Monday, November 7, 2016

University of Iowa: Japanese Studies Librarian

The University of Iowa Libraries seeks a self-motivated and forward-thinking professional for the Japanese Studies Librarian position. Reporting to the Head of Research & Library Instruction (RLI), the Japanese Studies Librarian serves as the subject liaison for Japanese and Korean studies and supports the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students of Japanese and Korean studies in various departments and programs. The Japanese Studies Librarian will assume direct responsibility for collection development, reference and research consultations, and instruction for a diverse community of faculty and students. The Japanese Studies Librarian will consult on or perform original and copy cataloging for Japanese-language materials.

Specific Responsibilities:

    Develops and manages the library's collections in the humanities and social sciences in Japanese and Korean Studies.  Responsibilities include selecting materials in all formats, and in Japanese, English and other European languages relating to Japanese Studies; managing the acquisitions budgets for Japanese and Korean studies materials; maintaining a good relationship with Japanese and Korean vendors, and keeping current with the book market, trade, and electronic resource developments for Japanese and Korean studies.
    Serves as primary liaison to Japanese and Korean studies faculty and students, primarily in the Department of Asian & Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
    Provides instruction, workshops, credit courses, and other kinds of outreach, developing collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and students.
    Engages collaboratively with other library staff and with relevant academic departments and program to enhance scholarship and teaching.
    Participates in Libraries' initiatives outside RLI by serving on Libraries' and campus committees and contributing to other relevant activities and events.
    Participates in relevant consortial activities.
    Maintains a course of personal professional development through active participation in professional associations or other appropriate professional activity.

Appointments will be made at either Librarian within a salary range of $47,476 to $49,000, or Specialist Librarian within a salary range of $50,000 to $64,000, depending on qualifications and experience. References will be requested of final candidates.
Education Required:   

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with a strong academic background in Japanese Studies; or an advanced degree in Japanese studies or a related field and significant library work experience.

Experience Required:   

  •    For appointment at the Specialist Librarian level: two years of professional experience plus demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  •     ​Proficiency in Japanese.
  •     Experience in Japanese Studies collection development and management
  •     Knowledge of current developments in scholarship and teaching of Japanese Studies.
  •     Excellent communication skills in English as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
  •     Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies as they apply to collection development, instruction, and reference and research services.
  •     Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cooperation are essential.
  •     Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.
  •     Demonstrated interest in professional development that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.
  •     Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a research university and the mission and functions of a large research library.

Desirable Qualifications:   

  •     Reading knowledge of Korean and other languages.
  •     Knowledge of current developments in the scholarship and teaching of Korean studies.
  •     Experience in selecting and managing research collections in Korean studies.
  •     Familiarity with cataloging materials in Japanese and Korean.
  •     Familiarity with concepts, trends and assessment methods related to information literacy and instructional technology.
  •     Experience teaching in a library or academic setting.

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