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.