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.