Head Librarian



Position type


Work Hours

37.5 hours per week

Operating Hours

8:00-20:30 Monday to Thursday
8:30-18:00 Friday
11:00-17:30 Saturday

Report to

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Visa Requirement

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) is able to sponsor a visa for this position.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience, plus transportation.
20 days paid vacation in the first fiscal year (July-June) increasing to 28 days after 6 years of employment, plus 5 paid “personal and sick days” each year. In addition, approximately two weeks company-wide break over Christmas/New Year, Japanese social insurance and pension, commuting allowance, and tuition benefits for Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) programs.

Overview of Position

The Head Librarian plays a vital role in serving students, bridging many departments at the campus, and serving as the main point of contact between the Tokyo campus library and the main campus library staff in Philadelphia. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to student success and excellence at the university level.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the library’s day-to-day operations, which include staff management, curating, budgeting, instructional development, program planning, and regular conversations with the other academic units. The head librarian will foster development and maintenance of library resources and services to meet the needs of all academic programs. Also, the head librarian will help support new programs, assist with short-term and long-range projects, and participate in program reviews and accreditation efforts.

Depending on qualifications, the head librarian may be invited to participate in transformational learning through the design and assessment of online learning modules, online courses, or other tutorials. The successful candidate may also periodically have the opportunity to teach in one of our current undergraduate disciplines (Art, Asian Studies, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, General Studies, International Affairs, International Business, Japanese Language, Political Science, and Psychological Studies) or future majors/minors.

Specific duties and responsibilities

  • Oversee collection development and approve all new acquisitions.
  • Manage the library budget.
  • Know pedagogical trends and techniques in information literacy instruction and online learning, including knowledge of learning management systems and video creation.
  • Coordinate library technology and services with the Main Campus library.
  • Manage library operation and supervise the library staff.
  • Develop and provide staff training and professional development opportunities.
  • Foster effective collaborations with faculty and others to increase awareness of library resources and promote their enhanced use.
  • Promote the use of Open Education Resources among our full-time and part-time faculty.
  • Serve on university committees.
  • Handle departmental data collection and reporting; prepare statistical reports.
  • Use data to drive decisions, along with the general assessment of unit projects, performance and outcomes.
  • Examine new and innovative possibilities for academic engagement with the library, such as credentialing programs, multi-week instruction courses and other initiatives that expand on current educational programming.
  • Provide strategic planning, intellectual oversight, implementation and continual assessment of a broad range of public programming, exhibitions, cultural projects, communications and grant opportunities for the library.
  • Keep abreast of relevant academic, economic, and social trends and keep informed of professional issues and practice, especially at the research library level, through professional participation and service, continuing education, conference participation, and professional literature.
  • Develop and maintain relationships within the local academic community.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA accredited Master of Library Science degree.
  • 5 years post-MLS experience in an academic or research library.
  • Substantial knowledge of automated access services activities and systems.
  • Strong project management, organizational, and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of both traditional and emerging academic library services, including public services, technical services, instructional technology, and Open Educational Resources.
  • Excellent communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work with a diverse community in a professional, helpful, and respectful manner.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Additional graduate degree beyond an MLS degree.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.
  • Evidence of collaboration with external academic support services (e.g., teaching and learning center, office of disability resources and services, etc.) and academic affairs.
  • Teaching experience at the collegiate level.
  • A record of research and publishing in the field.
  • Ability to communicate in Japanese.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately. Desired start date is June 1, 2021 or earlier.

Send applications to tujjobs@tuj.temple.edu with:

  1. a letter of application,
  2. resume or c.v.,
  3. contact information for two references.

Indicate the title of the position you are applying for in the email subject box. Also, we would appreciate it very much if you could let us know from which website/resource you found out about this position.

Only those applicants who make it past the initial review will be contacted.

Temple University, Japan Campus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.