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 |