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Washington University in Saint Louis: Subject Librarian for East Asian Languages and Cultures

Position Summary: The Subject 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), including East Asian Languages and Cultures in the three linguistic traditions (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) and transcultural or multi-disciplinary studies. This position will primarily support the Japanese and Korean collections. The Subject 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 Subject Librarian will be involved in various library activities managed by other library programs and within the Research and Academic Collaborations Service Division.

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Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Research & liaison services responsibilities. The incumbent in this position is expected to deliver research services.

  • Provide and assess in-person/virtual reference and research consultation services to fulfill user research needs.
  • Liaise with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to facilitate information about library resources/activities through regular meetings and appropriate communication channels.
  • Liaise with faculty, students and others in assigned subject areas to solicit material collection or service related needs.
  • Promote 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.
  • Appreciate and understand the evolving nature of scholarship, scholarly output and the research data cycle and appropriately sharing that knowledge with faculty and students.
  • Connect 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.
  • Collaborate 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. 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.
  • In cooperation with other library departments, manage specialized vendor relations.
  • In consultation with the East Asian Librarian and others within the libraries, plan, write, and manage grant proposals for developing collections in assigned areas.
  • Coordinating with others within the libraries, review outsourced records and assist with in-house cataloging of East Asian languages materials for the libraries.
  • Maintain knowledge and an awareness of the trend of publishing industries and electronic resources in East Asian languages and cultures.

Instruction. Incumbent collaborates with colleagues within and beyond the libraries to deliver, plan and assess strategic and effective information literacy 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 information literacy instructional sessions and activities.
  • Develop and enhance information literacy teaching skills, as appropriate.

Professional development. Incumbent will further professional knowledge in the subject specialty, the field of librarianship and relevant areas.

  • Participate in professional library or subject related organizations and committees.
  • Attend or participate in professional webinars/instruction sessions.
  • Stay current in their subject areas through various methods.

Perform other duties as assigned or appointed.

  • Assist with the operations of the East Asian Library.

Working Conditions

  • Occasional travel to other WUSTL locations.
  • Some off-campus travel may be required in support of professional development or as part of assigned job duties.

Preferred Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree (or equivalent degree).
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or equivalent training/work experience in Japanese and/or Korean language subject areas.
  • An understanding of the transnationalism of East Asian cultures.
  • Native or near-native Japanese or Korean language competence.
  • Experience developing and assessing services to support or enhance research, teaching, and/or scholarship in diverse and dynamic environment.
  • Experience teaching undergraduates library-related skills and developing online learning objects.
  • Ability to consult with students/researchers on library resources and research strategies for humanities disciplines.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication and digital humanities trends and practices.
  • Two years of experience providing information, research, teaching, and/or scholarly communication support in a library or other academic setting.
  • Reading level knowledge or language skills in Korean or Japanese.
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Expertise and knowledge on East Asian cultures, history, and literature.
  • Reading level knowledge of one or two of the three East Asian languages Japanese, Korean, or Chinese.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork orientation.
  • Demonstrated planning and organization skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a diverse and dynamic environment.

Required Qualifications

ALA Accredited MLS/MLIS or other subject MA (or higher degree) within one or more of the assigned subject disciplines.



Salary Range

$50,500.00 – $86,200.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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