Lead Catalog Librarian (2 year term): Yale University Law School, New Haven, CT

Lead Catalog Librarian
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School
New Haven, CT

Rank:A� Librarian 2-3

Fixed Duration:A� Two years from date of hire, non-renewable

Schedule:A� Full-time (37.5 hours); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00); an alternative flex or compressed schedule is possible.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.A� 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.


In support of Yale Law School’s outstanding legal scholarship and lawyer training, 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. 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.A� 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 the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. A major goal of the Law School’s law library is to support the needs of twenty-first-century legal researchers by integrating access to print and online sources.

Representative Job Summary

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.

Position Description

Under the general direction of the Librarian for Bibliographic Services, the Principal Catalog Librarian catalogs monographs and continuing resources for the Law Librarya��s unique collections, both in print and electronic formats.

Representative Responsibilities

The Librarian 2 is expected to demonstrate excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job description and annual goals. Demonstrate effective job performance and professional growth.

Departmental Responsibilities

Catalogs monographs and continuing resources for the Law Librarya��s unique collections, both in print and electronic formats. Performs original cataloging for new acquisitions and for special projects in a variety of languages.A� Serves as a resource for other cataloging team members and Law Library colleagues in resolving problems relating to the catalog and may revise the work of others.A� Descriptive cataloging is performed in accordance with national standards.A� All subject analysis, authority control, and classification assignment follows Library of Congress standards. Keeps abreast of revisions in cataloging rules and trends, and applies new rules, interpretations, and techniques as appropriate.A� 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.A� May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.


Mastera��s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science. Appointment to the rank of Librarian 2 requires a minimum of two years of professional cataloging experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to rank of Librarian 3 requires a minimum of five years of professional cataloging experienced and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

Knowledge of cataloging documentation and tools including: OCLC, MARC, AACR2, LCSH, LCC, CONSER, ClassWeb, and Catalogera��s Desktop, and basic understanding of authority control.A� Reading knowledge of at least one European foreign language. A�Ability to work successfully both independently and in a team environment with collegiality and flexibility. A�Demonstrated creative problem solving; initiative and follow-through.A� Analytical and organizational skills; accuracy and attentiveness to detail.A� Excellent oral and written communication skills.A� Familiarity with current trends and best practices in cataloging and metadata services.A� Excellent computer skills, including experience with personal computer hardware and software as needed to perform library functions and to perform minor troubleshooting. Ability and the willingness to learn new computer applications

Preferred Education, Skills & Experience
Reading knowledge of German.

Experience with legal subject headings and classification schedules.

Experience revising or reviewing the work of others.

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 16243BR.A� Please be sure to reference #16243BR 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.

A�Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.A� 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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