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