A dynamic organization devoted to library services for the East Asian studies communities in North America since 1958.

Stanford’s East Asia Library: Korean Studies Librarian

Position Summary: The Korean Studies Librarian develops and manages social sciences and humanities collections related to Korea in the Korean language and is responsible for providing reference and bibliographic assistance to Stanford faculty, students, and scholars using these language materials.


Education and Experience:

At Librarian 2 level:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and two or more years of relevant experience in a relevant library setting or a combination of education and relevant experience.

At Librarian 3 level:

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and five years of experience in a relevant library setting with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibility or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Korean history, literature, culture. 
  • Expert level proficiency in written and spoken Korean language.  
  • Knowledge of current research trends in Korean studies. 
  • Knowledge of information resources related to Korea in all formats. 
  • Knowledge of trends in publishing industry and book trade in Korea.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact frequently with Korean Studies faculty and graduate students as well as Korean and Korean American undergraduate students regarding the needs and aspirations of individual and collective programs in order to inform collection development and acquisitions decisions as well as provision of services. 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide expert level reference in Korean Studies.
  • Demonstrated ability to give academic presentations in person or by network technologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and across different groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate online resources in terms of content quality, functionality, and user interface issues.
  • Ability to write engaging descriptions to promote collections and/or projects.
  • Understanding of contemporary research library practices, trends, and emerging technologies.
  • Ability to identify challenges and opportunities, engage others in their resolution and recommend appropriate courses of action.
  • Commitment to contribute to the library and collaborate effectively with the rest of the organization.
  • Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic communities.
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • Supplemental knowledge of Chinese, Japanese or other Asian language, as well as relevant history and/or literature preferred.
  • Experience with event planning, exhibit preparation, academic writing and presentations preferred.
  • Successful experience working with colleagues in an East Asia Library environment and with other units of a large research library.

At Librarian 3 level: all of the above, plus:

  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate events and/or exhibits.
  • Ability to manage projects, develop policies or drive initiatives across functional lines.
  • Knowledge of trends in digital humanities for Korean Studies.

Physical Requirements:

  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Working Conditions:

  • May work in confined spaces and at heights 4-10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.

Work Standards:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.