Thursday, August 27, 2015

Harvard University: Executive Director

Executive Director
Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
Harvard University

For a full description of the job requirements and/or to apply, please visit:

First established in 1973 as the Japan Institute, The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University is one of the preeminent centers in the world supporting research activities concerning Japan and Japanese studies. Its mission is to promote a wide-ranging exchange of ideas on political, social, economic, cultural, and humanitarian issues, stimulating scholarly and public interest about Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. 

The Executive Director (ED) of the Reischauer Institute plays a key role in building coordinated programs for Harvard’s research and teaching engagement with Japan. The ED works closely with the Faculty Director to provide strategic leadership and to conceptualize and develop new programs, strategies, and initiatives to advance the academic, research, and programmatic agenda of the Institute. The ED develops new and promotes existing relationships with Institute affiliates, alumni, scholars, organizations, and institutions in the U.S., Japan, and beyond. The ED manages the implementation of Institute grants, summer programs abroad, and collaborates with libraries and museums to ensure the development of new resources and initiatives. The ED produces Institute communications and oversees a broad array of programmatic activities. The ED should demonstrate broad knowledge of Japanese studies, proficiency in Japanese, familiarity with current affairs in Japan/Asia, have an advanced degree in a related discipline and/or equivalent professional experience, experience managing staff, and have a minimum of five-plus years of progressively responsible management experience in academic or research administration, including significant experience working with faculty.

Note: This position does not provide work authorization and/or visa sponsorship.

Direct inquiries to:

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

Columbia University: Bibliographic Assistant VI (Tibetan Studies)

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library seeks a motivated and detail-oriented Bibliographic Assistant VI to work on the acquisitions, cataloging and binding processes of Tibetan language and Tibetan studies materials.

As a member of the Technical Services staff, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Ordering Tibetan language materials (and some Chinese language materials on Tibetan studies) in all formats, including reviewing order requests, preorder searching or verification of information via CLIO and OCLC, creating orders on CLIO, and forwarding orders to vendors, etc.;
- Receiving, unpacking and sorting materials, including checking materials received against invoices and the order records, maintaining and updating the order records in CLIO, check-in serial issues in CLIO, reporting problematic receipts to supervisor, processing the received items by stamping, tattle-taping and writing call numbers on each issue for serials, shelving the materials, maintaining and reporting monthly statistics, etc.;
- Processing invoices, including paying each invoice online, checking that the total should match the invoice total, submitting invoices to supervisor for approval, matching invoices with payment voucher and submitting them to the Acquisitions Department;
- Preparing claiming notices for materials not received and sending them to vendors, receiving exchanges and gifts, etc.;
- Pre-cataloging searching of usable Tibetan records in OCLC and other bibliographic databases to find a matching bibliographic record for new titles (monographs and serials); making decision on acceptance of cataloging copy.
- Copy cataloging of existing records including proofreading, evaluation, and making limited adjustments to the bibliographic records following established guidelines, comprising series verification, correction of typographical as well as tagging errors, and call number verification, notifying Tibetan cataloger of discrepancies in names, series, and non-series uniform titles appearing bibliographic records and corresponding authority records, exporting completed bibliographic records from OCLC to CLIO, and, whenever necessary, overlaying existing CLIO records, creating and updating of holding and item records in CLIO;
- Enhancing preliminary records in CLIO for titles that lacked complete bibliographic information when ordered before shelving them in pre-cat area;
- Processing Tibetan added volumes including updating both in OCLC and CLIO, maintaining and
correcting records for cataloging problems both in OCLC and CLIO;
- Gathering and/or collating serial materials for binding and preparing binding forms for serials or
monograph material including damaged items using various files, updating serial check-in records in CLIO, sending binding materials to Bindery, updating and creating of holding and item records in CLIO when receiving bound serials, maintaining and reporting monthly statistics, etc.;
- Performing other duties as assigned.

Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Tibetan language test will be administered if interviewed.

Minimum Qualifications:
- High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail and flexibility with job assignments.
- Strong computer skills.
- Working knowledge of Tibetan language and culture. Language test will be given if interviewed.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Working knowledge of Chinese language preferred.
- Familiarity with Sanskrit and ability to read Tibetan cursive script preferred.
- Previous acquisitions and/or cataloging experience in libraries preferred.

Submit an application on-line at:

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum: Assoc Dir / E.D.

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, a nationally-recognized and award-winning museum , seeks a leader as the Associate Director, who will work with the founding Executive Director and eventually take on the Executive Director position.  This position will assume leadership of the exhibit, artistic, educational, archival, and operational vision of the museum, serving eventually as the museum’s primary fundraiser, promoting the museum to constituents at all levels.

