Chinese Studies Librarian – Princeton University – Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Library is one of the world’s most prestigious research institutions serving a diverse community of 6,400 students, 1,100 faculty and many visiting scholars with collections of more than 7 million printed volumes, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items, and extensive digital holdings including images, data, and recently produced electronic databases and journals. The Library consists of a central facility and 9 specialized libraries, employing a dedicated and knowledgeable staff of more than 300 professional and support personnel, complemented by a large student workforce. More information: http://library.princeton.edu/

Position:

The Library seeks an energetic and service-oriented subject specialist to build library collections and provide library services in the interdisciplinary field of Chinese Studies. Reporting to the Director of the East Asian Library, this Librarian, as core member of a team of East Asian Library colleagues, works closely with faculty, students, staff and visiting scholars from within and without the East Asian Studies Department and Program. Princeton University’s Chinese collection is one of the major such collections in the country, and is well-known for its rare book and its electronic holdings. The collection is especially strong in pre-modern and modern history, literature, religion, history of science, art and general culture, but covers all subjects, including studies on contemporary China. For more information, see http://eastasianlib.princeton.edu/

Responsibilities include current and retrospective collection building covering a wide range of subjects in all formats from or about Greater China in Chinese, and, in conjunction with colleagues, in western languages, to support teaching and research needs at Princeton. The position manages a sizable acquisitions budget. Management of existing collections includes advising on preservation, digitization and selection of materials for offsite storage. The librarian is the primary person to provide liaison with and specialized research assistance and instruction to Princeton University faculty, students and visitors in various library and classroom settings, including the creation of resource guides and websites. The librarian collaborates with other librarians throughout the library system, including close cooperation with the Technical Services and Collection Development departments.

The Librarian represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional meetings, and seeks opportunities to participate in inter-institutional initiatives for collaboration in collection development, digitization and other library projects.

Qualifications:
Required:
• ALA-accredited MLS degree or equivalent combination of education & library experience
• Minimum 2 years library experience in an academic library
• Broad knowledge of Chinese history and culture, including scholarly resources and bibliographic tools
• Proficiency in modern and classical Chinese, including romanization; excellent oral and written communication skills in Chinese and English
• Knowledge of the Chinese book trades and current research and publishing trends in this field
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully and collegially with a diverse group of others
Preferred:
• An advanced degree in a field related to Chinese Studies
• Experience with instruction, public outreach, and/or assistance to individual users in an academic setting
• Experience with new technologies for discovery and learning in a rapidly changing environment
• Professional experience as a Chinese Studies Librarian
• Reading proficiency in Western scholarly languages (French, German, Italian)

The successful candidate will be appointed to an appropriate Librarian rank depending upon qualifications and experience. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

You must apply online at http://jobs.princeton.edu. Search the position using keyword “Chinese” or requisition number 1500815.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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