Thursday, October 4, 2018

UBC Japanese Language Librarian Position (Repost)

Japanese Language Librarian
Asian Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus
Full-Time, Ongoing
Anticipated Start Date: January 2019


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 To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library - Why work with us.


The Asian Library is a hub of scholarship, learning and community connections, where research meets community. The Asian Library’s collections, totaling over 684,000 volumes across Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indic languages, provide key resources in support of teaching and research of Asian studies. The Council on East Asian Libraries consistently ranks UBC among the best in the world—#1 in Canada and #12 in library holdings across North America. The Asian Library’s rare and special materials further distinguish it as a top-tier research library. For more information about the Asian Library, please visit us at


Provides reference, information services and collection development in support of Japanese studies. Assumes responsibility for liaison with scholars working with Japanese language materials. Provides instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Supervises the handling of Japanese materials. Acts as liaison with the Japanese specialists at the University and the Japanese-Canadian community. Participates in selection, configuration and presentation of electronic resources in Japanese languages. Participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services as required. Works collaboratively with library colleagues to strengthen system-wide practices and initiatives. Participates in library committees and contributes to the university’s goals, including those related to diversity and inclusion. May be required to work evenings or weekends. Performs other assigned duties and related projects.


Reports to the Head, Asian Library. Consults with library colleagues, faculty members, Digital Initiatives and the Library Development Office, as necessary. Works with the Technical Services staff on the cataloguing and processing of Japanese language materials. May supervise the work of library support staff and student assistants.


  • Graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science.
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, written and spoken Japanese, as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Modified Hepburn Romanization System.
  • Ability to write professional reports and to deliver presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a strong track record in working collaboratively with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Demonstrated interest in issues facing libraries and academic institutions such as open access, digital scholarship and metrics.
  • Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Japanese.
  • Knowledge of current collections trends and databases related to Japanese Studies.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Japanese Studies bibliography and resources.
  • Experience handling a budget for collections, projects and/or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability in creating, planning and carrying out projects, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Experience with electronic information technologies and their applications to reference, as well as knowledge of best practices in online learning pedagogies.
  • Ability to adjust to and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions.
  • Evidence of active participation in professional or community organizations.
  • 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 recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues.
  • 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 with and improvising new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems.
  • Working knowledge of Chinese or Korean.
  • Advanced degree in Asian Studies.
  • Experience with collections development for both print and electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification.
  • Experience using LibGuides
  • Experience using OCLC.
  • Experience with digitization projects.

Reference, Instruction and Liaison Services
  1. Develops and participates in instructional programs related to the Japanese language collection and the use of information sources. Undertakes specialized instructional programs for both undergraduate and graduate learners. Prepares guides and handouts in electronic and paper formats and organizes user groups on the advanced use of electronic resources. Participates in Library orientations and bibliographic instruction programmes for new students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Provides comprehensive reference and research services in Japanese studies. Develops web resources to support and extend reference services. Assists users in locating Japanese materials from other East Asian collections in North America as well as Japan and facilitates inter-library loans when required.
  3. Acts as liaison between the Asian Library and the Japanese specialists at UBC in matters concerning the Japanese collections and Library services and other units in the Library System in matters concerning Japanese materials.
  4. Translates Japanese into English and English into Japanese within the framework of the services and practices of the Asian Library.
Digital Projects
  1. Works with Digital Initiatives on the selection and implementation of digitization projects.
  2. Provides guidance to scholars and students on data analysis tools relevant to Japanese Studies and digitized collections.
  3. Continually builds on expertise in this area through a combination of self study and professional development opportunities.
Rare Books and Special Collections
  1. Works closely with colleagues in Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) on projects concerning Japanese language rare and archival materials.
  2. Collaborates with RBSC colleagues on collection development issues.
  3. Coordinates the digitization of rare materials in conjunction with RBSC.
Technical Services, Collection Development and Management
  1. Selects material for the Japanese language collections and both print and electronic material from the collection for storage, according to curricular and research needs of faculty and students. Suggests new print and electronic serials titles based on faculty needs and monitors and evaluates the Japanese language periodical collections. Assists in the development of collection policies.
  2. For electronic material in Japanese, works with the Head and other library staff to create access and resolve user support issues, which may include licensing, systems configuration, presentation and evaluation.
  3. Selects monographs and serials in print and electronic format. Consults with the Head and the AUL, Collections Management in cases of expensive and rare materials.
  4. Identifies Japanese language materials that should be moved to a storage facility, or weeded from the collection.
  5. Administers the Japanese Government Publications Depository Programme and scans the new shipments before they are sent to other divisions for processing. Maintains and facilitates access to the Japanese special collections.
  6. Assesses, selects, and processes Japanese materials received through gift or exchange. Handles book donations from individuals or organizations. Performs monetary evaluations as required.
  7. Maintains and facilitates access to the Japanese special collections.
  8. Keeps up with literature and research developments in support of the Asian Library. Maintains expertise in electronic information resources and technologies and assists in the acquisition and application of Japanese software for technical services.
  9. Advises and assists regarding Japanese monographs and serials for binding.
  10. Manages the Japanese book funds and monitors expenditures to ensure consistency with the allocations. Assesses, selects and processes materials received as gifts or on exchange. Does monetary evaluations as required.
  11. Works closely with Technical Services staff regarding acquisition and cataloguing of Japanese materials.
Community and Professional Engagement
  1. Organizes community engagement activities or events related to Japan or Japanese Studies. Creates project plans for these activities, including budgetary planning.
  2. Contributes to branch-wide initiatives, working together with the Head and other language librarians.
  3. Prepares or curates book displays or exhibits on Japan or Japanese Studies.
  4. Serves as liaison with the Japanese-Canadian Community.
  5. Actively participates in professional associations and bodies related to Japanese studies librarianship.

