Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Univ. of Pennsylvania: Japanese Studies Librarian

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek an innovative and energetic Japanese Studies Librarian with broad knowledge and experience in developing and managing library resources to support teaching and research for faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students in Japanese Studies, with preference to candidates who also specialize in Korean Studies.

Reporting to the Director of Collection Development & Management, the Japanese Studies Librarian selects and acquires scholarly resources from and about Japan in a wide range of subjects and formats in both Japanese and Western languages, in support of Penn’s current and anticipated academic programs in consultation with faculty members. Leading candidates will also have facility in Korean in support of the growing academic program at Penn.

The Japanese Studies Librarian provides specialized reference, instruction, and academic liaison services to Penn faculty and students, both undergraduate and graduate, with research interests in Japan in all departments and schools where Japan is included as a topic of study. The growing Korean Collection and its constituents have comparable service needs and expectations.

The Japanese Studies Librarian participates in the process of acquisition and bibliographic control of all types of resources in Japanese, using the Voyager library management system and the OCLC bibliographic utility. The incumbent supervises a full‐time Library Specialist and may perform original cataloging and complex copy cataloging while also providing appropriate classification and subject analysis according to national and local standards.

The Japanese Studies Librarian must have knowledge of current and developing patterns of scholarship and publishing in relevant fields of study and be committed to the international and interdisciplinary strengths of Penn’s academic programs. The successful candidate will combine a focus on traditional formats with support for digital approaches to humanities and social science research and the development of collections in digital media, and is expected to seek out external funding opportunities and develop collaborative partnerships worldwide. The incumbent will have the opportunity to teach a graduate‐level course in Japanese bibliography and problems of research.

  • Accredited Master’s degree in library or information science with a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience or the equivalent in education and training. Note: To qualify for the rank of D, at least five years of relevant experience is required.
  • Advanced knowledge of Japanese history, literature, and culture.
  • Knowledge of the Japanese publishing industry and trends in scholarship.
  • Fluent command of both written and spoken Japanese and English.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with national cataloging rules and practices (AACR2, RDA, MARC21, LC classification & Subject Headings), including Romanization standards.
  • Ability to work independently and collegially.
  • Graduate degree in East Asian Studies.
  • Reading knowledge of Korean.
  • Knowledge of trends in Korean scholarship and publishing.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards for digital collections.
  • Working knowledge of bibliographic utilities (preferably OCLC Connexion) and integrated library systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with new technologies and their application to teaching, research and digital library services. Rank and Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To Apply: Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on‐line employment application at http://www.hr.upenn.edu/jobs (Job Reference #121133700).

The full description of the position is available at http://www.library.upenn.edu/docs/hr/Japanese_Korean_Librarian_2012.pdf

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Brown Univ.: East Asian Collections Cataloger (Term Appointment)

The Brown University Library seeks an experienced library professional to catalog print materials and other tangible formats for its East Asian collections. This position is a 12 month term appointment.
The East Asian Collections Cataloger will be responsible for providing intellectual access primarily to Chinese-language materials in a variety of tangible formats. Working with both older and more receipt imprints, s/he will search appropriate bibliographic databases (e.g., WorldCat, Brown’s local Josiah catalog), find and modify matching records, or create new entries where necessary.
Reporting to the head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, the East Asian Collections Cataloger will also work closely with the East Asian Collection curator and other staff members to prioritize work, manage workflows, and resolve problems relating to the cataloging of these items.
The Brown University Library encompasses six facilities, including one 24/5 student study space and one off-site, high-density storage building. The Library’s holdings include over 4.6 million total volumes, 13,000 linear feet of manuscript materials, over 88,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, several hundred thousand e-books, and nearly ca. 80,000 digital objects. The Library’s Asia Collection comprises ca. 150,000 volumes in East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean), as well as thousands of additional Western-language items, e-resources, microforms, A/V resources, and maps. A dedicated staff of 155 FTE (including 66 bargaining unit support staff) provide services to a campus population of 800 faculty, 2,500 graduate and medical students, and 6,000 undergraduate students.
The person filling this new position will:
  • Describe Library materials (primarily in the Chinese language) that require original cataloging or substantial upgrading of cataloging copy, using current cataloging codes and carrier standards (e.g., RDA, AACR2, Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC)).
  • Assign classification numbers, subject headings, and genre terms for items in all subject areas.
  • Perform authority work for local, national and international files, including headings contributed to the Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO).
  • Effectively manage the flow of materials according to Library priorities
  • MLS degree from ALA-accredited library school or combination of other graduate degree and relevant experience.
  • Minimum of three years of cataloging experience.
  • Native or near-native Chinese-language ability, including ability to read both traditional and simplified characters.Reading knowledge of Japanese and/or Korean highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with prevailing cataloging rules and standards (e.g., RDA, AACR2), Library of Congress's application and interpretation of those rules, Library of Congress subject headings and classification system, and MARC21 or other data carrier formats. Commitment to contributing to international bibliographic databases and authority files.Experience describing multiple formats
  • Familiarity with Romanization schemes for Chinese (e.g., Pinyin, Wade-Giles).
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with personal computer hardware and software and local and network-based input, editing, and mapping tools. 
  • Successful experience working in collaborative, professional environment.
  • Degree and/or expertise in one or more subject specialties or formats.
  • Interest in serving the needs of the Brown community of users and in maximizing access to the library resources.
  • Evidence of ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.
To apply for this position (JOB# B01459), please visit Brown’s Online Employment website https://careers.brown.edu/ , complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for immediate consideration.Documents should include cover letter, resume, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 
Brown University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Univ. of Colorado: Japanese Studies

