Monday, April 23, 2012

Princeton: Japanese Studies Librarian

Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ 
Requisition #1200229
Princeton University Library is one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions serving a diverse community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty and many visiting scholars with collections of more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items, and extensive digital holdings including images, data, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library consists of a central facility and 9 specialized libraries, employing a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student workforce. More information:
The Library seeks an energetic, creative subject specialist to build library collections, shape library services, and support instruction programs in the interdisciplinary field of Japanese Studies. Reporting to the Director of The East Asian Library, this Librarian works closely with faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars in the East Asian Studies Department and Program, as well as faculty and students from many other departments and interdisciplinary programs on campus. The Japanese collection within The East Asian Library consists of over 165,000 volumes, 1,100 current periodicals, and large holdings in non-print and electronic formats. The Japanese collection is strong in pre-modern and modern history and literature, Japanese art, and Japanese sinology. The East Asian Library’s total holdings exceed 1 million volumes, and it is one of the major East Asian language collections in the country. More about The East Asian Library:
Available:  July 1, 2012
The Japanese Studies Librarian is responsible for selecting and acquiring library materials covering a wide range of subjects, particularly social sciences and humanities, in all formats and from all parts of the world, in Japanese and, in conjunction with the East Asian Studies Bibliographer, in western languages, to support teaching and research needs at Princeton. The position manages a sizable library acquisitions budget for these materials and collaborates with librarians in other subject areas to shape library collections. This librarian is the primary resource person in the Library to assist faculty and students with the discovery of materials and information in this interdisciplinary field.
The Japanese Studies Librarian is also responsible for managing existing collections, including retrospective acquisitions; selection of materials for offsite storage; advising on preservation and digitization; providing specialized research assistance (including reference, research consultation, bibliographic instruction and assistance with Interlibrary Loan) for East Asian Studies faculty, students, and visiting scholars. The librarian provides instruction in the use of print and electronic materials; creates resource guides, finding aids and websites to assist students and researchers and to provide customized access to the collections; and serves as the Library’s liaison to the East Asian Studies Department and Program and others working in Japanese Studies. The Librarian is also responsible for cataloging Japanese language materials as needed, and consults closely with members of the Technical Services Department to facilitate timely acquisitions and processing of materials from and about Japan.
The Japanese Studies Librarian represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional and scholarly organizations and meetings; seeks opportunities to participate in inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization and other library projects for the Japanese Studies collections; and identifies opportunities for grants to further enhance the discovery and preservation of these collections.
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science
  • Minimum of 2 years library experience, preferably in an academic or research library
  • An advanced degree in a humanities or social sciences field; or a total of at least 4 years of relevant library experience with East Asian studies
  •  Proficiency in Japanese language, including romanization, and excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of scholarly resources and bibliographic tools for Japanese and related areas of study
  • Collection development or collection management experience
  • Knowledge of the Japanese book trades, current and antiquarian, current research and publishing trends in this field worldwide and the changing technological environment in research libraries
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of colleagues and scholars

  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in Japanese studies
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with national cataloging rules and practices (MARC21, LC classification etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with new technologies for creating virtual aids for discovery and learning
  • CJK (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) cataloging experience in OCLC
  • knowledge of Chinese and/or Korean language
  • familiarity with metadata schema

Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Twenty-four (24) vacation days a year, plus eleven (11) paid holidays. Annuity program (TIAA/CREF or Vanguard), group life insurance, health insurance coverage, disability insurance, and other benefits are available. 
The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience with an initial term of appointment of three years.

Nominations and Applications:
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received before May 25, 2012 will receive the highest priority consideration. Nominations and applications (cover letter, resume and the names, titles, addresses and phone numbers of three references) will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website:  Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. You may apply online at Search the position using keyword "Japanese" or requisition number 1200229.

Martin J. Heijdra
Chinese Studies/East Asian Studies Bibliographer
East Asian Library and the Gest Collection
Frist Campus Center, Room 314
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544
United States

Friday, April 20, 2012

Dickinson: Social Sciences (includes East Asia)

Social Sciences Liaison Librarian

Dickinson College Library seeks an innovative, enthusiastic, and service-driven librarian to join us in shaping services and collections for our social sciences departments, including Anthropology, East Asian Studies, Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and others.  Our merged division of Library and Information Services encourages and rewards creative approaches to traditional services, the development of original programs, and the application of technology to enhance the research and learning experiences of our users.  Active engagement in the library and information science profession as a whole is encouraged and supported. 

The Social Sciences Liaison Librarian works collaboratively with faculty to develop and teach effective approaches to strengthening student information literacy skills and to build collections that support teaching, learning and scholarship.  The Liaison also maintains regular contact with the assigned departments, cultivates a strong working relationship with faculty members, and develops an in-depth knowledge of curriculum to inform decision-making in collection enhancement.  Candidates for this position must demonstrate experience or aptitude for identifying, retrieving, and using data sets relevant to social science research, and for teaching our community how best to use them.  Also required is reading knowledge of a foreign language, with preference for Chinese or Japanese.

