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East Asian Cataloging Librarian at Indiana University

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 (https://provost.indiana.edu/strategic-plan/), the Libraries Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/strategicplan), and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/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 (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-librarians-pdf)


  • 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:

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/neweeo-profe.html

Video: http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefitsvideo/academic.html

Brochure:  http://hr.iu.edu/pubs/books/IU-benefits_broch.pdf

For more information about Indiana University Bloomington go to http://www.indiana.edu.

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 https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. 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: libpers@indiana.edu.