Monday, November 18, 2013

British Library: Chinese Curator

The British Library is now recruiting a Chinese specialist to manage and develop its Chinese language collections. 

The British Library holds an important collection of Chinese books and manuscripts, ranging from the earliest written records to electronic publications from this year, and totalling c. 90,000 books. We are looking for a curator to develop and manage these collections, enabling access to them by the widest possible range of audiences, in the UK as well as around the world. The successful candidate will join the Department of Asian and African Studies, and alongside their day-to-day curatorial responsibilities will have a particular responsibility for delivering a programme of work to convert old printed and card catalogues into online catalogue records.

For a detailed job description and online application form see

Hamish Todd
Lead Curator, Japanese & Korean Studies
The British Library

University of Hawaii at Manoa:Okinawan Studies Librarian

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library is now recruiting an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian for a new Okinawan Studies Librarian position. For more details, please visit the Library's web site:

Librarian III, (Okinawan Studies Librarian), University of Hawai’i Manoa, full-time, tenure track, available January 2014, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.  The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of library and information professionals.  Under the general direction of the Head of the Asia Department, the Librarian for Okinawan Studies will work collaboratively to lead in collection development and management of all materials in all formats related to Okinawan studies, provide research assistance, and library instruction.  In addition, the librarian will liaise with the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) to initiate national and international resource sharing collaborations, international symposia, rare materials preservation, restoration and digitization, web site development, and fundraising and outreach with the Okinawan community.  For complete duties and responsibilities, minimum qualifications and application information, visit the UH website:  Continuous recruitment. Application review begins 12/16/13. The University of Hawai’i is an EEO/AA institution.     

Tokiko Y. Bazzell (バゼル山本登紀子), Japan Studies Librarian
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
Asia Collection Dept.

2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822 U.S.A.
PH: 808-956-2315 : FX: 808-956-5968

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UBC Library: Librarian, Asian Library (full time, ongoing) Head, Asian Library (5 year term)

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 15 branches and divisions, including two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.
The Library’s collections include over 6.3 million volumes, 850,000 electronic books, 150,000 electronic journals, 27,000 numeric data files, 5.6 million digital pages, and 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.

For more information about UBC Library and the Asian Library, please visit and

The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2010-2015 can be viewed at .

The Head, Asian Library provides strategic leadership in developing facilities, collections and services in the Asian Library, including a growing range of community partnerships. The Asian Library, located in UBC’s Asian Centre, houses collections in major Asian languages - including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indic, and a growing Persian collection- in support of UBC’s Asian programs and initiatives. It provides access to a growing number of electronic resources and databases in Asian languages as well as digitized archives. The Asian Library also provides key supports for UBC’s community and international engagement strategies via its resources, programming, staff expertise, external partnerships and an increasingly robust digital presence.
Within the context of a changing environment, the Head will facilitate the planning for and implementation of new spaces, collections, services and programs to meet users’ evolving needs. The Head fosters collaborative relationships with internal library stakeholders, faculty and students, campus departments, and individuals and organizations within BC, North America and throughout Asia. Stewarding substantial collections, including Asian Library’s rare collections, through endowments, gifts, and effective processes is critical to this position. An outreach focus with prospects for co- programming with faculty, campus departments and community groups is a growing direction. Creating a highly engaged, productive and supportive environment for staff is essential.
The Asian Library is due for renewal under the University’s capital campaign, so the ability to envision and implement a dynamic physical environment is essential along with an ability to build a growing suite of digital collections. Working with Library Development the Head encourages and cultivates close relations with community partners, international organizations, and donors. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization continually evolves.

• A graduate degree in Library Science and an academic background in a subject and language area within the scope of the Asian Library
• Excellent reading, writing and spoken skills in at least one major Asian language related to Asian Library collections and programs, and complete fluency in English
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds
• Demonstrated effective managerial experience including supervising a staff of librarians, support staff and student workers
• Proven leadership and experience with projects, budget management and planning; and significant collaborations within a network of internal and external partnerships
• Must be familiar with developments in North American and other Asian libraries, digital library developments and scholarly and academic publishing throughout Asia, and be able to apply that familiarity to the operations of Asian Library
• Knowledge of information technology in support of Asian languages and a broad knowledge of Asian cultures, sources, publishing, and print and electronic distribution
• Must be able to represent the Asian Library and University through professional service and affiliations, locally and internationally, and in fund-raising
• Knowledge of Asian rare materials and their stewardship an asset
• Experience with new building planning or space renovations highly desirable
• A track record of developing innovative long-range academic or community programs and carrying out objectives is desirable
• A record of scholarly and professional achievement such as publications, presentations or teaching is desirable

The Head of the Asian Library works under the general direction of the Associate University Librarian responsible for Asian Library. The Head consults with the AUL Collections for matters concerning collections building, the manager of Central Technical Services on ordering and processing and with the Head of Rare Books and Special Collections, Finance and Facilities Manager, Director of Library Digital Initiatives, AUL for Library Systems and Technology and Director of Library Human Resources for interrelated areas. The Head cooperates with the heads of other branches and divisions in the provision of services. The Head supports the University Librarian and Library Development in fund raising initiatives.

