Research Librarian, 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 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: The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library seeks an energetic and self-starting librarian to work with scholars and the Yale community to support and foster research in the collections. Reporting to the Head of Research Services, the Research Librarian will oversee the provision of research and reference services, as well as serve as the curatorial liaison for the robust Beinecke Library fellowships program.

The Research Librarian will provide consultations and instruction sessions on archival research methods for scholars, faculty and students. The Research Librarian supervises the provision of a broad range of reference services tailored to complex research in a special collections environment, work that requires the coordination of services from staff in all departments of the library. Working collaboratively with the curatorial staff, the Research Librarian is responsible for writing research guides and research FAQs; developing tutorials for using special-collections discovery tools; and leading tours, orientations and classroom presentations. In collaboration with librarians in other departments, the Research Librarian will report statistics and conduct assessments of research and instruction services at the Beinecke.

The fellowships liaison role is a key component of the position and includes responsibilities such as holding research orientations for new fellows; organizing fellows talks and research colloquia; building community among fellows in the wider Yale community; and collecting and promoting research published by fellows.

The Research Librarian oversees the development and maintenance of the Beinecke Library’s reference materials, a charge that includes crafting a collection development policy and, in collaboration with Beinecke curators, acquiring reference materials on a broad range of subjects.

Yale librarians are expected to be professionally active and serve on library and professional committees.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school. Qualified individuals new to the library profession are encouraged to apply.
• Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and to work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects. Proven ability to meet deadlines and to work under pressure. Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment, within a diverse, complex and rapidly changing organization.
• Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, professionally and independently within a complex organization and with all levels of students, faculty and staff.
• Demonstrated ability engaging with a user-oriented approach to public services in one or more of the following areas: reference, instruction, teaching with collections and outreach.

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: One year of professional experience providing reference services in a special collections or academic library. Experience with or knowledge of teaching with collections. Advanced degree in a humanities discipline, in addition to MLIS. Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages.

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 15 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 info rmation on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library:
The Beinecke Library is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. One of the great collections in North America, the Beinecke collections are internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. For further information about the Beinecke Library, consult the library’s web site at: http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke.

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://bit.ly/2ud7Yuw.

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 Melody Rood

Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC

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