Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Yale University: Korean Studies and Public Services Librarian

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Korean Studies

Under the direction of the Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS) and the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities, the Librarian for Korean Studies & East Asia Public Services is responsible for the selection of Korean language materials in all formats for Sterling Memorial Library and other libraries in the Yale University Library, as required. This includes selection of Korean imprints in all fields; in the field of Korean studies (primarily humanities disciplines) published in North America, Europe, and other imprint areas outside of Korea; and English language publications about East Asia as a whole. The Librarian manages the budget for the Korean collections; is involved in donor relations, gifts and exchanges, preservation and conservation issues; coordinates with technical services on the acquisition and processing of materials; provides expert advice to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates through research consultations, bibliographic instruction, and the development of research guides. The Librarian may apply for and/or administer grants for collection development, participate in digital initiates for Korea-related materials, develop physical and/or virtual exhibitions, and supervise student employees. The Librarian works closely with the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) and Yale’s Council on East Asian Studies (CEAS) to respond to programmatic needs in Korean Studies.  Maintains relationships with library colleagues who support Korean Studies nationally and internationally, such as the Council on East Asian Libraries Committee on Korean Materials (CEAL-CKM).

Position Focus: East Asia Library Public Services

The Librarian is also responsible for the overall management of public services in the East Asia Library, including reference and research consultations, instruction, and communication with East Asian studies affiliates. S/he also serves as web master, coordinates East Asia Library social media, oversees orientations and tours of the East Asia Library, and undertakes assessment of East Asia Library instruction and outreach activities. Working closely with the Librarian for Chinese Studies and the Librarian for Japanese Studies, as well as the CEAS, ensures that service expectations for the East Asia Library are identified and met. The librarian contributes to DASHRS strategic planning; participates in Yale University Library (YUL) committees, task forces, and programs; and is active professionally through service in library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.

For more information, https://bit.ly/2IxMbae

Friday, May 11, 2018

University of Pennsylvania: Area Studies Tech Services Coordinator

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek a globally-minded, service-oriented, and versatile professional to serve as Area Studies Technical Services Coordinator.   The Coordinator manages the unit that performs cataloging, acquisitions, and other metadata services functions for the Libraries’ Area Studies Collections. Responsibilities include: providing leadership, managerial direction, and oversight of technical services operations for the Area Studies Collections: designing effective workflows; evaluating and implementing cataloging and metadata standards, policies, and procedures; managing acquisitions processes in accordance with Libraries policy. In coordination with Area Studies bibliographers, identify priorities for cataloging and manage the processing capacity of the Area Studies Technical Services unit. As a part of the management team of the Information Processing Center, participate in strategic and operational planning for the IPC, as well as participating in library-wide projects, committees, and task forces, and coordinate the collaboration of Area Studies Technical Services with the Libraries more broadly.



  • MLS degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. 
  • Command of at least one non-English language central to the Chinese, Japanese, Middle East, South Asian, Hebraic or Slavic Collections. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging standards, issues, and trends. 
  • Experience cataloging monographic resources.
  • Familiarity with acquisitions standards and practices. 
  • Working knowledge of bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems. 
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to service in a production-oriented environment. 
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively. 
  • Strong analytical, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Flexibility in response to change.


  • Supervisory experience. 
  • Experience managing cataloging and metadata projects and complex workflows. 
  • Familiarity with established and developing metadata standards.

Affirmative Action Statement: Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

For full posting and to apply:   http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/36364

Thursday, May 10, 2018

University of Florida: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian

POSITION: Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian
RANK: Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian
REPORTS TO: Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West)
SALARY: Minimum salary at the Assistant University Librarian rank is $58,898
Minimum salary at the Associate University Librarian rank is $68,125
Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

DEADLINE DATE: July 2, 2018 - review of applications will begin June 1, 2018
Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/careers.htm or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not
being considered.

The Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Librarian [AMES Librarian] is a year-round (12 month) tenure track library faculty position responsible for the overall development, management and coordination of the George A. Smathers Libraries resources in all formats for these subject areas. The position supports the University’s academic programs including the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC), as well as interdisciplinary programs supported by the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as International Studies and the Center for Global Islamic Studies. The AMES Librarian also liaises with the Harn Museum of Art in support of the Asian Collection. Responsibilities include analyzing the University’s programs in the LLC and International Studies, collaborating with librarians and academic faculty to establish collection profiles, selection guidelines, and preservation, location and cataloging priorities; and evaluating existing collection strengths and current collecting intensities. Collaborates with other subject librarians to provide support in religious studies and other interdisciplinary areas. This position manages specialized subject area reference services, library instruction, and online database services.

