Wednesday, December 2, 2015

George Washington University: China Studies Librarian

Posting Number:    F000831
Academic Title:    China Studies Librarian
Administrative Title:    China Studies Librarian
Discipline:    Libraries
Contract Type:    Librarian
Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements:    Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, Sex Offender Registry Search, and Prior Employment Verification
Proposed Start Date:    02/01/2016
Full-Time/Part-Time:    Full-Time
Position Description Summary:   
The GW Libraries seeks applicants with a deep academic interest in contemporary China. The successful candidate will possess outreach acumen along with a passion for exploration and learning, the desire to work in successful collaboration with others, and the potential to contribute to a dynamic organization committed to achievement.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:    The China Studies librarian is responsible for developing, planning and managing the services and collections of the China Documentation Center and Taiwan Resource Center. The librarian engages in outreach to faculty, students and researchers focused on China across the social sciences and humanities; develops associated programming, manages budgets, and develops, evaluates and manages strong interdisciplinary collections and specialized services in support of the University’s evolving research mission. The position is responsible for selecting and acquiring resources in Chinese, English and other languages relevant to the study of the region, non-Roman script cataloging, and for coordinating related processing of content to ensure discoverability.
The China Studies librarian works in collaboration with other GRC staff, and the broader GW Libraries community to develop and manage coordinated services and collections. In support of International Students, this position will have instruction responsibilities for both undergraduate and graduate English for Academic Purposes courses.
As a member of the Global Resources Center team, the China Studies librarian will participate in the ongoing development of GRC collections and services. The person in this position may serve on library and university committees, and is expected to contribute to the profession through publications, talks, and/or service to appropriate professional organizations. The position reports to the Director, Global Resources.
Minimum Qualifications:  
  • Graduate degree in a social sciences or humanities discipline, with an emphasis on China;
  • Reading and writing fluency in Chinese.
Advertised Salary:    Commensurate with Experience
Other Benefits:
Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical; retirement contributions; tuition assistance.

Desired qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or similarly appropriate/equivalent advanced degree (e.g. MLIS, MIS, etc.);
  • Graduate degree or PhD-level coursework in a social sciences discipline, with an emphasis on contemporary China;
  • Experience identifying, collecting and making available academically relevant content;
  • Ability to perform copy and original cataloging following RDA standards within an integrated library system and using OCLC Connexion;
  • Familiarity with Library of Congress classification and subject headings;
  • Experience working with students and faculty in a college or university setting;
  • Experience living, studying, and or working in China;
  • Reading knowledge of Korean or Japanese.
  • Ability to conduct classroom instruction;
  • Demonstrated success in developing outreach initiatives in support of academic priorities;
  • Excellent oral and written English-language skills;
  • Ability to create positive relations with faculty, students, donors and support groups.
  • An interest in digital scholarship

George Washington University:
The George Washington University actively engages Washington, DC and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy, law and diplomacy. Strong, dynamic relationships between the University and its neighbors make GW a destination for internationally-focused researchers and analysts. The University’s credentialed academic community plays a pivotal role in establishing these relationships. Of note are globally-focused curricula spread throughout the university’s schools, departments and programs; GW’s top-ranked Elliott School of International Affairs; and the Elliott School’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies, a signature program at GW that boasts over 60 faculty members from across the University working on Asia. The associated China Policy Program builds upon the Elliott School’s longstanding expertise and involvement in U.S.-China relations and contemporary Chinese affairs to serve as an outreach program to the policy community in Washington and around the world.
The library:
The Fundamental vision of the George Washington University Libraries is to sustain and expand our intellectual partnerships with faculty and students across and beyond the university. From scholarly communication and open access initiatives to imbedded instruction, and distinctive, specialized collections the GW Libraries plays a critical role in advancing the University’s strategic vision, including its long history of support for the University’s globally-oriented mission. In 2003 the Libraries worked in close collaboration with GW faculty to establish the China Documentation Center as part of its Global Resources Center (GRC); the Taiwan Resource Center followed shortly thereafter in 2004. The GRC has four additional specialized resource centers that parallel the university’s priorities: the Resource Center for Russia, Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe; the Middle East and North Africa Research Center (MENA) and centers focusing on Japan and Okinawa, and a Korea Resources collection. China-related collections focus on contemporary Chinese politics, foreign relations and military affairs, national security, society, economics, and history. Related language, literature and cultural content reside in the general stacks. The GW Libraries is an active member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, a nine-member non-profit corporation with a strong track record of successful partnerships.
Special Instructions to Applicants:    Only complete applications will be considered. To be considered, please complete an online faculty application at and upload a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications, and curriculum vitae. Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.
Department Link:
Open Until Filled:    Yes
EEO Statement:    The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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Monday, November 30, 2015

