Palo Alto, CA: PT East Asian Collections Grad Fellowship, Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Job Opening Title: East Asian Collections Graduate Student Fellowship
Institution/Organization Name: Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University
Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Palo Alto, California
Application Deadline: Sept 18

The Hoover Institution Archives seeks a motivated, enthusiastic graduate student or recent graduate with Chinese language skills to work on the arrangement and cataloguing of library and archival collections related to twentieth century East Asian history.

The East Asian Collections Graduate Student Fellow participates in a wide variety of projects under the direction of professional librarians, archivists, and curators at the Hoover Institution. The program has been designed to provide career-relevant library and archival experience practical experience to students and/or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in an East Asian library or special collections library setting.

After orientation and under close supervision, the position will have the opportunity to coordinate the cataloging of both library and archival collections related to twentieth century East Asian history. The position will be expected to work both independently as well as in teams with other staff members, and will be expected to analyze problems and recommend solutions, participate in project planning, and develop procedures for the collecting area.

In addition, the position may assist with support for the public reading rooms by assisting with the circulation of materials, including retrieving boxes for patrons from the stacks area according to a daily schedule.

Ideal candidates will have completed class work on East Asian history, library cataloging, and/or archival materials, with a preference for candidates that have previous work experience in libraries, archives or similar cultural heritage organizations.

The position is half-time (18-20 hours a week) for one year.

•       Coursework toward or recent completion of a M.L.S. degree from an A.L.A.-accredited library school or M.A. with an archival concentration or related subject specialty
•       Reading and writing knowledge in Chinese; ability to read traditional Chinese characters and familiarity with Wade-Giles and Pinyin Romanization systems
•       A comprehensive reading and writing knowledge of English
•       Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work, acting with initiative, good judgment, and problem solving skills
•       Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and the ability to work in a team as well as independently
•       Background knowledge of modern Chinese history
•       Experience in a library or archival setting
•       Ability to repeatedly lift 40 pound boxes and push fully loaded book trucks
•       Knowledge of additional foreign languages preferred
To apply: Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter defining your Chinese language skills and work experience to Liz Phillips, lphillips(at)

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