Monday, December 2, 2013

UBC: Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer, Librarian

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 15 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.
The Library’s collections include over 6.3 million volumes, 850,000 electronic books, 150,000 electronic journals, 27,000 numeric data files, 5.6 million digital pages, and 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.
More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.
For more information about UBC Library and Technical Services, please visit and Information about Rare Books and Special Collections and Asian Library can be found under and
The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at

Under the general direction of the Head, Technical Services, and of the Chinese Language Librarian, provides bibliographic control for large collections of rare and semi-rare Chinese resources held in the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL). Creates bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; imports records into UBC’s local catalogue; enriches data in imported and existing records; performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance; provides guidance to other project and staff cataloguers, and refers straightforward copy cataloguing work to them.

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited program in North America, or the equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials, using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager)
  • Native or near native level of English and Chinese languages (including knowledge of traditional & simplified Chinese characters)
  • Full knowledge of the Pinyin system of Chinese romanization
  • Knowledge of cataloguing/metadata standards and reference tools, including RDA, AACR2, and Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form
  • Familiarity with LCRI, LCSH, LC Classification Schedules, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements
  • Good computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases
  • Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture
  • Good organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent collegial, interpersonal and communication skills
Reports to the Head, Technical Services. Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Bibliographer (Technical Services), and with librarians and staff in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Interacts with Digital Services librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Supervises library assistants and students in cataloguing and associated duties. Consults with colleagues as required.

  • Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare and semi-rare Chinese materials following national standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies.
  • Trains and supervises library assistants and students in cataloguing and associated duties.
  • Carries out cataloguing triage, referring items that involve straightforward copy cataloguing to library assistants.
  • Provides reference assistance regarding rare and semi-rare Chinese books in the RBSCL.
Terms of Appointment and Salary:
This position will be filled as a full time one year term position.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.
To view the complete job description and to submit an application please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on January 3rd, 2013.

Monday, November 18, 2013

British Library: Chinese Curator

The British Library is now recruiting a Chinese specialist to manage and develop its Chinese language collections. 

The British Library holds an important collection of Chinese books and manuscripts, ranging from the earliest written records to electronic publications from this year, and totalling c. 90,000 books. We are looking for a curator to develop and manage these collections, enabling access to them by the widest possible range of audiences, in the UK as well as around the world. The successful candidate will join the Department of Asian and African Studies, and alongside their day-to-day curatorial responsibilities will have a particular responsibility for delivering a programme of work to convert old printed and card catalogues into online catalogue records.

For a detailed job description and online application form see

Hamish Todd
Lead Curator, Japanese & Korean Studies
The British Library

University of Hawaii at Manoa:Okinawan Studies Librarian

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library is now recruiting an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian for a new Okinawan Studies Librarian position. For more details, please visit the Library's web site:

Librarian III, (Okinawan Studies Librarian), University of Hawai’i Manoa, full-time, tenure track, available January 2014, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.  The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of library and information professionals.  Under the general direction of the Head of the Asia Department, the Librarian for Okinawan Studies will work collaboratively to lead in collection development and management of all materials in all formats related to Okinawan studies, provide research assistance, and library instruction.  In addition, the librarian will liaise with the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) to initiate national and international resource sharing collaborations, international symposia, rare materials preservation, restoration and digitization, web site development, and fundraising and outreach with the Okinawan community.  For complete duties and responsibilities, minimum qualifications and application information, visit the UH website:  Continuous recruitment. Application review begins 12/16/13. The University of Hawai’i is an EEO/AA institution.     

Tokiko Y. Bazzell (バゼル山本登紀子), Japan Studies Librarian
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Asia Collection Dept.

2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822 U.S.A.
PH: 808-956-2315 : FX: 808-956-5968

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UBC Library: Librarian, Asian Library (full time, ongoing) Head, Asian Library (5 year term)

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 15 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.
The Library’s collections include over 6.3 million volumes, 850,000 electronic books, 150,000 electronic journals, 27,000 numeric data files, 5.6 million digital pages, and 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library and the Asian Library, please visit and

The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at .