The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the AMES Librarian will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the AMES Librarian will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in work activities. The AMES Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


  • Communicates with appropriate academic faculty. Keeps informed of the development of academic programs and faculty interest to ensure that the Libraries’ collections and services support curriculum and research needs, and informs clientele about relevant Libraries’ issues.
  • Defines goals, establishes objectives, plans and manages budgets, and coordinates collection development activities with other subject specialists, and librarians, with respect to resources for the Asian and Middle Eastern studies, and related collections.
  • Analyzes the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies collection development program activities and provides reports, strategies, assessments, and studies or surveys as required.
  • Participates in the Humanities and Social Sciences general reference program.
  • Participates in outreach and instruction programs using traditional classroom and active  learning methods and innovative educational technologies.
  • Responsible for advanced reference and research consultation in support of Asian and Middle Eastern studies, including the development of LibGuides and other online resources.
  • Participates in appropriate professional development and continuing education endeavors and engages in scholarly service and research resulting in publication.
  • Liaises and collaborates with faculty, students, researchers and other departments to further library scholarship initiatives and partnerships.
  • Participates in Library fundraising efforts.
  • Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria.



  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or other relevant advanced degree in subject specialty.
  • Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires eight years of relevant post graduate degree experience.
  • Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Familiarity with scholarly literature of Asian studies.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a culturally diverse user community of faculty, students, staff, administrators, and the general public.
  • Competence with information technologies and demonstrated effectiveness in integrating technology with traditional services and resources.
  • Flexible and forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities.
  • Initiative, flexibility and the ability to adapt to a complex, rapidly changing academic environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as strong presentation skills.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh).


  • Advanced degree in a related field in the humanities.
  • Strength in both Asian and Middle Eastern studies.
  • Working knowledge of Japanese, Arabic, or South Asian language.
  • Sound knowledge of collection management, reference, and instructional practices and standards.
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated enthusiasm for in-person and online instruction.
  • Experience managing collections in an academic or research library.
  • Experience in the digital humanities.
  • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to humanities, Asian and Middle Eastern studies in an academic or research library environment.
For more information, 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monographs Description Librarian at Duke University Libraries

Duke University Libraries are recruiting a Monographs Description Librarian, who is responsible for original and copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages in which there is competence.  S/He keeps abreast of standards and demonstrates a commitment to customer service and to collaborative work in support of discovery and access through team and departmental efforts and through active participation in projects. Please note that we prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian.
Details at: https://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/monographsdescriptionlibrarian

Monographs Description Librarian


•    Performs original and complex copy cataloging of monographs in all formats, subjects, and languages for which there is competence; enhances or replaces OCLC records within established guidelines; assigns Library of Congress Classification call numbers; inputs and edits holdings and item information to ensure accuracy and completeness of information.
•    Works collegially across departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, and the professional school libraries to maintain good communication and relations among cataloging units, and to contribute to practices that maximize efficiency and provide a seamless discovery experience for users.
•    Assists with planning and management of short and long-term cataloging projects and, including coordinating projects with other departments in the Duke University Libraries (DUL), Rubenstein Library, the professional school libraries, consortia partners (TRLN, Ivy Plus) and vendors.
•    Actively participates in team, department, and division meetings and activities to contribute toward an environment that promotes inclusion, respect, trust, and accountability.
•    Displays continuing growth in professional knowledge by taking an active interest in the profession as demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and/or service to the Libraries, the University, or the community in a professional capacity.
•    Performs other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
•    None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to inclusion.

Required:  MLS from an ALA accredited program or equivalent combination of education and experience
Preferred: Advanced degree in a related field

•    Familiarity with the use and application of RDA or other bibliographic description standards, subject analysis, and application of a standard classification system
•    Experience with MARC bibliographic formats
•    Reading knowledge of one language other than English
•    Familiarity with at least one library utility and integrated library system (ILS)
•    Experience performing copy cataloging in an academic setting
•    Evidence of analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills
•    Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
•    Awareness of trends and issues relative to library information technology and supported applications for bibliographic and authority metadata.

