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