Monday, October 17, 2016

Princeton: Chinese Studies Librarian (reopened)

Please take note of this recently reopened position of Chinese Studies Librarian at Princeton University. Because the position description has been rewritten and requirements have slightly changed, we urge all who are interested in this exciting position and who feel qualified to apply, including those who may have applied to the earlier posting.

Princeton: Chinese Studies Librarian
Princeton University Library
Requisition # 1600901

Princeton University Library is one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions serving a diverse community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty and many visiting scholars with collections of more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items, and extensive digital holdings including images, data, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library consists of a central facility and 9 specialized libraries, employing a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student workforce. More information:

The Library seeks a creative, energetic and service-oriented subject specialist who is excited about the possibilities Princeton offers to shape and further enrich its already excellent library collections and provide outstanding library services in the interdisciplinary field of Chinese Studies. Reporting to the Director of the East Asian Library, the Chinese Studies Librarian, as a core member of a team of East Asian Library colleagues, works closely with faculty, students and staff from within and without the East Asian Studies Department and Program. Princeton's Chinese collection is one of the best in the country, and is known worldwide for its rare books and electronic holdings. The collection is especially strong in pre-modern and modern history, literature, religion, history of science, art and general culture, but covers all subjects, including studies on contemporary China. For more information, see

This position offers unique and rewarding opportunities to shape East Asian Studies in cooperation with some of the world’s most prominent scholars and librarians. The chosen librarian manages a sizable acquisitions budget, and is the key resource person to provide liaison with and specialized research assistance to Princeton University faculty and students in various settings, including creative approaches to online guides, websites and other outreach initiatives. The librarian collaborates with other librarians and units throughout the library system, including the Technical Services and Collection Development departments and the Center for Digital Humanities.

The Chinese Studies Librarian represents Princeton in relevant regional, national, and international professional meetings, and is given ample resources to participate in inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization and other library projects.

  • An advanced degree in a Chinese Studies field, or an MLS degree
  • Broad knowledge of Chinese history and culture, including scholarly resources and bibliographic tools
  • Proficiency in modern and pre-modern Chinese, including romanization; excellent oral and written communication skills in Chinese and English
  • Some knowledge of the Chinese book trade
  • Familiarity with current research and publishing trends in Chinese Studies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of others
  • For MLS degree holders, an advanced degree in a field related to Chinese Studies; for Chinese Studies PhD holders, experience working in an academic library
  • 2 years library experience in an academic library
  • Experience with instruction, public outreach, and/or assistance to individual users in an academic setting
  • Experience with new technologies for discovery and learning in a rapidly changing environment
  • Professional experience as a Chinese Studies Librarian

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website,, and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University's background check policy.  Princeton 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.

You must apply online at Search for the position using keyword "Chinese" or requisition number 1600901.

Martin Heijdra, Ph. D. 何義壯
Director, East Asian Library
The East Asian Library and the Gest Collection
Room 317, 33 Frist Campus Center
Princeton, NJ 08544-1100 USA
T (609) 258-5336 F (609) 258-4573

Monday, October 10, 2016

Duke Kunshan University: Research/Instruction Support & Collection Development Librarian

Occupational Summary: The incumbent will provide a full range of research and instructional services, participate and collaborate in collection development, plan and facilitate outreach, coordinate access services, and perform a variety of other professional duties in support of the mission of the University.

Reports to: University Librarian

Essential Duties

Research / Instruction Support:
• Providing reference services and research consultation in assigned academic programs at the University to support teaching, learning, and research
• Collaborating with faculty to identify opportunities, determine requirements, and choose tools that will allow students to discover, access, and incorporate the library’s resources into course assignments
• Working closely with the University Librarian to plan and implement information literacy program into Undergraduate curriculum
• Playing an integral role in developing and designing virtual and on-site library instruction programs including creating instructional materials and research guides, accessing learning management software, and using other online and mobile learning tools, new media production tools, and geospatial/data visualization information systems
• Maintaining and updating Library’s web pages
• Serving as a library liaison in assigned academic programs at the University and representing the Library in relevant program committees

Collection Development:
• Managing the acquisition budget, monitoring expenditures, and ensuring proper handling of ordering and receipts of library materials in all formats and media
• Developing and implementing collection management policies in assigned subject areas
• Selecting materials in print and electronic formats in assigned subject areas
• Overseeing vendor relations and maintaining accurate acquisitions data, statistics, reports, and policies

Access, Outreach, & Other Duties:
• Coordinating and overseeing circulation functions
• Supervising, training, mentoring, and evaluating access and technical service staff
• Planning, developing, and delivering major library outreach programs
• Facilitating and coordinating special library projects
• Compiling statistics, analyzing data, and preparing reports relating to areas of responsibility
• Performing other job-related duties as required or assigned

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent in library and information science
• Strong user service attitude
• Experience using technology in the delivery of reference and instruction
• Experience with staff functions of an integrated library system or discovery layer
• Fluency in oral and written English
• Demonstrating ability to work well independently and as a team member
• Demonstrating communication, planning, problem-solving, and analytical skills
• Knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, and methods of access and discovery to scholarly resources
• Knowledge of information literacy/organization trends, practices, and issues
• Potential for research, scholarly work, and professional services

