Arts Librarian for Access Services – The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University – New Haven, CT

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus

The Arts Librarian for Access Services is responsible for all access services, including digital collections services, in a busy, service-focused visual and performing arts library. Reporting to the Arts Librarya��s Associate Director for Access and Research Services, provides oversight of and assists in the planning for a wide range of library services including: information desks, circulation, course reserves, resource sharing, stacks maintenance, and privileges. Supervises four FTE staff and a corps of student staff for access and digital services. Participates in hiring, training, coaching, and evaluating the work of access and digital services staff members. S/he collaborates with other librarians to provide research support to Arts Library patrons using a wide range of superb digital and print resources, instructional and information technologies. Under the direction of the Associate Director for Access and Research Services, leads the Arts Library Digital S ervices team comprised of Arts librarians and staff from access services and special collections areas. Works with the team to establish clear digitization workflows, define collecting parameters, and identify appropriate locations for digital assets. Works collaboratively to create and maintain online instructional and research guides and to maintain the Arts Library website. Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, DH Lab specialists, archivists and other providers of information resources to support research and teaching. Develops and offers services for providing digital access to resources in the Arts Library and Yale scholarly output in the arts, as part of Yale Universitya��s digital collections, working closely with staff in cataloging, systems, and digital collections, representing the public services perspective.

S/he also serves as the primary library liaison to the School of Architecture and is responsible for providing reference, consultation, collection development, and digital and instructional services. S/he shares responsibility with the Arts Library Management Team for long-range strategic planning for the library, fosters a creative, team-oriented work environment, and facilitates communication and coordination between Arts Library staff members and other units of the Yale University Library system.
Working in a collaborative environment, helps manage Arts Library circulation, course reserves (electronic and print), resource sharing, stacks maintenance, privileges, and digital projects and services. Provides research support to students and faculty in academic departments and schools through consultations, instruction sessions, and in-person and virtual reference services. Supports research and raises awareness of information resources through outreach efforts. Develops library collections in all formats. Works with the Director of the Arts Library to acquire resources in all formats (print, databases, datasets, images, a/v, etc.). Participates in Yale Librarya��s cross-disciplinary reference, instruction, and outreach programs. Participates in public services strategic planning and policy development focused on public services. Designs projects and brings them to conclusion in a timely manner. Participates in departmental library access services program planning. Participat es in library system-wide planning, committees, and work groups, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yalea��s collections and research support services. Serves on library committees, working groups, and task forces, and participates in campus, regional, and national professional organizations. May be required to assist with disaster recovery efforts. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and a minimum of two years of professional experience are required.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications, analytical ability, and the ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele.
  • Demonstrated ability in designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion. Proven ability with digital projects.
  • Demonstrated ability working collegially, both collaboratively and independently, within a complex organization and rapidly-changing team environment. Demonstrated ability with a user-oriented approach to library public services, including reference, instruction, and outreach.
  • Demonstrated ability with management of digital resources, including one or more of the following: digital image collections, Omeka exhibitions, and/or LibGuides.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Advanced degree in the visual arts, art history, or architecture. Experience in an academic library. At least one year of library supervisory experience. Experience with Drupal, HTML, XML, Omeka, Shared Shelf, ArchivesSpace and Aeon.

The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional info rmation on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale consists of collections from three formerly-separate operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. Now located under one roof, these libraries support arts-area programming at Yale, including the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the department of the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. In addition, the Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama, ranging from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world’s foremost collection of books on color. To learn more about the Haas Family Arts Library, please visit

Salary and Benefits

We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individuala��s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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