Monday, January 9, 2017

Ohio State University: East Asian Studies Assistant

The Libraries' East Asian Studies unit furthers academic research about and engagement with East Asia throughout the university, with a focus on supporting academic success in the University's East Asian Studies Center, Institute for Chinese Studies, Institute for Japanese Studies, Institute for Korean Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) by building a strong, distinctive, interdisciplinary and responsive collection and engaging scholars in teaching, learning and research. This position assists in the selection, management and use of distinctive collections by coordinating and implementing activities such as acquisitions, cataloging, searching, reference, outreach and access support at high levels of complexity and responsibility.

Assists faculty, students and others by providing orientation, instruction on methods and identification of materials related to the use of EAS collections, particularly Korean Studies resources; answers reference questions and assist library patrons in researching and locating information by phone, email, chat, walk-in or other manner of correspondence; provides supportive research services, including compiling specialized indexes, preparing bibliographies, developing online tutorials and other research and instruction tools; reviews and provides updates on related academic program curricula to identify opportunities for engagement and outreach; manages the EAS, related subject and event web pages to support patron discovery of collections (especially new acquisitions) and services; coordinates selection activity; assists with preparation of orders and notifies appropriate librarians and Technical Services staff of problems to resolve difficulties with foreign vendors; works with Technical Services to facilitate processes such as gift and exchange processing, materials check-in, binding, and catalog records enhancement; manages the EAS reference collection; prepares statistical reports on acquisition and use of materials, as well as service impact; interviews, hires, trains, supervises and evaluates students; maintains written instructions for all EAS procedures; assumes responsibility for collection and services in the absence of the Librarians. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in appropriate area or an equivalent combination of education and experience required; knowledge of East Asia is required; proficiency with computers and standard office programs; fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in English and demonstrated proficiency in at least one of the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean.

Desired Qualifications: Strong organizational, interpersonal and communications skills; ability to work independently and as a team member; academic library experience; supervisory experience. Preference given to candidates with proficiency in more than one of the desired language skills.

Please apply online at from December 31, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

UC Berkeley: Chinese Cataloging Librarian

Chinese Cataloging Librarian
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Hiring Range: Associate Librarian–Librarian
$53,913–$76,344 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting June 2017

The Environment
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27,500 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and 2,000 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library of the University of California, Berkeley houses one of the largest research collections of print and electronic books and periodicals, manuscripts, rare editions, and graphics in the East Asian languages outside of Asia. Its comprehensive holdings encompass over 1 million print volumes, over 800,000 e-books and electronic journals, over 80,000 microfilms and media items, and over 3,000 current print serial titles. Languages represented include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and to a lesser extent, Tibetan, Manchu, and Mongolian. The East Asian Library supports teaching and research on East Asia, serving the campus community and a substantial number of off-campus users.

The Library’s Technical Services unit processes Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials for the East Asian Library, all other libraries within the University Library system, and affiliated libraries on campus. It employs nine career staff in addition to temporary and student employees. Its operations include original and copy cataloging, serials processing, and the cataloging of digital resources using appropriate metadata schema to facilitate access to digital collections.

The Chinese Cataloging Librarian reports to the Head of the East Asian Library’s Technical Services unit. The librarian performs original cataloging of books, serials, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, e-resources, microfilm, maps, and other library materials in the Chinese language. All original cataloging is performed in compliance with national and local standards such as MARC21, RDA, LCSH, LCCS, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards. The Chinese Cataloging Librarian performs original and complex descriptive and subject cataloging, classification, and authority work, creating and maintaining bibliographic records and establishing and revising authority records for the national database as well as for Berkeley's integrated library system and NACO. The librarian remains current with existing and emerging cataloging policies, practices, standards, schema, and procedures, including FRBR and non-MARC metadata.

