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University of Toronto: Chinese Studies Librarian

Chinese Studies Librarian (Librarian I/II/III; Permanent Status Stream)

Closes on Sunday, September 24, 2023
DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL), University of Toronto Libraries

POSITION: Chinese Studies Librarian (Librarian I/II/III; Permanent Status Stream)
DEPARTMENT: Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library (EAL), University of Toronto Libraries
DATE REQUIRED: As Soon as Possible

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About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries system is the largest academic library in Canada and is
consistently ranked in the top ten among academic research libraries in North America. The system
consists of 40 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and
Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and
information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of over 300 graduate
programs, more than 70 professional programs, and about 700 undergraduate degree programs. In
addition to more than 12 million volumes in 341 languages, the library system currently provides
access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 31,000 linear metres of archival
material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year. The Libraries’ data centre
houses more than 600 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is a leading research library in North America and the most
extensive research library in Canada for East Asian Studies. As the intellectual and cultural hub of the
academic community for East Asian and Asian Canadian-related studies and programs at the
University of Toronto, the library is committed to engaging with faculty, students, and the wider
community to provide exceptional resources and services in support of scholarship, research, and
The library’s history can be traced back to the 1930s when a collection of rare materials from China,
known today as the Mu Collection (慕氏藏書), was acquired. Since then, the library has grown
significantly to encompass a premier research collection of over 700,000 volumes of materials in
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan, as well as limited resources in Mongolian, Manchu, and
Uighur. In addition to its impressive physical collection, the library provides access to numerous
electronic resources, making it a valuable asset to the field of East Asian Studies. Its resources and
services support scholars and researchers in the region and beyond, providing unparalleled access to
rare and unique resources.
Through continued expansion of its collections and partnerships, the library is dedicated to
supporting teaching, research, and learning both within and beyond the university. The library has
done multiple digitization projects to improve discoverability and accessibility of the library’s unique
and rare collections through various partnerships and is committed to developing collections in Asian
Canadian studies, in collaboration with other central libraries at the UTL and external partners and
community partners.
The library also organizes a range of public outreach events working with campus partners, local
community groups, and national and international partners to inspire scholarship and cultivate
relations with the campus and the community. Its physical space has gone through a series of
expansion and revitalization processes to create a vibrant and user-friendly space for its community.

The Opportunity
The University of Toronto Libraries seeks an innovative, service-oriented, and collaborative
professional for an exciting opportunity to serve as Chinese Studies Librarian. The successful
candidate will report to the Director of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library. The incumbent will
provide specialized support for the planning, development, acquisition, cataloguing, and
management of the library’s growing Chinese Studies collections. The successful candidate will also
work closely with subject liaison librarians, archivists, and members of the Central Library’s Collection
Development Department, Metadata Services, as well as provide public service and research support
to meet the growing needs of a diverse community of faculty, visiting scholars, graduate and
undergraduate students.
• Act as the primary liaison librarian for Chinese Studies across relevant academic departments and
programs in the humanities and social sciences at U of T, and proactively engage with faculty and
students to understand their information needs
• Develop and deliver tailored instruction and learning opportunities in various formats to support
the curriculum and advance learning outcomes for faculty and students in Chinese Studies
• Provide and promote innovative services and resources to enhance the research and academic
excellence of the University in the field of Chinese Studies
• Acquire and maintain collections of Chinese-language resources in all formats that are relevant to
the study of the region and in support of the various Chinese Studies academic programs,
communicate with Chinese book vendors and other resource providers to ensure smooth
operation of acquisition, and supervise an acquisition staff
• Identify and evaluate unique and archival resources for Chinese Studies and Chinese Canadian
• Undertake original cataloguing of Chinese materials in all formats to ensure their discoverability,
supervise an original cataloguer/metadata creation specialist and graduate student assistants,
and prepare name authority metadata for contribution to NACO according to the standards of the
Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC)
• Collaborate with librarians and staff in other library programs regarding acquisition, cataloguing,
maintenance, preservation, and conservation of Chinese language resources
• Participate in the department’s reference desk services and provide reference and research
support to students, faculty members, staff, and visiting scholars
• Work with other University of Toronto campuses in collaborative collection development efforts.
• Facilitate connections with external researchers, donors, and international partners
• Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional
venues and through service to the University and the profession
• Participate in library and other committees as appropriate
This search aligns with the University’s commitment to strategically and proactively promote diversity
among our community members (Statement on Equity, Diversity & Excellence). Recognizing that
Black, Indigenous, and other Racialized communities have experienced inequities that have
developed historically and are ongoing, we strongly welcome and encourage candidates from those
communities to apply.

The successful candidate will have:
• A degree from an accredited Master’s level program in library and information studies
• Demonstrated commitment to integrating best practices and values of inclusivity, diversity,
equity, anti-racism and accessibility
• Knowledge of the history, politics, literatures and cultures of China and its surrounding region
and of Chinese Canadian studies
• Knowledge of trends in East Asian librarianship, the Chinese publishing industry, book trades,
and the latest developments in Chinese resource publication
• Demonstrated interest and familiarity with area studies librarianship, rare books, and special
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in both Chinese and English
• Proficiency in modern and pre-modern Chinese, including traditional Chinese and simplified
Chinese, as well as the Chinese Romanization system (Pinyin)
• Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply current cataloguing schemas and standards
(i.e., RDA, LCSH, LC classification, MARC21)
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, while
recognizing and respecting individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds
• Knowledge of collection development practices for both print and electronic resources
• Knowledge of issues involved in maintaining special collections, especially with a view to
serving diverse communities
• Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, presentation, and communication skills
• Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and ability to innovate and adapt to a changing
• Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities effectively
• Demonstrated commitment to outstanding public service
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

The successful candidate will preferably have:
• An advanced degree in a discipline related to Chinese Studies
• Experience working in a relevant professional setting
• Experience in original cataloguing and authority control in an automated environment in an
academic or research library setting; as well as experience cataloguing rare books/special
collections material
• Knowledge of Classical Chinese
• Knowledge of Wade-Giles Romanization
• Proficiency in other Asian languages
Salary and Terms of Appointment: This is a permanent status stream position.
It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Librarian I, II or III level, subject to review and
experience. Minimum salary: LIB I: $71,451; LIB II: $74,553; LIB III: $95,411 (Salary is dependent on
rank at hire and qualifications).
Benefits: We offer generous benefits packages to all employees. Additional information is available
at: https://people.utoronto.ca/careers/benefits/
Additional information
Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

How to Apply
Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three
references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS
Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname,FirstName. CHINESESTUDIESLIB] to Library
Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of
Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; by September 24, 2023.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will
be given priority.

Diversity Statements
The University of Toronto embraces Diversity and is building a culture of belonging that increases our
capacity to effectively address and serve the interests of our global community. We strongly
encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with
disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. We value applicants who have
demonstrated a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that diverse
perspectives, experiences, and expertise are essential to strengthening our academic mission.
University of Toronto Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Statement:
University of Toronto Libraries’ Anti-Racism Statement:

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase
diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with
our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.
The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
(AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as
accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.
If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please
contact utlhr@utoronto.ca.
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