Friday, October 31, 2014

Ohio State University: Japanese Studies Librarian

The Ohio State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Japanese Studies Librarian to join a substantial, responsive and high impact area studies program which strongly supports research and teaching at the University.   The Japanese Studies collection is relevant and distinctive, reflecting the prominence of the University’s East Asian Studies Center, the Institute for Japanese Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL).  The Japanese Studies Librarian is a critical partner for these dynamic programs and leads the Libraries’ engagement and collection building in these areas to advance discovery and learning in a globalized, information-rich environment. The Japanese Studies Librarian is responsible for outreach activities, collection development, and research services that cultivate relationships and enhance teaching, learning, and research in the East Asian Studies Center, the Institute for Japanese Studies and DEALL.  The Japanese Studies Librarian also builds partnerships to participate in shared practices that connect the Libraries’ learning environment, expertise, resources, and services with constituent needs.

•    Actively engages and communicates effectively with faculty, students, and staff in assigned areas, developing strong working relationships and serving as liaison to the East Asian Studies Center (a pioneering U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center), to the Institute for Japanese Studies, to faculty in DEALL and to a variety of other programs with interest in Japanese Studies.
•    Engages with faculty, students and other scholars to provide proactive Japanese Studies research support and innovative instruction in collaboration with the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning, Research Services and Digital Content Services departments.
•    Builds and manages a distinctive, interdisciplinary, responsive research collection in Japanese and related East Asian areas in support of distinguished academic and teaching programs and promotes current services and collections. Assesses user needs to develop and maintain relevant, high-quality services and collections.
•    Be knowledgeable about and be able speak to a range of library issues, including scholarly communication, copyright issues, digital initiatives, the development of new online tools, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum. 
•    Analyzes trends in East Asian Studies Center, the Institute for Japanese Studies and DEALL teaching and research programs, stay abreast of scholarship in the disciplines themselves, and use this knowledge to respond to departmental needs.
•    Actively develops regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations to advance the strategic directions of the Libraries, representing OSU in forums such as the Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) and the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC).
•    Supports and engages in fundraising, grant writing, marketing and outreach that strengthen the Libraries’ programs, in partnership with Advancement, the East Asian Studies Center and DEALL.
•    Provides direct supervision of the East Asian Studies Program Assistant. In consultation with the Head of Area Studies and the Associate Director for Special Collections and Area Studies writes position descriptions, hires, assigns job responsibilities, coaches and mentors, conducts performance evaluations, and facilitates staff development and training opportunities.
•    Participates proactively on library-wide committees, task forces and teams. Seeks opportunities to engage with local community organizations to promote Japanese collections.
•    Collaborates with other subject, area studies and special collections librarians to develop interdisciplinary solutions to integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment.
•    Contributes to developments in the field of area studies librarianship through active professional engagement and research, presenting and publishing in appropriate venues.

Required qualifications: 
•    Accredited MLS or a PhD obtained by time of appointment required. 
•    Solid command of the history and major trends in research and scholarly publishing in East Asian Studies, especially Japanese Studies and the history of Japan, including digital resources, and with vendors able to supply appropriate materials from a variety of sources
•    Excellent language skills in Japanese
•    Excellent communication skills in English

Preferred qualifications: 
•    Experience as a Japanese or East Asian Studies librarian, or a comparable combination of academic and professional experience
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment
•    Evidence of both professional initiative and flexibility
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with a diverse population
•    Experience in developing and delivering innovative instruction and research support services
•    Experience in using bibliographic utilities and databases to search non-Roman scripts
•    Ability to identify and work with materials in other languages relevant to East Asian Studies, such as Korean or Chinese.

About the OSU Libraries Area Studies Program:
The OSU Libraries has built strong and deep area studies collections in association with the programs of OSU’s distinguished Title VI Area Studies Centers and related departments of language, literature and culture.  As Ohio State aspires to be a globalized academic institution committed to responsible international engagement and its Office of International Affairs aims to “foster excellence in the study of languages, the history of arts and cultures and their societies, and international security,” Area Studies librarians partner to advance knowledge building in today’s dynamic and diverse global information environment. 

About The Ohio State University:
Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.

The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the University’s eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at


The position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment and reports to the Head of Area Studies. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.


