top universities in the nation in total R&D expenditures.  In 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked 1st in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement.  The UC San Diego Library plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions.
UC San Diego offers a variety of humanities and social sciences courses in Korean and Japanese Studies as well as a major in Japanese Studies. The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) offers advanced degrees with regional specializations including Korea and Japan; it is the only professional school of international relations in the United States that focuses on the Pacific region of Asia and the Americas, and was recently ranked as a top-10 graduate program by "Foreign Policy" magazine. The Korean and Japanese Studies communities also include affiliated research units such as the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Korea-Pacific Program; Laboratory on International Law and Regulation; and the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab.
The Division of Arts & Humanities’ growing Program in Transnational Korean Studies is the recent recipient of a five-year (2013-18) grant from the Academy of Korean Studies as a Core University Program for Korean Studies, which will enable the program to offer a number of new courses and research internships. This will offer potential opportunities for course-integrated instruction and for liaison with faculty and students. The Library acquires significant amounts of history and social science material on Korea and Japan, especially pertaining to international relations, economics, politics, and modern and contemporary history, popular culture and society, and selects fairly broadly (in English, Korean and Japanese) in the anthropology, sociology, visual arts, music and literature of Korea and Japan.

Responsibilities of the Position
The UC San Diego Library seeks a subject librarian for Korean and Japanese Studies to develop and implement liaison services to the students and faculty working in these areas in the Division of Arts & Humanities and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). The Korean and Japanese Studies Librarian will also be responsible for collection development for Korean and Japanese Studies in Korean, Japanese, and English languages.
The position will report to the Director of the Library’s Academic Liaison Program, with additional assigned responsibilities in the Collection Development & Management Program. The incumbent will:
•    Actively engage with faculty and students in the Program in Transnational Korean Studies and the Japanese Studies Program within the Division of Arts & Humanities and the Korean and Japanese regional specializations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.
•    Develop strategies to learn about and understand information needs of academic departments and programs, and to build partnerships with research and teaching faculty.
•    Serve as the primary contact for research and educational needs in Korean and Japanese studies; and develop and promote services and resources to enhance the research, teaching, and learning mission of UC San Diego.
•    Build and sustain strong and consistent communication channels between the Library; the Korean and Japanese Studies programs in both Arts & Humanities and IR/PS; affiliated programs and research units; and other departments and programs as assigned.
•    Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and faculty to integrate information literacy within Korean and Japanese Studies programs.
•    Design and deliver curriculum-integrated instruction and other learning activities in a variety of formats for Korean and Japanese Studies faculty and students.
•    Develop and promote online subject guides and other information resources for assigned subject areas.
•    Develop and maintain collections in Korean, Japanese, and English-language materials for Korean and Japanese Studies. 
•    Collaborate with librarians and staff in Content Acquisitions and Metadata Services regarding acquisitions, vendor selection, approval plans, and cataloging of Korean and Japanese language resources.
•    Serve as the primary Korean and Japanese Studies specialist for research assistance.

Minimum Qualifications
•    Professional degree from a library school, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.
•    Academic work in a field of study that includes knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Korea and Japan.
•    Strong language skills in Korean and English, spoken and written.
•    Ability to provide research assistance and participate in course-integrated instruction in assigned subject areas.
•    Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources for Korean and Japanese studies.
•    Ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
•    Ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
•    Excellent analytical, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
•    Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups.
•    Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Strong language skills in Japanese, spoken and written.
•    Experience in working with overseas and domestic vendors in support of the acquisitions of information resources.
•    Experience in developing working partnerships with academic units in a University setting.
Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date:  Application consideration begins July 13, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:  For full consideration, please submit applications to:

Please provide the following:
•    A short application letter addressing your interest in leading this program and applicable qualifications
•    A resume of education and relevant experience
•    The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
•    A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at:

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.

Friday, March 21, 2014

UC San Diego:Data Services and Collections Librarian

The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

About the Position
The Data Services and Collections Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for managing and providing data and statistical services, with a focus on social science data.  The position reports primarily to the Director of the Library’s Reference & Research Advisory Services Program with additional assigned responsibilities in the Library’s Collection Development & Management and Research Data Curation programs.

Responsibilities of the Position
•    Provides leadership for the management and implementation of data and statistical services and collections.
•    Serves as the specialist for dataset and statistical analysis for research assistance, assisting in person as well as virtual users and providing in-depth research consultations by appointment. 
•    Conducts data and statistics reference training (new and ongoing) for other reference providers and facilitates library communications about data and statistics resources.
•    Selects and manages datasets, statistical materials in all applicable formats, and statistical software to meet curricular and research needs of the campus.
•    Participates in and provides feedback for data-related local and/or UC-wide collection management activities and projects, including assessment of holdings, de-accessioning and relocating materials as needed.
•    Engages with campus communities, providing a combination of targeted or specialized services, including instruction, for dataset and statistical software users.
•    Provides general reference and research services both in person and virtually.
•    Works with the Research Data Curation Program to develop data curation and repository services for social science collections.
•    Engages with campus partners to make digital scholarly work and data openly discoverable and accessible for the long term.
•    Partners with curation and subject librarians for data curation outreach to campus.
•    Serves as the Library’s liaison to ICPSR and DDI initiatives and represents the UC San Diego
•    Library at pertinent meetings and conferences.

Salary:  Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date:  Application consideration begins April 14, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply:  For full consideration, please submit applications to:

For more information and a full Position Description please visit:

Victoria Chu 朱慰慈
Director (interim), Reference & Research Advisory Services
& Chinese Studies Librarian
UC San Diego Library
La Jolla, CA


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tsukuba University: Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position in Archival Science

Dear Colleagues:

I was asked to forward this job posting. Please forward to anyone who may be interested.

