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East Asian Law Librarian

Columbia University
New York City, New York (US)
$78,450- $88,420
Date posted
May 24, 2024

The Diamond Law Library at Columbia University has an opening for a Librarian for East Asian Law, who will support research and teaching of the faculty and students of Columbia Law School by developing the Law Library’s Japanese, Chinese, and Korean law collections, and providing reference services to students, faculty, visitors, fee-based service members, and the local, national, and international legal community.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the successful candidate will develop Columbia’s Japanese, Chinese and Korean law collections by selecting new materials for purchase and selecting new additions from gift materials. The position will also serve as the initial contact for gifts of monographs, serials, and E-resources; and will identify which books to weed or transfer to offsite storage. Responsibilities also include training law students and others through classroom teaching, workshops, and one-on-one instruction; providing in-depth research assistance for faculty members; creating and maintaining LibGuides; and other related duties.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • JD or equivalent and MLS or equivalent from an accredited institution;
  • Demonstrated linguistic proficiency in verbal and written communication in English and Japanese; additionally, competence in Chinese and/or Korean is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current relevant library and/or scholarly communications trends and issues as they pertain to Japanese/East Asian law;
  • Advanced knowledge of collection development principles and practices;
  • Extensive experience with the use of legal and non-legal research tools;
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong service and teamwork orientation; and
  • Technological competency and a willingness to learn new technology as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with using Japanese or other book vendor acquisition platforms for selection purposes.

The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library offers its researchers one of the finest collections of legal materials in the country in both digital and print formats. In addition to the Toshiba Library for Japanese Legal Research and one of the nation’s strongest United States Law collections, there are strong collections in International, Foreign, and Comparative Law.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, identities, and abilities to apply for this unique opportunity to become a part of our evolving Libraries and University community. Columbia University Libraries is a globally-recognized academic research library system, serving one of the world’s most important centers of research and learning in the most exciting and dynamic city in the world. Talented Libraries staff build, sustain, and make discoverable collections that transcend traditional boundaries of format and domain, keeping pace with a dynamic and rapidly evolving information environment and creating opportunities for users to encounter 4,000 years of human thought.

Columbia University has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted in values of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected in the curriculum and throughout University life. Columbia welcomes applications from candidates who share these values and who will foster their contribution to the University’s educational mission. We invite applicants who have demonstrated creative approaches to empowering and mentoring staff, leading projects, solving problems, and developing user-centric programs, services, or collections. We offer salary and benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits, including the possibility of below-market-rate housing in one of several Columbia-owned apartment buildings.

The initial review of applications is expected to begin in May 2024; applications will be considered until the position is filled. The proposed start date is negotiable.

Annual Salary Range: $78,450- $88,420*

*Pay Transparency Disclosure
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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