Thursday, February 8, 2018

UBC Library - Chinese Rare Books Cataloger Librarian

Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian
Technical Services, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-Time, One Year Term 
Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2018


The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility. The Library's collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases. More than 300 knowledgeable employees - librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff - provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit


The Puban Collection, formerly owned by Yao Junshi of Macao and acquired by UBC in 1959 with funds from the Friends of the Library and Dr. Walter Koerner, contains some 3,200 Chinese titles in about 45,000 volumes in thread-stitched binding, the majority of which came from the well-known Nanzhou Studio of Guangdong Province. With numerous rare editions in many subject fields such as history, literature, philology and philosophy, it is one of the most distinguished Chinese collections in North America.


The Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian will work exclusively with the Puban Collection in Rare Books and Special Collection at UBC Library for a one (1) year term.  The key area of focus will be to provide bibliographic control for selected materials from the Puban Collection and identified for subsequent digitization. This will include creating full-level bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; enriches data in existing bibliographic records; and performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance. This position will select items of highest priority for description and digitization, and identify items in greatest need of conservation or preservation.  May also contribute to reference and instruction related to Chinese rare books, particularly the Puban Collection.  May assist Library Development with donor relationships regarding the Chinese rare Collections.


  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science. 
  • Native or near-native fluency in Chinese (including knowledge of traditional & simplified characters). Fluency in written and spoken English. 
  •  Thorough knowledge of the Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems of Chinese romanization. Working knowledge of or study of classical Chinese. 
  • In-depth knowledge of AACR2R, RDA, Cataloguing Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form and other relevant rare book cataloguing standards. 
  • Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager). 
  • Familiarity with LCSH, Siku thesaurus, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements. 
  • Experience with Chinese rare book authentication to distinguish the correct edition from later or forged editions, reprints and commentaries. Demonstrated experience maintaining and developing donor relations with individuals, organizations, and community groups. 
  •  Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases. 
  • Good organizational and project management skills. 
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.  Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture. Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments. 
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback. 
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.
  • Familiarity and experience with rare book digitization projects. 
  • Experience in an academic library setting, including working with faculty and students, providing instruction, and promoting collections. 
  • Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture.

Reports directly to the Head, Technical Services. Works closely, and may receive direction from, the Head, Rare Books & Special Collections and the Head, Asian Library. Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Cataloguer (Technical Services) and with librarians and staff in the Rare Books and & Special Collections and Asian Library. Collaborates with the Library's conservator. Collaborates with Digital Initiatives librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Works with Development staff in maintaining donor relationships and promoting the Chinese rare materials. Works with faculty in providing instruction and/or presentations. Consults with colleagues as required.


Working with the Puban Collection:

  • Provides authentication of the rare books and manuscripts in Chinese. 
  • Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare Chinese materials following international standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies. 
  • Works with the Library's conservator to develop a preservation and conservation strategy for the books. 
  • Participates in projects to digitize Chinese rare books, particularly in regards to metadata work. 
  • Assists with, develops, and/or maintains relevant documentation pertaining to the local Chinese rare cataloguing standards and processes. 
  • Working with the Library Development Office, maintains and develops donor relations and may assist with promotion of the collection. 
  • May provide reference, collection, and instruction services and support. 
  • Provides reports and documentation on project progress to Project Team on a quarterly basis and as required. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


This position is a full-time, term appointment for one year.

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

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian @Binghamton University, SUNY

Binghamton University Libraries is now recruiting for the position of Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian. Applications submitted by February 23, 2018 will receive first consideration.

Going to ALA Midwinter?  We will be at the ALA JobList Placement Center Open House 10:30-noon, Sunday, Feb. 11.  Stop by to learn more about the position and working at Binghamton University Libraries.

Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian

Are you interested in a cataloging position working with a broad array of collections in a variety of formats? Does ensuring metadata quality and performing authority work at an academic library that serves a growing research university appeal to you? Binghamton University, ranked 38th in the country for public universities by U.S. News & World Report, is looking for a knowledgeable and enthusiastic librarian to fill the role of Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian.

