Electronic Resources Support Librarian
Electronic Resources Unit, Technical Services
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian 1-3
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 supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 12.8 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, 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 information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.
The Electronic Resources unit leads, coordinates, and supports the collection and management of licensed electronic resources throughout 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 Electronic Resources Support Librarian reports to the Team Leader of the Electronic Resources unit and is a member of a departmental team that provides responsive, effective, and evolving coordination of electronic resource collecting and management.
Representative Job Summary
Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West, Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.
- 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.
- Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library, university, and/or community.
- Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional contributions.
- For a complete description of the position and department, please see the department URL.
- Works closely with staff across the Yale University Library to support and coordinate the management of electronic resources.
- Manage the electronic resources life-cycle through close collaboration with acquisitions personnel throughout the library, and serve as a resource person for selectors and library units for issues related to electronic resource workflow.
- Serve as a member of the license review team to approve licenses for electronic materials, and serve on the trouble-shooting team.
- Manage metadata for electronic resources using various library resource management applications including Yale Links (ExLibris SFX OpenURL link resolver), the Integrated Library System (ExLibris Voyager), and other local databases.
- Assist in the development of workflows, best practices, and documentation to facilitate the library’s transition to online collections.
- Develop an assessment program for data related to electronic resources, and coordinate with the Library’s developing assessment program. Organize, analyze and interpret usage data and assist selectors with the interpretation of data.
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
- Appointment to Librarian 2 requires a minimum of 2 years professional library experience and professional accomplishments. Appointment at Librarian 3 level requires a minimum of five years relevant professional library experience and professional accomplishments.
- Demonstrated understanding of the complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly communications issues.
- The ability to work with a varied user groups and function effectively in a team environment and in a complex organization. Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
- Excellent analytical skills and oral and written communication skills. Evidence of high productivity and problem solving skills when working independently or in groups, as changing situations require.
- Proficiency with desktop applications in the MS Office Suite – Word, Excel, and Access.
Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills
- Knowledge of scholarly communication industry norms and practices.
- Project management skills.
- Experience supporting an OpenURL resolver. Familiarity with ILS such as Voyager/Orbis.
- Experience providing troubleshooting for problem reports.
- Experience in supporting electronic resource activities.
- Experience with the management of continuing resources in print and other formats.
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 http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate consideration – the STARS req ID for this position is 18803BR. Please be sure to reference #18803BR 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. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required 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.