Tuesday, October 25, 2011

U of Minnesota: East Asian Studies Librarian

University of Minnesota
East Asian Studies Librarian
The University Libraries invites applications for an energetic and service-oriented librarian to support research, instruction, and the life-long learning needs of students, faculty, and staff working in East Asian studies and with East Asian-language materials.

Core responsibilities include developing collaborative relationships with academic departments, providing research and instructional support services, developing and managing collections, embedding information literacy principles in core teaching and learning channels, and working in cross-library groups to address the major strategic directions of the Libraries and program needs of the campus.
Required qualifications include an ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library/Information Science or an advanced degree with relevant experience, fluency in Chinese and capability with Japanese and Korean languages. Preferred qualifications include an academic background or library experience in Asian Studies and fluency in Japanese and Korean.
For complete job description and qualifications, and to apply, go to: https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=98383
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Stanford: Japanese Studies Librarian

Job ID 
Job Location 
 University Libraries
Job Category 
Date Posted 
 Oct 18, 2011

Japanese Studies Librarian

This job is posted at the 3P1, 3P2, and 3P3 levels.
Compensation will be based on relevant qualifications and experience.
Position will remain open until filled.

Reports to: Director of the East Asia Library

The Stanford University Libraries invite applications and nominations internationally for the position of Japanese Studies Librarian. Librarians or scholars with a strong background in collection management and Japanese studies are encouraged to apply.

Under the supervision of the Director of the East Asia Library, the Japanese Studies Librarian will manage Japanese language materials, primarily in the humanities and social sciences, and will provide reference and bibliographic services to faculty and students.The Japanese Studies Librarian should have high proficiency in Japanese language and deep understanding of Japanese culture, and bring to this position a thorough comprehension of all aspects of current research in Japanese Studies, including the use of a wide range of print and digital resources for Japanese studies.

East Asian Studies is an established and important area of international study at Stanford University. The individual hired for this position will have the opportunity to contribute to the East Asia Library’s support of students and faculty who are engaged in this area of study and research.


Collection development and management:

• Select Japanese language monographs and serials, manage book funds, request the Japanese collection materials budget, approve gifts and exchanges, and identify titles to for off-campus storage and/or de-accessioning to accommodate incoming materials.

• Perform complex, high-level bibliographic research and maintain bibliographic files in support of collection development and access, e.g., design and execute collection evaluations in specialized subject areas or genres; screen professional review journals to identify relevant titles for purchase; develop and manages desiderata files and relations with relevant out-of-print and antiquarian dealers; provide specialized research assistance for creating access tools. Must have knowledge of both print and computer-based bibliographic research in general and specialized sources.

• Serve as liaison with Stanford Japanese Studies faculty, consult and respond to their teaching and research needs.

• Plan and write grant proposals for developing the Japanese collection.

• Evaluate and manage digital products and services which support Japanese Studies. Decide appropriate cataloging treatments and retention policies for digital products.

• Manage the gift and exchange program for Japanese materials, including correspondence with institutions and individuals; correspond with donors of endowed funds.

• Participate in fund-raising for the Japanese collection. Encourage and cultivate close relations with donors of funds and materials relating to Japanese studies.

• Collect and report on annual statistics for the Japanese collection.

• Collaborate with other librarians to ensure coverage of interdisciplinary areas that lie outside conventional subject boundaries.

Public services:

• Provide bibliographic and reference services to Stanford faculty and students as well as
Users outside of the Stanford community on topics related to Japan, provide library orientation tours and hands-on Japanese database searching sessions.

• Serve as liaison to Stanford Japanese studies faculty. Consult and respond to their
teaching and research needs, keeping them apprised of the latest resources.

• Assist visitors, including scholars, librarians, publishers as well as vendors from Japan, who visit the EAL and other Stanford library collections.

• Assist the SUL Interlibrary Department with interlibrary borrowing requests.

• Prepare reference guides that enhance access to the collections.

• Maintain and update the Japanese collection webpages.

• Participate in national and international professional associations and societies.

Required Qualifications and Demonstrated Experiences:

• MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent training and experience. Knowledge and interest in academic or research libraries and the research environment in major universities. Experience in an academic or research library highly desirable.

• Expert knowledge of Japanese Studies. An advanced degree or equivalent in education, training, and/or scholarly experience in East Asian studies is required. PhD level degree or equivalent is preferred.

• Native, or functionally native, level fluency in Japanese Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) level 5 in reading, speaking,listening and writing, or equivalent.

• Proficiency in modern spoken Japanese and has full requisite knowledge of Japanese native culture, and demonstrated fluency in Japanese to communicate with publishers, book sellers and international donors that are native speakers from Japan.

• Proficiency in communicating with Japanese libraries and institutions in both written and spoken Japanese for acquisitions, fund raising and book donations.