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ability to manage and oversee projects in a team environment and communicate complex issues and perspectives across a global network
• At least one-year working experience in a Western academic library setting
• A subject degree in social science or science field
• Experience hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising staff/student workers
• Fluency in oral and written Chinese

Duke Kunshan University requests from all applicants a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the name and contact information for three references. The materials should be submitted to Priority will be given to applications received by October 31, 2016 and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

University of Iowa: Cataloging Librarian for Chinese-Language Materials


Cataloging Librarian for Chinese-Language Materials, Cataloging-Metadata Department
Specialist Librarian (PLB2/4A) or Expert Librarian (PLB3/5A)

Position Description: Under the general direction of the Head of Cataloging-Metadata, the Cataloging Librarian for Chinese-Language Materials performs original and complex copy cataloging in all formats and across all subjects with a focus on Chinese-language resources. The individual in this position joins a team of five other professional catalogers who together share system-wide ! responsibility for all original and complex cataloging of materials in English and other languages. This position requires skills in Chinese-language cataloging and the ability to apply general cataloging principles to one or more additional languages.

Specific Duties and responsibilities include:
  • Create, enhance, and maintain bibliographic records for print, non-print, and digital materials in Chinese and one or more additional languages, providing accurate physical descriptions, determining appropriate access points, and assigning classification or inventory control numbers to items.
  • Actively participate in the Cataloging-Metadata leadership team, contributing to department-level planning and the formulation of cataloging policies and procedures.
  • Keep abreast of developments in cataloging standards and trends, applying new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.
  • Create authority records in accordance with NACO standards; contribute to the national authority file.
  • Provide support, training, and functional supervision of Library Assistants and/or student employees who perform technical services functions (including copy cataloging) for materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
  • Provide expertise as needed to library staff in acquisitions, circulation, and interlibrary loan in response to user requests for Chinese-language materials. 
  • Review problems and recommend solutions for non-Roman script issues across library systems.
  • Create non-MARC descriptive metadata for predominantly English-language items in local repositories, digital collections, and finding aids. 
  • Contribute to the profession through service, research, publishing, and/or teaching.
    Participate in and contribute to relevant library and University-wide activities and committees.
    Represent the University Libraries in campus-wide and inter-institutional initiatives.
    Additional job duties as assigned based on individual knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science;
  • To qualify at the Specialist Librarian level: A minimum of two years professional experience, with the equivalent of at least one year of professional experience cataloging Chinese-language materials in an academic library, plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • To qualify at the Expert Librarian level: A minimum of four years professional experience, with the equivalent of at least two years of professional experience cataloging Chinese-language materials in an academic library, plus evidence of continuing achievement, particularly at the national level, in an area of professional interest that will enhance his/he value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  • High level of professional competency in written and spoken Chinese and understanding of the ALA-LC Romanization scheme for Chinese (pinyin); familiarity with both simplified and traditional Chinese scripts.
  • Knowledge of RDA, LC/PCC PS, LC classification, LCSH, and USMARC formats, and a working knowledge of authority control and AACR2.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-based setting where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.
  • Familiarity with Unicode and issues related to t! he input, indexing, and display of CJK scripts in one or more library systems.
  • Prior experience with non-MARC metadata formats including Qualified DC and/or EAD.
  • Ability to read Japanese and/or Korean and an understanding of relevant Romanization rules.
  • Basic understanding of current trends in metadata including linked data and BIBFRAME.
  • Experience cataloging in OCLC Connexion.
  • Familiarity with the systems and tools used in the department including one or more of the following: Alma, Primo, ArchivesSpace, MarcEdit, and/or Cataloger's Desktop.
  • Familiarity with tools and procedures for batch manipulation of cataloging and metadata records.
  • Successful completion of NACO training.
Application Procedure: To apply, visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Oct. 31, 2016.

Salary and appointment: Appointments will be made at either Specialist Librarian (PLB2-4A) within a salary range of $50,000 to $64,000, or Expert Librarian (PLB3-5A) within a salary range of $55,000 to $81,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

Universal Competencies:
  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning ! to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.
The University of Iowa Libraries: The University of ! Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Librar for the Health Sciences and 5 branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University's locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our special collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, HathiTrust, ARL, OCLC, Library Publishing Coalition, DPN, ORCID, CRL, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico. The Libraries provides a program of support for ! professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts. Lastly, we are a founding member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,700 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving just over 32,000 students, more than 33% of whom are from out of state and close to 8,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University's faculty and staff and 17% of its student body are members of! minority groups, and 13% of the students are from foreign countries.

The University of Iowa is home to the Writers' Workshop, the oldest graduate creative writing program in the country, and the blueprint for many of the creative writing programs that now thrive on campuses worldwide. It is also home to the International Writing Program where, since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 120 countries have participated. The University has recently instituted a program in creative writing in Spanish. In 2008, UNESCO designated Iowa City as a world City of Literature.

Iowa City is a community of some 71,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 35.4% of the students are minority, with 19.8% identifying as Black, 8.4% as Hispanic, 6.7% as Asian/Pacific Islander, and .3% as Native American during the 2014/15 school year.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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