Oct 4

Job: Library Specialist – University of Pennsylvania Libraries (Philadelphia, PA)

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Job Title: Library Specialist
Posted by:
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Contract: Full-Time

Here’s a job passed along to us:

The Penn Libraries seeks a Library Specialist to handle acquisitions and cataloging functions for the Japanese and Korean collections. Reporting to the Area Studies Technical Services Coordinator, the Japanese/Korean Library Specialist, working at an advanced level and independently, will acquire and describe Japanese and Korean language materials for the Penn Libraries in accordance with established standards and institutional policy.

In both acquisitions and cataloging, the incumbent will perform complex problem-solving using advanced analytical skills. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the Japanese Studies Librarian to identify priorities for resource processing.


Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • In accordance with cataloging standards/rules and local practice, perform routine and complex copy cataloging of Japanese and Korean language materials. Create original bibliographic records for Japanese and Korean language materials as needed.
  • Perform routine and complex ordering, receipt, and invoicing of Japanese and Korean language materials, including frequent direct communication with vendors.
  • Perform routine and advanced searches of Penn Libraries catalogs (Franklin & Alma), external bibliographic utilities (e.g. OCLC Connexion, CiNii), and online marketplaces (e.g. Amazon Japan, Nihon no Furuhon’ya/JADOB) for bibliographic and acquisitions information.
  • Process physical inventory, including unboxing materials (with occasional lifting of boxes), barcoding of library items, and transporting book trucks through Penn Libraries spaces.
  • Solve routine and highly complex bibliographic and acquisitions problems involving Japanese and Korean materials, including providing language expertise to other Penn Libraries staff as needed.
  • Train and supervise student assistants, and review their work as assigned.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Strong knowledge, written and spoken, of the Japanese language.
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex bibliographic and acquisitions problems with an eye for detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to interact with both internal and external constituents such as Japanese-language vendors.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the Korean language.
  • Experience in a library setting working with bibliographic data, preferably in cataloging monographs.
  • Strong computer skills in a Windows computing environment with experience manipulating spreadsheet data (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets).

APPLICATION PROCESS: For full job description and to apply see: https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/Van-Pelt-Library/Japanese-Korean-Library-Specialist_JR00006517.

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