•    Working knowledge of OCLC Connexion and an ILS such as Ex Libris’ Aleph
•    Prioritize language competencies in non-Roman languages particularly Arabic, Chinese, and/or Russian
•    1-3 years of experience performing complex copy or original cataloging
•    Experience leading or contributing to short and long-term projects
•    Knowledge of Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) standards and programs
•    Knowledge of BIBFRAME and other linked data initiatives; knowledge of non-MARC metadata standards

Working Conditions
•    Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
•    Must be able to lift 20 pounds and unpack, shelve and shift large quantities of library materials
•    Frequent bending, crouching, stooping
•    Normal office environment

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.      
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:  http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11140. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Monday, April 23, 2018

British Library Vacancy: Project Manager, Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project

The British library is recruiting a project manager to develop and manage the externally-funded Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project, which will deliver full digitisation of approximately 800 Chinese manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra from the British Library’s Stein Collection.  The successful applicant will ccombine excellent project management skills with expertise in manuscript collections, Chinese or Buddhist studies.

For more information and an application see the British Library website Project Manager, Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project

Washington University in St. Louis - East Asian Librarian and Chinese OR Japanese Studies Librarian

Dear Eastlib subscribers,

Hiring has started for the position of East Asian Librarian and Chinese OR Japanese Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. I would appreciate if you could share the announcement widely and encourage any qualified individuals (including yourself) to apply.

The position summary and detailed qualifications are included below, but I also wanted to provide some clarifications. 1) We are reopening our search for the East Asian Librarian, which, in our institution, is the title given to the manager of the East Asian Library. This person is expected to SPECIALIZE either in the Chinese or Japanese studies area, depending on her/his expertise and experience. 2) We will be looking at a different set of qualifications than the previous search. I would like to encourage any individuals who applied last time to look through the new requirements and re-apply, if still interested.

Please feel free to contact me off list if you have any questions. Candidates can view the full job description and apply by navigating to https://jobs.wustl.edu/ and searching for the job opening number 39974. 

East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian - Olin Library - 39974
Job Opening ID

The Washington University Libraries is seeking a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-driven professional to serve as East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian.  The Washington University Libraries, comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses, reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian (in association with 3 campus partners), operate as a unified library system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.  The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 500,000 e-books.  The libraries' 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries' commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present - and for years to come.

Reporting to the Head of Distributed Libraries, responsible for the overall planning and operation of the East Asian Library to provide effective library services to faculty and students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and East Asian Studies Program.  Responsible for collection development in all East Asian languages and materials, as well as for overseeing cataloging of all vernacular materials in these subject areas.  Responsible for outreach, reference, instruction, and collection development and management for Chinese studies, Japanese studies, and/or Korean studies depending on area of expertise.  Supervises staff of the East Asian Library including one professional librarian.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent.
Fluent command of both written and spoken English and Chinese or Japanese.
Formal education in East Asian, Chinese, or Japanese Studies or related field.
Two years professional library experience.
Knowledge of databases, serials and monographic acquisitions issues and practices.
Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills including the ability to coach a team.
Strong service attitude with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to do detail-oriented work, including strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population.
Flexibility and adaptability in a changing environment.
An understanding of the information needs of a research university.
Commitment to engage in continuing professional development.
Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
Must be able to climb stairs frequently (There is no elevator inside the stacks area).
Some evening and weekend events required.
Some travel required.

Second master’s degree in East Asian or Chinese studies.
Cataloging experience with ALA-LC standard for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean Romanization.
Reading knowledge of one or more additional East Asian languages.
Working experience in an East Asian library or an academic library.
Supervisory experience.
Experience with vendor relations.
Experience in acquiring and managing access to electronic resources.
Experience with integrated library systems. Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Sierra system desirable.
Evidence of contribution and involvement in professional development.

Thank you.


Ryuta Komaki, Ph.D.
Japanese+Korean Studies Librarian, Interim East Asian Librarian

East Asian librarian vacancies at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University

The following vacancies for East Asian librarians have been advertised at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK.

HD Chung Chinese Studies Librarian

Bodleian Japanese Librarian

Thursday, March 8, 2018

University of Washington: Coordinator, East Asia Library Technical Services/Chinese Cataloger

Notice of Vacancy February 27, 2018. Applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018. 