JF JPN Language Institute, Urawa: Librarian

Dear all,
The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa has opened a job posting for a librarian.
For a detail description and an application form, please see the following site (in Japanese only):
Best regards,
Junko Kurita, Chief Librarian,
Japan Foundation Library
4-4-1, Yotsuya, Shinjukuk-ku, Tokyo 160-0004

Phone; 81-3-5369-6086
FAX: 80-3-5369-6048

Facebook Page:

Monday, November 16, 2015

University of Hawai‘i: Okinawan Studies Librarian

Title: Librarian II or Librarian III (Okinawan Studies)
Position Number: 0070282
Hiring Unit: UHM, Library Services
Location: Hamilton Library, Asia Collection
Date Posted: November 13, 2015
Closing Date: Continuous - application review begins December 14, 2015
Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Monthly Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Tenure
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent
Other Conditions: To begin approximately March 2016, subject to position clearance and/or availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities
    The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of library and information professionals. Under the general direction of the Head of the Asia Department, the Librarian for Okinawan Studies will work collaboratively to lead in collection development and management of all materials in all formats related to Okinawan studies, provide research assistance, and library instruction. In addition, the librarian will liaise with the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) to initiate national and international resource sharing collaborations, international symposia, rare materials preservation, restoration and digitization, web site development, and fundraising and outreach with the Okinawan community.
    Provide professional reference service at the Asia Collection reference desk as scheduled and respond to questions and requests for information and research assistance from faculty, students, and the general public.
    Frequently provide in-depth personal consultation to researchers and students who require it.
    Work collegially with the other area studies librarians in the Asia Collection, actively engage in departmental affairs, and participate in library-wide activities.
    Offer specialized bibliographic instruction to students in Asian Studies and Okinawan Studies and participate with others in meeting the broader instruction needs of the library in a variety of modalities (i.e. face-to-face, virtual, online, etc.) to promote strong critical thinking skills.
    Work in cooperation with other Asia Collection librarians and the teaching faculty to develop tailored instruction programs and prepare specialized bibliographic guides in print and online to aid in instruction.
    Collection development including and not limited to examining newly published material in all formats related to Okinawa in humanities and social science subject areas and deciding which publication to purchase or make available for the library. Knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the collection and teaching and research interests at the University of Hawai‘i are essential to performing this task.
    Provide consultation and assistance to technical services with processing materials from and about the Ryukyus and Okinawa.
    Work with Okinawan/Japanese publishers and maintain knowledge about Okinawan/Japanese publishing trends.
    Develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, donors, and the general community.
    Participate at the national and international level with other area specialists and in consortia.
    Keep abreast of recent developments in information technology.
    Should be competent in web page development and maintenance, and knowledgeable about digitization and its application in libraries.
    Maintain a productive attitude and enthusiasm for an innovative and changing environment.

Librarian II Minimum Qualifications
    ALA accredited MLS or equivalent by the start date.
    Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills in Japanese and English.

Librarian III Minimum Qualifications
    ALA accredited MLS or equivalent by the start date.
    Three years of appropriate professional experience.
    Twenty-four post-baccalaureate credits of academic study.
    Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills in Japanese and English.

