Friday, February 28, 2014

Australian National University:Information Access Coordinator

The Australian National University is seeking an Information Access Coordinator (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) to provide specialist services in a range of areas for research and student communities with a particular focus on Asia Pacific studies.

The advertisement is now available on the ANU web:  Closing date is 16 March 2014.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

University of California, Berkeley: Head, Technical Services

Head, Technical Services
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Hiring Range: Associate Librarian V – Librarian III
$63,468-$86,700 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting August 1, 2014

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 2,000 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library of the University of California, Berkeley houses one of the largest research collections of print and electronic books and periodicals, manuscripts, rare editions, and graphics in the East Asian languages outside of Asia. Its comprehensive holdings encompass over 1 million print volumes, over 800 thousand e-books and electronic journals, over 80 thousand microfilms and media items, and over 3 thousand current print serial titles. Languages represented include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and to a lesser extent, Tibetan, Manchu, and Mongolian. The East Asian Library supports teaching and research on East Asia, serving the campus community and a substantial number of off-campus users.

The Library’s Technical Services unit processes Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials for the East Asian Library, all other libraries within the University Library system, and affiliated libraries on campus. It employs nine career staff in addition to temporary and student employees. Its operations include original and copy cataloging, serials processing, and the cataloging of digital resources using appropriate metadata schema to facilitate access to digital collections.


The Head of Technical Services reports to the Director of the East Asian Library and serves as a member of the Library’s management team. The incumbent will be responsible for overall supervision of technical operations. The incumbent will plan, implement, and evaluate operations, establish policies and procedures, and set priorities in cataloging and processing in consultation with collection management librarians. The incumbent will provide training, evaluation, and supervision of technical services staff, serve as liaison to the University Library system’s Catalog Department as a member of the Cataloging and Metadata Council, and ensure compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, LC cataloging practices, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards.

In addition to management and administrative duties, the incumbent will perform original cataloging in all formats in the Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language, depending on expertise, and will represent the Library in regional, national, and international cooperative programs concerning technical processing. The successful candidate should stay abreast of national trends and new developments in cataloging, with an emphasis on CJK resources, and network with research services, collection development, and other library professionals within the Berkeley Library system as well as outside the University. The incumbent will also perform other related duties as assigned.

Professional contributions beyond the basic requirements of the job—publications, active participation in University and professional organizations, and other research activities—are required for advancement within the Librarian series. Candidates must show evidence of such contribution.

Basic Qualifications Required by Time of Application

•            MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
•            Expert knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, Japanese, or Korean
•            Substantial knowledge of MARC, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC
•            Two or more years of library management experience

Additional Qualifications


•            Knowledge of library applications of computer technology and electronic information resources
•            A strong commitment to excellence in service and a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, changing environment
•            Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, initiative, and flexibility


•            An additional advanced degree in an appropriate subject area or knowledge of East Asian studies as an academic discipline
•            Previous work experience in a research library, preferably an East Asian collection   

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

As a management position, this librarian position is not represented by a bargaining unit and is covered by the UC Academic Personnel Manual (APM).

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.
DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by April 21, 2014.

Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720–6000
(510) 642–3778

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin: Research Assistant

The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin welcomes applications for:
Research Assistent (E 14 TVöD)
Reference: SBB-IIIF-1-2013

The East Asia Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin has consistently expanded its electronic services in recent years. It operates CrossAsia as the electronic platform of the East Asia collection and its connected services which are partly funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). CrossAsia provides users with an interface to the East and Southeast Asia collections as a whole and to other special subject-related services, such as subject related  electronic resources, digitization projects in the context of the East Asia collection and access to “CrossAsia Search” which acts as an anchor for all activities in the national context.

