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