Wednesday, January 18, 2017

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Assistant to the East Asian Librarian

Working Title: Assistant to the East Asian Librarian
Position Number: 00016924
Hiring Range: $39,041- $46,260
Closing Date: February 15, 2017

Position Description
Reporting to the East Asian Librarian, the Assistant to the East Asian Librarian is responsible for the overall management of ordering, processing and receiving of monograph, serials and electronic resource in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. The assistant works closely with vendors in East Asia to monitor ordering, approval plans, and Chinese shelf-ready services shipping schedules to meet annual budget spending plan. The Assistant processes invoices and monitors fund expenditure in accordance with library’s fiscal deadlines. The Assistant manages East Asian Resources (EAR) serials, including serial exchanges and gifts. The Assistant also assists with acquisitions of English materials on East Asia.

The Assistant provides assistance to library patrons for their information needs, maintains/monitors EAR website, online subject guides and social media activities. The individual assists the librarian with outreach activities including library event planning. The Assistant serves as EAR’s office manager, compiles all types of statistics and drafts reports when requested. In consultation with the librarian, the Assistant creates and maintains up-to-date office files.

The Assistant hires, trains and manages student assistants. The Assistant assesses unit workflows, and actively engages with the supervisor to creatively reorganize EAR’s workflow for efficiency when appropriate.

Minimum Education and Experience
High school diploma or equivalency and two years of experience in library services, office support, or related field; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
The successful candidate must have:
  • Language skills: advanced Chinese language proficiency (reading, writing and the ability to pronounce standard Mandarin Chinese). Good command of English in reading, writing and speaking.
  • Knowledge/understanding of East Asian cultures
  • Effective Microsoft office suite skills, internet and social media skills and experiences.
  • Good attention to detail and the ability to effectively organize multiple tasks, set priorities and work independently.
  • Ability to adapt to change, ambiguity and issues that may arise in a positive way.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Reading ability in Japanese or Korean
  • Knowledge/experiences with library technology, such as the OCLC CJK (Online Computer Library Center – Chinese, Japanese and Korean) system (WorldCat), Library’s online system, such as the Millennium system.
  • Ability to understand relationships between multiple library systems
  • Public/customer/supervisory experiences

Special Physical and Mental Requirements: Must be able to move 3-5 lb. boxes

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:00 a.m. -5:00 pm

To Apply
To apply for permanent staff (SHRA) positions, please visit the Office of Human Resources Careers at Carolina website. For more information on application procedures, applicants may contact:

Office of Human Resources
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
104 Airport Drive CB #1045
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 843-2300

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NCC Executive Director

The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) works as an intermediary among faculty, librarians, funders, professional organizations, and other international collaborators to provide research and teaching resources relating to Japan, most of which are freely available online. NCC also serves as an advocate for the field of Japanese Studies and sponsors workshops in support of the field.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director include: fund raising, public and donor relations, events planning, and the management of day-to-day activities of NCC in telecommunication with the NCC Chair, Council Members, and, when necessary, a broad range of constituents including librarians, scholars in the field of Japanese studies, students, funders, and counterparts in Japan, Europe, and wherever Japanese studies in taught. 

<Required Qualifications>
  • A Bachelor of Arts in Japanese studies (discipline open) or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with academic libraries and the field of Japanese studies in North America
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Native fluency in English with demonstrated writing and editing skills
  • Strong Japanese language ability (speaking and reading)
  • Computer literacy (word processing, data, social media, & image management)
  • US citizenship or a Green Card (visa sponsorship not available)
  • Ability to travel domestically in the US, Japan and elsewhere

<Preferred Skills>
  • Experience in educational/nonprofit administration; conference/ special event management
  • Ability to organize and motivate a largely volunteer workforce
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks bookkeeping systems, the LibGuides site management platform, and website development and management systems
  • An MLIS or advanced degree/s in Japanese Studies helpful

<Work environment>
NCC is a small nonprofit (501-C-3) headquartered with the Executive Director (currently in Massachusetts where it is also listed as a public charity).  Salary will be based on experience and reviewed by the NCC Chair and the NCC Executive Committee.

The ED must be self-motivated and comfortable working independently outside of a structured office environment, maintaining regular communications via teleconferencing and social media with a global network of colleagues and collaborators, and working on flexible and on-call schedule. The position is defined as half time but may require periods of long-hours especially during the CEAL/AAS Annual Meetings week.

The position officially begins July 1, 2017, but may start earlier with a transitional period working with the outgoing Executive Director. 

Please submit your applications to Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three references.

If you have any questions, please contact

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ohio State University: East Asian Studies Assistant

The Libraries' East Asian Studies unit furthers academic research about and engagement with East Asia throughout the university, with a focus on supporting academic success in the University's East Asian Studies Center, Institute for Chinese Studies, Institute for Japanese Studies, Institute for Korean Studies and Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) by building a strong, distinctive, interdisciplinary and responsive collection and engaging scholars in teaching, learning and research. This position assists in the selection, management and use of distinctive collections by coordinating and implementing activities such as acquisitions, cataloging, searching, reference, outreach and access support at high levels of complexity and responsibility.

