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.