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Japanese Studies Librarian, Washington University in Saint Louis

Japanese Studies Librarian
Washington University in Saint Louis
Job ID 42359

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Olin Library.  This position is for the Danforth Campus.

Essential Functions


The Japanese Studies Librarian engages in, promotes and provides support for scholarly and curricular activities for faculty, students and the community. In addition, this position serves wider discovery needs and research support through the creation and utilization of research tools, research assistance and instruction, collection development and liaison duties in their assigned subject area(s). The Japanese Studies Librarian is expected to continue their professional development in their assigned subject area(s) as part of their work serving students, faculty, colleagues and the community at large. The Japanese Studies Librarian will be involved in various library activities managed by other library programs and within the Research and Academic Collaborations Service Division.


  • Research services responsibilities. The incumbent in this position is expected to deliver research services by:
    • Providing and assessing in-person/virtual reference and research consultation services to fulfill user research needs
    • Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to facilitate information about library resources/activities through regular meetings and appropriate communication channels
    • Liaising with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to solicit material collection or service related needs
    • Promoting the role of research libraries to the university and community at large by participation in, but not limited to, campus, regional and national committees and projects
    • Appreciating and understanding the evolving nature of scholarship, scholarly output and the research data cycle and appropriately sharing that knowledge with faculty and students
    • Connecting researchers, when applicable, with others within the libraries in a collaborative manner addressing scholarly communication needs including, but not limited to, publishing, data management and repository services
    • Collaborating with Special Collections, Data Services and other areas within the Libraries providing cross-divisional partnerships and subject expertise to ensure the success of projects, collections, etc.
  • Collection development. In collaboration with the Collection Services Librarian and with colleagues within the Libraries, the incumbent develops, maintains, and assesses subject specific collections for the libraries. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:
    • Consultations with subject faculty, students and staff in selecting materials
    • Manage, assess and maintain collection budgets, collection materials and collection approval plans
    • Professional awareness in subject area and collection criteria
    • Collaboration with other areas in the libraries ensuring successful ordering and cataloging of assigned collections
  • Instruction. Incumbent collaborates with colleagues within and beyond the libraries to deliver, plan and assess strategic and effective instruction and learning materials to meet the curricular needs of faculty and students. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:
    • Design, deliver and assess effective instructional sessions and activities through the solicitation of user and instructor feedback
    • Design, implement and assess effective online learning and digital tools
    • Develop and enhance teaching skills, as appropriate
  • Professional development. Incumbent will further their professional knowledge not only in their subject specialty, but also in the field of librarianship and areas relevant to their position by:
    • Participation in professional library or subject related organizations and committees
    • Attending or participating in professional webinars/instruction sessions
    • Stay current in their subject areas through various methods
  • Perform other duties as assigned or appointed

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s in East Asian, Japanese Studies or related field and two years of experience.
  • Fluent command of both written and spoken English and Japanese.

Preferred Qualifications

  • MLS from an accredited library program or PhD in related field.
  • Working experience in an East Asian library or an academic library.
  • Reading knowledge of Korean.
  • Cataloging experience with ALA-LC standard for Japanese and Korean Romanization.

Salary Range

The hiring range for this position is $47,151 – $61,289 annually.

Department Summary

The Washington University Libraries is comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses.  Reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian and in association with 3 campus partners, the libraries’ operate as a collaborative system in support of the research, teaching, and learning mission of the university.  The Libraries’ house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 1.8 million e-books.  The libraries’ 135 dedicated professional and support staff serve an increasingly diverse community and exemplify the libraries’ commitment to meet the needs of faculty, staff and students for the present – and for years to come.


-Retirement Savings Plan
-22 vacation days
-8 Paid Holidays
-Sick Time
-Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children
-Free Metro Link/ Bus pass
-Free Life Insurance
-Health, Dental, Vision
-Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
-Long Term Disability Insurance
-Flex Spending Plan
-Other Benefits

Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.