Librarian for Western European Humanities – Yale University – New Haven, CT

Librarian for Western European Humanities

Humanities Collections and Research Education

Yale University Library

New Haven, CT

Rank:  Librarian 1-4 (Grades 23-27)

Requisition:  #22017BR

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 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 is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide.  A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly information. Housed in 15 libraries, including Sterling Memorial, Beinecke, and Bass libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees, and who are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Head of Humanities Collections and Research Education and working in a collaborative environment, the Librarian for Western European Humanities serves the teaching and research needs of students and faculty studying Western European Humanities including history, languages and literatures. The Librarian also develops collections in all formats for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish literature as well as philosophy and Western European history.

Serves as professional liaison to the French, German, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, Philosophy, and History Departments. Plans, promotes, and implements research education programs for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty of those departments. May contribute to general library research education programs, instructional sessions for large undergraduate classes, and the Personal Librarian program sponsored by the Director of Undergraduate Research Education. Provides specialized reference service to patrons. Develops and maintains web research guides and other online research support tools. In collaboration with faculty and key Library staff, may plan and implement digital library projects in support of teaching and research.

Develops and manages the Library’s Western European Humanities collections, including selection, organization, preservation and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries. Contributes to the formulation of the Library’s major Western European approval plans and monitors the effectiveness of these plans. Leads library projects for collaborative collection development in Western European humanities with Yale’s peer institutions.  Serves on library committees, working groups, and task forces, and is expected to be professionally active. May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts.

Principle 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.

Required Skills and Abilities:

1.      PhD in Western European humanities required.

2.      Appointment to the rank of Librarian 2 requires 2 years of relevant professional experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank. Appointment to Librarian 3 or 4 requires respectively 5 or 8 years of professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

3.      Excellent reading and speaking knowledge of two Western European languages, preferably French and Italian.

4.      A deep understanding of the research process and knowledge of the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship.

5.      Demonstrated commitment to outstanding public service. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

1.      Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science and/or relevant professional experience as a librarian.

2.      Reading knowledge of German.

3.      Excellent teaching skills.

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 for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 22017BR.  Please be sure to reference #22017BR 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. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit 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.

About John Pell

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

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