Binghamton University Libraries is a collaborative environment that offers great opportunities for growth, and we encourage you to consider joining our team! Find out more about being a part of the Binghamton University community at or view

Job Description:
The Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian will provide leadership in managing the Libraries’ bibliographic quality control. This includes ensuring data quality and integrity in the Libraries’ catalog and for our digital collections, and contributing to authority control initiatives such as NACO. The Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian will actively participate in original and complex cataloging projects as a member of the team responsible for providing original, adjusted and copy cataloging and bibliographic control for a wide range of materials in various formats.
This position reports to the Assistant Head of Cataloging, with the Director of Technical Services as second-line supervisor. Technical Services is closely integrated with all other departments within the Libraries and utilizes a flexible workflow approach. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.
Duties & Responsibilities:
       Manages metadata quality control and bibliographic database problem resolution to ensure records meet local and national standards.
        Performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of languages and formats. Creates catalog and/or metadata records for general collections, Special Collections, and special projects as needed.
       Creates or modifies NACO authority records and performs other authority work as necessary to maintain database integrity.
       Provides direction and training to staff in database maintenance and data quality control, and develops new and effective approaches to quality control.
       Assists with and/or manages special cataloging projects.
       Provides onsite cataloging and bibliographic control services for collections at the Libraries’ Annex.
       Collaborates with staff and department heads across the Libraries to implement cross-functional initiatives.
       Participates in professional activities and committee assignments within the Libraries, on campus, and in professional associations at a level to meet faculty criteria for promotion and tenure. Maintains a current knowledge of national and international developments and trends in cataloging, metadata, and bibliographic and authority control.
Required Qualifications:
       Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA accredited institution, received by time of appointment
       Demonstrated ability to apply the following cataloging tools: Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and classification (LCC), and MARC
       Working knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas (especially Dublin Core)
       Demonstrated ability to manage projects and adapt to evolving project conditions
       Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages 
       Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and communicate clearly with a variety of people in a diverse environment
       Demonstrated ability to work with detail to ensure accuracy
Preferred Qualifications:
       At least one year of appropriate professional experience
       Experience with OCLC (i.e., Connexion) and Ex Libris products (e.g., Aleph, Alma)
       Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies as well as emerging library applications (e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI)

Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support, Yale University Library

Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  47227BR

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: Reporting to the Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS), the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities provides vision and leadership for collection development for DASHRS, including budget planning and spending oversight; departmental policy development, review, and implementation; and serials and approval plan profile development, performance review, and assessment. In collaboration with the Director, the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities assists in leading goal-setting and strategic planning initiatives to develop responsive and innovative collection development and outreach services. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities must demonstrate a strong commitment to agile, responsive, and innovative research collection development in support of teaching and research in the area studies and humanities.

The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities leads and manages the collections-related work of the research support librarians in the department, including goal-setting and performance review related to collection development duties. Works with colleagues across Yale University Library (YUL) to compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions. Understands the distinctive nature of responsive, discipline-specific collection development and utilizes metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-informed collection development decisions. Provides budget projections for library collections to ensure the effective management of general and endowed collection funds in accordance with university and library fiscal policies. Implements practices and tools to increase the efficiency of departmental processes and workflows, in partnership with other YUL departments. Serves as the primary liaison with YUL Technical Services Department to ensure efficient processing of materials in all formats and languages.

Collaborates with collections staff throughout the YUL on approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and policies.  Represents the department on the YUL-wide Collections Steering Committee and works closely with the central Collection Development Department. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities participates in various YUL committees, task forces, and working groups, and is expected to demonstrate professional leadership and commitment in appropriate regional, national, and/or international professional organizations. May participate in YUL outreach activities, such as the Personal Librarian program for undergraduates.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. An additional advanced degree in the area studies or humanities is strongly preferred; minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability in collection development and knowledge of scholarly publishing practices and trends. Experience supervising subject specialists. Demonstrated commitment to innovation and excellence in library public services.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets. Demonstrated ability to design and manage projects, bringing them to a successful conclusion in a timely manner.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated proficiency in Excel. Experience with a Library Management System for acquisitions. Experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform decision-making.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units in a diverse, rapidly-changing, team-based environment

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience working with academic research library collections and services. Experience providing training and creating documentation. Experience with Voyager software.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position), Columbia University

Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position), Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Requisition Number:
Field(s) of Specialization:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library  
Position Title:
Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position)  
2203- LIB Collections and Services  
Department Number:
Summary Description:
The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks an experienced professional to arrange and describe Chinese language archives and manuscript material in all formats held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library according to local and national best practices.

