Manuscripts and Archives
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Rank: Librarian [Librarian 1-2]
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 supervision of the Head of Arrangement and Description, work with
staff in MSSA and across Yale University Library to ensure metadata integrity,
normalization, portability, and development of or adherence to local and
national metadata best practices. Contribute to quality control of metadata
operations; maintains documentation on best practices and tracks developments
on standards of all types (descriptive, technical, preservation, and
administrative) to recommend and design appropriate metadata schema and
products for discovery and access. Follow the development of new and emerging
technologies and analyze their potential application to the department and
library to significantly improve and transfer information resource discovery
and retrieval; and participate in departmental and library-wide technology
planning and implementation activities.
Serve as primary technical lead for the department's data migration from
Archivist's Toolkit to ArchivesSpace. Provide ongoing development and support
of the department's use of ArchivesSpace. Collaborate across the Library on
ArchivesSpace implementation and use.
Process and catalog archive and manuscript collections in all formats,
including born digital, in accordance with approved plans and departmental
procedures, including screening for sensitive material and implementation of
necessary preservation procedures. Devise processing plans for collections
requiring more than minimum processing. Prepare and update access tools such
as finding aids and catalog records for archival and manuscript holdings in
accordance with archival and library standards.
Participate in departmental planning; represent the department on a variety of
collaborative projects and programs inside and outside the department; seek
opportunities for cooperation with other departments or institutions;plan and
manage specific library projects.
Assist with public services through weekly rotations on the reference desk and
involvement in primary source instructions.
Undertake special projects as assigned. Plan, direct, and review the work of
support staff and student assistants. Participate in departmental and library-
wide planning and committee activities. Actively contribute to the archival
When applying, please submit a cover letter along with your resume. Review of
applications will begin immediately.
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
1. Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
accredited degree, with formal training in archival theory and practice. 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. Experience arranging and describing or providing public services for
manuscript and/or archival collections.
3. Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups
within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
4. Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice may be substituted
for formal training.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure
standards related to the archival control of collection materials.
6. Demonstrated knowledge of archival and library management systems.
7. Demonstrated job or school experience with basic preservation and
conservation standards for archival and manuscript collections.
8. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and
9. Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion
in a timely fashion.
10. Strong working knowledge of EAD, HTML, XML, including experience writing
and maintaining XSL style sheets; DACS and familiarity with MARC, AACR2, RDA,
LCSH, LCAF, and LC cataloging standards.
11. Proven skills processing manuscript and/or archival collections.
12. Strong knowledge of American history, and/or broad knowledge in the
humanities, as demonstrated through academic coursework.
13. Ability to manage a variety of tasks and multiple priorities; Logical and
enthusiastic approach to work; Careful attention to detail; Initiative and
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:
Experience with Archivists' Toolkit or ArchivesSpace; EAC, MODS, METS; Relax
NG, Schematron and scripting languages; SQL, XQuery, and/or SPARQL; and Linked
Data; Demonstrated ability to work with databases and manipulate and migrate
data; Creative approaches to introducing or using online tools to enhance
access; Experience accessioning and/or arranging and describing born-digital
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.
Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library:
Manuscripts and Archives is a major center for historical inquiry and also
serves as the documentary memory of Yale University. For
more information about the department, please consult the
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
24284BR. Please be sure to reference #24284BR 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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