Monday, July 12, 2010

Chinese-Canadian History Librarian/Archivist (20 months from date of hire)

UBC Library
The University of British Columbia Library is the second-largest academic library in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 21 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), three off-site hospital libraries, Robson Square Library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, its newest multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

Our collections include 5.9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, over 65,000 electronic journals, over 19,000 numeric databases, 1.6 million digital pages, and over 830,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

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.

For more information about UBC Library, please visit

Overview of the position:
The University of British Columbia is a recipient of a grant from the Community Historical Recognition Program.  The focus of the project is to create a web-based portal and archive on Chinese-Canadian history which will encompass digital assets created by UBC and other CHRP recipients. 

We are seeking a professional librarian/archivist to be responsible primarily for coordinating digitization activities related to the project at UBC, and for supporting the digitization activities of community partners at other organizations. The incumbent undertakes collection analysis and creates metadata for UBC Library resources chosen for inclusion in the project. The position assists in project coordination and design of various schemas, guides, and digital resources as appropriate. Furthermore, the Chinese-Canadian History librarian/archivist supervises students and library assistants and works closely with other project staff.
This position reports directly to Eleanor Yuen, head of the Asian Library and will also take directions from Dr. Henry Yu, Associate Professor, Department of History who is the grant recipient.
A detailed job description can be viewed at and we welcome you to view the UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010 – 2015

Required qualifications:
A graduate degree in Library or Archival Studies (MAS/MLIS) or equivalent is required from an accredited institution.
Experience working with digital collections.
Demonstrated ability in developing metadata for archival and non-traditional materials.
Experience with computer technology and software, particularly library and archival management systems and digitization technology is essential.
Experience working with archival and/or non-traditional collections, such as oral histories, audio-visual collections, born-digital collections etc.
Experience with managing projects and/or workflows in an archival or library setting.
Knowledge of digital preservation initiatives, standards and best practices.
Ability to manage a diverse set of responsibilities and tasks.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Experience in developing partnerships with evidence of successful collaborations.
Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills in both English and Chinese language environment
Ability to read and write traditional Chinese, and speak Cantonese.

Preferred qualifications:
Knowledge of various metadata standards such as Dublin Core, Rules for Archival Description and AACR/RDA.
Knowledge and understanding of archival theory.
Knowledge of intellectual property, privacy and copyright issues.
Knowledge of Chinese-Canadian history and the Community Historical Recognition Program.

Terms of Appointment and Salary:
This new position will be filled as a full-time 20 month term from the date of hire.

Salary will commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications. 

The position is appropriate for a Librarian with up to 5 years of professional experience.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications for this exciting opportunity to be submitted by e-mail in one consolidated file (PDF or Microsoft word format) and will include:  A letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education, training, and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees, including at least two professional, with their email addresses.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications are to be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on Sunday July 11 2010 to:

            Human Resources -- UBC Library
            2nd Floor, Koerner Library
            1958 Main Mall
            Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2


6/8/2010 9:25 AM
Recruitment Launched for Head, East Asian Library (REVISED POSTING)
The UCLA Library has initiated recruitment for the position of Head, East Asian Library and is actively seeking nominations and applications.  The first consideration date for this position is July 6, 2010.

For your convenience, the complete posting is available as a PDF document -- it includes the position description, complete qualifications and application procedures.

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should send their application to or to Jenifer Abramson, Assistant Director of Library Human Resources, UCLA Library, 21520 Young Research Library, Box 951575, Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575.  Applications should include:  a cover letter describing the candidate’s interest in the position and a summary of qualifications and experience related to the position;  a current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and full contact information (work address, home and work phone numbers, FAX number, and email address) for at least three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor (please indicate relationship to candidate for each reference).

Candidates applying by July 6, 2010 will be given first consideration.  UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.