Friday, October 21, 2011

Stanford: Japanese Studies Librarian

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Job Location 
 University Libraries
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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

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