Thursday, September 27, 2012

Job Opening: Japan Resource Center Librarian

Position Description Summary:

The George Washington University Libraries invites applications for the position of Japan Librarian. The incumbent will join a dynamic, multidimensional program whose members actively engage in shaping distinctive collections and services that reflect the University’s growing, rapidly evolving international focus. The Japan Resource Center (JRC) librarian is responsible for developing, planning and managing the services and collections of the JRC.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will also conduct ongoing outreach to faculty, students and researchers focused on the study of Japan across the social sciences and humanities; provide research and instruction support; develop associated programming, and develop, evaluate and manage strong interdisciplinary collections and services in support of the University’s evolving research mission.
JRC staff members work in collaboration with other GRC staff and the broader GW Libraries community to develop coordinated services and collections. These include the Reference Services and Education and Instruction Group, the Resource Description Group, and collections librarians offering related services.
As a member of the Global Resources Center management team, the JRC librarian will participate in the ongoing development of GRC collections and services, and may actively engage in fundraising, grant writing, marketing and outreach in support of the JRC. The position reports to the Director of Global Resources.



Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or a Master’s degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with coursework `relevant to the study of Japan;
Experience working with students and faculty in a college or university setting;
Reading and writing fluency in Japanese.


PhD in a humanities or social sciences discipline, with an emphasis on the study of Japan;
Coursework in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or similarly appropriate/equivalent advanced degree (e.g.MLISMIS, etc.);
Creative programming (donor events, exhibit openings, etc.) experience;
Evidence of ability to conduct classroom instruction;
Demonstrated success in developing outreach initiatives in support of academic priorities;
Excellent oral and written English-language skills;
Reading knowledge of Korean;
Interest in building digital collections and curating virtual exhibits;
Demonstrated, ability to create positive relations with faculty, students, donors and support groups;
The George Washington University is located in Washington, DC, a few minutes’ walk from the headquarters of major international organizations, think tanks, NGO’s, U.S. government agencies, and the White House. This decades-old juxtaposition has lead to a strong, synergistic relationship between the University and its internationally-focused neighbors. Notably, the University is home to the Elliott School of International Affairs, a professional school with top-tier standing. Moreover, globally-focused curricula are spread throughout the university’s schools, departments and programs.
The George Washington University Libraries has a long history of support for the University’s globally-focused mission. TheGRC has five specialized resource centers that parallel the university’s priorities; these include the Japan Resource Center, Taiwan Resource Center, China Documentation Center; and the Resource Center for Russia, Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe; and the Middle East and North Africa Research Center (MENA). Outreach is central to the GRC mission.

Proposed Start Date: 11/30/2012

In your cover letter please provide an assessment of your skills relevant to basic qualifications.
Review of applications will begin on October 29, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.


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