Assists faculty, students and others by providing orientation, instruction on methods and identification of materials related to the use of EAS collections, particularly Korean Studies resources; answers reference questions and assist library patrons in researching and locating information by phone, email, chat, walk-in or other manner of correspondence; provides supportive research services, including compiling specialized indexes, preparing bibliographies, developing online tutorials and other research and instruction tools; reviews and provides updates on related academic program curricula to identify opportunities for engagement and outreach; manages the EAS, related subject and event web pages to support patron discovery of collections (especially new acquisitions) and services; coordinates selection activity; assists with preparation of orders and notifies appropriate librarians and Technical Services staff of problems to resolve difficulties with foreign vendors; works with Technical Services to facilitate processes such as gift and exchange processing, materials check-in, binding, and catalog records enhancement; manages the EAS reference collection; prepares statistical reports on acquisition and use of materials, as well as service impact; interviews, hires, trains, supervises and evaluates students; maintains written instructions for all EAS procedures; assumes responsibility for collection and services in the absence of the Librarians. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in appropriate area or an equivalent combination of education and experience required; knowledge of East Asia is required; proficiency with computers and standard office programs; fluency (reading, writing and speaking) in English and demonstrated proficiency in at least one of the following languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean.

Desired Qualifications: Strong organizational, interpersonal and communications skills; ability to work independently and as a team member; academic library experience; supervisory experience. Preference given to candidates with proficiency in more than one of the desired language skills.

Please apply online at from December 31, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

UC Berkeley: Chinese Cataloging Librarian

Chinese Cataloging Librarian
C. V. Starr East Asian Library
Hiring Range: Associate Librarian–Librarian
$53,913–$76,344 per annum, based on qualifications
This is a full-time appointment available starting June 2017

The Environment
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. In a highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27,500 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and 2,000 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The C. V. Starr East Asian Library of the University of California, Berkeley houses one of the largest research collections of print and electronic books and periodicals, manuscripts, rare editions, and graphics in the East Asian languages outside of Asia. Its comprehensive holdings encompass over 1 million print volumes, over 800,000 e-books and electronic journals, over 80,000 microfilms and media items, and over 3,000 current print serial titles. Languages represented include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and to a lesser extent, Tibetan, Manchu, and Mongolian. The East Asian Library supports teaching and research on East Asia, serving the campus community and a substantial number of off-campus users.

The Library’s Technical Services unit processes Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials for the East Asian Library, all other libraries within the University Library system, and affiliated libraries on campus. It employs nine career staff in addition to temporary and student employees. Its operations include original and copy cataloging, serials processing, and the cataloging of digital resources using appropriate metadata schema to facilitate access to digital collections.

The Chinese Cataloging Librarian reports to the Head of the East Asian Library’s Technical Services unit. The librarian performs original cataloging of books, serials, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, e-resources, microfilm, maps, and other library materials in the Chinese language. All original cataloging is performed in compliance with national and local standards such as MARC21, RDA, LCSH, LCCS, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards. The Chinese Cataloging Librarian performs original and complex descriptive and subject cataloging, classification, and authority work, creating and maintaining bibliographic records and establishing and revising authority records for the national database as well as for Berkeley's integrated library system and NACO. The librarian remains current with existing and emerging cataloging policies, practices, standards, schema, and procedures, including FRBR and non-MARC metadata.

In addition, the Chinese Cataloging Librarian prepares in-house training materials and advises cataloging staff on cataloging-related issues, participates in the formulation of general cataloging policy and system design, and conducts special cataloging projects relating to Chinese materials. Occasionally, the Chinese Cataloging Librarian provides reference services on questions related to the use of the catalogs and other finding tools. In addition to cataloging responsibilities, the incumbent will represent the Library in regional, national, and international cooperative programs concerning technical processing. The successful candidate should stay abreast of national trends and new developments in cataloging, with an emphasis on Chinese resources, and network with other library professionals within the Berkeley Library system as well as outside the University. The incumbent will also perform other related duties as assigned. UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Basic Qualifications Required by Time of Application
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree
  • Expert knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, including classical Chinese
  • Demonstrated oral and written skills in Chinese and English
  • Substantial knowledge of MARC21, RDA, LCSH, LCCS
  • Familiarity with the Pinyin system of romanization

Additional Required Qualifications
  • Ability to create and maintain authority records to NACO standards
  • In-depth knowledge of Chinese history and culture
  • A strong commitment to excellence in service and a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a complex, changing environment
  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, initiative, and flexibility

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of library applications of computer technology and electronic information resources
  • Two or more years’ original cataloging experience working with Chinese materials in a research library setting and using a bibliographic utility such as OCLC Connexion and a local library system
  • Professional contributions such as publications, active participation in professional organizations, and other research or professional activities
  • An additional advanced degree in an appropriate subject area or knowledge of East Asian studies as an academic discipline

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity. UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Send inquiries to:
Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720–6000
(510) 642–3778