The Head, Asian Library provides strategic leadership in developing facilities, collections and services in the Asian Library, including a growing range of community partnerships. The Asian Library, located in UBC’s Asian Centre, houses collections in major Asian languages - including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indic, and a growing Persian collection- in support of UBC’s Asian programs and initiatives. It provides access to a growing number of electronic resources and databases in Asian languages as well as digitized archives. The Asian Library also provides key supports for UBC’s community and international engagement strategies via its resources, programming, staff expertise, external partnerships and an increasingly robust digital presence.
Within the context of a changing environment, the Head will facilitate the planning for and implementation of new spaces, collections, services and programs to meet users’ evolving needs. The Head fosters collaborative relationships with internal library stakeholders, faculty and students, campus departments, and individuals and organizations within BC, North America and throughout Asia. Stewarding substantial collections, including Asian Library’s rare collections, through endowments, gifts, and effective processes is critical to this position. An outreach focus with prospects for co- programming with faculty, campus departments and community groups is a growing direction. Creating a highly engaged, productive and supportive environment for staff is essential.
The Asian Library is due for renewal under the University’s capital campaign, so the ability to envision and implement a dynamic physical environment is essential along with an ability to build a growing suite of digital collections. Working with Library Development the Head encourages and cultivates close relations with community partners, international organizations, and donors. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization continually evolves.

• A graduate degree in Library Science and an academic background in a subject and language area within the scope of the Asian Library
• Excellent reading, writing and spoken skills in at least one major Asian language related to Asian Library collections and programs, and complete fluency in English
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
• Demonstrated effective managerial experience including supervising a staff of librarians, support staff and student workers
• Proven leadership and experience with projects, budget management and planning; and significant collaborations within a network of internal and external partnerships
• Must be familiar with developments in North American and other Asian libraries, digital library developments and scholarly and academic publishing throughout Asia, and be able to apply that familiarity to the operations of Asian Library
• Knowledge of information technology in support of Asian languages and a broad knowledge of Asian cultures, sources, publishing, and print and electronic distribution
• Must be able to represent the Asian Library and University through professional service and affiliations, locally and internationally, and in fund-raising
• Knowledge of Asian rare materials and their stewardship an asset
• Experience with new building planning or space renovations highly desirable
• A track record of developing innovative long-range academic or community programs and carrying out objectives is desirable
• A record of scholarly and professional achievement such as publications, presentations or teaching is desirable

The Head of the Asian Library works under the general direction of the Associate University Librarian responsible for Asian Library. The Head consults with the AUL Collections for matters concerning collections building, the manager of Central Technical Services on ordering and processing and with the Head of Rare Books and Special Collections, Finance and Facilities Manager, Director of Library Digital Initiatives, AUL for Library Systems and Technology and Director of Library Human Resources for interrelated areas. The Head cooperates with the heads of other branches and divisions in the provision of services. The Head supports the University Librarian and Library Development in fund raising initiatives.

The Head liaises with faculty members and unit heads responsible for subjects in the Department of Asian Studies, directors of centres such as the Institute for Asian Research, and with other campus units responsible for implementing UBC’s Asian and international programs. In a community outreach role, the Head interacts with a wide variety of individuals and organizations.

1. Positions the Asian Library, on and beyond campus, as a recognized leader and collaborator in the provision of teaching, scholarly and community-based collections, services and programming.
2. Oversees the operations of Asian Library so that it can successfully fulfil its mission within the Library’s strategic context. Manages the necessary resources and technology. Sets and implements divisional priorities, allocating funds, human resources and time, and controlling expenditures.
3. Assesses opportunities for new collections and services by consulting with students, staff, faculty and community members; maintains liaison with faculty, campus centres, participating in departmental and faculty meetings. Liaises closely with UBC’s programs for international students and scholars to ensure appropriate supports are provided.
4. Ensures responsive interactions with Asian communities and allied organizations, working locally and internationally to identify and implement mutual goals. Seeks and develops partnerships in fulfilment of the Library’s strategic objectives.
5. Works with the University Librarian, members of the Library Executive and Library Development in fund raising initiatives and participates in the preparation of grant requests and grant program fulfilment.
6. Plays a direct and active role in capital planning and implementation, including working with Library Facilities as client lead for building renovation or construction projects.
7. Coordinates development of collections in the Asian languages and oversees budget allocations for print and electronic materials, working with the AUL Collections, Library Digital Initiatives and bibliographers. Ensures faculty and unit heads are consulted about collection development.
8. Collaborates within and beyond the Library to build Asian digital collections, including a robust web presence.
9. Oversees physical stewardship of collections and works with Central Technical Services to ensure ordering and cataloguing of Asian materials are completed effectively and efficiently.
10. Collaborates with others, including the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Library Development and Communications, in developing programming, events and exhibits of interest to campus or community.
11. Creates an inspiring, supportive and engaged work environment for staff. Plans for staff development and training by determining the needs of the unit including individual staff needs. Allocates time for training and development.
12. Conducts performance and merit reviews and takes part in annual goal-setting.
13. Participates in the management of the Library as a member of the University Librarian’s Advisory Council and other committees and working groups as required.
14. Represents UBC Library in a variety of internal and external settings, including within East Asian library networks. Participates in a wide variety of professional and university wide initiatives.
15. Performs other duties related to the requirements of the position.

