**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.
**Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library**
The Beinecke Library, one of the world's largest libraries devoted entirely to
rare books and manuscripts, is Yale's principal repository for literary
archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke collections are
internationally known and heavily used by scholars from around the world. In
addition to distinguished general collections, the Beinecke Library houses the
Osborn Collection, noted for its British and literary and historical
manuscripts, and outstanding special collections devoted to American
literature, German literature, and Western Americana. The
Beinecke's collections include materials ranging from papyrus and medieval
manuscripts to born-digital files. For further information
about the Beinecke Library, consult the library's web site at:
The Beinecke Library has been acquiring born-digital manuscript material for
more than a decade, and the Beinecke's Manuscript Unit has been increasingly
active over the past several years in developing local infrastructure,
services, standards, and best practices, most recently (2009-2011) as part of
the multi-institutional AIMS project (Born Digital Collections: An Inter-
Institutional Model for Stewardship). The Beinecke Library
is poised to expand its capacity to collect born-digital materials, make them
available for research, and responsibly preserve them for future scholarship.
The Digital Archivist ensures effective appraisal, acquisition, arrangement,
description, preservation, and service of born-digital collections held by the
Beinecke Library. Reporting to the Head of the Manuscript
Unit, with a dotted line to the Head of Technology and Digital Assets, this
position closely supports staff throughout the Beinecke in their work to
collect, manage, and make available digital materials. The
Digital Archivist engages with emerging research and professional developments
relevant to digital curation, and collaborates with other departments in the
Yale University Library to develop and sustain a program for stewardship of
**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.
Leads the Beinecke Library's ongoing development and implementation of
standards, best practices, and procedures for the stewardship of born-digital
Responsible for technical appraisal, capture/transfer, accessioning,
storage/preservation, and service of born-digital manuscript material.
Collaborates with other Beinecke staff on policies and workflows: supports
curators in their appraisal of collections, communications with donors and
vendors, and transfer of material to Beinecke's custody; collaborates with
other archivists in the Manuscript Unit to determine workflows and best
practices for arrangement and description of hybrid and born-digital
collections; and coordinates with the Access Services Department to establish
procedures for requesting material and provision of access.
Works closely with Beinecke's Technology and Digital Assets Department, Yale
University Library's Manuscripts and Archives Department (with which Beinecke
shares infrastructure for managing born-digital collection material), and
others as needed to research, test, and implement technology to meet ongoing
stewardship needs for born-digital manuscript material.
Collaborates with Yale University Library's Digital Preservation Librarian and
contributes to Yale University Library's initiative to establish digital
repository systems for preservation and access. Serves as a resource to staff
throughout the Yale University Library regarding born-digital material.
Processes manuscript collections with born-digital content, as time
allows. Develops and maintains documentation to support
Manuscript Unit and other Beinecke Library staff in their work to provide
access to digital collection material.
Undertakes special projects as assigned. Plans, directs, and reviews the work
of support staff and student assistants. Participates in Yale University
Library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional,
and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Expected
to be active professionally and represent 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.
**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**
Formal training in archival theory and practice. Appointment at the Librarian
2 rank requires a minimum of three years, and Librarian 3 five years, of
relevant professional library experience and professional accomplishments
appropriate to the rank.
Experience with strategies, such as computer forensics, and technology
developed or adopted by the archival community for curating born-digital
manuscript material. Familiarity with EAD, MODS, METS, XML,
PREMIS & other data structure standards relevant to archival control of
Experience processing/cataloging manuscript and archival collections.
Knowledge of or experience with current practices for processing/cataloging
digital only and/or hybrid manuscript and archival collections. Familiarity
with DACS, MARC, AACR2, and LC cataloging standards.
Strong knowledge of American or European literature or history, and broad
knowledge in the humanities, as demonstrated through academic degrees or an
equivalent combination of training or experience.
Excellent communication and organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to
detail. Ability to think creatively, and work both independently and
collaboratively in a production-oriented, collegial environment.
**Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:**
Experience implementing policies, standards, and procedures for stewardship of
digital material in a special collections setting. Experience with FTK, floppy
drive controllers (e.g. Catweasel, Kryoflux), writeblockers, Sleuth Kit,
fiwalk, emulators, XSLT, and scripting languages (e.g. Ruby, Python).
Awareness of developments in the Digital Humanities. Reading ability in modern
**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
18058BR. Please be sure to reference #18058BR in your cover
**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
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