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