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OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION:
Under the general direction of the Head, Technical Services, and of the Chinese Language Librarian, provides bibliographic control for large collections of rare and Chinese resources held in the UBC Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL). Creates full-level bibliographic records in national databases according to cataloguing standards developed for rare materials; enriches data in existing bibliographic records; performs or supervises complex holdings and item maintenance; provides guidance to other project and staff cataloguers, and refers straightforward copy cataloguing work to them. Participates in preservation and conservation and in digitization projects as required. Participates in other projects relating to Chinese rare materials at UBC.
- Degree from an accredited school of library, archival and information science, or acceptable alternative qualifications.
- Native or near-native fluency in Chinese (including knowledge of traditional & simplified characters).
- Thorough knowledge of the Pinyin system of Chinese romanization.
- In-depth knowledge of AACR2R, RDA, Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form and other.
- Demonstrated experience carrying out original cataloguing and authority work on Chinese materials using online bibliographic systems (preferably OCLC Connexion and ExLibris Voyager).
- Familiarity with LCRI, LCSH, LC Classification Schedules, LC-PCC & CONSER cataloguing guidelines and policy statements.
- Experience with Chinese rare book authentication to distinguish the correct edition from later or forged editions, reprints and commentaries.
- A minimum of 3 years of directly relevant experience.
- Strong computer skills, including word-processing for English and Chinese, as well as knowledge of bibliographic databases.
- Good organizational and project management skills.
- Excellent collegial, interpersonal and communication skills.
- High degree of fluency in written and spoken English.
- Familiarity and experience with rare book digitization projects.
- Experience in an academic library setting.
- Substantial knowledge of Chinese literature, history and culture.
Reports directly to the Head, Technical Services. Works closely with the Chinese Language Librarian (Asian Library), the Principal Cataloguer (Technical Services) and with librarians and staff in Rare Books and & Special Collections and the Asian Library. Collaborates with the Library’s conservator. Collaborates with Digital Services Initiatives librarians and staff involved in digitizing Chinese rare materials. Supervises library assistants and students in cataloguing and associated duties. Consults with colleagues as required.
- Provides authentication of the rare books and manuscripts in classical Chinese.
- Provides original cataloguing as well as complex copy-cataloguing for rare Chinese materials following national standards (Cataloging Guidelines for Creating Chinese Rare Book Records in Machine-Readable Form) as well as local policies.
- Trains and supervises library assistants and students in cataloguing and associated duties.
- Carries out cataloguing triage, referring items that involve straightforward copy cataloguing to library assistants.
- Provides reference assistance regarding the Library’s rare Chinese books.
- Works with the Library’s conservator to develop a preservation and conservation strategy for the books.
- Participates in projects to digitize Chinese rare books, particularly in regards to metadata work.
- Participates in other projects involving Chinese rare materials at UBC, in particular an inventory of the Library’s Asian collections.
- Evaluates and appraises the Chinese rare collection as a whole and provide grades of rarity for specific books.
- Compiles bibliographies that can advance digitization priorities and international collaboration.
- Other duties as assigned.
Terms of Appointment and Salary:
This position will be filled as a full-time one-year term position.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.
UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. The University especially welcomes applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Applications will include: a letter of application that includes a statement of citizenship/immigration status and indicates the candidate’s education, training and work experience in the areas listed above; a detailed and current curriculum vitae.
To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at http://facultycareers.ubc.ca/18695 by midnight on August 4, 2014.