Thursday, October 8, 2015

George Washington Univ.: Okinawa Collection and Japan Resource Center Librarian

Posting Number:     F000794
Academic Title:     Okinawa Collection and Japan Resource Center Librarian
Contract Type:     Time-Limited Appointment (provide appt period) - 11/01/15 - 10/31/16, Renewable Appointment (initial appt period) - Annually
Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements:     Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry Search, and Prior Employment Verification
Proposed Start Date:     11/01/2015
Full-Time/Part-Time:     Part-Time
Position Description Summary:    

The George Washington University Libraries seeks candidates with a deep academic interest in contemporary Okinawa and Japan. The incumbent will join the staff of the Global Resources Center (GRC), a dynamic, multidimensional program whose members actively engage in shaping distinctive collections and services that reflect the University’s growing and rapidly evolving international focus.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:    

The Librarian for the Okinawa Collection and Japan Resource Center is responsible for developing, planning and managing the services and collections of the OC/JRC to include: identifying and acquiring resources in English, Japanese, and other languages relevant to the study of the region; providing research and instructional support; processing non-English-language content, and developing, evaluating and managing strong interdisciplinary collections. The GRC is open to the public, with outside researchers and analysts as frequent guests.

The incumbent will be a member of the OC/JRC advisory board, conducts ongoing outreach to faculty, students and researchers, develops associated programming, and actively promotes the content and services of the OC/JRC to communities within and outside GW.

GRC staff members work in collaboration with the broader GW Libraries community to develop coordinated services and collections. These include the Reference Services and Education and Instruction Group, the Resource Description Group, the Special Collections Research Center, and collections librarians offering related services.

As a member of the Global Resources Center team, the OC/JRC librarian will participate in the ongoing development of GRC collections and services, and may actively engage in development activities and grant writing. The position reports to the Director of Global Resources.

Minimum Qualifications:    
• Graduate degree in a social sciences or humanities discipline, with an emphasis on East Asia and with coursework relevant to the study of Japan;
• Reading and writing fluency in Japanese.

Advertised Salary:     Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Other Benefits:

Other Information:
Desired Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or similarly appropriate/equivalent advanced degree (e.g. MLIS, MIS, etc.);
• Experience working with students and faculty in a college or university setting;
• Experience living, studying, and or working in Japan;
• Creative programming (donor events, exhibit openings, etc.) experience;
• Experience identifying, collecting and making available academically relevant content;
• Ability to conduct classroom instruction;
• Demonstrated success in developing outreach initiatives in support of academic priorities;
• Excellent oral and written English-language skills.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: The George Washington University actively engages Washington, DC and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy, law and diplomacy. Strong, dynamic relationships between the University and its neighbors make GW a destination for internationally-focused researchers and analysts. The University’s academic community plays a pivotal role in establishing these relationships. Of note are GW’s globally-focused curricula spread throughout the university’s schools, departments and programs; the top-ranked Elliott School of International Affairs; and sponsored research efforts such as the Rising Powers Initiative, the Memory and Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific research and policy project, and the US-Japan Legislative Exchange Program.

THE LIBRARY: The Fundamental vision of the George Washington University Libraries is to sustain and expand our intellectual partnerships with faculty and students across and beyond the university. From scholarly communication and open access initiatives to embedded instruction, and distinctive, specialized collections the GW Libraries plays a critical role in advancing the University’s strategic vision, including its long history of support for the University’s globally-oriented mission. Launched in the 1970s as the Sino-Soviet Information Center, the Global Resources Center (GRC) is now a significant research support arm of the Libraries. The GRC includes six specialized resource concentrations that parallel the university’s international priorities. These include the Japan Resource Center (JRC); China Documentation Center; Taiwan Resource Center; Korea Resources section; the Resource Center for Russia, Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe; and the Middle East and North Africa Research Center. The GW Libraries is also an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, a nine-member non-profit corporation with a strong track record of successful partnerships and shared collecting.

Through generous support from the Okinawa Prefecture Government, the library has established the new position of Librarian for the Okinawa Collection and Japan Resource Center and a related content acquisition fund to support the development of strong Okinawa-focused resources to be identified through close collaboration with faculty, students, outside researchers and analysts, as well as an advisory board to be established. The Okinawa Collection and JRC’s expanding content will support the study of international and domestic policy, economics and society, history, culture, language, and linguistics as they relate to Okinawa and by extension Japan.

