Thursday, August 26, 2010

Korean Studies Librarian, University of Chicago Library


The University of Chicago Library seeks candidates for the position of Korean Studies Librarian. The East Asian Collection supports teaching and research needs of the faculty and students at the University of Chicago. The Collection consists of nearly 800,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese and Korean materials. It also has a growing collection of electronic resources. The Korean collection is an important and integral part of the Collection. The East Asian Collection is housed in the Joseph Regenstein Library. This position reports to the Curator for East Asian Collection.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as liaison with Korean studies faculty and students; evaluate and select materials on Korea in all formats and languages to support the teaching and research needs of Chicago’s faculty and students; manage the acquisitions budget; provide reference services, bibliographical instruction, and database services for the Korean collection; develop and maintain electronic finding aids and subject guides on Korean studies for the EA Collection’s web page; represent the collection at professional meetings including cooperative programs and/or projects; work closely with the Head of the technical services, perform original cataloging for Korean materials and assist in the overall coordination of technical processing for Korean materials. The incumbent reports to the Curator of the East Asian Collection. This position participates in and contributes to local, regional and national professional organizations. Attends conferences and classes to maintain knowledge of changing technologies and developments in collection development, reference, and technical services.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduate degree from an ALA accredited MLS or MLIS is required. An undergraduate or graduate degree in Korean Studies or in a social science or humanities discipline with a principal emphasis on Korea is highly desirable as is an excellent knowledge of Korean culture. Experience: Substantial experience in a research library directly related to the field of Korean studies is highly desirable as is knowledge of Korean publishing industry and the book trade. Evidence of special bibliographic and reference work is desirable. Experience or good knowledge of OCLC, AACR2, LCSH and LC classification system, and MARC21 format is required. Awareness of RDA and other metadata standards is desirable. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a changing and diverse environment is essential. Skills: Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students and staff; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills and a high degree of computer literacy are all required. Knowledge of electronic resources and information technology applications in Korean studies is desirable. Evidence of a commitment to ongoing professional development is required. Languages: Fluency in English and Korean languages including the ability to process Korean materials written in Hanmun (classical Chinese) is required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.
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Applications received by September 30, 2010 will be assured consideration.

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