This position will be filled as a full-time, ongoing position. If eligible and qualified, the successful applicant may be appointed with a confirmed appointment. Otherwise, there will be an initial three-year probationary appointment. Normally, such an appointment is reviewed by the end of the second year of the appointment, and a recommendation is made at that time to grant or not to grant a confirmed appointment.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.
We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience. However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply.

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. 

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above.

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on November 2nd, 2018.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Asian Studies Librarian - Brigham Young University

Asian Studies Librarian
Harold B. Lee Library Job Announcement

The Asian Studies Librarian at Brigham Young University (BYU) works directly with students through reference consultations, individualized and classroom instruction, and research.  They work as the library liaison to faculty teaching and researching in the assigned areas, along with developing and managing collections for the Library in the areas of Asian Studies, including Asian cultures, languages, and literature worldwide.

This is a continuing faculty status track position (equivalent of tenure) in the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU. Benefits include support for research, presenting, and publishing along with vacation, insurance, retirement savings, and appreciation for work-life balance. BYU is located in Provo, Utah, with easy access to a wide variety of recreational opportunities, sports and cultural events.

BYU is a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church.

For complete job announcement and to apply, go to:

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian, University of Washington

Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian – Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

University of Washington: University Libraries

Seattle, WA

Open Date
Jul 6, 2018

Aug 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

TITLE:                        Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
LOCATION:              East Asia Library

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.

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 for further information about the East Asia Library.

Reporting to the Director of the East Asia Library (EAL), the Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian provides original and enhancement cataloging for Chinese materials in all formats, including traditional and rare Chinese books, electronic resources, and serials including e-journals. Working collaboratively and independently, the librarian ensures prompt access to newly acquired Chinese resources and timely resolves access issues. The Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian is a dynamic, self-motivated, and forward-looking individual with leadership potential who is committed to providing high quality access and discovery for research materials. The Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian keeps abreast of the developments and trends regarding Chinese cataloging and metadata. Collaborating with cataloging and technical services operations within the Libraries, they contribute to the development of cataloging policies and best practices for Chinese language materials and special collections. To provide high-quality and user-centered services, the Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian also practices holistic librarianship and assumes public services responsibilities. The position contributes to overall management of the East Asia Library and demonstrates potential to grow into leadership roles.

  • 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, Dublin Core, and CEAL CJK cataloging best practices following national standards and regional practices of our shared library system.
  • Provides original cataloging of Chinese print and electronic monographs, serials, including e-journals and databases.
  • Implements retrospective conversion projects of Chinese language materials.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Libraries’ technical services and ITS departments to resolve cataloging and metadata related questions and issues for Chinese materials.
  • Assists other staff members in the interpretation of cataloging, classification, and metadata rules and practices in areas requiring Chinese language expertise. Serves as a resource person for cataloging and metadata related issues and assists in training paraprofessional catalogers for the Libraries.
  • Keeps abreast of current trends and new developments of rules and policies in the field of cataloging and metadata; actively acquires new skills needed to carry out high quality Chinese cataloging and metadata.
  • Participates in EAL public and user service activities and provides public service back-up support when the Chinese Studies Librarian is absent.
  • Participates in library committees and meetings as appropriate and informs EAL staff of committee discussions, deliberations, and decisions.
  • As a member of the EAL librarian group, the Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian contributes to the EAL management and, as such, may lead an aspect of the library’s technical services.
  • Understands and abides by the Libraries Personal Communication Responsibilities. Communicates appropriately, effectively, and positively.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as assigned; performs other duties as required.
$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position will be at the rank of Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria,

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.

