Wednesday, August 6, 2014

UC San Diego: Chinese Studies Librarian

The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated,  innovative, and proactive library professionals to join the UC San Diego Library as our subject librarian for Chinese Studies.

The UC San Diego Library is committed to supporting academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

The University and the Library

With nearly 30,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and  postdoctoral levels.  UC San Diego has been recognized as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation by US News & World Report, as the 14th best university in the world by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and is ranked 5th among top universities in the nation in total R&D expenditures. In 2013, for the fourth consecutive year UC San Diego was ranked 1st in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement. The UC San Diego Library plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the University’s research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions.

UC San Diego offers a variety of humanities and social sciences courses in Chinese Studies through many constituents, including the Chinese Studies Program, History, Literature, Political Science, Visual Arts, Sociology, and Music Departments. The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) offers advanced degrees with regional specializations including Greater China; it is the only professional school of international relations in the United States that focuses on the Pacific region of Asia and the Americas, and was recently ranked as a Top 10 graduate program by “Foreign Policy” magazine. The Chinese Studies community also includes IR/PS affiliated research units such as the 21st Century China Program, Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Global Leadership Institute.

The UC San Diego Library acquires significant amounts of resources in the humanities and social sciences on Greater China, including English- and Chinese-language resources in all formats pertaining to pre-modern, modern and contemporary history, international relations, economics, politics, sociology, popular culture and society, art, visual arts, music, film and literature. The East Asia Collection, established in 1988, focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese, and Japanese and Korean (CJK) language materials in the humanities and social sciences. It is rapidly becoming recognized as a new regional as well as national resource center for researchers and students in the field of East Asia area studies.

Responsibilities of the Position

The position will report to the Director of the Library’s Academic Liaison Program. The incumbent will:

•    Implement liaison services to and actively engage with faculty and students in the Chinese Studies Program, the Chinese History Program, the China regional specialization at the School of IR/PS, as well as academic departments and programs in the humanities and the social sciences that offer courses on China.
•    Develop strategies to learn about and understand information needs of academic departments and programs, and to build partnerships with research and teaching faculty.
•    Serve as the primary contact for research and educational needs in Chinese Studies; and develop and promote services and resources to enhance the research, teaching, and learning mission of UC San Diego.
•    Build and sustain strong and consistent communication channels between the Library, the Chinese Studies programs in both Arts & Humanities and International Relations and Pacific Studies, affiliated programs and research units, and other departments and programs as assigned.
•    Design and deliver curriculum-integrated instruction and other learning activities in a variety of formats for Chinese Studies faculty and students.
•    Develop and promote online subject guides and other information resources for Chinese Studies.
•    Develop and maintain collections in Chinese and English-language resources in all formats, including film, media, and data, in support of the various Chinese Studies academic programs.
•    Serve as the primary Chinese Studies specialist for reference and research assistance.
•    Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and faculty to integrate information, media, and data literacies within Chinese Studies curricular and research programs.
•    Collaborate with librarians and staff in other Library programs regarding acquisitions, vendor selection and relations, approval plans, and cataloging of Chinese-language resources.
•    Collaborate with librarians and staff on collection management related issues including cancellations, consolidations, preservation and conservation of relevant materials.
•    Work with other UC campuses in collaborative collection development efforts, and responsible as California Digital Library’s Resource Liaison for select Chinese electronic resources.
•    Serve as lead UC San Diego representative to the UC East Asian Bibliographers’ Group. As such, evaluate new and ongoing Chinese digital resources, and coordinate consortial acquisitions efforts and serve as a lead in negotiating terms of access and content for select resources.

Minimum Qualifications
•    Professional degree from a library school, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.
•    Advanced academic work in Chinese Studies, or demonstrated knowledge of Chinese Studies as an academic discipline.
•    High level of professional competency in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua/Mandarin) and English.
•    Knowledge of Classical Chinese and the Pinyin and Wade-Giles Romanization systems.
•    Ability to provide advanced research assistance, select and manage resources for the collections, and participate in course-integrated instruction in Chinese Studies.
•    Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources and reference tools for Chinese Studies.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
•    Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
•    Ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
•    Excellent analytical, interpersonal, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
•    Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Professional experience in an academic or research library.
•    Experience in the delivery and implementation of liaison services.
•    Experience with collection development and management, reference and instructional services.
•    Experience in developing working partnerships with academic units on campus.
•    Experience working with overseas and domestic vendors in support of acquisition of information resources.
•    Experience and interest in issues related to using, evaluating, managing, licensing, and providing access to Chinese electronic resources.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. Appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities.

Salary: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Closing Date: Application consideration begins 8/31/2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

To Apply: For full consideration, please submit applications to

Please provide the following:
•    A short application letter addressing your interest in this program and applicable qualifications
•    A resume of education and relevant experience
•    The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
•    A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at:

AA-EOE: UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity.