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,

Thursday, April 4, 2013

UCLA: Japanese Studies Librarian

The UCLA Library has initiated recruitment for the position of Japanese Studies Librarian, in the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, and is actively seeking nominations and applications.  The first consideration date for this position is May 3, 2013.

For your convenience, the complete posting can be viewed here:

Anyone wishing to be considered for this position should apply online.  Applications should include: a cover letter describing qualifications and experience; a current curriculum vitae detailing education and relevant experience; and the names and phone numbers for at least three professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. 

Candidates applying by May 3, 2013, will be given first consideration.  UCLA welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.  UCLA seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

UCLA Library staff members are encouraged to forward this position posting to potential applicants.

UCLA Library staff are also asked to post this position posting to professional LISTSERVs as appropriate – please copy Maurita Ploesch on such postings so we may retain a copy of the posting for reporting purposes.

Thank you for your assistance.


Michelle O. Torre
Academic Recruitment and
Learning & Development Coordinator
UCLA Library Human Resources
22478 Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
t: 310.206.9764 |  f: 310.825.6174 |

Monday, April 1, 2013

McGill University: Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Ming Qing Women’s Writings Digital Archive and Database

The Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University (Montreal, Canada), announces a postdoctoral fellowship with support from the Henry Luce Foundation to begin Aug. 1, 2013, renewable for two subsequent years. The fellow will assist Prof. Grace Fong, Director of the Ming Qing Women’s Writings Digital Archive and Database ( ), in executing, managing, and developing the collaborative digitization project with the National Library of China (Beijing) and East China Normal University (Shanghai). The ideal candidate will combine knowledge of digital technology with a disciplinary specialization in the Humanities/Social Sciences, Library and Information Science, or Education Technology. Native or near-native fluency in oral and written English and modern Chinese are required; knowledge of classical Chinese an asset. The ideal candidate will have experience with application development in PHP, MySQL relational databases & data modeling, familiarity with web tools (PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), and experience working with standardized metadata, prosopographical implementations in a relational database, and be able to produce technical documentation in English to support their work. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach one course in the general area of Chinese digital humanities studies depending on their expertise.

Applicants must have received their PhD degree in 2008 or later, but must have completed all requirements for the PhD degree by July 31, 2013. The annual fellowship stipend will be CAD$50,000. Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include:

I. Cover Sheet providing the following information in numerical order:
1. Name, 2. University and dept. (of PhD), 3. Field of Study, 4. Thesis title, 5. Date PhD received (if pending, give specific timeline), 6. Summary of experience relevant to working with digital media (max. 500 words).

II. CV (incl. list of publications).

III. Dissertation title, abstract, and table of contents.

IV. Two Letters of Recommendation (one letter should address the applicant's experience relevant to the field of digital humanities).

All application materials should be uploaded to Academic Jobs Online (