Terms of Appointment and Salary:
This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position with a five year administrative term as Head, Asian Library (renewable). If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education and training; work experience in the areas listed above; evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as evaluations; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on December 6th, 2013.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

University of Chicago: Japanese Studies Librarian

The University of Chicago Library invites applicants for the position of Japanese Studies Librarian.

The East Asian Collection supports teaching and research needs of the faculty and students at the University of Chicago. It holds a collection of more than 800,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages of various formats. It also has a growing collection of electronic resources. The Japanese collection of over 230,000 physical volumes is particularly strong in literature, intellectual history, religion, art history, education, Japanese Sinology as well as significant holdings of academic journals and reproduced newspapers. As one of the finest such collections in the country, it serves not only the faculty and students of the University but also scholars throughout the country. The East Asian Collection is housed in the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Under the direction of the Curator for East Asian Collection, this position is responsible for the following:

Select materials in all formats including electronic resources both in Japanese language and those on Japanese studies in Western languages, develop a long-term acquisitions policy to support teaching and research needs, manage the acquisitions budget allocated, and serve as a liaison to Japanese studies faculty and students.

Provide reference services and bibliographical instruction for faculty and students regarding the Library’s services and its resources, the bibliographic methods, e-resource search tactics and research strategies. Responsible for managing, coordinating computer support, and providing services to Japanese studies e-resources. Develop and maintain electronic finding aids and subject LibGuide on Japanese studies and for the EA Collection’s web page. Participate in the development of digital resources and services in the Library and on campus.

Under the direction of the Head of East Asia Technical Services, perform original cataloging for Japanese materials in all formats. Participate in formulating cataloging policy, priorities, and work procedures. Participate in the activities of the library and scholarly organizations at the local, regional, national, and international level.

Required: A graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited library school along with an undergraduate degree or graduate work in Japanese Studies or related subject field; related experience in an academic or research library; experience or demonstrated knowledge of scholarly resources for Japanese studies, reference tools, electronic resources, and trends in publishing industry and book trade in Japan; experience or demonstrated knowledge of AACR2, LC subject headings and classifications, and MARC21 formats; fluency in English and Japanese languages; demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students and staff, along with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills; high degree of computer literacy and a demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies for scholarly research.
Preferred: Knowledge of RDA and other metadata standards; experience with OCLC cataloging

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

Apply here at: Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by January 5. Review of application will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ohio University: Curator

Curator, Dr. You-Bao Shao Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research Center

Ohio University Libraries seeks applications and nominations for the position of curator of the Shao Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research Center. The curator manages the overseas Chinese and East Asian collections and works collaboratively with the appropriate departments and faculty to integrate those collections into the University’s curriculum and research mission. The curator also serves as the Secretariat of the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Chinese Studies and participates in the general work of the Center for International Collections. Ohio University Libraries seeks an innovative candidate who is comfortable in a changing environment; eager to engage stakeholders in a dynamic, fast-paced atmosphere; committed to working effectively with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds; and energized by an exciting future.

The Shao Curator will:
· Build relationships and collaborate with select departments and faculty to integrate and promote the Center’s resources nationally and internationally
· Provide research assistance to scholars, locally and internationally, related to the Libraries’ collections on the overseas Chinese and East Asia
· Serve as the Secretariat of the World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries for Chinese Overseas Studies (WCILCOS) and with partner institutions, serve as the organizer of the international conference of the organization.
· Maintain content on the WCILCOS web site and other online guides and databases related to the overseas Chinese and East Asia
· Select and manage library materials related to the study of the overseas Chinese and East Asia
· Participate in the general activities of the Center for International Collections and the department by serving on departmental, library and/or University committees, providing public service and participating in other assigned projects.
· Engage in regular professional development and other related activities in order to bring best practices and innovative approaches to the Ohio University Libraries

Minimum Qualifications
· ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library/information science or an advanced degree in the humanities or social sciences
· Speaking, reading and writing fluency in Chinese and English
· Superior communication and interpersonal skills
· Demonstrated commitment to assessment and data-informed decision making processes
· Demonstrated project management skills
· Public services and outreach experience

Preferred Qualifications
· Research experience or coursework related to the Chinese diaspora
· Reading competency in at least one other primary language related to the Chinese diaspora, such as Dutch, Spanish or a Southeast Asian language
· Familiarity with scholarly resources, reference tools and electronic resources related to Chinese studies or the Chinese diaspora
· Research or work experience in an academic library
· Experience with web content management systems
· Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies as utilized in meeting the needs of researchers

