Electronic Resources Support Librarian – Yale University

Electronic Resources Support Librarian
Electronic Collections Department,
Located at the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library (Sterling Hall of Medicine – 333 Cedar St) Yale University Library New Haven, CT
Rank:  Librarian I-II
www.yale.edu/jobs

Fixed Duration:  Two (2) years from date of hire, non-renewable
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hours per week); Standard Work Week (M-F, 8:30-5:00)

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 12.5 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 the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and departmental 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 are involved in other areas of staff development.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at http://www.library.yale.edu/.

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Electronic Collections department leads, coordinates, and supports the collection and management of licensed e-resources through the Yale University Library. The Library’s electronic collections have grown over the past decade to include more than 70,000 full text serial titles, approximately 1,000 databases, and close to 1 million online books. The library is transitioning from print, and print with online, to electronic-only formats; the shift has generated significant project work to be addressed by the appointment of an Electronic Resources Support Librarian. The Electronic Resources Support Librarian is a new, entry-level position that will report to the Interim Head of Electronic Collections.

The Electronic Resources Support Librarian carries out responsibilities as part of a departmental team to provide responsive, effective, and evolving coordination of electronic resource collecting and management. Works closely with staff across the Yale University Library to design effective workflows for the shift to electronic-only formats, responds to questions related to these efforts, and identifies and cleans up problems caused or uncovered by the transition.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The Electronic Resources Support Librarian will work closely with staff across the Yale University Library to design effective workflows for the shift to electronic-only formats, respond to questions related to these efforts, and identify and clean up problems caused or uncovered by the transition.

Specific tasks include the following:

  • Serves as a resource person for Selectors and Library Units transitioning their journal collections to e-only.
  • Acquires and approves licenses for the electronic materials and establish compliance contacts.
  • Manages metadata for these materials using various library resource management applications, namely, Yale Links (ExLibris SFX OpenURL link resolver), Electronic Resource Management system (ExLibris Verde) and Integrated Library System (ExLibris Voyager). 
  • Develops workflows and adapts best practices to facilitate them library’s future accelerating transition to online collections.
  • Manages the transition through close collaboration with Acquisitions personnel as they shift subscriptions and standing orders to e-only status.
  • Helps identify and respond to cataloging and access problems caused by the transition, in close collaboration with and referring to Cataloging and relevant parties.
  • Provides support and guidance to the process of e-book acquisitions and other e-resources.
  • Supports the work of the Electronic Collections department, including participation in the e-resources access problem team and license review team.
  • 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. 
  • May be required to assist in disaster recovery efforts. 
  •  May be assigned to work at West Campus location in West Haven, CT.

QUALIFICATIONS
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science. Appointment to the rank of Librarian II requires a minimum of two years of professional archival experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

Understanding of and interest in the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues.  Ability to work with a varied user groups and function effectively in a team environment and in a complex organization.  Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills are required.  Evidence of high productivity and skill at problem solving when working independently or in groups, as changing situations require.  Skills in the online environment and with a range of desktop software applications.  Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.

Preferred:
At least one (1) year of experience in supporting electronic resource activities.  Experience supporting an OpenURL resolver, experience providing troubleshooting for problem reports.  Knowledge of scholarly communication industry norms and practices of information technology.  Familiarity with project management; ability to plan, manage, and coordinate complex projects; demonstrated record of devising and bringing projects to a conclusion in a timely fashion.  Ability to “translate” between the world of electronic resources and traditional library format(s).

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 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 11579BR.  Please be sure to reference #11579BR in your cover letter.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

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.

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.

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