Librarian for Environmental Studies – 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 three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

General Purpose: Reporting to the Director of Research Support and Outreach Programs at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, this position facilitates access to the services and collections of a complex, multi-faceted research/academic library through direct contact with researchers and the development and promotion of services and collections. The Librarian for Environmental Studies is a member of the CSSSI team and participates in Yale University Library programs and committees.

The incumbent provides research support to graduate students and faculty in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and to undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies major through research consultations, course-integrated instruction, and other modes. As the subject specialist for environmental studies, the librarian provides research support and instruction to Yale students and faculty across the campus and works closely with library colleagues to support interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and research related to environmental issues. Provides research consultations and instruction in the discovery, use, and management of text and data. Supports research and raises awareness of resources through outreach efforts such as department-based office hours, social media, and workshops. Creates and maintains research guides and other research support tools. Collaborates with librarians, archivists, GIS specialists, and Digital Scholarship specialists to support research and teaching.

Provides consultation and instruction in the discovery, use, and management of locally created and externally available environmental data. Collaborates with librarians, GIS and Digital Scholarship specialists, and other campus partners to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data and GIS services in support of environmental research at Yale.

Selects materials in all formats related to environmental studies, forestry, sustainability, and other topics relevant to teaching and research at Yale. Works closely with the CSSSI Director of Collection Management, Technical Services, and Access Services to review and acquire materials. Responsible for managing collections funds, evaluating approval plans, and maintaining collection development statements in assigned subject areas.

Participates in outreach and research/instruction program planning and implementation for the CSSSI. Participates in Yale Library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale’s research support services and collections.

Required Education and Experience: 1. Masters 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 masters degree in library science. 2. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability. 3. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion. 4. Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations. 5. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment. Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

A minimum of two years of professional experience.
Demonstrated skill in providing high quality, user-centered research support services, preferably in an academic library.
Demonstrated ability to identify, evaluate, and instruct researchers in the use of resources relevant to the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies.
Demonstrated ability to find and use numeric and/or geospatial data.
Preferred Education and Experience: Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in environmental studies or a science or social science discipline. Experience with collection development in an academic environment. Experience with data management and data archiving procedures. Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages.

Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.

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.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individuals 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 Melody Rood

Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC

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