The Ohio University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and OhioLINK. The Libraries seek to be a dynamic gateway for the discovery, exchange, and creation of knowledge. The Hwa-Wei Lee Center for International Collections includes the You-Bao Shao Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research Center, the Southeast Asia Collection, the Chubu University Commemorative Japanese Collection and the depository collections from Malaysia, Botswana, Swaziland and Guatemala. The international collections at Ohio University are used by scholars worldwide. The World Confederation of Institutes and Libraries in Overseas Chinese Studies was established in Athens, Ohio to facilitate cooperation between experts on scholarship and documentation from institutes, archives and libraries around the world in the field of Chinese Overseas studies. For the past decade, the Shao Center has been co-organizing successful international conferences bringing these librarians and scholars together.
Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high research activity). The main campus of Ohio University is located in Athens, Ohio, in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 75 miles southeast of Columbus, the state capital. Ohio University offers a student-centered learning experience to 21,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus, 10,000 students on the University’s five regional campuses, and 4,000 e-learning students. The University advances a diverse, dynamic, and collegial atmosphere for students, faculty, and staff.

Term, Salary & Benefits
This is a three year appointment, with possibility for renewal. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package including 22 days annual vacation, generous insurance, and a State of Ohio employee retirement or an alternative retirement package.
Review of applications begins immediately; however applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified. For full consideration, apply by October 31. Position is available immediately. Please apply online at

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of OHIO’s campus are especially encouraged to apply.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Univ. of Maryland: Curator of the Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies

Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies

The University of Maryland Libraries are seeking dynamic and innovative applicants for the position of Curator of the Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies. The successful candidate will create and implement a vision for the Gordon W. Prange Collection, a world-renown special collection of rare and archival materials that constitutes the most comprehensive collection of Japanese language publications issued in Japan during the post-World War II period of 1945-1949. The Prange Collection encompasses over 1.7 million items representing virtually everything published in Japan during this period. The University of Maryland Libraries, in partnership with the National Diet Library of Japan, have engaged in large-scale microfilming and digitization projects to preserve and improve access to this historically significant and unique collection. Project funders have included the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Nippon Foundation. The Curator/Librarian will also be responsible for East Asian studies materials in the Libraries’ general collection, which includes over 80,000 monographs, periodicals and reference works in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. Particular strengths include humanities and social sciences with an emphasis on Chinese and Japanese history and culture in support of the research and curricular needs of faculty and students in East Asian Studies.

The Curator/Librarian will develop a robust program of collection development, research services, digitization, outreach, and scholarly activity to support these collections. In addition, the successful candidate will not only manage these collections and related services, but will also be a scholar with an active program of print and digital research based in the Prange and East Asia Collections.

• Master of Library Science/Information Science degree, or a combination of an advanced degree
in a related field plus relevant experience
• Excellent Japanese and English language oral and written communications skills, including deft use of honorifics and Japanese negotiation skills
• Analytical problem solving skills, team building, and ability to act proactively and innovatively with various constituencies
• Proven experience in managing projects from scoping to delivery; ability to set timetables, meet
deadlines, and manage budgets
• Knowledge of Japanese software and online automated systems and their applications in East
Asian language collections

• Formal education in archival studies or special collections librarianship
• Reading knowledge of Kyu Kanji and ability to Romanize  Japanese using the Hepburn system.
• Knowledge of Chinese
• Two or more years professional experience in special collections or archives
• Experience designing and conducting digital based research projects
• Experience preparing, submitting, and winning grants
• Knowledge of copyright policies and intellectual property issues in special collections and
• Knowledge of digitization practices, data curation, or digital preservation

For the full position description, please go to

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website:

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at  An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until Monday, November 18, 2013. .

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  

Amy Wasserstrom
Manager, Gordon W. Prange Collection
4200 Hornbake Library North
University of Maryland
College Park, MD  20742-7011
T/301-405-9294  |   F/301-314-2447 |

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NYU Shanghai Library: Director (Search Reopening)

New York University is seeking a Library Director for its newest portal campus, NYU Shanghai.  NYU Shanghai is the first Sino-US higher education joint venture to grant a degree that is accredited in the US as well as in China. A research university with liberal arts and sciences at its core, it resides in one of the world's great cities that is also a vibrant intellectual community. NYU Shanghai will recruit scholars who are committed to our global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research.

New York University has established itself as a Global Network University, a multi-
site, organically connected network encompassing key global cities and idea capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses - New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi - complemented by 12 additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

The Library of NYU Shanghai will deliver and coordinate a wide range of academic services that support the teaching, learning and research of NYU Shanghai’s faculty and students.  Drawing on the resources and infrastructure of the libraries at NYU New York, the NYU Shanghai library provides an opportunity to create a forward-looking 21st century library program and facility to serve a culturally diverse and academically talented population.  NYU Shanghai opened in September 2013 with a freshman class of 300 students, and is expected to grow over eight years to a target undergraduate student population of 2400 along with selected graduate programs.  The NYU Shanghai Library also serves an active NYU Study Abroad program.

