Monday, March 17, 2014

Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation: Librarian, Chinese Cataloger/Subject Specialist

Librarian, Chinese Cataloger/Subject Specialist    
Elling O. Eide Charitable Foundation,
Sarasota, Florida
Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 03/15/14
Deadline: 05/15/14


The Elling O. Eide Foundation of Sarasota, Florida seeks an experienced Librarian, Chinese Cataloger/Subject Specialist to be responsible for establishing and developing a collection that focuses on pre-modern China and Central/Inner Asia. The Eide Library consists mainly of modern and thread-bound books in Chinese, some published before 1911; volumes in Western languages, Japanese, and Korean; and about two-hundred periodicals.  It will be housed in a state-of–the-art facility with compression shelving and storage buildings to enable growth. Located on a natural preserve, the library is expected to be a center for workshops and residential visits by researchers.

The successful candidate will manage this private collection’s transition into a special library serving the needs of the broader scholarly community. S/he will perform original and copy cataloging for the collection backlog as well as future acquisitions using current codes and carrier standards, and be the liaison with outside firms contracted for assistance. S/he will make the library’s catalog and selected materials accessible in multiple formats, and work with the foundation’s board to plan the library’s future.

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications, experience. Benefits included.


    ALA-accredited Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science;
    Minimum of three years of cataloging and reference experience;
    Proficiency with automated library systems;
    Demonstrated proficiency with prevailing cataloging rules and standards (RDA, AACR2), LC application of them, LC subject headings and classification system, and MARC21 or other data carrier formats;
    Understanding of technical services operations;
    Strong computer skills, including experience with local and network-based input, editing, and mapping tools;
    Proficiency in modern Chinese and in reading the classical language;  familiarity with the pinyin romanization system;  some competence in Japanese and Korean desirable;
    Knowledge of Chinese history, literature, and culture;
    Good interpersonal and communication skills in English; strong service orientation;
    Ability to determine priorities, guide collection development and manage the flow of materials effectively.

Application materials

    Cover letter and names/mailing addresses of three references who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position (include telephone numbers, email addresses);
    Curriculum vitae or resume (include telephone number, mailing address, email address).


Complete applications must be received by 5:00 pm, May 15, 2014.  Submit by email to:

For information about the Elling O. Eide Foundation, an equal opportunity employer, see the website:  Prospective candidates will be subject to a pre-employment screening which may include motor vehicle and credit checks.