Head of Printed Acquisitions
Yale University Library
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.
**Position Focus:** Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, the Head of Printed Acquisitions establishes the vision, sets priorities, and leads curatorial support work relating to acquiring published materials. The Head creates and implements policies and procedures; manages, trains, and directly supervises Unit staff; manages process and workflow change, fosters a team approach to the work, collaborates extensively with curators, catalogers, and other staff, and establishes and maintains relationships with publishers and vendors. The Head works with IT staff to maintain and develop systems to support the Unit's work. The ideal candidate has a strong background in special collections acquisitions and cataloging, solid supervisory experience, an aptitude for managing high-performing staff, and the ability to lead within a complex and dynamic organization. The ideal candidate is open-minded yet decisive, transparent yet diplomatic, flexible yet driven, willing to rethink !
and remake practices and policies yet determined to uphold the integrity of the library's purposes, achievements, and values.
The Printed Acquisitions Unit supports Beinecke's robust acquisition program
for published materials. The Unit consists of the Unit Head, six Acquisitions
Assistants, one Cataloging Assistant, two Binding Assistants, and students.
The Unit works closely with seven curators: pre-order searching, verifying
gifts and purchases, creating accession records, maintaining databases,
processing physical items, providing access to newly acquired materials, and
dispersing materials beyond the scope of the collections. The Unit
collaborates with the cataloging unit to establish access to published
materials. Collections range from incunabula to contemporary publications and
include books and periodicals, maps, CD's, DVD's, music, prints, games, and
The Head participates in the Technical Services Management Group to develop
strategies, policies, and procedures. The Head manages projects such as
transfers of collection materials from the Yale Library circulating
collections and participates in University Library committees and task forces,
especially as related to the needs of special collections. The Head
participates in regional, national and international professional activities
both to contribute to the profession as a whole and to grow individually as a
The Beinecke Library Rare Book and Manuscript Library is Yale University's
principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books.
One of the preeminent rare book and manuscript libraries in North America, the
Beinecke Library's collections are internationally known and heavily used by
Yale faculty and students as well as scholars from around the world. Its
current renovation of public and teaching spaces derives from that commitment.
For additional information on the Beinecke Library, please visit the Library's
website at http://beinecke.library.yale.edu.
**Required Education, Skills and Experience:**
• Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent
accredited degree, and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience.
• Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction in a research
library. Demonstrated ability and achievement in managing staff.
• Demonstrated ability with integrated library system and electronic resource
management. Demonstrated knowledge of cataloging using AACR2/RDA, DCRM, and
MARC. Demonstrated knowledge of bibliographic databases and library management
• Demonstrated ability acquiring a variety of library materials in all
• Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical
ability. Demonstrated technical aptitude with strong analytical skills and
excellent attention to detail.
• Demonstrated excellent customer service skills, flexibility and a strong
commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence.
• Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and
the ability to bring projects to fruition.
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with
various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team
• Demonstrated knowledge of American or European history or
literature. Demonstrated knowledge of the antiquarian book
Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of
professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can
be found at: [http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html](htt
**Preferred Education, Skills and Experience**: Minimum of five years of professional experience.
Experience cataloging rare or special collections materials. Strong
bibliographic knowledge of ancient or modern European languages. Experience
working in a rare book and special collections library.
**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,
the Center for Science and Social Science Information, 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](http://www.library.yale.edu).
**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](http://www.yale.edu/jobs). **The STARS req. ID for
this position is 36771BR.**
_Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and
does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color,
religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin;
nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender
identity or expression._
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