In consultation with NYU Libraries and consistent with the NYU library mission and programs, the Director of the NYU Shanghai Library will provide leadership in 1) establishing library services and programs that supports NYU Shanghai’s academic and programmatic mission and 2) implementing and directing ongoing operations of the library.   The position reports jointly to the Dean, Division of Libraries at NYU and the Provost, NYU Shanghai. 

In close coordination with NYU New York, the position will direct the implementation of the library program for NYU Shanghai, including program start-up and expansion, staff recruitment and development, facilities requirements, development of joint services with NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi, resource management for the library’s budget, and development of policies for library operations and services.  The Director of the NYU Shanghai Library will work closely with colleagues in the NYU Division of Libraries and at NYU Abu Dhabi to develop services that optimize library staff and resources across the NYU Libraries.  The Director also works closely with the senior staff of NYU Shanghai to plan and implement phased-in on-site services.  The incumbent will be based in Shanghai, with some travel required to NYU New York. 

Principal Duties

•    Responsible for the planning, project management, coordination and implementation of library services and policies at NYU Shanghai in conjunction with NYU New York Division of Libraries counterparts, including collection development, technical services, public services, and facilities, as well as front end library and academic technology support services.  Faculty technology support services, including support for digital scholarship and instructional technology, are provided in collaboration with NYU Shanghai Academic Affairs.
•    Participate in NYU Shanghai campus and program planning and ongoing program development.
•    Recruit, develop and manage an outstanding library staff, and provide direction for the continuing recruitment, selection, orientation, development, training and retention of library staff.
•    Lead the effective and efficient ongoing operation of all aspects of library service on the NYU Shanghai campus consistent with the mission and service philosophy of NYU Shanghai and NYU New York.
•    Develop and manage the NYU Shanghai library budget in collaboration with NYU New York.
•    Oversee the development of print and digital collections, including participation in joint NYU-wide collection development, acquisitions and processing.
•    Develop productive relationships and collaborations with the Shanghai academic and research library community.

Required Qualifications

•    ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent.
•    Minimum 3 years successful administrative experience and at least 5 years managing and/or supervising a department in an academic setting, including budget and personnel management.
•    Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in implementing innovative user services and technologies in the library program.
•    Demonstrated experience in assessment, planning and program development.
•    Knowledge of current and emerging trends in academic library and information services, instructional/information technologies, and scholarly communication.
•    Knowledge of developments in higher education that affect research libraries, scholarly process, and the University’s core mission in teaching, learning and research.
•    Ability to work with others in a team environment and communicate complex issues and perspectives to project team representatives across a global network.
•    Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written communication skills.
•    Strong commitment to service excellence.
•    Ability to work in a Chinese business and cultural environment, including basic language skills

•    Second masters degree
•    Experience in a research university library
•    Deep knowledge of Chinese culture and the ability to speak its national dialect fluently
•    College or university library start-up, renovation or construction experience
•    Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
•    Prior international experience

Excellent benefits include vacation package, relocation assistance and a generous retirement package. Salary commensurate with experience.

To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director of Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to  Resumes will be considered until the position is filled.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Rice University: Asian Studies Curator (Reopened)

Reopened. Originally posted January 2013

Asian Studies Curator (Search Re-opened)--Houston, TX, USA

Rice University, a private university located in Houston, Texas, is seeking a highly motivated librarian committed to building academic library collections and services tailored to the present and future needs of our community. The successful candidate will work to build library collections for the recently created Chao Center for Asian Studies, including assisting with library services, and working with the staff of the Chao Center and Fondren Library to promote Rice University’s developing program. The successful candidate will contribute to primary resource collections, including digitization projects, in Fondren’s special collections. Position reports to AUL for Collections.

Requirements include: ALA-accredited MLS; minimum of 2 years demonstrated experience in collection development in an academic setting, fluency in English and Chinese languages including reading knowledge of classical Chinese, demonstrated experience and facility with digital content. Preferred: second advanced degree in relevant humanities or social sciences discipline.

Salary/benefits: This position is funded by a grant from the Chao Center; $52,000 minimum; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; TIAA/CREF and Fidelity; health and life insurance; tuition waiver.

Environment: Rice University provides a stimulating work environment, with opportunities to participate in the delivery of innovative library services supported by leading edge technologies. Fondren Library ( is a research library with over 2.6 million volumes and over 81,000 serial titles. The Library has a state-of-the-art offsite shelving facility and completed a major building renovation project in 2006. An active program of digital resource development and delivery is underway.

Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast.

