Attend an all-day workshop with renowned conservator Mr. Kazunori Oryū on December 10.

In honour of the 60th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of the Puban Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections will be hosting bi-weekly tours highlighting items from the Puban Collection throughout the summer, from July 9 to August 20.

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The Asian Library will open at 11:00 am Monday to Friday beginning Monday, May 27 until August 30 to accommodate upgrades and renovations with the exception of June 1 to 7 when the Library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Congress 2019.

The renovation, which is expected to be completed in the late Fall of 2019, will allow for better service delivery, study spaces, and programming spaces for the Asian Library as well as several improvements for the collection. Learn more.

Should you require access to collections during the hours of 9 and 11 a.m., please email us at us or call us at (604) 822-2427 ahead of time so that staff can assist you.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to improve spaces and services for faculty, students and the community.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Shirin Eshghi, Head, Asian Library.

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The Puban Collection, one of UBC Library’s collections of rare books, was gathered by Chinese physician Junshi Yao during the 1940s and 1950s. This year we’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the collection’s acquisition by UBC. Spanning 45,000 volumes, the collection is one of the primary resources for Chinese studies in North America.

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Construction and demolition work will begin in the Asian Library on Thursday, May 2.

Access to the upper floor of the Library will remain restricted. Essential items in the library’s collection have been relocated to the lower floor to facilitate use, while all other material has been moved off-site and will be inaccessible for the duration of the construction.

Room bookings for meeting rooms will be suspended due to noise transfer to the rooms throughout construction.

The renovation, which is expected to be completed in the late Fall of 2019 will allow for better service delivery, study spaces, and programming spaces for the Asian Library as well as several improvements for the collection.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to improve spaces and services for faculty, students and the community.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Shirin Eshghi, Head, Asian Library.

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Korean Studies and Woodward Medical Librarian

Asian Library & Woodward Library, UBC Library | Vancouver Campus

Full-Time, Two-Year Term

Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2019


The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada providing access to a collection of over 7M items. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions on two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), including one off-site hospital library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning.  The UBC Library Strategic Plan 2015-2017 can be viewed at  To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our aspirational values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.


As a joint appointment of Asian Library (50%) and Woodward Library (50%), plans and implements services that respond to the needs of the Korean Studies and health sciences communities. Participates as a member of the Woodward and Asian Library teams to provide liaison, reference, instructional programs and information services to faculty, students, staff and community users. Participates in the development and assessment of library collections for designated subject areas. Provides library services to researchers using Korean language materials, acts as liaison with assigned departments and the Korean-Canadian community, has responsibility for designated health/medicine subject areas at Woodward library.

Provides online and in-person classroom instruction and assistance in the use of information resources. Develops re-usable learning objects, designs, develops and maintains a library of digital materials and supports information literacy instruction in print and online environments. Actively engages in integrated information literacy and knowledge synthesis. Collaborates on scholarly communication and data services initiatives, and other new library initiatives as they arise. Participates in library committees and contributes to the Library’s and the University’s goals, including those related to diversity and inclusion.

Participates in the development of library policy, procedures, and services.  Assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, students, services and projects as required. Evening and weekend work may be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.



  • A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, written and spoken Korean, including knowledge of the Hancha and the McCune-Reischauer Romanization systems, as well as an excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of electronic information technologies and their applications in an evolving library environment.
  • Familiarity with current trends in instruction and best practices in online learning pedagogies
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to write professional reports and to deliver presentations.
  • Evidence of a proactive, user-centred vision of services
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • The ability to adjust and accommodate changing demands within Libraries and academic institutions
  • Experience handling a budget for collections, projects and/or programs.
  • The ability to recognize, respect and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds
  • Takes initiative in learning about languages and issues relating to equity and diversity
  • The ability to develop and maintain cooperative and productive working relationships and engage in workplace culture
  • The ability to recognize and appreciate the contributions of colleagues
  • Committed to demonstrating respect to colleagues at every level by trusting in their abilities and knowledge to perform their roles and earning respect through meeting commitments
  • Models and demonstrates good communication through active listening and appreciative inquiry and open to providing and receiving timely, constructive feedback
  • Listens to, encourages and expresses creative and innovative ideas. Open to experiment and improvise with new ways of approaching processes, tasks or problems


  • Academic background in health and medical sciences as well as relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of Korean Studies bibliography and research methods
  • Knowledge of health and medical sciences
  • Experience with collections development for both print and electronic resources
  • Knowledge of RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification
  • Familiarity with data curation, open access, knowledge analysis/synthesis, and bibliographic management tools


This is a joint appointment reporting to the Head, Woodward Library and the Head, Asian Library, with work reviewed jointly by the respective Heads with regards to achievements and objectives met. Consults and works collaboratively with library colleagues across all units, and faculty members, as necessary. Works with Technical Services on the cataloguing and processing of Korean language materials. May be required to supervise student librarians, student assistants and library assistants. Interacts with faculty, students, staff and the public.



