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.
1. 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.
2. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the library,
university, and/or community.
3. Begin to fulfill the criteria for professional
4. For a complete description of the position and department,
please see the department URL.
The Electronic Resources Support Librarian will work closely with staff across
the Yale University Library to support and coordinate the management of
1. 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.
2. Serve as a member of the license review team to approve
licenses for electronic materials, and serve on the trouble-shooting team.
3. 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.
4. Assist in the development of workflows, best practices,
and documentation to facilitate the library's transition to online
5. 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
1. Appointment to L-II requires a minimum of 2 years
professional library experience and professional
accomplishments. Appointment at Librarian III level
requires a minimum of five years relevant professional library experience and
2. Demonstrated understanding of the
complex, ever-changing electronic publishing environment and scholarly
3. 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.
4. Excellent analytical, oral and written communication
skills. Evidence of high productivity
and problem solving skills when working independently or in groups, as
changing situations require.
5. Skills with a range of desktop software applications.
Preferred Education, Experience and Skills
Experience supporting an OpenURL resolver. Knowledge of scholarly
communication industry norms and practices. Experience providing
troubleshooting for problem reports. Project management skills. Experience in
supporting electronic resource activities. Experience with the management of
continuing resources in print and other formats.
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