For more information, see:

Applications received by November 8, 2013 will receive first consideration. Please apply with cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references at: Inquiries: Melinda Reagor Flannery, Assistant University Librarian/Search Coordinator at (713) 348-3773 or e-mail Rice University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Korean Cataloger Position at Duke University and Librarian Position at UNC

Dear Colleagues,

Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are conducting a search for Korean Cataloger and Librarian.  To see the full posting, please click here:

Korean Cataloger at Duke University and Librarian at UNC
•    4 Years Term Appointment
•    The Librarian and Cataloger for Korean Language Resources will perform original and complex copy cataloging at Duke and will develop the Korean collection at UNC, providing support to faculty, students and the library for information in Korean.  At Duke, the position reports to the Head, Monographic Cataloging Section in the Cataloging & Metadata Services Department. At UNC, the position reports to Head, East Asian Resources. This position is for 30 hours per week and a 4-year term appointment.

1. Performs original and complex copy cataloging of Korean language resources in all monographic formats and subjects, and for other languages in which there is competence. 
2. Ensures compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, LC cataloging practices, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards.
3. Inputs and edits bibliographic, holdings, and item information as needed to ensure accuracy and completeness of information; determines choice and form of names, subject headings and series title entries; assigns Library of Congress Classification call numbers; enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines.
4. At Duke, catalogs digital resources using the appropriate metadata schema to facilitate access to digital collections.
5. At UNC, develops and manages collections to support research and instruction in Korean Studies.  Manages all technical processes related to collection development for Korean materials, including ordering, invoicing, monitoring expenditures, managing donations, corresponding with vendors, cataloging and compiling statistics. 
6. At UNC, provides in-depth specialized research consultations and reference and designs strategic and pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users.
7. At UNC, serves as primary liaison to Korean Studies faculty and takes the initiative to identify, meet and facilitate ongoing communication about their research needs and service expectations.
8. Serves as a resource for and assists with training and revising the work of new staff and student assistants performing similar work.
9. Stays abreast of national trends and new developments in cataloging, with an emphasis on Korean language resources; reviews professional literature; and networks with research services, collection development and other library professionals outside the University.
10. Contributes to library-wide initiatives; participates in departmental and library-wide activities; serves on library committees and task forces.
11. Performs other related duties as assigned.

It is the expectation that all Duke University Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.
Required: MLS from an ALA accredited program or a combination of relevant education and experience.
Preferred: Advanced degree related to Korean studies.
Send cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references to: Teresa Tillman, Library Human Resources, at  Please include KOREAN in the subject line.  Review of applications will begin in mid-September and will continue until the position is filled.

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Miree Ku
Korean Studies Librarian
Duke University, 235 Bostock
Box 90195, Durham, NC 27708-0195
Tel: 919-660-5817
Fax: 919-668-3134

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pro Libra Associates: Japanese cataloging job

Hi all,

A colleague here asked me to announce the following temporary (project-based) job:

Pro Libra Associates, a library service company, has a project-based job available for cataloging Japanese materials. The end client is Newark Museum in Newark, NJ. The job will be in early 2014. In terms of the pay, it will be based on the number of items cataloged and the price is negotiable.

If you happen to know someone that might be interested in the job, please have the person contact Pro Libra directly. Its contact information can be found on its website:

There is no need to contact me about this job since I won't be able to provide any additional information or help. Thanks!

Best regards,

Tao Yang
East Asian Librarian, Rutgers University

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Columbia Univ.: Chinese Cataloger

The Columbia University Libraries invite nominations and applications for the position of Chinese Cataloger.

Under the general direction of the Head of Technical Services, the Chinese Cataloger provides bibliographic control over Chinese resources in all formats acquired by the Columbia University Libraries by creating bibliographic and authority records in national databases and importing them into Columbia's local catalog and other repositories. The Chinese Cataloger also performs complex database maintenance and data enrichment on existing records.  S/he is expected to keep abreast of new and emerging cataloging and metadata practices and tools, and actively participates in local and external professional activities.
Major Responsibilities: 
1. Provide original cataloging as well as complex copy-cataloging for Chinese materials in all formats following national standards as well as local policies.  
2. Perform associated authority work at national level. 
3. Maintain the quality of bibliographic data for Chinese materials. 
4. Train and supervise Chinese Bibliographic Assistant and student assistants in cataloging duties.
5. Provide assistance to other colleagues regarding Chinese cataloging/metadata as needed. 
6. Participate in special projects and undertake miscellaneous assignments as required.
Additionally, the Chinese Cataloger is expected to participate in the 2CUL (Joint Cornell University and Columbia University initiative), especially in regard to cataloging and metadata activities.