Special Instructions to Applicants:    

To be considered, please complete an online faculty application and upload a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualification, and curriculum vitae.

Review of application will begin October 23, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

Appointment: Part-time, limited-term appointment with possibility of renewal.

Department Link:
Open Until Filled:     Yes
EEO Statement:    
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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UBC: Chinese Language Librarian

Asian Library, UBC Library
Vancouver Campus
(50% FTE, Fixed Term Dec 1, 2015 – Nov 30, 2016)

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

The Library’s collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library - Why work with us.

The Asian Library is a hub of scholarship, learning and community connections, where research meets community.  The Asian Library’s collections, totalling over 637,000 volumes across Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indic languages, provide key resources in support of teaching and research of Asian studies. The Council on East Asian Libraries consistently ranks UBC among the best in the world—#1 in Canada and #12 in library holdings across North America.  The Asian Library’s rare and special materials further distinguish it as a top-tier research library.  For more information about the Asian Library, please visit us at

Provides reference, information services and collection development in support of Chinese studies.  Assumes responsibility for liaison with scholars working with Chinese language materials.  Provides instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Supervises the handling and recording of Chinese materials.  Routinely works with technical services staff (acquisitions, cataloguing, serials, and e-resources) relating to Chinese language materials.  Participates in selection, configuration and presentation of electronic resources in the Chinese language. Acts as liaison with the Chinese specialists at the University and the Chinese-Canadian community, and serves on the University’s Chinese Studies committees.  Participates in the development of library policies, procedures, and services as required.

•    Graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
•    Excellent proficiency in reading, written, spoken Chinese as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English is required.
•    An academic background in Chinese history and literature is desirable.
•    Familiarity with the bibliography of Chinese language materials is essential.
•    Demonstrated knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, USMARC, LC/CanMarc formats is required. 
•    Knowledge of the Pin-yin romanization system is essential.
•    Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
•    Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
•    Knowledge of electronic information technologies and their applications to reference, as well as knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies
•    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
•    Ability to adjust to and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions
•    Experience in an academic library setting

Reports to the Head, Asian Library.  Consults with colleagues and faculty members on difficult issues.  Supervises student assistants as required. Works with the cataloguers and the Head of the Central Technical Services in matters concerning original cataloguing.

1.    Provides reference and information services to faculty, students, and other users.  As the librarian responsible for Chinese language materials, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches and evaluations in this area.  Uses the full range of electronic and print sources.  Develops web resources to support and extend reference services.
2.    Develops and participates in instruction programs related to the Chinese language collection and the use of information sources.  Undertakes specialized instructional programs.  Prepares guides and handouts in electronic and paper formats and organizes user groups on the advanced use of electronic resources.
3.    Assists users in locating Chinese materials from other East Asian collections in North America and Asia and facilitates interlibrary loans when required.
4.    Initiates and maintains contact with faculty using the Chinese language collections.  Participates in committee work as required.

1.    Selects material for the Chinese language collections and materials from the collection for storage, both print and electronic, according to curricular and research needs of faculty and students.  Suggests new print and electronic serials titles based on faculty needs and monitors and evaluates the Chinese language periodical collections.  Assists in the development of collection policies.
2.    For electronic material in Chinese language, works with the Head, Asian Library and other library staff to create access and resolve user support issues, which may include licensing, systems configuration, presentation and evaluation. 
3.    Suggests new print and electronic serials titles based on faculty needs and monitors and evaluates the Chinese language periodical collections.  Assists with the selection of materials for storage. Assists in the development of collection policies.
4.    Supports the work of Asian Language Team members in Central Technical Services. Provides subject expertise and/or assigns LC subject headings to Chinese language materials as required.
5.    Collects, collates and prepares Chinese monographs and serials for binding, ensuring binding quotas and deadlines are met.
6.    Supports the acquisition of Chinese materials including the EDI procedures and serials.
7.    Maintains and facilitates access to the Chinese special collections.
8.    Assesses, selects and processes materials received as gifts or on exchange.  Performs monetary evaluations as required.
9.    Manages the Chinese book funds.
10.    Keeps up with literature and research developments in support of the Asian Library.  Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies and assists in the acquisition and application of Chinese software for technical services.
11.    Evening and weekend work may be required.

1.    Services as liaison with the Chinese-Canadian Community.
2.    Prepares or curates a book display or exhibit on China/Chinese Studies.
3.    Organizes a community engagement activities or events related to China/Chinese Studies.