University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
Position Announcement—Japanese Studies Librarian

The Japanese Studies Librarian is a tenure-stream faculty position reporting to the Director of Arts & Humanities in the University Libraries.  Duties include general and specialized reference in the social sciences and humanities; virtual reference and instruction services; classroom teaching as part of an active library instruction program; selecting library materials in the areas of East Asian Languages, primarily Japanese and Korean; and working collaboratively with the Chinese Studies Librarian to guide collection management decisions in the vernacular of East Asian languages collections. This position serves as one of two liaisons to the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department and the Center for Asian Studies and shares responsibility for the development and delivery of research and instructional services for students and faculty in these units. The Japanese Studies Librarian supports the integration of new technologies and services into the Arts & Humanities department and actively participates in departmental policy planning and delivery of services. The University of Colorado Boulder holds the largest research collection of Asian language materials in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Arts & Humanities Department provides virtual and in-depth personal reference and instructional services to the students and faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder and specializes in services and collections for the arts and humanities. Significant parts of the responsibilities of this position are research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.

·         Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution by the time of appointment.
·         Superior Japanese language skills as well as excellent spoken and written English.
·         Familiarity with an academic or research library working environment, which could include reference and instruction, collection development, virtual reference and learning management software, or Asian-language cataloging.
·         Academic background in the field of Asian studies.
·         Strong interpersonal skills.
·         Demonstrated potential for research, scholarly, and/or professional achievement at a national level.

Appointment and Salary:   
The successful candidate will be appointed as a full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Depending upon professional experience and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly activity, creative work, and service, appointment may be at the senior instructor or assistant professor level. Benefits include 22 working days of vacation; 10 paid holidays; liberal sick leave; University group health care plan; group life insurance; TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity; and support for scholarly/professional activities.  Tenured librarians are eligible for sabbatical leave.

Application Process: 
Review of applications will begin December 16, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by this date in order to receive full consideration. Application must be made online at https://www.jobsatcu.com, referring to posting number 819880, and must include a letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at Dylan.Wiersma@colorado.edu. The full position description can be viewed at http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/about/jobJapaneseStudiesLibrarian.htm.
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin.  The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce.  We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.   Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.  In addition, the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

POSITION DESCRIPTION                                                                               

Japanese Studies Librarian

POSITION SUMMARY:  The Japanese Studies Librarian is a tenure-stream faculty position reporting to the Director of Arts & Humanities in the University Libraries. Duties include general and specialized reference in the social sciences and humanities; classroom teaching as part of an active library instruction program; selecting library materials in the areas of East Asian Languages, primarily Japanese and potentially other Asian languages taught at the University of Colorado; and guiding collection management decisions related to the East Asian collection.  This position serves as one of two liaisons to the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department and the Center for Asian Studies and shares responsibility for the development and delivery of virtual and traditional reference and instruction services for students and faculty in these units.  In addition, this position will work closely with the Chinese Studies Librarian.  Significant parts of the responsibilities of the position are research and creative work and service in keeping with the tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.


