Friday, March 20, 2015

UCLA: Japanese Cataloger/Acquisitions

The UCLA Library is currently recruiting for the following position and is actively seeking nominations and applications.

Working Title (Payroll Title): Japanese Cataloger/Acquisitions (Library Assistant IV)
Department: East Asian Library
Requisition #: 21573
Application Deadline: 04/02/15 
Position Status: Career
The complete posting, which includes the position description, complete qualifications and application procedures, is available on both the UCLA Career Opportunities Website at: and on the UCLA Library Employment and HR Website, at:

If you would like to nominate someone for this position, please contact Araceli Bermudez,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Library of Congress: Supervisory Librarian

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the Asian Division, Library of Congress, I would like to announce the open position at the Library of Congress for a Head of Scholarly Services Section.

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


Dongfang Shao, Ph.D.
Chief, Asian Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4810
Phone: (202) 707-5919 (O.)

Monday, March 16, 2015

University of Michigan: Head, Asia Library


Michigan Libraries is seeking a dynamic individual to lead the Asia Library, a diverse, comprehensive, and globally recognized Library with growing collections and a highly talented staff. The Head will have the experience or potential to excel in the following areas of strategic importance:
  1. Defining, pursuing, and communicating a clear vision for the future of the Asia Library in a way that moves the library and campus-wide groups towards a shared purpose.
  2. Ensuring that excellent user-centered services meet the constantly evolving needs of the University’s large and diverse user community.
  3. Serving as the spokesperson and key leader for the Asia Library; engaging with the campus and broader community; promoting the vast resources and services designed to support the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University.
  4. Providing executive and strategic oversight of substantial collections, endowments, gifts, and various budgets.
The Head manages a staff of 10 FTE, including 4 librarians, and manages services and programs of the Asia Library in partnership with library-wide services and programs. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research.

This position may include an appointment in an academic department that includes undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities depending upon academic credentials and teaching experience.


The University of Michigan’s Asia Library has a long and distinguished tradition of building and providing access to comprehensive collections relevant to East Asian Studies. The Asia Library holds approximately one million physical volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monographs, serials, microforms, and other media. The Library also provides access to thousands of electronic databases, books, and serials in East Asian languages. The collection of East Asia materials in western languages is also quite strong. The Head directs the work of the librarians who are responsible for collection development budgets totaling more than $1,000,000 annually.

These collections are particularly strong in the humanities and social sciences and support doctoral level studies. The Asia Library has a strong history of successful partnerships with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, the International Institute, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies, and the Nam Center for Korean Studies. The long-standing partnerships are essential for sustaining the entire range of research needs of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and staff; fostering and innovating scholarly communication; effectively using instructional technologies; embracing new research resources while supporting traditional research methods; and encouraging interdisciplinary research and collaboration across campus and beyond. This collection not only serves the faculty and students of the university but also scholars throughout North America. The Asia library belongs to a number of cooperative programs such as the Council on East Asia Libraries, the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, and the Korean Collections Consortium of North America. The Asia Library is considered to be among the top five libraries of its kind in the United States.


  • Positions the Asia Library as a recognized leader in the delivery of scholarly content through an appropriate array of services, programs, and creative applications of technology.
  • Fosters productive and collaborative relationships with directors, chairs, faculty, and administrators in the relevant Centers and programs and within the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts, as well as across campus.
  • Fosters productive and collaborative relationships with library staff in departments and units within the University of Michigan Library.
  • Serves as the Collection Coordinator for Asia Library by managing acquisitions budgets, gifts, and endowments.
  • Represents the Asia Library and the University Library through professional service and affiliations, including: engagement in scholarly activities; professional affiliations and involvement at national and international levels; developing and maintaining collegial relationships with East Asian librarians and researchers from peer institutions.
  • Initiates and cultivates close relations with donors of funds and materials relating to Asia Library collections; collaborates with teaching faculty, the Director of Library Development and the Associate University Librarian for Collections, as appropriate, on fundraising activities.
  • Teach East Asian studies research methods and resources classes to graduate and undergraduate students; Teach specific course-related sessions requested by faculty; Offer various training sessions and workshops to University community regarding library resources; Provide classroom, in-person, and virtual reference services on topics related to East Asian Studies.




  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree (in East Asian studies or related field of study) and experience.
  • Proficiency (speaking, writing, and reading) in one of the following languages (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) in support of East Asian scholarly programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Record of scholarly or professional achievement, e.g. publications, presentations, service, or teaching experience.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communication and academic publishing practices throughout East Asia
  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.


  • Advanced degree in East Asian Studies or related field, or equivalent knowledge in a related field of study combined with library experience.
  • Demonstrated potential for successful teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Three years of management experience in an academic library or the broader scholarly community.
  • Experience in successfully leading collaborative efforts to enhance user services and to develop innovative initiatives and programs.
  • Demonstrated ability in the writing, management, and reporting of grants.
  • Proficiency with two or more of the following languages: Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
  • Strong user-centered commitment to outreach and service excellence.



