Wednesday, April 29, 2015

University of Toronto: Public Service Librarian

POSITION: Public Service Librarian (Librarian I or II, Permanent Stream)

DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (0.5 FTE) Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library (0.5 FTE)

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.

Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library: The East Asian Library (EAL) is one of the major research libraries for East Asian Studies in North America. It has a collection of over half a million volumes, and also holds resources in electronic, multi-media and other formats. It supports teaching, learning and research on East Asian studies on all campuses of the university.

Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library:
The Canada-Hong Kong Library (CHKL) features a unique research collection on Canada-Hong Kong studies and an active outreach program. The library provides resources and services to accommodate the continuous growth of research interest in Hong Kong, its relations to Canada and other regions in the world, and Chinese Canadians.

University of Toronto Library System:
University of Toronto:
Policies for Librarians:

The Opportunity
Reporting to the Director - East Asian Library and the Director, Canada-Hong Kong Library, the Public Service Librarian will provide a wide range of professional services to support the academic activities of faculty and students in East Asian studies and Chinese Canadian Studies. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating public services and outreach activities, which includes, but is not limited to participating in EAL & CHKL reference services and patron orientation/information literacy instruction sessions as well as library tours, hiring, training and supervising regular staff and student employees; communicating with faculty to address their access needs; maintaining faculty course reserve materials; handling patrons’ issues related to fines, etc. and creating/maintaining EAL & CHKL online access services & information. Other responsibilities may include assuming responsibility for EAL & CHKL collection development, assisting subject librarians with material acquisition in certain subject areas and regions including e-book acquisitions, monitoring budget spending in an assigned area of collection development and managing the activities related to gift donations and material exchanges.

Required Qualifications:
  • An ALA-accredited Master of Library or Information Science degree or equivalent 
  • In-depth knowledge related to one or more fields of East Asian Studies 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of China studies as an academic discipline, familiarity with East Asian studies 
  • Understand the trends of scholarly publishing and commitment to supporting scholarly needs in East Asian studies
  • Strong service orientation, and dedication to library public service 
  • High level of professional competency in written and spoken English and Chinese, and working knowledge of Japanese and Korean 
  • Fluent in Cantonese 
  • Knowledge of Pinyin and Wade-Giles Romanization systems and major bibliographic utilities (OCLC, Sirsi preferred) 
  • Must be able to work cooperatively with colleagues as a collegial member of the Canada-Hong Kong Library and East Asian Library teams 
  • Highly self-motivated, and demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work effectively under pressure, and adaptability to a rapidly changing environment 
  • Must be able to provide responsive, timely and proactive services 
  • Must possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong planning, organizational, supervisory, problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year of professional experience in an academic library, with relevant knowledge of public Services 
  • A graduate degree in East Asian studies or related areas 
  • Working experiences in acquisition and reference, public services in an academic library

Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a continuing appointment (Permanent Status Stream) position to be filled at either Librarian I or II level dependent upon qualifications.

We offer a highly attractive compensation and benefits package, with salary and appointment level 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 May 23, 2015. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.PS.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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

USC: Korean Acquisitions Specialist

Dear Eastlib colleagues,

The Korean Heritage Library of the University of Southern California is looking for Korean acquisitions staff.  While it is a 3-year fixed term position, the prospect of it becoming permanent is excellent.  Please forward to anyone who might be interested.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

Please follow the link below to apply:

The Korean Acquisitions position has been posted. Requisition ID 1003182
Here is the link

Thank you for your help! 

Joy Kim
Korean Heritage Library
University of Southern California
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1825
213-740-3488 (fax)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

University of Oregon: Team Leader for Non-Latin Cataloging

Team Leader for Non-Latin Cataloging
Eugene, OR
Closes: May 1, 2015

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides leadership to catalogers performing cataloging for resources in languages that do not use the Latin alphabet. Coordinates matters of cataloging policy and practice for non-Latin cataloging in all formats. Represents the Library in policy discussions and deliberations related to non-Latin language cataloging at the regional and national level. Maintain policies on non-Latin language cataloging. Manages East Asian cataloging performing high-level original and complex copy cataloging of print and electronic materials in East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) according to international standards focusing on Chinese materials in all formats. Supplies LC Subject Headings and call numbers; verifies all types of access points in catalog records and edits to conform to authorized forms and creates original authority records. Provides training and timely feedback to supervisees and conducts annual performance appraisals. Develops local workflow procedures as appropriate. Contributes to the advancement of the Libraries’ mission through service on local and national committees, and continuing professional development, including, but not limited to, conference attendance, presentations and publications. Reports to the Head, Collection Services.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The UO offers a generous benefits package (see:

Qualifications and Application Procedures:

For a complete description, list of required and preferred qualifications, and application details, see: 

EO/AA/Veterans/Disability institution committed to cultural diversity.

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