Friday, January 17, 2014

Columbia University:Japanese Project Cataloger (Temporary 33-month Appointment)

Position Description: 
Under the general direction of the Japanese Cataloger, provide original cataloging and complex copy-cataloging for mostly Japanese resources contained in the Makino Mamoru Collection on the History of East Asian Film (also known as the Makino Collection) and to work with the Project Archivist on organizing archival materials contained in the Collection as needed.  The cataloger is expected to keep abreast of new and emerging cataloging and metadata practices and tools.
This is a temporary grant-funded appointment intended to last 33 months. The project must be completed by the grant's end date of December 31, 2016 (with possibility of extension).

Major Responsibilities: 
1.    Provide complete original cataloging as well as complex copy-cataloging for mostly Japanese materials in all formats following national standards as well as local policies. 
2.    Work with the Archivist to organize the archival materials and create finding aids as needed.
3.    Participate in special projects and undertake miscellaneous assignments as required.
4.    Engage with other CUL catalogers and external professional community to improve cataloging skills and keep informed about developments and best practices, and participate in appropriate professional activities, both internally and externally.

•    Master’s degree in library and information science from an accredited program or equivalent.
•    Advanced ability to read and write Japanese (including kana and traditional & simplified Chinese characters--kanji).
•    In-depth knowledge of Japanese culture.
•    Knowledge of cataloging/metadata standards and reference tools, including AACR2, RDA, LCRI, LC-PCC PS, LCSH, LC Classification Schedules, PCC & CONSER cataloging guidelines, and MARC Formats, etc. 
•    Good computer skills, including word-processing for English and Japanese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
•    Strong collegial and interpersonal skills.
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

•    Original cataloging experience using bibliographic utility (e.g., OCLC Connexion) and local library systems.
•    Familiarity of Japanese Romanization rules--Modified Hepburn System.
•    Knowledge of cataloging issues for East Asian materials and/or experience in working with East Asian collections.
•    Knowledge of film industry in Japan as well as other countries. 
•    Good organizational skills.
For immediate consideration please apply on-line at:
The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States with over 1 million volumes/pieces of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials and over 8,500 periodical titles.

One of the world's leading research universities, Columbia provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a unique intellectual community. Set in the Morningside Heights academic village, Columbia also presents the unmatched dynamism, diversity and cultural richness of New York City. The University Libraries, grounded in collections of remarkable depth and breadth, are also building extensive electronic resources and services. The Libraries at Columbia are committed to collegiality, professionalism, innovation and leadership.
We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits. 
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Sarah S. Elman
Head of Technical Services
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
Columbia University
307 Kent Hall
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-2579
Fax: (212) 662-6286