This is a fixed term appointment from December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016 at 50% FTE.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on November 7, 2015.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Princeton: Chinese Studies Librarian

Requisition # 1500815

Princeton University Library is one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions serving a diverse community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty and many visiting scholars with collections of more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items, and extensive digital holdings including images, data, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library consists of a central facility and 9 specialized libraries, employing a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student workforce. More information:


The Library seeks an energetic and service-oriented subject specialist to build library collections and provide library services in the interdisciplinary field of Chinese Studies. Reporting to the Director of the East Asian Library, this Librarian, as core member of a team of East Asian Library colleagues, works closely with faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars from within and without the East Asian Studies Department and Program. Princeton University’s Chinese collection is one of the major such collections in the country, and is well-known for its rare book and its electronic holdings. The collection is especially strong in pre-modern and modern history, literature, religion, history of science, art and general culture, but covers all subjects, including studies on contemporary China. For more information, see

Responsibilities include current and retrospective collection building covering a wide range of subjects in all formats from or about Greater China in Chinese, and, in conjunction with colleagues, in western languages, to support teaching and research needs at Princeton. The position manages a sizable acquisitions budget. Management of existing collections includes advising on preservation, digitization and selection of materials for offsite storage. The librarian is the primary person to provide liaison with and specialized research assistance and instruction to Princeton University faculty, students and visitors in various library and classroom settings, including the creation of resource guides and websites.  The librarian collaborates with other librarians throughout the library system, including close cooperation with the Technical Services and Collection Development departments.

The Librarian represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional meetings, and seeks opportunities to participate in inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization and other library projects.

•    ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent combination of education & library experience
•    Minimum 2 years library experience in an academic library
•    Broad knowledge of Chinese history and culture, including scholarly resources and bibliographic tools
•    Proficiency in modern and classical Chinese, including romanization; excellent oral and written communication skills in Chinese and English
•    Knowledge of the Chinese book trades and current research and publishing trends in this field
•    Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of others

•    An advanced degree in a field related to Chinese Studies
•    Experience with instruction, public outreach, and/or assistance to individual users in an academic setting
•    Experience with new technologies for discovery and learning in a rapidly changing environment
•    Professional experience as a Chinese Studies Librarian
•    Reading proficiency in Western scholarly languages (French, German, Italian)

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience.  Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.   Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

You must apply online at Search the position using keyword "Chinese" or requisition number 1500815.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

University of Toronto: Director

POSITION: Director, Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (Librarian III, Permanent Status Stream)
DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
DATE REQUIRED: As Soon As Possible

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto is a major public research institution with a student body of over 67,000 full and part-time students and over 7,000 faculty members who teach and perform research in hundreds of different disciplines. The University of Toronto Libraries, which is the largest academic library in Canada and ranked third in North America, supports teaching and research in all disciplines through service and outreach, excellent collections and access to extensive digital resources and services.

University of Toronto Library System: 
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Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL) is one of the major research libraries for East Asian Studies in North America. It has a staff of 14 employees, as well as a large number of student assistants. It has a collection budget of approximately $1 million with a collection of almost 600,000 volumes, and also holds resources in electronic, multi-media and other formats. It has growing digital collections and supports teaching, learning and research in East Asian studies on all campuses of the university. The Library began with a collection of rare materials acquired from China in the 1930's. This special collection is now known as the Mu Collection.

The Opportunity
The University of Toronto Libraries seeks an innovative library leader for its Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL). The EAL has a strong history of engagement and collaboration with faculty, students and the wider community. The EAL has a significant number of international relationships; and supports scholarship in a key area of focus for the University of Toronto. Building on the EAL’s success and partnerships, the Director will position the library as a recognized leader in delivering scholarly, user focused programs and initiatives. The Director will communicate with stakeholders, partners and potential donors on a national and international level. Stewarding collections through endowments and gifts is critical to this position. The Director will oversee all aspects of the library’s daily operations, leading a team of East Asian specialists. The Director will plan strategically to anticipate future library and user requirements, proactively developing creative new services and building collections that meet our users’ changing needs.

Required Qualifications:

• Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) or equivalent ALA-accredited degree
• A strong academic background in East Asian Studies
• Excellent reading, writing and verbal skills in both English and at least one Asian language related to the EAL collections (Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
• Relevant administrative, managerial and supervisory experience in an academic library setting
• Proven leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
• Ability to motivate, build trust and inspire a multifunctional team
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in implementing innovative user services and technologies in a library setting
• Outstanding commitment to service excellence; proactive and user-focused
• In-depth knowledge of developments and current trends in higher education that affect research libraries, the scholarly research cycle and teaching and learning
• Excellent knowledge related to issues and trends in Asian libraries in North America and beyond
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work with others in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience related to licensing of electronic resources
• Relevant experience managing in a unionized environment
• A Doctoral or a second Master’s degree relevant to East Asian Studies
• Proven experience related to advancement and managing endowments
• A record of scholarly and professional achievement
• Strong project management skills

Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a continuing appointment (Permanent Status Stream) position to be filled at the Librarian III level.
We offer a highly attractive compensation and benefits package, with salary based upon experience and qualifications.
NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association. 

How to Apply:
Please send letters of application, curriculum vitae and the names of three referees to Library Human Resources at or to Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5, or by fax to 416.946.5543. At least two of the referees should be supervisory. The deadline for applications is October 12, 2015. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.DIR.Lib.]

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants for their interest, however, will only be contacting those applicants selected for an interview.

The University of Toronto is committed to diversity in its community. The University welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who contribute to the diversification of ideas.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NCC Seeks Nominations for the ILL/DD Committee Co-chair and Elected Member of NCC

NCC ILL/DD Committee Co-chair and Elected Council Member: NCC’s ILL/DD Committee was created to assist Japanese studies scholars and students in successfully locating and borrowing books and documents that are not held within their own country and borrowing them through international resource sharing networks from institutions in Japan and elsewhere.  The ILL/DD Committee will coordinate the North American side of such schemes, including the Global ILL Framework.  The ILL/DD Committee will also work closely with the National Diet Library and other ILL lenders in Japan to make their services better known and accessible to foreign users, and also assist Japanese librarians in finding and borrowing materials needed by their users from institutions in the US. 

To propose a candidate for this position, please send an email by September11, 2015 to NCC Chair Kuniko Yamada McVey with a cc NCC Chair-elect Setsuko Noguchi and to NCC Executive Director Victoria Bestor at  Self-nominations are invited. For further information about this position and other NCC activities please visit the website

Please note that the NCC Website is in the process of migrating from a LibGuides 1.0 to a LibGuides 2.0 platform during the summer of 2015.  During the interim period there is not expected to be an interruption in Web-based services.  If you should encounter any problems, please contact NCC Webmaster Mika Bonnell at

Library of Congress: Supervisory Librarian

Job Title: Supervisory Librarian
Department: Legislative Branch
Agency: Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number:150200
SALARY RANGE:    $107,325.00 to $139,523.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:    Monday, August 31, 2015 to Tuesday, September 15, 2015
SERIES & GRADE:    GS-1410-14
DUTY LOCATIONS:     1 vacancy in the following location: Washington DC, DC
WHO MAY APPLY:    Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

The full description of the position and online application information can be found in the link below:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Harvard University: Executive Director

Executive Director
Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Harvard University

For a full description of the job requirements and/or to apply, please visit:

First established in 1973 as the Japan Institute, The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University is one of the preeminent centers in the world supporting research activities concerning Japan and Japanese studies. Its mission is to promote a wide-ranging exchange of ideas on political, social, economic, cultural, and humanitarian issues, stimulating scholarly and public interest about Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. 

The Executive Director (ED) of the Reischauer Institute plays a key role in building coordinated programs for Harvard’s research and teaching engagement with Japan. The ED works closely with the Faculty Director to provide strategic leadership and to conceptualize and develop new programs, strategies, and initiatives to advance the academic, research, and programmatic agenda of the Institute. The ED develops new and promotes existing relationships with Institute affiliates, alumni, scholars, organizations, and institutions in the U.S., Japan, and beyond. The ED manages the implementation of Institute grants, summer programs abroad, and collaborates with libraries and museums to ensure the development of new resources and initiatives. The ED produces Institute communications and oversees a broad array of programmatic activities. The ED should demonstrate broad knowledge of Japanese studies, proficiency in Japanese, familiarity with current affairs in Japan/Asia, have an advanced degree in a related discipline and/or equivalent professional experience, experience managing staff, and have a minimum of five-plus years of progressively responsible management experience in academic or research administration, including significant experience working with faculty.

Note: This position does not provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.

Direct inquiries to:

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.