1.                   Participates fully in the general and specialized research and instructional initiatives of the department, including teaching at a variety of levels using a variety of methods.
2.                   Provides onsite and virtual reference services and in-depth research consultations, with occasional evening and weekend shifts, and assists students, faculty, and other patrons in the use of research tools in all subject areas.
3.                   Communicates regularly with the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department and shares responsibility for the development, promotion, and delivery of instructional programs and other services for students and faculty in these areas.
4.                   Serves as bibliographer for Japanese Language and Literature and related areas in conjunction with the Chinese Studies Librarian; requests and manages acquisitions budgets for monographs and serials; selects appropriate materials in all formats; and participates in collection management, offsite storage selection, evaluation, weeding and preservation decisions.
5.                   Prepares instructional and promotional materials in appropriate formats for research tools and other resources as requested by the department head.
6.                   Provides reports about collections, users, and public and outreach services as requested by the Director of Arts & Humanities.
7.                   Works both independently and in a team-oriented project development environment.
8.                   Participates in the collegial administration of the department and performs duties as assigned by the department director.
9.                   Maintains a consistent record of significant contributions in the areas of research and/or scholarly activity and service.
Actively participates in faculty governance.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CLOSED Yale: Chinese Technical Services Librarian

Dear colleagues:

The East Asia Library at Yale is conducting a search for a Chinese Technical Services Librarian. Apologies for cross-posting.

- Keiko

Ms. Keiko SUZUKI  鈴木啓子
East Asia Library
International Collections & Research Support
Yale University
PO Box 208240
New Haven, CT 06520-8240
(203) 432-2778

Chinese Technical Services Librarian
East Asia Library, International Collections & Research Support
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Librarian I-III

Please Note: Position may open to external application after October 30, 2012.

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 supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at www.library.yale.edu.

Position Description
The Chinese Technical Services Librarian provides original and complex copy cataloging for Chinese script materials in all formats and supervises support staff involved in all aspects of technical processing (serial and monographic acquisitions and cataloging) for the Chinese Collection.  The Librarian also provides statistical reports and other management information on Chinese technical services, provides testing and analysis related to Chinese scripts in library-wide systems, and participates in Yale library policy making on cataloging issues. 

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 I is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.  Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

Departmental Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, East Asia Library, the Chinese Technical Services Librarian manages the Chinese Collection acquisitions and cataloging workflow, backlog and special projects, and coordinates various operations such as acquisitions ordering, payment and receipt; cataloging, authority control and catalog maintenance; serials check-in, renewals, and cancellations with Chinese bibliographer. The Librarian works closely with the Librarian for the Chinese Collection to set priorities and ensure that user needs are met.  He/she is responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of Chinese language materials, management of cataloging projects, and the hiring, training, and supervision of two bibliographic assistants, and students, casual, or temporary staff, as required.  The Librarian keeps abreast of revisions in cataloging rules and trends and applies new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.  He/she follows Library of Congress standards and local practice for subject analysis and classification, and NACO standards for authority records. The Librarian contributes to goal-setting and strategic planning in the East Asia Library and the Department and to decision-making on Yale University Library cataloging policy and procedures.  He/she seeks opportunities to contribute to the Yale University Library through participation in committees, task forces, working groups, and projects.  The Librarian is active professionally in organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA), the Council on East Asian Libraries, and other relevant venues.

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program. Appointment to Librarian I rank is limited to two years, at which time it is expected that the individual will meet the requirements for performance at the Librarian II level. Appointment at the Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional cataloging experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment at the Librarian III requires a minimum of five years of professional cataloging experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
  • Excellent knowledge of MARC, AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LCC, and PCC standards, and good understanding of authority control. Familiarity with current trends and best practices in cataloging and metadata services.
  • Experience with bibliographic services such as OCLC and network-based cataloging tools.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with personal computer hardware and software as needed to perform library functions.
  • Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Chinese and understanding of the ALA-LC Romanization scheme for Chinese (pinyin).
  • 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

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience
·         Familiarity with both simplified and traditional Chinese scripts.
·         Familiarity with RDA and Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPS).
·         Experience in Chinese acquisitions processes.
·         Familiarity with Chinese rare book descriptive cataloging standards and practices.
·         Experience using non-MARC metadata schemas.
·         Familiarity with non-Latin script searching and indexing.
·         Knowledge of Chinese studies scholarship trends.

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 http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 19222BR.  Please be sure to reference #19222BR 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 http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html 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.