Director of Resource Discovery Services
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 Associate University Librarian for Technical Services, and as a member of the core leadership team of Yale University Library (YUL) Technical Services, the Director of Resource Discovery Services provides leadership and operations management for achieving a comprehensive, cross-collection, service-centered approach to enabling and enhancing discovery of YUL resources. The Director works synergistically with the Director of Monographic Processing Services and the Director of Electronic Resources and Serials Management to advance the transformational realignment of YUL Technical Services with Library and University goals that began in the departmental reorganization that launched this year (https://yale.box.com/s/56lxdr0rmzai3ujam0vxiio6zglnht7w).
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
- Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited library school or a graduate degree in a related subject and a minimum of 5 years of professional experience as a librarian in an academic or research library or similar institution.
- Demonstrated strong functional leadership experience, technical services knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge to build a responsive, innovative technical services program and related services.
- Demonstrated experience in creating a compelling service vision to meet known or anticipated needs, exhibiting flexibility and scalability in approach and motivating others to achieve desired results. Demonstrated experience in designing and coordinating transformational initiatives and bringing them to timely and successful implementation. Demonstrated experience in attracting, retaining, motivating and managing exceptional talent in an evolving work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction to others in an academic or research library or similar institution to drive results and deliver operational excellence.
- Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing. Listens to others and effectively comprehends information. Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated success in building and maintaining effective relationships, both internally and externally.
- High degree of integrity, tact and ability to influence others while remaining diplomatic. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Minimum of 8 years’ experience in administrative leadership in an academic or research library or similar institution. Experience in metadata policy formation, metadata strategy and best practice definition, and the implementation of metadata creation, transformation, remediation, and maintenance processes in such an institution. Experience in the creative integration of automated and manual technical services processes. Knowledge of and experience with funds management. Experience managing a unionized workforce.
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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.
Within the University Library, Technical Services departments pursue a course of continual change and innovation in building integrated, university-wide information access systems. These systems are designed to provide readers timely access to new materials in all formats as well as a high-quality bibliographic record of Yale’s extraordinary library collections, which have developed over the last three centuries.
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/2wkAARN.
Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’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.