Monday, September 8, 2014

University of Toronto: Korean Studies Librarian

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially  welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons  with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further  diversification of ideas.

POSITION: Korean Studies Librarian
DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
DATE REQUIRED: Immediately

The University of Toronto Library invites applications for a Korean studies librarian in the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library. The Library seeks an energetic librarian to take care of a wide range of professional duties related to Korea studies materials and services, faculty liaison, and cataloging.

The University of Toronto is the largest university in Canada serving a population of approximately 50,000 students from diverse cultures, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in East Asian studies, and has a collection of 400,000 volumes in the East Asian Library.

The position will report to the Director of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library.
The incumbent will:
  • Actively engage with faculty and students in the Korean Studies Program and academic departments and programs in the humanities and the social sciences that offer courses on Korea.
  • Develop strategies to learn about and understand the information needs of relevant academic departments and programs, and to build partnerships with research and teaching faculty.
  • Serve as subject liaison librarian and be the primary contact for research and educational needs in Korean Studies; and develop and promote services and resources to enhance the research, teaching, and learning mission of the University of Toronto.
  • Build and sustain strong and consistent communication channels between the Library, the Korean Studies programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science, 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 Korean Studies faculty and students.
  • Develop and promote online subject guides and other information resources for Korean Studies.
  • In collaboration with Collections and Materials Management, develop and maintain collections in Korean-language resources in all formats in support of the various Korean Studies academic programs
  • Serve as the primary Korean Studies specialist for reference and research assistance.
  • In collaboration with Collections and Materials Management, undertake original cataloguing on Korean materials in all formats and supervise a FTE original cataloguer and a GSLA cataloguer.
  • Supervise a 0.5 FTE acquisition associate utilizing Sirsi acquisition module.
  • Collaborate with librarians and staff in other Library programs regarding acquisitions cataloging, maintenance and the preservation and conservation of Korean-language resources.
  • Work with other University of Toronto campuses in collaborative collection development efforts.
  • Serve as University of Toronto representative to the Korean Collections Consortium of North America.

Minimum Qualifications :
  • ALA accredited MLS, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.
  • Advanced academic work in Korean Studies, or demonstrated knowledge of Korean Studies as anacademic discipline.
  • Knowledge of Hancha and the McCune-Reischauer Romanization system.
  • Ability to provide advanced research assistance, select and manage resources for the collections, and participate in course-integrated instruction in Korean Studies.
  • Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources and reference tools for Korean Studies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Ability to plan, document, and complete projects, particularly those related to digitization initiatives.
  • 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.
  • Effective planning, organizational and interpersonal skills, team skills, interest in library and university committee responsibilities, ability to manage a diverse workload and attention to detail.
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, written and spoken Korean, working knowledge of Japanese and Chinese, as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous work experience in an academic or research library.
  • Advance degree in an Asian studies related field is preferred.
  • Experience in the delivery and implementation of liaison services.
  • Experience in providing instruction, reference, collection, and/or outreach services to a research community.
  • Experience supervising in a unionized environment.
  • 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 coordinating digitization projects
  • Experience and interest in issues related to using, evaluating, managing, licensing, and providing access to Korean electronic resources.
  • Previous experience in original cataloguing and authority control in an automated environment in an academic or research library setting with working knowledge of AACR2, MARC21, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Classification Web and OCLC Connexion

Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a continuing appointment (Permanent Status Stream) position to be filled at either Librarian I or II level dependent upon qualifications. Salary and appointment level are based upon experience and qualifications.
Librarian I-$58,100 (Minimum annual salary for full-time Librarian I)
Librarian II-$60,700 (Minimum annual salary for full-time Librarian II)

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

How to Apply:
Please send letters of application, curriculum vitae and the names of three referees to Library Human Resources at or to Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5, or by fax to 416.946.5543. At least two of the referees should be supervisory. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf with a file name convention of Surname, First Name. Korean.Studies.Lib. The deadline for applications is October 8, 2014.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants for their interest, however, will only be contacting those applicants selected for an interview.

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