Job Opening: Head Librarian – Library of the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

This must surely be the dream job of a certain kind of historian of esotericism:

The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences is seeking an
experienced and motivated individual to serve as Head Librarian of its
library based in Prague, Czech Republic as it undergoes the beginning
phases of a planned transition to a new site. The qualified
individual’s primary duties will be to oversee day-to-day operations
of the library, supervise cataloguing and retro-cataloguing of the
library holdings, monitor new acquisitions, and identify and manage
special collections. The position is ideal for a self-motivated and
self-directed individual who loves books and wishes to implement an
exciting and dynamic vision for a 300,000+ volume library housed in
one of Europe’s oldest institutes for Oriental Studies. The Head
Librarian will supervise the library staff and report directly to the
Director of the Oriental Institute.

1) Minimum B.A. degree, background or experience in library sciences
strongly preferred
2) Fluency or near-native fluency in written and spoken English
3) Knowledge of library systems and cataloguing
4)Ability to manage a team of librarians and external interns
5) Ability to communicate clearly with co-workers, researchers, and
library patrons
6) Knowledge of one or more of the languages, cultures, and histories
related to the Oriental Institute’s sub-fields (Middle East, South
Asia, East and Southeast Asia, Central Asia) preferred

1) Manage day-to-day operations of library and oversee activities of
library staff
2) Identify and manage special collections (including possible digitalization)
3) Support Oriental Institute researchers in utilizing and accessing
library materials
4) Pursue grants and other sources of external funding for
retro-cataloguing of the library holdings, public exhibitions, and new
5) Formulate a new vision for the library as it undergoes a phased transition

Salary and Benefits:
1300-1700 EUR/month depending on experience. Full health benefits,
5-weeks annual vacation, travel and research stipends, and support for
professional development and further study.

To Apply:
Please send a statement of interest (no more than 2 pages), C.V., and
the names of 2 references to Jakub Hruby ( Any
inquiries related to the position may also be directed to Dr. Hruby.
Deadline: November 8, 2020

About the Library:
The Oriental Institute Library (est. 1929) holds around 300,000 books,
periodicals, and manuscripts related to the fields of Middle East,
South Asian, Central Asian, and East Asian Studies. In addition to the
general collection, the library is home to several rare collections:
the 70,000 item Lu Xun library containing Chinese sources, a 3,500
item Korean library, which includes rare items from North Korea, the
Tibetan Library, which houses the Tibetan Buddhist canon and other
unique materials, Coptic and Arabic papyri collection, and a
soon-to-be acquired collection on colonial Manchuria funded by the
Japan Foundation and Czech Academy of Sciences, among others.