The Libraries
Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

East Asia Library
The East Asia Library supports the faculty and students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature as well as the following programs and centers in the Jackson School of International Studies: the China Studies Program, Taiwan Studies Program, Japan Studies Program, Korea Studies Program, and Center for Korea Studies. The library is a major resource for international scholars and the local heritage communities. It is a leader among North American East Asia libraries and is known for its outstanding collections, international collaborations, and innovative digital projects. Located in Gowen Hall with a historic reading room and recently refurbished user spaces, the East Asia Library also has a large auxiliary stacks space for growth of its significant collections of over 750,000 volumes on East Asia in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Manchurian, and other languages. See http://www.lib.washington.edu/east-asia/ for further information about the East Asia Library.

The Position
Reporting to the Director of the East Asia Library (EAL), the position coordinates the EAL technical services, which include the acquisition of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) materials; cataloging and metadata for all formats of library materials; CJK serials maintenance, binding, and preservation operations; implementation of institutional practices and national standards; and directing special technical services projects. The position provides original and difficult copy cataloging of Chinese language materials in all formats. As part of the practice of holistic librarianship, the position also actively participates in public and user service activities. The position represents the East Asia Library at the University Libraries’ level in policy discussions and deliberations relating to technical services and serves on the management team of the East Asia Library.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Provides oversight and leadership for technical services in the East Asia Library
  • Maintain awareness of and leadership in advancing new developments in bibliographic control, metadata standards, emerging library linked data applications, innovative techniques and tools, as well as best practices for technical services
  • Supervises EAL Technical Services staff 
  • Interviews and recommends selection of new section personnel; develops, implements and monitors training; assigns and schedules work; acts upon leave requests; conducts annual performance evaluations; and recommends disciplinary action 
  • Coordinates EAL operations with the Libraries technical service policies and practices as a whole, ensuring compliance with applicable standards and institutional practice
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL cataloging services, metadata creation, retrospective conversion, and technical services projects
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL serial services, including cataloging, check in, claiming, relocation, binding, preservation, weeding, and record keeping
  • Provides input for EAL marking operations
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL acquisitions operations and overall EAL statistical compilation
  • Performs original descriptive, subject, and genre/form cataloging and classification of Chinese language materials in all formats using RDA: Resource Description & Access, LC-PCC Policy Statements and Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) guidelines, LC classification, LC subject headings and genre/form terms, and OCLC MARC tagging, including CEAL CJK cataloging best practices
  • Contributes to overall management of the EAL
  • Acts as EAL liaison to the Libraries technical services divisions: Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services; Cataloging and Metadata Services; Preservation Services
  • Coordinates the work of EAL staff with changes and new developments in technical services policies and practices
  • Participates in EAL public and user service activities 
  • Participates in library committees and meetings as appropriate, including the Cataloging Policy Committee; responsible for informing EAL staff of committee discussions and deliberations, implementing decisions, and addressing implications for EAL practice and workflow
  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace
  • Minimum of three years of post-MLS (or equivalent degree) professional librarian experience in original cataloging and/or metadata creation for Chinese language materials
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, and other cataloging standards and tools as RDA, LCSH, LCC classification, MARC 21, Dublin Core 
  • Demonstrated understanding of linked data principles and knowledge of library linked data initiatives
  • Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control, and bibliographic record maintenance 
  • Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication in English and Chinese, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical
  • Demonstrated ability in working in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and creativity are essential
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and service
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with RDA
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion
  • Experience with the ExLibris Alma ILS
  • Experience working with digital libraries or institutional repositories
  • Experience supervising various levels of staff 
  • Working knowledge and/or cataloging experience in one or more other East Asian languages, i.e. Japanese and/or Korean languages
$57,500 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position will be at rank of Senior Assistant Librarian.

Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state income tax.

