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University of Pennsylvania: Chinese Library Specialist

Posted Job Title

Chinese Library Specialist

Job Profile Title

Library Specialist

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Head of Global Studies Technical Services, the Chinese Library Specialist, working at an advanced level and independently, will acquire and describe Chinese language materials for the Penn Libraries in accordance with established standards and institutional policy. In both acquisitions and cataloging, the incumbent will perform complex problem-solving using advanced analytical skills. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the Chinese Studies Librarian to identify priorities for resource processing.

Job Description


  • In accordance with cataloging standards/rules and local practice, perform routine and complex copy cataloging of Chinese language materials. Create original bibliographic records for Chinese language materials as needed.
  • In accordance with University and Penn Libraries policies and practice, perform routine and complicated ordering, receipt, and invoicing of Chinese language materials, including frequent direct communication with vendors.
  • Process physical inventory, including unboxing materials (with occasional lifting of boxes), barcoding of library items, and transporting book trucks through Penn Libraries spaces.
  • Solve routine and highly complex bibliographic and acquisitions problems involving Chinese materials, including providing language expertise to other Penn Libraries staff as needed.
  • Train and supervise student assistants, set priorities for temporary staff, and review their work as assigned.


  • Required Qualifications:-A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    -Strong knowledge, written and spoken, of the Chinese language.
    -Ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex bibliographic and acquisitions problems with an eye for detail.
    -Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with both internal and external constituents such as Chinese-language vendors.
    -Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Preferred Qualifications:-Intermediate to advanced knowledge of an additional East Asian language or non-Roman-script language.
    -Experience in a library setting working with bibliographic data, preferably in cataloging monographs.
    -Strong computer skills in a Windows computing environment with experience manipulating spreadsheet data (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets).

Application Requirement

  • A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

**Please note that this position is a bargaining unit position represented by a labor union. Job related responsibilities, duties, qualifications, and compensation associated with this position are determined by a collective bargaining agreement.

Job Location – City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

University Library

Pay Range

$34.27 – $35.30 Hourly Rate

Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

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.

Special Requirements 
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn’s exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you’ll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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