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2014 (Japan time).

NOTE! This job posting is not limited to those specialized in Archival Science. Applications from Japanese studies specialists, users of archival institutions, or manuscript researchers will also be accepted. Japanese citizens will be given priority.

Best regards,

Fabiano Takashi Rocha  |  Japan Studies Librarian
University of Toronto Libraries  | 130  St. George Street | Toronto ON  M5S 1A5  | 416-978-2300

Monday, March 17, 2014

Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation: Librarian, Chinese Cataloger/Subject Specialist

Librarian, Chinese Cataloger/Subject Specialist    
Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation,
Sarasota, Florida
Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 03/15/14
Deadline: 05/15/14


The Elling O. Eide Foundation of Sarasota, Florida seeks an experienced Librarian, Chinese Cataloger/Subject Specialist to be responsible for establishing and developing a collection that focuses on pre-modern China and Central/Inner Asia. The Eide Library consists mainly of modern and thread-bound books in Chinese, some published before 1911; volumes in Western languages, Japanese, and Korean; and about two-hundred periodicals.  It will be housed in a state-of–the-art facility with compression shelving and storage buildings to enable growth. Located on a natural preserve, the library is expected to be a center for workshops and residential visits by researchers.

The successful candidate will manage this private collection’s transition into a special library serving the needs of the broader scholarly community. S/he will perform original and copy cataloging for the collection backlog as well as future acquisitions using current codes and carrier standards, and be the liaison with outside firms contracted for assistance. S/he will make the library’s catalog and selected materials accessible in multiple formats, and work with the foundation’s board to plan the library’s future.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications, experience. Benefits included.


    ALA-accredited Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science;
    Minimum of three years of cataloging and reference experience;
    Proficiency with automated library systems;
    Demonstrated proficiency with prevailing cataloging rules and standards (RDA, AACR2), LC application of them, LC subject headings and classification system, and MARC21 or other data carrier formats;
    Understanding of technical services operations;
    Strong computer skills, including experience with local and network-based input, editing, and mapping tools;
    Proficiency in modern Chinese and in reading the classical language;  familiarity with the pinyin romanization system;  some competence in Japanese and Korean desirable;
    Knowledge of Chinese history, literature, and culture;
    Good interpersonal and communication skills in English; strong service orientation;
    Ability to determine priorities, guide collection development and manage the flow of materials effectively.

Application materials

    Cover letter and names/mailing addresses of three references who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position (include telephone numbers, email addresses);
    Curriculum vitae or resume (include telephone number, mailing address, email address).


Complete applications must be received by 5:00 pm, May 15, 2014.  Submit by email to:

For information about the Elling O. Eide Foundation, an equal opportunity employer, see the website:  Prospective candidates will be subject to a pre-employment screening which may include motor vehicle and credit checks.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hoover Institution Archives: East Asia Collections Project Archivist

 (Two year Fixed-Term)

The Hoover Institution Archives is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic archivist with language skills in Chinese and/or Japanese to work on the arrangement and description of collections related to twentieth century East Asian history.  This position will be a full-time fixed-term appointment for a period of two years.

Duties and Responsibilities

•    Coordinate the arrangement, appraisal, and description of large, complex archival collections according to professional standards and current archival procedures. Analyze problems and recommend solutions, displaying a high degree of initiative, originality, and judgment in applying archival principles and procedures to complex and unique collections.
•    Participate in the formulation and implementation of project planning, management, and work flow; determine project goals and schedules; and survey archival holdings to identify materials in need of additional attention. Assist with the development of procedures and the establishment of work flows to address the backlog of unprocessed collections in Chinese and/or Japanese.
•    Search local and national databases for background information on individuals and archival materials in Chinese and/or Japanese. Prepare original collection description including abstracts, finding aids, metadata, EAD encoding, and other descriptive tools.
•    Conduct preservation assessments to determine appropriate preservation treatments and archival storage decisions, and provide high-level, in-depth reference and research assistance.
•    Provide high-level, in-depth reference and research assistance in multiple languages during daily shifts at the Archives public service desk and remotely by phone, email, or social media.
•    Collect and maintain statistics, reports, and other metrics to improve processing, preservation, and reference functions.


•    M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited library school or M.A. with an archival concentration, archival management certificate, or related subject specialty, or equivalent degree
•    Reading and writing knowledge in English as well as Chinese and/or Japanese
•    Ability to read traditional Chinese characters
•    Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work, acting with initiative, good judgment, and problem solving skills.
•    Established understanding of archival collections, principles of arrangement and description, and primary source research
•    Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to work in a team as well as independently
•    Advanced subject knowledge of the history of East Asia and a comprehensive understanding of the research use of primary sources
•    Strong project management skills with the ability to use considerable judgment and initiative
•    Demonstrated high level of productivity
•    Technical skills with databases, spreadsheets, office software and other applications
•    Experience using MARC format and Encoded Archival Description (EAD)
•    Ability to lift 40 pound boxes and push fully loaded book trucks

: Library
: Hoover Institution
Department URL:
: Full-time
Job Grade: 3P1

Thu Phương Lisa H. Nguyễn 阮秋芳
Hoover Institution Library and Archives | Stanford University
Email:  Phone: 650.723.2050
Twitter: @hooverarchives

Friday, February 28, 2014

Australian National University:Information Access Coordinator

The Australian National University is seeking an Information Access Coordinator (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) to provide specialist services in a range of areas for research and student communities with a particular focus on Asia Pacific studies.

The advertisement is now available on the ANU web:  Closing date is 16 March 2014.