The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by January 5, 2015. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Kelly Rose at Please include Japanese Studies Librarian in the subject field.

Contact Information: Kelly Rose, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5917

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NYU: Assistant Head

Assistant Head Librarian, Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

New York University seeks a qualified Assistant Head Librarian for the Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  The Assistant Head Librarian reports to the ISAW Head Librarian.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is a unique center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D. degree through NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world, incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its teaching of doctoral students, ISAW emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It supports scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries – art history, literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and sociology, among others – to create a new intellectual framework for understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars steeped in that integrated approach.

The Assistant Head Librarian is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, including:
Library Operations - Coordinate workflow, establish priorities and assign work to ISAW's library staff.  Train new staff.  Manage special projects by devising appropriate workflows and providing supervision.
Technical Services - Supervise the work of ISAW's cataloging team, a group performing original and complex copy cataloging for all formats in a wide range of subjects and languages using the Ex Libris Aleph client. The cataloging team consists of ISAW staff members and adjuncts from NYU’s cataloging department. Facilitate patron resource discovery and access by ensuring the quality of bibliographic and digital databases through compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LCCS, NACO, CONSER, and LC cataloging practices as well as other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards. Provide leadership in the area of metadata management through the selection, creation and application of appropriate metadata frameworks for print and digital records. Participate in the development of standards, policies and procedures to ensure accurate and timely maintenance of print and digital records. Serve as a liaison to Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS) and other related departments in the Division of Libraries.
Digital Projects - Serve as the library liaison on ISAW’s digital projects team to help develop and coordinate activities linking digital initiatives to library projects. Work closely with the Head Librarian and other members of ISAW’s staff to assist in the planning and implementation of The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL), one of the Digital Initiatives underway at the Institute. AWDL is a joint project shared between ISAW and NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) department and the incumbent shares responsibility for envisioning the development of the digital library and its resources.
Collection Development - Sort collections acquired and determine appropriateness for inclusion in the ISAW library or beyond. Maintain inventories for acquired collections, duplicates, and serials. Provide data to the Head Librarian to assist with the task of analyzing the library collection, especially with regard to the curation of on- and off-site collections. Participate in the acquisitions workflow by using the spreadsheet and ticket system to track requests and purchases.
Public Services - Work closely with Head Librarian to provide leadership in the planning, design, and provision of public access services in the ISAW Library, including: producing and revising of library guides; giving individual and group instruction and orientation; serving as a liaison to faculty and graduate students; contributing to the library’s public relations efforts; working with faculty members, Visiting Research Scholars, and students on integrating electronic resources into teaching and research; responding to written, telephone, and email reference questions; participating in Division and other institutional committees and activities as appropriate.

•    ALA-accredited MLS and second subject Master’s degree required for tenure;
•    The ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in history, archaeology, art history and other areas relevant to ISAW’s core research areas.
•    Working knowledge of the appropriate languages of scholarship;
•    Familiarity with current trends in technical services;
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
•    Demonstrated ability to work collegially within a small unit that is flexible and responsive to patrons;
•    Minimum three years professional experience.
•    Subject area background relevant to the areas of study at ISAW;
•    Awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in librarianship;
•    Working knowledge of a non-Western language, with a strong preference for Chinese or Russian.

New York University Libraries: 
Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to

Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director of Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to  Resumes will be considered until the position is filled.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

University of Tsukuba: Assistant Professor in e-Science

The University of Tsukuba in Japan has an opening for an "Assistant Professor in e-Science". It is a 5-year term position, with the possibility of an extension.

The faculty seeks applicants, who are capable of conducting research and education of e-Science with expertise in any of the following areas:
(1) e-Scientific research process;
(2) science technology policy regarding to open access and open data;
(3) research data management, data curation and training functions in research library;
(4) developing e-Science infrastructure such as data repository, electronic laboratory notes, and data analyzing tools.

Close date: 16th Nov 2014

More information can be found:

Please send your informal inquiry to

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NYU Shanghai: STEM librarian

Reference and Research Services Librarian for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
New York University Shanghai

The NYU Library in Shanghai invites applications for a STEM Reference and Research Services Librarian in an innovative and forward-looking setting. As part of a collaborative team, the position plays a key role in the educational mission of NYU Shanghai by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and connecting them to the services, content and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs.