Desirable Qualifications
    A working knowledge of the Okinawan/Ryukyuan languages or dialects.
    Research experience and/or course work in a subject related to Okinawan studies.
    Demonstrated creativity in program or project development.
    Demonstrated understanding of issues related to area-focused collections in an academic library.
    Knowledge of publishing and book trade.
    Knowledge in the provision of area-focus reference and instruction in an academic library.
    Knowledge of issues and trends in information technology for academic libraries.
    Knowledge of collection development and management, and technical processing.
    Evidence of participation in international, national, or regional professional associations.
    Understanding of preparing and managing budgets.
    Demonstrated experience in creating or designing web pages and/or digital collections related to Asia, Area Studies, Japan or Okinawa.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, names, contact information (including e-mail address) of at least 3 professional references, resume and transcripts of graduate degrees (copies acceptable; however, originals will be required upon hire) to Human Resources Specialist. Interviewees will be expected to make a presentation to library faculty and staff as part of the screening process. Review of applications will begin on dd/mm/yyy and will continue until the position is filled.
    Human Resources Specialist
    University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Library
    2550 McCarthy Mall
    Honolulu, HI, HI 96822

Inquiries:    808-956-7207

The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Claremont Colleges Library: Head of the Asian Library

The Claremont Colleges, a distinguished consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions located just east of Los Angeles, California, seeks an energetic, innovative, and productive Head of the Asian Library (HAL) for the Claremont Colleges Library.

Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and Libraries, the HAL will be forward-thinking in developing information resources and services that ensure that the Asian Library meets the current research, teaching, and learning needs of the Claremont Colleges’ faculty, students, and staff.  The successful candidate will bring vision, enthusiasm, analytical skills, and deep academic interest in Asia to this position.

The HAL will serve as the leader and spokesperson for the Asian Library within the Claremont Colleges Consortium.  As the library’s leading subject expert on Asia, the HAL will seize this opportunity to transform the Asian Library from a traditional, print collections-focused unit into a vibrant technology-enabled research, teaching, and learning space.  Our new Asian Library will feature energetic services, collaborative spaces, new technologies, and demand-driven subject and language information resources that support current research, teaching, and learning, a critical initiative in the library’s new strategic plan.  The HAL will make faculty and student engagement in the Asian Library a top priority.

Requirements include an MLIS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent education and experience, at least three years of professional level experience providing library services in higher education, English and Asian language skills, and academic work relating to Asia or deep knowledge of Asian Studies as an academic discipline.

Salary is negotiable, with full benefits package included.  For the complete position description and application procedures visit: .  Candidates applying by January 11, 2016 will be given first consideration.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

University of Melbourne: Chinese Studies Librarian

The University of Melbourne is seeking a Chinese studies librarian (Senior Librarian, Chinese & Asian Studies). The position will be shared with Monash University Library (0.7/0.3). Both university libraries have strong Chinese-language print and electronic collections that support dyamic Chinese studies teaching and research programs.

For full details see
Please note that the position closes on November 17.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

University of Wisconsin, Madison: Original Cataloger & Japanese Studies Bibliographer
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Positions Vacancy Listing
PVL #84467

Working Title: Original Cataloger & Japanese Studies Bibliographer
Degree and area of specialization: Master's degree or equivalent post-graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent association/organization.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Required Qualifications
- Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Japanese.
- Knowledge of Japanese history and culture.
- Knowledge of and experience with cataloging standards and schema such as RDA, AACR2, LC-PCC PS, LCSH, and the MARC21 format.
- At least one year of cataloging experience using OCLC within an integrated library system.
- Effective interpersonal and communication skills, initiative, and flexibility.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, work independently, exercise individual initiative, and demonstrate flexibility as a team member in a dynamic work environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience in collection development, collection management, and reference service.
- Experience performing original cataloging, including use of LC classification and LCSH.
- Experience in an academic or large public library.

