Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Univ. of Michigan: Chinese Studies Librarian

The University of Michigan Library (MLibrary) seeks a Chinese Studies Librarian to provide exceptional outreach to faculty and students who are focused on the study of China across the social sciences and humanities. The Chinese Studies Librarian will assume direct responsibility for the development and maintenance of the Chinese Studies collection; evaluation and selection of information sources related to Chinese Studies; and reference and research consultation in support of instructional programs designed for Chinese Studies. The incumbent will serve as the primary liaison with the Center for Chinese Studies and respond to the Center’s needs in coordination of its activities.
The Asia Library is one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian materials in North America, and the Chinese Studies collection is among the largest in the nation.

The individual hired for this position will provide academic support services to faculty and students who are engaged in Chinese Studies research and teaching in coordination with other Asia Library staff as well as with the broader MLibrary community. Reporting to the Head of Asia Library, the successful candidate will assume the following responsibilities:

Collection Development and Acquisitions
• Provide leadership for collection development and ongoing collection management of the Chinese
Studies Collection. Establish and maintain priorities for the Chinese Studies Collection and
periodically review and assess the collection’s needs.
• Identify budget needs for the collection and make recommendations to the Head of Asia Library
for budget allocation. Manage and monitor the appropriate acquisitions funds.
• Stay abreast of important changes in academic programs, faculty research, and other academicallyrelated
matters effecting collection development.
• Collaborate with the Coordinator of Asia Library Technical Services and MLibrary Technical
Services Division to establish cataloging priorities and fine-tune work procedures for Chinese
materials in all formats.

Public Services
• Provide in-person and virtual instruction and reference services to faculty and students, as well as
to patrons outside the university community on topics related to Chinese Studies.
• Initiate instruction opportunities pertaining to Chinese Studies or Chinese resources for faculty
and students.
• Communicate and publicize new and significant acquisitions in Chinese Studies; apprise faculty
and students of library-wide services (e.g., Interlibrary Loan, Deep Blue, Mpublishing) and new
initiatives, such as data management services.
• Receive official guests as requested. Provide assistance for visiting Chinese Studies scholars and
• Establish and maintain good relationships in written and spoken Chinese with international
libraries, research institutions, publishers, and vendors; maintain knowledge of the book market,
publishing trends, and electronic resources for Chinese Studies.

Professional Development & Service
• Serve on MLibrary committees; attend relevant meetings involving university Centers,
departments, and institutes; attend and participate in Asia Library, Research Unit, and library-wide
• Represent the University Library in regional, national, and international organizations of relevant
to Chinese or East Asian Studies collections.

1. ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or an advanced degree in a
relevant humanities or social sciences discipline.
2. Knowledge of scholarly resources, reference tools, and electronic resources for Chinese Studies.
3. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, staff, and
students of diverse cultural, ethnic, and linguistic backgrounds.
4. Speaking, reading and writing fluency in Chinese.

1. A Ph.D. in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with an emphasis on the study of China, or
equivalent knowledge in a related field of study combined with library experience.
2. Reading knowledge of one of the following: classical Chinese, Japanese, or non-English European
3. Experience providing reference services to researchers and students in a university setting.

Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. As a professional appointment in the
University of Michigan University Library, this position offers full benefits and opportunities for
professional development and travel, and participates fully in faculty governance.
Further information regarding benefits can be found at
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments options available.

Email a cover letter and CV as attachments to, addressed to:
Andrea Tekac Lubetkin
Director, Library Human Resources
3026 Shapiro Undergraduate Library
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-118
For further information, call 734-764-2546 between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday-Friday.

Review of applications will begin 2/25/2013 and continue until the position is filled.
The Chinese Studies position is available at:

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.

Keiko Yokota-Carter, Japanese Studies librarian
Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

phone 734-764-7774
fax      734-647-2885

Asia Library
412 N. Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190, USA <ul>