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University of Maryland Libraries: Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The Curator of the Gordon W. Prange Collection and the Librarian for East Asian Studies will create and implement a vision for the Gordon W. Prange Collection, a world-renowned special collection of rare and archival materials that constitutes the most comprehensive collection of Japanese-language publications issued in Japan during the post-World War II period of 1945-1949. The Curator/Librarian will be responsible for East Asian Studies materials in the Libraries’ general collection, which includes over 80,000 monographs, periodicals, and reference works in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. The Curator/Librarian will develop a robust program of collection development, research services, digitization, instruction, outreach, and scholarly activity to support these collections.  In addition to managing these collections and related services, the successful candidate also will investigate opportunities and develop new directions for the scope of international collections in Special Collections & University Archives.

Required qualifications:

  • Excellent Japanese and English language oral and written communications skills, including familiarity with honorifics and Japanese negotiation protocols
  • Master of Library Science/Information Science degree, or an advanced degree in a related field plus relevant experience
  • Analytical problem solving skills, team building, and the ability to act proactively and innovatively with various constituencies
  • Proven experience in managing projects, ability to set timetables, meet deadlines, and manage budgets
  • Knowledge of Japanese software and online automated systems and their applications in East Asian language collections

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries’ requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities.  For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu.  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until July 26, 2019.