Monday, January 31, 2011

Asian Collection Librarian - Rice University

Rice University, a private university located in Houston, Texas, is seeking a highly motivated librarian committed to building academic library collections and services tailored to the present and future needs of our community.  The successful candidate will work to build library collections for the recently created Chao Center for Asian Studies,including developing a strategy for crafting a research-caliber collection. The Asian studies bibliographer will assist with library services for the Rice University community, and work with the staff of the Chao Center and Fondren Library to promote Rice University’s developing program.  The successful candidate will contribute to fund raising activities, including grants, aimed at development of library collections.  Position reports to AUL for Collections.

Requirements include: ALA-accredited MLS; minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in collection development in an academic setting, fluency in English and Chinese languages including reading knowledge of classical Chinese, demonstrated experience and facility with digital content.  Preferred: second advanced degree in relevant humanities or social sciences discipline.

Salary/benefits: This is a contract position, funded for 5 years, with a possibility of extension. $58,000 minimum; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; TIAA/CREF and Fidelity; health and life insurance; tuition waiver.

Environment:  Rice University provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies.  Fondren Library ( is a research library with over 2.6 million volumes and over 81,000 serial titles.  The Library has a state-of-the-art offsite shelving facility and completed a major building renovation project in 2006.  An active program of digital resource development and delivery is underway.  Rice University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast. 

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Applications received by March 18, 2011 will receive first consideration.  Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at:  Inquiries:  Melinda Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at (713) 348-3773 or e-mail  Rice University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

Jiun Kuo
Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services
Rice University
Fondren Library MS44
P.O. Box 1892 
Houston, TX 77251-1892
phone:   (713) 348-2568
fax:       (713) 348-5862