Library liaisons at Dickinson College work in a team environment to develop responsive and innovative programs and services in both the physical and virtual library. They provide excellent and proactive reference and research assistance, teach information literacy and research skills, create tools to support student learning and effective use of resources, and work on special projects individually and in teams. 

Founded in 1783, Dickinson College is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college known for its innovative curriculum. Its mission is to offer students a useful education in the arts and sciences that will prepare them for lives as engaged citizens and leaders. We serve 2,300 undergraduates at our 180-acre residential campus located in the heart of historic Carlisle, PA.  The college offers more than 40 majors with an emphasis on international studies and language acquisitions, and has more than 40 study-abroad programs in 24 countries on six continents. 

For a list of specific qualifications and to apply on line visit  Please include a cover letter describing how you are a great fit for the position, a resume, and contact information for three professional references. Paper applications will not be accepted.  Review of applications will begin on May 7, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.  Anticipated start is July 1, 2012.

Dickinson College is located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which offers excellent quality of life, affordable housing, fall color, and easy access to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and other major east coast cities. The region has been ranked by Sperling’s BestPlaces as one of the least stressful in the nation. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; and the College offers excellent benefits.  We welcome applications from recent MLS graduates.  


Christine Bombaro '93
Associate Director for Information Literacy & Research Services

Waidner-Spahr Library
Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA 17013

phone:  717-245-1868                              

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Yale: Librarian for Asian Christianity

Librarian for Asian Christianity
Yale Divinity School Library
Yale University
Rank:  Librarian II – IV
Schedule:   Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.
The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at
Position Description
The Librarian for Asian Christianity is responsible for building the Library’s collections documenting Christianity in Asia, with a special focus on Chinese-language material.  The Librarian will work closely with colleagues in the East Asia Library and with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers in Asian studies across departments and programs, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. As time permits, the Librarian for Asian Christianity will also process and describe archival collections received by the Divinity Library, especially those documenting mission work and Christianity in Asia.
Representative Job Summary
Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.
Representative Responsibilities
The Librarian 2 is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. Demonstrate effective job performance and professional growth.
Departmental Responsibilities
Reporting to the Divinity Librarian, the Librarian for Asian Christianity  is responsible for selection of materials for the Divinity Library’s collection in Asian languages, including fund management, reporting, and management.  The Librarian collaborates with the East Asia Library on collection development.  Collection development focuses on Asian imprints and may include Asian studies materials related to Christianity published world-wide, with particular emphasis on Chinese-language material.  The Librarian is also responsible for acquisitions and cataloging of Chinese-language material in all formats.  The Librarian helps interpret the collection to researchers.  The Librarian will collaborate with colleagues at other institutions to leverage resources.
For the archival component of the position, the Librarian will report to the Special Collections Librarian. The Librarian will be responsible for the arrangement and description of collections in accordance with departmental standards and approved plans.  The Librarian will prepare finding aids for processed materials, including an historical statement, scope and content note, and appropriate listing of materials.
The Librarian contributes to goal-setting and strategic planning in the Divinity Library and manages projects, as assigned.  The Librarian seeks opportunities to contribute to the Yale University Library through participation in committees, task forces, working groups, and programs.  The Librarian is active professionally in organizations such as the American Theological Library Association, the Council on East Asian Libraries, and other relevant venues.
Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school and two years of related experience and an advanced degree in the study of Christianity OR an advanced degree in the study of Christianity and relevant library experience.
Appointment to the Librarian 3 rank requires at least five years of professional experience; appointment to the Librarian 4 rank requires at least eight years of professional experience; and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
Familiarity with the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research and teaching related to Asian Christianity, especially in American universities and seminaries Familiarity with the major bibliographic tools and research methods for contemporary Chinese studies.
Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Chinese (Putonghua/Mandarin). Excellent communication skills in English.
Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative, team-based environment. Ability to set priorities and adhere to deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Able to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment. Must be eligible to travel to China and other Asian countries as needed
Preferred Education, Skills & Experience
Knowledge of one or more East Asian languages (especially Korean) besides Chinese. Familiarity with the East and Southeast Asian (especially Chinese) book trade. Familiarity with models for collection development collaboration between institutions. Experience with the creation and use of digitized content for research and teaching. Familiarity with the use of archives and practices for archival description. Experience creating content for web pages. Knowledge of cataloging standards and practices for Chinese-language materials. Experience with project management.
Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.
Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 16219BR.  Please be sure to reference #16219BR in your cover letter.
Background Check Requirements
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.
Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.