Thursday, August 16, 2012

Univ. of Washington: EAL Technical Services Coordinator

August 13th, 2012

TITLE: East Asia Library Technical Services Coordinator
LOCATION:   East Asia Library
Among the largest academic research libraries in North America, the University of Washington Libraries has a collection of more than seven million cataloged volumes, an equal number in microform format, more than 50,000 serial titles, and several million items in other formats. Students and faculty recognize the value provided by the Libraries and rank the Libraries as the most important source of information for their work. The Libraries also receives the highest satisfaction rating of any academic service on the surveys of graduating seniors conducted by the Office of Educational Assessment.

The East Asia Library supports the faculty and students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature as well as the China Studies Program, the Japan Studies Program, and the Korea Studies Program and the Center for Korea Studies in the Jackson School of International Studies and is a major resource for international scholars and the local heritage community. It is a leader among the national community of East Asia libraries and is known for its outstanding collections, international collaborations, and innovative digital projects. The East Asia Library is located in Gowen Hall with a historic reading room and recently refurbished user spaces and has a large auxiliary stacks space for growth of its significant collections of over 650,000 volumes of publications on East Asia in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Manchurian, and other languages. See for further information about the East Asia Library.
The University of Washington Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative Technical Services Coordinator for its East Asia Library. The position reports to the Director of the East Asia Library and manages the East Asia Library’s technical services which includes the acquisition of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) materials; cataloging of and metadata for all formats of library materials; CJK serials maintenance, binding, marking, and preservation operations; implementation of institutional practices and national standards; and directing special technical services projects. The position provides original and difficult copy cataloging in Chinese language materials in all formats. The position represents the East Asia Library in policy discussions and deliberations related to technical services and contributes to the overall management of the East Asia Library. The position works closely with and is also evaluated by the University Libraries' Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services.

  • Provides oversight for and leadership of technical services in the East Asia Library (EAL).
  • Coordinates EAL operations with the Libraries policies and practices as a whole, ensuring compliance with applicable standards and institutional practice.
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL cataloging services, retrospective conversion, and technical services projects.
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL serial services, including cataloging, check in, claiming, relocation, binding, preservation, weeding, record keeping and statistical compilation.
  • Supervises the serials support staff and student assistants to maintain online and manual serials records.
  • Oversees marking operations.
  • Catalogs, classifies, and provides subject analysis for Chinese language materials in all formats.
  • Contributes to overall management of the EAL.
  • Acts as liaison to the Libraries technical services divisions: Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services; Cataloging and Metadata Services; and Preservation Services.
  • Coordinates the work of EAL staff with changes and new developments in technical services policies and practices.
  • Participates in library committees and meetings as appropriate, including the Cataloging Policy Committee; responsible for informing EAL staff of committee discussions and deliberations, implementing decisions, and addressing implications for EAL practice and workflow.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as assigned; performs other duties as required.

  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Minimum of two years post-MLS (or equivalent degree) professional experience working in a library or library-related position.
  • Excellent communication skills (to read, write, and converse) in English and Chinese.
  • Experience with cataloging and familiarity with cataloging rules and tools such as OCLC, MARC21 formats, AACR2, LC subject headings and classifications.
  • Ability to work independently and with others in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and creativity are essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technology as it contributes to technical services.
  • Supervisory and management experience.
  • Evidence of contributions to the profession.
  • Evidence of initiative and resourcefulness in past activities, especially project management.

SALARY:        $48,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.

BENEFITS:     Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to
  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources).
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements).
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
  • Please use "Librarian Application" in the subject heading.
  • Please submit all three components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space until interviews are conducted. Then, some application materials will be circulated.

To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, November 30th, 2012.

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University of Washington, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, is building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.        

Laura Lillard
Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources
University of Washington Libraries