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Visiting Korean Studies/Digital Services Librarian

Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Administration 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  As soon as possible after closing date of search.  Full-time, visiting position with the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor of Library Administration.

Responsibilities:   Under the direction of the Head of the Asian Library, the Visiting Korean Studies Librarian is responsible for the development and management of the Korean collection.  The librarian evaluates and selects Korean language materials and information sources in all formats, provides bibliographic instruction and reference services to faculty, students, and visiting scholars, performs original cataloging and complex copy cataloging of Korean language publications, develops and manages web-based information on Korean resources and services, and serves as liaison with Korean studies faculty and students.  The Librarian also identifies, coordinates, and manages digital projects/services in the Asian Library.  Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Environment:  The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research collections in the nation and the world. With 10 million volumes and a total of 21 million items, it ranks third among academic libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest collections and services possible and engaging in research and development activities – both of which support the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service. The Library employs approximately 100 faculty and 250 staff members. For more detailed information, please visit . The Library consists of more than 40 departmental libraries that are located throughout campus and administratively organized into nine divisions.

 The Asian Library is one of six units within the Area Studies Division of the University Library System.  It serves the faculty and students of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and members of the local community, as well as visiting scholars from across the nation and the world.  The staff consists of 5 FTE professional librarians, 5.5 FTE support staff and student assistants.  The Asian collection contains over 380,000 volumes, of which 12,000 are Korean.  In addition to Korean language materials, the Asian Library has an extensive collection of Chinese, Japanese, Indic, Arabic, and Persian materials. 


Required: an MLS degree from an ALA accredited institution or an appropriate degree in a subject area relevant to the study of Korea, or relevant experience is required; full proficiency in classical and modern Korean; excellent English-language communication skills; evidence of the ability to work collegially with other librarians/staff and the research-oriented faculty/students; evidence of research orientation.  Preferred: collection development/management experience; familiarity with electronic resources and reference tools for Korean studies; knowledge of scholarly trends in Korean studies; familiarity with the Korean book trade and publishing industry; knowledge of library applications of computer technology and online databases and electronic information; knowledge of or experience with AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification schemes; experience with major bibliographic utilities; experience in academic or research library.  Desired: strong academic background in Korean or Asian studies; supervisory experience; at least one year experience in an East Asian/Asian library in the US. 

Salary & Rank:   Appointment of this position is at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor.  Salary is commensurate with experience and credentials. 

Terms of Appointment:  This is a visiting, one-year appointment with possible renewal for the 2 nd year.   Benefits include 24 work days vacation per year; 11 paid holidays; 12 days annual sick leave (cumulative) plus additional 13 days (non-cumulative) per year if necessary; health insurance, requiring a small co-payment, is provided to employees (coverage for dependents may be purchased); participation in the State Universities Retirement System, which includes several private options, is compulsory upon appointment (8% of staff member’s salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination); newly hired university employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security, and are subject to its deduction.

Campus & Community:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Research Level 1) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 2,000 faculty members who serve 26,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receive campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at . The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are, situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. More information about the community can be found at , , or .

Apply:  Send letter of application and complete curriculum vitae with the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email address (where available) of three references to Cindy Kelly, Head, Library Human Resources, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Suite 127, Urbana, IL 61801. Email: . Electronic applications are acceptable initially, but must be followed by a hard copy with signature. Phone (217) 333-8169.

Deadline:  In order to ensure maximum considerations, applications and nominations should be received by xxx, 2004.