Monday, February 23, 2015

University of Southern California: Japanese Studies Librarian

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an innovative librarian to build and promote a strong Japanese collection to support teaching and research at USC. The successful candidate will join the East Asian Library to support faculty and students from all departments and schools engaged in the use of Chinese, Japanese and Korean language materials.
Reporting to the Head of the East Asian Library, the Japanese Studies Librarian is responsible for developing, cataloging and managing the Japanese collection, and for assisting patrons in using these library resources.

The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. For more information, visit .

The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We develop collections and services that support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff; build a community of critical consumers of information; and help develop engaged world citizens. Through these means, we contribute to the continued success of the University of Southern California. The USC Libraries includes the Doheny Memorial Library and fourteen specialized libraries with an operating budget of approximately $41 million. Library collections encompass over 4.2 million volumes, 5.9 million microforms, 3.1 million images, 49,300 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, with access to over 113,800 serials in print and electronic formats, over 1,650 datasets, and nearly 724,000 e-books. For more information, visit

The East Asian Library directly supports the research and teaching of the East Asian faculty and students at USC and includes in its collections Chinese, Japanese and Korean-language materials in all fields, but with an emphasis on social sciences and humanities. The Library’s location on the first floor of Doheny Memorial Library supports a broader mission of promoting the integration of East Asian perspectives into the learning and experience of the university community as a whole. For more information, see:

East Asian Studies in Southern California date from 1911, when USC opened a department of Oriental Studies and Comparative Literature. The East Asian Studies Center (EASC) was established in 1975 by the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to provide dedicated leadership, coordination, and support for the growing interdisciplinary education, research activity, and community outreach concerning East Asia. For almost forty years, EASC has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading centers for the development of East Asian area studies. USC is among a small group of elite colleges and universities to be designated a National Resource Center for East Asian studies by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, see:

The Japanese Studies Librarian reports to the Head of the East Asian Library. The librarian oversees the collection of Japanese language materials related to Japan in multidisciplinary research fields. She/he is responsible for developing and organizing the Japanese collection in all formats in support of the research and teaching of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Managing the acquisitions funds, she/he selects titles to build a substantial collection capable of supporting graduate-level research of the USC faculty and students in Japanese studies. She/he actively collaborates with efforts to supplement funding with support from grants and donations.
The librarian works with the Technical Services staff on the technical processing of Japanese materials. She/he directly consults with Japanese vendors, book dealers, and government/ institutional bodies in Japan to acquire research materials and information. She/he develops and maintains user tools such as finding aids and research guides to aid and enhance access to the USC Japanese collection and other information resources. The librarian provides in-person and virtual reference assistance to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the general public to access and use all available Japanese collection and information resources. She/he provides research consultation and instruction services for the USC faculty and students related to Japanese studies. She/he serves at the Doheny Library’s reference desk to provide general reference services. She/he will be required to work evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent is typically required for a librarian appointment at USC. In addition, candidates must provide examples of:
  • A strong command of the Japanese language, both written and spoken
  • Knowledge of current professional trends, especially those relating to reference, instructional services, and collection development to serve a diverse population of users on and off-campus
  • Effective English oral and written communication skills
  • At least two years’ experience as a Japanese specialist in an academic or research library, including reference, instruction, and collection development responsibilities.
    Desirable qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in a Japanese studies discipline
  • Knowledge of Japanese librarianship
  • Familiarity with the Japanese book trade and vendors
  • Experience in cataloging, including knowledge of AACR2, LCC, LCSH, OCLC/MARC tagging and RDA cataloging standards
  • Experience applying for and/or administering grants
  • Knowledge of the application of current information retrieval and other technologies to library services
  • Experience with web-authoring software
Assistant University Librarian: Continuing Appointment track rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time appointment.
This is a continuing appointment track position. Librarians at USC have faculty status. Appointment to the continuing appointment track requires the potential to meet the University’s requirements for the granting of continuing appointment, which is based on demonstrated excellent performance and the expectation of continued excellence and growth in professional expertise. For more information on Guidelines on Criteria and Qualifications for the Appointment, Promotion and Continuing Appointment of Librarians on the Continuing Appointment Track, see:

This position is full-time on a 12-month contract. Benefits include a choice of retirement programs, 22 paid vacation days per year, university holidays, a choice of medical and dental plans, and tuition assistance for the faculty member, his or her eligible spouse and dependent children, tuition exchange for eligible faculty children, life insurance and various other benefits, see:

As part of the application, candidates must upload one document file (Word or PDF) that contains the following: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae (including telephone and e-mail address), and 3) a list of at least three references that includes the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address for each referee.
Applications must be submitted via USC’s online faculty application website. To apply for this position:
Closing date for applications: March 30, 2015
For more information about this position, contact Kenneth Klein, Chair of the Search Committee, at
USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply.

