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.