Undergraduate Teaching and Outreach Librarian – Yale University Library – 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

In the fall of 2017, Yale’s thirteenth and fourteenth residential colleges, the first to be built in over 50 years, will open to new students. This is the first wave of a significant expansion of Yale College, in which the size of the undergraduate student body will increase by 15%. The Yale University Library (YUL) seeks a committed and energetic librarian to support this expansion by serving the teaching and research needs of faculty and undergraduates in the College. Reporting to the Director of Undergraduate Programs, the Undergraduate Teaching and Outreach Librarian will design and participate in general research education and outreach programs aimed at undergraduates, particularly first- and second-year students.

The Undergraduate Teaching and Outreach Librarian will design and oversee selected general research education programs, including freshman writing seminars and research support workshops, in a variety of academic disciplines, as well as library programming for other groups such as the Yale Young Global Scholars and Freshman Scholars. The librarian will work with faculty and Directors of Undergraduate Studies to design library research education programs for undergraduates, and will coordinate outreach and research education programming for Yale’s residential colleges, cultural houses and other groups (e.g. first-generation college students, athletes, and international students). The incumbent will be an active participant in the Library’s signature Personal Librarian program, and will work collaboratively with other YUL units to design education and outreach programming for undergraduates. Will oversee outreach aimed at undergraduates via social media and other methods, and develop strategies for marketing library services and programs. Will work with the Assessment Librarian to develop tools that evaluate and analyze undergraduate programs, develop strategies for improvement in services and research education, and oversee the Student Library Advisory Council. Will oversee Bass Library’s teaching classrooms. Will serve on various library committees, and actively participate in local, regional and/or national professional organizations.

Required Education, Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program. Qualified individuals new to the library profession are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated excellence and innovation in the teaching of undergraduates.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and professionally across multiple units and academic departments with all levels of students, faculty and staff. Successful history of meeting high-level service expectations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups. Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and solve complex problems and to make decisions. Proven ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and to work under pressure. Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment, within a diverse, complex, and rapidly changing organization.

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

1 year of professional experience in an academic library, with teaching at the undergraduate level. Experience with library and research support for diverse student populations, including first-generation college students. Familiarity with web design tools and principles, responsive design and accessibility best practices. Experience with assessment, educational technology and instructional design.

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.

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 41377BR.

About John Pell

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

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