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The University and the Library
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. With more than 30,000 students, 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, 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 Korean and Japanese Studies as well as a major in Japanese Studies. The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) offers advanced degrees with regional specializations including Korea and Japan; 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 Korean and Japanese Studies communities also include affiliated research units such as the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; Korea-Pacific Program; Laboratory on International Law and Regulation; and the Policy Design and Evaluation Lab.
The Division of Arts & Humanities’ growing Program in Transnational Korean Studies is the recent recipient of a five-year (2013-18) grant from the Academy of Korean Studies as a Core University Program for Korean Studies, which will enable the program to offer a number of new courses and research internships. This will offer potential opportunities for course-integrated instruction and for liaison with faculty and students. The Library acquires significant amounts of history and social science material on Korea and Japan, especially pertaining to international relations, economics, politics, and modern and contemporary history, popular culture and society, and selects fairly broadly (in English, Korean and Japanese) in the anthropology, sociology, visual arts, music and literature of Korea and Japan.
Responsibilities of the Position
The UC San Diego Library seeks a subject librarian for Korean and Japanese Studies to develop and implement liaison services to the students and faculty working in these areas in the Division of Arts & Humanities and the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). The Korean and Japanese Studies Librarian will also be responsible for collection development for Korean and Japanese Studies in Korean, Japanese, and English languages.
The position will report to the Director of the Library’s Academic Liaison Program, with additional assigned responsibilities in the Collection Development & Management Program. The incumbent will:
• Actively engage with faculty and students in the Program in Transnational Korean Studies and the Japanese Studies Program within the Division of Arts & Humanities and the Korean and Japanese regional specializations at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.
• 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 Korean and Japanese 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 Korean and Japanese Studies programs in both Arts & Humanities and IR/PS; affiliated programs and research units; and other departments and programs as assigned.
• Communicate effectively with colleagues, students and faculty to integrate information literacy within Korean and Japanese Studies programs.
• Design and deliver curriculum-integrated instruction and other learning activities in a variety of formats for Korean and Japanese Studies faculty and students.
• Develop and promote online subject guides and other information resources for assigned subject areas.
• Develop and maintain collections in Korean, Japanese, and English-language materials for Korean and Japanese Studies.
• Collaborate with librarians and staff in Content Acquisitions and Metadata Services regarding acquisitions, vendor selection, approval plans, and cataloging of Korean and Japanese language resources.
• Serve as the primary Korean and Japanese Studies specialist for research assistance.
• Professional degree from a library school, or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services.
• Academic work in a field of study that includes knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Korea and Japan.
• Strong language skills in Korean and English, spoken and written.
• Ability to provide research assistance and participate in course-integrated instruction in assigned subject areas.
• Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources for Korean and Japanese studies.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
• Ability to plan, document, and complete projects.
• Excellent analytical, time management, organizational and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment and with diverse groups.
• Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Strong language skills in Japanese, spoken and written.
• Experience in working with overseas and domestic vendors in support of the acquisitions of information resources.
• Experience in developing working partnerships with academic units in a University setting.
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 July 13, 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 leading 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.