The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.3 billion a year. To enable the university's world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The library is committed to supporting research in the digital age and has begun to plan services that will concentrate on five areas: supporting research, enriching teaching and learning, solving publishing challenges, building community and opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinarity, and providing expertise in areas such as visualization, GIS, text mining, publishing platforms, data curation, metadata creation, and many others. The incumbent has a unique opportunity to lead and to participate in the creation of visionary library programs, services, and initiatives that promote and sustain scholarship in the digital age.

The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.

Benefits, Rank, and Salary

Appointment is anticipated as an Associate, Senior Associate, or Librarian. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement ( Excellent benefits, for details, see

Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options are available.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. To apply, visit to submit your application online. Any questions can be sent to or call 734-764-2546.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin April 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Backstage Library Works: cataloger

Backstage Library Works is in search of catalogers who may be available for work on a contract basis for CJK cataloging projects. Work can be done from home and pay is negotiable.

Minimum requirements:
•    Native or fluency in Chinese, Japanese and/or Korean
•    Knowledge of both RDA and AACR2 cataloging for monographs/serials
•    Knowledge of LC classification
•    Familiarity with OCLC Connexion Client

Please send inquiries to:
Nicole Arbuckle
VP of Metadata Services

Monday, February 23, 2015

University of Southern California: Japanese Studies Librarian

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an innovative librarian to build and promote a strong Japanese collection to support teaching and research at USC. The successful candidate will join the East Asian Library to support faculty and students from all departments and schools engaged in the use of Chinese, Japanese and Korean language materials.
Reporting to the Head of the East Asian Library, the Japanese Studies Librarian is responsible for developing, cataloging and managing the Japanese collection, and for assisting patrons in using these library resources.

The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit .

The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. Through these means, we contribute to the continued success of the University of Southern California. The USC Libraries includes the Doheny Memorial Library and fourteen specialized libraries with an operating budget of approximately $41 million. Library collections encompass over 4.2 million volumes, 5.9 million microforms, 3.1 million images, 49,300 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, with access to over 113,800 serials in print and electronic formats, over 1,650 datasets, and nearly 724,000 e-books. For more information, visit

The East Asian Library directly supports the research and teaching of the East Asian faculty and students at USC and includes in its collections Chinese, Japanese and Korean-language materials in all fields, but with an emphasis on social sciences and humanities. The Library’s location on the first floor of Doheny Memorial Library supports a broader mission of promoting the integration of East Asian perspectives into the learning and experience of the university community as a whole. For more information, see:

East Asian Studies in Southern California date from 1911, when USC opened a department of Oriental Studies and Comparative Literature. The East Asian Studies Center (EASC) was established in 1975 by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to provide dedicated leadership, coordination, and support for the growing interdisciplinary education, research activity, and community outreach concerning East Asia. For almost forty years, EASC has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading centers for the development of East Asian area studies. USC is among a small group of elite colleges and universities to be designated a National Resource Center for East Asian studies by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, see:

The Japanese Studies Librarian reports to the Head of the East Asian Library. The librarian oversees the collection of Japanese language materials related to Japan in multidisciplinary research fields. She/he is responsible for developing and organizing the Japanese collection in all formats in support of the research and teaching of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Managing the acquisitions funds, she/he selects titles to build a substantial collection capable of supporting graduate-level research of the USC faculty and students in Japanese studies. She/he actively collaborates with efforts to supplement funding with support from grants and donations.
The librarian works with the Technical Services staff on the technical processing of Japanese materials. She/he directly consults with Japanese vendors, book dealers, and government/ institutional bodies in Japan to acquire research materials and information. She/he develops and maintains user tools such as finding aids and research guides to aid and enhance access to the USC Japanese collection and other information resources. The librarian provides in-person and virtual reference assistance to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the general public to access and use all available Japanese collection and information resources. She/he provides research consultation and instruction services for the USC faculty and students related to Japanese studies. She/he serves at the Doheny Library’s reference desk to provide general reference services. She/he will be required to work evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC. In addition, candidates must provide examples of:
  • A strong command of the Japanese language, both written and spoken
  • Knowledge of current professional trends, especially those relating to reference, instructional services, and collection development to serve a diverse population of users on and off-campus
  • Effective English oral and written communication skills
  • At least two years’ experience as a Japanese specialist in an academic or research library, including reference, instruction, and collection development responsibilities.
    Desirable qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in a Japanese studies discipline
  • Knowledge of Japanese librarianship
  • Familiarity with the Japanese book trade and vendors
  • Experience in cataloging, including knowledge of AACR2, LCC, LCSH, OCLC/MARC tagging and RDA cataloging standards
  • Experience applying for and/or administering grants
  • Knowledge of the application of current information retrieval and other technologies to library services
  • Experience with web-authoring software
Assistant University Librarian: Continuing Appointment track rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time appointment.
This is a continuing appointment track position. Librarians at USC have faculty status. Appointment to the continuing appointment track requires the potential to meet the University’s requirements for the granting of continuing appointment, which is based on demonstrated excellent performance and the expectation of continued excellence and growth in professional expertise. For more information on Guidelines on Criteria and Qualifications for the Appointment, Promotion and Continuing Appointment of Librarians on the Continuing Appointment Track, see:

