Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stanford: Head of East Asia Library

Current Opening:
Head of East Asia Library, Stanford University Libraries

Job ID: 48557
Job Location: University Libraries
Job Category: Library
Salary: 3P4
Date Posted: Jul 13, 2012

Under the general supervision of the Assistant University Librarian for Public Services, the Head of the East Asia Library (EAL) is responsible for managing all aspects of the East Asia Library, which provides collections and services supporting all areas of East Asian Studies. The EAL is primarily a social sciences and humanities library, with collections covering all historical periods in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. The Head of the EAL manages a staff of 16 FTE, including 8 professional librarians, and manages the collection development, public services, and technical services programs of the EAL. The Head of the EAL also provides strategic direction for the EAL, and participates with peers in strategic planning for broader Stanford Libraries programs and initiatives.

The East Asia Library provides resources and services in support of world-class research and teaching in all areas of East Asian studies at Stanford University; therefore we seek an individual with a combination of scholarly expertise and management experience for the position of Head of the EAL.

The Stanford University East Asian collection consists of over 750,000 physical volumes (including books, serials, microforms, and media), as well as over 780,000 electronic books. The Head of the EAL will manage an operational budget of over $1.15 million, and will direct the work of librarians responsible for collection development budgets in excess of $850,000.


-- Works closely with the AUL for Collection Development to supervise the planning and development of general, reference, and special collections in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This includes current and retrospective materials in all formats. May be asked to assume primary collection development responsibilities for one or more areas of East Asian Studies collection, depending on qualifications and library needs.
-- Works closely with the AUL for Public Services to plan, develop and manage the public services of the East Asia Library, in accordance with Stanford Libraries’ policies and goals and in support of the research and teaching needs of faculty affiliated with Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS). Ensures that the EAL maintains a dynamic online presence, promoting and enhancing the collections and services of the library.
-- Cultivates collaborative relationships with CEAS faculty and students, and with East Asia Librarians from peer institutions. Provides advanced reference, consultation, and instruction to East Asian Studies scholars at Stanford, and supervises the reference and instruction programs of the East Asia Library.
-- Contributes to the planning, policies, and processes of the Public Services Heads group. Collaborates with other SULAIR units to assure the efficient delivery of services within the East Asia Library and across the entire organization.
-- Participates as appropriate in development activities in support of the Libraries, working closely with the Library Development Officer and with the AULs for Public Services and Collection Development. Encourages and cultivates close relations with donors of funds and materials relating to East Asia collections.-- Stays current on trends and developments in East Asian Studies and Librarianship through active participation in professional organizations.

• Advanced degree (PhD strongly preferred) in East Asian Studies or related field required. Broad knowledge of research trends and methodologies in East Asian Studies, and expert knowledge of one or more specific fields/disciplines within East Asian Studies is required.
• Demonstrated managerial ability, as demonstrated by 3-5 years management experience in an academic, research, or special library; or in an academic institution; or in a research center, is required.
• Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication and academic publishing practices throughout East Asia is required.
• Demonstrated record of scholarly and professional achievement is required; as evidenced by a record of scholarly publications, academic presentations, and teaching experience is required.
• Demonstrated proficiency (speaking, writing, and reading) required in at least one of the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean. Preference given to candidates with proficiency in more than one of these languages.
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills, and familiarity with current and emerging technologies for libraries and education required.
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups, including staff, faculty, students, and donors is required.
• MLS/MLIS or equivalent from accredited school is preferred, but not required.

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