• Knowledge of Japanese bibliographic resources, including electronic resources. Knowledge of the commercial and non-commercial sources of materials in Japanese studies. Knowledge of scholarly resources for Japanese studies, reference tools, electronic resources, and trends in publishing industry and book trade in Japan. Experience of providing reference services to faculty and students who are native speakers in Japanese studies, including database and internet searching, and familiarity with library resources in digital formats. Demonstrated experience in a customer service oriented atmosphere responding to complex questions and problems. Must have strong public service commitment.

• High level proficiency with digital resources, web technology, e.g. drupal, web updates, experience in the management of electronic resources, effective use of current technologies, interest in staying abreast of current technologies and trends.

• Knowledge of OCLC, AACR2, LC subject headings and classifications, MARC21 formats and authority files is highly preferred.

• Successful experience in developing and managing budgets.Effectively coordinate the delegation of responsibilities.

• Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and collegially with staff at all levels as well as with faculty and students required. Excellent leadership skills to supervise and train a diverse staff in a dynamic environment. Effectively coordinate the delegation of responsibilities.

• Knowledge of Chinese or Korean languages highly desired.

• Strong analytical and organizational skills required. Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative and innovative attitude. Supervisory or managerial experience, especially in an academic or research library is highly desired.

Applicants should provide cover letter, resume or CV, and 3 references. Applications must be submitted electronically through http://jobs.stanford.edu.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

LC: Administrative Librarian (Chief, Asian Division)

Job Title: Administrative Librarian (Chief, Asian Division)
Agency: Library Of Congress
Sub Agency: Library of Congress
Job Announcement Number: 110142

Salary Range:
$119,554.00 - $165,300.00 /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Thursday, September 29, 2011 to Monday, November 07, 2011
Position Information:
Open Permanent
Duty Locations:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered:
Anyone may apply - By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired provided that immigration law and other legal requirements are met, and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.
Job Summary:
The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 145 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The closing date of this announcement has been adjusted to account for the period of time that USAJOBS will be unavailable for use, which is October 6 through October 12, 2011.

The Chief of the Asian Division serves as the Library's primary expert in the provision of reference services related to material in all languages of Asia and the Pacific Islands, about Asian American Studies and the Asian Diaspora.  The Chief receives general policy guidance from the Director, Collections and Services (CS), but has primary managerial and professional responsibility for the growth and direction of the Library's Asian collection as well as public and scholarly research and reference services in the Division, to include electronic as well as on-site service.  The Chief has custodial responsibility for one of the largest Asian language collections in the world and ensures the Library's strategic goals and objectives are met.  The Chief plays a key role in establishing a positive image for the Library, its general collections and services, and its role in the mission of the National Library.

This position is located in the Asian Division, Collections and Services, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 232219.

Key Requirements:
  • See requirements listed below under Qualifications Required.

Major Duties:
As Chief, administers the Division's reference, processing, managerial and administrative staff to attain program goals and objectives; directs the Division's annual budget process and manages budget execution, for appropriated, gift and trust funds; and represents the Division at professional and management meetings. Plans the annual program and activities within the Library Services budget, and establishes short and long range goals and objectives. Determines research and collection development projects for staff, assuring that analog and digital collections are relevant to researcher needs, and that they are served in a timely and efficient manner. Coordinates the Division's security, preservation, and collection and space-management programs.  Determines digitization project priorities through consultation with other Library managers. Develops and recommends policy encompassing the use of materials in the Division's custody, and the provision of reference and research service to meet the needs of the scholars, publishers, and other research communities.

Performs the full range of human resource management functions related to the supervised staff. Sets and clearly communicates performance expectations for staff and oversees performance management principles in accord with Library regulations, procedures and collective bargaining agreements.  Provides informal feedback and periodically assesses staff on organizational performance.  Resolves informal complaints and grievances and takes necessary personnel actions.  Provides advice and counsel to staff and subordinate managers on work and policy matters.

Develops, conceives, plans, and implements policies and guidelines impacting a wide range of emerging, and/or critical agency programs. Interprets new legislation and/or Library strategic goals into program goals, actions, and policies.  Recognized as a Library authority in planning and developing new policies and program objectives with a broad or long-range impact on the Library, as well as the subject fields under the purview of the Asian Division.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level managers and officials, including Members of Congress and their staffs, other legislative and executive agencies, members of the Madison Council, and other executives of major corporations, and distinguished members of the public, including scholars, to advance the mission of the Asian Division and the mission of the Library of Congress, furthering it's strategic goals.

