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.