In addition, the Chinese Cataloging Librarian prepares in-house training materials and advises cataloging staff on cataloging-related issues, participates in the formulation of general cataloging policy and system design, and conducts special cataloging projects relating to Chinese materials. Occasionally, the Chinese Cataloging Librarian provides reference services on questions related to the use of the catalogs and other finding tools. In addition to cataloging responsibilities, the incumbent will represent the Library in regional, national, and international cooperative programs concerning technical processing. The successful candidate should stay abreast of national trends and new developments in cataloging, with an emphasis on Chinese resources, and network with other library professionals within the Berkeley Library system as well as outside the University. The incumbent will also perform other related duties as assigned. UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Basic Qualifications Required by Time of Application
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
  • Expert knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, including classical Chinese
  • Demonstrated oral and written skills in Chinese and English
  • Substantial knowledge of MARC21, RDA, LCSH, LCCS
  • Familiarity with the Pinyin system of romanization

Additional Required Qualifications
  • Ability to create and maintain authority records to NACO standards
  • In-depth knowledge of Chinese history and culture
  • A strong commitment to excellence in service and a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, changing environment
  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, initiative, and flexibility

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of library applications of computer technology and electronic information resources
  • Two or more years’ original cataloging experience working with Chinese materials in a research library setting and using a bibliographic utility such as OCLC Connexion and a local library system
  • Professional contributions such as publications, active participation in professional organizations, and other research or professional activities
  • An additional advanced degree in an appropriate subject area or knowledge of East Asian studies as an academic discipline

The Library at 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. UC professional librarians 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, vacation leave, 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. This recruitment will remain 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. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

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, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Send inquiries to:
Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720–6000
(510) 642–3778

Monday, November 21, 2016

Japan Foundation, Toronto: Librarian

Application Deadline: 12-midnight, Sunday, December 11th 2016
Start Date: Monday, March 20th 2017

The Japan Foundation is an organization promoting cultural exchange between Japan and other countries in order to advance international mutual understanding. The Japan Foundation, Toronto is one of 24 overseas offices, offering programs grouped under three main areas: Japanese Language Education, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, and Arts and Cultural Exchange.

The public lending library has approximately 20,000 Japan related print and audio visual materials in its collection. This job posting is for a full-time Librarian position. The Librarian is responsible for the administration of a public lending library's day-to-day operations including circulation, reference services, acquisitions and reporting on library-related matters to the Directors of the Japan Foundation, Toronto and Headquarters in Tokyo.

  • Overseeing library operations including supervision of the library’s support staff
  • Managing of annual budget for library resources, supplies and facilities
  • Establishing, executing and maintaining library policies and procedures under the direction of the Directors
  • Planning and organizing the various library programs and events within or in collaboration with other cultural organizations
  • Acquisition of library materials and collection development
  • Providing circulation and reference service at the circulation counter
  • Checking cataloguing process and maintaining accurate bibliographic information
  • Maintaining library’s procedural manual
  • Overseeing the local integrated library computer system
  • Dealing with vendors for library equipment and supplies
  • Overseeing development and maintenance of the library pages of the Japan Foundation, Toronto’s website
  • Maintaining and developing a network of Japanese Studies librarians across Canada, the USA and the Japan Foundation libraries in Japan and overseas offices
  • Reporting information including library statistics to Headquarters
  • Coordinating and supporting other divisions: Arts & Culture, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, and Japanese Language Education programs 
  • Other tasks as required by the Directors

  • MLS degree with ALA accreditation or BA with Library Technician’s diploma
  • Minimum of 2 years of working experience as a librarian
  • Must be fluent in spoken and written Japanese and English
  • Knowledge of AACR2, LCSH, OCLC and MARC format and cataloguing of Japanese materials 
  • Wide knowledge of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, art, literature, history and book publishing
  • Familiarity with computer integrated library systems
  • Proficiency in MS office with both English and Japanese word processing
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills together with ability to work as a team

  • Library Management experience
  • Strong knowledge of website management and social media
  • Degree in Japanese Studies
  • Knowledge of French language 
  • Legal status to work in Canada
  • Please note that the work schedule for this position will involve evenings and/or weekends.