UC Berkeley: Japanese Cataloging Librarian

Japanese Cataloging Librarian
C.V. Starr East Asian Library
University of California, Berkeley

Hiring Range: Assistant Librarian–Librarian
$49,010–$75,215 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting June 1, 2015

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 2,000 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library (EAL) of the University of California, Berkeley houses one of the largest research collections of print and electronic books and periodicals, manuscripts, rare editions, and graphics in the East Asian languages outside of Asia. Its comprehensive holdings encompass over 1 million print volumes, over 800,000 e-books and electronic journals, over 80,000 microfilms and media items, and over 3,000 current print serial titles. Languages represented include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and to a lesser extent, Tibetan, Manchu, and Mongolian. The East Asian Library supports teaching and research on East Asia, serving the campus community and a substantial number of off-campus users.

The East Asian Library’s Technical Services unit processes Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials for the East Asian Library, all other libraries within the University Library system, and affiliated libraries on campus. It employs nine career staff in addition to temporary and student employees. Its operations include original and copy cataloging, serials processing, and the cataloging of digital resources using appropriate metadata schema to facilitate access to digital collections.


The Japanese Cataloging Librarian reports to the Head of the East Asian Library’s Technical Services unit. S/he performs original cataloging of books, serials, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, e-resources, microfilm, maps, and other library materials in the Japanese language. All original cataloging is performed in compliance with national and local standards such as MARC21, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards as well as emerging technological solutions such as linked data. Records are given full MARC tagging by the cataloger, who is also responsible for contributing and maintaining authority records for Berkeley’s integrated library system and NACO. In addition, the Japanese Cataloging Librarian prepares in- house training materials and advises cataloging staff on cataloging-related issues, participates in the formulation of general cataloging policy and system design, and conducts special cataloging projects relating to Japanese materials. Occasionally, the Japanese Cataloging Librarian provides reference services on questions related to the use of the catalogs and other finding tools.

In addition to cataloging responsibilities, the incumbent will represent the Library in regional, national, and international cooperative programs concerning technical processing. The successful candidate should stay abreast of national trends and new developments in cataloging, with an emphasis on Japanese resources, and network with other library professionals within the Berkeley Library system as well as outside the University. The incumbent will also perform other related duties as assigned.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum Basic Qualifications at time of application
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
  • Expert knowledge of written and spoken Japanese, including classical Japanese
  • Substantial knowledge of MARC21, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS
  • Familiarity with the modified Hepburn system of romanization

Additional Required Qualifications
  • In-depth knowledge of Japanese history and culture
  • A strong commitment to excellence in service and a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, changing environment
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, initiative, and flexibility

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of library applications of computer technology and electronic information resources
  • Original cataloging experience using a bibliographic utility such as OCLC Connexion and a local library system
  • Familiarity with authority standards and guidelines
  • An additional advanced degree in an appropriate subject area or knowledge of East Asian studies as an academic discipline

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

DEADLINE: Consideration will be given to applications received by April 6, 2015.

Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position.

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720–6000

Friday, February 13, 2015

Princeton University: Director

Director, East Asian Library
Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ

Requisition #1500096

The Princeton University Library is one of the world’s leading research libraries, serving a diverse community of 5,200 undergraduates, 2,700 graduate students, 1,200 faculty members, and many visiting scholars. Its holdings include more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, 2 million non-print items, and extensive collections of digital text, data and images. The Library employs a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support staff working in a large central library, 9 specialized branches, and 3 storage facilities. More information:

The East Asian Library's (EAL) collection contains more than 801,000 bound volumes, 38,000 print and electronic serials subscriptions, rich offerings of digital content, and a world-famous collection of rare books and artifacts. About 69% of EAL's holdings are Chinese, 27% Japanese and 4% Korean. Collections range across all fields of knowledge but focus especially on humanities and social sciences. The EAL is staffed by 4 librarians, 3 support staff, and many student assistants. Another 11.5 FTE of staff are devoted to processing and cataloging East Asian materials. The Director bears primary responsibility for all aspects of administration of the EAL, supervision of staff, providing leadership in planning and implementing collections, liaison and services, and representing the Library in many national and international partnerships with other centers of excellence in East Asian Studies.

The EAL serves students (undergrad and graduate), faculty and visiting researchers associated with the study of East Asia in all disciplines at all levels. In close liaison with the Department and Program of East Asian Studies, and serving the broad East Asian studies constituencies across campus, the Director coordinates the work of Chinese, Japanese and Korean Studies Librarians in developing and managing strong, interdisciplinary digital and print collections, shaping and providing innovative services for all levels of library patrons (via reference, research consultation, instructional programs, exhibits, and production of online guides) in support of learning, teaching and research.

The Director works closely with the Department and Program to ensure the EAL provides outstanding support for their over-arching priorities on classical traditions, history and literature, and the study of the contemporary world of China, Japan and Korea. Liaison with other departments (including Tech Services, Systems, Center for Digital Humanities, and Preservation) forms an important component of the operation of the EAL. The Director's work is coordinated with that of other area studies units in the Library system, under the oversight of the Associate University Librarian for Collection Development.

