Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chinese Studies Librarian, University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Library is seeking applicants for the following position.

The University of Chicago Library invites applicants for the position of Chinese Studies Librarian. The East Asian Collection supports teaching and research needs of the faculty and students at the University of Chicago. It holds a collection of nearly 800,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages of various formats. It also has a growing collection of electronic resources. The Chinese collection of over 450,000 volumes is particularly strong in classics, philosophy, history, literature, archaeology, philology and art history. As one of the finest such collections in the country, it serves not only the faculty and students of the University but also scholars throughout the country.  The East Asian Collection is housed in the Joseph Regenstein Library.
Under the direction of the Curator of the East Collection, this position is responsible for the following:
Select materials in all formats including electronic resources both in the Chinese language and those on Chinese studies in Western languages, develop a long-term acquisitions policy to support teaching and reserch needs, manage the acquisitions budget allocated, and serve as a liaison to Chinese studies faculty and students.
Provide reference services and bibliographical instruction for faculty and students regarding the Library’s services and its resources, the bibliographic methods, and research strategies.  Responsible for managing, coordinating computer support, and providing services to Chinese studies e-resources. Develop and maintain electronic finding aids and subject guides on Chinese studies for the EA Collection’s web page.  Participate in the development of digital/multimedia resources and services in the Library and on campus. 
Under the direction of the Head of East Asia Technical Services, perform original cataloging for Chinese materials in all formats. Participate in formulating cataloging policy, priorities, and work procedures.  Participate in the activities of the library and scholarly organizations at the local, regional, national, and international level.  
QUALIFICATIONS: Education: A graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited library school with graduate work in Chinese studies or closely-related subject field, or a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, is required.  Experience: Significant related experience in an academic research library is required.  Experience or demonstrated knowledge of scholarly resources for Chinese studies, reference tools, electronic resources, and trends in publishing industry and book trade in China and Taiwan is also required. Experience or demonstrated knowledge of OCLC, AACR2, LC subject headings and classifications, MARC21 formats and authority files is highly preferred. Awareness of RDA and other metadata standards is desirable. Skills: Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with faculty, students and staff and possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.  A high degree of computer literacy and a demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies are required.  Languages:  Fluency in English and Chinese languages is required including reading knowledge of classical Chinese.
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.
To apply, visit http://academiccareers.uchicago.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51319
Applications received by November 1, 2010 will be assured consideration.
To view the full job description, visit http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/jobs/librarianvacant.html
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.