• Master degree in library and information science from an accredited program in North America.
• Native or near native level of English and Chinese languages (including knowledge of traditional & simplified Chinese characters) and in-depth knowledge of Chinese history and culture.
• Familiarity of Chinese Romanization rules—the Pinyin System.
• Knowledge of cataloging/metadata standards and reference tools, including RDA, LC-PCC PS, AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LC Classification Schedules, PCC & CONSER cataloging guidelines, as well as MARC and non-MARC Formats. 
• Good computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
• Excellent collegial, interpersonal and communication skills.

• Original cataloging and authority work experience using bibliographic utility (e.g., OCLC Connexion) and local library systems in North American libraries.
• Knowledge of cataloging issues for East Asian materials and/or experience in working with East Asian collections.
• Experience in batch processing of bibliographic records and metadata.
• Good organization and project management skills.

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States with over 1 million volumes/pieces of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials and over 8,500 periodical titles.
One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.

We offer a salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits including assistance with University housing.
Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled, however applications submitted before October 1, 2013, will receive priority consideration. 
For immediate consideration please apply online at:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Monday, July 29, 2013

Japan Foundation LA: Librarian

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA), seeks a friendly, innovative and enthusiastic librarian to be responsible for providing library and research services, maintaining the information center and its collections, and conducting outreach programs utilizing our information center’s collection.

[JOB TITLE]: Librarian

[HOURS]:    35 hours per week. Assignment hours include both evening and weekend shifts based on the needs of JFLA

[REPORTS TO]: Deputy Director

[SALARY RANGE]: Commensurate with experience

1.    Provide hospitality to JFLA patrons and visitors
2.    Provide library services in response to the needs of information center users
3.    Plan and coordinate outreach programs utilizing the collection of the information center with outside organizations
4.    Plan and coordinate events for information center users and local community
5.    Maintain the organization of information center materials
6.    Provide effective access to information center collections and resources by maintaining the catalog of materials
7.    Manage the planning, administrative, and budgetary functions of the information center
8.    Perform other related duties assigned by Director or Deputy Director

BA or BS degree required, plus three years of library experience or relevant information and public service experience.  Area studies MA or MLIS desirable but not required. 


1.    Native level English and business level Japanese language skills
2.    A passion for customer service
3.    Excellent organizational skills
4.    Willingness to work and share in a team environment
5.    Strong motivation to serve others, and work to benefit international society and culture
6.    The ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms
7.    Must have the ability to quickly learn new information technology systems and then be able to train other staff members on those systems
8.    Expertise in Library management and online research
9.    Broad knowledge and interest in Japanese society and culture
10.    Basic accounting skills

[To Apply]
Please send a resume and cover letter, accompanied by a letter of recommendation from someone who has worked with you, via email to with “Librarian” in the subject line by Friday, August 16, 2013. No phone calls please. This position is open until filled.

Victoria Lyon Bestor
Executive Director
North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
149 Upland Road
Cambridge, MA 02140
Tel: 617-833-0755
Fax: 617-812-5854

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cleveland Museum of Art: Art Bibliographer

Art Bibliographer-Asian Languages

Ingalls Library and Museum Archives

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Ingalls Library and Museum Archives seeks qualified candidates for its Art Bibliographer – Asian Languages position. The Art Bibliographer— Asian Languages works in conjunction with the Director of Library and Archives to ensure the development of the Ingalls Library collection in accordance with the written Collection Development Policy and through established relationships with vendors world-wide. The position is responsible for the identification and selection of books and other intellectual materials in Asian languages for the museum library. Typical duties include working on matters pertaining to selection of materials and overall collection development including establishing book selection policy and criteria for acquisitions based on knowledge of the literature and needs of current and future researchers; maintains primary responsibility for the library’s acquisition of new materials in Asian languages through established relationships with key vendors; and assists with the receipt and processing of all Asian language gifts, exchanges, and transfer materials in all formats including evaluation of materials for relevance to collection.

A Master’s degree (M.A.) or Ph.D in art history required. Knowledge of art historical literature. Foreign language fluency in either Chinese or Japanese required; reading knowledge of Korean and whichever of Chinese or Japanese where fluency is lacking. Master's degree in Library Science (M.L.S.) from an ALA accredited program preferred. Prior experience working in an academic or research library, preferably in an acquisitions department, and familiarity with integrated library systems and OCLC are desirable. Excellent research, oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills including the ability to create policy; supervise staff, interns, and volunteers; prioritize and manage workflow, projects and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines and solving problems in a dynamic environment. Must have experience developing and managing relationships with vendors, publishers and interface providers. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with institutional departments, community partners and potential donors.

Application deadline is August 30, 2013.

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Duke Kunshan Univ.: Library Director

Dear Colleagues,

Recruitment is now underway for the inaugural Director of the Duke Kunshan University (DKU) Library. DKU is a new, joint venture university created in partnership among Duke University, Wuhan University and the city of Kunshan, China; it is expected to open in fall 2014. The DKU Library will offer an array of dynamic, user-centered programs and services for DKU faculty, students and staff.

Reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor of DKU, the Director of the Library will provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction for this new library in concert with Duke University Libraries (DUL) staff, strategies and policies. The successful candidate will be an innovator whose creativity, energy and knowledge of the evolving role of libraries will contribute to the establishment of a world-class academic research library. Working directly with students and faculty, the director will develop and provide research and instructional services for the DKU community.

This position requires an MLS from a program accredited by the American Library Association or the international equivalent and at least three years of increasingly responsible research services and library instruction experience. The director must be able to speak and write fluently in both Mandarin and English, possess excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills and have some prior experience managing and supervising library staff in an academic research library. The ideal candidate will possess an understanding of current issues in academic librarianship, including copyright issues, as well as demonstrated proficiency using electronic resources and mastery of technology tools used in today¹s academic research environments.

The complete position description, including job competencies, is available at Submit your cover letter and resume to Position open until filled. The expected appointment to begin early 2014 with an initial period of orientation and training to be completed at Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC, USA. The Director will assume responsibilities in Kunshan circa May 2014.

Luo Zhou
Chinese studies librarian
International & Area Studies
Duke University libraries
Tel: 919-660-5803
Fax: 919-668-3134

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

UCLA EAL: Japanese Studies Librarian

Dear colleagues,

The UCLA Library is requesting nominations for its Japanese Studies Librarian position at the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library. To see the full posting and to apply online, click here: .

Su Chen
UCLA East Asian Library

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fuller Theological Seminary: Research Librarian and Korean Studies Specialist

Fuller Theological Seminary Library in Pasadena, California seeks a research librarian and Korean studies specialist to provide Information Access Services to both English and Korean-language patrons.
The Research Librarian will serve at one of the Information Access Services desks full time, as assigned. The individual will serve as bibliographic resource guide for students, faculty, and other patrons, including teaching the use of digital library resources. It will be the responsibility of this individual to provide Information Access Services to both English and Korean-language patrons.

Full description and requirements of the position are at

Kyung Hyun Cho
Cataloging Librarian, Korean Specialist
David Allen Hubbard Library
Fuller Theological seminary
135 N. Oakland Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91182
Phone: (626) 584 5274
Fax: (626)584 5627

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Washington Univ. (St. Louis): Japanese Studies Librarian

Washington University in St. Louis is conducting a search for a Japanese Studies Librarian.  Apologies for cross-posting.

Japanese Studies Librarian
The Washington University Libraries invites applications for the position of Japanese Studies Librarian.
RESPONSIBILITIES:  Working in the East Asian Library and reporting to the East Asian Studies Librarian, the Japanese Studies Librarian is responsible for outreach, reference, instruction, and collection development and management for Japanese studies.  This role includes selecting materials in all formats and languages on Japanese studies; developing and maintaining electronic resources and services; providing in-person and virtual reference, research consultation, and instructional services; planning and writing grant proposals for developing the Japanese collection; managing the gift and exchange program; serving as liaison to Japanese studies faculty and students; and performing original and adaptive cataloging of Japanese language materials.  This position also has some responsibility for providing similar library services for the Korean Studies Program.
QUALIFICATIONS:  Required: MLS degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent relevant advanced degree.  Fluent command of both written and spoken Japanese and English. Familiarity with scholarly trends in Japanese and East Asian studies. Knowledge of and/or experience with national cataloging rules and practices (AACR2, RDA, MARC21, LCSH, LC classification), including Romanization standards. Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
Preferred:  Advanced academic work in Japanese studies. Knowledge of Japanese publishing industry, and electronic resources in Japanese studies. Be knowledgeable about and be able to educate and inform faculty, students, and campus administrators about scholarly communication trends and issues.
Working experience in an East Asian library or an academic library. Reading knowledge of Korean, and knowledge of trends in Korean scholarship and publishing.
GENERAL INFORMATION:  Washington University, located at the western edge of the city of St. Louis, is a medium-sized, independent, research university founded in 1853, and is internationally known for excellence in teaching and research and for the quality of its faculty and student body.  The East Asian Library is one of twelve school and departmental libraries serving the Washington University community.  The library serves an essential role in the university’s East Asian studies program.  For more information, please visit the Washington University/Libraries’ web sites at;, and the East Asian Library’s web site at
APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Applications must be submitted online at Reference job #25658. For full consideration, attach a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references (including e-mail & phone number). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Tony H. Chang,
East Asian Studies Librarian
East Asian Library,
Washington University,
Campus Box 1061,
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Voice: 314-935-4816  Fax: 314-935-4045,