|Date Posted||January 6, 2020|
The Librarian for Japanese Studies focuses on service, innovation, collaboration and professional leadership in Japanese Studies. The librarian serves as primary liaison to Japanese Studies faculty, students, visiting scholars and staff in a variety of departments and academic programs, manages and evaluates the Japanese Studies collection and provides instruction, reference and digital consultation services. This position reports to the Head of International & Area Studies Department and will become effective on/around July 1, 2020.
- Serves as primary liaison to Japanese Studies faculty and users in a variety of departments and academic programs at Duke and in TRLN.
- Provides in-depth, specialized research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in Japanese Studies.
- Serves as a member of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies.
- Teaches research tools and skills relevant to the discipline and collaborates in Rubenstein Library instruction using primary sources.
- Connects faculty and students with and promotes library services related to scholarly communication, data management, open access, institutional repositories, digital scholarship, and information literacy.
- Works with library and campus colleagues to envision new projects and services to support teaching and outreach.
- Depending on qualifications, may serve as Director of Graduate Studies for the M.A. in East Asian Studies.
- Proactively and systematically develops and manages collections to support research and instruction in Japanese Studies in the Triangle by formulating policies and selecting materials in relevant formats and languages.
- Works with the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library to collect suitable materials that support Japanese Studies at Duke.
- Leads Duke’s participation in national projects, such as the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources and Ivy Plus.
- Collects, analyzes, and reports on metrics relevant to departmental goals; uses relevant metrics in making judgments and recommendations; identifies and uses trend information in planning.
- Collaborates with colleagues at Duke, in TRLN, and in Ivy Plus to acquire materials and to ensure their ongoing accessibility.
- Depending on qualifications and interest, responsible for coordinating support for Asian American Studies at Duke.
- Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity
- Participates in the planning, review, and implementation of the goals, policies, and procedures of the International & Area Studies Department and in Duke University Libraries.
- Works with staff in library Technical Services departments to ensure accurate and easy access to scholarly resources. Assists The Rubenstein Library with metadata as appropriate.
- Provides subject and language expertise and information for exhibits as well as development and fund-raising efforts as appropriate.
East Asian Collection
- In consultation with the Chinese and Korean Studies Librarians, manages services to facilitate use of the East Asian Collection - interlibrary loan, journal binding, shelving and stacks maintenance. Provides information on Perkins' East Asian Collection for surveys, such as the annual CEAL survey of statistics, and for program reviews and grant proposals.
- Represents Duke’s East Asian Collection in national forums, as appropriate.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Recruits and supervises student works as appropriate
It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.
Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or PhD in relevant subject area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred: Advanced degree in a relevant subject field.
Required: Ability to read and speak Japanese; knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of Japan; knowledge of the Japanese publishing industries and book trades; familiarity with electronic resources and reference tools for Japanese studies; knowledge of the principles and practices of collection development and management for both print and electronic resources; ability to coordinate collaborative projects; excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively in a service-oriented library environment with faculty, students, staff, donors, and the public; ability to work independently and as a member of a team; creativity, initiative, and interest in non-traditional as well as traditional collecting areas; successful experience in and aptitude for learning emerging technologies and web applications; commitment to data-informed decision-making.
Experience working in an academic research library; familiarity with and experience using archives and libraries in Japan; experience with digital research tools and approaches (e.g., text mining, data visualization, image analysis, and augmented reality). Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods in the humanities and social sciences.
- Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
- Normal office environment
- Occasional travel required
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.
Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15774 . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.