  • 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
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, and other cataloging standards and tools such as RDA, LCSH, LCC classification, MARC 21, Dublin Core
  • Demonstrated knowledge of 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
  • Experience with RDA and AACR2
  • Working knowledge and/or cataloging experience in the Chinese, Japanese and/or Korean languages
  • Knowledge of library linked data principles and BIBFRAME initiatives
  • Experience in original cataloging and/or metadata creation in an academic library
  • Reading knowledge of classical Chinese
Application Instructions

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:
  • 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)
To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday August 10, 2018.
University of Washington Libraries Home Page is
The East Asia Library Home Page is
For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at

East Asian Cataloging Librarian, Indiana University Libraries

East Asian Cataloging Librarian
Assistant Librarian, Indiana University Libraries


The Indiana University Libraries Bloomington seek a knowledgeable, self-motivated, and service-oriented professional to serve as an expert in East Asian languages in support of cataloging production and initiatives. Reporting to the Head of Area Studies Cataloging, the East Asian Cataloging Librarian will create bibliographic and authority records for resources in East Asian languages, with a focus on Japanese, to be contributed to the Libraries’ integrated library system and the OCLC WorldCat database. Through active participation in professional programs and organizations related to East Asian language cataloging, this position will provide leadership for cataloging operations related to complex vernacular scripts, including the revision of local practices and improvement of database content.

  • Create original cataloging records including vernacular script fields and enhance OCLC metadata records for East Asian language resources on all subjects
  • Create new authority records for personal and corporate names, conference names, uniform titles, and series
  • Identify problems, design solutions, and take appropriate actions to efficiently and effectively incorporate East Asian language resources in the Libraries’ collections
  • Maintain current awareness of professional trends and developments in metadata creation for East Asian language resources, and monitor evolving metadata schemes and practices
  • Collaborate with other catalogers on bibliographic and authority records for East Asian language resources as needed
  • Provide training and work assessment for paraprofessional catalogers and student employees assigned to work with East Asian language resources and related projects
  • Serve as a consultant and cataloging liaison to other library departments for operations related to East Asian language resources
  • Serve as an official IU Libraries’ representative to relevant institutional, regional, national, and international cataloging/metadata programs and organizations, such as the OCLC CJK Users Group
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in IU Bloomington’s Campus Bicentennial Strategic Plan (, the Libraries Strategic Plan (, and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science; candidates with an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and appropriate experience in an academic setting will also be considered
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the following metadata content standards and tools: MARC21; Resource Description and Access (RDA); Library of Congress classification and subject headings; the national Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) components for shared bibliographic records (BIBCO) and authority records for names (NACO) and subjects (SACO)
  • Language skills and cultural knowledge to accurately describe, provide authorized access points, and assign subject headings and classification numbers for materials in Japanese
  • Evidence of skills for effective planning, document writing, and implementation of cataloging policies or projects
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Sound interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain good working relationships and work cooperatively in a team environment
  • Understanding and valuing of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position (
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in original cataloging, preferably in a large academic library
  • Bibliographic language skills in Korean and/or Chinese
  • Aptitude for technology and interest in software and data manipulation tools
  • Familiarity with classical Japanese
  • Experience with OCLC and a substantial level of experience with integrated library systems
  • Experience creating NACO and SACO authority records
Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan.  This is a tenure-track academic appointment that includes eligibility for sabbatical leaves.  For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:
For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to
Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


For full consideration, applications must be received by Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 205, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email:

Monday, June 4, 2018

UC San Diego: East Asia Serials Specialist

Payroll Title: LIBRARY AST 3
Department: UC San Diego Library
Hiring Salary Range: $19.89 - $22.59 / Hour
Appointment Type: Career
Appointment Percent: 50%
Work Schedule: Days, 4 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

The East Asia Serials Specialist maintains the UC San Diego Library Serial standing order and subscription records for all formats, both physical and electronic. This position is independently responsible and is the primary resource for the management of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean serial records. Approves payment for invoices, claims serial issues, processes serial and, bindery receipts and maintains serial holdings records.


  • Reading knowledge of Chinese and/or Japanese language(s) sufficient to identify bibliographic elements of serials, including but not limited to; title, date, issue, frequency and billing information and to interpret basic correspondence.
  • Ability to transliterate Chinese, Japanese and Korean scripts into Romanized characters for acquisitions processing.
  • Library experience with knowledge of library terminology, bibliographic element, and publishing patterns of serial and monographic publication rules relevant to serials acquisitions.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, ability to communicate courteously, effectively and persuasively while dealing with a variety of people.
  • Ability to seek out discrepancies and resolve problems independently.

Direct link to the job posting 

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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,