Job Opening: Coordinator, East Asia Library Technical Services/Chinese Cataloger

The Position

Reporting to the Director of the East Asia Library (EAL), the position coordinates the EAL technical services, which include the acquisition of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK) materials; cataloging and metadata for all formats of library materials; CJK serials maintenance, binding, and preservation operations; implementation of institutional practices and national standards; and directing special technical services projects. The position provides original and difficult copy cataloging of Chinese language materials in all formats. As part of the practice of holistic librarianship, the position also actively participates in public and user service activities. The position represents the East Asia Library at the University Libraries’ level in policy discussions and deliberations relating to technical services and serves on the management team of the East Asia Library.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provides oversight and leadership for technical services in the East Asia Library
  • Maintain awareness of and leadership in advancing new developments in bibliographic control, metadata standards, emerging library linked data applications, innovative techniques and tools, as well as best practices for technical services
  • Supervises EAL Technical Services staff
  • Interviews and recommends selection of new section personnel; develops, implements and monitors training; assigns and schedules work; acts upon leave requests; conducts annual performance evaluations; and recommends disciplinary action
  • Coordinates EAL operations with the Libraries technical service policies and practices as a whole, ensuring compliance with applicable standards and institutional practice
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL cataloging services, metadata creation, retrospective conversion, and technical services projects
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL serial services, including cataloging, check in, claiming, relocation, binding, preservation, weeding, and record keeping
  • Provides input for EAL marking operations
  • Oversees and coordinates EAL acquisitions operations and overall EAL statistical compilation
  • Performs original descriptive, subject, and genre/form cataloging and classification of Chinese language materials 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
  • Contributes to overall management of the EAL
  • Acts as EAL liaison to the Libraries technical services divisions: Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging Services; Cataloging and Metadata Services; Preservation Services
  • Coordinates the work of EAL staff with changes and new developments in technical services policies and practices
  • Participates in EAL public and user service activities
  • Participates in library committees and meetings as appropriate, including the Cataloging Policy Committee; responsible for informing EAL staff of committee discussions and deliberations, implementing decisions, and addressing implications for EAL practice and workflow



  • 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
  • Minimum of three years of post-MLS (or equivalent degree) professional librarian experience in original cataloging and/or metadata creation for Chinese language materials
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging metadata standards, controlled vocabularies, and other cataloging standards and tools as RDA, LCSH, LCC classification, MARC 21, Dublin Core
  • Demonstrated understanding of linked data principles and knowledge of library linked data initiatives
  • Experience with bibliographic utilities and integrated library systems, authority control, and bibliographic record maintenance
  • Excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication in English and Chinese, interpersonal, planning, organizational, and analytical
  • Demonstrated ability in working in a demanding and rapidly changing environment where consultation, collaboration, and creativity are essential
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and service


  • In-depth knowledge and experience with RDA
  • Experience using OCLC Connexion
  • Experience with the ExLibris Alma ILS
  • Experience working with digital libraries or institutional repositories
  • Experience supervising various levels of staff
  • Working knowledge and/or cataloging experience in one or more other East Asian languages, i.e. Japanese and/or Korean languages

For more in-depth information:

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
This entry was posted in announcements, job openings, jobs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s