Application Process
To apply for this position, please submit the following information to libjobs@uw.edu:
  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
  • Please use "Librarian Application: “Coordinator, East Asia Library Technical Services/Chinese Cataloger” in the subject heading
  • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs 
 Application Deadline
To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, April 20, 2018.
University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu
The East Asia Library Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu/east-asia/
The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.
For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libjobs@uw.edu.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

UBC Library - Chinese Rare Books Cataloger Librarian

Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian
Technical Services, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-Time, One Year Term 
Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2018


The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada and consistently ranks among the top university research libraries in North America. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions, two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), one off-site hospital library, and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility. The Library's collection of over 7M items includes 1.4M ebooks, 229,020 electronic journals, 850,000 maps, audio, DVD/video and graphic materials, and 1,703 bibliographic and fulltext databases. More than 300 knowledgeable employees - librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff - provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at http://about.library.ubc.ca/strategic-plan/  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit http://about.library.ubc.ca/work-with-us/why-work-with-us/.


The Puban Collection, formerly owned by Yao Junshi of Macao and acquired by UBC in 1959 with funds from the Friends of the Library and Dr. Walter Koerner, contains some 3,200 Chinese titles in about 45,000 volumes in thread-stitched binding, the majority of which came from the well-known Nanzhou Studio of Guangdong Province. With numerous rare editions in many subject fields such as history, literature, philology and philosophy, it is one of the most distinguished Chinese collections in North America.


The Chinese Rare Books Cataloguer Librarian will work exclusively with the Puban Collection in Rare Books and Special Collection at UBC Library for a one (1) year term.  The key area of focus will be to provide bibliographic control for selected materials from the Puban Collection and identified for subsequent digitization. This will include creating full-level bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; enriches data in existing bibliographic records; and performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance. This position will select items of highest priority for description and digitization, and identify items in greatest need of conservation or preservation.  May also contribute to reference and instruction related to Chinese rare books, particularly the Puban Collection.  May assist Library Development with donor relationships regarding the Chinese rare Collections.


  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science. 
  • Native or near-native fluency in Chinese (including knowledge of traditional & simplified characters). Fluency in written and spoken English. 
  •  Thorough knowledge of the Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems of Chinese romanization. Working knowledge of or study of classical Chinese. 
  • In-depth knowledge of AACR2R, RDA, Cataloguing Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form and other relevant rare book cataloguing standards. 
  • Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager). 
  • Familiarity with LCSH, Siku thesaurus, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements. 
  • Experience with Chinese rare book authentication to distinguish the correct edition from later or forged editions, reprints and commentaries. Demonstrated experience maintaining and developing donor relations with individuals, organizations, and community groups. 
  •  Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases. 
  • Good organizational and project management skills. 
  • Ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds.  Takes initiative in learning about language and issues relating to equity and diversity. 
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture. Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments. 
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback. 
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experimenting and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.
  • Familiarity and experience with rare book digitization projects. 
  • Experience in an academic library setting, including working with faculty and students, providing instruction, and promoting collections. 
  • Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture.

Reports directly to the Head, Technical Services. Works closely, and may receive direction from, the Head, Rare Books & Special Collections and the Head, Asian Library. Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Cataloguer (Technical Services) and with librarians and staff in the Rare Books and & Special Collections and Asian Library. Collaborates with the Library's conservator. Collaborates with Digital Initiatives librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Works with Development staff in maintaining donor relationships and promoting the Chinese rare materials. Works with faculty in providing instruction and/or presentations. Consults with colleagues as required.


Working with the Puban Collection:

  • Provides authentication of the rare books and manuscripts in Chinese. 
  • Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare Chinese materials following international standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies. 
  • Works with the Library's conservator to develop a preservation and conservation strategy for the books. 
  • Participates in projects to digitize Chinese rare books, particularly in regards to metadata work. 
  • Assists with, develops, and/or maintains relevant documentation pertaining to the local Chinese rare cataloguing standards and processes. 
  • Working with the Library Development Office, maintains and develops donor relations and may assist with promotion of the collection. 
  • May provide reference, collection, and instruction services and support. 
  • Provides reports and documentation on project progress to Project Team on a quarterly basis and as required. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


This position is a full-time, term appointment for one year.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 3 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence.  An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.  We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian @Binghamton University, SUNY

Binghamton University Libraries is now recruiting for the position of Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian. Applications submitted by February 23, 2018 will receive first consideration.

Going to ALA Midwinter?  We will be at the ALA JobList Placement Center Open House 10:30-noon, Sunday, Feb. 11.  Stop by to learn more about the position and working at Binghamton University Libraries.

Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian

Are you interested in a cataloging position working with a broad array of collections in a variety of formats? Does ensuring metadata quality and performing authority work at an academic library that serves a growing research university appeal to you? Binghamton University, ranked 38th in the country for public universities by U.S. News & World Report, is looking for a knowledgeable and enthusiastic librarian to fill the role of Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian.

Binghamton University Libraries is a collaborative environment that offers great opportunities for growth, and we encourage you to consider joining our team! Find out more about being a part of the Binghamton University community at https://www.binghamton.edu/about/at-a-glance.html or view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxyDEtg93QU

Job Description:
The Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian will provide leadership in managing the Libraries’ bibliographic quality control. This includes ensuring data quality and integrity in the Libraries’ catalog and for our digital collections, and contributing to authority control initiatives such as NACO. The Catalog & Metadata Management Librarian will actively participate in original and complex cataloging projects as a member of the team responsible for providing original, adjusted and copy cataloging and bibliographic control for a wide range of materials in various formats.
This position reports to the Assistant Head of Cataloging, with the Director of Technical Services as second-line supervisor. Technical Services is closely integrated with all other departments within the Libraries and utilizes a flexible workflow approach. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.
Duties & Responsibilities:
       Manages metadata quality control and bibliographic database problem resolution to ensure records meet local and national standards.
        Performs original and complex cataloging for materials in a variety of languages and formats. Creates catalog and/or metadata records for general collections, Special Collections, and special projects as needed.
       Creates or modifies NACO authority records and performs other authority work as necessary to maintain database integrity.
       Provides direction and training to staff in database maintenance and data quality control, and develops new and effective approaches to quality control.
       Assists with and/or manages special cataloging projects.
       Provides onsite cataloging and bibliographic control services for collections at the Libraries’ Annex.
       Collaborates with staff and department heads across the Libraries to implement cross-functional initiatives.
       Participates in professional activities and committee assignments within the Libraries, on campus, and in professional associations at a level to meet faculty criteria for promotion and tenure. Maintains a current knowledge of national and international developments and trends in cataloging, metadata, and bibliographic and authority control.
Required Qualifications:
       Graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA accredited institution, received by time of appointment
       Demonstrated ability to apply the following cataloging tools: Resource Description and Access (RDA), Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and classification (LCC), and MARC
       Working knowledge of non-MARC metadata schemas (especially Dublin Core)
       Demonstrated ability to manage projects and adapt to evolving project conditions
       Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages 
       Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and communicate clearly with a variety of people in a diverse environment
       Demonstrated ability to work with detail to ensure accuracy
Preferred Qualifications:
       At least one year of appropriate professional experience
       Experience with OCLC (i.e., Connexion) and Ex Libris products (e.g., Aleph, Alma)
       Understanding of linked data principles, including RDF and ontologies as well as emerging library applications (e.g., BIBFRAME) and name identifier systems (e.g., ORCID, ISNI)

Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support, Yale University Library

Collection Development Librarian, Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  47227BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Department of Area Studies and Humanities Research Support (DASHRS), the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities provides vision and leadership for collection development for DASHRS, including budget planning and spending oversight; departmental policy development, review, and implementation; and serials and approval plan profile development, performance review, and assessment. In collaboration with the Director, the Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities assists in leading goal-setting and strategic planning initiatives to develop responsive and innovative collection development and outreach services. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities must demonstrate a strong commitment to agile, responsive, and innovative research collection development in support of teaching and research in the area studies and humanities.

The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities leads and manages the collections-related work of the research support librarians in the department, including goal-setting and performance review related to collection development duties. Works with colleagues across Yale University Library (YUL) to compile and analyze collection usage data from a variety of sources to inform decisions. Understands the distinctive nature of responsive, discipline-specific collection development and utilizes metrics and other evaluation criteria to support data-informed collection development decisions. Provides budget projections for library collections to ensure the effective management of general and endowed collection funds in accordance with university and library fiscal policies. Implements practices and tools to increase the efficiency of departmental processes and workflows, in partnership with other YUL departments. Serves as the primary liaison with YUL Technical Services Department to ensure efficient processing of materials in all formats and languages.

