Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian 2-4 (Grades 24-27)
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.
Under the direction of the Head of Technical Services and working in close
collaboration with units across the Beinecke Library and the Yale University
Library, the Head of Beinecke Digital Services leads and coordinates the
Beinecke Library's digitization program, digital projects, and user experience
initiatives that enhance access to and use of Beinecke Library and its
collections, including the Beinecke Digital Library, collection web pages, and
online exhibits. The Head leads and provides technical expertise in the
investigation, development, and application of interfaces and tools that
affect the user experience, as well as metadata and digitization workflows and
The Head of Beinecke Digital Services liaises with the Yale University
Library's Information Technology and Digital Initiatives departments and works
collaboratively with Yale University Library staff. The Head may represent the
Beinecke within Yale University Library and nationally and internationally in
discussions and committees pertaining to user experience initiatives,
metadata, and digitization at Yale and is active professionally.
The Head of Beinecke Digital Services supervises the work of three senior
photographers and three metadata catalog assistants to coordinate and
supervise metadata creation, digitization, color management, and quality
control activities. The Head participates in the Beinecke's Technical Services
Management Group to develop technical services strategies, policies, and
procedures for the Beinecke Library.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
1. Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
accredited degree. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in museum
studies or a related discipline in the humanities or social sciences may be
substituted for a master's degree in library science.
2. Excellent supervisory and strong leadership abilities.
3. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of digital library standards
and practices, such as digitization, digital preservation, standards for media
content, metadata, controlled authorities, and user experience.
4. Project management skills, especially the ability to devise and achieve
agreed-upon completion dates for projects; ability to multitask and keep
priorities aligned to objectives; ability to identify and analyze problems in
the context of special collections technology initiatives.
5. Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills, especially
the ability to convey and explain to non-technical audiences the importance
and impact of technology trends and issues relevant to the YUL's operation and
6. Strong commitment to customer service with well-developed interpersonal
skills and demonstrated abilities to work collegially with staff, researchers,
and colleagues, especially in the context of technology initiatives that are
specific to academic libraries and special collections.
Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of
professional experience and accomplishments (see range assigned to this
description as noted in the posting position title). Librarian ranking
information can be found at:
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:
1. Experience with agile and traditional project methodologies.
2. Professional experience with digital photography and color management.
3. Familiarity with intellectual property rights and Fair Use applied to
4. Familiarity with one or more major digital content management systems
appropriate for repositories.
5. Knowledge of current digital library technologies, standards, and best
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 15 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 15
libraries, including Sterling Memorial, Beinecke, and Bass 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 who are involved in other areas of staff
development. For additional information on the Yale
University Library, please visit the Library's web site at
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
23269BR. Please be sure to reference #23269BR in your cover
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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