[INDOLOGY] Fwd: [SAST grad group] Job Posting for South Asian Studies Librarian

Rosane Rocher rrocher at sas.upenn.edu
Wed Oct 26 13:52:25 UTC 2016

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Subject: 	[SAST grad group] Job Posting for South Asian Studies Librarian
Date: 	Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:18:55 +0000
From: 	Beckerman, Zoe L <zoeb at sas.upenn.edu>
To: 	sast-faculty at groups.sas.upenn.edu 
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Please see the job posting below and spread the word far and wide to any 
candidates you may know.




/Zoe Beckerman ///

/Associate Director ///

/South Asia Studies Department ///

/255 S. 36th St. 820 Williams Hall ///

/University of Pennsylvania ///

/Philadelphia, PA 19104///

/215-898-7475 ///

/zoeb at sas.upenn.edu///


The following new job postings match the criteria you indicated at the 
University of Pennsylvania Human Resources website. Click the job title 
link to go to that job posting to review and apply for that position. Or 
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<http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu/postings/22374> *

Reporting to the Coordinator, Area Studies Collections, the South Asia 
Studies Librarian selects and acquires scholarly resources from and 
about the region of South Asia, in a wide range of subjects in both 
South Asian and European languages. The incumbent supervises the 
technical processing of selected materials acquired from vendors in 
South Asia. The incumbent will also perform original cataloging of 
selected materials in conjunction with other library staff. They provide 
specialized reference services, instruction, and consultations with 
scholars and students from the Penn community and beyond, as well as 
maintaining a seminar room with its own reference collection and 
teaching facilities. The South Asia Studies Librarian will have 
knowledge of changing patterns of scholarship and publishing in relevant 
fields of study and will be committed to the international and 
interdisciplinary strengths of Penn’s academic programs. While 
continuing to focus on traditional formats, the South Asia Studies 
Librarian will actively promote new library services and is expected to 
seek out external funding opportunities and develop collaborative 
partnerships worldwide. In addition, the Penn Libraries have a number of 
unique manuscript resources, which the incumbent will steward, develop, 
and promote. Overall responsibilities: • Overseeing a budget of about 
$150,000, develops and manages the South Asia collection from and about 
the geographic region, which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, 
India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sikkim, and Sri Lanka, with some 
coverage of Tibet. Also acquires materials from and about the diasporic 
community of South Asians in the US, UK, and elsewhere in the world 
outside of South Asia proper. The primary languages covered include most 
notably Sanskrit (Vedic and Classical), Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, and 
Telugu, as well as English, French and German to support research in 
South Asia Studies. • Provides specialized reference, instruction, and 
academic liaison services primarily to faculty and graduate students 
with research interests in South Asia Studies. Works closely with the 
faculty and students, especially graduate students, from several other 
departments and schools where South Asia is included as a topic of study 
within more general coursework. • Manages, coordinates, and participates 
in the process of acquisition and bibliographic control of all types of 
resources in the languages of the region, using an integrated library 
system and the OCLC bibliographic utility. Performs original and complex 
copy cataloging for resources in the vernacular and provides appropriate 
classification and subject analysis according to national and local 
standards often in conjunction with other library specialists. Serves as 
a resource person, both within the South Asia Unit and throughout the 
Libraries, on matters pertaining to the bibliographic control of 
resources from the region as well as the maintenance of the integrity of 
the online South Asia catalog data. • Develops and maintains the South 
Asia Collection website, http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/sasia/ 
<http://www.library.upenn.edu/collections/sasia/> • Participates in the 
larger field of South Asia librarianship on the national and 
international level with a particular emphasis on fostering meaningful 
collaboration. • Promotes effective relationships with colleagues, 
especially those in other Area Studies Units and other humanities 
bibliographers, their respective campus constituencies, and donors. 
Stewards endowments and participates in development activities related 
to the South Asia Collection and the Area Studies collections more 
broadly. • Supervises and trains one full-time library specialist and 
two part-time technical services assistants. • Contingent on training 
and experience, may have additional assignments in teaching courses 
related to South Asia Studies.

Reference Number:50-24300
School/Center: University Library
Job Grade: 027
Position Type: Full Time
Position Length: Ongoing

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