Principal duties:
Principal Duties - Original Cataloger
As part of the Memorial Library Central Technical Services, this position is responsible for original cataloging of materials in a variety of formats and languages, including electronic resources, and for creating or approving name and series authority records.

Primary Responsibilities - Cataloging
Provide original cataloging for library materials in a variety of formats, languages, and collections. This includes use of MACR21, RDA, LCSH, LC Classification, OCLC, and our local library services platform. Participate in the Library of congress PCC BIBCO and NACO programs, creating bibliographic metadata conforming to national standards.

Authority work
Creation and editing of name and series authority records, Assist in the management of authority records in the shared Alma database for the University of Wisconsin System campuses.

Professional development
Participate in library and campus committees and outreach activities to further the mission of the library. Participate in professional library and scholarly organizations. Keep current with developments in librarianship, particularly related to collection development, public services, and scholarly communication.

Principal Duties -- Japanese Studies Bibliographer
As part of the Memorial Library Research Services team, the Japanese Studies Bibliographer is responsible for all aspects of collection, liaison and public services related to Japanese Studies in Humanities and Social Science fields.

Primary Responsibilities
Collection development and management
Responsible for collection development and information resource management in all formats related to Japanese Studies in Humanities and Social Science fields. Identify needs and develop profiles for individual or comprehensive approval plans and blanket orders. Review, evaluate and initiate both physical and monetary gifts related to library collections. Continuously evaluate existing collections, conduct weeding and serial cancellation projects, and compile collection statistics. Attend and participate in collection forums within Memorial Library, the UW campus and the larger Japanese Studies community.

Liaison and public service
Establish and maintain relationships with the community of scholars and researchers in the area of Japanese Studies. Serve as the primary library contact for faculty and graduate students working in the areas of Japanese Studies. Provide in-person and remote reference and research assistance to faculty, students and the community. Conduct formal instruction sessions, develop course web pages and initiate other venues for information literacy in the areas of Japanese Studies. Recommend materials for digitization and explore emergent technologies as appropriate to support research in the fields of Japanese Studies.

This position reports to the Head of Bibliographic Control in the Cataloging Department.
Additional Information
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is long established as a preeminent public research university. The impact and achievements from the research, teaching and service learning conducted by its faculty, staff and students is far-reaching and global in scope. The University today is fully engaged in educational innovation.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, General Library System (GLS), an ARL institution, is accepting applications for this full-time academic staff. The title of Associate Academic Librarian, or Academic Librarian will be assigned depending on the credentials of the successful candidate. Benefits include 22 vacation days, sick leave, group health insurance and life insurance, and a state retirement plan. This position will work closely with the other original catalogers, the appropriate selectors, and other departments.

The libraries on the campus of UW-Madison reflect the breadth and comprehensiveness of the University's highly ranked schools, colleges, departments, centers, and institutes. The libraries are a highly valued partner in teaching, research and learning at the university. The library values the depth of academic disciplines, requiring creative strategies to provide support for research and teaching.

The UW-Madison Libraries is one of the ten largest public university library systems in the United States. Library collections and services are decentralized and coordinated through the leadership of the General Library System (GLS), which provides technical infrastructure, support for acquisitions, and the integration of campus library services. The General Library System with a budget of more than $24.7 million and a collection budget of approximately $8 million administers fifteen libraries including Memorial Library, the largest library in the State of Wisconsin, and other specialized and professional libraries. The overall campus libraries' collection budget is nearly $11 million.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

Employee Class:            Academic Staff
Department(s):               LIBR/CENTRAL TECH SRV
Full Time Salary:            Minimum $42,167 ANNUAL (12 months)
Rate:                               Depending on Qualifications
Term:                              This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:    100%
Anticipated begin date:   DECEMBER 14, 2015
Number of Positions:      1

Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 27, 2015

In order to apply, applications must be submitted online at

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Anne Murphy-Lom
Phone: 608-262-276
Fax: N/A
728 State St
367 Memorial Library 
Madison, WI 53706-1418  
 Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )
If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:
NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. 

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.