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Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian – Chinese Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

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 http://www.lib.washington.edu/east-asia/ 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, http://www.lib.washington.edu/about/employment/hr/libpersonnelcode/view


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 http://www.lib.washington.edu
The East Asia Library Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu/east-asia/

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libjobs@uw.edu.