The museum features quality exhibits on the history and culture of China and Chinese-America, a 17-year history of K-12 education programs, a strong financial foundation and endowment, 3 facilities that include the historic Mission Building, a Chinese garden, the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial extension, and the Chuang Archive Learning Center. Ranked by DK News as a Top 10 San Diego museum, it is also a prime location 1 block from the San Diego Convention Center in the Asian Pacific Historic District.

Application period ends 8/21/15. For information and application, please go to: .

Monday, August 3, 2015

Asian Division, Library of Congress:Chinese Studies Librarian

The Asian Division has a full-time temporary position (6 - 9 months) for a qualified individual to serve as a reference librarian for the Chinese collections in the Asian Division.

The Library of Congress features one of the world’s premier collections of Asian language materials. The Asian Division is the primary public access point for researchers seeking to use the Asian collections of the Library of Congress in the many languages of Asia. The collections cover the area from the South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. With over 3 million books, periodicals and newspapers, a large number of manuscripts, and electronic media, the collections are the most comprehensive sources of Asian language materials outside of Asia. Area Specialists and Reference Librarians provide in-depth reference assistance on questions concerning Asia and recommend new acquisitions.  Western language materials about Asia are part of the general collection but can be requested in either the Asian Reading Room or the Main Reading Room.

Title:    Librarian (Reference Librarian)
            GS-1410-09   $52,668 - $68,465 (annual salary)

Brief Description of Duties:
Under the supervision of the Head, Scholarly Services Section, the temporary librarian will work with librarians and other staff to learn the Asian collections in both the Asian Division and the Library of Congress.  The librarian will work with the China specialist and the Chief of the Division to recommend Chinese language materials in accordance with the collection policy guidelines.   Reference service is provided in person, by telephone, and by electronic reference (email) to the Library’s varied users.  The librarian may refer researchers to the proper sources in the Library or to other libraries or repositories; train and assist researchers in the use of the Library’s databases and other electronic resources; provide research orientations; prepare reference aids as assigned; and exercise initiative, tact, good judgment, flexibility, and excellent public relations skills in assisting Asian Division researchers.
Application and Selection Process
Interested candidates should submit a resume with no more than a one-page statement expressing interest in this position. In addition, please submit a description of qualifications that can include applicant’s current experience and work history related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below:
  1. Knowledge of Chinese language.
  2. Knowledge or experience in public reference librarianship, tools, and service.
  3. Knowledge/experience with information technology including integrated library systems and electronic resources.
  4. Knowledge / experience with recommending collections for a research library.
This temporary position is for 6 months, with the possibility of an extension to 9 months. 
The full-time schedule will be Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The salary is dependent on the level of experience and expertise of the applicant.
U.S. citizenship is required.
Candidates should submit their applications to Dr. Dongfang Shao, Chief of the Asian Division via email to by the close of business Friday, August 21, 2015.  Applicant information will be reviewed and qualified candidates may be interviewed.  A selection will be made based on candidates’ meeting the requirements for knowledge, skills, and abilities. Paid or unpaid experience may be considered.

University of Cambridge: Head of Japanese Section

The Library invites applications for the position of Head of the Japanese Section in the Division of Special Collections. As the librarian in charge of Japanese material in the Library, the postholder will be one of four language specialists in the Asian, Near and Middle Eastern Group of the Library. S/he will be responsible for the development of the Japanese language collections to support all aspects of teaching, learning and research in the University, including the purchasing and cataloguing of new acquisitions in both printed and electronic form, and the management of existing collections, including rare printed and manuscript material. The postholder currently line-manages three part-time library assistants in the Japanese Section. An important part of the role is providing support to academic staff and students in the broad subject area of Japanese Studies and liaising with relevant members of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

The post offers an excellent opportunity for a library professional to enhance the Library's contribution to scholarship at Cambridge and to continue the Library's strong association with the Japanese-speaking world.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and outward-looking, with excellent organisational and communication skills. S/he should have native-level reading proficiency in Japanese, a good honours degree and a professional qualification in librarianship, together with experience of working in an academic/research library and an ability to manage and motivate staff.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the Cambridge University Job Opportunities link. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is Friday 4th September 2015.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Dr Ben Outhwaite (tel: 01223 764105, email: or Dr Jill Whitelock (tel: 01223 765691, email:, Joint Heads of Special Collections.

Please quote reference VE06776 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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