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Japanese Cataloger/East Asia Library Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian - Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian

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School / Campus / College: University Libraries

Organization: University Libraries

Title: Japanese Cataloger/East Asia Library Serials & Electronic Resources Librarian - Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian

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Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.



The East Asia Library supports the faculty and students in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature as well as the China Studies Program, the Japan Studies Program, the Korea Studies Program and the Center for Korea Studies, and the Taiwan Studies Program of the Jackson School of International Studies. It is a major resource for international scholars and the local heritage communities. It is a leader among the national community of East Asia libraries and known for its outstanding collections, international collaborations, and innovative digital projects. The East Asia Library is located in Gowen Hall with a historic reading room and recently refurbished user spaces and has a large auxiliary stacks space for growth of its significant collections of over 770,000 holdings of publications on East Asia in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Manchu, and other languages. See for further information about the East Asia Library.



Reporting to Director of the East Asia Library, the Japanese Cataloger/EAL Serials & E-Resources Librarian provides original, enhancement and complex copy cataloging for Japanese materials in all formats, including Japanese classic and rare books, historical maps and media materials. The position provides original, enhancement and complex copy cataloging for electronic resources and serials including electronic journals, e-books, and databases in the CJK languages; and maintains cataloging records received from vendors. Working collaboratively and independently, the librarian ensures prompt access to newly acquired library resources and timely resolves access issues. The Japanese Cataloger/EAL Serials & E-Resources Librarian is a dynamic, self-motivated, and forward-looking individual with leadership potential who is committed to providing high quality access and discovery for research materials. The librarian keeps abreast of the developments and trends regarding CJK cataloging and metadata. Collaborating with cataloging and technical services operations within the Libraries, the Japanese Cataloger/EAL Serials & E-Resources Librarian contributes to the development of cataloging policies and best practices for CJK language materials and special collections. To provide high-quality and user-centered services, the Japanese Cataloger/EAL Serials & E-Resources Librarian also practices holistic librarianship and actively participates in public and user services.



  • Performs original descriptive, subject, and genre/form cataloging and classification of Japanese language material including rare books and special collections in all formats using RDA: Resource Description & Access, LC-PCC Policy Statements and Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) guidelines, LC classification, LC subject headings and genre/form terms, and OCLC MARC tagging, including CEAL CJK cataloging best practices.
  • Performs original, enhancement and complex copy cataloging for electronic resources including e-books, e-journals and databases in the CJK languages.
  • Maintains vendor records received from outsourcing and other services.
  • Performs original and enhancement cataloging of serials in the CJK languages and serves as the resource person on copy cataloging of CJK serials.
  • Works closely with the supervisor of EAL Technical Services to coordinate with Cataloging and Metadata Services and serials operations of the main library on policies and practices regarding serials and e-resources cataloging and maintenance.
  • Keeps abreast of current trends and new developments of rules and policies in the field of CJK cataloging and metadata; actively acquires new skills needed to carry out high quality cataloging and metadata.
  • Participates in EAL public and user service activities.
  • Provides reference assistance to users of the Japanese collection in the absence of the Japanese Studies Librarian.
  • Participates in library committees and meetings as appropriate and informs other East Asia Library staff of committee discussions, deliberations, and decisions.



Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria,



Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment.  Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.



$52,000 minimum. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.




While we hope to fill the position by October 1st, 2019, we are happy to work with the successful candidate to explore opportunities for an earlier or later start date.



  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, and other cataloging standards and tools such as AACR2r, RDA, LCSH, LCC classification, MARC 21, Dublin Core.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging serials and electronic resources according to standards of CONSER: Cooperative Online Serials Program and BIBCO: Monographic Bibliographic Record Cooperative Program.
  • Demonstrated understanding of linked data principles and knowledge of library linked data initiatives.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control, and bibliographic record maintenance
  • Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication in English and Japanese, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical.
  • Reading knowledge in classic Japanese and demonstrated experience working with classic Japanese material.
  • Demonstrated ability of working in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and creativity are essential.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued learning and services to the library profession such serving on national or local committees.


  • Experience with RDA and AACR2
  • Experience with the ExLibris Alma ILS.
  • Experience working with digital libraries or institutional repositories.
  • Post-MLIS (or equivalent degree) professional experience in original cataloging and/or metadata creation for Japanese language materials
  • Working knowledge and/or cataloging experience in one or more other East Asian languages, i.e. Chinese and/or Korean languages.


The closing date for applications is 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019. To ensure consideration, applications must be completed in Interfolio by this time.

The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers and email addresses)
  • Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement*


*UW Libraries Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Statement Guidelines

Equity is a core value of the UW Libraries and an integral component of the Libraries 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. We aspire to become a truly inclusive and equitable organization. In your application, please include a separate statement of no more than 300 words that describes your potential to support and contribute to the Libraries’ commitment to providing equitable services and resources to all people, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
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