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Washington University in St. Louis – East Asian Librarian and Chinese OR Japanese Studies Librarian

Dear Eastlib subscribers,

Hiring has started for the position of East Asian Librarian and Chinese OR Japanese Studies Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. I would appreciate if you could share the announcement widely and encourage any qualified individuals (including yourself) to apply.

The position summary and detailed qualifications are included below, but I also wanted to provide some clarifications. 1) We are reopening our search for the East Asian Librarian, which, in our institution, is the title given to the manager of the East Asian Library. This person is expected to SPECIALIZE either in the Chinese or Japanese studies area, depending on her/his expertise and experience. 2) We will be looking at a different set of qualifications than the previous search. I would like to encourage any individuals who applied last time to look through the new requirements and re-apply, if still interested.

Please feel free to contact me off list if you have any questions. Candidates can view the full job description and apply by navigating to https://jobs.wustl.edu/ and searching for the job opening number 39974. 

East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian – Olin Library – 39974
Job Opening ID

The Washington University Libraries is seeking a highly collaborative, knowledgeable and user-driven professional to serve as East Asian Librarian and Chinese/Japanese Studies Librarian.  The Washington University Libraries, comprised of 12 libraries on the university’s Danforth, West, and Medical School Campuses, reporting to the Vice Provost and University Librarian (in association with 3 campus partners), operate as a unified library 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 500,000 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.

Reporting to the Head of Distributed Libraries, responsible for the overall planning and operation of the East Asian Library to provide effective library services to faculty and students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and East Asian Studies Program.  Responsible for collection development in all East Asian languages and materials, as well as for overseeing cataloging of all vernacular materials in these subject areas.  Responsible for outreach, reference, instruction, and collection development and management for Chinese studies, Japanese studies, and/or Korean studies depending on area of expertise.  Supervises staff of the East Asian Library including one professional librarian.

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent.
Fluent command of both written and spoken English and Chinese or Japanese.
Formal education in East Asian, Chinese, or Japanese Studies or related field.
Two years professional library experience.
Knowledge of databases, serials and monographic acquisitions issues and practices.
Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills including the ability to coach a team.
Strong service attitude with excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to do detail-oriented work, including strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population.
Flexibility and adaptability in a changing environment.
An understanding of the information needs of a research university.
Commitment to engage in continuing professional development.
Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
Must be able to climb stairs frequently (There is no elevator inside the stacks area).
Some evening and weekend events required.
Some travel required.

Second master’s degree in East Asian or Chinese studies.
Cataloging experience with ALA-LC standard for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean Romanization.
Reading knowledge of one or more additional East Asian languages.
Working experience in an East Asian library or an academic library.
Supervisory experience.
Experience with vendor relations.
Experience in acquiring and managing access to electronic resources.
Experience with integrated library systems. Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Sierra system desirable.
Evidence of contribution and involvement in professional development.

Thank you.


Ryuta Komaki, Ph.D.
Japanese+Korean Studies Librarian, Interim East Asian Librarian