Reporting to the Head of Archives Processing, responsibilities include:

- Processing: Arrange and describe manuscript material and archival collections in all formats (paper, photographic, electronic, audiovisual, etc.). Develop processing plans for collections, including determining level of granularity at which to process, assure appropriate housing of materials, identify and recommend materials for conservation treatment, write and edit finding aids according to DACS (Describing Archives: a Content Standard) specifications.

- Technical Services: Encode finding aids (written by self, students, interns, and other archivists) into EAD (Encoded Archival Description- an xml markup language) and publish them online, catalog collections using Voyager in accordance with appropriate bibliographic standards (MARC, RDA, etc), maintain metrics on processing and submit regular reports on the ongoing processing and cataloging work. Create item-level metadata for digital objects relating to archival collections as appropriate.

- Public Service: Supports and participates in reference and public service with reference work; including answering reference queries (email, telephone), staffing front desk and supervising the reading room.

- Training, Instruction, and Supervision: Train and supervise the work of students, support staff, and interns working on archival projects. Assist in training peers (archivists) in EAD and other best practices, and assist in training new archivists on staff. Provide instructional support for Columbia and non-Columbia students and classes.

- Professional Involvement and Development: Participate in unit-wide, library-wide, and profession-wide planning and committee activities.

- Administrative Tasks: Participate in planning and strategy meetings for the general staff and various smaller groups.


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University's largest repository for primary source collections. The range of collections in the RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri, and Coptic ostraca; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art, photography, and realia. Some 500,000 printed books and 14 miles of manuscripts, personal papers, organizational archives and records form the core of RBML holdings. The history of publishing, comics, graphic arts, human rights, the performing arts, and the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian émigré materials are strengths of the RBML. The RBML is also home to the University Archives and the archival arm of the Columbia Center for Oral History. In addition, the RBML hosts several faculty and graduate student researchers each year through both the Library Research Awards and Primary Sources Internship programs. For more information about RBML collections and services, see

As one of the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprises a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University's teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Minimum Degree Required:
MLS or PhD or equivalent  
Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.
1. Reading knowledge of Chinese
2. Comprehensive knowledge of archival theory and practice
3. Strong writing and editing skills
4. Strong organizational and analytical skills
5. Project management skills
6. Strong interpersonal skills
7. Proficiency with EAD encoding
8. Knowledge in Cataloging and Metadata  
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Advanced degree in an academic discipline
2. Working knowledge/fluency in at least one foreign language
3. Some familiarity with other relevant metadata standards, including Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS, and MODS
4. Experience providing reference services
5. Experience supervising staff  
Additional Information:
Posting Date:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Proposed Start Date:
EEO Statement
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  
Date Review Begins
Required Applicant Documents for Upload:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
List of References  
Optional Applicant Documents for Upload
Quicklink for Posting:  

Monday, November 6, 2017

University Librarian Position, Boston University

Boston University
University Libraries
Position Description: University Librarian 

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Position Summary
Boston University Libraries seeks a transformational leader who will re-envision a 21st century hybrid library with an advanced capacity to support research teaching and learning across geographic,  language, and disciplinary borders, leveraging innovations in digital and information technology. S/he will lead BU’s Mugar Memorial Library and branches (currently African Studies, Astronomy, Music, Visual Arts, Science and Engineering, Stone Science, Pickering Educational Resources, and the Frederick S. Pardee Management Library) in collaboration with the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries, the School of Theology Library, the Alumni Medical Library, and the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center to achieve this goal. The University Librarian will lead the ongoing development of the vision and goals of the Library, integrate the plans of the Library with those of the University, and effectively communicate the vision and goals both within and beyond BU.

