Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, 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: Under the direction of the Director of E-Resources & Serials Management (ERSM), the Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian focuses on establishing and maintaining strong intellectual control over content throughout the acquisitions life cycle of electronic resources licensed by Yale University Library (YUL). This position supervises a team of staff responsible for key acquisitions and licensing management workflows. Within a changing and flexible environment, s/he works closely with colleagues and vendors to manage the acquisition and licensing of new electronic resources as well as the renewal of existing subscriptions. Works collaboratively with other librarians and staff to ensure consistent access to library holdings across multiple platforms including the library’s catalog and discovery services. Works closely with other units within ERSM and partner departments to ensure the efficient acquisition and licensing of electronic resources.

Oversees ordering of electronic content in Yale integrated library system (Voyager) and the license tracking system. Manages key e-resource life cycle processes such as the management of trial access, tracking licensing data, and the collection of usage statistics for electronic resources purchased or subscribed to by YUL; Recommends and implements improvements to existing tools and workflows. Provides e-resource expertise both internally to library staff and externally to vendors and the larger Yale community. Contributes advanced knowledge to departmental troubleshooting support, resolving access-related problems, responding to reported issues, and working with internal and external partners to fix issues in a timely manner. Takes an active role in Yale University Library’s license review process. Stays abreast of emerging trends and best practices related to e-resources. Plays an active role in e-resource related projects and initiatives as assigned.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • A Master’s degree from an ALA‐accredited library school and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience is required for this position.
  • Ability to apply the principles that guide the organization of bibliographic information to the organization of electronic resources. Demonstrated experience with library acquisitions.
  • An understanding of the best practices for managing the records that track electronic purchases, subscriptions, and licenses.
  • Demonstrated ability working in an integrated library system. Conceptual and practical knowledge of the technologies used to manage and access e-resources.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated analytical and organizational skills. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Demonstrated ability managing acquisitions processes within an ILS. Knowledge of e-resource licensing and the legal framework in which it takes place. Understanding of access issues as they pertain to the discovery and use of e-resources. Demonstrated record of designing projects and completing them in a timely manner.  Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise, train and motivate staff.

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.

Technical Services: 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/2iiESYw.

About Melody Rood

Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC

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