The Head liaises with faculty members and unit heads responsible for subjects in the Department of Asian Studies, directors of centres such as the Institute for Asian Research, and with other campus units responsible for implementing UBC’s Asian and international programs. In a community outreach role, the Head interacts with a wide variety of individuals and organizations.

1. Positions the Asian Library, on and beyond campus, as a recognized leader and collaborator in the provision of teaching, scholarly and community-based collections, services and programming.
2. Oversees the operations of Asian Library so that it can successfully fulfil its mission within the Library’s strategic context. Manages the necessary resources and technology. Sets and implements divisional priorities, allocating funds, human resources and time, and controlling expenditures.
3. Assesses opportunities for new collections and services by consulting with students, staff, faculty and community members; maintains liaison with faculty, campus centres, participating in departmental and faculty meetings. Liaises closely with UBC’s programs for international students and scholars to ensure appropriate supports are provided.
4. Ensures responsive interactions with Asian communities and allied organizations, working locally and internationally to identify and implement mutual goals. Seeks and develops partnerships in fulfilment of the Library’s strategic objectives.
5. Works with the University Librarian, members of the Library Executive and Library Development in fund raising initiatives and participates in the preparation of grant requests and grant program fulfilment.
6. Plays a direct and active role in capital planning and implementation, including working with Library Facilities as client lead for building renovation or construction projects.
7. Coordinates development of collections in the Asian languages and oversees budget allocations for print and electronic materials, working with the AUL Collections, Library Digital Initiatives and bibliographers. Ensures faculty and unit heads are consulted about collection development.
8. Collaborates within and beyond the Library to build Asian digital collections, including a robust web presence.
9. Oversees physical stewardship of collections and works with Central Technical Services to ensure ordering and cataloguing of Asian materials are completed effectively and efficiently.
10. Collaborates with others, including the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Library Development and Communications, in developing programming, events and exhibits of interest to campus or community.
11. Creates an inspiring, supportive and engaged work environment for staff. Plans for staff development and training by determining the needs of the unit including individual staff needs. Allocates time for training and development.
12. Conducts performance and merit reviews and takes part in annual goal-setting.
13. Participates in the management of the Library as a member of the University Librarian’s Advisory Council and other committees and working groups as required.
14. Represents UBC Library in a variety of internal and external settings, including within East Asian library networks. Participates in a wide variety of professional and university wide initiatives.
15. Performs other duties related to the requirements of the position.

Terms of Appointment and Salary:
This position will be filled as a full time ongoing position with a five year administrative term as Head, Asian Library (renewable). If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Applications will include: a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status, indicating the candidate’s education and training; work experience in the areas listed above; evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as evaluations; a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and the names of three referees with their email addresses.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on December 6th, 2013.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

University of Chicago: Japanese Studies Librarian

The University of Chicago Library invites applicants for the position of Japanese Studies Librarian.

The East Asian Collection supports teaching and research needs of the faculty and students at the University of Chicago. It holds a collection of more than 800,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages of various formats. It also has a growing collection of electronic resources. The Japanese collection of over 230,000 physical volumes is particularly strong in literature, intellectual history, religion, art history, education, Japanese Sinology as well as significant holdings of academic journals and reproduced newspapers. As one of the finest such collections in the country, it serves not only the faculty and students of the University but also scholars throughout the country. The East Asian Collection is housed in the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Under the direction of the Curator for East Asian Collection, this position is responsible for the following:

Select materials in all formats including electronic resources both in Japanese language and those on Japanese studies in Western languages, develop a long-term acquisitions policy to support teaching and research needs, manage the acquisitions budget allocated, and serve as a liaison to Japanese studies faculty and students.

Provide reference services and bibliographical instruction for faculty and students regarding the Library’s services and its resources, the bibliographic methods, e-resource search tactics and research strategies. Responsible for managing, coordinating computer support, and providing services to Japanese studies e-resources. Develop and maintain electronic finding aids and subject LibGuide on Japanese studies and for the EA Collection’s web page. Participate in the development of digital resources and services in the Library and on campus.

Under the direction of the Head of East Asia Technical Services, perform original cataloging for Japanese materials in all formats. Participate in formulating cataloging policy, priorities, and work procedures. Participate in the activities of the library and scholarly organizations at the local, regional, national, and international level.

Required: A graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited library school along with an undergraduate degree or graduate work in Japanese Studies or related subject field; related experience in an academic or research library; experience or demonstrated knowledge of scholarly resources for Japanese studies, reference tools, electronic resources, and trends in publishing industry and book trade in Japan; experience or demonstrated knowledge of AACR2, LC subject headings and classifications, and MARC21 formats; fluency in English and Japanese languages; demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students and staff, along with excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills; high degree of computer literacy and a demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies for scholarly research.
Preferred: Knowledge of RDA and other metadata standards; experience with OCLC cataloging

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

Apply here at: Please submit a cover letter, CV and reference contact information through the above site by January 5. Review of application will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer.