Empirical Research Librarian: Yale University Law Library, New Haven, CT

Empirical Research Librarian
Yale University
New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian 1-2

Schedule:  Full-time (37.5 hours); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00); evening and weekend hours may be required.

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.

 The Lillian Goldman Law Library

In support of Yale Law School’s outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, the Lillian Goldman Law Library is dedicated to acquiring and preserving a superb collection of resources in all formats, furnishing access to information wherever it exists, providing the most highly competent assistance to use information resources and maintaining a welcoming, comfortable facility. The Lillian Goldman Law Library provides services which exceed the expectations of users by its leadership in the innovative use of technology and the continuing development of its most highly valued asset, its staff.  To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit www.law.yale.edu/library.

The Lillian Goldman Law Library is located within the heart of the Yale Law School complex, providing the Law School community with ready access to one of the world’s finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources as well as the strong interdisciplinary collections housed nearby at more than twenty-two other campus libraries, including Sterling Memorial Library and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Utilizing these resources combined with our excellent, service-oriented staff, we strive daily to be the best academic law library in the world.


Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.


Reporting to the Law Library Head of Technology Services within the Reference and Instructional Services Department, the Empirical Research Librarian leads the Law School in professional research, instruction, and technical consulting services to Law School faculty, students, and researchers who perform empirical research studies in law and interdisciplinary fields.  Assists in data analysis including regression analysis, data interpretation, and visual presentation. Selects and acquires data resources in the law and related disciplines for use by the Yale community.  Reviews licenses and contracts for appropriate agreements, in cooperation with electronic resources staff as needed.  Advises Technical Services staff on receiving acquired datasets and preparing them for availability to users and on cataloging requirements in the MORRIS catalog.


Provides consultation and instruction in the discovery, use, and management of locally- and externally-available datasets.  Markets data services to Law School community through the Library web site, word of mouth, presentations, publications, and other media.  Responsible for increasing available data resources and their visibility for potential users through outreach efforts, including but not limited to, the Library web site, department-based office hours, and workshops.  Updates the library web sites to promote services, share resources, and support technology services.  Collaborates with members of the University community who work with data to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services in support of law and law-related research at Yale. Represents the Yale Law Library to state, national, and international data organizations.

Participates in research, instruction, program planning, and implementation.  Collaborates with librarians, GIS specialists, and the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) staff.  The Empirical Research Librarian is a member of the Law Library team and participates in library programs and committees.

Participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected to be professionally active and represents the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.  May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.

REPRESENTATIVE Responsibilities

1.      The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals.

2.      Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.

3.      Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.

4.      For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.

 Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to this rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.


Appointment to the rank of Librarian 2 requires at least two years professional experience.  This rank is limited to three years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 3 level. Knowledge of the concepts, pedagogy, research, and scholarly trends in empirical research. Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students about textual, numeric, and spatial data resources. Knowledge of mapping and spatial analysis and software such as ArcGIS. Familiarity with statistical data analysis including regression analysis, data visualization, and one or more software applications such as R, Stata, and SPSS.  Familiarity with data archiving procedures.  Familiarity with principles of database design and programs such as Microsoft Access and SQL.  Excellent analytical, organizational, management, oral and written communications, and interpersonal skills.   Strong public service orientation. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. Ability to work independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and function collaboratively in a rapidly changing team environment.  Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Graduate degree in a related field (computer science, information management, etc.) may be substituted for an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in a program for library and information science (or foreign equivalent outside of the US).  Experience with data scraping techniques and programs. Familiarity with common data documentation and metadata standards such as DDI. Familiarity with HTML/XML and one or more programming languages. Experience with database design.

 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.  Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be sent by creating an account and applying online at www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 17112BR.  Please be sure to reference 17112BR in your cover letter.

 Background Check Requirements

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. Please visit www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

 Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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