East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian - Olin Library
|Institution Type:||College / University|
|Location:||Missouri, United States|
The Washington University Libraries is seeking a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-driven professional to serve as Chinese and East Asian 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.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Identify information needs of faculty and students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and East Asian Studies Program; plan, implement, and evaluate library services and programs to meet those needs; and develop and maintain effective working relationships with library users, library staff, and University community. Provide specialized reference services, including programs for user education and training. Create and maintain access to appropriate electronic sources including initiatives in the Digital Humanities as appropriate. Oversees collection development efforts in all areas. Coordinate services with and direct supervision of the librarian and other staff of the East Asian Library.
- Act as bibliographer in Chinese or Japanese studies and be responsible for collection development and liaison work in that area; perform original and adaptive cataloging and/or review outsourced cataloging of Chinese or Japanese language materials for the libraries. Manage vendor relations and work closely with Acquisitions and others in invoicing and payment of vernacular materials including managing electronic resources.
- Recruit all staff, recommend their appointment; supervise and provide for continued training, and carry out the Libraries' approved performance appraisal program for all staff. Plan for student staffing and prepare budget requests.
- Responsible for managing facilities maintenance, including safety and security for users, staff and collections in the East Asian Library.
- Maintain professional currency and participate in professional development activities as they relate to East Asian Studies librarianship and technology. Participate in library-wide programs, serving on committees or task forces as appropriate.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- 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.
The hiring range for this position is $58,441 - $76,011 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
|Primary Category:||Area Studies