The Japan Foundation established a Toronto Office in November 1990, and its status was upgraded to that of a Cultural Centre in April 1995. To accommodate the expanded operations, a facility was established in the Colonnade at 131 Bloor Street West. As of September 1, 2015, the Japan Foundation, Toronto moved to 2 Bloor Street East at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor. The Japan Foundation, Toronto comprises a library, a seminar room and an event hall, which functions as an exhibition space or auditorium. Events, such as art exhibitions, film screenings and lectures, are presented year round. The Japan Foundation, Toronto activities cover not only activities held in our centre but those inside Toronto and all across Canada. A large portion of The Japan Foundation, Toronto activities also involve the administration of its grant programs. For more information, visit our website:

Interested applicants are asked to submit their resume, cover letter and three references to by 12-midnight, December 11th 2016. Please quote “Librarian” in the subject heading of your email. We thank all applicants for their kind interest. However, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

LC: Reference Librarian (Japanese collection)

Librarian (Reference Librarian) (Vacancy #: 160231)
GS-1410-09 — Library Services — $53,435.00 - $69,460.00
Opening Date: Nov 21, 2016
Closing Date: Dec 12, 2016

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 Asian Division in collections and services are the Library’s primary gateway to the collections and reference services dealing with the non-English-speaking world. Reference librarians in the division provide assistance to researchers in the culture, history, literature, politics, political structure, economies, humanities, and social sciences of these countries and regions. Clients include Congress, foreign and U.S. Government agencies, national and international academics and scholars, research and scientific institutions, the professional and business communities, and the general public. Librarians respond to inquiries that are received in person, by telephone, by correspondence and by electronic media.

Application Information

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

OCLC: Manager, Presales and User Services

  • Manage day-to-day operation and staff reporting to this position and produce various reports for upper management as required.
  • Develop and update product descriptions, information sheets, presentations, demonstration scripts and educational training plan and materials for sales staff within the division, distributors, and users.
  • Give product demonstration and training in person or through webinar to support sales staff within the division, distributors, and users.
  • Work and lead discussions with other OCLC departments as may be necessary to solve problems encountered by OCLC users and/or distributors in Asia, as well as for product enhancements.
  • Participate in testing new releases to troubleshoot any issue.
  • Prepare documents in response to requests, RFI (Request for Information) and/or ITB (Invitation to Bid).
  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least two years of full-time work experience in a library or similar institution.
  • A minimum of two years of management/supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of OCLC products and services.
  • Self-motivating, and detail oriented.
  • Capable of independent research to facilitate problem solving.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.
  • Accommodation of occasional evening and weekend work hours may be necessary.
  • Marketing and/or sales experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of a major Asian language and/or Asian culture is a big plus.

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OCLC: User Support Specialist

  • Coordinate with other OCLC departments to effectively troubleshoot and resolve problems that users and distributors in Asia encounter on the use of OCLC products and services and on orders and billing.
  • Gain insights on users’ needs to actively participate in cross divisional discussions on product enhancement to meet the needs from libraries in Asia.
  • Provide support to users and distributors in Asia, and sales staff within the division.
  • Prepare, update, maintain and post OCLC product information.
  • Provide technical and operational documentation to eliminate user frustration and maximize user satisfaction,
  • Ensure product information/documentation access via proper external and internal communication channels.
  • Keep up with in-depth OCLC product knowledge by attending webinars and meetings and testing new releases.
  • Create and provide training materials by email.
  • Participate in and host training and presentation by webinar.
  • Analyze usage of libraries in support of renewal process.
  • Work with Finance to provide and maintain order details in SharePoint or/and other channels.
  • Provide monthly and other ad hoc reports.
  • Coordinate with Order Services, Finance, and Legal to manage the flow of orders through the process.
  • Document and improve the processes associated with ongoing business relationships, and ensuring proper capturing of orders in the system for royalty and other reporting purposes.
  • Coordinate with other OCLC departments to manage batch load, data sync, data migration, and assist implementation for projects from Asia and the Pacific region until their successful completion.
  • Perform special projects, conduct special studies, and occasional administrative support functions as may be assigned.
  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution plus two years of library related working experience.
  • Must be a team worker with strong analytic and organizational skills to effectively forecast and solve problems with little supervision.
  • Knowledge of and experience in OCLC services and products, library applications, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint, and other software.
  • Knowledge of one major Asian language and Asian culture and business practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Accommodation of occasional evening and weekend work hours may be necessary.
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