Chinese Technical Services Librarian, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

 Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.

 Position Description

The Chinese Technical Services Librarian provides original and complex copy cataloging for Chinese script materials in all formats and supervises support staff involved in all aspects of technical processing (serial and monographic acquisitions and cataloging) for the Chinese Collection.  The Librarian also provides statistical reports and other management information on Chinese technical services, provides testing and analysis related to Chinese scripts in library-wide systems, and participates in Yale library policy making on cataloging issues.

Representative Job Summary

Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.

 Representative Responsibilities

The Librarian I is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.  Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

 Departmental Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, East Asia Library, the Chinese Technical Services Librarian manages the Chinese Collection acquisitions and cataloging workflow, backlog and special projects, and coordinates various operations such as acquisitions ordering, payment and receipt; cataloging, authority control and catalog maintenance; serials check-in, renewals, and cancellations with Chinese bibliographer. The Librarian works closely with the Librarian for the Chinese Collection to set priorities and ensure that user needs are met.  He/she is responsible for original and complex copy cataloging of Chinese language materials, management of cataloging projects, and the hiring, training, and supervision of two bibliographic assistants, and students, casual, or temporary staff, as required.  The Librarian keeps abreast of revisions in cataloging rules and trends and applies new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.  He/she follows Library of Congress standards and local practice for subject analysis and classification, and NACO standards for authority records. The Librarian contributes to goal-setting and strategic planning in the East Asia Library and the Department and to decision-making on Yale University Library cataloging policy and procedures.  He/she seeks opportunities to contribute to the Yale University Library through participation in committees, task forces, working groups, and projects.  The Librarian is active professionally in organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA), the Council on East Asian Libraries, and other relevant venues.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program. Appointment to Librarian I rank is limited to two years, at which time it is expected that the individual will meet the requirements for performance at the Librarian II level. Appointment at the Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional cataloging experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment at the Librarian III requires a minimum of five years of professional cataloging experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
  • Excellent knowledge of MARC, AACR2, LCRI, LCSH, LCC, and PCC standards, and good understanding of authority control. Familiarity with current trends and best practices in cataloging and metadata services.
  • Experience with bibliographic services such as OCLC and network-based cataloging tools.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with personal computer hardware and software as needed to perform library functions.
  • Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Chinese and understanding of the ALA-LC Romanization scheme for Chinese (pinyin).
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a collaborative, team-based environment.
  • Ability to set priorities and adhere to deadlines in a fast-paced work environment

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

·         Familiarity with both simplified and traditional Chinese scripts.
·         Familiarity with RDA and Library of Congress Policy Statements (LCPS).
·         Experience in Chinese acquisitions processes.
·         Familiarity with Chinese rare book descriptive cataloging standards and practices.
·         Experience using non-MARC metadata schemas.
·         Familiarity with non-Latin script searching and indexing.
·         Knowledge of Chinese studies scholarship trends.

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 19222BR.  Please be sure to reference #19222BR in your cover letter.

 Background Check Requirements

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check.

Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

About John Pell

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

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