Librarian for Chinese Studies, East Asia Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Position Description

As the subject specialist responsible for library support of research and teaching about China-related topics at Yale, the Librarian for Chinese Studies develops strong working relationships with faculty, students, and affiliated researchers in Chinese studies across departments and programs, taking initiative to identify and meet their expectations for collections and services.

Job Duties

Reporting to the Director for International Collections & Research Support, the Librarian for Chinese Studies provides reference, research education, research guides and web pages, and consultation on the effective application of new technologies.A� He/she partners with departments and programs on projects that further teaching and scholarship, such as digitization, web publishing, workshops, and other initiatives that enhance the academic mission.A� The Librarian also provides public services for the Chinese rare book collection, develops exhibits, seeks ways to enhance support for Chinese language special collections in the Yale libraries, and may teach a credit course in an appropriate academic department on research methods and sources for sinology.

The Librarian for Chinese Studies is responsible for selection of materials for the Chinese collection, including fund management, reporting, and management.A� The Librarian collaborates with the East Asia Library Public Services Librarian on collection development and public service.A� Collection development focuses on Chinese imprints and may include Chinese studies materials published world-wide.A� The Librarian also works closely with the Chinese technical services unit to ensure effective acquisition and processing of materials in all formats and with staff in the Preservation Department in support of the collections.A� Cooperation with subject librarians in Yalea��s school and departmental libraries to further the use and understanding of China-related sources is also required.A� In addition, he/she will collaborate with Chinese collection colleagues at other institutions to leverage resources.

The Librarian contributes to goal-setting and strategic planning in the East Asia Library and the Department and manages projects, as assigned.A� He/she seeks opportunities to contribute to the Yale University Library through participation in committees, task forces, working groups, and programs.A� The Librarian is active professionally in organizations such as the Council on East Asian Libraries and other relevant venues.


  • Mastera��s degree in library or information science from an accredited program and an advanced degree in a field of Chinese studies and two years of relevant experienceA�OR an advanced degree in a Chinese studies field and two years of relevant library experience.A� Appointment at the LIII level requires five years of relevant professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments. Appointment at the LIV level requires a minimum of eight years of relevant professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments.
  • Familiarity with the history of, and current trends in, scholarly research and teaching related to Chinese studies, especially in American universities.
  • Familiarity with the major bibliographic tools and research methods for sinology.
  • Experience teaching in a library or academic setting.
  • Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in Chinese (Putonghua/Mandarin).
  • Ability to read classical Chinese at a high level of proficiency.
  • 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


  • Familiarity with the sources and approaches in teaching sinology-related bibliography courses.
  • Advanced degree in a field of Chinese studies in the humanities
  • 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 trends in networked access to information, social networking, citation management, course management systems, digitization, and other technologies used by readers and libraries to facilitate information access and 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 for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 15542BR.A� Please be sure to reference #15542BR A�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.

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