NYU Shanghai is the newest degree-granting campus within the NYU Global Network University. It is the first Sino-US higher education joint venture to grant a degree that is accredited in the US as well as in China. As a research university with liberal arts and science at its core, NYU Shanghai resides in one of the world's great cities with a vibrant intellectual community (  It recruits scholars who are committed to a global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research.

New York University’s Global Network University is established as an organically connected, multi-site network that encompasses key global cities and intellectual capitals. The network has three degree-granting campuses - New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi - complemented by twelve additional academic centers across five continents. Faculty and students will circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

The Library of NYU Shanghai will deliver and coordinate a wide range of academic services that support the teaching, learning and research of NYU Shanghai’s faculty and students.  Drawing on the resources of the libraries at NYU New York, the NYU Shanghai library provides an opportunity to create a forward-looking 21st century library program and facility to serve a culturally diverse and academically talented population.

The STEM librarian serves as the primary liaison to a group of academic departments in the area of science, technology, engineering and math, with responsibilities for building collections in all formats that support research and curricular needs; delivering a program of instruction, consultation, and research support services; developing responsive outreach and other information services; and taking a leadership role on projects and initiatives as appropriate.   Collaborative work with colleagues at NYU New York, NYU Abu Dhabi, and across NYU’s global network is an important job expectation.  Librarians at NYU participate in library and system-wide committees, and professional activities outside of the university.

Required Qualifications:
•    ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent graduate LIS degree
•    Previous experience in instruction, collection development, or reference services
•    High degree of facility with technologies and systems in academic library and information services
•    Academic background in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or demonstrated experience in providing science information and education services
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills
•    Demonstrated excellent interpersonal oral and written English language skills
•    Demonstrated history of flexibility, creativity, and strong customer service commitment

•    Experience in a research library
•    Familiarity with scientific research, including scholarly communication, publication trends, data management, and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers
•    Advanced degree in a STEM discipline or other subject area relevant to the NYU Shanghai academic program
•    Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
•    Chinese language skills; familiarity with Chinese culture
•    Prior international experience

Excellent and generous benefits package which include medical benefits, paid time-off, and relocation assistance. Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director, Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to Please include where you heard about this position.  Resumes will be considered until the position is filled.

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cleveland Museum of Art: Art Bibliographer, Asian Languages

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Ingalls Library and Museum Archives seeks qualified candidates for its Art Bibliographer – Asian Languages position.  The Art Bibliographer— Asian Languages works in conjunction with the Director of Library and Archives and the Acquisitions team to ensure the development of the Ingalls Library collection in accordance with the written Collection Development Policy and through established relationships with vendors world-wide. The position is responsible for the identification and selection of books and other intellectual materials in Asian languages for the museum library.  Typical duties include working on matters pertaining to selection of materials and overall collection development including establishing book selection policy and criteria for acquisitions based on knowledge of the literature and needs of current and future researchers; maintains primary responsibility for the library’s acquisition of new materials in Asian languages through established relationships with key vendors; and assists with the receipt and processing of all Asian language gifts, exchanges, and transfer materials in all formats including evaluation of materials for relevance to collection.

Master's degree in Library Science (M.L.S.) from an ALA accredited program required.  Knowledge of art historical literature.  Foreign language fluency in either Chinese or Japanese required; reading knowledge of Korean and whichever of Chinese or Japanese where fluency is lacking.  Prior experience working in an academic or research library, preferably in an acquisitions department, and familiarity with integrated library systems and OCLC are desirable.  Excellent research, oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills including the ability to create policy; supervise staff, interns, and volunteers; prioritize and manage workflow, projects and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines and solving problems in a dynamic environment.   Must have experience developing and managing relationships with vendors, publishers and interface providers. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with institutional departments, community partners and potential donors. 

The Ingalls Library is one of the largest art research libraries in the United States with over 496,000 Volumes and a staff of 22. The library provides assistance to anyone seeking information on art and offers specialized workshops on research resources and techniques. The library’s mission is to support  the museum’s current and future collections, research, exhibitions, publications, lectures, programs and activities. The Museum Archives’ mission is to preserve records that document the origins, development, achievements, and activities of the museum and to administrate the museum’s records management program.

Send cover letter and resume to
Application deadline is October 31, 2014.