Librarian for Asian Christianity
Yale Divinity School Library
Rank: Librarian II – IV
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)
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The University and the Library
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The Librarian for Asian Christianity is responsible for building the Library’s collections documenting Christianity in Asia, with a special focus on Chinese-language material. The Librarian will work closely with colleagues in the East Asia Library and with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers in Asian studies across departments and programs, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services. As time permits, the Librarian for Asian Christianity will also process and describe archival collections received by the Divinity Library, especially those documenting mission work and Christianity in Asia.
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.
The Librarian 2 is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. Demonstrate effective job performance and professional growth.
Reporting to the Divinity Librarian, the Librarian for Asian Christianity is responsible for selection of materials for the Divinity Library’s collection in Asian languages, including fund management, reporting, and management. The Librarian collaborates with the East Asia Library on collection development. Collection development focuses on Asian imprints and may include Asian studies materials related to Christianity published world-wide, with particular emphasis on Chinese-language material. The Librarian is also responsible for acquisitions and cataloging of Chinese-language material in all formats. The Librarian helps interpret the collection to researchers. The Librarian will collaborate with colleagues at other institutions to leverage resources.
For the archival component of the position, the Librarian will report to the Special Collections Librarian. The Librarian will be responsible for the arrangement and description of collections in accordance with departmental standards and approved plans. The Librarian will prepare finding aids for processed materials, including an historical statement, scope and content note, and appropriate listing of materials.
The Librarian contributes to goal-setting and strategic planning in the Divinity Library and manages projects, as assigned. The Librarian seeks opportunities to contribute to the Yale University Library through participation in committees, task forces, working groups, and programs. The Librarian is active professionally in organizations such as the American Theological Library Association, the Council on East Asian Libraries, and other relevant venues.
Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school and two years of related experience and an advanced degree in the study of Christianity OR an advanced degree in the study of Christianity and relevant library experience.
Appointment to the Librarian 3 rank requires at least five years of professional experience; appointment to the Librarian 4 rank requires at least eight years of professional experience; and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.
Familiarity with the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research and teaching related to Asian Christianity, especially in American universities and seminaries Familiarity with the major bibliographic tools and research methods for contemporary Chinese studies.
Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Chinese (Putonghua/Mandarin). 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. Able to work in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment. Must be eligible to travel to China and other Asian countries as needed
Preferred Education, Skills & Experience
Knowledge of one or more East Asian languages (especially Korean) besides Chinese. Familiarity with the East and Southeast Asian (especially Chinese) book trade. Familiarity with models for collection development collaboration between institutions. Experience with the creation and use of digitized content for research and teaching. Familiarity with the use of archives and practices for archival description. Experience creating content for web pages. Knowledge of cataloging standards and practices for Chinese-language materials. Experience with project management.
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 16219BR. Please be sure to reference #16219BR in your cover letter.
Background Check Requirements
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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.