In proportion to the East Asian Library's international stature, the Director provides high-level leadership and initiative, representing Princeton in regional, national, and international organizations and meetings; seeking opportunities to advance inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization, preservation and access, and other projects; and helping to identify opportunities for grants to further enhance the Library's service to this field.


• ALA-accredited Master's in library science OR equivalent combination of education & professional library experience
• Minimum 3 years professional library work in an academic or research library
• Advanced degree in a humanities or social science field; OR at least 4 years relevant library experience in East Asian studies
• Proficiency in at least one East Asian language; excellent oral & written communication skills
• A record of successful leadership, management and strategic planning
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of colleagues and scholars

Strongly Preferred:
• Experience in managing a branch library or library department
• Experience supervising professional staff in an academic setting
• Demonstrated success working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff, across all functions of the library  system
• Ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing environment

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: Click the "Search Open Positions" button on the left, and search Requisition #1500096. Applications must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.  Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: Librarian for Okinawan Studies

Librarian II or Librarian III - Okinawan Studies
Position Number: 0070282
Closing Date: Continuous until filled - application review begins March 2, 2015
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
11 Month, Full Time, Permanent, Tenure Track
Available July 1, 2015, pending position clearance

Duties and Responsibilities

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa 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) and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) 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 library 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 guides to print and online resources 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 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.
  • Travel for professional development and acquisition purposes.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills in Japanese and English.

Librarian III Minimum Qualifications
  • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications
  • 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 reference, collection development and management, and instruction for an area in an academic library.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in information technology for academic libraries.
  • Knowledge of library acquisition 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 Personnel Officer. 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 March 2, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Address to: Personnel Officer
University of Hawai'i at Manoa Library
2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822
Inquiries: 808-956-7207

Thursday, February 5, 2015

University of Toronto: Korean Studies Librarian

POSITION:          Korean Studies Librarian (Librarian II or III)

DEPARTMENT:          Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

DATE REQUIRED:    Immediately

About the University of Toronto Libraries
The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), rightly referred to as a national treasure, is the largest academic library system in Canada and is ranked third among peer institutions in North America, just behind Harvard and Yale. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough.

Our mission is to foster the search for knowledge and understanding in the University and the wider community. To this end, we provide innovative services and comprehensive access to information founded upon our developing resources as one of the leading research libraries in the world.

As the largest university in Canada serving a population of approximately 50,000 students from diverse cultures, we offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees in East Asian studies, and possess a collection of 400,000 volumes in the East Asian Library.

University of Toronto Library System:
Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library:
University of Toronto:
Policies for Librarians: 

The Opportunity
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 Korean Studies materials and services, faculty liaison, and cataloguing.  This 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 cross-disciplinary academic departments and programs in the humanities and the social sciences that offer courses related to Korean Studies
•    Serve as subject liaison librarian/ the primary Korean Studies specialist and be the primary contact for research and educational needs related to Korean Studies
•    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. Build enduring partnerships with research and teaching faculty
•    Design and deliver curriculum-integrated instruction and other learning activities in a variety of formats for Korean Studies faculty and students
•    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
•    Undertake original cataloguing on Korean materials in all formats
•    Supervise staff who undertake cataloguing and acquisitions responsibilities
•    Collaborate with librarians and staff in other Library programs regarding acquisitions cataloguing, maintenance and the preservation and conservation of Korean-language resources
•    Serve as the University of Toronto representative to the Korean Collections Consortium of North America

Required Qualifications:

•    Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) or equivalent ALA-accredited degree
•    At least one year’s experience in an academic or research library :
•    Delivering and implementing liaison services
•    Original cataloguing and authority control with working knowledge of AACR2, MARC21, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Classification Web and OCLC Connexion
•    Providing advanced research assistance, selecting and managing resources for the collections, and participating in course-integrated instruction in Korean Studies.
•    Advanced academic work in Korean Studies , or demonstrated knowledge of Korean Studies as an academic discipline
•    Familiarity with electronic and scholarly resources and reference tools for Korean Studies
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
•    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 , as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English
•    Excellent knowledge of Hancha and the McCune-Reischauer Romanization system

Preferred Qualifications:
•    An advanced degree in an Asian studies related field
•    Experience supervising in a unionized environment
•    Experience 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 Korean electronic resources
•    Working knowledge of Japanese and Chinese

Salary and Terms of Appointment:
This is a continuing appointment Permanent Status Stream position to be filled at either Librarian II or III level dependent upon qualifications.  We offer a highly attractive compensation and benefits package, with salary and appointment level based upon experience and qualifications.

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.  The deadline for applications is March 10, 2015.  Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of Surname, FirstName.Kor.Stud. Lib.

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.

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