Monday, June 4, 2018

UC San Diego: East Asia Serials Specialist

Payroll Title: LIBRARY AST 3
Department: UC San Diego Library
Hiring Salary Range: $19.89 - $22.59 / Hour
Appointment Type: Career
Appointment Percent: 50%
Work Schedule: Days, 4 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

The East Asia Serials Specialist maintains the UC San Diego Library Serial standing order and subscription records for all formats, both physical and electronic. This position is independently responsible and is the primary resource for the management of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean serial records. Approves payment for invoices, claims serial issues, processes serial and, bindery receipts and maintains serial holdings records.


  • Reading knowledge of Chinese and/or Japanese language(s) sufficient to identify bibliographic elements of serials, including but not limited to; title, date, issue, frequency and billing information and to interpret basic correspondence.
  • Ability to transliterate Chinese, Japanese and Korean scripts into Romanized characters for acquisitions processing.
  • Library experience with knowledge of library terminology, bibliographic element, and publishing patterns of serial and monographic publication rules relevant to serials acquisitions.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, ability to communicate courteously, effectively and persuasively while dealing with a variety of people.
  • Ability to seek out discrepancies and resolve problems independently.

Direct link to the job posting 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Yale University: Korean Studies and Public Services Librarian

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Korean Studies

Under the direction of the Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS) and the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities, the Librarian for Korean Studies & East Asia Public Services is responsible for the selection of Korean language materials in all formats for Sterling Memorial Library and other libraries in the Yale University Library, as required. This includes selection of Korean imprints in all fields; in the field of Korean studies (primarily humanities disciplines) published in North America, Europe, and other imprint areas outside of Korea; and English language publications about East Asia as a whole. The Librarian manages the budget for the Korean collections; is involved in donor relations, gifts and exchanges, preservation and conservation issues; coordinates with technical services on the acquisition and processing of materials; provides expert advice to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates through research consultations, bibliographic instruction, and the development of research guides. The Librarian may apply for and/or administer grants for collection development, participate in digital initiates for Korea-related materials, develop physical and/or virtual exhibitions, and supervise student employees. The Librarian works closely with the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) and Yale’s Council on East Asian Studies (CEAS) to respond to programmatic needs in Korean Studies.  Maintains relationships with library colleagues who support Korean Studies nationally and internationally, such as the Council on East Asian Libraries Committee on Korean Materials (CEAL-CKM).

Position Focus: East Asia Library Public Services

The Librarian is also responsible for the overall management of public services in the East Asia Library, including reference and research consultations, instruction, and communication with East Asian studies affiliates. S/he also serves as web master, coordinates East Asia Library social media, oversees orientations and tours of the East Asia Library, and undertakes assessment of East Asia Library instruction and outreach activities. Working closely with the Librarian for Chinese Studies and the Librarian for Japanese Studies, as well as the CEAS, ensures that service expectations for the East Asia Library are identified and met. The librarian contributes to DASHRS strategic planning; participates in Yale University Library (YUL) committees, task forces, and programs; and is active professionally through service in library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.

For more information,

Friday, May 11, 2018

University of Pennsylvania: Area Studies Tech Services Coordinator

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek a globally-minded, service-oriented, and versatile professional to serve as Area Studies Technical Services Coordinator.   The Coordinator manages the unit that performs cataloging, acquisitions, and other metadata services functions for the Libraries’ Area Studies Collections. Responsibilities include: providing leadership, managerial direction, and oversight of technical services operations for the Area Studies Collections: designing effective workflows; evaluating and implementing cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures; managing acquisitions processes in accordance with Libraries policy. In coordination with Area Studies bibliographers, identify priorities for cataloging and manage the processing capacity of the Area Studies Technical Services unit. As a part of the management team of the Information Processing Center, participate in strategic and operational planning for the IPC, as well as participating in library-wide projects, committees, and task forces, and coordinate the collaboration of Area Studies Technical Services with the Libraries more broadly.



  • MLS degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. 
  • Command of at least one non-English language central to the Chinese, Japanese, Middle East, South Asian, Hebraic or Slavic Collections. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, issues, and trends. 
  • Experience cataloging monographic resources.
  • Familiarity with acquisitions standards and practices. 
  • Working knowledge of bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems. 
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to service in a production-oriented environment. 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively. 
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Flexibility in response to change.


  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Experience managing cataloging and metadata projects and complex workflows. 
  • Familiarity with established and developing metadata standards.

Affirmative Action Statement: Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

For full posting and to apply:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

University of Florida: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

POSITION: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian
RANK: Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West)
SALARY: Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $58,898
Minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $68,125
Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

DEADLINE DATE: July 2, 2018 - review of applications will begin June 1, 2018
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not
being considered.

The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian [AMES Librarian] is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for these subject areas. The position supports the University’s academic programs including the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC), as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as International Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies. The AMES Librarian also liaises with the Harn Museum of Art in support of the Asian Collection. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in the LLC and International Studies, collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities; and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. Collaborates with other subject librarians to provide support in religious studies and other interdisciplinary areas. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services.

The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the AMES Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the AMES Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The AMES Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


  • Communicates with appropriate academic faculty. Keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interest to ensure that the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ issues.
  • Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists, and librarians, with respect to resources for the Asian and Middle Eastern studies, and related collections.
  • Analyzes the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies collection development program activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required.
  • Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program.
  • Participates in outreach and instruction programs using traditional classroom and active  learning methods and innovative educational technologies.
  • Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, including the development of LibGuides and other online resources.
  • Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly service and research resulting in publication.
  • Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library scholarship initiatives and partnerships.
  • Participates in Library fundraising efforts.
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.



