Monday, August 8, 2016

University of Michigan: Japanese Copy Cataloger

Job Opening ID:  129583
Working Title:  Japanese Copy Cataloger
Job Title:  Info Resources Cataloging Spec
Work Location:  Ann Arbor Campus,Ann Arbor, MI
Full/Part Time:  Full-Time
Regular/Temporary:  Regular
FLSA Status:  Nonexempt
Organizational Group:  Univ Library
Department:  Library Research - Asia
Posting Begin/End Date:  8/05/2016 – 8/26/2016
Salary:  $33,000.00 – $38,000.00
Career Interest:  Libraries & Museums

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

NOTE: This is a three-year term-limited appointment.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
As one of the largest East Asian language collections in North America, the Asia Library provides scholarly resources in various formats to patrons at both the university and other institutions to support East Asian studies. The Asia Library holds approximately one million physical volumes of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean monographs, serials, microforms, and other media. The Library also provides access to thousands of electronic databases, books, and serials in East Asian languages.
The Japanese Copy Cataloger is responsible for the technical processing of Japanese language materials as well as any English language materials with Japanese scripts in all formats and subjects. This position’s major responsibility is to perform basic and complex copy cataloging on Japanese language materials in all subject areas and formats, including monographs, serials, microform, electronic resources and audiovisual materials according to local and national standards. This position uses online catalogs, databases, and web resources in a networked environment.
The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library's mission.


  • Copy catalog from existing records in Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) by searching OCLC database for record matches.
  • Verify access points and Library of Congress (LC) subject headings.
  • Enhance library records in OCLC by adding LC subject headings, classification numbers, and name headings with authority work.
  • Resolve complex cataloging problems according to local practices and national cataloging standards (RDA/AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, and MARC21 formats) as well as LC Japanese transliteration schemes.
  • Create records with both Japanese script and LC transliteration according to LC Japanese transliteration schemes.
  • Assign subject headings, classification numbers, and name headings with authority work following national cataloging standards and local practices.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of the bibliographic database by fixing problems identified by others and by finding and fixing problems independently.
  • Train and supervise student assistants in cataloging and associated duties.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 to 3 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expert knowledge of written and spoken Japanese, including classical Japanese.
  • Familiarity with the modified Hepburn system of romanization.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform repetitive work accurately and quickly, with the flexibility to work under frequently changing work patterns.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills, customer service orientation, and demonstrated technical aptitude.
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in backgrounds, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of national and international metadata standards and schemes.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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