Empirical Services and Assessment Librarian, Law Library, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University Law School

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: As a member of the Law Library’s Research Services team and reporting to the Associate Librarian for Research Services, the Empirical Services and Assessment Librarian consults with Yale Law School faculty, students, and staff, on research projects and issues requiring significant statistical or data research. Identifies, locates, and obtains statistical resources and data resources to meet the needs of our researchers. Provides consultation on study design and development and basic data manipulation. Coordinates with other library and university departments to ensure that the data collected by the library and faculty are appropriately archived and described. Collaborates with librarians throughout the university to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services. Coordinates outreach to law faculty, students, and staff via the library website, office hours, workshops, guest lectures, and other efforts.

Provides general research and reference support to law school faculty, students, and staff, and to other members of the university community. Serves as a liaison to members of the faculty especially those interested in data/empirical research as well as other members of the faculty as assigned. May teach legal research classes within the department’s for-credit and not-for-credit instructional program.

Provides leadership and vision for assessment, measurement, planning and analysis in the law library and strives to ensure that these activities are integral parts of the Library’s programs, services, and collections. Oversees and participates in assessment efforts throughout the law library. Serves as an internal consultant for data-gathering and assessment activities conducted by other law library staff. Works with colleagues to analyze and report assessment data. Represents the law library in campus, regional, and national assessment efforts. Evaluates the effectiveness of law library assessment efforts and how they support the mission and strategic goals of the library and the Yale Law School. Recommends ways to strengthen the law library’s assessment and measurement programs.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for a master’s degree in library science.
• Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
• Demonstrated ability working with statistics and using software for statistical and spatial data analysis. Demonstrated skill navigating and utilizing online and network based information systems. Demonstrated skill in locating locally and externally available datasets and statistical material.
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written skills, interpersonal communication skills, and analytical ability.
• Demonstrated ability with the concepts, pedagogy, research, and scholarly trends in social science or empirical legal research. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students about textual, numeric, and spatial data resources required. Record of strong service orientation.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently with diverse and varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
• Proven ability to use various database tools to provide faculty, students, and staff with reports and information as requested, including using queries and scripting tools to display reports in web interfaces.
• Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
• The successful applicant for this position must possess strong analytical skills, a firm understanding of Library services and work processes, and strong interpersonal and listening skills.

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: Law degree or graduate degree in related field. Experience working in a research library or other service organization. Ability to design social science research projects. Experience with an Institutional Review Board. Experience with survey design, data collection, and analysis. Ability to perform high-level business analytics, interpret data, and to deliver quality analysis.

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 12.8 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 in formation on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.

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 that 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. The Law Library serves the faculty and students of this research-oriented law school with a strong tradition of interdisciplinary scholarship, as well as other researchers from larger scholarly and legal communities. To learn more about the Lillian Goldman Law Library and its collections and services, visit http://library.law.yale.edu/.

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 with eighteen 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.

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://www.yale.edu/jobs. The STARS req. ID for this position is 39640BR.

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.

About John Pell

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

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