Head, East Asian Library Job In Taiwan – The University of Pittsburgh – 2022

To lead the East Asian Library (EAL) and to promote the services and distinctive resources that support teaching and research at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) is looking for a dynamic librarian and Chinese specialist. This position, which is under the direction of the Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections, provides strategic leadership in the development of the EAL’s collection, innovative library services, and programming. Additionally, the position’s primary concentration is on providing regional and international Chinese language librarianship support.

With over 8,000 electronic resources and almost 500,000 books in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies, the ULS manages one of the country’s largest East Asian collections. Although Chinese items make up the majority of the collection, the Korean and Japanese sections have grown significantly in recent years. Classics, literature, archaeology, Ming-Qing and modern history, art history, politics, economic history, linguistics and pedagogy, modern religious studies, film studies, medical history, and Japanese woodblock prints are among the fields with particularly strong representation (ukiyo-e). The EAL is renowned for its ground-breaking digital humanities initiatives, such as the CR/10 Project, which features more than 100 interviews with Chinese men and women who discussed their recollections of the ten-year Cultural Revolution. Later, EAL produced a full-length movie on the endeavour. Additionally, the EAL developed a cutting-edge database that gives users access to comprehensive economic, historical, and socio-political data extracted from the gazetteers as the owner of the largest collection of Chinese village gazetteers in North America.

Head, East Asian Library Job In Taiwan

Job Information

TitleHead, East Asian Library
Company NameThe University of Pittsburgh
Job typeFull-time
LocationPittsburgh, PA


The East Asian Library has one additional faculty librarian, 0.5 FTE staff, and a number of student workers. The incumbent is in charge of overseeing the administration of the library’s staff, collection, services, and activities. The post calls for the holder to serve as a Chinese specialist with understanding of librarianship procedures, tools, and networks in the CJK domain in addition to performing administrative activities.

The position holder carries out a variety of strategic, management, and supervisory tasks, including but not restricted to the following:

  • Oversee the collection development of Chinese materials, keep it up to date, and offer regular, thorough reference and information services to Pitt staff, students, and visitors to the local library.
  • Supervise searches for special and priceless Chinese and other East Asian resources and alert the ULS Associate University Librarian of Archives & Special Collections to them for purchase.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Chinese studies for faculty, visiting scholars, and students from Pitt departments and centres as well as other ULS departments.
  • Act as the main point of contact for the Asian Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of its advisory board.
  • Create and expand digital humanities projects that are centred on teaching and research resources in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. To process and market digital initiatives, collaborate with other ULS divisions.
  • Find and acquire suitable grant funding sources to aid in advancing the specific projects of the East Asian Library.
  • Employ, mentor, and oversee graduate and undergraduate students engaged in unique and hands-on learning initiatives at the East Asian Library.
  • Control the daily activities of the East Asian Library, including the development, upkeep, and application of all policies, procedures, rules, and regulations pertaining to all materials in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, including acquisition, reference service, training, and instruction. Work with ULS Assessment and Quality Assurance on annual statistics.

Members of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, librarians are expected to exhibit ongoing professional growth in addition to carrying out their specific duties. This expectation covers things like taking part in and contributing to committees or working groups at the departmental, library, and campus levels as well as the profession at the regional, national, and/or international levels, keeping up with current and emerging issues that have an impact on their specific fields of expertise, taking part in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and keeping up with professional trends and developments. Such activities, which will be considered as part of the annual evaluation, should take up roughly 10% of the librarian’s time.

Specifically, the incumbent in this position is expected to:

  • Keep up with contemporary advances in the field, particularly as they pertain to Asian studies and international studies librarianship, and contribute as necessary.
  • Publish, present, teach, and engage in other professional activities to advance your field.
  • Find appropriate positions in regional, national, and international publications, research, and/or professional groups.
  • As necessary, actively participate in ULS and campus-wide working groups and committees.

The incumbent is also expected to use his or her professional experience to serve the university community or the local community.



  • A two-year relevant professional experience requirement and a recognised master’s degree in library or information science, or its equivalent in education and training (e.g., an advanced degree in Chinese studies and relevant experience in libraries, other kinds of collections, or research services).
  • Proficiency in Chinese and outstanding writing and verbal communication abilities in English.
  • Knowledge of mainland China’s, Taiwan’s, and Hong Kong’s publishing industries.
  • Dedication to Pitt’s academic programmes’ interdisciplinary and international strengths.
  • The capacity to collaborate both alone and with users and librarians.


  • Knowledge of Chinese history, literature, and culture to a high level.
  • Understanding of additional East Asian languages
  • A critical grasp of the current and emerging trends in Chinese studies scholarship and publishing, including work done in Sinitic communities around the world and in non-Chinese languages spoken in China.
  • A doctorate in Chinese studies.
  • Knowledge of non-Roman scripts and how to search and catalogue using bibliographic tools.
  • Working directly with publishers, vendors, and creators in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China
  • Possess the technical know-how or understanding to develop digital humanities initiatives with an East Asian resource focus.

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