  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or other relevant advanced degree in subject specialty.
  • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience.
  • Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Familiarity with scholarly literature of Asian studies.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  • Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources.
  • Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at


  • Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities.
  • Strength in both Asian and Middle Eastern studies.
  • Working knowledge of Japanese, Arabic, or South Asian language.
  • Sound knowledge of collection management, reference, and instructional practices and standards.
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for in-person and online instruction.
  • Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
  • Experience in the digital humanities.
  • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities, Asian and Middle Eastern studies in an academic or research library environment.
For more information, 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monographs Description Librarian at Duke University Libraries

Duke University Libraries are recruiting a Monographs Description Librarian, who is responsible for original and copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages in which there is competence.  S/He keeps abreast of standards and demonstrates a commitment to customer service and to collaborative work in support of discovery and access through team and departmental efforts and through active participation in projects. Please note that we prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian.
Details at:

Monographs Description Librarian


•    Performs original and complex copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages for which there is competence; enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines; assigns Library of Congress Classification call numbers; inputs and edits holdings and item information to ensure accuracy and completeness of information.
•    Works collegially across departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, and the professional school libraries to maintain good communication and relations among cataloging units, and to contribute to practices that maximize efficiency and provide a seamless discovery experience for users.
•    Assists with planning and management of short and long-term cataloging projects and, including coordinating projects with other departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, the professional school libraries, consortia partners (TRLN, Ivy Plus) and vendors.
•    Actively participates in team, department, and division meetings and activities to contribute toward an environment that promotes inclusion, respect, trust, and accountability.
•    Displays continuing growth in professional knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession as demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the Libraries, the University, or the community in a professional capacity.
•    Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
•    None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to inclusion.

Required:  MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience
Preferred: Advanced degree in a related field

•    Familiarity with the use and application of RDA or other bibliographic description standards, subject analysis, and application of a standard classification system
•    Experience with MARC bibliographic formats
•    Reading knowledge of one language other than English
•    Familiarity with at least one library utility and integrated library system (ILS)
•    Experience performing copy cataloging in an academic setting
•    Evidence of analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
•    Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
•    Awareness of trends and issues relative to library information technology and supported applications for bibliographic and authority metadata.

•    Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion and an ILS such as Ex Libris’ Aleph
•    Prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian
•    1-3 years of experience performing complex copy or original cataloging
•    Experience leading or contributing to short and long-term projects
•    Knowledge of Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) standards and programs
•    Knowledge of BIBFRAME and other linked data initiatives; knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards

Working Conditions
•    Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
•    Must be able to lift 20 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials
•    Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
•    Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.      
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Monday, April 23, 2018

British Library Vacancy: Project Manager, Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project

The British library is recruiting a project manager to develop and manage the externally-funded Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project, which will deliver full digitisation of approximately 800 Chinese manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra from the British Library’s Stein Collection.  The successful applicant will ccombine excellent project management skills with expertise in manuscript collections, Chinese or Buddhist studies.

For more information and an application see the British Library website Project Manager, Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project

Washington University in St. Louis - East Asian Librarian and Chinese OR Japanese Studies Librarian

Dear Eastlib subscribers,

Hiring has started for the position of East Asian Librarian and Chinese OR Japanese Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. I would appreciate if you could share the announcement widely and encourage any qualified individuals (including yourself) to apply.

The position summary and detailed qualifications are included below, but I also wanted to provide some clarifications. 1) We are reopening our search for the East Asian Librarian, which, in our institution, is the title given to the manager of the East Asian Library. This person is expected to SPECIALIZE either in the Chinese or Japanese studies area, depending on her/his expertise and experience. 2) We will be looking at a different set of qualifications than the previous search. I would like to encourage any individuals who applied last time to look through the new requirements and re-apply, if still interested.

Please feel free to contact me off list if you have any questions. Candidates can view the full job description and apply by navigating to and searching for the job opening number 39974. 

East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian - Olin Library - 39974
Job Opening ID

The Washington University Libraries is seeking a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-driven professional to serve as East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian.  The Washington University Libraries, comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses, reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian (in association with 3 campus partners), operate as a unified library system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.  The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 500,000 e-books.  The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.

Reporting to the Head of Distributed Libraries, responsible for the overall planning and operation of the East Asian Library to provide effective library services to faculty and students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and East Asian Studies Program.  Responsible for collection development in all East Asian languages and materials, as well as for overseeing cataloging of all vernacular materials in these subject areas.  Responsible for outreach, reference, instruction, and collection development and management for Chinese studies, Japanese studies, and/or Korean studies depending on area of expertise.  Supervises staff of the East Asian Library including one professional librarian.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent.
Fluent command of both written and spoken English and Chinese or Japanese.
Formal education in East Asian, Chinese, or Japanese Studies or related field.
Two years professional library experience.
Knowledge of databases, serials and monographic acquisitions issues and practices.
Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills including the ability to coach a team.
Strong service attitude with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to do detail-oriented work, including strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population.
Flexibility and adaptability in a changing environment.
An understanding of the information needs of a research university.
Commitment to engage in continuing professional development.
Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
Must be able to climb stairs frequently (There is no elevator inside the stacks area).
Some evening and weekend events required.
Some travel required.

Second master’s degree in East Asian or Chinese studies.
Cataloging experience with ALA-LC standard for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean Romanization.
Reading knowledge of one or more additional East Asian languages.
Working experience in an East Asian library or an academic library.
Supervisory experience.
Experience with vendor relations.
Experience in acquiring and managing access to electronic resources.
Experience with integrated library systems. Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Sierra system desirable.
Evidence of contribution and involvement in professional development.

Thank you.


Ryuta Komaki, Ph.D.
Japanese+Korean Studies Librarian, Interim East Asian Librarian