Head of Technology (Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Beinecke
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Head of Technology provides vision,
leadership, and strategic direction for all aspects of library technology at
the Beinecke. The Head directs software planning, development and deployment;
technology infrastructure planning, implementation and support; and database
technologies for the Beinecke Library. Represents the Beinecke Library's
technology interests within the University Library and broader University and
collaborates closely with these departments to support the mission of the
Provides strategic and tactical analysis concerning the Beinecke Library's
technology requirements and goals based on a strong understanding of industry
trends and the higher education environment. Works collaboratively with
Beinecke Library staff to develop requirements for technology-based tools and
productivity enhancements in support of Beinecke's strategic plans and
programs for user services. Fills in for and assists direct reports on an as
Leads efforts to develop technology-based tools designed to enrich the
research experience of patrons of the Beinecke Library. Directs the
development or acquisition and implementation of software for the Beinecke
Library, including client-server database applications as well as web-based
systems and applications. Serves as a leader in project and task
prioritization as it relates to IT requests across the different units in the
Working closely with University Library IT and University IT, is responsible
for and takes a lead role in maintaining servers that support Beinecke-centric
applications. This includes web servers, database servers, and workflow
In collaboration with the Head of Digital Services, oversees and supports the
computing infrastructure, storage, and workflow automation in use by the
Beinecke Library's digital scanning operation and explores opportunities for
Collaborates closely with staff in the Library and University ITS on matters
of campus-wide strategy, planning, and implementation related to the life
cycle management of digital content and the development of new services
associated with access to the Beinecke Library's digital content.
Supports library wide efforts to develop technologies that measure and analyze
metrics that emphasize performance, sustainability, and usability of tools and
Required Education, Skills and Experience:
* Bachelor's Degree in a relevant technical field and six years of related technical experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrable interpersonal, analytical, and project management skills in a service-oriented environment.
* Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze problems, especially in the context of technology initiatives related to special collections.
* Excellent management skills with a strong commitment to fostering growth and development of others. Demonstrated ability in working with large-scale transition management, and workflow analysis and improvement.
* Demonstrated experience with Linux or Windows server implementation and administration, database planning, development, implementation, and administration; experience with software development for networked and web applications, including database-driven web application programming and development
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively to develop productive partnerships within/across organizations. Effective ability in developing innovative processes and solutions with a team-based approach.
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Master's degree
in library science, computer science, humanities computing or a related field.
Project management training. Experience in the following: working in a
library, academic institution, or other non-profit computing operation;
implementing discovery systems and digital repositories; database
administration and programming. Web dev.; .Net using C# or
Visual Basic, and/or Java; user-facing web standards/platforms; library
software; search platforms (i.e. Apache Solr); web server software.
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
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For additional information on the Yale University Library please visit
www.library.yale.edu or www.library.yale.edu/beinecke.
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 www.yale.edu/jobs. The STARS req. ID for this position is
28736BR. Please be sure to reference 28736BR in your cover
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