Associate Director, Arts Library Special Collections
Yale University Library
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: Reporting to the Director of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Associate Director for Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC) directly oversees ALSC’s collections and research services and instruction program; coordinates the Art Library’s exhibits and events program; and directs the Yale University Library’s Bibliographical Press program. Arts Library Special Collections includes a broad selection of fine press and artists’ books, manuscript and archival holdings related to the book arts, and manuscript and archival holdings related to theatrical productions. The collection also includes the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color and the Yale Bookplate collection of ex-libris prints and process materials.
The incumbent manages the Special Collections unit by promoting and instilling the highest service standards, and leverages the unit’s resources to provide excellent customer service throughout the library. S/he shares responsibility with the Arts Library Management Team for long-range strategic planning for the library; fosters a creative, collaborative, and team-oriented work environment; and facilitates communication and coordination between Arts Library staff members and other units of the Yale University Library System.
The Associate Director establishes and improves policies for the ALSC in support of learning and research through the provision of reliable, secure, and convenient access to ALSC collections physically and virtually. In coordination with the Associate Director for Access and Research Services, helps plan strategic initiatives for the Arts Library Digital Services unit that connect researchers to digital collections, technologies, and subject specialists.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school and an undergraduate or graduate degree in the visual arts, art history, architecture, or a related field.
- A minimum of five years of professional experience are required.
- Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a research library and ability and achievement in managing staff and budgets. Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
- Familiarity with a special collections environment comprised of archives, manuscripts, rare and antiquarian books, audio-visual materials, and ephemera as well as in acquiring, cataloging, processing, preserving, securing, and/or digitizing them. Experience managing both analog and digital materials.
- Demonstrated ability working collegially, both collaboratively and independently, within a complex organization and rapidly-changing team environment. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications, analytical ability, and the ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele.
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence and innovation in developing programs for customer service and outreach, which includes curating exhibits and providing reference and instruction.
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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Advanced degree and/or relevant experience in the visual arts, art history, architecture, drama/theater, or a related field. Experience in an academic library environment. Record of professional development and service to the field of librarianship.
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 information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.
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. For additional information on the Haas Family Arts Library, please visit http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/.
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 http://bit.ly/2xF8jdX.
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