A candidate's resume must show a proven record of accomplishment that clearly demonstrates the following:

(1) Ability to Lead and Manage a Program/Area of Responsibility**:  Accomplished strategic and operational goals for a department or division and in doing so had the following responsibilities: 1) advising senior level officials, 2) overseeing day to day operations directly or through subordinate managers, 3) working with both internal and external organizations to achieve program goals, 4) evaluating current and proposed programs and operations and recommending actions to initiate, modify, or discontinue projects, 5) developing and integrating policies and processes for own area of responsibility, and 6) planning, acquiring and organizing resources and people.

(2) Ability to Lead People and Manage a Workforce**:  Led, supervised, and managed a diverse staff and in so doing, performed the following activities: 1) identified current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals, objectives, and capacity gaps; 2) recruited and hired staff to meet those needs; 3) communicated performance expectations to staff; 4) conducted periodic performance evaluations; 5) provided advice and counsel to staff, 6) addressed performance and disciplinary issues; 7) delegated or planned and assigned work; 8) provided appropriate training and professional development opportunities to staff; 9) encouraged staff participation in planning and decision making; and 10) identified and implemented methods to improve staff productivity.

(3) Professional knowledge of one or more of the countries, languages and regions covered by the Asian Division**:  Professional knowledge of the countries, languages and regions covered by the division in order to command credibility in the research and information communities, to recognize trends in research, and identify collaborative opportunities with persons from the region.

(4) Ability to Communicate in Writing:  The ability to produce written products related to the responsibilities of the position, such as policies, program goals and objectives, business plans, budget documents, and performance management documents.

(5) Ability to Define and Solve Problems and Make Decisions:  The ability to identify the problem or issue, and to gather, examine, and interpret information to generate effective solutions to problems and make sound decisions.  This includes the ability to seek, logically examine, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information from different sources; generate and evaluate reasonable alternative solutions and the implications, consequences, and benefits of choosing each alternative; select the most promising alternative or course of action; and commit to action, even in uncertain situations.  This includes the willingness to bring issues into the open and attempt to resolve them in a collaborative manner.

(6) Ability to Communicate Orally:  The ability to speak clearly, politely, and under control to peers, staff, managers, supervisors, and external audiences to both provide and seek information.  This also includes actively listening to and understanding information; and listening to and answering questions thoughtfully and completely.
Your resume is important to this application process.  It will be reviewed to determine whether you possess the qualifications referenced above. All applicants are required to submit a resume that provides specific information (to include accomplishments, work experience and education/training) that clearly describes what you would bring to the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated:
The Library of Congress will evaluate applicants using the information provided in your resume.  Reviews are intended to explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For Executive Schedule positions, applicants do not need to respond to specific competency questions but will be requested to answer one question related to how they became aware of this job opportunity.
To preview questions please click here.

Please visit our website at www.loc.gov/hr/employment/index.php and click Federal Benefits.

Other Information:
All initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.
In addition, all newly appointed Senior Level executives, from outside the Library as well as from within, must serve a one year
probationary period in accordance with the Library of Congress Regulations (LCRs) 2017.2-1, Senior Level Executive System.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position.  The date of certification must be within one year of the vacancy closing date. For more information contact the selective placement program coordinator at 202-707-6362 or email spp@loc.gov.  FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The selected applicant will be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for the applicant selected under this vacancy announcement.

How To Apply:
Please carefully follow all instructions under the How to Apply tab to ensure that you are considered for the position.

Step 1: If you do not already have one, create a resume on USAJOBS.  Although you must enter your Social Security Number for USAJOBS, this information will not be provided to the Library of Congress.

Step 2: Review the Job Announcement.  We recommend you go to the Qualifications and Evaluations section of the job announcement to review the qualifications listed to ensure that your resume reflects your accomplishments in those areas.

Step 3: Click on the "APPLY ONLINE" button to the right of this announcement. Follow USAJOBS' instructions to access your account and submit your resume.  You will be redirected to the Hiring Management website to complete the application process. If this is your first time in Hiring Management, you will be asked to answer questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. You will be able to update this information and save it to our account for future announcements.

Step 4: Click on "Submit" after you have completed your application. Once you have submitted your application, you can check your status online through your Hiring Management or MY USAJOBS account.

If you are experiencing any technical difficulty with the online process, you MUST CONTACT THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. For all technical issues please contact jobhelp@loc.gov , no later than 4:30pm EST of the Closing Date.

Required Documents:
Disabled applicants claiming Schedule A eligibility must submit proof of disability and a certification of job readiness.  If Schedule A is applicable to you, you will not be considered without submitting this documentation.

Contact Information:
Customer Service Center
Phone: 202-707-5627
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: JobHelp@loc.gov
Agency Information:
Library of Congress
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Washington, DC 20540
Fax: 000-000-0000

What To Expect Next:
Please review our evaluation process under Qualifications and Evaluations.  You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications".  You will receive final notification via e-mail when the vacancy has been filled.
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