Duke University, Duke University Libraries

Position ID:Duke-DUL-SSEAR [#24533]
Position Title: Resident Librarian for South and Southeast Asian Studies
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: International and Area Studies / South Asia, South East Asia
Appl Deadline:2023/05/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/03/16, finished 2023/07/17)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Duke University Libraries (DUL) Residency Program The DUL Residency Program will be a three-year program providing enhanced professional development and mentorship to enable two recent graduates of an MLS or related graduate program to gain experience and expertise in a highly specialized area of librarianship. As a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, DUL is launching the Residency Program as part of our organization’s commitment to “diversify and thereby enrich the profession” and “to build an inclusive organizational culture supportive of Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC).” Two Residents will be hired in tandem to create a cohort experience every three years.

This program seeks to provide meaningful work placements in specialized fields of librarianship, aligning the professional goals of Residents with the strategic goals of DUL. To this end, the residency program will guarantee professional development funding to Residents to fund travel, conference attendance, presentations, etc. related to skill building and their ongoing career trajectories. Additional professional development will also be offered to Residents through both DUL and Duke-wide programming. Formal and informal mentorship opportunities will also be provided to Residents. While an offer for regular employment is not guaranteed after the three-year program, Residents will be placed intentionally with the goal of their positions becoming regular, ranked librarian positions if successful during their three-year terms.

Please join us to learn more about the position and ask questions. We are offering an information session over Zoom where we will share more information about the university, our library, and these residency positions. No registration is needed - just click the link at the listed date and time. This is in Eastern Daylight Time. Participants can login as anonymous, attendee names only seen by panelists. Thursday, April 6th at 3:00pm EDT at https://duke.zoom.us/j/95991230185

Position Summary The Resident Librarian for South and Southeast Asia serves as the primary liaison for faculty and users in the interdisciplinary fields of South and Southeast Asian Studies at Duke University. The Resident Librarian develops and manages the collections from and about South and Southeast Asia, and provides specialized reference assistance and instruction. The Resident will gain experience working collaboratively with library staff, students, and faculty through teaching, research consultations, outreach related to library collections, and other special projects.


Engagement ● Serve as primary liaison to South and Southeast Asian Studies faculty and users in a variety of departments and academic programs at Duke. ● Take initiative to identify, meet, and facilitate ongoing communication with faculty and graduate students about their resource needs and service expectations. ● Provide in-depth research consultation for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in South and Southeast Asian Studies. ● Design pedagogically appropriate instruction for library users. ● Connect faculty and students with and promote library services related to scholarly communication, data management, open access, institutional repositories, digital scholarship, and information literacy. ● Work with library and campus colleagues to envision new projects and services to support teaching and outreach. ● Promote use of subject-specific information resources and services to meet user needs and expectations, utilizing current technologies and information tools.

Collection Development ● Develop and manage collections to support research and instruction in South and Southeast Asian Studies by selecting materials in relevant formats and languages. Monitor and review gifts. ● Represent Duke Libraries in national projects, such as those sponsored by CONSALD (Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation), DSAL (Digital South Asia Library), or CRL (SAMP [South Asia Materials Project] and SEAM [Southeast Asia Materials Project]), and SAMP’s South Asia Open Archives (SAOA). ● Build effective working relationships with the Library of Congress (LC) field offices in New Delhi, Islamabad, and librarians and vendors in South and Southeast Asia. ● Work with the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library to collect suitable materials that support South Asian Studies at Duke.

Collective Responsibilities ● Participate in professional organizations, such as CONSALD (Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation), SAALG (South Asia Archive & Library Group), and CORMOSEA (Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia). ● Work with staff in Collections Services departments to ensure accurate and easy access to scholarly resources. ● Participate in the planning, review, and implementation of the goals, policies, and procedures of the International & Area Studies Department and in DUL activities, as appropriate. ● Provide subject and language expertise and information for development and fundraising efforts as well as external reviews and exhibits as appropriate. ● Display continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and take an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest can be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, or service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity. ● Other duties as needed and assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities • None

Qualifications It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.

Education: Required: Advanced degree in a relevant subject area or combination of relevant education and experience.

Preferred: Ph.D. in a relevant subject area and/or MLS from an ALA-accredited program.

Experience: Required: Demonstrated interest in librarianship; high level of fluency, both spoken and written, in a South Asian language, for example: Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil, and/or Telugu; willingness and aptitude to gain knowledge of the history, politics, economics, literatures and cultures of South Asia and Southeast Asia.      Preferred: Prior experience working in an academic research library; knowledge of the issues confronting higher education; demonstrated leadership in establishing and implementing successful new programs; working knowledge of an integrated library system such as ExLibris or Aleph.

Working Conditions • Routinely moves library materials weighing up to 20 pounds. • Normal office environment. • Frequently works in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible. • Occasional travel required.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits This is a three-year term position with a focus on retaining the successful candidate recruited into this position. Conversion to a regular ranked appointment at the end of the residency is dependent upon successful completion of the program and availability of funding; the anticipated salary is $60,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 vacation days, 14 holidays, 12 sick leave days; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.

Environment Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.

Application Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/ . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

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Further Info:
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365 Rubenstein Library
Box 90194
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708