Collaborates with collections staff throughout the YUL on approaches to resource expenditures and coordinated collection development and policies.  Represents the department on the YUL-wide Collections Steering Committee and works closely with the central Collection Development Department. The Collection Development Librarian for Area Studies and Humanities participates in various YUL committees, task forces, and working groups, and is expected to demonstrate professional leadership and commitment in appropriate regional, national, and/or international professional organizations. May participate in YUL outreach activities, such as the Personal Librarian program for undergraduates.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. An additional advanced degree in the area studies or humanities is strongly preferred; minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability in collection development and knowledge of scholarly publishing practices and trends. Experience supervising subject specialists. Demonstrated commitment to innovation and excellence in library public services.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets. Demonstrated ability to design and manage projects, bringing them to a successful conclusion in a timely manner.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated proficiency in Excel. Experience with a Library Management System for acquisitions. Experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data to inform decision-making.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively across organizational units in a diverse, rapidly-changing, team-based environment

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Experience working with academic research library collections and services. Experience providing training and creating documentation. Experience with Voyager software.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site at www.library.yale.edu.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://bit.ly/2EnqT9I

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position), Columbia University

Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position), Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Requisition Number:
Field(s) of Specialization:
Rare Book and Manuscript Library  
Position Title:
Processing Archivist - Chinese Materials (2 Year Position)  
2203- LIB Collections and Services  
Department Number:
Summary Description:
The Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) seeks an experienced professional to arrange and describe Chinese language archives and manuscript material in all formats held by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library according to local and national best practices.

Reporting to the Head of Archives Processing, responsibilities include:

- Processing: Arrange and describe manuscript material and archival collections in all formats (paper, photographic, electronic, audiovisual, etc.). Develop processing plans for collections, including determining level of granularity at which to process, assure appropriate housing of materials, identify and recommend materials for conservation treatment, write and edit finding aids according to DACS (Describing Archives: a Content Standard) specifications.

- Technical Services: Encode finding aids (written by self, students, interns, and other archivists) into EAD (Encoded Archival Description- an xml markup language) and publish them online, catalog collections using Voyager in accordance with appropriate bibliographic standards (MARC, RDA, etc), maintain metrics on processing and submit regular reports on the ongoing processing and cataloging work. Create item-level metadata for digital objects relating to archival collections as appropriate.

- Public Service: Supports and participates in reference and public service with reference work; including answering reference queries (email, telephone), staffing front desk and supervising the reading room.

- Training, Instruction, and Supervision: Train and supervise the work of students, support staff, and interns working on archival projects. Assist in training peers (archivists) in EAD and other best practices, and assist in training new archivists on staff. Provide instructional support for Columbia and non-Columbia students and classes.

- Professional Involvement and Development: Participate in unit-wide, library-wide, and profession-wide planning and committee activities.

- Administrative Tasks: Participate in planning and strategy meetings for the general staff and various smaller groups.


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Columbia University's largest repository for primary source collections. The range of collections in the RBML span more than 4,000 years and comprise rare printed works, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, papyri, and Coptic ostraca; medieval and renaissance manuscripts; as well as art, photography, and realia. Some 500,000 printed books and 14 miles of manuscripts, personal papers, organizational archives and records form the core of RBML holdings. The history of publishing, comics, graphic arts, human rights, the performing arts, and the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian émigré materials are strengths of the RBML. The RBML is also home to the University Archives and the archival arm of the Columbia Center for Oral History. In addition, the RBML hosts several faculty and graduate student researchers each year through both the Library Research Awards and Primary Sources Internship programs. For more information about RBML collections and services, see http://library.columbia.edu/rbml.

As one of the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprises a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University's teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Minimum Degree Required:
MLS or PhD or equivalent  
Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered for the position.
1. Reading knowledge of Chinese
2. Comprehensive knowledge of archival theory and practice
3. Strong writing and editing skills
4. Strong organizational and analytical skills
5. Project management skills
6. Strong interpersonal skills
7. Proficiency with EAD encoding
8. Knowledge in Cataloging and Metadata  
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Advanced degree in an academic discipline
2. Working knowledge/fluency in at least one foreign language
3. Some familiarity with other relevant metadata standards, including Dublin Core, VRA Core, METS, and MODS
4. Experience providing reference services
5. Experience supervising staff  
Additional Information:
Posting Date:
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Proposed Start Date:
EEO Statement
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  
Date Review Begins
Required Applicant Documents for Upload:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
List of References  
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