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.
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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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