Thursday, November 19, 2015

Claremont University Consortium - Colleges Library - Full Time

Head of the Asian Library
Position Number        S259

Department                The Claremont Colleges Library

Regular/Temporary   Regular

Full-Time, Part-Time Full Time

Job Purpose       
  • Engages in a wide range of research, teaching, and learning services and outreach activities in Asian Studies. Performs administrative leadership and operational management functions in the Asian Library aimed at ensuring that the library meets the information needs of our faculty, students, and staff.

Required Education Summary      
  • MLIS from an ALA accredited program OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).

Preferred Education        
  • Advanced degree in Asian Studies.

Essential Functions          
  • Establishes and maintains productive working relationships with faculty, students, and staff in the ELA program, the colleges’ Asian Studies programs, and with library colleagues.
  • Serving as the lead Asian subject librarian, designs, promotes, and delivers highest quality user services including curriculum-integrated instruction, reference, and other research consultation activities.
  • Provides vision and leadership for the Asian Library for planning and goal-setting, decision-making, and policy development.
  • Develops, evaluates, and manages strong interdisciplinary information resources in English and Asian languages and in various formats in support of the colleges’ evolving research, teaching, and learning missions.
  • Establishes and manages international resource-sharing opportunities; manages donations and exchanges.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Information Resources and Systems division to organize, manage, make available, analyze, and evaluate the Asian Library’s information resources.
  • Establishes and implements a strategic assessment program for the Asian Library’s information resources and services; prepares assessment reports.
  • Maintains the Asian Studies visual curriculum map to align the Asian Library’s research and learning services, communications, and collections with current and emerging information needs.
  • Proposes digitization projects for the print collections.
  • Seeks opportunities to engage local, national, and international organizations in building and promoting the Asian Library’s initiatives, programs, and information resources.
  • Identifies grant opportunities and seeks funding to improve the information resources, services, and physical facilities of the Asian Library.
  • Creates publications, exhibitions, programs, and special events emanating from the Asian Library; conducts tours and orientations.
  • Supervises one librarian with a 20% secondary assignment in Asian Studies.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises student assistants that work in the Asian Library.
  • Participates in professional associations and conferences; seizes other learning and development opportunities to build additional skills and update knowledge of changing technologies and developments in Asian libraries.

Required Experience Summary    
  • At least three years of professional level experience providing library services in higher education.

Knowledge and Critical Skills
Required Knowledge and Critical Skills     
  • Experience with selecting and evaluating Asian information resources.
  • Experience of working with overseas and domestic vendors to acquire information resources.
  • Demonstrated record of developing productive working relationships in an academic environment.
  • Academic work related to Asia or deep knowledge of Asian Studies as an academic discipline.
  • Knowledge of scholarly resources for Asian Studies, reference tools, and trends in the publishing industry and book trade in Asia.
  • Knowledge of best practices in Asia-focused academic library operations and services.
  • Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent communication skills (reading, writing, speaking) in at least one major East Asian language.
  • Ability to apply critical and analytical thinking to work; evidence of having successfully managed and completed library projects; demonstrated ability to prioritize work, and identify and solve problems.
  • Ability to work productively both independently and on a team.
  • Strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity in higher education.

Preferred Knowledge and Critical Skills    
  • Knowledge of current and emerging standards and best practices in cataloging, metadata, and digitization.

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  • Optional Documents
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Other Document
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample
  • Reference Letter

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