The successful candidate will be nationally and/or internationally recognized with demonstrated organizational leadership and substantial professional experience in library management. S/he shares BU’s global perspective and has the capacity to play a prominent role in shaping the landscape of scholarly resources and support at BU, working across the university. The Librarian will have a strong commitment to open access and innovative approaches to the enablement and preservation of scholarly work in the digital age. S/he will show the ability to develop the library into a nimble instrument capable of serving the broad range of research, teaching and learning interests at BU, including reshaping the physical space of the library in support of current and emerging learning and research activities. The Librarian will form partnerships and help to garner resources in support of this vision.

This position reports directly to the Boston University Provost.

The following describe the primary duties and responsibilities of the University Librarian:

•    In collaboration with the faculty, librarians and staff, imagines, articulates and implements a vision for BU Libraries; advocates for and drives strategies aimed at achieving the Libraries’ mission and vision; establishes the BU Libraries as a leader in best practices in research library services in the digital age.

• Engages in strategic planning from inception to implementation; establishes specific,  measurable goals and other performance expectations; employs a systematic review of progress toward goals and objectives.

• Demonstrates a high level of personal and professional commitment, enthusiasm, integrity and pride in the University and its values.

• Provides creative leadership in expanding access to research and learning resources to meet multi-media and multi-language needs of new and growing fields in the sciences and humanities.

• Builds and enhances existing local and regional collaborations with other libraries or related organizations who can help the BU Libraries achieve their mission and vision.

• Engages in grant seeking consistent with the goals of the BU Libraries, and fundraising as part of the University’s ongoing comprehensive campaign.

• Effectively engages and communicates with a wide audience of students, faculty, University administrators, alumni, community members and potential benefactors.

• Effectively manages the various services and functions of the University Libraries, including collection development, circulation, digital collections and open access, interlibrary loan, metadata services, and reference and instructional services.

• Establishes appropriate mechanisms to select, support and retain highly qualified, diverse librarians and staff.

• Creates a positive, diverse and inclusive work environment; ensures all librarians and staff are treated with dignity and respect.

• Empowers and supports librarians and staff to achieve performance goals and objectives; consistently "raises the bar" with regard to performance expectations; inspires accomplishment of goals and objectives; models professional excellence.

• Establishes the BU Libraries as an inclusive space and community oriented to supporting diverse students and faculty, including fostering connections across cultural, ethnic, racial and gender boundaries, as well as interdisciplinary and inter-organizational collaboration.

• Determines, implements, maintains and leads an effective management structure and team.

• Oversees development and effective utilization of financial resources, human resources, and physical infrastructure.

• Establishes and maintains effective relationships with other leaders within the University.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

• A demonstrated track record of professional engagement and achievement commensurate with senior leadership positions of major research university libraries.
• Strong understanding of evolving issues/trends in higher education, libraries, open access, and scholarly communication.
• Strong and proven capabilities in complex organizational management including strategic planning, financial stewardship, human resource management, risk management, and related decision-making.
• Demonstrated knowledge and application of best practices in inclusive pedagogy, interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the creation of diverse communities of practice.
• Demonstrated accomplishment fostering diversity and inclusion
• Proven experience or potential for success in development, fund-raising, and public relations
• The proven ability to work collaboratively with leaders across organizations.
• Exemplary interpersonal and communication skills.
• Impeccable integrity, sense of professionalism, and sound judgment.

Graduate-level degree in a field relevant to libraries and/or information sciences. Relevant experience may substitute for field of study.

Boston University (BU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe. Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls over 33,000 students including over 16,000 undergraduates and employs nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 16 schools and colleges.

BU is one of the largest private universities in the United States and one of the Boston area’s largest employers. BU’s students come from all 50 states and over 135 countries. Students pursue studies on the Charles River and Medical Campuses as well as study abroad programs in over 30 cities around the world. The growth of Boston University over the last quarter century is profound, as it has evolved from a regional university, with a focus on undergraduate and professional education, to an internationally recognized, residential, research university that performed over $400 million of sponsored research last year across both Boston campuses.

