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University of Hawaii at Manoa: Japanese Studies Librarian

Hiring Unit: UHM, Library Services

Location: Hamilton Library, Asia Collection Department

Date Posted: January 28, 2022

Closing Date: Continuous – application review begins March 7, 2022

Salary Information:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Monthly Type: 11 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions: To begin approximately July 2022, subject to position clearance and/or availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Under the general direction of the Asia Department Chair, the Librarian for Japanese Studies will work collaboratively to lead in collection development and management of all materials in all formats related to Japanese studies, provide research assistance, and library instruction. In addition, the librarian will liaise with the Center for Japanese Studies to initiate national and international resource sharing collaborations, international symposia, rare materials preservation, restoration and digitization, website development, and fundraising and outreach with the Japanese communities.
  2. Provide professional reference service (in-person and virtual) to faculty, students, and the general public.
  3. Provide in-depth personal consultation to researchers and students.
  4. Work collegially with the other area studies librarians in the Asia Collection, actively engage in departmental affairs, and participate in library-wide activities.
  5. Offer specialized bibliographic instruction to students in Asian Studies, and Japanese Studies, and participate with others in meeting the broader instruction needs of the library in a variety of modalities (i.e. face-to-face, virtual, online, etc.) to promote strong critical thinking skills.
  6. Work in cooperation with other Asia Collection librarians and the teaching faculty to develop tailored instruction programs and prepare specialized bibliographic guides in print and online to aid in instruction.
  7. Collection development includes and is not limited to examining newly published material in all formats related to Japan in humanities and social science subject areas and deciding which publication to purchase or make available for the library. Knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the collection and teaching and research interests at the University of Hawai‘i are essential to performing this task.
  8. Provide consultation and assistance to technical services with processing materials from and about Japan.
  9. Work with Japanese publishers and maintain knowledge about Japanese and publishing trends.
  10. Work collaboratively with the Okinawan Studies Librarian on projects and collections that overlap and intersect.
  11. When the Okinawan Studies Librarian is absent or the position is unfilled, oversee the Okinawan Studies collection, liaise with the Center for Okinawan Studies, and provide research support to Okinawan Studies students, faculty, and scholars.
  12. Develop and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, donors, and the general community.
  13. Participate at the national and international level with other area specialists and in consortia.
  14. Keep abreast of recent developments in information technology.
  15. Should be competent in web page development and maintenance, and knowledgeable about digitization and its application in libraries.
  16. Maintain a productive attitude and enthusiasm for an innovative and changing environment.
  17. Librarians have faculty status and must meet requirements for tenure and promotion including professional development, research, and service.

To Apply: Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach the required documents.  Submit cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, CV, names and contact information (including email addresses) of 3 professional references, and official transcripts (copies acceptable; however, originals will be required prior to completion of hiring).  Incomplete applications will not be considered. All documentation becomes the property of the school.