Monday, December 3, 2012

Yale: Japanese Technical Services Librarian

Dear colleagues:

The East Asia Library at Yale is conducting a search for a Japanese 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


Japanese Technical Services Librarian
East Asia Library
International Collections & Research Support
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 1-3

Fixed Duration:                 Two (2) years from date of hire, with possibility of extension
Schedule:                           Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

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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

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

1.    The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.
2.    Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.
3.    Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.
4.    For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.

1.    Appointment to Librarian 2 requires a minimum of two years of professional library experience and professional accomplishments. Appointment at Librarian 3 level requires a minimum of five years professional experience and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
2.    Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Japanese and understanding of the ALA-LC Romanization scheme for Japanese (modified Hepburn). Excellent communication skills in English.
3.    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.
4.    Excellent computer skills, including experience with personal computer hardware and software as needed to perform library functions.
5.    Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative, team-based environment. Ability to set priorities and adhere to deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

1.    Knowledge of Japanese studies scholarship trends.
2.    Experience in Japanese acquisitions processes.
3.    Familiarity with Japanese rare book descriptive cataloging standards and practices.
4.    Familiarity with non-Latin script searching and indexing.
5.    Experience using non-MARC metadata schemas.
6.    Familiarity with RDA and Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPS).

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 for immediate consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is 19581BR.  Please be sure to reference #19581BR in your cover letter.

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 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