Boston University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries since 1962, advance the University's research and teaching agenda with broad digital, online, and physical resources supported by extensive research and scholarly services. Current holdings comprise over 2.4 million physical volumes, 45,000 unique serial titles, 77,000 media titles, and 21,000 items in a fast-growing open access institutional repository. Research and scholarly support includes tutorials, instruction from research basics to graduate-level with a strong commitment to information literacy, reference services in each of the libraries and virtually, specialist consultations, curated guides, and digital scholarship and data management services. Specialized libraries, such as the Music Library and African Studies Library, develop targeted collections for area-specific research. The Libraries budget is approximately $22.8M, and our staff is comprised of 280 FTE.

Boston University Libraries have a tradition of sharing access to resources across the University, regardless of reporting structures or library affiliation. Access to all collections, services, and libraries is provided to the University community through the website ( The Libraries are committed to practices that are environmentally sustainable and that utilize our financial, physical, and personnel resources in scalable and sustainable ways to achieve our goals. Essential to the Libraries’ success is the development of a culture characterized by both continuous learning on the part of its staff, and data-driven decision-making.

In 2013 the Libraries adopted Ex Libris' Alma as the resource management system, with a focus on a format-neutral discovery platform delivered through Primo. Boston University Libraries were an early adopter of Alma. OpenBU, the institutional repository, runs on DSpace.

In addition to the Association of Research Libraries, Boston University Libraries maintain memberships in and affiliations with, among others: arXiv, Association of College and Research Libraries, BostonDH, Boston Library Consortium, Boston Theological Institute, Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, EDUCAUSE (via BU), HathiTrust, National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Ex Libris User Group of North America (ELUNA), New England Digital Scholarship Collective, New England Law Library Consortium, North East Research Libraries, OCLC Research Library Partnership, Open Content Alliance, Open Library for the Humanities, ORCID (via BU), and Portico. Our personnel play key leadership roles and hold elected offices in ALA, AALL, Boston Area Law Library Consortium (BALLCO), Association of Boston Law Libraries (ABLL), Law Libraries of New England (LLNE), New England Library Association (NELA), New Hampshire Library Association, Massachusetts LibraryAssociation, Vermont Library Association, and other organizations.

Boston University will provide a competitive compensation and benefits package appropriate for a position of this scope, stature, and level of responsibility.

Exceptional candidates are encouraged to submit a confidential letter of interest and CV or resume

University Librarian Search Advisory Committee
c/o Tracy Schroeder, Vice President, Information Services & Technology Office of the University
One Silber Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Boston University is committed to fostering a diverse University community within a supportive and respectful environment. We believe that diversity is essential to our success as a leading research university with a global reach, and is an integral component of excellence.

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. Boston University strongly encourages minority group members, veterans, disabled individuals, and women to apply for positions for which they are qualified and that are of interest to them.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Asian Art Museum: Curatorial Assistant

Under general supervision, provides curatorial assistance and administrative support to the Curator of Chinese Art in programs and projects related to the Chinese Art Department, including research, cataloging, acquisition, conservation, education, exhibition, registration and publication.  The nature of the work requires maximum flexibility, resourcefulness and initiative in addition to excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.


  • Assists with the maintenance and documentation of the departmental collection; assists in the classification, description, and interpretation of artworks; conducts research for identifying and interpreting the objects; writes informational labels, assists in preparation of brochures and other related materials as required brochures and other related materials as required; assists in the research and preparation for grants; updates and organizes files.
  • Assists in planning, developing and organizing exhibitions; assists in supervising the preparation and installation of artworks; coordinates administrative details of exhibitions as required. 
  • Responds to request for information about objects; conducts tours of the Chinese art collection for visitors; answers correspondence related to Chinese art; prepares and maintains operational records of departmental activities.


  • Bachelor's degree in Art History or Asian Studies, with a specialization in Chinese Art; Advanced degree preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational, planning, research and presentation skills. Ability to work independently and to exercise initiative and good judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers and donors.
  • Computer proficiency; knowledge of Microsoft Word.
  • Detail-oriented, meticulous and conscientious in following through on assigned tasks.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Chinese and knowledge of Chinese culture.


$22.3979-$26.9004 per hour.

Please note: New hires start at the beginning of the salary range and this position is represented by SEIU 1021.

The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture. Home to more than 18,000 works of art from over 40 Asian countries, we strive to be a catalyst for discovery, dialogue, and inspiration. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity.

The Asian Art Museum embraces diversity in its mission, programs, and staff.

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