• Research, selection and description of materials from the PR China (incl. Hong Kong and Macao) and Taiwan as well of materials from countries worldwide relating to China (PR China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) in the context to the DFG supported special collection East and Southeast Asia
• Active  collaboration on the Virtual Library East- and Southeast Asia – CrossAsia and contribution to a strategic and long-term development of novel and cutting-edge services
• Organization and senior management of digitization projects
• Contribution of texts for information materials and other documentation and their dissemination to the relevant services for academics and students in Germany
• Conducting of tours for users and participation in conferences

Selection Criteria:
• Degree (or equivalent) in Chinese Studies (pre-modern and modern)
• Excellent knowledge of pre-modern and modern written and spoken (Mandarin) Chinese and English
• Comprehensive knowledge of the organization and structure of sciences, and the publication industry in China (incl. Taiwan and Hong Kong)
• Excellent knowledge of bibliographic tools and material in this context
• Good knowledge of basic technical terminology and a broad knowledge of the needs of Chinese literature in Germany
• Good knowledge of digital products from China and Taiwan (and possibly Japan)
• Experience in digitization projects and metadata, and their detection system in research and the presentation of research collections
• In-depth knowledge and experience in the field of electronic information in East Asia / in the East Asian Studies
• High proficiency in dealing with MS Office products and web applications, content management systems and modern communication media
• Ability to discover and evaluate products and applications, and to communicate between users and programmers or to assist in finding solutions
• Ability to co-operate in a small team to develop excellent conditions for supra-regional, national and location-independent use of the East Asia collection and its services
• Applicants need to be self-motivated and work well in a team.

• Thorough knowledge of the need of East Asian scientific and research literature in Germany
• Comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of the development of the Chinese and East Asian Studies publication sector as well as excellent knowledge of the procurement opportunities and supply routes of East Asian publications
• In-depth knowledge of the East Asia collection of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, its origins and development over time
• In-depth knowledge if another language and / or script of East Asia (such as Japanese or Manchu)

The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz is an equal opportunity/affirmative-action employer. Applications from female researchers are welcome. We also encourage and welcome applications from disabled persons. Where qualification and suitability of applicants are equal, applications submitted by disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration. Part-time work is generally possible.
All applications (incl. all documents) must be received by March 5th 2014 by mail (please do not send your application in electronic form)
Applications can only be returned if a stamped self-addressed envelope is sent together with the application.

For questions, please contact Matthias Kaun ( / telephone: 0049 30 266 436 000)

Please visit our website:

Best regards,

Matthias Kaun
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
East Asia Department
Potsdamer Str. 33
D-10785 Berlin
T: 0049 30 266 436 000
F: 0049 30 266 336 001

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

City University of Hong Kong: subject librarian

City University of Hong Kong is a dynamic, fast-growing university that is pursuing excellence in research and professional education. As a publicly-funded institution, the University is committed to nurturing and developing students’ talents and creating applicable knowledge to support social and economic advancement.

Applications are invited for:Assistant Librarian II (Teaching and Learning Support) in the Library [Ref. B/972/00]

Duties : As a subject librarian for the designated departments/programs, the appointee is required to work closely with faculty and students to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of the University. Main duties include to: provide information literacy instructions and reference consultation, collaborate with faculty to develop course-related instructions, organize academic exchange and outreach activities, collaborate with staff in other relevant units to develop collections in the assigned subject areas. Evenings and/or weekend shifts may be required.

Requirements : A good honours degree plus a recognized postgraduate professional qualification in librarianship or information science (MLS or equivalent). Good planning and organizational skills; ability to work independently, cooperatively and collegially; excellent interpersonal skills and written English; demonstrable professionalism with strong motivation, innovation, flexibility and commitment are required. Candidates with undergraduate/postgraduate degree in Law/Science, working experience in library instructional design and delivery in academic setting, familiarity with current instructional technologies and social networking, and fluency in Putonghua are preferred.

(Further enquiries can be directed to Ms. Sheena SHUM of Library at email:

Salary and Conditions of Service
Remuneration package will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract; fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes.

Information and Application
Additional information and application form are obtainable at or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. The closing date is 31 March 2014.
Please quote the reference number in the application and submit via email at, fax at 2788 1154/3442 0311 or by post to the Human Resources Office. Applications will receive full consideration and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The University’s privacy policy is available on the homepage.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications  from all qualified candidates, especially those who will enhance the diversity of our staff.