China Studies Librarian


GW Libraries & Academic Innovation (GW LAI) seeks applicants with a deep academic interest in contemporary China. The successful candidate will possess outreach acumen along with a passion for exploration and learning, the desire to work in successful collaboration with others, and the potential to contribute to a dynamic organization committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. This position provides a unique opportunity to join an organization that values and supports continuous learning, collaboration and partnership with faculty, students, and researchers across disciplines.


The China Studies librarian is responsible for collaboratively developing, planning, and managing the services and collections of the China Documentation Center and Taiwan Resource Center in collaboration with colleagues in Research & User Services, the Global Resources Center, and others. The librarian will:

  • Engage in outreach to faculty, students and researchers focused on China; develop associated programming; and develop, evaluate, and manage strong interdisciplinary collections and specialized services in support of the University’s evolving research mission.
  • Acquire resources in Chinese, English, and other languages relevant to the study of the region.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Content Management to coordinate processing of research materials to ensure discoverability.
  • Provide on-site and remote research services and participate in instruction activities, especially those related to China Studies and/or English for Academic Purposes.
  • In collaboration with colleagues in Research & User Services, the Global Resources Center and others, support the research and learning activities of the GW community.
  • Facilitate connections with external researchers, donors, and international partners.
  • Collaborate with others to select resources across disciplines.
  • Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional venues and through service to the University and the profession

The position reports to a Director of Research Services and is eligible for partial telework.

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience by date of appointment;
  • Full Professional Proficiency in Chinese language
    • Full Professional Proficiency is defined as:
      • Ability to use the language fluently and accurately on all levels pertinent to professional needs (speaking)
      • Ability to read all styles and forms of the language pertinent to professional needs (reading)

GWLAI invites interested information professionals of all backgrounds and depths of experience who have an interest in being part of a vibrant, collaborative, mission-driven academic service organization to apply to work with us. We welcome your questions about this position and working at GW Libraries and Academic Innovation. Please reach out to search committee chair Dr. Elizabeth Waraksa, Associate Dean,

This position is classified as a Council of Librarians position and is eligible for a hybrid on-campus/remote work schedule. This position is a continual reappointment position with reappointment periods of 1-5 years depending on rank. Proven commitment to the profession is expected and can be exhibited through service, publication, and/or presentations. This position is being considered at an open rank.

To be considered, please apply online and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on January 3rd, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. When applying for the China Studies Librarian, please highlight the experiences you have that address the job responsibilities and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this position and within the broader GWLAI and university communities

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Copyright © , WRLC | 901 Commerce Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 | (301) 390-2000 |