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