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September 25, 2008

Chinese Studies Librarian, The University of Chicago Library

The University of Chicago Library invites applicants for the position of Chinese Studies Librarian. The East Asian Collection has holding of more than 700,000 volumes of library resources in various formats in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages and a growing collection of electronic resources. The Chinese collection of over 420,000 volumes is particularly strong in classics, philosophy, history, literature, archaeology, philology and art history. As one of the finest such collections in the country, it serves not only the faculty and students of the university but also scholars throughout the country. The East Asian Collection is housed in the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Under the direction of the Curator of the East Collection, this position is responsible for the following: Select monographs, serials (including out-of-print materials), electronic resources in Chinese language and those on Chinese studies in Western languages, develop a long-term acquisitions policy as well a program of reviewing and evaluating the needs of the collections. Work with the Curator of the East Asian Collection, Library Development Office, the Assistant Director for Collections, and other specialized staff to identify and develop donor sources and special funding opportunities. Participate in contacts with donors and potential donors.

Provide specialized reference service; initiate specialized instruction opportunities for faculty and students regarding the Library and its resources as well as bibliographic methods and research strategies. Responsible for managing, coordinating computer support, and providing services to Chinese studies e-resources. Participate in the development of digital/multimedia resources and services in the Library and on campus. Develop and maintain electronic finding aids and subject content on Chinese studies for the East Asian Collection's Web page.

Under the direction of the Head of East Asia Technical Services, perform original cataloging for Chinese materials in all formats. Participate in formulating cataloging policy, priorities, and work procedures. Participate in the activities of the library and scholarly organizations at the local, regional, national, and international level. For additional information about the Library and the East Asian Collection: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/easia/. For a more complete position description: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/jobs/.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education: A graduate library degree from an ALA-accredited library school and graduate work in Chinese Studies or closely-related subject field, or a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, is required. Experience: Significant related experience in an academic research library is required. Experience or demonstrated knowledge of scholarly resources for Chinese studies, reference tools, and trends in publishing industry and book trade in China is also required. Experience or demonstrated knowledge of AACR2, LC subject headings and classifications, MARC21 formats and authority files is highly preferred. Skills: Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with faculty, students and staff and possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills. A high degree of computer literacy and a demonstrated interest in the application of information technologies are required. Languages: Reading knowledge of modern and classical Chinese is required as is fluency in spoken and written English.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off. There is a tuition benefit plan for college age and younger children.

APPLICATION: Should include resume and names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. Review of application will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled. Those received by October 31, 2008 will be assured consideration. Applications should be sent by e-mail to chinesestudieslibn@lib.uchicago.edu with attention to Denise Weintraub. Please note applicant name on résumé attachment. AA/EEO employer.

Posted by zzhu at September 25, 2008 07:17 PM