This position is full-time on a 12-month contract. Benefits include a choice of retirement programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance for the faculty member, his or her eligible spouse and dependent children, tuition exchange for eligible faculty children, life insurance and various other benefits, see:

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), and 3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee.
Applications must be submitted via USC’s online faculty application website. To apply for this position:
Closing date for applications: March 30, 2015
For more information about this position, contact Kenneth Klein, Chair of the Search Committee, at
USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

UC Berkeley: Japanese Cataloging Librarian

Japanese Cataloging Librarian
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
University of California, Berkeley

Hiring Range: Assistant Librarian–Librarian
$49,010–$75,215 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting June 1, 2015

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 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 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 (EAL) 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 East Asian 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 Japanese Cataloging Librarian reports to the Head of the East Asian Library’s Technical Services unit. S/he performs original cataloging of books, serials, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, e-resources, microfilm, maps, and other library materials in the Japanese language. All original cataloging is performed in compliance with national and local standards such as MARC21, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards as well as emerging technological solutions such as linked data. Records are given full MARC tagging by the cataloger, who is also responsible for contributing and maintaining authority records for Berkeley’s integrated library system and NACO. In addition, the Japanese 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 Japanese materials. Occasionally, the Japanese 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 Japanese 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. Librarian 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.

Minimum Basic Qualifications at time of application
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
  • Expert knowledge of written and spoken Japanese, including classical Japanese
  • Substantial knowledge of MARC21, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS
  • Familiarity with the modified Hepburn system of romanization

Additional Required Qualifications
  • In-depth knowledge of Japanese 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
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, initiative, and flexibility

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of library applications of computer technology and electronic information resources
  • Original cataloging experience using a bibliographic utility such as OCLC Connexion and a local library system
  • Familiarity with authority standards and guidelines
  • An additional advanced degree in an appropriate subject area or knowledge of East Asian studies as an academic discipline

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging 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.

DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by April 6, 2015.

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.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720–6000

Friday, February 13, 2015

Princeton University: Director

Director, East Asian Library
Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ

Requisition #1500096

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. More information:

The East Asian Library's (EAL) collection contains more than 801,000 bound volumes, 38,000 print and electronic serials subscriptions, rich offerings of digital content, and a world-famous collection of rare books and artifacts. About 69% of EAL's holdings are Chinese, 27% Japanese and 4% Korean. Collections range across all fields of knowledge but focus especially on humanities and social sciences. The EAL is staffed by 4 librarians, 3 support staff, and many student assistants. Another 11.5 FTE of staff are devoted to processing and cataloging East Asian materials. The Director bears primary responsibility for all aspects of administration of the EAL, supervision of staff, providing leadership in planning and implementing collections, liaison and services, and representing the Library in many national and international partnerships with other centers of excellence in East Asian Studies.

The EAL serves students (undergrad and graduate), faculty and visiting researchers associated with the study of East Asia in all disciplines at all levels. In close liaison with the Department and Program of East Asian Studies, and serving the broad East Asian studies constituencies across campus, the Director coordinates the work of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies Librarians in developing and managing strong, interdisciplinary digital and print collections, shaping and providing innovative services for all levels of library patrons (via reference, research consultation, instructional programs, exhibits, and production of online guides) in support of learning, teaching and research.

The Director works closely with the Department and Program to ensure the EAL provides outstanding support for their over-arching priorities on classical traditions, history and literature, and the study of the contemporary world of China, Japan and Korea. Liaison with other departments (including Tech Services, Systems, Center for Digital Humanities, and Preservation) forms an important component of the operation of the EAL. The Director's work is coordinated with that of other area studies units in the Library system, under the oversight of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development.

In proportion to the East Asian Library's international stature, the Director provides high-level leadership and initiative, representing Princeton in regional, national, and international organizations and meetings; seeking opportunities to advance inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization, preservation and access, and other projects; and helping to identify opportunities for grants to further enhance the Library's service to this field.


• ALA-accredited Master's in library science OR equivalent combination of education & professional library experience
• Minimum 3 years professional library work in an academic or research library
• Advanced degree in a humanities or social science field; OR at least 4 years relevant library experience in East Asian studies
• Proficiency in at least one East Asian language; excellent oral & written communication skills
• A record of successful leadership, management and strategic planning
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of colleagues and scholars

Strongly Preferred:
• Experience in managing a branch library or library department
• Experience supervising professional staff in an academic setting
• Demonstrated success working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff, across all functions of the library  system
• Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: Click the "Search Open Positions" button on the left, and search Requisition #1500096. Applications 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.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

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