  • Provides reference and research services to UBC students, staff and faculty members, and members of the public.
  • As the librarian responsible for particular subjects, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches in these areas. Employs the full range of Internet, electronic and print resources.
  • Participates in collection development in liaison areas.
  • Works with others to develop and maintain the Woodward and Asian Library presence on the UBC Library webpage and throughout the UBC campus, as appropriate.
  • Provides Information/Reference training for support staff and UBC iSchool student librarians.


  • Prepares handouts, research guides and informational brochures in appropriate formats.
  • Provides instruction/presentations to faculty, students and staff (in the library, online, within the classroom and in the faculty departments) related to the Library’s services, tools and collections.
  • Involved in the planning, designing and organization of these instructional programs.


  • Initiates and maintains contact with faculty in assigned departments.
  • Liaises with faculty on issues of collection development, including serials and databases.
  • Works with faculty on the development of information and research modules
  • Attends faculty meetings and participates in faculty committees in the life sciences.
  • Responds to faculty requests for accreditation, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the appropriate Head.


  • Works with Digital Initiatives on the selection and implementation of digitization projects.
  • Provides guidance to scholars and students on data analysis tools relevant to Korean Studies, health sciences studies, and digitized collections.
  • Continually builds on expertise in this area through a combination of self-study and professional development opportunities.


  • Participates in collection development in health sciences liaison areas as well as for Korean language monograph and serials collections, in both print and electronic formats. Consults with the Head and the AUL, Collections Management in cases of expensive and rare materials.
  • Works with other library employees to ensure access and resolve user support issues for electronic resources, which may include licensing, systems configuration, presentation and evaluation.
  • Assesses and selects Korean materials received through gift or exchange. Handles book donations from individuals or organizations. Performs monetary evaluations as required.
  • Advises and assists regarding Korean language monographs and serials for binding and preservation.


  • Organizes community engagement activities or events. Creates project plans for these activities, including budgetary planning.
  • Prepares or curates book displays or exhibits.
  • Serves as liaison with the Korean-Canadian Community.


  • May be required to supervise student employees and staff in the absence of the supervisor(s).
  • May be assigned supervisory responsibility for building maintenance, collections management and storage.
  • May be assigned coordination of reference or instruction services within Woodward: reference, information desk scheduling, teaching and instruction, web presence, subject guides and/or information guides, etc.
  • During assigned periods may have responsibility for operation of either the Woodward Library or the Asian Library.


  • Represents respective branches on library committees and working groups.
  • Liaises with librarians in other areas of the UBC library system, as well as library professionals from external organizations through professional development activities.
  • Maintains an awareness of new literature and research developments in areas of specialization and emerging trends in sciences libraries.
  • Keeps abreast of public services developments in the rest of the Library.


This position will be filled as a full-time, two-year term position.

We are seeking applications from Librarians with up to 5 years of experience.  However, all internal candidates will be considered regardless of years of experience and are encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Applications will include: a detailed and current curriculum vitae; and 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.  

To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight on January 20, 2019.




The Asian Library will close at 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday from September 4 to accommodate upcoming upgrades and renovations. The renovations, scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2019 will allow for improvements to student study areas, seminar space and programming.

Thank you for your understanding as we continue to improve spaces and services for faculty, students and the community.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Shirin Eshghi, Head, Asian Library.

Yifei Zhang (张艺菲) is the summer intern student at the Asian Library this year. She will work from July 3 to August 3 under the supervision of Jing Liu, Chinese Language Librarian. Let’s learn more about her.

Give a brief introduction of yourself. 

I am Yifei Zhang from China. I worked for four years in government department and involved in routine archive management and financial affairs. I am currently a Master student studying in the Library and Information Management program at the University of Hong Kong.

Why are you interested in the internship with the UBC Library?

UBC Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada, and the Asian Library houses the largest research collection in Asian languages in North America. Internship in such an excellent academic library can help me to get not only about the most advanced academic library management experience, but also allow me to understand how Asian culture is transmitted through the library. It is worth mentioning that the architectural features of Asian style and the beautiful working environment are also why I am interested in the UBC Asian Library.

What are your expectations towards this five-week internship?

I hope to acquire more practical work experience in this multicultural library and further develop myself in the field of modern academic librarianship through understanding the outreach activities and inter-relationships of the different functional groups in library, understanding the role of librarians and learning the current trends in academic libraries.

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